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Religion

  • 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.

  • Church briefs

    Girls Night Out set at Calvary

    Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte will present Girls’ Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, featuring Marian Jordan, author, speaker and founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries in Houston, Texas.

    Admission is free. No registration needed. All women and girls welcome.

    Call 575-3878 for more information.

    Youth gospel concert set

    New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, 88 Snowfield Road in Leland, will host a youth gospel concert featuring the New Hope Freewill Baptist Junior Choir at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

  • God invites us to enter the world of a whispering God

    I am not a whisperer. Nothing about me is silent. I am a loud Italian with laughter as my trademark.

    Someone once commented on a dress I wore while on duty at the hospital, saying, “You won’t blend in while you’re wearing that dress.”

    Not knowing whether that was to be taken as a compliment or not, I responded—quite accurately I think—“I have never blended ineenot once in my whole life.”

  • Church briefs

    Trinity plans Aug. 17 service

    Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon will be “Strength in Weakness,” based on scripture from Psalm 121 and Acts 9:19-22, 31, on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St. in Southport.

    There will be a casual worship service at 8:30 a.m., a contemporary service at 9:40 a.m. in Murrow Hall with the Trinity Worship Band and a traditional worship service in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

    Nursery care will be available during the 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

  • How can we carry each other's burdens?

    The admonition found in Galatians 6:2 is one exhilarating and exhausting. It is, at once, a consolation and a challenge.

    We read, and hopefully heed, the words of St. Paul, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the laws of Christ.”

    The same command and commission can be found in the Torah, which demands the people of God seek the welfare of the whole human community. It is present in the five pillars of Islam, in the practices of Hinduism and in the eightfold path of Buddhism.

  • Church briefs

    Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon will be “On Heart and Hand,” based on scripture from Psalm 119 and Matthew 5:17-20, on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 209 East Nash St. in Southport.

    There will be a casual worship service at 8:30 a.m., a contemporary service at 9:40 a.m. in Murrow Hall with the Trinity Worship Band and a traditional worship service in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

    Nursery care will be available during the 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

  • How is whazzisname, and where did I park my car?

    Thanks to the consideration of a dear friend, I received an e-mail suggesting I log onto a Web site that would give me information regarding an issue with which I have been dealing for a while.

    It was an article by David Brooks entitled, “The Great Forgetting.” My laughter was already bubbling up from a great humorous deep.

    Brooks gave a wonderful tongue-in-cheek description:

  • Life's chiaroscuro can sometimes be confusing

    She was one of our brightest stars. Graduating among the top students in our class, a philosophic thinker sparked with the poetry of life, she was a tiny person bedecked with the fourragere that decorated her shoulder and noted her scholarly status.

  • Do we really want freedom for all?

    It was Independence Day and I was sitting in my office gazing at the serenity of Sasspan Creek. The sea creatures seem to be living peaceably with each other. They give space and place to one another without squawking, fighting or jealously guarding their spot in the water or on our dock. I watched them and wonder why we humans cannot seem to share our earth in such an equitable manner.

  • Church briefs

    Pleasant View to host family fun day

    Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church, N.C. 904 E. in Sunset Beach, will host a Family Fun Day and Health Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

    There will be games, door prizes and free food and clothing.

    The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Brunswick County Minority Infant Mortality Task Force and the Pleasant View Mission.