SCFWB Weekly Vol 5 No 47
December 19, 2018
2019 Mileage Rates Have changed and will likely affect ministers on their taxes.
The 2017 tax reform act has changed the way ministers can receive deductions/reimbursements from mileage accrued while conducting ministry on behalf of their congregation. While the rate has changed from 54.5 cent per mile in 2018 to 58 cent per mile starting in 2019, ministers will no longer be able to receive the mileage rate as a deduction on their taxable income. Ministers are still allowed to receive a tax free reimbursement from their employers of 100% of their ministry mileage traveled. For more information The FWB board of Retirement has an article click here.
2019 Couples Retreat
Will be held again at Beach Cove Resort, 4800 S. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC. The dates are February 15-16, 2019. Our speaker, again this year, is Bro. Jim McComas. He will be singing and sharing his heart with us. His messages in Word and song will be a blessing. We hope to have some bluegrass music this year and some special surprises! $180 for “early-bird-pay-in-full” payment. Otherwise, the cost is $190, with the deposit of $140 due when the names are sent in, and the remaining $50 due upon check in. Also, Pastor, if you have at least FIVE other couples coming from your church, then you and your wife can come for $150. Please have your couples make the checks out to “Donnie Miles”. Checks can be mailed to: 3419 W. Hampton Pointe Dr. Florence, SC 29501
Ignite The Flame
Welch College is planning the SC ITF pastors and wives orientation dinner at Little D’s Dugout in Florence on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Invitation go out soon.
The SC ITF dinner for SC and Eastern Conferences is planned for Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Lebanon FWB Church at 6:00 pm.
Andy Moore (Brazil) The ministry in Juiz de Fora, Brazil continues to progress. In July, we had V.B.S. and two teens from our church got saved at youth camp. Currently, our family is in the U.S. and will be here through Christmas. We are reconnecting with our churches, while our kids attend Christian school for a semester. In our absence the associate pastor, Luiz Carlos, is leading the church and its ministries.
Bobby Poole (Brazil) The Marincek Church has a new pastor. Pr. Myron. Please pray for him and all our pastors, here in Brasil. FWB have invested a lot over the years and our missionaries and Churches have made a “Difference”. To our Lord all the glory!
Carlisle Hanna (India) Is stateside. Please remember him in his travels and ministry. Pray for pastor Phillip Das as he was in an accident recently. Please remember the works in North & South India as well as Nepal.
David Aycock (Brazil) We are gearing up for Christmas activities and presentations. Materials are not always readily available so we normally have to write or translate our Christmas plays. These are opportunities to have new people to attend our special activities. Our Seminary classes are going well and we plan to finish the beginning of December. We are offering membership classes for those who were recently baptized. Thank you South Carolina for your prayers and financial support.
Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite This Sunday, December 23rd we will be hosting a Christmas service in the a local rented hall. I will be preaching about Jesus as the light of the world. Please pray that there will be many unbelievers there and that God will use the event to help them understand the true meaning of Christmas and the fact that Christ came to save them from their sins. Next Saturday, December 29th we will be presenting a Christmas program with the help of the kids from our Bible club in the village of Odarne. Please pray that parents and other guests will come and that God will use this event to further our efforts to make disciples and plant a church in that village. This Saturday, December 22nd the kids will be singing several of the songs from the program at a Christmas party in the village – please pray that this make people interested in our event a week later. Pray also for Mr. and Mrs. G, who live in Odarne. They are the ones who let us gather in their yard when we first started our kids’ Bible club there, but we had to find a new place when it got cold. While they have been very hospitable to us and are even willing to listen when we talk about the Bible, it has been hard to help them understand their need for something deeper than occasionally lighting candles at the Orthodox church. Pray that God will give us wisdom to know how to best get through to them. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use our efforts to break down their walls of resistance so that they can see their need for a real relationship Jesus Christ.
Matt/Hailie Deckard (Ecuador) Please pray for endurance for our team; as we all will be very busy over the next couple of months, and also safety and prepared hearts of the people that will be coming down to serve with us. firstname.lastname@example.org
Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) We were really excited to have a college aged guy visit our church this past Sunday. He says he will be back next week. Please pray for him. Also, we are making many preparations for a Christmas program this year. Please pray for these preparations and that many will come to see the play. email@example.com
Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken) As we finished off the month of November and move into the Christmas season we just want to take a minute and thank the Lord for all the great blessings He has given us here at Rejoice Fellowship. We are excited that we have two more to baptize in the next few weeks. God had been working in the lives of our people and souls have been changed. We have other new family that visited during our Thanksgiving service and had been faithful to every service since. Pray with us that God will direct them to become a part of our church family. We have seen a few past visitors in the last week. We pray that they will continue to join us through this holiday season and that God will show them their need for him. We thank everyone for their continual prayers and support for the work here at Rejoice Fellowship.
Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) “Leaving is Loving” is a phrase penned by Max Lucado several years ago. If it’s true, then we are really LOVING a lot these days. We have just finished packing up our house here in South Carolina and are starting our journey back to Spain. (We’ll be in Michigan for the holidays spending time with Tim’s family and then flying out of Detroit on January 3rd.) While the goodbyes are REALLY hard, we are reminded that we are leaving because we want to share Christ’s love with people in Spain who still haven’t experienced it. We hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas!
Mirial Gainer (Japan) I am healing slowly from my neck surgery. I also just had my other cataract surgery. Hopefully I’ll be seeing better in both eyes soon. Thanks for keeping me in prayer.
*Rev. James Childers (Beaver Creek) please remember him in prayer As Drs. have said that the cancer is all over his body and is inoperable. He will see a Dr. soon to discuss treatment options.
*Rev. James Sanders had the cochlear implant activated recently. Doctor said he did amazing for his first visit. He is able to hear somethings.
*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) continues to receive regular dialysis please continue to remember him in prayer.
*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday January 8th 8:30 AM at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence
*Spartanburg Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday January 8th at 9:00AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs
*Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast –January 29th Jomar’s Restaurant Lancaster, 9AM
*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, February 5th, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM
*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday December 15th at The Shrimper, Lake City 10:30 AM
*Central Conference Meeting –January 12th 2019 9AM Evergreen FWB Church
*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – April 06th 2019 Registration 9:30 AM Services 10AM
*South Carolina Conference Meeting – Thursday January 24th –Friday 25th at first FWB Florence. 3 Sessions with Dr. Brad Ransom all are invited.
*True life Conference Meeting – Jan. 19 Registration 9:45 Bethel, Fort Mill SC
*Eastern Conference Meeting – March 8th at Beacon FWB Church in Ladson at 9:30 AM
31st-Feb 3rd Coastal Campmeeting First FWB Church Myrtle Beach David Crowe, Jim McCommas, Jacob Berry, Special Singing by the Children of Promise, Tammy Jones Robinette, and The Parsons. More Info (843) 449-6711 anchortothecross.org
Please email church news and upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite Christmas Movie
I have a real liking for the book as well as the movie A Christmas Carol. Below is an excerpt of a conversation between Ebenezer Scrooge and his long dead business partner Jacob Marley. In it we find the selfish estate of man and a metaphor for what his end apart from Christ will be.
“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”
“I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it.”
“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!”
Let us not forget that our “business” belongs to our Father and we should be about it.
SCFWB Executive Secretary