Union Baptist Association
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Linked Together

Upcoming Events

 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
2014 Operation Christmas Child Collection Schedule
National Collection Week – November 17-24, 2014
Friday, 11/21/14                               4 – 9 pm
Saturday, 11/22/14                            1 – 3 pm
Sunday, 11/23/14                               1 – 5 pm
Monday, 11/24/14                            9 am – 8 pm
If you would like to volunteer for any of these dates and times, please call the UBA office, 704-283-8383.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
1417 Unionville-Indian Trail Road West
Indian Trail NC  28079
We will host a joint Thanksgiving service & meal on Tues., Nov. 25 at 6:30 pm at Trinity Baptist Church. Choirs from Ebenezer, Trinity & Friendly will perform. Rev. Dustin Knight will be speaking. Following the service, there will be a covered dish meal. Ebenezer & Friendly will provide the sides and desserts. Trinity will provide the meat, bread and drinks. All are welcome to join us!! 
Mill Creek Baptist Church
5417 Morgan Mill Road
Monroe NC  28110
You are invited to join us on Tues., Dec. 2, at 7 pm as we host the Queen City Ringers for a Christmas Concert, All is Calm, All is Bright.   No admission cost. Join us for an inspirational evening of Christmas music with Handbells.
We are also hosting Stephen & Emily Crabtree, who will be speaking about their work in Southeast Asia, on Wed., Dec. 10, 2014, at 6:15 until 7:45 pm. Emily is an native of Anson County and we are excited to welcome her and her husband to tell us what is going on in a part of the world we know so little about. We welcome all UBA churches to come and share with us this very timely and informative presentation. 
Midway Baptist Church
4615 Olive Branch Road
Wingate NC  28174
To kick off our Lottie Moon Christmas offering, a Hobo Supper will be held on Wednesday, December 3 at 5:45 pm.
Our Christmas Cantata, "THE BEST GIFT", will be presented on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 at
7:00 pm.  It will also be presented again on Sunday morning, December 14 at 11:00 am.
A Celebration of Christmas will be presented at Hermon Baptist Church on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 6:30 pm.  This event will include musical presentations by choirs from Corinth Baptist, Mary Elizabeth Baptist, Mount Pleasant Baptist and Hermon Baptist.  Hermon Baptist is located at 9713 Lancaster Highway, Waxhaw NC 28173. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow.  Everyone is invited!

Waxhaw Baptist Church  located at 8213 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Waxhaw NC, invites you to join us for our exciting Christmas events. On Saturday evening, December 6, our choir will present the musical “The First Noel” at 5:00 with fellowship to follow. Child care will be available for children through 2 years of age. On Saturday evening December 20 starting at 5:00 you are invited to join us for our Walk Through Bethlehem, an indoor/outdoor interactive guided tour that will take you back in time to the night Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem. Come out and enjoy this tour and live nativity.


Sardis Baptist Church
3602 Unionville-Indian Trail Rd. West
Indian Trail NC  28079
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
7:00 pm
Local Author Julie Kemp
"Faith Has its Reasons"
A Journey of Grief & Healing
Special Music by Sherry Potts
Julie will share her testimony.
For more information about Julie, click here.
Community Choir Christmas Celebration with Mt. Zion, Corinth, Calvary, Hermon and Sandy Ridge. “Let the Whole World Sing” is the theme and has an international flare, including singing, music, flags and costume. Dec. 13-4:00 pm at Monroe Crossings and Dec. 13 & 14, 7 pm at Sandy Ridge. Tickets are free but needed to ensure seating. See church members for more information. 
Lakeview Christmas
December 13 &14, 2014// 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday
Lakeview Baptist Church invites you to join us for Lakeview Christmas. We are located at 4602 Concord Highway, Monroe. This is a celebration like no other. Come and experience this new and exciting event that will get you in the Christmas spirit.  You will sing along with familiar songs and enjoy the wonderful sights and sounds of the holidays. There will be live music, singing, dancing and drama. You will not want to miss this time. Come and commemorate what Christmas is truly all about as we remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
Come early for cider and cookies! 
Free Admission
No Childcare Provided
Ebenezer Baptist Church
1417 Unionville-Indian Trail Road West
Indian Trail NC  28079
Our Adult Choir will present their Christmas Cantata, “My Heart Longs for Christmas” on Sun. Dec. 14 at 10:30 am. Our Children’s Ministry will present their Christmas Program, “The Evening News Hour” on Sun. Dec. 21 at 6 pm which will be followed by a finger-food/dessert social. We will have a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24, 8:30-9:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome to join us for these special services.
November 6, 2014
It is a true honor for First Baptist Church Indian Trail to again host the Bailey Smith Real Evangelsim Conference on March 4-6.  Each Year, we have been continually blessed with the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Last year's conference was tremendous.  Many of you have shared with me how God has used these meetings to impact your life and ministry.
For nearly 30 years, Dr. Smith has led these conferences in some of the greatest churches in America.  He has had a profound impact on a generation of pastors through these meetings, encouraging so many who were downtroddenm, discouraged and even ready to give up.  The 2015 conference will be his last Real Evangelsim conference as he closes this chapter in his ministry.   We believe it will also be one of the greatest as some of the very best pastors and evangelists in America will be with us.
This is a great opportunity to be spiritually refreshed and encouraged.  I always leave the conference with a new determination to preach the Word without compromise.  People from across the country will join us as we worship our Lord together.
The conference schedule is listed above.  I hope that you, your staff and church will come and worship with us.  We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you and minister to you in any way we can.  If you are coming from outside of the immediate area, local hotel information is listed for your convenience.  Directions to our church may be found on our website, www.fbcit.org.  If you have any additional questions regarding the conference, please contact our church office at 704-882-1005.
Please join us for these days of worship and refreshing.  We would be honored for you to celebrate with us as we express our love and gratitude to Dr. Smith for these many years of great conferences.  May the Lord provide the time and means for you to attend.
Blessing to you all,
Dr. Mike Whitson
Senior Pastor
2015 Missions Conference