Brunswick County, with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, is developing a comprehensive travel plan to improve our quality of life. We are asked to complete a brief survey about transportation use. All modes of transportation are included: car travel, buses, ferries, shuttles, walking, biking and rail service. The more people who respond to the initiative the better our transportation options can be and the more funding may be available. Simply complete the online survey at: brunswickcountyctp.metroquest.com, or request a paper copy of the survey by contacting the Brunswick County Planning Department at (910)253-2025. Thank you for your input!
Wallace Presbyterian Church will host a Covid-19 vaccination clinic 9 am- 1:00 pm Thurs. April 1. It is open to anyone at least 18 years old. It is the Moderna vaccine, so a follow-up clinic is scheduled the same hours, April 29. To make an appointment, call Duplin County Health Dept, (910)296-2130 and leave a message. Someone will return your call and set your appointment.
Vaccination Information – Despite who your primary health care provider is, COVID-19 vaccinations for Brunswick County residents is managed by Novant Health. Residents aged 65 and older and now healthcare workers may schedule their vaccination appointments by going to: Novanthealth.org/vaccine. You will be directed to sign up for a Novant Health MyChart. You do not need to be a patient of Novant Health, but the Novant MyChart is the channel for everyone to get a vaccine appointment.
IMPORTANT COVID SAFETY NOTICE
For safety purposes, everyone please follow these vital requirements:
Use the Memorial Garden door.
Sign in at the register in the Narthex.
Spray disinfectant upon all touch surfaces when your meeting is over.
(Spray bottles are in each room, no need to wipe down)
Liz Jahnes, daughter of Pastor Ann and Bob Jahnes, and Sydney Alexander, granddaughter of Marianne Edwards, have been awarded educational funding from P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization).
PEO is a U.S. based international organization of 6,000 chapters with 230,000 members whose mission is to promote educational opportunities for female students worldwide. It offers scholarships, awards, grants and very low-interest loans as it motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations. A PEO Chapter CB is based in Southport, NC, and six of its members are members of Southport Presbyterian Church. Jahnes, who is enrolled at Duke University School of Nursing in the Accelerated Bachelors of Nursing Program, will receive her BSN in May, 2021. Alexander attends Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and will receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in September, 2022.
All are invited to join other members of our presbytery to be “Together Praying: A Vigil for the United States” starting on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr Day) and ending on Wednesday at noon for the inauguration. We will gather on this vigil to seek God’s wisdom, forming an unbroken prayer together. We will work to create a hopeful future together. If you are interested in signing up, follow the link here: https://forms.gle/wTTguawUw2i1eV839
“Be still and know that I am God.” The words from Psalm 46 remind us how to seek emotional and spiritual nurture. The past year has been one of extraordinary challenges for each of us. A global pandemic . . . political uncertainty . . . social unrest. Faced with such overwhelming issues, what are we to do? Sometimes I share some rewording of the verse from Psalm 46 with clients. They despair that their day-to-day life has become so cluttered and hectic. They detail some challenging difficulty and look to me for suggestions of what they might do in response. They are so intent on what to do that they have overlooked their own thoughts, daydreams and devotions.
God has brought us to a new year. As we move into 2021, what are we to do? Learn to appreciate stillness. Don’t apologize for it and don’t compromise it. Decide to be intentional about providing opportunity for emotional and spiritual stillness. In the stillness, let yourself know God. The result may well be a dawning peace. That peace is the source of fulfilling our responsibilities as a spouse, parent, friend and good neighbor. Are you interested in counseling for yourself or someone close? Call the Center at 910-452-7370, and visit at www.wantcounseling.com
Jonathan R. Kelley, Counselor
Pastor Brian Monroe of the First Baptist Church of Southport and Joselinn Wearren received a permit from the City of Southport for a silent march on Saturday, June 13, 2020, from 11 am to 2 pm. The event is a peaceful protest program aimed to unite communities. The group will assemble at Waterfront Park, proceed to South Howe Street, to West Moore Street, to North Lord Street, and end at the International Longshoremen Association Hall, 211 West 10th Street. The permit was issued by the City of Southport Police Department, which has met with leaders of the event to ensure the safety of all participants and citizens.
If you have questions about resources available to those impacted by Covid-19 or want to help a neighbor or family member – Dial: 211 or call 888-892-1162. NC 2-1-1, sponsored by United Way in North Carolina, is a free information and referral service available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. NC 2-1-1 is the NC State’s partner in making sure we have accurate and current information. Types of information include health and mental health services, food, shelter, rent/utility assistance, unemployment and more. Text COVIDNC to 898-211 for announcements and updates. Also visit www.211nc.org to search for information online. 2-1-1 is available throughout the US and Canada. For more info contact Linda Daily.