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Religion

  • ‘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.

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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.

  • Religion briefs

    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.

  • Religion briefs

    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.

  • Religion briefs

    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.