Contemporary service offered
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 501 Pine St., Fort Mill, invites the community to its Inspire Contemporary Service 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A potluck dinner will follow. For more information, call 547-5968.
Cookie walk, basket auction at Riverview
A cookie walk will be 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 7 at Riverview Presbyterian Church at the corner of Sutton and Harris roads, Fort Mill.
Homemade cookies will be sold for $10 a box. An auction of theme baskets will held. Proceeds will be used for playground equipment and the Ignite youth group’s 2014 mission trip to Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Toys needed for ‘Operation Christmas Child’
Two local churches need donated gifts to help them make a merry Christmas for children in need.
Crossroads Lutheran Church, 8511 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, will serve as the shoebox drop-off site during National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25, for Operation Christmas Child. The site will be open Monday-Saturday, Nov. 18-23 and Monday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 24, 1-3 p.m.; and Thursday evening, Nov. 21, 5-7 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 121 Monroe White St., Fort Mill, is collecting donations on the following schedule: Nov. 18: 6-8 p.m., Nov. 19: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 20: 6-8 p.m., Nov. 21: noon-3 p.m., Nov. 22: 1-4 p.m., Nov. 23: 2-5 p.m., Nov. 24: 2-5 p.m. and Nov. 25: 8-10 a.m.
Thanks to Operation Christmas Child, from 1993 through last year, 100 million poor children in more than 100 countries have received shoeboxes at Christmastime filled with simple gifts (school supplies, toys, hygiene items, T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, etc.) that have given each child joy and hope for the future. Gifts are chosen for boys and girls, ages 2-14.
For more information on packing a box, and how you and your family can get involved, check out the website at samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child.
Oak Initiative meets Mondays
The Fort Mill chapter of The Oak Initiative meets at 7:30 p.m. each Monday night 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 more 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 Hwy. 160 West and Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, near Tega Cay.
The cafe serves free lunches every Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Donations are accepted.
For information, call Pastor Lybrand at 548-5489 or Donald Murfin at 330-289-1243.
Temple Kol Ami meets at Unity
Temple Kol Ami meets for services the first and third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Unity Presbyterian Church, 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill.
Temple Solel meets at St. Philip Neri
Temple Solel, a Reform Jewish Congregation, is holding Shabbat Services as well as religious schooling at St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fort Mill.
Services are held 7 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Religious School is Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, including directions, go to templesolelsc.org. Find “Temple Solel SC” on Facebook or call Russ Cobe at 803-619-9707.
Flint Hill has clothes for needy
Flint Hill Baptist Church, 269 Flint Hill Road, Fort Mill, offers a Clothing Closet Ministry the second and fourth Monday of every month, 9:30 a.m.-noon.
Adults and children’s clothes, shoes, linens and miscellaneous items are available. For more information, call 548-0672.
Gateway collects canned goods
The Gateway Church of God, 8558 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, is collecting 15-ounce cans of green beans and corn for its annual Appalachia missions project. The goal is to collect 1,200 total cans to deliver to poverty-stricken areas of Kentucky in November.
Donations of food items can be brought to Gateway at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and 2-5 p.m. Sundays. A representative will be on hand to receive donations. For more information, call Saundra Ferguson at 803-581-3063.
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.
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.
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.
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