Religion News: Churches invite the public to give thanks in multiple events

charley@beaufortgazette.comNovember 19, 2011 

Ron Dobbs loads a gift pack into the 1,000th box to be loaded during an area packing party for Operation Christmas Child on Nov. 12 in Okatie. In Operation Christmas Child, shoe boxes are filled with toys, school supplies and necessities such as toothbrushes and toothpaste, which are then hand-delivered to needy children around the world. About 2,000 boxes were expected to be packed during a two-day packing session on Nov. 11-12. The group's goal for Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties is to collect 14,000 gifts this year. Details: Barry Malphrus, 843-525-6359,,


Churches offer many opportunities to give thanks at Thanksgiving. Here are some of the upcoming events:

  • Jericho AME Church: The annual Thanksgiving Feed My Sheep Service and Dinner begins at 11 a.m. today. A free Thanksgiving meal will be served. The church is at 342 Broad River Blvd., Beaufort.

  • Details: 843-522-1648

  • The Giving: Donations will be collected for the third annual The Giving -- a communitywide, multichurch effort to provide Thanksgiving meals to those in need -- at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the Beaufort High School auditorium. A community worship service will follow at 5 p.m. Donated items will be taken to the YMCA in Port Royal that evening, and meals will be delivered Monday. Donations beyond the scope of The Giving will be turned over to HELP of Beaufort.

  • Suggested donations are frozen turkeys, potatoes, canned yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and rolls. Families benefiting from this effort are referred by charitable agencies and participating churches. Participating organizations are: Love House Ministries, Sea Island Presbyterian Church, Seaside Vineyard, Spoken Word Outreach Ministries, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, The Link and Tidal Creek Fellowship. Volunteers are being solicited for collection, inventory and distribution.

    Details: Heather Prince Doss,, 843-525-0696.

  • The Parish Church of St. Helena: The church will host its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Community Service on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday at 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. The Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 11 a.m. in the church. Following the service, dinner and fellowship will be served across the street in the Parish House. All are welcome. Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Takeaway meals are available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for those who want to carry meals to the elderly or home-bound.

  • Details: 843-522-1712, ext. 208

  • Christian Science Society of Beaufort: Members of the society invite the community to the Thanksgiving Day service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. There will be singing, a brief Bible lesson and joyous testimonies of gratitude.

  • Details: 843-441-2262

  • Lighthouse Christian Center: The center will hold its Thanksgiving service at 9 a.m. Thursday. The church is at 3538 Trask Parkway, (across from Stokes-Brown Toyota) Beaufort.

  • Details: 843-525-6910

  • Union Baptist Church: The church will hold a free "Sharing God's Blessings" Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in the church's fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to share fellowship and enjoy a home-cooked meal. The menu will include turkey, ham and all the trimmings. The church is at 1708 Old Shell Road, Port Royal.

  • Details: 843-524-8589


    The Church of the Cross will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the old town Bluffton campus, 110 Calhoun St. The event will include holiday decorations and ornaments, Crafter's Guild handmade gifts, homemade jellies and preserves, vintage angels and the Flower Guild garden shoppe. There will be baked goods as well as hot dogs and chili for sale.

    Details: 843-757-2661, www.the


    The church will hold an installation service for Pastor Isiah Smalls at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.

    Details: 843-521-4419


    The Rev. Manuel Holland will speak on the fourth principle and his sermon is titled "Truth and Meaning in Religion and Elsewhere" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

    Details: 843-837-3330


    The Christian Science Society, Beaufort 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. Sundays. Hear how people overcome illness, relationship difficulties, financial hardships and other trials through prayer.

    "Soul and Body" will be the subject of the Bible lesson at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.

    Details: 843-441-2262


    Recovery Services are held 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 those 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.

    Details: 843-705-7939


    The annual Harvest Revival's close-out celebration begins at noon Sunday. The Rev. Joseph Taylor of the Mount Tabar Baptist Church, Savannah will speak. The church is at 736 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island.

    Details: Queen Orage, 843-838-2887


    Worship services celebrating the church's 74th anniversary and pastor's 36th anniversary will culminate with a service at 11 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Benjamin Williams of The Mount Calvary Baptist Church of Hilton Head will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 32 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island.

    Details: 843-838-4410


    There will be a special celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday with Pastor Samuel Gregory and the Saint Paul Baptist Church. The church is on County Shed Road, Burton.

    Details: 843-524-4262


    A free, warm meal and friendly conversation is offered from 6-7 p.m. each Friday at the church, 871 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. Refining Christian Maturity Recovery Meeting to follow at 7. A food pantry is also available.

    Details: Joy Kircher, 843-575-2200,


    Tickets for Celebrating Christmas in the Village of Grahamville sponsored by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church are on sale for $35. The tour of seven decorated private homes and two historic churches on Bees Creek Road is from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4. Ticket price includes the tour, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, entertainment and welcome packet with history of each home and church.

    Details:843-726-3743, email


    Singers are invited to join the community choir for the annual communitywide presentation of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah," hosted by the church's Sanctuary Choir. No auditions are necessary. Rehearsals will be held in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13 and 14, directed by Dr. Russell Floyd, minister of music. The performance is free and is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Details: Dr. Floyd, 843-681-3696. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway between mile markers 5 and 6.

    Details: 843-681-3696, www.


    The 2012 All Saints Garden Tour is seeking applications from local nonprofit organizations that would like to be considered as beneficiaries for next year's event. Applicants must provide services to the citizens of Beaufort or Jasper county as they struggle with the specific challenges presented either by hunger, homelessness or literacy. All profits from the 25th annual tour, which will be held May 19, will be donated to several local nonprofit organizations that meet the established criteria. For full criteria and an application form, call Mary Anne Gebler, chairwoman of the garden tour board, at 843-645-4111. All applications must be received no later than Nov. 30 at the church at 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island, SC, ATTN: Mary Anne Gebler.

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