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SCFWB Weekly Vol 5 No 4

SCFWB Weekly Vol 5 No 4

January 24, 2018



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 Open Click Here


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.


Welch News


Ignite The Flame Dinner Saturday March 3rd 6PM at Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church for all SC & eastern Conference Churches.


FORUM18 | Bible Conference March 11-13, 2018


Conference Speakers:

  • Dr. David Dockery, President of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School/Trinity International University
  • Nancy Guthrie, Author and Bible Teacher
  • Will Harmon, Senior Pastor of Cavanaugh Free Will Baptist Church, Ft. Smith, AR.
  • Glen Johnson, Senior Pastor of Good News Free Will Baptist Church, Chesterfield, VA
  • Daniel Webster, Director of Enrollment Services at Welch College

For more info go to welch.edu




WAC News


The South Carolina Women Active for Christ State Meeting will be held Saturday, March 17th at Fairview Free Will Baptist Church in Spartanburg, 2058 Chesnee HWY. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m.


We will be honoring Sherwood and Vada Lee for the many years they served as missionaries in Cote d’Ivoire and in our state as faithful leaders. Our scripture theme is from Joel 1:3, “Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” Bro. Sherwood was privileged to return to Cote d’Ivoire last spring and he was able to witness the many changes that have occurred since he left the mission work to return to SC.


Hotel Accommodations are: Comfort Inn and Suites, ($89), 154 Candlenut Lane, Spartanburg, SC, 29316, 864-814-2001 (mention Turning Point Church Rate). Holiday Inn Express and Suites, ($99), 161 Sha Lane, Spartanburg, SC, 29307, 864-504-3333, (mention church rate). Days Inn, ($69), 115 Rogers Commerce Blvd., Spartanburg, SC, 29316, 864-814-0560.


South Carolina has several students who have been accepted to serve this coming summer in different mission stations. An offering will be taken to help these students with their financial goals. We want to always be supportive of investing in the lives of the young people in our state as they seek to follow the Lord in these areas of service.


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.


The South Carolina District WAC will meet Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Sand Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 1090 W Old Number 4 Highway, Coward, SC. 29530. Registration at 9:30. Meeting at 10:00. Mandy Morgan, Missionary to Spain, will be our guest speaker.  Please contact Faye Hanna at fm1204be@yahoo.com if you have any questions or need any additional information.


Beaver Creek Women Active for Christ District Meeting will be held at High Point Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster on Saturday, March 3rd. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Misty Todd will be our guest speaker.


Central District WAC Convention to be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 am, at Oak Grove FWB Church, in Conway, SC.   Our theme for this year is “Stir Up The Gift Of God”.  Our thought, “God Does Not Give Reasons…We Must Trust”.  2 Timothy 1:7


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


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!


WMO Sunday is April 29th

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) we are in our summer vacation time here in Brasil, so we are having a Mini VBS of 3 days. The interest and response for workers has been a great blessing. We have 15 people signed up to work during the VBS. Being summer time, some of these are on vacation, and thereby, able to help. We have two names, that I keep hearing from our people, about possibly becoming our pastor, taking my place. Continue to pray. Also during the Carnaval week-end, the First Church is promoting its 45th Family Retreat. Geneva and I started this 45 years ago. The dates are Feb. 10-13.


Carlisle Hanna (India) Please remember Bro. Carlisle as he is currently in India. Also please be much in prayer for the upcoming Conference as an estimated 10,000 people plus will be attending!


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- Please be praying for our monthly “gathering” which will be taking place this Sunday, January 28th. The theme is “Jesus: the great teacher”. Pray that everyone who has been invited will attend and the unbelievers who are there will want to know more about Jesus because of what they hear while they are there. Pray for a man named Anatoli who works at the company where I buy car insurance. He has been very friendly when I have seen him outside of the office and seems to be very open to conversation about various topics. Pray that I will cross paths with him again soon and that that I will be able to have some conversations with him over coffee. In the past I have asked you to pray for Didka, a lady who worked in the little store around the corner from our house. Didka lost her husband recently. I learned over the weekend that she know longer works at that store. We do not know where she lives and have no way to get in touch with her. Please pray that God will help us to cross paths with her again soon so that we can continue to show her the love of 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) We have started traveling to churches to share about the wonderful things God is doing in Spain. Please pray for us as we travel, for our services, and for the provision of the monthly support we need to return to the field. Please also continue to pray for the sale of our present church building and the Esperanza church as it begins to look for a larger building for the growing congregation.



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



Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) One of realities of missionary life is that we have to attend lots of meetings.  In this next week, we have quite a few important meetings.  On Thursday morning, we will be having a team meeting with our fellow missionaries, Anthony and Lea Edgmon, who have been on stateside assignment for the past six months.  We have a LOT of catching up as well as planning to do.  Thursday afternoon Tim will be meeting with several men in the Alpedrete Church who handle the preaching responsibilities.  They will be working on the preaching schedule and planning future sermon series and events.  On Sunday, the Alpedrete Church Board (including Tim) will have their bi-monthly meeting with many items on the agenda for the coordination and growth of the church.  Thanks for your prayers for each of these times, that God will give us wisdom as we work to advance His kingdom here in Spain.


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



* 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 Leroy Sexton Family (True life Conference) pray for his family and church family as he went to be with the Lord on Monday. He was a member of Mt Carmel FWB Church in York and Organizer of Blacksburg FWB Church

*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 February 13th at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence

*Spartanburg Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday, February 13th 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, February 6, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday February 20th at The Railway Restaurant, Lake City 10:30 AM


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

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – April 7th North Spartanburg FWB Church 9 AM

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – Thursday Evening Registration 6:30 PM and Friday Morning January 25th,26th Camp Branch FWB Church (*There will not be a meal Thursday Evening*)

*True life Conference Meeting – Saturday March, 17 9:30 AM Mt. Calvary, FWB Church, Gastonia

*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


19th – 21st Revival at Saved by Grace FWB Church 7pm  Nightly with Pastor Ray Cribb of South Conway FWB Church


It’s My Heart!!!

I recently listened to Ron Hutchcraft describe a routine check-up for late night tv host David Letterman. The normally jovial and downright juvenile Letterman, went in for a routine check-up only to have his doctor rush him into the operating room to conduct emergency open heart surgery.


You see the physician didn’t look at outward appearance of Letterman, but instead concentrated on the problem within his heart.


That is exactly what the great physician did for me!


Eze 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?


 “Prosphero Theos”                                                             

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary




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