Faith events in and around Columbia, April 5 and beyond

04/05/2014 12:00 AM

04/04/2014 9:37 PM

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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 Friday. (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. Saturday, 1218 Lyon St. (803) 254-5651

BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH: Taize Lenten Worship Service, 7 p.m. Sunday; Palm Sunday service, 10 a.m. April 13; Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. April 17; Good Friday worship service, 7 p.m. April 18; Sunrise Easter service, 7 a.m. April 20 with breakfast to follow, 10000 Broad River Road, Irmo. (803) 781-3900

BROOKLAND BAPTIST CHURCH: The 2014 Women’s Day Committee presents a free conference, “Strengthening the Family Bond,” 9 a.m.-noon April 12, Brookland Baptist Church Northeast Campus, 1203 Summit Pkwy. Featuring experts on cyber-bullying, educational strategies, social media, depression and other issues. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served. Register at (803) 753-0610

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. Friday at Town Hall, 103 Columbia Ave., Chapin. A breakfast buffet catered by Vella’s will be served at 7:30 a.m., followed by the program at 8 a.m. Individual tickets will be sold for $5 at the door; advance reservations are appreciated for planning purposes. Contact Karen Owens at (803) 575-8039 or

CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Lenten Fish Fry, Friday following Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m., 1512 Blanding St. Donations to benefit the annual Home Works mission work trip to Appalachia (803) 779-2960;

EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: xxx, 3200 Trenholm Road. (803) 256-1654

GILL CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH: Holy Week 2014, 7 p.m. April 14-16, 2116 Cushman Drive. Featuring revivalist Rev. Don Darius Butler. (803) 754-6616;

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

KILBOURNE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH: The Sanctuary Choir presents the musical “May I Never Lose the Wonder of the Cross,” 11 a.m. April 13, 4205 Kilbourne Road. (803) 787-3371

LAKE WATEREE BAPTIST CHURCH: “Arise, My Love” Easter cantata, 10 a.m. April 13; Son Rise service, 7 a.m. April 20 at the waterfront pavilion area, followed by breakfast; Beaulah Land Quartet in concert, 6 p.m. April 27, 5856 River Road, Ridgeway. (803) 337-2838

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;

MACEDONIA EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH: Easter Morning Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 20, 49 Macedonia Church Road, Prosperity. The service will be held on the lake shore of the church across the bay from Billy Dreher Island State Park. Breakfast will follow in the fellowship hall. (803) 364-3787

McGREGOR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Lenten Choral Worship Service, 11 a.m. Sunday; Stations of the Cross, 5-6 p.m. Sunday; Lenten Bible Studies, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays through April 14; Easter Egg Hunt, 9:30 a.m. April 12; Palm Sunday services, 11 a.m. April 13; Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m. April 17; sanctuary open for meditation at noon and 3 p.m. Good Friday, April 18; Easter Sunday Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., breakfast at 7:15 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. April 20, 6505 St. Andrews Road. (803) 781-2391

MIDLAND GOSPEL SINGING CENTER: Gospel Singing featuring Mercy’s Rain and Calvary’s Call, 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

MT. HEBRON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Mission Fair/Shop the World Gifts, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 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

NEW BEGINNING BAPTIST CHURCH: Sunrise service followed by breakfast, 6:30 a.m. April 20, 9601 Caughman Road. (803) 695-1195

NEW WILLIAM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Women of Inspiration present the sixth annual Joy Explosion, April 17-20. The theme is “Our Gifts Look Good on Us.” Activities at the church include a Gospel Sing-Out at 7 p.m. April 18, workshops at 8:30 a.m. April 19 and close-out services 11 a.m. April 20, 5408 Middleton St. Other events include a fashion show at 7 p.m. April 17 at 3901 Ensor Ave. and a formal banquet at 7 p.m. April 19 at Clarion Hotel, 1615 Gervais St. Registration is $40; deadline is April 12. (803) 735-0140

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; Good Friday service, 7:30 p.m. April 18; Easter Sunday traditional worship services, 9 and 11:15 a.m., contemporary REACH services, 9 and 11:15 a.m. April 20, 601 Polo Road. (803) 788-5298;

OAK GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH: Prayer Warrior’s Conference, April 14-16, 1063 Old Two Notch Road, Elgin. Speakers are Minister Jackie Joyner of Orlando, Fla., Pastor Jessie Duplantis of New Orleans, and Pastor Eric Davis of Word of God Church in Columbia. (803) 788-2599

REHOBOTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Easter Drive Through Drama, “The Week That Changed the World,” 7-9 p.m. Friday and April 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

ST. DAVID LUTHERAN CHURCH: Lenten Vespers service, 7 p.m. Wednesday with a soup and sandwich dinner 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; Stations of the Cross at noon and “We Were There” at 7 p.m. April 18; Easter Sunrise Worship at 7:15 a.m. and Festival Service of Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. April 20, 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. Thursday and Friday, 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’S LUTHERAN CHURCH: Free dramatic production, “The Living Last Supper,” 7 p.m. April 15-17; free Winthrop University Chamber Singers concert, 3 p.m. April 27, 1715 Bull St. (803) 799-0030

SAXE GOTHA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Palm Sunday traditional services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and AWE contemporary service in the Light House at 11 a.m. April 13; Maundy Thursday Communion service, 7 p.m. April 17; “The Weeping Tree” Cantata with music, choir and drama, 7 p.m. April 18; Easter Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 20 in front of the church at the bell tower, followed by breakfast in the gym; 8:30 and 11 a.m. traditional Easter services in the sanctuary, and 11 a.m. AWE contemporary service in the Light House April 20, 5503 Sunset Blvd., Lexington. (803) 359-7770;

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

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Good Friday Fish Fry, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 18, 1725 Gervais St. The menu includes four pieces of whiting filet, french fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob, hush puppies, bread, dessert and a drink. Delivery of five or more dinners within a five-mile radius is free. Place orders by emailing (803) 799-1426

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH: Free basic car care clinic, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 226 Corley Mill Road, Lexington. Includes oil/wiper fluid check and top-off and tire inflation. Free car safety kits while supplies last. (803) 210-9197

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