Religion News: Providence Presbyterian celebrates 25 years

The church's founding pastor Gerry Mills returns this weekend with his signature message to "Cause God Joy."

charley@beaufortgazette.comDecember 10, 2011 

When Providence Presbyterian celebrates its 25th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday, some members might have deja vu when they hear the words: "Cause God Joy."

The church's original and founding pastor, Dr. Gerry Mills, will offer his signature message of teaching and relating four primary Jewish Hasidic principles to the Gospel of Jesus, showing the way to "Cause God Joy!" He will sing the first Christian song he learned as a boy, "In My Heart There Rings a Melody."

Mills was raised Jewish but attended Princeton Seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian pastor.

He led the original congregation at the first services at The Seabrook community in August 1986. By December 1986, the presbytery chartered Providence as a congregation. The church sanctuary was built by 1991 on Cordillo Parkway. He retired in 1998.

Mills serves with Chosen People Ministries, a mission outreach to Jewish people. He has recently worked with Dr. Martin Lifer, Providence Presbyterian's current pastor, at a meeting of the Fellowship of Presbyterians, a biblically conservative alliance of Presbyterian leaders and churches.

LOWCOUNTRY CHILDREN'S CHORUS

The chorus will present its 10th annual Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. today at The Baptist Church of Beaufort, 600 Charles St., Beaufort. The celebration will feature guest choir The St. Helena Royal School of Church Music for Boys and Girls. LowCountry Children's Chorus alumni are welcome to join present choristers for the final number of the concert and a reception afterward. There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged. Auditions for treble singers in fourth grade and up will be held in January for Spring Semester 2012.

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. today. Shoes and clothing for men, women, children and infants, as well as household linens, 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.

Registration for Crawford-Moultrie School of Ministry, formerly Jacqueline G. Harley School of Ministry, is open through Dec. 19. The course being offered is "The Pentateuch." Classes begin Jan. 7. C-M School of Ministry is a division of Servants of God Ministries of Seabrook.

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

UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD

The Rev. Marciah McCartney will discuss "Spiritual Tools for Conscious Evolution" in a workshop from 10 a.m.-noon today in the Okatie Room at the Hampton Inn, U.S. 278, near Sun City Hilton Head. McCartney, candidate for senior minister, will discuss "True Calling: What is our true calling as spiritual beings moving through our human experience?" at 10 a.m. Sunday at Seaquin's Ballroom, 1300 Fording Island Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-682-8177, www.unitychurchofhiltonhead.org

BEAUFORT AGLOW COMMUNITY LIGHTHOUSE

The group will celebrate Jesus with food, thanksgiving, testimonies, fellowship and a silent auction at 10:30 a.m. today at Burton Wells Recreation Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Burton.

Details: 843-290-5563

ST. HELENA BAPTIST CHURCH

The choir, led by Roger and Dixie Slichter, will present its Christmas Cantata "Let Earth Receive Her King" at 6 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments and fellowship will follow in the multi-purpose building after the performance. A nursery for infants will be provided. The church is at 1608 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island.

Details: 843-838-3109

CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH

The Rev. Dr. John Dortch will be installed as the new pastor of Central Baptist Church at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 1111 Prince St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-8997

LADY'S ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH

The Missionary Society celebrates its 17th anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday. Evangelist Betty Bright of the First African Missionary Baptist Church of Levy will speak. Music will be provided by the Male Chorus. The Male Chorus will celebrate its anniversary at 5 p.m. Dec. 17. The church is at 105 Brickyard Point Road, Lady's Island.

Details: 843-524-8528

CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

Advent Services continue today and Dec. 17. Monday Advent Worship Services will feature a guest preacher for a 30-minute worship service at noon followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon. Speakers are: Dec. 12, the Rev. Anne Bridgers of Port Royal United Methodist Church; and Dec. 19, the Rev. Fadetra Harrington of Fisher Chapel United Methodist Church and St. Stephen United Methodist Church. The Chancel Choir will present the Christmas Cantata, "Rise Up! A New Light A-Comin' " at 6 p.m. Dec. 18. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Details: 843-524-3841, csumc@islc.net, www.carteretstumc.org

SEA ISLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Joyous Sounds of Christmas, a concert to celebrate the season, begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. It will feature the Kirk Choir, the Cherub Choir, the Covenant Choir, the Angel Choir and the Sea Island Ringers directed by Charles Frost, minister of music. The audience is invited to participate in the carol singing. A freewill offering will be taken. The church is at 81 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort.

Details: 843-525-0696

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT

The Rev. Nan White will discuss the "Star Light" 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

The Rev. Dr. Ward Scovel, chaplain of Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, will discuss "The Myth of Life and Death" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-837-3330

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT

"God the Preserver of Man" is the Bible lesson at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.

Details: 843-441-2262

FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH, ST. HELENA ISLAND

A celebration of Nathan Pope Brotherhood's 35th anniversary and the Robert Middleton Male Chorus' eighth anniversary is at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is on 109 Olde Church Road, St. Helena.

Details: 843-838-3970, FABStHelenaSC@Embarqmail.com

CONGREGATION BETH YAM

A live broadcast of the 92nd St. Y's program "Making Our Democracy Work" by Justice Stephen Breyer with moderator Linda Greenhouse is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $10 for congregation members and $15 for non-members. For reservations, call 843-689-2178.

ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH

The third annual Guadalupe Celebration begins at 5 a.m. Monday and continues through 9:30 p.m. Activities include: 5 a.m., Mananitas, with the church's Hispanic Choir followed by breakfast at 6 a.m.; Rosary at 4 p.m.; formation for the procession at 5:30 p.m.; procession with dancers and the group of Mariachis at 6 p.m.; Holy Mass of Roses at 7 p.m.; dinner at 8:30 p.m.; and a dance at 9:30 p.m. The church is at 333 Fording Island Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-815-3100, ext 234

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND

The church hosts the communitywide presentation of Handel's "Messiah" accompanied by chamber orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. A gingerbread house decorating party is from 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 17 in the Fellowship Hall, with music and refreshments. Cost is $10 per gingerbread house. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway.

Details: 843-681-3696, www.fpchhi.org

ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

An open 12-step meeting is held from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall. The church is on S.C. 170 near the back gates of Sun City Hilton Head.

Details: 843-705-7939

ISLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH

The church will host a Christmas program by Hilton Head Shore Notes at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Island Lutheran Preschool children will also present a brief program of songs and drama. Baby-sitting is provided. The church is at 4400 Main St., at the corner of Wilborn Road.

Details: 843-689-5200

LUNCH HOUR OF POWER

Minister Patricia Tolbert, associate minister at Bethesda Christian Fellowship, 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 CHURCH

Advent dinners continue Thursday. Advance tickets are required. In conjunction with the celebration of the 165th anniversary of the dedication of St. Peter's Church and the plans to preserve and reopen the church on Carteret Street, there will be a special addition to the Dec. 15 Advent Dinner. Dr. Larry Rowland, professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and 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 Masses and at the Parish Office.

Details: 843-522-9555

CHRISTMAS, HANUKKAH AND KWANZAA

Members of the Jewish, Christian and African-American communities will participate in a unique joint celebration of the three major December holidays Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Beaufort Public Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort. The celebration is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club. The presenters will be: Christmas, the Rev. Kenneth Hodges, pastor of Beaufort's historic Tabernacle Baptist Church and State Representative for S.C. House District 121; Hanukkah, Cantor BenZion Bronshtein of Charleston, spiritual leader of Beaufort's Beth Israel Synagogue and a master musician; and Kwanzaa, Theresa White, a freelance writer/editor and president of the Northern Beaufort County Democratic Club. Reservations are required.

Details: 843-597-2482

FAITH DELIVERANCE PENTECOSTAL MINISTRY

A revival continues at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 at the Gloria Potts Center, 130 Seaside Road, St. Helena Island. Bishop Herbert Hucks will speak.

Details: 843-838-4444, 843-263-4151, 843-597-7981

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

SECOND GOODWILL BAPTIST CHURCH

The food pantry at 2201 Morris St., Beaufort will be closed for the month of December. Food distribution will resume Jan. 11.

Details: 843-271-0433

ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH

Members are collecting Christmas gifts for local children and families in need as part of the Angel Tree Project for the sixth consecutive year. Placed in the church's parish hall, the tree is adorned with about 130 cards indicating whether a gift is being sought for the family; a child, with age and gender; and a specific request for a gift. Parishioners take a card, buy a gift, wrap it up and place it under the Angel Tree. On Dec. 19, gifts will be delivered to the families. The church is at 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-681-8333

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