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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Ocean View sets women’s retreat

A women’s retreat is set for Jan. 25 and 26 at Ocean View Baptist Church, 7025 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

The guest speaker will be Barbara Benton from Helena, Ala., an in-depth Bible teacher, according to a church news release.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25, followed by a sit-down dinner at 6:15 p.m. and praise and worship at 7 p.m.

The retreat session is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the church, with a break at 10 a.m.

Call the church at 579-6833 to make a reservation.

Martin Luther

King Jr. Day Celebration Set

To commemorate the life and sacrifice Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made for America, the Grissettown Community Association will sponsor its second annual South Brunswick Martin Luther King Jr. Day beginning with a Commemorative March at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

The “Call to Action” commemoration will follow at Ocean View Missionary Baptist Association, U.S. 17S Grissettown/Sunset Beach.

The program will feature his famous, “I have a dream” speech, delivered by Rev. Ronnie Blue; favorite songs and hymns of Dr. King; and the youth will feature various quotes from Dr. King.

Pastor Rodney A. Gore will deliver the “call to action” reminder thoughts for the year. He will also offer a report/assessment of the progress of the civil rights movement and issue a challenge to the young and old to figure out a way to live together in peace.

“We want our young people to know that there have been some gains in the past 50 years,” said CGA President Thurman Gause, “but we must never stop working for progress toward civil rights.”

Ray Gilbert, an association member and one of the organizers of the event, mentioned that, “It is important that every American know and appreciate what Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. gave us all, and that was a sense of options and urgency in the civil rights movement. We must work toward racial respect and cooperation with each other.”

Combined churches to have community

revival services

The combined churches of First Baptist Church of Southport, First Baptist Church of Oak Island and Cape Fear Alliance Church have announced the annual Community Revival Services are scheduled Monday through Thursday, Jan. 21-24, nightly at 7 p.m.

They will meet at the following locations:

Monday, Jan. 21, at First Baptist of Southport, on the corner of Lord and Owens Streets; Tuesday, Jan. 22, at First Baptist of Oak Island, 4608 E. Oak Island Drive; Wednesday, Jan. 23, at First Baptist of Southport, on the corner of Lord and Owens Streets; and Thursday, Jan. 24, at Cape Fear Alliance Church, 8068 River Road S.E.

The speaker will be Dr. R. Logan Carson, Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, where he has been teaching since 1994.

Born without sight, he attended what is now called Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, graduating as valedictorian of his class in 1951. He received a bachelor of arts degree in Bible and social science from Shaw University in Raleigh in 1957, graduating with high honors. He received a master of divinity degree from the Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut in 1960, a master of theology degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1961 and completed his formal education by receiving a PhD degree in theology and culture from the Graduate School of Drew University in Madison, N.J. in 1980, graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

The final night, Thursday, is youth night. All youth are encouraged to be at Cape Fear Alliance Church at 7 p.m. for pizza and some fun activities together.

For more information, call First Baptist of Oak Island at 278-9511; First Baptist of Southport at 233-3737; or Cape Fear Alliance at 457-5665.

Crystal Spring to host "Seven Up"

The Pastors Aide Auxiliary of Crystal Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 4754 Blue Banks Loop Road in Leland, invites everyone to the their “Seven-Up” program at 6 pm. Saturday, Jan. 19, featuring various speakers from surrounding churches.