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Lenten lunch worship services begin Feb. 13
For Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent, a time of study, prayer, self-reflection and penitential acts in preparation for Easter.
To provide an opportunity for greater community readiness and awareness, the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association, an interdenominational group composed of local pastors, ministers and religious leaders, has announced its annual Lenten Luncheon Worship Services. These hour-long weekly devotions will begin at noon on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, and continue each Wednesday during Lent.
Member churches will take turns hosting these luncheons, which are open to the public. Lunch is served at noon and will be followed by a worship service of prayer, music and a short reflection.
This year’s theme for the six weeks of Lent is: “The Time is Now.” Each speaker will offer a meditation on the reality that now is the time in which to live in faith.
The first of these Lenten devotionals will be Feb. 13 at St. Luke Lutheran Church on U.S. 17. The Rev. Mary Jane Wilson-Parsons will invite all to learn that, “Now is the Time for Repentance.”
A love offering will be taken. All money collected will be given to the South Brunswick Interchurch Council, an ecumenical organization that serves the poor. All area residents and visitors are welcome.
Feb. 20 at St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church. L’Lena Holden will offer the message “Now Is The Time to be Prophetic.”
Feb. 27 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Henry Rehder will consider what it means to say “Now is the Time for Asking.”
March 6 at Seaside UMC (N.C. 904). Richard Vaughan will speak on “Now is the Time for Listening.”
March 13 at St. Brendan Roman Catholic Church. The Rev. Gary Lowe will present “Now Is The Time For Trusting.”
March 20 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, Fran Salone-Pelletier ends the series with “Now is the Time for Giving Thanks.”
The culmination of the planned ecumenical worship services will be the annual public walk of the Stations of the Cross beginning at noon on Good Friday, March 29.
The group will gather at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church on Main Street in Shallotte, proceed down Main Street, stopping at various spots to pray, and then return to St. James. A Good Friday service in the sanctuary will complete the event.
All are invited to participate in this experience of community prayer.

Church plans Eucharist service
Last Sunday of Epiphany will be celebrated at St. Philip’s Church, 205 E. Moore St. in Southport, on Feb. 10.
The Service of Holy Eucharist Rite II begins at
8 a.m. Christian education for youth and adults starts at 9:15 a.m. The Service of Holy Eucharist Rite II with music and choir, and a baptism, is at 10:30 a.m.
The traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the parish hall.
Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, will include the Service of Holy Eucharist and the imposition of ashes at two services at 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

West Virginians to sing at Calabash Presbyterian
The nationally recognized musical group, The West Virginians, of Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va., will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Calabash Presbyterian Church, 8820 Old Georgetown Road in Sunset Beach. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Now in their 35th year, The West Virginians are under the direction of Lauren Lindsey and serve as ambassadors for West Virginia. A love offering will be taken at the concert.

Old Shallotte Baptist plans song service
Old Shallotte Baptist Church, 394 Longwood Road NE in Grissettown, will present an evening of worship in song at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, featuring The Altarmen & Julie.
There is no admission fee.
For more information, call 279-2766. Cookies and beverages will be served after the event in the church fellowship hall.
The gospel group will debut their new CD, “Working on the Road,” which will be on sale, along with their other CDs.
Showers of Blessings every Monday
Need a meal? Need a shower? New Life Christian Fellowship can help with its Showers of Blessings program from 5-7 p.m. every Monday at 2162 Stone Chimney Road SW in Supply.
They work closely with BC Streetreach to provide anyone with shelter and a free meal for the night to anyone who needs it in the Brunswick County area from November through March.
Call Theresa Tese at 269-8577 for more information, if you need a ride or to volunteer service or a meal. Visit www.newlifecf.net.

Trinity UMC sets Sunday services
“Transforming My Experience,” based on scripture from Romans 5:1-5, will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
Traditional worship services will be at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary, and at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Murrow Hall, with music led by Worship, the praise band. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Childcare is available at all services.
For more information, visit the church website at SouthportTrinity.org or call 457-6633.