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Sermon will cite ‘The Apprentice Matthew’
“The Apprentice Matthew” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
Based on scripture from Matthew 9:9-13, this is the first in a sermon series titled “The Apprentice,” based on the TV series, a look at some of the followers of Jesus.
Four worship services will be available: a casual service at 8 a.m., contemporary services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in Murrow Hall will have music by Promise, the Trinity worship band.
Nursery care is provided at all services. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and children’s church is at 11 a.m. For more information, call 457-6633 or visit its website at SouthportTrinity.org.

Revival services set for Feb. 26-29
Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road in Supply, will have revival services Feb. 26-29. The services will begin at 7 p.m. each night.
Sunday, Feb. 26, will be a night of praise and worship featuring the gospel choir of Methodist University. The Rev. Dennis Goodwin will bring the evening message on Monday, Feb. 27, and the Rev. Goodwin will be at Sharon United through Wednesday, Feb. 29. Other special musical guests will be Promise from Trinity UMC on Monday evening, the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church choir on Tuesday and the Sharon Youth Praise Band on Wednesday.
The Rev. Goodwin is the district superintendent for the New Bern District of the North Carolina Annual Conference, with more than 35 years of pastoral experience. He served as a brigade chaplain for the 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team in Iraq and is a colonel with the U.S. Army Reserves, assigned to the Pentagon.

New pastor to be installed Feb. 26
The Rev. Rudy Ramphal will be installed as the new senior pastor at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church, 1672 Mount Pisgah Road SW (intersection of Holden Beach Road and N.C. 130), on Sunday, Feb. 26. Past members, as well as members of the community, are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. service. There will be a covered dish dinner following the service. All are invited to join in celebrating this event. Those attending the dinner can bring a dish to pass, but it is not necessary. For more information, call the church at 842-8969 between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Youth rally will
provide praise, music
The sixth annual Walk the Walk Youth Rally will be March 17 at First Baptist Church, 4486 Main St. in Shallotte. Guest speaker will be Jason McLeod. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Praise and worship music provided by local bands. There will also be pizza and door prizes.
St. Luke Lutheran plans Lenten services
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach, has released the following schedule for Lenten services for February and March:
•Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.: Ash Wednesday services with the Imposition of Ashes.
•Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 5:15 p.m.: Lenten supper followed by prayer at the close of the day service at 6 p.m.
•Friday, March 2, at 11 a.m.: World Day of Prayer at Camp United Methodist Church.
•Wednesday, March 7, at 5:15 p.m.: Lenten supper followed by prayer at the close of the day services at 6 p.m.
•Wednesday, March 14, at 5:15 p.m.: Lenten supper followed by prayer at the close of the day services at 6 p.m.
•Wednesday, March 21: St. Luke will host the Greater Shallotte Ecumenical Lenten luncheon. There will not be any night meal or service at St. Luke this night.
•Sunday, March 25, at 10 a.m.: Easter music program.
•Wednesday, March 28, at 5:15 p.m.: Lenten supper followed by prayer at the close of the day services at 6 p.m.
Celebration Choir
to sing Feb. 26
The Wilmington Celebration Choir will appear in concert, along with the Pillar Ensemble, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church. Visit www.oceandrivechurch.org for more information.
Cover art sought
for Little River book
The Lightkeepers Sunday school class of the Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., is nearing completion of a hardcover coffee table book titled, “The Spirit of Little River.”
The book includes history, tales, trivia and many photographs. It also includes input from celebrity Vanna White, Sen. Dick Elliott, local publisher Polly Lowman, famed photographer Jack Thompson, Jennifer Walters of the Little River Chamber of Commerce, and Jeanne Todd, director of the North Myrtle Beach museum.
The church needs a cover for the book and is seeking submissions from local artists and photographers. The cover may be any medium of illustrated artwork, or a photograph that depicts the Little River area. The contest is open to everyone. Submissions must be color photocopies of original artwork and/or photographs, not previously published, and must be submitted by the owner of such work. The published book format will be approximately 9-inches by 11.5-inches wide.
Cover artwork entries my be dropped by the church office, or mailed to: Little River United Methodist Church, Attn: Lightkeepers Book Art Contest, 1629 U.S. 17, PO Box 160, Little River, SC 29566.
The cover will be chosen by members of the Lightkeepers Sunday school class, and all entries must be received by March 31. The winning entrant gets bragging rights, five free copies of the book and a $100 gift card.
All proceeds from the sale of the book go toward the newly built LRUMC Life Center, a modern facility with a stage, sound and lighting system, and food service area. The Life Center is open and available to the community, and is already being utilized by a variety of local clubs and organizations.