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Clarity comes from Jesus

My cousin, Ross Hendry, was working cows at my Aunt Ouida's place. The humidity was 100 percent, and the temperature was about 98 degrees - a typical Florida summer day. It was the kind of day that makes a cowboy pray for shade. At Aunt Ouida's … more

Vatican is drafting guidelines on proper uses for sold churches

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops. The Vatican's culture ministry is teaming up with … more

Church News: Friday, July 13, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Sunday, July 22 - The 137th anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Bishop Samuel Lawrence Green Sr., presiding prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District African Methodist … more

One Sumter Community, Lutheran churches to facilitate race discussions

One Sumter Community group invites Sumterites to engage in discussions about race and religion during a unifying event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the University of South Carolina Sumter Nettles Building Auditorium, 200 Miller … more

Church News: Friday, July 6, 2018

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Monday-Wednesday, July 23-25 - Vacation Bible School "Team Spirit" will be held 6-7:30 nightly. All ages are welcome. Canaan Missionary … more

Soul or slave?

An African-American family, the Walls, served the Gordon family, who were white, in rural Mississippi. They worked in the field from sun-up to sundown. They milked the cows and cleaned the Gordons' house. No money ever changed hands. The Walls ate … more

Church News: Friday, June 29, 2018

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 774 Douglas Ave., announces: * Sunday, July 15 - The 23rd anniversary of the church will be celebrated at 4 p.m. * Saturday, Aug. 4 - Back-to-school extravaganza from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. featuring vendors on … more

There's greater power on a prayer bench than in a ballot box

The pastor at my home church was preaching one Sunday, and as an illustration, he shared that some senior adults received so little in Social Security, they had to eat dog food. Then he added this phrase, "I don't think God likes that." Everyone can … more

As good as dead is not the same as dead

We have three dogs. We acquired Moo when my son Abram went off to grad school. Sadie was my father-in-law's dog. When he passed away, Sadie came to us as part of the estate. Then there is Socks. When my oldest daughter turned 8, she wanted a dog. … more

Church News: Friday, June 22, 2018

Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Saturday - Prayer brunch at 11 a.m. Marian Anderson will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - "Fun Day" from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., sponsored by … more

Church News: Friday, June 15, 2018

Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Saturday, June 23 - Prayer brunch at 11 a.m. Marian Anderson will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday - Father's Day cookout, sponsored by the … more

Sumter's Holy Comforter priest: 'God is not wringing His hands about this'

The priest of a local parish said he's not extremely worried if his congregation loses its right to property it has held for more than a century after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a state church district's petition for a hearing on … more

2 Sumter churches among 28 in S.C. that may have to vacate property after Supreme Court denies request

After the U.S. Supreme Court denied a state church district's petition for a hearing Monday, it is unknown what the future may hold for two local congregations' properties. The Rev. Marcus Kaiser, rector of Church of the Holy Comforter, 213 N. … more

US Supreme Court won't hear South Carolina Episcopal church case

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The nation's highest court has refused to hear a case from South Carolina churches upset with The Episcopal Church over a decision concerning ownership of … more

Church News: Friday, June 8, 2018

Agape Outreach Ministries, 100 E. Red Bay Road, announces: * Saturday, June 23 - Prayer brunch at 11 a.m. Marian Anderson will speak. Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday, June 16 - Father's Day cookout from 10 … more

No regrets; it was totally worth the price

It's the standard joke among fathers of the bride: For your daughter's wedding you have two roles - first, when asked "Who gives this woman to be married to this man?," you respond, "Her mother and I." Second, open your wallet and surrender all your … more

Church News: Friday, June 1, 2018

Allen Chapel AME Church, 471 Lynam Road, announces: * Saturday, June 16 - Father's Day cookout, sponsored by the ladies of the church, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. * Sunday, June 17 - Father's Day worship service at 10 a.m. * Saturday, June 23 … more

High school graduate recognized for faith, works

St. Anne and St. Jude Roman Catholic Church recently recognized one of its young members for participating in a statewide youth evangelism team aimed at ministering to other young members of the Catholic church. Danielle Owen, 18, a senior at St. … more

Courageous people change the world

Google "stupidity" and you will be rewarded with videos of people taking chances with their lives. On a dare, people will hold a lit Roman Candle. For a thrill, people will hang off a cliff, using only one hand. To prove either their womanhood or … more

Church News: Friday, May 25, 2018

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 2571 Joseph Lemon-Dingle Road, Jordan community, Manning, announces: * Saturday - Scholarship ministry's May Festival / flea market from 7 a.m. until on the grounds of the parsonage, S.C. 260 and Joseph … more
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