Pray Day observed at Town Hall May 2

April 30, 2013 

National Day of Prayer May 2

A National Day of Prayer event will be held 12:20-12:40 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Fort Mill Town Hall, 112 Confederate St. Everyone is invited to participate.

St. Paul’s hosts organ recital

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 501 Pine St., Fort Mill, will present Timothy Quay Smith in an organ recital 4 p.m. Sunday. This program is in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the installation of the church’s pipe organ, which was built by W. Zimmer and Sons. Mr. Smith also performed in one of a series of organ inaugural recitals in 2003.

Smith has served a number of churches in the area and is presently the Parish Musician at Christ Episcopal Church in Lancaster. He also is the proprietor and operator of Smith Pipe Organ Service, and tunes and maintains several pipe organs in the Carolinas. The program will cover a wide variety of music – from a Bach fugue to selections from Phantom of the Opera.

This program is free and open to the public. For directions to the church, go to

Ascension service May 9

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 501 Pine St., Fort Mill, invites the community to an Evensong for the Ascension of Our Lord at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. The service will be sung by the St. Paul’s choir, directed by Judy Tolbert, and members of the Christ Episcopal Church choir (Lancaster), directed by Tim Q. Smith.

The Rev. Sarah C. Franklin, Rector, will be the officiant.

One of the chief feasts of the Christian year, Ascension’s observance dates back to at least the late 300’s. The Christian Church doctrine of the Ascension holds that Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after his resurrection (in the presence of his eleven Apostles), and that in heaven He sits at the right hand of God the Father. For more information or for directions to the church, go to

Calvary honors veterans at special breakfast

Calvary Church will honor Charlotte area veterans at a special Veterans Breakfast on Friday, May 17, 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Crown Room. All veterans in the community are invited for a hearty meal and warm fellowship in recognition and appreciation of their service to America.

Major General Tom Sadler will address the assembly with an inspiring message and reflections from his storied military career. As 21st Air Force Commander, he commanded some 37,000 people in 70 locations in 15 countries on five continents. When he retired in 1983, he was the only general on active duty who had flown in combat in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Calvary Church is located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, at the corner of Rea Road and Highway 51, Charlotte.

For more information or to purchase tickets for $5, go to

Crossroads Prayer Garden open to public

Everyone is invited to visit the Community Prayer Garden with Stations of the Cross on the grounds of Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land. The garden, shaded with benches, is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Booklets are available at the entrance of the garden with reflections and prayers to guide visitors on their walk. The garden is located on the right side of the building with parking in the church parking lot.

Sign up for Crossroads summer day camp

Registration for Summer Day Camp at Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, is open. The camp, staffed by Lutheridge and Lutherock, will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m., July 29-Aug. 2, for children in rising first through rising sixth grades. Cost is $50 per child, and scholarships are available. Space is limited.

Visit for registration information.

Gateway Church of God collects canned goods

The Gateway Church of God, 8558 Shelley Mullis Road in Indian Land, is collecting 15-oz. cans of green beans and corn for its annual Appalachia missions project. The goal is to collect 1,200 cans to deliver to poverty-stricken areas of Kentucky in November.

Donations of food items can be brought to Gateway Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays 2-5 p.m. A representative will be on hand to receive donations. For more information, call Saundra Ferguson at 803-581-3063.

Summer Camp registration at Christ the King Church

Registration is now open for two summer camps at Christ the King Church.

Camp Sonshine will be held June 17 -June 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This camp is for 3- and 4-year-olds and rising kindergarteners who will make crafts, go on nature hikes, hear Bible stories, sing songs and more. The cost is $75 per camper.

Camp Agape will be held Aug. 5 -Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This camp is for rising first- through fifth-graders who will join their camp counselors for games, songs, crafts, nature activities, Bible studies and more. The cost is $100 per camper.

The registration deadline for both camps is May 1. To register, go to Both camps will be held at Christ the King Church, 13501 S. Tryon St. in Charlotte. For more information, call 704-587-0073.

Community Cafe offers lunch

The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches at Lake Wylie Lutheran Church at the corner of S.C. Hwy. 160 West and Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, near Tega Cay.

The cafe serves free lunches every Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Fridays. Donations are accepted.

For information, call Pastor Lybrand at 548-5489 or Donald Murfin at 330-289-1243.

Temple Solel holding Shabbat services

Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation, is holding Shabbat Services as well as religious schooling at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church at 292 Munn Road in Fort Mill. Services are held in the Ministry Building adjacent to the Fellowship Hall.

Services are held 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. The first service of the month is a Kabbalat Shabbat. The second is a Midrash Shabbat, or learners Shabbat. The Ritual committee is creating a program that includes prayer along with a topic of discussion that may include a speaker.

Religious School is held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays using the curriculum of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. The Religious School includes children from Kindergarten through B’nai Mitzvah training.

For more information including directions, go to, look for Temple Solel SC on Facebook or call Renee Feitelberg at 547-3043.

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 389-7600 or go to

Outreach Center has music classes

World Outreach Center Community Church, 130 Heritage Blvd., offers a series of classes for Christian artists and musicians.

Holy Creativity classes will meet Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Songwriting I and Tiffy’s Art classes will meet Mondays at 8:05 p.m. 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 414-5171 or visit

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 547-5543.

Moms pray for students

Mom’s in Prayer (formerly Mom’s in Touch) meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. to pray for local students. If you are interested in praying for your children in middle or high school, contact Marilyn Payton at 547-4520.

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 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Grace Community Church is located 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, information, call 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, jobs, loved ones, dreams, friends, etc. Learn how to overcome the emotions that go along with the loss and begin to function with joy in your life again. Groups meet at 7 p.m. the first and fourth Fridays of each month.

For details, call Sandy Brazil at 329-1396.

Master Club in swing

Bible Baptist Church, 255 S. S.C. Highway 21 Bypass in Fort Mill, offers a Master Club at 7:15-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for kids in preschool through the sixth grade. Kids are invited learn about the Bible, memorize verses, play games and more. There’s a teen program as well. For details, call 547-2761 or email

It’s ... Sunday Night Live!

Tega Cay Baptist Church has a program called Sunday Night Live.

From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sundays, join the church for a variety of offerings, starting with a devotional kick-off from Pastor Brad, adult and children’s choir practice, the Traveling with God program for kids and accountability prayer groups for men and women.

The church is located at 1875 Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill. For more information, call 548-2600.

MOPS meets

Mothers of Preschoolers, an international, nondenominational Christian organization, meets at First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill.

MOPS serves moms to make a difference in the lives of their families. Women with children ages infant through kindergarten meet every other Friday during the school year. Childcare is provided.

Cookbook for sale

The United Methodist Women at Osceola United Methodist Church have recently published a new 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 548-5404 or Loree Wolfe at 285-3719.

United Churches offer 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 with hopes of improving school performance, as well as adult literacy.

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 welcomed.

For more information, contact Ollie Hicklin at 803-370-5169 or

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 in order 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 547-4148 for details.

ESL classes held

English as a Second Language classes meet at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night at Flint Hill Baptist Church in 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 548-4611.

Call in a prayer

Fort Mill Church of the Nazarene, 109 Harris St., has a time of prayer on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. for the nation, church and any prayer requests. Call in your prayer requests to the church office any time at 548-4633.

Want to learn or teach ESL?

Life Builders ESL Ministry offers free English classes for anyone who needs to learn or improve their English. Classes meet every week. Teachers and other volunteers are needed to help with the classes. For details, call Barbara at 327-6144 or email

AWANA meets

• An AWANA/break out at Lakeshore Christian Fellowship, 130 Shoreline Parkway, Tega Cay, for children ages 3 through grade five is held from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. For details, call Kathy Baden, children’s pastor, at 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 grade five Sundays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call 547-6420.

• AWANA meets at Westerly Hills Baptist Church, 1730 Doves Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Everyone is invited. Call 547-6150 for details.

• Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road in Fort Mill, holds AWANA from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sundays. For details, call 802-3189.

Kids program held on Sundays

GlenRock Baptist Church, 1615 Doby’s Bridge Road in Fort Mill, offers a Children’s Ministry Fellowship and Bible Time program from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Sunday. The program, for ages 5 to grade five, includes games and snacks

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