Worship News and Church Directory for March 4th, 2015

By / Life on the Island / Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:00

New Album in time for Easter From Chart-Topping Sisters Crowned Billboard’s #1 Classical Traditional Artist For Third Straight Year

New York – Benedictines of Mary return with their contemplative, strikingly beautiful and spiritually uplifting new recording, Easter at Ephesus, to be released March 3, 2015 on De Montfort Music/Decca. The 27-track album features a seasonal array of glorious chants and exhilarating hymns for Eastertide with the unearthly and highly acclaimed voices of the nuns that have inspired audiences throughout the world. Easter at Ephesus marks their fourth major release, following their chart-topping albums Advent at Ephesus, Angels and Saints at Ephesus and Lent at Ephesus, which crowned Billboard’s Top Traditional Classical Albums for 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The Benedictines of Mary were also named Billboard’s Top Traditional Classical Album Artist of 2014, for the third year in a row. De Montfort Music, AimHigher Recordings and the Benedictines of Mary also accounted for three of the Top 5 Traditional Classical Album Imprints of last year, further evidence of their resonance with consumers across America and a welcome antidote to today’s more gimmick oriented pop stars. The Sisters have received accolades from CBS Sunday Morning, AP, EWTN, NPR, Rome Reports, Wall Street Journal, CatholicTV, Vatican Radio, Good Morning America, USA Today, Salt & Light and beyond.
Watch the new EPK trailer for Easter at Ephesus - Highlights from Easter At Ephesus include well known hymns with signature new arrangements of: “The Clouds of Night,” “Jesus Christ is Ris’n Today,” “This is the Day,” as well as exquisite artistic gems: “Alle Psallite Cum Luya” and “Oculus Non Vidit.” The Sisters once again provide selections serving to bring hearts closer to the season as they accompany the listener from Easter through Pentecost with angelic renditions of “Ascendit Deus” with text from Offertory of Ascension Thursday, as well as tracks such as Ravanello’s “Pascha Nostrum” from the Communion Verse for Easter Sunday Mass. The Sisters also included Palestrina selections as well as their own original compositions such as the hauntingly beautiful “Queen of Priests.”
Easter at Ephesus was produced by 11 time Grammy Award-winning producer Christopher Alder.
The album features a 12-page booklet with original artwork and all the lyrics in English (Latin songs are translated in English, as well). The booklet also will be available digitally with the album on iTunes. For pre-order and additional information: www.DeMontfortMusic.com
About the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles
Founded in 1995, The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, are a young, contemplative order of Sisters. The Sisters are extremely musical. They do not set foot beyond their Midwest rolling farmland, focusing solely on a monastic life. Working on their farm and mostly living off the land, they sing together eight times a day as part of their daily Divine Office, lifting their hearts to their Beloved through music. Offering their lives in prayer and sacrifice for priests, The Benedictines of Mary use the work of their hands primarily for the making of priestly vestments. They also take care of gardens, an orchard and a small farm. Additionally, they paint gorgeous icons and live an artistic lifestyle based upon their religious vows. Leaving behind their families, bank accounts, and all of their possessions, these women live together in community following closely the Rule of St. Benedict, known for it’s standard of “ora et labora” (work and pray).
About De Montfort Music
De Montfort Music is a division of AimHigher Entertainment – both founded by music-industry veterans Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons. Its special mission is to sign, develop, produce and bring to market the very best in Sacred Music. The label is an ambassador of the true and the beautiful. The Benedictines of Mary are signed to De Montfort Music, which is distributed worldwide through Decca/Universal Classics.
About DECCA/Universal Classics
Decca/Universal Classics is part of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music content company with market-leading positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.
- See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2015/02/17/new-album-time-easter-chart-topping-sisters-crowned-billboards-1-classical-traditional-artist-third-straight-year/#sthash.Aup2pQpn.dpuf

Pentecostal Leaders Representing Millions Meet To Discuss Critical Topics

The Pentecostal Leaders Summit convened for three days last week in Los Angeles, California to discuss a number of topics including the effects of terrorism, the church’s role in racial harmony, religious freedom, and same-sex issues facing the church just to name a few. The leaders in attendance included Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop, Church of God in Christ; Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent, Assemblies of God; Dr. Glenn C. Burris President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel; Bishop Doug Beacham, General Superintendent/Presiding Bishop, International Pentecostal Holiness Church; Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer, Church of God; Rev. Randall A. Bach, President, Open Bible Churches and Dr. Jack W. Hayford,Former President, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. Additional persons in attendance included other elected officials from each organization.  A goal of the summit was to provide an opportunity for each leader to listen and discuss the various national and international crisis-facing Christians around the globe, while also seeking to help bring unity to the Body of Christ globally. Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “This gathering of Pentecostal leaders has provided each person with a unique opportunity to come to Los Angeles and dialogue with their contemporaries in other denominations, with similar beliefs, about issues that are confronting us all.” He further states, “This summit has shown us what we, as Christian leaders, have said and known for some time now: We are all better when we come together as one.” Dr. George O. Wood states, “This was truly an historical meeting.  We are all the grandsons and granddaughters of the Azusa Street revival, and in these days, the Holy Spirit is drawing us together in united witness, fulfilling the prayer of Jesus that the world would know us by our love for one another.” Dr. Glen Burris emphasized, “There is a strong sense that the conversations among us have resonated much like the early church, that experienced a ‘one accord’ dynamic.  An African proverb says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.’  Finishing the Great Commission will require all of us.” The last discussion topic of the summit was how the six denominations can continue in dialog with one another and provide opportunities to include additional Pentecostal denominations and enlarge the representation from each group.
Bishop Doug Beacham shares, “People are so thankful that we are meeting like this. Whatever steps we take are important for us, for our country and for      revival . . .”‘Dr. Mark L. Williams declares, “Our shared history along with the collegiality and genuine respect we have for one another holds great promise and unlimited potential for fulfilling the mission for which Jesus died.  Only a united church can reach a divided world.  We must be one.”Rev. Randall A. Bach explains, “It is always meaningful to gather with leaders of like faith. It is particularly joyful, however, to fellowship and collaborate with leaders of like experience, who love and pursue the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Our family of ministers and churches embrace and value our sister fellowships with love and respect. Unity in the Spirit glorifies the Lord.”
This is the first time in history a conference of this kind, with these leaders representing such a large and diverse membership, has ever taken place.
- See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2015/02/23/pentecostal-leaders-representing-millions-meet-discuss-critical-topics/#sthash.OxyGBsxi.dpu

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.

Religion Communicators to Ponder Role of Faith in Current Events

Religion communicators are to consider April 9-11 in Washington how faith influences news and public debate – both locally and globally.
Registration is now open for the 86th annual Religion Communicators Council National Convention. Theme for the meeting, with sessions at The Newseum in Washington and The Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia, is “Faith-Based Communications: Connecting Locally, Reaching Globally.”
Stephen Prothero, professor of religion at Boston University, and Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center Education Project at the Newseum, are to deliver the April 9 keynote address at the Newseum. The two are to discuss how bias affects messages about faith and the need to be aware of local and global religious trends when communicating to diverse audiences.
Shaun Casey, special representative to the secretary of state for faith-based and community initiatives, will address the convention April 11 in Alexandria. His topic is the role of religion in international affairs.
Karin Achtelstetter, general secretary of World Association for Christian Communications, is to consider faith responses to local and global needs. Her luncheon address is scheduled for April 11 in Alexandria.
An April 10 panel of secular reporters, moderated by Adelle Banks of Religion News Service, is to discuss religion’s influence on today’s news. Members of the panel in Alexandria are:
• Michelle Boorstein, religion reporter for The Washington Post.
• Eric Marrapodi, senior Washington producer and contributing editor to CNN’s Belief Blog.
• Wajahat Ali, co-host of Al Jazeera America’s “The Stream.”
Workshop opportunities include: using video and photography to amp up your product, design for effective communications, and getting your social media content seen. See the RCC2015 brochure (PDF) for more information.
The three-day convention schedule includes presentation ceremonies in Alexandria for the 2015 Wilbur Awards and DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards. The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes. DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards have been given annually since 1967 to active council members who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations.
Other events in Alexandria include 12 skill-building continuing-education workshops for council members. Workshop topics include how to use photography and video to improve communication, how to work with secular journalists covering religion stories, and how to plan communication programs more effectively. Registration deadline is April 1. Registration fee is $395 per person. Registration information is available online.
About the Religion Communicators Council - The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Bahá’í, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.
- See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2015/02/17/religion-communicators-ponder-role-faith-current-events/#sthash.C5oM9YUN.dpuf

Kure Memorial Lutheran News
117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449

Encouragement for the week:  So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  Mark 7:12.
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.
Lenten Schedule:  Our midweek "Dinner Church" continues each Wednesday evening during Lent.  We 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 6:00 and should conclude by 7:15 or 7:30 p.m.  Our theme for this year is "Coming Home," and the meditation each week will be:
Mar. 4:  1 John 4:7-21 - We love because he first loved us.
Mar. 11:  Romans 8:1-17 - Living by the Spirit. 
Mar. 18:  Ephesians 6:10-18 - Clothe yourselves with the armor of God. 
Mar. 25:  Luke 7:36-50 - Great love, great grace.   
During Holy Week, we will hold Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  We look forward to worshiping and spending time with you during this special time.
Sunday Schedule:
  9:00 Sunday School for children and adults     
10:00 Worship
11:00 Fellowship Time     
  4:30 Youth Group
We invite you to worship with us. 
Check out our youth group on Facebook: "KMLC Youth"
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 

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