Don't have a big family with which to share the traditional Thanksgiving feast? You're wrong. Several church families north and south of the Broad River host meals for Lowcountry residents and visitors on Turkey Day. Here are a few of the places you'll find good food and fellowship Thanksgiving Day.
PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA
Fellowship will be the emphasis at the 31st annual Community Service and Community Thanksgiving Dinner at The Parish Church of St. Helena (Episcopal) on Thanksgiving Day at 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort.
Volunteers from area churches help plan, serve and clean up after the meal, which last year served almost 2,000 people. Take-out meals are available from 10 a.m. to noon for the elderly or home-bound.
"While we will deliver meals to anyone who is shut in, the emphasis this year is to invite people in for fellowship," organizer Rosalind Dixon said.
Lunch is served on fine china from noon to 2 p.m. in the parish hall. "Second Spring," a newly released CD by St. Helena members Michael McIntyre and Susan Wagner, will be played.
"It is a wonderful place to come and be with other people and enjoy a traditional meal," publications director Kelly Newnham said.
Members of Tabernacle Baptist Church will celebrate Thanksgiving with services at 10 a.m. Thursday. The annual Thanksgiving dinner will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall, 911 Craven St. in Beaufort.
Details: 843-524-0376, 843-524-1893
ST. ANDREW BY-THE-SEA
St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church will cohost its 12th annual meal from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at Hudson's Seafood House on the Docks on Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head Island. The public is welcome to share turkey, dressing and all the trimmings -- at no cost. Transportation can be arranged. All donations on the day of the event will benefit The Deep Well Project.
To volunteer or request a ride, call 843-694-1093.
ST. FRANCIS BY THE SEA CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Francis By the Sea will host the Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World from noon-8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. This exhibit includes the story of 126 miracles associated with faith and worship of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Each panel shows photographs and historical descriptions and presents some of the principal Eucharistic miracles worldwide that have been recognized by the church. The church is at 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-681-6350, www.stfrancishhi.org
ST. JAMES BAPTIST CHURCH
A gospel concert introducing The Blessed Ones, a new group formed by Deacon Elijah White of Ridgeland, will be offered at 5 p.m. today at St. James Baptist Church, 209 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Also featured will be the St. James Male Chorus, the Sumter Violinaires, the Spiritual Knights of Ridgeland and Grandpa Bambam. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
SPOKEN WORD OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Spoken Word Outreach Ministries continues its Spirit of Elijah conference at 7 p.m. tonight at the church. You can watch a live broadcast at www.ustream.tv/channel/spoken-word-outreach-ministries. The church is at 42 Keans Neck Road, Lobeco.
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Peter Catholic Church's Beaufort Homes for Holidays Tour continues from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today and noon-3 p.m. Sunday. The tour includes seven Lady's Island homes decorated by area designers, including historic tabby ruins, in the Ashdale neighborhood on the Morgan River. Tickets are $25 and available at Beaufort Academy on Lady's Island on the day of each tour.
THE CHURCH OF THE CROSS
The Church of the Cross will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Arts Festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. The event will include artwork and crafts by Bluffton artists, handmade items featuring May River angels and cloth dolls, unique wreaths, holy honey, jams and relishes, Christmas ornaments, the church cookbook ("Great Cooks Rise"), baked goods and candy. The church is on Calhoun Street in Bluffton.
Details: Bobbie Ohliger, 843-705-1090
AGAPE FAMILY LIFE CENTER
Agape Family Life Center will hold a talent and fashion show at 6 p.m. today. The center is at 5855 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6008, 866-708-3686
The Link is accepting donations to help provide Thanksgiving meals for as many as 300 families from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn, 2225 Boundary St., Beaufort. During "The Giving" service, members and friends will come together for an evening of live music and entertainment. To refer a prospective Beaufort-area family in need, e-mail the family's address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details: 843-592-1352, www.thelinkbeaufort.com
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
Friendship Baptist Church will have deacon ordination services for Brother George Daise at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.
ST. HELENA BAPTIST CHURCH
St. Helena Baptist Church will celebrate 45 years of ministry at 11 a.m. Sunday. Child care will be provided. After the service, members and friends are invited to a luncheon and fellowship. Some of its ministries include hosting an adult Migrant Vacation Bible School in June, supporting Hunting Island State Park Ministry, services at Morningside and Bayview assisted living facilities, and children and youth mission ministries. The church is at 1608 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island.
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Bethesda Christian Fellowship will conclude the celebration of the 73rd anniversary of its church and its pastor's 35th anniversary at 11 a.m. Sunday with Pastor Benjamin Williams of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island. The church is at 36 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island.
Details: 843-838-4410, www.welcome2bethesda.org
UNION BAPTIST CHURCH
Union Baptist Church concludes its annual Friends and Family celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday with the First African Baptist Church and Pastor Raymond Johnson. A fellowship meal will follow. The church is at 1708 Old Shell Road, Port Royal.
ADAM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
The Adam Street Baptist Church Family concludes its Harvest Revival and Thanksgiving Dinner at noon Sunday with the Rev. Joseph Taylor of Savannah. The church is at 736 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: Queen Orage, 843-838-2887
SECOND JORDAN BAPTIST CHURCH
The Second Jordan Baptist Church pastor's anniversary begins at 3 p.m. Sunday with Pastor Samuel Gregory and St. Paul Baptist Church. The church is at 2 Jordan Drive, Burton.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort launches its "Guest at Your Table" campaign at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Wardle Family YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Chancel Choir at Providence Presbyterian Church will present Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" at 4 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. The concert is free, and donations will be accepted. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Omega Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity will celebrate Achievement Week during regular church services at 10 a.m. Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Calvin Washington of Sumter will speak. The church is at Prince and West streets in Beaufort.
Details: program coordinator Ronald Campbell, 843-987-0532
QUEEN CHAPEL AME CHURCH
The Sons of Allen Ministry of Queen Chapel AME Church on Hilton Head Island will hold its second annual Boston butt fundraiser to support church activities, youth ministries and the after school tutorial program. The cost is $25. Orders must be placed for pickup on the day you designate by Tuesday. The church is at 114 Beach City Road, Hilton Head.
To order: 843-689-9079, 843-812-5081
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
The Rev. John C. Dortch, associate minister at the St. Paul Baptist Church, 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.
SERVANTS OF GOD MINISTRIES OF SEABROOK
Registration for the Jacqueline G. Harley School of Ministry, a division of Servants of God Ministries in Seabrook, is open through Dec. 4. The next course being offered is "Great Doctrines of the Christian Faith, Section 1." Classes for this course begin Jan. 8, 2011.
Details: 843-846-6017, email@example.com
ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The 2011 All Saints Garden Tour is seeking applications from Bluffton and Hilton Head Island nonprofit organizations that would like to be considered as beneficiaries for next year's event. All profits from the 24th annual Garden Tour, to be held May 14, will be donated to several local organizations. The tour is part of the domestic outreach program of All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island. Applications must be received by Nov. 30.