Church news for Dec. 5

December 5, 2013 

Mount Vernon UMC plans hobo supper

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church in Hickory Grove will have a hobo supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

Cost is $6 adults and $3 children. The menu includes pinto beans, black-eyed peas, mac and cheese, cooked cabbage, slaw, cornbread, dessert and drinks.

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.

River Hills church offering special service

River Hills Community Church will hold “A Quiet Christmas” service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. This service acknowledges Christmas is not always a happy time; it can be a time when grief, loss and sorrow overshadow the joyful celebration.

Senior pastor Gayle Montgomery began holding services for those experiencing grief and loss in 2004, when her sister’s 42-year-old husband died unexpectedly. As the holidays approached, her sister commented that she just wanted to “go to sleep before Thanksgiving and wake up after New Year’s.” This sentiment prompted the decision to design a service that would allow those experiencing grief to acknowledge their feelings, honor their loved ones, and re-frame Christmas in such a way that the true meaning can still be celebrated, even if all the “hoopla” surrounding Christmas is not.

Using Scripture, reflections and music, explore the comfort God offers in dark times and remember those we love. Child care is provided by reservation only. Call 803-831-1615.

Hear sounds of season Dec. 12

Sounds for the Season, presented by With Strings Attached, will be held at noon Dec. 12 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave.

Members are Elda Franklin, viola and Mary Ann Helton, piano with guest artists Dave Franklin, saxophone; Jerry Helton, voice; and Kathy Hyatt, piano.

Donations of nonperishable food items are requested.

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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