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PASTORS & WIVES
December 7, 2017
Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist Church
109 Lawyers Road East
Monroe, NC 28110
This will be a joint communion with Zion Missionary Baptist Association.
Each year, the UBA provides a Christmas Communion Service and a catered meal for our Pastors and wives.
This year, we will host this event on Thursday evening, December 7, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm, at Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist Church. We have moved to an evening time to open the door for more Pastors and wives to attend. We will also be extending an invitation to the Pastors and wives of Zion Missionary Baptist Association to be our guests at this year’s Christmas communion.
This service is a worshipful, reverent time of Meditation, Prayer, and the Observance of Our Lord’s Supper. A catered meal will follow in the Family Life Center. Also, we will have gifts for the Pastors and wives.
In order to help us with planning this event, we must request a RSVP by Friday, December 1. This word from you will aid us in our planning and assure adequate preparation for the meal. Please respond by calling the UBA at 704-283-8383, or please email Jean Rollins at email@example.com.
We cordially invite you to join with your fellow Ministers to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and fellowship together during this joyous time of year. May God bless you all, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. Eric D. Cook
Director of Missions
Union Baptist Association was organized in 1854, and named Brown Creek Association. The name was changed to Union Baptist Association in 1884. Today, Union Baptist Association is made up of (77) seventy-seven Southern Baptist Churches. Despite many changes through the years, the association's reason for existence has never altered. Union Baptist Association exists to help Baptist churches of Union County, North Carolina, tell the story of Jesus Christ and His love.
Union Baptist Association member congregations elect messengers based on membership totals. It is the responsibility of messengers to attend four quarterly sessions of the Union Baptist Association, referred to as the Spring Session (April), Summer Session (July), Annual Session (October), and Winter Session (January). These four sessions provide a time of worship, fellowship, training opportuities, and information. Messengers are asked to report back to their church after each session and share the information.
The Winter Session will be held Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at Austin Grove Baptist Church, 5919 Austin Grove Church Rd., Marshville, NC 28103. Fellowship & refreshments will begin at 6 pm followed by the session at 7 pm. Rev. Buddy Cutshaw, Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church will bring the Doctrinal Sermon.
The Spring Session will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Lakeview Baptist Church, 4602 Concord Highway, Monroe NC 28110. Fellowship & refreshments will begin at 6 pm followed by the session at 7 pm. Rev. Eric Nixon, pastor at West Monroe Baptist Church will bring the message.
The Summer Session will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church.
The 164th Annual Session will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at Benton's Cross Roads Baptist Church, 109 Lawyers Road East, Monroe NC 28110. Afternoon session will begin at 2 pm and the evening session will begin at 7 pm. Dr. Mike Whitson, Pastor at First Baptist Church Indian Trail will be the preacher for the Annual Sermon.
Our member congregations complete an annual report provided by the Baptist State Convention, know as the Congregation Profile. This report, due in early October each year, provides vital information for planning and assistance from the Union Baptist Association, Baptist State Convention and Southern Baptist Convention, which includes training conferences, sample Sunday School literature, Vacation Bible School Resources, Discipleship training, evangelism, and new work initiatives. The information received from these reports is included in the UBA Annual each year, which is a resource/reference manual for churches.
"What is the role of the Association today?"
1) Associations are doctrinally-based fellowships of churches on mission in their setting, 2) Associations are self-governing Baptist bodies created by the churches not by the denomination, 3) While self-governance is an indisputable right of every Baptist body, it is tempered by the necessity for, the spirit of, and the duty to practice interdependence and cooperation.