June 10, 2021 | Issue 239| View as Webpage

Greetings to all my brothers and sisters! I hope all is well with you and your families as we soar into the summer month of June. So many are traveling and headed out on vacations and travels of every kind. Be safe, and travel carefully. Try and not work on your cell phones while driving and keep your eyes on the road. Always remember the other person in the other car may not be as attentive as you are. Anticipate every corner, and keep alert. Distractions happen to all of us all the time. None of us are exempt. Just one second can make a difference. Above all else pray before you travel. Ask the Lord for “traveling mercies,” and ask Him to send His guardian angels to watch over you. He does, and they will.
This week many of our people have been engaged in Backyard Bible Clubs in the neighborhoods. It is just so wonderful to see as children turn out and have the best time ever. So many seeds are sown for the gospel in the hearts of these children, and many make decisions for Christ that change the trajectory of their lives forever. How grateful we all are for the scores of our people who have opened their homes and hearts and give so much time as hosts to these precious children. God bless you all.
On Sunday last, we had such a powerful Church Council meeting under the leadership of David Wise. Then, on Wednesday Kelly Banks led our Finance team as we studied the financial portfolio of the church. God is blessing us all so much. We are lagging a little in our offerings this month. I am sure many of you will want to be reminded of the wonderful joy we have as we tithe and give to the work of the Lord. Of course the Bible teaches us and tells us to do this. But the joy that comes when we give in obedience to the Lord is so very powerful. We all know this. So give with a cheerful heart. Catch up with your giving, if perhaps, you may have gotten a little behind. We all do from time to time. And be blessed.
The deacons meeting, led by Chip Foster was such a blessing as the deacons heard reports about several incredible ministries through our church. Jim Barrett really gave us joy as he showed us, in pictures, how our people have given over one million dollars to missions this last year. This is really wonderful. The deacons also have a unanimous recommendation to bring to the church as soon as we can get a good date to ask our church to come together - not so easy in the summer!!
I am just so filled with thankfulness to the Lord for all of this.
Praise be the name of the Lord.
See you Sunday with your Bibles in hand.
Your friend and pastor,
Discover your place in Ministry this Summer
Kentucky Missions is just a week away
More Backyard Bible Clubs in July
And every day there are opportunities at the Bridge
More info is at www.fbs.org/summer
REVIVE 2021 is our church-wide prayer focus centered around 3 circles in our lives. Join with us as we seek to deepen our personal spiritual growth, our prayer for and relationships with our neighbors, and our dedicated prayer towards specific ministry areas right here at FBS.

Daily Bible Study and Prayer STRENGTHENS us!
Today's passage is Isaiah chapters 32 & 33. Consider joining us as we SOAP together. You can get a copy of our daily SOAP scriptures HERE. And if you have not yet joined an Adult Discipleship group discover more HERE. These are weekly accountability groups centered around our daily SOAP reading.

Praying for our neighbors CHANGES us and our neighborhoods!
More and more are signing up to join in praying for our neighbors for a total of 205 families. See the graphic below showing how many have prayed, cared and shared!
If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet you can do so HERE.

Praying for our Church MULTIPLIES the fruit of Ministry!!
For the month of June, we are praying for Senior Adults.You can see specific ways to pray HERE.

Much more than a program… the intentional discipline that comes in the PLAN of REVIVE 2021 can be a great tool of God to help us stay focused and unified as we grow!
In this unique season remember we have ONLINE opportunities to Worship in addition to our worship centers!
1- Watch WSPA TV-7 or YouTube 
(No interaction just watching)
2- Watch and Interact via chat - FaceBook or Livestream  
(watching and interaction via chat and comments)
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 week!
Invite a friend to watch the Genesis Service on line, or live in the Hangar this Sunday!

Virtual Wednesday Service
STREAMING WEDNESDAYS AT 7PM on the church website and the Student Ministry Facebook Page
Share our pastor's Bible based teaching with your friends and spread the Encouragement!!
Celebrating what God did in this special week of camp!!
We continue to be so blessed by your faithful generosity to First Baptist Spartanburg. As we move into the summer months, it is often easy to let our giving slide when we are out of town. 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 while you are away. Thank you for your commitment to maintain your faithful stewardship in every area of your life – time, talent, treasures and testimony. As a reminder, here are some of the many options you can consider as you think about your financial stewardship:

1.  We will continue to collect tithes and offerings at the end of each service or you can use one of the drop boxes around the church.
2.  Online giving (one-time or recurring) through our Realm giving platform at  www.fbs.org/give is available 24/7. Currently 40% of all gifts are given online.
3.  Vision 2020 – consider making an extra gift above your tithe to prepare for the relaunch of Vision 2020.
4. If you would like to give stock, please call our Business Office at 864-699-4225 and they can tell you how to have it transferred directly to the church.
5. If you are over 70 ½ and have to take a Required Distribution from your IRA, talk to your tax advisor about how you can send that directly to the church and save on taxes.
6. If you prefer to mail in your gift please send it to 250 East Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29306.
7. This may also be a good time to review your will and considered how you can bless First Baptist by establishing a legacy gift through your estate. Visit www.fbs.org/legacy to learn more about how our partner, Philanthrocorp, can confidentially help you plan through this process at no cost to you.
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! 
Details at www.fbs.org with even more opportunities to stay connected! 
Follow us and join the conversation all week long! www.fbs.org/social
June Prayer Focus
Focusing this month on Open Doors and the Persecuted Church.
Pray for churches and Christians all over the world who are facing persecution and discrimination for their obedience in following Jesus. Over 340 million Christians are living in places where they experience high levels of persecution, including banishment from families and communities, imprisonment and death. Churches are being attacked and destroyed and their believers scattered. Pray for the churches to stand firm in their faith and doors open. Pray that organizations like Open Doors continue to track and bring awareness of the persecuted church, which is higher today than at any other time in history. 
Remember the High Place at The Bridge
is open for Prayer
Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

This Summer, our preschoolers will be learning all about how they can trust God no matter what! We can have confidence in God’s love and the things He tells us. We can PRESS PLAY and follow God without fear!

Download the PARENT CUE app here on your phone to watch Bible story videos and follow along at home each week.
The Woodlands Preschool
"from little seeds grow mighty trees"
Be an Encourager...Join the team where Christ makes the difference in the lives of His children every day! 
TKD Families we want to stay connected with you. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @thekiddepot. Also join the remind text by texting @tkdupdates to 81010. God built us for community no matter where or how we can come together. Thanks for allowing us to partner with you on this parenting journey!
If you don't have a wristband yet they are available by emailing info@fbs.org or at all Guest Services stations on Sunday.
Life Groups are meeting on campus each and every Sunday. The hallways are bustling, smiles and laughter are heard throughout, and our Life Group teachers are back to faithfully teaching the Word of God. We have rooms that allow for social distancing and are making every effort to sanitize the room before your arrival. If you are looking for a Life Group to attend or need to verify its location, click HERE!
We are super excited to be Back to Life and hope to see you very soon!
We Are Senior Adult Ministry
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 www.fbs.org

 Jesus is here for Us All!
We are here for You All!
So far in 2021, 8130 people have called/texted or emailed for prayer and 131 people have made decisions to accept Jesus through the broadcasts of 
The Encouraging Word!
Join us in praying for more to accept Jesus as Lord
Receive the Daily Encouraging Word, catch us on Social Media, or Request Prayer! 

Keep up to date with our broadcasts:

For Daily Bible Study 
Dr Wilton's Encouraging Word daily devotional is available free of charge in a number of ways! Each morning via email at www.TEWonline.org. 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).

All proceeds go to The Encouraging Word.

Spartanburg Regional Hospital   
Annette Miller                                                                                   
Camilla Ramborger(surg 6/8)           
Marguerite Compton

St. Francis Hospital Eastside
Beth Johnson (surg 6/28)
Carolina Medical Center-Charlotte
Debbie Smith (proc 6/15)

LeConte Medical Center - Sevierville, Tn.
Susan Wynn (Will be discharged to rehab 6/11)
Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital-Atlanta
Maple Shaw (surg 6/16) (Steve & Gay Skinner’s granddaughter)

SRH- Mary Black Campus
Tom Boyter

Greenville Children’s Hospital
Ruthi Louise Neely (Bob & Ruthi Neely’s granddaughter( (surg 6/15)


(All Residents are on the "At Home Neighborhoods" list)
White Oak - Northgrove
Bryan Hines (Dale Hines’ brother)
Merle Parnell
Marguerite Compton
Betty Cooksey (Ann Barone’s mother)

White Oak Rehab – Webber Rd.
Eula Williams

Valley Falls Terrace
Marilyn Band Conley

Physical Rehab & Wellness Center of Spartanburg
Stanley Humphries (Judy Humphries’ brother)


Lula Bell Clark (Katherine Good’s sister) - Hospice Care at Home
Mannie Horton - Agape Hospice House in Landrum
CR Rhinehart - Hospice Care at Home
Bill & Betty Woodard - Hospice Care at Home
Allen Hazel - Hospice Care at Home


Family of Vernon Greene who passed away 5/10
Family of Tracy Silver Burnett who passed away 5/14
Family of Bobby Lee Pitts (Deborah Williams’ father) who passed away 5/15
Family of Anatoily Svenchenko (Emiliya Renegar’s father) who passed away 5/16
Family of Jerry Neal who passed away 5/19
Family of Dawn Neely (Bob & Ruthi Neely’s sister-in-law) who passed 5/29
Family of James Lewis who passed away 5/31
Family of Jean Ivey who passed away 6/2
Family of Marvin Horton (Rita Chapman’s brother) who passed away 6/10


Frank Walters (Stan Walters’ brother), Jason White, Lanier Wise, Jim and Elaine Mann, Pennie Wood (Dianne Smith’s sister), Marge Woodruff, Miriam Vickery, Tim Wilson, Jerry Riggins, Donna Bate, Faye Johnson, Charles Head (Don & Joanne Carter’s family), Jean Hamner, Roger Britt, Broadus Hall (Dianne Easler’s friend), Maple Shaw, Hellen Reeves (Joanne Carter’s sister), Joyce Pierce, Marian Heatherly, Charlie Lowery & Lynn Lowery (Jean Lowery’s children), Trish Vander Meulen, Alan Maness, Bill & Denise McKeown, Rosa Longshore, Ralph & Merle Parnell, Kasey Greene (Jan Greene’s daughter), Dillon & Kim Key, Craig & Tonya Pender (Anna Steadman’s friends), Madlyn Berkland, Jimmie Hicks, Beth Johnson, Earline Powell, Donna & Lauren (Joy Powell’s friends), Christopher Traitor & Linda Traitor, Allen Langford, Jordan Harris (John & Cary Harris’ daughter), Betty Gladden (Sandra Bragg’s family friend), Sandra Anders, Dina Moyers (Terri Lancaster’s friend), O. K. Gaskins, Ed Pennebaker, Bruce, Roberta Fogg, Rebecca Jones, Debbie & Roy Smith, Jr., Everette Reese Reynolds (Jim & Anita Branum’s granddaughter), Teresa Branum (Jim Branum’s mother), Audrey Hampton, Sylvia Nicholls, Felix Bulsa (Derrick Bulsa’s father)

MPACT Partners with birthdays and
anniversaries in June
Mingo (SeA) 6/8
Kristopher (Canada) 6/19

Lt. Caleb Robinson, US Navy - Guam
PFC Luke Redding, US Army - Fort Bragg, NC
Matthew Dorfman, US Army - S. Korea
Brandon Duke - US Air Force - Jordan 
Joshua Ruff, US Marines - Camp Lejeune, NC  

Minister on Call:  For assistance, call 864.583.7245 -option 6 
At Home Neighborhoods / Care-Pray-Visit
Members in Asst. Living /Nursing Facilities as Residents
Ashlan Village
Miriam Vickery
Peggy Gilliland
Peggy McIntyre
Mildred Robertson
Brushy Creek Cottages in Greer
Martha Turner 
Cascades Verdae - Independent Living
Len & Kay Carroll 
Chandler Creek Village
Norma Jean Lagerholm
Eden Terrace
James Ballew
Jim & Elaine Mann  
Suzanne (Suzi) Smith 
Grady Stewart 
Jack Tyner 
Joyce Ward  
Mildred Fridy
Bill & Ruby Jeffords Sr.
Betty Gillespie
*Easley Nursing Home
Carolyn Crowe
The Gardens at Eastside – Greenville
Margaret Kirby
Lakewood Senior Living - Boiling Springs
Betty Heatherly  
Magnolia Manor Inman
Samuel Lee Perry
Rolling Greene - Greenville
Sally Hutcheson
Ruby McDowell  
Betty Toney
Rosecrest - Independent Living
 Loretta Cassell  
Steve Satterfield, Sr. 
Madge York 
Summit Hills Asst Living
Rachel McMillan
Lib Woolbright 
Summit Hills - Independent Living   
Linda Arnold
Henry H. Hampton
The Terrace at Lakewood - Independent Living
Betty Medford  
The Waterford at Columbia
Jane Littlejohn    
Valley Falls Terrace
Juanita Byers
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
Jean Phillips
Pat Tate
Lou Ann Walker
Eula Williams *In rehab at White Oak – Webber Rd.
Marge Woodruff
White Oak, Northgrove
Mirth Bolton
Louise Keesler 
White Oak Manor- East Pearl St.
Sara Duncan
Winsor House - Greenville
Christine Woodsby       
Woodruff Manor
Dee Bolton 
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 dkey@fbs.org
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.
Encouraging Complete and Courageous Living in Christ

First Baptist Spartanburg
(864) 583-7245