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Religion

  • 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.

  • 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.