Traditionally, meals at Spring Hill AME Church in Sheldon have meant that participants were contributing to a fundraiser for a building fund, a mission trip or special projects. Last week, members of the YAMS group gave back to the community.
YAMS, a newly developed ministry for young people ages 18-45, hosted what is believed to be the first soup kitchen ever offered in the Sheldon township community.
"I think that the event was very successful," Spring Hill Pastor Keith Parker said. "As Jesus said, 'If you love me feed my sheep' (John 21:15-17). We at Spring Hill AME are just following his commands because obedience brings blessings."
More than 120 people were served six turkeys cooked by church members, all the trimmings -- gravy, rice and green beans -- and a drink between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 28.
People from all walks of life were served, including Sheldon firefighters, but one of the goals was to feed the area's homeless, who you might not see on the streets.
"A lot of them live with relatives, but they don't have a place of their own," said YAMS director Clarice Major, who organized the meal. "They were very grateful as this was the first time this was ever done in the Sheldon township area and community."
The free meal was served just prior to distribution of the Second Helpings food share program at 2 p.m. "We were very excited to be able to feed the homeless, those in need or just the average person," Major said. "It was good just to render those services. It was the first time we were able to give to the community and not put a price tag on it."
Frequently, area churches sell fish and chicken dinners as fundraisers for projects such as building funds, uniforms and trips.
Major said this is their way to give back to the people who have supported them, as well as a way to help those in need.
Donations are being sought for a second soup kitchen planned for May. "It is our prayer that other businesses will help us with items that we are serving," Major said. "It is indeed a blessing when you are able to bless someone else."
Resurrection Christian Community Church
A community Market Yard Sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 in the parking lot adjacent to the church at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.
Unitarian Universalist Association
The International Association of Religious Freedom (U.S. Chapter) is holding its annual conference Feb. 4 on Hilton Head Island. The Rev. Peter Morales, the association's president, will speak from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hilton Oceanfront Resort. The cost is $30.
A wine and hors d'oeuvres reception is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by Gullah entertainment from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry, 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. Participants are asked to bring a vegan or vegetarian finger food.
RSVP to Dan Tweel at email@example.com or 843-342-6470 and include names and events attending.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
The Rev. Jane Page of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Statesboro, Ga., will explore overcoming darkness with her sermon "Without The Dark, There Is No Light" at 10 a.m. Feb. 5. Religious education is provided during the service and refreshments follow. The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort
The Rev. Nan L. White will talk about "For the Love of Freedom" at 10 a.m. Feb. 5. This service recognizes the first anniversary of worship services on the UUFB campus. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
Christian Science Society of Beaufort
The Christian Science Society, Beaufort joins with the Hilton Head and Savannah Christian Science churches to sponsor a weekly radio broadcast on WLOW 107.9 FM at 8:30 a.m. Sundays. Hear how people overcome illness, relationship difficulties, financial hardships and other trials through prayer.
"Spirit" will be the Bible lesson sermon at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4. The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.
The Church of the Cross in Bluffton
The eight-week "Healing After Loss" program for those who have lost a loved one is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays beginning Feb. 12. This is a confidential, Scripture-based support group for people mourning the death of someone close and will be facilitated by members who have experienced a loss in their own lives. The program hopes to offer comfort and encouragement to those who commit to joining. The meetings are closed. If interested, contact the parish office as soon as possible at 843-757-2661.
St. Luke's United Methodist Church
An open 12-Step Meeting is held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Fellowship Hall. The church is on S.C. 170 near the back gates of Sun City Hilton Head in Okatie/Bluffton.
Congregation Beth Yam
"Unprotected Texts: Controversial Elements in the Bible" will be presented at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 7 at Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. Speakers include Bart Ehrman, Jennifer Wright Knust, David Gibson and Aaron Friedberg. The cost is $10 for CBY members and $15 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 843-689-2178. Space is limited.
Shell Point Baptist Church
A free, warm meal and conversation is offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Fridays at the church, 871 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. A "Refining Christian Maturity Recovery" meeting will be at 7 p.m. A food pantry is also available.
Details: Joy Kircher, 843-575-2200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Luke's Church
The 30-voice Girls' Choir from Charleston's Eastside community will perform at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
The choir directed by Christal Brown-Gibson is part of "What Are Little Girls Made Of?," an outreach program of The Biblical Family Center (St. John's Chapel) to the Eastside Community of Charleston. The ministry's mission is to develop godly men and women and create biblical families. The concert is free. A reception follows the concert. The church is at 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-785-4099, www.biblicalfamilycenter.org
Sea Island Presbyterian Church
Chamber Music Charleston will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the church. Violinist Frances Hsieh, violist Ben Weiss, cellist Timothy O'Malley and pianist Irina Pevzner will perform Schubert's Sonatensatz in B flat major, Piazzolla's Primavera Portena and Faure's Piano Quartet in C minor. The church is at 81 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. Tickets are $15; $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door.
Details: 843-763-4941, www.ChamberMusicCharleston.org
Friendship Holiness Church
The church will honor its pastor, Dr. Willie, and evangelist Fredricka Webb during a Pre-Anniversary Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. The theme is "Cover Your Leaders!"
Upcoming speakers are: Feb. 7, Pastor Jerome Thomas of Laborers Into His Harvest Ministry of Savannah; Feb. 21, Bishop Daniel Sanders, Compassion Explosion Ministry, Varnville; Feb. 28, Dr. Bernard Middleton of The Shepherd's House Ministry, Sheldon; March 15, Pastor Lydell Mungin, Abundant Life Church COGIC, Varnville; and March 29, Apostle Gregory Brunson of the Church of the Harvest, Rincon, Ga.
The church is at 6 Cuyler Lane, Seabrook.
Details: Evangelist Brenda Drayton, 843-263-9002
All Saints Episcopal Church
The 2012 church Garden Tour will host an exhibit of original works of art inspired by gardens Feb. 8-March 16 in the Hilton Head Branch of the Beaufort County Library, 11 Beach City Road.
Jurors, including Joyce and Don Nagel, as well as Marilyn Dizikes (winner of the 2011 competition), will select one submission to be featured on the 25th Annual All Saints Garden Tour poster. The work of art selected for the 2012 poster will be announced at an artist's reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the library gallery.
All paintings at the library are for sale with an established percentage of the selling price going to the Garden Tour to benefit its selected charities. The artist of the selected poster will serve as a juror for 2013. There will be hanging space for about 50 works of art. Visitors may vote for "The People's Choice." The winner of this vote will be publicized and receive a cash award. All profits are donated to several local nonprofit organizations that meet established criteria.
The library's hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; 1-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.
The 25th Annual All Saints Garden Tour, "A Potpourri of Gardens," will be held May 19. Details: 843-540-9775
North Island Baptist Church
The movie "Courageous" will be shown free at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at 3800 Main Street, Hilton Head Island. The movie is a must see for all fathers and families
Details: 843-689-3800, www.northislandbc.org
Beaufort Aglow Community Lighthouse
"Love" will be the theme of the Aglow event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at Burton Wells Recreation Center, 1 Middleton Recreation Drive, Burton. Cynthia Stewart -- wife, mother, sister, master stylist, entrepreneur and native of Summerton -- will speak.
The event is free.
Christian Women's Club of Beaufort
The club meets Feb. 16 at the St. Helena Parish Church Hall, 507 New Castle Street. Cookies by Charlotte Brantley will be featured. Barbara Gobbs will present "A Sweet Valentine." Doors open at 11:45 a.m. and lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. The luncheon and program are $12 and include tip and gratuity. For reservations or cancellations, contact Karen Whitehead at 843-838-7627 or email@example.com by Feb. 13.
Low Country Christian Women's Connection
A luncheon featuring Cookies By Design in Bluffton assisting the community in creating cookie bouquets for special occasions will be held 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15 at Hampton Hall Club House, Hampton Hall Plantation, Bluffton. Barbara Gobbs of Jacksonville, Fla., will discuss her journey to Fabulous Freedom. The menu consists of chargrilled bistro filet; toasted tomato, onion and mushroom ragout; smoked gouda au gratin potatoes and fresh vegetables. Dessert will be a banana split creme brulee. The cost is $24 and must be prepaid by Feb. 10. Make checks payable to CWC Bluffton and mailed to Judy Murphy, 52 Hampton Circle, Bluffton, SC 29909.
Red Dam Baptist Church
The Valentines Banquet will feature a free comedy drama, "Mystery of the Missing Heart," at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the church, 488 Red Dam Church Road, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6083, www.reddambaptistchurch.org
Hilton Head Seventh-day Adventist Church
A one-time free screening of "Forks Over Knives" (PG) is at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Seating is limited. Reserve seats by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendees will receive a gift and a healthy taste testing is a part of the event. "Forks Over Knives" examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.
The local church will follow the film with a free "Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet" class at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Hilton Head Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8 Park Lane, Hilton Head Island. The class will cover the various benefits of a plant-based diet, how to make the transition to that diet, as well as cooking demonstrations and samplings of three tasty, plant-based dishes. The class will be taught by Jennaveve St.Claire, a former private chef for Hollywood clientele and cancer survivor who has adopted a plant-based diet to help remain cancer free since 1997.
St. Francis Thrift Shop
The shop is now accepting grant applications through April 30. All nonprofit organizations wishing to apply may do so by contacting grant director Eleanor Bell at 843-342-9082 or email@example.com.
All nonprofit organizations may apply even if they have received a grant in previous years. The thrift shop is a ministry of St. Francis By The Sea Catholic Church. The shop is at 6 Southwood Park Drive, Hilton Head Island.