South Carolina Showcase for December 10, 2009

Jimmy Tyler, a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Conway, recently traveled to Martin County, Ky., for a one-week mission trip to deliver a trailer load of clothes and food for the needy.


Jason Redd, center, was ordained to the ministry by Redds Branch Baptist Church, Aiken, on Nov. 1. The ordination charge was given by Jamie Rogers, right, pastor of Second Baptist Church, Kershaw, and the charge to the church was given by Gary Hanna, left, pastor of Redds Branch Baptist. Redd is currently serving as interim pastor of Darien Baptist Church in Aiken.


Gilgal Baptist Church, Edgefield Baptist Association, honored Lowell Clark for 30 years of service on Oct. 25. The Ray Rhoden Band from Johnston provided special music, and Brad Swiger delivered the message. The congregation also participated in a time of sharing as part of the service. Clark was presented with a plaque, and a monetary gift in Clark’s honor was given to his grandson, Adam Clark, who has been facing expenses due to a medical condition which requires many trips to Alabama for treatment. Clark is pictured with his wife Ada and his entire family.


Concord Baptist Church, Anderson, recently paid off the mortgage on its worship center. Built at a cost of more than $4 million, the 1,400-seat facility was paid off early after a successful campaign, entitled “A Few Dollars and Some Change,” raised $80,000 to apply toward the debt. Shown burning the note are deacon chairman Gerald Riggins and senior pastor Don Cox, as building committee members Mary Ellen Patterson, Greg Royster and Eddie Cheek look on.


Coronaca Baptist Church, Greenwood, held a fall festival on Oct. 31, with games, food, prizes, candy and a cake walk. A special addition this year was a hot air balloon provided by Don Bell of Gilbert, who offered free rides to the children and adults who attended. Pictured are some of the participants as they enjoyed Bell’s “Jesus Is Lord” hot air balloon.


Ray Hatcher (center), minister of music and evangelism at Burnsview Baptist Church, Greer, celebrated 15 years of service on Nov. 8. Pictured with Hatcher is deacon chairman Russell Orr, left, and pastor Tim Huckaby.


Memorial Baptist Church, St. George, recently recognized Sandra McAlhaney for 11 years of service as part-time secretary. The congregation honored her with a standing ovation and a love gift. Pictured with McAlhaney are her husband Carroll (second from left), pastor Clay Shook (far left) and deacon Richard Sutcliff (far right).


Brothers Charlie Holcombe (left), 88, and Billy Holcombe (right), 78, recently were baptized at Carolina Community Church, Liberty, by pastor John Revis (center).


The congregation of Millbrook Baptist Church, Aiken, honored service men and woman from all branches of the U.S. military on Nov. 8 during their annual Veteran’s Day recognition service. Among the many special guests were soldiers from Charlie Company of the 73rd Ordnance Battalion stationed at Fort Gordon, Ga.


Union Baptist Church, Marion Baptist Association, held its annual Veteran’s Day service on Nov. 8. The program was planned by Virginia Meekins in memory of her late husband, Col. Herbert Meekins, who began this special church service many years ago. Patriotic songs were sung and pledges to the flags were given. Soldiers who made up the color guard were Sgt. Aaron Turner, Spc. Blake Legette, Cadet Charles Harwell, Pfc. Westly Ward and Pfc. Brandon Basye. Pictured is Col. Kenneth Rosado, who addressed the congregation and was also in charge of the color guard.


Kathy Newton was honored by First Baptist Church, Georgetown, for 25 years as pianist. The congregation presented her with a crystal piano music box, and a reception was held in her honor. Pictured are (l to r) pastor Ted Sherrill, Newton, and minister of music Jay Holmes.


Members of Barkers Creek Baptist Church, Honea Path, gathered Nov. 15 to collect shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Barkers Creek prepared a record number of boxes this year, collecting twice as many as last year. Pictured are (l to r) Sam Ventrulla, Larry Shirley, Matthew Seawright, Allison Seawright, Jeff Bannister, Ethan Young, Caroline Covan, Billy Lusk, pastor Wesley Taylor and Hub McGee.


Latta Baptist Church, Pee Dee Baptist Association, sponsored Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31. Activities included a cake walk, games, craft tent, costume contest and a hotdog supper. Each trunk was decorated with a religious theme, and during the evening New Testaments were handed out. More than 300 attended the event. Rob Pierce is pastor of Latta Baptist.


Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church, Pacolet Mills, held baptism on Nov. 15, with four generations from one family participating. Christopher Patton (front, center) was baptized by his great-grandfather, minister of outreach Harold Patton. Looking on are Christopher’s father, Adrian Patton (left), and his grandfather, Bobby Patton (right).


Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Conway, observed pastor appreciation day on Nov. 15. Pastor Lonnie Johnson and associate pastor Joseph Parker were honored by the congregation with gifts, special singing, and a luncheon following the service. Pictured are Parker (left) and his wife Helen, with Johnson (right) and his wife Dale.


New Hope Baptist Church, Cross Anchor, recently honored Thelma Blanton (second from right) on her retirement as Sunday school secretary for the past 10 years. Also recognized were (l to r) Cecil Bishop, Elizabeth Bishop and James Brock Hembree for perfect Sunday school attendance. Susan McCarley (far right) is Sunday school director at New Hope.


First Baptist Church, Georgetown, has completed a three-year missions commitment with Hazleton Community Church in Hazleton, Pa. Over the past three years, numerous families from Georgetown First Baptist have traveled to Hazleton and offered backyard VBS Bible clubs in two area parks, resulting in lasting friendships and 10 decisions for Christ. In addition to the LifeWay VBS Bible clubs, the volunteers provided a number of services in the community, which included painting park equipment and painting a single mother’s house, as well as building a barbecue grill and installing playground equipment at the Hazelton church. “Both churches have been blessed by this partnership,” said Keith Wall, associate pastor and mission trip leader at Georgetown First Baptist, “and we look forward to hearing greater things from this wonderful fellowship in the years to come.”