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Religion

  • Change is in the air and I am breathing deeply of its fragrance

    President Obama claims change as his policy for and promise to our nation. The seasons change quarterly. With incredible rapidity, impending drought changes to hazardous flood conditions. Election time draws near. Candidates cry out for change. Change governmental strategies, change political parties, change your voting process. Change and choose differently.

  • Religion briefs

    Friendship plans homecoming

    Friendship Baptist Church, 2546 Ash-Little River Road in Ash, will celebrate homecoming at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Dinner will be served following the service.

    Trinity UMC plans fall festival

    The annual fall festival at Trinity United Methodist Church, on the corner of Nash and Atlantic streets in Southport, will be from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

  • The church was alive with the sound of music

    It had rained with biblical proportions for days. Roads were washed out...yards were flooded. Pools of standing rain could be seen everywhere. Local meteorologists repeatedly urged people to refrain from using the highways and byways. The clarion call was “stay home.” However, a workshop and concert offered by an internationally renowned musician, liturgist and songwriter had long been planned and organized. 

  • Church briefs

    Concert set at Seaside UMC

    The Carolina Master Chorale, directed by Dr. Timothy Koch, will present its gala season opening concert program, “Ain’t It a Pretty Night…at the Opera,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

    Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

  • Spiritual reading is not simply limited to books

  • 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.