Religion News: Local churches provide food to the hungry

July 16, 2011 

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From providing food to almost 1,000 Lowcountry families to serving 10,000 meals to people in third-world countries, members of area churches continue to fight worldwide hunger.


"The need is more than ever," said Terry Buquet, general manager of Our Lady's Pantry, a ministry of Catholic Charities of the Lowcountry Diocese of Charleston. "We see people who never thought they would be at a food bank."

Each month about 959 families -- which include 1,979 people in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties -- receive food from Our Lady's Pantry. Volunteers at the Beaufort facility organize food such as meat, bread and fresh produce when it is available to be distributed to those who qualify, Buquet said. The pantry at 30 Carolyn Drive on Lady's Island is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Children at Nerve 2 Serve camp recently had hands-on experiences learning about hunger and homelessness. The four-day camp was co-sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island and Christ Church of Bluffton.

The 34 rising second- through eighth-graders helped unload and give away food from the Second Helpings truck, which delivers food from grocery stores and restaurants to people in need. The children made 100 chicken pot pies to be delivered to area food ministries, including Sandalwood Community Food Pantry and the Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen at Holy Family Catholic Church.

They visited the Church of the Cross Soup Pantry, served food at the Grateful Hearts Soup Kitchen and raised $1,200 to give away to charities. Younger children stocked shelves at The Deep Well Project's food pantry. They also interacted with homeless people.

"Basically we went by first John: 3:18 which says, 'Dear children, let us not merely say that we love each other, let us show the truth by our actions,'" said Jackie Wilhelm, director of Christian Education at First Presbyterian Church. "It was good for our kids to see, 'Wow, these are not just people who don't look like us ... these are people like us everywhere,'" Wilhelm said. "(Hunger) is getting closer and closer to home."


In Beaufort, members of First Presbyterian Church packaged more than 10,000 meals during a two-hour Stop Hunger Now event June 5.

The international hunger- relief agency provided the church with dehydrated foods and rice that was prepped for eating. Recipients of the bag need only add water to create a meal for six people, said Peggy Fryer, church historian. The event allowed children and adults to work together packaging food that will be sent around the world. Another event is planned for the fall.

The church also provides food to local people through its participation in HELP of Beaufort, which the church helped organize in the 1970s.



The Women of the Church continues the annual Rummage Sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today in the Fellowship Hall on the church campus at 10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton. Clothes, furniture, appliances, toys, books and linens are for sale. "The Bag Sale" will be held prior to closing Saturday. Proceeds will pay for the WOC charitable projects.

Details: 843-815-6570


The Youth Group will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7:30-9:30 a.m. today at Applebee's on Hilton Head. The $5 meal includes bacon, sausage and beverage. Proceeds will offset youth mission trips and summer conferences.

The third school uniform drive is Sunday through July 31, to benefit children in need in Beaufort County schools. Information is available at the church, including uniform sizes and colors needed. Uniforms may be dropped off from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Sunday, July 24 and July 31 or from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the church on weekdays. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.

Details: 843-681-3696,


The Raymond Johnson Sr. Voices of Praise Choir will sponsor a three-member team basketball game from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today at John Parker Park, Port Royal.

Details: Deacon Shawn Anderson, 843-694-7799; Charlene River, 843-263-3092


A youth program continues at 7 p.m. today with Elder Michael Spann of El Shaddai Ministries in Columbia. The theme is "Can You Catch the Fire?" The church is at 1251 Hampton St., Walterboro.

Details: 843-838-4444, 843-694-4406


The first service at the church's new address -- 1812 Boundary St., Beaufort -- will be held Sunday. The Beaufort Mission began about three years ago in the dining room of Helena House in Port Royal. The church now rents this facility with oak pews and an altar donated from a North Carolina church. The Rev. Ted Crandall is pastor.

Details: 843-379-3081,;


The church will celebrate its 131st anniversary at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday-Friday and conclude at noon and 2 p.m. July 24.

Guest churches are: Sunday, Apostle Jerome Middleton and Church of the Harvest, 6 p.m.; Monday, the Rev. Elijah Washington and First African Baptist Church; Tuesday, the Rev. Willie Wilson and Adam Street Baptist Church; Wednesday, Elder Henry Chisholm and Jehovah Church of Jesus Christ; Thursday, the Rev. Charlie Powell and Goodnews Baptist Church; Friday, the Rev. Sylvester Ezell and Pine Grove Baptist Church; and July 24 at noon, the Rev. Leroy Haynes and Nazareth Baptist Church, and at 2 p.m., the Rev. Leonard Ritter and Ebenezer Baptist Church. The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.

Details: 843-838-2910


"Life" is the subject of the Bible lesson to be presented at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday School also begins at 10:30 a.m. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort

Details: 843-441-2262


The Standing On the Side of Love summer series begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Tom Kohler, coordinator and executive director for the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy, will speak. Citizen Advocacy is a community-based nonprofit organization that recruits, matches and offers support to more than 125 citizens who engage in one-to-one citizen advocate matches. Kohler has been with the Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy for 32 years. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.

Details: 843-838-1399


The Rev. Manuel Holland will discuss "Religion at its Best" at 10 a.m. Sunday. Religious education will be provided during the service and refreshments will be served. Details: 843-837-3330

Circle Dancing is from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. It features traditional, seasonal dances of different cultures and peoples -- some fun and lighthearted and others deep and powerful. No experience or partner is needed. A love offering will be accepted. The next dance is Oct. 18. Details: 843-705-4915

The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.


Vacation Bible School is from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. The theme is "To The Ends of the Earth with Jesus Christ." The Women's Inspirational Moments luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Patricia Bee, Beaufort county educator and author, will speak. Both events are held in the education building at Duke and West streets, Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-5918


The group will meet Thursday at the St. Helena Parish Church, 507 New Castle St., Beaufort. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. Cost is $12. Corrine Ike will discuss "Coming to the End of Myself Meant a Whole New Adventure" and offer the feature "Day Tripping in Savannah." Reservations may be made to Karen Whitehead, 843-838-7627, Reservations are due by Monday. All women are invited. Child care is available by prior request.

The next meeting is Oct. 20.


"The New Anti-Semitism" lecture series continues at 7 p.m. Monday by Rabbi Laurence Kotok of Temple Brith Kodesh in Rochester, N.Y. The lecture is free and will be held at the synagogue. The congregation meets at 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-689-2178


Veggie Fun World II is 9 a.m.-noon Monday through July 29 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The fee for this longer session is $145.

Veggie Fun World III is Aug. 15-26 and will provide a transition into the regular fall school schedule. Days for activities are 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Online registration and payment are available at

Details: Roz Dixon, director of nursery ministry, at 843-522-1712, ext. 22,


The Beaufort class of Community Bible Study will hold an informational event, "Iced Tea, Lemonade & Sweets," at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Parish Church of St. Helena, 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. Reservations are requested; child care will be provided. This event is open to area women interested in Community Bible Study, a non-denominational study which presents an in-depth study in a caring format. The Beaufort class meets on Thursday mornings at St. Helena Parish from September to May and includes classes for children, infants to age 12. Space for children's classes is limited.

Details: Sandi Fischer, 843-838-0212,


The annual Revival Services are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and at 10 a.m. July 24. Guest churches are: Wednesday, the Rev. Michael Haskins and Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church; Thursday, the Rev. Joseph McKnight and Israelite Baptist Church; and Friday, the Rev. Charlie Powell and Good News Baptist Church. Communion services begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island

Details: 843-521-4419


The alliance meets at 9:30 a.m. July 23 at the Grand Army Hall, 706 New Castle St., Beaufort. All ministers of the gospel are welcome.

Details: Minister Sylvester Ezell, publicity coordinator, 843-522-0309; Minister Carrie Allen, alliance secretary, 843-846-8050; Minister Sam Spain, president, 843-524-0931


The annual concert of the United Voices of L.I.F.E. Choir, the Male Chorus and the Israelite Baptist Church Choir begins at 5 p.m. July 23. Details: Dorothy Capers, 843-524-1046

The 146th church anniversary is Aug. 17-21. Services are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17-19. Services begin at 2 p.m. Aug. 21 with the Rev. Dr. Elijah Washington of First African Baptist Church, St. Helena Island as speaker.

Details: 843-524-8528, 843-524-4465

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