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Religion

  • Religion briefs

    The Altermen and Julie to sing on Jan. 6
    Oak Grove Baptist Church on Holden Beach Road will host a gospel sing beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, featuring The Altermen and Julie gospel group. Everyone is invited.

  • Let’s begin the new year by hungering and thirsting for justice

    Whatever the reason, I have had young people on my mind for many days. Perhaps it is because my grandchildren have left the comparative ease of grammar school and are challenged by the demands of high school and college. Perhaps my optimism is waning and I desire a boost of hope and trust. Perhaps my reading of a book written by young adults has caused me to ponder the awesomeness of youthful zeal and ideals. In any event, they are on my mind.

  • Religion briefs

    Calvary welcomes new pastor
    Calvary Baptist Church will install the Rev. Joseph M. Needham as its new pastor on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at its
    10:45 a.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend the service. There will be nursery care provided.

  • Love is core of family life

    It has been nearly two weeks since news broke about the devastating carnage that took place in Sandy Hook, Conn.
    Words could not and cannot contain the heartbreak. Empathy was evident, but never sufficient. Compassion only created a deluge of tears. Silent shock provided a shield from a horror too pervasive to admit entry into our consciousness. The slaying of innocents, the slaughter of innocence, is too terrible an experience to voice.

  • Religion briefs

    Candlelight services set for Christmas Eve
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, will host four candlelight communion services on Christmas Eve.
    The 4 p.m. service in Murrow Hall is designed for family worship. There will also be a 6 p.m. service in Murrow Hall. The 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. services will be in the sanctuary.

  • What should we do this season? The command is clear

    Christmas Day is not so far away. Everyone is pulling at our heartstrings and our pocketbooks.
    Salvation Army buckets are omnipresent with expectantly smiling bell ringers at each spot. The needs are great everywhere. At the same time, department stores inundate us with ads for all sorts of goodies to buy, wrap and send. Spend, spend, spend is the cry. What should we do?

  • Religion briefs

    Christmas cantata set for Dec. 16
    The combined Chancel and Morning Glory choirs of Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street in Southport, invite all to their Christmas cantata at the 8 a.m. or 11 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary on Sunday, Dec. 16. Directed by Diane Kulp, the choirs will present Joseph Martin’s “Journey of Promises” with dramatic readings.

  • Homelessness is not somebody else’s problem

    I was invited to speak at the Hunger and Homeless Banquet sponsored by the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition, a group united in an effort to address, and hopefully resolve, the problem of hunger and homelessness in Brunswick County. My reaction was immediate and identified my surprise.
    “What do I know about homelessness?” The challenge I accepted was to talk about my ignorance and the accompanying call of Scripture that confronted me. So, I began to pray, ponder and write. This is an excerpt from what God gave me.

  • From a fishing boat to Main Street—church celebrates 50 years

    SHALLOTTE—It’s been more than 50 years since a preacher first pulled his boat over at the end of Gause Landing in Ocean Isle Beach to share a Sunday message.

    On Sunday, Dec. 2, St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church celebrated its 50th anniversary as a church that started underneath the live oak trees on Gause Landing.

  • Religion briefs

    Christmas open house set for Dec. 8
    Trinity United Methodist Church will host its annual Christmas open house for the community from 2:30-
    6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The church will open its historic sanctuary, decorated for Christmas, so all may enjoy its beauty. Refreshments will be served and a variety of musicians will provide entertainment during the afternoon. The adult handbell ringers will play traditional Christmas music at 2:30 p.m. Restrooms will be available for those on the Southport homes tour.