May 9, 2024 | Issue 403

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Dear Britt,

This Sunday is Mother's Day! We are grateful for all that the moms in our church do. They serve their families faithfully and selflessly. We see your hard work and the way you are loving your family. Mother’s Day can also be a really hard day for many people. This may be the first year without mom, you may be mourning the loss of a child, dealing with infertility, or you have a conflicted relationship with your mother. We stand with you as you walk out your story and point to the power of Jesus in your life. My hope is that this Mother’s Day we can celebrate the One who created motherhood and cheer on the moms who are faithfully loving God and their kids.

See you Sunday,

May Prayer Focus

Pray for the Cogdill Family serving with Wycliff Bible Translators in Cape Town, South Africa. 

◊ Pray for Patrick who, as SIL Director, is over Southern Africa and must travel frequently to other countries. Pray their Visa renewals will be granted soon and not interrupt needed travel.

◊ Pray for Emilee and Elliot as they attend The Bible Institute in Cape Town, and for Evan and Eden as they continue with Cogdill homeschooling.  Pray for Eli and Ethan who are living here and so far from family.

◊ Praise report that two New Testament translations have been completed, one in Madagascar, and one in Tanzania, where they will be dedicated in the near future. Pray for more translations for those who do not have the written Word in their heart language.

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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Malachi 3:10 (ESV) says, “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”


Your faithful giving to the storehouse of First Baptist allows the many ministries to keep going strong in order to reach more people for Christ. Thank you for your faithful generosity. We continue to encourage you to make a regular commitment to be a faithful steward in every area of your life – time, talents, treasure, and testimony. 


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


·   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 or give online, many others still send their personal or bank checks through the mail. If you use this method, please send it to the Business Office at First Baptist Church 250 East Main St. Spartanburg, SC 29306. 

·   Did you know you can also give stock directly to FBS? For more information on this, please call our Business Office at 864-699-4225 and they can tell you how to have it transferred directly to the church. 

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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.



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 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 2500 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 62 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 ALIGHT:


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

Sptbg. Regional Med. Ctr.

Mike Brooks (Marlaina) (Surgery, 5-21)

Larry Gowan


Mary Black Mem. Hospital

Cynthia (Cindy ) Richardson

Village @ Pelham

Brian Padilla (Kathy)


Lake Emory Post Acute Care

Mary Pearman




Valley Falls Terrace

Jim Trammell


White Oak at North Grove

Harold Culberson (Kathy)


White Oak Estate (Webber Rd)

Nancy Osborne

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

Rita Chapman—At Home

Rodney Dais – Spartanburg Regional Hospice 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)

Jessica (Friend of Ken Janecek), Don Patterson, Sharon Woodruff (Vincent), Bella Greene (Lauren Greene’s Granddaughter), Beth Miller (Marion), Fred and Mavene McCray, Mary Ann Hall, Betty Medford (Debbie Anderson’s Mother), Frances Delcalzo (John), Lydia Jewell (Debra Key’s Cousin), Ralph Voyles, Pat Moore, Jessica Wise (Cassie Dorsey’s Cousin), JT Clark (Pat), Billy Campbell, Kaylee Johnson (Ben), Lynn and Charlie Lowery (Jean Lowery’s Son and Daughter), Adele Dixon (Linda Eshleman’s Niece), Family of Carol Fisher (Friend of Ben and Wanda Babb), Jason Dorris (Father of Diane & Bill Eason’s Grandchildren), Anita Hammett (Chris Hammett’s Mother), Jim and Elaine Mann, John Hall (Marie Lipscomb’s Brother), Lula Armstrong (Johnny McCraw’s Granddaughter), Family of Michael Vinson (Fallen Firefighter), Nathan Hall (Firefighter), Deborah Bell, Howard Prince (Alice), Danny Coffey (Rhonda), Brad Nelson (Sandra), Brent Bishop (Vicki), Becky Morris (Tim), Delilah Larimer (Cassie Dorsey’s Granddaughter), Mike Epperly (Claudia Barone’s Brother-in-law), Rich Berkland (Madlyn), Glennis Neal, Mandy (Sara Beth Settle’s Sister), Anna Shirley (Collins and Abby Shirley’s Daughter), Katie Monroe (George Marett’s Daughter), Kasey Redfern (Lauryl), Elda Webber, Mitzi Bragg (Kevin), Lewis Stroupe, Diane Skinner, Tony McMillan (Kathryn) Raven (Friend of Billy Campbell), Marge Haas (Ray), George Springs (Friend of Eddie Tallon), Rylee Blair (Barbara Vess’ Great Granddaughter), Robert Webber (Elda Webber’s Father), John Delcalzo (Frances), Diane Lawson (Wendell), Eddie Dutton (Darlene), Nancy Osborne, Marion Wayne Tweed (Nellie Ruth) Bill Eason (Diane), Dot Burns (Anna Nicholl’s Aunt), Pat Clark (J T), Barbara Ray, Blake Kendrick (Son of Darrell and Vicki Kendrick)

Christian Sympathy is extended to:

Family of Rufus West (Gloria) who passed away 4-1

Family of Bobbie Wilson (Chris Wilson’s Mother) who passed away 4-4

Family of Boyce Grindstaff (Sonjia Brand’s Father and Russ Easler’s Father-in-Law) who passed away 4-5

Family of Joy Downing who passed away 4-6

Family of Shirley Crook who passed away 4-12

Family of Jayden Jackson (Jan Greene’s Great Nephew) who passed away 4-14

Family of Wayne Grigg who passed away 4-19

Family of Glen Hart (Dawn) who passed away 4-28

Family of Billy Ruppe (Mary Ann Sanford’s Dad) who passed away 4-29-2024

Family of Grady Stewart who passed away 5-9

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

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 

The Blake @ Carnes Crossroads, Summerville, SC

Pat Tate

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

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 May

Jonathan (SSA)                               May 31

Stephanie (CA)                                 May 29

Brandy (Canada)                             May 29   

Katie (Alaska)                                  May 14

Primrose                                           May 3

Pray for our ladies and gentlemen serving in our military

Lt. Caleb Robinson, US Navy

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 – Fort Leonard Wood, MO


To add an active duty service lady or gentleman please contact

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! 
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