Spotlight on Business - Kure Memorial Lutheran Church

Kure Memorial Lutheran Church evolved from Kure Memorial Chapel, a non-denominational Sunday School organized by a retired Lutheran pastor and a Baptist minister. In 1951, all residents of Kure Beach were invited to decide what denomination the only church in town at that time should be. The vote was for "Lutheran." The Baptists then began their fine church just a few blocks away. For over half a century KMLC has been proclaiming the good news of God's love on Pleasure Island.

So why now has this church (or any church for that matter) decided to join a community Chamber of Commerce?

It doesn't matter what you sell or what service you offer, any business or professional member of the Chamber is essentially in the business of creating and nurturing relationships. And that's what Kure Memorial is about also: creating and nurturing relationships among people, and between people and a loving God.

Our mission, as followers of Jesus Christ, is to be a welcoming and caring people, proclaiming the good news, sharing our faith, and serving God and this community. We build Habitat for Humanity Houses, support the HELP Center, and deliver Hospice meals. Four AA and NA programs meetin in our facilities. We established the first quality Pre-School in Kure Beach, our youth have a great time working together helping people here and as far away as Homestead, FL, adn we work with the great summer programs at the Agape/Kure Beach Retreat Center. Our growing membership is a joyful family of people with a delightfully diverse mixture of church, cultural, and regional backgrounds. Our worship is spirited, we are serious about serving, and we don't back off having a good time together. At KMLC we truly celebrate life!

We would love to be your church home. Kure Memorial is located at 117 N. 3rd Ave. in Kure Beach, just behind Big Daddy's Seafood Restaurant and across the street from the Kure Town Center. On Sunday's we meet at 9 AM for Christian education for all ages, at 10 AM for worship, and at 11 AM for fellowship, fun, and sending out to serve.

For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Richard Graf, our pastor, at 910-458-9586, email rbgraf@gmail.com, call the church at 910-458-5266, or email kurememorial@charternet.com.

You are also invited to visit our web site at www.kurechurch.com

Submitted to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Newsletter by: Rev. Dr. Richard Graf


Grant Awarded to the Pleasure Island Foundation

On Tuesday, October 28th, The Pleasure Island Foundation for a Sustainable Community was presented a $5,000 donation from the Cape Fear Garden Club to benefit the Boardwalk Makeover Project.

Arlene Mancini was instrumental in seeking out the Grant from the Cape Fear Garden Club in June of this year. Also involved in completing the Grant packet was Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wilcox, the Town of Carolina Beach, and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wilcox stated he "would like to thank, on the Town's and Boardwalk Makeover Project's behalf, the Cape Fear Garden Club for selecting our project for their grant program. This location will be a pleasing sight for thousands of visitors every year, so we're excited they selected this project. I'm looking forward to the Garden Club members visiting this site when it's complete and perhaps including it in their 2010 Garden Tour!"

The Boardwalk Makeover Project is excited to start working with the resources from this Grant and truly appreciates the opportunity awarded them from the Cape Fear Garden Club.

Thank you!


Island Of Lights - Lighting at the Lake Celebration

The Annual Pleasure Island of Lights "Lighting at the Lake Celebration" takes place this Friday, the day after Thanksgiving!

  • What: Pleasure Island Lighting at the Lake Celebration
  • When: Friday, November 28th at 7:00 pm
  • Where: Carolina Beach Lake Park, Carolina Beach NC
Walk a mile around the Carolina Beach Lake to view lighted displays, enjoy caroling, and a live nativity provided by community groups including the Boy Scouts and Carolina Beach Elementary Chorus. Refreshments will be served and Santa will even visit the celebration!!

This annual light-up celebration officially begins the month long Island of Lights Festival on Pleasure Island.

Following the lighting at the Lake, the lighting of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk will take place.

See you there!


Thanksgiving Dinner at Harbor Masters Restaurant

Tired of the endless hours cooking a huge Thanksgiving meal only to spend even more time cleaning up? Try something new this year and come down to Harbor Masters Restaurant on Carolina Beach and enjoy Thanksgiving without the mess.

  • What: Thanksgiving Dinner without the mess
  • When: Thursday, November 27, 2008 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach NC
Harbor Masters, one of our newest Carolina Beach restaurants, is offering a Thanksgiving Meal complete with all the trimmings for just $7.95!!

Enjoy turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, apple pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie. All for $7.95 - Wow!

This sounds too delicious to miss out on! Head on down to Carolina Beach by yourself or with the family and enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with our Pleasure Island neighbors and visitors.


2009 Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide

We are fast approaching completion of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce 2009 Visitor Guide. There may still be a couple advertising spaces left so please call us ASAP if you are interested in advertising: 910-458-8434.

This Visitor Guide is distributed to ALL of the Welcome Centers in the state of North Carolina and to everyone who calls for a vacation package as well as throughout Brunswick County, along the Cape Fear Coast, U.S. Hwy 17 Corridor, Interstate 40 Corridor, Interstate 95 Corridor, and the Topsail Island area.

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide is a fantastic resource for anyone traveling to Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher, and even the Greater Wilmington NC area. Our advertising rates are very reasonable so area businesses should please call us now to inquire about available space: 910-458-8434.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the Visitor Guide or a complete vacation package, please call us or contact the Pleasure Island Chamber via our website or email Visitor@PleasureIslandNC.org.

Thank you!


Pleasure Island Holiday Walk

Spend a day on Pleasure Island this Holiday Season by taking part in the annual Holiday Walk. Participating Pleasure Island restaurants and retailers are kicking off the shopping season with a fun-filled day of deals and treats.

  • What: Pleasure Island Holiday Walk Shopping and Dining Event
  • When: Sunday, November 23rd from 12:00 to 4:00
  • Where: Throughout Pleasure Island where you see Boot Balloons
You can expect special discounts, refreshments, Christmas music, gift wrapping, prizes, and plenty of Holiday Cheer.

Just look for the Boot Balloons outside participating businesses.

For more information about the Pleasure Island Holiday Walk, please contact Snow's Cut Monthly at 458-0120.


Fort Fisher Aquarium hosts Aquababies Weekend

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be showing off their baby jellyfish, sea turtles, alligators, sea horses, fish, snakes, and more during Aquababies Weekend!

  • What: Meet baby sea animals
  • When: Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd from 9 am to 5 pm
  • Where: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Pack up your youngsters and bring them out to the Aquarium to meet their underwater youngsters! We can't wait to see all these baby sea animals. Special programs will be offered all weekend. What a special event - don't miss it!

Fort Fisher is located at the southern tip of Pleasure Island, NC.

For more information visit the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher website or call 458-8257.


Pleasure Island Chamber's Newest Members

The Pleasure Island Chamber is approximately 25 members short of reaching the 400 member mark! Please visit our website or give us a call at 910-458-8434 if you would like to become a member of the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. If you're already a member, please consider referring a friend, neighbor, associate, client, or vendor that would benefit from being a part of our wonderful networking organization.

The following businesses realized the importance of economic growth for Pleasure Island and have pledged their support by investing in your Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

Please support your community by calling on these businesses when you are in need of products or services!

Elizabeth Ann Montgomery
Associate Member
1315-1 Bowfin Lane
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Bryan N. Soden
North Carolina Connections, a Systems Integration Company working in a co-op effort with Miller-Motte College helping students gain experience
220 Seawatch Way
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Roxann Hubbard
Pleasure Island Drama Club, teaching drama and performing for the community
1016 N. Lake Park Blvd. Unit 19
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Tom Scuorzo
Tom's Marine, marine sales and service
900 Yacht Road
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Susan Ywaskevic
Unique Boutique, ladies wholesale clothing and accessories
207 S. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428


Coastal K-9 Bakery presents Photos with Santa Paws

Coastal K-9 Bakery is proud to present Photos with Santa Paws!

  • What: Holiday pet photos with Santa Paws
  • When: November 18th, 4 pm to 7:30 pm AND November 23rd from 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Where: Coastal K-9 Bakery, 5095 Carolina Beach Rd., #9
  • Contact: Jackie at 794-4014
  • Benefits the Adopt-an-Angel Pet Adoption Program
The Coastal K-9 Bakery sells all natural treats for dogs and cats. They were chosen as the Emerging Entrepreneur for 2008 by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

No reservations are required for the Photos with Santa Paws events.

Also, the Bakery will be holding a Christmas Open House on November 20th from 1 pm to 5 pm with fun, prizes, and special discounts for all.

For more information about any of these pet friendly events or to learn more about the bakery, visit Coastal K-9 Bakery or call Jackie at 794-4014.


Free Oyster Roast at Harbor Masters Today!

Jeremy Bailey of Harbor Masters Restaurant on Carolina Beach is hosting a Customer Appreciation event this evening, Sunday, from 4:00 - 7:00 at the Restaurant.

  • What: FREE OYSTER ROAST at Harbor Masters Restaurant for Customer Appreciation Night
  • When: Tonight, Sunday, November 16th from 4:00 to 7:00
  • Where: Harbor Masters Restaurant, 315 Canal Drive, Carolina Beach, NC
If oysters are your thing, or if you just want to celebrate living on Pleasure Island and the great businesses we have here, then be sure to come out to Harbor Masters tonight.

Please check the Pleasure Island Chamber website for a listing of Pleasure Island Restaurants, including Harbor Masters.



High Tide Lounge hosts Thanksgiving Food Drive

The High Tide Lounge at the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier will host a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit a local food bank.

  • What: Thanksgiving Food Drive on Carolina Beach
  • When: Friday night, November 14th and Saturday night, November 15th
  • Where: High Tide Lounge, 1800 Carolina Beach Ave. N, Carolina Beach NC
On Friday night enjoy the music of 2 Chord Cracker and on Saturday enjoy the Caribbean beat of Lucia and Levi.

Raffles will be held each night at midnight. Come have a great time and get a chance to win prizes all while benefiting a local food shelf at such an important time of the year. Don't forget to bring food to donate!

For more information, please contact the High Tide Lounge at 458-0807.


Pleasure Island Drama Club - Friday Night Club

Due to a family emergency, the Friday Night Club Night for this past week, November 7th, had to be canceled. The Club Night will resume on Friday, November 14th for kids in GRADES 6-9.

Kids are welcome to hang out at the "Club House" frpm 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in a safe, fun, and more mature environment.

Cost of entry is $10.00. For more information, please visit the Pleasure Island Drama Club website or contact Roxann Hubbard at 264-7379.

Thanks and enjoy!


Free Admission at the Fort Fisher Aquarium for Veteran's Day

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will be offering FREE ADMISSION for every visitor on Tuesday, November 11th on honor of Veteran's Day.

Bring the whole family and spend a wonderful day learning about our aquatic friends and the Cape Fear Coastal region. You might even get to watch the Alligator feeding!

Fort Fisher is located beyond Carolina Beach and Kure Beach at the southern tip of Pleasure Island, NC.



Gurney Hood Barking Lot Clean Up Day, Kure Beach

Calling all Volunteers, Gardeners, and Dog Lovers!

On Sunday, November 9th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm volunteers are needed for the annual clean up of the Gurney Hood Barking Lot in Kure Beach.

Bring your rakes, shrub pruners/snips, and gloves and lend a hand helping to spruce up this popular doggie spot. Doesn't your dog deserve it??

The Barking Lot is located at the corner of 7th Street and K Avenue in Joe Eakes Park in Kure Beach.

Thank you!


Beach Dogs Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Come one! Come all! Beach Dogs is celebrating their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

  • What: Beach Dogs Restaurant Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting
  • Where: Beach Dogs, 304 N. Lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach NC
  • When: Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
  • Time: 6:00 PM
Thanks for supporting Pleasure Island local business! Enjoy!


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