Worship News and Directory for December 16th, 2015

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 16 December 2015 05:00

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

Encouragement for Advent:   “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel [which means]God with us.”  Matthew 1:23.  On that first Christmas, Jesus brought Hope.  Hope in the presence of God working in our world and in our lives.  Hope in the forgiveness that we receive when we just don’t get it right!  Hope in the midst of our sadness and suffering!  Hope in the Holy Spirit guiding us and empowering us to live lives of grace and love!  Hope in the presence of Christ in our lives and the promise of eternal life with him!  Hope in an amazing sense of joy that no one can take away from us!  HOPE!
Advent and Christmas Schedule:
•  Dec. 9 (Wed) - 7:00 - Advent Worship & KMLC Preschool Program
• Dec. 16 (Wed) - 7:00 - Holden Evening Prayer Service
Christmas Eve - 7:00 - Family Service
11:00 - Traditional Candlelight Service
Sunday Schedule:
9:00 Sunday School
10:00 Worship
11:00 Fellowship Time      
  4:30 Youth Group
Join us any time.  All are welcome! Surfin’ on God’s Grace,
Pastor:  Dan Keck  
 910-458-5266 or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.kurememorial.org

St Paul’s United Methodist Church News & More

What is Advent?
The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning  “coming” or “visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.  Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians.
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning.  Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
ADVENT STUDY -Don't forget the Advent study - Wednesday morning at 10am in the fellowship hall!  Learn more about "The Journey" of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
December 20th
4th Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
Sermon: “Shepherds”
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: December 24 at 7 pm - Candlelight Communion and Christmas carols.
AFTER CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Sunday, December 27. Please join us for our 10 am service of lessons and Christmas carols.  (Only one service on Sunday)
“It’s a Wonderful Life Bible Study” - The Tacklebox Sunday School class
This classic movie has some great themes regarding life and faith including:
When God Changes Your Plans;  People have real value;  Where do you turn when you are in trouble and Do you have an impact on others?
Join us for this four-week Sunday School series - 9:45 am at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Prayer and Coffee - Join us every Thursday morning at 8 am to start the day with prayer and coffee in community at the church.

Graceway Church of Wilmington
Pastor Dr. Scott R. Forrest
Falling Short of His Glory

Romans 3:23 (NKJV) 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, If you are to fulfill the dreams that God put in your heart, you must change the way you see yourself and change the way you live your life. You must rise to the glory that God intended when he saw your life before the foundation of the universe. You must see things from his perspective, his point of view. Although the above scripture passage is very familiar to many, there are some things we can learn when we view it from a different perspective, a perspective that is both instructive and well within the bounds of its original meaning. Instead of concentrating on the sin aspect of this verse, as we often do, it is equally important to concentrate on the glory aspect of this verse. To be sure, it is important to realize that when we sin we fall short of the glory of God, but what exactly is meant by the phrase “the glory of God?”   
If you consult a Greek lexicon you will find that one of the meanings for the phrase that is translated as “the glory of God” is the concept of the viewpoint or expectation of God or the way he sees things. Thus, one of the ways we fall short of the glory of God is to fall short of the expectation or the viewpoint of God, or specifically to fall short of the way he sees us living our lives.  The way God sees us is usually far different than the way that we see ourselves. The way he sees us is the way he created us to be. He sees us living victoriously in Christ and doing great exploits for him. He sees us achieving our God given dreams and fulfilling our divine destiny. He sees us becoming the people that he created us to be. He sees us doing things that are presently beyond our imagination!
Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
20 Now to him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
Dr. Scott R. Forrest
Pastor, Graceway Church of Wilmington

Derwin Hinson to perform at Olivet Baptist Church  

Local musical sensation Derwin Hinson will be in concert on November 29th at Olivet Baptist Church of Wilmington, NC. For those who have had the pleasure of seeing Derwin perform, you know what to expect. For those who have never seen him before, here is why I referred to him as a musical sensation. When you come into the sanctuary, the stage has an array of stringed instruments on stands. While Derwin is singing, he walks around playing the various instruments. You may hear singing and other music playing in the background. Here is the amazing part; every instrument and voice you hear is Derwin! His wife,
Alene may accompany him at times.  Derwin is a gifted performer who brings the word of God through the unique style, he has been blessed with. I’m sure you will enjoy and remember this special worship service. Olivet Baptist Church is located at 138 Glendale Drive. Glendale Drive. is by the airport, off 133, just past Gordon Rd.
The service begins at 11:00 AM. Pastor Chuck Hill, and the congregation of Olivet Baptist Church welcome “whosoever will” to visit us on November 29th; you will be blessed!

Two Evenings of Music to Benefit Three Local Charities

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church presents the 3rd Annual Coastal Carolina Christmas event on December 11th and 12th. These two evenings of music and festivities will benefit three local charities: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, Help Hub at the Harrelson Center, and the Wilmington Boys Choir at St. Paul’s. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is located on 16th & Market Street in Wilmington. Tickets are $25 per evening and available online at www.spechurch.com/coastalcarolinachristmas  or by calling the church office at 910-762-4578.
Friday, December 11th at 7:00 pm holds a concert featuring carols by the Wilmington Boys Choir and selections from Handel's Messiah by the Choir of St. Paul's, soloists and chamber orchestra, directed by St. Paul’s Music Director Ronnie Wise. A sparkling chocolate reception will follow the concert. On Saturday, December 12th entertainer Al DiMarco will present a cabaret show accompanied by light bites and beverages during the performance. Doors open at 7:00 pm with show beginning at 7:30 pm. DiMarco has been playing music professionally for more than 35 years. He began accordion lessons at age six and later learned to play the piano, trumpet and vibes. In his early teens he started singing and writing songs. He performs as a soloist and in several bands.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is a volunteer organization that serves those who are hungry in the Wilmington area through distribution of emergency food. This service is provided in partnership with the community, without regard to race or religion and with care to preserve the dignity of the individuals being served. Help Hub at the Harrelson Center provides short-term or emergency assistance to individuals and families in need of financial help and/ or guidance to connect them with additional resources. The center recognizes the critical needs of others and encourages, uplifts and assists them in rebuilding their lives through the services provided at the center. Wilmington Boys Choir at St. Paul’s is a group of approximately 25 boys from the age of 6 through voice change. The choir rehearses once per week and performs about 10 concerts and services per semester. Members receive musical training as well as social experiences and cultural awareness. For some it is the only chance to receive comprehensive music instruction, discipline, and camaraderie.

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