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Religion

  • Church briefs

    Blessing of the animals set

    Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main St. in Shallotte, will offer a service for the blessing of animals at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

    This ceremony commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who was born on Oct. 4. He was known for showing compassion toward all living things.

  • Who is waiting at the gate of our affluence?

    Whenever I read the prophet Amos, especially in company with the story of the rich man and Lazarus told in the gospel according to Luke, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Sadness competes with guilt; denial with disgust. It is all too clear to me I am the rich one who is being referenced. My dress may not be splendid nor colored purple, but I want for nothing. Some, especially my husband, would say that my meals are not visual feasts; however they are both filling and abundant. 

  • Church briefs

    Church sponsors faith, music cruise

    Faith Building Missions is sponsoring a faith and music cruise for June 20-24, 2011.

    Enjoy a four-day excursion on a Royal Caribbean luxury liner to Nassau, Bahamas. Relax and enjoy a great time of bonding and encouragement joining other Christians in hearing speakers and worship bands.

  • To practice religion is to engage with inconvenient truth

    In 2006, a documentary film, “Inconvenient Truth,” was presented at the Sundance Film Festival. To date, its message about global warming and the effects of climate change is both upsetting and challenging. It continues to be alternately accepted and denied as inconvenient truth. 

  • Blessings come in all sizes and shapes

    John O’Donahue wrote, “There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect...something instinctive in us expects it.” His words brought me up short. It is not that I disbelieve what he stated. It is that I am often unaware of the blessings I have received in places I least expect.

  • Church briefs

    Gospel jubilee set

    The Winnabow Gospel Jubilee will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Zion Baptist Church, N.C. 130 West in Ash. This is a free event.

    For those interested in singing or more information, call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

    Ladner to lead prayers

    Betty Ladner will be ministering prayer for the sick, jobless and those with addictions at Community Chapel, 569 Holden Beach Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17.

  • What a wonderful life: Make way for a gal from Grissettown

    The phone rang, jarring me from my typical summer mid-afternoon reverie, also known as a reviving nap. Without caller ID, I responded generically to the cheery, “Hi, how are you?” Thankfully, the woman at the other end of the phone mentioned her name. 

    “This is Lottie Howard. Are you busy on Sunday? I’m calling to ask you to come to the celebration of our 60th wedding anniversary...a year and two days late. Everyone will be there. Just come any time from noon to 5 p.m.”

  • It’s an elusive reality: What is the purpose of wealth?

    Wealth is an elusive reality. Typically, we think of folks with mega millions disclosed in a variety of homes, yachts, lavish vacations and lifestyles that defy description. We may also conjure images of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett and others of their ilk. More familiarly, the names of local philanthropists emerge, both with a smile and a tiny bit of envy or even rancor. 

  • Who is God and is God behind the big blue sky?

      Renowned religious educator Dolores Curran often commented: “We teach too much too soon and too little too late.” 

    She was referring to the ways in which we adults tried to pass on our faith, our beliefs, our denominational creeds to children and, by contrast, the methods we used to teach adults. 

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC sets services

    On Sunday, Aug. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, the Rev. Gary Albertson’s sermon will be “Attitude: Sweet and Sour.”