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SPECIAL SERVICES/EVENTS

ANTIOCH BAPTIST CHURCH: 23rd Pastoral Anniversary for pastor Albert Aiken Neal, 11 a.m. Sunday, 5715 Koon Road. (803) 786-0119; www.abccolumbia.org

NEW WILLIAM STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: 22nd Anniversary of Pastors Aide Society, 3 p.m. Sunday, 5408 Middleton St. Guest speaker: (803) 463-2391; (803) 735-0140

SALEM BLACK RIVER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 250th Anniversary, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today and 2:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, 1060 N. Brick Church Rd, Mayesville. Exhibits, music, storytelling, lunch and more. (803) 495-2381

SHANDON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Contemplative Taize worship services, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 29, 607 Woodrow St. (803) 771-4408; www.shandonpres.org

WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Health Awareness Sunday, 10 a.m. Sunday, 1125 Rosewood Drive. Flu shots, health screenings, dinner, awards and speeches by health educators. (803) 799-1426; e-mail: wesleyunitedmc@bellsouth.net

CONCERTS, GATHERINGS

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Karaoke Night fundraiser, 6-9 tonight, 811 Peachtree Rock, Lexington. Admission: $5; $8 couples. (803) 315-9451

CHURCH OF THE HOLY APOSTLES: Shape note singing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. today, 9457 Patterson St., Barnwell. Includes potluck lunch, dessert and tea. (803) 259-6111

HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH: The Memory Singers and Soldiers of Faith in concert, 7 tonight, 2117 Clemson Road. Love offerings accepted. (803) 957-5925

J&M SINGING CENTER: Open microphone and jam session, 6:30 tonight, 1704 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert. Participants should come early to sign up. Finger food will be served; love offerings accepted. (803) 260-3639; (803) 260-0007

KEENAN HIGH SCHOOL: 2009 Gospel Music Festival, 4 p.m. Sunday, Keenan Theatre, 361 Pisgah Church Road. Includes The Gap Choir, Keenan Alumni Singers and various gospel choirs. Admission: $5 Proceeds support The Keenan Singers' trip to New York's Carnegie Hall. (803) 714-2500, ext. 4201.

NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: 40th anniversary events: anniversary gala at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention, 1101 Lincoln St., 6-10 tonight, $40 per person. NASA administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr. to be honored; worship service at Northminster with Bolden as guest speaker, 10 a.m. Sunday; 6717 David St. (803) 754-1812; www.northminstercolumbiasc.org

ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH: Autumn concert series - Quartet Di Sole, 4 p.m. Sunday, 1715 Bull St. (803) 779-0330; www.stpaulscolumbia.com

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL: Wednesdays at Trinity, 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 1100 Sumter St. Featuring: Lucy Dinkins on piano. Lunch available at noon and 1 p.m. for $6. (803) 771-7300; www.trinitysc.org

WASHINGTON STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Columbia Choral Society in Concert - "A Haydn Celebration," 4 p.m. Sunday, 1401 Washington St. For tickets information call (803) 933-9060 or visit www.columbiachoralsociety.org.

ZION BENEVOLENT BAPTIST CHURCH: Choir in concert/66th anniversary, 4 p.m. Sunday, 201 Meeting House Road, Hopkins. (803) 776-7990

FALL FESTIVALS, HALLOWEEN EVENTS

BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH: Sixth Annual Fall Festival, 4-8 p.m. today, 720 Bethany Church Road, Lexington. Food, games, prizes, bingo, hayrides and more. (803) 755-3570

BETHEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, 811 Peachtree Rock Road, Lexington. Free for ages 12 and younger. Games, prizes, hot dogs, Trunk or Treat, hayride and more. (803) 315-9451

CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 31, Central Baptist Church's Family Life Center, 3625 Clement Road. Young people invited. Games, treats and more. (803) 252-3742

CHAPIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Annual Bazaar, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31, 415 Lexington Ave. Features the "shops" of Chapin United Methodist Church, silent auction and more. Free parking and admission. (803) 345-2801

CHRISTUS VICTOR LUTHERAN CHURCH: Sixth Annual Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31, 400 Harbison Blvd. A portion of the proceeds will benefits Annabelle Baskets. (803) 732-2668

FIRST BAPTIST LEXINGTON: Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, 415 Barr Road, Lexington. For all ages. Hayrides, games, bounce house and lots of treats. (803) 957-0686

FIRST CHURCH OF GOD: Annual Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today, 2665 Covenant Road. Food, games, yard sale and entertainment for the entire family. (803) 256-6858

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Trunk or Treat, 6-8 tonight, 410 Harbison Blvd. To include hot dog dinner, games and costume contest. (803) 732-1899

GREENLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 6612 Garners Ferry Road. Covered dish dinner in fellowship hall. Games, snacks, prizes and Trunk or Treat. (803) 776-4074

KILBOURNE PARK BAPTIST CHURCH: Trunk or Treat Festival, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Kilbourne Park Baptist Church family center, 4205 Kilbourne Road. Hot dogs, games, face painting, clown balloonist, baked goods and more. (803) 787-3371

LEXINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH: Annual Hallelujah Hoedown, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31, Lexington Baptist Church, 308 E. Main St., Lexington. Admission: $1 donation. Rides, Trunk or Treat, dunking booth, food and more. (803) 996-8802; www.lexingtonbaptist.org

LIFE SPRINGS WORSHIP CENTER: Jingling Brothers Carnival & Candy Circus, 5-9 p.m. Oct. 31, 5630 Platt Springs Road, Lexington. Free parking, games and rides. Food and beverages available for purchase. (803) 957-2221

LION OF JUDAH WORSHIP CENTER: Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 31, 1801 Augusta Highway, West Columbia. Food, games, prizes, biblical costume contest, bake sale and more. (803) 794-1474

LIVING WATERS CHRISTIAN CENTER: Harvest Festival, 2 p.m. Sunday, Living Waters' parking lot, 2229 Decker Blvd. Games for all ages, puppets, music and step show. Free popcorn and cotton candy. Food for sale. Double Dutch Championship Team to perform. (803) 699-9346

NEW LIGHT BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH: Hallelujah Harvest 2009 - Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, 1330 Congaree Road Highway 769, Hopkins. (803) 783-2050

NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 3-6 p.m. Oct. 31, 1303 Sunset Blvd. Games, candy, costume, door prizes. (803) 796-9786; www.northsidebaptist.org

PARK STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 31, 2204 Park St. Magic show, balloon tricks, food and more. (803) 252-6434; www.parkstreetbaptistchurch.org

PISGAH LUTHERAN CHURCH: Fall Festival, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Pisgah Lutheran Church, 1350 Pisgah Church Road, Lexington. Food, games, Trunk or Treat, costume contests and more. (803) 359-2223

RIGHT DIRECTION CHRISTIAN CENTER: Hallelujah Night, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31, Right Direction Christian Center, 3506 Broad River Road. Activities for children pre-K through 8th grade. (803) 798-1230; www.rightdirection.info

ST. ANDREW'S BAPTIST CHURCH: Family Fall Festival, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, 1416 Broad River Road. Games, activities, hayride, food, pumpkin display and more. (803) 772-6034

ST. TIMOTHY'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Alternative Gift Fair, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 31, 900 Calhoun St. Holiday gift certificates from a variety of nonprofit organizations. Baked goods for sale. (803) 765-1519; www.sainttimothyscolumbia.com

SPRING VALLEY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Fall Festival, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31, 125 Sparkleberry Lane. information on community resources, seasonal-flu shots, 5K run/walk, recycling opportunities, children's carnival, tailgating, arts and crafts and more. (803) 788-3589; www.svpc.org

STATE STREET BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 4-6 p.m. Oct. 31, 1420 State St., Cayce. Mini hayride, bounce castle, slide, corn dogs and more. Free. (803) 796-6123

ZION PILGRIM BAPTIST CHURCH: Fall Festival, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church, 1609 Zion Ave. Food, fun and games. (803) 605-9944

PROGRAMS, SEMINARS

COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Forest Acres Women to Women Bible Study on the Book of Hebrews, 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18 in Petersen Hall, 3100 Covenant Road. Coffee and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. Nursery provided. (803) 782-2442

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: Lunch and speaker series; lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; lecture, 12:15-12:50 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays in Jackson Hall, 1324 Marion St. Soup and salad, $5; hot meal, $6. Free parking available. (803) 799-9062

OUR LADY OF THE HILLS CATHOLIC CHURCH: South Carolina Catholic Charismatic Conference, through Sunday; 120 Marydale Lane. Saturday registration, 9 a.m. and healing mass, 7:30 tonight, Sunday brunch with speaker, 10 a.m.-noon Sunday. Fees: $40; couples, $60. Free for youth, clergy and members (brothers/sisters). To register or for more information call (803) 788-4480; (803) 309-2480; or e-mail: ross.gamble.att.net.; scrocker4@windstream.net

RIGHT DIRECTION MINISTRIES: Purposed Vision Consulting to host two-day grant funding workshop/faith-based summit "Correcting Vision with Funding", 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 1234 St. Andrews Road. Open to all faiths. Registration required. (866) 554-4244, ext. 211; www.purposedvision.com

SEVEN OAKS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH: "The Psychology of Christian Living" five-week series. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 4, 530 St. Andrews Road. (803) 772-1761; www.sopc.net

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