• St. Frances of Rome in Sparta celebrates 50th anniversary

    SPARTA, N.C. — The 50th anniversary of the St. Frances of Rome Catholic Church in Sparta, N.C., was celebrated with a special Sunday Mass on Sept. 25, followed by a reception and fellowship.
    The church was first dedicated on Sept. 25, 1966, and brought local Catholics a formal venue for worship in Sparta. St. Frances of Rome was built in memory of Frances Payne Darr, mother of Ed Darr, and sister of Anne Payne Robertson. In the past 50 years, the parish has grown to approximately 152 families.

  • Independence First Baptist egg hunt March 21

    INDEPENDENCE -- Independence First Baptist Church’s annual Easter egg hunt is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome and all the activities are free.

    The church is at 109 Hillcrest Ave.

    For information, call (276) 773-2446 or visit www.fbcindependence.net.

  • Look to Lord to get through post-Christmas period


    By R.B. Anderson

    Special to The Declaration

    INDEPENDENCE -- “If We Make It Through December” was a hit song years ago for Merle Haggard. I didn’t hear it on the radio last month but my brain had it on continuous play. It is not a Christmas song. It is a survival song. Some of us feel that way and I found myself telling herself, “If we can just get through Christmas…”

  • Many things to be thankful for nowadays

    BRIDLE CREEK -- A man well-known for his complaining inherited a large sum of money. He kept on complaining, implying he should have gotten more money.

    Eventually, he decided to buy a farm with some of the money. He asked his wife what they should call the new farm. She quickly responded, “Why not call it Belly Acres?”

    On the highway into Yankton, South Dakota the road sign reads, “Welcome to Yankton, S.D. The home of 30,000 friendly people and a few soreheads.”

  • It's time to stop hitting in the name of love

    “The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”

    -- Psalm 11: 5

     “Husbands love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”

    -- Colossians 3: 19

     “See that you do not despise the little ones for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my father who is in heaven.”

    -- Matthew 18: 10

  • Luce to explain ‘Why we can Trust the Bible’

    Potato Creek Church has announced and invites everyone to a special sermon series by Dr. Gary Luce of Kingsport, Tenn., Sunday, March 30, and Sunday, April 13, at 11 a.m.

  • Chaplain introduced to community

    The River North Ministry Council’s vision of installing a chaplain at River North Correctional Center has become a reality, as last Thursday Chaplain R.B. Anderson was officially introduced to the community.

    After River North Ministry Council (RNMC) spent the better part of 2013 raising funds for the chaplain’s salary, Anderson was hired to the part-time position and began his work at the facility in January. Anderson is the first of his kind in Virginia, as no other prison chaplain has ever been paid solely through local community contributions.

  • Veto expected for prayer bill

    Landmark News Service

    Legislation aimed at ensuring students’ right to pray and engage in other religious expression at school has passed the General Assembly, but not by sufficient margins to overcome a promised veto by Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

  • Meet the Chaplain event rescheduled

    River North Ministry Council (RNMC) has rescheduled its Meet the Chaplain event that was originally scheduled for last Thursday.

    Due to the inclement weather, the event was postponed and is now set for March 6 at 10 a.m. at the Grayson National Bank Conference Center in Independence.

  • Bringing religion to River North prison

    Approximately 10 percent of offenders at River North Correctional Center in Independence are now regularly attending River North Men’s Fellowship Church, according to the facility’s new chaplain.