Abby Jones, Unplanned author

Abby Jones, author of 'Unplanned' will speak Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. in Christ United Church, Myrtle Beach.

Most, if not all of us, tend to be “big picture” people.

We focus more on the big, the extravagant, the expensive, the humongous. News coverage is much quicker and more involved for “big” events, crimes, tragedies etc. Not long ago, a well-known writer/speaker “got in trouble” for his correct opinion that we tend to put more emphasis and value on “big things” than the many “little things” that occur as well.

For example, we would gasp when the evening news shows a 20-car pileup on the interstate. But we don’t think about the many single car accidents that happened today. A mass shooting gets the attention of everyone and brings politicians to their soapboxes, but where is the outrage when hundreds of unborn children are killed in abortion clinics. Both are tragic; the victims in each are of equal worth and value. But the “big” gets our attention.

What we forget is that every “big” is made up of many “littles”. Your favorite football team is in the Super Bowl. Your quarterback throws a successful “hail Mary” pass at the final buzzer to win the game. A “big” play. Yes, but it was set up by four quarters of little plays, many people working together and “iced” by some small “errors” by the opposition. Your rich uncle leaves you a 64-room mansion at the beach; that’s “big”! But the house was built by the work of a number of “little” people, using little bricks, nails, boards and so on! The big wouldn’t exist without the little.

On 9/11, one of the men in our church read an article about “little things” that hindered people who would have normally been in the World Trade Center that morning but weren’t: one man stopped to buy donuts; one woman’s alarm clock didn’t go off on time; one missed the bus and one spilled food on her clothes and had to take time to change. One’s car wouldn’t start and one couldn’t get a taxi. And I’m sure there are many stories of others who were in the towers and maybe wouldn’t normally have been there, but for some “little event”. Let’s not neglect or downplay the “little things”.

Jesus was the “Master” of little things. Oh, it was a huge thing for God to leave heaven and become a man; it was unspeakably huge for that same God to die on a cross for our sins and to rise again the third day. But between those times, He was involved in many little things.

It was a little thing to go to a wedding in Cana. It was a little thing to be given a little boy’s lunch. It was a little thing to touch the diseased body of the leper. It was a little thing to ask a sinful woman for a drink of water. It was a little thing to have an evening chat with a Jewish religious leader. It was a little thing to put “holy mud” on the eyes of the blind man. It was a little thing to have the local children sit on His lap. It was a little thing to allow a sick woman to touch the hem of His robe. It was a little thing to pass around bread and wine at the end of Passover. And we don’t know the myriad other “little things” Jesus did that had such great impact on those He met.

And today, let us get involved in “little things”; we might call them civility, politeness, the Golden Rule, but they make a difference. Recently my wife’s car gave up on her at the stop light on Fourth and Main. A nice “stranger” and a police officer pushed it into a parking lot. (Those who were behind her honking their horns didn’t accomplish a thing?!) A number of years ago, we bought her first car in West Virginia, a bank repo. It was a “lemon”. It gave up on her first trip out of town; it was on the interstate. A young man coming down the other way came across the median to help. Little things, but actually big things.

When you say “Please” and “Thank you” (and mean it), they’re little things. When you open the door for someone at the post office, it’s a little thing. When you’re driving out of the parking lot and someone in front is backing out and you stop and let them come (even when you don’t want their space), it’s a little thing.

When we see tragedy (as in the Bahamas during Dorian) and donate to worthy causes, it’s a little thing. Every “shoebox” we pack for Operation Christmas Child is a little thing. When we visit a hospital or a nursing home, it’s a little thing. When we call someone who is hurting (a real call, not a text or an email), it’s a little thing.

When we hug a child, when we comfort the bereaved, when we take care of the neighbor’s pets when they’re out of town, those are little things. But those little things have big results, not in material gain, but in the more valuable immaterial and lasting.

And most importantly, when we share the Gospel with a friend, when we pray for someone we meet in the grocery store and they share a need (Yes, pray for them right there in the dairy aisle!), when we take someone to church, when we include a Gospel tract in our bills we mail in or leave one with a nice tip for our server, when we speak out and when we show the love of Christ to others, that is little to us, but it could mean the difference of eternity to them.

Let’s remember that little things count! Every “big thing” is just a “pile” of little things. Use the example of Jesus, the Master of little things and never forget that even a little glass of water given to a thirsty person, blesses two and catches God’s eye!

Pro-Life News and Events

The Grand Strand Citizens for Life Annual Conference will be held Saturday at Risen Christ Lutheran Church, 10595 North Kings Hwy., next to Barefoot Landing.

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and free continental breakfast. Speakers will begin at 9 a.m. and will include folks from Bethany Christian Services, Birthright of Georgetown, Catholic Charities and Coastline Women’s Center.

Keynote speakers are Kathy Schmuggie and Michael Acquilano from Family Life Ministry; they will speak on current legislation and defending life.

At this conference, GSCL will be collecting baby diapers for the three charitable organizations that will be attending. You are encouraged to attend to learn more about the ministry of GSCL and the Pro-Life movement in South Carolina.

A free lunch will be provided at noon. Questions? Call Terry Borkes, president GSCL at (843) 650-8828 or Joe Lesko at (843) 602-8984.

National Life Chain Sunday across the U.S. and Canada will be Oct. 6. Grand Strand area life chains are scheduled as follows:

■ Myrtle Beach at Kings Hwy. (28th Ave. N to 38th Ave. N). Signs will be available at 1:30 p.m. at St. Andrew Church. Contact John at (843) 626-8684.

■ Conway at Coastal Mall Shopping Ctr., U.S. 501 (near Belks), 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Contact Lori at (843) 503-3607.

North Myrtle Beach, on U.S. 17 just off Eighth Ave. N in front of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church; hours 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Contact Andy at (843) 734-0137.

■ Garden City, U.S. 17 near St. Michael’s Church, also 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Contact Joanne at (614) 313-8425.

For information regarding the Georgetown Life Chain at Hardee’s at 5 Points, call Dan Owens at (843) 240-7810.

A Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful demonstration for the lives of our unborn children. Sign messages include “Abortion Kills Children”, “Adoption: The Loving Option”, “Jesus Forgives and Heals” and so on.

OCC Event

National Collection Week for Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child “shoeboxes” is Nov. 18-25. But OCC will have a “Countdown to Collection Week” event Saturday at 9 a.m. in Bethany Bible Chapel, 1668 Four Mile Road in Conway. You are invited. Email to jcsroberts@yahoo.com or dreeves2323@gmail.com.

Help4Kids Needs You!

How often do you go to bed hungry (not because you’re dieting, but because you have nothing to eat)? How often do your children go to school hungry? We know that this is a condition for millions of children worldwide. But it’s also a problem here in Horry County.

Help4Kids provides food for the needy and hungry boys and girls of our area. And they need you! Not only do they need us to provide food items and to support their fundraisers, but they also need volunteers to help out in a variety of ways. If you’d like to be part of the “hunger solution”, stop at their office at 2523 Forestbrook Road or email to info@help4kidssc.org.

Decision America: Tar Heel State Tour

Let’s all be much in prayer for Franklin Graham as he continues the Decision America Crusades in October in North Carolina. The schedule is Fayetteville, Oct. 1; Greenville, Oct. 2; Wilmington, Oct. 5; Raleigh, Oct. 6; Greensboro, Oct. 9; Hickory, Oct. 10; Charlotte, Oct. 12 and Asheville, Oct. 13.

Go to DecisionAmerica.com.

Bring Your Bible to School

“Bring Your Bible to School” day is scheduled for Oct. 3. Sponsored by Focus on the Family and ongoing in schools in all 50 states, this day is a special time for students to share their faith and show their trust in the Word of God. So, Christian young people, take your Bible to school, put it on top of your books and proclaim the Bible and the God who wrote it!

Ground Zero News

Ground Zero of Myrtle Beach has the following two events upcoming: On Oct. 13, don’t miss iWorship with Sean McDowell. And on Nov. 16 hear the Newsboys in concert. Go to www.mygroundzero.com.

CEF Softball Tournament Rescheduled

Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Pee Dee will host its first Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament to benefit Good News Clubs.

The tournament has been rescheduled and now will be held Oct. 19 at 8 Oaks Park in Georgetown. This is a co-ed tournament, teams of 10-15 players, age 15 and over. Cost is $15 per player.

Go online to www.cefgpd.org, phone (843) 365-4233 or e-mail susie@cefgpd.org.

Coastline Welcomes Abby Johnson

Coastline Women’s Center is hosting An Evening With Abby Johnson. Abby is the author of the book “Unplanned” which brought about the movie of the same name. She is the brave young woman, former head of a Planned Parenthood “clinic”, who witnessed firsthand the horror of abortion and shone the light on the lies of the abortion industry.

This special time will be held Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. in Christ United Church, Myrtle Beach. You won’t want to miss it. Tickets are now available and I believe this event will sell out quickly (I already have mine). Call Coastline Women’s Center at (843) 877-9653, email to jeannieandcartersmith@gmail.com, or go online to coastlinewomenscenter.org.

Conway, Loris, Aynor and Western Horry

■ Brown Swamp UMC, 4725 U.S. 501 West, will host a free evening of music in the church parking lot Friday at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, your cooler with snacks and/or dinner (no adult beverages, please) and enjoy the evening.

■ Waccamaw Women’s Mission Union (WMU) has rescheduled the Children’s Walk-a-Thon for Janie (the Janie Chapman Offering for State Missions). This event for boys and girls in grades 1-6 (and their leaders) will be held Saturday at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 2710 S.C. 905. Register at 9:30 a.m. with the program at 10 a.m. and lunch at 11 a.m.

Please register by email to choffice@sccoast.net or phone (843) 399-6790 or (843) 855-5080.

■ Dr. Ernie Perkins will be the guest speaker for Fall Revival services at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 4301 Red Bluff Road in Loris. The services will be held on Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. There will be speaking and singing each evening and you are invited. Phone (843) 756-6221.

■ The Refuge Savannah Bluff, 306 S.C. 544, announces two upcoming events you won’t want to miss, both on Oct. 5. From 7 a.m.-4 p.m. there will be a Gigantic Yard Sale; you can come by, browse and shop or you can sell (10x10 spaces are $20).

Then at 10 a.m. there will be a BBQ sale with the best Boston butts around. Get a sandwich combo or by the pound. To reserve a yard sale space or to order-ahead your BBQ, phone or text (843) 503-3070.

The Refuge also invites you to Fall Revival Services Oct. 6-9 at 7 p.m. Guest speakers include Wyatt Cook, Shep Stone, Janna Cook and Zach Henderson.

■ Good Hope Baptist Church, 6101 Privetts Road (between Conway and Loris), will celebrate “Homecoming 2019” Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. The church choir and others will lift you to “higher ground” singing about the Lord Jesus Christ. The Rev. Laneir Singleton will bring the message. A delicious meal will be served at noon. Everyone is invited! Phone (843) 365-6242.

■ Cherry Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 504 Church St., invites everyone to a Community Health Fair Oct. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The theme of the event is Health is Wealth: Fitness for your Mind, Body and Spirit. Vendors are needed for the event. Phone (843) 248-4900.

■ The AWANA Clubs at Bethany Bible Chapel, 1668 Four Mile Road, are in full swing for the 2019-20 school year. There are clubs for boys and girls from age 3 through grade 12. AWANA is held each Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m. Phone (843) 369-7729, email to bethanyb@sccoast.net or check out the website at www.bbcofconway.org.

■ 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 Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m.-noon. The mission: “We serve Christ when we serve people.”

Myrtle Beach/The Coast

■ The Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass South in Surfside Beach, will hold its annual Blessing of the Animals during Worship Services Oct. 6 at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Bring your pets to church (properly caged or leashed).

All pets are welcome, from puppies and kitties to elephants and giraffes! There will be many service animals from the community including police K9's, therapy animals and horses from Barnabas Horse Foundation. And there will be a pet-free zone for those with allergies. Phone (843) 215-4500 or go online to www.resurrectionsurfside.org.

■ Faith Outreach Ministries of the Grand Strand along with Food Lion Feeds and the Low Country Food Bank will host a Food Distribution on Oct. 1 at 2;30 p.m. at the Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass South in Surfside Beach. This is a no-cost community event; please bring your own bags.

■ St. Philip Lutheran Preschool, located at 6200 N. Kings Hwy., will have an Open House Thursday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The school currently has openings in 2’s, 3’s and 4-year-old classes. Come meet the teachers, view the curriculum and invest in your child’s future. A hot dog supper with ice cream for dessert will be served and there will be a bounce house for the kids to play in.

If you have questions, or to register your child, call preschool director Janice Myers at (843) 449-4322 or visit the Preschool page on the church website at stphiliplutheranchurchmb.com.

■ 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).

Sept. 25, Hebrew School, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Advanced Hebrew 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Adult Education, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Order High Holiday Challahs and Honeycakes at (336) 402-1014.

High Holidays Schedule:

Erev Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 30, 9 a.m.

Tashlich Ceremony 1 p.m.; Evening Service 7:30 p.m.

Rosh Hashanah Second Day, Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kol Nidre, Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Yom Kippur, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.; Private Devotion 4:30 p.m.; Mincha & Neilah 5:30 p.m.; Break-the-Fast, 7:26 p.m.

Camp Judaea: Israel, Judaism, Nature, Community, Individual growth. For boys and girls age 7-15. Register for next summer by calling1-404-634-7883.

Current Second Nature Project: we are collecting school supplies 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.

■ Women of Passion presents Kaleidoscope: A Beautiful Life on Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Hampton Inn & Suites Oceanfront, 1801 S. Ocean Blvd. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. Call (843) 946-6400, (864) 477-9683 or -mail info@lovecoversus.com.

Speakers include Jenny McMakin, Mandy Roberts, Diane Craig, Linda Suleski, Donna Cannoles, Bernadette Washington and Stacey Gurley.

■ 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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