November 16 , 2023 | Issue 378

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Dear Britt,

Last Sunday I shared with you that our church is going to be refocusing our commitment to foster care and adoption. We believe that every child matters, and we care deeply about children who don’t have families. At this time we are not launching any new initiatives, but we are starting the conversation by inviting any church members who care about fostering and adoption to raise their hands and join us at an interest meeting. I also want to invite anyone who wants to help foster and adoptive families, even if they are not called to adopt or foster themselves. It takes a village to change a child’s life. I can’t help but think it would be incredible if every child had a home in Spartanburg county by 2026. If you are interested in finding out more about what our church is praying about in foster and adoption ministry, click this link and we will get back to you. We will be holding an interest meeting after the holidays.

This week I am excited to finish out part 1 of our Exodus Series. It has been a joy studying God’s redemptive plan with you. In January we will pick Exodus back up with a series on the 10 Commandments through the lens of Jesus' teaching. In the near term this December, we are pivoting to a Christmas Series called “Do you See what I See.” The Series will conclude in our Christmas Eve service. Cade Thompson will be joining us in the Genesis service and Christmas Eve. It is my hope that Christmas Eve service will be a community-wide event where we invite our friends and neighbors to join us. Many people will choose to attend a Christmas Eve event even if they are not walking with Jesus. I hope this Christmas will be a season of life change as people far from God come home.

I am so blessed to be your pastor!

See you Sunday!

November Prayer Focus

Please be in prayer for this year’s Overflow initiative at The Bridge as they prepare for their fall food drive and distribution, seeking to support families in our community during the holidays by providing an overflow of basic food needs. Pray for volunteers to continue building relationships with our neighbors during Overflow. Ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of our neighbors to be ready to receive and grow in the Lord, either through salvation and/or discipleship. Thank the Lord for providing for needs in our community through FBS at The Bridge.

Drop your packed box off at the Gym entrance during collection week!

November 13 – 20 continuing

Thu, Nov. 16: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Fri, Nov. 17: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Sat, Nov. 18: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Sun, Nov. 19: 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Mon, Nov. 20: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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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Watch and Share!


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


Connect with our Youth ministry and hear these powerful messages from God's Word.

MVMT Stream

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

Spread the Encouragement by sharing this link with friends and family!
TEW Message

During this season of the year, we have so much for which we can be thankful – family, friends, our church, and most of all the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ. We are very grateful to the Lord for the many ways He continues to bless our church and we are grateful to you for your faithful partnership in sharing the Gospel. Thank you for sowing bountifully through your generous giving so that more people can be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.


As you think about your financial stewardship, here are a few options you can consider:

·         You can Give Online HERE 24/7.

·         Each week you will have an opportunity to place your gift in the offering collection at each service or in one of the drop boxes around the church.

·         If you are unable to attend a service, you can bring your gift to the church during the week or mail your gift to the church.

·         If you would like to give stock, please contact the Business Office at 864-699-4225 for the instructions.

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

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Do you know American Sign Language? Do you love serving in the Woodlands? We have a deaf student and we need more people to serve on Sunday mornings to interpret at 9:00 a.m. and/or 10:30 a.m.

This is a beautiful opportunity to serve and share the gospel in another language! According to Mosaic there are an estimated 250 million deaf people in the world. Only 2 % are Jesus followers! Who will this little girl grow up to be, and how will she impact the world for Christ?

You can make a difference!

If you are interested in serving once or twice a month, please contact Kay Edwards at [email protected] or 864-699-4314.

A wonderful family resource: RightNow Media! 

Did you know that attending FBS gets you free personal access to this great platform? It’s full of quality biblical content you can use for your personal spiritual growth, as well as other great tools for life. Share this awesome online discipleship library with any of your friends and family. You can give them this free gift of access to the largest library of video bible studies in the world!
To sign up for free personal access through our church, click here.

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 37,000 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 1232 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 Memorial Hospital

Cassie Dorsey (Surgery, 11-20-2023)

Tim Morris (Becky)

Richard Smith


Spartanburg Regional Medical Center

Peter Fenn (Carol)


Greenville Memorial Hospital

Trish Vander Meulen (Dick)


Memorial Hospital, Savannah, GA

Frank Walters (Stan Walters’s Brother)


Members in Hospice Care

Mannie Horton—At Home

Peggy Biggerstaff—Eden Terrace

Kay Herd—Landrum Hospice House

Joy Hall - Spartanburg. Reg. Hospice

Jenny Johnson—Wellmore of Daniel Island

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)

Anna Nicholls, Charlotte Ballard, (Jim Sinquefield’s sister), Jason Smith, Peggy Morris, (Scott and Jeff Morris’ Mother), 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), Jeanette Cobb (Deiga Bennett’s Mother), Martha Painter, Danielle (Dani ) Belk, Bufford Bennett (Ron Bennett’s Father), Dale Redding (Brian Redding’s Mother) (Kerri), David Hershberger, Carolyn Dillard, Robin Price, Elizabeth Mimms (Nate), Larry Gowan, Mike Epperly (Claudia Barone’s Brother-in-law), Jennings Goodwin, Marie Lipscomb, Benny Taylor (Sam Taylor’s Son), Kristen Madliak (Brian Redding’s Friend), Bill Kidwell, Jim and Elaine Mann, Timothy Tubb, Kevin Lagerholm, Harry Lewis (Linda) (Brent Lewis’s Dad), Eddie Robertson, Jean Carey, Jason Inabinet (Kim), Sam Davis (Jimmie), Wayne Grigg, Thomas Cox (Jeanette Kirby’s son), Lauren and Zach Blair, Frankie Wright, Chyleen Fowler (Linda McClure’s Aunt), Liallian Mann, Jo Ellen Clubb, Tracey Moore, (Michael) Aiden Brewington (Mark Brewington’s Nephew), Elliott Hamrick (Katie), Don Patterson, Keith Rooke (Diny Rooke’s son), Nancianne Allen (Diny Rooke’s Mother), Betty Poteat, Corbin Johnson, Phyllis Stout (Dave), Peggy Pitts (David), Lach Hyatt (Mary), Marge Haas, Beth Ledbetter (Bill), Beverly Johnson, Jeremy Vangsnes (Kathy Vangsnes’s son), Danny Powell (David Powell’s Son), Robert Johnson (Elaine), Will Thompson (Amanda), Ronald Cottrell, VA (Sue Wilson’s Friend)

Christian Sympathy is Extended to:

Family of Ila Anderson (Evelyn) (Rick Anderson’s Mother) who passed away 9/22

Family of Edith McClintock (Paul McClintock’s Mother) who passed away 9/23

Family of Leslie (Luanne) Schneider (Jan Greene’s sister) who passed away 9/27

Family of Alan Roberts (Jamie) who passed away 10-2

Family of Richard Vickery (Miriam Vickery’s Son and Dalene Parker and Rebecca Steadman’s Brother) who passed away 10-2

Family of Zella Kennemore (Bobby Dover’s Sister) who passed away 10-3

Family of Juanita Moon (Patti Barrett’s Mom) who passed away 10-5

Family of Ronnie Dover (Bobby Dover’s Brother) who passed away 10-10

Family of Bob Wright (Frankie Wright’s Son) who passed away 10-11

Family of Baron Lancaster who passed away 10-14

Family of Katherine Stevens (Sallie Ruth Coleman’s Niece) who passed away 10-14

Family of Ralph Parnell (Merle) who passed away 10-15

Family of Elaine Silvey (Lynn Turner’s Sister) who passed away 10-18

Family of Veronica Serra (Carol McBride’s Mother) who passed away 10-21

Family of Joseph Serra (Carol McBride’s Father) who passed away 10-24

Family of Wilma Thomas (Michael Thomas’s Mother and Ashley Williams’s

Grandmother) who passed away 10-24

Family of Edith Vehorn (John Lankford’s Mother) who passed away 10-31-202


At Home Neighborhoods


Ashland Village

Miriam Vickery

Betty McMillan

Howard Miller


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 November

Cogdill Anniv (Alaska)   Nov 08

Alexis (Canada)  Nov 22

Amy (CA))  Nov 21

Ben (CA)   Nov 30

Patrick (SIL)  Nov 15 

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

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

Dakota Biggerstaff - Air Force Academy in Colorado

Harrison Roberts - US Marines- Camp Lejeune, NC


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

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 on Instagram, Facebook and our Website around noon each day! 
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