The lectionary texts over the Easter season this year included selections from the Book of Revelation. This complex book opens one’s imagination and invites the reader to peer into a vivid vision of John of Patmos. John is exiled on the Greek Island of Patmos during the persecution of Christ…

St. Paul AME Church, Cokebury, will host Cokesbury Community Development Summer Enrichment Program from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-July 25, with lunch at 12:30 p.m. Registration fee is $150. For information, call 864-992-0707.

A group of men that meet each Wednesday morning at St. Mark United Methodist Church is calling for a communitywide day of fasting and prayer July 14 in an effort to facilitate a revival that begins in Greenwood and spreads.

Pleasant Lane Missionary Baptist Church, 12 Peterson Lane, Edgefield, will celebrate their ninth pastor’s appreciation service at 4 p.m. today. Guest speaker will be Rev. Johnny Peterson and congregation of Mine Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Johnston. Public is invited.

As she stood in front of a crowded church Saturday — the gray casket of a young man she knew since his birth just underneath her elevated pulpit — Kim Martin knew what she had to do.

Parent Watchers will be hosting a Community Unity Youth Breakfast from 10-11:30 a.m. today at the Emma Gaskin Magnolia Park. This is a last day of school celebration to unite the youth in our community.

This summer, I am preaching a sermon series that I have titled, “Working through Weeping Wounds.” Each Sunday I am addressing those festering, oozing and painful wounds that we each carry deep down in the depths of our soul. Last week we addressed the weeping wound of bitterness. I have disc…

When I was 5 years old, my parents bought a nicer house, but I didn’t want to move. In fact, I recall sitting on the curb on moving day, grumbling loudly and tossing little rocks at the moving van. There wasn’t anything spectacular about the house we were leaving, but my universe was small a…

Weston Chapel AME Church, 805 E. Cambridge Ave., will have a Fish Fry from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. today. Fish plate (fish, fries, and cole slaw) is $9; fish sandwich, $7; fish cooked as ordered, soft drink, $1; side order of fries, $1.50; hot dogs, wiener and bun, $2, chili dog $2.50 and plates inc…

As Christians, we are in the midst of the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. which this year falls on June 9. More than anything else, we remember Pentecost as the occasion when the Holy Spirit fell upon the first believers, resulting in the closest ever relationship between God and human…

Calvary Grove Baptist Church Women of Purpose Ministry will sponsor a Yard Sale/Fish Sale today beginning at 7 a.m.-until in Old Kmart parking Lot. Fish sale will begin at 9 a.m.

My faith has been a source of strength, transformation, life and hope for me (James). As Christians, it is difficult to imagine a life without Christ in our lives. We long to help others come to know the same grace that we have experienced. I am often asked, “how can we make our faith meanin…

Weston Chapel AME Church, 805 E. Cambridge Ave., hosts their Fish Fry from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Fish plate (fish, fries, and cole slaw), $9; fish sandwich, $7; fish cooked as ordered, soft drink, $1; side order of fries, $1.50; hot dogs $2, chili dog $2.50 and plates, including two chili do…

In a recent column, I confessed that I might have gotten my first driver’s license before I was supposed to. I’m not sure how I got away with that, but my less-than-fully-formed conscience didn’t consider whether it was legal. My goal was just to get that license in my 16-year-old paws.

Pastor’s love books. Most of us have vast libraries, and yes, we have read all of the books you find there. Well, maybe most of them. In my church study, I have a book that another pastor gave me 20 years ago titled, “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.” Written by F.F. Bruce, it is tucked in between…

Calvary Grove Baptist Church will host its annual Community Prayer Walk at 10 a.m. today 4 in the Greenwood Gardens Community. Public invited.

I hate and love when God exercises His sovereign right to take me to the spiritual woodshed. I know it’s a sign of His love for me (see Hebrews 12:6), but it still stings.

Little River Missionary Baptist Association will sponsor its annual Health Fair, 415 Riley Road, Hodges, from 8 a.m-1 p.m. today. The fair will offer free screenings and free information. To register and for appointment, call Edith Childs at 864-323-6387, Val Jackson at 864-450-8436 or Chapl…

In an article by Gallup last week, Jeffrey M. Jones reported U.S. Church membership is down sharply in the past two decades. Church membership has dropped 20 percentage points since 1999.

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