Minister Jarrett D. Garvin will give his initial sermon Sept. 30 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Deliverance Center. The church is at 200 Stokes Ave. in Rincon.
The Effingham County Methodist Campmeeting has been a historical tradition since 1790.
First Steps Preschool held its annual four-day camp for 3-and 4-year-old children. The children enjoyed crafts, games, special visitors and most important, Bible stories.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Springfield will celebrate its 100th anniversary on June 10. All former members, pastors and friends in the community are invited to attend.
Rick Rafter of Clyo was ordained as a permanent deacon Saturday by Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. Rafter was one of 18 ordained in a ceremony held at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Savannah.
Centerpoint Community Church will hold an open house of its new facility June 2 from 5-6:30 p.m. The church is at 2160 Highway 21 South in Springfield. Refreshments will be served.
The Savannah Diocesan Council of Catholic Women recently held its annual convention in Savannah. St Boniface Catholic Church hosted the opening event, an international themed dinner with entertainment provided by the Glorna Daire Dance Group and a Hispanic dance group led by Pablo Levy.
More than 250 historic graves have been located outside the cemetery walls near the Jerusalem Lutheran Church.
The local observance of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 3 at the Effingham County Courthouse.
The Sunday School Association of Effingham County will hold its 133rd annual convention May 6 at the Effingham Methodist Campground in Springfield.
First Baptist Church of Rincon ordained Doug Cone to the Gospel Ministry on April 15. Cone has been active in local prison ministry and nursing home ministry through HIS LOVE Ministries of the Savannah area.
Rincon United Methodist Church will host the annual Rincon Community Holy Week Services, April 2-6,. Services begin at 12:05 and conclude at 12:30 p.m. each day, followed by a light lunch in the church social hall.
The music ministry of First Baptist Church of Rincon will present the Easter Celebration Worship Musical, "God of the Ages," on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 6 p.m.
Jeff and Sheri Easter will bring their ministry to Maranatha Assembly of God at 454 Wiesenbaker Rd. on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in a special concert. A love offering will be received.
To the tune of "This Land Is Your Land," the members of Bible Lutheran Church celebrated the dedication and groundbreaking Sunday for their future sanctuary along Blue Jay Road.
If I had to describe how I could tell a Christian just by observing interactions, as in a business meeting, I would probably say I could see the fruit of the spirit in the person's kindness. In many ways, sheer kindness is often the mark of a person living as a Christian.
Christians often feel an obligation to pray for those who need assistance, both individually and corporately. Church congregations therefore regularly pray for members and extended family and friends who are struggling. Each church handles such prayers differently, but they usually involve some sort of prayer list.
The pastor of St. Boniface Church, Father Ba Thong Nguyen, also known as Father Martino, had a vision to bring all of the church's Faith Formation children and their parents along with members of the congregation to Veterans Park in Springfield on Sunday to pray for all of the souls who have given their lives for the nation.
By the time you read this, election day will have passed and, barring a runoff, the constant bombardment of negative campaigns will subside, at least for a year. I have come to believe that the fact that any person would spend someone's hard-earned dollars to do nothing but call their opponent a liar should immediately disqualify them from office. But that's just me, and I could be wrong.
Before the kids in their costumes head out the door to get bags full of candy, St. Luke's Episcopal Church has a special treat lined up for them.
In life, extremism often ends in a multitude of problems. I find the same is true when the Gospel is presented.
The German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote, "When Christ calls us, he bids us come and die." Bonhoeffer, citing the words of Jesus, bid Christians to count the cost of discipleship. For Bonhoeffer, this death was literal; for most other Christians we are called to die to our former selves.
The bizarre and horrible renditions notwithstanding (i.e., Roseanne Barr, Michael Bolton), most people can at least sing the national anthem. Or, I should say, they can sing what they believe is the national anthem. After all, most folks have been to enough civic events and ballgames to have memorized it.
I've got to wonder if Sherriff McDuffie, just as his head hits the pillow at night and he's about to drift off to sleep, ever reviews the events of the day and just busts out with laughter. It's got to happen on occasion.
Anyone familiar with Effingham County sports knows well the friendly but passionate rivalry between Effingham County High School and South Effingham High School in many sports. On grass fields, hardwood courts, clay diamonds, wrestling mats, dirt running trails, and asphalt courts the best of Effingham's teenage athletes battle for the title of county champs.
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