November 10, 2022 | Issue 315 | View as Webpage

I think a little chilly in the air has arrived. Not too bad for Thanksgiving, I believe. I certainly trust you are doing great these days. Karyn and I sure do love you all and find ourselves truly thanking the Lord for allowing us to be so blessed by you all for so many years. Thanksgiving provokes my heart in a major way. 

We all have much for which to be thankful. Last week, as we gave thanks for our veterans, I could not help but give God thanks for our beautiful nation and the thousands of men and women who give so much to make this land so incredible. At the Veteran’s luncheon, General Glenn Bramhall delivered one of the finest addresses I have ever heard about the significance of the lives of our veterans. The dining hall was full and the spirit was rich in reward. This week we participated in the Groundbreaking of the phenomenal mission outreach of Bridgeway Village. What do veterans and Bridgeway Village have to do with one another? Giving and sacrificing for others!!  As Christians, we really care! You all do this so outstandingly and have done so for years and years. Your pastor thanks you!

I am so looking forward to preaching The Word again this Sunday. My message is going to be very personal through God’s Word. I will be sharing with you a number of things I am most grateful for as I look back – and all from God’s Word. The Holy Spirit will speak to you and all of us. He always does. Added to this, we will witness the baptism of many people in both Genesis and Celebration. Last week over 50 people gave their lives to Christ through the pulpit ministry of our church. Many more called in. Bring your loved ones and friends. Just invite them.

I cannot wait to see you Sunday with your Bibles in hand.

Your friend and pastor,
Revelation Overview

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Please pray for our Pastor Search
and Spiritual Advisory Teams

Pastor Search Team

John Warner
Chip Foster
Mickey Sobeski
Chris Gardner
Bill Stewart
David Wise
Kristen Foster
Rick Mathis
Neal Williams
Christina Cleland
Kyle Shuler
Lesa Banks
Deneen Griffin
Robert Moore
Spiritual Advisory Team

Debbie Sobeski
Michael Latzka
Jim Barrett
Hal Foster
Larry Fike
Leann Greene
Larry Irvin
Lauren Morris
Ruthi Neely
Joanna Swanson

Every month representatives from the the Pastor's Search Teams listed above will be sharing video updates to keep us informed on their progress.

Every other week members from the Spiritual Advisory Team will be providing a continual flow of information as we move through this process. Last week's report was from co-chair John Warner. This week we gain insight from one of the Prayer Advisory team leaders, Lauren Morris.

These updates will help to keep us unified in prayer as we seek God's choice for the next pastor of First Baptist Spartanburg.
Join us in Prayer
Come spend an hour every Tuesday from noon to one in our Sanctuary to pray or be prayed for. You are welcome to stop in when you like and leave when you like.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7
November Prayer Focus
Please pray for our Workers who are serving so faithfully right here in Spartanburg, our nation, and around the world, and many of them may be far from their loved ones and friends as we go into the holiday season. 
Please join us in praying for Overflow, our Thanksgiving outreach to the community. Ask the Lord to provide food for families in our community that will bless them during the coming holiday season. Pray that the Lord would give volunteers opportunities and boldness in sharing the Gospel with each family who comes, and for hearts to be ready to accept Jesus!
The Bridge is a great place to volunteer! 
Visit our website at and look for the Orientation video to learn how you can join The Bridge Volunteer Team.
Watch, Like and Share last week's 
Services on Facebook
For the friends you want to invite to Worship, share last week's video and invite them to church this Sunday!
Invite a friend to watch the Genesis Service online, or live in theHangar this Sunday
See what God is doing in the FBS Student Ministry on Wednesday Nights!
Spread the Encouragement from our pastor this week!
What's happening this week at First Spartanburg!
The Vision 2020 Story
Vision 2020 Launch and Fly Through Video CLICK TO SEE

During the fall season, we often think of the harvest and 2 Corinthians 9:6, “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” Thank you for sowing bountifully through your generous giving so that more people can be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
With our online giving, it is easy to keep current on your tithes by setting up an auto recurring gift or making a one-time gift. You can also give your tithe during the service on Sunday, place it in one of the many giving boxes around the church or send it to the church by mail if you are unable to attend the service. Thank you for your commitment to maintain your faithful stewardship in every area of your life – time, talent, treasures and testimony.
If you missed the financial study
We Are Family - Watch it here!
Raising Financial Healthy Kids with Chris Goulard and Dave Briggs was a powerful seminar filled with practical applications and Biblical insight to help our kids have a Godly perspective on money. Watch it and share with your friends!

Stay informed via Text
For general TKD reminders text @tkdupdates to 81010 
For MPACT Kids reminders text @mpactkids to 81010

We Are Senior Adult Ministry
Jesus is here for us all.
We are here for you all.
Because we love you, our ministry team is committed to walk with you through this challenging time.  We are here to:

  1. Listen 
  2. Pray
  3. Share Jesus
  4. Talk
  5. Encourage

Feel free to call us anytime at 864-583-7245.  You may also connect with live prayer lines at 1-877-443-2273 or visit our website at

Join us in praying for more
to accept Jesus as Lord.

Thus far in 2022, over 17,800 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 418 people have given their lives to Jesus through the broadcasts of The Encouraging Word!

Receive the Daily Encouraging Word, catch us on Social Media, or Request Prayer! 
Click the links below to discover more:

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Dr Wilton's Encouraging Word daily devotional is available free of charge in a number of ways! Each morning via email at It is also recorded Monday through Friday and can be listened to at 864.764.1462 . Or if you would like a copy of the quarterly magazine, call 1-866-899-WORD (9673).
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Members who need prayer
Spartanburg Regional Hospital
William “Billy” Campbell

Pelham Medical
Marie Lipscomb (surg 12/12)
Joyce Laws (surg 12/2)
Members in Rehab

Spartanburg Rehab Institute (SRI)
Lewis “Rick” Carlisle 

Linda Lewis
White Oak Webber Rd.
Bea Dillard

Belle Smith (Rick Smith’s mother) 
Tony McMillan 
Post Acute Care Greenville
Rebecca Steadman

Members in Hospice Care
Mannie Horton - Upstate Community Hospice - Landrum
Chuck Gaines, Sr – Hospice at Home
Mildred Fridy – Eden Terrace Hospice

Special Prayer Requests

(Due to the many requests for prayer, we try to leave names on this list for 30 days. Please feel free to request a name to be listed again.)

Bobby G. Martin, Margaret Cothran, Billy Bersagli (Becky Morris’s brother), Lula Armstrong (Johnny McCraw’s granddaughter), Alan Roberts, Wayne Grigg, Edward Anthony (Jo Ellen Clubb’s father), Joe & Marsha Goodwin, Hortense Bunt, Mona & Don Ezell, Martha Gribble (Russ Gribble’s mother), John Anthony Taylor (Chester & Carolyn Lawson’s grandson), Brenda Mullinax, Barry Jennings, Stephanie Smith, Carroll Tipton, Jerry & Darlene Holden (Rosea Zoellner’s parents)(TEW viewers), Donna Garrison, Jean Lowery, Jim and Elaine Mann, Debbie & Roy Smith, Jr., Charlie Lowery & Lynn Lowery (Jean Lowery’s children), Kevin Lagerholm (Norma Jean Lagerholm’s son), Mike Garren (Norma Jean Lagerholm’s nephew), Leon Harvey, Mike & Mary Crawley, Shirley O’dell, James & Frances Paslay, Jane Warren, Stephen Hughey (Marie Lipscomb’s nephew), Danielle Whitaker, Larry Gowan (Cindy Miller’s father), Larry & Joan Quinn (Carolyn Lawson’s cousins), Robert Simpson (Jean Allison’s brother) Ron & Wilma Hayes, Miriam Morgan, Linda Merrill, Billy Campbell, Anna Barrett & unborn baby, Renee Brown (Debra Key’s friend), Lachlan Hyatt, Jenny Johnson, Tommie McAllister (Chad McAllister’s grandmother), Jeanette Kirby, Bill Gramling & Mike Petty (Margaret Suits’ friends), Mike Turner (Tami Morris’ co-worker’s Dad) Karmen Kingsmore, Kate Suits (Stephen Suits Sister-in-law), Marie Humphries’ Mother, Anna Barrett & her newborn baby (Joanne Carter’s friend), Roger Riggins (Joanne Carter’s friend), Scyler Loftis (Steven & Darlene Williams’ Daughter), Mildred Graves (Darlene Williams’ Mother), Scott Hayes (Audrey Hampton’s Son)

Christian Sympathy is Extended to:
Family of Juanita Dillard (Terri Gowdy & Britt Dillard’s aunt) who passed 9/30
Family of Sandra Anders (Debra Key’s mother) who passed away 10/1
Family of Carolyn Bryson who passed away 10/2
Family of Ralph Allen who passed away 10/8
Family of Jenny Leopard (Tom Leopard’s mother) who passed away 10/9
Family of Joyce Kuipers (Linda Martin’s mother) who passed away 10/10
Family of Paul Horne (Madelyn Horne’s son & Gina Williamson’s brother) 10/14
Family of Ray Rooke who passed away 10/17
Family of Sal Delgado (Kay Edwards’ father) who passed away 10/18
Family of Sarah Lancaster (Rhonda Fisher’s mother) who passed away 10/21
Family of Wilford McAbee who passed away 10/24
Family of Louise Keesler who passed away 10/28
Family of Dan Miller (Brian Miller’s brother) who passed away 10/31
Family of Dr. John Stowell who passed away 10/31
Family of Gwen Mooneyham who passed away 11/6
Family of Rita Boggero Chapman who Passed away 9/20
Family of Marie Blackwell who passed away 11/8

Pray for our missionaries who have birthdays or anniversaries in November
Owen (APAC) Nov 2
Cogdill Anniv (SIL) Nov 8
Patrick (SIL) Nov 15
Bella (APAC) Nov 20
Amy (CA) Nov 21
Alexis (Canada) Nov 22
Todd (APAC) Nov 27 
Ben (CA) Nov 30
Pray for our ladies and gentlemen serving in our military

Lt. Caleb Robinson, US Navy - Guam
SGT. Luke Redding, US Army - Ft. Bragg, NC
Brandon Duke, US Air Force -
PFC Joshua Ruff, US Marines - Camp Lejeune, NC
Lt. Jake Moore- US Army - Ft. Benning, GA
To add an active duty service lady or gentleman please contact
At Home Neighborhoods

Members in Asst. Living /Nursing Facilities as Residents

Ashlan Village
Miriam Vickery

Brushy Creek Cottages in Greer
Martha Turner

Cascades Verdae - Independent Living
Len & Kay Carroll

Chandler Creek Village
Norma Jean Lagerholm

Eden Terrace
Peggy Biggerstaff
Gerald Emory
Mildred Fridy
Betty Gillespie
Jim & Elaine Mann
Barbara Shepherd
Suzanne (Suzi) Smith
Grady Stewart
Jack Tyner

*Easley Nursing Home
Carolyn Crowe

Fairhaven of Forest City
Carolyn Morgan

The Gardens at Eastside - Greenville        
Margaret Kirby

Greenville Glen - Greenville, SC
Steve Satterfield, Sr.

Lakewood Senior Living - Boiling Springs
Betty Heatherly

Lakewood Senior Living - Independent Living
Betty Medford

Magnolia Manor Inman
Samuel Lee Perry

Physical Rehabilitation & Wellness (PRW)
Rhonda Fisher

Rolling Greene - Greenville
Sally Hutcheson

Ruby McDowell
Betty Toney

Rosecrest - Independent Living
Loretta Cassell

Richard Smith

Summit Hills Asst Living
Rachel McMillan
Lib Woolbright

Summit Hills - Independent Living
Linda Arnold
Henry H. Hamilton

Summit Hills NH
Peggy Gilliland

The Waterford at Columbia
Jane Littlejohn

Wesley Court Asst. Living, Boiling Springs
Helen Young

White Oak Asst. Living Webber Rd
Jo Ann Adams

White Oak - Independent Living
Harriet Baughman
Sara Hall
Jim Miller
Bill Osteen
Pat Tate
Lou Ann Walker
Eula Williams

White Oak, Northgrove
Mirth Bolton

White Oak Manor - East Pearl Street
Sara Duncan

Woodbridge Senior Living of Spartanburg
Donna Garrison
Our FBS "At Home" Residents enjoy your care through cards, calls & visits. Please contact the church office if you have any updates. 864-583-7245 or by email to

This list contains members who are residents in nursing & assisted living neighborhoods. Please let us know when someone is in the hospital or a facility for rehab so they can be added to the "Let Us Pray" list. If someone is living "At Home" independently they will be listed through their Life Groups and Deacons.
Minister on Call:  For assistance, call 864.583.7245 - option 6 
We are excited to share inspiration and information every day from FBS both online and on our Social Media. You will find Encouraging Words from Dr. Don on Instagram, Facebook and our Website around noon each day! 
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First Baptist Spartanburg
(864) 583-7245