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Religion

  • Church briefs

    St. Luke plans services

    Lenten and Holy Week services at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach:

    Wednesday, Feb. 27: Saint Luke will host the fourth luncheon sponsored by the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association at noon. The Rev. Richard Farrand will present the meditation Prayer of the Questioner or Grumbler. Lunch is served at noon followed by the prayer service.

    Wednesday March 5: Soup and sandwich supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by Lenten service at 6:30 p.m.

  • Remember, you can be 'dead right'

    I remember reading a billboard sponsored by a local motor vehicle department that cautioned, “You can be dead right.”

    Obviously, the reference was to persons whose “righteous” actions could also be fatal mistakes. When the need to be right supersedes common sense, the results are disastrous and deadly.

    Instead of giving way to errant drivers, they kept on going because they had the right-of-way and the other drivers did not. They were right. The others were wrong.

  • Church briefs

    Gospel sing fundraiser set

    A gospel sing fundraiser for Marty Fulford, featuring The Guiding Lights & Kindred Spirit, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Sabbath Home Baptist Church.

    The Sabbath Home Adult Choir, members of Sharon United Methodist Church, Gospel Center Baptist Church and Drake Phelps will provide additional music.

    A love offering will be accepted to help defray the medical costs of Fulford’s lung cancer treatment.

    Fourth Lenten Luncheon set

  • Lent is a good time to learn how to sit in silence

    The Dec. 14 issue of the National Catholic Reporter contained a provocative 16-page insert on spirituality.

    This is a word that evokes a variety of emotional responses, many of them diametrically opposed. There is fear, disdain, dismissal, avoidance, denial, excitement, acceptance, relief and serenity—to name a few.

  • Church briefs

    Trinity sets services

    “Our Favorite Excuses” will be the title of Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street across from the post office in Southport, on Sunday, Feb. 17.

    Based on scripture from Matthew 27:1-5, the sermon will be delivered at all three worship services: 8:30 a.m. casual worship, 9:40 a.m. contemporary worship with the Trinity Worship Band in Murrow Hall, and the 11 a.m. traditional service.

    Nursery care will be available during all three services.

  • A lesson from artists: Draw from life

    I glanced over my husband’s shoulder to see what had him so engrossed. He was rereading one of his perennial favorites, The Artist’s Magazine.

    I keep telling him he must put down the magazines and pick up the brushes to be effective, but that’s another column. Sensing a spark of interest, he quickly showed me some amazing works of art. But I noted the title of one article and began my own artistic meanderings.

  • A divided Christ is a meaningless cross

    Each year, many Christians observe a week of prayer for Christian unity. It would seem the power of prayer, individual and collective, would have long since achieved its goal and all would be one in Christ. Yet the days melt into weeks and years; the years into decades and division remains. Many times the golden jubilee door has been opened—and closed—on the proverbial 12 months of reprieve. Nothing has changed.

  • Church briefs

    Ocean View sets women’s retreat

    A women’s retreat is set for Jan. 25 and 26 at Ocean View Baptist Church, 7025 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

    The guest speaker will be Barbara Benton from Helena, Ala., an in-depth Bible teacher, according to a church news release.

    Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25, followed by a sit-down dinner at 6:15 p.m. and praise and worship at 7 p.m.

    The retreat session is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the church, with a break at 10 a.m.

    Call the church at 579-6833 to make a reservation.

  • Remembering a great man is just the beginning

    Annually, we remember Martin Luther King Jr. by celebrating the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.

    We recall the timeless values he taught us through his example—values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, service, universal and unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence. Those traits defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership and revolutionary spirit.