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    Program offers free meals, showers
    Need a meal? Need a shower?
    New Life Christian Fellowship can help with its Showers of Blessings program from 5-7 p.m. every Monday at 2162 Stone Chimney Road SW in Supply.
    Need transportation? The church van will be at Hardee’s, on the corner of N.C. 211 and U.S. 17), from 4-4:45 p.m. every Monday to escort you.
    Call Theresa Tese at 269-8577 for more information or to volunteer service or a meal. Visit www.newlifecf.net.

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    Church to study ‘Purpose Driven Life’
    Sunset Beach Community Church in Pelican Square in Sunset Beach is beginning the best-selling Rick Warren blockbuster, “The Purpose Driven Life,” on Sunday, Jan. 13, for the next 10 weeks. Participants will meet four times each week: Sunday morning at The Gathering at 9 a.m.; Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
    Be a part of the dialogue, “What on earth am I here for?” All are invited to participate.

  • Les misérables, the impoverished ones, cause us to weep and act

    I often heard my father speak in hushed tones of the heartrending tale Victor Hugo wrote.
    This did not impress me when I was young. It was a long time before I was awestruck that an Italian immigrant who had only attended school for three years in his native country could read, comprehend and appreciate Hugo’s genius and insight in “Les Misérables.”
    As time went on, I, too, read the story. When it became a Broadway production, I listened to the tapes and merrily sang along with the music.

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    The Altermen and Julie to sing on Jan. 6
    Oak Grove Baptist Church on Holden Beach Road will host a gospel sing beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, featuring The Altermen and Julie gospel group. Everyone is invited.

  • Let’s begin the new year by hungering and thirsting for justice

    Whatever the reason, I have had young people on my mind for many days. Perhaps it is because my grandchildren have left the comparative ease of grammar school and are challenged by the demands of high school and college. Perhaps my optimism is waning and I desire a boost of hope and trust. Perhaps my reading of a book written by young adults has caused me to ponder the awesomeness of youthful zeal and ideals. In any event, they are on my mind.

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    Calvary welcomes new pastor
    Calvary Baptist Church will install the Rev. Joseph M. Needham as its new pastor on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at its
    10:45 a.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend the service. There will be nursery care provided.

  • Love is core of family life

    It has been nearly two weeks since news broke about the devastating carnage that took place in Sandy Hook, Conn.
    Words could not and cannot contain the heartbreak. Empathy was evident, but never sufficient. Compassion only created a deluge of tears. Silent shock provided a shield from a horror too pervasive to admit entry into our consciousness. The slaying of innocents, the slaughter of innocence, is too terrible an experience to voice.

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    Candlelight services set for Christmas Eve
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, will host four candlelight communion services on Christmas Eve.
    The 4 p.m. service in Murrow Hall is designed for family worship. There will also be a 6 p.m. service in Murrow Hall. The 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. services will be in the sanctuary.

  • What should we do this season? The command is clear

    Christmas Day is not so far away. Everyone is pulling at our heartstrings and our pocketbooks.
    Salvation Army buckets are omnipresent with expectantly smiling bell ringers at each spot. The needs are great everywhere. At the same time, department stores inundate us with ads for all sorts of goodies to buy, wrap and send. Spend, spend, spend is the cry. What should we do?

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    Christmas cantata set for Dec. 16
    The combined Chancel and Morning Glory choirs of Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street in Southport, invite all to their Christmas cantata at the 8 a.m. or 11 a.m. worship service in the sanctuary on Sunday, Dec. 16. Directed by Diane Kulp, the choirs will present Joseph Martin’s “Journey of Promises” with dramatic readings.