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HAITI EVENTS

GOOD SHEPHERD HOLINESS CHURCH: Car wash for Haiti, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, 6824 Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins. All proceeds benefit the Haiti Relief Fund. (803) 776-1309

NORTHEAST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Collecting health kits for distribution to earthquake victims in Haiti, 4000 Hard Scrabble Road. Each kit costs $12 to assemble. For a complete list of items to include in kits, call (803) 736-6386 or visit www.neumc.com.

SPECIAL SERVICES

CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD: Shrove Tuesday with Mardi Gras-style pancake and waffle dinner, music by Roger Pemberton and friends, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, $8; $12 per family; Ash Wednesday services, noon and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday; Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, 5:30 p.m. Fridays during Lent, 1512 Blanding St. (803) 779-2960; http://goodshepherdcolumbia.org

EBENEZER LUTHERAN CHURCH: Quiet communion, 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays in the chapel; healing service, 6:30 p.m. third Thursday of the month, in the sanctuary; 1301 Richland St. (803) 765-9430; www.ebenezerlutheran.org

FIRST CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH: Tom Thumb Wedding and fundraiser, 4 p.m. today, 1401 Pine St. $5 donation per ticket. (803) 256-3670

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Blood drive, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. today; Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Ash Wednesday service, 7 p.m. Wednesday; 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899

KENNERLY ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: Evangelistic services, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1526 Kennerly Road, Irmo. Guest speaker: Steve Pettit. Irish concert during Friday's service. Nursery provided during services. (803) 732-9797; (803) 749-6707

ST. DAVID LUTHERAN CHURCH: Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ash Wednesday services, noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, 132 St. David's Church Road, West Columbia. (803) 356-3035

ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, 6 p.m. Tuesday; Ash Wednesday services, 7 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday; 605 Polo Road. 6 p.m. service includes music by the choir. (803) 736-0866; www.stdavidscolumbia.org

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: Lent event for women: "A Woman's Journey of Faith: Steppingstones and Stumbling Blocks," 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 20, 1529 Assembly St. Guest speaker: Sister Nancy Hedershot, of Providence Hospitals. Limited seating; sign up required by Thursday. Call (803) 779-0036 or e-mail emily@yahoo.com. Lunch fee/pay at the door: $5. www.visitstpeters.org

CONCERTS, GATHERINGS

BETHANY WESTVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH: Lumber River Quartet in concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 20, Family Life Center, 3100 Young Park Drive, Westville. Doors open at 6 p.m. Refreshments included. Love offerings accepted. (803) 427-7120

ERSKINE COLLEGE: Erskine College Department of Music presents "With Hearts and Hands and Voices: Glorifying God for the Service of Dr. and Mrs. Ruble to the Erskine Community," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Erskine College, Memorial Hall, 2 Washington St., Due West.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH: Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert, 6 p.m. Sunday, 1306 Hampton St. Free. (803) 343-8550; www.firstbaptistcolumbia.com

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH: Black History Month concert presented by the City Baptist Jubilee Choir Union Special, 5 p.m. Feb. 20, 1237 House St. Free. (803) 799-8906

GETHSAMINE BAPTIST CHURCH: Sonrise in concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, 655 Hammond Cross Road, St. Matthews. Love offerings accepted. (803) 553-3567

J&M SINGING CENTER: Sonrise in concert, 6:30 tonight, 1704 Pond Branch Road, Gilbert. Refreshments served. Love offerings accepted. (803)553-3567; (803) 260-3639

ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH: "A Festival of Choirs," 4 p.m. Sunday, 1529 Assembly St. Columbia Choral Society with Spring Valley High School and Dreher High School choirs and the Coker College Chamber Singers. Tickets: $12; seniors and students, $10. Call (803) 933-9060 or visit www.columbiachoralsociety.org.

PROGRAMS, SEMINARS

BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE: "Tuesdays with Friends," 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 2, 5827 N. Trenholm Road. $4. Food, friends, music and education. (803) 782-2500

CHRISTIAN LIFE CHURCH: Divorce care for men and women, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays through April 13, free; workbook provided. Child care for ages 11 and younger provided with preregistration. To register call (803) 606-2999 or e-mail divorcecare.shannon@mindspring.com; 2700 Bush River Road. www.christianlifecolumbia.com

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

GOOD SHEPHERD HOLINESS CHURCH: Winter clothes giveaway, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today, 6824 Cabin Creek Road, Hopkins. For anyone in need of coats, sweaters, scarves, gloves, hats and blankets. (803) 776-1309

GRACE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "Last Days of Jesus" Bible study, 7 p.m. Tuesdays through March 9, 410 Harbison Blvd. (803) 732-1899

MAIN STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: "Faith in Your Health" 12-week weight loss challenge. Call to enroll. Must receive 25 participants to complete a class. Program will begin in February. Cash prizes. Entry fee: $39. 1830 Main St. Call (803) 776-2864 to reserve your spot. www.mainstumc.com

PAGAN ROUND TABLE: Open facilitated discussion group, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Monterrey's Mexican Restaurant, 2219 Broad River Road. This month's topic: "Priesthood and Ministry - Steps on the Path to Service." (803) 422-4565; e-mail: sekhmet@osireion.com

REFORMATION LUTHERAN CHURCH: First meeting of "Openings," for the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender community and their straight allies, 6 p.m. Tuesday, 1118 Union St. Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and group discussion included. (803) 252-7752; (803) 252-1507; www.reformationlutherancolumbiasc.com

ST. JOHN BAPTIST CHURCH: Kick-off celebration for "40 Days of Purpose Drive Life" campaign, 1 p.m. Sunday, 3404 W. Beltline Blvd. (803) 254-4170; www.saintjohnbaptistchurch1908.com

UNION BAPTIST CHURCH: Genealogy workshop sponsored by the Brotherhood Ministry, 9 a.m. Feb. 20, 1800 Germany St. (803) 252-4369; (803) 256-6903

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