St. Peter Catholic Church women will kick off their 2010 Beaufort Homes for Holidays Gala and Tour on Friday through Nov. 21. Now in its ninth year, the fundraiser for the St. Peter Catholic School Educational Endowment Fund provides tuition for almost 50 percent of the students.
Seven Lady's Island homes in the quiet neighborhood of Ashdale on the Morgan River will be open to the public and decked out for the holidays by area designers. Karen Clymer from Homestyle & Co. is using seashells to design the Cosco home, while Sally Hendricks of Outrageous Floral Design is focusing on a "Lowcountry Family Christmas" theme at the Baldwin residence. The Cunningham home, decorated by Louise Uehling, will feature Mary Cunningham's Nativity scene collection and highlight her Kentucky heritage.
The three-day fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. Friday with the gala featuring the Headliners in the St. Peter Walsh Palmetto Room on Lady's Island. A silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, open bar and lounge are included with the $75 ticket.
The seven homes will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 and noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 21. The tour will include the former McKee Plantation, now known as Ashdale. Tickets are $25 and available by calling 843-522-6510 or at Beaufort Academy on Lady's Island on the day of each tour.
"The overall effect here is one of warmth and tranquility," said Elizabeth Dardes, co-chairwoman for the tour with Ashdale homeowner Cunningham. "It's a quiet, mid-century era neighborhood with spacious homesites shadowed by age-old oaks and crowned by a bank of the Morgan River."
CHURCH OF THE PALMS
Church of the Palms United Methodist will host its eighth annual Fall Bazaar from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Included will be a silent auction; 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 will benefit 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), Okatie.
PORT ROYAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Port Royal United Methodist Church's annual Fall Bazaar and Barbecue is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today. 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 sale, crafts, Christmas room and youth hot dog sales and games. The church is at 16th Street and Columbia, Port Royal.
ST. ANDREW BY-THE-SEA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
St. Andrew By-the-Sea United Methodist Church on Hilton Head Island will host its 32nd annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today on the church campus at 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. All proceeds from the festival support the outreach and mission projects of the church. Activities include live music, an auction and an open bazaar featuring gifts, needlework, baked goods, the garden shop, collectibles, children's clothing and toys. The silent auction will close at 1 p.m.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
First Church of Christ, Scientist of Hilton Head Island will sponsor a lecture by Mary Alice Rose titled "Science and Christianity" at 2 p.m. today at the Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton. Rose has worked as a meteorologist for the National Severe Storms Laboratory and a co-manager developing the ground system for the Hubble Space Telescope.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The Southern Gospel group The Ascensions from New Brunswick, Canada, will be in concert at 6 p.m.
UNITARIAN USALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
Dr. Leon Spencer will discuss "Spiritual Dimensions of Identity and Reconciliation" at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. His topic concerns identity development and reconciliation as a spiritual process. Spencer has a doctorate in psychology, and he is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., where he teaches counseling psychology. The fellowship meets at the Wardle Family YMCA, Port Royal.
BEAUFORT CHURCH OF CHRIST
Beaufort Church of Christ will present "They Meant It for Harm But God Turned It Around," the fifth anniversary Gospel Meeting/Revival from Sunday-Friday. Eight ministers will speak. Host minister is Jonas Gadson. Sunday is Family and Friends Day. Worship services for Sunday are: 10 a.m. Lord's Day School; 11:15 a.m. morning worship; and 3:30 p.m. Special afternoon worship. Nightly services are 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The church is at 170 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Wesley United Methodist Church will celebrate its 177th anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday. 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.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The First Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island will host a free creation ministries presentation, "A Biblical Perspective of Creation; The Gospel ... the Big Picture," at 6 p.m. Sunday. Gary Bates will address such questions as "Does God exist?" At this presentation, participants will learn how scientific evidence confirms accounts in the Bible. Child care will be available.
The church will host a communitywide event for women, "Girls Night Out," in association with Faith Life Financial and World Vision at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Connie Cavanaugh, author of "From Faking It to Finding Grace," will speak. Tickets are $5 and available through the church, Heaven Sent Bookstore in Bluffton or online at www.iTickets.com. The church is at 100 South Forest Beach Drive.
UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Liah Kraft-Kristaine will discuss "Speeding Up Your Good: Creating A New Mind," at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Unity Church of Hilton Head Island. She has taught spiritual studies in more than 100 churches during the past 17 years, as well as speaking and training for corporations and associations. She appeared on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" after the release of her book, "30 Days to Happiness." The church meets at the Quality Inn & Suites, Hilton Head Island.
ST. LUKE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH THRIFT SHOP
The Church Mouse, St. Luke's Episcopal Church Thrift Shop, has expanded hours from 1-7 p.m. on Thursdays. It is also open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The shop supports local charities as well as missions abroad and welcomes donations whenever the shop is open. Pickup and delivery are available. Applications for grants to local charities are available at the shop. Deadline to apply is Monday. The shop is on Sea Pines Circle, 19D Dunnagans Alley, Hilton Head Island.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Collection week for Operation Christmas Child is Monday-Nov. 22. All are invited to participate.
Details: 843-525-6359, www.occlowcountry.sc.org
TLC MINISTRIES OF BEAUFORT
TLC Ministries of Beaufort will bus tables in exchange for tips and 10 percent of the proceeds Tuesday at Pizza Inn, 2121 Boundary St., Beaufort. Also, the members will bus tables and greet customers Wednesday at Dairy Queen, 115 Sea Island Parkway, Lady's Island in exchange for 20 percent of the proceeds. TCL will hold a banquet fundraiser April 16 at The Lyceum on Parris Island.
Details: Pastor Ronald G. Von Fricken, 843-476-9767
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Bethesda Christian Fellowship will celebrate the 73rd anniversary of its church and its pastor's 35th anniversary at 7:30 nightly Wednesday-Friday and at 11 a.m. Nov. 21.
Guests will be: Wednesday, Lady's Island Baptist Church, Pastor Sam Spain; Thursday, Scottville Baptist Church, Pastor Jack Ladson; Friday, Huspah Baptist Church, Pastor John Porter; Nov. 21, Pastor Benjamin Williams of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island. The church is at 36 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island.
Details: 843-838-4410, www.welcome2bethesda.org
UNION BAPTIST CHURCH
Union Baptist Church will begin its annual Friends and Family celebration at 7:30 nightly Wednesday-Friday. Speakers and guest churches are: Wednesday, Pastor John Porter and the Huspah Missionary Baptist Church; Thursday, Pastor Joey Jordan and the Bethlehem Baptist Church, Okatie; and Friday, Pastor Albert Chatman and the Bethlehem Baptist Church, Port Royal. The celebration will conclude at 2 p.m. Nov. 21 with the First African Baptist Church and Pastor Raymond Johnson. A fellowship meal will follow the services. The church is at 1708 Old Shell Road, Port Royal.
HILTON HEAD CHAPTER OF HADASSAH
The Hilton Head Chapter of Hadassah will present Barbara Goldstein, deputy executive director of Hadassah Israel, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the LowCountry Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton. Goldstein offers a presentation on "Israel -- Piece or Peace." In addition to her work with Hadassah, Goldstein serves on the Israeli Prime Minister's special committee on the Legacy of Theodor Herzl, was a member of the Cabinet of the American Zionist Movement and a delegate at four World Zionist Congresses in Jerusalem.
Details: Ida Zeger, 843-363-6819
ADAM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH
The Adam Street Baptist Church family will celebrate its Harvest Revival and Thanksgiving Dinner at 7:30 nightly Wednesday-Friday and at noon Nov. 21. The theme is "We Thank You, Lord."
Speakers and guest churches are: Wednesday, Old Fort Baptist Church, the Rev. Chauncey Campbell; Thursday, First African Baptist Church, Port Royal, the Rev. Raymond Johnson; Friday, Goodnews Baptist Church, the Rev. Charlie Powell; and Nov. 21, the Rev. Joseph Taylor of Savannah. The church is at 736 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: Queen Orage, 843-838-2887
QUEEN CHAPEL AME CHURCH
The Sons of Allen Ministry of Queen Chapel AME Church, Hilton Head Island, will hold its second annual Boston Butt fundraiser to support church activities, youth ministries and the after-school tutorial program. Cost is $25. Orders placed no later than Thursday will be ready for pick-up on the day you designate from Friday-Nov. 23. The church is at 114 Beach City Road, Hilton Head.
To order: 843-689-9079, 843-812-5081
SECOND JORDAN BAPTIST CHURCH
Second Jordan Baptist Church Pastor's Aide Auxiliary will have a speaker's program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday honoring the pastor's wife.
Speakers are missionary Julia Powell and Evangelist Alvenia Spencer with Third Macedonia Baptist Church. The Joy Night Celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday featuring various local singers and praise dancers. The pastor's anniversary begins at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 with Pastor Samuel Gregory and St. Paul Baptist Church. The church is 2 Jordan Drive, Burton.
AGAPE FAMILY LIFE CENTER
Agape Family Life Center will sponsor a skate night for all ages from 6-9 p.m. Friday. A talent and fashion show begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 20. The center is at 5855 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville.
Details: 843-784-6008, 866-708-3686
BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE
Beth Israel, Beaufort's 105-year old synagogue, changed its Friday evening services to 7-8 p.m. Services are held each Friday. Saturday services are held once monthly at 10 a.m., on Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of each new Hebrew month. Religious school meets every Saturday morning at 10. The synagogue is behind the historic Beaufort Arsenal on Scott Street.
THE CHURCH OF THE CROSS
The Church of the Cross on Calhoun St. in Bluffton will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar and Arts Festival from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 20. The event will include artwork and crafts by local Bluffton artists; church crafters' handmade items featuring May River angels and cloth dolls; unique wreaths; holy honey; jams and relishes; Christmas ornaments; the church cookbook, "Great Cooks Rise"; and plenty of baked goods and candy.
Details: Bobbie Ohliger, 843-705-1090
ST. FRANCIS BY THE SEA CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church will host the Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World from noon-8 p.m. Nov. 20 and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21. The exhibit includes the story of 126 miracles associated with faith and worship of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Details: 843-681-6350. www.stfrancishhi.org