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Religion

  • 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.

  • Getting the best buy is not always easy, but it’s worthwhile

    There were utterings and mutterings galore. It had continued for months. Hubby Dear was experiencing angst over the growing inadequacy of his hand-me-down desktop computer.

  • Does life give us meaning or do we give meaning to life?

    “Life does not give us meaning. Life has only the meaning we give it,” from Happiness by Joan Chittister (Eerdmans). That statement stopped me in my tracks.
    I put down the paper I was reading and began to think about those words, to view them while considering my own life. The new year is in its early stages. I still have time to review and renew my understanding of life and the meaning I give it. I still have the opportunity to discern who I might be and become this year and what I might do differently, as a result.

  • To believe in the unbelievable is a testimony of trust

    Incredible! Awesome! Wonderful! Amazing! Wow! How often have we said, or heard, those words used to describe what we can scarcely believe? We use them to chronicle our view of a spectacular sunrise or sunset, to relate the first stirrings of life in a woman’s womb, to comment on the many experiences for which words seem inadequate.

  • Religion briefs

    Celebrate the new year
    Be a part of the New Year’s celebration at Sunset Beach Community Church, 1643 Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach (just behind Hardee’s) beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
    Join with other believers as we reflect on the blessings of 2011 and seek God’s will for 2012. Casual attire is acceptable. The Rev. Richard Farrand, pastor, will be officiating this special service. Communion will be shared.

  • Lord, that we might see: a resolution that entails revolution

    It’s that time again. We are on the cusp of a new year. Resolutions hang in the air, ready to be made or ignored, to view as enjoyment or annoyance. One of my siblings recently wrote that she was eager to see the end of 2011 with all its downers, illness, death, accidents, financial worries and more. She anticipated a new start with a new year. It was off with the old and on with the new.