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Religion

  • Life and death are entwined at Ocean Isle Beach

    Dawn arrived clothed in a blanket of gray clouds and threatening skies. I wondered if the memorial service at Ocean Isle Beach would still happen.
    The question lingered in my mind as sadness gripped me. I wanted to cry, but couldn’t. I wished I had known the young woman who had died, but I didn’t. I only knew her mom. Sorrow at her loss gripped me though my tears remained unshed. Rain or shine, beach or church, Hubby Dear and I could do nothing but be present as companions at this time of unique heartache and grief.

  • Religion briefs

    Smoky Mountain Reunion to play May 19
    Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion from Bryson City will appear in concert at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
    Mount Olive Baptist Church is between Bolivia and Supply at the junction of U.S. 17 and Galloway Road at mile marker 24.
    Call the church office at 754-6808.

  • Mothers, God and other cornerstone questions

    My experience of motherhood, and I do not mean to limit that reality to the physical process of giving birth, certainly revolves about and evolves from questioning and being questioned. Memories of my earliest parenting days resound with interrogations. “Where are you?” “What are you doing?” “Have you washed your hands?” “Did you say ‘thank you’?” “What did you say???” I am sure that my children thought of me as the Grand Inquisitor.

  • Religion briefs

    Spring festival is set for May 5
    Lighthouse Pentecostal Church will host its annual community spring festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Southport ILA Hall, 211 West 10th St. in Southport. There will be nearly 25 arts and crafts displays, games for children and entertainment for all ages.

  • An ocean of wisdom is in the human expression of compassion

    A month or so ago, I landed in the hospital again. This time, thank God, it was a short stay and the pain level was far less severe. Nonetheless, the various procedures were scary. Old tapes played relentlessly in my head despite every effort I took to dismiss them. Unbidden tears coursed down my face when I heard the words IV, PICC line, CAT scan. Old, bad, experiences were conjured up. I was not a happy camper.

  • Religion briefs

    Women’s conference set for May 4-5
    New Beginnings Community Church, 730 Whiteville Road in Shallotte, will host a Women’s Conference, “Arise, O Daughter of Zion,” on Friday and Saturday, May 4-5. Speaker will be Dr. Kathy Bojanowski, worship leader Tina Sanchez and drama, the Rev. Diana Payne.
    Registration is $25 per person. For more information, call NBCC at 754-2987 or Donna Smith at 579 6853.

  • Leave a legacy and live in the hearts of those you love

    During the past few years, I have been asked when I’m going to write another book. Hard on the heels of that question came an unsolicited request. When you do, include your newspaper columns. Years ago, I was told I should write a book about the importance of leaving a legacy for future generations. As a friend of mine is wont to say, “I listened...and took it all seriously.”

  • Religion briefs

    Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 18
    Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha Shoah) will be hosted by the Chabad Academy at 2803 North Oak Street in N. Myrtle Beach, S.C., at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, with all local synagogues participating.
    The program will be “Children Remembering the Children of The Holocaust,” and will feature the Butterfly Museum, candle lighting, Psalms and prayers in Hebrew and English by local rabbis.

  • ‘Here I am, Lord,’ was the cry and response at area church

    Recently, I attended the installation of the Rev. Rudra Ramphal as senior pastor of Brunswick Islands Baptist Church. It was a double pleasure, since Rudy was one of my students when I taught at Brunswick Community College. He was an outstanding student, a young man whose interest and enthusiasm made teaching a joy. I have been following his career ever since, so I could not miss this climatic moment in his faith journey.

  • Religion briefs

    ‘Empowered’ sermon set for April 18
    At New Ebenezer Faith Ministries, 1705 Southport-Supply Road in Bolivia, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, Bishop Ronnie McCray, pastor, will speak on “Let’s Be Empowered Together—Fire Come Down From Heaven, Catch On Fire” Acts 2.
    The Rev. Kathy Moore of Greater Tabernacle Longwood will be guest minister. Greater Tabernacle Longwood will render musical services.
    Women’s Night of Ministry is April 19