Faith events in and around Columbia, May 3 and beyond

May 3, 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.

137TH BAPTIST EDUCATIONAL AND MISSIONARY CONVENTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA: The annual session of the largest black religious organization in South Carolina will convene Sunday through Thursday on the campus of Morris College in Sumter. The board meeting will be held 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the President’s Educational Breakfast and the President’s Address will be Thursday. (803) 931-8811; www.bemsc.org

BETHLEHEM BAPTIST OF COLUMBIA: Spring Bazaar, 7:30 a.m. Saturday, 1218 Lyon St. Clothing, household goods, arts and crafts, jewelry and more. (803) 254-5651

BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH: Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m., worship service at 10 a.m., 10000 Broad River Road, Irmo. (803) 781-3900

CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: DivorceCare for Men and Women, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays May 14-August 20, 2700 Bush River Road. Workbook and childcare (for ages birth to 11) provided with registration. Register by emailing divorcecare.shannon@mindspring.com. www.christianlifecolumbia.com

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH: Around the Nation Banquet featuring a comedian and fashion show, 6 p.m. Saturday, 2604 Lower Richland Blvd., Hopkins. The theme is “Then and Now: A Tribute to the 60s, 70s and 80s.” Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for age five and younger. (803) 318-8857

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

MIDLAND GOSPEL SINGING CENTER: Gospel Singing featuring The Shireys and Forever Changed, 7 p.m. Saturday, 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

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

NEW BEGINNING BAPTIST CHURCH: D.I.V.A.’s Conference: Women Walking in the Confidence of the Holy Spirit,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17; Women’s Day Celebration, May 18, with a Consecration service at 8:30 a.m., Sunday school from 9-10 a.m. and worship at 10:15 a.m., 9601 Caughman Road. (803) 695-1195

NEW COVENANT ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN MINISTRY: Annual Community Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 602 Piney Grove Road. Health screenings, food and fun for all ages. (803) 731-9374

ST. JOHN NEUMANN CHURCH: Colla Voce choral concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, 100 Polo Road. Free. (803) 788-0811

SIDNEY PARK CME CHURCH: 53rd Mammoth Tea, 5 p.m. Sunday, 1114 Blanding St. The theme is “To God Be the Glory as We Branch Out and Grow.” Local artists will perform, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. (803) 799-5830

SPRING VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Praisefest 2014: An Outdoor Christian Music Festival, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and other concessions will be sold. Cornhole, children’s games and a bouncy house will be available on the fields. Advance tickets are $5 (free for children five and younger). Proceeds benefit Richland 2’s Backpack Program. (803) 788-3589; www.svpc.org

STEDFAST CHRISTIAN CENTER: Mother’s Day service, 10 a.m. May 11, 5200 Fairfield Road. Every mother will be given a special gift. (803) 786-9129

SUBER-MARSHALL MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 57th annual Barbecue, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 3900 Live Oak St. Take-out, drive-through or dine-in, with pork and chicken available. Bake sale inside. (803) 787-2497; www.subermarshall.org

TREE OF LIFE CONGREGATION: The Big Nosh: Columbia’s Jewish Food and Cultural Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 6719 N. Trenholm Road. Purchase foods such as fresh bagels, matzah ball soup, stuffed cabbage, brisket, baked goods and more. Admission is free. Donations of canned and dry foods will be accepted for Harvest Hope Food Bank. (803) 787-2812; www.bignosh.org

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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