Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Three Burgess Community churches are hosting three of five South Strand Ecumenical Lenten Services at noon on Thursdays.
Deacon James Small spoke last Thursday, March 20, at Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church in Garden City. Small, a member of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church, spoke about the many times Judas had to reverse his direction toward betrayal because of the love of Jesus.
Deacon Small said we have the same opportunities now to follow Jesus.
After the service, Small said he was happy to share his work. “The audience was showing that they were getting some thoughts about what was being said,” he commented.“We have to be careful what we say and do in life. When we say we are doing it for Jesus Christ, we can be easily fooled. But God knows our mind.”
“It really touches the inter heart about what Christ went through for all of us. We still have a second chance,” he said. “I like the way we can all serve God together with love. Can’t wait for the next service.”
His church will host this noon series today, Thursday, at 6459 St. Peter Church Road, which is several miles behind St. James High School on Highway 707. Small told the congregation how to find St. Peter while driving their vehicles north on 707. He said to turn left at the traffic Salem Road signal, proceeding to Freewoods Rd. where another left turn is made.
They are to drive past Salem Missionary Baptist Church and turn right onto St. Peter Church Rd. “You’ll soon find us on the left next to a large field,” Small said. “Rev. Carolyn Windley Braxton is our pastor and the St. Peter phone is 650-2070.”
March 27—St. Peter hosts Father Ed Fitzgerald of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Gospel for the Thursday noon service is from John 12: 20-36.
April 3— Mt. Zion AME hosts the speaker, Rev. Albert Dines of Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
April 10— Salem Missionary Baptist hosts the speaker, Rev. Ron Greiser of Church of the Resurrection. A light lunch will be served following this Thursday Lenten service.
Pastor Brad Bellah spoke at the first Ecumenical Lenten Service on March 13 at Timberlake Baptist March 20. He is pastor at Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church.
Freewill offerings at these services go to Home Works Coastal Team. Bob Caswell and Kevin Vahey are representing Home Works, a faith-based, all-volunteer organization serving Horry County and the Waccamaw Neck.
“We use youth groups from churches, schools and teams to do the work,” Vahey said. “Our goal is to provide help to our neighbors while teaching our youth how they can serve the community. We have repaired 54 homes since 2007.”
“Our national organization’s more than 30,000 volunteers repaired homes and brought hope to more than 1,900 homeowners since 1996, typically individuals retired or disabled and living on less than $12,000 per year.”
Vahey said in addition to youth, volunteers include adults. “They are skilled and unskilled from a variety of backgrounds and organizations,” he said. “Repairs are done at no cost to homeowners and are funded by hundreds of individual donors, foundations and corporate sponsors.”
He said Home Works also is a United Way agency. “Repairs are often done in collaboration with city and county governments.”
For more information, visit www.HomeWorksofAmerica.org.