SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 23
June 14, 2017
The 2017 Free Will Baptist National Convention will be held July 16-19 in Louisville, Kentucky. The Galt House Hotel will serve as the convention hotel, with convention events being held in the Galt House, the KFC Yum! Center, and The Kentucky Center.
Bro. Erik Corcoran will be speaking at the next South Carolina Conference meeting on Friday, JUNE 23rd at Columbia FWB Church 1230 S. Kilbourne rd. Columbia, at 5:30PM. He is from Columbia and, has accepted the invitation to speak for us. Erik is helping with the Palmetto Family Council and the Nehemiah Network among the pastors of SC. He helped organize the Pastor’s Day at the Statehouse in Columbia on February 14th, 2017. The first meeting of its kind. There was an article about this on Page 4 of our last Informer. CLICK HERE
Combined Women’s Retreat will be held September 15,16th Secure your room before July 31, 2 queen $119.95 Sleep Inn, Conway. 843-995-2785 meeting will be held at 1st FWB Church Myrtle Beach. 67th Ave. N. Myrtle Beach, SC. More information will be available soon.
If you would like to learn more about beginning a Women Active for Christ group in your church, please CLICK HERE
Summer Camp 2017…Mark Your Calendars!!
Summer Camp Approaching Fast!
Preacher Teddy Rabon # 843-520-6407
…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 Junior camp 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. Junior Camp will be in July…… July 24th-28th Monday- Friday morning cost $135
… The Preacher for Junior week will be Rev. Kevin Bass
ETEAM- Pray for these! Many are on their trips right now!
Dustin Hancock – Araras, Brazil
Gracelyn Coker – Chicago
Maggie Coker – 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) Our church here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil was priveleged to host the annual, regional fellowship of Brazilian FWB churches. For most, it was the first time they had seen our new church building. There were more than 150 participants from the region. Our hearts were stirred by the preaching of God’s Word and through the God honoring music.
Please continue to pray for the movement of FWB to expand throughout Brazil.
Bobby Poole (Brazil) The First FWB Church of Ribeirão Preto, baptized 20 new converts yesterday morning (28th). John has conducted 5 weddings, so far this year and at this point, they will have 7 babies born, this year, in the Church family. The Church, also is helping, with preachers, the Marincek Church. John does not want me to overload myself (at this point, I am doing fine, health wise). Thanks for your prayers.
Carlisle Hanna (India) From Pastor Saifal Please remember Bro. Carlisle who is currently in India, Pray his efforts there will be fruitful, and God’s enabling power for all the work before ahead.
David Aycock (Brazil) Dear South Carolina partners, Annette and I share with you the following blessings: 1. The Lord has blessed our Seminary (Bible college level classes) with 16 people participating.2. Last Saturday we had our couples bi-monthly meeting with 23 couples were present. 3. The birth of our second granddaughter is due this month here in Barbacena, Brazil. 4. Salvation of two young people – Arthur and Leticia. Pray for their spiritual growth 5. We continue the construction of our Christian School building. We ask for your continued prayers and financial support. May God bless you, David and Annette
Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite – Yesterday evening I went to a local basketball court with Dalton Alvis, a student from Welsh who is serving as an intern here this summer, we were able to talk to a couple of young men and I was able to learn more about how often people gather there to play. Please pray that I will be able to make more connections and share the Gospel with some of these men. Please pray for us as we continue to prepare several lessons for the time we will spend at two different camps this summer. At the first camp, Amy and I will be talking to kids about dating and relationships and at the second camp I will teach a couple of lessons from the life of Elisha. Most of the kids who hear these lessons won’t be Christians. Please pray that God will use us to help them see the truth of His Word. Please pray for our continued efforts to meet people and build relationships throughout the summer months. As I have already told you, it is very difficult to hold any kind of regular meeting during this time because of how many people travel throughout the summer. The parks and the center of town are filled with people on most days, however, and therefore being there with our kids sometimes gives us opportunities to talk to people
Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Will be leaving for Ecuador soon but they 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) Over the last year, we have been taking full time classes in the University of Alcalá to fulfill the field requirement for cultural studies. We are glad to have finished our coursework. We only have one exam remaining this Friday. Please be in prayer for this final test. Over the last two weeks, all five of us have been sick with very bad colds, sinusitis, and tonsillitis. Also, Mandi had a small procedure this past Monday. Please pray for all of us to feel better soon and the results from Mandi´s procedure to come back good.
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). The Valandingham’s are in there home now. They had 61 people last Sunday for Father’s Day with 2 families joining recently and 2 Saved.
Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) Tim and Kristi Johnson (Spain) On Sunday, June 11th, the Alpedrete Church had a baptismal service for seven people (six young teens and one lady). The church was packed with over 175 people, many of them unbelievers. Please continue to pray for those who heard a clear presentation of the Gospel during the service. Ask God to use the Truth they heard to soften their hearts.
Mirial Gainer (Japan) Continues to care for her mother. Please remember them both in prayer
* 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 some problems swallowing. Please remember he and his wife in prayer.
* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) From Sis. Mary. Paul is doing better at this time. He did have a scare the other night with his heart but after an EKG everything looks good. We still need prayers for God’s Will in our lives. We take one day at a time.
*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) Continues to receive regular dialysis. Please remember him in prayer.
MINISTER Events *Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Will resume in September.
*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Will Resume on September 12th at 11:30AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs
*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – Monday, June 26 2017, at Jomar’s Restaurant, Lancaster, SC – 9 AM
*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM
*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday July 18, 10:30 AM at Rail Way Restaurant, in Lake City
*Central Conference Meeting – Saturday July 8th, at 9AM Rains, Conway
*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – Thursday October 26th at Liberty FWB, Church, Lancaster
*South Carolina Conference Meeting – June 23rd Friday 5:30 PM Columbia, FWB Church Erik Corcoran Speaking
*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday July 15 9:30 AM
*Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday June 10, New Vision FWB Church 9:30 AM
Please email church news and upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org
To Whom It May Concern
“To Whom It May Concern”, have you ever thought about those words, and what they mean? The statement implies that the message may not be for you. However, if you don’t read the statement you have no way of knowing. That’s kind of how this devotion will be today. The things that I want to talk about may not be concerning to you, but I hope they are as they are very important. So here is my all-encompassing, blanket statement, of generality and specifics addressed to whomever it may concern.
- There is a God. Plain and simple statement as this is, many will be confused by its vast subject. I could go into all the scientific reasons why I believe God exists, but I will spare you the science lesson. Instead I believe God exists and am thoroughly convinced of such, because of the same reasons I believe air exists. Though I cannot see air I experience air on a regular basis. I must confess I am not always thinking about air but when the presence of air becomes scarce I know immediately, and am very persuaded that should air and I cease to have the current relationship we now enjoy, things would not go so well for me. Air would continue to be, but sadly…I would not. Thus it is with my relationship to God. It is my personal experience with God, and my continual dependence upon Him that convinces me of His existence.
- I am not God. I am not the master of all I survey, nor am I the Lord of my own destiny. I have a creator who had a plan for me before I came to be. This benevolent creator made me with certain gifts, talents, and abilities, of which I choose to use for His purposes and glory. As much as I would like sometimes to be in total control of every aspect of my life, I know that were it actually left up to me, I would mess things up. Which brings me to me next point
- This world is a mess, and It’s our fault. Far too often do we blame God for things we ought to be taking the credit for. We blame God for everything from health problems and financial trouble to wars, and not winning the Lottery. When all the while we need to eat better, spend less, agree more, and just all around start making better choices.
- You can do something about it. We tend to think we are incapable of making a difference. We think that no one will listen to us, or that one voice won’t change anything. What we must realize is that the change must first take place in our own hearts before it will affect others. We need to go first where we would like others to follow. Not just shout at people going the wrong way, but actually showing them the right way by going there first.
If you are a Christian today “To whom it may concern,” should mean you. We need to be involved in our societies as agents of change. Gone, should be the days of contentment with things as they are. We ought to work to make things better for the cause of Christ. Rather than sit idly by as the world gets worse and worse.
May you have cause for concern,
SCFWB Executive Secretary