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Orthodox Christianity THE WEIGHT OF ETERNITY St. George’s Orthodox Church, Edenton, N.C. cordially invites you to come and “Catch a glimpse of the Beauty and Sacred Mystery of I remember my dog, when he was a new puppy—the first time he saw a body of water bigger than his water bowl. We’d came upon a lake on a day when its surface was as still as glass. Presuming to walk across that smooth surface, in a single stride, to his great surprise, he found himself submerged up to his ears! Such, I think, are we humans, as we step out into each moment of every day. We move, sometimes smoothly, sometimes uneasily, through the years and the seconds. We remember a few of the moments. But most of them seem to be of no consequence, and they soon drift into forgetfulness. But don’t we sometimes, once in a while—maybe a few times in a life—sense that there’s something larger afoot? That these little, mundane moments, if our vision were equal to the task, open onto unimaginable vistas? That we’re only scratching the surface of something vast, something far beyond our understanding? If we speak honestly, there are few—vanishingly few of us—who have never known such a sense. Yet the Mind of the Time would deny the truth of this sense. Nihilism—the foundation upon which the contemporary cultural mind rests—would assert the magisterium of the individual will, and deny the possibility (or, at least, the relevance) of any larger truth. The appeal of such a stance, of course, is that, if there’s no final frame of reference, I can adopt any world view that suits my purpose, scoff at anyone who would upbraid me, and indulge my passions without restraint. But how many of us, in our moments of deepest knowing, can embrace such a vision? How many, with integrity, can live according to Nihilism’s self-indulging code? Of course, a rejection of Nihilism, comes at a cost—and no small cost! Indeed, to live a life of integrity and purposeful self-restraint in the face of a hostile culture, requires more insight and backbone than most people can marshal. Because to acknowledge the reality of a higher, of a larger vision, requires that I undertake the labor of conforming my life to that vision, of orienting my life in the direction of its current, toward beginning to enter into its life. Yet, having once seen with clarity the fact of the matter, how can one shrink from the struggle? Are the moments of my life ultimately meaningless? Is this life in which I find myself, in the last analysis, a farce? Is the love, the pain, the horror, the beauty of this ephemeral existence through which we pass, both individually and collectively, only an absurdity? Were absurdity the truth of things, I would be right to reject all order and to devote myself to the consolation of forgetfulness in the passions. But, if, indeed, these moments open onto a higher truth, onto eternity; then each moment is infused with eternity. Each is a fulcrum upon which swings my eternal destiny. In such a life, each moment acquires a luminosity, a portent, a power, an awareness of beauties and horrors that matter, both now and eternally. In the words of Alexander Schmemann: And then, in the light of the approaching encounter with Christ, how serious and how grave becomes the day I have to spend in the usual occupations….Every word I say, every act I perform, every thought passing through my mind becomes important, unique, irreversible, and either each is “in line” with my expectation of Christ or in opposition to it. Time itself, which we usually “waste” so easily, is revealed in its true meaning as the time of either salvation or damnation. Our whole life becomes that which it was made by Christ’s coming into this world—ascension to him, or running away from Him into darkness and destruction. All chapters copyright © 2016 by author Nick. Martone.; inquiries c/o St. George’s Church, P.O. Box 38, Edenton, NC. (252) 482-2006. Mount Athos, Greece” The Garden of the Most Holy Mother of God Agion Oros - The Holy Mountain This free slide presentation will give you a glimpse of this sacred peninsula that is like no other place on earth - truly “not of this world”. Mt. Athos is home to 20 major Orthodox Christian Men’s Monasteries - some of which are over 1000 years old. Where: Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library 106 West Water Street, Edenton, NC When: Saturday, July 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Questions? Contact St. George Orthodox Church 252-482-2006 Email: Web: 8 Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016

Far more people get into trouble over having a concealed weapon when they interact with a law-enforcement officer than they do actually using the weapon. Please take a few minutes to refresh your understanding of the laws and avoid trouble. NCGS 14-269 states that it is unlawful to “carry concealed about his or her person” any weapon, etc. while not on their own premises. There are two elements of the offense to be concerned about: Concealed and About The Person. “Concealed” means hidden or not readily discernible from sight. The courts have looked to the intent of the law, which is to protect law enforcement officers, in determining what constitutes “About” your person, and the general consensus is that the weapon must be within easy reach of the concealer, so that it could possibly be used against an unsuspecting officer. A weapon under the front seat of a car is within easy reach of the driver, and is therefore illegal, but one in the trunk is not. The problem usually arises in the gray areas. A concealed gun in the back cargo area of a station wagon/SUV is clearly not “about” the person of the driver, but it is within easy reach of a back seat passenger. A pistol jammed between the front seat and the console will usually get the driver charged with violating the law, despite the fact that exactly as much of the gun is showing as it would be if carried openly in a belt holster. The State’s argument in that case is always that the officer can see the whole hip holster as the carrier walks down the street, so the presence of a weapon is open and obvious, but not so when looking into a car. The general rule for whether a weapon is “concealed” within a vehicle is whether an officer walking up and looking into the car can readily see it. Unexpected Elegance You will love the versatility of Magnabilities Interchangeable jewelry. Inexpensive Value and beautiful choices… or design your own Magnetic inserts for $8.00 Mention this ad and you will receive a $5.00 discount on your first order. ties-Jewelry-Sales-by-Lynne-B- 494654930708079/ 252-339-5218 The law provides an exception for people possessing a handgun under a valid concealed carry permit as long as the carrier operates within the constraints of the law. You can’t carry in a courthouse, or government buildings in general. You can’t carry with ANY alcohol or non-prescription controlled drugs in your system. If you are going out to have even a glass of wine with dinner, be safe and lock it in the trunk of your car until you get home. NCGS 14-415.11 provides that when when you are carrying, and when approached or addressed by a law enforcement officer, you must tell the officer that you have the weapon. Use common sense here. If you have a weapon in your vehicle and you are standing outside 20 feet away, then the law does not require you to mention the weapon. (Depending on the circumstances, it may be a good idea to mention it, but you are not required to.) But if you have to go into the vehicle while the officer is there, such as to retrieve your drivers license, then tell the officer about the presence of the weapon, especially if you have to go near it. (It should be stressed that, although it may be legal to carry the weapon in another state under the reciprocity provisions between the states, the other state’s laws regarding prohibited places and practices may not be the same as ours. The most common example of this is that some states forbid concealed weapons on any premises where alcohol is served, regardless of whether the carrier is drinking. When in doubt, don’t do it.) When talking to the officer, keep both hands where they can be seen. Tell the officer where the weapon is, but don’t reach for it. Tell him you have a permit, but don’t reach for it unless instructed to. Remember, it’s all about making sure the officer knows you are being forthcoming about the weapon, and that you have no intention of using it against him. You carry the weapon to prevent harm to yourself. All the officer wants out of the encounter is the same thing. All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. Paint and Craft Parties with Lynne, located in the Hobby Lobby Store in Elizabeth City. Dates: July 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm August 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm Sept 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm Oct. 11, 2016 at 5:00 pm Please register by calling 252-339-5218 Lynne Every second Tuesday of the month. $25.00 includes all supplies and you take your painting or Craft home. Albemarle Tradewinds July 2016 9