September 21 , 2023 | Issue 36

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Dear Britt,

Thank you for praying for me as I was sick last Sunday. I am feeling much better, and I am excited to be back with you this week continuing our series “Exodus: The Road to Redemption.” Last week I was so proud of our team as Samuel Phipps and Jim Hembree filled in on short notice for me and Steve Skinner as we were both sick. We have a tremendous team, and we are blessed to have such talented ministers on our team.

This Sunday is going to be a really busy and rewarding day. We will have many of our missionaries with us in our worship gatherings and life groups as we celebrate Missions this week with our Global MPACT Celebration. Steve Wise and our missions team are continuing to lead the way forward in our mission efforts and we are grateful for their leadership. Be praying for us as we continue to reach our neighbors and the nations. God is doing something special among us. We are baptizing 11 people this week at First Baptist, and eight of them are being baptized on Sunday. Praise God for the incredible life change happening in our church. I love being your pastor.


See you Sunday,

September Prayer Focus

Pray for our upcoming Global MPACT Celebration (GMC) THIS Sunday September 24 through next Thursday the 28th. It is going to be a fantastic celebration, kicking off with Taste of the World at 6:00 PM in the Dining Hall. Enjoy an International Meal for the whole family. To register go to Pray for the many other events planned during the celebration and how you can participate. Pray for the workers planning to attend, serving locally, nationally, and globally. 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 serve! 
Visit our website at and look for the Orientation video to learn how you can join The Bridge Volunteer Team.
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TEW Message

Proverbs 3:9-10 (ESV) says, “Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.”

God’s word teaches us that when we honor Him first with our resources, He will bless us. This blessing is not just to provide for our needs, it alsow allows us to give more back to His Kingdom.

Your tithes and offerings to First Baptist allows the many ministries to keep going strong in order to reach more people for Christ. Thank you for your generous stewardship by faithfully giving of your firstfruits so we can see lives changed for eternity in Spartanburg and around the world.


As you think about your financial stewardship, here are a couple of the many options you can consider: 


  • You can always give online, but if you are unable to attend on Sunday morning and don’t wish to give online, you can mail your gift to 250 East Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29306.

  • You can also stop by the church during office hours throughout the week and securely leave your gift in the drop box at the welcome center.

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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

God is doing

something amazing!

Already this year over 36,000 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 1198 people have given their lives to Jesus through the outreach of The Encouraging Word!

Join us in praying for more to accept Jesus as Savior!


Stay Connected with TEW:


CLICK HERE to request a FREE copy of The Daily Encouraging Word quarterly devotional, or to request a copy by phone, call 864-699-1750 and for prayer 24/7 call1-877-443-CARE (2273) Also, you can listen to a daily recorded reading Monday through Friday by dialing 864-764-1462.

Take a moment to pray for these church members

Members in the Hospital

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center

Helen Mayson (Surgery 9/26)

Gerald “Buddy” Keeney (Surgery 9/21 & 9/29)

Spartanburg Regional Hospital – Mary Black Campus

Joan Kidwell

Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital

Bobby Martin


Oklahoma Heart Institute Hillcrest, OK

Thomas Cox (Jeanette Kirby’s Son)

MUSC - Charleston, SC

Dani Belk (Surgery 9/21)

Spartanburg Rehab Institute

Howard Miller

Members in Hospice Care

Mannie Horton—At Home

Peggy Biggerstaff—Eden Terrace

Thomas Woodsby—SR Hospice House

Kay Herd—Landrum Hospice House

Alan Roberts—Hospice Care At Home

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)

Joe (Ricky Smith’s Friend), Joyce Parris, Gerald Broome, Dennis Ryals (Steve Wise’s Cousin), Ken Wise (Steve Wise’s Brother), Mary Alverson, June Davis, Marsha Goodwin, Wayne Grigg, Sylvia Moore, Barry Jennings, George Gardin, Sam Taylor, Logan Huggins, Lina Williams’ parents, Lib Jennings (Sam Davis’ Sister), Carol Bradley (Becky Morris’ Friend), Bobby Walker, Elizabeth Bennett (Marge Bennett’s daughter-in-law), Lula Armstrong, Ben Babb, Rachel Thompson, Rita Hull (Jimmy Smith’s Friend), John Hall (Marie Lipscomb’s brother), Juanita Moon (Patti Barrett’s Mother) Dale Goodson (Sal & Claudia Barone’s friend), Anna Nicholls, Charlotte Ballard, (Jim Sinquefield’s sister), Jason Smith, Peggy Morris, (Scott and Jeff Morris’ Mother), Tim Morris, Harold Culberson, Tony McMillan, Margaret Hawkins (Joanne Carter’s Sister), Doris and Roger Riggins (Joanne Carter’s Aunt and Uncle), Tommy Hitt, Sabrina Elliot (Angela & Jeff Lancaster’s friend), Marie Lipscomb, Jeanette Cobb (Deiga Bennett’s Mother), Martha Painter, Danielle (Dani ) Belk, Bufford Bennett (Ron Bennett’s Father), Dale Redding (Brian Redding’s Mother) (Kerri), Alan Roberts, David Hershberger, Carolyn Dillard, Robin Price, Elizabeth Mimms (Nate), Evelyn Anderson (Rick Andersons’s Mother), Betty Medford, Evelyn Anderson, Larry Gowan, Mike Epperly (Claudia Barone’s brother-in-law), Beverly Bell, Jennings Goodwin, Marie Lipscomb,Benny Taylor (Sam Taylor’s Son). Leslie “Luanne” Schneider (Jan Greene’s Sister), Kristen Madliak (Brian Redding’s Friend), Bill Kidwell

Christian Sympathy is Extended to:

Family of Leonard Gallman (Dearie Gallman’s son & Norma Lynn Phillips’ brother)who passed away on 7/18

Family of Mary Ann LeMaster (Elaine Dunger & Donna Druell’s sister-in-law) who passed away on 7/19

Family of Charles Gaines who passed away on 7/20

Family of Rachel McMillan who passed away on 7/24

Family of Thelma Good (David & Katherine Good’s Aunt) who passed away 7/28

Family of Scott Good (David & Katherine Good’s Nephew) who passed away 7/28

Family of Mickey Baines who passed away 8/3

Family of Dorothy Byers (Howard Miller’s Sister) who passed away 8/17

Family of Betty Bohmer who passed away 08/23

Family of Peggy Barrett (Janie Murphy’s Mother) who passed away Sunday, 8/27

Family of Jerry Tolbert (Greg Tolbert’s Father) who passed away Tuesday, 8/29

Family of Ann Howard (Beth Collins’s Mother) who passed away Sunday, 8/27

Family of Sandra Whitener (Linda Wyatt’s Sister) who passed away Sunday, 9/3

Family of Rick Finnell who passed away Friday, 9/8

Family of Eddie McDonnell (Jason Smith’s Uncle) who passed away 9/12

Family of Ben Hendricks who passed away 9/16

At Home Neighborhoods


Ashland Village

Miriam Vickery

Betty McMillan


Brushy Creek Cottages—Greer

Martha Turner

Chandler Creek Village

Norma Jean Lagerholm

Eden Terrace

Peggy Biggerstaff

Betty Gillespie

Jim & Elaine Mann

Barbara Shepherd

Suzanne (Suzi) Smith      

Grady Stewart

Billy Campbell

Richard Smith

Easley Nursing Home

Carolyn Crowe

Fairhaven—Forest City

Carolyn Morgan

Lakewood Senior Living—Assisted Living

Betty Heatherly

Lakewood Senior Living—Independent Living

Betty Medford

Magnolia Manor—Inman

Samuel Lee Perry


Donna Garrison

Physical Rehabilitation & Wellness (PRW)

Rhonda Fisher

Rolling Greene—Greenville

Sally Hutcheson


Ruby McDowell

Betty Toney

Rosecrest—Independent Living

Loretta Cassell

Summit Hills—Independent Living   

Linda Arnold

Henry H. Hamilton

Peggy Wakefield

Summit Hills—Memory Care

Martha Hines

Peggy Gilliland

Terra Bella

Mary Alice Wingo

The Waterford—Columbia

Jane Littlejohn

The Blake @ Hollingsworth Park

Len Carroll—Assisted Living

Kay Carroll—Skilled Nursing 

Wesley Court Assisted Living—Boiling Springs, SC

Helen Young

White Oak Asst. Living—Webber Rd

Jo Ann Adams

Helen Mayson

White Oak—Skilled Nursing

Shirley Allen


White Oak—Independent Living

Harriet Baughman

Sara Hall

Jim Miller

Pat Tate

Lou Ann Walker

Eula Williams

Vivian Funk

White Oak—North Grove

Mirth Bolton

Elaine Dunger

Ann Taylor

Pray for our missionaries who have birthdays or anniversaries in September

Elliot (SIL)  Sept 16

McCall (PGH)  Sept 18

Annabeth (PGH)  Sept 22

Bundrick Anniv (SSA)  Sept 24

Ward Anniv (CA)  Sept 27


Pray for our ladies and gentlemen serving in our military

Lt. Caleb Robinson, US Navy - Guam

Brandon Easler, Navy, Jacksonville, FL

Brandon Duke, US Air Force - Reserves USA

PFC Joshua Ruff, US Marines - Camp Lejeune, NC

Luke Johnson-US Marines - Camp Geiger, Jacksonville, NC

Captain Timothy E. Edge, U.S. Army Ft Drum, NY



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Minister on Call:  For assistance, call 864.583.7245 - option 6 
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