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Religion

  • To be unbroken, one must first experience brokenness

    Hubby Dear gasped as he watched me turn page after page of Lauren Hillebrand’s book, “Unbroken.”
    My interest was unending and consuming. I had enjoyed her first work, “Seabiscuit,” but this one had me spellbound and deeply saddened. I was totally unaware of the atrocities endured by the POWs during World War II. My respect for and admiration of the veterans of that, and other wars, deepened exponentially.

  • Religion briefs

    Fall festival is Oct. 20
    Sonrise Baptist Church, 8375 River Road SE in Southport, will have its fall festival from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. It will be a day of fun for the whole family, filled with games, prizes, food, hayrides, a cakewalk and a moonwalk with a slide.
    Bethel homecoming planned for Oct. 14
    Bethel United Methodist Church in Bolivia will have its annual homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 14, beginning with special services and music at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Murphy is pastor. Food and fellowship will follow the services.

  • As we become ‘hearing-impaired,’ to listen is to be silent

    We were chattering away, enjoying each other’s company and eager to share news, views, opinions, challenges and comfort. It was our weekly meeting to search the Scriptures for the word, or words, God had for each of us.
    The session was to begin with prayer at 9:30 in the morning. It never did. Always, there was the pre-study gathering time, time to renew ourselves as we reviewed the events of the previous week. We arrived separately to become community. We needed time and space before we could gather ourselves into the uniqueness of the group.

  • Needlers donate quilts

    Saint Peter Needlers from Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southport recently donated 10 large lap quilts they had knitted and crocheted for patients at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.
    In 2007, the Needlers (Liz Villadsen, Irene Hennessey and Lois Beddard) began knitting and crocheting squares to make lap robes or lapghans for organizations that help others.

  • Religion briefs

    Lobster sale is Oct. 20
    St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church will have its 22nd annual lobster sale on Saturday, Oct. 20. The lobsters are shipped directly from Maine and arrive the morning of the sale. Lobsters will be sold live, cooked or in boxes of frozen tails.
    As in previous years, lobsters must be ordered in advance. Prices are lower this year due to a higher-than-average catch. Order forms may be picked up at the church at 4941 Main St. in Shallotte, or they may be requested by calling the church at 754-9313.

  • Celebration supports projects for the needy

    A Celebration of God’s Abundance took place on Sept. 23 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach.
    The morning started when the Rev. Roy A Maack, a guest preacher from the Food for the Poor ministry, a gospel-based ministry that serves the poorest of the poor in 16 Latin American countries by raising orphans in Christian homes, digging wells, building homes, feeding the hungry and helping the elderly.
    His sermon was followed by a light lunch, giving everyone the opportunity to support a free-will offering that will be given to his ministry.

  • We are always beginning to live, but are never living

    “We are always beginning to live,” the Roman poet Manilius wrote in the first century, “but are never living.”
    Joan Chittister adds, “We are always becoming, never at any given moment totally and finally complete.”

  • Religion briefs

    Oktoberfest dinner set for Oct. 13
    The Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039 will serve a traditional Oktoberfest dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Saint Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte.
    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds from this dinner will help to fight breast cancer. Cost is $15/person. Dine in or take-out is available.

  • Blood drive set for Sept. 29

    Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood. The Point Church at 324 Village Road NE in Leland is helping make sure that blood is available by sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
    In addition to the blood drive, family entertainment will also be provided, such as a moon bounce, face painting and other children’s games. Free hotdogs and beverages will be served.
    To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 399-3704.

  • Going to other churches: Is it a sin or a means of salvation?

    My age gives me a different perspective, hopefully a vantage point in considering attendance and participation in worship at churches other than my own Roman Catholic liturgy.
    In my youth, before the exploding Spirit of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council opened windows of grace, I was carefully and woefully taught that all denominations beyond my own were to be respected, but no participation in them or with them would be allowed or acceptable.