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Religion

  • God’s unexpected presence is found in surprising encounters

    I recently received a copy of “Unexpected Presence: Twelve Surprising Encounters With The Divine Spirit,” edited by David Fortier. Usually, I find a series of this sort interesting but not particularly inspiring or moving. I prefer a single author and a longer, more detailed account that unfolds more elaborately…a novel versus short stories.
    This book proved to be an exception to that rule. The contents of each tale intrigued me and caused me to meditate on times when I had experienced the unexpected presence of God, a surprise of time, place and people.

  • Religion briefs

    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.

  • Finding gaps that threaten our wholeness—and closing them

    I was born and reared in New England at a time when denominations did not mix and the word ecumenism was not in the dictionary.
    If it was, no one mentioned it. Interfaith dialogue was equally foreign. We all remained firmly ensconced in our own enclaves, fortified by our particular code, creed and cult.
    It was understandable I had never heard the phrase, “stand in the gap.” Never heard it, that is, until I moved south.

  • Religion briefs

    Fall craft fair and lunch set for Nov. 3
    Calabash Presbyterian Church will host a fall craft fair in its fellowship hall at 8820 Old Georgetown Road in Sunset Beach from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. The event will feature handcrafted fall and Christmas items, homemade baked goods. Lunch will be available. Come and get started on Christmas shopping at the CPC fall craft fair.

  • Brunswick County is called to take care of our own

    I am not an advocate of early morning meetings. I understand their necessity for those who are working or have heavy schedules, but I am simply less than functional in the early hours of the day.
    So, it was with some degree of reluctance, if not mixed emotions, that I accepted an invitation for Hubby Dear and me to attend a breakfast event hosted by Brunswick Family Assistance.
    H.D. asked his usual questions: “Why were we invited?” “What’s it all about, anyway?” “Who’s going to be there?”

  • Students compete in Bible Quiz Bowl

    SOC (Save Our Community) conducted its fifth Youth Bible Quiz Bowl on Sept. 29 at First Baptist Church in Southport. The program opened with the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” with deacon Norman Jones serving as master of ceremonies.

  • Religion briefs

    Coat closet to open Oct. 23, seeks coats
    The St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church’s Neighbor to Neighbor Coat Closet Outreach program will open Tuesday,
    Oct. 23. Hours will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.
    Donations of warm, gently used adult and children’s coats will be accepted. Vouchers will be needed in order to receive a coat. Make arrangements by calling the church office at 754-9313.

  • 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.