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Religion

  • Thinking about what I will say in my last lecture

    Primetime is one of my favorite television programs, so it was more than happenstance that I watched a program with the intriguing title, “The Last Lecture.” Because of the comparatively late hour it is televised, despite my best efforts, I often slip into sleep, but it was not the case this time. I was completely “hooked” with Professor Randy Pausch’s opening remarks.

  • Church briefs

    Beach Assembly of God to host program

    Beach Assembly of God, 6730 Ocean Hwy. W. in Ocean Isle Beach, will host a special service featuring Building HOPE Prison Ministries at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

    Love gifts will be received for Building HOPE founders Gary and Donna Phelps.

    For more information, call 579-9701.

    All day Mah Jongg tournament planned

    The Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-EL will host an all-day summer Mah Jongg tournament on Thursday, June 12, at Temple Emanu-EL Rosen Center, 65th Ave. and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Do we really want a new Earth?

    I am neither a rabid fan nor a resolute enemy of Oprah Winfrey.

    The reality is I watch her program when I am preparing dinner or walking on my treadmill. Oprah becomes background music for my activities. That may seem a diminishment of her worth, but actually I appreciate what she does for humanity.

    Granted the iconic stature she has achieved over the years, Oprah still seems to want to do good and empower others in the same direction.

  • Church briefs

    Summer worship services set

    Blessings on the Beach, non-denominational worship services, are set for 8:30 a.m. each Sunday. They are sponsored by Barefoot Beach Chapel at the cabana on East Beach Drive at SE 46 Street on Oak Island.

    Please bring your own lawn chairs or beach blankets.

  • Do you just need someone to talk to?

    Sometimes, in life, all a person wants is a listening ear. Sometimes, talking to someone is enough to lessen the impact of troubles and to minimize pain.

    Sometimes, it is the tool that opens Pandora’s box. Sometimes, it serves as a magnificent means to clarify our thoughts and expose our needs. Talking opens the dam of difficulties.

    Listening provides a vehicle for the overflow to escape without causing damage. It also offers an effective route toward healing.

  • Church briefs

    ‘Coffee House Cabaret‘ at Sharon

    The Senior Choir of Sharon United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Coffee House Cabaret at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the church, 2030 Holden Beach Road.

    Coffee and dessert will be served followed by an evening of entertainment, including jazz, country and western and golden oldie music.

    The public is invited to this free event. Donations received will go toward the church building fund.

    For further information, call the church office at 842-2929.

    Cancer research fundraiser set

  • Homecoming mixed with challenges as raccoons find residence in house

    The long weeks of preparation for an annual board meeting in Florida were over. We were eagerly on our way, as much in response to a yearning for a break in our routine as in anticipation of catching up with old friends. I was almost relaxed as Jean tested his newly “uncataracted” eyes with the long stint of driving. Nice weather, an interesting CD for our listening pleasure, lots of chatter—and all was well with the world.

  • Church briefs

    Women’s ministry conference planned

    The First Women’s Fellowship Ministry Conference, “Ministering to the Whole Woman”, will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 31 at Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church on N.C. 904 East.

    Speakers will be Victoria Smith, R.N., OBGYN; attorney Pauline Hankins; and Evangelist Ola Samuels.

    Breakfast and lunch will be served. Donations are $20.

    For more information, call 579-6296 or 579-6388.

    Holy Covenant

    plans program

  • N.C. Boys Choir to perform at Shallotte Presbyterian Church

    The North Carolina Boys Choir will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St., Shallotte.

    The North Carolina Boys Choir is one of the relatively few existing boy choirs in the country, perpetuating a centuries-old art form, according to a news release.

    The 75-plus members of the organization have a strenuous rehearsal and performance schedule. They sing every thing from classical music by Bach and Mozart to simple ballads and polkas, and their music is sung in several languages.

  • What is left in the aftermath of a Papal visit?

    We are accustomed to seeing pictures of city workers doing a massive cleanup in the wake of a celebratory parade or the return of conquering heroes, but there was no cleanup needed after Pope Benedict XVI left the United States. No litter was strewn along Main Street USA. In fact, his departure was amazingly quiet, at least in this neck of the woods.