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Musicians, poets, dancers and singers have fewer than 10 days to polish up their acts for auditions for the Talent Night at Love House Ministries, which will be modeled after "American Idol."
Auditions are from 7 to 9 p.m. March 31. The Talent Night is at 7 p.m. June 19, a part of the church's weeklong eighth anniversary celebration.
"Come out and have a good time and fellowship with us," encourages Love House Ministries Pastor Randy Roberts. "It is just an enjoyable evening to demonstrate and show off talent in the local community with opportunities to stretch their wings."
Individuals and groups of all ages, from toddlers to senior citizens, have participated by singing, dancing, rapping, acting, reciting poetry and playing instruments in previous shows held at the church where trophies were handed out.
The show is open to the community, and there is no entry fee.
"Come out to exercise and express or discover your hidden talents," said Roberts.
Gwen Powell, coordinator of the show, encourages up-and-coming talent from praise dancers, vocalists, comedians, step teams and choirs to audition in front of a record producer who is expected to attend the show.
"We are setting it up like 'American Idol,' " said Powell. "There will be about five judges from throughout the community, and the audience will also vote."
In attendance will be Shanetta Lynn, who was recently signed by Atlantic Records, and the emcee will be Dee Jay Radio announcer Preston Thompson of the Friday night WVGB radio show, "Friday Night Lights," as well as his group, Survivor and Walking Outright. A Christian vocal group, Divine Moves, is also expected to perform.
The church is at 423 Parris Island Gateway. Space is limited. Details: 843-525-1043.
<b>Old Ashley group to meet today</b>
District Three of the Old Ashley Baptist Association meets at 9 a.m. today at Adam Street Baptist Church, Lands End Road, St. Helena Island. The Rev. Willie Wilson is the host pastor.
Details: 843-252-7855 or 843-812-6927.
<b>Parish Church hosts 'Soaking Prayer'</b>
The Parish Church of St. Helena is hosting a morning of "Soaking Prayer" from 9 a.m. to noon today at 505 Church St.
"Soaking Prayer" is a term used to describe a quiet time of prayer and worship before the Lord. Participants are invited to bring their journal and a heart ready to receive God's blessing. Details: 843-521-1939.
<b>Grace Chapel celebrates women</b>
The Hestelle Woodbury Missionary Society of Grace Chapel A.M.E. Church presents its annual Women's History Month program at 4 p.m. Sunday. The 2009 national theme is "Women: Taking the lead to save our planet."
Five women in the areas of education, health, volunteer work, business and literary art will be honored at the program. Details: 843-524-6091.
<b>Orange Grove celebrates choir</b>
Orange Grove Baptist Church Senior Choir will celebrate its anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday. Choirs from various churches will participate.
<b>Horsepond ushers to celebrate</b>
The Ushers of Horsepond Baptist Church will celebrate their 70th anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Samuel Gregory, pastor of Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Big Estate, will speak. Details: 843-846-8050.
<b>Lenten services held at Carteret</b>
Monday Lenten Services will be held noon every Monday through April 6 at Carteret Street United Methodist Church. The service will be followed by a soup luncheon.
The next service is by the Rev. Grable Page, retired UMC minister. Details: 843-524-3841.
<b>Parish Church reflects on Lent</b>
Each Tuesday during Lent, the Women of the Parish Church of St. Helena in downtown Beaufort will sponsor a Lenten service at noon in the Parish Hall to be followed by a light lunch and lecture.
The program is free, with a small donation asked to help with the cost of the lunch. This year's series will take a look at the five questions of Pilate to Jesus when our Lord stood trial. The third service is Tuesday and titled "Where Are You From?" with the Rev. Dr. Al Truesdale.
The Parish Hall is at North and Newcastle streets. Details: 843-522-1712.
<b>Graham to speak at lunch hour</b>
Elder Paul Graham, associate minister of Central Baptsit Church, will speak during the Lunch Hour of Power praise and worship from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel in Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals, 808 Bladen St. Details: 843-524-6634.
<b>Spaghetti dinner at Servants of God</b>
Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle Inc. is hosting a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. Dinners will be served or can be picked up at the church at 2754 Trask Parkway (at the light in Grays Hill).
Pre-orders are encouraged. All proceeds will go to the Pastor's Aide Ministry. Details: 843-592-7057.
<b>Episcopal group sponsors forum</b>
The Church of the Palms United Methodist Church in Okatie, the Episcopal Forum of South Carolina, Inc., will sponsor a special half-day conference at 10 a.m. March 28.
Dr. Walter Cabe, senior warden of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Texas, will speak.
A box lunch will be provided, and a $10 donation at the door is requested. The Church of the Palms is at 1425 Okatie Highway (S.C. 170), Okatie. Details: 843-522-9636.
<b>Wesley women to meet</b>
The Wesley United Methodist Church Women meet at 4 p.m. March 29 at the home of Hattie Ficklin. Details: 843-524-5918.
Items should be sent at least 10 days in advance to date of event via fax to 843-524-8728 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.