Religion News: Couple digs in, creates new church

charley@beaufortgazette.comOctober 22, 2011 

After commuting from their home in Ridgeland in search of old-time religion, Pastor John Sutton and his wife, Pam, are planting a new church.

The couple has been attending Victory Baptist Church in Beaufort for four years. Victory will be the parent church of the new Anchor Baptist Church in Ridgeland.

Instead of regular services, Sutton will start with a Bible study at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in his home beginning Nov. 1.

"We would like to reach out to people in the Ridgeland and even Hampton areas to go to a good conservative, fundamental independent church," said Sutton, an information technology professional. He is also a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served almost 12 years, including during Operation Desert Storm and in Bosnia. "God has called me to preach. I became concerned that I have the talents and abilities that are not being put to use to serve God and this is where he has led me."

The Suttons are graduates of Bob Jones University, a fundamental Christian university in Greenville. Anchor Baptist will reflect their education. It is an independent, fundamental, conservative church which teaches and preaches the King James version of the Bible, Sutton said.

Details: 843-726-5591, anchorbaptistridgeland@hotmail.com

BEAUFORT WOMEN'S CONNECTION

The Women's Connection Bake Sale is from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. today on Bay Street. Baked goods may be donated to the sale by bringing them to the luncheon or the former Lipsitz Department Store on Bay Street by 9:30 a.m.

Details: 843-838-7627, mommakaren@islc.net

PORT ROYAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper and bake sale is from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today at the church. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The church is at 16th Street and Columbia Avenue, Port Royal. The church will host a Trunk or Treat from 3-6 p.m. Oct. 29 in the church parking lot. Participants may wear their Halloween costumes. Details: 843-986-2953.

THE WAILING WOMEN AND PRAYING PRIEST

The Beaufort Chapter continues its "Spiritual Warfare Encounter Revival" at 10 a.m. today in the Beaufort High School gymnasium. All youth and parents are invited to the Saturday morning Youth Service. Apostle J. Brittany Woods of Atlanta will speak. A freewill offering will be accepted. The gym is at 84 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort.

Details: Minister Beatrice Washington, 843-476-0100; Adell Johnson, 843-846-2776

PENTECOSTAL FAITH DELIVERANCE MINISTRY

The revival continues at 7:30 p.m. today at the City of Deliverance at 80 Broad River Boulevard, Beaufort. The host pastor is Bishop Herbert Hucks of Louisville, Ky.

Details: Rosa Middleton, 843-838-4444; Geraldine Middleton, 843-597-7981

THE LINK

The church and the community will be repairing the Skateboard Park (The Naval Heritage Park) from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Activities begin with worship. Participants will perform carpentry work, the next phase of resurfacing the park and painting. A bounce house will be available for children. Participants are asked to bring cordless drills, paint brushes and paint rollers. A free lunch will be served.

Details: 843-592-1352, thelinkchurch@gmail.com, www.thelinkbeaufort.com

PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND

More than $5,400 was raised for the Malawi Ministry of Hope at a "Meet 'n Greet" dinner and auction Oct. 8. Senior Pastor Martin Lifer continues his sermon series on Core Strengths at traditional 9 and 11 a.m. services and contemporary 10 a.m. services Sunday. Everyone is invited to a congregational picnic at 1 p.m. in Jarvis Park that will feature food, games and singing. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, between the Sea Pines and Coligny Circles.

Details 843-842-5673

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT

The Rev. Nan White will discuss "A Covenantal Community," emphasizing how relationships within a religious community can affect how we live in the world at 10 a.m. Sunday. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.

Details: 843-838-1399

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT

The society joins with the Hilton Head and Savannah Christian Science churches to sponsor a weekly radio broadcast on WLOW 107.9 FM at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Hear how people overcome illness, relationship difficulties, financial hardships and other trials through prayer. "Probation After Death" is the lesson sermon topic at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-441-2262

BETHEL WORD & WORSHIP DELIVERANCE TEMPLE

The Pastor's Aide Club will hold the final day of celebration for Pastor Arthur Cummings' 32nd pastoral anniversary at 5 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Willie Webb Jr. of Friendship Holiness Church of Seabrook-Stuart Point will speak. The church is at 239 County Shed Road, Burton.

Details: 843-521-0720

PINE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH

The transition service for Minister James Finley is at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 73 Pine Grove Road Beaufort.

Details: 843-522-9574

CONGREGATION BETH YAM

The Adult Education Committee invites the community to a lecture by Joe Hyams, CEO of HonestReporting, on "Israel and Media Bias" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Temple Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head. Admission is free.

Details: 843-689-2178

THE CHURCH OF THE CROSS

The church will offer a "Marriage Matters" course from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays (Oct. 25 -Nov. 15) at the Buckwalter Parkway campus, 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, in the upper room. The four-week course will address various matters that set the tone, for good or bad, in a marriage. Details: 843-757-2661, ssulak@thechurchofthecross.net

A fall Bible study begins this week. "The Big Distraction," a study of II Thessalonians will be led by the Rev. Martha Horn. Guests can attend the Thursday study at 7 p.m. or Friday study at 10 a.m. at the Parish Hall, 110 Calhoun St., Bluffton. Child care is available upon request. Details: 843-757-2661

The Men's Ministry will host the Men of the Cross Fall Retreat on Oct. 28-29 on Jack Rowe Island. Bishop Mark Lawrence will be the key speaker. Open to all men. Cost of the event is $35. Details: 843-757-2661, ssulak@thechurchofthecross.net

FIRST BAPTIST HILTON HEAD ISLAND

"Light The Night With Jesus" Trunk or Treat Fall Festival is from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the back parking lot of the church at 100 South Forest Beach Drive. There will be candy, games, a hay ride, face art, a bonfire, a 2012 Vacation Bible School preview and treat bags. Hot dogs will be sold for $2.

Details: 843-785-4478, lhopkins@fbchhi.org

FAITH MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH

The church will hold a three-night revival at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Dr. William Salley of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Charleston will speak. Various choirs will render music nightly. On Oct. 30, worship begins at 10 a.m. and at 4 p.m. Pastor Horace Williams will be the guest preacher for Old Ashley's Unity Fellowship at the Baptist Center on John's Island.

Details: the Rev. J. L. Simmons, 843-838-5685

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND

The church will hold a Civil War and Gullah history series at 6:30 p.m. on four consecutive Wednesdays -- Oct. 26 through Nov. 16 -- in observance of the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. The series kicks off Oct. 26 with an overview of Hilton Head's role in the Civil War. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.

The Church and Mission Resources Group will host the final FPC Business Network Forum for 2011 at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall. The forums will start again in January and continue through August on the fourth Thursday of each month. Mike Pope owner of Pope Construction is featured this month. Mission Resources Group VP Marketing Deborah Edmondson will give a presentation on how social media marketing can benefit the small business owner. To schedule a short presentation or suggest a topic, contact Paul Gibson of the Mission Resources Group, 843-681-6170.

Details: 843-681-3696, www.fpc hhi.org

LUNCH HOUR OF POWER

Joseph McKnight, pastor of Israelite Baptist Church on Lady's Island, 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.

Details: 843-524-6634

BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE

Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan services are at 7 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 followed by a light kiddush. Cantor BenZion Bronshtein will lead musical services. The synagogue is behind the historic Beaufort Arsenal on Scott Street, Beaufort.

Details: bethisrael-beaufort.com, bethisraelbeaufort@gmail.com

LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTER

The center will celebrate its 12th anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The church is at 3538 Trask Parkway, (across from Stokes-Brown Toyota) Beaufort.

Details: 843-525-6910

CHURCH OF THE PALMS UNITED METHODIST

The annual fall bazaar is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 29. Included will be a silent auction; Grandma's Attic; cutlery; arts and crafts; homemade heat-and-serve meals, casseroles and soups; as well as desserts and baked goods. Children's activities include a magic show. Food and beverages will be sold. Proceeds benefit the church's community outreach ministries and spiritual education projects. The church is at 1425 Okatie Highway at Cherry Point in Okatie.

Details: 843-379-1888

ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH

The Martin Luther King Jr. Fifth Saturday Community Service Day is Oct. 29. A free breakfast for volunteers is from 8-9 a.m. Indoor and outdoor work projects are from 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. The church is at 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-681-3881

PORT ROYAL BAPTIST CHURCH

A Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat celebration is from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 29. Activities include games, food, fun and prizes. This event is free for all ages. The church is on Ribaut Road in front of the Beaufort Naval Hospital, Port Royal.

Details: 843-521-1994

OLD FORT BAPTIST, PORT ROYAL

The Fall Festival is from 5:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 29 at the church, 1544 Ribaut Road. The yard sale starts at 5:30 a.m. Fish dinners will be served starting at 11 a.m. Cost is $8. Proceeds go toward the church building fund.

Details: 843-524-4037

HILTON HEAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The Harvest Festival is from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the church. Activities include a parade of costumes, pie-eating contest, the Hilton Head Island Fire Truck, chili cook off, cake walk, corn-shucking contest, performances by the Bluffton School of Dance, an old-fashioned sack race and three-legged race and a bounce house. Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be $2. Admission is one canned good per child. The church is at 235 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-689-6362

RED DAM BAPTIST CHURCH

The free, communitywide Fall Festival is from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the church. Activities include a cook-off and a fish fry; baked goods; hay rides; games; and a costume contest. The church is at 488 Red Dam Church Road, Hardeeville.

Details: 843-784-6083, www.red dambaptistchurch.org

GRACE CHAPEL AME CHURCH

The Hestelle Woodbury Women's Missionary Society will celebrate its 76th anniversary from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 29 at the church, 502 Charles St., Beaufort. "Aunt Pearlie Sue" Anita Singleton Prather will speak. Community workshops will be offered on saving energy, advice from Gullah Church Nurses, services for mature adults and gang awareness. Lunch will be served. The celebration continues at 10 a.m. Oct. 30 with Sister Hazel Johnson Sawyer as speaker.

Details: 843-524-6091

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