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WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2009

ENCOURAGER UPDATE

Sunday

MEMORIALS Given In Memory Of Cora Brady: Irene Eubanks Given In Memory Of John Stewart: Irene Eubanks Rob & Glenda Thackston Given In Memory Of Loran Westbrook: Ryan & Sherry Effler

attendance September 13, 2009 Sunday School: 150 Worship: 191 September 20, 2009 Sunday School: 198 Worship: 241

Budget Needs To Date: $386,360.18 Budget Receipts To Date: $359,217.54 Budget Receipts September 20:$9,271.40 Total Recipts September 20: $9,860.15

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5:20 - 5:45 pm 5:45 - 6:30 pm 6:30 - 7:00 pm 5:50 - 6:00 pm 6:00 - 7:00 pm 7:10 pm

Fellowship Meal Children’s Choirs Children’s Missions Praise and Prayer Covenant Groups Adult Choir

Childcare Extended Care 9/27/09 Babies: Sandra Eubanks / Lisa Eubanks Toddlers: Tiffany Arms / Matthew Arms 2-4 Yr. Olds: Kara Gillespie / Tony Gillespie

Encourager

From The Pastor

Deacon of The Week 9/27 - Kevin Crowe 510 Duncan Station Dr. Duncan, SC 29334 10/4 - Buddy Smith 305 Duncan Reidville Rd. Duncan, SC 29334

Extended Care 10/04/09 Babies: Alice Farr / Peggy Fogel Toddlers: Nancy Eubanks / Ken Eubanks 2-4 Yr. Olds: Bruce Petty / Elizabeth Petty

Lyman, SC 29365

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Please wish these individuals a Happy Birthday!

Wednesday

THE LYMAN FIRST

10/4 - Kathleen Nelson Skylyn Place, Apt. 78 1705 Skylyn Drive Spartanburg, SC 29307

PERMIT NO. 11 LYMAN, SC

2 - Tollie Gosnell 4 - Larry Owens 5 - Lib Knight 6 - Debbie Young 6 - Andy Ryals 7 - Rebekah Frost 8 - Rick Duncan 10 - Mary Gregory 14 - Tiffany Arms 15 - Nancy Bolding 16 - Norma Mullinax 17 - Gary Cannon 18 - Charles Clayton 18 - Lynda Felmet 19 - Rachel Culbreth 19 - Eleanor Tuck 20 - Brenda Bishop 20 - Mary Sue Walker 20 - Christi Edwards 20 - Michael Burt 21 - Ethel West 21 - Jack Hall 21 - Judy McElrath 21 - Irene Brown 22 - Daphenel Campbell 22 - Tiffany Carver 23 - Monica Link 23 - Charles Clyburn 24 - Barry Brockman 24 - Claudette Owens 25 - James Solesbee 26 - Vernon McMakin 26 - Phil Horn 27 - Carolyn Ryals 28 - Betty Cassell 28 - Maddie Whitener 29 - Lisa Miller 30 - Wayne Zunker 31 - Kathy Rodgers

Activities • 5:30 pm Evening Fellowship • 6:00 pm Evening Worship

9/27 - Marge Solesbee 75 Solesbee Road Lyman, SC 29365

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Budget Needs To Date: $375,802.22 Budget Receipts To Date: $349,946.14 Budget Receipts September 13: 6,252.87 Total Receipts September 13: $6,733.12

October Birthdays

• 9:45 am Sunday School • 11:00 am Morning Worship • 5:30 pm Preschool & Children’s

Homebound of the Week

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH • 80 Groce Road • Phone: (864) 439-8721 • Fax: (864) 439-8722 www.firstlyman.org • E-Mail: mail@firstlyman.org

Offering

WEEKLY AT Lyman First

Praise the Lord! God is showing off in our church! We had an amazing service Sunday morning with the deacon ordination of Jeff Johnson (Katie), the introduction to the Creation Study (Genesis 1 - 2), and the Lord’s Supper. All this was followed by an awesome Deacon’s Retreat. On top of all of this, we had a precious couple join our fellowship! God is so good. We are also praising God for His faithfulness in honor of our obedience. In May of this year the church followed the Lord’s lead in agreeing to sell the Ridgecrest House. After many years of wonderful ministry through this property, God said it was time to move forward. Well, we have just closed on the sale of the house. The income from the sale went entirely to the principle of our loan. As a result, I’m excited to report to you that our church debt is now only $35,000! I hope you will prayerfully consider a gift, above and beyond your Biblical tithe, specifically designated to the retirement of our remaining debt. A special envelope is in the pew for such an offering. Our debt payment is $4,000/month. Imagine the ministry awaiting a debt-free church! Finally, I want to say a special thanks to Brian McMakin and Harold Mullinax for their faithful service as a part of the deacon ministry the past three years. Also, a very special word of appreciation goes to Larry Owens who has just completed his term of service and filled the role of Chairman of Deacons this past year. You guys are a great example of servantleadership! I praise God for each of you. It’s a joy to be your co-laborer!

Pastor Scott

Church Staff Rev. Scott Stancil Pastor Ricky Stark Minister of Students & Education Brian Dailey, Minister of Music & Senior Adults Carol Petty CDC Director


From The Minister Of Music & Senior Adults What an incredible day of worship we had this past week! We experienced the presence of God through praise, deacon ordination, the preaching of the Word, and the celebration of the Lord's Supper. We all left this place overflowing with the presence and spirit of the Lord. Praise God for what He is doing in His church! Believe it or not, the choir has begun working on music for Christmas! I want to encourage you to come join us Wednesday night at 7:10 and see what we're all about. There's never been a better or more exciting time to join choir than now! If you have any questions or concerns at all, I would love an opportunity to speak with you. Give me a call in the church office anytime! I have had the privilege of visiting with several of our senior adult homebound members over the past few weeks. This past week, I spoke with two 94-year-old ladies in nursing homes. I went to try to be an encouragement to them, but I left feeling so blessed to have had a few minutes with them. I want to challenge you with this: Have you spent a few moments with one of our seniors lately? I have been so blessed in speaking with them to learn about our church, our community, and to hear them give a personal testimony of what God has done in their lives. Take a few moments and just sit and listen- it's time well spent! I can't wait to see you Sunday as we worship together, looking forward to what God is going to do!

Brian

Churc Church News Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Frances Westbrook and her family in the loss of her husband, Loran.

Wednesday night supper begins at 5:20 PM Encourager The next Encourager will be mailed on Wednesday, October 7, 2009.

Child Development Center NEWS

Words of Encouragement Saturday, October 10 at 9:00 am, Fellowship Building

Dec. 1 at 6:30 pm Our speaker will be Frankie Sherman Tickets will be available Oct. 10th at the

(NOTE: This is a change from the original time listed as 10:00 am.)

Words of Encouragement

We will meet in the Fellowship Building. Some First Lyman ladies have graciously offered to share their gift of cooking and provide us with wonderful “comfort breakfast food.” We will hear some sweet testimonies of how God has used ladies in our church as they ministered to another member through a card, call, or visit. Then we will learn simple ways that we can communicate our love and concern for others. We will have a time to discuss and practice intentional communication that is encouraging and effective. There will be “take-aways” and door prizes - be sure to sign up soon!

Any questions, please call Cindy Pike

fellowship

Sign-up sheets will be in the SS departments, the vestibule, or call the church office (439-8721). Register by Sunday, October 4. We will be looking forward to seeing you there!

Ladies Fall Retreat Nov. 13 & 14 Any questions call Cindy P ike

Go to firstlyman.org and sign up for our online newsletter, the e-Encourager today! It’s chock full of good information to keep you in touch with all that’s happening at First Lyman!

From the Student Minister

Mission Project We will be working with Christmas In Action in Woodruff on Oct. 3, 2009. Anyone interested in working, please contact Tommie Sutton at 439439-6767. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The family of Loran Westbrook acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy

To All Parents….. Parents .. Join us on September 27 at 4:45 - 5:30 pm and meet your children’s children s Sunday School teacher.

Help us “Earn Cash” by bringing these items to our Child Development Center

SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS! This is easy money for our school. Clip the box tops for education coupons on hundreds of products in grocery, discount, and club stores, on favorite brands such as Betty Crocker, Nature Valley, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Kleenex, Huggies, Juicy Juice, Ziploc, and many more. Send them to the CDC with your child or place them in the box near the preschool area. SAVE YOUR INK CARTRIDGES! Send in your empty ink cartridges. Not only does this teach us the importance of recycling, it raises funds for the CDC. Place the cartridges in the box near the preschool department. Dear Church FamilyI would like to express my deepest gratitude for all your phone calls, cards, visits, and especially prayers during my recent heart surgery. It is comforting to know that we have a caring church full of love and compassion. Love, Bruce Petty

Afterward, please join us in the Fellowship Hall for snacks at 5:30 pm and worship service at 6:00 pm. I look forward to seeing you then. Buddy Smith

Covenant Groups are in full swing, and we are having a blast. Let me encourage you if you are not already a part of a Covenant Group on Wednesday nights to come and try it out this week. Talk to anyone who is a part of one, and you'll see what you're missing out on. Deeper relationships are already forming, and some cool fellowship plans have been made by each of the groups. One group came up to me after meeting the other week and was so excited about the service project they had come up with. And on top of all this, we've been able to dig deeper into each Sunday's word. God is doing some amazing things already in our groups, and it is not too late to be a part of one! We've got a spot just for you, and a group that's ready to make you part of its family. And don't forget: YOU decide what questions to discuss each week. Log onto firstlyman.org and click on Covenant Groups to submit a question. Don't miss out on what God is doing. We'll see you Wednesday!

Ricky Student Ministry

Wednesday

5:50 PM

We will be collecting the state missions offering during the month of September. All this money stays in our state to meet missions needs. Please give generously, and put a notation on your offering envelope, “State Missions Offering.”

Retreat AWANITA Nov. 6 - 8 SignSign-Ups begin soon!

Sunday Nights! Judge Me: Me A Wacked−Out Crazy Study on some Wacked−Out Crazy People in the Book of Judges! 6 pm

Don’t forget to pray for our adopted missionary Alissa Stewart, who is serving in Uganda!

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