SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 33
August 30, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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. The hotel will be the Landmark Resort in Myrtle Beach. 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 – Please pray with us as we continue to make plans in preparation for evangelism and discipleship efforts that we plan on starting at the end of summer. These plans include trying to start Bible studies in several of the “neighborhoods” of our city, concentrated evangelism and outreach efforts in a few nearby villages that have no evangelical churches, efforts to connect with international students who attend the medical university in our city, and English clubs for kids and adults. I have recently started spending time during some evenings at a local basketball court near our apartment. There are quite a few guys of various ages who spend time there. Please pray that I can get to know several of them and have opportunities to share the Gospel. Men can often be one of the hardest groups to build relationship here in Bulgaria. A group of teenagers from Michigan arrive today and will spend their time with the Trifonov family in the coastal city of Varna. Please pray for safety of travel and that the work they do in Varna will encourage and assist the church there in its efforts to reach the city for Christ.
Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are in Ecuador and are getting settled in. Pray for them as they transition into ministry email@example.com
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). Bro. Randy will be having a spot removed from a previous scan. 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) had a fall today and is bruised heavily 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 – Saturday September,9 9:30 AM Light House FWB Church, Florence
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
When The lights Go out…
I could’ve just as easily named this one “When The Floor Isn’t Swept, or When The Carpet looks Filthy, Or When The Church Looks Junky”. Think about this, you are a first time visitor at a church, you are seated there in the pew, the choir has just finished the last stanza of “In The Service of The King”. The offering is taken up and you have to go to the third pew in front of you to find a tithing envelope. You quickly place your check inside, flip it over to write your name down, and oh wait little Johnny (Whoever he is) has filled the name and amount lines in with his best art work. You are trying to focus on what the preacher has to say, but you find yourself counting how many blown light bulbs are in each fixture or how that the items sticking up in the baptistery must be left over from VBS two years ago. The message has been preached and you are now in the midst of the altar call, the spirit of God has compelled you to go to the altar. While you are praying you find yourself noticing all the bits of paper imbedded in the un-vacuumed carpet and can’t focus. Frustrated you go back to your seat, shake the preachers hand on the way out, and twist your ankle in some hole in the parking lot.
I just have one question. Do you plan to go back next Sunday?
SCFWB Executive Secretary