Religion News: Hilton Head pantry feeds bellies, souls

November 7, 2009 

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Are you hungry? Does your family need food? There's a program that can help and hunger is the only requirement to qualify.

More than 350 families have found food and clothing from noon to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday at The Sandalwood Community Food Pantry and Resource Center at 7 Southwood Park, No. 121, on Hilton Head Island.

The center, next to Pineland Station behind St. Francis Thrift Shop, was founded by the Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, who moved here from New Jersey.

"I moved here ... to a place where the poorest of poor were hidden behind the golf courses and luxury villas and homes," said Pierson, now the center's director. "But God has given me eyes to see beauty, even when it's not pretty, every day, and to nurture and nourish my own life from its presence."

Pierson said a minimum of 50 to 60 families come to the center every Tuesday and Friday. Participants are asked to take a number and get in line. She said one of those participants, Joe from Yemassee, could not remember the last good meal he had eaten. He spent $3 and rode for several hours on a bus to the center where he received a roast and enough groceries for a week.

Pierson saw a married couple who had been forced to sleep on the beach find shelter through the center.

Both had been laid off, and the husband eventually found a job.

"Some people come to (the center) because they are ashamed and humiliated," Pierson said. "Some are homeless people ... and others have had to move into public housing."

Much of the food comes from Second Helpings, which delivers 1,500 to 2,000 pounds twice a week.

Volunteers, as well as recipients who come early to help unload the truck, sort the food and organize it. Then two to three people are brought into the center at a time for the distribution.

When the center opened Feb. 17, it served five families. It now serves 358 families.

In addition to a meal and groceries, the pantry offers clothes and a playroom for children.

The center also was recently USDA-approved.

"My only desire was to serve those who hunger for food, water and a renewed spirit. Hunger pangs deny dignity, lessen human energy and thus one's potential. Hunger erodes the family, the community and it's stability, impairing the potential of people to achieve independence," Pierson said.

Details: 843-645-0935, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.


The Wesley United Methodist Church will celebrate its 176th anniversary banquet at 2 p.m. today. Beatrice Blakes, Douglass Gregg, Selma Perry, William and Willie Mae Goff, Jerry Mitchell and Ellen Richardson will be honored for their work and support of the church. The church will hold its Veterans Day service at 10 a.m. Sunday. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. DeArthur Jordan will speak. The 176th anniversary service is at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. James Cannion of the Summerville Parish will speak. The theme is "Unity: Renew Our Aim."

Details: Alvesta Robertson, 843-524-6123


Friendship Baptist Church Senior Choir and Ushers will celebrate their anniversary at 5 p.m. today. The church is located at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.

Details: 843-521-4419


St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today. All proceeds go to missions, many of them for local organizations.

The church is located at 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-785-4711,


Beaufort Aglow meets at 11 a.m. today at the Port Royal Medical Center, in the second floor conference room at 1320 Ribaut Road, Port Royal.

Minister Jeanette Thompson of Yemassee, a retired teacher, will speak. She is a member of the church mother of the Family Worship Center in Yemassee. Jeanette Harley is her pastor and overseer.

Details: 843-812-7733


The St. Peter's Catholic Church yard sale is from 8 a.m.-noon today at Lady's Island Commons parking lot (in front of the law office of Quindlen and Merrifield). Money raised benefits the seventh- and eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C., in March 2010.

Details: 843-522-9555


The Georgians will be in concert at 7 p.m. today at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton. The church's Hospitality Ministry will provide refreshments during the intermission. The Georgians will perform a few songs at both the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. morning worship services Sunday. Anyone may attend either the concert and/or worship services.

The church is located at U.S. 278 and Simmonsville Road, Bluffton.

Details: Jim Dove,, 843-705-9015


The annual Fall Bazaar at The Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal) is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Parish House at 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. Silent auction bidding closes at 1 p.m.

St. Helena's mission teams will offer Saturday breakfast and lunch, proceeds to benefit their upcoming mission trips. Put on by the Women of the Parish, the bazaar benefits charities in Beaufort and around the world.

A new Lowcountry cookbook will debut, along with a new church mouse that will only be sold at this year's bazaar.

Details: 843-522-1712, 843-538-6497,

Music at St. Helena's concert series, played on the Taylor and Boody organ, concludes at noon Thursday at The Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal). Brian Jones, emeritus director of music and organist at Trinity Church, Boston. All concerts are free.

The church is located at 507 Church St., Beaufort.

Details: Patricia M. Gould, 843-522-1712, ext. 214


St. Mark's Chapel will relocate Sunday to the historic Union Church in Port Royal. Beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, the Union Church will open a new chapter in its history with a service of Eucharist for the Union Church's new Sunday tenants, St. Mark's Chapel. The Eucharist will be celebrated by St. Mark's chaplain, The Rev. Dr. Robert Hansel, following The (Episcopal) Book of Common Prayer.

The church is located at 1004 11th St., Port Royal.

Details: 843-522-9636,


The Coosawhatchie Baptist Church will host its annual homecoming service featuring the country gospel singing group, Redeemed, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The church is located at 3873 Morgandollar Road, Coosawhatchie.

Details: Pastor Allen Perry, 843-726-6687


John Rutter's "Requiem" and a Service of Remembrance with Extended Prelude begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church.

All Saints' organist, choir and a six-piece orchestra will perform. The program will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. The event is free, but an offering will be taken.

The church is located at 3001 Meeting St., off Main Street, Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-681-8333


Ordination service for Minister Joyce Goodwine and Minister John Dortch is at 4 p.m. Sunday at the St. Paul Baptist Church, 22 Saint Paul Church Road, Beaufort. The Rev. Abraham Murray, pastor of Brick Baptist Church on St. Helena Island, will speak.

Details: 843-263-6066


The music ministry of Jericho AME Church will celebrate its annual Sing-Out Program at 4 p.m. Sunday. Local choirs will participate, and special guests will be the Fellowship Concert Choir.

The church is located at 324 Broad River Blvd., Burton.

Details: 843-522-1648


Dr. Roger Capps, missionary to Singapore, Bulgaria, Liberia and the Czech Republic, will preach at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Sea Island Chapel, 4 Cardinal Drive, Hilton Head Island. Capps' wife, Janice, is a Beaufort native. The Cappses helped begin the Chapel Fellowship at Indigo Pines. They live in Beaufort between assignments.

Details: 843-521-0152


Horsepond Baptist Church will celebrate its pastor's 18th anniversary Monday through Nov. 15.

Weekday services begin at 7:30 nightly. Speakers and guest churches are: Monday, the Rev. Levon Byrd and Central Baptist Church; Tuesday, Pastor Leon Brown and Faith Deliverance Tabernacle; Wednesday, Pastor Israel Boatwright and Second Celestial Baptist Church; Thursday, Pastor Leon Hazel and Emmanuel Church of Christ; and Friday, Pastor Charles Brown and the Second Grays Hill Baptist Church.

Pastor Joseph Brown and Charity Inspirational Church of God in Christ will speak at 1 p.m. Nov. 15.

Details: 843-524-4128, 843-846-8050


The Lunch Hour of Power praise and worship experience is from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-6634


Union Baptist will celebrate Friends and Family with services at 7:30 nightly Wednesday through Friday. Services will conclude at 11 a.m. Nov. 15 with Elder Raul Bradley as speaker. Dinner will be served following this service.

Details: 843-524-8604


First Christian Church of Shell Point will host a six-session presentation of The Man in the Mirror program for "The Seven Seasons Life Plan."

The initial session and a pancake breakfast is at 8 a.m. Nov. 14. All men of the community are invited. Reservations are due before Tuesday.

The church is located at 102 Old Savannah Highway, Beaufort.

Details: Bob Sandlin, 843-812-5783; Will Payne, 843-846-8669


Dan Goeller of Sioux Falls, S.D., will be featured at a Meet The Composer Weekend on Nov. 14 and 15 at The Baptist Church of Beaufort.

The church's choirs; White Bluff United Methodist Church, Savannah; First Presbyterian Church, Beaufort; and LowCountry Children's Chorus will present Goeller's work "In His Own Words," a dramatic choral presentation, at 3 p.m. Nov. 15.

Details: Dr. Melanie Williams, Minister of Music, 843-252-4104,

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