Religion News: Churches find homes, break ground on new ones

The Rev. Nan White, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort, lights the chalice Sunday morning during the congregation's first service in its new location on Sams Point Road on Lady's Island. More than 100 people attended the service.
The Rev. Nan White, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort, lights the chalice Sunday morning during the congregation's first service in its new location on Sams Point Road on Lady's Island. More than 100 people attended the service. BOB SOFALY/The Beaufort Gazette

Spirituality is growing in the Lowcountry.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort held services inside its first permanent home Feb. 6 after 10 years of meeting in various borrowed spaces.

The group began meeting in 1999 in members' homes, the Beth Israel Synagogue, the Shed in Port Royal, Beaufort Naval Hospital Officer Club, Penn Center, Sea Island Conference Center and most recently the Wardle Family YMCA in Port Royal. The fellowship purchased the conference center property on Lady's Island on Aug. 31. The first service held in the new building featured the Unitarian's General Assembly traveling chalice.

"The synchronicity of (the chalice presence) is interesting," said the Rev. Nan White of the Beaufort fellowship. "Not because we have a new place. I had asked for the chalice to come to the congregation at some point, and it just happened to be the date of the move into the new building. We think that is a good omen.

"The Chalice travels around the world within the district where the Unitarian General Assembly meets in a particular year," White said. "Since the General Assembly is meeting in June in Charlotte, N.C., the chalice will be at the Beaufort congregation."

The fellowship meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island. Details: 843-838-1399

The Unitarian congregation wasn't the only one making big changes. Members of Tidal Creek Baptist Church brought their shovels Feb. 6 to break ground for its long-awaited, almost 14,000-square-foot, $1.8 million worship center on Brickyard Point Road South (across from Partridge Woods) on Lady's Island.

"We are excited we have a better tool to use," Pastor David Holland said. "It is part of the dream."

The more than 300-member church has been meeting in Coosaw Elementary School for 8 <00BD> years. The church formed in August 2001 with seven families and officially opened in September 2002. The church's mission is "to meet people where they are and help them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ." The group hopes to move in by sgiving.

"I challenged our people to consider that God was wanting to break new ground in their lives," Holland said. "We (the church) feel incredibly humbled that God has made it possible for us to move ahead with construction in these very difficult economic times."

The Link is also moving. It held its first Sunday services Feb. 6 at the YMCA, 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal. The group formerly met at the Holiday Inn. It will now meet at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday in a casual atmosphere at the YMCA.


Scottsville Baptist Church Pastor's Aide Auxiliary will present a holy breakfast from 9-11:30 a.m. today at the Gloria Potts Center, Seaside Road, St. Helena Island. Sally Bohol of Scottsville Baptist will speak.

Details: 843-838-1260, 843-838-1273


Unity Church of Hilton Head Island has moved its services to the Hampton Inn and Suites, next to Sun City Hilton Head off U.S. 278. Services are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Justin Epstein will discuss his new series, "Love for No Reason: Seven Steps for Creating a Life of Unconditional Love."

Details:, 843-842-8300


Brother Jack Green will deliver his initial sermon at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. James Baptist Church. The church is at 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head Island. The Rev. Charles Hamilton Sr. is pastor.

Details: 843-681-6446


The Family and Friends Day Celebration continues at 10 a.m. Sunday with Words of Celebration from the Rev. Alvin Petty at First African Baptist Church of Hilton Head Island. The church is at 70 Beach City Road, Hilton Head.

Details: 843-681-6427


A fellowship concert featuring the Kirk Choir of Sea Island Presbyterian Church and the Voices of Victory will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bethesda Christian Fellowship. The church is at 32 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island.

Details: 843-838-4410


Singer and songwriter Stephen Hill of the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming Friends will sing at 11 a.m. Sunday at Grays Hill Baptist Church. A Greenville native, Hill teaches each summer at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Nashville, Tenn. He received a Dove Award nomination for his song, "Why Can't God's People Get Along?" A freewill offering will be taken. The church is at 2749 Trask Parkway, Grays Hill.

Details: 843-846-2797


The Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, founder and director of the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday on "Standing Strong" at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. Those attending are asked to bring food for people and pets to be donated to the Sandalwood Community Food Pantry. The congregation meets at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton.

Details: 843-837-3330


Mah-jongg and bridge games will be held from 1-4 p.m. every Monday in the Walsh Palmetto Room at St. Peter Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort. New players are welcome. Participants are asked to pay $3 and contribute two cans of food. Instruction is available and refreshments are served. Money raised goes to St. Vincent de Paul Outreach, a ministry of St. Peter Catholic Church, which provides grocery staples, meat, fresh produce and bread to more than 900 local families each month in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties.

Details: 843-525-6079


Beth Moore will deliver a DVD-based lecture series for women and men based on the book of Revelation from 6-7:45 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 12 at Resurrection Christian Church. The church is at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-689-3625,


Minister Isiah Smalls, associate minister of the Friendship Baptist Church, 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


The Shepherd's House Ministries presents Fellowship Explosion 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Speakers are: Wednesday, Pastor D.L. Russell Jr. of New Life Deliverance Church, St. Helena Island; Thursday, Apostle Jerome Middleton of Church of the Harvest Apostolic, St. Helena; and Friday, Pastor Lawrence Washington of Omega Worship Center of Beaufort. The church is at 15 Sheldon Baptist Church Drive, Sheldon.

Details: 843-252-5530


Orange Grove Baptist Church of St. Helena Island will celebrate its 93rd church anniversary at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Services will conclude at 1 p.m. Feb. 20. Guest churches are: Wednesday, the Rev. Sam Spain and Lady's Island Baptist Church; Thursday, the Rev. James Moore and Mount Carmel Baptist Church; Friday, the Rev. Van Gaines and Samaritan Baptist Church; and Feb. 20, the Rev. Abraham Murray and Brick Baptist Church. The church is at 189 Orange Grove Road, St. Helena.

Details: Doretha Bennett or Mary Mack, 843-838-4128


"The Journey of the Jews: A Cultural Study" continues from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 23 at Congregation Beth Yam. Rabbi Brad Bloom leads the discussion series that continues through May. One session each month will be held at the Bluffton library.

A Scholar-In-Residence program will be held Feb. 19-20. Dr. Robert Platzner will speak at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19 on "Steven Spielberg's Jewish Films: A Critical View of 'Schindler's List' and 'Munich.'" Platzner will speak at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20 on "How Does the Hebrew Bible View Women?" Platzner recently retired as chairman of the Department of Humanities and Religious Studies at Cal State in Sacramento. Reservations are required. Cost is $10 for non-congregation members and may be paid at the door. The synagogue is at 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island.

Details: 843-689-2178


The Beaufort Women's Connection meets Thursday at the Baptist Church of Beaufort Fellowship Hall, 601 Charles St., Beaufort. Lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. followed by Debbie Morris' program "Thirty Ways to Jump Start Your Decorating." Scott Baldwin will play the piano. Lunch and program is $12. Reservations are required by Monday.

Details: Karen Whitehead, 843-838-7627,


An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. To make an appointment, call 843-681-3696.

The church will hold a Lenten study, "Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins," by author Will Willimon, from March 13-April 17. Sign-up Feb. 20 or during the week in the church office for a Lenten small group. Books are $10 and available in the church office. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.

Details: 843-681-3696,,


District Three of the Old Ashley Baptist Association meets at 9 a.m. Feb. 19 at Central Baptist Church, Beaufort, where the Rev. Levon Byrd is the host pastor. The church is at 1111 Prince St., Beaufort.

Details: the Rev. Joseph McKnight, 843-252-7855; the Rev. Joe Simmons, 843-812-6927


Nu Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will observe it's 103rd Founders' Day at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 at Faith Memorial Baptist Church, 28 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island. Carolyn Bell of Savannah will speak.

Details: 843-726-8860


The Christian Women of Providence Presbyterian Church will hold a retreat for all women from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 23 in the church fellowship hall. The retreat, "Becoming a Vessel God Can Use," will be facilitated by Andra Ostergard. The cost is $10 and includes lunch. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

Details: Joan Perry, 843-671-3793