United Club hears Pastor Butte

Posted 7/12/17

The United Club held its meeting June 27 at the Golden Corral on June 27. Bettie Marlowe led the meeting.

The club welcomed guests to the meeting — two brought by Paul Denton and one by Opal …

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United Club hears Pastor Butte

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The United Club held its meeting June 27 at the Golden Corral on June 27. Bettie Marlowe led the meeting.

The club welcomed guests to the meeting — two brought by Paul Denton and one by Opal Deverell. The speaker, Jason Butte, pastor of Washington Avenue Baptist Church, was also introduced. Shawn Markie led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and Denton offered the opening prayer.

Marlowe presented the devotion with emphasis on the Bible. She told of her recent trip to South Carolina when she asked directions to her destination four times and was always directed wrong. She said she finally realized she had navigation on her car right in front of her and when straight to the place. She compared it to our spiritual journey and how we have all the directions in the Bible – “all we have to do is use it.”

In observance of the Fourth of July, Bertha McAlister sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Butte read from the Bible, 2 Samuel 21:1 concerning the famine during the reign of King David, and commented on the famines that had taken place during this time.

Butte said first of all, there is famine in the land. “There is famine in America right now.” He said we have food, but from a spiritual perspective, there is a great famine across this land and he shared some statistics that showed the decline in Christian growth.

He said we’re at a time when it’s style over substance — no longer God. “It’s all about style. If we don’t like the church, we’ll go find another church we like, because we’re not there for God.” he said.

Butte said he meets with a group of pastors across the city every Thursday at a different church every week just to seek God for a revival.

“We’re praying with the different churches,” he said. “We’re praying for the different churches, the different ministries that’s going on.”

He said, “We see famine all around us — I see famine in our own hearts and we need to be aware of and consider these things. We live in a day where culture shapes the church instead of the church shaping the culture.” He continued, “The church no longer impacts culture. What we find is the culture impacting the church.”

Butte challenged everyone to look to see if there’s famine in your own heart. “Consider if there’s famine in your church in different ways. Begin to ask God and seek God in His Word and through prayer that what God may have you do.” He closed with prayer.

Mclister, the guest singer, sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” as relevant to the July 4th holiday.

Deverell gave the closing prayer and blessing on the food.

The door prize was won by McAlister, compliments of Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood.

Others present at the meeting were Deborah Fields, Wanda Thompson, Elva Combs, Shirley Shadden, Pat Thompson and W.A. “Bill” Wilhite.

The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m on July 25. For more information on the United Club, call Martha Bostic at 479-9207; Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766; or Markie, club recorder at 476-5426.

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