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Religion

  • 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.

  • Church briefs

    Seaside UMC men to have golf tournament

    Seaside United Methodist Men will have its ninth annual Caring and Sharing Golf Tournament at Brierwood Golf Course on Saturday, May 17.

    Check in time is 8 a.m.

    There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with a Captain’s Choice format for four-person teams; ladies, mixed and men’s A and B flights. Cost is $60 per person ($240 per team) and includes l8 holes of golf with cart, refreshments and lunch.

  • 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.