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Eating out of garbage cans and sleeping in the woods and abandoned buildings in Beaufort was a way of survival for Douglas Seagraves.
The 47-year-old Seagraves had worked as a roofer around Beaufort for more than 25 years. Being laid off started Seagraves' life into a downward spiral, he said. He lost his family and then the mobile home he had shared with a roommate.
The day after Thanksgiving, Seagraves met the Rev. Ron Von Fricken of Transforming Life Through Christ Ministries.
"He picked me up on the corner there near the Piggly Wiggly," Seagraves said. "I'm not proud of it, but God gives me a good heart, and God's given me the grace to humble myself."
Seagraves is one of several men in the TLC Ministries program for homeless people. Others who live at the ministry's center on Lady's Island are homeless or are working to overcome addictions in the TLC's Addiction Recovery Center of the Lowcountry's 12- to 14-month program. Some are as young as 17.
To help support the project, Seagraves, now a staff assistant at TLC, and others have started The Cross Project. The men build wooden crosses from recycled materials -- old fences, drawers from furniture, wooden pallets, barbed wire and concrete nails covered in aluminum and copper wire.
"We try to get the men to spend their time wisely and godly," Seagraves said.
Chase Reeves, 21, of Atlanta sought help from the Christian faith-based ministry's Addiction Recovery Center. He had been addicted to prescription medications in his teens and progressed to heroin.
"I heard about (TLC) from a storefront outreach where my grandmother got the brochure," Reeves said. "This program is only $450 per month where most cost $500 to $1,000 a day."
The crosses can be purchased at the ministry on Lady's Island or when they set up at Walgreens or Walmart. Donations of $15 to $25 to support the nonprofit ministry are requested for the crosses. The Addiction Recovery Center is at 96 Sam's Point Road, Lady's Island.
Details: 843-470-1117, www.tlc-ministries.org
BEAUFORT WOMEN'S CONNECTION
Reservations are required by today to participate in Thursday's meeting of the Beaufort Women's Connection. Jeanie Christopher will speak on "Scrapbooking Memories of Life." The feature is "Day Trippin' in the Lowcountry" with Mary Severns. Music will be provided by Michael McFee and Marie Lewis. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. at St. Helena's Parish Hall, 507 New Castle St., Beaufort. Child care is provided with a prior request.
CENTRAL OAK GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH
Central Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold its fourth annual Garage Sale and Fish Fry from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. today at 161 Mathews Drive, Hilton Head Island. All money raised is donated to the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life, held May 7 at Honey Horn. Dinners are $10. Donations are welcome.
Details: Rose Jackson, 843-683-8522; Mike Sanz, 843-422-9793; Cindy Wood, 843-301-2990; www.screlayforlife.org/hiltonhead
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Resurrection Christian Community Church will hold its next Unleashed concert series at 7 p.m. today in the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Hilton Head Island High School. The RJS Voices of Praise and the Rev. Raymond Johnson will perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The church also is offering Bible study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays for the next six months in the church office. The church is at 8 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton.
OLD ASHLEY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
Old Ashley Baptist Association meets at 9 a.m. today at The Ebenezer Baptist Church in Green Pond, where the Rev. Claude Randolph is the host pastor. The church is on Bennett Point Road.
Details: the Rev. Joseph McKnight, 843-252-7855; the Rev. Joe L. Simmons, 843-812-6927
GREATER PENTECOSTAL TEMPLE
Greater Pentecostal Temple Men's Ministry will present "Men of Valor" at 3 p.m. Sunday. Speakers are: Pastor Bernard Middleton of Sheldon, Evangelist Phillip Paterson of St. Helena Island and Minister Richard Preer of Hardeeville. The church is at 5905 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville. Details: 843-784-6988, 866-708-3686
The 21st annual Gospel Jamboree Fellowship Conference is at 7:30 p.m. April 21-24. Speakers are Evangelist Shirley Caesar of Raleigh; Apostle Richard D. Henton of Chicago; Elder Anthony Gilyard of Newark, N.J.; Apostle Gail Patterson of Greenville, Miss.; and Bishop Eric Figueroa of Brooklyn, N.Y.
ST. HELENA BAPTIST
St. Helena Baptist Church will host morning and evening revival services starting at the 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. services Sunday. Revival services will continue Monday through Wednesday with services at 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dr. Bill White of Dallas will lead the revival titled "Seeking God's Will." A nursery will be provided for evening services. The church is at 1608 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island.
ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH
Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America of St. John's Lutheran Church will offer special services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
A special blood drive is from 8 a.m.-noon April 25. To set up an appointment, call 843-524-3461. The church is at 157 Lady's Island Drive in Beaufort.
UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
Former "Oprah" guest author Liah Kraft-Kristaine will speak about "Power Prayer: Where Science & Spirituality Meet" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Unity Church of Hilton Head Island. The church meets at Quality Inn, 200 Museum St.
HEALING WATERS WESLEYAN CHURCH
Healing Waters Wesleyan Church will celebrate the first anniversary of the first Wesleyan denominational church in the Bible Belt area of South Carolina at 2 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Brenda Singleton is pastor. The church is at 1 Joe Frazier Road, Beaufort.
Details: 843-379-5600; 843-816-1334; email@example.com; www.healingwatersmission.com
BLUFFTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Stardust Orchestra, under the leadership of Ray Cummings, will present a concert at Bluffton United Methodist Church to benefit the Music Ministry at 4 p.m. Sunday. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be accepted.
The big band orchestra was formed in 2004 as a nonprofit organization with the mission of bringing the music of the Big Band Era to the community. The orchestra is comprised of local artists with experience in performing big band music. The orchestra practices Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon in the church Fellowship Hall.
FAITH MEMORIAL BAPTIST
Faith Memorial Baptist Church concludes the celebration of the 55th anniversary of its church and the 26th anniversary of its pastor at 12:30 p.m. Sunday with Grace AME Church and Dr. Lawrence Miller and at 2 p.m. with Brick Baptist Church and Dr. Abraham Murray. The church is at 28 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island.
Details: 843-838-2362, 843-575-2166
MARY GLENN PEEPLES SEMINAR
Monday is the final day to make reservations with a discount for Mary Glenn Peeples' seminar on "Hope for Troubled Times." The talk is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 24 at The Parish Church of St. Helena in the Parish Hall at 507 Newcastle St., Beaufort. Peeples teaches how to utilize God's provisions so that spiritual lives will help satisfy emotional needs and develop more satisfactory relationships with others. Cost for early reservations is $15 a person and includes lunch. Cost after Monday is $20.
Details: Katherine Monroe, 843-838-0949, 843-812-3879, firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST AFRICAN BAPTIST CHURCH
First African Baptist Church of Port Royal Youth Choir will celebrate its anniversary with a revival at 7:30 nightly Monday through Wednesday. Speakers are: Monday, Minister Aswan Holmes of Refuge Fellowship Ministries; Tuesday, Minister Margaret Thomas of Right Direction Christian Center; and Wednesday, Minister Anthony Fields of Love Covenant. The youth will present the Beaufort High Gospel Choir at 7 p.m. Thursday. The anniversary celebration begins at 7 p.m. April 24 with choirs from the area and special guests the New Vision Ministries of Stone Mountain, Ga., under the leadership of Terrance Reed, who will conclude the celebration at 11 a.m. April 25.
SERVANTS OF GOD INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH TABERNACLE
Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle's Spring Revival is at 7:30 nightly Monday through Friday. The theme is "Take a Closer Look at Yourself." Speaker is the Rev. Ody Wright of Atlanta.
Topics are: Monday, "What Kind of Seeds are you Sowing In Your Life (good or bad?)"; Tuesday, "What Commandments of God are You Violating (some or all?)"; Wednesday, "Why Did I Get Married? What are the duties of a husband and the duties of a wife?"; Thursday, "As A Man Thinkest, So Is He (What Are You Thinking?)"; Friday, "You Must Be. You Have Got To Be Born Again! (Are you a Born Again Christian?)." The Rev. Jacqueline G. Harley is senior pastor. The church is at 2754 Trask Parkway in Grays Hill.
CHURCH OF THE PALMS UNITED METHODIST
Church of the Palms United Methodist Women will host its 2010 Luncheon and Fashion Show at noon Tuesday at Hampton Hall in Bluffton. The fashions will be from Tradewinds of Hilton Head Island. Cost is $30.
Details: 843-379-1888, email@example.com
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry at 110 Malphrus Road in Bluffton offers a series of Sacred Circle Dances taught by Carolyn Hubers in the tradition of the Findhorn Foundation of Scotland. No experience or partner is needed, and all ages are welcome. Monthly classes continue from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays: April 20, May 18 and June 15. No class is planned in March. Admission is free, but offerings to the congregation are welcome.
GRACE CHAPEL AME
The pastor and members of Grace Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its 141st anniversary with three nights of service beginning Wednesday. Service will begin nightly at 7:30. The anniversary will conclude at 5 p.m. April 25. Guest churches are: Wednesday, the Rev. Sam T. Spain and Lady's Island Baptist Church; Thursday, the Rev Donald Goodwine and St. Paul Baptist Church; and Friday, the Rev. Kenneth C. Doe and Bethesda Christian Fellowship.
The Rev. Dr. Horace Williams and Faith Memorial Baptist Church will close out the celebration at 5 p.m. April 25.
WESLEY UNITED METHODIST WOMEN
Wesley United Methodist Church Women will host its monthly Noon Inspirational Moments luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Wesley Education Building at Duke and West streets. During the luncheon, everyone celebrating 60-plus birthdays will be recognized.
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
The Lunch Hour of Power is from noon-12:45 p.m. each Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort. Pastor Wyatt C. Minton III of Wesley United Methodist Church is this week's speaker.
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY
Community Bible Study will hold a free spring brunch at the Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, at 9:15 a.m. Thursday for women
interested in joining the non-denominational study group in September. Those interested can visit small group classes and hear a lecture on the current study of Revelation. No reservations are necessary. Child care is not provided.
Details: 843-838-0212, firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island youth group's All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast fundraiser is from 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 24 at Applebee's on Hilton Head Island. The $5 meal includes pancakes, bacon, sausage and beverage. The youth will be serving. Money raised benefits youth summer mission trips.
CHURCH OF THE CROSS
Beth Moore's "So Long Insecurity" will be presented at 9:30 a.m. April 24 live via satellite on CCN at The Church of the Cross' Buckwalter campus, 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. Moore is a Bible teacher and author of "Breaking Free," "Believing God" and "Get Out of That Pit." Tickets are $20 and include a continental breakfast and lunch.
FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST
First Church of Christ, Scientist -- Hilton Head Island is sponsoring a lecture "If God is all, Where is He at this moment?" by John Adams, teacher of Christian Science healing at 2 p.m. April 24 at the Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road.
Details: 843-785-9556, 843-681-9555