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Mental illness touches us all; we all need a safe place

When I pastored in rural Kentucky, we lived in the parsonage (a house the church provides for the pastor). Because this church always wanted to know where to find the pastor, they located the parsonage right next to the church. Everyone in that … more

Church News: Friday, May 18, 2018

Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Today - "A time to be healed" revival at 7:30 p.m. Apostle Dr. Phillip Coleman will speak. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, … more

Church News: Friday, May 11, 2018

Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Friday, May 18 - "A time to be healed" revival at 7:30 p.m. Apostle Dr. Phillip Coleman will speak. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Saturday - … more

God gave me numerous mothers to fill in the gaps

Don't get me wrong, my mother was an amazing woman. Growing up, she came home every afternoon from school, saddled up her horse and rode out with her brother Pete to doctor screw-worm calves across 10,000 acres of marsh and swamp. She was the most … more

Someone in your circle needs a word from you

Wayne Collier helped us work cows after my father had died. I was 4 years old, riding my one-eyed Shetland pony, gathering up cows. I felt so big. Even a 4-year-old on a Shetland pony can move a cow. Then I rode up too close to the herd and Wayne … more

Check your reference points, avoid a crash

When I was in college, I got a hankering to learn to fly. The cost was not out of reach back then. I would sneak away from campus, down to the Bessemer Airport and get an hour of instruction for $35. Good pilots know how to focus. I can still … more

Church News: Friday, May 4, 2018

Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina, Columbia, announces: * Monday-Thursday, May 7-10 - The 141st annual session of the Baptist E&M Convention of South Carolina will convene at Morris College. Speakers will include: … more

Church News: Friday, April 27, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - The Women's Missionary Society and the young people's department will sponsor a giveaway for the community from 8 a.m. until noon. A variety of items will be given to … more

What do you have in common with a piece of spewed liver?

I realize most of you grew up in tasteful families with genteel manners, where everyone was born knowing which fork to use for dessert and which fork to use for salad. I grew up in a family that was proud to have forks. We did have some couth. … more

Church Women United recognizes 2 women

SUBMITTED Church Women United of the Greater Sumter Area will recognize two women from different churches at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at CWU's May Friendship Day Celebration. The event will be held at Union Station AME Church, 945 S. Main … more

It's not enough to get rid of evil

No one lived in the old Durrance home place. The two-story house sat empty most of my childhood and teenage years. What had once been home to a family was home to rats and snakes. The house was a hazard. The surviving grandson, Juddy, owned the … more

Church News: Friday, April 20, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Today - Fish fry from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Pastor's Aide ministry. Dinners are $8 and include fish, red rice, coleslaw, butter beans, roll and drink or snack available for $4 … more
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