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Giving market set for Nov. 21

Calabash Presbyterian Church on Georgetown Road in Calabash will host its annual Alternative Giving Market from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.

Buy a gift of a farm animal such as a yak or a goat or a flock of chickens to provide a renewable food supply, or help a child by giving them the chance they need in a third-world country.

Learn how sponsoring programs like these can provide food and income or meet critical medical and sanitary needs in poverty-stricken areas throughout the world. These programs are sponsored by Heifer International, World Vision (Adopt a Child) and seven Brunswick County charities.

Give the world a present as an alternative gift this year. There are also fair trade items and arts and crafts from Ten Thousand Villages. For more information, call the church at 579-7356.

Thanksgiving dinner set

All area community residents in North and South Carolina, out of town visitors and church members are invited to a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Little River United Methodist Church from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25.

The menu will include: turkey and ham with all the trimmings, dessert and drinks. It will be prepared and served by United Methodist men and women. Take-out plates will be available. 

The Little River United Methodist Church is on U.S. 17 and Mineola Avenue in Little River, S.C.

Thanksgiving service planned

The Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association will celebrate a Thanksgiving worship service with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach.

The Rev. Micheal Darby will preach; the Rev. David Davis of St. James Episcopal Church will preside at Communion; and the Rev. Henry Rehder, pastor of Saint Luke, will assist.

The public is invited and welcome at this community Thanksgiving service.

Trinity UMC 

sets service

On Sunday, Nov. 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ sermon will be “Give Thanks,” based on scripture from Psalm 100.

The 8 a.m. casual service and the 11 a.m. traditional service will be in the sanctuary with handbells included as special music. Promise., the Trinity worship band, will lead the contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. in Murrow Hall. Childcare will be available during all worship services and children’s church will take place during the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

For more information, check the church’s website at www.southporttrinityumc.org or call 457-6633.

Chorale to perform

The Carolina Master Chorale with Timothy Koch, music director, will “jazz up” its annual holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Calabash Presbyterian Church in Calabash.

The program will open with the first of two featured major jazz works for the season, “La Fiesta de la Posada (The Festival of the Inn),” a Mexican-influenced musical celebration by legendary jazz drummer Dave Brubeck. The CMC Chamber Singers will follow, closing the first half with a set of a cappella jazz arrangements of Christmas carols.

The second half of the concert features the world premiere of “The Celestial Equator: Yuletide Jazz Impressions” by CMC composer-in-residence and pianist Dr. Andrew Fowler, a musical reflection on the CMC’s summer 2010 tour of Costa Rica. It features solo mezzo-soprano and baritone, instrumental improvisation, jazz arrangements of traditional carols and other elements.

Jazz musicians will accompany the Brubeck and Fowler works in an ensemble made up of two trumpets, two guitars, piano, bass and percussion. At every holiday concert, the Carolina Master Chorale enters and exits each venue accompanied by sing-along carols, an annual tradition of CMC audiences.

International opera and musical theatre star, baritone Mark Vitale, joins the CMC as guest artist. Vitale has commanded universal acclaim for his lead roles in major international tours of “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “West Side Story” and for appearing alongside Richard Harris in his national tour of “Camelot.”

The Carolina Master Chorale’s professional singers will also be featured as soloists, including mezzo-soprano Ann Benson, who debuted in the title role in “Tosca” at New York City Opera in 1993 and has been a featured recitalist at Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall). She also appeared with tenor David Bankston at the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Opera Learning Center at Lincoln Center. Benson and Bankston serve as artists-in-residence with the CMC and as faculty members at Coastal Carolina University.

Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at Seashore Drugs in Calabash, or by calling (843) 444-5774. Tickets are $20 at the door. Students with ID pay $5.

Outdoor drama begins Dec. 2

Anointed Vessels Ministry will present “Glorious Impossible” at 7 p.m. nightly Dec. 2-6. Come out and experience an outdoor theatrical Christmas presentation. Admission is free.

Visit www.anointedvesselsministry.org.

Nelons to be at Mill Creek Nov. 20

The Nelons will appear in concert at Mill Creek Baptist Church, 1099 George II Highway S.E. in Winnabow, on Nov. 20.

There will be a church choir clinic from 3-5 p.m. An informal concert with The Nelons will be at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Fall revival set

Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237 Snowfield Road in Leland (in the Snowfield Community) will have its annual fall revival Nov. 15-19 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Elder Tommy Nesbitt, pastor of Christian Hope Christian Church in Maco, will be the evangelist for the week.

Church plans fish fry Nov. 19-20

Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road, will sponsor a fish fry Nov. 19-20 beginning at 11 a.m. daily.

Plates are $6 each and include fried spots, coleslaw, beans and hush puppies. Drinks are extra. Eat in or carryout. For deliveries, call 754-4018 or 754-6396.