Fort Mill Times

Churches reach out during economic crisis

• Lake Wylie Crossroads Career Network Explorers meet for almost two hours every Sunday evening, then again for two hours twice monthly for seminars with speakers and workshops at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Hwy.

Weekly meetings include small groups, one-on-one training and open forums, where leaders assist in everything from resume writing to mock interviews, skills training and financial advice to perhaps the main focus -- networking. Online networking and job updates also are held, mixing face-to-face interaction training with the latest technology.

The volunteer group is not a job fair, but rather helps anyone develop or fine-tune job skills for a job search or career change.

White collar and blue collar, men and women, people of all faiths, age and race are welcome to attend weekly meetings.

For more information, call 803-222-0069, e-mail, or visit

• Lake Wylie Lutheran Church offers a Career Transition Support Ministry from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at S.C. 160 and Gold Hill Road,facilitated by the Stephen Ministers of Lake Wylie Lutheran Church.

The purpose of the ministry is to provide confidential, Christian fellowship for those making job or career changes to discuss feelings, common issues and practical actions during the transition time.

Participants engage in sharing their situation and what they are looking to do. Facilitators and other participants provide feedback and ideas to help focus on successful action plans while strengthening a faith relationship with God.

The meeting format begins with a devotional followed by introductions, individual weekly check-in, group discussion topics such as feelings, resumes, networking, interviewing, follow up, family and how to market yourself. Each meeting ends by identifying action items for the coming week and closes with prayer.

For more information, call 803-548-5489 or 803-802-3469.

-- from staff reports