Union Grove/ Steele News

By BRENDA BOBBITT,

Men’s Retreat to be held at Roosevelt State Park

Birthday  Celebration for Mother Bernice Evers’s 90th Birthday will be Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m. at Kat’s Kave Community Center. For more information or if you plan to attend please contact Sis. Mary Owens at mowens10@yahoo.com or 502-817-9713.

Mt. Carmel Baptist Church  in Sebastopol, MS will host its Annual Revival on July 15-18.  Nightly service starting at 7:00 p.m. Union Grove/Sylvester UMC will be hosting a Men’s Retreat on July 21, 2018.  This retreat is open for all men and boys of the Steele and Hillsboro Community.  The retreat will take place at Roosevelt State Park where the participants will enjoy food, fishing and games.  If you would like to attend please contact me at 601-507-9567.

Middlebrook UMC of Brandon, MS will be hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Event on August 4th from 9:00 a.m.  Deadline to register is July 27.  Please contact me for more information.

Please remember Sylvester/ Union Grove UMC has service every Sunday.  1st and 3rd are at Sylvester and 2nd and 4th are at Union Grove. Sunday School at each church on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.  Bible Class each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (the month of July will be at Union Grove United Methodist Church) and Daytime Bible Study is offered on Wednesdays also at 1:00 p.m. at Sylvester UMC. For more information please contact me. Wellness Classes are offered on Mondays and Thursday at 6:00 p.m.  Please come out and worship with us.  We are under the leadership of Pastor EJ Shepard.

A word from Pastor Mann this week. People were gearing up to celebrate our nation’s independence. I was thinking about a saying that I read, “Freedom isn’t free.” In order to enjoy freedom, it cost someone. It is never free, it comes at a price. Someone gave their life, someone made a sacrifice, someone went beyond the norm, someone took the brave path. 

This is true of our “spiritual” freedom as well. In order for us to be able to enjoy freedom from sin — its stronghold over our life, its wages and its punishment, its bondage ­— someone had to pay a price. That someone was Jesus. The Son of God died on the cross in order to “set us free.”

The thing about freedom is that it can be taken away. We see that happening in our own nation. The freedoms that we have always enjoyed — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc. — are slowly, but surely, being taken away. The difference between the freedoms that we enjoy on a physical level and the ones we have on a spiritual level is that the ones we have received through Christ Jesus cannot be taken away. No one can take it from you. It can however be relinquished. You can give it up. You can be “entangled again in the yoke of bondage” if you so choose.   

Are you? Are you letting sin “reclaim” the territory of your life it once occupied? Are you letting it put you in bondage again? Are you allowing it to master you? You don’t have to let it. You have been set free indeed — completely liberated by Jesus. Stand fast therefore in that liberty. Look to Jesus the One who gave you the freedom and the One who will help you hold on to it.