Worship News and Directory for January 4th, 2017

By / Local Events / Monday, 02 January 2017 05:00

Let’s explore Catholic influence in North America

For the first time ever a single volume tells the fascinating story of three Roman Catholic civilizations — Spain, France, and Recusant England — as they explored, evangelized and settled the North American continent.  This dramatic account unfolds in renowned author Dr. Kevin Starr’s new book, CONTINENTAL AMBITIONS: Roman Catholics in North America.
Starr was uniquely situated to take on this impressive endeavor. He is currently a professor at the University of Southern California and has served as State Librarian for California. He has authored many articles and books, including the acclaimed Americans and the California Dream series.  Because of his writings, he has won numerous awards and accolades, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, membership in the Society of American Historians and the Presidential Medallion from USC.
Continental Ambitions comprehensively tells the story of early exploration into North America. Starr begins with the temporary settlement of Christianized Scandinavians, and continues with looks into New Spain and New France, and ends with the founding of Maryland as a proprietary colony for Roman Catholic Recusants and Anglicans alike. Influential historical figures are brought to life, and we hear their often harrowing tales as they make their foray into the unknown. Starr dramatized the representative personalities and events that illustrate the achievements and failures of each of these societies in their explorations, treatment of Native Americans and translations of religious and social value to new and challenging environments.
Continental Ambitions helps to fill a void in the citizenry’s information about this early exploration.Says Russell Shaw, author of Catholics in America: “Many Americans, Catholics among them, know very little about the distinctive Catholic cultures that flourished in North America long before the Pilgrims and the Puritans arrived. Now, thankfully, we have Kevin Starr’s scholarly but highly readable Continental Ambitions to fill the knowledge gap. The story it tells is not only fascinating in its own right but illuminating for the light it sheds on issues that remain part of the Catholic experience.”

Carolina Coast Vineyard Church News & Updates

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. 1328 N. Lake Park Boulevard • Carolina Beach, NC

Kure Memorial Lutheran Church: “Rejoice Always. Pray Without Ceasing.”
117 North 3rd Ave, (910)458-5266 • Kure Beach, NC 28449

Words of Encouragement:  Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:  Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14
Advent and Christmas Calendar of Events:
December 14:  Midweek Advent worship and Preschool Christmas Program!  7:00 pm   
December18:  Forth Sunday of Advent.  Worship at 10:00 am.  Also at 7:00 pm we will have a Blue Christmas Service of Care, Hope and Healing. This is a service of comfort and hope for all of us, but especially for those who find this time of year filled with sadness, grief and sorrow.  Please come and bring along your family members and friends to gather for a time of comfort and support.
December 21:  Midweek Advent worship with Holden Evening Prayer 7:00 pm  Reflection:  Believing!
December 24:  Christmas Eve candlelight service 7:00 pm and 11:00 pm.   
December 25:  Sunday Christmas Day worship at 10:00 am.
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 www.nccommunityfoundation.org  and Facebook or follow on Twitter @NCCF.

United Methodist Women announce theme for Assembly 2018

“The Power of Bold” will be the theme of the 19th quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women in Columbus, Ohio, May 18-20, 2018. This Assembly is particularly momentous in that it marks both the official celebration of the organization’s 150th anniversary and a return to the location of the first Assembly in 1942. Throughout the action-filled weekend, participants will revisit the journey of Mary, who boldly risked safety and security to answer yes to God’s call to service, and likewise affirm their own commitment to mission with women, children and youth as United Methodist Women in the 21st century.
When women unite, bold and courageous actions occur. In 1869, eight women came together to send a woman doctor and woman teacher to India and formed the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society. One hundred and fifty years later, that society is the largest faith-based women’s mission organization in the world, changing lives for women, children, youth and families down the street and around the globe. United Methodist Women has, is and will be a unique movement for transformation in our church and our world. “Our movement was launched by the bold action of women who saw a need and claimed their power as disciples of Jesus Christ to address it,” said Harriett J. Olson, chief executive officer of United Methodist Women. “They sent women leaders—Isabella Thoburn, an educator, and Dr. Clara Swain, a doctor—to India to serve women and children in 1869. This daring continued when leaders took a bold stand for racial justice and moved their first Assembly in 1942 to Columbus, where African-American women were welcomed at hotels and other public accommodations.”
Assembly 2018 will be a forum for United Methodist Women members, new friends and partners to gather, worship and learn about the needs of women, children and youth in the 21st century. They will be claiming their 150-year history as women who know how to organize and serve and are willing to be challenged to grow in their faith as they build deeper connections with one another, church leaders and partners in the work of justice for all God’s children. “The Power of Bold will be evident again at Assembly 2018, when 8,000 women come together in faith to address priority challenges of their day: mass incarceration, economic inequality, maternal and child health and climate justice,” Olson said. The Assembly website will officially launch in March of 2017 with regular updates on the event. Registration for the event will open Sept. 1, 2017.

A Wine Experience

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!”

St. Paul’s Guest Artist Series Continues with Acclaimed Jazz Pianist Benny Weinbeck

WILMINGTON –  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is pleased to present jazz pianist Benny Weinbeck in concert on Friday, January 27th at 7:30 p.m. (hospitality reception following concert), in the sanctuary of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located at 16th and Market Street in Wilmington.  This is the second of five concerts in the 2016-17 St. Paul’s Guest Artist Series.
Benny Weinbeck has performed, composed and arranged music for over 25 years. He has worked with some of the top musicians and producers in the music industry. Involved in film scoring, corporate projects, and teaching at Macalester College, he has also produced four albums of original compositions and one of solo piano jazz standards.
His most recent release is a solo jazz piano album of famous jazz standards, and was 26 weeks on KBEM-FM jazz radio.
Always a class act, Benny has been called Minneapolis’ version of Bobby Short.
 Don’t miss your chance to see this acclaimed pianist perform in the exquisite acoustics of the St. Paul’s Episcopal sanctuary.
 TICKETS:   $15
Ronnie Wise, Music Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 910-762-4578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., website is www.spechurch.com 

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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