Fifty million people in America and one-in-four children don’t know where their next meal is coming from — despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all. After worship Sunday, July 21, join us for lunch and the film “A Place at the Table” about hunger in America and what we can do about it. In this 80-minute documentary, actor Jeff Bridges and others describe how we can feed our nation’s hungry people if we have the will to do so. Reservations are not required.
Stop Hunger Now has the mission of ending global hunger in our lifetime. On the second Wednesday of July, Pullenites will help further this goal by packing 10,000 meals to share with the people who need it most. Be a part of this exciting effort of compassion and justice. [Read more…]
Pam Silberman, CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, was our guest speaker during adult Sunday school on June 23. A power point of her presentation on Health Trends is attached below.
A scholarship endowment has been established at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church. Interest from this endowment will be used to award need-based scholarships to Pullen members or dependents on an annual basis, as available.
- Applications are due in the church office by June 23, 2013.
- Applicants must be members of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church or dependents of members.
- Applications will be accepted for students undertaking post high school course work towards a degree or certificate.
- Pullen members or members’ dependents may apply for the scholarship at the same time they are applying for entry into an accredited institution/program. Scholarships will not be funded until the recipient is formally accepted by the institution/program.
- The selection of the scholarship recipient(s) is the decision of the GEMS Committee. The Committee may request a personal interview with an applicant.
- Applicant information will be kept confidential.
- The names of all scholarship recipients will be announced to the Pullen congregation.
- Scholarships will be awarded based on the availability of funds and can range up to $500.
- Applicants will be notified of a decision by July 15.
- Scholarships are renewable annually.
Pullen does not discriminate in the granting of scholarships on the basis of race, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
Texts: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23; James 1:17-27
I must begin with a confession: I find being religious – in the way described by our scripture text this morning – to be very difficult. James’ instruction to “bridle the tongue” is something I am convinced I need more practice to do well. Today, as we stand at the intersection of our society’s two major political conventions, the danger that loose words can inflict upon the soul of a people seems especially poignant. While the subtle half-truths and brazen lies of candidates and campaign organizers capture headlines, some of you may have followed a smaller, though not entirely insignificant, war of words that has taken place in our state during the past two weeks.
As preparations for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte got underway in August, billboards intended to ridicule Christianity and Mormonism — the faiths of the two major presidential candidates — were raised high in the city to greet convention workers and early arrivers. One of the billboards displayed an image of Jesus on burned toast alongside the accusation “Sadisitc God: Useless Savior. Promotes Hate, Calls it Love.” The other billboard design takes aim at a Mormon ritual by showing an enthusiastic man wearing glowing underwear, accompanied by the words: “God is a Space Alien. Baptizes Dead People. Big Money, Big Bigotry.” Both billboards include the ironically evangelical call to “Join American Atheists!” As you can expect, the billboards drew the ire of angry believers who threatened advertising company employees with violence, prompting workers to bring the signs down a few days ago, before the convention gets underway later this week.