Operation Christmas Child 2014
Union Baptist Youth and their leaders worked three nights this year at Operation Christmas Child’s Distribution Center in Charlotte, NC. A total of 21 UBA churches attended during the dates of Nov. 28th, Dec. 4th and Dec. 5th working from 6-10 pm. The youth committee for the association organized this mission opportunity and served pizzas and drinks all three nights at the event. “This has been such a blessing to continue to see the Lord Bless us with such wonderful students and adults being a part of this great ministry year after year,” said Frank Casstevens, chair of the Youth Committee. The UBA had a total of 337 people to attend and received numerous thanks from the staff at the Processing Center. Again this year, we had churches that could not get in with the lower number of openings available and the committee is hopeful that next year we might look at a two night option with 250 or more each night. The Union Baptist Association would like to thank Coca-Cola of Charlotte for providing the drinks to us at no cost. The youth committee will meet on January 29th to work on plans for 2015 events.
On October 1, 2014, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) launched the SBC Pastoral Care Line, a phone line that is 100 percent confidential and was established in partnership with Focus on the Family. Any pastor or church staff can call 1-844-Pastor1 (844-727-8671) for anonymous, confidential consultation with any struggle in his life. Pastors, please write down this number, put it in your contact list and call any time you need a confidential friend.
I want to take a moment to thank God for the Union Baptist Association, it's Staff and Leadership, and the vision God has given the Association for the future. We have great opportunities ahead of us to reach lost souls, start new Church plants, and train future pastors. Also, God has blessed us with Dennis Burton, as our Director of Missions for 20 years. I have been blessed to know him personally for several years, and he has been a great friend, and adviser. May I say "Thank You" to the whole Staff, Council, and Committee members, and many more, for allowing me to have a part in God's plan through the UBA.
I wanted to write a word of encouragement to all of us. I was thinking of how the Summer season has passed, and Fall is slipping away, and Winter is rapidly approaching. Each season brings us a different way of life, as we can see that also in the life of vegetation, and the trees. We all love Spring time when we see new life growing into the trees and flowers, and the weather is pleasant to work in. Summers are very active with work and outdoor events, and we usually take vacations to get away from our labor for a while. We all love Fall when cooler weather returns, and God gets His crayons out and colors the tree leaves for some awesome views for us to enjoy. I love the cooler seasons to be able to enjoy the outdoors, and I tolerate the hot days. Thank you God for A/C!
All of that may sound poetic in a way, but it's what God wanted me to say to bring me to this point. Winter is coming and it is a time when vegetation does go dormant and rest before new life returns in the Spring. It's also easy for us to become dormant in our own way, especially in the Winter months. However, we also have to do what's necessary to maintain until a new season comes. We all need rest and time to renew, just as the trees do. God maintains the trees, and He does us also. Don't let the dormant Winter months cause you to loose your desire to serve God. It's easy to loose your desire to do things when you have to wait through a season for warmer weather. But, we have to be ready to serve our awesome God, in season and out of season. We do need time to rest, but also use that time to prepare ourselves for the next mission He gives us.
Galations 6:9 tells us "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart". (NKJV) "If we do not lose heart" is the key and what we need to remember. I find myself tired and needing rest, and at worst times, wanting to give up. I have to remind myself of this verse often. I hope no one reading this has lost heart. Whether you have or not, I want to encourage everyone to take time and ask God to help you renew a desire to serve Him. Renew you faith in Him and ask Him to give you opportunities to use the spiritual gift He gave you.
We were created to serve God. Eph. 2:8-9 are two of my life verses. I was led there recently in a devotion and it also included vs. 10. It spoke to me that day like no other. We were created in Christ Jesus, to do good works that He has prepared for us. (paraphrased). We claim our faith in Jesus, and James 2:14-26 also tells us that faith without works is dead. Gal. 2:20 says (paraphrased) "I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and in this this life of flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who gave His life for me. We must understand that as a Christian. Just being a seat warmer, or going to meeting, or having meetings just to be there, doesn't prove faith. I know we need time in God's Word, but if that doesn't help us produce works, then we need a faith checkup. Forgive me for preaching, but God said it and wrote it first, I am just reminding myself and others, how important it is to be involved in missions.
God, as His word says, has prepared many opportunities to serve Him, and many lie ahead of us. The UBA "logo and phrase", if you will, has a chain for a border, and the words, "Linked Together". The chain doesn't mean to keep us in Union Co., or anyone else out. The links unite us together to serve where ever He has planned for us to be.We all need to be prepared to work together for the same purpose, reaching lost people for Jesus. I can see that we have done a good job with that so far, but i just want to encourage us all to continue, and if someone needs encouraging, I hope these words have done so.
One great way God has given us to work together, is the completion of the Missions Resource Center, or the UBA Office, as you may also know it. Part of the work will be done by using our men and women,"Linked Together", to renovate part of the existing building, and completing the interior of the new building. Please take time and ask God to show you where you can help to be a part of something that will have eternal results. Anything we do in Jesus' name, whether it's construction, teaching, preaching, or making Salvation Baby Dolls, or just being able to place God's Word in someone's hand, can have an eternal effect on their souls. If you choose not to serve, you may be letting a soul miss Heaven forever. Please don't let that happen. Get linked together with your Church, the Association, WMU, or Baptist Men, and be a part of the work of our Lord, and change peoples lives forever.
Mark Hinson, UBA Baptist Men's Director
Help us make a difference! Community Partnership opportunities to share:
Volunteer at Safe Alliance
· Accompany a victim at the hospital as a Rape Crisis Companion or Become a Court Advocate
· Help with Art Murals/Projects for The Tree House, Maintenance and Landscaping Projects
· Contribute items on the Wish List (see below); Collect cell phones, Smartphones, etc.
· Organize a presentation or tour for your faith, civic or social groups
Make a Contribution, Participate, Sponsor or Organize Fundraising Events .
· Select Safe Alliance as a recipient of organizational fundraising event(s).
604 Lancaster Ave., Hwy 200S | Monroe, NC 28112
P 704.226.1352 | F 704.282.9362 |
|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
|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.
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
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
(formerly 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
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.
Literacy Council 101 (orientation) scheduled monthly.
|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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.