ROCK HILL St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., will offer a six-week series of Samba lessons at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 27.
Josh Love, owner and professional dance instructor of J’Adore Ballroom Studio in Charlotte, will teach the classes.
Classes are for all ages, new beginners and experienced dancers. No experience or partner is needed. The classes begin with the basic step and progress with each class.
A donation of $30 a person for the six-week series will go to the children’s building. Register the first night of class. Call 803-980-4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clover Presbyterian announces services
CLOVER Clover Presbyterian Church, 202 Kings Mountain St., announces Holy Week events and services:
• Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. March 28 in the sanctuary.
• Good Friday/Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m. March 29 in the sanctuary.
• Easter Sunday, March 31, sunrise service on the lawn (weather permitting) at 7 a.m.; Easter breakfast at 8 a.m. in the fellowship hall; Easter worship service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary.
For more information, call 803-222-9108 or visit cloverpres.org.
River Hills church posts week’s events
LAKE WYLIE River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton’s Ferry Road, announces Holy Week services:
• Maundy Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m. March 28; will include the sacrament of Holy Communion.
• Good Friday Service, 7:30 p.m. March 29; will include Stations of the Cross.
• Easter Sunday, March 31, includes 7 a.m. sunrise service at Camp Thunderbird; 8 a.m. Easter breakfast in the Life Center; Easter Egg Hunt at 8:45 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. Easter worship in the sanctuary.
The men of the church host the breakfast. The menu will include scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, grits, coffee and juice.
Call 803-831-1615 for more info or visit rhcconline.org.
Allison Creek Presbyterian announces services
YORK Allison Creek Presbyterian Church on Highway 274 will hold Holy Week events.
• Thursday, March 28, service at 7 p.m. with communion and hands-on worship expression.
• On Sunday, March 31, sunrise services on the lake is at 7:30 a.m. at 1940 Abby Lane, off Allison Creek Road. Bring a breakfast item to share after worship. Easter worship with communion will be held at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Grace Presbyterian posts services
FORT MILL Grace Presbyterian, 2955 S.C. 160, will have a Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. March 28.
Grace Notes and the drama team will use music, drama and narration to illustrate Christ’s last days in human form. A nursery will be provided.
The church will be hosting a sunrise service on Easter morning, March 31, at 7 a.m. at Windjammer Park in Tega Cay. Attendees will need to bring blankets and chairs. An Easter service will be held at Grace Presbyterian at 10:15 a.m.
Easter food blessing Saturday
FORT MILL On Holy Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road, Fr. John Giuliani will bless Easter food.
This centuries-old Eastern European tradition of blessing Easter food baskets symbolizes the end of the Lenten fast. All are welcome.
For more information, call 803-831-7844.
Church hosts country dance lessons
ROCK HILL St. John’s United Methodist Church, 321 S. Oakland Ave., will offer Country Two-Step lessons at 7:30 p.m. April 8, 15 and 22.
Certified instructors are Bill and April Bragg. Classes are for all ages, beginners and experienced dancers. A donation of $15 a person for the three-week series of classes will go to the children’s building.
Call 803-980-4000 or email email@example.com.
Presentation on Israel April 10
LAKE WYLIE A presentation on “Israel and Jordan: The Past to the Present” will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 10 at River Hills Community Church sanctuary. A second presentation will be available May 8.
Charles W. Ford, Ph.D., professor of health sciences at the University of New England, Portland, Maine, will share his recent experiences as a tour leader in escorting a group of Lake Wylie residents to Israel and Jordan. Ford and his wife, Barbara, have been traveling to Israel for 12 years. Ford has taught 1,600 Israeli nurses as part of a bachelor’s degree completion program.
Anyone interested in the history of travel to the Middle East will benefit. Call 803-831-1615 or 803-831-8477 for more information.
Hear message April 12 in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE Grace Townsend-Goreth will share her experiences and how people of all backgrounds are working together to accelerate Bible translation at the 7 p.m. April 12 Wycliffe Associates dinner at Charlotte Marriott Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive.
“They called me ‘the miracle baby,’” said Townsend-Goreth, recalling the day an airplane carrying Grace and her parents did a nosedive into the jungles of Mexico.
It was 1947, and she was 6 weeks old. Her father, William Cameron Townsend, founder of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and her mother were visiting a missionary training camp in Mexico. Upon takeoff returning to the United States, the plane’s tail clipped the top of a tree, flipping the aircraft headfirst into the jungle. The plane splintered into pieces. Miraculously, Townsend-Goreth emerged without a scratch.
Images from the scene sparked the founding of JAARS, a ministry arm of Wycliffe that provides aviation support and other technical services for Bible translators around the world.
“I want to keep sharing the story,” she said. “Keep telling others why the work of Wycliffe is still so important. That we must be diligent for the sake of the 300 million people who still have not heard God’s message of love in their own language.”
Call 803-831-8477 by April 8 for complimentary tickets to this event.
‘Italian Idol’ tryouts April 13
FORT MILL Auditions for the “Italian Idol” talent contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at St. Philip Neri Church hall, Munn Road.
There are two divisions: senior division for 14 and older, and junior division for ages 7-13. Cash prizes, trophies and other prizes will be given to top three winners in each division.
The contest is open to the public. You do not have to be Italian to tryout. To schedule an audition, visit SPNitalianfestival.org.
The contest will be held during the church’s 18th annual Italian Festival May 16-17.
For questions, call 803-370-0600.
See the light
FORT MILL The next meeting of Fort Mill Aglow Lighthouse will be April 16.
Aglow, a transdenominational organization of Christian women, meets 6 to 8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in room 228 (near Western Wear) at Plaza Fiesta on Carowinds Boulevard, Fort Mill.
Aglow groups are in about 165 nations around the world with more than 1,400 groups in the U.S. The heart of the organization is local fellowship. Small groups studies, care (support) groups, retreats and annual conferences make up the Aglow year. It is a network of caring women as well as a faith-building organization. For details, call 803-548- 6446.
Widow of 9/11 pilot to speak
CHARLOTTE Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road, welcomes all women to the “Beauty Beyond the Ashes” conference featuring Cheryl McGuiness from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 20 in the Crown Room.
McGuiness, the widow of the American Airlines Flight 11 copilot whose plane was first to hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, is a nationally recognized speaker, author and founder of Beauty Beyond the Ashes ministry.
Tickets cost $15 for adults, or $10 for ages 10 to 18. Coffee and a light breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. Space is limited. To register, visit calvarychurch.com/women.
Community Cafe offers lunch
LAKE WYLIE The Community Cafe offers free weekly lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 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. to 2 p.m.
Donations are accepted.
For information, call 330-289-1243.
Church hosts free exercise classes
STEELE CREEK Free exercises classes are offered Mondays at Christ the King Church, 13501 S. Tryon St.
Class is taught by Kathryn Webner, registered nurse, health fitness specialist and a personal trainer.
The Beginner Strength & Conditioning Class is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. targeting balance, endurance and improved muscular strength. This class is appropriate for seniors, the non- exerciser, or someone recovering from an injury.
The Group Circuit Class from 6 to 7 p.m. is designed to improve total body strength and cardiovascular fitness. This class if offered for all fitness levels, 12 years and older. Bring a mat, towel and water.
For more information, email Katwebner@gmail.com. For church information, call 704-587-0073.
Singles groups meeting
LAKE WYLIE New River Community Church is holding two singles groups, both meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
• FUSION is for anyone out of high school to age 24. The group meets at a member home in York. Singles can build friendships through studying God’s Word together, serving in the community, having fun, and discussing challenges of life.
Singles Gatherings is for adults ages 25 and older. The group meets at the church, 133 Carroll Cove Road. Connection and Bible study are the primary focuses. Child care is provided for children 10 and younger.
For more information about either group, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church offering new contemporary service
STEELE CREEK Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church, 9401 S. Tryon St., is offering a new contemporary service, Crossroads, every third Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Family Life Center. The Refresh praise band provides music.
Scherer hosts moms
LAKE WYLIE Scherer Presbyterian Church, 4800 Charlotte Hwy., hosts REST4Moms from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month.
Mothers begin the morning with coffee, tea and goodies, followed by topics of interest, crafts, conversation and discussion. Children are treated to crafts, snacks and playtime. Annual cost is $10.
Get help with grieving
FORT MILL Ultimate Life Church on Carowinds Boulevard offers support for people coping with losses in life such as divorce, death, jobs, loved ones, dreams, friends. 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. Call 803-329-1396.
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