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Religion

  • 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.

  • Herring to celebrate 50 years of ministry and 44 years at Mount Zion Church

    Pastor Moses C. Herring, son of the late James Clyde and Lucille Williams Herring, will celebrate 50 years of preaching the gospel this month.

    The Mount Zion Church family will celebrate his 44th anniversary at the church in Longwood with a banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. The Rev. Jimmy Brockington, pastor of the Marion Baptist Church from Salter, S.C., will be the guest speaker for the morning service, culminating Herring’s 44th anniversary on Aug. 10.

  • Medieval philosophy rings with today's truth

    Some things never change—and they never should.

  • Church briefs

    St. Luke to break ground

    St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach (opposite Union School Road), will celebrate the groundbreaking for its new sanctuary, administration area and classrooms on Sunday, July 13.

    Services will begin at 10 a.m. inside the existing sanctuary and later will move outside to the location of the new buildings.

    Special invited guests will include former pastors of the congregation, charter members, a representative from R.H. McClure Builders and others.

    A reception will follow the service.

  • Being Nanny Granny brings new insights on life

    I have just enjoyed the pleasure—and fatigue—of being “Nanny Granny” to a teenaged granddaughter, a 10 year-old grandson and their old English bulldog, Lily.

    I hoped our time together would be a unique bonding experience since I am the “far away” grandmother who only gets glimpses of their lives. As it turned out, this was truly an immersion in the daily adventures and times of today’s youth, and I gained great knowledge and insights in the process.

  • Church briefs

    Christian music concert set for July 5

    "Praise God!" is the theme and plan for at least one event for the official North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport on Saturday, July 5.

    Nash Street will be closed from Howe Street to City Hall for a youth-led concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring The Aaron Wagner Band from Dallas, Texas, and Brunswick County’s own Wendy Jones. These two gospel artists will lead an evening of music with a positive message for all ages.

    There is no charge to attend this event. A love offering will be taken.

  • The signs are all around us; we just have to open our eyes

    My son-in-law made his request months ago. He wanted to surprise my daughter, his wife, with a trip to Hawaii for their 20th wedding anniversary.

    Knowing I was planning to attend my 15th college reunion and would be in the Northeast in early June, he decided to organize their venture to coincide with mine.

    This gave all of us an opportunity to stretch our faith—theirs in relinquishing “control” of their children and mine in renewing my parenting skills, albeit from an older and wiser place!

    Thus began the long-range preparations.

  • Church briefs

    ‘Saturday Night Alive‘ youth event set at Calvary Baptist

    The youth department of Calvary Baptist Church will host a communitywide youth event called “Saturday Night Alive” from 6-9 p.m., June 21.

    The purpose of the event is to unite youth in grades six through 12 for a “wholesome evening of fun with music, games, skits, food and more.”

    The church is at 623 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Zion Hill choir

    to perform