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home : faith June 30, 2015 

Mission Projects
PARKER OUSLEY shows one of the gift bags for cancer patients that were packaged during Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Church last week. The children packed 462 gift bags, prepared 367 cards, and stuffed 112 pillows for cancer patients; packed 43 bags for the prison ministry; collected 30 coloring books and crayons for children visiting Hospice House and 27 potted plants for Hospice House volunteers. Their projects totaled 1,041 items. 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Plaids to return for Spirit of Central
The Plaids will return to Central United Methodist Church for the 12th Annual Patriotic Celebration, The Spirit Of Central on Wednesday, June 24. The Plaids have been singing their trademark doo-wop and beach music for 20 years and this will be their tenth year entertaining the Spirit of Central.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Florence hosting Church of God and True Holiness International Conference this week
The Church of God and True Holiness International will return to Florence to hold their Annual Convocation June 22-26. The 88th Holy Convocation will hold their morning sessions at the Hampton Inn & Suites, with the evening sessions at Bethel Apostolic Church. 
The conference is expected to bring in 350 delegates from across the United States, Canada, Jamaica, and Trinidad. The conference was last held in Florence in 2008.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bishop Blue, CCFM, DHCC 15th annual conference in Marion June 23-27
MARION – Bishop Michael A. Blue, the bishops and pastors of the Christian Covenant Fellowship of Ministries (CCFM) and the Door of Hope Christian Church (DHCC) in Marion, are celebrating their 15th annual conference, June 23-27. The theme is once again, “Kingdom Reformation II: The Shift Continues.” It is based on the Bible scripture, Acts 17:6b “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also...” Blue says, “Only God could have known that what began as a few brothers and sisters in Christ committing to walk together in love, mutual support, and accountability would have precipitated what CCFM has become.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Central UMC planning patriotic celebration
Central United Methodist Church will present their 12th Annual informal patriotic celebration, The Spirit Of Central on June 24. This year’s dinner will feature hand-pattied ground beef steaks, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh green beans, fresh broccoli salad, watermelon, dinner rolls, and that All-American favorite, apple pie and ice cream. The kids will have hamburger sliders, mashed potatoes, green beans and the rest of the trimmings. The cost for this special dinner is only $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

House of Hope adding second store
The House of Hope of the Pee Dee is preparing to open a second resale store at 2523 W. Palmetto Street. Formerly the Recycled Rooster, the property is located beside Naturally Outdoors. The second Mission Mart is accepting donations this week. They may be dropped off at the new store or smaller items can be placed in the green collection bin out front. Also, you may schedule pick up of large items, such as furniture and appliances by calling 667-4118. The public is invited to come shop at the new thrift store on Monday, June 15. Store hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pew Research Center shows drop in Christians

CNN reported on a new study by the Pew Research Center that shows a sharp drop in the number of American Christians – from 78% of the population to 71% in seven years – mainly because millennials are leaving the fold. Just 56% of millennials consider themselves Christians. Meanwhile, religiously unaffiliated Americans – often called the “nones” – form nearly 23% of the population, a greater percentage than Catholics and mainline Protestants. Pew’s study comes from a survey of 35,000 American adults and is generally considered one of the most accurate reflections of the country’s religious landscape.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

St. Catherine's Episcopal lists worship schedule

On June 14, St. Catherine’s welcomes back The Rev. Jeffrey R. Richardson, Vicar, who will celebrate and preach Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10 a.m. Four new members of the Daughters of the King will be inducted: Fran Forneilus, Elizabeth (Ibby) Harper, Cindy McKinney, and Gloria Pritchard. A reception will follow the service. On Father’s Day, June 21 at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church the service will be Morning Prayer Rite II 10 a.m. meeting at Back Swamp School on Pocket Road. The officiant is Elizabeth Caldwell, Mission Council member, and homilist will be Joe Waters, a new father. Join us for this special day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Anger management
“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:” (Ephesians 4:26 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) 
We live in a hostile environment. Our world is full of angry people. A lot of resources are spent to help those who seem to be out of control learn how to manage their anger. Apparently this problem is as old as the Bible itself. Paul noticed the church at Ephesus needed help in this area when he wrote this passage in the scriptures. The root word for anger is thermo. Thermometers can get too hot. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Next CityWide Prayer Gathering set for July 7

July’s CityWide Prayer Gathering will be held on Tuesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Everyone is encouraged to come and pray for our city and our churches. Last month people from 17 different churches gathered to pray for personal needs, churches, Florence and the USA at Central United Methodist Church. Pastors and leaders at Central Methodist, The Whosoever Church, and Calvary Baptist led the gathering. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thes. 5:16-18

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Christ Church welcomes new Vicar, the Rev. Dr. Donald Hayes
Christ Church Florence welcomed the Rev. Dr. Donald R. “Donnie” Hayes as their new Vicar on Sunday, May 24, during the Celebration of a New Ministry. The Service of Institution was officiated by the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, which includes 53 churches in the eastern part of S.C. The Rev. Kay Fryman, deacon of All Saints Florence assisted as The Bishops Chaplain.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Christ Church Florence Welcomes The Rev. Dr. Donald R. Hayes as Vicar
Florence, SC May 22, 2015 - Christ Church Florence, will welcome The Rev. Dr. Donald R. (Donnie) Hayes as their new Vicar on Sunday, May 24, 2015 during the Celebration of a New Ministry. The service of Institution will begin at 5:00pm. The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, which includes 53 churches in the eastern part of SC, will officiate at the service and The Rev. Kay Fryman, deacon of All Saints Florence will assist as The Bishops Chaplain. A number of clergy including The Very Rev. Ken Weldon from across the Diocese are expected to participate in the service. 
Friday, May 22, 2015

St. Paul UM Church sends team to Red Bird Mission
Missioners from St. Paul United Methodist Church returned from the Red Bird Mission located near Beverly, Kentucky on April 25. St. Paul was joined by a group of missioners from Harrison UMC located in Pineville, N.C. This was the 14th year that teams from St. Paul UMC have gone to the Red Bird Mission to work on homes and work with disadvantaged families. Forty two people participated on this mission trip. The Red Bird Mission was founded in 1921 with the objective of helping break the cycle of poverty through assistance with medical care and education.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Family, Friends Day

St. Matthews Church of God in Christ will host a Family and Friends Day on Sunday, May 24, at 11:30 a.m. Elder William “Be Be” English, pastor, invites the public to join them in worship. Dinner will be served afterwards. The church is located at 816 Pawley St.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Grace Baptist to host Truth in Life Weekend
The community is invited to the “Truth in Life Weekend” with religion and culture expert, Dr. Alex McFarland, May 29-31 at Grace Baptist Church. McFarland is an author, speaker, radio host, and advocate for Christian apologetics. The Truth In Life Weekend will begin on Friday night at 7 p.m. with music by the Francis Marion BCM Praise Band and a message by the speaker. On Saturday morning, Alex will be leading an Apologetics Seminar entitled, “Living Out a Christian Worldview in a Secular Culture” from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

St. Catherine's
The Rev. Jeffrey R. Richardson, Vicar, will be the celebrant and preacher for Holy Eucharist Rite II at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church meeting at Back Swamp School on Sunday May 17 at 11 a.m. Sunday School for adults and children begins at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When life doesn't make sense
“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.” (Job 13:15 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) None of us escape trouble. We’ve all been there at one time or other. What do you do when life doesn’t make sense? Your world has been turned upside down and there doesn’t seem to be any answers to what is going on. How do you handle the barrage of problems? Turn to the Word of God and do what others did during their trying situations. The Bible is full of varying scenarios of those who came through troubling times and difficulties. 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Florence, Darlington to observe National Day of Prayer
The 64th National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 7. The theme for 2015 is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men. To further highlight this theme, I Kings 8:28 has been chosen as Scripture for this year: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Whatever you're going through is for your good
“And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.” (Ruth 4:14 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) The book of Ruth is a small book in the Bible with only four chapters. Seems like famine and sorrow was what Ruth had to deal with in life. All of it had tainted her spirit. 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Whatever you're going through is for your good
“And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.” (Ruth 4:14 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.) The book of Ruth is a small book in the Bible with only four chapters. Seems like famine and sorrow was what Ruth had to deal with in life. All of it had tainted her spirit. 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Mother's Day Memorial Luncheon set for May 7

The annual Mother’s Day Memorial Luncheon of The Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee Area will be held Thursday, May 7, at Long Grain Café, 260 W. Palmetto Street in honor of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Memorial Day. No reservations required. Let’s join hands and hearts to help each other through these most difficult holidays for the bereaved.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Christians remember others are watching you
A preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he though himself, ‘You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.’ Then he thought, ‘Oh, forget it, it’s only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount?          
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Signs on church property
“No God – No Peace. Know God-Know Peace.” 
“Free trip to heaven. Details Inside!”
“Try our Sundays. They are better than Baskin-Robbins.”
“Searching for a new look? Have your faith lifted here!”
An ad for St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church has a picture of two hands holding stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments are inscribed and a headline that reads, “For fast, fast, fast relief, take two tablets.” 
When the restaurant next to the Lutheran Church put out a big sign with red letters that said, “Open Sundays,” the church reciprocated with its own message: “We are open on Sundays, too.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NewSpring Church Florence moves into permanent space
NewSpring Church, a multi-site church with campuses across South Carolina, has relocated its Florence location to a 65,000-square-foot facility at 1100 N. Cashua Drive, the first permanent local space for the church since its 2009 launch in Florence. The newly constructed space enables NewSpring Florence to accommodate its growing attendance, which averages 2,000 people each week. The campus features a 1,400-seat auditorium and worship space; a 24,500-square-foot area for children’s ministry; and 879 parking spaces.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mechanicsville Church offering chicken bog

DARLINGTON – Mechanicsville Baptist Church will host a chicken bog missions fundraiser on April 30, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Donations are $7. Plates are available for eat in or take out, and delivery is offered for seven or more. Call 843-393-1029 for delivery. There will be home-baked goods, a country store and handmade quilts for sale. All proceeds will go to the missions ministries of MBC.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

William Douglas will present organ concert
William Douglas will be performing an organ concert at Central Methodist Church in Florence on April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Douglas is a Florence native currently in his junior year of studies at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Jared Johnson in pursuit of a degree in organ performance. He also serves as the Music Associate/Organist at Shandon United Methodist Church in Columbia.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Galloway Mosley
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