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SCFWB Weekly Vol 6 NO 4

SCFWB Weekly Vol 6 No 04       

January 24, 2019

2019 SCFWB State Meeting

The 77th annual meeting of the SCFWB State Association will be held on February 28-March 1st. This year’s meeting is hosted by the Central Association and will take place at White Savannah Free Will Baptist Church located on State Highway 65, Conway SC. The meeting this year will have a strong emphasis on prayer. IM director Clint Morgan will be our Thursday night speaker. More information, including a program will be made available soon. To Preregister for the State Meeting CLICK HERE

*HOTEL Reservations* are available now at The Sleep Inn and Suites 3345 West Highway 501, Conway, SC 29526 call 843-365-2828 for $70 dollars per night. If you have AAA or are a senior be sure to ask about rates through them as they might provide a larger discount. Rates are available from Wednesday February 27-Friday March 1st

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.

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

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!

3rd Annual Pastor’s Day at the State House

Tuesday February 26th. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette will be our keynote speaker. The meeting will begin at 1st Baptist Church of Columbia. To register follow the link: Click Here  Password: pastor 

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/

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.

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.

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) Thanks to everyone who has prayed for the Marincek Church as it´s new Pastor (Pr. Myron) has taken over the leadership. His dear wife, reminds me a lot of Geneva, as she is working with the children. Please continue praying for the Church. The First Church presented their Christmas music program two nights at the First Church and later sung in at least 4 hospitals. I don´t have any fixed jobs, now, at the Marincek Church, so I trust that in the near future I will be able to visit some of our other churches, with a disire to encourage them in their work for the Lord.

Carlisle Hanna (India) is stateside. Please remember him in his travels and ministry. Please remember the works in North & South India as well as Nepal.

David Aycock  (Brazil) The Lord really blessed as we presented our Christmas play a revised story of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. We had 171 in attendance with 70 visitors. As we enter the new year we have received 9 new church members. We continue praying for funds to complete our Christian School building. We would like to finish by the middle of the year. Thanks for your prayers and financial support, David and Annette

Jonathan/Amy Postlewaite (Bulgaria) Please continue to pray for our efforts to make connections with people through weekly English clubs. Amy has people in our home to learn English several times each week and I lead a weekly “English conversation club”. There have been a few opportunities to talk about our faith and our work as church planters during these times of meeting with people. Please pray that we will be able to build trust with the people we work with and that we will be able to eventually share the gospel with the people we know through this endeavor. One of our goals here is to not only plant a church in the city, but also to see churches planted in the region. To that end we are really praying for opportunities to create more “points of contact” in various villages throughout the year. Often these “points of contact” are people who live and work here in the city but still maintain strong ties to their home village. Please pray that God will help us to find open doors for the gospel throughout our area as we get to know more people in the city and as we get out among the villages. Yesterday I was able to sit and have coffee with my friend Yaro for several hours. Yaro is a single guy who we met a little over a year ago when he came to one of our monthly gatherings because of the recommendation from a friend from our church in Svishtov (where Tim and Lydia Awtrey work). Yaro and I talked about religion and theology for quite a while. Like many other Bulgarians, Yaro thinks that it is enough to “be a good person” and to do good things if a person wants to go to Heaven. Please pray that God will help Yaro to understand that salvation is not based on how “good” we are or what we do, but is instead based on faith in the saving work of 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. mattdeckard.10@gmail.com

 Neil/ Mandi Morgan (Spain) We are excited about a new event we are trying February 1 as an outreach. Mandi will be leading a painting party for women at our house. We will be painting Valentine’s pictures and talking about love. Please pray for the logistics of this event and for those who will come. Also, our church is beginning to look for a new location again. Please be in prayer for God to provide the perfect location to bring Him the most glory and for the location to be a reasonable price. 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) Thanks for your prayers for various events we were involved in last week.  We are enjoying getting back into ministry and seeing how God has been working in lives while we were in the States.  Each week brings different opportunities to minister, and we ask you to pray for us as we meet with our teammates this week and begin some of the initial work for our new church plant.  

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.

PRAYER/PRAISE

*Rev. James Childers (Beaver Creek) please remember him in prayer as he undergoes treatment

*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 12th 8:30 AM at Bazen’s Restaurant Florence

*Spartanburg Area Minister Breakfast – Tuesday February 12th 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 January 15th at The Shrimper, Lake City 10:30 AM

*Central Conference Meeting –April 9th  2019  9AM Hamlet First 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 –  March 16 Registration 9:45 Glory landYork, SC

*Eastern Conference Meeting – March 8th at Beacon FWB Church in Ladson at 9:30 AM

CHURCH NEWS

January

27th Mission Service Bay Branch FWB Church (Timmonsville) Bro. Carlisle Hanna and Don will be speaking during Sunday School and worship service.

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

February     

18th-22nd Revival Temple FWB Church (Darlington) 7pm nightly Pastor Lon Howle will be our guest speaker Special singing each service

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

The Problem With Good Things

I wonder how many of us are missing out on what the Lord has in store by seeking after good things? I realize that question is probably not giving you warm and fuzzy feelings; so please allow me to explain.

Good isn’t good if it is the enemy of great.

The world offers many “good” things that we can seek after. Perhaps a job that pays more but takes you away from your Family, or a promotion that decreases your ability to attend church regularly. A new house and car are good things unless they saddle you with so much debt that you become a slave to your creditor. Even hobbies are good things until they begin to interfere with God’s will for your life. In The Lord’s parable of the sower, he spoke of an unfruitful bunch of whom the thorns of this life had choked out. It is my prayer that we will not allow good to become the enemy of great.

Mt 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

 “Prosphero Theos”                                                                     

Chris Todd

SCFWB Executive Secretary

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