Performance in Praiz

A local nondenominational youth choir will offer up shouts of praise with a twist at a fundraising concert at 6:30 p.m. today at Bethel Deliverance Temple in Burton.

Youthful Praiz Community Choir has more than 20 members, including two 16-year-old female drummers Dee Dee Jackson and Imani Gray, and keyboardists Avery Middleton and T.J. Smalls. The choir is known to excite its audiences with rap and other nontraditional gospel sounds in addition to more familar gospel songs.

And they're good at what they do. The group took second place out of 12 choirs competing in the Battle of the Choirs in July in Savannah.


The choir's director, Luella Jackson, said the nonprofit group for 14- to 20-year-olds was formed in 2007 to keep children off the streets.

Jackson, who is also the choir director for First African Baptist Church of Port Royal, said music was always part of her life growing up. Jackson recalls singing with her sisters and family as a child, and now her children, Darius, 14, and Dee Dee, 16, also are singers.

Youthful Praiz is an extended family for Davontay Thomas, 17, who joined two years ago. The Beaufort High School senior<FEFF> sings lead on a number of the choir's songs and is the group's vice president.

"We are like a family," Davontay said. "It is not about show. We make everybody feel welcome. ... The feeling I get when I sing is a warm, comforting feeling. It makes me feel at home."

Davontay's sister, Sharnice Thomas, 20, a second-year nursing student at Technical College of the Lowcountry, started singing with Youthful Praiz as a high school junior when Jackson recruited her.

"It gives kids something to do other than being at home and occupies their time," said Sharnice, who enjoys the different music genres offered by the chOIR.


The group is about more than singing. Counselors include Lauren Boggs and Stephanie and Arthur Benjamin (director for the Jasper County Detention Center), who work as mentors and help get the group out to performances. Youthful Praizsung in Washington, D.C., and at Howard University and the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Participants are required to follow certain rules, keep good grades and maintain community standards.

Members also perform community service, such as singing at nursing homes and holiday events, and participating in community projects such as Relay for Life, cleaning churches and homes and reaching out to other youth.

The group rehearses at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Technical College of the Lowcountry's auditorium, Building 12, on Ribaut Road in Beaufort.

Other groups to perform today include Gideon of New Life Deliverance Temple, Xtreme Praise of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Devine Praise and Matthew Wade, all of Beaufort; and Francis Marion University Gospel Choir of Florence.

A freewill offering will be taken to help Youthful Praiz pay for out of town performances. Bethel Deliverance Temple is at 239 County Shed Road, Burton.

Details: Jackson, 843-338-0335; Stephanie Benjamin, 843-476-9667; Boggs, 843-476-6841


The Women of the Parish Church at St. Helena's annual bazaar is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.<FEFF> today in the Parish House, 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. In addition to the silent auction and the church mice, shoppers will find baked goods, candy, frozen foods, books, crafts and gifts, jewelry, plants, Christmas decorations, a pet boutique, silent auction and bargain box.

Details: bazaar chairwoman Annie Pollak, 843-538-6497; 843-522-1712, www.sthelenas1712.ORG


Angel Food orders may be placed through Nov. 11 online at:, go to "local site" and ZIP code 29907.

Orders are taken from 10 a.m.-noon today and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday <FEFF>at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort; from 10 a.m.-noon at Grace and Truth Gospel Chapel, 1161 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island.

Orders may also be placed Monday through Saturday at Life House Church, 40 Faith Station, Beaufort. Details: 843-379-9673

For folksthe Broad River, Grace Coastal Church is no longer an Angel Food host site. Lion and The Lamb Ministries in Hardeeville is a new host site. Details: 843-540-2207


Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church's Youth Revival culminates at 4 p.m. today. The church is at 161 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-681-5784, 843-684-2886


Beaufort Aglow Community Lighthouse meets at 11 a.m. today at 1320 South Ribaut Road, second floor, Port Royal Medical Center, Port Royal.

Details: 843-525-0525


Dr. Julius Scott will speak at 12:30 p.m. today at the luncheon and worship service sponsored by Church Women United at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Hilton Head Island. The theme is "Building the Beloved Community." Scott will give insight into the work that was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. All women are invited to bring a dish to share. The church is at 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head.

Details: 843-681-3678


Beth Israel, Beaufort's 105-year old synagogue, will change its Friday evening services to 7-8 p.m. beginning Nov. 12. Congregation participation and communal singing are part of the welcoming and user-friendly services. Weekly services are held each Friday; Saturday morning services are held once monthly at 10 a.m., on Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of each new Hebrew month. Today, cantor Ben-Zion Bronshtein of Charleston will lead and enrich services by playing his guitar and chanting the Torah portion. Beth Israel's religious school meets every Saturday morning at 10. The synagogue is behind the historic Beaufort Arsenal on Scott Street.



Friendship Baptist Church will celebrate its senior choir and ushers anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island.

Details: 843-521-4419


Spring Hill AME Church concludes its Fall Revival at 2 p.m. Sunday with Huspah Baptist Church and the Rev. Samuel Hilton. The church is at 20 Paige Point Road, Sheldon (across from the post office).

Details: 843-846-6852, 843-846-6680


A Celebration of Remembrance for people who have lost loved ones will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island.

Auditions for solo parts in the annual communitywide presentation of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island. Singers from the community are invited to participate as soloists or in the choir. No auditions are necessary for the choir.

To schedule an audition, contact Dr. Russell Floyd, minister of music, 843-681-3696. Rehearsals will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 15. Rehearsal music and study tapes are available upon request. The performance is free and will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at First Presbyterian Church. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway between mile markers 5 and 6.

Details: 843-681-3696,


Second Jordan Baptist Church concludes its Friends and Family Week celebration at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 2 Jordan Drive, Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-4262


The Bluffton United Methodist Men will conclude its 10th annual Golden Kernel Pecans sale, which raises money for charities such as Bluffton Self Help, Bluffton Meals-on-Wheels and the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club through Sunday. The group also sponsors a scholarship and supports the Bluffton United Methodist Youth.

Details: 843-757-3840, 843-757-3351


The First Presbyterian Church of Beaufort will host its traditional "Kirking of the Tartans" at 11 a.m. Sunday. Following the services, church families and friends, decked out in their family tartans, will march around the block of Church Street. The church is at 1201 North St., Beaufort.

Details: Wayne Cousar, 843-846-5886, 843-524-3051


Orange Grove Baptist Church Youth Choir will celebrate its anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday. Youth choirs from various local churches will perform. The church is at 189 Orange Grove Road, St. Helena Island.

Details: 843-838-4128


Beaufort Women's Connection will hold its Holiday Fashion Fling presented by Belk Thursday at the St. Helena Parish Hall, 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. Jody Greenlee will speak on "Position and Posture of Trust in God." Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. Cost for luncheon and program is $12. Reservations must be made by Monday by contacting Karen Whitehead, 843-838-7627, Child care is provided upon request.


Minister Patricia Tolbert of Bethesda Christian Fellowship 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.

Details: 843-524-6634


Co-Pastor Theresa Roberts of Love House Ministries presents "Knight of the Wives," 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 13. Facilitators will be Lady Evaughn High of Milwaukee; Prophetess Ida White of New Covenant Ministries; Prophetess Patricia Middleton of The Shepherd's House; Lady Rosa Cummings of Bethel Word & Worship; and Julie Stanley Mack of Life Spring Worship Center in Bloomingdale, Ga. Topics are: "Warring to Find My Identity"; "Battle of the Mind"; "What Did God Say?"; and "The Two Became One." Registration is required and includes conference materials, breakfast, lunch and a day at the spa. For early registration, call 843-525-1043. The conferences will be held at 423 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort.


Church of the Palms United Methodist will host its eighth annual fall bazaar from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 13.

Included will be a silent auction (featuring gift certificates, golf packages, dinners at local restaurants and other goods and services from local businesses); Grandma's Attic; Rada Cutlery; homemade arts and crafts; cookbooks; homemade heat-and-serve meals and casseroles; and baked goods. There will be a free magic show and children's activities, along with a food court where food and beverages will be sold. Money raised benefits the church's community outreach ministries and spiritual education projects. The church is at 1425 Okatie Highway, S.C. 170, opposite the BP/Kangaroo Gas Station (at Cherry Point) in Okatie.

Details: 843-379-1888


The Port Royal United Methodist Church's annual Fall Bazaar and Barbecue is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13. Barbecue will be served from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dinners include pulled pork or half rack of ribs, rice, hash, cole slaw, roll and tea for $8. Sandwiches, chips and tea cost $4. The bazaar includes a bake sale, plants, silent auction, clothing, linens, books, white elephant, crafts, Christmas room and youth hot dog sales and games. The church is at 16th Street and Columbia, Port Royal.

Details: 843-986-2953


The Ascensions, a Southern gospel group from New Brunswick, Canada, will be in concert at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Providence Presbyterian Church. Donations will benefit Memory Matters on Hilton Head Island. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-842-5673


Welsey United Methodist Church will celebrate its 177th anniversary at 10 a.m. Nov. 14. The theme is "Home Coming: Take Me Back." The Rev. James A. Ross will speak. Former members and friends who attended Wesley in the past will be honored. The church is at Prince and West streets, Beaufort.

Details: 843-524-5918