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  • St. Dorcas Baptist Church to hold bingo night, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Woodford Community Center.
  • Edisto Baptist Church to present its 13th Drive-Thru Bethlehem at 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9, at 4831 Edisto River Road (Highway 61), Branchville. Pastor Jakie Waters, 843-563-7019.
  • St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 1980 Columbia Road, will host a Nativity Exhibition 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Cornerstone Church, 1810 Main Highway, Bamberg, to hold a Christmas bazaar 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Brown Chapel AME Church, 195 Brown Chapel Road, Elloree, to have a Christmas Cantata, 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Rev. Dr. Harold O. Wilson. Free, public invited. ¬
  • First Baptist Church, 21 Allen St., Barnwell, to have its Holiday Extravaganza 9 a.m.-4 p.m. every Friday-Saturday until Dec. 9 for the elevator fund.
  • Saluda Baptist Church, Elloree, to hold an Old-Time Christmas Camp Meeting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Life in the Word Holiness Church, 5400 Cope Road, Cope, to have a Christmas Giveaway (clothing, shoes, household items, toys) 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 9. Pastor Gladys Busby, 803-536-2878.
  • Canaan United Methodist Church, 5659 Slab Landing Road, Cope, to sponsor “An Evening in Paris Christmas Gala” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Bullswamp Baptist Church, 112purity St., Orangeburg, will hold a Holiday Bazaar, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Old Mount Zion Baptist Church, 228 Maxcy St., to mark its 48th Gospel Choir anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.
  • Savannah Creek Missionary Baptist Church Gospel Choir to celebrate its 41st anniversary, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Public invited. 6368 Ehrhardt Road, Ehrhardt.
  • Flora Branch Baptist Church, 182 Iva Road, North, to have its 15th pastoral celebration at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.
  • New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 150 Park St., Bowman, to hold an installation service for Pastor-elect Rev. Keshia D. Shuler-Johnson at 3 p.. Sunday, Dec. 10.
  • Exodus Baptist Church, 2431 Charleston Highway, to celebrate its male chorus’ 21st anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Public invited.
  • Silas United Methodist Church to celebrate its “Willing Workers Rally” at 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 10. Public invited. Rev. Whittaker V. Middleton.
  • Pilgrim Baptist Church, Midway community in Bamberg, will hold its 134th anniversary and Family and Friends Day at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, during worship services. Rev. Wilbert Davis. Public invited.
  • Orangeburg Lutheran Church, 610 Ellis Ave., has holiday events planned: noon Wednesday, Dec. 13, Community Christmas Hymn Sing and Soup Luncheon; 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, "Blue Christmas" service. Christmas carols outside around bonfire after service.
  • Calvary United Methodist Church, 1130 Calvary Church Road, Swansea, to present a free nativity exhibition 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15; 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16; and 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Santa’s Gift Shop open for holiday shopping. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 803- 568-9712. Rev. Steven Scheid.
  • St. Paul Baptist Church Mass Choir to celebrate its anniversary with a gospel music workshop Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15-17. Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 am..; free Sunday concert, 5 p.m. Registration for Friday-Saturday, $10/person. Public invited. Rev. Charcey Priester Sr.
  • Fragrances of Faith Youth Deoartment of St. Stephen UMC, 4500 North Road, to have a fish fry 11 a.m.-until Saturday, Dec. 16. Deliveries available for 3 or more. Wrapping for Christ Christmas Concert: 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. Rev. Frank James. 803-682-3006.
  • Cora B. Black Women’s Missionary Society of St. Peter AME Church, 7892 Old State Road, Cameron, will hold its Senior Citizen Christmas Celebration from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Public invited.
  • Kingdom Life Ministries, 1172 Orangeburg Mall Circle, to hold its free "The Kingdom Kloset,” 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 16, in Kingdom Empowerment Center. Refreshments served. 803-534-1980. Pastor James L. Rowson Jr.
  • Spires Chapel Baptist Church, 9110 Savannah Highway, Norway, to mark the 24th anniversary of Rev. Wendell Johnson at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.
  • New Light United Methodist Church, 3100 Neeses Highway, Orangeburg, will present a live nativity at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 18-19. Free, public invited.
  • Capernaum Missionary Baptist Church Youth Ministry to hold its Christmas program at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Public invited. Rev. Allan C. Keitt.
  • Free Gift Missionary and Educational Union to be held 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 30-31, at McBranch Baptist Church, 126 Hoghaven Road, Branchville. Rev. Dr. Ivery Tucker Sr., Rev. Dennis White.
  • Bonnie’s Bunch of First Baptist Church of Orangeburg is offering several trips for senior adults, 50 and up. Reservations: 803-534-5434.
  • Celebrate Recovery program, 6 p.m. Mondays at Cornerstone and 6:30 p.m. Fridays at Northside Baptist Church.
  • Greater New Hope St. Paul Way of the Cross Church International, 1653 Goff Ave., services: 7:30 p.m. week nights; noon Saturday, Pack the Pews; 4 p.m. Sunday. 803-531-4260.
  • New Covenant Fellowship Hall of Faith, 1311 Windsor St., Orangeburg, grief counseling support group meets 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays. 803-779-9591.
  • New Hope Baptist Church, 4000 Riverbank Drive, holding Bible study 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays. Rev. Henry Cooper. Public invited.
  • Global Outreach Ministries, 201 Columbia Mall Blvd., Suite 239, Columbia, offering a clothes and food bank, traveling prayer team, Tuesday night Bible study. 803-743-6618; Facebook: GlobalOutreachMinistriesSC.
  • It’s All About Jesus World Ministries Inc., 489 Broughton St., holds regular services: 9:45 a.m. Sunday teaching, 11 a.m. Sunday worship; 6:30 p.m. Monday prayer; 7 p.m. Tuesday teaching.
  • Edisto Drive Church of God holding free 26-lesson Bible-study course for every Christian, with certification program. 7 p.m. Thursdays, 1400 Baxter St., or by phone via conference call number (712-775-7031, code 195-390). Free course materials, (click "Bible Study" link and download Training_For_Service_MDSG, along with other resources). “Alive at Five!” at 5 p.m. Sundays. Pastor Donald Oliver, 803-997-0723.
  • Word of Life Outreach Ministries, 1072 Boulevard, holds nightly services: 7 p.m. second and fourth Fridays of each month. Prayer line (803-937-5901): 7-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. 803-378-7324.
  • Orangeburg Lutheran Church, 610 Ellis Ave., invites interested singers or bell ringers to join its Chancel and Bell Choirs. Rehearsals Wednesday: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bell Choir; 7:30-8 p.m., Chancel Choir. No auditions required. Rev. Dr. James B. Vigen, 803-534-1192, 703-851-6353. “Little Libraries” accepting books at church office, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 610 Ellis Ave. “Little Libraries” will be at corner of educational unit, Fair Street, opposite Orangeburg County school offices.
  • Fellowship of Praise Church in Santee: Refuge Addiction Support Group meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
  • Women’s Prayer Ministry of St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 4500 North Road, services: prayer service at 6:15 p.m., Bible study at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Sunday school, 8 a.m., and regular services, 9 a.m. Sundays. Rev. Frank James.
  • Bethany Full Gospel Church, 692 Glenzell Road, Orangeburg, to have services 7 p.m. Wednesday, Bible study; 7-7:30 p.m. Saturday, I Care Ministry Broadcast (channel 7); 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10 a.m. morning worship. 803-937-6064, 803-536-9968. Pastor Mozella B. Isaac.
  • Shiloh Baptist Church services: second and fourth Sundays: Bible study, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Sunday school, 9 a.m.; morning service, 10 a.m. Rev. Kenneth Carson.
  • Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 625 Cook Road, services: 8 a.m., Sunday school; 9:15 a.m., Sunday worship service (8 a.m., fifth Sunday only); 10:45 a.m. service.
  • St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1356 Amelia St.: Singers invited to join Chancel Choir for Sunday mornings. Rehearsals: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. No auditions required. Rev. Will Harper, 803-534-1701. Daycare information, 803-534-6518.
  • Full Gospel Word Church, 473 Broughton St. 10 a.m. Sunday morning service. Associate Pastor Ray Shuler.
  • God’s Kingdom, 1520 Five Chop Road, holds Sunday services at 3 p.m., D’Vine on Russell Street, 1531 Russell St. Bible study, 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Building Bridges, 7 p.m. on the first, third and fourth Fridays of each month. F.A.T. Fridays (Faith Anointed Teaching) are held 7 p.m., second Friday of each month. Be Real Women’s Night, 7 p.m. third Tuesday of each month. 1520 Five Chop Road, 803-268-9818. Pastor Ann G. Owens.
  • Turkey Branch Missionary Baptist Church will hold noon-day prayer each Friday in Livingston, White Building Center next to playground. Pastor Clyde D. Holliday. 803-446-3091.
  • Word of Life Outreach Ministries, 1072 Boulevard, nightly services: 7 p.m. second and fourth Fridays of each month. Prayer line (803-937-5901): 7-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Rev. Oliver J. Gidron. 803-378-7324.
  • Bless Life Youth Empowerment program at noon Saturdays, 1550 Wingate St., Orangeburg.
  • Kingdom Life Ministries’ new service time is 10:45 a.m. Sundays. 1172 Orangeburg Mall Circle. 803-534-1980. James L. Rowson Jr.
  • Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 282 Progressive Way, Denmark: Evangelism services at 3 p.m., second, third and fourth Sundays.
  • Garden City Church of Christ, 1630 Joe S. Jeffords Highway, 21 Bypass: 10 a.m. Sundays, Bible study; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, worship services; 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Bible study. Minister Quillie Brooker.
  • Emanuel AME Church, 1897 Hudson Road, Cope: 8:30-9 a.m., Good News Hour, WSSB 90.3 FM; 8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays, church school.
  • New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 684 Sugar Hill Road, Holly Hill, will hold Sunday school 9:30-10:30 a.m.; devotion, 10:30-11 a.m.; worship services, 11 a.m. Rev. Jeffard Johnson.
  • Gamay Faith Ministries, 1410 Eutaw Road, Holly Hill, holds Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; Tuesday’s prayer, 7 p.m.; Bible study, 7:30 p.m. Pastor Tony Green. 803-759-1093,
  • United Outreach Ministry, 1117 Georgia St., Springfield, to hold regular service on first Sunday of each month, 4 p.m. Each Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., devotional service. Rev. Joseph Jackson, 803-571-5708.
  • Hickory Hill UMC in Smoaks worship service, 1 p.m. third Sundays. Worship is at 10 a.m. second and fourth Sundays; church school is at 9 a.m. second and fourth Sundays and noon third Sunday.
  • Right Choice, Fresh Start Farmers Market, a health center-based market, offers free nutrition education and training classes to churches throughout Orangeburg County. 803-707-5751, 803-531-6900.

Soup kitchens, food banks

  • New Mount Zion Baptist Church Food Pantry: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays; 10 s.m.-11:45 a.m., 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays; noon-1:30 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays. 1739 Amelia St., 803-536-1241. Rev. Todd A. Brown.
  • Elem Missionary Baptist Church, Harleyville: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, church dining hall. 843-462-7242.
  • Trinity UMC: noon-1 p.m. third and fourth Wednesdays, 185 Boulevard St. NE.
  • First Baptist Church: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursdays, 1240 Russell St.
  • Williams Chapel AME Church: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, 1198 Glover St.
  • Refuge Temple of Praise: 10:30 a.m.-noon first and third Saturdays, 115 Popular St.
  • Greater Faith Baptist Church: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Fellowship Hall, 203 Dorchester St. 803-536-5258. Rev. John N. Osborne Jr.
  • Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ: 9-11 a.m. third Saturday. 282 Progressive Way, Denmark. Delivery services for home-bound clients, must have a S.C. ID and Denmark address; 803-703-0308. Sandra Isaac, 803-703-0308.

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