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Sunday Septemper 30 at 6:00pm
MT. HOLLY, N.C.    PHONE 704-827-3939

Bill Duey - "Fit 2 Serve"

Author William “Bill” J. Duey has written a devotional book that is expected to be on the shelves locally on Saturday.

Duey of Chicago spent the past year writing a 42-day devotional book called “Fit 2 Serve,” which incorporates tools to help the reader grow physically, intellectually and spiritually.

Duey, 41, who has a PhD. in exercise physiology from the University of Tennessee, said his recently released book is intended to help the reader walk in the word, step by the Spirit and equip the reader to demonstrate a love for God by serving our neighbors.

The 133-page book, which contains black-and-white photographs of several Mattoon churches, also comes with a pedometer and sells for $24.95. It is expected to be available at Cornerstone Christian Bookstore in Mattoon and on the Web at

The book offers 42 days’ worth of readings, reflecting and responding to the Word; a log to record daily steps and other physical activity; and a Web site to record activity and reflections and share it with an accountability partner through the Internet.

The book offers things to ponder, including, “What is God’s plan?” “How are you living your life?” and “What cries do you hear?”

Duey is a professor in the department of human performance at Concordia University in Chicago. He is a 1984 graduate of Mattoon High School, and a 1988 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, with a degree in physical education.

The cover reads, “Sailing through the doors God opens,” and Duey said as Christians we are saved by grace through faith. Christians are designed to give to others and by helping others we are serving Him.

He was inspired to write the book and use his hometown churches as a means to reflect on the Word. Each day’s readings starts with a true story told by Duey, and each week begins with a photo of a cross of local area churches. The reading ends with the photo of the church that houses the cross, to signify our connectedness as members of the body of Christ, he said.

Mattoon churches in his book includes St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Broadway Christian Church and First Baptist Church.

His father, the Rev. W.E. Duey, ministered at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dorans for 22 years. The author and professor is married to the former Renee’ Roy of Etna. They have one son, Zach.

Duey explained the title of his book. “The ‘Fit’ in ‘Fit2Serve’ is a celebration of the fact that we have gone from being ‘unfit’ to ‘fit’ through the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

“The ‘2’ signifies that we can bind together as members of the body of Christ as we seek to serve.”

And he believes one’s attitude about physical fitness should mean we get to take care of our bodies, but not that we have to.

Based on recent studies, Duey said youth of today may live less healthy and possibly even shorter lives than their parents if changes aren’t made. But Duey also said helping people with physical fitness wasn’t enough for him.

“I saw physical fitness as one-dimensional. I want to promote the intellectual and spiritual fitness as well. And the beauty of being truly ‘fit’ is that Christ has our hand. We are secure.”

The book is designed to be used in five-day segments, using the sixth day to set aside and reflect on Bible passages shared throughout the week. The seventh day includes a pause before the next week’s readings.



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Gaston County Churches - Web Links
(listed alphabetically)

Berea Baptist Church 
2522 Hickory Grove Road 
Gastonia, NC 28056

Bethesda United Methodist Church
3714 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28056

Bethlehem Baptist Church
539 N. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28056

Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church
1425 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052

Calvary Baptist Church
3001 S. York Road
Gastonia,  NC  28052

Calvary Baptist Church 
207 Louise Drive  
Belmont, NC 28012 
Pastor: Fred Helms Jr.  

Chapel Grove Baptist Church
716 Camp Rotary Road
Gastonia,  NC 28052

Christ Community Church
706-C Osceola St.
Gastonia, NC 28054

Eastside Church of the Nazarene
3250 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC 28056
(704) 824-7060

Firestone Wesleyan Church
1700 Union Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

First Assembly Christian Academy

777 S. Myrtle School Road
Gastonia,  NC 28052

First Assembly of God
1104 S. Myrtle School Road
Gastonia,  NC  28052

First United Methodist Church
190 E. Franklin Boulevard
Gastonia,  NC  28052

Forest Pointe Community Church
PO Box 550186
Gastonia, NC 28055
Phone 704-860-0709

Freedom Christian Center of Gastonia 
2226 Shaw Avenue 
Gastonia, NC 28054 
Pastors Barry and Dianne Sullivan 

Hardin Baptist Church
548 Hardin Rd.
Dallas, NC 28034

Heritage Community Church 
Reformed Baptist Church 
1627 Laurel Lane
Gastonia, NC 28054 

Hood Memorial A. M. E. Zion Church
218 Sacco Street
Belmont, N. C. 28012
704-825-6007; Fax 704-825-0141

Life of Faith Fellowship Church
2450-E Aberdeen Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28054

Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter
216 N. Main Street
Belmont, NC 28012

Message of Love Church (non-denominational)
306 Pearl Beauty Rd. (off Hwy 273)
Belmont, NC 

New Covenant Church
631 Efird Street
Gastonia,  NC  28054

New Life Baptist Church (Independent)
606 S. 11TH St.
Bessemer City, NC 28016

New Hope Presbyterian Church
4357 S. New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28056


Pisgah ARP Church
3600 Lynwood Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28052

Promised Land Baptist Church
1024 Old Modena Street
Gastonia, NC 28054

Shady Grove Baptist Church
3240 Tryon Courthouse Road
Cherryville, NC   28021

Second Baptist Church
740 Rankin Avenue
Mt. Holly, NC 28120

Southminster Presbyterian Church
1401 Hoffman Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

St. Marks Episcopal
258 West Franklin Boulevard
Gastonia, North Carolina 28052

St. Michael's Catholic Church
708 St. Michael's Lane
Gastonia,  NC  28052

Two by Faith Ministries
Gospel singing and ministry
4540 Huntington Dr.
Gastonia, NC 28056




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