My Week in Brief

Oct. 16 – A GREAT response to The 26K Challnege.  God led a generous family to match contributions and pledges up to $13,000 for the “Road to Freedom” from  October-December.  We’ve already received $5,290!  A great start, but we must follow through and take every advantage of this tremendous opportunity. (PK)

Oct. 16 – I tried to “help” by cleaning the kitchen, including throwing out some old kitchenware.  Only today when Billy Peay called did I learn I also discarded Tori’s Tupperware container in my purge. “I’ll take ‘How Embarrassing’ for $10, Alex.”  (PK)

Oct. 17 – I was treated to lunch for “Bosses Day.”  That’s sweet, but I don’t think of myself as a boss.  I am a fellow servant, a colleague in ministry. I’m honored to serve with this good staff … and with YOU!  (PK)

Oct. 18 – Loved seeing this FB post from Katie McCormick: “Tim is using his PHONE to translate from English to French Creole…so many are coming to know Jesus…so many are hungry for His word…”  Now that’s how you give God glory and give people hope!  (PK)

Oct. 18 – We collected $564 for world hunger and $445 for Disaster Relief (plus $1,250 Janie Chapman offering),. I’m sure that was  affected by Hurricane Matthew, so we’ll extend those offerings through October.  (PK)

Oct. 18 – Planning a sermon series on John is like condensing Wikipedia into 12 sermons.  I’ve found a great video I plan to use, and I’m looking for a book we can all read together as we have done before.  Any suggestions?  (PK)

Oct. 18 – Guys, don’t miss the C.A.M.O. (Calling All Men Out) Wild Game Dinner at the Schrock Farm on Oct. 30!  And our Men’s Breakfast is at 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.  Join us for our next one Nov. 8. (PK)

Oct. 18 – Today, Debi and I celebrate our 36th Anniversary.  God was so kind to give her to me.  How many women could do what she has done – Followed a husband whose parish is the world?  Supported the ups and downs of pastoral ministry?  Taken on nine children, knowing the brunt of raising them would fall to her?  Debi, “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all!”  I love you.  (PK)

Oct. 18 –I’m so excited!!  I just booked Watoto Children’s Choir to be with us on Wed., Jan. 4.  If you saw their performance two years ago, or hosted some of the children, you know what an incredible blessing this was.  Put this on your calendar.  And if you want to start 2017 with maximum joy, sign up now to be a host home!  (PK)

Oct. 19 – Three amigos (Herman Keisler, Carlton Lemmond and I) started our day by helping get Johnny Martin into his car to go to the hospital Johnny fell from a ladder, breaking his upper arm and right ankle.  Nothing can be done for the arm other than a sling.  He is waiting for an OK from his cardiologist to do surgery on the ankle.  Please pray for Johnny and Phyllis.  (PK)

Oct. 19 – Two “newer” pastors joined my Band of Brothers this a.m.  We were excited to bring them up to speed on good things going on in our Association and how they can find their places going forward.  They’re good men! (PK)

Oct. 19 – Two things echoed repeatedly about Melissa Darby’s father: He loved God and he loved his family.  I hope that will be said of each of us when we depart this life. God’s peace to his family and friends. (PK)

Oct. 19 – What a wonderful FLIGHT1939Sunil Tadamatla has designed a fantastic logo. We discussed future topics of conversation, and we prayed for one another’s genuine needs.  If you’re an under-40 adult, you would love this group, I know. Next meeting: Nov. 2.  (PK)

Oct. 21 – I gather with a group of men on the first and third Friday mornings of each month.  We had a great time of encouragement and study this a.m.  Guys, you need this in your life.  If you want to meet with our group, come Fri. Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. in the Activity Center.  If you can’t make it Fridays, call me and let’s figure out a group that will work for you.  (PK)

 

Oct 23 – It’s Senior Saints Day! We’ll have lunch and entertainment in the Activity Center at noon.  Seniors, please join us!  (PK)

 

My Week in Brief

Oct. 9 – With joy we received Shirley Kaney as an FBC member today.  Let’s keep our covenant to strengthen and encourage one another as we journey toward home.  (PK)

Oct. 9 – We collected an offering of $564 for world hunger today. I’m sure that was reduced by Hurricane Matthew. So we will extend the offering through the end of October. We also received $245 for Disaster Relief (plus $1,100 Janie Chapman offering).  We will also extend that opportunity.  If God leads you to contribute to these, simply note “Hunger” or “Matthew” on your check or envelope. (PK)

Oct. 11 – We had a fun (almost politics free J) Men’s Breakfast this a.m.  I truly enjoy rubbing shoulders with these good men.  Guys, you would, too.  So put it on your calendar for 8 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month?  Our next one is set for Nov. 8. (PK)

Oct. 11 – I just heard a marvelous story of God’s perfect timing. The Gideons had a trip to distibute Bibles scheduled for Haiti in August, but it was postponed.  Tim McCormick now leaves on Friday.  I know there is a need to relieve their physical distress, but there is always a need to meet the needs of eternal souls!  (PK)

Oct. 11 – Guys, you don’t want to miss the C.A.M.O. (Calling All Men Out) Wild Game Dinner at the Schrock Farm on Oct. 30!  (PK)

Oct 11 – Next Sunday, Oct. 23 is Senior Saints Day! A lunch with entertainment will be held in the Activity Center at noon. RSVP by Mon., Oct. 17.   Call the office or put an “L” by your name on the attendance register.  (PK)

Oct. 11 – I gather with a group of men on the first and third Friday mornings of each month.  We had a great time of encouragement and study this a.m.  Guys, you need this in your life.  If you want to meet with our group, come Fri. Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. in the Activity Center.  If you can’t make it Fridays, call me and let’s figure out a group that will work for you.  (PK)

Oct. 11 – Believe it or not, it’s time to think about Christmas.  Want to give globally?  Operation Christmas Child delivers shoeboxes filled with gifts to kids all over the world.  Boxes are now available.  Want to give closer to home?  The SCBC collects Christmas packages for 25,000+ prisoners here in SC.  A list of approved items and the correct procedure is available though the church office.  (PK)

Oct. 11 – A huge “Thanks” to all who responded so quickly and generously to help Hurricane Matthew victims. The full effects are still unknown.  Pray for those affected, and for those who will assist in rebuilding. (PK)

Oct. 12 – Of the three births in today’s People-Sentinel, two are FBC babies!J  Check out those beautiful pictures of Olivia Ryan Hindman and Emmalin Carlisle Huber. (PK)

Oc. 13 – Amie Sanders had emergency surgery today in Orangeburg. By God’s kind providence, it was the best place she coul be. I appreciate that Rachel Mayfield spent the day with her and Gibby.  There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.” Rachel is just such a friend.  (PK)

Oct. 13 – I’m busy mapping out our next sermon series.  I think we will be studying the Gospel of John.  I’ve discovered a wonderful video I hope to incorporate.  And I’m looking for a book that we can all read together as we have done in the past.  Any suggestions?  (PK)

Oct. 14 – We get to keep Gabriel for a few days while Beth and Jesús travel to Raliegh, NC, where they plan to move next year.  I sure do love being that happy baby’s Papa!  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Oct. 3 – Debi returns home today.  We’re happy she enjoyed her time in PA, but we’ll surely be glad to have her back.  And we’re thankful to Marjorie Morris, who brought us a not only delicious brownies, but the ice cream to go with them!  Yum!  (PK)

Oct. 4 – I hope we won’t forget about the Philip Initiative.  It is a movement to mobilize professionals to make alternative paths into the world’s least reached areas.  Are you willing to use your career as a way to disciple the nations?  Go to www.scwmu and use the keyword aearch “Philip”.  (PK)

Oct 5 – Oct. 23 is Senior Saints Sunday!  A luncheon (with entertainment I’m sure you will enjoy) will be held in the Merge at noon. Please RSVP by October 17.  You can call the church office or simply put an “L” beside your name on the attendance register.  (PK)

Oct. 5 – My Band of Brothers met today.  We had a vigorous theological debate.  Some people find it uncomfortable to “argue about religion,” but pastors live for it. J  I’m glad for men with whom I can do this.  How about you?  Do you have a small group for fellowship and accountability?  If you need help finding one, please let me help you get connected.  (PK)

Oct. 5 – The lead story in today’s People Sentinel concerned Wren Jansen, three-ear-old granddaughter of Roland and Billie Brant, who is battling leukemia. Remember, we’re hosting a blood drive Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Then, Page 2 was devoted entirely to Amie Sanders, recovering from breast cancer.  She is scheduled for surgery Monday.  Let’s not cease to prayer for them.  PS – D-NOW also got a very nice write-up.  Thank you, Jonathan Vickery. (PK)

Oct. 5 – Shirley Kaney met with me this afternoon to say she wants to join as a member of FBC.  She’s a believer in Christ who wants to get back to the kind of relationship with Him she had when she was younger.  I think lots of people can identify with that story.  So I’m happy to present her.  (PK)

 

Oct. 7 – I gather with a group of men on the first and third Friday mornings of each month for encouragement and accountability.  We had a great time of encouragement and study this a.m.  Guys, you need this in your life.  If you want to meet with our group, come Fri. Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. in the Activity Center.  If you can’t make it Fridays, call me and let’s figure out a group that will work for you.  (PK)

Oct. 7 – Believe it or not, it’s time to think about Christmas.  Want to give globally?  Operation Christmas Child delivers shoeboxes filled with gifts to kids all over the world.  Boxes are now available.  Want to give closer to home?  The SCBC collects Christmas packages for 25,000+ prisoners here in SC.  A list of approved items and the correct procedure is available though the church office.  (PK)

Oct. 7 – A huge “Thank You” to all who have responded so quickly and generously as we help evacuees from Hurricane Matthew. As I write, the effects on the US are unknown.  Pray for those affected, and for those who will assist in rebuilding. (PK)

Oct. 8 – Guys, Tuesday at 8 a.m. is our monthly Men’s Breakfast.  We always have a great time!  And you don’t want to miss the C.A.M.O. (Calling All Men Out) Wild Game Dinner at the Schrock Farm on Oct. 30!  (PK)

Oct. 9 – We receive a special offering to help relieve world hunger.  Funds go to ministries we support in India and Uganda, because we know 100% of our offerings go to provide food for the hungry there.  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Sept. 25 – What a great D-NOW weekend!  Students learned something I think is important for us all —to reduce the noise in our lives, be still, and know the Lord is God.  When is the last time you hit “Pause”?  I enjoyed meeting Dr. Shepson.  We have a lot in common (as you probably guessed from our similar appearance! J).  Many thanks to Pastor Dan and Kris for the ton of work and even more love for our students.  And thanks to the many hosts, food providers, and other volunteers who invested so much.  The dividends will be huge!!  (PK)

Sept. 26 – Peggy Prtichard is at Walton Rehab Hospital recovering from a stroke. She’s working hard to bounce back.  Let’s do our part. Pray for her and for her family, and consider sending her some encouragement:

Walton Rehabilitation Hospital

1355 Independence Drive

Augusta, GA  30901

Sept. 26 – DHEC is preparing a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), to be held in Allendale, and would like to identify people with prediabetes to help them with healthy lifestyle changes to reduce their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. If you’re interested in the free program, please let me know and I’ll help arrange that.  (PK)

Sept. 26 – At White Oak, I learned of a Men’s Retreat there on Nov. 18-19 called “Service.”  I can’t attend, but guys, don’t let that stop you.  To sign up or for more info, visit www.whiteoakconferencecenter.info.  (PK)

Sept. 27 – You gave $920 for the Janie Chapman Offering to support SC missions like partnerships with public schools, Christmas packets for inmates in SC prisons, Baptist Collegiate Ministry on 28 SC campuses, SC disaster relief, Camp McCall for boys and Camp LaVida for girls.  Thank you yet again for your generosity.  (PK)

Sept. 27 – I attended the funeral for Blake Austin’s sister, Ashley Witherspoon, today. We really don’t understand God’s ways, do we?  Why does He take some so young?  Even when we cannot understand, we can see through the eyes of faith.  God does all things well.  His peace to Ashley’s family.  (PK)

Sept. 27 – I took off a few hours to spend with daughter Beth and grandson Gabriel.  They cam up because Debi is headed to PA for Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival.  I suspect she’ll spend a little time with Annie, too.  I’m jealous.  (PK)

Sept. 28 – I visited with Angelene and Lloyd Little today.  He was having a hard day medically, so I was glad to find Jennifer King there ministering to him.  I learned more about Angelene, too.  She had four boys when her first husband died in 1966.  How hard it must have been to raise them in those circumstances.  But it shaped her into such a sweet soul.  God bless her as she cares for Mr. Lloyd even while struggling with macular degeneration.  (PK)

Sept. 28 – I spent a sweet hour with Ann Jones today.  I learned we don’t have exactly the same taste in Christian music (she loves the Gaithers while I’m more partial to John Michael Talbot), but we are both big fans of Andrea Bocelli.  Ann turns 92 this Wednesday.  Why not call or send a card?  (PK)

Sept. 28 – I gather with a group of men on the first and third Friday mornings of each month for encouragement and accountability.  Guys, you need this in your life.  If you want to meet with our group, come Fri. Oct. 7 at 8 a.m. in the Activity Center.  If you can’t make it Fridays, call me and let’s figure out a group that will work for you.  (PK)

 

Sept. 29 – Our “Widows and Widowers” luncheon turned out to be “Merry Widows” only.  I teased that I thought the men must think I was trying to play matchmaker.  But all who came enjoyed a wonderful lunch and fantastic fellowship with one another.  I do dearly love these ladies. (PK)

Sept. 29 – Believe it or not, it’s time to think about Christmas.  Want to give globally?  Operation Christmas Child delivers shoeboxes filled with gifts to kids all over the world.  Boxes are now available.  Want to give closer to home?  The SCBC collects Christmas packages for 25,000+ prisoners here in SC.  A list of approved items and the correct procedure is available though the church office.  (PK)

Oct. 2 – Guys, why not put Tuesday 8 a.m. on your calendar for our monthly Men’s Breakfast.  We always have a great time!  And you don’t want to miss the C.A.M.O. (Calling All Men Out) Wild Game Dinner at the Schrock Farm on Oct. 30!  (PK)

Oct. 2 – Next Sunday, we will receive a special offering to help relieve world hunger.  There are many good agencies which help with this problem.  We partner with ministries where we’re already connected, in India and Uganda, because we know 100% of our offerings go to provide food for the hungry.  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Sept. 18 – I’m grateful we have The Merge and our air conditioning there works!  What a wonderful facility God has given us.  I tend to focus on the challenge of eliminating our debt, but we should all be thankful for the ministry that occurs due to those investments.  (PK)

Sept. 18 – Tonight was the BBBA Annual Meeting.  We approved a revised constitution prepared by the Task Force Herman Keisler and I have served on.  I’m to head the new Church Starting and Strengthening Team.  I’m already busy forming the team and scheduling our initial meetings.  May God be honored through our labors.  (PK)

Sept. 19 – Peggy Prtichard is now at Walton Rehabilition Hospital recovering from her stroke.  She continues to make slow but steady progress.  She’s working hard to bounce back.  Let’s do our part, too. Continue praying for her full recovery and for her family.  And consider sending her some encouragement:

Walton Rehabilitation Hospital

1355 Independence Drive

Augusta, GA  30901

Sept. 19 – DHEC is preparing a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), to be held in Allendale, and would like to identify people with prediabetes to help them with healthy lifestyle changes to reduce their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. If you’re interested in the free program, please let me know and I’ll help arrange that.  (PK)

Sept. 19 – At White Oak, I learned of a Men’s Retreat there on Nov. 18-19 called “Service.”  I can’t attend, but guys, don’t let that stop you.  To sign up or for more info, visit www.whiteoakconferencecenter.info.  (PK)

Sept. 20 – Since I am not preaching this weekend, I’m trying to fill my days with visits.  Today I spent time with Bob Henderson.  He’s simply fascinating.  Despite the fact he didn’t feel well, we shared stories of his far-flung adventures.  I think we share what he called “wanderlust.” Framp & Macey Beasley are a delight.  I always look forward to his stories and to her pleasant, loving demeanor.  Then I had lunch with Dave Sexton.  He teased that he thought I was either going to fuss at him or ask him to do something.  Actually, I just wanted to thank him.  He does so much for us, most of it behind the scenes.  God bless him for his kindness.  (PK)

 

Sept. 21 – Today I visited with our oldest member and our newest arrival.  Yarby Eaves is still spry.  Oh, she’s slowed down and can be forgetful, but for 103 years old, I think she’s amazing.  Think of it.  Woodrow Wilson was president when she was born in 1913 – she’s lived through 17 different administrations!  She mentioned that she sure would like a few more visitors.  Then I visited Lenox Grubbs.  He is sweet and beautiful, of course.  Congratulations to parents Josh and Bekah, to grandparents Winky and Lynn, Libbie and Todd, and to the whole family!   (PK)

Sept. 21 – FLIGHT1939 is so cool!  Tonight Beth Harbuck brought our devotion, we prayed for deep needs in the group, had great fellowship over good food.  The format is basic by design, meant to bless rather than to add one more thing to an already hectic life.  (PK)

Sept. 22 – Today I had the pleasure of attending IMPACT, hosted by the SCBC, in Columbia. It was a fantastic day of learning and connecting with state church leaders.  I look forward to being able to implement some of the awesome ideas that were shared today! (Dana)  I was there, too.  I learned a lot, brought back some ideas, plus got to reconnect with Ryan and Emily Holtzclaw.  (PK)

Sept. 25 – I want to invite all who have lost a spouse to a special Widows & Widowers Luncheon at Mr. B’s on Thursday, Sept. 29 @ Noon.  We’d like to know how many to expect, so please let us know by placing a “W” by your name on the attendance register.  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Sept. 11 – Thank you, Mike Epperson, for the extraordinary job of organizing our recognition First Responders.  I prayed today: “Forgive us, Father, when we fail to recognize First Responders until there is a crisis.”  I’m taking that to heart.  I hope we all will.  (PK)

Sept. 11 – A special thanks to Rick Still, who had the great idea of using the giant fan to try to move colder air out of the Sunday School area and into the Worship Center.  Thanks also to Tom Campbell, Debra Douglas’ father, who went to Tractor Supply between servces and bought a second, quieter fan!  9/15 Update – Tom also paid for some repairs for the Bargain Sale site!  Thanks again!  (PK)

Sept. 12 – Peggy Pritchard seemed a lot stronger to me today.  Her road to recovery may involve rehab, but she has a determined spirit.  By the way, when I walked into her room, her first words to me speak volumes about her character and brought a tear to my eyes: “How is Annie?” (PK)

Sept. 12 – I am attending a Band of Brothers conference at White Oak.  This seminar is always packed with helpful information.  Tonight I took a Leader Behavior Analysis  Assessment, and over the next two days, we’ll use it to reveal strengths and areas for improvement in my managerial skills.  I’m up for the challenge!  (PK)

Sept. 13 – DHEC is preparing a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), to be held in Allendale, and would like to identify people with prediabetes to help them with healthy lifestyle changes to reduce their risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. If you’re interested in the free program, please let me know and I’ll help arrange that.  (PK)

Sept. 14 – The Band of Brothers Conference at White Oak has been nothing short of spectacular.  I love the continuing education component, even if it is sometimes like drinking from a fire hose.  The food and fellowship are phenomenal, too.  This is a great movement within the SCBC!  (PK)

Sept. 14 – At White Oak, I learned of a Men’s Retreat there on Nov. 18-19 called “Service.”  I can’t attend, but guys, don’t let that stop you.  To sign up or for more info, visit www.whiteoakconferencecenter.info.  (PK)

Sept. 15 – I want to invite all who have lost a spouse to a special Widows & Widowers Luncheon at Mr. B’s on Thursday, Sept. 29 @ Noon.  We’d like to know how many to expect, so please let us know by placing a “W” by your name on the attendance register.  (PK)

Sept. 16 – I continue to be amazed at the online response to our “Blessings Box.”  As of this writing, our post has seen by 117,941 people, has been shared 1.080 times, has had 7,392 comments and reactions, and has drawn the following responses: 4,862 “Like”s, 792 “Love”s, 20 “Wow!”s, 6 “Haha”s, 2 “Sad”s (?), and 1 “Angry” (??).  (PK)

Sept. 18 – Remember, next week is D-NOW weekend.  Sunday, we will worship here at 8:30 a.m.  At 11:00 a.m., we will join our brothers and sisters at Hagood Ave. Baptist Church for a special time of worship.  If there’s ever a time to worship twice on Sunday, this is it!  What a geat way to show your support and love for our teens.  (PK)

Sept. 11 – Tonight, 5-7 p.m., at Denmark FBC is the BBBA Annual Meeting, a time to worship and fellowship with other Association churches.  We’ll vote on a revised constitution prepared by the Task Force Herman Keisler and I have served on for four years.  I hope you’ll come, enjoy worshiping with others, and support the effort.  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Sept. 6 – Today we said goodbye to Marie Frazier.  One of her family members told me, “She was a true Southern lady.”  How true.  She was so kind to me.  Once when she knew I was down, she made a special trip to the office just to cheer me up.  I felt the warm comfort of a mother.  I look for the day when we will be reunited.  God’s peace to her family.  (PK)

Sept. 6 – Peggy Prtichard has suffered a stroke.  When I saw her, she was aware and able to appropriately respond to questions, but could not move her left arm or leg.  As I prayed with her, however, she held on tightly with her right hand, as if to say she is still strong and fighting.  I pray for exactly that blessing.  (PK)

 

Sept. 7 – We had a great turnout for FLIGHT1939. Branson & Andrea Still shared their testimony and what God is now doing through their “Out of the Mud” ministry.  FLIGHT1939 meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  If you’re out of HS and not yet 40, join us then!  (PK)

Sept. 8 – Today we laid Rosie Price to rest.  Her son said she would have rolled her eyes to think we talked about her.  She wanted the focus to be on Jesus.  Every family member spoke of her devotion to the Lord and her selfless love for others.  What a wonderful tribute, and what a good example for us.  (PK)

Sept. 8 –  A special thanks to our Bereavement Ministry Team.  What they do is so special that words fail me.  I wish they could just read my heart.  I heard a family member express their thanks to Mr. Lowell.  He responded, “It is our privilege.”  Their service always reflects that spirit.  Thank you Julie & Lowell Jowers, Alsa Sanders, Johnny & Phyllis Martin, Linda & Roy Myrick, Melvin & Bobbie Bostick.  And thank you to all who prepared food.  God alone knows the true value of your ministry.  (PK)

Sept. 8 – Sarah D’Attoma is here for a visit and to do some photo sessions for her SC clients.  We always love to see our Ohio daughter, and while we’d love to also see our Ohio grandkids, we understand that sometimes that’s just not feasible.  (PK)

Sept. 11 – Hurricane Hermine took out our air conditioning in the Worship Center and The Merge, and caused some damage in the Chapel as well. We’re working diligently to have the repairs made, but it is far more complicated than initially thought, and may take several weeks to resolve.  I ask you to keep a positive spirit and a healthy perspective, remembering that this is a minor discomfort to us when we have brothers and sisters across the globe who are truly paying a heavy price to worship Jesus.  (PK)

Sept. 11 – Today is our daughter Beth’s birthday.  15 years ago, after working all day to plan a community response to the terrorist attacks, I determined that those who would create fear and hatred would never again deprive me of the joy of this day.  I thank God for giving us Beth, for her kind husband Jesús, and for our happy baby, Gabriel.  (PK)

Sept. 11 – Join us next Sunday 5-7 p.m., for the BBBA Annual Meeting, at Denmark FBC.  It’s a time to worship and fellowship with other churches in our Association.  The BBBA Task Force on which I’ve served has proposed an updated constitution.  If approved, the BBBA will have four groups focused on various aspects of church life.  I have agreed to lead the “Church Starting and Strengthening” team and serve on the Missions Team.  (PK)

Sept. 11 – DNOW Weekend is upon us!  On Sunday, Sept. 25, we will worship here at 8:30 a.m., and for our 11 a.m. service, we will join our sister church at Hagood Avenue to worship there.  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Aug. 26 – I was so saddened to hear that George & Esther Taylor’s grandson, Jason Moore, had been killed in a motorcycle accident.  I went to offer our love and the hope we have in Christ.  Let us all remember that we have no promise of tomorrow on this earth, but we do have Jesus’ promise: “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again.  They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish.” John 11:25-26  (PK)

Aug. 26 – I visited with Rosie Price.  She’s weaker over the last few days.  I’m no doctor, but I think unless God intervenes in a miraculous way, she has made the final turn and is headed for home.  I know that’s hard for those who remain, but she is as ready as anyone I’ve ever known to be with Jesus.  God’s peace to her and to her family.  (PK)

Aug. 28 – Today we celebrated what God has done for us in reducing our debt by $73,000 in the sale of the Allen Street house.  A lot of people worked hard to do repairs and spruce the house up for sale, but no one did more than Roy Myrick, who heads up our Property Committee.  He was a tireless force in overseeing that project from the moment we obtained it to the moment the house sold.  Under God, we owe our deep gratitude to him.  Well done, Mr. Roy!  (PK)

Aug. 28 – I had a wonderful time at our FBC Family Fun Night and I was glad to see so many of you there.  I hope Jackson Bell is the forgiving type.  As we walked toward each other, he zigged when I thought he would zag, and I spilled my tea …right on top of his head!  What a mousse. 🙂  (PK)

Aug. 29 – Today Ministerial Staff had a long-range planning session to get major items calendared.  We covered everything from D-NOW in September to Easter next April 16.  I think we have excellent staff here.  I hope you appreciate them as much as I do, and that you will take the opportunity to tell them so.  (PK)

Aug. 29 – I visited Pat Stressman today.  She had emergency open-heart surgery Sunday.  She was still sedated, but Ray said the surgery went well.  Please pray for Pat and for Ray, too.  I know this came as quite a shock to them both.  I’m grateful her problem was detected before something went badly wrong.  And I was happy to run into Lauren Still, who is a nurse there.  (PK)

Aug. 30 – Rosie Price is weaker, but her mind is still sharp.  What is more, her heart is still keen to glorify with every day that God gives her, until our imperfect praise below gives way to perfect praise above.  (PK)

Aug. 31 – Bob and Kaye Pattillo joined me to watch the movie The Insanity of God.  It is a compelling and challenging call to connect with the Persecuted Church and to honor their sacrifice by living for Christ in whatever context we live.  We will definitely get the license and view this together.  (PK)

Aug. 31 – Be sure to join us for the BBBA Annual Meeting Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m. at Denmark FBC.  The BBBA Task Force on which I’ve served has proposed an updated constitution.  If approved, the BBBA will have four groups focused on various aspects of church life.  I have agreed to lead the “Church Starting and Strengthening” team and serve on the Missions Team.  (PK)

Aug. 31 – Young Adults met again tonight, including five first timers!  Starting next week, FLIGHT1939  meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  If you’re out of HS and not yet 40, join us then!  (PK)

Sept. 1 – Rosie Price’s body is still in this world, but her heart and mind are clearly with the Lord in heaven.  Pray for her peace and the family’s comfort as she makes her final journey.  (PK)

Sept. 4 – The Janie Chapman Offering supports SC missions like partnerships with public schools, 25,000+ Christmas packets for inmates in SC prisons, Baptist Collegiate Ministry on 28 SC campuses, SC disaster relief, Camp McCall for boys and Camp LaVida for girls.  It’s really amazing what God will do if we just say “Yes.”  So let’s plan to do that Sunday, Sept. 18.  (PK)

Sept. 4 – Next Sunday, we recognize first responders. We’re inviting police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and EMT’s from the community, active or retired, and want to be sure we include those in our congregation, too.  If you are, or have been, one of those who run to danger instead of from it, please call the office to be sure we have your info.  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Aug. 20 – theBRIDGE was a great celebration of those who’ve graduated from our Children’s Ministry into our Student Ministry.  I loved the encouraging tone. We owe a debt to Dana Bell and Dan Brown, and to the amazing volunteers who stand with them, for making FBC a place where young people grow in the Lord.  (PK)

Aug. 21 – Although we had several rows of students from The Merge all sitting together, only a few signed the attendance register.  I was intrigued by one student I wish I had met.  His name was Toothpaste. Email address: MintyFresh@Colgate.com!  You gotta love ‘em. 🙂  (PK)

Aug. 23 – I met for the last time with the BBBA Task Force charged with envisioning the future for our Association.  We’ve proposed an updated constitution.  If approved at our annual meeting on Sept. 18, the BBBA will have four groups focused on various aspects of church life.  I have agreed to lead the “Church Starting and Strengthening” team and serve on the Missions Team.  Be sure to join us for the Annual Meeting Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m. at Denmark First Baptist Church.  (PK)

Aug. 23 – Fellow pastors Ken Frederick and Charlie Lucas went with me to Columbia to meet with Becka Moore about the Philip Initiative.  It is a movement to mobilize professionals to make alternative paths into the world’s least reached areas.  Are you willing to use your career as a way to disciple the nations?  Go to www.scwmu and use the keyword aearch “Philip”.  (PK)

Aug. 24 – The Young Adults met again tonight.  I’m truly excited for this ministry and for these good people.  They are so genuine.  We still haven’t come up with a name, but will do so next Wednesday.  After that, the group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month.  If you’re out of HS and not yet 40, join us then!  (PK)

Aug. 24 – Today, God just poured out blessings!  As one member put it recently, “I had to get out my umbrella!”

First, I got news that I’ve been approved to teach for two weeks at a seminary in Kiev, Ukraine next May.

Then we received the check from the closing of the Allen Street house. Proceeds totaled $133,006.05.  Of that, $57,270.90 will reimburse to the account from which it was taken to buy the house, and $2,121.70 for repair expenses.  That leaves $73,613.45 toward the elimination of our debt, bringing our total debt down to $445,631.85.  So, in six years, our debt has been decreased by 71%, a total of $1.1 million.  Praise the LORD for His great kindness!!  (PK)

Aug. 25 – This morning we laid to rest Elaine Bryan.  She was a dear sister and a model of Christina virtue for the generations following.  She left a legacy of faith, of loving God and of serving people.  It’s an example for us to celebrate now and follow in the days remaining to us.  (PK)

Aug. 25 – I visited Iris Grubbs today.  Speaking is still difficult for her, but as I prayed for her, she very clearly said, “Praise God!”  I told her if I lost my speech in later life, I hope I could still say those two words.  She wrote out: “I stay in the word and praise God.”  I hope we can all say that if we reach her age.  Her son Marty was there, as was Carlton Lemmond.  And while there, Sunil Kumar stopped by to deliver DVD’s and took the time to pray for Mrs. Iris.  (PK)

Aug. 25 – Annie has gestational diabetes.  They think she can control it with diet, but has to prick her finger four times daily to monitor blood sugar levels.  She’s at 30 weeks today.  Please continue praying for her and for all our expecting moms.  (PK)

Aug. 25 – I got a letter from the child we sponsor in Uganda.  She always signs, “Your Daughter.”  I love that.  I try to make each of my daughters think that she is my favorite.  I hope Kabajungu feels that way, too.  (PK)

Aug. 25 – This year, Sept. 11 falls on a Sunday.  We plan to recognize first responders that day.  We’re inviting police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and EMT’s from the community, and want to be sure we include those in our congregation, too.  If you are, or have been, one of those who run to danger instead of away from it, please call the office to be sure we have your info.  (PK)

Aug. 25 – The Janie Chapman Offering supports SC missions like partnerships with public schools, 25,000+ Christmas packets for inmates in SC prisons, Baptist Collegiate Ministry on 28 SC campuses, SC disaster relief, Camp McCall for boys and Camp LaVida for girls.  It’s really amazing what God will do if we just say “Yes.”  So let’s plan to do that Sunday, Sept. 18.  (PK)

Aug. 25 – Tonight is FBC Family Fun Night, at Fuller Park.  Bring something to throw on the grill.  Drinks and chips will be provided.  We’ll have lots of fun, so it’s a great time to invite friends and neighbors.  (PK)

My Week in Brief

Aug. 15 – Roland and Billie Brant’s granddaughter, Wren, has been diagnosed with leukemia.  Please pray for her, for her parents, Steve and Brandi (who is expecting a baby), and her siblings.  You can follow their story on www.caringbridge.org and on the Facebook Group “Hope for Wren #AllinforWren”.   (PK)

Aug. 15 – Both of my lawnmowers are on the fritz.  No worries!  Phil Grubbs came by and mowed my lawn out of the kindness of his great big heart.  I’m grateful beyond words.  Thank you, Phil!  Lunch is on me soon!  (PK)

Aug. 16 – The lady sitting with Sally Grill looks and sounds just like her—because it’s her mom!  Mrs. Ruth Snazelle has come to live with Jim, Sally and Gayle.  I was glad to hear she plans to join with us at FBC.  She taught Sunday School for fifty years.  Always happy to welcome another student of the word!  (PK)

Aug. 16 – Fifteen men attended the Brotherhood Supper tonight.  We had a great meal and heard a good message.  Guys, I hope you utilize every opportunity to stand with other men.  Especially consider the next Brotherhood meeting—we’re hosting it!  Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, Nov. 22.  (PK)

Aug. 17 – We had seven people at the Open Windows Prayer Meeting today asking God for genuine revival.  If you can join us Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45, I hope you will.  If you can’t be here in body, you can still join us in spirit.  Consider asking some faithful co-workers or classmates to join you in asking God for an outpouring of His Spirit.  (PK)

Aug. 17 – Our BBBA Task Force has proposed a new constitution.  If approved at our annual meeting on Sept. 18, we will have four groups focused on various aspects of church life.  I have agreed to lead the “Church Starting and Strengthening” team and serve on the Missions Team.  We met this a.m.  So much is already in the works.  For example, we’re planning a Missions Conference for March of 2018.  We’ll be hosting that.  Stay tuned for more exciting news, and be sure to put the Aug. 18 Annual Meeting on your calendar.  (PK)

Aug. 17 – You know the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering supports North American Missions, and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering supports International Missions.  But did you know about the Janie Chapman Offering, which specifically supports SC missions?  These funds support partnerships with public schools, 25,000+ Christmas packets for inmates in SC prisons, Baptist Collegiate Ministry on 28 SC campuses, SC disaster relief, Camp McCall for boys and Camp LaVida for girls … it’s really amazing what God will do if we just say “Yes.”  So let’s plan to do that Sunday, Sept. 18.  (PK)

Aug. 17 – A GREAT meeting with young adults tonight.  I have felt for some time they are underserved at FBC, and I want to fix that.  They were very enthused!  We’ll begin this Wednesday meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Coffee Nook.  The first meetings will be about making connections and getting to know one another, determining what kinds of activities they would like, etc.  So if you’re out of HS and under 40, come join us!!  (PK)

Aug. 18 – Pastor Dan and I had the joy of meeting 12 AmeriCorps volunteers who will be serving in Barnwell County.  We’re providing gathering space for them, along with a meal or two.  More importantly, I hope we will provide support for their labors, encouragement for their service to others, and hope for their lives.  They seem like fantastic young people.  I truly hope I get the opportunity to know each one better in coming weeks.  (PK)

Aug. 18 – I had the chance to sit down with Joey Williams and get to know him a bit better tonight.  He has an amazing story of God’s unrelenting love and of God using severe adversity (he lost a sister in a car accident and two years later was almost killed in a car accident himself) to bring about ultimate good.  Very powerful.  I’m glad to know this young man, and happy for him to be transitioning into a leadership role with our Praise Team.  (PK)