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SCFWB Weekly Vol 5 No 13

SCFWB Weekly Vol 5 No 13

April 04, 2018


WMO Sunday is April 29th!


National News


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of Free Will Baptists Annual Meeting will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas July 22-25.  The theme is “Called”

(2Timothy 1:9A- “Who hath saved us and called us with a holy calling”) Sunday Morning- “Called us to Salvation”

Sunday Night- “Called us to Holiness”

Monday Night- “Called us to Unity”

Tuesday Night- “Called us to Supper”

Wednesday Night- “Called us to Preach the Gospel”

Pre-Register Online


Convention housing opens Monday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. CDT. Hotel and other convention information is available at www.nafwb.org/convention.  


Pre-registration closes June 22.



Youth News

Junior Summer Camp  will be July 30th through August 2nd

Teen Summer Camp will be a three day weekend on Friday July 27th through  July 29th

 For more information CLICK HERE

The theme for our summer camps this year is “Valuable” and the theme verse comes from 1st Peter chapter one verses 18 and 19 …camps at Camp Pee Dee in Marion and more info coming soon! Please plan your VBS around these dates.

Eastern Conference Youth Rally  Saturday April 28thAll churches and youth groups are invited in or out of conference church with most attendance when’s attendance Banner and for every 10 people in attendance preacher Tommy Haselden will eat a hot dog so if there’s 200 people he has agreed to eat 20 hot dogs please help us make this happen it will be held at Black River Free Will Baptist Church in Andrews preacher Bruce Jones will be preaching the service and fun and games will be provided as well starts at 1 p.m.


WAC News


The SC WAC Retreat will be held September 7th and 8th at White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro. Kristi Johnson will be our guest speaker and we have an exciting time planned for our ladies. We will have a ‘gift card shower’ for their family at the retreat. Gift cards may be purchased at Walmart, Target, and Restaurants. These will be greatly appreciated by the Johnson’s as they are home and will benefit them with their needs as Alejandro will be a freshman at Welch College this coming fall. Mark your calendars to attend the retreat and more information will be available at the state women’s meeting.




Luke Tanner (ETEAM St. Croix)             Westside FWB Church

Bayley Floyd (ETEAM Cuba)                  Horse Branch FWB Church

Maysey Floyd (ETEAM Panama)            Horse Branch FWB Church

Gracelyn Coker (ETEAM Panama)         Horse Branch FWB Church

Maggie Coker (ETEAM Uruguay)            Horse Branch FWB Church

Elizabeth Hicks (ETEAM Nashville)         Horse Branch FWB Church

Olivia Hefner (ETEAM St. Croix)             Fairview FWB Church

Hunter Langston (ETEAM Japan)           Peace FWB Church

Truth & Peace

Denise Wiggins                                      Peace FWB Church Florence

Hannah Ridgeway                                  Liberty Manning FWB Church

Gloria Todd                                            Horse Branch FWB Church

Anna Johnson                                        Westside FWB Church

Alejandro Johnson                                  Westside FWB Church


Youth News

The CTS State Competition Convention will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Temple FWB Church in Darlington. (This will be a one-day event unless there is a need for Friday night.) Please send Completed Competition Event Entry forms and fees to Kim Driggers (Competition Director) at 2894 Hicks Road, Turbeville, SC 29162 by March 28, 2018.


Disaster Relief Efforts


**SPEACIAL UPDATE**Leonard Restoration Project


After the removal of interior household items from the house and with further inspection of the existing structure it was deemed a better use of funds and time to demolish the structure and bring in a manufactured home. Though this is a change from the specifics of our original intentions, it is a given that when dealing with structural issues on homes over 40 years old that there can be many hidden costs which are unable to be foreseen until actual work begins. Thank you for your continued prayers for sister Myra Leonard.


Current Scheduled work days are put on hold and will be announced as the need arises



DRT Men’s Retreat

Saturday May 5th Registration: 9:30 AM Start Time: 10:00 AM Cost: $10.00 per person (Lunch will be provided) Our Speaker will Be Randy Johnson with God’s Pit Crew


  • Backhoe Basic Operator Training
  • Plumbing
  • Preaching
  • Equipment Demonstrations
  • Prizes awarded for competitions.
  • Much More!


Participation in Competitions is completely voluntary.

Event will be held @ Fairview Free Will Baptist Church – 2058 Chesnee Hwy., Spartanburg, SC.



WMO Sunday is April 29th

Andy Moore (Brazil)  The Lord continues to move here in Juiz de Fora, Brazil.  We have seen an increase in families visiting our church recently, many who do not know the Lord.  Help us pray for the power of God to convert  souls. Also, we have a praise item.  After two years of preparation and paperwork, our church passed the fire department´s rigorous inspection.  Our next step is to register our building at the town hall and we will finally be able to cover our terrace for some much needed Sunday school rooms and a fellowship hall.


Bobby Poole (Brazil) Sunday night I visited the first Church that Geneva and I started in Ribeirão Preto. A baby dedication was part of the service. I was invited because the baby was my first “Great” Granddaughter! She and my second “Great” grandaughter (born just two days before this service) are 2 of 17 babies born to young couples in the First Church, in the last year and a half! The First Church must be doing something right to have that many young couples in the Church! Praise our Lord!

Carlisle Hanna (India) Please remember Bro. Carlisle as he is currently in India. Conference was a great success! Please remember Binita (wife of Rev. Evan Guha) as she continues to recover from medical complications during childbirth and their newborn son Ryan.  Please remember the works in North & South India as well as Nepal.

David Aycock  (Brazil) The Lord continues to bless His work here in Barbacena, Brazil. Please pray for Vanessa. Annette and I are doing an Evangelistic Bible study with her and we hoping she will make a decision soon. We have 18 people enrolled in our Seminary (Bible College level courses). The work continues on the construction of the Christian School. We appreciate your prayers and financial support.  Please prayerfully consider having a special offering for the construction of the school. Thank you, David and Annette Aycock


Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite . Over the last week we’ve been very encouraged by good response when we have invited people to our Easter worship service and kid’s party. We are expecting a good turnout for both. Please be praying that the simultaneous events will serve to help people understand the truth of the resurrection and that we will be able to maintain any new connections that we are able to make. Please be praying for the group of teenagers from Trinity Christian School in Greenville, NC who will be arriving this Saturday, April 7th. Please pray that their week-long cultural exchange with a group of high school students in Svishtov will serve to help the church have a stronger connection with the community and that their positive example will have a effect on their new Bulgarian friends. Please pray for Mr. G – the student from Sweden who I started discipleship with a few weeks ago. He decided to return to Sweden for a while. We are planning on continuing discipleship over Skype if possible. Please pray that he will be able to find some good Christian influences that can help him grow in his faith while he is in Sweden.


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) The last few weeks have been super busy, but it has been a blessing to worship  and share about our ministry with so many of you. Please continue to pray as we travel and report about what God is doing in Spain. Please specifically pray for the funds we need to return to the field. We currently need about $1275 more a month to be able to leave in June.

Our church in Spain will begin a new Bible study/discipleship class tomorrow night. Please continue to pray for our church and its continued growth. The church is still looking for a larger facility to rent. Please continue to pray for the right location to open up quickly. nmorgan@fwbgo.com


Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken). We had a great Easter Sunday service. We had 48 in attendance and the Lord was moving. Had an Easter egg hunt and had a great turn out. Pray for us as we continue to outreach into the community here in Aiken.  pastorrandyv51@gmail.com or cell 803-306-4429.


Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) Please remember them in prayer as Bro. Tim’s Dad George Johnson passed away recently. tjohnson@fwbgo.com.


Mirial Gainer (Japan) Please remember her as she is at home recovering from a small stroke she had recently.



*Paula Gilbert wife of Rev Gene Gilbert (Jefforson Rd. FWB Church) was in an accident while coming home from work, and has a fractured C2. She is home but still recovering.

*Wanda Carlson wife of Rev David is home but continues to recover due to complications from a recent heart surgery. Please continue to remember them in prayer.

* Sister Faye Miles (Wife of Rev. Tony Miles) Please remember Sis Faye and Bro. Tony as doctors have ceased her cancer treatments. Ask God to give them grace and strength for the days ahead of them.

*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 April 10th 8:30 AM at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence

*Spartanburg Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, April 10th at  9:00AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs


*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast – April 24th Jomar’s Restaurant Lancaster, 9AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, May 1, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday April 17th at The Shrimper, Lake City 10:30 AM


*Central Conference Meeting –April 14th 9AM at White Savannah FWB in Conway.

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – April 14th North Spartanburg FWB Church Registration 9:30 AM Services 10AM

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – April 6 at 1st FWB Church Kingstree, 7PM

*True life Conference Meeting – TBA

*Eastern Conference Meeting – Saturday, June 09th 9:30 AM Williams Hill FWB Church



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



26th-30th Oak Grove FWB Church  Conway, Wesley Campbell Speaking


8-11 Revival Peace FWB Church Florence SC, Rev. Chris Todd 7PM Nightly

15-18 Revival Lockhart FWB Church Lockhart SC, Rev Chris Todd 7PM Nightly

22-25 Revival 1st FWB Church Kingstree Kingstree SC, Sunday Rev Chris Todd, Mon-wed Rev Todd Black 7pm Nightly

22 – 25.  Revival Fairview FWB Church, Spartanburg with Rev. Shiloh Hackett from Ashland City, Tennessee.                                                             


Just Shake It Off!

A teacher wanted to teach her students about self-esteem, so she asked anyone who thought they were stupid to stand up. One kid stood up and the teacher was surprised. She didn’t think anyone would stand up so she asked him, “Why did you stand up?” He answered, “I didn’t want to leave you standing up by yourself.”


Any of you ever had criticism like this poor teacher? Probably so; whether you are the criticizer or the criticized these next few words are for you…


Ac 28:5 And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm.



I want to leave readers with two quick points about dealing with adversity and criticism from our close brethren.


  1. The Criticizers need to lighten up. I believe I speak with authority when I say this, God did not appoint you CCO of his church “Chief Criticizing Officer”. So lighten up….
  2. The Criticized need to toughen up. In life and especially ministry you need thick skin and slanted shoulders. Quit taking everything so personal and try to shake it off.
    1. This snake that bit the Apostle Paul, was a serious enemy but because the Lord was on Paul’s side he had nothing to fear.



 “Prosphero Theos”                                                             

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary










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