Adult VBS Oct. 1-3
Temple Baptist Church, 281 Celriver Road, Rock Hill, will hold Adult VBS 6-8 p.m. Oct.1-3.
The theme is The ’70s. Everyone is welcome.
Shoebox recipient shares story
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Irena Creek, a former Operation Christmas Child shoebox recipient from Ukraine, will share her story at 10 a.m. Oct. 4 at Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land.
Since 1993, the Samaritan’s Purse ministry, Operation Christmas Child, has delivered shoeboxes filled with simple Christmas gifts to more than 100 million children in more than 100 countries. These boxes are filled with school supplies, toys, hygiene items, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips and more. This year’s shoebox collection dates are Nov. 17-24. For more information, go to www.Crossroads-Lutheran.org.
High Holy Service schedules set
Fort Mill’s two synagogues have announced their service schedules for the High Holy Days:
Temple Kol Ami (meeting at Unity Presbyterian Church in Fort Mill)
Services for Yom Kippur (Oct. 2-3) will be led by Rabbi Joseph Levanon and Cantorial soloist Sara Sherman.
Rabbi Levanon served at Fayetteville’s Beth Israel Congregation for 17 years and has been with Temple Kol Ami for the past year. He is a renowned scholar and widely published author who has also worked previously as a professor of Judaic Studies at six universities.
The full schedule of services is posted at templekolamisc.org. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-701-0149. Babysitting will be available for a $5 donation by reservation only by emailing email@example.com.
Temple Solel, the Reform Jewish congregation in Fort Mill, meets at St. Philip Neri Church on Munn Road in Fort Mill. The schedule is as follows:
• 7 p.m. Oct. 3 Kol Nidre
• Oct.4 Yom Kippur
9:30 a.m. Children’s Service
10:30 a.m. Morning Service
4 p.m. Yiskor
Closing Services following Yiskor
Break-the-fast following closing services
Participation is free for all members of the congregation and is $50 for nonmembers. Students and active military are invited to participate at no charge. Nonmembers who are interested in attending any of the services should call Wendy and Roy Weinberger at 803-548-5415.
ESL Bible study for women offered
An English as a Second Language Bible study for women is held 9:30-11:30 a.m. through Dec. 16 at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill. Child care is provided with a reservation.
For more information, call 704-641-4518.
Crossroads women’s discussion group resumes
Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, has resumed its women’s discussion/study group at 9 a.m., the third Saturday of each month. The group will discuss the book “Prepared For A Purpose” by Antoinette Tuff. Visitors are welcome.
For more information, go to www. Crossroads-Lutheran.org.
Eat, study, sing on Abundant Wednesdays
Everyone is invited to eat, enjoy fellowship, Bible study and singing during Abundant Wednesdays at Riverview Presbyterian Church at corner of Sutton and Harris roads, Fort Mill. Meals are at 5:45 p.m. every Wednesday, followed by adult Bible study at 6:15.
A nursery will be provided. Choir rehearsal is 7:10-8:15 p.m. For more information, call Linda Ferrel at 803-802-0048.
Methodist church holds fall festival
Philadelphia United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 to raise money for missions.
The Philadelphia United Methodist Women will sell homemade baked goods and the church cookbook, which consists of recipes from members of the congregation.
The Philadelphia United Methodist Men and Boy Scout Troop 832 will sell the Joe Faulkenbury Memorial Famous Chicken BBQ Plates for $9 for adults and $5 for children. To buy tickets, call the church office at 803-548-0102.
The Senior Friends will have a yard sale, and 8 by 10 spaces are available to rent for $15. Sellers will need to bring their own tables. Set up begins at 7 a.m. at the church, 1691 Highway 160 West (near Baxter Village at the intersection of Sutton Road) in Fort Mill.
For more information on space rental, contact Kay Mukomela at firstname.lastname@example.org or803-802-1518.
Higher Ground offers after-school program
The Higher Ground Church Child Development Center is enrolling for the 2014-2015 Christ-centered after-school program.
All kindergarten students along with first- through fifth-graders are welcome. The program is a spiritual alternative to traditional child care centers offering professional homework tutoring with an on-site tutor, daily chapel services, and low student-to-teacher ratios in separated classrooms.
Each day children will be offered healthy snacks, structured group play times and spiritual lessons. The program offers seasonal drama and music productions.
Higher Ground Church is a nondenominational church at 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land.
ESL classes held
English as a Second Language classes meet 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill.
Students are assessed and placed in a class based on their knowledge of English, from beginner to advanced. All classes are free and are for anyone who needs to learn to speak English. Call Barbara Garrison at 803-548-4611 for information.
Wednesday Night Live held at Amazing Grace
Crossroads Lutheran and Amazing Grace Lutheran churches will host Wednesday Night Live, a time for food, fellowship and learning at Amazing Grace Lutheran, 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw, N.C. This study will cover 1 and 2 Samuel.
Gathering for fellowship and dinner begins at 5:15 p.m.; the study will be held 6:15- 7:30 p.m.
Call in a prayer
Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., has a time of prayer 9:15 a.m. Sundays for the nation, church and any prayer requests. Call in your prayer requests to the church office any time at 803-548-4633.
MOPS is for moms
Mothers of Preschoolers, an international, nondenominational Christian organization, meets at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.
According to the group, “MOPS strives to create an environment where every mom can realize her beauty and importance from within – enriching the lives of their families.” Women with children through kindergarten meet bimonthly to encourage personal, social, and spiritual growth.
For more information, call the church office at 803-547-2051.
Oak Initiative meets Mondays
The Fort Mill chapter of The Oak Initiative meets 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Heritage International Ministries, 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill.
The Oak Initiative is a nondenominational organization committed to unite, mobilize, equip and activate residents to engage in issues of our time from a biblical worldview.
For information, call 803-487-0220.
Community Cafe offers lunch
The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church at the corner of S.C. 160 West and Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, near Tega Cay.
The cafe serves free lunches 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Friday. Donations are accepted.
For information, call Pastor Rammy Lybrand at 803-548-5489 or Donald Murfin at 330-289-1243.
Forever Friends meets monthly
Forever Friends is a praise and worship program for adults with disabilities and special needs ages 18 years and older. It is sponsored by Grace Community United Methodist Church and meets 6:30-8 p.m. the third Thursday of every month.
Grace Community Church is at 1190 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. Adults with disabilities or special needs are welcome to gather and socialize, sing songs, participate in group activities and just have fun. For details, call 803-548-4078.
Help with grieving
Ultimate Life Church on Carowinds Boulevard in Fort Mill offers support for people coping with losses in life such as divorce, death and unemployment.
Learn how to overcome the emotions that go with the loss and begin to function with joy in your life again. Groups meet 7 p.m. the first and fourth Fridays of each month.
For details, call Sandy Brazil at 803-329-1396.
Cookbook for sale
The United Methodist Women at Osceola United Methodist Church have recently published a cookbook, “A Taste of Friendship.” The cookbook is enclosed in a three-ring binder and is offered for sale for $15. To purchase, call Floy Ervin at 803-548-5404 or Loree Wolfe at 803-285-3719.
Community reading program
The United Churches of Fort Mill has organized “The Paradise Reading Center, Changing the lives of Families through Reading.” The objective is to improve literacy in the Fort Mill community.
The host site is Bethlehem Baptist Church, 601 Joe Louis St., Fort Mill, and the hours are 5-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers are welcome.
For more information, contact Ollie Hicklin at 803-370-5169 or hicklino @fort-mill.k12.sc.us.
Adults needed for outreach
Young Life of York County is at work with teens in the community, providing leaders to help them make wise decisions.
Young Life is a Christian ministry committed to making an impact on kids’ lives and giving them hope for tomorrow. Founded in 1941, Young Life leaders build positive relationships with young people to model and communicate the truth about Jesus Christ. Young Life reaches suburban, urban and multicultural kids, as well as kids with disabilities and teenage mothers.
Call Nancy Manning at 803-547-4148 for details.
Crossroads men’s group
Lutheran Men in Mission is meeting at 9 a.m. at Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, the first Saturday of each month.
Faith-based support for LGBT community available
Affirmation of York County is a newly formed support group for people in faith communities who seek support and understanding for themselves and others in working through the issues confronted by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and their friends.
Meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 S.C. 160 West, Fort Mill. People of all faiths are welcome. For information, call Ellen at 803-417-0954 or Melissa at 803-547-6042, or email email@example.com.
Flint Hill has clothes for needy
Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, offers a Clothing Closet Ministry 9:30 a.m.-noon the second and fourth Monday of every month.
Adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes, linens and miscellaneous items are available. Details: 803-548-0672.
Bible study at Faith Fitness
Faith Fitness Studio in Fort Mill will hold a free Bible study called “Fit for Christ” every Tuesday 7-7:45 p.m.
For information, call 803-389-7600 or go to faithfitstudio.com.
• An AWANA/break out at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Parkway, Tega Cay, for children ages 3 through fifth grade is held from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays. For details, call Kathy Baden, children’s pastor, at 803-548-2755, ext. 24.
• The AWANA program at GlenRock Baptist Church, 1815 Doby’s Bridge Road in Fort Mill, is for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. For details, call 803-547-6420.
• AWANA meets at Westerly Hills Baptist Church, 1730 Doves Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Everyone is invited. Call 803-547-6150 for details.
• Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Fort Mill, holds AWANA from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Sundays. Details: 803-802-3189.
Kids program held on Sundays
GlenRock Baptist Church, 1915 Dobys Bridge Road in Fort Mill, offers a Children’s Ministry Fellowship and Bible Time program from 6 to 7 p.m. every Sunday. The program, for ages 5 to fifth grade, includes games and snacks
Outreach Center has music classes
World Outreach Center Community Church, 130 Heritage Blvd., Fort Mill, offers a series of classes for Christian artists and musicians.
Holy Creativity classes will meet 6:30 p.m. Mondays. Songwriting I and Tiffy’s Art classes will meet 8:05 p.m. Mondays. The classes cost $150 each or two for $250. Also, two free classes will be offered: Power of Prayer at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Equipping I at 8:05 p.m. Tuesdays. For details, call 803-414-5171 or visit worldoutreachcommunity.org.
Church offers medical equipment
Unity Presbyterian Church maintains a medical equipment supply closet with donated items such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, portable bedside commodes, toilet risers, shower chairs, walkers, crutches, canes and more. Call 803-547-5543.
Moms pray for students
Mom’s in Prayer (formerly Mom’s in Touch) meets 9 a.m. Thursdays to pray for local students. If you are interested in praying for your children in middle or high school, contact Marilyn Payton at 803-547-4520.