You can find more than a bargain at Transforming Life Through Christ Ministries' new thrift shop in Beaufort. Shoppers can get a personal prayer, too.
Recently, a shopper explained that she was buying furniture to refurbish her home that burned in August. Using a cane to walk, she disclosed that she had recently undergone brain surgery and was continuing physical therapy several times a week.
The Rev. Ronald Von Fricken, TLC Ministries pastor and program founder, was running the cash register at the time. He held her hand as they bowed their heads in prayer.
The shop's brightly colored walls are a backdrop to a wide variety of clothes, household items and furniture. Crosses handmade from donated wood by the men of The Cross Project are sold in the front corner of the store.
The TLC Ministry houses 10 male students, ages 18 and older. Money raised by the store will support the men's addictions ministry as well as a new ministry that is being readied for women on St. Helena Island. Near Penn Center, a house was donated by Grace Coastal Church in Okatie for TLC's women's ministry. It is awaiting a survey and additions of a fellowship hall, kitchen and bathrooms.
The men's ministry helps men, some homeless, who are working to overcome drug and alcohol addictions. Von Fricken said the need is just as great for women.
"I get three to four telephone calls each week from women or their families with addictions or life-controlling issues who need a place to go," he said.
The thrift store's grand opening is April 14. In addition to regular merchandise, hot dogs will be for sale for $1 from 11 a.m. to noon.
"God has really opened the door bigger and bigger for us," Von Fricken said.
BETHEL WORD & WORSHIP DELIVERANCE TEMPLE
Bethel Word & Worship Deliverance Temple's Pastor's Aide Committee will hold a yard sale at 8 a.m. today on the church grounds, 239 County Shed Road, Beaufort. The church is at County Shed and Pine Grove roads, Burton. Money raised will benefit Bethel's pastor. Donations may be dropped off at the church.
Details: Lisa Daise, 843-521-0720
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Rev. Nan L. White will discuss "Compassion: A Spirituality of Empathy" at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Rev. Thomas Schmidt will speak on "Wisdom Begins When We Stop Acting Stupid!" at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
CONGREGATION BETH YAM
Congregation Beth Yam will present "Passover A to Z" from 1-4 p.m. Sunday to teach aspects of Passover and the tools to keep the Passover story alive. The program is a way to prepare for the Passover meal on April 18. Free tastings of delicacies for Passover and wine tastings will be offered.
"The Journey of the Jews: A Cultural Study" continues from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Congregation Beth Yam. Rabbi Brad Bloom leads the discussion series that continues through May.
The 11th annual Congregation Beth Yam Sisterhood Women's Seder begins at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Congregation's Social Hall. The program will be followed by a Passover luncheon. Reservations must be made by Sunday. This special seder that is held about two weeks before the Passover holiday is in celebration of women, including the righteous women of the generation of the Exodus. The Women's Seder will be patterned after the traditional seder, which begins the Passover holiday each year. A luncheon and music will follow the seder service. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for guests.
The synagogue is at 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.
CENTRAL OAK GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its first annual "Sing Pastor Sing" Concert at 4 p.m. Sunday. Local choirs and their pastors will be featured. The public is invited. The church is at 161 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.
SCOTTSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Holy Communion is at 11 a.m. Sunday at Scottsville Baptist Church. Minister Paul Singleton will speak.
The church will hold a revival at 7 p.m. Friday . Ministers Paul Singleton and Johnnie F. Simmons will speak. The church will hold a "One Body, One Church, One Family and One Faith" program at 7 p.m. April 9.
The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
FAITH MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH
Faith Memorial Baptist Church will celebrate its 56th church anniversary and Pastor Dr. Horace Williams Jr.'s 27th anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. April 10. Participating pastors are: Monday, Dr. Kenneth Doe, pastor of Bethesda Christian Fellowship Church; Tuesday, the Rev. Allen Galloway of First Euhaw Baptist Church; Wednesday, Dr. Elijah Washington, pastor of First African Baptist Church; Thursday, Pastor William Carpenter of Orange Grove Baptist Church; Friday, the Rev. Chauncey Campbell of Old Fort Baptist Church. On April 10, Pastor Sam Spain of Lady's Island Baptist Church will speak at 12:30 p.m. for the church's anniversary, and the Rev. Dr. Abraham Murray of Brick Baptist Church will speak at 2:30 p.m. for the pastor's anniversary.
Details 843-838-2362, www.faith-memorial.com
COMMUNITY BIBLE CHURCH
"Catching a Vision," a prayer workshop by Katie Williams, is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays through May 31 at Community Bible Church, 638 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. The nine-week discipleship course in prayer will be led by Elsie Stevens and Janie Johnson.
Details: 843-524-2738, 843-987-0033
SHEPHERD'S HOUSE MINISTRIES
The Shepherd's House Ministries will present the Women of Destiny Women's Conference 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Speakers are: Wednesday, Prophetess Ella Green of Reach Out & Touch Ministries of Beaufort; Thursday, Dr. Barbara Fishburne of Good Shepherd's Faith Assembly of Columbia; and Friday, Pastor Mary Memmenger of More Than Conquerors International Ministries of Walterboro. The church is at 15 Sheldon Baptist Church Drive, Sheldon.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island is holding Lenten worship services of prayer and healing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 13, preceded by a fellowship dinner at 5:15 p.m. Reservations for dinner are required. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
The Rev. Louis Murray, associate minister at 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.
ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH
St. Paul Baptist Church will celebrate its 126th church anniversary and the sixth anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Donald Goodwine Sr., at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and April 10. Speakers and guest churches are: Wednesday, the Rev. Lawrence Miller and Grace Chapel AME Church; Thursday, the Rev. Albert Smoak and Second Jordan Baptist Church; and Friday, the Rev. Joseph Josey and Mount Sinai Baptist Church. Concluding services are planned April 10. This year's theme is "Demonstrating The God Kind Of Love." The church is at 22 St. Paul Church Road, Burton.
Details: 843-525-0525, 843-846-2970
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
The Beaufort class of Community Bible Study will hold an informational Adult Women Visitor's Day Brunch from 9:15-11:30 a.m. Thursday at The Parish Church of St. Helena Parish Hall, 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. This event is open to all women interested in joining Community Bible Study for the 2011-12 class study of the books of Deuteronomy and Hebrews beginning in September. The Beaufort class meets on Thursdays from September through May at The Parish Church of St. Helena and is open to women and their children, infants to age 12. Reservations for the brunch are not required and only adults are invited; no child care is available. Mothers may bring "infants in arms" (up to the age of 6 months).
Details: Sandi Fischer, 843-838-0212; Carol Griffis, 843-522-6825; www.beaufortcbs.org
SERVANTS OF GOD INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH TABERNACLE
Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle will celebrate its fourth church anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Close-out services are at 4 p.m. April 10. Speakers are: Thursday, Pastor Jimmy Patterson of Orangeburg; Friday, Pastor Isaac Gordon III of Bountiful Word Ministries in Sheldon; and Sunday, Pastor Susanna Johnson of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Sheldon.
The church is at 2754 Trask Parkway, U.S. 21, Grays Hill.
CHURCH OF THE PALMS UNITED METHODIST
Church of the Palms United Methodist will hold a "Bridges To Healing" seminar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 at the church on S.C. 170 in Okatie. The program is a training and resource opportunity that offers spiritual solutions for the struggles associated with combat trauma and post traumatic stress disorder. Cost is $35 for training and resource materials. Registration and light refreshments will be held at 8:30 a.m. Reservations are required by Friday.
Details: Pam Rentz, 843-522-3425
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA
The 55th annual Candlelight Tour of Homes is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday beginning with refreshments at a reception at the Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort. Tickets are $40 a person and may be reserved online by credit card. Tickets will be available for pickup the day of the event at the parish hall beginning at 4 p.m. On the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at the check-in table by cash or check. Details: 843-524-0363
Friday Organ Concerts at Noon continue at noon Friday with Julian Collings, organist, and Rebecca Hewes, cellist, of London in the Parish Church of St. Helena. Admission is free. Future concerts and performers are: April 15, Francois Olivier and Luc Stellakis of Paris; and April 29, John Weaver, organist, with Marianne Weaver, flute, of New York. Details: 843-522-1712, ext. 214
The church is at 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort.
ADAM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
The Adam Street Baptist Church family will honor Pastor Willie Wilson for 25 years of service with a banquet at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Quality Inn and Suites. Tickets are $30 and $15 for children, ages 4-12. Reservation deadline is April 9.
Details: Pearlie Chaplin, 843-838-2817
CARTERET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
A sale of gently used clothing for all family members is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 9 at Carteret United Methodist Church in Beaufort. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women's unit, money raised from the Carteret Closet Sale will go toward mission projects. The church is at 408 Carteret St., Beaufort.
Details: 843-812-3311, 843-524-6119
ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH
St. John's Lutheran Church inaugural Community Chili Cookoff to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be from 5-7 p.m. April 9 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. Admission is $5 a person or $20 a family. To make reservations or enter a recipe, call 843-524-3461.