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Religion

  • 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.

  • To seek the signs of birth is to receive a gift of Christmas joy

    I remember the race to the tree on Christmas morning. It was exciting but sometimes disappointing.

  • Religion briefs

    Dinner benefits Room at the Inn
    Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039 Knights of Columbus will serve a beef stroganoff dinner for the benefit of the Room at the Inn, a new maternity and after-care facility that will be near Belmont Abbey College.
     The event will be from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Brendan the Navigator Church in Shallotte.
    The cost of the dinner is $13 per person in advance and $14 at the door.

  • Religion briefs

    Service schedule set for December
    Calabash Presbyterian Church has announced the following updated Christmas service schedule:
    Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. Christmas cantata; Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. communion, candlelight service; Dec. 25 at 9 a.m. Sunday worship service; and Jan. 1 at 9 a.m. Sunday worship service.

  • We are the many, we are not the few

    I received an email from a friend in New Jersey that contained a link to YouTube. I am rather circumspect regarding these kinds of things, but the sender usually has interesting sites for me to explore. So, I tuned in, and tuned into the message sung against a variety of backgrounds that gave historical reference to the need for people to speak out against injustice.
    As I listened to the words of the song, I felt the depth of feeling that accompanied it.

  • From dire expectation to dynamic expectancy, life is a waiting game

    One of the most difficult tasks a human being can assume is the job of learning how to wait patiently and optimistically. The cartoon figure of a father-to-be pacing nervously up and down a hospital hall while awaiting the arrival of his firstborn always brings a knowing smile. It seems the anxiety and expectation can never be exaggerated.
    We wait for babies to smile, talk, crawl and walk. We watch and wait as they grow into toddlers, preschoolers, and onward through their adolescence into a companionable adulthood. In the process, our lives entwine and sometimes entangle.

  • Religion briefs

    Piano Man plays Dec. 20
    Tim Buie, the Piano Man, will appear in a benefit concert at Mount Gilead Baptist Church for one night only at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.
    Come hear classic carols and hymn to fill your holiday with joy. This is a free concert and a love offering will be taken to benefit
    the church. For more information or directions, call Ed Millinor at 409-0189.
    Mount Gilead Baptist Church is at 5420 Ocean Hwy. East in Winnabow, just past mile marker 33 N. on U.S. 17.

  • Religion briefs

    Church plans special service
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church of America, 237 Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community) will have a “100 Women in Hats” service at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Everyone is welcome to come out and share in this service.
    Guest speaker will be the Rev. Kimberly Walker, associate minister of Mount Calvary AME Church in Navassa. For more information, call 253-7879 or 231-3089.

  • Misty water-colored memories are the scattered pictures of the way we were

    A neighbor and new dear friend gave Hubby Dear a marvelous book that featured tales of the rural South, as spoken by those who lived in the early years when refrigerators and stoves, washers and dryers, microwaves and toasters were non-existent.