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Religion

  • The chance and challenge of learning what love is all about

    They sit, husband and wife, intent on the songs and prayers of the worship service. I watch and see the grace of years spent together realized in his attentive gaze.
    He is wary and caring, knowing that his wife has entered a new place, a new space in life. She is also embraced by the arms of dementia.

  • We answer God’s call for giving—living with volunteerism

    For many people, retirement is volunteerism. Days and evenings are parceled into allotted timetables for civic or religious organizations, hobby groups of all sorts. Time, talents, energy, and finances are universally shared. Workshops are attended to attain more information to be distributed among all the organizations that have staked their claim on us. We feel both stretched and fulfilled, but also and often somewhat frazzled. One can almost hear the sighed statement: “It is better to give than to receive.”

  • A capella men’s group to visit Shallotte Aug. 12

    The Master’s Men, an all-male a cappella inspirational ensemble from Raleigh, will present “Songs of Faith” at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.
    Tickets are $10 and will be available beginning July 5 at the church office at 4807 Main St. in Shallotte from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday from the United Methodist Women or at the door, if available. Proceeds will support UMW missions, both locally and beyond. Call 754-4840.

  • This land is our land, including the huddled masses yearning

    It’s that time of year again. Flag Day and Memorial Day have come and gone. Banks are closed. Grills are fired up. Parades are planned. Fireworks will light up the night sky. A federal holiday is coming, allowing leisure to take precedence and allowing all the opportunity to celebrate and contemplate the reality that this land is our land. It’s nearly the Fourth of July.
    We have much to consider as citizens of this great nation. We have much to ponder when it comes to understanding independence as freedom, justice, mercy and compassion for all.

  • Religion briefs

    Cumming Brothers to sing June 24
    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will feature The Cumming Brothers of Bolton in concert at 6 p.m. June 24. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

  • An unexpected land of dreams can also be hard and cruel

    Perhaps some view movies that are not documentaries as interesting, but far from true. I do not. I see them as I see any art form, purveyors of truth clothed in fiction. I believe they hold verities that would make us cringe if they were presented as nonfiction. This is the case with the film, “A Better Life.”

  • Religion briefs

    Children’s camp begins June 13
    Strong in Grace Ministries at New Ebenezer Faith Ministries, 1705 Southport-Supply Road (N.C 211) in Bolivia, is sponsoring a children’s summer camp from June 13 through Aug. 17 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch is included. To register, call 253-0477.

  • Ordinary people live valorous, extraordinary lives

    Recently, I read Scott Turow’s novel, “Reversible Errors.” It’s not a book I found especially interesting, but one I labored to finish nonetheless. I am always certain there is some redemptive value, some phrase or thought that will provide fodder for meditation.
    Voila, I read a sentence that struck me. “People don’t think much about the valor of ordinary lives.”

  • Duo to entertain at summer music series

    The duo of Frank Bongiorno on alto saxophone and Robert Nathanson on classical guitar will perform as part of the St. Philip’s Summer Music Series in the sanctuary of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 205 East Moore St. in Southport, at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 17. The concert is free and the public is invited.

  • Religion briefs

    Vacation Bible school to be offered in Leland
    Crystal Spring Missionary Baptist Church, 4754 Blue Banks Loop Road in Leland, will host its annual Vacation Bible School from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, through Friday, June 15. Its goal is to reach the community, especially the youth, through Christian education and daily life experiences. Activities are planned for all ages.