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Shady Grove Baptist Church to celebrate 134th Anniversary

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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.

The church has much to celebrate.  Frayed and yellow recorded minutes dated 1881 were found in the basement of the home of the late Arie Boyce.

Excerpts from these  minute books give valuable clues to Shady Grove’s proud legacy.   Page three of a church ledger entry dating February 20 1886, reads, “We met on our meeting day, reading John 15.  We sang a song and after this prayer, and went into conference.”

A milestone in the church’s history was reached in 1892 when a band of dedicated and envisioned patriots proposed and planned for a place of worship.  No records can be found to indicate where the congregation was meeting at the time of the writing.   Records do however indicate that in 1892, less than 30 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation that freed Negro slaves, this group of Christians bought land for a new church house and agreed to have the property recorded in Gaffney.   The members agreed to, “Have a house 36 feet by 24 feet by 10 feet, with 10 windows and two doors.”  It was to be built “depot” style.

Another entry dated July 3, 1892, records: “It was agreed to meet and get timber for the church house.” In September 1892, the church decided to “ask help from sister churches.”  The importance of their work is expressed in the painstaking way each day’s work was recorded in the official church book.  The book includes Christmas programs, tithes, the preacher’s salary and minutes of the monthly meeting.

Several entries enumerate persons who worked and hauled lumber for the new meetinghouse.  There were also pages listing the names of members and the amounts they paid on the church and to the pastor.   For example, Brother Fernanders spent 17 days working on the church and Brother Gus Harris worked for 20 days plus hauled a load of lumber, rocks, and rafters and paid 25 cents for sills.

Money paid to the church was in 5 and 10-cent parcels for the most part, but sometimes it went up to more than a $1.  In October 1894, the church had $30.30 in its treasury.  In 1883, Gus Harris paid one bushel of corn to the preacher, Pleas Gaffney paid ½ bushel of corn, and Jim Linder paid ½ bushel of corn and ½ gallon of molasses.  Other men paid in similar ways.   No other references to this meetinghouse were found.

Shady Grove continues to be a great Church with one body and many members on the battlefield for the Lord.

In December 6, 1987, the present facility was completed after a time of prayerful planning, sacrificing, laboring and working together to make a vision a reality.

Shady Grove Gospel Choir marks 44 years

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Congratulations to the Shady Grove Gospel Choir. The choir celebrated its 44th anniversary during the morning worship, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.

The choir’s members: Dorothy Manning, Edna Dover, Dianne Norris, Secretary; Minnie Leach, Marva Dover, Thelma Foster, Mary K. Jones, Organist; Kenny Norris, Director; Rev. Dr. Albert Gray, Assistant Director. Musicians: LeBrannon Gregory, Drums; Jeremy Vernon, Keyboard. Members not present are Mary Elnora Littlejohn and Charles Dover.

 

‘Pink Sunday’ raises cancer awareness, honors survivors

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Minister Dewberry delivers the message

Minister Juanita Dewberry spoke as part of a program honoring cancer survivors and those still dealing with it.

Those honored included Dea. Eugene Manning; Dea. Dean Dover; the Rev. L.C. Knuckles; Dea. James Shippy; Sis. Teresa Wallace and granddaughter; Tamaria Gregory; Sis. Connie Weeks; Sis. Stacy Lipscomb; Sis. Sarah Graham; Sis. Wanda Smith; Sis. Esther Byers; Sis. Peggy Whittenburg; Sis. Evelyn Shippy; Sis. Bridgett Rainey; Sis. Fannie Bonner; Sis. Dianne Norris; and guest speaker Minister Dewberry.

Salad luncheon

The Senior Missionary and Young Womens Auxiliary also hosted a “salad luncheon” after the morning service. Members of the Senior Missionary and YWA prepared and shared various types of salads: chicken salad, ham salad, potato salad, pasta salad, carrot salad, taco salad and more. Pink punch and pink cake were the dessert.

Guest speaker for ‘Pink Sunday’ observance

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Minister Juanita Dewberry will be the guest speaker for the Shady Grove Baptist Church ‘Cancer and Pink Sunday’ observance October 19, 2014 during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Minister Dewberry is an Associate of Limestone Baptist Church, where Rev. Michael Golden is pastor. She was licensed to preach in March 2005, and continues to exercise her gifts and carry forth God’s word.

Minister Dewberry is a kingdom builder serving as president of ‘My Sister’s Keeper Ministry’, Ladies Bible Study teacher, and assist with the Sunday School ministry. According to Minister Dewberry, “She loves studying for her sermons and keeps God’s word and a sermon on her heart and one in her pocket”.

She is married to Deacon Chris Dewberry and they have two children and four grandchildren.

The Shady Grove Senior Missionary and Women’s Ministry will be in charge of the service. All cancer survivors will be recognized and ladies and men are asked to wear some pink, or all pink for this observance. To support the American Cancer Society and its efforts, a special donation will be taken on October 19th and 26th.

Following the service, a repast will be held in the Rev. London C. Knuckles Fellowship Hall featuring salads, pink cake, and pink lemonade. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

Sis. Dorothy Manning is the Senior Missionary President. The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr. is pastor.

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.

Biography

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.

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