Worship News and Directory for December 24th, 2014

By / Local Events / Tuesday, 23 December 2014 05:00

Critical Steps for Healing of Domestic Human Trafficking Survivors Outlined in New Documentary

BALTIMORE, Md. – Jeanne Allert, founder of The Samaritan Women www.thesamaritanwomen.org, is a modern-day abolitionist featured in the upcoming documentary “In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom” www.inplainsightfilm.com , where she shares critical steps for healing of those who have been victims of human trafficking in the United States.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar global industry where victims are forced or coerced into labor or commercial sex. Each year, an estimated 100,000 children and thousands more women are sold for sex in the United States. The average age of those exploited into the sex trade is just 12-14 years old. Traffickers frequently target victims and then use violence, threats, lies, false promises, debt bondage or other forms of control and manipulation to keep victims enslaved in the sex industry for their own profit.
In the documentary, Allert shares the steps she has developed for helping survivors. They include mitigating or reducing any threats, so the survivor can focus on healing; helping survivors work through psychological and emotional issues related to their experience; helping them form new, healthy relationships; and discovering what makes them unique, so they can develop an environment where they will flourish.
The film, which also is complemented by a music album and a “31 Day Devotional & Group Study Guide,” will be available in book stores and online Dec. 23. “Human Trafficking Prevention Month” in January is an opportunity to raise awareness about its victims. Organizers hope churches, civic groups and other organizations and individuals will host up to 100 screenings around the country that month.
Allert was a successful businesswoman when, in 2007, her heart was broken upon meeting Heather, a young girl trapped in sex trafficking. Two months after her encounter, Allert sold her business and purchased a 23-acre estate in Baltimore City that she turned into a residential home for women who have been trafficked. “I hope the documentary serves as a complementary and perhaps contrasting message to the Hollywood- interpretations of this problem,” Allert said. “The film is really a testimony of hope, and encourages us to face the really challenging battles ahead, knowing that there truly can be healing and restoration.”
“In Plain Sight” aims to educate the American public and encourage people to take action. Produced and narrated by Christian recording artist Natalie Grant, the documentary features modern-day abolitionists from across the country and includes interviews with trafficking survivors, law enforcement and court officials and those dedicated to helping survivors. The Samaritan Women is currently the only organization of its kind in the mid-Atlantic region and takes referrals from across the U.S. The Samaritan Women will be opening a second facility in early 2015. Additional information about The Samaritan Women is available at www.thesamaritanwomen.org
- See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/12/16/critical-steps-healing-domestic-human-trafficking-survivors-outlined-new-documentary/#sthash.0dRBdA9W.dpuf

Kure Memorial Lutheran News

Encouragement for the week:  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, … and he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  Isiah 9:6.
Advent Schedule - Advent, beginning on November 30 this year and lasting until Christmas, is the beginning of our church year.  It’s a time of anticipation and preparation for the birth of Christ.  We invite everyone to join us in preparing our hearts for Christmas during our Advent activities.
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Holden Evening Prayer Service
Reflection:  “New Life”
Wednesday, Dec. 24
7:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Family Service (candlelight)
11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday Schedule:
  9:00 Sunday School      
10:00 Worship
11:00 Fellowship Time     
  4:00 Youth Group
Surfin’ on God’s Grace,
Pastor:  Dan Keck   910-458-5266
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Website: www.kurememorial.org

Carolina Coast Vineyard Sunday Morning Worship At the CB Pier

 Carolina Coast Vineyard Church and Sunday Morning Worship have a unique and special story. Cathy Chester, Pastor, moved to Wilmington in 2012 from Columbus, Ohio with her husband Jon, a retired Deputy Sheriff, to plant CCVC in Wilmington, a call they felt very strongly about. Just two weeks after their arrival, they began meeting with neighbors in their home. But in less than four months after starting the church, Jon, a passionate tattooed Harley riding cop turned pastor, died unexpectedly, after a routine surgery. Cathy, a retired Special Education teacher, knew that she was to keep the church going. So, she took the lead as pastor, continuing to meet with the group. She is still amazed at how she was able to keep going, knowing without any doubt that she was stay here, even while still grieving.   Rick and Lisa Courtney had been an active part of the Vineyard Church in Virginia Beach. Rick, a Navy veteran had done some ministry while serving and after retiring, they both connected with the church and immersed themselves in ministry there. Both Wilmington natives, they decided to return to their roots a number of years ago.  In early 2014, Rick and Lisa connected with Cathy through Facebook when searching for Vineyard churches in the area. They had an almost instant connection to each other. When Rick and Lisa started Sunday Morning worship at the Pier, they started attending each other’s gatherings.  It became quite evident that God had connected them to serve together in ministry in Carolina Beach. And so, Sunday Morning Worship merged with Carolina Coast Vineyard Church.  CCVC’s mission is to provide a Christ-centered faith community on the Island that is casual, current and comfortable for everyone.  (Flip flops are encouraged) You will experience a welcoming environment with an amazing view. The gathering starts at 10am with coffee and donuts and a chance to meet new friends, and we begin at 10:30.
You can contact Rick, Cathy and Lisa through the Carolina Coast Vineyard Church Facebook page, or through our website. Learn more about Carolina Coast on our website, www.carolinacoast-vc.org
Life is hard enough. Come and get refilled. Our motto is NEVER WALK ALONE. That meaning is twofold: You never walk alone when you walk with Jesus and you when you are part of a faith community that truly believes in the power of both. Come and check it out. High Tide Lounge 1800 Carolina Beach Avenue (top floor).Carolina Coast Vineyard Church
High Tide Lounge 1800 Carolina Beach AVE (top floor)

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.




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