Union Grove/ Steele News


Fall Revival kicked off

Union Grove Annual Fall Revival kicked off Sunday, September 24, 2017.  Afternoon speaker was Pastor John Wayne Smith of Wesley Chapel U.M.C. in Carthage.  You still have time to catch service tonight and Thursday night.  Speaker Pastor Stanley James of Truevine M.B.C. in Brandon is the nightly speaker and Service starts at 7:00 p.m.  5th Sunday Service in October will be held at Union Grove U.M.C.  Service will begin at 11:00 a.m.  Theme for that Sunday will be “Friends and Family Together in Church”. All members are asked to invite family and friends. We would like for everyone to wear your family reunion t-shirt or your church t-shirt.
Please remember the sick, shut-in and bereaved members of our church and community.  Especially noting the Lee, Holifield and Bobbitt Family.
I want to give special thanks to the Sebastopol Bobcats.  The Bobcats suffered a tremendous lost to the Scott Central Rebels on Friday.  But, I want to let the team know how much we appreciate them and how proud we are of them.  It took a lot of courage to play that game on Friday going in as the underdog and with key players hurt on the sideline.  Some of the comments that I seen as a parent from other parents and adults were horrible concerning our team. A focus for school and parents has been bullying and some of the comments that I saw and heard were just that. Although football is a tough sport, we can’t forget that we as parents set the example for our children.  We, as parents, can’t post or state negative comments and expect our children not to make comments similar or not to be on the receiving end of such comments. And yes, I am partial because that’s the school I graduated from and the school that my kids attend.  We don’t take anything from Scott Central because they have a great team and we hope they get everything they are looking for out of this football season.  I’m super proud of all they young men that play for the Rebels and especially the young men that I have known since children.
We all have opportunities to get upset and live stressed out. The storms of life come to every person. No matter how good a person you are, you’re going to have some “rain” in your life. When these storms come, a lot people use their faith to try to control their circumstances. But I’ve found it’s better to use my faith to control myself in the midst of my circumstances. I know that if I can just remain stable in the storms of life and stay in peace, that’s what allows God to act on my behalf.
God never said that we wouldn’t have difficulties, but He did promise we could have peace in the midst of the storms. When you face adversities, one of the most powerful things you can do is simply stay calm. When you are at peace, you are displaying your faith in God. By your actions, you’re saying, “God, I know You’re still on the throne. I know You’re bigger than this problem.” So, keep peace in the midst of your storms today. I encourage you to use your words to open the door for God to move by declaring His Word over your life. Declare that His strength is at work in you. Declare that no weapon formed against you is going to prosper. As you declare God’s Word over your life, you’ll see it come to pass. You’ll feel His strength, joy and victory rising up inside of you so that you can embrace the life of blessing He has prepared for you.