Music, dancing and food are among the highlights of the upcoming celebration of the 63rd year of Israel's Independence Day, Yom Ha'atzmaut.
The community is invited to join two Lowcountry Jewish congregations -- Congregation Beth Yam of Hilton Head Island and Temple Oseh Shalom in Bluffton -- at the birthday bash.
Last year more than 200 people attended the festive affair where they danced and sang "Hatikvah," Israel's National Anthem.
"Every year is a miracle of rebirth of the Jewish state," said Dr. William Bilek, coordinator of Israel events for Congregation Beth Yam. "We will sing, have music and learn a little about Israel from the music, dancing and eating."
Live music will be performed by the Mike Regal Quintet of Sun City Hilton Head. Area politicians including Hilton Head Island Mayor Drew Laughlin and state Sen. Tom Davis are expected to attend.
Homemade Israeli and Jewish foods will be served, including falafel (a patty made of ground chickpeas), cakes, kugels (noodle casserole), mandel-bread (biscotti) pies, pitas, barekas (a cheese pastry) and homemade Israeli salads.
The celebration is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Resurrection Christian Community Church will host speaker Max Lucado via simulcast from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the church. Lucado uses 14 biblical principles to challenge ordinary people to abandon mediocre Christianity for the sake of making a difference for generations to come. His daughter, Jenna, also will have a session that will speak to young people on making a difference. Tickets are $30. Scholarships are available. The church is at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.
ST. JAMES TRINITY
St. James Trinity Praise Dancers' third Celebration Saturday begins at 6 p.m. today. The theme is "I Give Myself Away." The church is at 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island.
Details: the Rev. Charles E. Hamilton Sr., 843-681-6446
BEAUFORT AGLOW COMMUNITY LIGHTHOUSE
Beaufort Aglow Community Lighthouse meets at 11 a.m. today at Port Royal Medical Center, (second floor conference room), 1320 Ribaut Road, Port Royal. Prayer, praise and worship precede the installation of the new leadership team of the Beaufort Aglow Lighthouse on the South Carolina Coastal Area Board.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort's Laura M. Towne birthday celebration service will be held at Penn Center in the Frissell community building. A short commemorative service begins at 9:45 a.m. Sunday in the cemetery of Brick Church. Flowers will be placed on Towne's memorial marker. The Rev. David Pettee, credentialing director from UUA Boston, will be guest minister. While researching his family's connection to slavery in New England, Pettee found a direct descendant of an African man who was once a slave owned by Pettee's ancestors. His sermon is entitled "Bridging the Gap." Services begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at Penn Center.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Registration for "Breaking Free" sports camp is Sunday following worship services. Registration forms are on the church website or in the church office.
The children's choirs will present the musical "Let's Rock" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-681-3696, jwilhelm@ fpchhi.org, www.fpchhi.org
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. Her sermon, "More Than Just Mothers," reflects this Mother's Day service. Child care will be provided, and refreshments will be available. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
BAPTIST CHURCH OF BEAUFORT
Registration is being taken from 8:45-10:30 a.m. Sunday and May 15 for the Baptist Church of Beaufort's "Tag It and Bag It" yard sale from 8-11 a.m. May 21 at the church, 600 Charles St., Beaufort. Sellers may also register in the church office prior to Friday. Registration fee is $20 for a 8-by-3-foot space or table. Setup times are 4-7 p.m. May 20 and 7-8 a.m. May 21 in Building B of the church. The sale is sponsored by Touching All Generations, a part of the women's ministry. Proceeds will be used to fund TAG's September event, "Journey to Significance."
MT. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church begins the spring revival at midnight Sunday with a Midnight Prayer Service. The revival continues at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Ben Williams Mass Choir will provide music. The Rev. Alandus Sims of Fellowship Baptist Church of Pine Hills in Orlando, Fla., will speak. Refreshments will be served after the service. The church is at 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.
METHODIST YOUTH TRIP
St. Luke's and St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist churches of Hilton Head Island invite middle and high school youth to the second annual trip to Ponce Inlet, Fla., Friday through May 15. Last year, 40 high school and middle school students spent a weekend learning to surf or improving their skills. Each evening a speaker from the local chapter of Christian surfers talked about their faith. Grace Episcopal Church in Ponce Inlet provided housing for the entire group. This year, Providence Presbyterian Church will join the group. Cost is $95, including all meals.
Details: Steve Chisholm, director of Student Ministries, 843-540-4025
SCOTTSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
In celebration of the upcoming Friends and Family Anniversary, the Scottsville Baptist Church Family will sponsor a Gospel Sing-out at 7 p.m. May 14 at the church. The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: the Rev. Jack Ladson, 843-838-2910
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Cast 4 Christ, sponsored by First Baptist Church Hilton Head Island, will be from 8 a.m.-noon May 14 at Jarvis Creek Park. Ages 5-15 are invited for fishing, food and fun. Children 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. All tackle is provided. Music, prizes and a free picnic are included.
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Bethesda Christian Fellowship Youth Crusade Revival begins at 10 a.m. May 14. A picnic will follow. The event is free. The church is at 32-36 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, St. Helena Island.
ST. JAMES BAPTIST CHURCH
St. James Baptist Church will have its annual Women's Day Program at 3 p.m. May 15. Minister Phyllis Johnson of Blue Hill Community Church of Nazarene in Kansas City, Mo., will speak. The church is at 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island.
CONGREGATION BETH YAM
"The Journey of the Jews: A Cultural Study" continues from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 at Congregation Beth Yam. Rabbi Brad Bloom leads the discussion series that continues through May. The synagogue is at 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.
ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH
Mah-jongg and bridge are from 1-4 p.m. every Monday in the Walsh Palmetto Room at St. Peter Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. New players are welcome. Participants are asked to pay $3 and contribute two cans of food. Instruction is available and refreshments are served. All proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, a ministry of St. Peter Catholic Church, which provides grocery staples, meat, fresh produce and bread to more than 900 local families each month in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties.
Catching a Vision, a prayer workshop by Katie Williams, is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays 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
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Dr. John Coaxum of Grace Chapel A.M.E. 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.