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Religion

  • Pastor turns tragedy into new CD single

    Tim Greene, Grammy and Dove Award-winning music producer, and David Pickett, talent scout and TV producer, have joined forces to help a singer who is also a pastor, actress, poet and playwright, turn her sorrow and subtle-anguish concerning a national tragedy into a CD single.
    The recent school shootings at Sandyhook in Newtown, Conn., and across the United States has led Yushonda Midgette-Spriggs to write “Keeping Kids Safe.”

  • Interact Club talks about trip to New York

    On Jan. 25, the West Brunswick High School Interact Club gave a presentation about their visit to New York City on Nov. 3, 2012, for Rotary UN Day to members of the South Brunswick Island Rotary Club.
    Jennifer Vanasse, SBI president-elect, was determined to make the trip happen, even though they arrived in NYC on the heels of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Women to take part in Bible program Feb. 17

    Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 8th Ave. North in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. will present its Women of the Bible program at 4 p.m. Feb. 17. The program is free, although donations will be accepted.
    Mary Modica of Sunset Beach will represent Rizpah, while Jo-Ann Ajjan of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., will be Queen of Sheba.
    “She was courageous,” Modica said of Rizpah.

  • Religion briefs

    Lenten lunch worship services begin Feb. 13
    For Christians, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lent, a time of study, prayer, self-reflection and penitential acts in preparation for Easter.

  • Prayerful preparation for Easter: What does Lent mean to us today?

    It seems that we’ve only recently ended a holy season, one that is familiar to all and celebrated publicly with bell ringing, gift giving and parties galore. Though not true for all, most people are uplifted by the camaraderie they experience, the gathering of family and friends. We color the time in red and green, warm colors that lighten and brighten even the dimmest of days.

  • Religion briefs

    St. Brendan begins gun control campaign
    In response to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte has begun a campaign to curb the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. All people of goodwill are invited to participate.
    Petitions are available for all parishioners and other members of the community to sign. Once signed, these petitions will be sent to lawmakers on the federal, state and local levels.

  • ‘Life of Pi’ examines a kind of faith beyond all reason

    From the opening pages of Yann Martel’s novel “Life of Pi,” the reader is faced with the reality of suffering as a gift in human life.
    He reminds us, “When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”
    If no other message was gleaned from this magical parable, this one is more than sufficient. Certainly, Pi suffered, from the torment he received as a result of his given name to the tragic losses he endured as an orphaned youth.

  • Religion briefs

    Church to host stew winner Feb. 9
    The 2012 Brunswick Stew Cook-off winner Oren Knicely will serve up his award-winning Brunswick Stew at Soldier Bay Church, on the corner of N.C. 130 and Longwood Road in Ash, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
    The stew will be sold by the quart to go, or by the bowl at the church. Served with hushpuppies and a drink. Desserts will also be available.

  • St. Brendan Catholic Church takes initiative against violence

    Appropriately, at the time of the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and in response to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church has begun a campaign to curb the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. The choice was easy to make, in light of the Christian commitment to uphold life, and challenging for the same reason.

  • Local resident helps felons and former inmates start a new life

    Joyce Gause, a long-time Brunswick County resident, is the founder and executive director of Evangelistic Outreach Ministries (EOM), a nonprofit Christian prison ministry.
    In 2008, with the guidance of Shallotte resident David Pickett, EOM was sanctioned by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization.
    Many years before her 501(c)(3) designation, Gause had been helping and mentoring those with felony records build up their self-esteem, regain confidence and become productive citizens after incarceration.