SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 33
August 23, 2017
For the next few weeks I will be sharing some helpful things churches can do to make visitors feel a little more welcome at your church. (Be sure to scroll to the bottom and check them out.)
SC Ignite The Flame Dinner on Saturday, September 16, 6:00p.m. at Lebanon FWB Church. Please RSVP email@example.com
SCFWB Fall Youth Retreat ;
Our fall youth retreat is scheduled for November 3-4 2017, in Myrtle Beach, SC. The theme will be “Glow in the Dark” and 1 Peter 2:9 is our theme verse. We will have great preaching, awesome singing, fun and fellowship for everybody. We plan to go to bowling Friday night after service and Grand Prix Speed Park (Go-Carts) on Saturday. Price is $115 for youth and adults each. Price includes Motel Lodging, Breakfast- Saturday morning, Bowling and Go-Carts and a T-shirt. During bowling on Friday night pizza will be served and a $10 Arcade card will be included. Ages 12 and Up welcome and remember an adult will need to be in each room with their youth.
More information and paper work for the fall youth retreat will be coming soon on our website scfwb.org/youthministries
Combined Women’s Retreat will be held September 15,16th. The 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
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) Bro. Chris, thanks for the Update. I am doing fine and able to still work with the Church in Marincek. But I feel it is time for me to step down from the Pastor´s role. Please ask our people to pray for the Church leadership as we start the process of getting the right person to take my place. The First Church has been sending different ones over to help with the preaching. Now I am preaching only on the first Sunday of the month but am still teaching the Adult SS class and leading the Wedesday prayer meeting. The Lord has been so very good to me.
Carlisle Hanna (India) Bro. Carlisle is currently stateside. Please pray for him and the work in India
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 – Our city is divided into several “neighborhoods”. Each of these neighborhood contains several thousand people. We would like to see Bible studies and home groups started in these areas as a way to reach more people in the entire city. Ms K., a Christian widow who has been a part of a Bible study since earlier this year, lives in one of these neighborhoods and is excited about our plan to transition from a Bible study at our house to one that is closer to her neighborhood. We hope that this will make it more likely that some of her unsaved friends and neighbors will join us. Please pray that God will help us to find “people of peace” (Luke 10:6) in each of these areas who will help us to find others with whom we discuss the Bible and share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are in Ecuador and are getting settled in. Pray for them as they transition into ministry firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Thanks so much for your prayers for the growth of the Esperanza Church. They are currently in need of supplies for Sunday School as well as more room for their people to meet!
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). Will be going in to get results from a CAT scan done last week on a spot of cancer. Pray for favorable results.
Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) We are happy to have our family back together again, after Alejandro’s time in the States this summer for the “Truth and Peace” conference. We are trying to begin planning for a new Sunday School curriculum, evangelistic events, and Bible studies this Fall. Please pray that God will guide us as we seek to help the Alpedrete Church as they grow and mature and take over leadership of the work.
Mirial Gainer (Japan) Continues to care for her mother. Please remember them both in prayer
* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) 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) continues to receive regular dialysis. Please remember him in prayer.
*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday September 12th at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence
*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday, 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 September 19, 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 Community, FWB Church, Florence
*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday October, 21 9:30 AM
*Eastern Conference Meeting – TBA
3-6 Revival 1st FWB Church Kingstree with Rev. Chris Todd Sunday 11&6 Mon-Wed 7PM
10 Homecoming Lockhart FWB Church Rev. Chris Todd 10 AM
10-13 Revival Lockhart FWB Church with Rev. Chris Todd Sunday 6 PM Mon-Wed 7 PM
18-22 Carolina Jubilee Turning Point FWB Church Spartanburg Mike Blanton, Mike McCoy, Roger Duncan Special Singing By Mike Blanton and Evidence, and the Rogers Family. &PM Nightly
23 2nd Annual Fall Women’s Conference FWB Bible Church, Darlington 10am-2pm, with Dr. Brenda J. Robinson. $10 lunch will be served.
24-27, Fall Revival FWB Bible Church, Darlington with Preacher Dan Robinson and New Desire. Sunday morning at 11, Sunday evening at 6, Monday – Wednesday night’s at 7.
24-30 Fall Tent Meeting Hosted by Socastee Original FWB Church & Heavenly Grace Ministries 8299 HWY 707 Myrtle Beach, SC 29588
30th Youth Rally North Spartanburg Free Will Baptist Church on
Rev. Chris Rumfelt from Hayesville NC will be preaching. Rally will begin at 9 a.m. Church is located at 145 Belcher Road in Boiling Springs, SC. Lunch will be served, so if you are bringing a group please call Pastor Sammy Sutton at 864.279.7737.”
Please email church news and upcoming events to email@example.com
First Time Visitors and Sunday School
Now I realize it’s probably not all that often that first time visitors come early enough for Sunday School, but it does happen. When it does our churches need to be ready, especially if the visitors bring their children with them.
Churches with pre-Sunday School Assembly- does your church assemble before Sunday School? Its fine if they do, but one of the most awkward times for first time visitors is when assembly dismisses. Everybody is going to their respective classes, but the family of 5 with three children from ages 6-14 have no idea where to go.
Churches with no pre-Sunday School Assembly– Does everybody in your Sunday School just go straight to their classes? That’s good too. Whatever works for your people. The one drawback is the potential for first time visitors to be wandering around trying to figure out where to go and what to do.
I personally have seen both of these methods work really well, and then I have seen them fail miserably. They key to preventing a really awkward situation resulting in the visiting family leaving with a bad taste in their mouth depends completely on the helpfulness of your people. Whether ushers, Sunday school teachers or just the (Friendly) people of your church someone needs to be on the look out for the visiting family. This may require actually appointing specific people as well as training them for this ministry. Its always a good thing for visitors to be greeted by friendly people and to have someone help them get to the appropriate classes, take them by the coffee pot or donut table and point out the restroom along the way, above all else smile and be Christ like!
SCFWB Executive Secretary