Do you serve Jesus or do you serve the Devil?


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This sign as well as the prayer vigil Wednesday night at the Pacolet River Baptist Association building that drew hundreds of Christians from churches throughout Union County are reminders of a truth that many outside the Christian faith find difficult to understand. That truth that the greatest division within humanity is not about competing meanings of a flag or other emblem, but about whether we serve the Lord Jesus Christ or the Devil. The nine people murdered at Mother Emanuel Church were studying the Bible, working through their studies to gain a better understanding of what thus saith the Lord and walk more closely with Him. In other words, they were very definitely serving the Lord Jesus Christ and striving to serve Him even better. Their murderer, however, was very definitely not serving the Lord Jesus Christ, but instead doing the bidding of the Devil. The sign at Duncan Acres United Methodist Church that asks us to pray for Charleston and the Christians who gathered together to pray Wednesday night, and, yes, the nine men and women who died as Christian martyrs, remind us that while the struggle between good and evil in this world very definitely has a material aspect, it is even more a spiritual one. In that spiritual struggle, human beings by themselves are helpless against an enemy who seeks both their earthly destruction and their eternal destruction and who still seeks to overthrow the enemy who cast him down from Heaven into the pits of Hell. The only way human beings can be successful in this struggle is by turning to the Lord Jesus Christ and seeking His help because He and He alone is powerful enough to defeat His and humanity’s oldest and most deadly enemy. So yes, pray for Charleston, but pray for the rest of the human race as well, pray that all humanity would realize that Jesus is Lord and turn to Him and live according to His will. If that happens, and through Christ all things are possible, then the world will become a place where no Bible study is ever again interrupted by gunfire.

Saturday, June 27

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Morningside Baptist Outreach Ministry holds a giveaway of diapers and miscellaneous items. This will also be a family fun day with hot dogs and a bouncy house.

8-11 a.m.: New Emanuel Chapel holds a Community Outreach Ministry Giveaway. It will be held at the future site of New Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church which is located at 115 Eison Town Road in the Kelton Community. There will be various of items to choose from. Everything is free! At New Emanual our mottos is “We build Ministries by the power of God.” Dr. James L. Mason, Pastor.

Sunday, June 28

10 a.m.: The Men of Corinth Baptist Church celebrates their annual Men’s Day Program. The theme this year is “Serving God Is For all The Right Reasons.” The speaker will be Deacon Attorney Donald Gist of Columbia. He is a former native of Jonesville and a member of the SC Bar Association. The public is invited to attend. Chairperson is Trustee Lonnie White. Rev. J.A. Calhoun, Pastor.

2 p.m.: Woodson Chapel Baptist Church holds their Annual Family and Friends Day program. Rev. Kenneth Wray, Pastor of Knuckles Chapel Baptist Church, Gaffney will be the speaker. The public is invited. Rev. Robert E. Collins, Pastor.

2 p.m.: Missionary Circle Bethel Baptist Church, 904 Pea Ridge Highway, Jonesville, sponsors a Women’s Day Program. The speaker will be Minister Heather Wilson of Mitchell Chapel Christian Church of Union. Everyone is invited. James E. Tilltonson, Pastor. Viola Rice, President.

2:30 p.m.: Paradise AME Church holds Family and Friends Day. Bridget Goodwin will be the guest speaker. Rev. Terry Gillyard, Pastor.

6 p.m.: First Baptist Church, Union hosts the Carolina Christmas Spring Concert.

Thursday, July 2

Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at the USC-U 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. Please pray for our military and our police, who risk their lives to serve and protect us. Let us gather and give special thanks for our country as we approach our 239 thbirthday on July 4.

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

Sunday, July 5

5 p.m.: The 2015 “As We Worship” Concert is coming to Union at One Hope Performing Arts Theatre (The Union Square Cinema, 719 North Duncan Bypass). Those featured on the program include Union’s own New Reason, Kenny Smith, Shawny Wright, Tyler Pearson, Helen Jones and others. Admission is free. A love offering will be received.

Sunday, July 5-Friday, July 10

6-8:30 p.m.: Welcome Baptist Church, Monarch Highway, holds Vacation Bible School. The theme is “Camp Courageous.” There will be crafts, lessons, food, and fun time. If you need a ride please call the church at 427-3390 and leave a message.

Sunday, July 12

3 p.m.: Bethany Baptist Church will be celebrating the 1st Anniversary/Appreciation of our Pastor, Rev. Anthony R. Wilson and First Lady Vonda Wilson. Rev. William Smith of Foster’s Chapel Baptist Church will be the Messenger. Everyone is welcome.

Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19

The Sims Chapel Baptist Church will be traveling to Nashville, Tenn. On Friday, July 17, 2015 and will return on Sunday, July 19, 2015. The cost to ride the bus is $ 70 per person and is non refundable. This will include two free breakfasts at the hotel. The cost for two nights at the hotel will be $265.12 (this includes tax).

We are looking forward to you joining us in this trip.

If you are interested in going, please contact:

Trustee Wanda Williams at wandawilliams@1322@att.net or 803-271-3210

Trustee Jesse Murphy at murphy21@ygail.com 803-694-4107

Trustee Lawrence Sligh at 1960@gmail.com or 803-271-4082

Trustee Lorendia Beasley at renda42@gmail.com or 864-466-6207

Bro. Michael Epps at 803-924-2295

Sis. Jasmine Gilliam

Sis. Janet Rice

Bro. Tommy Young

Let’s go and have some fun in the name of the Lord.

Sunday, July 19

6 p.m.: First Baptist Church, Union hosts a concert by Ronnie Lybrand.

Sunday, July 26

6 p.m.: First Baptist Church, Union host a concert by Monty Allen.

July 31

At Dark: First Baptist Church hosts a Drive-In Movie. Everyone is welcome.

Bible Study

Shiloh Outreach Baptist Church, 194 Maybinton Road, Whitmire, holds a Community Bible Study on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

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