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Worship News and Directory for January 11th, 2017

Let’s explore Catholic influence in North America

For the first time ever a single volume tells the fascinating story of three Roman Catholic civilizations — Spain, France, and Recusant England — as they explored, evangelized and settled the North American continent.  This dramatic account unfolds in renowned author Dr. Kevin Starr’s new book, CONTINENTAL AMBITIONS: Roman Catholics in North America.
Starr was uniquely situated to take on this impressive endeavor. He is currently a professor at the University of Southern California and has served as State Librarian for California. He has authored many articles and books, including the acclaimed Americans and the California Dream series.  Because of his writings, he has won numerous awards and accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians and the Presidential Medallion from USC.
Continental Ambitions comprehensively tells the story of early exploration into North America. Starr begins with the temporary settlement of Christianized Scandinavians, and continues with looks into New Spain and New France, and ends with the founding of Maryland as a proprietary colony for Roman Catholic Recusants and Anglicans alike. Influential historical figures are brought to life, and we hear their often harrowing tales as they make their foray into the unknown. Starr dramatized the representative personalities and events that illustrate the achievements and failures of each of these societies in their explorations, treatment of Native Americans and translations of religious and social value to new and challenging environments.
Continental Ambitions helps to fill a void in the citizenry’s information about this early exploration.Says Russell Shaw, author of Catholics in America: “Many Americans, Catholics among them, know very little about the distinctive Catholic cultures that flourished in North America long before the Pilgrims and the Puritans arrived. Now, thankfully, we have Kevin Starr’s scholarly but highly readable Continental Ambitions to fill the knowledge gap. The story it tells is not only fascinating in its own right but illuminating for the light it sheds on issues that remain part of the Catholic experience.”

Carolina Coast Vineyard Church News & Updates
1328 N. Lake Park Boulevard • Carolina Beach, NC

New to the area? Looking a church? Feeling that it is time to “get back in church’? Never stepped foot in a church before?
We would love to have you come and be our guest.
We are just a group who love people and love Jesus. No judgment.
As we look towards 2017, we all begin to think about making changes or improvements to our lives.
Here are a few things to get you thinking…
1. Pray more.
2. Take care of yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
3. Make tough decisions that you know are best.
4. Become a part of the community, make new friends .
5. Quit comparing yourself to others.
6. Prioritize things in your life.
7. Love people, not just crowds.
8. Be more open to change.
For more information, visit us at carolinacoast.org and on Facebook.

Kure Memorial Lutheran Church
“Rejoice Always. Pray Without Ceasing.”
117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449

Words of Encouragement:  [Jesus said] For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.  ….  Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters you did it to me.  Matthew 25:35-36 and 40.
Regular Sunday Schedule:
  9:00 Adult Sunday School
10:00 Worship & Children's Sunday School
11:00 Fellowship Time   
  4:30 Youth Group

Surfin’ on God’s Grace,
Pastor:  Dan Keck   
910-458-5266
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.kurememorial.org

Mustard Seed Fund Now Accepting Applications

Applications are now being accepted by the Mustard Seed Fund, which provides support for high school or college students or adults from southeastern North Carolina who plan to participate in mission trips through qualified nonprofits or faith-based organizations.
The fund was established in 2011 as a perpetual legacy to the memory of Wilmington residents Byron Stratas and Fred Rippy. It is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). The 2016 application is available on the New Hanover Community Foundation page on NCCF’s website (nccommunityfoundation.org). All application packets (completed application and two letters of reference) must be received by April 30, 2016.  
The review committee will announce awards in May 2016. The review committee will only consider applications for mission trips that begin after June 1, 2016. A breakfast was held at Saint Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church Feb. 12 to honor past award recipients Chris Sutton, Caroline Lemley, and Caroline Balderson. To contribute to the Mustard Seed Fund: Gifts to the fund may be made in many forms, including cash and gifts of stock.  
Visit NCCF’s website for information on how to give or to make a gift online. For additional information, please email NCCF Regional Associate Angie Brewer at abrewer @nccommunityfoundation.org, or call her at 910-202-6727.
About the North Carolina Community Foundation - The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $101 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $237 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships.
The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org and Facebook or follow on Twitter @NCCF.

Beach Community Church to Host Biker Rally January 14th

Beach Community Church in Carolina Beach is known as a biker friendly church, to the point of often being referred to as a “Biker Church.” While it is true many of us do ride motorcycles; everyone is welcome here whether you ride on two, three or four tires, walk-ins are also welcomed. On Saturday, January 14th we will show our support of motorcyclist by hosting the Soldiers For Jesus annual bike rally. They are a Christian motorcycle club with chapters around the world. The Central North Carolina chapter from Spring Lake, NC will be directing the event. The mission statement of Soldiers For Jesus is “existing to glorify God by teaching God’s Holy Word, training up faithful disciples, and testifying of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the biker and motorcycle club community.” The day will include a bike blessing, games, an inspiring message by chapter president Bob “Ox” Thomas, and a ride at the close of the day. Of course you can’t have an event of this magnitude without plenty of free food. So, whether you ride a motorcycle or not; we want to encourage you to stop by Beach Community Church on Saturday, January 14th from 10:00.AM. up to around 6:00 P.M..We are located at the corner of Cape Fear Blvd. & 4th St. in Carolina Beach, NC. As mentioned above there will be free food, so stop by for lunch, we’d like to meet you. http://www.soldiersforjesusmc.com

A Wine Experience

Join us at Holy Cross Episcopal Church 6-8pm on Friday, February 10, 2017 in the gathering room of the Church. Our own wine connoisseurs will offer samples and education about 8 wines.
There will be live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and Sangria, a raffle and silent auction of two original oil paintings. The raffle tickets will be $5 each or 3 for $10.
A limited number of tickets for the event will be sold for $20 each and can be purchased by calling the church office at (910) 799-6347.
“This event in 2016 was a huge success and has become an annual fundraiser for our church, please join us!”

Start your New Year Off Right with St. Pauls!

Casual Worship:
Sundays at 8:30am
Traditional Worship: Sundays at 11am
Sunday School &
 Christian Education: Sundays at 9:45am
The beginning of a new year is a time for many people to make a turn in their lives – a turn away from those things that are hindering them and toward those things that will bring life.  In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  
One of the keys to an abundant life is a group of holy friends.  In the words of Greg Jones, holy friends are those people who “challenge the sins we have come to love, affirm the gifts we are afraid to claim and help us dream dreams we otherwise would not dream.”  At St. Paul’s, we seek to be a community where these kinds of friends can be found, so as you seek to make a positive turn in your life this year, we hope that you will join with us in worship and service.

Here are some exciting things we have coming up:

Sermon Series – The Great Invitation: Christ invites us to follow him, and to “come and see” what it’s all about.  In these weeks between Epiphany and Lent, we will talk about the journey of discipleship and how we can discover it anew.
My One Word: A 4-week study beginning Wednesday, January 11th at 7pm, based on the popular book by Mike Ashcraft.  This year, lose the long list of resolutions and do something about ONE thing instead of doing nothing about everything.
Spiritual Gifts Workshop – Saturday, January 28th from 9am to 2pm: Discover what God has for you AND what God has you for!  Find out about your spiritual gifts and how you can put them to work in this workshop led by Dr. John Dutton of Edenton United Methodist Church.  Lunch will be included.  To register, call the church office at 458-5310 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To find out more, visit us at www.stpaulscb.org  or call the church office at 458-5310.  
Or, just come see us in person – we are located at 300 Harper Avenue in Carolina Beach.

St Paul’s will be a distribution site for Hanover County Schools – Child Nutrition Department’s Summer Food Service Program

This summer St Paul’s will be a distribution site for The Hanover County Schools – Child Nutrition Department’s summer food service program (SFSP). The SFSP is a federally-funded, state-administered program. Through this program free healthy meals will be provided to children and teens during the summer months when school is not in session.
Meals will be provided Monday through Thursday 11:30 am – 12:15 pm. Church members will provide age appropriate crafts and/or games for children who wish to participate. Meals begin June 21st at 11:30.

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