York-Chester District: Lay council installation, 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, California Street, York.

Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, East Chapel Road, Rock Hill: Women's prayer breakfast, 9 a.m. today. Cost: $5.

New Mount Olivet AME Zion Church, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill: Hanging of the Greens, 5 p.m. Sunday. Christmas fellowship reception afterward.

Pleasant View AME Zion Church, Old Columbia Road, Chester: 102nd church anniversary, 3 p.m. Dec. 16 with the Rev. Harold Jones of O'Zion AME Zion Church in Charlotte.

St. James AME Zion Church, Church Street, Hickory Grove: Four Gospel program, 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Usher Board program, 3 p.m. Dec. 9.


Ebenezer ARP Church, Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill: Women's Ministry Christmas Brunch, 10 a.m. today. Winthrop University Glee Club, directed by Randy Imler, will perform at 10 a.m. Sunday with works for the Advent and Christmas season. Child protection training, 9 a.m. Sunday. Gifts for military families are due Sunday. Parents morning out, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

Neely's Creek ARP Church, Neely's Creek Road, Rock Hill: Women and girls Christmas tea, 3:30 p.m. Sunday with music, refreshments and fellowship. First Sunday of Advent service, 11 a.m. Sunday. "Come to Christmas" family event, 6 p.m. Sunday with worship, singing, crafts, storytelling and refreshments. White Gift service, 6 p.m. Dec. 9.


Hymn Choir Workshop of York County: in concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Rock Hill Deliverance Center on Sylvia Circle in Rock Hill. Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 at Langrum Branch Baptist Church.

Sandy River Baptist Association, Upper and Lower divisions: Ushers Ministry Unity Prayer breakfast, 10 a.m. Dec. 8 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church on Dunlap Roddey Road in Rock Hill.

Sandy River Baptist Association, Upper Division: Local Day of Prayer service, 7 p.m. Monday at Galilee Baptist Church in York. Donations and nonperishable food items will be distributed to five area agencies.

Big Calvary Baptist Church, Edgemoor: New-member orientation, 9 a.m. today. Visit to Rock Hill Health Care, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Licensing service for Brenda Pemberton, 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

Calvary Baptist Church, North Jones Avenue, Rock Hill: Registration is under way for Upward basketball and cheerleading for children in K5 through sixth grade. To register or for more information, call 328-6632.

Cross Road Baptist Church, Crawford Road, Rock Hill: Gospel Chorus 65th anniversary, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Senior Citizen's Day celebration, morning worship, Dec. 9.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, South Herlong Avenue, Rock Hill: Men's Choir annual praise program, 6 tonight.

Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, West End Street, Chester: Pastor Aide Ministry, "Brotherhood in Suits," 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The Hope Family Ensemble of Gastonia, N.C., will sing.

First Baptist Church, Armenia Road, Lowrys: Christmas cantata and drama, "The Gift Goes On," 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Refreshments and a visit from Santa afterward.

First Baptist Church, Dave Lyle Boulevard, Rock Hill: High Attendance Day, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday. The Rev. Steve Hogg will be recognized for 20 years of ministry at First Baptist with an anniversary dinner and program at 6 p.m. Sunday. An open hour and tour of the new building will be from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

First Baptist Church, South Congress Street, York: Brunch with Santa, 9 to 10:30 a.m. today. Tickets are $6 and include brunch, a picture with Santa, crafts and the Christmas story read by Santa. Adults' tickets are $6 and include food. Children 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be sold at the door, but the event is limited to 200 children. Proceeds go to the children's mission camp expenses.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Chester: Night of praise and worship, 5 p.m. today.

Harmony Baptist Church, Harmony Church Road, Edgemoor: Lottie Moon Christmas offering fundraisers will beduring worship Sunday and at Lottie's Christmas Shoppe, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 7 p.m. Sundays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays in the Harmony Room featuring Christmas gifts and decorations. Cookie Walk, 1 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16 in Harmony Room. Tickets are $5. Details: 328-8119.

Mount Hebron Baptist Church, Lesslie: Seniors will be honored during worship Sunday and with a dinner afterward.

Mount Zion Baptist Church, Blackstock: Youth explosion, 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Dec. 8 with youth choirs, praise teams, gospel rappers and poets, and dance teams. All area youth invited.

Northside Baptist Church, Rock Hill: Hanging of the Green, 6 p.m. Sunday. Covenant Bible study group sign up is under way. Information meeting on the African mission trip after the second service Sunday. Growing in Grace women's event, "Java Journey," 7 p.m. Dec. 11.

Oakdale Baptist Church, Oakdale Road, Rock Hill: Children's Christmas musical, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9.

Oakland Baptist Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Fundraiser breakfast, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the gym to raise money for the Spain and North Africa Mission Team. Children's Christmas pageant, "Mary Tells a Story," 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Rock Hill: Youth on a Mission gospel concert, 3 p.m. Sunday featuring the Mission Gospel Choir of Newberry High School and Metoka Galeda of Newberry College. Love offering taken.

Rawlinson Road Baptist Church, Rawlinson Road, Rock Hill: Children's musical, " It All Happened in the Country," 6 p.m. Sunday.

St. John Baptist Church, Sharon: Gospel Choir 36th anniversary, 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Temple Baptist Church, Celriver Road, Rock Hill: Revival, 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday.

West End Baptist Church, McConnells Highway, Rock Hill: Southern Gospel concert by King's Cause, 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Connection at the corner of S.C. 5 and Rawlinson Road. Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert is free, and a love offering will be taken. For more information, call 327-2811. The youth will host an ornament book for Hospice of York County at Winter Wonderland Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Adam's Tree Farm. Men's fellowship prayer breakfast, 7:30 a.m. today.

Woodhaven Baptist Church, Marett Boulevard, Rock Hill: Adult choir Christmas cantata, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Nursery provided for both performances.


St. Anne Catholic Church, Bird Street, Rock Hill: Dawn Fitzpatrick has been named youth minister at St. Anne. She served as youth minister at St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park, Md. for three years.


Mount Zion Rock Grove Park Church of God, Porter Road, Rock Hill: Fundraising program for the church, 4 p.m. Sunday. Area choirs and praise teams welcome.


The Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, Caldwell Street, Rock Hill: First Fruits Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Lessons and Carols service, 5:30 p.m. Sunday.


Epiphany Lutheran Church, West Main Street, Rock Hill: Greening of the church, 10 a.m. today. Christmas Cookie Exchange, 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 9.


Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Celanese Road, Rock Hill: Senior and mid-high youth Christmas shopping trip, noon Sunday. Night of Christmas music, 7 p.m. Sunday.

Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Heckle Boulevard, Rock Hill: United Methodist Women Christmas luncheon, 10:30 a.m. today. Angel Tree gifts for White Oak Manor and Hunger Outreach donations are due Sunday. Gran's gifts for York Place are due Dec 9.

Friendship United Methodist Church, Neely Store Road, Rock Hill: Christmas bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 featuring handmade crafts, gift ideas, baked goods and homemade soup lunch.

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, S.C. 557 and 274, Lake Wylie: Lighting of the Cross, 7 tonight to benefit local soldiers serving with the 178th Engineers in Afghanistan and their families. Care packages will be sent to the soldiers, and it costs about $1,600 to ship them. Contributions can be sent to Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Soldier and Family Holiday Fund, P.O. Box 5082, Lake Wylie, SC 29710. Deadline to register for "Precept Bible Study: The Creation, Genesis Part I" is Dec. 19. The class will be from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Jan. 2 through Feb. 6. Cost is $11.50 for the workbook. To register, call (803) 746-5033 or (803) 831-0304.

India Hook United Methodist Church, Mount Gallant Road, Rock Hill: United Methodist Men's barbecue and United Methodist Women's bake sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Plates are $7 and include barbecue, baked beans, slaw, chips, roll, tea and dessert.

Kings Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church, Philbeck Road, York: Black Family Singers in concert, 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

Mount Holly United Methodist Church, S.C. 901, Rock Hill: Community fellowship supper, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the family life center. Menu: chicken and dumplings, bread, vegetables, dessert, tea and lemonade. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children 6 to 10; and free for children younger than 6. Proceeds to church projects..

Mount Prospect United Methodist Church, Mountain Gap Road, Richburg: Methodist Men will serve coffee and doughnuts in the fellowship hall before worship Sunday.

Trinity United Methodist Church, East Liberty Street, York: Circle No. 4 will hear the Lake Junaluska Singers perform "The Messiah" on Friday. Leave the church at 12:30 p.m. Friday and return on Dec. 8. Tickets are $14.50. Details: Ellen Jones, 927-7271. Christmas Cheer in the Trinity Village, a variety show, 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Basketball signup is under way.

Woodland United Methodist Church, Cherry Road, Rock Hill: Moravian Love Feast, 7 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments afterward. Lessons and Carols, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9. United Methodist Women's Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. Dec. 8 until the cookies are sold out. Boxes to fill with various cookies are $6. Cakes, pies, and specialty breads also will be sold. Proceeds to UMW missions.


Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, Harris Street, Fort Mill: Sunday school breakfast and concert, 9 a.m. Sunday in the family life center. Advent lighting of all the church decorations, 6 p.m. Sunday.


Christmas concert, "Glory to the Newborn King," featuring the combined choirs of Mount Prospect Baptist and St. Mary's Catholic churches and the Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale, directed by D. Jeffery Sligh, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Oakland Baptist Church on Oakland Avenue in Rock Hill. Free and open to the community. Performers will include Iris Rose, soprano; Mary Maree Blackwell, mezzo-soprano; Bobby Plair Jr., Clinton Junior College Vocal Ensemble, Karen Howze, Zinorl Bronola, and the Mount Prospect Angelic Praise team. Also on the program will be the debut of the Rock Hill Ecumenical Chorale Women's Ensemble, directed by Karen Craig.

Rock Hill Christian Ministerial Association: Radio program, 10:15 a.m. Sunday on WRHI.

"got questions? seek and you shall find" by Louis Pantuosco of Rock Hill has been published by Xulon Press. The book seeks to answer believer's most difficult questions. Panuosco, who teaches at Winthrop University, will have a book signing from noon to 3 p.m. today at Shepherd's Fold Books on Cherry Road. The book is available also through Amazon and at

Calvary Chapel, Celanese Road, Rock Hill: Evangelist and author Mark Cahill will present a seminar on evangelism, "Equipping Christians to Share Their Faith in Jesus Christ," 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 9. Details, 329-3929.

Faith Christian Ministries: Gospel program, 5 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster High School Auditorium featuring the FCM Gospel Choir, Gospel Equators, Shiropshire Family, Faithful Sons and more. Donation is $10 at the door.

Faith Prison Ministry: Banquet, 7 tonight at Rose of Sharon Hall on Irwin Street in Rock Hill.

Higher Ground Church, Possum Hollow Road, Indian Land: Children's Ministries performance, "A King is Coming to Town," 6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16. Free and open to the community.

Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, Tega Cay: The church is sponsoring a project called to collect clothing for homeless children in the area. A school bus will be located in the Lowe's Food parking lot at the corner of Gold Hill Road and S.C. 160 West from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Dec. 8 to collect donations. For more information, visit the Web site,

New Beginning Outreach Center, College Street, Chester: Dedication ceremony, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Rock Hill Bible Fellowship, Amelia Avenue, Rock Hill: Ordination service for Calvin McCullough Sr., 4 p.m. Sunday with Olah Moore of Norfolk, Va.

Trinity Christian Fellowship, Saluda Road, Chester: Christmas play, "The Night that Christ was Born," 6 p.m. Dec. 16.


Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, S.C. 274 at Allison Creek Road, Rock Hill: Allison Creek Preschool Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 featuring Bedford Falls Book Co., quilted items, crafts, gifts, toys, vendors, jewelry, wreaths, baked goods and more. Vendors are still being accepted. Call 325-8665 for information.

First Presbyterian Church, East Main Street, Rock Hill: Annual Christmas dinner, 6 p.m. Sunday. Bring a vegetable or dessert. First Presbyterian Players will make their debut with "Entertaining Angels," based on a tale by Leo Tolstoy. Burning Bush Band, "Sacred Rock" Christmas celebration, 7 p.m. Dec. 8 with guests Cline McGee, Lori Harkness and WCCS Jazz Band. Love offering welcome.

Grace Presbyterian Church, S.C. 160 West, Fort Mill: Live nativity, "The Inn Keepers Story," 6 p.m. Dec. 8.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill: Monthly prayer vigil for peace in the world, especially Iraq and Afghanistan, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel. Participants can come and go at will. The vigil is sponsored by the mission committee of Providence Presbytery. Second Sundays, a monthly contemporary service, will be 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Activities Center and will focus on "Where Love Is, God Is." Christmas cookies will be served before and after the service.


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