The simple words, "Love God, Love People, Bring the Two Together," are the basis of Live Oak Christian Church's ServeFest Team.
Each month up to 50 members of the non-denominational church in Bluffton help people and nonprofit groups by serving.
Last weekend, the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club was the most recent recipient of the ServeFest Team's work. Five Boys & Girls Club parents and friends joined the more than 50 church members complete a wish list compiled by the club's administrators -- from construction projects such as installing 31 fence posts around the club's garden to keep the deer from eating their vegetables to adding library shelves.
The club's 24,000-square-feet and more than 255 members who use it daily, make regular deep cleaning a must. Members cleaned furniture, vents, windows and trash cans in the teen, computer, art and game rooms as well as the gym. One member, a chef, headed up the cleaning of the kitchen.
"It is a blessing to have these guys come in," said Molly Smith, director of Bluffton Boys & Girls Club. This was the third time the church has offered its ServeFest services to the club. "They get to do what we don't on a normal basis. It is uplifting to us."
Smith was impressed with quality time the ServeFest families shared. "They came in with their families," Smith said. "To have an opportunity to work with your family while giving back and making a difference in others' lives -- I just love that whole scenario. I saw the family unity while serving. ... I wish we had more of that in our community."
The family involvement is what inspires Christy Long, who is in her second year as ServeFest coordinator.
"We can come as a family, and we can all work together," said Long, whose husband and three children are regular ServeFest volunteers. "It is a neat way to teach our children that we are helping others. I really feel like we are called to help others."
On the second Saturday of each month, ServeFest volunteers support local groups in various ways -- from picking up trash to visiting nursing homes to holding parties each year at Bluffton House Apartments. On every second Sunday, they collect canned goods to help stock Bluffton Self Help.
"ServeFest is part of why we do what we do," said Michael Beaumont, the self-described "blue jean-wearing pastor." "We want to love our community and serve the best we can. It is very much a come as you are church."
SERVANTS OF GOD INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH TABERNACLE
Jacqueline Harley School of Ministry, a division of Servants of God Ministries of Seabrook, is accepting registration for spring classes through today. The class title is "Great Doctrines of the Christian Faith, Section 2." The church is at 2754 Trask Parkway, at the traffic light in Grays Hill.
CONGREGATION BETH YAM
"The Journey of the Jews: A Cultural Study" continues from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Congregation Beth Yam. Rabbi Brad Bloom leads the discussion series that continues through May. One session each month will be held at the Bluffton library. This week's topic is "Jewish Culture at the Beginning of Islam." The Megillah will be read at the Purim celebration at 7:30 p.m. today. The synagogue is at 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.
BETH ISRAEL CONGREGATION
The Jewish holiday of Purim will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Sunday at Beth Israel Congregation in Beaufort. A shortened, children's version of the Megillat Esther will be read. The group will share a triangular pastry called Hamantaschen (hat of Haman, in Yiddish) in the social hall. The three-cornered pastry symbolizes the shape of Haman's hat. The synagogue is at 401 Scott St., Beaufort.
Details: Sy Commanday, 843-379-4732
Angel Food orders may be placed from 10 a.m.-noon today at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. Orders are taken Monday through Saturday at Life House Church, 40 Faith Station, Beaufort. Details: 843-379-9673. Orders may be picked up from 9-10 a.m. March 26 at St. John's.
Online orders may be placed at www.angelfoodministries.com.
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
More than 160 members of Carteret Street United Methodist Church begin working through the Beaufort community today to touch lives during the church's second "Great Day of Service." Seventeen teams will go to various places of need. The day will begin with a light breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by Holy Communion. At 9 a.m. the groups will scatter to serve. The church is at 408 Carteret St., Beaufort.
ST. LUKE'S CHURCH
St. Luke's Church will hold an organ rededication celebration to celebrate "the new voice" of the Gabriel Kney tracker organ with a concert of organ, brass and choral music at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. "A Festival of Hymns" is the theme for the service. The festival will feature Scott Atchison, organist/music director of Peachtree United Methodist Church in Atlanta; The Ceremonial Brass from Savannah, directed by Robin Beauchamp; the St. Luke's and St. Cecilia choirs; soloist Matthew Walley; and other instrumentalists. A reception is at 5:30 p.m. in the parish hall. The concert and reception are free. The church is at 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island.
UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Unity Church of Hilton Head Island hosts a workshop, "Discovering the Sacredness of Breath and Sound," with Phil "Shiva" Jones from 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Hampton Inn & Suites, Bluffton, next to Sun City Hilton Head. The suggested love offering is $20. Visiting Australian interfaith minister and recording artist Jones will present an interactive workshop teaching meditation and simple techniques with the Australian didgeridoo.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Rev. Nan White will discuss "Wee Ones, Wishes and Wisdom - A Celebration of the Growing Child in All of Us" at 10 a.m. Sunday. This service will be multigenerational, celebrating spring. People of all ages are encouraged to attend. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Beth Moore will deliver a DVD-based lecture series based on the book of Revelation from 6-7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 12 at Resurrection Christian Church. The church will hold an "Unleashed Concert" by Belinda Jane, a national recording artist, at 7 p.m. Sunday. Worship is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-689-3625, www. AssuredByTheWord.com
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA (EPISCOPAL)
The Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal) will offer two seminars in the Parish Hall Wednesday and Thursday . Kevin Higgins, International Director of Global Teams, will speak on "How to grow a missionary parish" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. A panel of missionaries will discuss "What does a missionary parish look like?" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The panel will feature Cathy Donahoe, missionary to the Dominican Republic; Irene Mohagola, wife of Bishop of Tanzania and supporter of women and children's rights; the Rev. Livingstone Nkoyoyo of Uganda; the Rev. Kevin Higgins, missionary to the Middle East and International Director of Global Teams; and the Rev. Alden Hathaway, founder of Solar Light for Africa. Both events are free and open to the public. The parish hall is at 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort.
Friday Organ Concerts at Noon begin the spring season at noon Friday with organist at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, Jonathan Dimmock. Admission is free. Future concerts and performers are: April 1, David Enlow of New York; April 8, Julian Collings, organist, and Rebecca Hewes, cello, of London; April 15, Francois Olivier and Luc Stellakis of Paris; and April 29, John Weaver, organist, with Marianne Weaver, flute, of New York.
Details: 843-522-1712, ext. 214
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH
Mah-jongg and bridge are from 1-4 p.m. every Monday in the Walsh Palmetto Room at St. Peter Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. New players are welcome. Participants are asked to pay $3 and contribute two cans of food. Instruction is available and refreshments are served. All proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, a ministry of St. Peter Catholic Church, which provides grocery staples, meat, fresh produce and bread to more than 900 local families each month in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island is holding Lenten worship services of prayer and healing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 13. The services will be preceded by a fellowship dinner at 5:15 p.m.; reservations are necessary. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Pastor Mary Blake Smith, pastor of Greater Calvary AME Church, Jacksonboro will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Lunch Hour of Power in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
YOUTH CHORUSES TO PERFORM
LowCountry Children's Chorus will perform with three other youth choruses, the Hilton Head Choral Society and Orchestra in the Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Hilton Head Island. The concert highlights choral works of British composers under the collective theme of "Pomp and Circumstance" and features John Rutter's "Mass of the Children." Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance through Hilton Head Choral Society.
HARDEEVILLE CENTENNIAL SERVICE
An interdenominational worship service begins at 4 p.m. March 27 in commemoration of the Hardeeville Centennial at Abundant Life Tabernacle. The Rev. Richard Smith, pastor of Hardeeville and St. Luke United Methodist churches, and the Rev. Renty Kitty, pastor of Pilgrim and St. Luke Baptist churches, will deliver the sermonettes. They will be joined by the worship leader, the Rev. Dr. John Washington, and other pastors including the Rev. Dr. Michael Williams, the Rev. Eugene Lebby, the Rev. Dr. Dorothy Bates, the Rev. Fadetra Herrington, Apostle Paul Broussard, the Rev. Arnold Middleton and the Rev. Timothy Rich. The citywide chorus will lead traditional and contemporary hymns and anthems. To join the chorus, contact Mary Frances Glover at 843-784-2908 or JW Badger at 843-784-3487.
The church is at 1293 Plantation Drive, Hardeeville.
GILLISON BRANCH BAPTIST CHURCH
Gillison Branch Baptist Church will host the Rock Spring Sunday School Convention Women in Red and Men in Black Service at 4 p.m. March 27. Speaker will be Pastor Leonard Griffin of Historic Morris Street Baptist Church in Charleston. The church is at 4591 Calf Pen Bay Road, Pineland.
Details: 843-726-6143, email@example.com
THE BAPTIST CHURCH OF BEAUFORT
The Baptist Church of Beaufort will host the North Greenville University Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m.March 27. Admission is free. The 42-member choir is on its annual tour March 25-30. The church is at 600 Charles St., Beaufort.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Dr. Ron McDermott, psychologist and former Catholic priest, will speak about Richard Wright, at 10 a.m. March 27 at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. The congregation meets at 110 Malphrus Road (Lowe's intersection), Bluffton. Children's religious education is available during the service.
PINE LEVEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Pine Level Baptist Church will hold a conference, "The Trial of Jesus," taught by Florida Circuit Court Judge A.C. Soud Jr., from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 2 at the church in Early Branch. Reservations are required by March 28. Child care is available upon request. The cost is $10 and includes lunch and materials. The church is at 2009 Pine Level Church Road, Early Branch, between Hampton and Grays.