SCFWB Weekly, Vol., 3, No., 5
February 03, 2016
SCFWB State Meeting Preregistration Now Available at scfwb.com Preregistration Closes on Thursday February 11th
New SCFWB Website Launches
Our New website has Launched! All SCFWB Churches should be loaded on the page now. Please notify me if any information for you or your church is incorrect. Also notably the picture quality of most churches on the website is poor. This took place with transfer from the old server and could not be avoided. I will be working in the days ahead to upload pictures with better resolution. Thank you for your continued patience.
The 2016 State Meeting will mark 65 years since SC State Association endorsed and gave Bro. Carlisle Hanna their Blessings to go to India. So in honor of this we are announcing Project 65, in which we are asking every FWB Family to give $65 dollars to be collected in order to build a church in India. Gifts can be sent to the FWB State Office at PO Box 9 Turbeville, SC 29162 Many churches are designating special days in which to receive a Project 65 Offering. The Thursday evening offering at the State Meeting will go to Project 65.
SCFWB State Meeting
The 2016 SCFWB State Meeting hosted by the Eastern Conference will be held February 25-26 at Gilead FWB Church with the General Board convening on Wednesday February 24, 2016 Headquarter Hotel will The Inn at The Crossroads (843) 394-2100 128 West Main Street • Lake City, South Carolina 29560 The price is $89 Dollars per night. We still have some rooms available. Other Hotels available are, Lake City Inn (843) 374-8400 single $60 double $70 tax included Security Inn (843) 374-7666 single $59 two $69 three $79 they have rooms with three beds tax not included Preregistration is available now!
Church Revitalization Seminar
Bro. Jim McCommas Dir. Of Church Revitalization for North American Home Missions will be conducting a Revitalization Seminar Saturday March 5, at Horse Branch FWB Church. Preacher, Deacons, Sunday School Teacher, and Lay people are all encouraged to come and participate. Services begin at 9AM.
To the women of the South Carolina Women Active for Christ.
Ladies, please continue to pray and give toward the state project we adopted last year at our state meeting to give toward the purchase of a bus for the ministry in Japan. The monies will be collected at the SC WAC State Meeting being held March 19th at the Westside Free Will Baptist Church. Mirial Gainer will be our guest speaker and will receive our gift in behalf of our missionaries in Japan. Thank you for your participation in prayer and your gifts for our International Missionaries in Japan.
SC WAC President
20th Central District meeting: Oak Grove FWB Church (Conway) Registration starts at 9:15am and service starts at 9:30am. Amy Postlewaite will be speaking. The theme for this year is “SOWING SEEDS OF KINDNESS”. Our thought is, “LORD GIVE ME A FORGIVING HEART”.
27th The South Carolina District WAC, Liberty FWB Church, (Manning) with registration at 9:00 am and meeting starting at 9:30 am- Amy Postlewaite will be the special speaker. We look forward to a wonderful day as Amy shares with us about their first term in Bulgaria.
5th Beaver Creek WAC meeting will be held at Turning Point FWB Church. Registration 9:00 AM Amy Postlewaite will be the speaker.
19th WAC State meeting: will be held at Westside FWB Church (Johnsonville) registration starts at 8:30am and meeting starts at 9am. Mirial Gainer Speaking Hotel information: The Inn at The Crossroads (843) 394-2100 128 West Main Street • Lake City, South Carolina 29560
Andy Moore (Brazil) The year 2016 is off to a great start! Our church is seeing visitors on a weekly basis. We are also encouraged to see our church people growing in their involvement and commitment to the Lord and the local church. Please pray for God’s spirit to bring conviction and conversion in the lives of those people God has put in our path.
Carlisle Hanna (India) Please continue to pray for Bro. Carlisle and Dr. Don Hanna as they travel and share about our work in India. Also pray for brother Carlisle as he deals with chronic, constant back pain. Pray the medical procedures he is having will alleviate the pain and provide long-term relief.Bro. Stanley Rajkumar arrived without delay last Friday to the US. He is traveling to various meetings and churches, sharing about the work in India. Bro. Stanley will be speaking at our 2016 State Meeting.
David Aycock (Brazil) We are experiencing lack of water in our city due to very heavy rains that flooded the city’s water pumps. The city officials said it would take several days for things to get back to normal. My parents, Bobby and Sue Aycock are arrived Tuesday to speak at our Family Retreat during Carnaval. Pray that the Water Dept. will work diligently to resolve the problem.
Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite Please keep all of us in your prayers as we transition to six month stateside assignment. Pray that God will grant us safety as we travel quite a bit throughout that time. Also pray for the growth of disciples and leaders in our two churches in Bulgaria.
Mirial Gainer as she prepares to end 40 years of ministry in Japan. Ask God to give her strength and wisdom during her last months in Hokkaido. Pray, as she says her goodbyes, she will be encouraged at all God has accomplished through her faithfulness.
Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Please remember them as they settle into ministry there in Spain.firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken)! Please continue to pray for Rejoice FWB Fellowship as they minister in Aiken SC.
Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) Thank YOU for your support and prayers over the years. Because of YOU, we have been able to see God’s hand at work in many lives in Spain. Because of YOU, we’ve seen souls saved, new converts baptized, and have watched disciples as they’ve grown in their spiritual walk with the Lord. Because of YOU, we have been able to plant the church in Alpedrete and will soon celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the church. Thank YOU for being faithful! ¡Muchas gracias!
*Pam Hackett (SCWAC President) Is home recovering from her recent stay in the Hospital Please remember her in prayer.
*Donald Ard (Son of Rev. Lanney Ard) will have surgery tomorrow to remove a bone tumor from his spine, please remember him in prayer.
*Cindy Mosley (wife of Rev. Charles Mosley) Is recovering from a recent stay in the hospital. Please pray for her as she recovers.
*Rev. Earl Stanley (True Life) has stopped chemo treatments for cancer, so far things are going well, please remember him in your prayers.
*Danielle Seaton (Wife of Rev Brad Seaton, St. John’s) (SC) had surgery last Thursday in Charlotte. Please continue to pray for her.
* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) Is at home from the Hospital. Please remember him in prayer.
*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) Continues to have daily Dialysis Please pray for him.
*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Monday, February 8, 2016, Grape Vine Restaurant, Boiling Springs – 11:30 AM
*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday February 9, 2016 Bazen’s Florence 8:30 AM
*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at Railway Restaurant, Lake City 10:30am
*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – Monday, February 29, 2016, Jomar’s Restaurant, Lancaster, SC – 9 AM
*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM
*Palmetto Conference Meeting – Sat February 20, 2016 New Vision FWB Church, Rock Hill 10AM
*Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday, March 12, Olanta FWB Church 2016, 9:30 AM
*Central Conference Meeting – Sat, April 09, 2016, Mt. Ariel FWB Church, at 9AM
*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 9:45 AM ???? FWB Church, Lancaster
*South Carolina Conference Meeting – Friday April, 2016 at 5:30PM at ????? FWB Church
*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – Thursday April 28 at 5PM Location TBA
26th Annual Couples’ Retreat at Beach Cove Resort in North Myrtle Beach on February 26-27, 2016. The cost is $185 and includes Bennett’s Seafood Buffet on Friday, buffet breakfast on Saturday, ocean front 1-bedroom condo, plus more. The early bird price is $175 (if paid in full) by January 15, 2016. Otherwise, the deposit is $135. Please contact Donnie or Trudy Miles for more details at 843 667-8798.
31st-3rd Revival Liberty FWB Church (Lancaster) with Evangelist Mike Blanton
7th Singing Oak Grove FWB Church (Conway) with the Reggie Sadler Family 6PM all are welcome
8th-11th Revival Happy Home FWB Church (Andrews) 7:30 each night. Wesley Campbell preaching and The Parsons singing
2nd-6th Horse Branch FWB Church (Turbeville) Revival Services, Wed. thru Sat. Night 7 pm and Sunday Morning, 10 and 11 a.m. With Rev. Jim McCommas
5th 2016 Horse Branch FWB Church (Turbeville) Bro. Jim McComas will be presenting a Church Revitalization Seminar beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the afternoon.
20th-23rd Revival North Spartanburg FWB Church (N. Spartanburg) Sunday Service will begin at 5 PM. Monday-Wednesday Services begin at 7 PM. Rev. Rocky Reese will be the guest evangelist. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/940060382730760/
28th-April 1st Revival Oak Grove FWB Church (Conway) with Evangelist Wesley Campbell.7:30PM Nightly
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Philosophy of Christian Education
I often get the question of why should I choose to send my child to a Christian school followed with some challenging comments and questions concerning Christian education vs public education? We would like to share a response to some of the most frequently asked questions and/or comments:
1) Can’t one teach Christian principles at home, outside of school?
The obvious answer here is “Yes.” The Christian school does not exist to replace good Christian parenting. Rather, Christian education functions as an extension of what the parent is seeking to accomplish in the lives of their children (ie..reinforcement). It is of utmost importance for our children to not only see God being acknowledged and honored at home, but also in their school. We do not believe God should be “compartmentalized” (only acknowledged in the home but rejected and unwelcomed in the school). Our impression to the children should be that God is “welcomed” everywhere.
2) But many Christians have gone to public schools and turned out just fine!
Again, no one can deny this. Yet every parent must ask themselves, “What kind of educational ‘atmosphere’ do I wish to provide for my child?” We have all become who we are by God’s Grace, but this does not stop us from doing all we can to train our children to recognize God’s central place in their lives.
The difference between the public and Christian school is not solely in the professionalism of its staff or perfection of the student body, but in the focus and goal of its education. In a Christian school setting, parents are assured that every teacher will not only challenge them with thorough academics, but also “openly” display the love of Jesus through their actions and words and ensure that the Word of God is integrated in “every” subject of their curriculum. This is something NOT found in America’s public school system today!
3) But I really can’t afford it…
Maybe the correct answer to this is found with a counter question: “Do I want to afford it?” The tuition cost involved in sending children to a Christian school is a serious financial consideration. It seems to align with other important decisions we make in life related to budget allocations. Christian education is not just something you decide if you can afford, but you decide to “sacrifice” so that you can afford it – if it’s important to you.
I say again, it will be nearly impossible to answer “if you can” afford it until you decide that “you want to” afford it.
I would encourage every parent to carefully pray and read Matthew 16:26 with Christian education in mind.
4) I know someone that went to a Christian School and turned out worse than me….
True! We would never argue this point. The value of a Christian school lies in its educational focus (and the open Christian witness of every teacher), not in the uncontrollable outcome of each individual student. In fact, we might say it’s because of the sinfulness of our children that the choice for a Christ – centered education should be made. Our duty is to teach/train (Deut 6:7, Proverbs 22:6, & Eph 6:4) in response to God’s command and afterwards have the satisfaction of knowing we did our part.
It’s true we reap what we sow, but we also harvest fruit from what we carefully cultivate and nourish!
With warm regards,
Rev. Lanney E. Ard
Pastor, New Prospect FWB Church & Christian School