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Senior Missionaries recognize honorees

Friday, August 1st, 2014

During morning service, July 27th, select honorees received a bag of goodies presented to them by the Senior Missionary and the YWA’s of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Minister Allen to speak July 27th for Missionary Day program

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Minister Talisa Allen will be the speaker Sunday, July 27th,  for Missionary Day, sponsored by the senior missionaries of Shady Grove Baptist Church. The theme for the occasion is “Missionaries: Workers on a Mission.”

The public is invited to attend.

Deaconess Dorothy Manning is president. The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr., is pastor.


Minister Allen is married to Elder Donnie Allen and they have one beautiful daughter, Kellie Donae. She is the daughter of Deacon James Henry and Deaconess Novella Kelly and is the oldest of three daughters.

She is an Associate Minister at Greater Hope Ministries, Gaffney, SC., where she serves under the leadership of Pastor Caroline Allen Jones. She is the Advisor of the Dance Ministry and a member of The Sanctuary Choir.

She is a 1986 graduate of Gaffney High School and a 2012 graduate of N.J. Brockman School of Religion.

She is employed with Cherokee County Department of Social Services.

She loves the Lord with all of her heart, mind and soul. She stands firmly believing and trusting in God’s word. She knows that His word is the only thing that will stand when everything else fails. She believes in blessing the Lord at all times, in the good and the bad. If you praise and worship Him sincerely, He will work things out for you.

Her favorite scripture is Psalm 34:1

“I will bless the Lord at all times and His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

Anniversary fundraiser a success

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Congratulations to the family of Sarah Graham and Josephine Wood, winners during the recent fundraising effort related to the church’s 133rd anniversary. Below, members representing each family team are recognized.

Byers receives first Humanitarian Award

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
Byers honored

Sis. Kathy Byers, left, received the Humanitarian Award from the Shady Grove Senior Missionary, represented by Sis. Dorothy Manning.

Sis. Kathy Byers was the recipient of the first Humanitarian Award, given on Mother’s Day by the Shady Grove Baptist Church Senior Missionary.

Among reasons listed for her receiving the award, Sis. Byers loves helping others in any way that she can. She helps to attend to her mother, who is in declining health; her sister, who is experiencing some health issues; and a cousin who is in poor health. Byers and her husband, James, are taking care of her cousin so that she would not have to stay in a nursing home.

Sis. Byers lends herself to help various members of the church and community. She visits the hospital, the nursing home, and calls to see if the shut-in needs her to sit with them or to run errands for them.

Because of all these kind acts of love, the Senior Missionary saw fit to award her and let her know of the appreciation they had for her efforts.

Youth Day at Shady Grove

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Youth Ministry recently took on new duties serving as Sunday School teachers, conducting the pulpit services, and fulfilling other Sunday responsibilities during a recent Youth Day Service.

Pictured left to right:

Row 1: Josiah Greene, prayer; Tyan Buckson, Offering assistance ; Josiah Greene, Introduction of Pastor Byers;  Jordan Lipscomb, presided for the morning worship service; Shaderejah Lattimore, Intermediate/Teen teacher; Skyla Phillips, read the announcements; and Romarion Makupson, assisted with the Offering.

Row 2: Marcus Walters, Adult teacher; Jaila Phillips, Sunday School secretary; Kiel Ellis, Offering assistance; Akira Fleming, Scripture;  Shakiyah Lattimore, Beginner Class teacher; Christopher Hawk, Superintendent; and Keilah Hawk, Young Adult teacher.

Schlonda Hawk’s Intermediate/Teen class took charge of the pulpit service.  She also acknowledged the students’ participation.

Dr. Mary Jones, Syreeta Greene, and Rev. Albert Gray were the Youth Day Committee leaders.

Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


In memoriam

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Sis. Josephine Wood, left, and her daughter, Bobbie Wood

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Family would like to extend condolences to the family of Sis. Josephine Wood, who passed Sunday morning.

A dramatic presentation

Sis. Wood (known to many as “Mama Jo” or “Miss Josephine”) was a true lion of the spirit and a beloved teacher for many at Shady Grove, around the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association and the state of South Carolina.

A tribute

She is already missed and will be for some time to come.

February will feature ‘Moments in Black History’

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Shady Grove Baptist Church will celebrate “Black History Month” with special ‘Moments in History’ each Sunday in February during the 11:00 morning worship service.

The Sunday School ministry will coordinate the presentations and a different Sunday School Class including the Adult, Teen-Scene, Intermediate, Primary, and Beginners will present each Sunday.   The presentations will feature skits, music, dance, PowerPoint and other multimedia to make Black History a learning experience for all in attendance.  Everyone is cordially invited to come and learn.

The program theme is “Moments in Black History” – “Yes We Can”!

We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us,” Philippians 4:13.

Jermaine Greene is Sunday School superintendent.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


Gospel Choir to mark 43rd anniversary

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Gospel Choir will celebrate its 43-year singing ministry with an anniversary service on Sunday November 17, 2013, during the 11:00 morning worship service.

Pictured left to right are:

Seated: Evelyn Shippy, Edna Dover and Dianne Norris

Standing: Esther Byers, Mary Jones, Dorothy Manning, Kenny Norris, Marva Dover, Minnie Leach and Sharon Leach.


World Day of Prayer observance

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Thickety Mountain Missionaries met recently for their annual ‘World Day of Prayer ‘event

to pray for many causes around the world as well as for  lost people everywhere.  This year’s theme was “be In Step with the Spirit through the Fruit of the Spirit, LOVE . . . . based on Galatians 5:25: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”  The theme was selected by the Baptist World Alliance.

Persons participating during the service included:

Pictured left to right:

Row 1: Rosa Gardner read a beautiful scripture, Island Creek Baptist Church; Dr. Bertha Harris, Woman’s Convention President, Rubye Sanders, Junior Missionary Supervisor,  ‘Prayed for World Needs’, Bethel Baptist Church; Dianne Norris spoke on ‘In Step and in Love’, Shady Grove Baptist Church; Betty Edwards spoke on ‘God’s Love’, Limestone Baptist Church; Sallie Coleman spoke on ‘What Prayer Is’, Ebenezer Baptist Church; and Joyce Pearson spoke on ‘Our Love for God’, Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Row 2: Rev. Omigene Proctor, delivered the ‘World and Local Pray for Peace’, Suck Creek Baptist Church; Trudy Dawkins, officiate and program coordinator, Mt. Zion Baptist Church; Jessie Manning, Second Vice President of the Woman’s Convention, prayed for ‘The World’, Mikes Creek Baptist Church; Lucendia Buchannan spoke on ‘Our Love for Others’, Philadelphia Baptist Church.

The Young Women’s Auxiliary (YWA) President Shanese Dawkins prepared the beautiful printed program and coordinated the offering appeal. Terri Williams of Bethel Baptist Church prayed the ‘Offertory Prayer of Thanksgiving and Commitment’.   The Funds raised will be sent to the South Carolina Baptist Foreign Missions Coordinator.  First Vice President Tecora Watts gave the closing remark along with Moderator Macomson.

Mrs. Trudy Dawkins coordinated the World Day of Prayer service.

Dr. Bertha Harris is president of the Thickety Mountain Woman’s Convention.

Seniors honored; Knuckles delivers sermon

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Senior Missionary Ministry, Young Woman’s Auxiliary (YWA), along with the church family honored the church’s Oldest Senior Citizens during a recent morning worship service. Rev. London C. Knuckles, the church’s oldest father, (93 years old on October 12th) delivered the morning message.

SENIOR CITIZENS   shady grove group newspaper SEPT 29  2013

Pictured left to right are:
Seated: Mary Elnora Littlejohn, Minnie Hush, John Pearson Burris
Row 2: Deacon Clarence Dover (standing in for John Johnson who was absent), and Deacon Arthur Dover, the church’s oldest deacon.
Row 3: Standing in pulpit: Pastor Lee Byers Jr., and Rev. London C. Knuckles who is the church’s oldest man (Father of the Church).

Not pictured: Josephine Wood (Mother of the Church), and Trustee John Johnson.

KNUCKLES shady grove senior citizens  sept 29  2013 Program highlights included several deacons leading the singing of rote hymns of long ago that were called out (“or lined out”) by a song leader. During slavery when most Negroes could not read nor write, a song leader would call out the lyrics to the field songs as well as the song’s meter such as long meter (LM); short meter (SM); common meter (CM), and others. The meter of the song indicated the song’s rhythm and its melody. Rev. Freddie Smith, associate minister from White Plains Baptist Church delivered the morning invocation and Pastor Lee Byers read the scripture. Senior Citizen Edna Dover welcomed visitors and Sister Dianne Norris read the announcements. Rev. Warren Manning, also an associate minister from White Plains Baptist Church, sang several beautiful songs of yesteryear.

Each of the Oldest Seniors received a huge bag of practical gifts including candies, lotion, neck ties, handkerchiefs, juices, tissues, a crystal angel, and much more. Adorning the bag was a large balloon shaped like a star. Other senior citizens received smaller bags of useful items.

Sister Dorothy Manning is the Senior Missionary president

Sister LaDonna Tate is YWA president.

Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is Pastor

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