"Helping Those Who Help Others"

SCFWB Weekly Vol 6 No 03       

January 16, 2019

2019 SCFWB State Meeting

The 77th annual meeting of the SCFWB State Association will be held on February 28-March 1st. This year’s meeting is hosted by the Central Association and will take place at White Savannah Free Will Baptist Church located on State Highway 65, Conway SC. The meeting this year will have a strong emphasis on prayer. IM director Clint Morgan will be our Thursday night speaker. More information, including a program will be made available soon. To Preregister for the State Meeting CLICK HERE

*HOTEL Reservations* are available now at The Sleep Inn and Suites 3345 West Highway 501, Conway, SC 29526 call 843-365-2828 for $70 dollars per night. If you have AAA or are a senior be sure to ask about rates through them as they might provide a larger discount. Rates are available from Wednesday February 27-Friday March 1st

2019 Mileage Rates Have changed and will likely affect ministers on their taxes.

The 2017 tax reform act has changed the way ministers can receive deductions/reimbursements from mileage accrued while conducting ministry on behalf of their congregation. While the rate has changed from 54.5 cent per mile in 2018 to 58 cent per mile starting in 2019, ministers will no longer be able to receive the mileage rate as a deduction on their taxable income. Ministers are still allowed to receive a tax free reimbursement from their employers of 100% of their ministry mileage traveled. For more information The FWB board of Retirement has an article click here.

2019 Couples Retreat

Will be held again at Beach Cove Resort, 4800 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC.  The dates are February 15-16, 2019.  Our speaker, again this year, is Bro. Jim McComas.  He will be singing and sharing his heart with us.  His messages in Word and song will be a blessing.  We hope to have some bluegrass music this year and some special surprises! $180 for “early-bird-pay-in-full” payment.  Otherwise, the cost is $190, with the deposit of $140 due when the names are sent in, and the remaining $50 due upon check in. Also, Pastor, if you have at least FIVE other couples coming from your church, then you and your wife can come for $150. Please have your couples make the checks out to “Donnie Miles”. Checks can be mailed to: 3419 W. Hampton Pointe Dr. Florence, SC 29501

Shine Conference

Shine! conference is scheduled for March 30, 2019 at New Hope FWB in Joelton, TN. More information can be found on our website www.wnac.org or at https://shinefwb.com/

Ignite The Flame

Welch College is planning the SC ITF pastors and wives orientation dinner at Little D’s Dugout in Florence on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

The SC ITF dinner for SC and Eastern Conferences is planned for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Lebanon FWB Church at 6:00 pm.

Missions 

Andy Moore (Brazil) Our family is back in Brazil after spending six month in the U.S. It was so nice to get back to some warm weather and a blessing to see our Brazilian church family and to enter the new year together with them.  We are excited and optimistic as we enter this year with all it’s opportunities and challenges.  Please continue to pray for our church as we transition to national leadership. Thank you for your prayers and support in 2018. –The Moores

Bobby Poole (Brazil) Thanks to everyone who has prayed for the Marincek Church as it´s new Pastor (Pr. Myron) has taken over the leadership. His dear wife, reminds me a lot of Geneva, as she is working with the children. Please continue praying for the Church. The First Church presented their Christmas music program two nights at the First Church and later sung in at least 4 hospitals. I don´t have any fixed jobs, now, at the Marincek Church, so I trust that in the near future I will be able to visit some of our other churches, with a disire to encourage them in their work for the Lord.

Carlisle Hanna (India) is stateside. Please remember him in his travels and ministry. Please remember the works in North & South India as well as Nepal.

David Aycock  (Brazil) The Lord really blessed as we presented our Christmas play a revised story of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. We had 171 in attendance with 70 visitors. As we enter the new year we have received 9 new church members. We continue praying for funds to complete our Christian School building. We would like to finish by the middle of the year. Thanks for your prayers and financial support, David and Annette

Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite (Bulgaria) Please continue to pray for our efforts to make connections with people through weekly English clubs. Amy has people in our home to learn English several times each week and I lead a weekly “English conversation club”. There have been a few opportunities to talk about our faith and our work as church planters during these times of meeting with people. Please pray that we will be able to build trust with the people we work with and that we will be able to eventually share the gospel with the people we know through this endeavor. One of our goals here is to not only plant a church in the city, but also to see churches planted in the region. To that end we are really praying for opportunities to create more “points of contact” in various villages throughout the year. Often these “points of contact” are people who live and work here in the city but still maintain strong ties to their home village. Please pray that God will help us to find open doors for the gospel throughout our area as we get to know more people in the city and as we get out among the villages. Yesterday I was able to sit and have coffee with my friend Yaro for several hours. Yaro is a single guy who we met a little over a year ago when he came to one of our monthly gatherings because of the recommendation from a friend from our church in Svishtov (where Tim and Lydia Awtrey work). Yaro and I talked about religion and theology for quite a while. Like many other Bulgarians, Yaro thinks that it is enough to “be a good person” and to do good things if a person wants to go to Heaven. Please pray that God will help Yaro to understand that salvation is not based on how “good” we are or what we do, but is instead based on faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ.

Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Please pray for endurance for our team; as we all will be very busy over the next couple of months, and also safety and prepared hearts of the people that will be coming down to serve with us. mattdeckard.10@gmail.com

 Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Neil preached and delivered a powerful sermon and challenge for the Esperanza church for the year 2019. Will you join us in praying that our church will continue to grow both in numbers but also in spiritual maturity. Pray also as we are beginning the search for a new location again. Pray for the perfect location, a reasonable price, and our future neighborhood. nmorgan@fwbgo.com

Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken) As we finished off the month of November and move into the Christmas season we just want to take a minute and thank the Lord for all the great blessings He has given us here at Rejoice Fellowship. We are excited that we have two more to baptize in the next few weeks. God had been working in the lives of our people and souls have been changed. We have other new family that visited during our Thanksgiving service and had been faithful to every service since. Pray with us that God will direct them to become a part of our church family. We have seen a few past visitors in the last week. We pray that they will continue to join us through this holiday season and that God will show them their need for him. We thank everyone for their continual prayers and support for the work here at Rejoice Fellowship.

Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain Please pray for several things we have going on this week: On Wednesday, we will have a Skype meeting with all of our IM missionaries and THP workers to make plans for helping our Spain national workers, Manu and Noemí. On Thursday, we will be helping with the Social Outreach program at the Villalba Church. On Friday, the children and youth of the Alpedrete Church have their weekly youth meetings. Also pray for Tim as he prepares to speak at the nursing home next week.

Mirial Gainer (Japan) I am healing slowly from my neck surgery. I also just had my other cataract surgery. Hopefully I’ll be seeing better in both eyes soon. Thanks for keeping me in prayer.

PRAYER/PRAISE

*Rev. James Childers (Beaver Creek) please remember him in prayer as he undergoes treatment

*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) continues to receive regular dialysis please continue to remember him in prayer.

Minister Events

*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday February 12th 8:30 AM at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence

*Spartanburg Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday February 12th at 9:00AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs

 *Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast –January 29th Jomar’s Restaurant Lancaster, 9AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, February 5th, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday January 15th at The Shrimper, Lake City 10:30 AM

*Central Conference Meeting –April 9th  2019  9AM Hamlet First FWB Church

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – April 06th 2019 Registration 9:30 AM Services 10AM

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – Thursday January 24th –Friday 25th at first FWB Florence. 3 Sessions with Dr. Brad Ransom all are invited.

*True life Conference Meeting –  Jan. 19 Registration 9:45 Bethel, Fort Mill SC

*Eastern Conference Meeting – March 8th at Beacon FWB Church in Ladson at 9:30 AM

CHURCH NEWS

January

31st-Feb 3rd Coastal Campmeeting First FWB Church Myrtle Beach David Crowe, Jim McCommas, Jacob Berry, Special Singing by the Children of Promise, Tammy Jones Robinette, and The Parsons. More Info (843) 449-6711 anchortothecross.org

February     

18th-22nd Revival Temple FWB Church (Darlington) 7pm nightly Pastor Lon Howle will be our guest speaker Special singing each service

Please email church news and upcoming events to chris@scfwb.com 

Settling For Less

2Ki 13:18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. 19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

What was it that prevented the King of Israel from, obtaining the full blessing of God? It seems there are a few possibilities. Let us look at and see if they might apply to us.

  1. He was bored.
    1. It is entirely possible the whole business of meeting with the prophet seemed boring to him
    1. Do you ever get bored with God’s Business? What blessings are you missing out on by being bored with God?
  2. He was in a hurry.
    1. The king must be a busy man. He obviously has things to do. So smiting the ground three times surely is enough right?
    1. We are busy people too, and when we hurry through the things of God we miss serious blessings
  3. He was amused.
    1. I can see the smirk on his face as he takes the arrows in his hand and sheepishly hits the ground. Maybe he thinks to himself “This whole thing is entertaining”.
    1. When we seek to be entertained by God rather than moved by God we certainly miss God’s best for us.
  4. He was proud.
    1. To drop to his knees and flail the floor like a mad man would not be very kingly. It would be less than dignified to soil his royal garments on some silly task like hitting the ground.
    1. Are you proud sir? Madam are you dignified when it comes to submitting to the will of God for your life. Do you say I will serve God, but only this much?

 “Prosphero Theos”                                                                     

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary

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