Wooden pegs instead of nails hold together the 145-year-old Lady's Island Baptist Church building, just as its heritage and the strength of its congregation have kept it solid, said the church's pastor, the Rev. Samuel T. Spain.
The venerable church will celebrate its anniversary with nightly services beginning Wednesday.
The church was established in 1865, just after the Civil War ended and President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. Newly freed slaves were traveling from Lady's Island to worship at Tabernacle Baptist Church in downtown Beaufort.
"They were in the mind-set that when they came out of slavery it was a blessing to worship as they pleased," said Spain, of the church that was initially led by white ministers. Within the first two years, the Rev. Kit Green became the first black minister.
To avoid having to face the elements while crossing the Beaufort River from Lady's Island to worship at Tabernacle Baptist, a church was established on Lady's Island. The initial building deteriorated. These "devout Christians held their services under the trees until another church was erected," according to the church's history. A new building was constructed with the wooden pegs, which can still be seen through a framed glass cut-out wall in the balcony. The original pillars from the construction of the 1800s still stand, now outlined in gold paint.
"If you ever want to come to Lady's Island Baptist Church, this is the most awesome view of it," said Spain, sitting in the center of the balcony.
In the center of the church is the original gold coal-oil-driven chandelier donated by Tabernacle to its sister church, now converted to electricity.
Each generation of the church has contributed to the expansion of the building, such as the construction of the most recent fellowship hall and steeple through Spain's "Rise Up and Build" undertaking, but members have been careful to preserve the original structure.
Tabernacle Baptist was the mother church of several similar Greek Revival style churches, including First African Baptist Church of Beaufort, First Union African Baptist Church on Daufuskie Island and Lady's Island Baptist, which shares the same birth year as Mount Carmel Baptist in Dale.
Lady's Island Baptist Church will celebrate its anniversary with nightly services at 7:30 with the following churches and their pastors: Wednesday, the Rev. Raymond Johnson of First African Baptist Church; Thursday, the Rev. Richard Allen of Horsepond Baptist Church; and Friday, the Rev. Levon Byrd of Central Baptist Church. Closing service is at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 with the Rev. Lawrence Miller of Grace Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Details: 843-524-8528, 843-524-4465
FIRST ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST
First Zion Missionary Baptist Church will host its Back to School Fun Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today. A giant water slide, races (three-legged, potato sack and egg), a water balloon toss and three-on-three basketball games will be open to all ages. The Bluffton Township Fire District will provide a hose down. Cotton candy, hamburgers, hot dogs and popcorn will be served. Prizes include bookbags filled with school supplies.
Sponsored by the Zion Young People Department, the event is $5 for ages 5 and older and free for ages 3 and younger. Children younger than 5 must be accompanied by an adult. The church is at 11 Robertson St., Bluffton.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island Youth Group will serve at an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. today at Applebee's on Hilton Head Island. Cost is $5 and includes bacon, sausage and beverage.
The church continues to collect school uniforms to be distributed to children in need in Beaufort and Jasper counties. Uniforms may be dropped off Sunday or at the church office during the week. Cards are available at the church with uniform sizes and colors needed. The church is collecting white polo shirts without logos, and khaki or navy shorts, pants or skorts.
Area educators are invited to the church Aug. 15 to be dedicated for the upcoming school year in an Educator Appreciation observance during 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. worship services. Receptions will be held between services.
The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway between mile markers 5 and 6 on Hilton Head.
Details: www.fpchhi.org, 843-681-3696
Beaufort Aglow meets at 11 a.m. today at the Port Royal Medical Center, second floor conference room, 1320 South Ribaut Road, Port Royal.
Evangelist Etrenda Patterson of the Family Worship Center in Yemassee will speak on "The Power of Interceding." She serves the on the church ministerial staff, is president of the Women's Auxiliary and is a certified Christian counselor.
MOUNT CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH
The gospel singing group X-Treme Praise will present its 2010 Gospel Concert at 6 p.m. today at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Dale. Bishop J. Nathan Paige of Albany, Ga. is guest soloist.
Mount Carmel will host its annual Back to School with a New Attitude workshop for parents, grandparents, students, educators, community members, civic groups and local agencies from 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 14.
The church is at 367 Keans Neck Road, Dale.
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
Community Bible Study of the Low Country will host a free Picnic & Praise in the Park from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. Participants may bring a family picnic, chairs and a blanket. Music will feature Tim Malchak and St. Luke's Praise Band. Activities will include volleyball, soccer and cornhole.
QUEEN CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD
The annual Men's Day celebration begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at Queen Chapel A.M.E. Church of Hilton Head Island. Guest speaker will be retired Judge Beau Patterson of Hilton Head's Please Rise motivational speaking. The church is at 114 Beach City Road, Hilton Head.
ISRAELITE BAPTIST CHURCH OF LADY'S ISLAND
Israelite Baptist Church of Lady's Island concludes its pastor's appreciate services at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is on Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
Details: Brenda Bailey, 843-575-7855
ST. MARK'S CHAPEL
During its chaplain's intermittent absences in August and October, St. Mark's Chapel in Port Royal will host guest celebrants from parishes in South Carolina and Georgia.
The following Episcopal priests will preach and celebrate Holy Communion: Aug. 8, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10, the Rev. Colton Smith from St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Charleston; Aug. 15, the Rev. Callie Perkins from Grace Church in Charleston; and Aug. 22, the Rev. Canon Jack Nietert of All Saints' Episcopal Church on Tybee Island, Ga.
The chapel is 1104 11th St., Port Royal, in the Historic Union Church building.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort presents "Fisheries in Flux: Issues impacting the fisheries of South Carolina," at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Wardle Family YMCA, Port Royal. Amber Von Harten will describe the current status of shrimp, blue crab and shellfish fisheries, and some of the regulatory, infrastructure and environmental issues facing the industry.
Os Guinness, author, social critic and senior fellow of the East-West Institute, will provide his perspectives on film regarding the state of faith in America at Lifetree Café at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and at 10 a.m. Thursday. Guinness, author of "The Case for Civility," has criticized both the religious right and the religious left in America. Admission is free. Snacks and beverages are free. The café is at 31 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-689-5433, email@example.com, www.LifetreeCafe.com
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Prophetess Marvalyn Holmes of Bethesda Christian Fellowship will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
NEW LIFE DELIVERANCE TEMPLE
A ROCK (Raising Our Commitment to the King) Conference begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday-Friday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Daily seminars begin at 10 a.m. with conference youth choir concert rehearsals at 6 p.m.
Speakers will be: Wednesday, Pastor James Moore of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Dale; Thursday, Minister Misael Garzon of Pavilion Liberty Church in Beaufort; and Friday, Pastor Dawn Williams of Mount Calvary Holy Church Huntington in Long Island, N.Y. The youth concert is at 6 p.m. Aug. 14. Registration is $20 per youth.
Details: 843-476-7311, 843-597-2543
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC
The French Boys Choir Les Moineaux du Val de Marne (French Boys Choir of Nogent-sur-Marne) will begin its 2010 tour with a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and CDs will be available for purchase.
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTER
Lighthouse Christian Center will host a Back-to-School Festival from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 14 at the church, 3538 Trask Parkway, Beaufort. School supplies will be provided while they last.
ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH
The St. Paul Baptist Church Loving Our Lord Ministries Youth Choir and Anointed Soles Praise Dancers will present their second annual Youth Back to School Gospel Explosion at 4 p.m. Aug. 14. Youths are invited to perform. The church is at 22 Saint Paul Church Road, Burton.