Religion News: Church celebrates pastor's 35th anniversary

June 19, 2010 

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For the past 35 years, the Rev. Benjamin Williams has served members of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church on Hilton Head Island.

Members will begin celebrating William's 35th pastoral anniversary Sunday and continue through June 27 at the church on 382 Squire Pope Road.

The theme for the celebration is "A Dependable Pastor Sent by God."

"Pastor Williams has led the spiritual and community growth of Mt. Calvary for 35 years," said Patricia Young, a member of the Pastoral Anniversary Committee. "Our membership takes pride in honoring him for his leadership of this church and especially for his lifelong dedication to serving God.

"We invite local churches and their members and ministers to join us for this celebration. We host this celebration annually, but 35 years marks an important milestone. Pastor Williams has not only served the church. He also supports the community and many civic and business organizations," Young said.

The weeklong celebration begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Mt. Calvary Youth Department will present the skit, "Glory Train," and perform praise dances.

The following area churches have been invited to conduct services at 7:30 p.m. each evening:

• Monday: Central Oak Grove Baptist Church and Queen Chapel AME Church, featuring the Rev. Edward Alston. The theme is "A Faithful Pastor whose Steps are Ordered by the Lord."

• Tuesday: First African Baptist Church and St. James Baptist Church, featuring the Rev. Charles Hamilton. The theme is "Honoring God's Anointed One."

• Wednesday: Terrestrial Paradise Youth Ministry and St. Matthews Baptist Church, featuring Minister Bessie Washington. The theme is "A Pastor who has Come This Far by Faith."

• Thursday: Providence Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church, featuring Dr. Martin W. Lifter III. The theme for the evening is "A Minister who Touches Lives through Acts of Kindness."

• Friday: Second Ebenezer Baptist Church and Connor's Temple Baptist Church, featuring the Rev. Ricardo R. Manuel. The theme for the evening is "A Pastor Preaching and Teaching the Word of God."

The Mt. Calvary Ministerial Alliance will host a prayer breakfast honoring Rev. Williams from 9 to 10 a.m. June 26 at the church. Brunch will be served.

The anniversary celebration will conclude June 27, with morning and afternoon services. Pastor Matthew

S. Brown Sr., pastor emeritus of St. John Baptist Church, will speak at the 10 a.m. service. The theme is "Pastor Ben Williams, A Servant of Jesus Christ." The Rev. Kenneth Dore, pastor of the Bethesda Christian Fellowship on St. Helena Island, will speak at 4 p.m.

Details: 843-681-3678


The Male Chorus of the Lady's Island Baptist Church will sponsor a Pre-Father's Day Concert at 5 p.m. today. The church is at 105 Brickyard Point Road, Lady's Island.

Details: 843-524-8528


Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle's "Women of Excellence" Women's Ministry will close out the Conference Fellowship Services from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. today with a Women's Workshop and Luncheon. Registration for the event begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $20 a person. The theme is "Women of Excellence Receiving the Mantle."

Details: 843-846-6017, 843-694-7345


Campbell Chapel's Men's Day Committee will host a free gospel concert featuring local groups at 5 p.m. today at Campbell Chapel AME Church of Bluffton. The church is at 25 Boundary St., Bluffton.

Details: 843-757-3652


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry in Bluffton will have a special installation of the 2010-11 board at the 10 a.m. service Sunday.

Newly elected board members are: Peggy Tweel, president; Mary Alice Walker, vice president; Gordon Stamler, financial vice president; Carol Fasig, secretary; Dan Tweel, treasurer; and Bill Barraclough, Shannon Harriman and Cheryl McCarthy, members-at-large.

The Rev. Tom Schmidt's message will be "Live Your Imagination!" Religious education is provided for children during the service, and all are invited for coffee and conversation following the service at 11 a.m.

The congregation meets at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-837-3330


"VeggieTown Values," a Christian summer program for children ages 18 months to 6 years, will be offered by the Parish Church of St. Helena, this summer at the church at 507 Newcastle St. in downtown Beaufort.

Three, two-week sessions are offered. Each session is from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The first session is Sunday through July 2. The second session is July 10-30, and the third session is Aug. 23 through Sept. 3. Each session is unique and features the classic "Veggie Tales" characters in crafts, songs and activities.

The fee is $130 a child per session, which includes crafts, snacks and a T-shirt. All children are welcome. Registration forms are available at

Details: Roz Dixon, director of Nursery Ministry, 843-522-1712, ext. 220;


Okatee Baptist Church will host a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 26 to round out its week of Vacation Bible School. The Bible School, using the theme of "Saddle Ridge Ranch," is from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Chicken meals with sides and dessert are $7 a plate. Proceeds benefit the building program. The church is on S.C. 170 in Okatie.

Details: 843-525-1474


The Adam Street Church Family will celebrate the church's 148th anniversary and Pastor Willie Wilson's 24th anniversary at 7:30 nightly Monday through Friday. The closing services are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. June 27. The theme is "The Eternal God is your Refuge and underneath are the Everlasting Arms, Deuteronomy 33:27."

Guest churches and speakers are: Monday, First African Baptist, St. Helena Island and Pastor Elijah Washington; Tuesday, Scottville Baptist Church and Pastor Jack Ladson; Wednesday, Lady's Island Baptist Church and Pastor Sam Spain; Thursday, Isralite Baptist Church and Pastor Joseph McKnight; and Friday, Faith Memorial Baptist Church and Pastor Horace Williams. On Sunday, Brick Baptist Church and Pastor Abraham Murray will speak at 12:30 p.m., and Nazareth Baptist Church and Pastor Leroy Haynes will speak at 2:30 p.m.

Details: 843-838-2887


St. John's Lutheran Church will host Vacation Bible School in partnership with Tidal Creek Fellowship and Waters Edge United Methodist Church from 6:15-8:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday.The church is at 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-3461


A Starship Galactic Praise Adventure blasts off for a five-day Vacation Bible School at 6 p.m. Monday at Bluffton United Methodist Church for toddlers and older.

Registration: 843-757-3351, 843-757-9480


Greater Pentecostal Temple 2010 Conference is at 7:30 nightly Tuesday through Friday.

Speakers are: Tuesday, Pastor Shirley Caesar of Raleigh; Wednesday, Bishop Booker T. Hayes of Augusta, Ga.; Thursday, Pastor George L. Mungin of Varnville; and Friday, Elder Marquis Belcher of Macon, Ga.

Greater Pentecostal Temple's awards luncheon is at noon June 26 in the Agape Family Life Center.

The church is at 5905 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.

Details: 843-784-6988, 866-708-3686


The Lunch Hour of Power is from noon-12:45 p.m. each Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort. This week's speaker is Pastor Wyatt C. Minton III, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church.

Details: 843-524-6634


A New Noontime Bible study, led by Dr. Fred Holtzman, begins at 12:10 p.m. Thursday at Lifetree Cafe on Hilton Head Island. The Bible study will explore the book of Daniel. Participants are invited to bring a brown bag lunch. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

The cafe is at 31 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island (two blocks past IHOP on the right).

Details: 843-683-2575


National HIV AIDS Testing Day and Health Fair is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 26 at Healing Waters Wesleyan Church, 1 Joe Frazier Road, Beaufort.

Details: 843-379-9122,


Allen Chapel AME Church will celebrate its annual Women's Day Program at 4 p.m. June 27. Priscilla Drake, new principal at the new Whale Branch Early College in Seabrook, will speak. The Male Chorus of the Lady's Island Baptist Church will provide music. The church is at 16 Shelter Church Road, Beaufort.

Details: 843-846-6452


First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island Vacation Bible School is June 28 through July 2. The cost is $5 a child. Pre-registration is required.

Details: Lisa Richardson, 843-842-5437,


Effective June 30, Pastor J. Wayne Smith has been appointed to serve at Brookland United Methodist Church in West Columbia.

Pastor David Carroll Norrell has been appointed to replace Smith at the Church of the Palms United Methodist Church. Norrell previously served at Liberty Hill-Woods Chapel United Methodist Church and Gray Court-Trinity United Methodist Church in the Greenville District. He and his wife, Sheryll, have two children, Meghan and Jackson.

Church of the Palms is on S.C. 170, about four miles north of the U.S. 278 intersection. Sunday church services begin at 10:30 a.m.

Details: 843-379-1888,


Scottsville Baptist Church will hold its Pre-Holy Communion Revival at 7:30 nightly Wednesday through Friday, June 30 through July 2 with the Rev. William Bush Jr., of Gilbraltara Church of the Rock, Pinetop, N.C. The revival will conclude with services at noon July 4 with the Rev. Jack Ladson, pastor ofScottsville.

The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.

Details: 843-838-2910


Registrations are being taken through July 26 for Lowcountry Presbyterian Church's Vacation Bible School. The bible school is from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 2-6. The theme isCokesbury's Galactic Blast. The number of participants is limited to 40.Forms are available in the church office. Cost is $5 a child. Children must be age 4 by Aug. 1

The church is at 10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-815-6570

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