The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina on March 31, 1979 · Page 3
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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Saturday, March 31, 1979
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Congregation needs contributions to building fund Church dates back to 1880's f' Staff photo by Leill Brook The Rev. M.B. Williams BY LESLIE BROOKS Staff Writer BRADLEY It used to be one of the largest churches around. Now it's congregation has dwindled to about 35 "faithful few" and it's white clapboard sanctuary off S C. 10 between Bradley and Troy has fallen into disrepair. But the Rev. M B. Williams recalls the glory that once belonged to Mt. Sinai A. M E. Church and he and his congregation long to see those days return. MT. SINAI IS an airy building with tall windows and high ceilings. It is framed of hand-hewn lumber joined with wooden pegs Although more recent underpinnings prevent a look at a cornerstone which might bear its construction date, the church is named on a plat dated Nov. 2. 1888. A glass-doored bookcase inside the sanctuary contains several old Bibles, mildewed with age. Between the brittle yellow pages the Rev. Williams found the marriage certificate of a couple wed at Mt. Sinai in 1880. "History of the American Negro," edited by A B Caldwell in 1919, identifies the Rev Lafayette Franklin Vance as current pastor of Mt. Sinai, which is on the Bradley circuit. The volume also lists the Rev. Conley Lincoln Henderson as pastor from 1910 to 1914 and the Rev George Bradley as another former pastor The Rev. Bradley's father, the Rev. Robert Henry Bradley, was born into slavery in the Bradley community in 1859, a son of his master, and became a leading A M E (African M e t hod i s t - Ep i scopa I I churchman of his day BUT NOW THE OLD Mt Sinai church leans. The roof leaks. The congregation has warned Rev. Williams not to ring the church bell for fear the rickety bell tower will collapse. The Rev. Williams worries that the church has no bathroom facilities. "We don't even have a place for the pastor to put on his robe," tie said The Rev. Williams also worries about his congregation. He knows that neither the people of Mt. Sinai, where he preaches on the second and fourth Sundays, nor the people of Old Field Bethel A M E off Rock House Road, where he preaches on the first and third Sundays, can support him and his family, so he holds down a full-time job, working the graveyard shift at Parke-Davis. He also knows that his congregation, some of whom are retirees living on a fixed income, aren't in a position to take on a large building project. They have almost $15,000 in their building fund, but the Rev. Williams feels they need $25,000 to $30,000 before they can begin the project. WHAT THE MT. SINAI congregation would like to do is to construct a new church on the 2 74 acre site They have considered remodeling, but contractors have told them it would be cheaper to build a new church than to repair the historic old one. But we'd do anything to get a better place to worship in," the Rev Williams said. The Mt. Sinai congregation hopes people in the Greenwood, McCormick, Abbeville and Greenville areas will contribute to their building fund. Interested persons should contact Mt. Sinai members Roger Dorsey at 229-1676. Odessa Daniels at 223-3602. J C Devlin at 746-6073 or the Rev Williams at 223-3602 Staff parto by Leslie Broofci Mt. Sinai A.M.E. Church The Index-Journal ReHgiOll Today Sat., March 31, 1979 Page 3 New Zealander to preach at Connie Maxwell -IS J SHERBURD A New Zealand pastor will lead a week of preaching and teaching Sunday through Friday at Connie Maxwell Baptist Church The Rev. Foster Sherburd of Nelson Baptist Church in Nelson, New Zealand, will speak and show slides about life in New Zealand and his work there during services Sunday at 11 a m. and 6 30 p.m. and Monday through Friday at 7 , each evening. He will also conduct Bible study 4?J0e f j Monday through Friday at 10 a m in the fel- ' Wj&i X I lnwahin hall Born in Invercargill in southern New Zealand. 'the Rev. Sherburd has pastored several churches there. In 1974 he was elected president of the Baptists of New Zealand He and his wife Marjorie have traveled extensively in the U S In 1975 he was a member of a teaching and evangelism team to this country. EMERALD BAPTIST SETS CELEBRATION Emerald Baptist Church will celebrate homecoming and its fifth anniversary as a Southern Baptist church Sunday at II a m. Dinner on the grounds will follow PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN TO TRAVEL First Presbyterian Women of the Church will leave from the church Thursday at 7 30 a.m. for Columbia Friendship Day at Columbia Seminary in Decatur. Ga COLLEGE PRESIDENT TO SPEAK Dr. Ray P. Rust. Anderson College president, will be guest speaker Sunday morning at Ware Shoals First Baptist Church. A Shreveport, La. native. Dr. Rust served as executive vice president of New Orleans Seminary before becoming president of Anderson College last March. He holds a doctor of divinity from Louisiana College in Pinevil-le. He and his wife, the former Joy Stagg. have a son and a daughter. WOMEN OF PRESBYTERY TO MEET The Women of the Church of South Carolina Presbytery will hold their Annual Day (formerly Presbvterial next Saturday at Aveleigh Presbyterian Church in Newberry Registration will begin at 9 45 a.m. and the meeting at 10 15 a m The Rev. Shirley Adams of Dunwoody. Ga will be guest speaker Lunch will be served. JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ATTEND CONVENTION Ninety Greenwood delegates attended the semi-annual circuit assembly of Jehovah's Witnesses last weekend in Columbia Convention highlights were an address by D F Wallace on "A Cleansed Earth Will You Live to See It?" and the baptism of 90 persons Over 9.000 attended ERSKINE SPONSORS PASTORS' INSTITUTE Erskine Theological Seminary will sponsor the annual Whitesides Pastors' Institute, including the Richard Lee Robinson Memorial Lectures on Tuesday and Wednesday The Institute, designed to combine Biblican and theological scholarship with the Reformation heritage of preaching, annually brings to the Due West campus a scholar and preacher of national reputation This year's preacher will be the Rev Stuart Briscoe of Brookfield. Wis A native of England, the Rev Briscoe has preached throughout the world and is the author of nine books and numerous articles The Robinson lecturer will be Dr Samuel S Hill Jr.. head of the department of religion at the University of Florida and a nationally known i authority on the Christian church in the Southern BRISCOE US The Institute will begin with registration and coffee Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by worship services conducted by the Rev Briscoe Following lunch at noon, afternoon sessions will include a lecture by Dr Briscoe Following a Minister's desk Jesus puts world in order By REV. LEON E. THOMPSON Cambridge United Methodist Church Ninety Six In some current theological circles, we hear a great deal about a world come of age. This descriptive term is an attempt to say that we live in a world of discovery, of progress, a world which has escaped the dark ages and come to the light. But one theologian has assessed the situation by saying, "Yes. we live in a world which has come of age. which has also gone to pot.'' His description has nothing to do with marijuana, although this is involved. It is a reference to the fact that the world is in a genuine mess We read our newspapers at breakfast time, and no wonder so many get indigestion, for the headlines scream of violence, of crime, of rumors of war and of riots Racial unrest still causes problems in our society. Ours has become the age of drugs, with more and more people trying them and becoming dependent on these crutches. Then we watch the TV news while eating the evening meal, and we become candidates for indigestion again. We have to pretend almost that the news is but another soap opera, for while we eat. we watch blood baths and riots, and we see pictures of starving, homeless, parentless refugee children. It would appear indeed that we live in a world gone to pot. to the dogs, or, to use a Biblical description, a world filled with sin And this Biblical description leads me to make a very bold assertion I know the answer to our problems It is a simple answer - not a simplistic one. because it will involve our very being But it is a simple answer It is one which has been around for a long time, but which the world has never given a fair hearing In the Book of Acts in the Bible there is a story of the preaching of Paul and Silas in the city of Thessalonica. Briefly, their message centered around the preaching and the death and resurrection of a man named Jesus, who was declared to be the Christ, the One sent from God to be the Savior of the world There were those who heard and then issued the complaint. Those who have turned the world upside down have come here also " As we view our world with its value systems reversed, with turmoil on every hand, we need to hear again the message of the gospel which will turn the world upside down, which will put it in order again What can happen is illustrated by the story of a father and his young son The father was busy reading, but his young son kept interrupting him with a scries of questions Then the lather got an idea. In the newspaper he saw a map of the world He tore it out. then tore the map into pieces to make a kind of jigsaw puzzle, and gave it to his son 'Here,' he said, "let's see how fast you can put this world back together " The father returned to his reading, certain that he would not be interrupted for some time But in a very few minutes the son tugged at his father and said. "Dad, I've finished putting the world back together." The father looked in amazement at the completed puzzle and asked. How did you manage to do it so fast?" "Oh." responded the son. it was easy I noticed that there was a picture of Jesus on the other side of the map. and when I put that side together so I could see Jesus, the world was in order, too. '" This is the solution we need See Jesus, and the world will be in order workshop conducted by the Rev. Briscoe at 9: 30 a.m.. lectures by Dr Hill at 11 a m and 2 p.m. and a worship service conducted by the Rev Briscoe at 7 p.m. Subjects of Dr Hill's lectures will be. Tuesday, "The Religious Situation in the Contemporary South" and "The Church and Higher Education in the South ; Wednesday. 'South and North: Historical Comparisons of Regional Religious Situations' and " Anti-Intellectualism as a Clue to Understanding 1J Southern Protestant Life " Morning and afternoon sessions will be in the iiK ft" secon(' floor conference room of Watkins Stu dent Center. Evening sessions will be in Memorial Hall A reception honoring the Rev, i Briscoe and Dr Hill will be at 8: 15 p.m. Tuesday j in the Erskine Home Management House. HILL Registration fee for the Institute will be $5 For more information, contact Dr. Randall T Ruble. Dean. Erskine Theological Seminary. Due West, S C. 29639 (telephone: 379-88851 DR. HERBERT TO PREACH The Rev Dr Bryce Herbert will preach for a Sunday night Lenten service at 7 30 at St Paul United Methodist Church in Ninety Six MACEDONIA USHERS SPONSOR PROGRAM Macedonia Baptist Church's senior ushers will sponsor a Mr jnd Miss Macedonia king and queen program Sunday at 6 p m The Rev James Kay of Due West will be the speaker Music will be presented by James Smith, the Horizon. Trinity United Methodist Church and Macedonia Gospel Chorus OLD-TIME REVIVAL PLANNED The Rev R H. Brown will be the speaker for an old-time revival hour Sunday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church between Hodges and Abbeville Various choirs will present music MUSICAL PROGRAM SCHEDULED SUNDAY A musical program will be Sunday at 7:30 p m at the House of Prayer on Mineral Street The Lee Family of Greenwood, the Rocky River Gospel Chorus and the Traveling Harmonizers of Abbeville and the Tolden Brothers of Clinton will perform. Come Visit with us JORDAN MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH Now Meeting Temporarily in the CONVENTION BUILDING and ACTIVITIES BUILDING on the Connie Maxwell Campus Joseph Ouzts, Pastor PREACHER TO CELEBRATE ANNIVERSARY The Rev. Emanuel Spearman of Hodges will celebrate his ninth preaching anniversary next Saturday at 7 p.m and next Sunday at 2 p.m at Beulah Baptist Church in Greenwood and next Sunday at 7 p.m. with services at Ellison School in Calhoun Falls Evangelist Doris Gray will be guest speaker REV. NEWTON TO LEAD SERVICES The Rev Marion Newton, pastor of Meadow Prong Baptist Church, of Effingham, will lead spring revival services Monday through Friday at 7 30 each evening at Young's Chapel Baptist Church in Greenwood. The Rev Newton earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of divinity degrees at Morris College in Sumter He has served as assistant pastor of Second Baptist Church Hartsville. and as pastor of Brick Baptist Church, Frogmore. He is a member of Rockspring Baptist Association, the South Carolina Baptist Education and Missionary Convention, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the N.A.A C P.. the South Carolina College Personnel Association. Butler Lodge No 463 in Vemassee. the Imperial Council. Omar Temple No. 21 in Savannah. Ga and Delta Kappa Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity He and his wife, the former Corine Shaw of Ridgeland. have two daughters. Vanessa and Maria. FIRST BAPTIST OBSERVES YOUTH SUNDAY First Baptist Church will observe Youth Sunday tomorrow as a climax to annual Youth Week activities Youth Week pastor Gloria Lightsey will preach at the morning worship service Music will be presented by the youth choir Greg Anders will be associate minister; Mark Stephens, usher captain; John Bishop, greeter captain; Mary Higginbotham. media center director; Chuck Watson. Sunday school chairman. During Youth Week, the young people assume leadership positions in all areas of church life. The event gives the youth an opportunity to be involved actively in the church program and to exercise their leadership abilities. First Baptist will conduct Holy Week services April 11 and 13 at 12: 15 p.m. in the chapel. 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