September 22, 2022 | Issue 306| View as Webpage

The Lord bless you in every way my friends. I hope you are well and certainly pray God’s blessings in every way and for every circumstance of your life. It is a grand thing to know Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord and it is in His Name that I bless you all.

The most important thing to share today is the MPACT missions week, Global MPACT Celebration, about to begin this Sunday. The heart of all we do is missions because of the Great Commission given by Jesus to all who call on His name. Please pray for this time together and please be sure to participate. Everything is so well-planned and the wonderful people who are our guests will provide such a real anchor and focus for us all. In addition, please be sure to sign up for the prayer time on Thursday. Let’s do this together and see what God has in store for us. Very exciting indeed.

Then, on Friday evening Celebrate Recovery will host their revival at the Bridge. At the very least, pray and try to come and be there with us. On Saturday October 1, we are praying for Clayton King and our students as we anticipate an incredible time in God’s presence at the Youth REVIVAL. Bring your friends, pray and see miracles happen. God is on His throne.

I sure love you all and cannot wait to see you Sunday morning with your Bibles in hand.

Your friend and pastor,
Please pray for our Pastor Search
and Spiritual Advisory Teams

Pastor Search

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

Debbie Sobeski
Dr. Michael Latzka
Jim Barrett
Hal Foster
Larry Fike
Leann Greene
Larry Irvin
Lauren Morris
Ruthi Neely
Joanna Swanson
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
September Prayer Focus
Pray for our upcoming Global MPACT Celebration (GMC) September 25-29. It is going to be a fantastic celebration of the different affinity groups where our workers have served or are currently serving. Pray for our workers serving locally, nationally, and globally. Pray for the many events planned during the celebration and how you can participate. Pray for the GMC leadership team as they finalize plans. Please pray that every church member and attender would know their part to play in fulfilling the Great Commission.
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.
Learn about Foster Care
Consider attending one of these seminars for families considering the ministry and mission of Foster Care. Sign up for one of the 3 locations across South Carolina to gain insight to this opportunity! This is a joint focus of Family Ministry and MPACT. click here for more details.

Ways to Worship on Sunday
In person is best, but we have online opportunities to worship
in addition to the Sanctuary and Hangar.
Interact with us at 9 and 10:30 on our YouTube Stream, FaceBook Live or Livestream - Plus you can watch on WSPA TV-7 at 11 AM
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!

The full story from Roy and Deneen Griffin.
A powerful testimony of faith! Don't miss it!

What's happening this week at First Spartanburg!
The Vision 2020 Story
Vision 2020 Launch and Fly Through Video CLICK TO SEE

Here at the end of summer we want to thank you for your continued faithfulness in giving to support the many ministries of First Baptist through your tithes and offerings. Your gifts are the fuel that allows us to reach more and more people 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 bring your gift to the church on Sunday and give during the service or place it in one of the many giving boxes around the church.
Thank you for your commitment to maintain your faithful stewardship in every area of your life – time, talent, treasures and testimony.
Yesterday’s Teens is back!!! Hope to see you there!
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 13,800 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 244 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:

CLICK HERE 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 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.
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
Danielle Whitaker

Spartanburg Restorative Care
Elaine Edge 

Pardee Hospital - Hendersonville
Marsha Goodwin (surg 9/26)

Members in Rehab

Spartanburg Rehab Institute (SRI)
Tony McMillan

White Oak Northgrove
Mildred Graves (Darlene Williams’ mother)

Post Acute Care Greenville
Rebecca Steadman

Belle Smith (Rick Smith’s mother)

Members in Hospice Care

Mannie Horton - Upstate Community Hospice - Landrum
Paul Horne (Gina Williamson’s brother - SR Hospice House

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.)
Tim Morris, Jessi Moore, Randy & Mary Manning (Christie Guest’s family), Haley (Van & Susan Maxwell’s family), Juanita Lewis, Randy Mahaffey, Mandy Hoyle, Frances Delcalzo. Don Faehnrich, Sandra Hodges, Bobby G. Martin, Nick Gregory (Brian Redding’s family friend), Margaret Cothran, Billy Bersagli (Becky Morris’s brother), Lula Armstrong (Johnny McCraw’s granddaughter), Alan Roberts, John Boseman (Patti Boseman’s brother-in-law), Annalise, Jenny Johnson’s niece and newborn baby, Jenny Johnson, Norma Lynn Phillips, Wayne Grigg, Keith Ledford (Susi Smith’s cousin), Edward Anthony (Jo Ellen Clubb’s father), Wendi Robinson (Annette Miller’s niece), Stanley Lyda, Rebecca Steadman, Cassie Dorsey, Merle Shields, Frank Sistare, Shanda Guyton, Marlene Carey (TEW), Joe & Marsha Goodwin, Martha Gribble (Russ Gribble’s mother), 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, Dan Miller (Brian Miller’s brother

Christian Sympathy is Extended to:
Family of Jeremy Land (Josh Land’s brother) who passed away 8/19
Family of Robert & Karen Cook (Kendra Hendry’s parents) who passed in Fl.
Family of Doug Dills who passed away 8/20
Family of Larry Summey (Hilda “Sam” Summey’s husband) who passed 8/22
Family of Elmer “Dee” Dover (Bobby Dover brother) who passed away 8/22
Family of Teresa “Terri” Edwards (Ken Kirby’s daughter) who passed 8//24
Family of Vicki Austin who passed away 8/24
Family of Reynic Compton (Kathy Kade’s sister-in-law) who passed away 8/30
Family of Kent Holt who passed away 8/31
Family of Bob Pall who passed away 8/31
Family of RaeJean Lipscomb (Amanda Brewington’s mother) who passed 8/31
Family of Glenn Greer who passed away 9/1
Family of Charlotte Seaman (Mickey Sobeski’s aunt) who passed away 9/1
Family of Walter Ackermann who passed away 9/3
Family of Thomas B. “Tommy” Cooksey who passed away 9/4
Family of Peggy McIntyre who passed away 9/7
Family of Emily Stump (Cynthia Hicks’ mother) who passed away 8.21
Family of Murlene “Merle” Shields who passed away 9/13
Family of Mark Cox (Rena Rasor’s brother) who passed away 9/20

Pray for our missionaries who have birthdays or anniversaries in September
Elliot (SIL) 9/16      
McCall (PGH) 9/18
Annabeth (PGH) 9/22 
Bundrick anniv (SSA) 9/24
Ward anniv (CA) 9/27  

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
Joyce Ward

*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
Louise Keesler

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! 
Details at with even more opportunities to stay connected! 
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First Baptist Spartanburg
(864) 583-7245