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  • Church briefs

    Jennies Branch plans fall festival

    The fall festival at Jennies Branch Baptist Church will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4.

    On Friday, there will be a yard sale and many craft items will be available.

    On Saturday, there will be traditional foods of mullet baked on a cedar stick, coleslaw, baked beans, sweet potatoes, bread and barbecue.

  • Life and death are adventures of the heart

    My friend has died. I wrote about her not so long ago. I mentioned she was a woman who decided, on a daily basis, to live until she died.

    She was a woman who constantly and consistently chose life. Now, she has life in the full and forever.

    The news did not come as a shock since she had been battling cancer for the past five years. There were no tears to mark a tragic event or wringing of hands in anguish or denial, but it was still a moment of quiet sadness.

  • Church briefs

    Homecoming, revival set

    Beulah Baptist Church, 670 Hickman Road NW in Calabash, will have homecoming and revival beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

    Revival will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. each evening.

    The Rev. Bill McNeil of Supply Baptist Church will be the guest speaker.

    There will be special music at each service.

    Chapel sets service

    Ocean Isle Beach Chapel will have services at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the chapel, 4 West Third St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Minister is the Rev. John Chase of Beach Assembly of God.

  • When hearing fails, it becomes a family issue

    Our trek to the audiologist became an interesting venture. It revealed the tip of a huge iceberg called: “Can you hear me now?” Actually, “Are you listening, pretending or truly unable to understand my words?”

    Obviously, there had been an ongoing discussion as I tried to ferret out the truth behind the questions and their accompanying responses, or lack thereof.

  • Church briefs

    Choir festival practices begin

    Plans for the 2008 Brunswick Ecumenical Choir Festival are in place. The concert will be Nov. 2 at Calabash Presbyterian Church.

    Practices are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. every Sunday evening beginning Sept. 14 at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4941 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Practices were earlier incorrectly reported as being on Wednesdays.

    Many churches in Brunswick County support this program, but individuals from any location or county are invited to participate.

    For more information, call Jane Keefer at 575-4196.

  • Even purple mittens can find their match

    My youngest sister is a trip. I guess the Southern expression that best describes her is: “She’s a mess!”

    Those are not demeaning words, but ones of smiling affection, terms of endearment to capture the intoxicating delight one feels in her presence.

  • The peace of God can be found in life's darkest moments

    Why should I feel lonely?

    Why is it I do not feel at peace?

    These are questions everyone may ask from time to time, but this question is asked often by those who struggle with depression.

    Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, and being depressed doesn’t mean there is something in your life that is horrible. Sometimes depression is a chemical imbalance.

    If you are someone who struggles with depression, you are not alone.

    First, seek help from your doctor. When I was struggling with depression, this helped a lot.

  • Dream big and realize anything is possible

    The 29th Olympiad is over and everything can go back to normal again. Or can it? I’d even ask, should it?

    Is it a good thing to put an experience swiftly into a memory bank or, worse yet, delete it to make way for the latest, newest, most exciting adventure or challenge?

    I suspect we are too quick to move on and too slow to savor the moments of our life. I suspect the speed of our movements impede the power to be found in dreaming. And dreams are building blocks of progress that illustrates human capacity to grow and be transformed.

  • Love's labors are not lost when we live by grace of daily obligations

    Labor Day looms, announcing summer’s demise with a huge sigh of regret. For a brief moment, we will celebrate the cessation of work and creation of play. Grills heat up, families gather and relaxing is the word of the day.

  • It's not the triumph that counts but the struggle

    I love the Olympics. It’s not an addiction, but it is a seriousI love to listen to the stories that accompany each entrant.

    I love to watch and admire the athletic ability. I cry with each defeat as much as I scream with delight when victory is claimed.

    I even thrill with the repeated message that comes in an ad via the deep basso of Morgan Freeman’s voice.