Worship News and Directory for January 25th 2017

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 25 January 2017 05:00

Cancer—Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead

When someone you know is facing cancer, what can you do to reach out and help? The newest book from Stephen Ministries offers a simple and powerful answer. Released in January 2017, Cancer—Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead is a book anyone can give to those with cancer and their loved ones—a way of providing help, support, and encouragement during that critical time. “When my wife, Joan, was diagnosed with cancer, we were stunned, and there was an overwhelming amount we needed to learn,” says the book’s author, Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and pastor. “Cancer—Now What? is the book I wish someone had given us at that time. It covers what we needed to know right from the start.” In addition to the author’s own experience, the book draws on extensive research with over 3,500 cancer survivors, family members of those with cancer, oncologists, and other medical professionals. The result is a practical, hope-filled guide for dealing with the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges that cancer brings. Dr. Haugk is founder and Executive Director of Stephen Ministries, an international not-for-profit educational organization based in St. Louis, Missouri, that has produced caregiving training and resources since 1975. “Stephen Ministries’ mission is to ensure that hurting people receive much-needed help, as well as to equip and empower others to provide high-quality care,” says Dr. Haugk. “Cancer—Now What? supports that mission and fills a crucial need both for people facing cancer and for anyone looking for a tangible way to offer help and support.” Cancer—Now What? is available from Stephen Ministries at CancerNowWhat.org or (314) 428-2600.

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 www.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   
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Website: www.kurememorial.org

Mustard Seed Fund Now Accepting Applications
5654 Carolina Beach Road near Monkey Junction

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.

Theologians & activists tackle spiritual & social crisis of
Racism in America

Dr. Catherine Meeks, a longtime leader in the struggle for racial justice, brings together a range of powerful voices—theologians, pastors, and activists—to grapple with the spiritual and social crisis of racism in a new collection of essays: Living into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America (Morehouse Publishing). The book is “timely and urgently needed,” says Jim Wallis in the foreword, in the aftermath of the contentious and troubling national election that showed how far we are from being a “postracial” country. The contributors are “clear about the need for a different conversation on race in the 21st century than the one held in the 20th,” says Dr. Meeks. “Colorblindness” is not the answer. “The rush to racial reconciliation is rooted deeply in the notion of colorblindness, a philosophy highly held in the religious communities of America. It is not, however a notion that is rooted in truly trying to hear what Blacks are saying about their state of affairs when it comes to race,” Dr. Meeks writes. “There will be no racial reconciliation without justice, no justice without racial healing.”
The eight writers featured in Living into God’s Dream have spent years working to heal the wounds of racism. The essays weave together psychological, sociological, and theological threads, creating a body of work that will help readers reflect on their own journey as a White person or as a person of color. Among the contributors are:
• The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and the first African American to become an Episcopal bishop in Georgia, explores the ways in which the South is the Holy Land for America.
• Dr. Luther Smith, Jr., professor emeritus of Church and Community at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University, explores the idea that God has a dream for us to be a community, what hinders it and ways we can embrace it.
• Dr. Lerita Coleman Brown, professor of psychology emerita at Agnes Scott College, discusses how healing the minds of Blacks and Whites alike can lead to the possibility of cultivating the spirit—work that needs to be done if there is to be true healing.
• Dr. Meeks writes two chapters about the reasons to continue the conversation on race and the pain felt by Black parents when their children experience this country as a hard place in which to live because their skin happens not to be white.
• Don Mosley, cofounder of Jubilee Partners Christian service community in Georgia, who helped launch Habitat for Humanity, analyzes White privilege and recounts its dogged determination to hold him hostage from an early age.
• Beth King, a Dismantling Racism Trainer for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, joins Dr. Meeks to describe the work of the diocese’s Beloved Community Commission for Dismantling Racism.
The book is a testament to Dr. Meeks’ commitment to dialogue. “I keep talking about race because dialogue has to continue,” she says. “The efforts we make each day to connect with one another may lead to a day when the system of oppression will be destroyed. Each authentic daily struggle can lead to a weakening of the overall system and one day it will collapse. It will…be replaced by the foundation built from the slow, consistent, and persistent relationship building that occurs between Blacks and Whites who are faithful to this call. That’s why I keep talking.”
Dr. Catherine Meeks is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies at Wesleyan College and serves the Diocese of Atlanta as the chair of the Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism. She is author of several other books, including Standing on Their Shoulders: A Celebration of the Wisdom of African American Women.

A Wine Experience February 10th

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!”

Answering the WHY Questions

Casual Worship:
Sundays at 8:30am
Traditional Worship: Sundays at 11am
Sunday School &
 Christian Education: Sundays at 9:45am
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 FREE 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.
WHY?  It’s the simplest question in the world …and the most difficult to answer.  Perhaps that’s because it gets at the very core of what life is about, what the real purpose is behind what we do.  Whatever we do, we should have a good reason, and it should be done with intention.
For followers of Christ, it’s no different.  We are encouraged in the Bible, “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  We believe that we have been created in the image of God, to reflect God’s love and goodness in the world; and as followers of Jesus, whatever we say or do should reflect the One we follow.  That’s our purpose, that’s our “why.”
But there are more things about which people want to know “why,” so in the coming weeks we’ll try to look at those and answer them the best we can.  We don’t claim to know all the answers (if anyone does, they’re not being honest with you or with themselves), but we’ll try our best to give a reason for the hope we share.
The first questions is, “WHY BELIEVE IN JESUS?”  He says that he is living water and the bread of life.  What does he mean by that?  Jesus is the answer to what we are hungering and thirsting for.  Psalm 63 says, “My soul thirsts for you as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
So, the question is not, “Why would a relationship with Jesus Christ be a good thing to have in your life?”  It is not, “Do you want to go to heaven or hell when you die?”  The question is, “Why do people need Jesus?”  In his great book, Beyond the Walls, Adam Hamilton answers this question in perhaps the best way it can be said:
Jesus Christ is the answer to the deepest longings of the human heart.  He is the answer to the most serious problems that plague our society.  When Jesus is Lord and the Holy Spirit enters the heart of the believer, we find the empty places filled, and the dark sides of our soul transformed.  …Why do people need Christ?  Because without him we will always be lost and our lives will never realize their God-given potential.  He opens the door to a whole new world for us.
So, that’s our answer to why we should believe in Jesus.  Next week: “Why do people need the church?”
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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