It’s that time of the year when wedding announcements start appearing in the newspaper and invitations start arriving in the mail.
As a young child I occasionally heard my mother say to us, “Pride goes before a fall.” A strong warning often followed, “Never think that you are more than others.”
The Outreach Ministry of Living Stones Church of God in Oxford recently served lunch to the Granville County Clerk of Superior Court Office, the animal rescue shelter off of Cornwall Road in Oxford and the Fire Department on Dabney Drive in Henderson.
Micah Kearney joins Pastor Catherine Sledge, Janelle Inman, Chalis Sledge, Twana Jones, Antoinette Grimmett and Minister Wiline Isom at Area Christians Together in Service in Henderson, where the Victorious, Identified and Predestined Youth of Oasis of Hope Ministries recently donated food to provide complete meals for children.
Lent is a time when we reflect on our own mortality and the gift God gives us through His son, Jesus Christ, who lived our life, died our death, and was resurrected so that the world might be saved. It is a time to engage in spiritual practices that help us experience the impact of Christ’s suffering and how His life, death and resurrection is the hope of the world.
I don’t know about you, but I have enjoyed this winter. I am a snow lover. Our family enjoys getting out and sledding, having snow ball fights and building snow men. I get excited whenever I hear that there is a chance of snow in the forecast.
The Plank Chapel United Methodist Church Senior Circle recently met for January in the fellowship hall of the church.
St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church recently held a service to honor Black History Month.
Last year, in keeping with age-old traditions of fasting, I made the decision to eat a vegan diet, which means abstaining from any animal products, for the season of Lent. The practice of giving up something for Lent comes from identifying with the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert for 40 days. Giving up meat and other animal products for the period of Lent presents this as a time set apart to make this offering to God.
Life’s unspeakable tragedies often bring out our greatest attributes. I saw this vividly illustrated in one of my pastorates. In the first hour I arrived in town, before the moving van even arrived, I learned of the tragic death of a beautiful young daughter of one of the deacons in the church.