Worship News and Directory for Oct. 22, 2014

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 22 October 2014 04:00

Excitement Builds for National Back to Church Sunday on September 21

A national movement is gaining momentum as tens of thousands of churches prepare to welcome several million people to services all on the same day, Back to Church Sunday® on September 21. And in some communities, churches are unifying to encourage everyone to get back to church on this special day. Back to Church Sunday® is the largest annual community-based church outreach effort in the nation. The campaign empowers churches and their members with the tools they need to welcome their neighbors, friends and loved ones back to church, while providing an easy way for everyone in the community to find a welcoming church. For 2014’s sixth annual Back to Church Sunday®, 30,000 churches are expected to participate across Christian denominations, holding special services that leaders estimate could involve more than 3.34 million people around the world.
In Pearl, MS, more than 15 churches have joined together to invite all residents from the Jackson, MS area to come back to church. According to a pastor in Pearl, this is the first-ever effort for churches in their city to work together for participation in Back to Church Sunday.
The group has even garnered the support of their mayor. “I encourage Pearl residents to bring their families and reach out to their neighbors to participate in National Back to Church Sunday,” said Brad Rogers, mayor for the city of Pearl. “Having a church home strengthens families—and strong families and churches strengthen communities.”
In Deland, Florida, chaplains of the high school football team are using the community’s passion for football to encourage people to go back to church by showing Back to Church Sunday’s viral Pastor Rap video to 10,000 people attending games. “A recent demographic study of our area confirmed a high percentage of residents have a traditional church background but most are not now attending church,” said Chuck Hassell, a local minister and co-chaplain for the football team.
“These people–literally raised in church–are the ones who need that invitation back to church. The Pastor Rap video works well for our community because it shows all different aspects and types of churches. Our message is this: select the church of your choice, but just go to church somewhere.”
Community efforts like these help propel the national movement forward, as more and more churches participate. There is no cost to join the movement at www.backtochurch.com, and by signing up churches then appear on a national listing that helps people in their communities connect with them.
“What an incredible testament to the heart of these cities, and the leaders of the churches there, to unite their community with the love of Christ,” said Scott Evans, founder and CEO of Outreach, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of church communications resources that helps support the Back to Church Sunday movement. “Our prayer is that more churches throughout the country will model this example until we reach every home.”
For more information about Back to Church Sunday, as well as videos and other resources available, visit www.backtochurch.com.
- See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/08/21/excitement-builds-national-back-church-sunday-september-21/#sthash.QTOsiotu.dpuf

Ministering Circle celebrates 125 years of service with its Annual Fall Gourmet SaleProceeds from the Nov. 1 sale will benefit non-profits & scholarships with a healthcare focus

The Ministering Circle of Wilmington is celebrating its 125th Anniversary on November 1 with its annual gourmet sale. For 30 years, the Ministering Circle has been selling gourmet foods, relishes, pickles, baked goods and one-of-a-kind specialty dishes to support healthcare programs at local nonprofits and educational facilities. Cape Fear Community College, UNCW, Nourish NC and Saint Mary's Dental Clinic are among the groups who have received support from the Ministering Circle's efforts throughout the years. Founded in 1888, the Ministering Circle of Wilmington is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that supports health care projects and scholarships in the Wilmington community. In honor of of the group's 125th anniversary, a local charity will receive a $25,000 gift. The recipient of the gift will be announced at the sale.
This year's sale will be held on November 1 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Elk's Club on Oleander Drive. Admission is free. For more information, contact M.Robison 910.251.8783 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kure Memorial Lutheran News

Encouragement for the week:  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble."  Psalm 46:1.
9:00 Sunday School      
10:00 Worship
11:00 Fellowship Time
  4:30 Youth Group    
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.
Our Statement of Welcome: Accepting those whom Christ has already accepted, Kure Memorial Lutheran Church affirms that all people, regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation, or economic status, are unconditionally welcome to our community of faith and are invited to join us in worship, fellowship and ministry.
October Highlights: On October 19 we will be holding our worship service outside near our gazebo on 3rd Avenue! Bring a lawn chair and come out and worship with us!

Our Beach Worship season has come to a close!  Thanks to all in the community who came out to the beach to be a part of our beach worship community and made it so much fun!  We look forward to next year as we will begin again on Wednesday, May 27, 2015!  Mark your calendars!
Surfin’ on God’s Grace, Pastor:  Dan Keck 910-458-5266 email: pdannybeachguy@ gmail.com
Website: kurememorial.org

Tailgate Thursdays at Beach Community Worship Service

Looking for something different and fun to do outside during this beautiful fall weather? Come check out “Tailgate Thursdays” at Beach Community Worship Service beginning Thursday October 16th  6:30pm until: Fire Pit,  Corn Hole/games,  Live music,  Fellowship in fun and the Word and Family Friendly atmosphere! We are a “come as you are” group of Christians seeking to get to know our friends in Carolina/Kure Beach in a new and better way. Tailgate Thursdays are open to everyone and other church groups are welcome! If you play music, please bring your instrument and join in on the jam! There’s plenty of room for parking so bring all your friends. If you don’t have a tailgate, bring your favorite chair instead! We’re at the corner of Cape Fear Blvd/4th St in Carolina Beach.

3rd Annual Prayer Walk

If we ask anyone between five-years old and one hundred what “Holiday” falls on October 31st, 100 percent will resound: “Halloween!” If we ask the same individuals what the next day proclaims, I guess 90 percent would stare back bewildered, because All Saint’s Day, November 1st, remains unknown by many, even Christians, as does All Souls Day on November 2nd.
Nevertheless, my Letter to the Editor in the Daily News, Jacksonville, North Caroline, two years ago brought added attention to All Saint’s Day. I announced that my wife and I would walk once around one of our city’s landmarks, Jacksonville Commons’ Pool, at 6:00 p.m., praying for God to continue to guide and bless our nation. In my letter, I invited other Christians to join our ten minute walk. A small group arrived and shared our praying. Last year, another Letter to the Editor about our All Saint’s Day Prayer Walk drew more praying walkers.
This third year, God’s Spirit touched me to invite more of God’s people to share in our All Saint’s Day Prayer Walk. Therefore, I am sending this same invitation to every Newspaper and Christian church email I can find, local and afar, throughout America. I encourage churches to tell their congregations of this prayer walk or at least tell them of this National effort. Further, I encourage Christians, wherever they worship, to gather at a landmark in their city or community. Then, on November 1st at 6:00 p.m., praying Christians can join spiritually over vast distances with Jacksonville, North Carolina souls in our Third Annual All Saint’s Day Prayer Walk.
Regardless of the distance between us, what a blessing God will bestow on our nation if two or three (thousand) gather in Christian spirit every All Saint’s Day. If we walk worthy of our calling, praising God, humbling ourselves, praying and seeking His face, God will forgive our sins and will heal our land as He promised in Second Chronicles 7:14.
If we invest a few minutes in an Annual All Saint’s Day Prayer Walk until Christ returns for us, His living saints, we will no longer hide our light under a bushel. We will shine it from the highest hilltop for all to see.

Sunday Morning Worship at CB pier

Rick Courtney and his wife, Lisa, are sharing love through worship, prayer and scripture with a Sunday morning worship service at High Tides on the North End Pier, Carolina Beach.  While Courtney was in the navy, he did ministry work. After retiring from the navy, he and his wife stayed in Virginia for a while, but, decided to move back to the area.
He then chose to share his ministry with others and he always felt Carolina Beach had this special charm about it. His mission is to share scriptures while singing His praises with an open invitation to all who want to share the same. The gathering starts at 10 a.m., for fellowship, coffee/water and donuts are provided. Breakfast can be ordered from the grill, if you would like something more. They offer positive music and food for thought from the bible, and with the music, songs and worship you have the best view. He also has a Facebook page, where he offers words of encouragement each day; to get your day started on a positive note or pick you up if you are down; something to get you through or to get you thinking.
You can contact him through the page also. Follow him at facebook.com/sundaymorningworship. Courtney feels that life is hard enough, so church should refill that spirit and make you smile. So, stop in at High Tides on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. to get a smile and spirit through the message received. He is also working on a worship-driven album.
Yes, if his name sounds familiar, it is because he is a member of the band Beachbilly Brothers that plays at different venues in the area.

Fund Raiser for Seaside Chapel Church October 20th

Seaside Chapel Church will be holding a Fish-Fry on Saturday, October 11th from 11am-6pm. The Fish Fry will be located at the Church on the corner of Dow Road and Charlotte Avenue, across the street from the Fire Department. Plates are $8.00 and the menu includes: Fish (Whitting), coleslaw, hush puppies, your choice of boiled peanuts or Corn on the cobb and tea or coffee.
Buy a ticket at the church office or at the door. More info call 458-9283 or 458-0486.

St. Paul’s United Methodist  Church “Island Pumpkin Patch
Opens October 4th"

When October rolls around, pumpkins are everywhere!  You can get one at grocery stores, the big bulk stores, produce markets and even other churches.  So, why take a special trip to Carolina Beach?  Well, other than the fact that it’s the BEACH, and the ocean breezes beckon for a peaceful stroll looking for shells on the sand and dolphins jumping in the water, and the boardwalk is quieter without the tourists, allowing everyone to linger and walk slowly through the shops -- we invite everyone to the St. Paul’s UMC’s 11th Annual Island Pumpkin Patch! 
Our pumpkins are beautiful, we have all sizes for every price range!  We have decorative gourds and white pumpkins to decorate your table.  We have scary and fun decorations for photo ops, and we have the nicest, most laid-back “ sales” team ever.  We have a community  "circular walking path" that allows you to slow down, contemplate, consider and think, waiting for a God-breakthrough to your questions, concerns or life stresses.  Sometimes we just need to slow down and listen for the answer to our problems. 
Plus, every year, the profits from our pumpkin sales stay right here in our community.  Needy youngsters receive Christmas gifts - because no matter what your circumstances, every child deserves a visit from Santa!  So, please make the extra effort to visit and purchase pumpkins from us.   We are located in the churchyard at 300 Harper Avenue in Carolina Beach, and we officially open at 3pm Saturday, October 4th, and are open daily until Halloween.   (Monday - Saturday:  11am - 7pm;  Sunday:  noon - 7pm).  You can call the church office at 458-5310 for information on the pumpkin patch, and our worship services, events, and ministries.”



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