Billy Graham Library hosts authors Friday
CHARLOTTE Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh – once imprisoned in the Evin Prison and sentenced to death in 2009 for spreading Christianity in Iran – will visit the Billy Graham Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, to sign copies of their book, “Captive in Iran.”
In 259 days spent in prison where beatings, torture, terrible conditions and executions are routine, Rostampour and Amirizadeh birthed renewed faith out of tumultuous circumstances. Their experience is documented in their memoir.
“We were arrested because of our faith in Christ and evangelizing Christianity,” Rostampour said. “The government tried to silence us by keeping us in prison, but we had more opportunities to share the message of Jesus with prisoners and even some guards.”
In a country where the government reports 99 percent of the population is Muslim, those who are perceived to jeopardize the security of the country can be imprisoned without question. One of the most notorious prisons in the world houses these journalists, intellectuals and housewives who reside alongside murderers, rapists and thieves. Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, is known to many as “hell on earth.”
For more information about the library, visit billygrahamlibrary.org.
Churches host fall festival Saturday
STEELE CREEK Pleasant Hill Church and Relevant Church, 15000 York Road, will hold a Community Harvest and Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.
There will be inflatables, local vendors and food.
For more information, call 704-588-0686 or visit pleasanthillpresby.com.
Hinson Girls in concert Sunday
STEELE CREEK Pleasant Hill Church, 15000 York Road, hosts The Hinson Girls at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.
The Hinson Girls are four sisters from Lancaster who have been performing since December 2009. In March 2012, they won first place at the SC Bluegrass Band Championship.
Bethel Baptist revival begins Sunday
YORK Bethel Baptist Church, 6031 Charlotte Hwy., will host a revival Oct. 13-16.
The revival begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, and continues at 7 p.m. Oct. 13-16.
Yard sale donation items wanted
STEELE CREEK Pleasant Hill/Relevant Church, 15000 York Road, needs donations for a yard sale to be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 19 to benefit Mexico mission trip.
Items may be dropped off 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and 7-8:30 a.m. Oct. 19. All sales go the mission trip.
For more information, call the church office at 704-588-0686.
Craft fair Oct. 19
FORT MILL Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 Hwy. 160 W., will host an arts and crafts fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 19.
For more information, call 803-548-0800.
Community clothing closet open Oct. 19
STEELE CREEK Christ the King Church is hosting a free Community Clothing Closet event from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 19.
In addition to the free clothing giveaway, the church food pantry will be open and giving out free groceries. The church health ministry will be providing free health checks, and the children and families ministry will provide a free craft area for children.
The community is welcome. Call 704-587-0073 or visit CtKCharlotte.org.
Cameron coming to Charlotte
CHARLOTTE When Kirk Cameron steps onto the stage at the Love Worth Fighting For event at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Northside Baptist Church, 333 Jeremiah Blvd., he hopes his audience is more than people struggling to keep their marriage alive.
The television and movie star knows from experience the advice, music and humor shared at the conferences will benefit people in all stages of life. Cameron, along with musical guest Warren Barfield will take part in this event, sponsored by Feed Your Faith.
The tour will be making more than 30 stops across the country including events in Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Alabama. Tickets range from $20 to $35 and are available as reserved seats or general admission for singles, couples, and groups of 10 or more.
For more information, visit loveworthfightingfor.com.
Craft and Food Bazaar Nov. 2
ROCK HILL Tirzah Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church, 6161 Mt. Gallant Road. presents Tirzah Fest Craft and Food Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2.
There will be crafts and baskets for Christmas giving for sale along with canned vegetables, frozen home-cooked casserole meals, fresh-baked cakes, cookies and candies and vendors.
Sausage biscuits with juice and coffee will be for sale beginning at 8 a.m., and Thanksgiving dinner with the trimmings at noon, with take-out starting at 10 a.m.
Proceeds benefit the Tirzah Women’s Missions Fund.
Call 803-366-5577 for more information.
Dine Mondays for HOPE
LAKE WYLIE The Waffle House-Lake Wylie and Knights of Columbus of All Saints Council No. 14475 are raising money for Operation HOPE (Helping Other People Everyday), a statewide campaign to help people with intellectual disabilities.
Every first Monday of the month, Waffle House will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to Operation HOPE.
For more information, call 803-746-5464.
Community Cafe serves lunch Tuesdays
LAKE WYLIE 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.
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. The class is taught by Kathryn Webner, registered nurse, health fitness specialist and a personal trainer.
The Beginner Strength & Conditioning Class is from 5:30 p.m. 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 p.m. to 7 p.m. is designed to improve total body strength and cardiovascular fitness.
This class is 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 meets Tuesdays
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’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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scherer hosts moms
LAKE WYLIE Scherer Presbyterian Church, 4800 Charlotte Hwy., hosts REST4Moms from 9:30 a.m. 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.
Register online at SMPCA.com or for questions email email@example.com.