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Religion

  • A totally tasted life demands complete commitment

    School days have begun. Teams have been practicing for the season’s sports. Volunteers are already in place to assist teachers and students with their tasks.
    Parents sigh with the mixed feelings of relief that routine has returned and sadness that their offspring will again be absent from their gaze.
    There is both a sense of eagerness in the air and one of dismay that vacation has ended. The ease of summer’s less scheduled, perhaps unscheduled, life has morphed into a continuing challenge of marked time, an ongoing impulsion to learn and grow.

  • Religion briefs

    Southern gospel singing set for Sept. 14
    The Southport Senior Center, 1531 N. Howe St. in Southport, will feature Southern gospel singing from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, featuring The Baumans, The Bradleys, The Glory Girls, Don and Beth Bowen and Betty Moore.
    Come out and enjoy some good old-fashioned Southern gospel singing.

  • Riding the bus with religious sisters is an adventure

    Lacking the first three years of my existence, I have been in contact with and influenced by religious sisters all of my life.
    From pre-kindergarten days through graduate school and beyond, religious sisters from various congregations and orders have carved a niche in my heart. That makes 72 years and counting. It was, and continues to be, a time of learning and loving.
    They were women of all stripes. Some were kind, wise, and compassionately understanding. Others were taskmistresses who raised the bar quite high and expected us to aim at it, reach, and exceed it.

  • Religion briefs

    Gospel Jubilee planned for Sept. 14
    Plan to attend the Brunswick Gospel Jubilee at
    7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Unity Worship Center, 1119 Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte. For more information, call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

  • Getting to know someone takes a lifetime, day by day

    Back in the days of my youth, I’d sit at the piano and pick out tunes from musicals I loved. It was my rebellion from the requisite scales and serious music demanded by my teacher.
    Despite years of study, I never could achieve a degree of comfort or excellence with this musical instrument. At the same time, I yearned to be able to sing and play the songs I loved. So, I plunked myself down on the piano bench, oblivious to any possible audience and heedless of my own lack of talent.

  • Religion briefs

    Youth Day celebration set for Aug. 19
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will observe its annual Youth Day celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The Rev. Rodnisha Gore of Fayetteville, formerly of Longwood, will be the guest speaker for this service.
    For more information, call (910) 231-3170.
    Raleigh Ringers to perform at Seaside UMC
    The Raleigh Ringers, a world-renowned handbell choir, is scheduled to perform in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Seaside UMC in Sunset Beach.

  • Hope for the world exists in our younger generation

    The phone rang. Good news was announced. Our eldest granddaughter would be arriving for a weeklong visit with her grandparents, the old folks.
    Long ago, we had established the definition of visiting versus vacationing. When a grandchild visits, it would be customary to do what the grandparents do. Vacationing with them is to do what you wish to do.

  • Religion briefs

    Comfort Socks to host afternoon of entertainment
    Comfort Socks invites everyone to share an afternoon of entertainment, based on compassion, on Saturday, Aug. 4, at New Life Christian Fellowship, 2162 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.
    Doors will open about 1:45 p.m. and admission is free. There are about 100 seats available, so admission will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. A love offering to benefit Comfort Socks will take place.

  • Diamond in the rough: There is a distinct joy in being different

    At a recent memorial service, the pastor depicted the ambivalent joy that emerged in his life because of his friendship with a parishioner who was, most assuredly, different.
    It was not that she lacked physical ability or intellectual acumen. Her “difference” was she fearlessly spoke her mind when others might well have kept fearfully silent. She voiced her opinion in person, via email, by phone conversation, whenever and wherever she felt necessary.

  • Religion briefs

    New Ebenezer to have Bible School
    Bishop Ronnie McCray, pastor, and New Ebenezer Faith Ministries, 1705 Southport-Supply Road in Bolivia, will host vacation Bible school nightly at 6 p.m. July 23-27. This year’s theme is “Bible Boot Camp: The Armor of God.”