Thursday, Dec. 10
6 p.m.: St. Paul Baptist Church — located at 308 Wallace Street in Union — will hold its annual Community Christmas Caroling, and all churches and members of the community are invited to join. See you there!
Saturday, Dec. 12 & 13
6 p.m.: “Come And Behold Him: A Musical for Christmas” by Dennis and Nan Allen will be presented by the combined choirs of Morningside Baptist Church and Fairforest Baptist Church on Dec. 12 at Morningside at 6 p.m. and on Dec. 13 at Fairforest.
Saturday, Dec. 12
9:30 a.m.: Pacolet River quarterly Missionary Meeting will be held at New Salem Zion, Pacolet. Ladies bring a gift and a blanket (throw). Minister Brenda Byrd, President. Rev. James Mason, Moderator.
11 a.m.: The Spartanburg District Home Mission Workers, A.M.E. Zion Church, will sponsor a silent auction at Clinton Chapel Church, 108 South Enterprise Street, Union. Items up for auction include household goods, Christmas decorations, tools, jewelry, clothing, toys, lamps, and other items.
Sunday, Dec. 13
2 p.m.: The Duncanleers of Jeter Chapel AME Church will be celebrating their choir anniversary. Everyone is invited. The Rev. Anthony Washington, Pastor.
6 p.m.: Ottaray Baptist Church will host a concert by the “2 For 1” singing group.
6 p.m.: The New Hope United Methodist Church Choir presents their Christmas Cantata, “The Gift Goes On” arranged and orchestrated by Russell Mauldin. Everyone is invited to attend and is also invited to stay afterwards and fellowship in the social hall during which light refreshements will be served. Also, a very special guest may pay a visit.
Wednesday, Dec. 16
6:30 p.m.: The Mt. Rowell Baptist Church will present the Story of Christmas Told Through Scripture and Song at the church, which is located at 534 Adams Lake Road, Union. There is no fee for admission, and donations will be accepted for the JFF Relay for Life and the YOAM project.
Sunday, Dec. 20
6 p.m.: The Corinth Baptist Church family invites you to join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with “The Nativity of Jesus.” The cantata will be held at Corinth Baptist Church, 302 N. Herndon St., Union.
Directed by Mrs. Andrena Powell-Baker and Mrs. Earline Beaty with special music directed by Mr. Marcus Gist, this presentation promises to sooth the soul, lift your spirit and remember the goodness in the world.
The sanctuary will be filled with music and narration as characters reveal the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. The community is invited. Rev. J.A. Calhoun, Pastor.
Thursday, Dec. 24
7 p.m.: Grace United Methodist Church will hold its Christmas Eve Service.
Sunday, Dec. 27
5 p.m.: His Chosen Few (Mary Owens) presents a fashion/show play at the Pacolet River Building on Lovers Lane Road. The play is entitled “For Better Or For Worse.” Come out and have some good fellowship and a fun-filled evening for the entire family. A donation of $10 — tickets may be purchased from cast members — 0r $12 at the door. A fellowship gathering will follow.
Wednesday, Dec. 31
10:30 a.m.: Joing “Watch-Night Services” will be held at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in the Cross Keys Community with the Rev. Freddie Wicker, pastor of the McBeth Baptist Church bringing the message. The public is invited.
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
5 p.m.: St. Luke Baptist Church hosts a Relay for Life Songfest. Rev. George Shell, Pastor.
Wednesday, Jan. 13
10:30 a.m.: A new nondenominational Bible study, open to everyone, will begin at Grace United Methodist Church. The study will be led by Fran Love and meet in the Clyburn-Whitener Classroom.
The book “Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus; How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith”, written by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg, will lead us to explore the culture and customs of first-century Jews, enriching our understanding of the Bible and of Jesus. It’s not necessary to purchase the book, but it is available through Christian Supply, Amazon, and Cokesbury for $16.
If anyone would like to have the book, please notify Grace UMC by Jan.15.
This is what Christianity, what the church is a all about. It is about doing as Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity called his followers to do. It is about changing lives and in changing those lives changing the fate of the souls of those whose lives are changed. Christ came into the world to change lives, to turn people away from the path of sin and destruction and put them on the path of righteousness and salvation. It is the mission He gave His church, a mission the church must always continue to undertake because the day it stops doing so is the day it stops being Christian. The day that the church stops being Christian is the day it stops changing lives and saving souls. When that day comes, the church ceases to serve Christ and as a result the world, already a fallen and wicked place, becomes an even worse and evil place. So the church, and that means all those who call themselves Christians, must never abandon their mission because when they do, they have abandoned Christ and, because of such wickedness, He will turn His back on them and let them reap what they have sown.