River Hills Community Church offers special service Dec. 8

December 1, 2013 

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 requested.

Christmas Bible School Dec. 14

Lake Wylie Lutheran Church, 2906 S.C. 160, is hosting its annual free Christmas Bible School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 14.

Children age 3 (and potty-trained) through the third grade are invited.

A morning snack and lunch will be served. Parents are encouraged to join at 12:45 p.m. to hear the children sing.

Stay after the program to enjoy cupcakes for the birthday celebration.

Donations of nonperishable food items and toiletries for Fort Mill Care Center will be accepted. Child-friendly items include macaroni and cheese, canned pastas, soups, children’s toothbrushes and toothpaste, and tear-free shampoo and body wash.

Registration is required. Visit lakewylielutheran.org for more information.

Dine Mondays for HOPE

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

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.

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