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Gospel sing is Nov. 4
Oak Grove Baptist Church on Holden Beach Road will host a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Special guests will be the River Town Boys from Conway, S.C. Everyone is invited.

Celebration set for Nov. 17
Sons of God will celebrate its second anniversary at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hooper’s Chapel in Leland. Come celebrate with us.

Knights to host dinner Nov. 10
Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039 Knights of Columbus will servw a chicken cacciatore for the benefit of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Wounded Warrior Project from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Saint Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte. The event is open to everyone.
The menu will consist of a green salad, chicken cacciatore over linguine, zucchini, fresh baked Italian bread and pineapple upside-down cake. Cost of the dinner is $13 a person. Dine in or take-out is available.
The M.O.P.H. Wounded Warrior Project raises money to provide transportation for wounded service men to return home for the holidays.

Fall festival is Nov. 3
Trinity United Methodist Church, 209. E. Nash St. in Southport, will have its annual fall festival from 8 a.m.-
1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.
The day will begin with a yard sale sponsored by United Methodist Youth Fellowship on the lawn. Breakfast sandwiches and coffee will be served in Murrow Hall. Inside, the feature of the day will be the cookie walk, where homemade holiday cookies can be purchased by the pound. A bake sale will allow everyone to stock up on pies, breads, pound cake, muffins, coffee cake, cupcakes, brownies and candy in time for the approaching holidays.
A new-to-you jewelry boutique will feature rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and watches, A new booth, called The Accessories Corner, will feature gently used handbags, scarves, hats and belts. Gift items will be available including paintings, wooden turkeys, Rada knives and cutlery, and Trinity shirts. There will also be an opportunity to own two handmade quilts. Children will be kept busy with a variety of activities.
From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., a luncheon of chili and cornbread will be featured. All proceeds will benefit mission projects for women and children.

Winter night sheltering program begins Nov. 1
Officials with Brunswick County Streetreach (BCSTR) have announced they will push to take the lead role in planning, implementing and seeking emergency overnight shelter for Brunswick’s homeless this winter season. The officials feel this is a social issue that should be addressed by the area churches and ministries.
For the past year, BCSTR has taken the lead and worked with interfaith ministries in seeking temporary and permanent housing for homeless people in the Brunswick County area.
“Making decisions about who could enter the shelter last winter season and who could not was an excruciating task,” said Garry Phelps of BCSTR. “It was essential for the sheltering sites to help anyone who needed help and last season the emphasis was on a warm meal and a safe cot for the night.”
“This year, our program is expanding. We are pursuing to fight for justice and be a voice for the homeless. We also feel it is a natural fit for Building Hope Ministries and BCSTR, as Building Hope Ministries has been working hands-on with the homeless in our county for more than four years,” said the Rev. Donna Phelps, the group’s executive director. “We have the experience and we have the people with the know-how. We know where they are located and how to draw them out. We have a good resource system in place. We know what to expect and we have a broad trained volunteer base.”
The Interfaith Winter Nights Program was able to provide services to more than 120 people in the last year. Now the churches are gearing up for this winter sheltering season.
“We are all excited, however transportation from host site to host site remains a major problem,” Donna Phelps said. “We do not want to up-root these individuals from their families and schools and continue to transport them to other shelters in the surrounding counties. This is unfair to the other counties involved.”
BCSTR members know affordable permanent housing is the greatest need, but recognize emergency sheltering is also necessary in helping these individuals become productive citizens again. The organization recognizes it is not a solution to the homeless issue, but it is a start. Members want to encourage all churches, social service agencies, law enforcement and others to utilize the services that are provided by the Interfaith Winter Nights Program.
The officials with the organization believe there are many benefits for the community to use the program, such as saving law enforcement from locking up the homeless needlessly, which costs the tax payers needless monies, by saving tithes in the churches from being used on needless motel vouchers and meals, to relieve other agencies from duplicating services, by providing an extra safety net for those struggling in poverty, and for the betterment of all involve.
A schedule of the church host sites for the winter is listed at www.bcstreetreach.org. The 24-hour homeless hotline number is 842-2711.

Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week begins
Join the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition (BCHC) and participate in National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week
Nov. 10-18. Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW (N.C. 904) in Sunset Beach, will host a Hunger and Homeless Banquet from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 10.
Scheduled to appear are Fran Salone-Pelletier, religion columnist, Brunswick Beacon; Joyce Beatty, executive director of Student Support Services, Brunswick County School System; Donna Phelps, Brunswick County Streetreach, Interfaith Night Shelter Program; and Brent Tyndall, musician and song writer.
Display information will be available about services/resources in Brunswick County and volunteer opportunities. Tables will be provided for vendor use. Please bring your own signage. All groups participating in the program will be identified as partners in this event. If interested in setting up a display table, contact Barbara Serafin at 575-6825 or Rita Canfield at 287-6649 or email bchcrt@gmail.com.

Sermon set for Nov. 4
“Santo Subito” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
Based on scripture from Ephesians 1:11-23, the focus will be on All Saints Sunday and feature communion at all services. 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 Praise, the worship band.
Nursery care is available at all services. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. and children’s church is at 1
1 a.m. in the Kids Zone. For more information, visit the church website at SouthportTrinity.org or call 457-6633.

Men’s conference set for Nov. 3 at BCC
Little Macedonia Baptist Church in Supply will host a men’s conference/banquet, “Mighty Men of Valor,” at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at Brunswick Community College Student Center in Supply. Guest speaker will be the Rev. James B. Leonard of Mount Zion AME Church in Little River, S.C. Tickets are $15. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (910) 465-8016.