Union Grove/ Steele News

By BRENDA BOBBITT,

Spring Revival is just around the corner

Preparations are getting under way for the Great American Cleanup sponsored by Keep Mississippi Beautiful in the Steele Community. The Cleanup is scheduled for March 10-12.  If you would like to donate snacks, water, gloves or food please contact me at 601-507-9567. 

When I was young, we knew we had to cleanup the roads on Spring Break.  Although, we didn’t want to do it, we knew we had to do it.  And once we finished, we had lunch at church and fellowshipped with each other.  After picking up all that trash on those days, we learned not to throw trash besides the road.

Sylvester UMC will be hosting its Spring Revival starting March 4 thru March 6.  The speaker for the 1:00 p.m. service will be conducted by Pastor Timothy Croft of Lone Pilgrim M.B. Church.  On Monday night, Pastor Gary Moore of Corinth M.B. Church will speak and Tuesday night, Pastor Elder Fred Durr of Evangelist Temple Mission Church of God in Christ of Pulaski will speak.

Union Grove UMC will be hosting its Spring Revival starting March 11 thru 13. Pastor Willie Robinson of Christian Triumph M.B. Church of Morton will be delivering the Sunday afternoon message. Monday night, Pastor James Patrick of Rising Chapel M.B. Church in Lena will be the speaker and Tuesday’s speaker will be Pastor J.J. Thompson of New Hope Church of God-Lone Pilgrim.

Union Grove/Sylvester UMC will be hosting a Financial Literacy Class on March 17 at Sylvester UMC. The class will include a financial need analysis, creating generational wealth and building your financial house.  The class will be from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending the class, please RSVP Felicia McTiller at 305-746-8926 or 769-241-1177.

Lone Pilgrim M.B. Church will be celebrating their Pastor Timothy and First Lady Shelby Croff’s 10th year Anniversary on Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m.  The morning message will be delivered by Minister James Buckely of Lone Pilgrim M.B. Church and the Anniversary message will be delivered by Pastor Chris Thompson, Pastor of Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Decatur, MS.

Union Grove Baptist Church in Forest will be having their Usher Day Program on March 25 at 2:00 p.m. Mt. Zion M.B. Church will be celebrating Pastor Jermaine Jones’s Third Year Anniversary on March 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.  The speaker will be Rev. Charles Hughes, Pastor of Green Grove Baptist Church. 

Birthday wishes go out to Rolanda Hunt, Kala Hunt and Katye Johnson.  Happy Birthday and Hope you have a wonderful birthday.  A very special Happy Birthday to my mother Mary Bobbitt.  Her birthday is the day before Valentine’s Day and that just fits her because she is the shining example of unconditional love.  I love you Mary Bobbitt – Happy Birthday.

An encouraging word from Pastor Marcus Mann.  Love is the identifying factor in a Christian’s life. It is what separates us and identifies us with Christ. Love reflects God’s nature and character in our lives. It is also a commandment from Him for us to live by. That being the case, who are we to love?

We are to love God. We are to love our neighbor. “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” (Luke 10:27)

We are to love our “brothers” — those in our natural family, and those in our “spiritual” family — the family of God. “And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (1 John 4:21)

We are to love our enemies. “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

We are to love one another — each other; whoever that may be. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

So, we are to love God, love our neighbor, love our family, love the family of God, love our enemies and love each other. No one is excluded in our love. We can’t pick and choose who we will and won’t love.