Religion News: Churches to unite for celebration

January 8, 2011 

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Two historical African Baptist churches will celebrate together this week. The Rev. Thurmond Tillman of the First African Baptist Church Savannah, the oldest African Baptist church in the United States, will join the First African Baptist Church of Beaufort during the celebration of the Beaufort church's 146th anniversary. The theme for the week is "We are not confused about who the Lord is." Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. A final service will be at 4 p.m. Jan. 16.

Speakers are: Wednesday, Pastor James E. Moore of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Dale; Thursday, Pastor Michael Haskins of Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Laurel Bay; Friday, Pastor Kenneth Hodges of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. Tillman will speak Jan. 16 with a repast afterward.

Alexander McBride is the senior pastor of First African Baptist Church of Beaufort. The church is at 601 New St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-6886


The Beaufort Aglow Community Lighthouse meets at 11 a.m. today at the Port Royal Medical Center. Elder Gloriadean Williams, who serves at Restoration Ministries in Goose Creek, will speak. She is the former Aglow Coastal Area Team president. The center is at 1320 South Ribaut Road, Port Royal.

Details: 843-525-0525


The Rev. Nan White's sermon at 10 a.m. Sunday is titled "A Life of Happiness: This life or the next?" The fellowship meets at Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal.

Details: 843-838-1399


Deacon Elijah White will offer his initial sermon at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. James Baptist Church. The church is at 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-681-6446


Grays Hill Baptist Church is sponsoring a free concert given by the gospel trio "Mercy's Well" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 2749 Trask Parkway, Burton.

Details: 843-846-2797


The Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, founder and director of the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, will speak on "Hunger hurts but hospitality heals our beloved community" at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. The service will commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Participants are asked to support the food pantry by bringing a bag of food for people or pets. The church meets at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-837-3330


An introductory night of The Alpha Course for people looking to make a fresh start to their spiritual journey is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Dataw Island Community Center. Alpha is a 10-week series that explores key issues of faith in a relaxed informal setting. More than 16 million people worldwide have attended Alpha Courses in more than 63 countries. Reservations are requested. The community center is at 43 Marina Drive, Dataw Island.

Details: Jenifer, 843-838-5777


Congregation Beth Yam will hold a Shabbat service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 8 p.m. Friday. The Rev. Ben Williams of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will be honored. Williams will be the guest speaker. The church and temple choirs will perform. Each member of the respective congregations has been asked to donate one can of food for The Deep Well Project. The congregation meets at 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-689-2178


District Three of the Old Ashley Baptist Association meets at 9 a.m. Jan. 15 at Laurel Bay Baptist Church. The Rev. Paul Graham is the host pastor. The church is on Joe Frazier Road, Burton.

Details: the Rev. Joseph McKnight, 843-252-7855; the Rev. Joe Simmons, 843-812-6927


The Church Mouse Thrift Shop and Girl Scouts in southern Beaufort County are working to recycle, reuse and support. They are collecting unused newspaper coupons; used ink cartridges, cell phones and prescription eyeglasses; plastic bottle tops; box tops for school supplies; and old sneakers. Items may be donated at The Church Mouse Thrift Shop, 19 Dunnagans Alley, Suite D, Hilton Head Island.

Details: Phyllis Neville, 843-785-2322


Steven Branyon, organist and choirmaster for All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island, is expanding the size of the church's choir. The choir has more male members than female. To make it possible for more people to join the choir, Branyon has added an alternative rehearsal option at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. In addition, the choir rehearses at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

The choir sings the traditional church repertoire for the weekly 10:15 a.m. Sunday service, as well as for worship on selected holy days. Music reading skills are required to sing in the volunteer choir. Church membership is not required. Part-time singers are welcome.

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

Details: church office, 843-681-8333; Lucy O'Flaherty, 843-681-7912


Resurrection Christian Community Church of Hilton Head Island has joined Great Lakes Region, Churches of God, General Conference. Churches of God, General Conference is an Evangelical Denomination headquartered in Findlay, Ohio.

Resurrection has recently moved from meeting in Hilton Head Island High School to a new location at 296 Spanish Wells Road. The church is led by Pastor Len Stubbs Jr.

Details: 843-689-3625,

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