July 3, 2024 | Issue 410

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Dear Britt,

God is on the move at First Baptist! Pine Cove Camp in the City is in full swing this week. The energy on campus is so infectious. The enthusiasm is contagious. Students are learning about Jesus and having a lot of fun. Pray for our student team and leaders as they continue to have life-changing gospel conversations with these students. Pray that many will give their lives fully to Jesus.

Speaking of gospel conversations, I was beyond excited to hear that we have jumped to 2675 conversations! This is a 300-conversation jump. Continue to pray intentionally. Continue to invite people to church. Continue to let us know of your gospel conversations. You are God’s instrument to change your community. Keep up the good work! 

Mission teams went out this week. Join me in praying for the safety and mission of these teams. I am grateful to pastor a church that loves missions and serving others.

I am excited to share two key staffing updates.

We believe God has brought us our new Executive Pastor of Ministries. Brett Avery will lead our ministry team and serve on our executive leadership team at FBS. Brett is a seasoned ministry leader with ties to Spartanburg. He has served as an executive pastor for 13 years and has a doctorate in educational ministry. He is married to Kate, and they have a college-aged son, Ethan. Brett is a strategic leader and will be a great addition to our team. He is in the process of relocating to Spartanburg this summer and will join us on August 4.

We are also pleased to share that Alex Crain in partnership with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will lead our Rec ministry beginning July 1. We already have a strong relationship with FCA and feel that this is the best way to provide a city-wide, Christ-centered sports outreach program. Alex grew up at FBS and served under Eddie Robertson as an intern. Noah McClain and Susi Smith will continue to serve in our rec ministry under Alex’s leadership. 

God is on the move at First Baptist! I am excited for where God is leading our church. Continue to see the people God has placed around you.

I love being your pastor.

Always only Jesus,

July Prayer Focus

Pray for our short-term mission trip teams being sent out all over the world this summer:


◊ July 12-20 team led by Cray Roach heading to Europe to serve in partnership with the SC Baptist Convention.

◊ July 24 – August 2 led by Christian Mahler heading to South Africa to serve with our partners in Johannesburg.

◊ August 3-10 led by Kim Hames heading to Canada to serve with FCA partners in Toronto.

The Bridge is a great place to serve! 
Visit our website at www.thebridgeatgreenstreet.org and look for the Orientation video to learn how you can join The Bridge Volunteer Team.

Adoption Ministry Update!

Tabitha Harder 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

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 www.fbs.org/give 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 the Hangar 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 info@fbs.org 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!


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 www.fbs.org

Praising God for Salvations!

Already this year over 3400 people have called, texted or emailed for prayer and 69 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 devotional. You can sign up to receive it daily via email or request the quarterly booklet. You can make that request by phone at 864-699-1750 and for prayer 24/7 call1-877-443-CARE (2273)

Take a moment to pray for these church members

Members in the Hospital

Mary Black Mem. Hospital

Joan Blalock (Janis Couch’s Sister) (Surgery-Wednesday)

Harold Culberson (Kathy)


Sptbg. Regional Med. Ctr.

Shane Loving (Linda McClure’s Nephew)

Bobby Welborn (Sharon) (Heart Cath, July 3)



Grace Bradley (Kim Messer’s Granddaughter)



Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness Center of Spartanburg

Linda Lewis

RoseCrest Retirement Community

Denise Nolan

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


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)

Barbara Braley (Bonnie Tubb’s Sister), Patricia Patton (Bonnie Tubb’s Friend), Sam Davis (Jimmie), Mike Brooks (Marlaina), Jim and Elaine Mann, Lula Armstrong (Johnny McCraw’s Granddaughter), Audrey Hampton, Terry Phillips (Harriett), Cynthia (Cindy) Richardson, Maria Pelletier (Hospital, Augusta), Riggins Family (Central, SC), Gayle Crabtree (Tom Crabtree’s wife), Tommy Allison (Reba), Sabrinia Booker (Betty Earle’s Daughter), Nancy Osborne, Mary Katherine Gibbs (Taylor and Corinna Gibb’s Daughter), Mason Cook (Kelly Gaston’s Great Nephew), Richard Messer (Kim Messer’s Son), Peggy Pitts (David), Becky Morris (Tim), Rachel Jones, Phyllis Gowan, Thomas and Gary Cox (Jeanette (Ken) Kirby’s Sons), Kasey Redfern (Lauryl), Elda Webber, Tammy Hendricks, Jean Ruff (Horace Cheeks’ Sister-in-Law), James Stephen (Steve) Hiott (Joyce), Rylee Blair (Barbara Vess’ Great Granddaughter), Barbara Lovelace (Steve), Eddie Dutton (Darlene), Rusty Robinson (TN), Peggy Morris (Scott Morris’ Mother), David Holliday (Teresa), Mary Pearman, Connie Springs, Byron Hames (Glenda), Billy Campbell, Vivian McAbee, Jim Barrett (Patti), Met Schrieffer, Marilou Koepsell, Sam Taylor (Doris), Francis Norris (Rhonda), Rhonda Kirkland, Don Patterson (Trudy), Marge Haas (Ray), Norm Burleson, Karen Crosby (Philip) (Corey Crosby’s Mother), Michael Hamrick (Karen), Blake Kendrick (Son of Darrell and Vick Kendrick), Robin Price (Roy), Lydia Jewell (Debra Key’s Cousin), Mona Ezell (Don) (Marie Scott’s Mother), Pat Moore, Glen Hartis, Jim Trammell, Tom White (Jean), Dianne Hilderbrand (Walt), Kathryn McMillan (Tony), David Good (Katherine), Jerry Keeter (Diane Eason’s Brother-in-law), Sherri Kamplain (Carolyn Tilghman’s Sister-in-law), Norma Lagerholm    

Christian Sympathy is extended to:

Family of Philip Nelson (Brad Nelson’s Dad) who passed away 6-2

Family of Kathey Matthews (Steve Mabry’s Mother) who passed away 6-13

Family of Coleman Taylor (Shelly Mabry’s Dad) who passed away 6-15

Family of Charles Settle (Louis Settle’s Father and Bess Johannes’ Brother) who passed away 6-16

Family of Don Rogers (Ann) who passed away 6-19

Family of Jason Koepke (Mandy) (Sue Thomas’ Son) who passed away 6-20

Family of Karen Holder Monts (Jenny Toney’s sister) who passed away 6-26

Family of Marsha Ball who passed away 6-30

Family of Wayne Tweed (Nellie Ruth) who passed away 7-2


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

Alice Prince

Easley Nursing Home

Carolyn Crowe

Fairhaven—Forest City

Carolyn Morgan

Golden Age

Larry Gowan

Lakewood Senior Living—Assisted Living

Betty Heatherly

Met Schrieffer

Lakewood Senior Living—Independent Living

Betty Medford

Magnolia Manor—Inman

Samuel Lee Perry

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

Ruby Donald Residential Care

Donna Garrison

Summit Hills—Independent Living   

Linda Arnold

Henry H. Hamilton

Peggy Wakefield

Summit Hills—Memory Care

Martha Hines

Terra Bella

Mary Alice Wingo

Jean Lowery

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 June

Kellee (SIL)                           July 16  

Ashley (SA)                            July  3

Levi (SA)                                     July 26

Bolton (Charlotte)                     July  9

Mack (Charlotte)                       July 27

Birk (Charlotte)                         July 27

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

Joshua Land, Army - Overseas


To add an active duty service lady or gentleman please contact kedwards@fbs.org

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!

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