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Religion

  • 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

  • It’s not easy to enter darkness to see a great light

    It’s true. I love hearing a good story. I love to tell a good story. If exaggeration will assist in the hearing and telling, I’ll use it; however, this is more than narrating a saga to regale an audience. It’s more than my causing amusement, laughter and distraction from our daily doings. It’s more than adding spice to a mundane routine. This is the stuff of life that causes one to stop, really stop and smell the roses in our everyday bouquet of life.

  • It’s crucial to give ourselves time to say goodbye

    As my fingers fly over my computer keyboard, I think about Alice in Wonderland and her encounter with the White Rabbit who has no time to say hello, goodbye. He’s in a stew because he is running late for a very important date.