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Youth Choir Ministry presents ‘Twilight Night’ Aug. 1

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Shady Grove Youth Choir Ministry will present “Twilight Night” on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m.

The public is invited to join in this fellowship program of praise, worship, and fun and participate through singing, dance mime and step. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 and the program will begin at 7:00 p.m. School supplies will be given away.

Groups of all ages are urged to come and participate.

Coordinators are Sisters Shakila Lattimore, Syreeta Greene, LaDonna Tate and Schlonda Hawk.

The Rev. Lee Byers is pastor.

Junior Praise Dancers’ anniversary Aug. 3

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Junior Praise Dancers, “Anointed Praise,” will celebrate their first anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Other Praise Dance groups will be on program. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

The group’s director is Sis. Joniqua Ingram; the assistant director is Sis. Eddikkia Smith.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Graduates honored during baccalaureate service

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Shady Grove Baptist Church honored the 2014 graduates during a special Baccalaureate Service held recently. Students graduating from 5-Kindergarten, high school, and college were recognized and received Bibles and inspirational publications from the pastor and church family.

Graduates pictured left to right:

Row 1: 5-Year Kindergarten Graduates – Cameron Dover, Grassy Pond Elementary;
Cyani Foster, Northwest Elementary; Shaniyah Lattimore, Northwest Elementary, and Jamya Bonner – Austin, Mary Bramlett Elementary.

Row 2: High School and Graduate Degrees
Keilah Hawk, Crest High School, Shelby, NC; Hyacinth Phillips, Educational Specialist Degree, Walden University; Tamica Brown, standing in for daughter, Shaniqua Baxter, Associates of Arts Degree in Business, Spartanburg Community College;

Row 3: Mr. Joe Walker, guest speaker, Rev. Lee Byers Jr., Pastor, Masters in Theology, Carolina School of Theology; Greenville, SC; Rev. Albert Gray, Doctor of Theology, Carolina School of Theology, Greenville, SC.

Not pictured: Za’Kirra Smith – Guilford Technical Community College, Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice.
Tiara Rainey, Limestone College, Gaffney, SC

All graduates received Bibles and inspirational publications.

Church celebrates 133rd anniversary

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will celebrate its 133rd anniversary on Sunday, May 25th, during the 11: a. m. worship service.

Pastor Lee Byers will deliver the anniversary sermon and the Shady Grove Mass Choir and other choirs will present special music. Each church member will rally with $133 for each year of glorious service and praise.

The church youth will present the church’s history via a PowerPoint presentation.

SGBC deacon to speak during Youth Day services

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Deacon Al Phillips will speak during the Shady Grove Youth Day observance on Sunday, April 13, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The church youth will carry out the worship duties serving as Sunday School teachers, conducting the pulpit service, and fulfilling other Sunday church service responsibilities.

Phillips has served and evangelized through his work as a former police officer and narcotics agent, medical technician, and continues to be a personal fitness trainer, instructor, and bodybuilder. He has also served the community as a volunteer at Iron City Ministries in Blacksburg, Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, and as a mentor for elementary and middle school students. He is employed with Broad River Electric Coop and is the owner and operator of Total Definitions Health and Fitness Center in Blacksburg. He attended Anderson College (University), and served as a decorated United States Marine during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq.

Phillips is married to the former Hyacinth L. Jones and they have two daughters, Skyla Grace and Jaila Brianna Phillips. Al is the son of the late Albert Goodman and Shirley Goodman.

Shady Grove recognizes 2nd nine weeks Outstanding Students

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Shady Grove Baptist Church Education Committee recognized and presented awards to students with outstanding achievement during a recent church service. Pictured are students who performed in an outstanding manner during the 2nd Nine weeks at their respective schools.

Row 1: Left to right, Josiah Greene, 4­K ­ Northwest Elementary, Great Achievement and Perfect Attendance; Shaniyah Lattimore, Honor Roll, 5­K, Northwest Elementary; Kreaysha  Bonner, All A’s – Principal’s Award, Mary Bramlett; Cyani Foster, 4­K Northwest Elementary, Good Achievement and Played  Cherokee YMCA Basketball; Sykla Phillips, second grade, All A’s  Honor Roll, Good Character Award, Science Fair Award –Northwest Elementary; Jeremiah Greene, Grade 2 , Principal’s Honor Roll – All A’s at Cliffdale Elementary, played YMCA Basketball; Terrica Oglesby, Grade of B in her Course Selection, Spartanburg Community College; and Marcus Walkins, Student of the Week, Ola Copeland Learning Center.

Row 2: Left to right, Education Committee Members: Bernice Dawkins, Syreeta Greene,  Jermaine Greene, Donnie Littlejohn, Tamica Brown, Pastor Lee Byers, and Hyacinth Phillips.  Hyacinth Phillips also completed the requirements for the Educational Specialist Degree, Fall 2013.

Not pictured: Akira Fleming, A­B Honor Roll, 4th grade, Northwest Elementary; Bridget Rainey, Achieved a perfect 4.00 academic grade point average during the Fall 2013 semester at Limestone College. Keilah Hawk, All A’s, Crest High School

Hyacinth Phillips is chairperson of Education Committee

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr., is pastor.

Pastoral anniversary March 16th

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church family will honor the Rev. Lee Byers, Jr. and First Lady Esther Byers on their 8th Pastoral Anniversary during a special service on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

Speaking for this occasion will be the Rev. C. A. Wallace, pastor of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Gaffney. He will be accompanied by his choirs and congregation.

Rev. Byers serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Association, member of the Thickety Mountain Association Trustee Board, Vice President of the Association Ministerial Alliance, 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. He also received the Bachelor in Theology Degree from North Carolina College of Theology in spring of 2012.

Rev. Byers is married to the former Esther Montgomery of Gaffney, and they have five adult children and ten grandchildren.

The Gospel Choir will be providing 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. An anniversary luncheon will be provided immediately following the service.

Freeman to speak at Woman’s Day Program

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Women’s Ministry will observe their annual Woman’s Day Program on Sunday, Feb. 23, during the 11:00 a.m. worship service.

The guest speaker will be Minister Lula J. Freeman.  She is an associate of Encounter Church of Gaffney, under the leadership of Joey Turner.

The program theme is, “Let’s Stand Firm on the Word of God”.

First Lady Esther Byers is the program chairperson.  The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Annual Christmas Program Dec. 22nd

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Sunday School will have its annual Christmas program Sunday December 22nd at 10:00 a.m.

The program theme is “The Greatest Gift.”  Sunday School classes will present skits, liturgical dances, and church members will perform solos, poems, and other talents as their special “gifts” to Jesus.

The Gospel Choir will sing and everyone is cordially invited to come and celebrate the birth of the Savior.

Jermaine Greene is Sunday School superintendent

The Rev. Lee Byers is pastor.

Junior Missionary officers selected

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

JUNIOR MISSIONARY OFFFICERS   Thickety Mountain   Sept 2013

The Junior Missionary Convention assembled at Bethel Baptist Church which hosted the 136th Annual Session of the Thickety Mountain Missionary Baptist Association. Rev. Dr. James Sanders Jr. was the host pastor. New Junior Convention officers for the next year are pictured.

Pictured, left to right: front row, Justice Tate, assistant secretary, Young’s Grove Baptist Church; and Terence Allen, chaplain, Piney Grove Baptist Church; back row, Rev. Tony Macomson, Thickety Mountain Missionary Baptist Association Moderator, Jordan Phillips, president from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and University of SC Upstate; Mrs. Rubye Sanders, Junior Missionary Supervisor, Bethel Baptist Church; Everett Hopper, vice president, Concord Baptist Church; and Michael Cannon, secretary, Bethel Baptist Church.

Not pictured due to school and college activities are Dasjahia Wray, treasurer, White Plains Baptist Church and Limestone College; and Destiney Baxter, assistant chaplain, Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Others not pictured include Sister Angie Dawkins, Assistant to Junior Supervisor; Rev. Sister Omigene Proctor, Junior Missionary Assistant; Sister Janie Young, Junior Missionary Assistant; and Music Directors: Sister Natalie Cannon and Sister Denise Allen.

The 87th annual session of the Junior Missionary Convention was called to order by its president, Brother Jordan Phillips, from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. The session theme was “God’s Youth Using the Three S’s: “Servant – Serving – Service”, I Corinthians 9.12. Welcoming everyone was Essence Hughes from Bethel Baptist, the host church. Chaplain Terence Allen gave the invocation, and the scripture was read by Hannah Montgomery from Ebenezer Baptist Church. President Jordan Phillips also delivered the presidential message advising his listeners that it is important for everyone to keep their minds ‘stayed on Jesus’ if you want your life to work out in a positive manner.

A highlight of the session was the ‘Spoken Word’ brought by Rev. Angelina Early, associate minister from Concord Baptist Church. The Junior Missionary Choir rendered several beautiful songs of praise under the direction of Sister Denise Allen and Sister Natalie Cannon. Instrumentalists were Michael Cannon, Raven Mitchem, Michael Davidson, and Damarreun Bridges.

The Junior Missionary Convention is an auxiliary of the Thickety Mountain Baptist Woman’s Educational and Missionary Convention. It was organized in 1926 to religiously educate and train young people of the convention and community.

Mrs. Rubye Sanders is the Junior Supervisor

Assistants are Sister Angie Dawkins, Rev. Omigene Proctor, Sister Janie Young, and Rev. Dolly Elmore.

Music Directors are Sis. Denise Allen and Sis. Natalie Cannon.

Dr. Bertha Harris is the Senior Missionary President.

Rev. Tony Macomson is Moderator.

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