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PASTOR’S WELCOME

Let me be the first to welcome you to Unity Baptist Church! Perhaps you are looking for a church to visit in person or maybe you have been to a service and are now doing a little research. In either case I will take a moment and share a little about us.

As a small country church, we don’t have people directing traffic in the parking lot or a team of greeters to meet you at the front door. But I can promise you this: any visitor will be met and warmly welcomed. Our people will be happy to see you. My wife and I have served at Unity since October of 2014. I cannot write a long list of things our church “has to offer” but our goal is to be the body of Christ in this community. We read and study God’s Word and seek to share the Gospel – Good News – at every available opportunity.

Sunday School begins at 10 am and our worship service is at 11. Singing, praying, reading scripture, giving, preaching and the response to preaching are all acts of worship. We have Discipleship on Sunday evenings which is a small group focused on living the Christian life and a short worship service after that. On Wednesday evenings we have a short Bible study followed by prayer meeting. Throughout the year we have events like Easter Egg Hunts, 4th of July cookouts, Trunk ‘R Treat around Halloween and a Christmas dinner. Visit a few different things to get a good idea of who we and what we’re about. I don’t shove religion down anybody’s throat; I want to introduce to Jesus and tell you more about him. And don’t get the wrong idea – we’re still learning as well, myself included.

You can read about our beliefs, the church’s history and listen to sermons at this website. Contact me via email pastor@unitybaptist.church or give me a call (770) 608-7005 to schedule a pastoral meeting or discuss any concerns you may have. Don’t be a stranger. Feel free to drop in anytime we are here.

Clark Bunch
Pastor, Unity Baptist Church

Clark, Teresa and Johannah Bunch

Clark, Teresa and Johannah Bunch


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Obituary for R.T. Manning

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RT and Ella Ruth Manning, birthday party in 2016

Robert T. Manning
(August 7, 1920 – September 15, 2017)

Mr. Robert T. Manning, age 97, of Riverbend Road, Plainville, passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Gordon Health Care, Calhoun.

He was born in Adairsville, GA, on August 7, 1920, son of the late Cicero Cleveland Manning and Jennie Teems Manning. Mr. Manning was a member of Plainville Unity Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII and a Bronze Star and Purple Heart Recipient. He enjoyed gardening during the summer time and working his puzzles during the winter. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Cleveland Manning, J.C. Manning, Lester Manning, Vernon Manning, and James H. Manning; sisters, Evie Manning and Evelyn Manning.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Ella Ruth Manning of Plainville; sons and daughter-in-law, Norris Frederick Manning of St. Louis and Bruce and Mary Manning of Sonoraville; grandchildren, Shayna (Jesse) Ragan, Breana Manning, and Matthew Manning; a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Barton Funeral Home, Adairsville, with Rev. Clark Bunch, Rev. Ralph Kinman, and Rev. Eddie Manning officiating. Interment will follow in Eastview Cemetery Adairsville. Pallbearers include Jason Manning, Millard Payne, Wesley McMorris, Jesse Ragan, Caleb Collins, and Von Garland. Honorary pallbearers include Jack Miller, Frank Sandy, and Gene Grisham.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Barton Funeral Home, Adairsville.
In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made in Mr. Manning’s memory to the Blewer Memorial Food Distrubution Center, 373 Morrow Road, SE Calhoun, 30701.

Sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.BartonFuneralHome.net.
R. Dudley Barton & Son Funeral Home, Adairsville, will be in charge of funeral arrangements for Mr. Robert T. Manning.

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Stephen’s Sermon

Stephen was listed among the first seven deacons in Acts 6. His address in Acts 7 before the Council used the history of Israel to make a case for Jesus as the Christ. After sticking their fingers in their ears and screaming like small children, they then make Stephen the first Christian Martyr.

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The First Deacons

Ministry involves preaching the Word and serving tables.  The Apostles recruit some help in Acts 6 and outline the characteristics of who qualifies.  We don’t turn to Exodus 18 in this sermon (but we did read it last Wednesday and looked at it again Sunday evening) but you might want to take a look. Jethro gave Moses wise advice in the wilderness after telling him “You cannot bear this burden alone.”

 

 

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Wise Advice

The Apostles are arrested, imprisoned, freed by an angel, then brought before the council. A Pharisee named Gamaliel wisely surmises that if their movement is a plan of man then it will come to nothing, but if it is a work of God the council can do nothing to stop it. Click play below to listen to this sermon based on Acts 5:12-42.

 

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Truth, Not Advertising

July 30, 2017

Ananias and Sapphira sold their property and brought some, but not all, of the proceeds to the Apostles. The sin was not in the sale or the donation but their motivation was wrong and according to Peter they “lied to the Holy Spirit.” You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time nor God any of the time at all. God loves a cheerful giver. When the widow gave her two mites God was more interested in why she gave than in what she gave.

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Prayer for Boldness

July 16, 2017

Peter and John were sternly commanded not to to teach or preach any more in the name of Jesus. As soon as they are reunited with the other believers they pray for boldness and continue to teach and preach with even greater boldness than before. The Christian believers were all of one heart and mind, and had all things in common.

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Before the Council

July 9. 2017

After Peter’s sermon at Solomon’s Portico (porch) Peter and John were brought before the council and entire family of the High Priest. They thought that crucifying Jesus put an end to their “Jesus problem” but in truth the Jesus movement was just getting started. The healed man stood with the accused, compelling evidence of the healing power of faith in Jesus.

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Peter’s Sermon at Solomon’s Porch

Much of Acts 2 is Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. After the healing of a lame beggar at the beginning of Acts 3, Peter preaches another sermon. He explains that the God of the Hebrews, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, raised his servant Jesus. He quotes Moses in saying there will be a leader like him, and offers another invitation to believe in the one that can turn them away from all iniquities.

Click here to read Acts 3. 

Click play below to listen to “Peter’s Sermon at Solomon’s Porch.”

 

 

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Time of Response

Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost and the audience was “cut to the heart.” What happens next is recorded in Acts 2:37-47. Peter tells the crowd what they must do, essentially sharing the plan of salvation for the first time; it’s the first invitation to trust in the resurrection savior. 3,000 people were saved that day and then the church was added to daily. The Holy Spirit is still at work today, convicting of sin and drawing people to Jesus.

Due to an error on my part, the Father’s Day sermon was originally posted here a second time. By the time I noticed it was too late; the “Time of Response” sermon audio is gone forever. Read Acts 2 and if you like we can discuss it in the comments. 

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The Father’s Good Gifts

Taking a break from the Acts series we recognize fathers on Father’s Day and look to our heavenly father as the perfect example. Note: It was Robert Kennedy, not John F. Kennedy, that gave the speech referenced in the sermon.

 

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