Church news for Nov. 21

November 19, 2013 

Trinity UMC to hold craft show

Trinity United Methodist Church, East Liberty Street, York, will have a craft bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 23 with a bake and casserole sale.

Sausage biscuits, fried apple pies and coffee will be available for breakfast.

First Baptist to host Santa

First Baptist Church, 102 S. Congress St., York, will hold a Brunch with Santa from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the fellowship hall.

Cost is $6 per child, which includes a picture with Santa, craft, brunch and a Christmas story read by Santa. Children younger than 6 must be with an adult.

Tickets are limited. Proceeds support the church’s children’s mission camp expenses. For details or tickets, call the church at 803-684-4297.

Charlotte plans interfaith Thanksgiving service

Charlotte’s 38th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. The event is sponsored by Mecklenburg Ministries.

There will be music by the 200 singer Interfaith Adult and Children’s Choirs, and the words of the Mecklenburg Ministries’ Youth Council, as well as a list of interfaith clergy from throughout Charlotte.

The service opens with a Native American blessing and includes sacred texts from the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh traditions.

The message will be delivered this year by Dr. Ronald C. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University. Carter’s message is “The courage to be thankful in tough times.”

Operation Christmas Child gearing up

York County residents aim to collect 2,200 gift-filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child during National Collection Week, Nov. 18 to 25.

York County collection sites are: Eastview Baptist Church, 1430 Gordon Road, Rock Hill; and Lake Wylie Christian Assembly, 5766 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie.

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 704-583-1463 or visit

Shoebox gifts are collected all year at the Samaritan’s Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C. Participants can also build a box through an online tool offering a personalized and convenient way to send a gift to a child in one of the hardest-to-reach countries.

First Presbyterian plans Bible studies

First Presbyterian Church will host these Bible study opportunities:

• Lunchtime Bible study, BYOS (Bring Your Own Sandwich), is noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

• A women’s Bible study is 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays. The study will be Beth Moore’s “A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place,” on the Old Testament tabernacle. Cost of the study book is $16.

• A men’s Bible study meets 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays. The current study is on the book of Genesis. There is no cost.

All Bible studies are open to the community.

Call the church office for more information: 803-684-2356.

New Beginnings seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed for God’s Kitchen, a ministry of New Beginnings Baptist Church that delivers meals to at least 120 shut-ins each day.

Volunteers also are being sought for the Lighthouse Thrift Store, which helps provide housing for the homeless.

Volunteers will help with daily operations including delivery, pickup and sorting donations.

For details, contact the Rev. Ricou Williams at the church, 706 Old N. Main St., Clover; or call 980-322-4161.

Community Cafe serving lunch

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.

Donations are accepted. Details: 330-289-1243.

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