Off the pews and into the sun: Worship services this summer on NTB

(SNEADS FERRY, NC)-

Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church is taking church outside this summer hosting three worship services at Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach. Pastor Bill Young extends a warm welcome to all near and far for a relaxed church service to Worship On The Beach with music and a sermon.

  • Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 8am
  • Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 8am

“All are welcome! We hope our vacationers will join us as well as our part-time and full-time residents!”

These scheduled beach service days are shine only and will be canceled if it rains and stay up to date with the SFPC Facebook Page for any updates or changes.

  • Consider bringing your favorite beach chair, blanket and some coffee as we worship on our beautiful beach on Topsail Island. Service will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Onslow County Beach Access #2 in North Topsail Beach offers bathrooms and is handicap accessible. Unfortunately it is still under renovation from Hurricane Florence, so the ramp leads up to the deck overseeing the beach, however the ramp down to the beach has not been repaired yet.
Photo Courtesy of SFPC Website

Editors note: SFPC has a great congregation and not only are they good in the church, the individuals I’ve encountered from the church through the community have always been pleasant and welcoming. They show the love of God and humanity off the pews and on the street. Since Pastor Young has been preaching there, I have only heard greatness in the community. The members I’ve talked to rave about their church and the family dynamic of the church where they really have each other’s back so to speak. So if you’re looking for a church home, place of worship or simply enjoy church on the beach, I believe SFPC is a great place to go. For families, they have excellent programs and bible study for kids and teens.

For more information about Sneads Ferry Presbyterian check out their website. Contact Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church with any questions: 910-327-0166 or email: sfpcsecretary@yahoo.com.

Anderson SC Presbyterian Church vandalized

The police department and city of Anderson took to Facebook Sunday afternoon with a photo showing the damage from the act of vandalism.

The photo shows three broken windows that are over 125 years old, Anderson Police said. The siding of the church was spraypainted in black with the partially misspelled, incorrect word choice in the phrases, “Submit to God thru Islam,” [sic] and “Muhammed is his prophet” [sic]

The Anderson City Police Department is investigating vandalism that happened to a local church located on Midway Rd.

The police department and city of Anderson took to Facebook Sunday afternoon with a photo showing the damage from the act of vandalism.

The photo shows three broken windows that are over 125 years old, Anderson Police said. The siding of the church was spraypainted in black with the partially misspelled, incorrect word choice in the phrases, “Submit to God thru Islam,” [sic] and “Muhammed is his prophet” [sic]

The Onslow Beat took this a step further to investigate the Islamic population in Anderson, SC. Considering that if this was a crime indeed involving suspects of Islamic faith that they would have no problem correctly spelling “Muhammad” vs Muhammed”  nor “through” vs “thru”. What is the population of Islamic citizens in or around Anderson, SC? 0%. (Bestplaces.net) 

– 44.9% are Baptist
– 0.3% are Episcopalian
– 1.6% are Catholic
– 0.3% are Lutheran
– 5.4% are Methodist
– 6.1% are Pentecostal
– 2.3% are Presbyterian
– 0.5% are Church of Jesus Christ
– 4.8% are another Christian faith
– 0.0% affiliate with Judaism
– 0.0% are an eastern faith
– 0.0% of affiliate with Islam 

However, looking further in a general Google search, there is one Muslim Mosque (worship center) in Anderson where The Onslow Beat discovered that a self-proclaimed Satanist on YouTube made a video one night in 2017 from outside of the worship center in hopes of proving he’s not a liberal. (Watch below)

This isn’t suggestive that the man shown above is the suspect but it is to show some unusual behavior that is religious center related in or around Anderson, SC.

Anderson SC is the home of multiple southern baptist associations to include the Saluda Baptist Association.

The mission statement at  Midway Presbyterian is,

Our purpose is to call people into a living and growing relationship with God in Jesus Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit, and to promote the mission of Christ in compassionate ministries.

    We intend to be a welcoming and caring church – a church family that nurtures a sense of community and belonging.  We want young and old to join us in the Christian pilgrimage as sojourners in the great adventure of faith. 

 The Onslow Beat reached out to Midway Presbyterian and was unable to make contact before the deadline and will update upon response.

It is not the belief of The Onslow Beat that this act of vandalism was done by anyone of Muslim/Islamic Faith given the obvious shown in the photograph.

Anyone with information on who may be responsible for the vandalism is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

 

 

Craig Mack, age 46 died in SC home.

Craig Mack, “Brand New Flava in Ya Ear” died Monday in his Walterboro, SC home, as reported first by New York Daily News on Monday.

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Craig Mack, 1971-2018, age 46.

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey confirmed the news to the Associated Press, revealing that Mack appeared to have died from natural causes at his home.

Mack is a Brentwood, Long Island, NY Native survived by his wife and two adult children. Mack traded his life of stardom in the music industry with (Sean Combs aka P. Diddy) Bad Boy label’s 1994 hit “Flava in Ya Ear”, for working at his local place of worship, the Overcomer Ministry Church, according to Daily News.

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Mack’s producer, Alvin Toney on his debut album, Project: Funk Da World, had an opportunity to see Mack last week as he worked on a documentary about the star.
“Nobody got to understand his story,” Tony told The Daily News. “I wanted the world to know the talent he had. It was something I wanted people to enjoy, but it was cut short because he was very religious and wanted to go to church.”

“God bless my friend. He was a good friend of mine,” Toney added, explaining that Mack had been ill for some time. “He was prepared for whatever comes, to go home to the Lord. He was prepared to do that. He wasn’t scared. He was ready.”

Mack got his start at a young age, dropping his first single under the name MC EZ when he was just a teenager, according to the Daily News. He made his major label recording debut on a remix of Mary J. Blige‘s “You Don’t Have To Worry” in 1992, his first time working with P. Diddy. A recording contract would follow.

“Flava in Ya Ear” was a certified platinum hit, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track earned Mack a Grammy nomination for best rap solo performance. Its remix featured a handful of iconic rap stars in their early days, including the Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J, and Busta Rhymes.

Mack eventually parted ways with Bad Boy Records when releasing his sophomore album (1997’s Operation: Get Down).

According to The Post and Courier of Charleston, SC Craig Mack has been associated with a religious compound near Walterboro, known as the Overcomer Ministry — a controversial group that lives off a self-sustaining farm while they await the second coming of Jesus Christ and has been apart for over the last decade. He was the most well known member of the group, though he chose to not reside on the compound, he remained at his own residence nearby where he could attend sermons and services. He can be seen in a service I found uploaded to YouTube, watch below.

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Evangelist Rev. Billy Graham passed from this life at age 99. “Fruitful life.”

“Fruitful life”

Rev. Billy Graham passed away today, February 21, 2018 at his Montreat, North Carolina home around 8 a.m. After a fruitful life of preaching the word of God and teaching the love of Jesus across the world he is now rewarded his wings and stepping into his eternal life.


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"Church Folks"

Now, lets be clear off the bat, this isn’t a publication written to convey any feelings of discord yet to grant much clarification as to the difference between “Church folks” and “Christians”. A good friend of mine, also a sister in Christ (Kingdom Kids) posted a status on Facebook about “church folk” and from some of the comments and one in particular from our former Co-Pastor, there’s obviously much confusion on the term “Church folk” and the idea that it applies to “ALL” church goers when in fact, it does not.

Church folk get on the nerves of every last genuinely struggling, wanna do right, live right, striving to find the light “babe in Christ” who is “new” or climbing higher in some or all areas each day the best they know how. These are the people who will utilize every opportunity to tear down another member meanwhile the “Christians” are striving to uplift everyone they meet.  
 
 

Church folk pretend to be happy when you get that new car you’ve worked for all year long, pulling extra shifts and attempt to count up how you got that, how much is it running you and talk about why they wouldn’t have it or it’s no good when Christians will genuinely be happy and show support, celebrating your success, will pray covering your blessings and encourage you to go on to even bigger and better things!

Church folk are full of criticism and can find every mistake about you but paint a façade that they’re living centered in the path of righteousness when truthfully they’re in a polar opposite lifestyle. Christians will give correction, but ALWAYS in LOVE. You will feel the difference in how and when it’s said or done to you. Church folk will attempt to belittle you in front of others and a Christian will discuss any issue with you in private or with a mediator not only telling you your wrongs but encouraging you in areas that have shown growth.

Church folk give and do generous acts, large amounts in offering and so on just to brag about it, only in times where recognition will be given. Christians will give whatever they have no matter how much cheerfully and expect nothing but glory be given to God.

Church folk will fret about what to wear to church, what somebody else wore to church, have to gain attention for their expensive attire and make it known the labels, brands and prices while Christians could not care less about natural garments but ensuring that they themselves and their sisters and brothers in Christ will be wearing those white robes on the other side, equipped with the full armor of God, standing firm with a breastplate of righteousness, helmet of salvation, walking in shoes of preparation of the gospel, and wrapped in truth….. NOT if you’re in Gucci or Coogi or Faded Glory, the Christians want to help change your story!

Church folk have a need to be seen doing good, acting good, giving good while Christians will simply just BE as GOOD as they can by faith.

Church folk will come and see you when you are sick, have a time of bereavement, help you in a struggle or unforeseen situation just to talk about what they HAD to do for you. Christians will go above and beyond to help you and never mention a word of it because they know that’s what God wants and what God would do. Christians will come cook for you, bring food, clean your house, have your children, dog, cat, and all while you’re in the hospital and never speak a word of their works.

Church folks will SAY they love everybody but SHOW love to only those who fit their agenda or beneficial to them. Christians actually SHOW love to everybody and have no discrimination to what or whom.

Church folks will use their positions and contributions to the church to control who does what and where in other areas instead of using their positions and contributions to be of help to those struggling in salvation. Church folk will have people feeling cast out and pushed aside, soon back out in the parish and not the pews for speaking from what they want and not what God wants. Church folk have no solutions for growth and healing but have plenty of salt to throw on the wounded.

Church folk will run and report to the pastoral leaders on what they saw other members do but will not report about their adulterous, fornicating, thieving, lying, deceitful or whatever behavior. A Christian will notice or hear something and stop the messenger dead in their tracks and let them know we are not tearing down sister/brother whoever but we are going to counsel and find resources to help lift them up, they’ll find a solution to help that person that might be off track or trying to find their way not push them down further or run all of their transgressions across the membership roll.

These are simply a few examples on the difference between “Church Folk” and “Christians” with a bit of detail. So many wonder why so many have left the churches and aren’t going back, consider maybe it was something you or your leadership has done that pushed them away. If people keep going to the well and as soon as the water gets good, the hydration of the soul is on and then the bottom falls out of their bucket and everyone else at the well walks off and leaves them standing…. maybe that’s why. So many church leaders will love you to life until you fall, slip, stumble or are no longer a benefit to them or they cannot control you. There are Church folk in leadership positions, members too and tearing down the kingdom. A lot of this is why I, myself left our last church and will not go to particular ones here. I am certain it’s not just in this area because I discuss with many people in fellowship who do not attend church, want to, used to but refuse to because nobody wants to go to church to be hurt worse than they are in the street.

This isn’t any “Shade” or throwing stones to anybody but use your discernment to hear from God and pray for clarity on some things. Tell nobody your prayers because sometimes who you tell is who doesn’t need to know and will cover the dirt on their hands.

Thank you for reading and This has been A Mel’O Theory.