When Karen Stevenson, 70, moved to Sun City Hilton Head in 2008, she continued her mission of working with children at the Christian School of New Vision in La Jeune, Haiti.
"This is where my heart is," Stevenson said. "I just know that we have to help."
Stevenson will host Ludner St. Amour, the school's founder and executive director, in her home Oct. 23. St. Amour was a sugar cane farmer who heard God's call to get the children fed and educated. He started with one elementary school in 1995.
"Obviously they cannot be educated if they cannot get fed," Stevenson said. She said poor Haitian children sometimes eat dirt to relieve their hunger pains.
St. Amour will preach and sing at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at Church of the Palms United Methodist Church on S.C. 170 in Okatie.
The school, in the central plateau region of Haiti, has been taking in children orphaned after Haiti's January earthquake upon government request. However, it isn't getting government assistance.
Knowing other children needed to be cared for, St. Amour created four other schools within walking distance for many children.
"He knows it is the only way he can feed them, and these children love attending school," Stevenson said.
Today there are 725 students at four elementary schools and a secondary school in this region of Haiti.
Stevenson, 70, treasurer and mission chairwoman of Church of the Palms, sponsored two girls in different villages who were in poor health. The girls are now much healthier.
"As St. Amour puts it, their health was precarious when they first began attending the school," Stevenson said. "Their health is much better due to getting one good meal of rice and beans five days a week and having vitamins, as available."
Stevenson is looking for people to sponsor a child at a cost of $360 a year. This will provide one meal a day, education and vitamins. She has photos of children and pamphlets about the process.
About one-third of the children have individual sponsors and 20 churches in the United States are working on the project.
"If we can get all these children sponsored then we can get them educated and we can have them fed properly and they can go to college where they can help their own people," Stevenson said.
Details: Karen Stevenson, 843-705-5254, karentax1040ea@ hargray.com
HUSPAH BAPTIST CHURCH
The BJ Scott Choir will hold its fourth annual Gospel Extravaganza at 6 p.m. today at Huspah Baptist Church, U.S. 17, Gardens Corner.
Special guests will be the Jiles Memorial Church of God By Faith Choir of Ocala, Fla., the Faith Memorial Combined Choir and Central Oak Grove Choir.
Details: 843-846-0058, 843-466-2644
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH
The inaugural Hispanic Ministry Health & Education Fair will be from 7:30-11:30 a.m. today at St. Andrew Chapel, 222 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton. The chapel is one mile down Pinckney Colony Road, one mile east of St. Gregory the Great Church off U.S. 278. Heart, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings are available for $20. Overnight fasting is required for screenings. For an appointment, call 877-582-2737. Press 2 for Hilton Head Hospital and 2 again for Community Education. Ask for Latino Health Fair Heart Health Screening.
Free skin care services will be offered by Dr. Carmen Traywick. Details: 843-837-4400
Vision screenings and nutrition information will be provided. Details: 843-706-3198
PORT ROYAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
A spaghetti and meatball supper will be served from 4:30-6:30 p.m. today by Port Royal United Methodist Church Men's Group at the church. Meals, which include salad, Texas toast and coffee or tea, are $7 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. The church is at 1602 Columbia Ave., 16th Street and Columbia Avenue, Port Royal.
ORANGE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Orange Grove Baptist Church Women's Ministry will hold its annual Women's Day at 11 a.m. Sunday. Evangelist Annette Williams of Fairview Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., will speak. Orange Grove will hold its annual Fall Revival at 7:30 nightly Monday through Friday. The revivalist is the Rev. Virgin Johnson of Revelation Ministry in Fairfax. The church is at 189 Orange Grove Road, St. Helena Island.
ST. MARK'S CHAPEL
During its chaplain's intermittent absences in October, St. Mark's Chapel in Port Royal will host guest celebrants from parishes in South Carolina and Georgia. On Sunday, the Rev. Colton Smith from St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Charleston will preach. The chapel is at 1104 11th St., Port Royal in the historic Union Church building.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Global climate change will be the focus of a special service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry at 10 a.m. Sunday. The service is part of the "Carpool Sunday" event, which is among more than 7,000 events taking place in 181 countries. People who carpool to church will receive a sample of free trade, shade-grown, organic coffee to take home. Also on Sunday, Susan Corbett, executive chairwoman of the Sierra Club in South Carolina, will speak on "The need for action on climate change." Child care will be provided. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
Details: Harry Gregory, 843-290-2907
LADY'S ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
Lady's Island Baptist Church will celebrate the 16th anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Sam T. Spain Sr., with services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Guest churches at the services are: Wednesday, the Rev. Edward Cushingberry and New Hope Christian Church; Thursday, the Rev. Dave Mitchell and Carey Hill and New Zion Baptist Churches; and Friday, Elder Henry Chisholm and Jehovah Church of Jesus Christ, closing service is at 2 p.m. Oct. 17 with Pine Grove Baptist Church and the Rev. Sylvester Ezell. The church is at 105 Brickyard Point Road, Lady's Island.
Details: 843-524-8528, 843-524-4465
FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH ON ST. HELENA ISLAND
The First African Baptist Church on St. Helena Island will host its Pre-Holy Communion Services at 7:30 nightly Wednesday-Friday.
Guest ministries are: Wednesday, the Rev. Donald Goodwine and St. Paul Baptist Church; Thursday, the Rev. Horace Williams and Faith Memorial Baptist Church; and Friday, the Rev. Charlie Powell and Good News Baptist Church. The church is at 109 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: 843-838-3970, FABStHelenaSC@Embarqmail.com
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Teacher Rosa Cummings of Bethel Word and Worship Deliverance Temple will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Lunch Hour of Power in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA
First Music, a free organ concert series held at noon on certain Fridays at the Parish Church of St. Helena, continues Friday with Christopher Houlihan of New York. Other upcoming performances and organists are: Oct. 29, Douglas Bruce of Switzerland; and Nov. 5, Patrick Hawkins of Columbia. The church is at 507 Church St., Beaufort.
Details: 843-522-1712, ext. 214
TEMPLE OSEH SHALOM
Temple Oseh Shalom invites the community to the consecration of its new torah at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The torah was donated by Roz and Bill Altman, who are sponsoring special oneg shabbat after services. The group meets at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, Simmonsville Road and U.S. 278, Bluffton.
UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The Oneness Blessing and Awakening Course is offered Friday through Oct. 17 at the Unity Church of Hilton Head Island. This Indian technique is a fast-growing, non-denominational spiritual phenomenon. Participants will learn to quiet the constant chatter of the mind resulting in clarity of perception, peace, love and joy. They also will learn to dissolve negative life scripts, patterns, conditionings and repressed emotions. Registration is required.
Details: Marilyn Lange, 843-842-8300, email@example.com; www.unitychurchofhiltonhead.org
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Wesley United Methodist Church's Fall Bazaar is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 16 in the education building. There will be a farmer's market with fresh local produce. The church is at Duke and West Streets, Beaufort.
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Carteret Street Youth, the patch is open to the public and offers pumpkins for sale. School trips are available. All money raised benefits the church's youth ministries.
Carteret Street United Methodist Church's annual Fall Bazaar will be from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will be able to purchase baked goods, frozen foods and other food items; participate in the silent auction; prepare for fall planting with sod and bedding plants from the garden shop; or find treasure in the good "junque," such as tools, crafts, toys and games booths. A handmade quilt is available as are concessions and barbecue dinners that can be eaten on site or taken home. The Pumpkin Patch also will be open, and there will be kids' games. All money raised benefits the church's missions and programs. The church is at 408 Carteret St., Beaufort.
An evening of thanksgiving and rejoicing in the release of Mavis Washington-Parker's first gospel album, "Let Your Light Shine On Me," will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 at Frissell Hall at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. Admission is free; reservations are required.
CENTRAL OAK GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church will present the sixth annual "Pink Out" Celebration for Breast Cancer Awareness and annual luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Park Lane Hotel & Suites, 12 Park Lane, Hilton Head Island. An update will be provided on breast health. Praise dancing and fellowship will be featured. The "Pink Out" begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 17 at the church. Pastor Ursula Boyd, of Prevailing True Love Outreach Ministry and Magic 103.9 radio in Savannah, will speak. All guests are asked to wear something pink. Make reservations for the luncheon with Carolyn Campbell, 843-681-6018.
Details: Rose Jackson-Knighton, 843-683-8522