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Religion

  • 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.

  • Religion briefs

    Yard and bake sale set for March 2
    Anointed Vessels Ministry will host a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m.-
    3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Once Again Consignment Shop, 3218 Whiteville Road/Mill Branch in Ash.

  • Valentine’s Day can be a heartfelt happening every day

    It was late in the afternoon on Valentine’s Day. A long day of chores, tasks, duties resulted in fatigue, frustration and a really funky disposition.
    No chocolates or flowers or special dinners could take me to a long, Calgon moment. Remember those commercials? Besides, Hubby Dear was bereft of ideas beyond, “Whatcha wanta do?” He’d already been plagued by my female friends questioning his intentions for the day.

  • Religion briefs

    Wild Game Banquet to benefit churches
    The fifth annual Wild Game Banquet, a combined effort with the Brunswick Baptist Association, will take place from 9:30 a.m.-
    1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia, adjacent to mile-marker 24 on U.S. 17.