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Religion

  • The whole world awaits Mary’s yes; it’s also our Christmas gift to a wounded world awaiting the birth of newness

    Many years ago, an abbot named Bernard of Clairvaux offered a homily in praise of the Virgin Mary. His presentation focused on the importance, the crucial nature, of Mary’s response and he positioned it within a framework of a waiting world, a universe living in anticipation of her response and hoping it will be a positive one.

  • Religion briefs

    Free hot Christmas meal

    Faith Building Missions will pass out hot Christmas meals from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, in Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The group will also give away free socks while supplies last. The group is prepared to feed 2,000 people but it needs help with distribution, as they don’t have the capacity to deliver meals. 

    Anyone wishing to volunteer to deliver may call Dean Siler at 755-6888. Anyone in need of a free meal on Christmas Day is invited to attend.

  • It’s an experience of a lifetime to be ’Grandpa to a Children’s Village’

    I love listening to the segment on NBC Nightly News that features people who make a difference. It is so uplifting to learn of good news in the midst of all the horrors, disasters and sadness that assault our senses, dampen spirits and cause discouragement. 

  • Church launches ministry outreach programs

    Several months ago, members of St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Shallotte began looking at ways to use an available room for outreach to the local community. Forming a committee to examine various methods, their work culminated in the establishment of a multi-faceted Neighbor To Neighbor Program.

    On a cold and blustery Dec. 7, they cut the ribbon to open the doors of this parish program that conducts three Community Outreach projects: Coat Closet, Orthopedic Equipment Lending Closet and a Benefit Bank.

  • Church launches ministry outreach programs

    Several months ago, members of St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Shallotte began looking at ways to use an available room for outreach to the local community. Forming a committee to examine various methods, their work culminated in the establishment of a multi-faceted Neighbor To Neighbor Program.

    On a cold and blustery Dec. 7, they cut the ribbon to open the doors of this parish program that conducts three Community Outreach projects: Coat Closet, Orthopedic Equipment Lending Closet and a Benefit Bank.

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC plans services

    On Sunday, Dec. 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ sermon on the fourth Sunday of Advent will be “Average Joe?” based on scripture from Matthew 1:18-25.

    The 8 a.m. casual service and the 11 a.m. traditional service will be in the sanctuary. Worship, the Trinity praise team, will lead the contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. in Murrow Hall. The Turning Pointe Worship Dancers will perform at all services.

  • Let’s take a new look at Christmas giving

    We’re nearly there. There’s a full-court press in the media urging folks to take advantage of deals and sales. It is an explicit and implicit statement that presents will somehow indicate presence. Gifts will be the overt expression of love. And, there is truth in it all...but not complete truth, not the fullness of reality. 

    Yes, giving is good for the giver and the receiver. The question is what do we wish to give, to leave, to offer as a lasting memory of our connectedness to each other, our love for each other? 

  • Religion briefs

    Cantata set for Dec. 12

    Calvary Baptist Church’s adult choir, under the direction of Kelly Page, will present its Christmas cantata, “The First Noel: A King is Born,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

    At 6 p.m. the children and youth will continue the Christmas celebration with music and drama, followed by a repeat performance of the Christmas cantata by the adult choir. Refreshments will be served following the evening performance.

    Church plans Christmas dinner

  • Waiting is difficult but rewarding; rely on your faithfulness

    Waiting is too hard to do. Yet, wait we do, on a daily basis. We wait for medical appointments. We wait in cashiers’ lines. We wait for delivery of purchases. We wait to heal from injuries and illnesses. We wait to hear good news and wait fearfully for the drop of the other shoe. We wait in anticipation as well as anxiety.

  • Church briefs

    Church plans Christmas cantata

    The Calvary Baptist Church’s adult choir, under the direction of Kelly Page, will present its Christmas cantata, “The First Noel: A King is Born,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

    At 6 p.m. the children and youth will continue the Christmas celebration with music and drama, followed by a repeat performance of the Christmas Cantata by the adult choir. 

    Refreshments will be served following the evening performance.

    Camp UMC to  have cantata