Religion News: A Christmas miracle at local church

Thanks to an act of God, All Saints Episcopal gets a new organ

charley@beaufortgazette.comDecember 3, 2011 

A Christmas miracle is being celebrated at All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island.

Searching for how to replace the church's aging Rodgers analog organ and sound system, an act of God brought the answer. Lightning during a March 30 thunderstorm struck the campus, causing damage to the sprinkler system and a computer, as well as the aging analog organ. All were covered by insurance.

The unplayable organ was replaced. This required the sanctuary's balcony to be reduced to accommodate a new sound system.

The new Walker organ was delivered Tuesday and will require about two weeks to install. In mid-December, the new organ will be voiced, with all adjustments completed for this year's Christmas services. The organ will be dedicated at 9 a.m. Jan. 8.

All Saints is at 3001 Meeting St. on Hilton Head.

Details: 843-681-8333

GOSPEL CELEBRATION

The R.J.S. Voice of Praise Choir, First African Baptist Church of Port Royal is having a Gospel Celebration at 6 p.m. today at the church. Featured guests are W.E.C. Choir from Orange Grove Baptist Church, St. Helena Island and Xtreme Praise Choir from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Dale.

Details: Lue Jackson, 843-318-2582; Beverly Green, 843-263-5133

ST. FRANCIS BY THE SEA CATHOLIC CHURCH

The church's second annual holiday concert, "An Island Christmas," will be held at 7 p.m. today and at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the church at 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. The event features local choirs, Savannah and Charleston symphony orchestra members, and a 40-member children's choir from St. Francis School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and $30 for a family up to five.

Details: www.HHIFestivalChorus@gmail.com

UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD

The Rev. Elizabeth Mora will present "If We Build It, They Will Come; An Exploration of Church Growth ... Dreaming Big and Growing Strong," an inspiring and interactive workshop from 10 a.m.-noon today at the Okatie Room in the Hampton Inn next to Sun City Hilton Head. Mora, candidate for senior minister at Unity Church of Hilton Head Island, will also speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at Seaquin's Ballroom, 1300 Fording Island Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-682-8177, www.uni tychurchofhiltonhead.org

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

A discussion of the State of the Presbyterian Church of the USA is from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn, 2225 Boundary St., Beaufort. Carmen Fowler LaBerg and Parker Williamson will speak. The event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Lay Committee in Lenoir, N.C.

Details: 800-368-0110, www.layman.org

HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH

The Tour of Homes and Churches featuring seven decorated private homes and two historic churches on Bees Creek Road is from 5-7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets include the tour, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, entertainment and welcome packet with history of each home and church. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling 843-726-3743 or htecgrm@embarqmail.com. Tickets will be available on the day of the tour at the Parish House.

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MISSION CHURCH

Beaufort's newest oldest Orthodox Christianity Church is coming to Beaufort from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the Baptist Church of Beaufort, 600 Charles St., Beaufort. Participants are invited to learn how Orthodox Christianity compares to the Christian presence that exists in Beaufort and how it complements and fulfills it.

Details: Father John Parker, 843-810-9350, frjohn@ocacharleston.org; Gary Burgess, 843-321-2365, gburgess102@yahoo.com; David and Laura Homyk, 843-379-0352, Lhomyk@aol.com

LORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Lord of Life Lutheran Church will have a "Festival Service for the Dedication of a New Sanctuary" at 3 p.m. Sunday. A harp duet prelude begins at 2:30 p.m. Bishop Herman Yoos of the South Carolina Synod will officiate and Pastor Jon Heileger; Elaine Krome, assistant in ministry; and key lay leaders will lead the dedication service. The church is at 351 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton.

Details: 843-757-4774

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND

The Sanctuary Choir's annual Christmas musical, "Sing Gloria!" created by David Hamilton, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be Christmas fellowship after the free program in the Family Life Center. The church is at 100 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head.

Details: 843-785-4478, www. fbchhi.org

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT

The Rev. Nan White will discuss the "Light of the World: YOU!" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.

Details: 843-838-1399

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY

Visiting Australian interfaith minister and recording artist Phil Shiva Jones will sing, play the didgeridoo and give his sermon "Accessing the Point of Love and Self-Empowerment" at 10 a.m. Sunday. A workshop titled "Discovering the Sacredness of Breath and Sound" where participants will learn how to play the didgeridoo and work with their breath to enhance a meditative state and to improve their health is offered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $20. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-837-3330

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT

"God the Only Cause and Creator" is the Bible lesson at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at 401 Scott St., Beaufort. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-441-2262

THE CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CLUB OF BEAUFORT

(formerly Beaufort Women's Connection)

The club meets Thursday at the St. Helena Parish Church at 507 New Castle St., Beaufort. The theme is "Singing into Christmas." The doors open at 11:45 a.m. and lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. followed by the program with speaker Candice Pope. Music and feature will be Karen Ayers and Caroline Peterson. Cost for the luncheon and program is $12. Reservations are required by Monday. Child care is available by prior request. Reservations may be made to Karen Whitehead, 843-838-7627, mommakaren@islc.net.

ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND

The church's chapter of the Order of the Daughters of the King will sponsor an Advent Quiet Day on Wednesday to focus on the role of the Advent season in preparing for the approaching Christmas season. Registration will begin and coffee will be available at 9 a.m., with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Hay Chapel, off the sanctuary. The Rev. Sandra Grant, deacon, will lead the Quiet Day's three meditations. The theme for the program is: "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). At 11:45 a.m., Holy Eucharist will be celebrated, followed by a luncheon in Gordon Mann Hall. Advance registration is required to make preparations for the luncheon. To register, call 843-681-8333 by Monday.

A "Lights of Remembrance Service" begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The service will be followed by an Advent Supper in the church's Gordon Mann Hall. For supper reservations, call 843-681-8333.

The church is at 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND

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 begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 13 and Dec. 14 in the sanctuary directed by Dr. Russell Floyd, minister of music. The performance is free and is at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16. Details: 843-681-3696. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway.

Details: 843-681-3696, www.fp chhi.org

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 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

LUNCH HOUR OF POWER

Pastor Jack Ladson of Scottville 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.

Details: 843-524-6634

ST. PETER CATHOLIC

Advent dinners will continue Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Advance tickets are required.

In conjunction with the celebration of the 165th anniversary of the Dedication of St. Peter Church and the plans to preserve and reopen that Historic Church on Carteret Street, a special program is planned at the Dec. 15 Advent Dinner. Dr. Larry Rowland, professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, author of "The History of Beaufort County, SC"; and Barbara Stanley, retired director of Religious Education and Archivist for St. Peter Parish, will discuss "Tales from the Graveyard."

The graveyard was established in 1833 at St. Peter Church. Advanced tickets may be purchased after all Masses and during the week at the Parish Office.

Details: 843-522-9555

SHELL POINT BAPTIST CHURCH

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

Details: Joy Kircher, 843-575-2200, joykircher028@gmail.com

LOWCOUNTRY CHILDREN'S CHORUS

The chorus will present its 10th annual Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at The Baptist Church of Beaufort, 600 Charles St., Beaufort. The celebration will feature a guest choir, The St. Helena Royal School of Church Music of Boys and Girls, which will sing several numbers and also collaborate with LowCountry Children's Chorus on some joint selections. Chorus alumni are invited to sing the final number and for a reception to follow. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

Details: Dr. Melanie Williams, 843-252-4104, melaniewilliams@yahoo.com, www.bcob.org/lccc/html

SERVANTS OF GOD INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH TABERNACLE

"Project Giveaway," a free clothing giveaway is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10. Men, women, children and infant shoes and clothing, as well as household linens and curtains,will be available. Light refreshments will be available for a small donation. The giveaway is at the church's new location, 2219 Prince St., Beaufort, behind the former Bread of Life Bookstore. Donations are being accepted.

Details: 843-846-6017, 843-322-0112

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