SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 48
December 06, 2017
Pastors and Church Leaders we are updating all church information on the website. We would like to have the most accurate information available for you. Please visit www.scfwb.com and search for your church’s name in tool bar. Email me back with any corrections to services times and addresses. Please provide an updated picture of your church if you would like it included on the site.
ACTIVE SHOOTER!!! Is your church prepared? The FWB State Office is currently in conversation with multiple Law enforcement agencies to provide training to our FWB Churches, on issues like “What to do in the event of an active shooter, How to implement appropriate security measures that will not impede ministry, should the leadership be armed, what does the bible say about all this?” This will be a one day event available to the leadership of all of our SC Free Will Baptist Churches. We are currently working on a venue, and date. More information to come!
Randall House has launched FreeWillBaptistAuthors.com, a website that features all Free Will Baptist authors, regardless of where the book was published. Authors in good standing with a member church of the National Association of Free Will Baptists may submit books to be included on the website. Go to http://freewillbaptistauthors.com for details.
Disaster Relief Efforts
Leonard Restoration Project Work will soon commence on the home of Pastor Mark and Myra Leonard. This is a combined effort of the SCFWB Disaster Relief Board, Minister Ministry, Hands Held High (North American Ministries), as well as various churches and Individuals.
If you are interested in volunteering in this project visit: http://www.scfwb.com/ministries/disaster-relief/ and fill out the volunteer form.
Leading With Integrity | 2017 Leadership Conference | Register
ANTIOCH, TN—Pastors and church leaders from across the nation will gather December 4-5 at Nashville Airport Marriott Hotel for the 2017 Free Will Baptist Leadership Conference. During the two-day conference, keynote speaker Clark Dickerson will explore the theme Leading With Integrity.
Registration for the 2017 conference is $195 and includes all materials and meals. Registration is available online. Rooms are available at the Nashville Airport Marriott for $137/night plus tax. Visit www.nafwb.org/leadershipconference to register and make hotel reservations.
Couples Retreat 2018 : The place will be the same at Beach Cove Resort in North Myrtle Beach. The dates for the retreat are February 9th and 10th, 2018. Brother Jim McComas will be back with us singing and preaching. The cost will be the same as last year. The early bird price is $180. Otherwise, the cost is $190 with the deposit of $140 due to secure the room and $50 due when they check in. We will need the names and money by Friday, December 8th. We look forward to seeing you all again!
Andy Moore (Brazil) In November, our church will celebrate 8 years of ministry here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. Please pray for God´s power on the service and for the continuing ministry here in this spiritually needy city of over 550,000 souls. –Andy Moore and family
Bobby Poole (Brazil) We baptized 3 new converts on Oct. 22. Please pray for them and their families. A lady, that was baptized, invited her husband and he came! He is a Spiritist. I pray that the Holy Spirit is working in his heart. Continue to pray for our business meeting of the Church, the first part of December. Pray that the Lord will show us the right person to come in as pastor.
Carlisle Hanna (India) Please pray for Bro. Don as he is currently in India as well as Uncle and Mark as they will be traveling to India on the 27th. Also please be in prayerful consideration of Bro. Carlisle’s deficit account as well as the ongoing ministry in India
David Aycock (Brazil) Thank you for your and faithful support. We are grateful for the way the Lord worked in the hearts of a dating couple (early twenties) who after three sessions of our evangelistic Bible study gave their hearts and lives to Christ. Please pray for their spiritual growth as their faith is challenged among family members and “friends”. We are also grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to conclude one more Bible College level class – OT Survey as five men completed the course. As to the construction of the Christian School, the Lord is blessing as we are awaiting the funds needed and we will soon be announcing plans to restart the construction to be completed in 2018. David and Annette Aycock
Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite- This Saturday December 9th, Amy will host a woman’s Christmas party at our house. Several women have already confirmed that they plan to come. Please pray for Amy as she prepares a short devotion. Pray that the women who attend will open their hearts to the truth that they will hear.
- Next Sunday December 17th, we will host our third monthly “gathering.” The theme will be “Jesus – the light of the world.” We are hoping to invite those in attendance to participate in a Bible reading plan that will start at the beginning of January and to really begin pushing to start some weekly local Bible studies with people who attend. Please pray that God will guide my preparation and study for the event and that He will prepare the hearts of those who will attend for the truth they are going to hear.
- There will also be several Christmas events held in the cities where our teammates work. Please pray that God will bless the efforts of Trif and Vanya Trifonov in Varna and Tim and Lydia Awtrey in Svishtov. Pray also for the Christmas outreach that will be held by a Bible study group in the small village of Butovo.
Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are in Ecuador and are getting settled in. Pray for them as they transition into ministry there. firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Please pray for us as we finish things here and prepare for our stateside assignment. Remember Neil as he preaches this coming Sunday, our last one before leaving. Pray also for our last English class and the girls as they finish up their semester.
Please join us in praying also that God will provide services and the financial support that we email@example.com
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). Pray for them as they continue to minister in Aiken.
Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) This coming Saturday (December 9th) is our Christmas program in the Alpedrete Cultural Center. Please pray that each song, drama, and message that are shared will show our guests the true answer to the question, “What is Christmas?” (“¿Qué es la Navidad?”). Thanks for partnering with us here in Spain!
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 shrunk a little. She will need a stint put in her right kidney this month. Her left kidney is still function properly. She continues to take Chemotherapy bi-weekly
* 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 continue to remember him in prayer.
*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday December 12th at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence
*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday, December 12th at 11:30AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs
*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – TBA
*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, December 4, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM
*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Railway Lake City, SC
*Central Conference Meeting – TBA
*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – TBA
*South Carolina Conference Meeting – Thursday Evening and Friday Morning January 25th,26th Location TBA
*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday January, 20 9:30 AM Bethel, FWB Church, Fort Mill
*Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday, December 9th 9:30 AM Cypress Fork FWB Church Manning
Please email church news and upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org
A BABY CRIED
Written By Rev. Mike Jones
For four hundred years God remained silent. Disease, war, and despair devastated the earth. World changing empires rose and fell. Israel again slipped into the bondage oppression of a foreign power and the people of God once again cried for God to show Himself and bring relief. But days passed into years as no new word was heard from God. The light of faith flickered and faded among the people of God as evil prevailed and hope seemed but a shadow.
Then one night a baby cried in Bethlehem and God became flesh and dwelt among men. The shepherds became aware of this baby’s cry by angelic announcement and it changed them from sheep herders into savior seekers. Wise men “heard” this baby’s cry via a star message which compelled them across thousands of miles to worship and adore Him. A baby cried and it moved men.
This baby’s cry echoed through the halls of time and brought hope to hearts, meaning to life, and peace to multitudes of people. His birth became the reference point for time, the driving force for world exploration, and the foundation stone for countries and colleges. A baby cried and the world changed.
Kingdom leaders still wreak havoc and men still work wickedness but now there is hope and help because a baby cried and God opened His arms to invite mankind into His family. It is indeed a time to celebrate!
SCFWB Executive Secretary