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Lisa Lovette of Bluffton had it all -- a six-figure income, an expense account and a posh ride -- but something was missing from her life.
A friend invited her to a Bible study and suddenly she found what she had been missing.
"I became a Christian three and a half years ago," said Lovette. "I was a single mom. I was dead inside. I had it all but something was missing. I was sitting on a porch at a friend's house and wondering 'How can I go away from this world and not leave my son alone?', when I was invited to a Bible study. God told me that day."
Lovette followed up with many more Bible studies, then started leading them. These studies led to the founding of Princess Warriors, a nondenominational group which helps women in the community.
The group's first retreat at Palm Key attracted 77 women just through word of mouth and no advertising. A second retreat brought in more than 150 women.
Lovette hopes for more than 160 at the Oct. 24 retreat titled "Blueprint for Victory: The True You -- Learning The Secret to Lasting Beauty, Intimacy & Love."
"I'm following the plan God gave me to help the women in our community," Lovette said.
Lovette, 42, who grew up in West Virginia, co-founded Princess Warriors with her friend Tisha Chafer. Both have children and are members of The Church of The Cross. They founded the group about 18 months ago as a way to bring women together.
"Our goal is to bring the women of the Lowcountry together because church is not the building," Lovette said. "The church is the community, and we need to stop thinking inside the walls, we need to think outside the walls."
The upcoming retreat is "a day of fellowship, to learn who you are and you have the power within you to change your life and the lives of your children," Lovette said. "If you are missing something, if you are seeking something, you will find it here."
The name of the group comes from something a friend said to Lovette. "A friend told me I'm the daughter of a king and that makes me a princess, and that's my standing now in society. I had been thinking about 'mighty warriors,' but that didn't sound feminine enough. So we are called 'Princess Warriors: Mighty Women for Jesus.' There are a lot of women who want to do something and we want to help them."
ST. PETER'S CATHOLIC CHURCH
The church's 51st bazaar is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the church at 70 Lady's Island Drive on Lady's Island.
If parking is not easily found, the church is offering golf cart transportation to and from the Grayco parking lot, as well as the Sangester Road location.
St. Peter's Catholic Church also will host a Public Square Rosary Campaign at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10 at the church on Lady's Island. This October is the 92nd anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's apparition in Portugal.
The public is invited to join church members in praying the rosary on the perimeter of St. Peter's Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive.
Details: Bernie Hess, 843-525-1431; Glenda Brannen, 843-838-7552
MOUNT CARMEL BAPTIST CENTER
Easy Productions will celebrate its first anniversary and honor Deacon Elijah White at 3:30 p.m. today at the Mount Carmel Baptist Center in Ridgeland.
Performances will be offered by The Robinson Brothers, One Accord Music Ministry, The Gospel Warriors, The Gospel Melodies, Jerry Mack & the Joy Gospel Singers and featuring God's Little Angels. Other singers include The Spiritual Knights, the Sumter Violinaires, The Chosen Ones and The Anointed Ones, both of Columbia, The Evettes, The Gospel Keys and The Sons of Grace. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The center is at 3763 Bees Creek Road in Ridgeland.
OAKS TRUE HOLINESS
The Oaks True Holiness Church of St. Helena Island is sponsoring a Fun Day for children and adults from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today. Free games, activities and food will be provided. The church is at 548 Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island.
Details: Alva J. Daise at 843 838-7065, 843-575-2457 or Pastor Daniel F. Rivers, 843-838-3652
BEAUFORT AGLOW COMMUNITY LIGHTHOUSE
Beaufort Aglow Community Lighthouse meets at 11 a.m. today at the Port Royal Medical Center second floor conference room, 1320 Ribaut Road in Port Royal.
Minister Carolyn S. Warren, associate minister of Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Seabrook, will speak. The Rev. James Moore is her pastor. At Mount Carmel, Warren serves as a youth adviser, and an instructor for the Sunday School and Women's Christian Education Departments. She also ministers and teaches Bible study to the female population in the Beaufort County Detention Center.
LORD OF LIFE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Blessing of The Animals, in commemoration of Francis of Assisi, begins at 10 a.m. today in the parking lot of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton. All of God's creatures are welcome.
GREATER MOUNT ZION AME CHURCH
Greater Mount Zion AME Church Lay Organization will present the Fellowship Concert Choir of Beaufort in "Praise, Joy and Laughter," a gospel dinner theater musical at 6 p.m. today at 468 Howe Hall Road in Goose Creek. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and free for ages 5 and younger.
Details: 843-764-0793, 843-574-0187
ANGEL FOOD ORDERS
Pre-orders are being accepted for Angel Food through Oct. 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday Box that costs $36. Orders may be placed from:
Orders also are taken Monday through Saturday at Life House Church, 40 Faith Station in Beaufort. Details: 843-379-9673. Orders taken at Life House Church will be picked up there.
Orders may be placed south of the Broad River at Grace Coastal Church in Okatie by calling 843-379-5520.
These orders may be picked up from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at St. John's on Lady's Island.
LOVE HOUSE MINISTRIES
Love House Ministries dance/worship summit "I Praise, I Worship, I Dance" continues this weekend at Love House Ministries.
Today's events include workshops on a variety of topics centering around use of the fine arts within and outside the church.
On Sunday, there will be a special service dedicated to those who are gifted in the fine arts. This event is free.
CHAPEL WITHOUT WALLS
The Chapel Without Walls will hold its first service in the expanded sanctuary of the Congregation Beth Yam synagogue at 10 a.m. Sunday on Hilton Head Island. Beth Yam has been the chapel's permanent home for three years.
Dr. John M. Miller has served as a pastor on Hilton Head Island for 23 years and became the founding pastor of The Chapel Without Walls in January of 2004.
Miller is teaching a course on the Old Testament at 10 a.m. Mondays throughout the 2009-10 school year. Miller recently announced he plans to remain pastor until his retirement at the end of 2014.
GRAYS HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Grays Hill Baptist Church is hosting "New Vision" from Charleston Southern University during the 11 a.m. service Sunday. The public is invited. A nursery is provided. Dinner on the grounds will follow.
The church is at 2749 Trask Parkway in Grays Hill.
LIFE CHAIN SERVICE
The 18th annual Life Chain, a pro-life prayer service, begins with registration at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in front of the Beaufort County Courthouse on Ribaut Road in Beaufort. A communal prayer service begins at 2:15 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., participants will proceed to the sidewalks of Boundary Street and Ribaut Road and will stand on the sidewalk for one hour in silent prayer.
Details: Theresa Pulliam, 843-524-2604
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH
The Bishop of Charleston, the head of the Catholic Church in South Carolina, will perform Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church on Hilton Head Island in honor of the church's silver anniversary. Sunday also is the feast day of St. Francis.
Tickets must be picked up in advance. The church is at 45 Beach City Road on Hilton Head.
Details: 843-422-1600, email@example.com
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH
"Come and See" Catholic Bible Study, a Catholic continual Bible study for men and women, is from 9-10:30 a.m. on Mondays beginning Sunday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Ave. on Hilton Head Island. This is a 14-session study of Acts and Letters.
Details: Florence Tarantino, 843-363-6029; Rose Pascale, 843-785-8188
PINE LEVEL BAPTIST CHURCH
Pine Level Baptist Church fall revival is Sunday through Wednesday with Evangelist Dennis Deese as the guest pastor.
Sunday's events include a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m., Sunday School at 10 a.m. and revival services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Homecoming and dinner on the grounds will follow the morning worship service.
Monday through Wednesday revival services will begin at 7 p.m. A nursery will be provided. The church is at 2009 Pine Level Church Road on U.S. 278 between Hampton and Grays highways.
SCOTTSVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH
The Scottsville Baptist Church concludes its Pre-Holy Communion Revival at noon Sunday with the Rev. Jack Ladson, Scottsville pastor. The church is at 110 Olde Church Road on St. Helena Island.
TIDAL CREEK FELLOWSHIP
Zippy-Lube has partnered with Tidal Creek Fellowship of Lady's Island to offer a labor-free, full-service oil change for single parents and spouses of deployed military personnel from 10 a.m.-noon Sunday at Zippy Lube next to the Plaza Theater in Beaufort.
Cost is $12 for the materials used, or participants may bring their own oil and filter. The service will include oil and filter change, tire pressure check, belts and fluid levels check, vacuuming, washing and cleaning the windows.
Details: Charlie Cook, 843-271-2183; or Keith Kaiser, 843-522-2120
HILTON HEAD TEEN COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
Hilton Head Teen Community Bible Study begins at 6:45 p.m. every Monday at Central Church, 975 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island.
Teens are invited to bring their friends for dinner from 6:45-7:05 p.m. followed by games, skits, worship and praise, a talk on the lesson and core group time ending around 8:30 p.m. Teen CBS is a Bible study for all ninth- through 12th-graders.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hiltonheadteencbs.com
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Carteret Street United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch is open daily to the public. School trips also are available. All proceeds benefit the church's youth ministries. For the first time, the church will offer a Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds, 408 Carteret St. in Beaufort. The Revs. Susan Ulmer and Lara Byrd will officiate.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
The Lunch Hour of Power praise and worship experience is from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St. in Beaufort.
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
Friendship Baptist Church will celebrate Pastor Irvin Middleton's 28th anniversary nightly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Oct. 11.
The following churches and pastors will appear: Wednesday, Second Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Haskins; Thursday, Adam Street Baptist Church, Pastor Willie Wilson; Friday, Good News Baptist Church, Pastor Charlie Powell; and at 1 p.m. Oct. 11, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Pastor Kenneth Hodges.
The church is at 36 Friendship Lane on Coosaw Island.
ORANGE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Orange Grove Baptist Church begins its annual women's day program with a women's prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. Oct. 10.
A Power Hour Gospel Concert is at 6 p.m. Oct. 10. Featured choirs include Campbell A.M.E. Church Choir of Bluffton, St. Paul Young Adult Choir of Burton and First African Baptist R.J. Voices of Praise of Port Royal. The program continues at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 with speaker Minister Carolyn Warren of Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church of Dale.
Orange Grove Baptist church will hold its annual fall Revival services nightly at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-16. The Rev. Virginia Johnson of Revelation Ministry of Fairfax will speak. The church is at 189 Orange Grove Road on St. Helena Island.
CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH
The Ushers of Central Baptist Church will celebrate its anniversary at 4 p.m. Oct. 11. Light refreshments will be served after the program. The church is at 1111 Prince St. in Beaufort.
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