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.
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 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.
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.
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.
The Shady Grove Baptist Church Family would like to extend condolences to the family of Sis. Josephine Wood, who passed Sunday morning.
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.
She is already missed and will be for some time to come.
Mary Jones and Larry Byers have displayed artifacts that give insight to items used years ago. Church members are reciting poems, portraying black historians, presenting skits, PowerPoint and other multimedia to make Black History a learning experience for all in attendance. Everyone is cordially invited to come and learn.
- Larry Byers and Darrett Lattimore are shown illustrating a horse-drawn farm planter called a distributer that was used to plant cotton seeds, and distribute fertilizer. He also showed a rabbit trap used to trap rabbits for food.
- Jermaine Greene read a poem by famous poet, Langston Hughes; and sons Jeremiah Greene portrayed Willie Mayes, and Josiah is portraying Ron McNair, who was killed in the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
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.
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.