While all churches are seeking to save souls, today the Hilton Head Island Seventh-Day Adventist Church is hoping to save lives.
The church is offering a free screening of the PG-rated movie "Forks Over Knives" at 7 tonight.
Instead of candy and popcorn, during intermission a tasting of a plant-based diet will be offered, including a non-dairy ice cream. Recipes for the dishes in the taste-testing will be shared as well.
Members have found that this plant-based diet, which excludes processed and animal-based foods, helps with symptoms of degenerative diseases and even reverses some of the problems.
The church also will offer a free "Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet" class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the church at 8 Park Lane, Hilton Head. The class will cover the various benefits of a plant-based diet and how to make the transition to that diet. There also will be cooking demonstrations and samplings of three plant-based dishes. The class will be taught by Jennaveve St. Claire, a former private chef for Hollywood clientele and a cancer survivor who has adopted a plant-based diet to help remain cancer free since 1997.
"It is a life-saving movie for those who watch it," said Pastor Jason Belyeu, who has benefited from the diet personally with weight loss and a reduction in allergies and inflammation.
RED DAM BAPTIST CHURCH
The Valentine's Banquet will feature a free comedy-drama, "Mystery of the Missing Heart," at 6 p.m. today at the church, 488 Red Dam Church Road, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6083, www.reddambaptistchurch.org
NORTH ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
"Courageous" will be shown at 6:30 p.m. today at 3800 Main St., Hilton Head Island. The film is free.
Details: 843-689-3800, www.northislandbc.org
BEAUFORT AGLOW COMMUNITY LIGHTHOUSE
"Love" will be the theme of the Aglow event 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today at Burton Wells Recreation Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Burton. Cynthia Stewart -- wife, mother, sister, master stylist, entrepreneur and native of Summerton -- will speak.
The event is free.
ST. ANDREW BY-THE-SEA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The church will celebrate with hymns from the Christian gospel music tradition at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Sunday. Hymns from the United Methodist Hymnal, the Chancel Choir and guest musicians will bring a medley of gospel tunes accompanied by guitar, banjo, string bass, piano and assorted percussion instruments. In addition to the high energy medley, the choir also will bring an arrangement of "Jesus Loves Me," coupled with the contemporary Christian chorus "We Are All God's Children" at the offertory.
Details: 843-785-4711, www.hhiumc.com
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
The Youth Black History Program is at 10 a.m. Sunday. W. Brown Marshel, president-director of Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home for Funerals, will speak. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.
THE CHURCH OF THE CROSS IN BLUFFTON
The eight-week Healing After Loss program, for those who have lost a loved one, is 3-5 p.m. Sundays beginning this week. This is a confidential, Scripture-based support group for people mourning the death of someone close and will be facilitated by members who have experienced a loss in their own lives. The program hopes to offer comfort and encouragement to those who commit to joining. The meetings are closed. If interested, contact the parish office at 843-757-2661.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Rev. Lynne Garner of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Brunswick, Ga., will provide the sermon celebrating Black History Month titled, "The Education of Dr. King," at 10 a.m. Sunday. She will share insights into Dr. King's formal and informal educational influences. Religious education is provided during the service and refreshments follow. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Rev. Nan L. White is worship leader. Guest speaker is George Kanuck, co-chairman of the Lowcountry Immigration Coalition. Kanuck will address "Immigration: Turning Faith into Action" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
The Christian Science Society of Beaufort joins with the Hilton Head Island and Savannah Christian Science churches to sponsor a weekly radio broadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sundays on WLOW 107.9 FM. Hear how people overcome illness, relationship difficulties, financial hardships and other trials through prayer.
"Soul" will be the topic of the Bible Lesson Sermon at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Wesley United Methodist Women's monthly Inspirational Moments and luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Wesley Education Building. The Rev. John Dortch, pastor of Central Baptist Church, will speak on "Faith, Hope, Love in Action." The Educational Building is at West and Duke Streets, Beaufort.
CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CLUB OF BEAUFORT
The club meets Thursday at the St. Helena Parish Church Hall, 507 New Castle St. Charlotte Brantley will make cookies. Barbara Gobbs will present, "A Sweet Valentine." Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. Cost is $12 and includes tip and gratuity. Reservations requested by Monday.
Details: Karen Whitehead, 843-838-7627, email@example.com
SHELL POINT BAPTIST CHURCH
A free, warm meal and conversation is 6-7 p.m. Fridays 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
DISTRICT 3 OF OLD ASHLEY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
The group meets at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 at Israelite Baptist Church on Lady's Island. The church is at 29 Israelite Drive.
Details: the Rev. Joe L. Simmons, 843-812-6927; the Rev. Joseph McKnight, 843-252-7855
ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Jurors, including Joyce and Don Nagel, as well as Marilyn Dizikes (winner of the 2011 competition), will select one submission to be featured on the 25th annual Garden Tour poster. The work of art selected for the 2012 poster will be announced at an artist's reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the library gallery.
CONGREGATION OSEH SHALOM
Jewish Music Month will be celebrated by the choir at 8 p.m. Friday at Low Country Presbyterian Church, U.S. 278 and Simmonsville Road, Bluffton.
A Folk Rock service is planned March 16.
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Savannah State University's Wesleyan Gospel Choir will be in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A free-will offering will be received. The church is at 32 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island.
Details: 843-838-4410, www.welcome2Bethesda.org
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The church will celebrate its 50th anniversary Feb. 19 with a praise and worship service in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. A reunion reception will be 3-5 p.m. Feb. 18, when current and former members can meet for a time of fellowship. Anyone staying for lunch following Sunday's worship service should call 843-785-4478 for reservations. The church is at 100 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island.
On Feb. 19, to show support for the "Sheldon Township Goes Red" event, congregations and residents throughout the township are asked to wear red, decorate their sanctuaries, businesses, homes and mail boxes with red.
On Feb. 25, organizers are sponsoring a "Sheldon Township Goes Red" Walkathon from 8 to 10 a.m. at Whale Branch Middle School. Participants are asked to wear red T-shirts. Representatives from churches throughout Sheldon Township have been meeting over the past several weeks to encourage all congregations within the township to become involved in the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" Campaign.
Sheldon Township's Pathways in STEP Initiative (Sheldon Township Empowerment Program) and South Carolina's National Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" organizers have teamed up to help bring awareness and send a message to the community about the seriousness of cardiovascular disease.
Details: Shirley Perry, 843-846-4166
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
The Rev. Edward L. Rosenberry, executive director of the Churches of God General Conference will speak at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at Resurrection Church, 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-689-3625, www.resurrectionccc.org
ST. FRANCIS THRIFT SHOP
The shop is now accepting grant applications through April 30. All nonprofit organizations wishing to apply may do so by contacting grant director Eleanor Bell at 843-342-9082 or email@example.com.
All nonprofit organizations may apply even if they have received a grant in previous years. The thrift shop is a ministry of St. Francis By The Sea Catholic Church. The shop is at 6 Southwood Park Drive, Hilton Head Island.