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SCFWB Weekly Vol 4 No 6

SCFWB Weekly, Vol., 4, No.,6                                                                       

February 08, 2017

State News


The 2017 SCFWB State Meeting

Theme (We Preach Jesus)


Preregistration is available Click Here


The meeting hosted by the South Carolina Conference will be held Thursday and Friday February 23th, and 24th at The Peace Free Will Baptist Church in Florence, located at 897 Third Loop rd. in Florence, SC. Registration begins at 8:30 am and services begin at 9 am.. General Board will convene on Wednesday February 22 at 10 AM.

2017 SCFWB State Meeting Hotel Accommodations

Country Inn & Suites (Headquarter Hotel) located at 1739 Mandeville Rd, Florence, SC 29501-7026 Hotel has been recently remodeled, has interior hallway access to rooms and is rated 4 stars by Tripadvisor. Reservations need to be made by phone (843) 317-6616 and mention the SCFWB State Meeting. Hotel is approximately 7 miles from the Church. Price is $89 per night. Reservations must be made by Feb 15th


Days Inn located at 2111 W. Lucas St. Florence, SC 29501 Hotel has exterior access to rooms and is rated 3.5 Stars by Tripadvisor.  Reservations need to be made by phone (800) 363-2297 and mention the SCFWB State Meeting. Hotel is approximately 7 miles from the Church. Price is $58-$68 per night depending on number of adults. Reservations must be made by Feb 8th



20th Anniversary Banquet for Rev. Sherwood Lee


Friday February 24th at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall of Peace FWB Church 897 Third Loop rd. in Florence. This will be a fun filled evening for everyone! We are looking forward to lots of laughter as we honor faithful service to our state. Please RSVP by clicking HERE



Welch Continuing Education Dinner

Program Coordinator, Dr. Jeff Cockrell, is holding an information session about Welch College’s MA degree in Theology and Ministry at Cain’s Bar-B-Que Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5:00 pm. If you are a college graduate and want to develop your skills and knowledge in the area of Christian ministry, come and learn about costs and generous scholarships. Courses are offered in hybrid format, so you can stay in your present ministry while pursuing your master’s degree. RSVP by Feb. 17 at jcockrell@welch.edu.




Church Treasurers


The 2017 Mileage rate is changing to $.535 per mile


Minister News

Rev. Teddy Rabon please pray for me and my family as I am praying and seeking the Lord’s will in ministry and that I am currently available to fill in at churches and also available for revivals….contact number is 843- 520-6407.

Ladies News


SCWAC State Meeting will be held on March 18th at North Spartanburg Free Will Baptist Church. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Diana Bryant, WNAC President will be our guest speaker. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Praise Him Through Service” with a focus on Psalms 100:2 (Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing).  

Beaver Creek WAC District Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 4th at the Inman Free Will Baptist Church. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Nelda Highsmith (NC Vice President) and Sue Rutland will be our guest speakers. They will be sharing with us their involvement with the Hanna Project and the different countries they have visited. Please come and be a part of this important meeting that we might learn together the opportunities God may have us help serve in this important ministry of spreading the gospel.


Central District Convention to be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 9:30 am, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church, in Conway, SC. Our theme for this year is “For Such a Time as This, Bow the knee”. Our thought, “When things happen that we don’t understand, we need to bow the knee”.


SC District WAC Meeting February 25, 2017 Registration @ 9:00 Meeting: @ 9:30 Mt. Elon FWB Church

Speaker:  Mirial Gainer, former missionary to Japan


Youth News


Summer Camps 2017…Mark Your Calendars!!


…PLEASE plan your VBS around these dates…..

Our Summer Camps have been scheduled and we are Excited for a great year coming up.

The Theme for both camps will be “Glow in the Dark!”  Theme verse is 1 Peter 2:9

The camps will be at Camp Pee Dee in Marion, S.C.


Teen Camp will be in June this year …June 12th-15th  Monday-Thursday morning cost $175

…The Preacher for Teen Week will be Rev. Cory Boyd


Junior Camp will be in July…… July 24th-28th   Monday- Friday morning  cost $135

… The Preacher for Junior week will be Rev. Kevin Bass

The State CTS Competition has two upcoming events:

CTS State Competition Convention at Peace FWB Church in Florence on April 28-29. (More details will follow.)


Dustin Hancock – Araras, Brazil

Gracelyn Coker – Chicago

Maggie Coker – Nashville

Kelsey Hill – Nashville

Hunter Langston – Nashville

Bayley Floyd – Virgin Islands

Michael Pennell – Virgin Islands



Hannah Reid – Ecuador

Kaylin Ridgeway – Ecuador


Truth and Peace

Jonathan Carlson – Liberty FWB Church

Maysey Floyd – Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church

Nathan Ledford – First Freewill Baptist

William Sargent – Horse Branch Free Will Baptist Church

Denise Wiggins – Peace Free Will Baptist Church

Alejandro Johnson – Spain/West Side

Two Truth and Peace Weekend events happening in MARCH 

After more than 30 years of the Truth & Peace Student Leadership Conference, we thought this would be the perfect way to give even more students the opportunity to explore their leadership potential.


During the Truth and Peace Weekend we will unpack the 5 qualities (Identity, Service, Development, Ethics, and Influence) of the Truth & Peace Leader as well as give students the opportunity to reflect on their roles at church, at home, and at school.  There will be times of worship, learning, and prayer as students are challenged to become the leader God has created them to be. Don’t worry, we’ll also sprinkle in a bit of fun along the way. So don’t wait! We want to see you in Nashville on March 10 & 11 or in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 24 & 25. To register Click Here





Andy Moore (Brazil)  As we continue to push forward in this new year, we are thanking the Lord for opportunities to serve Him here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.

We have restarted our weekly outreach ministry by giving free English classes on Saturdays and we are preparing for a baptismal service this month.  Also, our church is now involved monthly in ministering to a group of twenty orphans.  Please pray that we can show the love of Christ to these emotionally and spiritually needy children.- The Moores



Bobby Poole (Brazil) In the last three weeks I have counseled three couples. They are Christians but are feeling the pressures of making a living and paying the bills. Brasil has an unemployment rate of 12% and a very large percentage of those working are unregistered and have no benifits, such as health and retirement. In my 3 cases they began to take our their feeling on one another. Please pray for these three couples and their children. I told them that if one wanted to argue, let the other just request that they pray together about the problem. One couple told me that praying is working! Praise the Lord!

Carlisle Hanna (India) is currently stateside. Please pray for efforts to secure another visa. Also please pray for the current financial and political state of India.

David Aycock  (Brazil) Thank you South Carolina for your prayers and continued financial support. You have helped us through the years to keep plowing, sowing and reaping in the field of Brazil. We are preparing five people for baptism. The discipleship of our new converts is going well. Last night after the service (5th of February) we had a reveal party for our daughter Autumn and son-in-law Rodney. They are having another girl! Annette and I are so grateful for their participation in our ministry here in Barbacena, Brazil. Please continue to pray for the construction of our Christian School. Our reserves will be running out at the end of this month. We are counting on the faithfulness of God’s people! Perhaps you will feel lead of the Lord to help us see this $300,000 project to its completion.

Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite –  Just a few minutes ago we finished our first Adult English Club. It was a small gathering of people in which we used a Christian song and a couple of Bible verses to teach basic English and to prompt a discussion. Three believers and one non-believer came. We felt like it was a great success and hope to see it continue and grow. Amy has talked to a few parents about the prospect of starting an English club for kids. There is a lot of interest in the idea and we hope that we can get something going soon. These clubs serve as a great way to get to know parents to whom we hope to share the Gospel. As an American many people here want to hear my views of our new president. When this happens I try to transition from a discussion about politics to an opportunity to talk about my faith and how it affects my opinion of the current situation in America. Pray that I will be able to go further than just talking about my faith to be able to invite others to learn more as well.



Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Are stateside and raising support to go to Ecuador to work in the Christian school, Jungle Kids for Christ. To schedule services contact Matt at mattdeckard.10@gmail.com

Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) Our first community workshop was in January and had over 20 in attendance. The weekly workshops cover a variety of topics. Neil recently spoke in one of them concerning fear and how to overcome it. We are excited as well that we have had several visitors to our church lately who have come back for the last few Sundays. Please continue to pray for the outreach of the workshops and the growth of the Esperanza church. Please pray also for Neil. He has been having many migraines along with other symptoms. He is currently undergoing testing to determine what is causing his headaches. nmorgan@fwbgo.com


Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken).The Home Mission Board was able to purchase a used mobile home for the Valandingham’s to live in. Pray for them as it is being set up and renovated.


Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) We are thankful for many opportunities that we had during the Christmas holidays to share about Jesus in various towns.  (Alpedrete, Moralzarzal, Guadarrama, and Collado Mediano)  Pray that we will be able to continue developing relationships with the people we met, and that doors will open for more testimony to be shared.

Mirial Gainer (Japan) Had Major Surgery on Dec 5th to remove a mass. She is beginning to see improvements from the surgery and was just released from the doctor and is looking forward to the state meeting.


Sister Lossie Evans Wife of Rev. Johnny Evans has been through her first rounds of treatments, and is having some issues with her heart.

* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) has started chemotherapy treatments and is seeing some improvements. Please remember them in prayer.

*Rev. Parvis Ashoori (Central) is in rehabilitation at Vibra hospital in Charleston. Please remember him in prayer.

* Rev. Paul Reid (Beaver Creek) Is in long term care at Wesley Commons please remember him in prayer.

*Linda Wilson (Wife of Pastor Rodney Wilson, Low Country FWB Church) Continue t require fulltime care please pray for her and Bro. Rodney.

*Danielle Seaton (Wife of Rev Brad Seaton, St. John’s) (SC) Her back pain continues to get better week by week. Please continue to pray for progress for her.


*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) Continues to receive regular dialysis. Please remember him in prayer.


*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday February 14, at Bazen’s Restaurant, Florence SC 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday February 21, 10:30 AM at Rail Way Restaurant, Lake City SC

*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Monday, February 13, at The Grapevine Restaurant, in Boiling Springs 11:30 AM

*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – Monday, January 30 at Jomar’s Restaurant, Lancaster, SC – 9 AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, March 7, 2016, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM


*Central Conference Meeting – Saturday April 8th, at 9AM

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – Thursday April 27th at Liberty FWB, Church, Lancaster 5:00PM

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – April 7th Friday 5:30 PM

*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday March 18, 2017 at 9:30AM Bethel FWB Church

*Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday March 11, 2017 Olanta FWB Church 9:30 AM



5th-9th Revival “It’s Pouring Down at Rains” Rains FWB Church Evangelist Rev. Teddy Rabon/ special music, The Parson’s Family, Sun-Tues, Savannah Rabon Wed. Sunday @ 6pm, 7:30 pm Mon-Wed


19-24 Old Fashioned Revival TurningPoint FWB Church (Beaver Creek) Rev. Joe Author, Rev Wesley Campbell. Special Singing Nightly by the Parsons, Joyaires, and the Rogers Family. 10:30&6 Sunday and 7PM mon-Friday

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

Don’t Miss God’s Best

22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

The Pharisees Had

  1. Misconceptions about who God is: Who is this
  2. How He is understood:
  3. The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason. Well there’s your problem. They began to reason among themselves. Allow me to say that when a person becomes saved they are not required to check their reason and logic at the door. Where the Pharisees went wrong is not that they began to reason but that they began to reason among themselves and left God out of the whole equation. God tells us in Isaiah “come now let us reason ourselves together”.
  4. God is above our ways therefore we ought not think that we can understand all that he does.

iii.      We ought to come before the Lord without preconceived ideas and notions about who he is.

  1. Misconceptions about what God Says:
  2. he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee
  3. The Pharisees were expecting to here “arise take up thy bed and walk, not “your sins are forgiven”:.
  4. This tells me they were expecting their religion to be about miracles rather than salvation.

iii.      We often have misconceptions about what God says, like God helps those who help themselves.

  1. Misconceptions about what God does:
  2. They thought that God was limited to some area of healing
  3. The only thing God is limited in is set by himself.


Don’t be confused about the presence of God

Don’t be confused about the authority of God

Don’t be confused about God’s Best.


“Prosphero Theos”

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary










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