SGBC to honor ‘Mighty Oaks’ for church’s 135th anniversary

Written by Administrator on May 16th, 2016

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Family of 712 Green River Road, Gaffney, South Carolina will celebrate their 135th  church anniversary on Sunday May 22nd during the 11 a.m. worship service.

The church will commemorate 135 years by recognizing fore-parents and family members who were strong soldiers “in the army of the Lord” and served mightily at Shady Grove. Family members will sit together and a spokesperson will make brief statements about our Shady Grove “Mighty Oaks.”

Families will display pictures of their foreparents and relatives. Offerings commemorating 135 years of ministry will be given.

Pastor Byers will deliver the anniversary sermon and the Mass Choir will present special music. The public is invited to attend. An anniversary dinner will be served following the service.

Program Coordinators are Sis. Shelia Posey, Sis. Shakila Lattimore, and Sis. Mary K. Jones

Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Publicity Contact: Sis. Mary K. Jones


Manning named Humanitarian of the Year

Written by Administrator on May 9th, 2016

Sis. Dorothy Manning was recognized as Humanitarian of the Year on May 8 at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

The award was presented by the church’s Senior Missionary auxiliary during Mother’s Day morning services.

The following statement was read in honoring Sis. Manning:

“A humanitarian is defined as someone who is concerned with or works to promote the well-being and happiness of others. Our honoree today definitely fits that definition.


She is a dedicated member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church family, mother, daughter, sister, friend to the community and a firm supporter of education as a means of making a better today and tomorrow.


Dorothy Manning is a native of Gaffney, South Carolina, and graduated from Granard High School with aspirations of becoming a teacher. Sis. Manning has been steadfast in her commitment to educating and helping others, especially young people. During her working years, she returned to school and earned a degree at Cleveland Community College. To date, all of her children and grandchildren have, or will, earn a college degree.


Sis. Manning is the current chapter President, or “Queen”, of the Cherokee County Red Hat Society, an international society of women that connects, supports and encourages women in their pursuit of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness while supporting members in their quest to get the most out of life. She is also a member of Altrusa International of Gaffney, a service organization made up of men and women who work to improve the communities in which they live. Sis Manning is an Ambassador for Know(2), a community organization focused on improving Education, Public Health, Family & Youth, Crime & Safety and Economic Development in Cherokee County. She is a former substitute teacher for the Cherokee County School district and a former member of the Cherokee County Red Cross.


She is a deaconess, president of the Shady Grove Baptist Church Senior Missionary, secretary of the Thickety Mountain Missionary Association, a choir member, a former member of the YWAs at Shady Grove and Mikes Creek Baptist churches, a former Sunday School teacher and superintendent, church secretary and a former member of the usher board.


Sis. Manning is married to Deacon Eugene Manning and is a mother of two, grandmother of four, and great-grandmother to three. She is a constant inspiration to her family and a ready resource when they need advice on life matters.


She is an excellent role model of what a humanitarian should be every day of every year, and we are very proud to share this honor with her on this special day. Please join in me recognizing this year’s honoree, Sis Dorothy Manning.”

This is the Senior Missionary’s third year honoring church members for their tireless efforts to help the church and surrounding community.

Sis. Manning received an award and gifts. Her name has been added to a plaque with previous winners Sis. Kathy Byers and Bro. Jerry Thompson.


SGBC recognizes academic achievers

Written by Administrator on March 16th, 2016

Shady Grove Baptist Church Education Committee recognized and presented awards to students with outstanding achievement during 3rd Nine Weeks during Youth Day Service on March 13th.

Pictured are students who performed in an outstanding manner during the 3rd Nine weeks at their respective schools.

Left to right, Row 1: Shaniyah Lattimore, Northwest Elementary; Skyla Phillips, Northwest Elementary;
Akira Fleming, Granard Middle; Cyani Foster, Northwest Elementary; Josiah Greene, Jesse Boyd Elementary; and Jeremiah Greene, Jesse Boyd Elementary. Row 2: Members of Education Committee: Syreeta Greene, Donnie Littlejohn, Tamica Brown, Hyacinth Phillips, Bernice Dawkins.

The Education Committee coordinated the recognition activity and provided awards for each student honored. Hyacinth Phillips is president of the Education Committee.


Posey named 2016 Woman of the Year

Written by Administrator on March 16th, 2016

2016 Woman of the Year, Sheila Montgomery Posey

Sheila Montgomery Posey was crowned ‘Shady Grove Baptist Church 2016 Woman of the Year’ during the annual Woman’s Day service held recently.

Posey who is a member of the Women’s Ministry, Usher Ministry, and a Bible School attendee.

The Woman’s Day speaker was the Rev. Sister Stephanie Peak, Associate Minister of ‘Word of Change Ministries’ of Spartanburg, SC.

Pastor Byers commended the ladies on their tremendous effort and the zeal with which they worked to achieve their goals. All the participants received beautiful gift bags, flowers, and Sister Posey was crowned and signage has been erected to designate special parking for the ‘Woman of the Year’ throughout 2016.

Program Coordinators were Sister Candice Alexander and the Rev. Schlonda Hawk.

Others vying for the title are pictured below, left to right, with the Rev. Dr. Lee Byers Jr., Pastor:

Sister Sheila Montgomery Posey, Winner of Woman of the Year; Sister Marva Dover, member of Deaconess Ministry, Senior Missionary Ministry, and Gospel Choir member; Sister Detra Bonner, member of the Gospel Choir, Usher Ministry, and Women’s Ministry; Mother of Church, Minnie Hush who is a dedicated Sunday School attendee, and member of the Women’s Ministry; and Sister LaDonna Tate, member of the Mass Choir, church Worship Team, Usher Ministry, Praise Singers Music Ministry, Van Ministry, and President of the Young Woman’s Auxiliary (YWA).


SGBC to honor pastor’s 10th anniversary

Written by Administrator on March 7th, 2016
The Rev. and Mrs. Lee Byers Jr.

The Rev. and Mrs. Lee Byers Jr., from 2011

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor Rev. Dr. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their Tenth Pastoral Anniversary during a special service on Sunday March 13, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. The praise and worship service will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Speaking for the 4:00 p.m. occasion will be Bishop Charles JJ Jackson, Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.

Rev. and First Lady Byers have served the Shady Grove Church family for ten years and are God’s servants for kingdom building. Pastor Byers serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, member of the Thickety Mountain Association Trustee Board, President of the Thickety Mountain Non-Denominational Ministerial Alliance, member of the Greater Gaffney Ministerial Association, and an advisor to the Thickety Mountain Brotherhood Auxiliary. He is also a very active member and participant in all activities of the Cherokee County “Giving Back” Organization. Rev. Byers recently received the Doctor of Theology Degree from the Carolina College of Theology.

Rev. Dr. Byers is married to Esther Montgomery Byers of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and ten grandchildren. First Lady Byers serves as a member of the Shady Grove Deaconess and Women’s Ministry, the music ministry, and an advisor to the Young Women’s Auxiliary. She also serves as a Youth Supervisor and a member of the Thickety Mountain Ministers Wives Auxiliary.

The Youth Choir will provide special music during the morning worship service.

Everyone is cordially invited to be with us as we give God the praise and celebrate this momentous occasion.


Miss South Carolina Daja Dial to speak at Black History program

Written by Administrator on February 11th, 2016

2015 Miss South Carolina Daja DialMiss South Carolina 2015 Daja Dial will be the guest speaker for the Black History Month Celebration to be held Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Gaffney High School.

The Clemson University student is the third African American to be crowned Miss South Carolina. She was a Top 7 finalist for the Miss America title in September 2015. She is a native of Jonesville, South Carolina.

The Rev. Antionette Gardner, a radio personality at WFGN 1180 will host the program. The Gaffney High School Honor Choir, Young Starz of Elite Dance, Shady Grove Praise Dance Team, Marsheka Wray and Ursula Anderson and other groups from the community are scheduled to perform.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is one or more canned good items, which will be donated to the Indian Hill Baptist Church Soup Kitchen.

Gaffney High School is located at 149 Twin Lake Rd, Gaffney, SC 29341.


Burris honored as Father of the Church

Written by Administrator on January 10th, 2016

Bro. John Burris was honored recently for being the oldest male member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. The former trustee, who is 86 years old, received a gift presented by Rev. Albert Gray and pastor, Rev. Lee Byers. Sis. Minnie Hush was also recognized as being the church’s oldest female member.


Hear those bells ringing!

Written by Administrator on December 23rd, 2015

Members of Shady Grove and Ebenezer church families are in front of the Ingles grocery store on Floyd Baker Blvd in Gaffney today until 3 pm. If you get the chance, stop by, say hello and donate to a good cause!


November 2015 upcoming events

Written by Administrator on November 9th, 2015
Rev. Dewey Whittenburg

Rev. Dewey Whittenburg

  • The Shady Grove Baptist Church Gospel Choir will celebrate its 45th anniversary with Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. on Nov. 15. The guest speaker for this service will be the Rev. Dewey Whittenburg, associate minister of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church.
  • Shady Grove Baptist Church will have its annual Senior Citizens Day service on Sunday, Nov. 22, during the 11 a.m. morning worship service.  The Rev. Dr. Albert Gray will be the speaker. A ‘Soup Luncheon’ will follow immediately after the morning worship in the Rev. L. C. Knuckles Family Life Center. Everyone is asked to bring a pot of their favorite soup, cornbread, and/or crackers. Sister Dorothy Manning is the Senior Missionary President.
  • The Shady Grove Usher Ministry will have its annual program on Sunday Nov. 29th during the 11:00 morning worship service. Sister Geneva Palmer will be the guest speaker. She is the president of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association Usher Auxiliary. She is also a member of Mikes Creek Baptist Church of Gaffney. Sister Deborah Littlejohn is president of the Shady Grove Usher Auxiliary.

    Shady Grove Baptist Church honors veterans

    Written by Administrator on November 9th, 2015

    Veterans honored, November 2015

    Shady Grove Baptist Church recognized its veterans during morning worship Nov. 8th to show appreciation for dedicated and loyal service to the United States of America.  Each veteran received a flag pin engraved with their name and a small United States flag.

    Deacon Lucious Jones read a “Proclamation of Appreciation” thanking them for the sacrifices they have made and for veterans and their families everywhere who continue to fight to keep our country free.


    Pictured left to right: Deacon Clarence Dover, standing in for his son, Ret. Master Sergeant Clarence Dover, Jr. – U S Navy; James Pearson – US Navy; the Rev. Dr.  Albert Gray – US Army; Kenny Norris – US Army; Willie Foster, Sr. – US Army; and Al Phillips –US Marine. Not pictured: Charles Dover, US Army; and Quinn Long, US Army.

    Nov. 11th of each year is the day designated to let veterans know that Americans deeply appreciate their commitment and bravery. This year, Americans are asked to burn a green light bulb on their porches, windows, and wherever they desire, to let veterans and their families know that we remember and appreciate their service to our country.

    Program coordinators were Mary K. Jones and Dorothy Manning

    The Rev. Lee Byers, Pastor


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