Union Baptist Association
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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The Addiction Recovery Program, "Celebrate Recovery" will start meeting at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church in Matthews in March.  This nationwide program is a Christ-centered recovery program for all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups.  For specific times and dates, please contact the church office at 704-847-9068, ext. 0.  The church is located at 2817 Mt. Harmony Church Rd., Matthews NC  28105
  
 
First Baptist Indian Trail
316 Sports - Fall Opportunities
Fall Flag Football for Boys Ages 6-11 and Soccer League for Boys & Girls, Ages 5-11. Begins in September. For more information/to register, visit fbcit.org.
 
 
Do You Have a New Cell Phone, Smart Phone or IPod?
DONATE THE OLD TO SAFE ALLIANCE!
 
Safe Alliance utilized old used cell phones and IPod's for fundraising efforts.  Proceeds from the cell phone, smart phone and IPod collection efforts will be used for counseling and advocacy services for children, adults and families served through Safe Alliance including The Tree House Children's Advocacy Center.  Phones may also be used for individuals and families impacted by violence to access 911 for emergencies.
 
"Donating a used, unwanted cell phone allows all community members to contribute to an important cause and protect our environment, " stated Pam Caskey, Region Director of Safe Alliance.  "There are hundreds or even thousands of used cell phones sitting idly in our community but have the potential to make a tremendous difference in the life of a child, adult and families impacted by sexual assualt, child abuse or other violent crimes."
 
The Tree House Children's Advocacy Center provides a neutral, child-friendly location for neutral forensic interviews, medical evaluations, crisis intervention, advocacy, court education and accompaniment as well as trauma focused counseling services to help victims of violence and their families to recover from their trauma and get back to their daily lives - at school, home, and work.
 
Safe Alliance recommends for you to please renove your SIM card and clear out ANY personal information contained in your phone.  Unwanted cell phones and batteries can be dropped in a Cell Phone Collection Box currently at the following locations.  Please call each site for business hours.
 
Safe Alliance     604 Lancaster Ave., Monroe        704-226-1352
The Home News 123 E. Union St., Marshville        704-624-5068
Stallings Police Dept. 315 Stallings Rd., Stallings  704-821-0300
Waxhaw Police Dept. 703 WS Main St., Waxhaw    704-843-0353
Weddington Town Hall 1924 Weddington Rd. Weddington
                                                                            704-846-2709
 
Please feel free to contact Safe Alliance at 704-226-1352 if you have any questions or would like more information about Safe Alliance.  Thank you so much for your consideration and support for children and their families impacted by sexual violence and child abuse in our community.
 
 
Cleaning for a Reason
 
If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.
 
All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.
 
 
Please pass this information on to bless a woman going through cancer treatment. This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It's our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to someone and pass this information along.
 
  
  Loaves and Fishes of Union County
 
Loaves and Fishes of Union County, Inc. is a volunteer organization that has operated for 30 years and is now one of the largest hunger-fighting agencies in the county. A full week of nutritionallybalanced meals is provided for each member of the household that is referred. Loaves and Fishes of Union County has never had to turn away anyone referred to them in need of food.
 
During the last few months, many Union County residents did not receive their food stamps due to problems experienced with a new state-wide computer system. This has caused a tremendous effect on the resources of our local L&FUC. The UC Dept. of Social Services is working to correct the problems and to help Loaves and Fishes of Union County through this challenging time.
 
Loaves and Fishes of Union County is now making a special request of the community for your prayers and financial support to meet the current needs. If you would like to help Loaves and Fishes of Union County at this time, you can mail a check to PO Box 790,Monroe NC 28111 or visit their website to make a donation at www.LoavesAndFishesOfUnionCounty.org or drop off a check or groceries to one of their pantries. The food pantry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at the corner of Windsor and Church Streets is open 10 am-Noon Mon. through Thurs. The L&FUC Office and second pantry is located at the back entrance of the historic Belk building in Monroe and is open on Fri. and Sat. 10 am- 1 pm.
 
 
  
New Covenant Baptist Church
(formerely Hartis Grove Baptist Church)
 
Faith Comes By Hearing is an organization printing and publishing the Word of God for all to hear. They have a campaign to place a digital audio player preloaded with the Word of God in the hands of every soldier in a combat area.
 
New Covenant Baptist Church of Indian Trail (NCBCIT) (formerely Hartis Grove Baptist) has partnered with Faith Comes By Hearing for a “Changing Lives One Soldier at a Time” Campaign. 
 
Our purpose will be to raise awareness and support for this targeted project. Over 250,000 soldiers have received an audio copy of the Word of God. But there are thousands left to reach. Every $25 gift will provide a “BibleStick” for a soldier in a combat zone. 
 
If you have a family member currently serving in a combat zone, or you simply wish to help our military receive the Word of God, please contact us. Every registered soldier will be provided an opportunity to receive one of these MP3 players through their unit Chaplain. 
 
We would love to share how you or your church can help. Our church office number is 704 821 8191 or contact our Pastor, Pastor Joe at 704 989 3310. With your involvement and support, we can help our soldiers hear the Word and be impacted by His truth while defending our freedom. God help us help them.
 
   
Hopewell Baptist Church located at 420 Hopewell Church Road, Monroe  NC, is pleased to welcome Paul Stark of Provision House as counselor-in-residence.  Paul, formerly located at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, brings the opportunity for on-site biblical counseling to our campus.  We are thrilled to have his services available to anyone who finds it necessary.  Paul can be reached at
  
 
LITERACY COUNCIL OF UNION COUNTY
105-A East Jefferson Street
Monroe NC  28112
704-226-1425
 
We have a wait list of adult students, both native speakers and English-as-a-second-language speakers.  These adults want to learn how to read, write, and understand English.
 
Learning to tell time, read a menu or use a computer as well as obtaining a driver's license, getting a new job or reading confidently to one's children are life skills that our students most often aim to reach. Giving instruction in a focused setting, tutors can have a tremendous impact on students' quality of life.
 
Many of our tutors learned about our English tutoring program for adults via a friend in church or their church newsletter.
 
If you would be interested in helping someone to learn to read, please call the Literacy Council of Union County and volunteer....WE NEED YOU!!!
 
Tutoring sites are at libararies, churches, and businesses throughout Union County.
 
Phone number & email at www.literacyunion.org.
Literacy Council 101 (orientation) scheduled monthly.
 
To download flyer, click here. 
    
A new program, Smart Start Nurturing Parenting, is now available through Union Smart Start which is a partnership for children, and is designed to help strengthen parenting practices in order to prevent the escalation of early stages of child maltreatment. One-on-one sessions and group information sessions are offered, as well as the provision of ongoing contact with referral sources.
 
To refer someone you believe would benefit, please contact Nicole Blevins, Program Coordinator, Carolina Developmental Therapy Services at 704-973-0844. Referral forms are also available at the UBA Office. Referrals are accepted from Pastoral Staff in order to enable families to receive this help.
 
Nurturing Parenting is a proven program for parents and their children that is internationally recognized.
 
 
 
 
  
Shield a Badge with Prayer
 
As the name implies, emergency responders work in very stressful and sometimes dangerous situations, often risking their lives to protect us and provide peace and order in our community. Not only can their job be physically perilous; more often it is emotionally, morally and spiritually draining. Locally, firefighters have lost their lives responding to fires in our area in recent years and the shootings of two Charlotte police officers still play on local newscasts. Law enforcement as a whole has the highest rates of divorce, alcoholism, domestic violence and suicide of any profession. Nationally, there were 161 officers killed in the line of duty in the United States in 2010, and 28 officers have given the ultimate sacrifice already this year. There is no question that field carries risks that can extend well beyond quitting time.
 
For people of faith, an opportunity to express gratitude and the willingness to help comes through the Shield a Badge with Prayer program, which asks people to commit to pray for an officer, firefighter or emergency medical services responder by name every day for a year. Prayer has been shown to improve medical outcomes and affect situations in positive ways in multiple scientific studies and millions of incidents of anecdotal evidence. Individuals and congregations who believe in the power of prayer are encouraged to participate by praying regularly for God’s protection, strength and wisdom to be granted to those who serve our community and their families, who share the burden of risk and strain.
 
Each prayer warrior will receive the name and birthday (if provided), of the officer, firefighter, or emergency medical services responder for whom he or she will pray, as well as appropriate contact information, such as the mailing address of the agency they work for. Support can be shown not only through prayer, but by sending birthday cards, cards of encouragement and Christmas cards to the officer. 
 
We ask for a one year commitment of prayer. After a year, the prayer warrior may receive a different emergency responder’s name or may continue to pray for the same one.
 
If you would like to be a prayer warrior, please send your name, address, e-mail address and the church you attend if applicable to shieldwithprayer@yahoo.com or by postal mail to Sgt. Pauline Lucore c/o Union County Sheriff’s Office 3344 Presson Rd. Monroe, NC 28112 or call 704-292-2780. Any emergency responder who would like to be added to the prayer list may use that same contact information, or paulinelucore@co.union.nc.us
  
 
 DIVORCE HURTS.
 
Find Help at DivorceCare.
 
 DivorceCare is a special weekly video driven seminar and support
group for people who are separated or divorced.  It is a place where
you can be around people who understand what you are going through and hear helpful ways of ending the hurt of divorce.  If you are going through a separation or divorce, we would like to encourage you to
come and join us!
 
 
Monday nights at 7 pm at
 
Hopewell Baptist Church
420 Hopewell Church Road
Legacy Campus
Monroe NC 28110
 
 
 
For more information, call 704-753-1084
 
or email Ken and Linda Pinkerton at