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Religion

  • 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.

  • We are embraced by grace that comes along with tough times

    The announcement was made. Life’s die had been cast. No one could have predicted it. None expected it. The coach was leaving town. He didn’t want to go. His family was not happy about it. Farewell was not in their present vocabulary. Yet, go he must. Finances were tight. His decision was based on economy, not desire.

  • Religion briefs

    Summer programs offered for children
    Children in the community are invited to participate in five summer children’s programs at Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 North in Little River, S.C.
    Pre-registration required. All registration forms and permission forms are available online at LRUMC.net or in the church education office. Full and half-scholarships are available. Call the education office for more information at (843) 249-2329. Limited openings are available.

  • It only takes one person to bravely start the dance

    Occasionally, to give myself a treat and a smile of delight, if not an outright guffaw, I click on YouTube.