NewSpring Church, a multi-site church with campuses across South Carolina, has relocated its Florence location to a 65,000-square-foot facility at 1100 N. Cashua Drive, the first permanent local space for the church since its 2009 launch in Florence. The newly constructed space enables NewSpring Florence to accommodate its growing attendance, which averages 2,000 people each week. The campus features a 1,400-seat auditorium and worship space; a 24,500-square-foot area for children’s ministry; and 879 parking spaces. Tuesday, April 21, 2015
DARLINGTON – Mechanicsville Baptist Church will host a chicken bog missions fundraiser on April 30, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Donations are $7. Plates are available for eat in or take out, and delivery is offered for seven or more. Call 843-393-1029 for delivery. There will be home-baked goods, a country store and handmade quilts for sale. All proceeds will go to the missions ministries of MBC.
William Douglas will be performing an organ concert at Central Methodist Church in Florence on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Douglas is a Florence native currently in his junior year of studies at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Jared Johnson in pursuit of a degree in organ performance. He also serves as the Music Associate/Organist at Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
“But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified; for these things must first come to pass, but the end is not by and by.” (Luke 21:9 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) What lies down the road? Heaven only knows. The words to an old song came to mind this afternoon as I mull over so many unpredictable situations happening in my world. “I don’t know about tomorrow I just live from day to day. I don’t borrow from its sunshine for its skies may turn to gray. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The next monthly CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on April 7 at 7 p.m. at Abundant Life Church, 3030 S. Irby St. Nursery and child care will be provided. The mission is to work as the united body of Christ, to encompass our city with prayer for revival and to give prayer support to the outreach ministries of Florence. The church phone number is (843) 669-2629.
Just for Women Ministries with teacher Betsy Bird of Darlington began its Spring Bible Study this week. The study is entitled: “Tapping Into the Life-Transforming Grace of God.” The Spring Study is offered in Darlington on Mondays, at First Baptist Church and in Florence on Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church. Teaching sessions both days are at noon to 1 p.m. and 7-8 p.m., with lunch and supper available prior to the session for $7. The Bible study is not associated with any denomination. All are welcome. There is no charge to attend and it is not too late to join a session.
Lo, there was a great earthquake, for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it; his appearance was as lightning and his clothes were as white as snow. For fear of him, the guards trembled and became as dead men. And the angel said to the women, “Be not afraid I know that you seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Maundy Thursday Service will be April 2, 7 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Kingstree. The Rev. Jeffrey R. Richardson will be the preacher and celebrant for Holy Eucharist Rite I. Good Friday Service will be held April 3, noon with Solemn Liturgy for St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church meeting at Back Swamp School on Pocket Road. The Rev. Jeffrey R. Richardson, Vicar, will offer Holy Eucharist from the Altar of Repose. The Veneration of the Cross is also part of the service. On Easter Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m., Father Phil Emanuel will celebrate Holy Eucharist Rite II at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church meeting at Back Swamp School on Pocket Road. Special music will be provided by Avery McFadden, trumpeter, Boyd Richardson, violinist, and Jordan Waters, soloist. Everyone is welcome. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
April 1, Holy Wednesday Lenten Schedule: 5:30 soup and sandwich, 6 p.m. Stations Project, 6:45 Compline. April 2, Maundy Thursday 6:30 Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar April 3, Good Friday Noon: Good Friday Liturgy and Veneration of the Cross 6:30: All Saints Stations of the Cross April 4, Holy Saturday 10 a.m. - Holy Saturday Liturgy and decorating the church. April 5, Easter One service at 10:30 with Easter Egg Hunt to follow
The Thompson family will present their annual program of Easter music and other music for Live@Central on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. Rebecca, Shaw and Robin Thompson have shared their musical talents with Central United Methodist Church on the Wednesday between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. For the “Live @ Central” evening, the program begins at 6:30 p.m.. There is a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Reservations for dinner must be made at 843-662-3218.
Holy Week - Live @ Central Central United Methodist Church - April 1 at 6:30 PM
The Thompson family will present their annual program of Easter music and other music for Live @ Central on April 1. Rebecca, Shaw and Robin Thompson have shared their musical talents with Central Church on the Wednesday between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. For the "Live @ Central" evening, the program begins at 6:30 p.m.. There is dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Reservations for dinner at 843-662-3218.
Michael Grady has a passion for sharing the Gospel. A certified lay speaker within the United Methodist Church, Grady has been teaching Sunday School and leading Bible studies for more than 30 years. Realizing that adults don’t recognize the relevance of the Old Testament today or are familiar with the biblical stories, Grady decided to create a tool to encourage the family to learn about God together and provide the believer an opportunity to dig deeper into God’s Word. The result is his newly published “Making God Part Of Your Family, The Family Bible Study.” Tuesday, March 24, 2015
THE FLORENCE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will present its Spring concert on Monday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the FMU Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature The Masterworks Choir performing Anton Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum,’ with the orchestra. For ticket information call 843-661-4444. Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The Stewards of the Earth Conference will be held on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Florence. This free event will focus on how we can address the demands of a rapidly changing society, including providing nutritious food, comfortable shelter and sustainable energy, and adequate health care to those in need. Experts from the Pee Dee region will discuss these topics and how we can make a difference. Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Live@Central will feature Jane and Michael Madden at the March 4 program at Central United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. Both of the Maddens are formally educated as clinical specialists in language and learning disabilities. Beginning with a life-threatening cardiac event with Michael in April 2014, they have developed, with medical advice along the way, a new lifestyle program with an emphasis on diet. Those in attendance will be provided with information regarding the way the program works. The program begins at 6:30 p.m. There is a dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Reservations for dinner may be made by calling 843-662-3218.
Lighthouse Ministries will host a barbecue fundraiser on Wednesday, March 11, at St. John’s Church. Dinner will be catered by Schoolhouse BBQ and include Schoolhouse’s barbecue, rice and red gravy, sweet potatoes, coleslaw and bread. Tickets are $8. Free lunch delivery for 10 or more plates. Lunch plates will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 4-6 p.m. (no delivery). St. John’s is located at 252 S. Dargan Street. Purchase tickets by phone at 629-0830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or through the website (thelightonline.org) using Paypal.
The next CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Everyone is invited to join in prayer and praise for our city. The mission of these prayer gatherings is to work as the united body of Christ, to encompass our city with prayer for revival and to give prayer support to the outreach ministries of Florence.
Lighthouse Ministries will host a barbecue fundraiser on Wednesday, March 11, at St. John’s Church. Dinner will be catered by Schoolhouse BBQ and include Schoolhouse’s barbecue, rice and red gravy, sweet potatoes, coleslaw and bread. Tickets are $8. Free lunch delivery for 10 or more plates Lunch plates will be served from 11 a.m, to 2 p.m. and dinner 4-6 p.m. (no delivery). Free lunch delivery for 10 or more plates St. John’s is located at 252 S. Dargan Street Purchase tickets by phone 629-0830 or email: email@example.com or the website at www.thelightonline.org using Paypal.
The youth of St. Paul UMC will sponsor a Pancake Supper on Tuesday Feb.17, Shrove Tuesday, at 5:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Donations of $4 for adults; $2 for children 12 and under are requested. Buy tickets now or pay at the door. The money raised will go toward Youth Missions. Shrove Tuesday, widely known as Pancake Day, is a day in February or March, preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, which is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes. Shrove Tuesday, a moveable feast, is determined by Easter. Tuesday, February 17, 2015
DARLINGTON –Captain Curtis B. Odom, director of civilian human resources, diversity, and leadership at the Coast Guard HQ in Washington, D.C., will speak during a special Black History Month Program at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at Bethel AME Church. Odom, a Darlington native, was the salutatorian in the Mayo High School Class of 1973 and earned a BS from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology, and a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from National War College. He is also a senior fellow with the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. Former S.C. Rep. Denny Neilson will share the story of her health miracle during the worship service at Love Life Ministries, 213 Cross St., Darlington, at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. She was in an accident with an 18-wheeler and was struck almost head-on. She spent many days in pain during her recovery. Come hear her powerful testimony. It will give you courage to fight your battles. Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church will have a series of speakers in observance of Black History Month at the church, 1104 Piano Road, Florence. Sunday School at 10 a.m. followed by worship service at 11 a.m. Feb. 15:Sister Signet Winn; and Feb. 22: Deacon Willie M. Shaw III. The Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church invites the community to celebrate its 8th Pastor's Anniversary for the Rev. Samuel Fulmore and First Lady Minister Melissa Fulmore at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, at the church, 3208 N. Governor Williams Hwy., Darlington. Speaker will be the Rev. Dr. James Blassingame, president of the S.C. Baptist Education and Missionary Convention.
Dr. Ben Scripture, Bible scholar and scientist, will be speaking in Florence at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2301 West Second Loop Road, at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 15-17. He is a gifted teacher and learned scientist who has a weekly radio program on GNN (WLPG, 91.7FM, 6:45 AM, Fridays). The Church at Parkland is sponsoring this series which is a free event, but gifts for Dr. Scripture can be made through the Church at Parkland. Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The thirty voices of The Sandlapper Singers will fill the Old Parish Hall at St. John's Church this Sunday, February 15, as the final program of the 10th season of the Epiphany Concert Series. The concert will begin at 6 p.m.; doors will open at 5:30. The concerts are open to the public and are free, although donations are gratefully accepted. The singers are under the artistic direction of Dr. Lillian Quackenbush. In their 19th season, they are South Carolina's premier professional choral ensemble. They present American choral music in a uniquely entertaining and engaging style. The Epiphany Concert Series begins the Sunday following Epiphany (January 6), and concludes the Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday. In addition to this series, St. John's has begun the Young Artist Concert Series, a three-concert program that is held in October.
The Rev. Susan Heath from the Upper Diocese of South Carolina will be the preacher and celebrant for Holy Eucharist Rite II on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church meeting at Back Swamp School on Pocket Road. Tuesday, February 10, 2015
January 25, The Rev. Jeffrey R. Richardson, Vicar of St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, will preach and celebrate at the service of Holy Eucharist Rite II 11 a.m. St. Catherine’s meets at Back Swamp School on Pocket Road. The annual meeting will be held at the conclusion of the service followed by lunch.
Morning Prayer Rite II will be held at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church meeting at Back Swamp School on Pocket Road at 11 a.m. February 1. Sunday School for adults and children will resume February 8 at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Brooklyn, NY performers Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna will bring a program of Celtic music to the Old Parish Hall at St. John's Church, 252 S. Dargan St., on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. Fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna first met at a traditional Irish music session in New York City, and soon discovered a shared interest in classical, jazz, and erperimental music, as well as a deep admiration for Irish music. Both are active participants in Brooklyn's eclectic music scene as arrangers, composers, players and improvisers. Their collaborative effort, "The Hare Said a Prayer to the Rainbow and Followed the Fox Down the Hole," reflects both their wide range of influences and the depth of their experience with traditional Irish music. Tuesday, January 20, 2015