Celebrations are kicking off at area churches to mark the beginning of the Lenten season.
Shrove Tuesday dinners featuring pancakes are planned in celebration of the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday services will then mark 46 days before Easter.
The clergy and lay staff of All Saints Episcopal Church on Hilton Head Island will prepare and serve a traditional Shrove Tuesday meal at 6 p.m. Feb. 21. The meal includes pancakes, sausage and fruit cups, as well as milk, coffee and juice. After the dinner, three members of the clergy will participate in the second annual Pancake Race. To register for the meal, call 843-681-8333 by noon Feb. 20.
Services are planned at noon Wednesdays during Lent at different Bluffton area churches.
Each participating church will offer a service from noon to 12:30 p.m. featuring a guest pastor from the community.
Offerings collected during the services will support a community mission. Following each service, the host church will provide a simple luncheon starting at 12:30 p.m. with donations accepted. Call 843-379-1888 for more details.
First Baptist Church Hilton Head Island
The church will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Reunion Reception 3-5 p.m. Feb. 18 at the church, where current and former members can meet for a time of fellowship. The celebration continues at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 with praise and worship service in the sanctuary. Anyone staying for lunch following the worship service, should call 843-785-4478 for reservations. The church is at 100 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head.
District 3 of Old Ashley Baptist Association
The group meets at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 at Israelite Baptist Church on Lady's Island.
The church is at 29 Israelite Drive.
Details: the Rev. Joe L. Simmons, 843-812-6927; the Rev. Joseph McKnight, 843-252-7855
The Church of the Cross
The retreat will be led by the Rev. Robert Horn, vicar of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Grahamville) in Ridgeland and president of Victorious Ministry Through Christ -- International, and the Rev. Martha Horn, who has served as staff trainer and teacher for Victorious Ministry Through Christ for 20 years. Registration is required.
Details: 843-757-2661, www.vmtc.org
Details: 843-757-2661, www.thechurchofthecross.net
To show support for the "Sheldon Township Goes Red" event, congregations and residents throughout the township are asked to wear red, decorate their sanctuaries, businesses, homes and or mail boxes with red on Sunday.
Organizers are sponsoring a "Sheldon Township Goes Red" Walkathon 8-10 a.m. Feb. 25 at Whale Branch Middle School. Participants are asked to wear red T-shirts. Representatives from churches throughout Sheldon Township have been meeting over the past several weeks to encourage all congregations within the township to become involved in the National American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign.
Sheldon Township's Pathways in STEP Initiative (Sheldon Township Empowerment Program) and South Carolina's National Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" organizers have teamed up to help bring awareness and send a message to the community about the seriousness of cardiovascular disease. Although reports indicate that heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, the American Heart Association reports that women have a higher death rate than men.
Resurrection Christian Community Church
The Rev. Edward Rosenberry, executive director of the Churches of God General Conference, will speak at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at Resurrection Church, 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-689-3625, www.resurrectionccc.org
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry
The Rev. Manuel Holland will share his sermon on the seventh Unitarian Universalist principle at 10 a.m. Feb. 19. His sermon title is "Finding Our Role in the Interdependent Web of All Existence." The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort
The Rev. Nan White begins a series of sermons on the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism. The first will focus on the respect for the interdependent web of all existence at 10 a.m. Feb. 19. 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. Topics include how people overcome illness, relationship difficulties, financial hardships and other trials through prayer.
"Mind" will be the Bible lesson sermon at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19.
The society meets at Temple Beth Israel, 401 Scott St., Beaufort.
All Saints Episcopal Church
Jurors, including Joyce and Don Nagel, as well as Marilyn Dizikes, the winner of the 2011 competition, will select one submission to be featured on the 25th annual Garden Tour poster. The work of art selected for the 2012 poster will be announced at an artist's reception 5-7 p.m. Feb. 28 in the library gallery.
The 25th annual All Saints Garden Tour, "A Potpourri of Gardens," will be held May 19.
Church of the Harvest Apostolic
A Love Revival begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. The church is at 39 Fripp Point Road, St. Helena Island.
Providence Presbyterian Church
A dinner, talent show and dessert auction to benefit the High School Youth Mission Scholarship Fund is 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21. Tickets are available at the church office. Visitors are welcome.
Ash Wednesday Communion Service is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22.
Women's Ministries will host a Winter Retreat 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Feb. 29 in the church fellowship hall. Robbie Leech will lead in "Seeking Our Shepherd." Beth Green, "The Music Lady" and musical director of the Shore Notes, will lead the music. The cost is $12, which includes a catered lunch. Registration required.
The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head. Details: 843-842-5673
Tabernacle Baptist Church
The Elders Circle Ministry of the church -- consisting of churches and organizations throughout the Lowcountry -- will hold its 12th annual black history celebration at 11 a.m. Feb. 21. The theme is "Striving to Save Our Heritage."
The church is at 911 Craven St., Beaufort.
Friendship Holiness Church
The church will honor its pastor, Dr. Willie Webb, and evangelist Fredricka Webb, during a pre-anniversary celebration at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. The theme is "Cover Your Leaders!" Speakers are Dr. Betty Sanders, Compassion Explosion Ministry, Varnville, on Feb. 21; Dr. Bernard Middleton of The Shepherd's House Ministry, Sheldon on Feb. 28; Pastor Lydell Mungin, Abundant Life Church COGIC, Varnville on March 15; and Apostle Gregory Brunson of the Church of the Harvest, Rincon, Ga., on March 29.
The church is at 6 Cuyler Lane, Seabrook.
A community noon-time worship service will be held at noon Feb. 22 at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Richard Smith officiating. Following the service, a light lunch will be served. This is a nondenominational service and all are encouraged to attend.
The church is at 10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton.
Church of the Palms United Methodist, Okatie
An evening worship service with Holy Communion and imposition of ashes is at 7 p.m. Feb. 22. Pastor Pete Berntson will share the message "Who Stained the Couch?" based on Psalm 51. All are welcome to attend this service.
The church is at 1425 Okatie Highway.
First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island
A pancake supper begins at 5:15 p.m. and service of communion and ashes at 6:30 p.m. on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22). Reservations must be made by Feb. 21.
A six-week Lenten small group study, "Reimagining Evangelism," begins the week of Feb. 27. Details: 843-681-3696.
The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.
Shell Point Baptist Church
A free, warm meal and conversation is offered 6-7 p.m. Fridays at the church, 871 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. Refining Christian Maturity Recovery meeting will be at 7 p.m. A food pantry is also available.
Details: 843-575-2200, email@example.com
St. Peter Catholic Church
The church is offering a program for inactive Catholics. Anyone who was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic church, but no longer or rarely attends is invited to participate in a six-week series for a better understanding of the Catholic faith. The group will meet 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays through March 29 in the adult education room beginning Feb. 23.
Details: Deborah Richard, 843-575-3742 firstname.lastname@example.org
Those interested in becoming Catholic can contact Deacon Bill Lacombe at 843-982-6240, email@example.com
Bible and Compendium of the Catholic Church study is at 8:45 a.m. and at 2 p.m. Sundays in the adult education room.
The church is at 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort.
The Baptist Church of Beaufort
"Then Sings My Soul," a sacred choral concert featuring the songs of Mary McDonald, is at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the church, 600 Charles St., Beaufort. It is a part of the Meet the Composer Series. McDonald, a keyboardist, composer and publisher from Knoxville, Tenn., will speak at a Music Appreciation Banquet at the church Feb. 24 and rehearse Feb. 25. She will participate in worship services at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday, and also serve as conductor and keyboardist on selected anthems for the 3 p.m. concert for the community. Admission is free. Donations are encouraged.
Prince Hall Mizpah Chapter No. 4 Order Of Eastern Star Rite of Adoption for the State of South Carolina and Jurisdiction will host its first annual Charter Day Program at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 911 Craven St., Beaufort.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.