The year of 2007 is fast approaching an end, and Christmas is at hand.
The Bible will "come to life" during two nights of Christmas productions at First Baptist Church of Rincon. A narrator in biblical costume will walk out of a giant Bible to tell the Christmas story, mixed with music and drama.
Beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts, Christmas trees, holiday parties, unending upbeat carols in shops and malls, visits from friends and family, baking and cooking, food everywhere - and the awed, hushed joy of welcoming a tiny infant to the world - these are the images and memories of Christmas most of us celebrate and treasure.
As part of the outreach mission of the Rincon Church of God, the church's C.A.R.E Board is now an Angel Food Ministries order and distribution site.
Ty LaValley, the new youth minister at Springfield United Methodist Church, loves to laugh and have fun. Through the years, his clown and puppetry ministry has allowed him to spread that laughter- along with the message of Christ- to children and adults throughout the world.
Rev. Ben Martin addressed the large crowd gathered in the Springfield United Methodist Church on Nov. 9 with a powerful question, "What if Ed Cadle Sr., had retired 20 years ago from the ministry and went fishing every day instead of forming Mission on the Move?" Rev. Martin answered his own question, explaining that children in Tapachula, Mexico, would still be living in prison with one or both of their parents, enduring daily physical and sexual abuse. Fortunately, Cadle didn't go fishing but went to Tapachula instead and built three Christian homes for those children. Now, at the age ...
The grief process is always very difficult and especially so during the holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas, when the absence of a loved-one is painfully noticed.
Bishop Brian D. Moore will be in revival at Grace Full Gospel Church Nov. 29-30 at 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church of Rincon College and Career Bible study department visited Memorial Health University Medical Center's Backus Children's Hospital on Oct. 27.
Local volunteers are collecting simple shoe box gifts personally packed by children, families and individuals. From Savannah, the shoe box gifts will be sorted and sent using whatever means necessary - sea containers, trucks, buses, trains, airplanes, helicopters, boats, camels, even dog sleds - to reach suffering children around the world.
On a hot Sunday in Rincon, Baptists and Catholics stood shoulder to shoulder in front of First Baptist Church of Rincon, holding up signs denouncing abortion as part of the Life Chain.
Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church is proud to announce "God on Broadway 2007," scheduled for Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Some may have noticed the new sign and other upgrades to the little white church at the curve of Highway 30 near Kolic Helmly Road. These have been made as Berea Southern Methodist Church starts a new outreach with their new full time pastor, Rev. Walter Gaskin.
NBC's advertising of the "Today" show's Monday morning segment on prayer caught my attention. While the promotions were run continually and ad nauseum, at least they signaled a possible shift by the usually highly secular show toward an acknowledgement, if not appreciation, of things spiritual.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rincon recently held a service of institution for its chapter of Daughters of the King.
One of the questions pastors often encounter, whether directly or indirectly, is the dilemma of innocent suffering. That is, why do bad things happen to good people?
On Sunday evenings this spring, CNN is airing a new docudrama series entitled "Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, and Forgery." The series is based on the book of the same name by David Gibson and Michael McKinley.
Even if you haven't stepped in a church in years, you likely know the story of the "prodigal" son. Just in case, here's a quick refresher: A rather wealthy landowner has two sons. One asks for his inheritance early (before his father's death, which was an even greater insult when Jesus told this story than it is today). His father obliges him, and the son takes off to live a life of partying.
The parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-15) underscores the truth that God's love can be received by people extremely late in life. Many a pastor has seen death-bed conversions; they are possible and do sincerely occur.
We are fortunate to live in a county rich with churches offering different opportunities for people to worship. Yet, we must be humble and honest enough to realize that often people who walk through our front doors see very imperfect organizations, and unfortunately that can turn them off to the whole idea of organized religion and church.
The television series "House of Cards" is an American political drama based on a BBC miniseries of the same name. The opening of season 1 set the stage for what were we to witness as the background of the political sphere. In that episode, congressman Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) kills a suffering dog with his bare hands while telling the television audience that sometimes we must "do the unpleasant thing, yet the necessary thing." And from then on out, the audience experiences the utter ruthlessness of politics as it is portrayed behind the scenes.
I make eggs for breakfast just about every morning, depending on how our chickens are feeling. And I have finally learned that if I talk too much between the time I take the eggs out of the pan and dig in at the table, my eggs will get cold.
Sadly, one indicator of Effingham's family-oriented growth has succumbed to economic pressure, and I for one will miss it. As some in the county may already know, Baibry's Coffee and Café in Rincon has closed its doors for good.
Training in Children Worship and Wonder, an exciting way of doing faith formation with children, will be held at Guyton Christian Church from March 13-15.
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