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SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 50

SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 50

December 20, 2017

Announcement – State Office will be closed from Monday Dec 25th and reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2018


Church Treasures- Deadline for 2017 giving Tuesday January 2, 2017


Date Set/ Registration Open – Active Shooter Training 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 January 27, 2018 available to the leadership of all of our SC Free Will Baptist Churches. This will be held at Lebanon FWB Church at 9:00 AM it is FREE to the Leadership of your Church IE Pastor, Deacons, Ushers, SS Teachers (Lunch will be provided). Churches must register for this event. Registration is open Today Click Here


Feb 22-23 76th Annual SCFWB State Meeting hosted by the Beaver Creek held at Turning Point FWB Church 104 Fairview Church Rd. Spartanburg, SC 29323. Theme: Revival, Renewal, and Revitalization Isaiah (40:31) Speakers Include Dr. David Crowe, Rev. Kenneth Akers, Rev. Jim McComas, Dr. Brad Ransom, and Thurs. Evening Dr. Joe Arthur

Registration begins December 27, at scfwb.com    Hotel Accommodations-


Comfort Inn and Suites $89.00 154 Candlenut Lane Spartanburg, SC 29316

(864) 814-2001 Mention (Turning Point Rate)


(Closest) $99.00 Holiday Inn Express and Suites 161 Sha Ln. Spartanburg, SC 29307

(864) 504-3333 (Mention Church Rate)


Days Inn (External Rooms) $69.00 115 Rogers Commerce Blvd. Spartanburg, SC 29316 (864) 814-0560 (Mention Church Rate)



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.



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.

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 cost is $190 with the deposit of $140 due to secure the room and $50 due when they check in. We look forward to seeing you all again!


Andy Moore (Brazil)  This November, our church celebrated 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) Times like Easter and Christmas is when our Church here really misses Geneva. She had a real love for drama, plays and such. This year the First FWB Church (Ribeirão Preto)​, choir will give two presentations in the First Church, on the 16th and 17th. Especially, on the 16th the Ipiranga and Marincek Churches are invited. They also have been invited to sing in 3 hospitals. The Marincek Church will have a small program on Sunday night, the 17th. The Lord has been good to us this year! Thanks for your prayers. May all of our people have a blessed Christmas and a great, for the glory of our Lord, 2018!


Carlisle Hanna (India) Please remember Bro. Carlisle 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) We are hoping to complete the construction of the Christian School by July of 2018. We need $65,000 to restart the construction after a pause after we depleted our funds. Please continue to pray with us and give as the Lord directs. Annette and I are grateful for you partnering with us. Pray for the following prayer requests: 1) funding for the construction of the Christian School, 2) six students who are studying Old Testament Survey, 3) three young people who are doing our discipleship class and 4) Rodney (our son-in-law) is providing an evangelistic English class for adults and has reached several unsaved adults.


Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite- Thank you for praying for our “Gathering” last Sunday. We had a good discussion about what it means that Jesus is the light of the world and it seemed like everyone truly enjoyed themselves. As we continue these monthly meetings into 2018, please pray that God will give us wisdom in planning and that people will accept our invitations.

Please pray for the Christmas parties involving Operation Christmas Child boxes with which we are helping. We have already participated in two parties and will help with another one tomorrow. Pray that the kids and adults who are present will grasp the true meaning of Christmas which we is being clearly communicated. Last week I asked you to pray for Yaro, a man who we met in October. I had coffee with him last Wednesday. We spent almost two hours talking about various things including faith and church. Please pray that we will be able to have more conversations like this and that very soon he will choose to follow Christ.


Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Greetings from Sunny or Rainy (depending upon the time of day) Ecuador. We want to first say thank you all for praying for us as we are in language school!  The Lord certainly is blessing here as we continue our time in full time study! He is also opening doors for us to share with our language teachers as well. Just this week I, Matt, have had the opportunity to talk with my professor about the church, persecution, and various other topics in the New Testament. Also, next week we, along with two teammates also in language school, have the opportunity to have our professors in our home for Thanksgiving to share this wonderful part of our culture with them. Please pray that God would produce fruit from these opportunities. mattdeckard.10@gmail.com


Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Please pray for us as we wrap things up here in Spain. Pray for our last English class Wednesday night. Pray also for our flights. We fly out Saturday. Finally, pray for our children as they make this transition.



Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken).  Pray for them as they continue to minister in Aiken.



Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) FELIZ NAVIDAD to all of our friends and supporters in South Carolina!  Our last few weeks have been filled with a lot of special Christmas outreach events and we are thankful that God has given us these opportunities.  This past Sunday evening, we shared our Christmas program called “What is Christmas?” in the Municipal Theater of a nearby town called Moralzarzal.  We had around 125-150 people there, including the local Catholic priest and many invited guests.  Please pray that the Truths they heard through drama, music, and the message will resonate in their hearts throughout the holidays.


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



* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) From Sis. Mary. Paul is doing better at this time. Please continue to remember them in prayer.

* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) Please remember her as she has taken a 6 week break from  her treatments.


*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) continues to receive regular dialysis please continue to remember him in prayer.


Minister Events

*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday January 09th at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence

*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday, January 09th at 11:30AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs


*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – January 30th Jomar’s Restaurant Lancaster, 9AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, January 2, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday January 9th at The Railway Restaurant, Lake City 10:30 AM


*Central Conference Meeting – January 13th 9AM at Unity FWB in Johnsonville.

*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, March 10th 9:30 AM New Prospect FWB  Church Sheminally


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


14-17 Revival  ENOREE FWB Church (BC) with Westley Campbell on January 14th at 10:30am & 6pm January 15-17 at 7pm                               

My Favorite Christmas Movie/Book

Among all the holiday traditions of my family one is particularly important to me. We as a family watch “A Christmas Carol” this beloved old story of a man who taken by greed and consumed in the cares of this temporary life finds the true spirit of Christmas. Here is my favorite quote from the book.


“But you were always a good man of business, Jacob,’ faltered Scrooge, who now began to apply this to himself.

Business!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. “Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The deals of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


 “Prosphero Theos”                                                             

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary


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