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Rev. A.L Brackett, pastor of Saint Paul Baptist Church, delivers a sermon to the congregation during a worship service in 1977. The church is holding a First Church Family Reunion this weekend.
Rev. A.L Brackett, pastor of Saint Paul Baptist Church, delivers a sermon to the congregation during a worship service in 1977. The church is holding a First Church Family Reunion this weekend.
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UNION — The weekend of May 16-May 18, 2014 promises to be a time of reflection, reestablishment of relationships, and enjoyment for the Saint Paul Baptist Church. We are celebrating our First Church Family Reunion. The purpose of the gathering is to bring together past and current church members for a good old fashioned family reunion.


Pastor Brackett says, “Our goal for the weekend is to reacquaint ourselves with each other as a church family and Body of Christ and to pay homage to God for the myriad of blessings that he has bestowed upon us.”


The theme for the reunion weekend is “Down through the Years.” This reunion concept developed from the desire to see and spend time with loved ones from the present and past generations. The common bond of love unites our past and present church members.


As we look back over our lives, it is the family and church that have been our solid foundations. The time has come when a strengthening of these two units are of upmost importance. It is imperative that the younger generation of church members become acquainted with the former members to know the history of the church family.


It is our belief that there has always been a strong and inescapable biblical basis for focusing on the family, whose members form the church. Therefore, it is our expectation that this event will bridge the gap between the different generations as well as renew and strengthen the church family relationships.


When interviewed for this article, Mrs. Karen Brackett-Browning stated the following, “the church’s influence upon the family through biblical teachings has always been and will continue to be paramount to the development of each member as he or she understands and fulfills his or her God-given role.”


Many activities that promote faith, family, and fellowship are planned. The weekend will commence with a renewal of family and friends through a Get Acquainted Fellowship on Friday night at 6 p.m.


Saturday’s activities include a Fellowship Cookout on the church grounds from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Saint Paul Baptist Church Family Reunion Banquet will convene on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. at the Pacolet River Association Complex. The banquet promises to be a memorable event as we celebrate each other.


The weekend will culminate with a “Down through the Years” Musical Concert on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. One of the highlights of the church has been its strong music ministry. The concert will include favorite musical selections from the past decades. Various genres of religious music will be performed — hymns, spirituals, historical and contemporary gospel music. The Reunion Choir will consist of past and present members whose purpose is to spread the good news through the medium of music. It promises to be a very spiritually uplifting worship experience. Everyone in Union and surrounding areas are invited.


Therefore, as we gather on the weekend of May 16-18, 2014, we are constantly reminded that “Down through the Years” God has been so good to our church family. I believe that our church ancestry would be proud to see that through the “mountain top and valley” experiences, we can come together as a family to celebrate God and each other.


 
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