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Religion

  • Religion briefs

    Black History to be celebrated Feb. 18
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237 Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will host a Black History celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, featuring keynote speaker Nicole Williams. The theme will be “Lift Every Voice.” Local music groups will also be performing.
    There will be a special missionary service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, with guests the Rev. Angela Collins and Price Cathedral AME Zion Church in Wilmington. For more information, call 763-2282.

  • Have you a clue that God winks at you every day?

    Coincidence? Providence? Is there a difference? In my view, providence is the road taken. It is also the road not taken. Everything in life is providential, if our perspective is divine and if we give ourselves time to look, see, hear and receive God’s voice.
    A friend thought I’d enjoy reading a book she recently acquired. Its title is intriguing: “When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence,” written by Squire Rushnell. She told me the book shouted out at her because her life is one big God wink.

  • Carpe diem: The live poets’ society, Poetry Revisited

    Having read the announcement in the Beacon and knowing the facilitator of the group made me curious and eager to attend. Its name, Poetry Revisited, is a bit of an affirmation of poetry, as well as another look at the individual writing presented by the participants.
    However, my intrigue leads me to offer another description. In my mind’s eye, I see a gathering of folks who have embraced the concept of carpe diem. They are seizing the day as live poets willing to put their life experiences into poetic words.

  • Religion briefs

    Shrove Tuesday pancake supper is Feb. 21
    The Family Life Center, 1629 U.S. 17 North in Little River, S.C., will host a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and Mardi Gras from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21.
    Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, games, fun and fellowship. Cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12 years of age. This event is sponsored by SPARK Youth Ministry.

  • When did I see you? Many depend on the generosity of others

    The January meeting of the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association began with a bang. It wasn’t the sound of a gavel calling all to order, nor a fireworks display that announced the beginning of a new year.
    It was a summons to discipleship given by two guest speakers. The message was not a novel one, but it was an entreaty begging for awareness and response. It was an appeal for us to open our eyes, ears, minds and hearts to the plight of the needy, from hungry schoolchildren to beleaguered seniors.

  • Religion briefs

    Life groups are forming for everyone
    Freedom Outreach Center, 1790 Oxpen Road in Supply, is now organizing Life Groups for the first semester (January-April).
    Life Groups are for everyone, including young married couples with children, women, men, young adults, retirees or a mixture of people.
    A Life Group is a group of three to 15 people and can meet anywhere. It is particularly important with our busy lifestyles to make time with other believers to learn about God’s Word, pray, share a meal, or fellowship, organizers say.

  • Religion briefs

    Gospel jubilee set
    Grace Baptist Church, 340 Mulberry St. in Shallotte, will host Brunswick Gospel Jubilee at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. For more information or directions, call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

    New Hope Singers set for Jan.29
    The Rev. Richard Bradley and the congregation of Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 5420 Ocean Hwy. E. in Winnabow, will welcome the New Hope Singers from Bolton at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. All are welcome to attend and enjoy this gospel group. Call 253-9169.

  • Save Our Community has 20th Emancipation Day

    The Save Our Community (SOC) organization of Southport hosted its 20th annual Emancipation Day program at Mount Carmel AME Church on Dec. 31, 2011.
    Norman Jones, master of ceremonies, opened the program by asking the audience to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Joshua Carter of Friendship Baptist read the Scripture (Exodus 3:7-12); Christina Brown of Friendship Baptist prayed; and DeMarcus Steward of Mount Carmel AME gave the welcome. Aljean Cromartie of First Baptist reviewed the five original objectives of the organization.

  • God’s prayer service is our spiritual global positioning system

    There have been many conversations in our household regarding the potential purchase of GPS to assist us on our various journeys around town and far away.
    We have heard the pros and cons. We have contemplated the need, vis-à-vis the “old fashioned” map reading, noting the “mayhem” component presented in the television ads offered by an insurance company was not helpful. It only identified the anxiety of technology gone awry.

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC plans Sunday services
    “Bullied” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Four worship services will be available: a casual service at 8 a.m., contemporary services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in Murrow Hall will have music by Promise, the Trinity worship band.