The reason there’s Christmas


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Charles Warner | The Union Times Jesus Christ is the reason for Christmas, something that is overlooked all too often in the overwhelmingly commercialized and seeming endless holiday season that, while it often ignores Him, still bears His name. Christ is the first half of the word Christmas, something that would seem obvious but isn’t really when you realize that, for far too much of our heavily secularized culture, it is simply a word without any real significance. Just the exact opposite is true, however, because without Christ there is no Christmas just as without His continuing influence, exerted however imperfectly by His church, the world would be a colder and far less compassionate place than it is. Christ not only gave us a holiday bearing His name, He changed the world with His birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension and with the Holy Spirit He sent down to His followers on that first Day of Pentecost and continues to send. The truth is that while there’s nothing wrong with Santa Claus, Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, and the elves or with Frosty or the other characters associated with Christmas, it is Jesus, not them, who is the reason for this season. When we forget that, we forget not only the true reason for and meaning of Christmas, we forget the one who made the world a better place and continues to change it for the better one saved soul at a time. Only He can do that and that’s why we should never, ever forget the reason for the season.


Sunday, Dec. 3

11 a.m.: The Chancel Choir of Grace United Methodist Church will present the Christmas Cantata “Festival of Lessons and Carols” by Jonathan Willcocks during the 11 a.m worship service.

The public is invited to attend. Rev. David Bauknight, Pastor.

Thomas E. Bishop is Organist/Choirmaster.

Sunday, Dec. 3

5 p.m.: Mary Owens presents the Gospel Play “Jesus Is Knocking, Will You Answer?” at the USC Union Auditorium.

Tickets are $15.

There will be prizes and giveaways.

Contact number 864-429-1402.

Thursday, Dec. 7

Noon: The Community Prayer Meeting will be observed at the USC Union Gazebo.

Please come and join with fellow citizens of Union County, and with others in other places as we pray for our country, our community, our state, and also for our world. Pray for the Church, and for revival in Union County.

Let us give thanks for our country, and pray for the revival and awakening we need to turn us in the right direction. Pray for God’s guidance and protection for our leaders at every level. Please pray for our military, police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and others who risk their lives to serve and protect us. Pray that Christ will be at the center of Christmas for more people this year.

ALL ARE WELCOME. If you can’t get to the gazebo, please take some time for special prayer during the day.

Saturday, Dec. 9

9:30 a.m.: Pacolet River Baptist Association Missionaries will meet at Corinth Baptist Church for quarterly meeting.

Bring a $5 gift and bring 10 bags to give to the nursing home.

Joyce Walker, President.

Saturday, Dec. 9

3 p.m.: The Youth Ministry of New Emanuel Chapel would like to invite you to our annual “Get Crunk for Christ” praise celebration .

We are asking that all youth choirs, praise dancers, and all other ministries to be in celebration with us and get “CRUNK.”

It will be held at New Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church.

The event is come as you are.

Dr. James L. Mason, Pastor.

Rev. James Mason, Moderator.

Saturday, Dec. 16

1:30 p.m.: Jeter Chapel Gathering Outreach will be at Jeter Chapel AME Church.

Rev. Anthony Washington, Pastor.

Please come out, we will have a lot of nice goodies to give out.

Sunday, Dec. 17

2 p.m.: New Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church will be celebrating Family & Friends Day.

Our speaker for this occasion will be Pastor Forest Woodard, Sr. of Wilson Chapel AME, Sharon, SC.

Dr. James L. Mason, Pastor.

Sunday, Dec. 31

10:30 a.m.: Joint “Watch-Night” Services will be held at New Hope AMEZ Church.

Rev. Crommer, Pastor of Macedonia Christian Church, Cross Keys, will deliver the message.

The public is invited.

We hope each of you will help support these services.

Rev. Malachi Rodgers, Sr., Pastor.

Saturday, Jan. 13

5 p.m.: There will be a Relay for Life Songfest at St. Luke Baptist Church.

Rev. George Shell, Pastor.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Jesus Christ is the reason for Christmas, something that is overlooked all too often in the overwhelmingly commercialized and seeming endless holiday season that, while it often ignores Him, still bears His name. Christ is the first half of the word Christmas, something that would seem obvious but isn’t really when you realize that, for far too much of our heavily secularized culture, it is simply a word without any real significance. Just the exact opposite is true, however, because without Christ there is no Christmas just as without His continuing influence, exerted however imperfectly by His church, the world would be a colder and far less compassionate place than it is. Christ not only gave us a holiday bearing His name, He changed the world with His birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension and with the Holy Spirit He sent down to His followers on that first Day of Pentecost and continues to send. The truth is that while there’s nothing wrong with Santa Claus, Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, and the elves or with Frosty or the other characters associated with Christmas, it is Jesus, not them, who is the reason for this season. When we forget that, we forget not only the true reason for and meaning of Christmas, we forget the one who made the world a better place and continues to change it for the better one saved soul at a time. Only He can do that and that’s why we should never, ever forget the reason for the season.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_IMG_2339.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Jesus Christ is the reason for Christmas, something that is overlooked all too often in the overwhelmingly commercialized and seeming endless holiday season that, while it often ignores Him, still bears His name. Christ is the first half of the word Christmas, something that would seem obvious but isn’t really when you realize that, for far too much of our heavily secularized culture, it is simply a word without any real significance. Just the exact opposite is true, however, because without Christ there is no Christmas just as without His continuing influence, exerted however imperfectly by His church, the world would be a colder and far less compassionate place than it is. Christ not only gave us a holiday bearing His name, He changed the world with His birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension and with the Holy Spirit He sent down to His followers on that first Day of Pentecost and continues to send. The truth is that while there’s nothing wrong with Santa Claus, Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, and the elves or with Frosty or the other characters associated with Christmas, it is Jesus, not them, who is the reason for this season. When we forget that, we forget not only the true reason for and meaning of Christmas, we forget the one who made the world a better place and continues to change it for the better one saved soul at a time. Only He can do that and that’s why we should never, ever forget the reason for the season.
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