Six weeks as the new pastor at St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Rev. Marty Nason is feeling the love of his new church family. “I am enjoying this church,” Nason said. “The people are so kind and generous and we have a good staff here.” St. Paul is a church engaged in missions and outreach, the new pastor continued. For many years, St. Paul members have participated in mission trips to help the extremely poor people in eastern Kentucky. These people live in rural mountain areas without electricity, gas or water. Their homes are dilapidated. Through their association with Red Bird Missions, St. Paul sends teams to help with construction and renovations work for these people. Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Separation and divorce are among life’s most difficult and painful experiences. Help is available for those attempting to heal and restore balance to their life through this weekly support group called DivorceCare Recovery. This is a special place of encouragement, information and sharing. A new DivorceCare Support Group will start on Sept. 17 at First Baptist Church, 300 S. Irby St. The group will meet weekly from 6 until 7:30 p.m., in the CAB Lounge for a 13-week period. Tuesday, August 26, 2014
On Sunday Aug. 31, the Rev. Jeffrey R. Richardson will be the celebrant and preacher at 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church meeting at Back Swamp School on Pocket Road. Confirmation classes continue at 9 a.m.
Just For Women Ministries, led by Bible teacher Betsy Bird, will begin a Fall Bible Study, on Sept. 8 in Darlington at First Baptist Church, and on Sept. 9 in Florence at First Presbyterian Church. Participants may attend any session. The study: “Getting Grace Through Christ,” written by Brad Bird, will give an incredible glimpse of Old Testament prophecies concerning Christ fulfilled in the New Testament. “There is no way to adequately describe how excited I am about this study and what I believe the Lord will do in each of our lives through the power of His Word and His Spirit,” said Betsy. “ I always think the study we are currently doing is the best yet and this fall will be no exception.“ Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Venerable Calhoun Walpole, first female to hold the position of archdeacon in The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, will be guest celebrant at St. Catherine Episcopal Church on Sunday, Aug. 10, at 10 a.m. The church meets in the historic Back Swamp School House, 502 East Pocket Road. All are welcome to attend. A graduate of The University of the South with a master of divinity degree, Walpole served as assistant rector of Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Pawley’s Island before being named vicar of Grace Episcopal Church, Charleston. She continues in that position as well as serving as archdeacon to the Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Tuesday, August 5, 2014
All Saints Church will host Vacation Bible School, Aug. 4 through Aug. 7, from 9 a.m until noon. A registration celebration will be held for VBS on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. Hot dogs and chips will be served. Come register and find out about VBS.
The Mount Carmel Praise Team and Little Angels, and Pastor Quantese Davis invite the public to join them on Aug. 5 at New Generation Adult Day Care, 2111 Jody Road at 1 p.m. to lift up the name of Jesus.
Editor's note: A version of this article first appeared at thecatholicthing.org I recently bought the book “Heaven is for Real” and saw the movie. That was unusual for me. I don’t typically do the books and movies everyone else is doing, especially the touchy-feely spiritual ones. Maybe it’s the snob in me, or, really, I just don’t like to do what the culture is doing. But this time, I made an exception. The story is about the near-death experience of a four-year-old named Colton Burpo, a pastor’s son from Nebraska. I’ll say up front that I didn’t care much for the movie, unlike the book. The screenwriter took too many shortcuts and liberties and redirections with new characters. Wednesday, July 23, 2014
“And Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.” (1 Kings 5:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) The beautiful temple that Solomon instructed to be built is often called “Solomon’s Temple,” but in reality was constructed because of a joint effort. As I read all who helped I was struck with the thought that most things require the help of someone else. Joint efforts really do pay off. In my Bible reading this week I read about the building of the temple and was in awe of how this was accomplished by men working together. One of the masterminds of this massive structure was a man named Hiram; he was king of Tyre. Wednesday, July 23, 2014
MUSIC CLASS – Jim Gill, former secretary of music for the S.C. Baptist Convention, works with students attending the Music & Arts Camp held at First Baptist Church. This was the fifth annual camp and 82 youth, second to sixth graders, participated. The camp concluded with a performance on July 17. Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, Florence branch, will present a program on “The Role of Compassion in Shaping Our Lives” on Saturday, July 19. The principle of compassion, no matter what religion one follows, asks us to practice the Golden Rule and treat others as we wish to be treated. Representatives from the faith communities of Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Unitarian Universalism will share their views on compassion. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the many religions represented in the Pee Dee, and see how much we have in common. It will be held at the Florence Public Library, 509 S. Dargan St. from 2:30-4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, contact Norma Small at 617-5365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fewer than two years old, St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church of Florence is recipient of a significant church symbol, which reflects both centuries of church tradition and ancient history. Parishioner April Sylvester, daughter of Mrs. Barbara Sylvester and the late Dr. Joseph Sylvester, presented the parish with an official banner at its worship service Sunday, June 29. The vivid red banner is adorned with a gold crown, representing St. Catherine of Alexandria’s royal background. Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Florence-Darlington Technical College Criminal Justice Instructor Phil Purpura was moved to do something about a sudden spike in church fires during the summer of 1996. Several South Carolina churches were burned, and Purpura created the Security for Houses of Worship Project at FDTC to provide the churches with basic security survey. Purpura and his criminal justice students recently celebrated their 51st survey at Oakdale Baptist Church in Florence County. Purpura leads the students on surveys of churches and provides the parishioners with recommendations to improve security. Tuesday, July 8, 2014
According to Florence native Eula Mae Cummings, her strong Christian values are what keep her active and well. Cummings who turned 99 on June 22 has not let her age slow her down. She is still very active in her church and in the Florence community. On her special day, she walked with ease around her church (Church of God in Christ Jesus Apostolic) where she has been a member for more than 60 years. Cummings spent her younger years being a housewife, working in the cafeteria of Carver Elementary and at McCall Farms. Traveling and gardening are just a couple of Cummings’ current hobbies. Tuesday, July 1, 2014
“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) An attitude of gratitude is a known fact that contributes to our well-being. Everyone is looking for a pill to cure this or that. I have found that a daily dose of gratitude will help you feel better. Make a conscious effort each day to document things you might normally take for granted. I’m thankful for my washer and dryer. Doing laundry at home is something I really do appreciate; so glad my Laundromat days are over. The simple act of walking is wonderful. Just go to a rehab center or hospital and you’ll see someone who is unable to move around like they use to. Thornton Wilder wrote: “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” As human beings we too often dwell on what we don’t have and forget what we have been given. For now count your blessings. Don’t wait until the last Thursday in November. Do it today! Each day I live I find so very much to be grateful for. I don’t want to let one day go by without thanking God and others who help me on my journey of life.
The Pee Dee Community Youth Choir rehearsal is calling all youth, ages 5 to 19, to rehearsal, every Monday at Open Door Baptist Church, 236 W Evans St., 6 to 7:30 p.m, For more information, contact Rev Michelle M. Law-Gordon at 843-615-7888 or via facebook at Pee Dee Community Choir. Their goal is to provide a safe haven for youth of the Pee Dee and surrounding counties.
How Great Thine Art Music & Art Camp will be offered at First Baptist Church, July 14-17, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is a $35 registration fee which includes a camp t-shirt, lunch, art supplies and instrument rental. It is available to children who have completed grades two through six. Register online at www.fbcflorence.org or by calling 843-662-9451. The church is located at 300 S Irby Street.
An indoor ‘garage sale’ will be held on Saturday, June 28, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the gymnasium at First Baptist Church. Proceeds from the multi-family donations will go the church’s mission fund.
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church will celebrate Holy Communion Rite II at Back Swamp School on Sunday, June 29, at 10 a.m. with Father Jeffrey R. Richardson, Vicar, as celebrant and preacher. St. Catherine’s new banner will be dedicated and a picnic will follow at the Harper farm.