Presentation on Israel April 10 in Lake Wylie

April 7, 2013 

A presentation on “Israel and Jordan: The Past to the Present” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 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 info.

Wycliffe group dinner Friday

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. Friday, 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 a plane 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. 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.

Temple Solel Shabbat Friday

Temple Solel, a reform Jewish congregation, is holding Shabbat Services and religious schooling at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 292 Munn Road. Services are held at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays of the month. The next service will be on Friday, April 12.

Religious school is held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 803-547-3043.

3 Days Leave to perform Friday

Grace Ministries, 1511 Mount Holly Road, hosts 3 Days Leave perform “The Sound of Redemption” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12.

The group will release it’s newest single “Rebuild My Heart.”


Good Samaritan sale Saturday

The Good Samaritan United Methodist Women will have a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the church, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane.

Hot dogs and baked goods will be available.

‘Italian Idol’ tryouts Saturday

Auditions for the “Italian Idol” talent contest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 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

The contest will be held during the church’s 18th annual Italian Festival May 16-17.

For questions, call 803-370-0600.

Women share light in Aglow

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

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

Christ the King’s camp signup open

Registration is open for two summer camps at Christ the King Church, 13501 S. Tryon St.

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

Camp Agape will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5-9 for rising first- through fifth-graders, who will play games, sing songs, make crafts, nature activities, Bible studies and more. The cost is $100.

The registration deadline for both camps is May 1. Register at Call 704-587-0073 for more information.

Community Cafe serving lunch

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

Free exercise 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. It’s 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. It’s offered for all fitness levels, 12 years and older. Bring a mat, towel and water.

For more information, email For church information, call 704-587-0073.

Singles groups meet on Tuesdays

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’s 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

Contemporary service offered

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.

or for questions email scherer.rest4moms@

Get help with grieving process

Ultimate Life Church on Carowinds Boulevard offers support for people coping with losses in life such as divorce, death, jobs, loved ones, dreams, friends. Groups meet at 7 p.m. the first and fourth Fridays of each month. Call 803-329-1396.

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