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Looking for inspiration? Lake Wylie church invites community to join groups

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Run for God - Good Samaritan UMC runners close in on the finish line during the annual Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce's Splash Dash through River Hills Plantation in Lake Wylie.
Run for God - Good Samaritan UMC runners close in on the finish line during the annual Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce's Splash Dash through River Hills Plantation in Lake Wylie.

Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Road, invites the community to join its small groups meeting this fall. There are several small groups with most starting to meet the week of Sept. 18:

▪ Run for God will meet at 6 p.m. Mondays at Oakridge Elementary School track. This couch to 5K training program inclues a Bible study. Call 803-610-9005 to sign up.

▪ Walk Away the Pounds offers two sessions: 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church. The group walks inside along with a video starting slow and gradually moving to 4 miles. For the day group, call 704-607-3741. For evening, call 704-309-8801.

▪ Knitting group meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. Experienced and beginner knitters meet for fellowship and create works including chemo hats, prayer shawls, scarves for homeless and more. Those who crochet also welcome. Call 704-675-3188.

▪ Fore! Golf Group is looking for golfers interested in getting together for fellowship on the links. Call 803-684-1062.

▪ Vertical Youth Group for students in grades 6-12 meets 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the home of Ryan Powell. Call 980-275-1844.

▪ Caregivers Support Group meets at 10:30 a.m. every other Tuesday at the church. Support for caregivers of aging parents, grandparents and disabled. Call 925-683-1522.

▪ Divorce Care Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church. Call 704-302-3362.

▪ Hangout meets noon-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays from anywhere - cellphone, tablet, computer. Join in a 30-minute Google Hangout video chat in this eight-week study of Psalms. Call 803-899-1579.

▪ “Half Truths” by Adam Hamilton study 7 p.m. Thursdays at the church. This six-week Bible study searches for the whole truth by comparing common Christian cliches with the wisdom found in Scripture. Call 803-684-1062.

▪ “More to Your Story: Discover Your Place in God’s Plan” by Max Lucado noon Wednesdays at the church. Discuss the book while enjoying lunch together. Call 336-803-0866.

▪ Adult Bible Studies Uniform Series 9:30 a.m Sundays at the church. This quarterly study of 13-weeks presents lessons that explore the Bible and how to apply it to everyday life. Call 704-913-3501.

▪ “Know Your Why” by Ken Costa 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 a.m. Sundays various locations. Call 704-607-3741 or 256-996-4177.

▪ Men’s Bible Study 6-7 a.m. Wednesdays at the church. Study the early church, work of Holy Spirit and implications on lives today. Call 803-899-1579.

Consignment sale Sept. 17 in Belmont

First United Methodist Church is having a consignment sale at 7 a.m. Sept. 17 featuring gently-used fall and winter clothing in various sizes at reasonable cost. For consigning packets, visit Consignment drop offs are on the Sunday and Monday prior to the sale.

Walk 4 Recovery Sept. 24

New Life Purpose Ministries is holding its third annual Walk 4 Recovery at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, York Road.

The walk commemorates individuals who have taken the courage to recover from issues associated with substance abuse prevention, mental health disorders, cancer survivors, domestic violence, mothers of murdered offspring, mothers against drunk drivers, physical disabilities, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, HIV/Aids and PTSD. Agencies serving those individuals have been invited.

The Rev. Ricou Williams knows what it means to suffer from substance abuse and mental illness, and what it takes to overcome it. A Charlotte native who has lived in Clover for seven years hopes the fundraiser will help the 6-year-old ministry continue to help individuals with resources and life skills training.

Williams said the ministry helps to provide individuals with resources such as bus passes, food and clothing and assists clients with life skills training thanks to fellow churches Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church and Christ the King Church.

“Our programs are broken into three phases,” he said. “The first phase deals with core issues, the second helps individuals with career planning and vocational training, and our third phase will help individuals in their attempt to find suitable housing.”

Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. There will be food, games, music and prizes.

To register or for vendor information, visit Call 980-322-4161 for more information.

High school ministry forming in Clover

Young Life, a high school ministry started in the 1940s, is forming in Clover.

Organizer Tyler Wolf said he is looking for anyone who would be excited in reaching high school students with the Gospel by showing up where students are at sports, practices and school events, and building personal relationships with them. The goal is to show students what it looks like to follow Jesus on a daily basis, Wolf said.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer leader, helping behind the scenes or having a student get involved, call 803-389-3833 or

Crafters wanted for Oct. 22 church bazaar

All Saints Women’s Organization is seeking crafters for the annual Craft Fair/Bazaar Oct. 22.

Rentals are $10 for a 10-by-10 booth or $20 for a 10-by-20 booth.

The community is invited to participate in the outside garage sale the same day. Cost is $10 for one parking space or $20 for two spaces.

Call 315-323-0558 or email

York church celebrating 100 years

Filbert PCA, 2066 Filbert Highway, will continue celebration of its100th anniversary this Oct. 29-30 with a Reformation Celebration with David and Patti (Burton) Rountree, who grew up at Filbert.

For more information visit or call 803-684-3600.

Community Cafe serves lunch Tuesday

The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly. The Cafe at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church in Fort Mill serves lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays.

Donations welcome. Call 330-289-1243 for details.

Journey holds community prayer

The Journey at Lake Wylie, 5415 Highway 557, holds community prayer 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Everyone is welcome. Visit

Billy Graham Library opens ‘Crisis’ display

The Billy Graham Library’s new “Compassion in Crisis” display will be featured through Oct. 31, highlighting how the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has impacted significant crises in the last decades.

“Compassion in Crisis” gives visitors a current and historical overview of the BGEA’s two crisis response ministries: World Emergency Fund, founded in 1973; and the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team of chaplains, founded in 2002 following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. These ministries work to provide relief — physically, emotionally and spiritually — to those affected by man-made or natural disasters.

The display also features never-before-seen artifacts, including: a cross made from debris from the 9/11 attacks, a handwritten letter to Billy Graham from President Clinton expressing gratitude for Graham’s participation in the prayer service after the Oklahoma City bombing, and a handmade spoon given to RRT staff following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Visitors will be able to tour the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team Mobile Ministry Center, a 10-wheeled, 10-speed Kenworth mobile command center that serves as the base of operations for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team as they minister in devastated areas.

For information, visit

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