Phillips to speak for Father’s Day Service

Written by Administrator on June 17th, 2015

Minister Al Phillips, Associate Minister at Shady Grove will speak during the church’s annual Father’s Day Service Sunday June 21st during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. The program theme is: “Looking for a Few Good Men” – The Challenge to be a Man of God.”

Minister Phillips has served in the Shady Grove vineyard including the Sunday School, Van Ministry, Usher Ministry, Evangelism Ministry, Armor Bearer Ministry, Sound/Video Ministry, Trustee Ministry, and was ordained into the Deacons Ministry in 2012.

Phillips initially ministered to the community through his work as a medical technician, personal trainer, bodybuilder, and fitness instructor. He shared the word of God in neighborhoods, at church activities, association programs, and town hall events speaking in churches to youth and civic groups emphasizing that our bodies are the temples of God.

He is married to Hyacinth Jones Phillips and they have two daughters, Skyla Grace and Jaila Brianna Phillips. He attended Anderson College (University), and served as a decorated United States Marine during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Al is the son of the Late Albert and Shirley Goodman.

The Shady Grove Men’s Ministry will be in charge of the Father’s Day worship service. All fathers will receive special recognition.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.

Deacon James Pearson is Chairman of the Deacons Ministry


Trustee Thompson receives Humanitarian Award

Written by Administrator on June 17th, 2015

Jay Thompson, a Trustee at Shady Grove Baptist Church, recently received ‘The Humanitarian Award.’

Thompson was cited for his commitment to the church. In presenting the award, Senior Missionary Ministry President Dorothy Manning stated that Thompson takes seriously his responsibilities and continually exercises oversight and care of the church’s properties, buildings, grounds, and equipment.

She indicated that he daily monitors to assure that all is well and exemplifies extreme love and concern for his church.

The Senior Missionary Ministry presents this award annually to a deserving and committed person who shows extreme commitment and concern for the church, or for individuals who are sick and /or in need in the community.

Last year’s Humanitarian Award winner was Deaconess Kathy Byers.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


Pastors to speak on ‘Whole Armor of God’ May 31st

Written by Administrator on May 20th, 2015

The Pulpit Aid Ministry of Shady Grove Baptist Church will present a program, “The Whole Armor of God” on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Guest speakers will be

  • the Rev. James Sarratt from Mikes Creek Baptist Church
  • the Rev. Brenda Miller from Lewis Chapel Baptist Church
  • the Rev. Derrick Wood from Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • Minister Verlinda Mintz from Concord Baptist Church
  • the Rev. Tina Posey, associate minister at Grace Community Church, Spartanburg
  • the Revs. Albert Phillips and Darrett Lattimore, associate ministers at Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Each speaker ‘s choir will give a short musical selection before they speak.

Everyone is cordially invited to come out and share in this joyous occasion. We look forward to having you fellowship with us.

Julitan Foster, President
The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr., Pastor


Praise Singers to celebrate 36th anniversary June 7

Written by Administrator on May 20th, 2015

The Shady Grove Praise Singers will celebrate their 36th anniversary with a reunion Sunday, June 7, at 4:00 p.m. Former Praise Singers and Friends of the choir are invited back to be a part of this event. For more information, former Praise Singers should contact choir president Bridget Rainey (864-490-7673) or assistant director Hyacinth Phillips(864-490-0268), or any other Praise Singer.

The renowned JOYLITES of Gaffney will be the special guest for this program. Everyone is cordially invited to come and be a part of this dynamic event. The JOYLITES are a family group and most have been singing since old enough to hold a microphone. The group is backed up by a keyboardist, two guitarists, and a drummer. The group released their first CD recently. The JOYLITES love the Lord and are a singing machine, booked months in advance for their many performances. The public is invited to come and be part of this event.

The Rev. Lee Byers, Jr. is pastor.


Shady Grove Baptist Church to celebrate 134th Anniversary

Written by Administrator on 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 recognizes outstanding students

Written by Administrator on April 27th, 2015

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 3rd Nine weeks at their respective schools.

Pictured left to right, Row 1: Josiah Greene, Jessie Boyd Elementary, Kindergarten, All Completions; Cyani Foster, Northwest Elementary, All S’s; Skyla Phillips, Northwest Elementary, A – B Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance; Tyan Buckson, Limestone-Central Elementary, A-B Honor Roll, Jeremiah Greene, Jesse Boyd Elementary School, All A’s; Ke’Myah Foster, Granard Middle/ made Honor Roll, made the JV Basketball Cheerleading Squad for Gaffney High next year, named Cherokee County Best Singer in the District, represented Cherokee County in the Voice of Hope Benefit Concert – was a runner up, and represented Cherokee County as Best Singer in District in the State Contest, was 2nd Runner up. Akira Fleming, Northwest Elementary, A – B Honor Roll.

Row 2: Bernice Dawkins, Education Committee; Scott McCluney, Jr., Gaffney High School, A-B Honor Roll; Jermaine Greene, Education Committee, Syreeta Greene, Education committee; Hyacinth Phillips, Ed. Committee Chair; Tamica Brown, Education Com.;
Chris Hawk, Granard Middle, A- B Honor Roll. Not Pictured/ Kam Dover, Grassy Pond Elementary, Kindergarten, All S’s.

The Education Committee coordinated the recognition activity and provided awards for each student honored.


Coleman will speak at NAACP dinner

Written by Administrator on March 17th, 2015

Jeff Coleman a former renowned football player, will be one of the speakers at the NAACP Black History Forum and Dinner on Monday March 23rd at Allen Temple Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m.

The complimentary meal will be served at 6:00-6:45, and the forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. Coleman and William Manning will share personal scenarios and challenges encountered as they traveled the ‘Road to Success’.

Coleman is the Assistant Vice President, Customer & Programs and Relationship Management with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. He is also an Assistant Vice President and Business Initiatives Consultant covering the West Region for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

In his role with Customer & Community Programs and Relationship Management, Coleman’s primary focus is to plan, develop, and execute programs that assist customers’ home ownership needs, while improving and strengthening communities.

Coleman is a a 1994 graduate of Gaffney High School and almunus of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning.

The program coordinator is Ms. Mary Edwards.

The Rev. Wilbert Jamison is the NAACP president.


Will Manning to speak at NAACP dinner

Written by Administrator on March 15th, 2015

William Manning, a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will be one of the speakers at the NAACP Black History Forum and Dinner on Monday March 23rd at Allen Temple Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m. The complimentary meal will be served at 6:00-6:45, and the forum will begin at 7:00 p.m. Jeff Coleman, a renowned former football player will also speak on the forum. Both will share personal scenarios and challenges encountered as they travel the ‘Road to Success’.

Manning is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Banking at the Bank of America in Charlotte. He joined Bank of America in 2006 as a Program Manager in Global Wealth & Investment Management. For two years, he served as the Military Segment Sales Executive and as a Customer Experience Executive in the Community North and Southeast Regions. He moved to his current position in June 2013.

In addition to his current position, Manning serves on the Board of the United Service Organization (USO) of NC providing health and human services to troops and their families, and as the Charlotte lead for the Military Affairs Advisory Council advising the bank’s executive leadership team. A recurring speaker and mentor, and for his ongoing work, Manning was selected as a 2012 recipient of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion award, among numerous global nominees.

Manning has served with distinction as a Combat Engineer officer in the US Army for five years, an Airborne Ranger, a Master Parachutist in the Army’s famed 82nd Airborne Division, and a Six Sigma Black Belt and Product Marketing Manager for General Electric in Atlanta for five years (holding high Six Sigma certification to implement an improvement system to develop new processes or products at Six Sigma quality levels – define, measure, analyze, improve, control).

Manning is a graduate of Gaffney High School, West Point Military Academy (majoring in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering), a former member of Shady Grove Baptist church, and the son of Deacon and Mrs. Eugene and Dorothy Manning of Gaffney. William and his wife Sonja have three children and live in Charlotte, NC.

The program coordinator is Ms. Mary Edwards. Rev. Wilbert Jamison is the NAACP president.


Woman’s Day program Feb. 22

Written by Administrator on February 4th, 2015

The Shady Grove Baptist Church Woman’s Ministry will observe their annual Woman’s Day Program on Sunday, Feb. 22nd during the 11:00 morning worship service.

The women of the church will characterize ‘Great Women of the Bible’ as well as contemporary great women. The public is cordially invited to attend.

First Lady Esther Byers is the program chairperson.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


Pastor’s Aide presents ‘Seven Churches’ program

Written by Administrator on February 4th, 2015

The Shady Grove Pastor’s Aide Auxiliary will present seven spokespersons who will speak on the ‘Seven Churches of Asia Minor’ during a special program on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 3:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Trustee Julitan Foster is the program chairperson.

The Rev. Lee Byers Jr. is pastor.


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