Faith events in and around Columbia, March 29 and beyond

March 29, 2014 

Email photographs from your Midlands faith events – pastor anniversaries, programs and services and community outreach – to dkujawa@thestate.com. We will post them at thestate.com/religion.

ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH: Youth Sunday Service, 8 a.m. Sunday, 5715 Koon Road. Guest speaker will be Meaghan Norman. (803) 786-0119; www.abccolumbia.org

BEN LIPPEN SCHOOL: Christian songwriter Keith Getty will speak to church worship leaders on Wednesday at the campus of Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road. The event is free and open to church worship leaders only. Register by contacting Bonnie Spacek at (803) 807-4114 or bonnie.spacek@benlippen.com by Monday.

BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE: Community Passover Seder, 7 p.m. April 15, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. Cost is $36 for adults (12 and older), $12.50 for children ages 4-12, and free for children three and younger. RSVP by April 11. (803) 782-2500

BETHEL AME CHURCH: “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” men’s health fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 12, 819 Woodrow St. Includes health screenings as well as informational sessions on the Affordable Care Act, fitness, grooming and more. A healthy breakfast will be served at 10:15 a.m. in the El Bethel Cafeteria. Register by calling the church at (803) 779-0138.

BETHLEHEM BAPTIST OF COLUMBIA: Paine College Concert Choir will perform, 7 p.m. April 5, 1218 Lyon St. (803) 254-5651

BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH: Taize Lenten Worship Services, 7 p.m. Sundays through April 6, 10000 Broad River Road, Irmo. (803) 781-3900

BIBLE WAY CHURCH OF ATLAS ROAD: Annual Women’s Day Service, 8 and 11 a.m. Sunday, 2440 Atlas Road. Guest speaker will be Pastor Joyce Rodgers. (803) 776-1238; www.bwcar.org

CHAPIN MAYOR’S PRAYER BREAKFAST: Dr. Tom Phillips, vice president of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, will be the guest speaker at Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson’s Prayer Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. April 11 at Town Hall, 103 Columbia Ave., Chapin. (803) 575-8039

CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Benefit concert for Transitions homeless ministry featuring the A.W. Duo composed of Russian pianist Alyona Aksyonova and American cellist James Waldo, 6 p.m. Sunday, 1512 Blanding St. Suggested donations are $15 for adults and $10 for students. (803) 779-2960; www.goodshepherdcolumbia.org

EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Sportsmen’s Banquet, 5:30 p.m. Thursday with dinner at 6:30 p.m., 3200 Trenholm Road. Dan Reeves, former coach for the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, will speak. The event will also feature door prizes and a silent auction. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 8 and younger. Register online at www.eastminsterpres.org. (803) 256-1654

FRANCIS BURNS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Lenten services include Rev. George Ashford of Journey UMC, 7 p.m. Wednesday, 5616 Farrow Road. (803) 738-0865

GREENVIEW FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: Daughters of Imani and Young Lions Christian Rites of Passage Program for ninth-12th graders and students up to age 21, 6:45-8 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:45-11 a.m. every second Sunday, 101 Isaac St. (803) 256-4024

LIFE SPRINGS WORSHIP CENTER: The Awakening, April 12-16, 5630 Platt Springs Road, Lexington. Nate Larkin will begin the services with a Men’s Conference April 12 at 9 a.m. (register online); he will also speak at 10:30 a.m. April 13. Other speakers include Charles Boyd, presenting a youth message at 6 p.m. April 13; Ron Carpenter Jr. at 7 p.m. April 14; Ferrell Hardison at 7 p.m. April 15; and Greg Amos at 7 p.m. April 16. A service for children ages four-sixth grade will be held during each service, and nursery will be provided for children three and younger. Admission is free. (803) 957-2221; www.lswc.com

MIDLAND GOSPEL SINGING CENTER: Gospel Singing featuring Mercy’s Rain and Calvary’s Call, 7 p.m. April 5, 705 Martin Smith Road, Gilbert. A love offering will be accepted and refreshments will be served. Volunteers are needed to bring finger foods. (803) 657-5996

MT. HEBRON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Mission Fair/Shop the World Gifts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5, 3050 Leaphart Road, West Columbia. Market/bazaar with fair-traded items for sale. Representatives will be present from Alston Wilkes Society, Dickerson Center for Children, Haiti Children Project, LICS and Wallace Family Life Center. (803) 786-3645

MOUNT PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH: The Empowering Ministries Clothing Bank offers free, gently used clothing to the community every second Saturday monthly from 9-10:30 a.m., 1341 McCords Ferry Road, Lugoff. (803) 736-1175

NORTHEAST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: “The Wondrous Cross” cantata, 9 and 11:15 a.m. April 13; Maundy Thursday Communion Service, 7:30 p.m. April 17, 601 Polo Road. (803) 788-5298; www.nepresbyterian.org

REHOBOTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Easter Drive Through Drama, “The Week That Changed the World,” 7-9 p.m. April 11 and 12, 6911 Two Notch Road (across from Best Buy at Columbia Place Mall). Presented with Windsor United Methodist Church and Bethel United Methodist Church. Cast includes more than 90 volunteers. Enter southbound from Two Notch Road (heading toward downtown); no large buses allowed. (803) 788-2220

REID CHAPEL AME CHURCH: “To God Be the Glory” Gospel Concert featuring the Philadelphia AME Mass Choir, 6 p.m. Saturday, 704 Gabriel St. Free admission. (803) 786-0701

ST. DAVID LUTHERAN CHURCH: Lenten Vespers services, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through April 9, with soup and sandwich dinners at 6 p.m.; Palm Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m. April 13; Healing Service, 7 p.m. April 16; Maundy Services, noon and 7 p.m. April 17, 132 St. David’s Church Road, West Columbia. (803) 356-3035

ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH: When All God’s Children Get Together: Two Nights of Spiritual Reconciliation Walking by Faith and Not by Sight Through Praise and Worship, 7 p.m. April 10 and 11, 230 J.W. Neal Circle, Hopkins. (803) 776-7830

ST. JOHN NEUMANN CHURCH: Lenten activities include the Prayer ToolKit, an adult exploration of the many paths to prayer, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in Gillin Hall and 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria; Stations of the Cross/Friday Dinner and Devotions, with Mass at 6 p.m., devotions at 6:30 p.m. and a Lenten meal to follow, 100 Polo Road. (803) 788-0811

ST. PAUL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Appreciation program and luncheon for Dr. Isaiah Harvey, noon Saturday, 606 W. Main St., Lexington. (803) 359-6804

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: GriefShare program for those grieving a death, 2-4 p.m. Sundays through April 13 in the Light House, Room 112/113, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. (803) 359-7770, ext. 21; www.saxegotha.org

STEDFAST CHRISTIAN CENTER: 30th Anniversary Celebration, 7 p.m. nightly April 9-11, 5200 Fairfield Road. The theme is “Let Us Praise Him for His Goodness, Love and Kindness.” (803) 786-9129

WEST COLUMBIA FIRST OF THE NAZARENE: Gospel Singing featuring Voices Four Him, 6 p.m. Sunday, 350 Wattling Road, West Columbia. Free admission; a love offering will be received. Assist those in need by bringing a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. (803) 794-5117

See more local faith events and add your own online at www.thestate.com/faith. Send information for Matters of Faith to calendars@thestate.com. Please include the kind of event, the date, time, a phone number and an address. The deadline is noon Monday for Saturday’s listings.

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