Worship News and Directory for Feb 11th, 2015

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 10 February 2015 05:00

Filmmakers Celebrate 30 Years in Christian Film Industry

Six months later, along with his twin brother Rich, they started filming the short drama near San Antonio, Texas. After 5 days, they sent their film footage to the lab, got it back and none of it was useable. Dave had made a crucial mistake with a camera setting.
Did they quit? No. One month later, the Brothers regrouped and shot the movie.
Thus began the career for the Christiano Brothers in the Christian film industry some 30 years ago. Today, 15 movies and 64 episodes of a TV series later, the Christiano Brothers entire body of work has had one goal in mind: to produce projects with the message of Jesus Christ for evangelism and Christian living. Theatrical releases have included the time travel adventure TIME CHANGER in 2002 and the heartfelt period piece THE SECRETS OF JONATHAN SPERRY in 2009. Both films played in over 300 theaters. These films were released through their distribution company, Five and Two Pictures (FiveAndTwoPictures.com).
The Brothers have worked with some well known actors such as Gavin Macleod, Patty Duke, Hal Linden, Robert Guillaume, Jennifer O'Neill, Harry Anderson, Clarence Gilyard, Michael Gross and Sean Astin. From 2007 through 2013, Dave Christiano produced 64 episodes of 7TH STREET THEATER, the first ever Christian drama series in the history of broadcasting. You can watch a free episode of the series at 7thStreetTheater.com.
Films by Dave and Rich Christiano have also been shown in thousands of churches of all denominations and distributed in many countries around the world.
Countless decisions for the Lord have been recorded at these showings.  "Regardless of the topic we dealt with," says Rich, "We have always wanted to make films for the church first, to inspire the believer, and then also present the truth so a non-believer would consider the Lord." The Brothers have consulted with many younger filmmakers over the years to encourage them in this same manner.   They are offering a 30 year anniversary sale on their titles at www.ChristianFilms.com. You can also read THE CHRISTIANO BROTHERS STORY there.
Their latest film, A MATTER OF FAITH, about creation versus evolution, opens in 50 more theaters on Feb 6th. The website is www.AMatterofFaithMovie.com.
Their next film coming after that is POWER OF THE AIR, a suspense drama about the corrupt influence of Hollywood

FamilyLife Celebrates MANuary as it Challenges Men to Step Up in the New Year

As 2015 provides a fresh start for many across the nation, FamilyLife®, a nonprofit organization focused on developing godly marriages and families, is challenging the men of America to participate in MANuary, a two-month push for 50,000 men to step up to courageous manhood and personal growth in the new year.
“America has a crisis of manhood. Men have an inborn desire for greatness, but that desire is a constant target for hijacking. All sorts of messages are telling men they can find that greatness by mastering the latest video game, having the champion Fantasy Football team or reaching a certain number of Twitter followers. As a result, far too many have distanced themselves from the responsibilities and joys of leading and serving their family,” says former NFL star Jeff Kemp, a vice president of FamilyLife. Starting in January, FamilyLife is challenging men to invest in other men in their area. Strong, courageous men lead in their homes and the positive effects impact the whole community. Each man is encouraged to reach out to at least 10 men and go through FamilyLife’s Stepping Up®, a video series that helps men learn how to be better sons, fathers, husbands, friends, colleagues and leaders.
“In my personal journey in becoming the man the Lord wants me to be, I’ve discovered that I have to be intentional, I must rely on God, and I need other men. MANuary encourages American men to do those three things and truly step up to the life they are meant to live,” said FamilyLife cofounder Dennis Rainey.
More than 125,000 men have gone through Stepping Up since its release in 2012. Stepping Up is based on the principles from the book Stepping Up: A Call to Courageous Manhood by Rainey, and includes group interaction and insights from top Christian leaders, such as Rainey, Tony Dungy, Robert Lewis, Matt Chandler, Bill Bennett, Voddie Baucham and Crawford Loritts, to help men develop their courage, character, love and leadership.
About FamilyLife
For more than 35 years, Dennis and Barbara Rainey and the ministry of the Little Rock-based FamilyLife have focused on strengthening marriages and families. Rainey’s nationally syndicated radio program FamilyLife Today® is broadcast on more than 1,200 radio outlets each weekday to an estimated audience of 1.6 million listeners. Through Stepping Up, FamilyLife is expanding its reach to new audiences, building engaged networks of men dedicated to embracing and exhibiting biblical masculinity. More information about Stepping Up is available online at www.MenSteppingUp.com To learn more about FamilyLife, visit www.FamilyLife.com
- See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2015/01/05/forget-january-hello-manuary/#sthash.cRhvJHvV.dpuf

Is Jewish Law Too Strict for Its Own Good?
‘It’s Time to Bring Our Religion into the 21st  Century,’ Says Former Temple President

About one out of every 514 people in the world, 0.02 percent, is Jewish, according to a recently published survey by Israel's Maariv newspaper.
“There is something inherently misleading about this; no doubt the study was done with the best academic standards, but the historical method for counting Jews has problems,” says Martin Vesole, former president of Temple Menorah in Chicago and author of the Jewish-themed novel Sleeping Truth, http://www.martinvesole.comwww.martinvesole.com. 
“According to Jewish law, which by the way does not even come from the Bible, the child of a Jewish woman is Jewish regardless of who the father is, while the child of a Jewish father is not Jewish if the mother is not Jewish. In other words, a Jewish woman can confer Jewishness, while a Jewish man cannot,” he says.
“In my view, Jewish law on this point is completely insane, both genetically and sociologically,” says Vesole, a former attorney. “What possible point could there be in denying genetic Jews membership among the Jewish people? No other group works this way. It’s time to bring our rules into the 21st century.”
Vesole describes how and why the faith needs to evolve. 
•  We can do a better of determining who is Jewish. “It pains me to say this, but I have to agree with Hitler about something,” Vesole says. “He said if you have just one Jewish grandparent you are Jewish. I say, if someone is Jewish enough for Hitler, he is Jewish enough for me. Makes you wonder, how many of the 6 million Jews murdered by Hitler in the Holocaust were Jewish only by his definition. How ironic that they are Jewish enough to be included in the 6 million when dead, but wouldn't be considered a Jew today if alive.”
•  Judaism has changed many times before when needed. “People think Judaism has been static and written in stone for its entire history. In this, they are very wrong. Judaism began as a family religion with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and then become a tribal one following the Exodus from Egypt. It evolved from rulership by wise men, called judges, to rulership by kings. The building of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and then its destruction, involved huge changes, one of which was the creation of local synagogues as substitute prayer centers. Another was the creation of the venerated Talmud, which was created out of whole cloth, partly from a centuries-old oral tradition and partly from decisions by ancient rabbis, called sages. And most recently, we saw the rise of the Reform Movement in Europe (followed by the Conservative and other movements in the U.S.), which allowed Jews to better integrate secularly into the modern world.”
•  What we need to do now. “Today, we are at another impasse – one in which we are struggling to keep our faith relevant among our own members,” Vesole says, “and it's a battle we are losing. The modern world is rife with people looking for spiritual significance and identity and too many of our people are not finding it in a stagnant and dated Judaism. It is time for us to expand the walls of our temples again, by considering compatible ideas from other religions and convincing New Age philosophies. First of all, we need to start by not throwing people away because they don't meet crazy old definitions of who is a Jew. And with the huge rise in intermarriages (78 percent among non-Orthodox Jews), we need to make conversions less rule-bound and accept conversions by all rabbis, regardless of denomination.”
About Martin Vesole
Martin Vesole is a retired attorney and former president of Temple Menorah in Chicago. Founder of the Shalomist Movement to save Judaism in America, Vesole earned his degree at DePaul College of Law after studying history at Washington University in St. Louis. While enlisted in the U.S. Army, he served in Vietnam. Vesole went on to live in Israel for two years, first taking classes in Judaic Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and then working at Kibbutz Naot Mordechai in the northern region of the country.
He is the author of Sleeping Truth and The Book of Emet: The TRUE Story of Jesus, and the upcoming Refreshing Judaism for the 21st Century. His website and blogs are located at http://www.martinvesole.comwww.martinvesole.com

Carolina Coast Vineyard Sunday Morning Worship At the CB Pier
High Tide Lounge 1800 Carolina Beach AVE (top floor)

 Carolina Coast Vineyard Church and Sunday Morning Worship have a unique and special story. Cathy Chester, Pastor, moved to Wilmington in 2012 from Columbus, Ohio with her husband Jon, a retired Deputy Sheriff, to plant CCVC in Wilmington, a call they felt very strongly about. Just two weeks after their arrival, they began meeting with neighbors in their home. But in less than four months after starting the church, Jon, a passionate tattooed Harley riding cop turned pastor, died unexpectedly, after a routine surgery. Cathy, a retired Special Education teacher, knew that she was to keep the church going. So, she took the lead as pastor, continuing to meet with the group. She is still amazed at how she was able to keep going, knowing without any doubt that she was stay here, even while still grieving.   Rick and Lisa Courtney had been an active part of the Vineyard Church in Virginia Beach. Rick, a Navy veteran had done some ministry while serving and after retiring, they both connected with the church and immersed themselves in ministry there.
Both Wilmington natives, they decided to return to their roots a number of years ago.  In early 2014, Rick and Lisa connected with Cathy through Facebook when searching for Vineyard churches in the area. They had an almost instant connection to each other.
When Rick and Lisa started Sunday Morning worship at the Pier, they started attending each other’s gatherings. 
It became quite evident that God had connected them to serve together in ministry in Carolina Beach. And so, Sunday Morning Worship merged with Carolina Coast Vineyard Church. 
CCVC’s mission is to provide a Christ-centered faith community on the Island that is casual, current and comfortable for everyone.  (Flip flops are encouraged) You will experience a welcoming environment with an amazing view. The gathering starts at 10am with coffee and donuts and a chance to meet new friends, and we begin at 10:30. You can contact Rick, Cathy and Lisa through the Carolina Coast Vineyard Church Facebook page, or through our website. Learn more about Carolina Coast on our website, www.carolinacoast-vc.org. Life is hard enough. Come and get refilled. Our motto is NEVER WALK ALONE. That meaning is twofold: You never walk alone when you walk with Jesus and you when you are part of a faith community that truly believes in the power of both. Come and check it out. High Tide Lounge 1800 Carolina Beach Avenue (top floor).

Kure Memorial Lutheran News

Encouragement for the week:  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.   1 Corinthians 13:13.
Our Mission Statement:  As joyful followers of Jesus Christ, we welcome and care for all people.  We boldly proclaim the Good News, share our faith and love God by serving others.
Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent is upon us:  Our midweek Lenten experiences are right around the corner! 
It all begins on February 18 with our Ash Wednesday worship at 7pm.  Our Ash Wednesday service includes Holy Communion and the Imposition of Ashes. 
Then, beginning Wednesday, February 25 through March 25, we will gather in the fellowship hall for "Dinner Church"!   What is "Dinner Church" you might ask?!  We will gather for a soup supper, prayer, songs, and bible study framed between the bread and wine of Holy Communion, where the meal and fellowship time is part of our worship experience!  It truly is a special time of worship and fellowship together. Dinner Church begins at 6pm and we should conclude by 7:15 or 7:30pm. Our theme for this year is:  "Coming Home".  Our Bible studies for each week will look like this:  Week #1: Luke 15:11-32 (The Prodigal Son). Week #2: 1 John 4:7-21 ("We love because he first loved us.").  Week #3:  Romans 8:1-17 (Living by the Spirit).  Week #4:  Ephesians 6:10-18 (Clothe yourselves with the armor of God).  Week #5:  Luke 7:36-50 (Great love, great grace).    We look forward to worshiping and spending time with you!

Sunday Schedule:
  9:00 Sunday School      
10:00 Worship
11:00 Fellowship Time     
  4:30 Youth Group
Surfin’ on God’s Grace,
Pastor:  Dan Keck  
910-458-5266
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Website: www.kurememorial.org

Love In Action

These are tough times right now for so many. And Jesus calls us to love, not only with our words, but in Truth with our actions, as 1 John 3:18 says.
At Beach Community Worship Service, we seek to do just that, by doing things a whole lot different. We seek to impact the community of Carolina Beach and beyond with the love of Christ. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you thought you had no one to call for help?
Well, we at BCWS want you to know that you now have a new place to call if you find yourself in need. If you get unexpected news and need someone to pray with you, please call us.  If you are recovering from an illness or surgery or are a caretaker for a family member and you just need a hot meal brought by or some groceries or medications, please call us. If you find yourself in an urgent situation, please call us, we’ll make every effort to help you the best we can. If you need clothes, shoes, or food, we want you to please call us. Pastors Tim Russell and Paul McCracken want you to know we all love you and we’re here for you. Galatians 6:2 tells us, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ”. Our services are on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm and Sunday mornings at 11:00am. We are casual, come as you are and spirit filled. Come see Love In Action! We are located at 5 North 4th Street, CB and our phone number is (910)398-8509.

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