Pastor’s Upcoming Speaking Engagements

July 10, 2017 by  
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November 12, 2017 at 2:30pm. Rev. Edwards and the FBC Family are the invited guest at Summerville Baptist Church as they celebrate the Anniversary of their pastor, Rev. Craig Jenkins.

Senior Missionary Foreign Outreach

July 10, 2017 by  
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The Senior Mission will focus on sending medical supplies to the people of Guatemala in Central America. The medical supplies will provide assistance in fighting diseases such as Malaria. It takes 100 dollars to restock each health station. With your contribution, our goal is to  restock five stations.

Back To School Supplies Drive

July 10, 2017 by  
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The Men’s Ministry will be  taking donations for “Back To School Supplies” (Paper, Pencils, Notebooks, etc). Supplies may be dropped off at the Church office or give to any FBC Men’s Ministry member.

FBC 100th Usher Anniversary 8/20/2017 2:30 PM

July 10, 2017 by  
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Rev. Marvin Morgan and the Silver Bluff Baptist Church will be in Charge of the service.

How to Guard Against Funeral Scammers

June 19, 2017 by  
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BY CHUCK BENTLEY Jun 16, 2017 | 7:26 AM

 An acquaintance at work recently shared the trauma a close friend experienced planning a sudden funeral then discovering criminals had accessed his deceased family member’s bank accounts. How can we protect ourselves and prepare for the inevitable?

It’s hard to believe, but there are scammers who prey on the vulnerability of those grieving the death of a loved one. To protect your family members and others facing the same scenario, I’ve gathered some helpful tips on a variety of issues.

Guard Personal Information

Criminals are experts at retrieving personal information from hospitals and funeral homes. They study published obituaries.

So, when writing an obituary, do not give the decedent’s birthdate, address, mother’s maiden name or any other information thieves can use to their advantage. Unfortunately, criminals can purchase a Social Security number online for as little as $10, and with little information, access accounts, open new ones, file taxes and even collect refunds. Even family members, favorite pets, and memberships in organizations are pieces of info they can piece together to hack your accounts. Shocking, but true! The less information you give, the better you are protected.

Guard Against Imposters

Criminals may also pose as Debt Collectors, calling and threatening legal action if you don’t pay fees they say you owe to release important documents. They sound legitimate and are armed with information, but you should never, ever make payments or release information over the phone. Ask for their name, phone number, and company so you can return the call. They usually hang up. If you suspect this is a legitimate debt, you should still wait and call them back after getting legal advice, because you may not be responsible for the debt.

Thieves may pose as Insurance Agents claiming a loved one left you a large insurance policy. Their ploy is to wire the money AFTER you pay the final premium payment. Some pose as lawyers, claiming you need to pay a fee to process the inheritance. ALWAYS ask for details and refuse to pay fees. Sometimes a secret inheritance or policies are left, just be discerning.
People have also been targeted by fake IRS Agents who demand information by phone or email. But the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers to request personal information or call with threats of lawsuits or arrests. Block and delete these numbers if they continue.Sometimes long lost relatives attend funerals — some may be legitimate but others may be posing. Screen them thoroughly, confirm identity with other relatives, and ask imposters to leave. If they insist they are owed inheritance, money, or property, call your attorney.Funeral and Burial Pricing

A federal regulation called the Funeral Rule protects consumers by requiring funeral businesses to give clear pricing information. A general price list helps people choose only what they want to purchase. Funeral homes cannot require services that are optional by law, like embalming. You should not be charged extra if you choose to buy a less expensive casket elsewhere.

Ask for any legal cemetery or crematory requirements. Don’t give in to sales pressure, manipulation, or guilt. Costs add up quickly, so take a discerning friend or relative with you to help you make decisions and stay within budget.

Request that someone stay in your home during the service. Burglars can easily find out funeral arrangements and your home address.

Who to Notify

Get at least 12 certified copies of the death certificate. Provide copies to the IRS, VA, DMV, Equifax, Experian, Trans Union, banks, brokerages, credit card and mortgage companies, insurance firms, etc. Use certified mail and keep track of where certificates are sent. Immigration agencies, public libraries, fitness clubs, and private organizations will need to be notified as well. Cancel the driver’s license to prevent fraudulent duplicates from being issued and used in criminal activity.

Request “deceased alert” on the decedent’s credit report. Arrange with each credit bureau to get a copy of his/her credit report to review lists of accounts and credit card activity. Check the credit report in six months for any suspicious activity and notify the police if anything looks odd.

Documents proving you’re the spouse or estate executor will be needed if someone asks you to demonstrate authority in representing the deceased’s estate. This is where a binder of all necessary paperwork needed upon death is a gift to your family.

File your loved one’s tax returns for the year in which they died and as early as possible.

Surviving Spouse’s Checklist

Crown and Bare Wealth Advisors have prepared a checklist of actions we advise for the first 48 hours and the following weeks of a loved one’s passing. It’s an easy guide to follow for a very difficult and emotional time.

Remember — you can be a wise steward when facing life or death. Nothing can separate you from His love. David wrote in Psalm 23: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

 

 

View “Real Fatherly Love” 6/18/17 Rev. TC Edwards

June 19, 2017 by  
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A Father’s Day Sermon “Real Fatherly Love “Luke 15:11-24

6 Reasons You Can’t Ignore the Holy Spirit

June 12, 2017 by  
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BY SHANE PRUITT

Jun 11, 2017 | 8:29 AM

I’ve heard other leaders say that as evangelical Christians we typically treat the Holy Spirit as that weird uncle or cousin of the family. We know He exists, and we know that He is a part of the Trinity of God, but because we don’t  know what to do with Him, we tend to ignore Him.There can definitely be a lot of confusion, emotionalism, and flat out abuse of the Scriptures when it comes to the doctrine, presence, and work of the Holy Spirit. However, if we don’t desperately depend upon the Holy Spirit while living our daily lives, then we can never expect to walk and live in the freedom and victory that only comes from the Spirit of our great God!

One of the most important things we can do as Christians is to constantly remember the job descriptions of the Holy Spirit. The résumé of the Holy Spirit could literally fill large libraries! However, I am going to use this brief moment of your day to point out at least six truths about the Holy Spirit that we simply can’t ignore in faithfully walkng with Jesus:
1. The Holy Spirit authored the Scriptures.Anything that we know about God and how to live with God comes from the Bible. We are thankful that the Holy Spirit authored the Scriptures through the pens of men!

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” – 2 Timothy 3:16

“…knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:20 – 21

2. The Holy Spirit exalts Jesus.

Any kind of work of the Spirit that puts more focus on “giftings,” “expressions,” and “fillings” than it does Jesus, you can be sure that work is not from the Holy Spirit. The primary work of the Holy Spirit is to exalt Jesus. The Spirit has come that we might be deeply impressed with the person of Jesus Christ and go away excited about His work.

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” – John 15:26

3. The Holy Spirit makes us the church.

The church is a not a building, but rather the church is a people. When the Spirit of God makes His home inside of us as believers, we become the church. We are now the temple of the Holy Spirit sent to tell the world that Jesus is alive!

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16

4. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin.

First, the Spirit awakens us to the reality of sin and the need of a Savior. Second, as a born-again child of God, the Spirit in us will awaken a heightened sense of sin. Where things may not have bothered us before, now there is a grieving that takes place when there is sin.

And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” – John 16:8

5. The Holy Spirit guides us in everyday life. We’re completely dependent on the work of the Spirit to help us understand His Scriptures, to accurately guide us to live according to the Word, and to direct us in the ways of righteousness and holiness.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22 – 23

6. The Holy Spirit seals believers until the day of redemption.

One of God’s great desires is for His people to feel secure in His love and power as they go out to be witnesses to the world. Everything else in life may be unpredictable and unstable — our health, job, relationships, and the world. However, our identity in Christ and eternal destination are completely sealed, and nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” – Ephesians 4:30

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38 – 39

Lord, make us Spirit-filled Christians who faithfully proclaim the Spirit-authored Scriptures to a people who are being Spirit-awakened for the glory of God to be witnesses to a lost world that’s in desperate need of the Spirit’s work!

 

8 Major Changes in Churches the Past 10 Years

May 16, 2017 by  
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BY THOM S. RAINER May 16, 2017 | 7:40 AM

 Such has been the reality of too many congregations the past ten years as the rate of church closures has accelerated. Many have died; others are on life support.

But what are some of the major changes that have taken place in congregations that are doing relatively well? What are some of the ways these congregations have adapted to new realities? Here is a hint: None of the changes in healthy churches have compromised doctrine, diminished the centrality of preaching, or abandoned sharing the gospel.So what changes have occurred in healthy churches in the last decade? Here are eight of them:

1. Today: Smaller worship gatherings.
 Ten years ago: Larger worship gatherings.
There are several factors impacting this change, among them more multi-site churches, more non-traditional worship times, and a desire among the Millennials to be a part of a smaller gathering rather than a larger gathering.

2. Today: Smaller church facilities
 Ten years ago: Larger church facilities
There are three major issues at work here. First, church leaders are more hesitant to spend funds on largely unused facilities. Second, churches are building with less space for adult small groups or Sunday school, and are choosing to have those groups meet off-site or on non-worship days. Third, the smaller worship gathering noted above means smaller worship centers.

3. Today: First priority staff person hired: children’s minister
 Ten years ago: First priority staff person hired: worship leader
This shift is largely influenced by the large Millennial generation and their children. Millennials are looking for a church that is safe, sanitary, educational, and fun for their children.

4. Today: Ministry degree optional for church staff members
 Ten years ago: Ministry degree strongly preferred for church staff
Churches today are more likely to call someone on staff from within their congregations. That person may not have a Bible college or seminary degree.5. Today: Emphasis on congregational singing
 Ten years ago: Emphasis on performance singing
Healthy churches are seeing an awakening of congregational singing today. Ten years ago, contemporary churches emphasized the performance of the praise team and band, while traditional churches emphasized the performance of the choir and soloists.6. Today: Community focus
 Ten years ago: Community myopia
Too many churches the past two decades all but abandoned their communities and are paying the price for their shorts-sightedness today. Healthy churches realize that the community is their place of ministry, their “Jerusalem” of Acts 1:8.

7. Today: Vital importance of groups
 Ten years ago: Marginal importance of groups
Healthy churches today make groups (community groups, home groups, Sunday school, life groups, etc.) a high priority. Ten years ago, many church leaders did not see how groups could enhance the health of the church in discipleship, evangelism, prayer, ministry, and fellowship.

8. Today: Church leaders are continuous learners
 Ten years ago: Church leaders were “degree and done”
For several decades, church leaders essentially ended their education process with a college or seminary degree. In today’s ever-changing world, leaders of healthy churches have intentionally established a discipline of continuous learning.
These eight major shifts took place in a relatively brief period.

 

 

5 Common but Unreasonable Requests Church Members Make of Pastors

May 4, 2017 by  
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BY THOM S. RAINER Apr 30, 2017 | 9:32 AM

 ”I need you to do a funeral for my cat.”

Yes, that is a request made to a pastor by a church member. And here’s the stranger reality. I have heard from dozens of pastors who have had this very request.

I assume the cats in question were dead.

Though I have heard hundreds of strange and unreasonable requests made to pastors, five of them are common. In fact, most pastors will encounter all five of these requests in the course of their ministries.

1. Ask certain people to leave the church. The common theme is the request to get people who are not like us to leave the church. A church member asked one pastor to have a separate church service in the trailer park for “those people coming to our church.” Yes, really.

2. Accept a gift with unreasonable expectations. The most recent was the offer of a $10,000 gift if the church signed a document agreeing to keep fresh flowers on his grave in perpetuity. I assume he meant the request to be posthumous.

3. Do a pet funeral. A recent example was the request to do the funeral of a turtle. Can we really know if the turtle is dead? I guess our olfactory senses will confirm its death.

4. Travel out of town to minister to a distant relative. I lead a pastors forum called Church Answers and get a lot of great input and questions. One pastor in the forum asked me about a request a church member made for him to visit a cousin in the hospital. But the surgery was minor and outpatient. The one-way distance was 225 miles. And the cousin was active in a church in her hometown. The church member left the church because the pastor declined.
5. Leave the church. Many pastors are asked to leave the church for the most outlandish reasons. I remember the first time a church member asked me to leave the church. She said, “God told her” I was supposed to leave because I was bringing too many unbelievers and new Christians to the church. And then she said the cringe-worthy words, “They are just not like us.”Keep in mind, these five unreasonable requests are common. These are not the outliers. In fact, they are so common that I am now suggesting seminaries add a course for every one of them (tongue in cheek, of course).

You just have to love pastors. Their lives are often stressful, but never boring.

 

 

Indianapolis Diocese Installs First-Ever Black Female Bishop in Episcopal Church History

May 3, 2017 by  
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BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI

May 3, 2017 | 11:23 AM

 

The Episcopal Church has officially consecrated the first African-American woman to head a diocese in the mainline denomination’s history.
 


(PHOTO: DIOCESE OF INDIANAPOLIS)The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis, receiving the Bishop’s Crozier from the retiring The Right Reverend Catherine Waynick, 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

The Right Reverend Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, who was elected last October, was officially consecrated Saturday as the new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

Kathy Copas, coordinator of Communication and Evangelism at the Diocese of Indianapolis, told The Christian Post that approximately 1,400 people attended the consecration service, which was held at Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University.

“Bishop Baskerville-Burrows was elected at the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis annual convention in October 2016. She was elected on the second ballot by a simple majority of both clergy and laity,” explained Copas.

“The Episcopal Church is where I found my relationship with Jesus some 30 years ago … It teaches me that the world is filled with incredible beauty and unspeakable pain and that God is deeply in the midst of it all loving us fiercely,” explained Baskerville-Burrows in an entry on the Indianapolis Diocese’s website.

“So each day, nourished by the sacraments and stories of our faith, the beauty of our liturgical tradition, the wide embrace of this Christian community, I learn over and over again how to live without fear.”

Dozens of bishops were in attendance for the ceremony, which included multiple processions featuring church leadership.

The Most Reverend Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, served as chief consecrator for the Saturday service.

Diocese of Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee preached the sermon, telling those gathered that “you have called a strong, loving and wise pastor to be your bishop.”

“She will love you, challenge you, tell you the truth as she sees it and invite you to tell it as you do,” said Lee, as reported by Episcopal News Service.

“She will pray with you at the drop of a hat and care for you in ways that will not diminish your own agency. She will empower you. She will lead. Count on it.”

 

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