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SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 30

SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 30

August 02, 2017

Announcement
“You Can Break the Chains of Addiction’ Service
Dynamic testimony and message of Hope from speaker Jim McComas
If you are battling an addiction or know someone who is please come, and invite others to attend. August 13th @ 11 am Temple Free Will Baptist Church 1660 North Governor Williams Hwy. Darlington, SC

College News
Welch College will sponsor a fellowship and appreciation dinner for the pastors and their wives on Monday, August 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Western Sizzlin, 2688 David H McLeod Blvd, Florence, SC 29501.

This dinner will provide Welch representatives Mike Edwards and David Williford opportunity to express gratitude for the support provided by the South Carolina and Eastern Conferences, bring college updates, and promote the upcoming SC ITF Dinner on Saturday, September 16, 6:00p.m. at the Lebanon FWB Church.

Ladies News

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. There are a few rooms still available at the Mystic Sea Hotel 843-448-8446 Attendees may also seek other lodging as well. Please submit $20 to the attention of Cathy Logan, 1580 Potter Road, Lancaster, SC, 29720 to help cover expenses for the speaker and any other retreat expenses. Please pass the changes on to your ladies interested in attending the retreat. Please plan to bring gift cards for the WNAC Provision’s Closet to help our missionaries if you are attending the retreat on Sept. 15th – 16th. Gift cards are an excellent way to help our missionaries. Please contact Pam Hackett, 864-680-3150 if you have any questions. Thank you for being a blessing to those who serve as our faithful missionaries.

If you would like to learn more about beginning a Women Active for Christ group in your church, please CLICK HERE
Missions

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) I found out since last month that I am going to be a Great-granddaddy! John, our youngest son, is pastor of the First FWB Church and they have a wonderful mininstry with “Couples”. John said that during this year and up to March next year, they are expecting 11 babies to be born into the Church family. Pray for these young couples and for the Church as they minister to the couples and to the babies, as they grow up in the Church. In Marincek, we had a Bible Club meeting on the 22an and had 32 children. Geneva is missed by all as she had a nack to get things rolling to reach out into our community. We moved to Ribeirão Preto in 1962 and since then the city has grown at the rate of over 10,000 people per year.

Carlisle Hanna (India) Bro. Carlisle was granted a 1 year visa. Glory! Please continue to remember the work there in Inida
David Aycock (Brazil) Thank you for your prayers! We completed the two Bible College level courses – Church History II and How to Study the Bible – we offered for this semester. It has been gratifying to see the interest and spiritual growth our students manifested during the courses. We are preparing a young man João Paulo and a married couple Fernando and Paula for church membership. Pray for the salvation of an eighty year old man named Carlos who in his latter years has lost family and home due to wrong choices he has made throughout his life. We continue to build the Christian School building. The Lord has provided thus far. Would you consider giving a special offering for this cause? May God continue to bless, David and Annette

Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite – A few weeks ago we found ourselves in the taxi of the same man twice in one week. He was a very friendly and talkative man whose wife it turns out works at a little store right down the street from our house. He knows what we are doing here because I gave him a copy of my business card after our first ride in his taxi and he seems interested in talking about religion and spiritual things. Please pray for Mr. A and Mrs. M as we pursue further conversations and a deeper relationship with them. Very soon, Amy and I plan on spending some time in prayer and fasting in order to prepare ourselves for the beginning of a new season of ministry. I have attached the list that we plan on using for that week. We would love it if you could pray with us as we seek God’s help with what we hope to accomplish in the coming months.

Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are in Ecuador and are getting settled in. Pray for them as they transition into ministry there.mattdeckard.10@gmail.com

Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) We had a good crowd this Sunday as Neil preached from Isaiah 40. Thanks so much for your prayers for the growth of the Esperanza Church. Thanks also to all of you who prayed for Neil as he traveled to the US and back and those who prayed for his mom during her surgery. She is at home and doing well.
nmorgan@fwbgo.com
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). Will be having some heart tests run today and tomorrow. Rejoice fellowship in Aiken has been experiencing a great summer so far. We had VBS in June and it was a great success. We had 20 – 25 kids from K4 through 5th grade. We have had two new families join us since VBS. Thank the Lord for His blessings as we our faithful to His call. Pastor Randy

Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) Tim & Kristi Johnson (Spain)—Our “Galactic Starveyors” VBS was a huge success. We had 46 kids and 23 teens who participated. About 1/2 of them came from unsaved homes. Please pray with us that God will use the Truth they heard to speak to their hearts and change them.

Mirial Gainer (Japan) Continues to care for her mother. Please remember them both in prayer

PRAYER/PRAISE

* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) as her tumors have increased in size a little and one is effecting her right kidney. They might have to put in a stint but Dr. is concerned it might not be possible to get to area. He said nephrostomy tube might be what he will do and she wears a bag on her leg. Pray that next couple of treatments will begin to shrink tumors. We still need prayers for God’s Will in our lives. We take one day at a time. Bro. Tony Miles

* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) From Sis. Mary. Paul is doing better at this time. Please continue to remember them in prayer.
*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) Recently Came home from an extended stay in the Hospital, and is undergoing rehab. He also 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, July 31, 2017, at Jomar’s Restaurant, Lancaster, SC – 9 AM

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

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday August 15, 10:30 AM at Rail Way Restaurant, in Lake City

*Central Conference Meeting – Saturday October 10th, at 9AM South Conway FWB Church

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – Thursday October 26th at Liberty FWB, Church, Lancaster

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – October 6th Friday 5:30 PM Fellowship, FWB Church, Florence

*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday October, 21 9:30 AM

*Eastern Conference Meeting – TBA

CHURCH NEWS

August

13th “You Can Break the Chains of Addiction’ Service
Dynamic testimony and message of Hope from speaker Jim McComas
If you are battling an addiction or know someone who is please come, and invite others to attend. August 13th @ 11 am Temple Free Will Baptist Church 1660 North Governor Williams Hwy. Darlington, SC

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

Lives Without Purpose

Hordes of people aimlessly wandering through life, with no purpose higher than themselves; From the American dream, to pop culture, every facet of society tends to be selfish in nature. Think you’re immune? Don’t be so certain. For even the best of our deeds will often be done in order that we might receive recognition for them. Jesus warned us against this mentality when he said Mt 6:1 ¶ Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

Many today contribute to this idea of “Consumer Christianity”. That is that we approach church and our faith like we do a restaurant. Think with me on this. When we go to a restaurant it is solely for the purpose of feeding ourselves, and our families. We do not go to there so that we can contribute to its financial bottom line. We go for ourselves. When we go, the food better be good, and the service even better or else we will complain, or withhold the tip. It is much the same when we go to church. People come to church with selfish motives. We want to know “What’s in it for me?” We complain when the music is too loud, or the service takes too long, or when some aspect we have grown accustom to has changed. Many of you have those favorite restaurants that you always go to. You go there because you like the food, and the lay out. But let’s say some Friday night you go in and the tables have been rearranged, or the meal is slightly different. You complain, and if things don’t change back to the way you like them; you withhold your tip, and on the way out the door you say “I wont be back.”

I am writing this to challenge your view of the Faith, the Church, and life in general. I’m about to let you in on a little known secret regarding Church. Are you ready for it? Here goes….CHURCH IS NOT ABOUT YOU! Surprisingly enough Church is all about Jesus Christ. Many think of the church as an organization with Christ as the CEO, but that is not what scripture teaches. The bible portrays the Church as an organism with Christ as the Head. 1Co 12:27 ¶ Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (For more on that thought read 1Corinthians 12) Each one of us if we are saved is a member of the body of Christ. Paul describes this by illustrating the individual functions of each member, the eye, the hand, the ear…etc. We need all of our members contributing to the welfare of the body.
We must trash this notion of Consumer Christianity, and start asking ourselves what can I do for Jesus Christ? How can I contribute to the body of Christ? It is only then that our lives will begin to take on real lasting purpose. I personally in ministry am finding people tired of feelings of emptiness and vanity. It seems that people are longing for a sense of higher purpose. If that describes you, you need to go to your pastor and tell him, and then ask him how you can help? After he has come to, from fainting, he will likely then point you in some needful direction.

chris@scfwb.com

“Prosphero Theos”
Chris Todd
SCFWB Executive Secretary

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