In celebration of fall and Halloween, a host of area churches are offering a variety of events from "a day of faith" featuring games for kids to safe Halloween alternatives such as trunk-or-treat events and costume contests. Church bazaars and harvest festivals offer homemade foods and old-fashioned games. Musicians are invited to several gospel sings and festivals, and Elvis Wade, a longtime Elvis impersonator, will offer a live performance with his wife Sandy Posey.
JERICHO AME CHURCH
Kid's Faith Day, offering fun and games, begins at 3 p.m. today. Missionary Sunday is at 11 a.m. Sunday. Lawrence Bryan will speak. The church is at 342 Broad River Blvd., Beaufort.
PORT ROYAL BAPTIST CHURCH
A fall festival and trunk-or-treat celebration is from 5-7 p.m. today. 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.
OLD FORT BAPTIST, PORT ROYAL
The Fall Festival is from 5:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today 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. Money raised goes toward the church building fund.
PORT ROYAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The church will host a trunk or treat from 3-6 p.m. today in the church parking lot. Participants may wear their Halloween costumes. The church is at 16th Street and Columbia Avenue, Port Royal.
CHURCH OF THE PALMS UNITED METHODIST
The annual fall bazaar is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Activities include a silent auction (featuring gift certificates, golf packages, dinners at local restaurants and other goods and services from local businesses); Grandma's Attic; Rada Cutlery; homemade arts and crafts; homemade ready-to-heat-and -serve meals, casseroles and soups; as well as desserts and baked goods. There will be a free magic show and children's activities, along with a food court where food and beverages will be sold. The church is at 1425 Okatie Highway, S.C. 170 at Cherry Point in Okatie.
HILTON HEAD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Harvest Festival is from 4-7 p.m. today at the church. Activities for children and their parents include the Chick-fil-A cow, a parade of costumes, a pie-eating contest, a Hilton Head Island firetruck, a 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 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.
RED DAM BAPTIST CHURCH
The free, communitywide Fall Festival is from 5-8 p.m. today at the church. Activities include a cook-off of soups, chili and stews; a fish fry; baked goods; hay rides; games; and 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 today 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. Sunday with Sister Hazel Johnson Sawyer as speaker.
BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan services continue at 10 a.m. today 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, email@example.com
ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
MLK Fifth Saturday Community Service Day is planned today. A free breakfast for volunteers is from 8-9 a.m. Indoor and outdoor work projects are from 9 a.m.-noon. The church is at 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.
ST. MARK'S CHAPEL, PORT ROYAL
The "Enthusiastic Episcopalians" will hold its second annual "Trunk or Treat" from 4-6 p.m. Sunday on Paris Avenue between 10th and 11th streets. At this safe, family-oriented celebration, members of the chapel, local businesses and others interested in having fun will line up their cars and vans with open trunks decorated for Halloween. Children and parents are invited to dress in their spookiest or silliest Halloween costumes and go from trunk to trunk to play Halloween games and gather Halloween treats. Prizes for best costumes and best decorated trunk will be awarded.
Details: Angie Twenge, 843-263-0056
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF SHELL POINT
The church will hold a Gospel Sing from 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Special guests will be Riverview Baptist Church with other local talents. Everyone is invited to sing or play. The church is at 102 Savannah Highway, near Shell Point Elementary School.
Details: Fran, 843-522-8017; Will, 843-846-8669
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Pumpkin Patch, sponsored by the Carteret Street Youth, is open daily to the public and offers pumpkins of all shapes and sizes for sale. School trips are available. All proceeds raised benefit Carteret Street's youth ministries. The church concludes its shoe drive to benefit Soles4Souls on Sunday. The church is at 408 Carteret St., Beaufort.
FAMILY PROMISE OF BEAUFORT COUNTY
A Celebration of Sacred Music fundraiser for Family Promise of Beaufort County begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort.
Family Promise of Beaufort County is an interfaith nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless children and their families with safe shelter, meals, finding jobs, transportation and social services to help families achieve lasting independence.
The free festival is sponsored by Low Country Chapter of American Guild of Organists and will feature music performed by a choir of singers from numerous local churches and special guests: The Gullah Kinfolk and the Low Country Children's Chorus. A freewill offering to benefit Family Promise of Beaufort County will be received.
BEAUFORT CHURCH OF GOD
Elvis impersonator Elvis Wade and his wife Sandy Posey will perform at the Fall Festival at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Beaufort Church of God. Wade uses his resemblance to Elvis as a way to share his testimony at churches since he became a born-again spiritual Christian in 1990. Posey sang with Elvis live and on his albums and had her own Gold Records, including "Born a Woman" and "Single Girl." The church is at 641 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort.
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
The 5th Sunday Missionary Ministry program is at 10 a.m. Sunday. Minister Carolyn Warren of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church will speak. A combined choir anniversary concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.
FAITH MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH
The church continues its revival at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. 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
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
From the Social Justice and Environmental Justice committee, Kim Kolton will discuss the efforts of LOUrD at 10 a.m. Sunday. Operating in both Beaufort and Jasper counties, LOUrD (Living Out Your Dream) is an arts and education nonprofit group that uses slam-style poetry, music composition, engineering and production to help teens overcome negative peer pressure, develop healthy values and positive attitudes. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"Everlasting Punishment" will be the Bible lesson topic explored at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.
ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Recovery services are held from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday at the church in Bluffton/Okatie. The church near the back gates of Sun City Hilton Head is open to everyone and anyone seeking spiritual solutions to life's problems. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. with St. Luke's Pastor Richard Smith and other members and guests over coffee in the social hall. The service begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with live contemporary Christian music.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
A Civil War and Gullah history series will be held on four consecutive Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 16 in Fellowship Hall at the church, in observance of the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. The series continues Nov. 2 with a program on the Battle of Port Royal, a major Union victory. ROC - Reinventing Our Careers unemployment support group meets at 7 a.m. Wednesdays in the church library. A Celebration of Remembrance for people who have lost loved ones is at 4 p.m. Nov. 6 in the sanctuary. An American Red Cross blood drive is from noon-5 p.m. Nov. 11. For an appointment, call the church. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-681-3696, www.fpc hhi.org
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Pastor Kevin Wiley of Second Pilgrim Baptist Church 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.
NORTH ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Based on the recently released movie, "Courageous" from the makers of "Fireproof," the church will offer a four-week Bible study to help men toward living more courageously in four key areas. The study begins at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 for four consecutive Tuesdays at Mangiamo's restaurant, 2000 Main St. Deadline to register is Wednesday.
SEA ISLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Local author George Grove will provide a review and book signing of his new book, "The Rich Young Ruler: A Biblical Novella and Other Short Stories," at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the church fellowship hall, 81 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. The public is invited and refreshments will be provided.
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.
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA
The church bazaar opens with the bazaar preview from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the parish house, 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. Nothing is sold, but silent auction bids are accepted. This year's fall bazaar is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church. A special booth will sell items for the church's tricentennial, which is in 2012. The church mice workshop will return this year.
Fall 2011 Organ Concert Series continues at noon Friday. Dr. Christopher Young of Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Details: Patricia M. Gould, director of music, 843-522-1712, ext. 214
Biblical scholar and author Dr. Kenneth Bailey will be guest preacher and teacher Nov. 6-8. Bailey will discuss "Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes" at 9:15 a.m. at the Rector's Forum Nov. 6. Bailey will preach at all services at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 6. Bailey's second lecture, "Paul through Mediterranean Eyes" will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 7. His concluding lecture, "Jesus as Narrative Theologian," is at 11 a.m. Nov. 8. A luncheon and informal conversation with Bailey follows at noon. All lectures will take place in the parish hall at 507 Newcastle St., downtown Beaufort.