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Reckon Where They Want One? “When you are tested, God will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13 Perhaps you heard the old story along the way, most often told by Wendy Bagwell, about being a visiting musician for a church service when suddenly the congregants broke out boxes filled with snakes and the “handling” got underway. He said he was at the back of the church, and, upon seeing the snakes, turned to the person beside him and asked, “Where’s the back door out of this place?” The fellow said, “Sorry, but there ain’t one!” “Well,” said Wendy, “Reckon where they want one?” He was ready to get out of there in a hurry, so much so, that he was ready to bust a new door in the back of the church! I would have been right behind him. We are making great headway with the renovations to our buildings, and, with this photo, you can see that a new doorway has been cut into the breezeway and soon the old door from the elevator will be walled in to create a new path from the elevator to the new Welcome Center and onto the breezeway. Reckon we needed a new door for that new path, so it’s cut and ready for use!

UPCOMING EVENTS Every Sunday Morning 8:30 AM Worship in the Chapel 9:45 AM Sunday School for All Ages 11:00 AM Worship in the Chapel Every Sunday Evening 6:00 PM Worship Team Rehearsal 6:00 PM Youth Group Summer Version Every Wednesday Evening 5:30 PM Fellowship Supper 6:00 PM Youth Group 6:15 PM Prayer Time and Monthly Emphases 7:15 PM Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Sunday, July 1 8:30 AM Lord’s Supper in Worship 11:00 AM Lord’s Supper in Worship 2:00 PM Uptown Jail Ministry Wednesday, July 4 Happy Independence Day – Church Offices Closed No Evening Activities

This photo tells a different story. One way to show you are committed to a thing is to make sure you can’t go back in the old direction any longer, which is the case in the old route from the old history room into the Sanctuary. We are fully committed to a new direction now that a cement block wall has been built where the door used to be! Talk about no going back! In these pics of our building project are parables for us to hold to. Sure enough, when the trials come our way, in whatever form they come, God has promised to provide a way out so that we can stand up under the trial! That’s good news, and we are counting on it. Further, it is equally true that as we press ahead into our ministry future together, our attitude has to be that of full commitment – no going back. There is a New Sanctuary to be used in new ways to worship God and to reach our commu­ nity, a New Welcome Center to set the tone for bringing people to Jesus, a New Youth Center to inspire us to go and reach out to young people in our community, and Search Committees at work to bring us an Interim Pastor, a new Lead Pastor and a new Worship Arts Pastor! We are moving forward with the Lord’s direction, and we are excited about the impact God will make through us as we do.

Sunday, July 8 9:30 AM Youth Depart for Passport Camp Monday, July 9 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mega Monday Upstate Children’s Museum SC Tuesday, July 10 2:00 - 6:00 PM Blood Drive in the Gym Wednesday, July 11 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wacky Wednesday God Is My Shepherd Continued on Page 2 --->

Pastor’s Corner What’s In Your Book Bag? How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11 Pictured here is Jason Willis, one of the volunteers who served to teach children the Bible and encouraged them to look to Jesus during our recent Vacation Bible School. You can see that as part of the Imagination Station art and craft section of VBS the staff led the children on a treasure hunt throughout the week as we were shipwrecked on a deserted island. By week’s end, they found the treasure and revealed it to be the Bible – God’s Word for all that shipwrecks our lives. This summer, as you are traveling about to neat destinations, visiting with family or simply hanging out around the pool, please be sure to carry along this treasure trove of God’s messages to your heart. My book bag is always filled with great summer reads, but the book that leads the list is the Bible, and I am looking forward to what God has to say this summer about where we are in ministry together as we read his word faithfully. And Hey!! July is a great time to read the entire story of scripture in a very intentional way. Order a copy of The Story: The Bible as One Continuous Story of God and His People and plan to read it in its entirety during the month of July – it’s a doable plan. The Story is divided into 31 chapters and there are 31 days in July, so a chapter a day. The text is all from the Bible and you will get in one month’s time the chronological story that the scripture declares as a basis for holding on to the flow of the history of God walking with his people. Better than Capital One’s question, “What’s in your wallet?” is the question, “What’s in your book bag?” Pack the Bible and read so as to join the Psalmist in living according to God’s word. In the Love of Jesus, Tony 2

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Sunday, July 15 7:00 PM Deacons’ Meeting Monday, July 16 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mega Monday - Billy Graham Library Tuesday, July 17 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Youth Mission Day Wednesday, July 18 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wacky Wednesday - God Is My Fortress Sunday, July 22 After 8:30 AM Worship Youth leave for Wilderness Trail 9:45 AM Joint Sunday School Lesson with Bob Foy 12:15 PM Lay Equipping Weekend Team Training in Gym Monday, July 23 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Mega Monday - Dan Nicholas Park Tuesday, July 24 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Youth Mission Day Wednesday, July 25 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wacky Wednesday - God Is My Light Sunday, July 29 2:00 PM Jail Annex Ministry Monday, July 30 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Mega Monday - Lazy 5 Ranch

Summertime travels and Online Giving Remember that you are able to give your tithes and offerings even when you are away this summer by using the online giving tool on our church website. Simply go to the home page and click on the space in the top right that says “Give” and you will be directed to the giving portal. Likewise, you can access this giving method by clicking on the Online Giving icon at the bottom of the homepage. Thank you for your financial faithfulness through our ongoing ministries and through your gifts to our capital campaign. Thank you for bringing the pledges in on time and thus keeping our finances flowing in the paying of the bills and keeping us from borrowing until it’s absolutely necessary! Renovations are going well thanks to your commitment!!



Faith & Health Blood Drive July 10 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Register by calling 1-800-REDCROSS

Mission Trip Reflection By Missy Smith A year ago I told a friend I really needed to go on a mission trip. I wasn’t sure where or how, but I knew I needed to serve the Lord in an unfamiliar community with unfamiliar people. At the time I thought that I needed to go serve in a different way to give myself the opportunity to refocus on serving the Lord. Little did I know that this stirring within me was for a greater need. Honestly, I now think back with disgust at how selfish the thought of doing a mission trip for my own needs truly was. As the year progressed, God opened the door for me to serve on a Mission Immersion team to Latin America. This trip just fell in my lap. As the year went on, I still continued to have a heart for missions, but my heart changed. God changed the focus of my heart to the needs of people living in poverty, immigrants, refugees and churches that were unequipped for ministry around the world instead of my selfish needs. I wanted to go on a mission trip because he had given me the skill set that might be used to draw these people closer to him. I wanted to go, but I was still hesitant. I continued to come up with many reasons why I shouldn’t go....Time after time, God would find ways to resolve my discomfort and only he could open doors that would encourage me to go, and through those open doors, God confirmed I needed to go. Even a few weeks before going. I kept asking God to give me an out.  But all I had was more and more confirmation. So, I went, and honestly, I had no idea of what would happen. I was just going because I felt like I had to, and it was going to count as a class for graduate school, so why not? I prepared what I needed to so that I could teach and do what was asked of me, but honestly, my heart wasn’t really in it. I was just going because I felt like I was supposed to.  Wow, how my perspective has changed now!?!? God has done some amazing things in my heart to encourage me in serving him. He has opened my eyes to many needs, but it is more that. God has used me as a vessel of his ministry. He has used gifts and information that I have to equip and encourage people in his love. The trip really had nothing to do with me but all to do with Him and others’ needs. That’s what missions is. It doesn’t have to be a trip that will change our lives forever even though that’s what happended. Missions is carrying out God’s love to his people. By using the gifts and abilities he has given us we are to ALL be missionaries bringing people closer to HIM!  I am so thankful that, despite my resistance, God used me. He could have met the needs of his people in other ways, but how humbling that this time he used me. I am amazed at what he does, and I pray that WE are ALL found more faithful to HIM by stepping up and doing what he has set out for us to do for his glory even if our hearts aren’t in it at the time. He will take care of our hearts because, he is faithful; we simply need to obey his call. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement as I served abroad. Jesus te amo y yo tambien! Gracias!  (Jesus loves you, and I do too! Thank you!)


2018 Vacation Bible School Recap We had an amazing time at Vacation Bible School this year. We were able to join with Central United Methodist Church and share God’s love with over 100 children in our community. The main focus of VBS this year was that Jesus Rescues us when we are feeling shipwrecked in life. In a world that is full of so much pain the rescuing love of Jesus is just what the children needed to hear. It was beautiful to see children running through the church saying “Jesus Rescues” down the halls. Thank you to everyone who gave of your time and talents to serve this year at VBS. You made a beautiful impact on God’s kingdom, and I am thankful to serve with you. In His Love, Missy Smith

Grades Completed Kindergaten - 5th Grade: Children will experience a fun day while growing in their walks with the Lord. Time: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM July 9 - Children’s Upsate Museum of SC - $5 - Bring Lunch Bag - Walk in Wisdom July 16 - Billy Graham Library - $10 Lunch Provided - Walk in Truth

Ages Birth - Kindergaten: We will provide a child-friendly lunch along with various ageappropriate activites. We will also have a brief Bible story and application for your little ones to take part in. These days will be held on the FBC Kids’ Hall and the cost is $5 per day.

July 23 - Dan Nicholas Park - $5 Bring Lunch Bag - Walk in Love

Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

July 30 - Lazy 5 Ranch - $5 - Bring Lunch Bag - Walk in Faith

July 18 - God Is My Fortress

July 11 - God Is My Shepherd July 25 - God Is My Light August 1 - God Is My Shield

Kids Camp Thank you for praying for our children while they were at Kids Camp in June 24-28! They spent the week at South Mountain Baptist Camp growing deeper in their walk with the Lord.

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Summer with FBC Youth Wednesday Night Youth -

Mission Days

Bible Study with Jennifer Jennings July 18 & 25

July 17 and 24 Meet at the church at 9:00 AM, we will finish by 3:00 PM

Passport Summer Camp July 8-13

Make sure you have picked up your packet with information. We will not have any Sunday night or Wednesday night activities that week. Thanks for praying for our young people and for sending our campers a note of encouragement while we are at camp. The address is: CAMPER’S Name—FBC SHELBY PASSPORT @ Greensboro College 815 West Market Street Greensboro, NC 27401

We are thankful that we had over 20 youth helpers serving at VBS! We are blessed by you all! Under Construction….. This photo was taken in the Sanctuary during the renovations with our Seniors on Senior Sunday. As they start a new chapter in their life, I am reminded that we all are under construction. Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Let’s pray for our seniors and for each other as we continually look toward God’s direction.

Wilderness Trail Each Step With a Purpose July 22 - 28

Wilderness Trail believes that amazing things happen when you take people out of their comfort zone and place them in the beauty of God's creation. Our main programming takes place in the summer when we take groups of youth on 5-day backpacking journeys on the Appalachian Trail. Our central themes of servant leadership and being the body of Christ are lived out on the hike and here at our "base camp" during each 7-day event. We only have 5 spots left! The cost is $300 per youth. Pick up your packet for the trip from the church office, Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

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Bucket Lists Bucket lists: They usually include something you don’t regularly do or perhaps something that takes quite a bit of time to accomplish. Soon, I’ll be chipping away at one item on my bucket list – to visit every major league baseball park in America. There are 30 teams; I’ve gone to 21 ballparks. So, in the first week of July, Jeanne and I are flying up north where we’ll see the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the Cleveland Indians in three days straight. (Obviously, I’m blessed with a wonderful wife who likes to go with me on these ventures). It’s been a great way to see a lot of our country and make lasting memories. The last six ballparks will take a bit longer since they’re spread further apart. Perhaps one of those bucket list things you’ve thought about doing is singing in the choir. Well, summer is a great time to try it. Come and join us for the summer; it’s a bit more relaxed as we sing music we already know or is very accessible with a couple of rehearsals. When school begins and the busyness of life fires up again, you can go back to your normal routine – but at least you can say you checked off one of those bucket list items. Even if it’s not on your list, come join us anyway. And, if you’ll come to choir, I’ll share with you how we saw five California ballparks (including 2 grand slams) plus the Sequoia National Park with its ginormous trees in just six days! ~ Dr. Paul Etter

Thankful to Ordain to Ministry In the life of our church throughout our history we have ordained countless ministers to the Gospel Ministry. Last month, we were blessed to ordain John Wright and Missy Smith during separate ordination services. These opportunities of setting apart ministers to the Lord’s service is a great privilege for our church, and we thank God for leading us to do so, as we pray for Missy and John in their areas of service.

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Thank You.. On behalf of the Cleveland County Math Academy, I would like to thank you for your contribution of supplies and materials for staff and students during Operation Inasmuch. Your support helps us to continue our mission and to assist our community. The generous support of individuals like you make it possible for our organization to exist and to make the community a great place to live. Sincerely, Tropzie McCluney Executive Director Thank you FBC Family for the many prayers, cards, texts and other help you’ve been to us during my recent surgery and recovery time. Each form of encouragement has come at just the right time. Thank you so much for caring! Thanks, Cindy and Robert Canoy Lib and I cannot find the words to express our thanks to you for ALL you have done during the days of my surgery and recovery and ESPECIALLY during these recent days of the sudden illness and death of Lib’s mother. You are wonderful people who know how to share the love of Christ just when it is needed the most. Serving Him with you, Perry

New Members

Staff Anniversaries Tony Tench Pastor July 1, 1998 Clara Spangler Mothers Morning Out Coordinator July 1, 2004

FBC Child Care Center and Mothers Morning Out

Don & Rachel McSwain

Releasing Butterflies

Planting flowers with Mrs. Clara

Join with Us on Wednesdays for Fellowship Dinner July 4: Happy 4th of July! No Evening Activities at the Church. July 11: Virginia ham, fried okra, sweet potato patties, buttermilk biscuits and coconut cake. July 18: Hamburger steak smoothered in mushroom gravy, baked potato, roll and salad bar. July 25: Taco night: Tortilla chips and shells, black beans, salad bar and ice cream. Gluten Free options are always available upon request.


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