Each breath we breathe is a gift from God


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Charles Warner | The Union Times We breath without thinking. We do so because it is natural. From the moment we are born we breath and continue to do so until the moment of death. The only time we really think about breathing is if we are having trouble breathing and/or can't breath. When that happens all we really think about is breathing, about whether or not we will get another breath or if we have breathed our last. Each breath is a gift, a gift of life bestowed upon us by God, the giver of life. It is precious because without the gift of breathing there is no life. Even more precious is the gift of eternal salvation. It too is a gift of God, a gift even more precious than breathing because while we have a finite number of breaths, our existence does not end when we breath our last. The gift of life is bestowed upon us without our having a say in it, but the gift of eternal salvation is one we can choose to accept or reject. If, however, we reject that gift then our last breath will be the beginning of eternal sorrow and suffering. If we accept it, then our last breath will not be a tragedy, but the beginning of unimaginable happiness and joy.


Lenten Season Begins Ash Wednesday — Feb. 10

Lent is a time to grown closer to Jesus and the people of Union County will have an opportunity to do so at Grace United Methodist Church.

Grace will again host the Community Lenten Services and lunch at noon each Wednesday from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 10) through Holy Week March 23. Pastors from different churches will bring the message each week and Tommy Bishop, organist at Grace UMC and St. Augustine Catholic Churches has planned special music. This year’s schedule along with the lunch menu is as follows:

Ash Wednesday — Feb. 10 — Rev. David Bauknight — Special music by Fran and Bob Love; Lunch — BBQ w/buns, baked beans, coleslaw, potato chips, dessert, tea & coffee.

Feb. 17 — Rev. Keith Morrison, pastor of Cane Creek and 1st Presbyterian Churches — Special music by Ann White & Kathleen Read; Lunch – Ham, potato salad, green beans, rolls, dessert, tea & coffee.

Feb. 24 — Fr. Louis Miller, pastor of Episcopal church of the Nativity — Special Music by Jack Kelly; Lunch – Spaghetti casserole, tossed salad, French bread, dessert, tea & coffee.

March 2 — Rev. Merritt Wentz, pastor of Bethel & Duncan Acres United Methodist Churches — Special Music by Ronnie Lybrand; Lunch – Chicken casserole, green beans, fruit salad, rolls, dessert, tea & coffee.

Mar. 9 — Fr. Mike McCafferty, pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church — Canter, Ron Holden; Lunch — Marinated chicken breast, potato casserole, broccoli salad, rolls, dessert, tea & coffee.

Mar. 16 — Rev. Kermit Morris, pastor of First Baptist Church — Special Music by Daniel Prince; Lunch — pork loin, sweet potatoes, Asian slaw, rolls, dessert, tea & coffee.

Mar. 23 — Rev. A.L. Brackett, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church — Special Music TBA; Lunch — Fried chicken, green beans, macaroni/cheese, biscuits, dessert, tea & coffee.

Please make every attempt to attend these special and meaningful services as we prepare our hearts for Easter.

Black History Month Portrayals

In observance of Black History Month, St. Paul Baptist Church members will be portraying well-lived people of history at the 11 a.m. service each Sunday in February.

The portrayals will be presented each Sunday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28.

The Union County Community is invited to come and witness this event.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at the USC-Union gazebo. Please come and join with fellow citizens of Union County, and with others in other places as we pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world, and for the Church. Pray for God’s guidance in the coming primaries and caucuses. Please pray for our military, our police, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us.

All are welcome. If you can’t get to the gazebo, please take some time for special prayer during the day.

Sunday, Feb. 7

11:15 a.m.: The Bethesda Baptist Church Family will celebrate it’s 126th Church Anniversary with the Pastor, Rev. Roderick Olgesby, delivering the message for the day.

The Bethesda Baptist Church — Santuck

Rev Roderick Olgesby — Pastor

Deacon John D. Cheek — Chairman

Tuesday, Feb. 9

5-7 p.m.: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 1622 Kelly Road, Union, holds a Pancake Supper.

The menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, milk, and juice.

Adults dine for $7. Children for $5.

All proceeds go to Bethlehem United Methodist Church Missions.

Saturday, Feb. 13

8 a.m.-2 p.m.: The Corinth Baptist Church Family will hold its Winter Fling Park Festival at the future home of Corinth Baptist Church Park at corner of North Pinckney and Academy streets and in the Corinth Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 302 N. Herndon St.

The festival will consist of a fish fry, bake sale, and an indoor yard sale including jewelry, household goods, shoes, clothing, and furniture. There will be breakfast and lunch with fish plates and sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and baked goods available for sale.

Come eat and shop till you drop!

Rev. J.A. Calhoun, Pastor.

9:15 a.m.: Pacolet River Missionaries will have their quarterly meeting at Red Hill Baptist Church. Minister Brenda Byrd, President, Rev. James Mason, Moderator.

1 p.m.: The St. Luke Baptist Church will be hosting a Black History Songfest. The program will include the Union County High School Chorus, Winthrop University Chorus of Rock Hill, SC, and the St. Luke Youth Chorus. The public is invited to attend. Rev. G.W. Shell, Pastor.

Sunday, Feb. 14

Noon-Until: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 1622 Kelly Road, Union, will serve Sunday dinner. The menu includes fried chicken, roast beef, steak & gravy, creamed potatoes, rice & gravy, macaroni pie, green beans, lima beans, slaw, rolls, tea, and dessert.

Cost is $8 per person.

Call 427-1622 for takeouts. Read at 11:45 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 21

Noon: Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church holds First Sunday Dinner. The menu will include choice of three vegetables, creamed potatoes, green beans, speckled butter beans, macaroni and cheese, or corn with a roll and tea. The cost is $8.

Charles Warner | The Union Times

We breath without thinking. We do so because it is natural. From the moment we are born we breath and continue to do so until the moment of death. The only time we really think about breathing is if we are having trouble breathing and/or can’t breath. When that happens all we really think about is breathing, about whether or not we will get another breath or if we have breathed our last. Each breath is a gift, a gift of life bestowed upon us by God, the giver of life. It is precious because without the gift of breathing there is no life. Even more precious is the gift of eternal salvation. It too is a gift of God, a gift even more precious than breathing because while we have a finite number of breaths, our existence does not end when we breath our last. The gift of life is bestowed upon us without our having a say in it, but the gift of eternal salvation is one we can choose to accept or reject. If, however, we reject that gift then our last breath will be the beginning of eternal sorrow and suffering. If we accept it, then our last breath will not be a tragedy, but the beginning of unimaginable happiness and joy.

http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Church-Sign-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times

We breath without thinking. We do so because it is natural. From the moment we are born we breath and continue to do so until the moment of death. The only time we really think about breathing is if we are having trouble breathing and/or can’t breath. When that happens all we really think about is breathing, about whether or not we will get another breath or if we have breathed our last. Each breath is a gift, a gift of life bestowed upon us by God, the giver of life. It is precious because without the gift of breathing there is no life. Even more precious is the gift of eternal salvation. It too is a gift of God, a gift even more precious than breathing because while we have a finite number of breaths, our existence does not end when we breath our last. The gift of life is bestowed upon us without our having a say in it, but the gift of eternal salvation is one we can choose to accept or reject. If, however, we reject that gift then our last breath will be the beginning of eternal sorrow and suffering. If we accept it, then our last breath will not be a tragedy, but the beginning of unimaginable happiness and joy.

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