During our first Wednesday night Bible study of the new year, we participated in a prayer exercise called the Examen, which offered an opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the past year and prepare for the year to come. The attached document offers an outline of this prayer exercise for those who may wish to use this as part of your personal prayer time.
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The Examen -- clicking the image will open a PDF copy.
Here is a very nice prayer to start the New Year. Clicking on the image will open a PDF document that you can print and put on the fridge!
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Christmas Eve Communion and Candlelight Service 5:30 pm
Collins Children's Home Meat Offering ∙ December 20, 2018
Collins Children's Home Meat Offering, December 20, 2018 -- click the image to see an album of pictures.
Christmas Caroling ∙ December 19, 2018
Christmas Caroling, December 19, 2018 -- click the image to see an album of pictures.
Christmas Cantata ∙ Sing Joy to All the World ∙ December 16, 2018
Lou Wood sings a solo during the Christmas cantata "Sing Joy to All the World," December 16, 2018. Click the image to see an album of pictures.
Children’s Ministry thanks everyone who helped with and attended our Children’s Christmas Program on Dec 12. This was a very special event to share with the church family! Click on the image below to see an album of pictures. Thanks to Spencer Willoughby for the great pics!
Children's Christmas Program -- December 12, 2018
Richard Huss Hired as Organist
On recommendation of the Organist Search Committee,Richard Husshas been hired by the Personnel Committee to fill the position of part-time Organist.
Richard is a native of Greenville, and holds two degrees from Bob Jones University, one in Accounting and one in Human Resources. He has studied music since first grade, and while in college took several courses in Hymnology and Organ Service Playing.
His experience includes being the Organist and a Deacon at Griggs Memorial Baptist Church from 2002 - 2013, and then a position as Assistant Organist at Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, where he later became Interim Organist and then Music Department Administrator. He is also on the Board of the Greenville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Richard said, "I look forward to being back on 'the bench' every Sunday."
Richard lives in Greenville and is the proud "Doggie Dad" to his dog, Basil.
Richard will begin work at First Baptist Church of Pendleton the week of November 12, with his first Sunday playing being November 18.
This year, we tried something new. Instead of having a Fall Festival, we hosted an event we called “1st Stop Trick or Treat.” Since Halloween fell on a Wednesday, we invited our neighbors to make FBCP their first stop for trick or treating. We had a free hot dog supper in the Fellowship Hall and a Trick or Treat Station on the front lawn.
Too often in our society, most of us spend very little time talking to our neighbors; Halloween offers a unique opportunity to interact with our neighbors. Rather than having a big event at church that takes all the church members OUT of a neighborhood, we encouraged everyone to be present in their neighborhoods. We invited everyone to come join us for a hot dog at church, and then go home and love their neighbors!
Thank you for everyone's hard work to pull together our first trick or treating event on the lawn. We had a wonderful time and were able to meet many of the children and community members around the church! We served 47 suppers and gave out 61 treat bags!
Click on the "1st Stop Trick or Treat" image to see a photo album from the event.
Angels In the Outfield
What can you make with sticks, chicken wire, burlap, and bamboo? Scarecrows, of course. Thank you,Laina Calhoun, for our creative scarecrow presentation, "Angels In the Outfield," part of the Town of Pendleton's Scarecrows / Fall Festival, which was October 6 on the square in Pendleton. You can see a few more photos of our scarecrowshere.
AC Fund Update and Hands On Missions
On July 1, the church voted to replace our cooling system and to fund the new system through a fundraising campaign. In order to cover the cost of the system and give 10% of funds received to Hands On Missions, as is our practice for such fund drives, we needed to raise $115,000. We sent out pledge cards asking for pledges to be made by September 1, with donations to begin by October 1.
As of September 25, we have already received $106,119.08!!!
WOW!!! We have not even reached the “official” start date for donations and you have already given over 92% of the amount needed! What extravagant generosity! What generous giving! What faithfulness! Thank you!!! In addition to the funds already received, we have also received pledges for the remaining amount PLUS some! The pledges total $134,509.08. We received 52 pledges; some have already been paid in full, and others will be paid over the next 18 months, through March of 2020.
Your generous giving to our AC Fund will allow us to cover the cost of replacing our cooling system without having to tap into our reserves. Your generous giving will also be a blessing to others through our Hands On Mission fund. By giving 10% of funds received for the AC Fund to Hands On Missions, we are practicing the discipline of tithing as a congregation and reminding ourselves that even when we are spending a significant sum of money on our own building, God calls us to look beyond ourselves and love our neighbors.
Our missions committee has decided to use some of our Hands On Mission funds to support two upcoming projects:
We will give $500 to Safe Harbor to sponsor their upcoming Ministers Cook-Off Fundraiser. Safe Harbor provides resources and support to victims of domestic violence. The Annual Ministers Cook-Off, now in its 16th year, is a major fundraiser for the Anderson and Pickens area Safe Harbor shelters. You may also support Safe Harbor by attending the Cook-Off on November 1 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at Clemson United Methodist Church.
We will give $600 to the Andrew P. Stewart Center. The Stewart Center is an organization committed to community development in Atlanta. Former FBCP member Clayton Davis serves as Executive Director. The Stewart Center is already one of our church’s mission partners, and we give to them out of our regular mission budget. This additional gift will go towards some of their special projects, such as providing a Christmas gift for each child in the after-school program or providing linens for a family moving into their new home.
Thank you for your extravagant generosity to our church and even more importantly, to the ongoing work of God in the world.
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.
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Dodransbicentennial Celebration ∙ October 8, 2017
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