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SCFWB Weekly Vol 6 No 10

SCFWB Weekly Vol 6 No 10        

March 13, 2019

DRT News

Men’s Day (May 18)

The SCFWB Disaster Relief board introduces “Adopt a Church Initiative” after careful assessment The Board recently decided that in lieu of a traditional Men’s retreat, That Free Will Baptists could better be served by coordinating repairs to existing Free Will Baptist Churches. The church adopted this year is Immanuel FWB Church in Santee, Rev. Pete Minor is the pastor. On May 18th men and women from across SC will gather together to provide help and support in the form of painting, electrical, plumbing, pressure washing, carpentry, cleaning and landscaping. More information will be forthcoming as details and plans finalize.

Rev. Larry McAllister has retired as pastor of Gilead FWB Church in Lake City, and would like to be considered for supply preaching and revivals. He can best be reached at 843-394-8887

Youth News

Eastern Conference Youth Rally…..This Saturday!!!

Our Eastern Conference Youth Rally will be held on Saturday, March 16th, 2019

with New Prospect Free Will Baptist hosting this Youth Rally at their Church in Pamplico..  It will start at 1 pm with singing by our youth groups attending, and the Preacher for our Youth Rally will be   Rev. Cory Boyd from Conway, S.C.  There will also be singing and/or skits by different youth Groups attending. There will be a meal provided for everyone after the services. There will also be games for everyone to enjoy!  Remember the Church with the most in Attendance with their church (all ages) will receive the Attendance Banner!  All Churches are invited to come and bring their youth/church family for a Great day in the Lord as we Worship The Lord together and Encourage our Youth to Live for and Lift up our Lord!  Please share this info with your Church and your Youth!  Please let me know if your church and youth are planning to come and if they plan to sing or do skit, this way we can plan for services and meal preparations, and for more info please call Brother Teddy Rabon at 843-520-6407…We are looking for a Great Day and would love for your youth and church family to come!

The SC State CTS Competition Convention

The SC State CTS Competition Convention will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Horse Branch FWB Church in Turbeville. Registration will begin at 8:30 AM with the competition beginning at 9AM. Please send completed Competition Event Entry forms and fees to Kim Driggers at 2894 Hicks Road, Turbeville, SC 29162, by April 6th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact her any time.

Youth Camp

Teen Camp 7/26-28 Junior Camp 8/29-8/01 Sailing away with the savior $135 June 30 Deadline More Information to come soon.

Women’s News

SCFWB State WAC Meeting

The South Carolina Women Active for Christ State Meeting will be held at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, SC. Carolyn Riddick, WAC President from North Carolina will be our guest speaker. Motel registrations can be made at the Quality Inn. Phone # is 803-283-6436. The room cost is $85 for a King Size or two full size beds. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. March 16

Shine Conference

Shine! Conference is scheduled for March 30, 2019 at New Hope FWB in Joelton, TN. More information can be found on our website www.wnac.org or at https://shinefwb.com/

ETEAM Students From SC

Brazil Maggie Coker Horse Branch
Brazil Olivia Hefner Fairview FWB Church
Chicago Elijah Purvis Grace FWB Church
Chicago Raegan Price Fairview FWB church
France Bayley Floyd Horse Branch
Panama Gloria Todd Horse Branch Free Will Baptist
St. Croix Elizabeth Hicks Horse Branch Free Will Baptist
St. Croix Kaia Thomson Grace Free Will Baptist Church
Japan Dustin Hancock Horse Branch FWB Church

Truth and Peace Students

Caelie Crews, Temple FWB Church

Anna Johnson, Westside FWB Church

Missions 

Andy Moore (Brazil) Our family is back in Brazil after spending six month in the U.S. It was so nice to get back to some warm weather and a blessing to see our Brazilian church family and to enter the new year together with them.  We are excited and optimistic as we enter this year with all it’s opportunities and challenges.  Please continue to pray for our church as we transition to national leadership. Thank you for your prayers and support in 2018. –The Moores

Bobby Poole (Brazil) The 5th of March, here in Brasil, and I suppose in other countries, is a national holiday called “carnaval” (Mardi Gras, in the States).Forty-six years ago, Geneva and I started “Family Retreat” to try and get our church family out of the sinfulness of the Carnaval holiday. The retreat will start this Saturday and end after services on Tuesday night. This week-end, for the unbeliever will be full of drinking, drugs, immorality. On Wednesday a good Catholic will go to his church and confess his sins doing the week-end. The priest will dip his finger in water and aches and put a mark on the forehead of the confessor (so Wednesday is called Ash Wednesday).

Then begins 40 days (Quaresma) of fasting, to last until Easter. Spiritually speaking, it is a very dark time, where the lust of the flesh is the main thing the people in general are looking for. Pray for our Christian families and especially our young people to stand firm against the sins of the flesh.

Carlisle Hanna (India) Please pray for Bro. Carlisle, Don, Mark, and Sis.  Milly Hanna as they travel to India on March 10,and 12. Pray for Annual Conference coming up in March (Speakers, provisions for those attending, safety, moving of the Holy Spirit, etc). Theme: Philippians 3:14 Pray for Hostel (Boy’s Home) ministry. Pray for South India and Nepal ministry.

David Aycock  (Brazil) Now that Carnaval is over here in Brazil, the country is ready to start a new year. In the meantime we have finished the Developing Your Character college level course, progressing in three evangelistic Bible studies, preparing for  the children’s program for the year (we appreciate our two oldest daughters and their  families involvement in the work) and putting in place volunteer Sunday School teachers for the year. Thank you for your prayers and your financial support. Please keep the construction of the Christian School in your prayers. Funds are needed to be able to finish by the middle of the year. Thank you! David and Annette 

Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite (Bulgaria) Please continue to pray for our work in the village of Odarne. While we have faced challenges and had some doors closed to us, others have been opened. Over the weekend we found out that the director of the community center is interested in letting us use one of the rooms there to resume our Christian values club for kids and might even be willing to help us invite kids to come. There are also several parents who are interested in attending a Christian summer camp with their children*. Please pray that these open doors for the gospel will one day lead to disciples being made and a church being planted in that village.

I have also written in the past about the village of Opanets. Yesterday, Amy spoke with a lady who is from that village. Amy told her about our idea to do something for kids at the beginning of summer (June 1st is the international day of the child). The lady was very interested and as it turns out her mother-in-law is the director of the community center in the village. Please pray that we be will be able to take advantage of this and other possible connections with the village and that we will be able to sow seeds of the gospel there. On Saturday we will be having dinner with J, an international student who describes himself as an agnostic Muslim. Pray that God will use our time with J to help him understand that there is definitely a God and that He sent Jesus Christ to die for his sins. 

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. mattdeckard.10@gmail.com

 Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) We are praising the Lord for a lady and her 3 sons who visited our church on a previous Sunday. We have had 7 first time visitors this month. We are excited about our church responding to the call to share the good news. Join us in praying for these people who are searching and for us as we follow up with them.nmorgan@iminc.org  

Randy/Kris Valandingham (Aiken) We thank everyone for their continual prayers and support for the work here at Rejoice Fellowship. Please remember them as they start the year off with discipling new believers on matters of stewardship.

Tim/ Kristi Johnson (Spain) As many of you know, we are in the beginning stages of a new church plant in a new area.  One of our strategies is to start making contacts by offering “English Conversations” at a local coffee shop.  Last week, we were able to find just the right place and talk to the owner about this new possibility, which will be each Tuesday evening.  Pray with us that God will guide these conversations as we meet new people and begin to build relationships.

Mirial Gainer (Japan) My eyes are doing well after cataract surgery. I’m using glasses for reading but not for driving. I’m finally finished with my neck braces. So thankful that the surgery was successful and the numbness in my hands is gone. I would appreciate continued prayers for Mother and for me as I care for her. 

PRAYER/PRAISE

*Rev. James Childers (Beaver Creek) Is dealing with the side effects of Cancer treatment, please continue to remember him in prayer.

*Rev. Bennie Turner (Eastern Conference) is recovering in the VA Hospital in Columbia following complications from a recent surgery. He still continues to receive regular dialysis. Please continue to remember him in prayer.

*Rev Sean Fortner (Beaver Creek) pray for Bro. Sean and his family as his mother passed away this week.

*Susie Owens (Rev. Wayland Owens) pray for sis. Susie as her brother passed away recently.

Minister Events

*Florence/Darlington Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday April 09th 8:30 AM at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence

*Spartanburg Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday April 09th at 9:00AM at the Grapevine Restaurant in Boiling Springs

 *Lancaster Area Minister Breakfast –March 26th Jomar’s Restaurant Lancaster, 9AM

*Conway Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday, March 5th, 2017, at Mt. Ariel FWB Church in Conway, 8:30 AM

*Lake City Area Minister Luncheon – Tuesday March 19th at The Shrimper, Lake City 10:30 AM

*Central Conference Meeting –April 13th  2019  9AM Hamlet First FWB Church

*Beaver Creek Conference Meeting – April 06th 2019 Registration 9:30 AM Services 10AM

*South Carolina Conference Meeting – TBA

*True life Conference Meeting –  March 16 Registration 9:45 Glory landYork, SC

*Eastern Conference Meeting – June 8th at St. John’s FWB Church in Pamplico at 9:30 AM

CHURCH NEWS

March

11-14 Revival New Prospect FWB Church (Johnsonville) With Rev Alan Sailors Special Singing 7PM Nightly

11-15 Revival Damascus FWB Church (Conway) with Rev. Buddy Seay 03/11-14, and Rev Chris Todd 03/15 7PM Nightly

17 Youth Sunday Happy Home FWB Church (Andrew) With Thad Jacobs Jr. Sunday School 10 AM Worship 11AM

17-20 Revival Mt. Elon FWB Church (Pamplico) 7pm nightly Tennessee Promotional Director Glenn Poston preaching

17-20 Turning Point FWB Church (Spartanburg) Old fashioned Revival with Dr. Joe Arthur and Wesley Campbell, Singers featuring The Parsons, The Rogers Family, and The Joyairres, Sun 10:30 &6 Mon-Fri 7PM

24-27 Revival Happy Home FWB Church (Andrews) With Rev. Sam Baine Sunday 6PM Mon-Wed 7:30pm

24-28 Revival Williams Hill FWB Church Hemingway Sun Larry McAllister, Mon-Tues Lon Howle, Wed-Thurs Lanney Ard

25-29 Saved By Grace FWB Church (Socastee) 03/25 – 03/26 Preacher Tony Miles.

03/27 – 03/29 Preacher Wayne Skipper. Special singing each night. More information contact 843-742-4633

APRIL

13th Fairview FWB Church Golf Tournament Captains Choice April 13 2019 Heddles Hideaway Proceeds go for Eteam For questions call Brian Webb at 864-327-7532

14-18 Revival Lockhart FWB Church (Lockhart) With Rev. Chris Todd 11AM & 6PM Sun, Mon-Thurs 7PM

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

The Reference Stake

Here is a little construction insight that has a biblical application. On several occasions I have hired subcontractors to pour a slab for me on a building I am about to build.  Already in place are the foundation blocks laid out as the perimeter of the building. The top of the blocks, (called header blocks) are set at exactly the right height to form the top of the foundation. All the subcontractor has to do is pour the inside full of concrete and finish it smoothly on top. However unless the subcontractor has reference stakes to go by while pouring, the concrete will be wavy and cause many problems ranging from trips hazards to un-level surfaces for flooring to attach to. The Subcontractor will pull a string tight across the foundation blocks and then drive in wooden stakes to the exact height of the string. He will strategically place these all over the structure to ensure a level pour.

The Apostle Paul warned of not have the proper reference with which to compare our own selves with.

2Co 10:12 ¶ For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Paul here reminds us that there are many people who seem to compare everyone and everything by their own standards. Jesus and his work are the standard with which we should compare ourselves. In the same way the reference stake gives an exact indication of the height that the foundation should be, Jesus is the exact standard of perfection that God requires.

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (KJV)

 “Prosphero Theos”                                                                     

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary

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