Snowsuits don't often come to mind when you think of winter in the Lowcountry.
But a snowsuit donated to a church's previous clothing drive meant the world to a local mother, who used it to keep her baby warm when they had no heat.
"We didn't think anybody would take a snowsuit when it was donated," said Tabitha Turner, volunteer and founder of the LowCountry Community Church's annual Clothing Connection. The clothing giveaway will return for the fifth year from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 22.
The church has received other letters from mothers thankful that they were able to put gifts under their Christmas tree. Turner, a mother of three and children's coordinator at the Bluffton church, said the event has been expanded this year to LowCountry Community's sister church, Hilton Head Community Church. The idea for the connection originated when Turner was returning from a mission trip in New Orleans.
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"I was trying to think what we could do to help our community and by sharing what we already had," Turner said.
Starting by collecting items in the playroom of her house, the goal was initially to offer only children's clothing. It has since expanded to include women's and men's clothing, linens and baby accessories.
"It has evolved into a huge event," she said.
Last year about 2,000 attended and about 4,000 people were clothed, Turner said. Donations may be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at both churches: LowCountry Community Church at 801 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton, and at Hilton Head Community Church at 21 Office Park Road, Suite 1, on Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-836-1101, 843-691-3399
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Fall Bazaar is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. The event will offer baked and canned foods, crafts, plants, farmers market, furniture, books and used clothes. Lowcountry fish and rib dinners go on sale at 10:30 a.m. Live entertainment begins at 11 a.m. The church is at Duke and West streets.
Details: 843-524-9487, 843-524-5918
CENTRAL OAK GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH
The seventh "Pink Out" celebration for breast cancer awareness is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. today at Park Lane Hotel & Suites, 12 Park Lane, Hilton Head Island. Three unique cancer survivor stories will be told. The Sunday "Pink Out" observance begins at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church. The Rev. Donna DeVoe Baker, first lady of Townsley Chapel AME Church in Savannah, will speak.
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The church bazaar is from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today at the church, 408 Carteret St., Beaufort. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees will be able to purchase baked goods, frozen foods and other edible delicacies; 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," tools, crafts, toys and games booths. Concessions will be sold. The pumpkin patch also will be open, and there will be kids' games. All proceeds benefit church missions and programs.
BEAUFORT HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Tickets for the Homes for the Holidays 10th Anniversary Tour go on sale today. The tour of eight private homes decorated for the holidays is Nov. 19-20. A silver "Coastal Christmas" Anniversary Gala in St. Peter Walsh Palmetto Room will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Gala tickets are $75 a person and available by calling 843-522-6510. Tickets for the tour are $25 and are available in Beaufort at The Chocolate Tree, Sweet Bay on Bay and Tideland Realty. All proceeds benefit St. Peter Catholic School Endowment Fund.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The children's choirs will present the musical, "We're Goin' Fishin'," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. ROC -- Reinventing Our Careers employment support group meets from 7-8:30 a.m. Wednesdays in the church library. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head.
Details: 843-681-3696, email@example.com, www.fpchhi.org
LADY'S ISLAND BAPTIST CHURCH
The church will conclude the celebration of its pastor's 17th anniversary at 2 p.m. Sunday with First African Baptist Church and the Rev. Raymond Johnson. The church is at 105 Brickyard Point Road, Lady's Island.
Details: 843-524-4465, 843-524-8528
CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH
The Fall Revival service concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday with guests, the Rev. William Carpenter and Orange Grove Baptist Church. The church is at 1111 Prince St., Beaufort.
WALK BY FAITH MINISTRY
A Doggone Desserts Birthday Benefit is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at 3775 Argent Blvd., Okatie/Ridgeland. The event celebrates director Lara Love's birthday. Dogs will be available for adoption. Free desserts will be served to people and she will sign her book "Slow Dance With Jesus." Walk by Faith Ministry shares the Gospel, ministering the Lord's love to people and dogs in need. Details: 843-338-2219, www.walkbyfaithministry.com
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Rev. Nan White will discuss "Which comes first: giving or receiving?" at 10 a.m. Sunday. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"Doctrine of Atonement" will be discussed at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
Circle dancing is from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday featuring traditional, seasonal dances of different cultures and peoples. No experience or partner is needed. A love offering will be accepted for the church. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. The next dance is Nov. 15.
Details: Carolyn, 843-705-4915
ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Recovery services are held from 7-8 p.m. every Tuesday at the church in Bluffton/Okatie, near the back gates of Sun City Hilton Head. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. with St. Luke's Pastor Richard Smith and other members and guests over coffee in the social hall. The service begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary with live contemporary Christian music.
HILTON HEAD HADASSAH
There will be a presentation on "America's Only Haven for European Refugees Escaping from the Holocaust" by Carol Rosenberg, former member of the board of directors of Safe Haven in Oswego, N.Y. The program is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the New River Palmetto Electric Building, U.S. 278, Hardeeville.
Details: Joan Diamond, 843-671-1333
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
The Rev. Jonas Gadson, pastor of Church of 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.
BETHEL WORD & WORSHIP DELIVERANCE TEMPLE
The Pastor's Aide Club will celebrate the 32nd pastoral anniversary of Pastor Arthur Cummings. Services are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday with the following speakers: Wednesday, Pastor Kenneth Doe of Bethesda Christian Fellowship of St. Helena Island; Thursday, Pastor Norman Jenkins of Gray's Hill Full Gospel Deliverance Church; Friday, Pastor Joseph Brown of Charity Inspirational Church of God in Christ of Beaufort. The closing service is at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 with Pastor Willie Webb Jr. of Friendship Holiness Church of Seabrook-Stuart Point. The church is at 239 County Shed Road, Burton.
LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTIAN WOMEN
The October luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Hampton Hall clubhouse, Bluffton. The luncheon will be "a tribute to our military" featuring special patriotic music by Mildred Daniels and retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Stephen Battista as speaker. Men are invited to join the luncheon to celebrate servicemen and women.
Details: Judy, 843-705-7950
BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE
Joint Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah services begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Yizkor will be recited at 6:45 p.m. followed by Simchat Torah celebrations and a kiddush. The first Shabbat of the new year, Shabbat Breishit, with services will be at 7 p.m. Friday. Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan services are at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 and at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 followed by a light kiddush. Cantor BenZion Bronshtein will lead musical services. The synagogue is behind the historic Beaufort Arsenal on Scott Street, Beaufort.
Details: bethisrael-beaufort.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
BEAUFORT WOMEN'S CONNECTION
The group (formerly The Christian Women's Club) will hold its October luncheon Thursday at St. Helena Parish Hall, 507 New Castle St., Beaufort. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. Cost is $12 for the luncheon and program. The feature and music will be presented by Peggy Beck. Betty Parker will discuss the "Cornucopia of Life." Reservations may be made by contacting Karen Whitehead, 843-838-7627, email@example.com. Reservations should be made or canceled by Monday. Child care is available with prior request.
A bake sale is from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. Oct. 22 on Bay Street. Baked goods may be donated to the sale by bringing them to the luncheon or having them on Bay Street by 9:30 a.m. at the former Lipsitz Department Store.
THE WAILING WOMEN AND PRAYING PRIEST
The Beaufort Chapter will have a "Spiritual Warfare Encounter Revival" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 in the Beaufort High School gymnasium. All youth and parents are invited to the Saturday morning youth service. Apostle J. Brittany Woods of Atlanta will speak. A freewill offering will be accepted. The gym is at 84 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort.
Details: Minister Beatrice Washington, 843-476-0100; Adell Johnson, 843-846-2776
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA
Fall 2011 Organ Concert Series continues at noon Friday with David Buice of Atlanta. All concerts are free on Fridays. Future concerts and organists are: Nov. 4, Dr. Christopher Young of Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; Nov. 18, Dr. Jared Johnson of Columbia.
Details: Patricia M. Gould, director of music, 843-522-1712, ext. 214
PENTECOSTAL FAITH DELIVERANCE MINISTRY
A revival is at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Oct. 22 at the City of Deliverance at 80 Broad River Blvd., Beaufort. The host pastor is Bishop Herbert Hucks of Louisville, Ky.
Details: Rosa Middleton, 843-838-4444; Geraldine Middleton, 843-597-7981