March 28, 2024 | Issue 397

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Dear Britt,

Can you believe Easter is here? I am looking forward to our first Easter worship service together. This week we are having three services:

  • 9:00 AM Celebration
  • 9:35 AM Genesis in Hangar
  • 10:45 AM Genesis in Sanctuary

We are hoping every service will be filled with guests and family. This is a day that many people are open to the gospel, and I am excited for what God will do.

One request I have for you: I have heard that many of our Genesis folks are planning on going to the 9:35 Hangar service. We are hoping that all three services will be equally well attended so I encourage many of you to continue choosing our 10:45 Genesis service.

That will help us manage the overflow from the 9:00 into the 9:35. We want to avoid having too many arrive for the 9:35 and them having to wait until the 10:45 to attend a worship gathering.

So grateful that we get to do this together. I can’t wait to see you Sunday.

This year, folks can pray from home or they can come to the Bridge any time between 5 and 9 PM. No need to sign up. We will be open in the High Place and also in our sanctuary at the Bridge for folks to pray. In the sanctuary we plan to have the prayer guide on the screen. CLICK HERE FOR THE PRAYER GUIDE

March Prayer Focus

Pray for Josh and Katie S. and their family serving in Anchorage, Alaska. Pray for their church plant, “Restoration Church” as they seek to make their presence known in their community. Pray for them as they work with those who are on the fringes of society and offer them a path of accountability to recovery. Pray for them as they launch a kids ministry and a youth group next month. Pray for more young adults and young families to come and be a part of Restoration Church.  Pray for a group from FBS to go in June to serve alongside Josh in Anchorage.

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.

Adoption Ministry Update!

Tabitha Harder recently shared the vision behind our new Foster and Adoption Ministry at FBS. If you missed the meeting, click the link below to watch. To stay on top of all the developments as this ministry takes off... click the link and follow our new Facebook page. Remember this is not just for those wanting to Foster and Adopt... it is for those who want to WRAP these families and children with the love of Jesus!

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Watch the Information Meeting

This year is off to a great start and we are very grateful for the faithful generosity so many of you continue to show to the ministries of First Baptist Spartanburg. As we go through this next year, we want to encourage you to continue in your 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: 


·  Our online giving (one-time or recurring) platform through Realm at or on the FBS app continues to be one of the most popular ways many of you give. It is available 24/7 and helps you stay up to date on your tithes even if you are unable to make it to church on any given Sunday. If you are concerned about the processing charges that the church incurs, there is an option that allows you to help offset these costs.

·   While many of you bring your tithes to church on Sunday, many others still send their personal or bank checks through the mail. If you use this method, please send it to the First Baptist Business Office at 250 East Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29306. 

John Warner – Chairman

Kyle Shuler

Mickey Sobeski

Larry Irvin

David Wise

Rick Mathis

Chip Foster

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Take a look at the latest video update for what's happening at FBS.

First Look Video
For the friends you want to invite to Worship, share last week's video and invite them to church this Sunday!
Celebration Stream


Invite a friend to watch the Genesis Service online, or live in theHangar this Sunday

Genesis Stream

As you head into your weekend, click the photo below for an encouraging word from Pastor Mike.


Last Sunday we streamed the Palm Sunday Passion Play on its 33rd Anniversary - Though the technology is old, the efforts of the 400 plus volunteers that shared the story of Easter is a blessing! Over 9000 have viewed it on YouTube since Sunday!



If you use a hearing aid manufactured in the last 10 years, you have a built in feature allowing you a direct connection to our sound system in the Sanctuary!

It is called the T-Coil hearing loop. Our Sanctuary has this installed on the main floor only, not the balcony, and is typically "channel 2" on your Hearing Aid. Your audiologist can give you more information or feel free to email [email protected] or text us at 877-443-2273 and we will be glad to help!

"Whoever has ears let them hear"

Matthew 11:15

Whether you want to get in shape, stay in shape, or get faster in a particular event and set a personal best, this is the place for you!

 We plan to do this with a variety of avenues, primarily through an app called Strava! This is a social media app for recreation activities and we have a group under the name "FBS Running"! Using the Strava app you will be able to like and comment on activities of other people in the group, as well as upload your own workout to the group (which can be done automatically).  Please contact us with any questions that you may have about FBS Running!

Click here to discover more! Click here to sign up!

Stay informed via Text

For general TKD reminders text @tkdupdates to 81010 

For Wednesday night reminders text @tkdnight to 81010


If you are pursuing a degree in ministry and need financial assistance, our church has an educational grant program that could help you along the way. CLICK here to apply!

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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

Praising God for Salvations!

Already this year over 1900 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 54 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

Mary Black Mem. Hospital

Billy Campbell

Pat Moore (OP Procedure, 3-29)


Sptbg. Regional Med. Ctr.

Rodney Dais


Spartanburg Regional Restorative Care

Harold Culberson (Kathy)


Lexington Medical Center

Jason Dorris (Father of Diane & Bill Eason’s Grandchildren)  


Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston)

Adele Dixon (Linda Eshleman’s Niece)

Bobbie Wilson (Not Barbara Jean) (Chris Wilson’s Mother

Jessica Wise (Cassie Dorsey’s Cousin)


Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute

Ralph Voyles


Lake Emory Post Acute Care

Mary Pearman


Valley Falls Terrace

Jim Trammell

Members in Hospice Care 

Mannie Horton—At Home

Peggy Biggerstaff—Eden Terrace

Kay Herd—Landrum Hospice House

Jenny Johnson—Wellmore of Daniel Island

Barry Jennings—At Home

Shirley Crook - Eden Terrace

Rita Chapman—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)

Tommy Hitt (Joyce), Tammy Humphries (Bailey), Chrissy Lancaster (Michael), (Barbara) Jean Ruff (Horace Cheeks’ Sister-in-Law), Rosa Longshore (Jim), Corbin Johnson, Family of Keira Godbold (Friends of the Reddings), Shirley Willis (Jane Willis’s Mother), Jim and Elaine Mann, Gerri Gilliam, John Hall (Marie Lipscomb’s Brother), Shannon Blanton (Steve), Lula Armstrong (Johnny McCraw’s Granddaughter), Charlee Rae Gribble, Joyce Laws (Keith), Janet Lynne Smith, Bill McKeown, Elaine Bond, Danny Coffey (Rhonda), Melody Bailey (Keith), Jim Barrett (Patti), Wanda Key (Linda McClure’s Sister), Linda Lewis (Harry), Larry Gowan, Mike Epperly (Claudia Barone’s Brother-in-law), Brent Bishop (Vicki), Becky Morris (Tim), Chaplain Danny (Prison Ministry Chaplain), Beth Miller (Marion), Peter Fenn (Carol), Allison Jeffcoat (Annette Miller’s Niece), Larry Morgan (John Gilden’s Neighbor), Kristen Madliak (Brian Redding’s Friend), Jerry Meeks (Jo), Wayne Grigg (Martha), Carol Fenn (Peter), Diane Skinner, Andrea McMinn (Annette Miller’s Sister), Marge Haas (Ray), Barbara Braley (Bonnie Tubb’s sister), Patricia Patton (Bonnie Tubb’s friend), Becky Walters (Stan), Bobby Dover (Anne), Bryan Hines (Dale Hines’ Brother), Eddie Dutton (Darlene), Lucy McRoberts (Davin and Christina McRoberts’ Daughter), Robert (Rock) Greene (Lauren Greene’s Son), Jessica (Friend of Ken Janecek), Don Patterson, Lauren, Zach, and Rylee Blair (Barbara Vess’ Granddaughter’s Family), Sharon Woodruff (Vincent), Bella Greene (Lauren Greene’s Granddaughter), Beth Miller (Marion), Fred and Mavene McCray, Wayne Crocker (Carol), Mary Ann Hall, Betty Medford (Debbie Anderson’s Mother), Frances Delcalzo (John), Lydia Jewell (Debra Key’s Cousin)

Christian Sympathy is extended to:

Family of Carroll Tipton who passed away 3-3

Family of Harold Moore (Pam) who passed away 3-4

Family of Jason Inabinet (Kim) who passed away 3-5

Family of Suzanne Makinson (Annie Meeks’ Grandmother) who passed away 3-6

Family of Betty Tilton (Stephanie Smith’s Mother) who passed away 3-7

Family of Peggy Gilliland (Sondra Biggerstaff’s Mother) who passed away 3-7

Family of Nancy Burns (Stanley Burns’ Mother) who passed away 3-9

Family of Juanita Wells (Jan Fortune’s Mother) who passed away 3-14

Family of Janice Newlin who passed away 3-19

Family of Ernie Mazzella (Sylvia Sandolo’s Brother and Suzanne Page’s (Ken) Uncle) who passed away 3-23


At Home Neighborhoods


Ashlan Village

Miriam Vickery

Betty McMillan


Brushy Creek Cottages—Greer

Martha Turner

Chandler Creek Village

Norma Jean Lagerholm

Eden Terrace

Peggy Biggerstaff

Jim & Elaine Mann

Barbara Shepherd

Suzanne (Suzi) Smith

Grady Stewart

Billy Campbell

Howard & Alice Prince

Easley Nursing Home

Carolyn Crowe

Fairhaven—Forest City

Carolyn Morgan

Lakewood Senior Living—Assisted Living

Betty Heatherly

Met Schrieffer

Lakewood Senior Living—Independent Living

Betty Medford

Magnolia Manor—Inman

Samuel Lee Perry


Donna Garrison

Palmetto Patriots Home

Howard Miller

Physical Rehabilitation & Wellness (PRW)

Rhonda Fisher

Restoration Senior Living at Westgate

(George) Eddie Robertson

Rolling Greene—Greenville

Sally Hutcheson


Betty Toney

Rosecrest—Independent Living

Loretta Cassell

Summit Hills—Independent Living   

Linda Arnold

Henry H. Hamilton

Peggy Wakefield

Summit Hills—Memory Care

Martha Hines

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

Bobby Martin

White Oak Asst. Living—Webber Rd

Jo Ann Adams

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

Sue Anthony

White Oak—North Grove

Mirth Bolton

Elaine Dunger

Ann Taylor

Pray for our missionaries who have birthdays or anniversaries in March

Emilee (SIL)               March 2

Evan (SIL)                    March 31

Eden (SIL)                  March 31

Erikson (Canada)       March 12

Seely Son                    March 17

Thomas                     March 3

Daniel                        March 1

Pray for our ladies and gentlemen serving in our military

Lt. Caleb Robinson, US Navy - Guam

Brandon Easler, US Navy - Jacksonville, FL

Brandon Duke, US Air Force - Reserves USA

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

Dakota Biggerstaff, Air Force Academy - CO

Harrison Roberts, US Marines - Camp Lejeune, NC

Matthew Smith -US Military Academy at West Point

Cameron Dorsey - Camp Lejeune


To add an active duty service lady or gentleman please contact [email protected]

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

Our Bless This Home

Prayer Ministry is growing!

Join us in this easy and unique way to pray for our neighbors.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life."

The Lord planted our church where we are to help our neighbors discover the light of life. So, as we continue in our 90 days of prayer, consider joining hundreds of FBS members in this prayer outreach by becoming a Light to your neighbors and living intentional pray-care-share lifestyles.

Becoming a Light is free and confidential. You'll receive a map and list of your closest neighbors, along with emails at the frequency of your choice to pray for your next five neighbors that day. When you get a chance, walk or drive by those homes as you pray for them.

To learn more about this opportunity visit VISIT THIS LINK to sign up on the website!

May God bless you as you bless your neighbors!

We are excited to share inspiration and information every day from FBS both online and on our Social Media. You will find Encouraging Words on Instagram, Facebook and our Website around noon each day! 
Details at with even more opportunities to stay connected! 
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