Faith Briefs



  • A Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Road in Bluffton.

Clergy and members from Campbell Chapel AME, Church of the Palms United Methodist, and Lord of Life Lutheran also will be taking part in this time of worship. Rev. Christine Herrin, Rev. Dr. Jon Black, Rev. Rick Klotz, and the Rev. Pete Berntson welcome all community members to this service.

"What better time than Thanksgiving to gather with our friends and neighbors to give thanks to God," said Pastor Pete Berntson of Church of the Palms UMC, one of the clergy who will be leading this service. "In our weekly study of scripture together, we pastors strive to have our churches be more connected and work closer together. One way is to worship together."

The service will include familiar hymns, moments of reflection and testimonies focused on gratitude and an opportunity to give thanks to our common God.

A time of fellowship will follow the service.

For more information, please contact Donita Todd at 803-553-5295 or Donita@palmsumc.org.

  • Okatee Baptist Church will host its Celebration of the Nativity Dec. 8-10 at the church, 5467 N. Okatie Highway in Ridgeland, one mile beyond the entrance to Oldfield.

The event will offer nativities on display from around the world. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9, and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 843-987-0885 or visit www.okateebaptist.com.

  • St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church will celebrate special Sundays in December as well as hold five Christmas Eve services, including the sixth annual Christmas Eve under the Stars in Bluffton.

Dec. 10 is Teddy Bear Sunday. Those attending may bring a new bear which will be given as part of the church's Christmas Grace store for those in need as well as provided to local helping agencies.

Dec. 17: In addition to regular worship services, children will present pageants at 10 a.m. in Bluffton and at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Head Campus.

The schedule for Christmas Eve, Dec. 24 includes:

10 a.m., Lessons and Carols with candlelighting at the Hilton Head Campus at 20 Pope Avenue.

4:30 p.m., Family Candlelight Service with harp at the Hilton Head Campus, 20 Pope Avenue.

6:30 p.m., Christmas Eve under the Stars at Bluffton Oyster Factory Park, 63 Wharf Street. The service, at this new location, includes carols and candlelight. Check www.hhiumc.com in the event of rain or high wind for the alternate location.

7 p.m., Candlelight Communion Service with harp at the Hilton Head Campus.

9:30 p.m., Traditional Candlelight Service with Chancel Choir and harp at the Hilton Head Campus.

Dec. 31, One worship service at 10 a.m. at the Hilton Head Campus; and the regular 10:30 a.m. service at the Bluffton Campus.

St. Andrew By-The-Sea's Hilton Head Campus is located at 20 Pope Ave. with regularly scheduled worship at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The Bluffton Campus is located at 39 Persimmon St. (just off the Bluffton Parkway), in Building 200, Suite 203-204 with a contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www. hhiumc.com.