January 13. 2022| Issue 269 View as Webpage
Greetings!

It sure looks like we may get some snow (or ice) this weekend. Please stay safe, have a lot of fun with your little ones, and try your level best to be in church with me. We will be there. The Word of God is too vital and there are too many people searching for meaning and hope. And, if, for reasons beyond your control, you cannot be in church in person, please join with all of us on television at 11:00 AM or live stream at 9:00 and 10:30 AM. The Lord has something very important for all of us to hear together as one, united body of believers, and something very important for us to hear individually - that will be exactly what we each need to hear to CLARIFY the perfect will of God for our lives.
 
You are all such a blessing and how wonderful to be together like this despite our divided world. I was personally, in four incredible gatherings this past week where leaders of our church met and considered the future vision and direction of our great church. The CLARITY God has obviously given our men and women is incredible. Discussions, questions, and such valued input from amazing giftedness all comes together in spiritual unity and love for the Lord Jesus and His work through First Baptist Church.
 
Starting January 30 we are all being called to prayer (and fasting) as we begin to communicate and unpack the very exciting Vision 2020 God has made clear to so many.
 
Yes, while the world twists and turns, Jesus is on His throne. And, He has put a rainbow in our hearts right here in this wonderful church, in this great and growing city and among a vast array of people - all who need Jesus and His love.
 
So, I cannot wait to see you all Sunday with your Bibles open to Nehemiah Chapter One!
 
Your friend and pastor,
Are you off to a good start?
Who have you invited to church so far this year?

3 Wonderful opportunities to invite friends far from God:

Parenting Conference January 23rd
Women's Conference January 28th
Wild Game Dinner February 3 & 5

You can be used by God to change their life for eternity...
Invite a friend today!

(details below)
Register now for "See Her" an exciting overnight retreat with our home grown girl Courtney Veasey. It will begin Friday, January 28, 2022 at 6:30 PM and continue through Saturday, January 29 at 3:00 PM. The cost of the retreat is $150. Details of the event are on the registration page. www.fbs.org/women. 
Courtney will share with us how God “sees us” right where we are in our own personal journey of life, no matter your age or stage of life! We will study God’s word, make new friends, and build strong enduring friendships. So with a twinkle in your eye and dancing shoes on your feet register today! We can’t wait to see you!
January Prayer Focus
As we go into the New Year, our focus this month is on the refugees and internationals coming into our country seeking to start a new life. Pray for organizations like Samaritan’s Purse who are partnering with churches across America in welcoming Afghan refugees displaced by war in their own country.  Pray for the 56,000 Afghan refugees spread out in seven (7) bases throughout the U.S. Pray that each family, following their entry and processing here in the States, will be partnered with churches through Samaritan’s Purse to receive the support they will need, including housing and basic necessities, cultural connections, documentation, employment, language, transportation, and many other needs that they will encounter. Pray for opportunities to show each the love of Jesus, and that they would accept Him into their lives.
The Bridge is a great place to volunteer! 
Visit our website at www.thebridgeatgreenstreet.org and look for the Orientation video to learn how you can join The Bridge Volunteer Team.
ADDITIONAL WAYS TO WORSHIP 
In person is best... but 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)
FACEBOOK FEEDS
Watch, Like and Share last week's 
Services on Facebook
SUNDAY'S CELEBRATION LIVE STREAM
For the friends you want to invite to Worship, share last week's video and invite them to church this week!
SUNDAY'S GENESIS LIVE STREAM
Invite a friend to watch the Genesis Service on line, or live in the Hangar this Sunday!

WEDNESDAY'S MVMT LIVE STREAM
If you missed last night's MVMT watch here and join us in person next week!
THIS WEEK'S ENCOURAGING WORD MESSAGE
Share our pastor's Bible based teaching with your friends and spread the Encouragement!
FROM OUR CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR 
Happy New Year!  As we reflect back on the last year, we are very grateful for the faithful generosity so many of you have shown to the ministries of First Baptist Spartanburg.  As we go through this next year, we want to encourage you to make a renewed commitment to be a faithful steward in every area of your life – time, talents, treasure and testimony. Here are a couple of the many options you can consider as you think about your financial stewardship:
 
·         On Sunday morning, you continue to have an opportunity to give your tithes and offerings at the end of each service or you can use one of the drop boxes around the church. 

.        Have you used our online giving (one-time or recurring) platform through Realm at www.fbs.org/give or on the FBS app? It is available 24/7 and currently close to 40% of all gifts are given online. 
Story Time
Who is the best story teller you know? We all love a great story and a good story tellers can captivate us and bring us right into the tale they tell. Jesus was the master story teller. This month, our preschoolers will learn that when Jesus talks, it’s time to listen. Jesus’s stories can teach us so many important things!


Discover more by watching our preview video CLICK HERE.

Download the PARENT CUE app here on your phone to watch Bible story videos and follow along at home each week.
Be an Encourager...Join the team where Christ makes the difference in the lives of His children every day! 
The Woodlands Preschool
"from little seeds grow mighty trees"
CHILDCARE PROVIDED FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP
KEEP INFORMED VIA TEXT!
For general TKD reminders text @tkdupdates to 81010 
For MPACT Kids reminders text @mpactkids to 81010
KEEP THE CONVERSATION ALIVE!
If you don't have a wristband - Get yours 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!
Thus far in 2022, 517 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 3 people have given their life to Jesus through the broadcasts of The Encouraging Word!
Join us in praying for more to accept Jesus as Lord
STAY CONNECTED WITH TEW!
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).

CALL 864-699-1750 TO ORDER YOUR COPY
All proceeds go to The Encouraging Word.
PRAYING IN UNITY
Thousands of neighbors are being prayed for by members of our church! Don't miss the blessing, sign up by clicking HERE
MEMBERS WHO NEED YOUR PRAYER

Spartanburg Regional Hospital                                                                         
Jimmy Smith (surg 1/14)

Spartanburg Rigional Hospital - Mary Black Campus
Bessie Hobbs                                                                          
 
Spartanburg Restorative
Peggy Biggerstaff (Stanley Biggerstaff’s mother)

Pelham Medical
Trish Vander Meulen (surg 1/17)

Mission Hospital - Asheville, NC
Mr. McCallister (Allison Jones’ father)

MUSC  - Charleston, SC
Stephen Caddell (Randy & Myra Caddell’s grandson) (surg 1/15 & 1/16)



MEMBERS IN REHAB
(All Residents are on the "At Home Neighborhoods" list)

White Oak - Northgrove
Bryan Hines (Dale Hines’ brother)

Spartanburg Rehab Institute (SRI)
Peggy Gilliland (Sondra Biggerstaff’s mother)

Rosecrest
Mildred Graves (Darlene Williams’ mother)




MEMBERS IN HOSPICE CARE   

Mannie Horton - Agape Hospice House in Landrum
CR Rhinehart - Hospice Care at Home
Bill Woodard - Hospice Care at Home


CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY IS EXTENDED TO:

Family of Matthew Strickland (Don & Dianne Strickland’s son) passed 12/10
Family of Sara Walker (Sally Hughes & Beth Miller’s mother) passed 12/13
Family of Gary Morgan (Jim &Miriam Morgan’s son) who passed away 12/13
Family of Roy Cook (Vickie Cook’s father) who passed away 12/13
Family of Brenda Easler (Kathy Dillard’s aunt) who passed away 12/13
Family of Harley Hutchins (Jan Couch’s cousin) who passed away 12/14
Family of Bessie Oglesby (Lib Baily & Dianne Gossett’s mother) passed 12/18
Family of Deena Janecek who passed away 12/22
Family of Elaine Blanton (Steven Blanton’s mother) who passed away 12/23
Family of Christine Woodsby who passed away 12/24
Family of Betty Black (Renae Welchel’s mother) who passed away 12/27
Family of Liam Steading (Mike & Sheran Steading's grandson) who passed away 12/27
Family of Barrett Gillespie (AJ & Dianne Norton’s son) who passed 12/31   
Family of Peggy Hall who passed away 12/31     
Family of Betty League who passed away 1/4  
Family of Roy Turner (Cheryl MacMillan’s father) who passed away 1/12
Family of William “Bill” Williams (Kathy Cox’s father) who passed away 1/13
 
 

SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST

Richard Vickery (Miriam Vickery’s son), Randall Whitaker, Mike & Teresa Epperly (Sal Barone’s family), Adrianne Mack (Elda Webber’s grandson), Molene Childers, Knox Painter - 3 mos (Bud & Sandy Griffin’s great grandson), Sheila Colley Keith (Janice Jefferies’ sister), Jean Lowery, Pennie Wood (Dianne Smith’s sister), Jim and Elaine Mann, Charlie Lowery & Lynn Lowery (Jean Lowery’s children), Debbie & Roy Smith, Jr., Christine Nichols, Tony Sexton (Jeff Williams’ friend), Ann Littlejohn (Jimmy and Carol Vinson’s friend), Aletha Hawkins, Joanna Bell (Richard and Beverly Bell’s daughter), Merri Lewis Caldwell, Carl A. Lewis, Gina Williamson, Ryan Harper (Pat Moore’s grandson), Tony and Gloria Taber, Reba Allison, Phillip Vickery, Wanda Byrd (TEW friend), Greg Brock (Elaine Mann’s nephew), Helen Robbins (Sharon Atherton’s mother), Natalie Allen (Joe & Marsha Goodwin’s grand-daughter), Family of David Gaines, Family of Buddy Cheatwood (TEW), Suzanne Merritt & family, Diane Eason, Family of Coach Bruce Clark, Family of Leslie McMillan, Jr., Tim & Tracy Willis (Jane Willis’ brother & sister-in-law), Thomas Hardin Williams (Michael & Karen Thomas’ newborn grandson), Family of Charles Hall (Ricky Hall’s father), Jenny Johnson, Kristen Barnes, Family of Steven Nations, Jr. (TEW), Karmen Kingsmore, Jeannette Kirby, John Lyon (Don &Gail Grist’s cousin), Kirby Blackwell (JT Clark’s brother in law), Irene Long (Anna Nicholl’s' mother), Alan Myers (Charlie Miller’s friend), Don Grundmann.


MPACT Partners with birthdays and
anniversaries in January
Kelly (CA) 1/8        
Nora (SA) 1/9    
Eliza Joy (SSA) 1/12 
       

PRAY FOR OUR LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN SERVING IN OUR MILITARY

Lt. Caleb Robinson, US Navy - Guam
PFC Luke Redding, US Army - Fort Bragg, NC
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
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
Barbara Shepherd
*Easley Nursing Home
Carolyn Crowe
The Gardens at Eastside – Greenville
Margaret Kirby
Greenville Glen - Greenville
Steve Satterfield
Lakewood Senior Living - Boiling Springs
Betty Heatherly 
Madge York
Magnolia Manor Inman
Samuel Lee Perry
Rolling Greene - Greenville
Sally Hutcheson
Rosecrest 
Ruby McDowell  
Betty Toney
Rosecrest - Independent Living
 Loretta Cassell  
Skylyn/Pacifica 
Diane Butts
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
Hazel Padgett
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
Marge Woodruff
White Oak, Northgrove
Mirth Bolton
Louise Keesler 
White Oak Manor- East Pearl St.
Sara Duncan
Woodbridge Senior Living of Spartanburg
Donna Garrison     
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.
ONLINE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA
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
Encouraging Complete and Courageous Living in Christ

First Baptist Spartanburg
(864) 583-7245