SCFWB Weekly, Vol., 4, No.,11
March 15, 2017
April 22 Registration 9:30 AM Start Time 10:00AM Chain Saw Certification, Basic Shingling, Obstacle Course, First Aid, Preaching, Equipment Demonstrations, Door Prizes, Prizes awarded for competitions. And Much More! Registration is $15.00 lunch is included! Event will be held in Turbeville, just off HWY 378 beside the former Children’s Home
The 2017 Mileage rate has changed to $.535 per mile
SCWAC State Meeting will be held on March 18th at North Spartanburg Free Will Baptist Church. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Diana Bryant, WNAC President will be our guest speaker. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Praise Him Through Service” with a focus on Psalms 100:2 (Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing).
Motel Accommodations for SC WAC State Meeting March 18th, 2017
Hampton Inn N-I85 121 Traveller Drive Spartanburg, SC 29303 888-370-0981
Holiday Inn Express N-I85 161 Sha Lane Spartanburg, SC 29303 800-315-2621
Quality Inn 160 Simuel Rd. Spartanburg, SC 864-542-0333
Comfort Inn & Suites 154 Candlenut Lane Boiling Springs, SC 864-814-2001
Combined Women’s Retreat will be held September 15,16th at Evergreen FWB Church (Conway). Secure your room before July 31, 2 queen $119.95 Sleep Inn, Conway. 843-995-2785
If you would like to learn more about beginning a Women Active For Christ group in your church, please CLICK HERE
Youth Rally Saturday May 6, Starting at 1 PM, Hosted by the Eastern Conference For more information CLICK HERE
Summer Camps 2017…Mark Your Calendars!!
…PLEASE plan your VBS around these dates…..
Our Summer Camps have been scheduled and we are Excited for a great year coming up.
The Theme for both camps will be “Glow in the Dark!” Theme verse is 1 Peter 2:9
The camps will be at Camp Pee Dee in Marion, S.C.
Teen Camp will be in June this year …June 12th-15th Monday-Thursday morning cost $175
…The Preacher for Teen Week will be Rev. Cory Boyd
Junior Camp will be in July…… July 24th-28th Monday- Friday morning cost $135
… The Preacher for Junior week will be Rev. Kevin Bass
The State CTS Competition
CTS State Competition Convention at Peace FWB Church in Florence on April 28-29. Please send your completed Competition Event Entry forms and fees to Kim Driggers at 2894 Hicks Road, Turbeville, SC 29162, by March 25, 2017.
Dustin Hancock – Araras, Brazil
Gracelyn Coker – Chicago
Maggie Coker – Nashville
Kelsey Hill – Nashville
Hunter Langston – Nashville
Bayley Floyd – Virgin Islands
Michael Pennell – Virgin Islands
Hannah Reid – Ecuador
Kaylin Ridgeway – Illinois
Truth and Peace
Jonathan Carlson – Liberty FWB Church
Maysey Floyd – Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church
Nathan Ledford – First Freewill Baptist
William Sargent – Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church
Denise Wiggins – Peace Free Will Baptist Church
Alejandro Johnson – Spain/West Side
Andy Moore (Brazil) As we continue to push forward in this new year, we are thanking the Lord for opportunities to serve Him here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
We have restarted our weekly outreach ministry by giving free English classes on Saturdays and we are preparing for a baptismal service this month. Also, our church is now involved monthly in ministering to a group of twenty orphans. Please pray that we can show the love of Christ to these emotionally and spiritually needy children.- The Moores
Bobby Poole (Brazil) The First FWB Church, Ribeirão Preto is having it´s 44th “Family Retreat”, which takes place during Carnaval (dias 24-28). Geneva and I started the Retreat 44 years ago to help get our youth, and the whole family, out of the terrible time (morally speaking) of the Carnaval days. Thousands of lives have been touched. They have some 150 registered for this Retreat. It will be at Camp Evangelandia in Jaboticabal.
Carlisle Hanna (India) 1. Please pray for the Approval of Bro. Carlisle’s Visa Continue to pray for financial needs FOR our Pastors and Workers. Also, due to the extremely difficult financial situation India is undergoing in its banking system pray that we will be able to get much needed money to our Pastors and workers as well as FOR them. 2. Pray for Upcoming Conference and Conference Speakers (Usually ten to fifteen thousand in attendance). A TREMENDOUS amount of work and financial effort goes into this annual meeting so pray for its success and for the security of the people attending. 3. Numerous Pastors have upcoming Baptismal Services (Glory!). This month’s requests also shared the need for 15 more land lots and church buildings / meeting places (Some of which are churches evangelizing their community to build other churches- Glory). 4. Other requests include health issues, family issues (Yes, our Pastors and workers are human), and the need for water pumps and latrines. Thank You for your Prayers- They really do make a difference!
David Aycock (Brazil) The Lord has really blessed! Thank you for your prayers! With gifts from our partners we have been able to keep the construction of our Christian school going through April. We are building by faith! We are counting on God’s people to help us get the project completed. Would you consider helping us? Pray for Amilton’s salvation. He works for the Brazilian Post Office. We have completed our second evangelistic Bible Study and he is really interested. Our Discipleship classes for our new converts will conclude this month. We plan to baptize five. Thank you, David and Annette
Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite – Recently I got acquainted with a young man name Alan. Alan is a Christian from India who is studying at the medical university here in town. He reached out to me because he was looking for an English speaking service (there currently are no English services, just translated ones). I am hoping that with his help I will soon be able to start a Bible study for the English-speaking university students in the city who come from all over Europe as well as countries in Africa and Asia. Please pray for this endeavor.
Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are stateside and raising support to go to Ecuador to work in the Christian school, Jungle Kids for Christ. To schedule services contact Matt at email@example.com
Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) This past Saturday our church met at our house for a cookout. We invited the students from our university class. Praise the Lord half of our class showed up! None of these students are Christians and most know absolutely nothing about the Gospel. They asked many questions and we had several good discussions. Pray for the seeds that were planted Saturday. Please also pray for our family as we are continuing to battle illnesses. firstname.lastname@example.org
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). Are moving into much labored for home this week, continue to remember them in Prayer.
Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) March 13-20 Hosting a French student in our home March 26 Session with Alpedrete Church to discuss vision for the future, April 30 Youth Sunday in Alpedrete
Mirial Gainer (Japan) Continues to care for her mother. Please remember them both in prayer
*Rev Kevin Johnson (CA Conference) Has an enlarged spleen, and is not able to preach right now for fear of rupture. Please remember him in prayer.
*Sister Doris Raper (Wife of Rev. James Earl Raper) is in McLeod Hospital with elevated sugar levels. Please remember her in prayer.
*Rev. Galen Dunbar (SC Conference) Had bypass surgery last week and is home recovering. Please continue to remember him in prayer.
*Sister Lossie Evans Wife of Rev. Johnny Evans is believing that the Lord has healed her.
* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) has started chemotherapy treatments and is seeing some improvements. Please remember them in prayer.
*Rev. Parvis Ashoori (Central) is at home now but still has a long road of recovery ahead. Please remember he and his wife in prayer.
* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) Paul is doing better at this time. He is healing very nicely from his last fall out of the wheel chair. He is receiving therapy at this time hopefully they will get him back to at least standing and maybe getting up from the chair by himself. Please keep praying for him.
*Linda Wilson (Wife of Pastor Rodney Wilson, Low Country FWB Church) Continue to require fulltime care please pray for her and Bro. Rodney.
*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) Continues to receive regular dialysis. Please remember him in prayer.
MINISTER Events *Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday March 14, at Bazen’s Restaurant, Florence SC 8:30 AM
*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday March 21, 10:30 AM at Rail Way Restaurant, Lake City SC
*Spartanburg Area Minister Breakfast –The breakfast begins at 9 am on Thursday March 16 at the Grapevine Restaurant on Hwy 9 in Boiling Springs. Brother Chad Connelly who is running for United States Congress in the 5th Congressional District in Upstate, SC will be joining us. Brother Chad was tapped as the very first Director of Faith Engagement for the National Republican Committee in 2013 and has been very instrumental in getting Christians out to vote biblical values. Brother Chad is an engineer graduate from Clemson University and a veteran of the United States Army. He knows that Washington is broken and he is willing to do his part to try to fix it.
*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – Monday, March 27, at Jomar’s Restaurant, Lancaster, SC – 9 AM
*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, April 4, 2016, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM
*Central Conference Meeting – Saturday April 8th, at 9AM Oak Grove, Conway
*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – Thursday April 27th at First FWB, Church, Inman 5:00PM Rev. Earl Hendrix preaching.
*South Carolina Conference Meeting – April 7th Friday 5:30 PM Black River Andrews
*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday March 18, 2017 at 9:30AM Bethel FWB Church
*Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday June 10, New Vision FWB Church 9:30 AM
13-17 Revival First FWB Church Greenwood (Beaver Creek) Evangelist Wesley Campbell, 7PM Nightly
19-24 Old Fashioned Revival Turning Point FWB Church (Beaver Creek) Rev. Joe Author, Rev Wesley Campbell. Special Singing Nightly by the Parsons, Joyaires, and the Rogers Family. 10:30&6 Sunday and 7PM mon-Friday All Services will live streamed on Facebook from Turning Point’s Page
19-22 Revival Mt. Elon (South Carolina) FWB services with Rev. Chris Todd, Sunday AM service at 11:00, pm service at 6:00. Mon-Wed services at 7:00pm. Special singing provided by Misty Todd.
26-31 Unity Fellowship Revival First FWB Church Simpsonville (Beaver Creek) 6PM Sunday and 7:30 Mon- Fri Dr. Todd Black Preaching, Singing by The Rogers Family
27-31 Revival Oak Grove FWB Church (Central) with Evangelist Wesley Campbell. 7:30 nightly, special singing each night. Pastor Paul Hyman and congregation invite everyone to come worship.
Living Lords Supper Temple FWB 1660 N Governor Williams Hwy. Darlington, SC 29540 April 9th at 6pm (A live dramatization of the Lords Supper with the congregation partaking in the Bread and Cup) All of our sister churches, family and friends are invited to come and share with us as we act out and partake with you in the The Lords Supper experience.
Please email church news and upcoming events to email@example.com
Familiar to a Fault
It seems to me that we have a tendency once we become familiar with something, that we take it for granted. This happens with our families, which explains why we can deal with the most inconsiderate people on the planet on a daily basis (The General Public) and treat them with kindness and dignity, but often we treat those to whom we love the most (Our Family) in the opposite fashion. It also happens with speech when we become familiar with the slang use of a term we often forget its original meaning; such as the word awful. In its original form it meant full of awe, but now it is used to describe something bad. This happens with our hymnal as well. We sing songs so familiar to us that we can spew them out in melodic fashion devoid from its meaning. We can sing I surrender all, without surrendering anything.
Finally we become familiar with biblical phrases and they have lost their meaning to us.
Have you ever pondered on the following familiar phrases?
- Christ in you, the hope of glory
- Able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
- Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
- Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation
- For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
There hundreds more that we know but do not ponder upon. I leave you with the admonition of the Apostle Paul, Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
SCFWB Executive Secretary