Sheffield-Calahaln: New Union Church welcomes new pastor

Published 9:32 am Thursday, June 30, 2022

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By Brenda Bailey



Birthday wishes to: Jodi Renegar, Kerri Drye and Britt Atkins on July 2; Michele Dyson on July 3; Todd Keller and Wayne Dyson on July 4; Linda Drye on July 5; and Sammy Reavis, Pamela Ladd and Amanda Jordan on July 6. If you would like a birthday or anniversary listed in this column, please let me know.

New Union Church members are pleased to have Brian K. Loper, a native of Savannah, Ga. as the new pastor. Pastor Loper will begin Sunday at the 10 a.m. worship service. He has been married to Susan Loper of Winston-Salem for over 31 years and has two daughters, Kristen, 24, Shanna, 22 and a son, Austin, 20. He attended Young Harris College and Armstrong State University where he majored in criminal justice.  He studied abroad with Gordon Conwell Seminary.  At age 19, he held his first church position at Wesley Monumental UMC and then served as a student pastor in United Methodist churches in Georgia for 24 years. He later was director of family ministries at Peachtree City UMC and Tuscaloosa First UMC. Before joining New Union, he was student pastor at Mount Tabor UMC in Winston-Salem. Join members in welcoming Brian and Susan to the community and New Union.

New Union has a combined worship service at 10 a.m. each Sunday followed by Sunday School at 11.  Everyone is welcome.

Chief Gary Allen and other members of the Sheffield-Calahaln VFD always welcome visitors, the station is open Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-4 p.m.  If interested in becoming a firefighter, call 336-492-5791.

Sunday School is held each week at Ijames Baptist at 9:30 a.m. and the worship service is at 10:30. Pastor Ruth is continuing his messages on the End Times at the 10:30 service.  Bible Study on the Book of Daniel is each Sunday evening from 5-6.  Summertime JAM (Jesus and Me) is going on each Sunday from 5-6 p.m.m for children, ages 3 years to fifth grade.  Attend ofor Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks.  Ijames Baptist welcomes everyone to all services.

Vacation Bible School at Ijames Baptist will be July 17-22 from 5:30-8:30 each evening, with the 22nd being family fun night including a bounce house, water slide, dunking booth and more. A meal will be served each evening from 5:30-6.

Community Covenant Church invites visitors each Sunday for worship at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. and prayer and Bible study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

The BoTyme Country Jubilee is going strong each Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 at the Farmington Community Center on Farmington Road with a mixture of country, bluegrass and gospel music.  Admission is $3 at the door, musicians are admitted free.  There is coffee, drinks and packaged food for purchase.

Joe Mahaffey and NuHiWay were a crowd favorite at West Rowan Grill on Friday. Joe wanted to let everyone know that Randy Smith is doing better and hopes to play his banjo for everyone by late summer. Sons of South will perform this Friday.  Support local musicians.  Thanks to Sue Clark for the photos.

Each Monday evening from 6:30-9:30, there’s a jam session at the Meatlocker on Garden Valley Road off US 64 West near Cool Springs. Eddie Porter invites you to come out and pick or just sit back and listen to some great music. My thanks to Sue Clark for the photos this week.

Hotdog Saturday at New Union was again a sell-out on Saturday. We thank everyone for their support.  The next Hotdog Saturday will be July 23 from 11 a.m .-2 p.m.

A time of prayer is held at Liberty Wesleyan Church each Sunday at 9:30 a.m., followed by Sunday School at 10 and worship at 11. A time of prayer is held Wednesdays from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Liberty Kidz family service meets Friday evenings from 6:30-7:30.  Everyone is welcome at all services.

Prayer requests continue for Bryan Swain, Jean Reavis, Johnny Naylor, Pat Moore, Hazel Smoot, Tim Keller, Junior Dunn, Betty Dameron, Tammy Keller, Naomi Wooten, Charles England, Greta England, Lincoln Dyson, Bob Ellis, Chester Reeves, Hazel Frye, Yvonne Ijames, Bonnie Gunter, Ed Livengood,  Milton Tutterow, Nancy Peacock, Geraldine Lambert, Betty Beck, Sue Gobble, Caren Morgan, Helen Bulla, Rowan Fay, Paul Beck, Juanita Keaton, Jerry McDaniel, Yvonne Richardson, Emily Brown and Suzonne Stratton. Our sincere condolences to the families of Preston Neely, Nancy Marie Doub, Bob Stone  and Maxine Richardson.

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