Area churches are searching for ways to continue to feed needy people after a company has said it will not make deliveries this month.
Angel Food Ministries, a Monroe, Ga., company that provided discounted food to those in need via monthly deliveries at 5,000 churches in 45 states, emailed coordinators at local churches that this month's delivery would not be made. Angel Food's website -- www.angelfoodministries.com -- cites "operational and financial challenges."
Perry Dukes, Angel Food coordinator at St. John's Lutheran Church in Beaufort, is concerned about how the churches will continue to feed families in need.
"We are checking with people we normally provide food to," Perry said. "And if we have to, we will make some other temporary arrangements. I don't know what we are going to do. It has happened so fast we haven't developed any plans so far."
St. John's as well as other churches regularly orders boxes of the food to help fill the gap for some needy families in their communities.
"We have been providing this food to some people on a temporary basis a month or two at a time, and we provide about a dozen a month for free at our church. I know there are other churches and organizations who use Angel Food for donations and distribute it themselves," Dukes said, referring to First African Baptist as well as the First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort.
It is unclear if the program will continue in October.
"It is getting to the point that unless you hear very soon about October, there will not be an October order. There is a lot of planning needed to do this," Perry said, noting the problem is not with St. John's, which has been an Angel Food host site for almost five years. "We have distributed more than 15,000 units of Angel Food in Beaufort, and more than 1,000 of those were given to the less fortunate at no cost. ... This is a problem with Angel Food, not at church level."
Angel Food Signature Boxes, which feed a family of four for one week, a family of two for two weeks or a single individual for one month for $35, was the main way Grays Hill Baptist Church helped benevolence clients.
"We have a dry food pantry, but that is not going to take the place of Angel Food," said Judy Swank, office manager and ministry assistant at Grays Hill. The church ordered as many as 15 boxes each month from Angel Food. "As it is we have a waiting list of seven months."
Life House Church of Beaufort, an Angel Food host site for four years, has been feeding about 40 people each month through Angel Food orders. Minister Patrick Spellman said the church made donations to about 20 to 25 families each month. With questions about whether Angel Food Ministries will continue, the churches are seeking other avenues of feeding families in need.
"We will see to it that something will be done to help," Spellman said.
CONGREGATION BETH YAM
Vicky Farhi, lead outreach specialist for the Union of Reform Judaism, will speak at 7 p.m. today
High Holy Days services will start before the onset of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. A Selichot service that welcomes the holidays will be held Sept. 24. It will be preceded with a dessert reception at 8 p.m. followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Brad Bloom. The Havdalah and Selichot service will follow at 10 p.m. There will be a High Holy Day Teschuvah/Bike Ride on Sept. 25 at Dolphin Head Recreation Area in Hilton Head Plantation.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, will begin this year at sunset Sept. 28. The 10 day High Holy Day time period concludes with the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, Oct. 8.
Rosh Hashanah services will start at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 10 a.m. Sept. 29. A Family Service will follow at 2 p.m., and a Tashlich ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. The morning service on the second day of Rosh Hashanah will start at 10 a.m.
There will be a memorial service at Six Oaks Cemetery Sunday, at 11 a.m. Oct. 2. Yom Kippur services will begin with the Kol Nidre Service on Oct. 7. There will be a morning service at 10 a.m. Oct. 8, a family service at 2 p.m., an afternoon service at 3:15 p.m. and the Yizkor and Ne'ilah concluding service at 5 p.m. At the conclusion of the services, at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Break the Fast at All Saints Episcopal Church, next to the synagogue.
All services will be held at Congregation Beth Yam on Meeting Street, Hilton Head Island.
FISHERS OF MEN PENTECOSTAL CHURCH
The church will hold its Founder's Fellowship Convention honoring Josephine G. Bostick, pastor and founder, at 7 p.m. today. Pastor Jeanette Harley of the Family Worship Center, Yemassee will speak. Pastor Ronald Martin of Garden of Gethsemane, Hollywood, S.C., will speak at 11 a.m. and Bishop Michael Butler of Victory Tabernacle, Orangeburg will speak at 5 p.m. Sunday. The founder's 85th birthday dinner will follow the 5 p.m. service Sunday at The Quality Inn at Town Center, 2001 Boundary St., Beaufort. Admission is free.
The church is at 1311 Congress St., Beaufort.
Details: Marcia Jordan, 843-575-0526
SCOTTSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
Ordination services for Minister Paul Singleton begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at Scottsville. Old Ashley Association will conduct the services. The church is at 110 Olde Church Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: Pastor Jack Ladson, 843-838-1260
GREATER PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE
Pastors Deloris and Joseph Young's 30th pastoral anniversaries continue at 3 p.m. Sunday. Dr. K.E. McNeal of Happy Home Missionary Baptist Church will speak. A Victory Revival begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 with recording artist and Pastor Shirley Caesar. The temple is at 5905 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6988, 866-708-3686
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The fellowship's Water Ceremony has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"Matter" will be the Bible lesson topic presented at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Scott Dillard will use Anne Lamott's essay "Ham of God" as a jumping off point to contemplate how we can be of use to those around us at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Religious education is provided during the service and refreshments follow. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The church will break ground for Phase III of the building project following worship at 11 a.m. Sunday. There will be a church picnic afterward. An open house of Phase II will be held all morning.
Church Family Night classes for adults kick off Wednesday with three early-bird studies at 4:15 p.m. led by the pastors, and two studies at 6:30 p.m.: a four-week Bible study led by Pastors Doug Fletcher and Jan Cook, and a Beth Moore study led by Bonnie Hallman. Programs for children and youth begin at 3 p.m. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
The 2011 season kicked off Thursday with the goal of collecting 14,000 gifts this year. Each year, families, churches and groups fill shoe boxes with toys, school supplies and necessity items that are hand-delivered to hurting children around the world.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Women of the church will host its monthly Inspirational Moments luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. The event will honor grandparents and the Wesley Trio will provide the music. Donations for the Wesley Fall Bazaar scheduled 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 15 may be dropped off from 10 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Education Building at Duke and West streets.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Elder Joe White, associate minister of Jehovah Church of Jesus Christ, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort.
Free vehicle oil changes will be offered to single moms and moms with deployed husbands from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Brock Automotive, 16 Forestfield Road, Beaufort. The church offers the free oil changes every four months. Volunteers are needed for a variety of duties.
Details: Chad Barr, 843-812-9048
PREGNANCY CENTER & CLINIC OF THE LOW COUNTRY
The center will hold its 21st annual Celebration from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Sea Pines Country Club. Michael Clancy is the keynote speaker. Silent and live auction fundraisers are planned. Tickets are $45. Dress is business attire.