What do/did you call him? Father (very formal); Dad; Daddy, the Old Man (never! That’s disrespect). I called mine “Pop” and it was a very respectful “Pop”. I can say that both my father and my father-in-law, while neither was perfect, were two of the best “male role models” of my life, and I wouldn’t have traded either with anyone else!

“Pop” and “Dad” were part of the “greatest generation”. Both were survivors of the great depression and military veterans. They were hard-working, generous, loving with a twinkle in their eyes, but not outwardly emotional, and kind, but firm.

They remind me of the chorus of Holly Dunn’s song: Daddy’s Hands: “Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’; Daddy’s hands were hard as steel when I’d done wrong. Daddy’s hands weren’t always gentle, but I’ve come to understand, there was always love in Daddy’s hands.”

And both “Pop” and “Dad” loved their families and, more importantly, loved God first and foremost and realized the importance of teaching their children about Jesus Christ, about the Bible, and the priority of the local church.

Today we hear way too much of “dead-beat dads” and “absent fathers” and there are way too many “single parents” and “fatherless children.” Yes, there were some of those when I was growing up, too, but not nearly as many as there are today.

Last Wednesday, as I watched a lot of television coverage of “the greatest generation” and the 75th anniversary of D-Day, arguably one of the world’s most important military maneuvers and a very costly one, I saw Susan Eisenhower talking about her grandfather General/ President Dwight D. Eisenhower. She described him and many of the men of his generation as men who were selfless and were willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good.

Today’s generation is much too selfish for this type of life, in the home, in business, in the community and in the church. The philosophy of today is “Me-First” and one cannot be a good Dad/Daddy/Father/Pop with that lifestyle.

In Eden, God created male and female and designed the family for one of each to join together in an indissoluble bond and bring into the world “Godly-offspring”. That requires that both mother and father put God first, then each other and the children next. This allows the family to be what it should be and allows the community, the church and the world to be as God intended.

It’s time for men, Christian men, to step up to the plate; for these men to be Biblical Christians, not Christians in name only; for these men to love God above all else and exemplify that to their wives and children.

Then a husband must love his wife and show his children how to love by how he openly loves her. Dad must love his children and show them Jesus Christ, show them the importance of God’s Word and the importance of the local church.

Dad must teach and train his children to be generous and loving to others, not to hoard money or “toys” or depend too much on material things. He must show the value of hard, honest work and the joy of earning, not being given, a living.

To sum up the role of father, he must show to all around him the value of selflessness and sacrifice. This is the example of our Heavenly Father who gave up His Son to die for us and we must show the world His example.

“What this dying world could use is a willing Man of God who dares to go against the grain and works without applause; a man who’ll raise the shield of faith, protecting what is pure; whose love is tough and gentle; a man whose word is sure.

“God doesn’t need an orator who knows what just to say; He doesn’t need authorities to reason Him away; He doesn’t need an army to guarantee a win; He just needs a few good men!

“Men full of compassion, who laugh and love and cry; men who’ll face eternity and aren’t afraid to die; men who’ll fight for freedom and honor once again, He just needs a few good men!

“He calls the broken derelict whose life has been renewed; He calls the one who has the strength to stand up for the Truth. Enlistment lines are open and He wants you to come in, He just needs a few good men!”

(Written by Suzanna Gaither Jennings and Barry Jennings; sung by the Gaither Vocal Band)

It’s been said that Mother’s Day is the day of the year with the most phone calls home and that Father’s Day is the day of the year with most “collect” phone calls home (you young folks can Google “collect call”). That may or may not be true. But this Sunday, Church Talk salutes all our Fathers and all our men and boys. God has given you an important and unique role in this world. It isn’t easy, but it must be done! God bless you each and every one!

Help4Kids Golf Tournament

The Knights of Columbus Council 8980 is sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit Help4Kids and you are invited to play. This Eighth Annual Invitational Charity Tournament will be held Saturday at the Wachesaw Plantation East. Registration and breakfast are at 7 a.m. Tee time is 9:30 a.m., and cost is $85 per player.

There will be prizes for the top teams plus prizes for top Twosome Teams of: Mixes Couples, Ladies, Father and Son or Daughter. And you could win a brand new car in the Hole-in-One Contest!

Contact Vin Vecchio at (845) 222-9681 or e-mail him at VincentVecchio40@gmail.com.

Emanuel showing two nights only

National headlines reported the sad story: a 21-year-old gunned down churchgoers attending a prayer service in Charleston. Nine people were killed leaving their families and the nation numbed by this senseless act of terror.

Forty-eight hours later, still burdened with their grief, the families of the Emanuel Nine came to court, faced the killer and offered words of forgiveness. This demonstration of Christ-like grace paved the way for hope and healing.

Marking the fourth anniversary of the event, a powerful documentary Emanuel will be in local theaters for two nights only, June 17 and June 19. The movie features interviews with survivors and family members and is a story of justice and faith.

Locally you can see the documentary at Cinemark at Coastal Grand Mall and AMC Classic (North Kings Highway). Tickets will sell quickly; get yours today.

Ground Zero Sunday Celebrations

They’re back! Again this summer, Ground Zero is hosting Sunday Celebrations on the Boardwalk (between Eighth and Ninth avenues North). These free concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. each Sunday evening. Bring blankets or lawn chairs (but no tents, please).

The lineup is June 23, Citizen Way with KJ52; June 30, Building 429 with Unspoken and Outcast BMX and special speaker Andrew Palau; July 7, Sidewalk Prophets with Blanca; July 14, Hollyn with 7eventh Time Down. Each week DJ Pdogg will also provide music. Go online to www.mygroundzero.com.

Conway, Loris, Aynor and Western Horry

■ University Baptist Church, 1740 U.S. 501 East, will have VBS for young people age 3 and up. This will be held Monday through June 21 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Phone (843) 516-4984.

■ Happy Home Baptist Church, 2864 Nichols Hwy., Galivants Ferry will have VBS In the Wild for ages 3 thru adult. This will be held June 17-20 at 6:30 each evening. Phone (843) 995-0183.

■ Waccamaw Family Worship, 508 S.C. 90 will have VBS June 19-21 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Phone (843) 347-2376.

■ Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4301 Red Bluff Road in Loris, will have Vacation Bible School July 8-12 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Make plans to attend and go Into the Wild with games, crafts and exciting Bible stories. There will be classes for all ages. July 12 will be Commencement and Family Night at 6:30 p.m. Phone (843) 756-6221.

■ Good Hope Baptist Church, 6101 Privetts Road, will have VBS In the Wild July 7-10 from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This is for all ages. Phone (843) 365-6242.

■ St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 3449 S.C. 65, will be distributing food on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 11 a.m. until all food has been distributed.

■ Loris First United Methodist Church, 3507 Broad St., has a Blessing Box in the church and it is available each Friday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. This box contains nonperishable food items, and individuals in need are encouraged to come to the church at those times. Also, if you would like to donate items, please place them in the box.

■ Dogwood Hill Baptist Church, 1040 Mt. Zion Road in Loris, has a food pantry on the third Saturday of each month from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

■ Salem Baptist Church, 4008 Salem Road in Aynor, opens its Food Bank on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m.-noon. The mission: “We serve Christ when we serve people.”

Myrtle Beach/The Coast

■ New Beginnings Food Distribution, a ministry of Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand, is held at the Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass, Surfside Beach; this will be held Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Free groceries, free lunch, social services information and children’s craft table. Phone (843) 215-4500.

■ Timberlake Baptist Church will hold its annual yard and bake sale June 14-15 inside the air-conditioned Christian Life Center. There are items too numerous to mention, so you’ll have to come see for yourself. And there’s also a silent auction. The church is located at 9850 S.C. 707 (next to Sonic). Contact Gail Harmon at (843) 222-6308 or Bev Anderson at (843) 294-9006.

■ St. Philip Lutheran Church, 6200 N. Kings Highway, will have VBS for kids ages 2K thru fifth grade. This will be held June 16-20 with a kid-friendly supper in the fellowship hall at 5:30 p.m. and the VBS program from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Call the Church Office at (843) 449-5345 or visit the church website www.stphiliplutheranchurchmb.com.

■ Calvary Bible Church, 4511 Dick Pond Road, invites you to VBS The Incredible Race Monday through June 21 beginning at 9 a.m. Explore God’s love for the nations while traveling around the world. Register at www.cbcmb.com.

■ Holy Lamb Lutheran Church, 2541 Forestbrook Road, invites boys and girls age 4-10 to VBS The Miraculous Mission. This will be held Monday through June 21 from 5:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Phone Pat at (847) 502-3751 or Merilynn at (843) 839-5331.

■ Miracle Deliverance Word Ministry presents A Supernatural Holy Ghost Latter Rain Elijah Mantle Conference Monday through June 21, 7 p.m. in Free Methodist Church Brazilian Community, 220 Ronnie Court. The coordinator is Bishop Brunson Davis; speaker is Prophet Joseph Martin; and church pastor is Jose Arimatia Pereira. Phone (843) 269-4802 or (843) 504-4995.

■ Knitting Hearts Ministry announces two upcoming events: Releasing Heaven’s Power with apostolic, evangelist, pastor/teacher Kyle Meyer on June 15 at 10 a.m. at Abundant Life Bible Ministry, 4869 U.S. 17 Bypass S.; and Unleashing the Signs with Chuck Smith of Gateway Prophetic School in Charlotte. This will be held at Socastee Church of God, 4475 Mill Pond Road, on July 20 at 10 a.m. Also enjoy music by Trista Smith, Psalmist/worshipper.

■ Temple Emanu-EL by the Sea, 65th Ave. North and N. Kings Highway, invites you to Friday night service at 7:30 p.m. (Kosher Oneg), Shabbat Service at 10 a.m. (Kosher Kiddush).

Current Second Nature Project: we are collecting individually-wrapped snacks and juice boxes to help both the Community Kitchen and Helping Hand. Place in the basket by the front door of the Rosen Center. All Mitzvoth greatly appreciated. Questions? Contact Karen Osborne at (843) 446-1060.

Annual Indoor Yard Sale will be Aug. 4, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Camp Judaea: Israel, Judaism, Nature, Community, Individual growth. For boys and girls age 7-15. Phone 1-404-634-7883.

■ Myrtle Beach Christian Church, 1226 Burcale Road, opens its Thrift Store each week, Thursday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. You are encouraged to come out and browse and buy and, in so doing, you’ll be supporting this community outreach. Phone (843) 236-1121.

■ Temple Shalom, 4023 Belle Terre Blvd., invites you to Shabbat services each Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Phone (843) 903-6634 or go online to templeshalommyrtlebeach.net.

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