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Religion

  • Remember to have a blessed day

    Among the many things I love about living in the South is the custom of being blessed.

    Along with the paper or plastic question, many cashiers send me on my way home with the words, “Have a blessed day” ringing in my ears.

    For some, it may be a substitute for the ubiquitous “Have a good day,” but I suspect most folks really mean the benediction. They feel God’s graciousness in their lives and wish to share that giftedness.

  • Holden Beach Chapel to be part of Days at the Docks

    The Holden Beach Chapel has several events planned for Saturday, April 26, during the festivities of Days at the Docks.

    A silent auction will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bids are placed during the day and the final high bidder receives the item.

    Items open for bidding include: original art work, service projects, jewelry and collectables. Special recreational offerings include: beach home rentals, a quail hunt, golf packages and tickets to a UNC football game.

  • God's wisdom provides new understanding

    Each year laywomen provide a unique worship service in an effort to unite us in prayer and to surface the reality that women across the globe continue to suffer a variety of abuses.

    Without denying the fact men and children are included among the ranks of the deprived, underprivileged and impoverished people, it is specifically women who help us to understand challenges particular to their world. They are the ones who give voice to the universal cry of the poor and vulnerable ones who often are too proud or fearful to speak for themselves.

  • Church briefs

    Strawberry festival planned

    Calabash Presbyterian Church will host a Strawberry Festival from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the church.

    Admission is $5.

    For more information, call the church at 579-7356.

    Temple Emanu-El hosts Passover Seder

    Temple Emanu-El will have its annual Passover Seder (second night) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in the Rosen Center, 65th Ave. North and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • There are many ways of finding grace

    One of my favorite Sunday treats is watching the television program, “Sunday Morning.”

    I love the variety of topics and enjoy the fact it is a way of keeping in touch with friends who are simultaneously involved with the program from afar.

    Nestled among pieces that reminded viewers of events from years ago and commented on the comparative value of vinyl records over iPod downloads, there was an intriguing interview Maria Shriver conducted with a multimillionaire—whose name I have unfortunately forgotten.

  • Church briefs

    Operation Inasmuch set for April 19

    On April 19, 12 Baptist churches in Brunswick County will join with hundreds of other churches across North Carolina in a statewide Operation Inasmuch Day, according to a news release.

    Volunteers from all over the state will work together to provide assistance to those in need, including: working at food pantries, building wheelchair ramps, handyman repairs, care packages for soldiers and their families and taking blankets to nursing homes.

  • Keep the inner eye focused on goodness

    Those who know me well also know I love to tease, especially to tease those who are near and dear to me.

    Obviously, my husband is the most frequent recipient of my jesting comments. I exaggerate the effects of his contemplative nature, describing in great detail his many prayer chairs and their many accompanying books. I wonder aloud at the procrastination that emerges from hours spent in pondering rather than in practicality, but all the while, part of me is watching the power of that prayerfulness. I am being impelled to a similar lifestyle, even if I express it differently.

  • Church briefs

    7 Up's service planned at Big Macedonia Baptist

    Members of the Big Macedonia Baptist Church are planning a 7 Up’s service for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

    The theme will be “Standing for Jesus in any Situation.”

    Speakers for the afternoon will be: Stand Up-Minister Edna Lewis; Speak Up-Sister Yolonda Hewett; Grow Up-Brother Kendrick Morgan; Look Up-Minister Norma Frink; Pray Up-Deacon Jimmy Hankins; Wake Up-Deacon Gregory Williams; Shut Up-Sister Shelia Washington; and Sister Stephanie Marlow will wrap it up.

  • Forgiveness is a heartrending healing

    One of the most difficult tasks placed before humanity is the labor of forgiving. It is work. It is hard work. It rends the heart so healing can happen. How do I know this truth? I know it because I have experienced it. The words, “I forgive you” have not come easily to my lips; nor has my request to be forgiven! Sometimes, it is easier to say, “I’m sorry,” than it is to ask to be forgiven.

  • Good Friday's cry is 'Come, passion!'

    The Lenten journey is drawing to a close, a crucial ending that will evoke new beginnings.

    The official name for what is traditionally known as Good Friday is Friday of the Passion and Death of the Lord. It is a day of mourning, a day to contemplate prayerfully the cross as a sign of Jesus’ willingness to die that all of us might be saved.

    There is an obvious solemnity and somberness to this time, but it is not simply a remembrance of a past phenomenon. It is not only a commemoration of a 2,000 year-old incident.