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Religion

  • Religion briefs

    Church to sing April 7
    Oak Grove Baptist Church will have a special singing service at 6 p.m., April 7, at the church on Holden Beach Road.
    The Joyful Sound from Loris, S.C., will be singing. Everyone is invited. For information call Richard Hewett at 754-6492.

  • It takes faith, courage and determination to be a homesteader

    Years ago, by way of the Homestead Act of 1862, white Americans established themselves as landowners, sadly at the price of denying the Native Americans who were already occupying the territory.
    The movement began with a misconception. The free land was truly not totally free, either in terms of finances or morality. There would be enough to make this venture a material success for pioneering families. Bounty was the promise—and the expectation. Neither one was a reality.

  • Religion briefs

    Camp UMC sets yard, bake sale
    The ladies of Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte are clearing closets and cupboards in preparation for their annual spring yard and bake sale from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the church fellowship hall at 4807 Main St. in Shallotte.
    “We will be offering consignment-quality goods,” said Margaret Hardin, one of the organizers.
    The bake sale will feature cakes, pies and cookies, as well as homemade jams, jellies, pickles, granola and more.

  • Celebrating life in the midst of death: Now is the time to give thanks

    Over the past six weeks, we have been led, step-by-step, into the desert time of Lent.
    We began with Ash Wednesday’s clarion call to repent, to change our mindset, to change our hearts, to turn and return to God. The transformation calls us to be prophetic people. It allows us to ask inappropriate questions, to ask for God’s help and know that God is here with us.

  • Religion briefs

    Yard and bake sale set for March 22
    Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road, will have a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 22, and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Breakfast will be available from 7-10 a.m. on both days. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be available after 10 a.m. both days.

  • Habemus Papam...we have a pope!

    Catholics worldwide are celebrating. Yes, Catholics...not just Roman Catholics, but those who are members of the Eastern Rite churches and those whose creed proclaims belief in one holy catholic church.
    How can I say that? How can I put those words into print? For me, it is simple. The pope bears more than one title. The pope is not simply the bishop of Rome or the head of the Roman Catholic Church. The pope’s most precious and most significant title is, “Servant of the servants of God.” That role connects him to all religions everywhere.

  • Religion briefs

    Light Ministries to have fundraiser
    Light Ministries International will be having its annual fundraiser from noon-2 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte. Barbecue chicken plates will be available, along with an art and craft sale. All proceeds will benefit the community outreaches and missions of LMI.
    St. Brendan’s to serve baked fish dinners

  • The West High Brothers are models of a universal family

    Iowa City boasts a group of young men who intend to stop the progress of violence, as best they can.
    Their mission is to eradicate the negative effect of bullying by positing the power of affirmations. Jeremiah Anthony is the lead person behind this effort. He is committed to the idea and ideal of empowering through praise and does so by sending messages randomly to his classmates and friends.

  • Religion briefs

    Jubilee and fish fry set for March 8
    Center Point Church (formerly Mt. Gilead Baptist Church), 5420 U.S. 17 in Winnabow, will host a Brunswick Gospel Jubilee and fish fry on Friday, March 8.
    The fish fry is from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and the gospel jubilee begins at 7 p.m. Come out and enjoy the food, music and fellowship. For more information, call Billy Hill at (910) 209-4927.

  • What do we believe? I was a stranger and you welcomed me

    A familiar reaction to strangeness is to recoil from it. Whether the foreign entity emerges from within our very being or advances from outside of us, we begin a flight or fight response.
    Our prejudices and biases rise from depths we never imagined. Instead of living in a world where we is the operative word, we reside in a dominion of us and them. Differences divide and diminish us where diversity could have excited and exhilarated us. Instead of opting to live in a brilliant universe of color, we choose to abide in the invisibility of grayness.