PSBC Connections October 2020

PSBC Annual Picnic was a great success!

In spite of the rainy weather and a little pandemic, we had a great Annual Picnic on Saturday, September 12th. Over 60 people came through for some great BBQ (thanks to Rick Blucas) and stayed to see old friends and meet some new ones. We were able to meet and serve some of our new neighbors in the area. Although we couldn’t play outside, the PSBC kids still had fun and games together in our “new” building at 123 Arlington Ave. while their parents enjoyed catching up with each other. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make this picnic great!

 

Greetings, PSBC,

We want to say thank you for the generous investment that you have made in the life and ministry of The Church at Blue Ridge. In a very real way, you have played a role in our taking the Gospel to Northern Greenville County. As you all surely know, the Coronavirus Pandemic caused much of our church’s ministry to be slowed and in some  cases put on hold completely this past spring, but God has been faithful. In particular, it was very difficult to be forced to cancel Runner’s Camp and to miss out on seeing many of you who have volunteered with this event over the years. While much of our ministry looks different than before, we have been able to resume most of our ministry efforts and have seen growth in during this very trying season.

When planting a church, creativity regarding ministry is expected, but God  used this season to teach us even more creative ways to minister to our people and community when a physical gathering was impossible. Hosting live panel discussions on Zoom, streamed sermons on Sunday morning, sending monthly children’s discipleship boxes to support our families, and meeting outdoors underneath a wedding tent are just a few examples of the opportunities God gave us to think differently about ministry.

The Greenville County School district allowed us to return to North West Middle School in July, and we soon made a move from the cafeteria into the gymnasium. This move allows us to better practice social distancing and better accommodates our growth. Last week, we were able to resume, on a limited basis, our Ridge Kids ministry on Sunday mornings. We have also kicked off a fall Wednesday night series of one time teaching events called One-Offs tackling subjects including, the image of God, eschatology, and marriage. These have been incredibly fun! We are so looking forward to resuming our membership class called Connections and a new class of folks who are seeking membership in our body.

The future for The Church Blue Ridge is bright, and we cannot thank you enough for all the prayers, financial support, and volunteers that have brought us to to where we are today. You have truly been a blessing to us, and we are looking forward to how God might use our two churches to reach the upstate in the future.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Robert McKinney

 
 
 
 

From Pastor

Marty Price

 

Last week I was asked, “When will COVID-19 be over?”  I am confident that you, like me, are ready for the threat of infection to subside, for restrictions to go away, and to regain some sense of normalcy.  In one sense the virus will never go away. While a “new” virus, once created, it is here to stay.  In another sense, it is well on its way out. We are learning more about the virus and how it is transmitted daily, enabling clearer steps for both prevention and treatment. The number of cases reported in the US peaked in July, and has been decreasing since that time, though with periodic spikes.

 

It is easy to become discouraged when struggles last for a long period of time, whether a chronic illness, a long-lasting conflict, or a global pandemic. On Sundays we are studying how we live as citizens of God’s Kingdom in a world filled with struggles.  And though times are difficult there is good news! God has given us the means to stay encouraged, and to “not grow weary in well-doing.” I hope you will join us as we place ourselves in (and under) God’s Word, either in person or on-line.  I am continually praying that you will endure, by the power of God and the encouragement of Scripture, with great joy and a peace that passes understanding. “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6).
 
 
 
 
 
 

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PSBC Connections September 2020

 
 

Ladies, you are invited to participate in the new Bible study, Matchless, the Life and Love of Jesus by Angie Smith. In this study, we will learn about who Jesus is, why He came to earth, and how we can know Him and have a real relationship with Him. This study will deepen our understanding of Jesus and help us to see him less as an iconic figure, and more as an intimate friend.

When: Mondays beginning September 14th, through November 2nd
Time: Either 10:00 a.m. OR 5:30 p.m.
Place: 123 Arlington Avenue, Greenville SC
Cost: $10.00 per person (the cost of your book)

Register soon! We only have 16 seats per session.

REGISTER HERE

Request from United Ministries

United Ministries is a local ministry that PSBC has supported for many years. The pandemic has affected all of us in so many ways, and unfortunately, many have lost jobs and income and are struggling to feed themselves and their families. United    Ministries sent out this request for help:

“We thank you for all the support you’ve shown United Ministries and its participants in these uncertain times. These past few months we’ve seen an increase in individuals’ need for crisis services, a 300% increase in the need for food alone, and the demand hasn’t subsided. With higher demands, we’re always running low on supplies for our day shelter for the homeless, Place of Hope, and food for our food pantry.”

If you’re able, please help restock the food pantry! Contact United Ministries at 864-335-2613 or donate at 606 Pendleton St., Greenville SC 29601.

 
 

Kingdom Living

In our study of Kingdom Living in a COVID World, we have focused on developing personal convictions in disputable matters – those areas of life where we may disagree or seek to live out our Christianity differently.  Clearly, this does not pertain to areas where the Bible speaks, such as foundational doctrines, clear prohibitions or commands.  The essential teaching of Romans 14:1 – 15:7 is that we are to “welcome” one another, even when we hold different beliefs about some things.  Or, rather, especially when we hold different beliefs. It’s easy to welcome people who agree with us and share our convictions. It’s harder when we have to work through differences. 

While it seems that, in many ways, our world is more contentious than ever, I am grateful to be a part of a congregation that is “full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.”  I pray that these passages remind us to continually walk in these great truths, and that “5 the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 15:5-6).

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!
Pastor Marty Price

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PSBC Connections August 2020

Homebound Ministry

 
Mary Lou Kenna and her granddaughter Paedon created beautiful and uplifting gifts for our homebound members. During this time of social distancing, our homebound visitation has been limited, but our PSBC family can still find wonderful ways to let the homebound members know that we love them and are thinking of them and praying for them. If you would like to help with our homebound ministry, please contact Susan Williams or the church office.

What do baseball games, hot summer weather and snow cones have in common? Not much this year, as our local Greenville Drive games have been cancelled, but in the future we hope you think of West End Snow Cones! If you have been “in church” for any amount of time, it is almost a certainty you have experienced the feeling of “church life” separate from “real life.” The Bible talks about our “old life” (sinner with no grace) and a “new life” (sinner receiving grace)! As believers, we want to break down the ideas in our own minds and hearts that separate our “church” and “real life.” We have started West End Snow Cones as a way to do that!  Are you a senior adult willing and ready to mentor a younger person?  Are you a teen parent nervous about whether or not we are fostering independence in our teens? Do you know of a young person drifting between “interest” in church, but not owning their role being the church? For each answer – we need to talk about West End Snow Cones! We will operate a “small business” right from the church parking lot, practice serving others and build some Biblical skills around working!  We are inviting those who have an interest to learn more and start today preparing for our 2021 Season!

~Mark Foster

Connect in Missions

Though it seems like the COVID-19 epidemic has brought much of the world to a standstill, God is always at work. Believers everywhere are finding ways to love and serve those around them. We recently heard from friends from SC (many of you met them last August) who are now in East Asia learning a foreign language. In a recent letter they told of two new sisters who have accepted our Father’s invitation to be born again!

Taiwan, where they are staying, has decided to stem the spread of COVID-19 by closing its borders to international travel. Because of the temporary nature of their visas, it appears that they may be returning to the States, possibly as soon as September. Regardless, they will continue their language learning and other preparations for a life serving our Father overseas.

Please pray for John and Sally* and their children as they continue to face current uncertainty. Ask our Father to provide for their physical needs, for their continued health, and for clear guidance in decision-making. Pray for the health and well-being of their children. And ask our Father to work through them in such a way that lives are changed.

*Names changed

from Pastor

Marty Price

Who to believe? I have found myself growing increasingly frustrated with the seemingly ever-changing guidelines, statistics, and recommendations on how to deal with the COVID 19 virus. I am not speaking about the extreme views often expressed on social media that range from “it’s a hoax” to “it’s the end of the world”. I’m talking about those who should be considered credible sources. It has become clear that none of us have all of the answers.

A friend recently pointed out that the constantly changing information, though, should be appreciated. As medical professionals and public health officials learn more about this novel/new virus their recommendations change to reflect their new knowledge. “When we know better, we do better.” So, I’m choosing to extend grace to those who are working for our good, and to increase my prayers for them.

I am really glad that we have an unchanging and completely credible source for how to live in uncertain times. God’s Word is a precious gift, written and preserved by God, for our good. This month we are starting a new sermon series “Kingdom Living in a COVID World.” I invite you to participate in this study, either in person or online, with the confident expectation that we will be better equipped to face our current challenges with strength and courage, and to do so in a way that exalts Jesus.

 

August 2020 Update

 

 

Save the Date!

Annual Church Picnic

Saturday, September 12th
at 123 Arlington Avenue
Details to follow soon!
 

Deacon of the Week (and alternate)

8/2 Dave Ballard (S. Stephens)

8/9 A. Bannister (O. Lawton)

8/16 Mark Foster (S. Pearce)

8/23 Scott Stephens (D. Ballard)

8/30 Oregon Lawton (A. Bannister)

Long-time PSBC member

Doris McKinney

will be 102 on August 8th!

If you would like to send her a birthday card, please call the church office for more information.

Worship with Pendleton Street Baptist Church online!
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PSBC Connections July 2020

Happy Independence Day, July 4th

 
In this issue:
  • The Gospel, Race & Justice: A Conversation p.1
  • July Missions Emphasis p.2
  • Connect with PSBC p.3

Join us for a much-needed conversation on race and justice in our nation and how to bring the claims of the gospel to bear on these issues. Current SC Baptist Convention President Josh Powell, President-Elect GBA Pastor Alex Sands, and GBA Church Planter Will Broadus will lead this discussion. You will go away with a better understanding of our history, the tragedy of the George Floyd killing and what we can do about it. You will receive a free copy of the book Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention by Kevin Jones and Jarvis Williams. You will hear about GBA’s plan for next steps. Due to social distancing precautions, registration is required.

This event is still available to watch online! Click here!

July Missions Emphasis:

Pastor Melo Lumibao, Independent Baptist Church of Masinloc, Zambales, Philippines 

Even facing the challenges that the COVID 19 virus has brought to the Philippines, the ministry of the First Independent Baptist Church of Masinloc continues.  Many families in Zambales are suffering because of the restrictions that have been put in place to slow the spread of the virus. Travel has been severely restricted, and many businesses have had to close.  One of the many ways that FIBC Masinloc is showing the love of Christ is by preparing and distributing food to families.  We were able to participate in this by giving the funds we had collected for the mission trip to go toward aid/relief efforts.

 

Pray for the families affected by the COVID 19 crisis.

 

 

One significant ministry of FIBC is Masinloc Christian Academy, a Christian elementary school. This year the school is working hard to offer online learning as they adjust to the changing restrictions and lockdowns.  Classes begin August 10. 

Pray for Teachers and students of Masinloc Christian Academy.

Pastor Melo and Family

 

United Ministries demonstrates their love for Greenville by providing services and resources that serve, transform, and empower those in need toward achieving self-sufficiency. Whether providing crisis assistance, homeless services, educational opportunities, or numerous other services, United Ministries leads they way.  Your church staff has seen this first-hand. For the last three years we have had offices in the United Ministries Administration building at 606 Pendleton Street. We are pleased to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt appreciation for the many kindnesses and generosity that have been such a blessing to us! Thank You! 

Attention high school graduates and college students:

If you would like to apply for one of the Pendleton Street Baptist Church Endowment Scholarships, please contact the church office at phone number 864-232-7312 or info@psbcgreenville.org and we will send you an application. The deadline to apply is July 15th.

Deacon of the Week (and alternate)

7/5 Mark Foster (S. Pearce)

7/12 Scott Stephens (D. Ballard)

7/19 Oregon Lawton (A. Bannister)

7/26 Steven Pearce (M. Foster)

8/2 Dave Ballard (S. Stephens)

Homebound Visitation

We regularly send people to visit and bring our homebound members church literature, special treats, and sometimes a little help around their homes. Want to help out? See Susan Williams or call the church office at 864-232-7312 for more information. It’s a great experience for all!

We’re Bringing The Party To You

Pursuing Christ Together

August 8, 2020

LADIES! After months of social distancing, it’s time to gather for the first-ever    LifeWay Women Live Simulcast. A full day of practical study with your favorite authors in a gorgeous setting, where women, unapologetic and unshakeable in     their pursuit of Christ, can come together.Featured speakers include Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Jackie Hill Perry, Jen Wilkin, and many more! The event begins as 8:30 a.m. with a lunch break at 12:15 p.m., and concludes at 4:15 p.m.

Cost per person will be $20. Sandwich lunches will be an additional $10 or you may bring your own lunch.

Registration and payment is due by Sunday, July 26th. Space is limited (we will be following social distance guidelines) so register as soon as possible by following this link!

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PSBC Connections June 2020

Pendleton Street Baptist Church’s New Office Building

123 Arlington Avenue, Greenville SC 29601

Our Heart is in the West End of Greenville! As one of the first churches to be established in this historic community near downtown, PSBC has a long history of serving God here. Through the years much has changed, and the West End is described as the “new up and coming area with loads of new condos, restaurants, and is the known hot spot for the downtown arts and entertainment scene.” Our community consists of quite a mix of people, with the City of Greenville working to ensure continued diversity through affordable housing initiatives and oversight of new developments. It is an exciting place to be, and it is the community that God has placed on our heart.

While we are continuing to worship on Sundays at the Hilton, we are moving into our new office building. This is a space from which we can get to know our neighbors, gather on weekdays for various ministries, and can serve as a tool for our church to accomplish our mission. As restrictions on gathering are relaxing, it is our prayer that this place become a hub of activity as we Glorify God by Making Mature Disciples of All Nations, starting here.

We are still in the process of furnishing the building, and we will be having an open house in the near future. Our office hours are 9:00 – 4:30 Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 – 12:00 noon on Fridays.

Attention high school graduates and college students:
If you would like to apply for one of the Pendleton Street Baptist Church Endowment Scholarships, please contact the church office at phone number 864-232-7312 or info@psbcgreenville.org and we will send you an application. The deadline to apply is July 15th.
Deacon of the Week (and alternate)
6/7 Oregon Lawton (A. Bannister)
6/14 Steven Pearce (M. Foster)
6/21 Dave Ballard (S. Stephens)
6/28 Austin Bannister (O. Lawton)
7/5 Mark Foster (Steven Pearce)
6/7 Oregon Lawton (A. Bannister)

UPDATE from Pastor Marty

It’s time!  This Sunday, June 7, we will gather together for Worship at the Hilton as we move into Phase 1 of our re-opening plan. I am excited that we can gather to be strengthened and encouraged as we pray together, study together, and fellowship together.

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PSBC Connections May 2020

In this issue:
  • Congratulations Graduates
  • Update from Pastor Marty Price
  • Connect

Congratulations to our Graduates!

Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to accomplish their degrees, and to all who completed this semester during such a difficult time in our nation. We are very proud of you and thankful for you and your dedication!

Margaret McCauley Ramirez

(Maggie)

Furman University

Bachelor of Music

Vocal Performance

Scott Theodore Saxe

Clemson University

Bachelor of Science

Mechanical Engineering

 Update from Pastor Marty Price

People, especially the church, are designed to live in connection with one another. That is one of the reasons that “social distancing” and isolation is so difficult. We do have technology that enables us to keep in touch, but that is a mediocre substitute for gathering together in person.  It is so good to know that God is faithful, and He uses times like these to prove and strengthen our faith in

Him.  I want to remind you of a few things that I hope will encourage you. First, suffering may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.  I don’t want to minimize our current struggles, but I pray that we will grow in having the same mindset as Paul, when he called his severe suffering a “light, momentary affliction.”  Perspective matters, and we face our current situation with eternity in mind.  Second, trials produce maturity. This is a great time to deepen your time in God’s Word, to spend extended times in prayer, to find creative ways to serve others, and to practice resting in the storm.  And finally, God is greater than our current circumstances. Remember when Lazarus was sick, and Jesus delayed his coming by days? Why would he do such a thing? Well, He tells us. “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory, that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). Look around and ask God to show you how He is working in, through, and around you, and you’ll be encouraged.

Knowing that, and resting in those truths, doesn’t mean that we don’t miss one another.  I am ready, more than ready, to see you all again. While we don’t have specific plans yet, we are investigating our opportunities and planning for beginning to assemble again.  We will keep in touch, particularly as plans are made.  In the meantime, please continue to join the church services online, continue to meet/zoom with your small groups, check out the devotional by members on our website, and keep in touch with each other. 

We do have some good news! We are almost ready to move into the office building at 123 Arlington Avenue! There is still work to be done on the building, but we are getting closer to occupying this space for offices, small meetings, and getting to know our new neighbors.  We will have an open house and celebration as soon as circumstances permit. And more good news, we were able to purchase the empty lot adjacent to the office building. Having this space opens up a lot of opportunities for future ministry.

I do challenge you to continue to be faithful in your giving to the work of the church.  It is easy to neglect giving when we don’t gather, so please remember that giving is an expression of worship, and generosity is an indicator of our faith.  While our giving is a little lower than normal, the income we get from the parking lot is projected to be $90,000 less than we anticipated. Year to date we are approximately $45,000 short of the income needed to satisfy our expenses.  While we are grateful for all that God has provided for His work here financially, scripture clearly teaches that God’s primary plan for funding His work is the obedient generosity of His people.

One of the lessons I am learning in these days is patience. Or, rather, I am trying to learn. Frankly, some days are better than others. The good days are when I am remembering the faithfulness and the goodness of God, remembering His many, many blessings, and leaning hard into Him.  It is good to affirm with you that “God is good, indeed!”

GPS Children’s Program

(The Gospel Project for Students)

For kids age 3 to 8th grade

Coming to your neighborhood – and at this link:

https://gps.church/ – find your weekly videos from your GPS leaders and other great learning tools. If you would for you child to be involved, please call the church office at 864-232-7312 or email PSBC at info@psbcgreenville.org. Volunteers are welcome, too!

Announcement: The PSBC Men’s Retreat which had been scheduled for May 7-9 has been postponed. We will, however, keep the campsites so if anyone would like to use them (while maintaining social distancing recommendations), please contact the church office. If you do want to camp, you must bring your own food and supplies to minimize any potential risks. Details about rescheduling the Men’s Retreat will come at a later date.

Connect to God

Join us as we worship! At PSBC, we are committed to teaching, preaching, and learning the Word of God. During the month of April, go to www.psbcgreenville.org/worship every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for a full worship service during this time of social distancing – for we know that our Lord God is never distant!
 

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Connect to Grow

God loves people! He established the church in order that people can experience growth and transformation, and much of our growth comes from authentic relationships. Our home groups will continue through apps like Zoom and FaceTime. If you would like to participate, contact the church office at 864-232-7312 and we will gladly connect you with a home group leader for information.

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
 

Connect to Serve

If you would like to serve as a greeter, on the set-up team, with our Children’s Ministry (Sunday mornings or the Children’s midweek GPS program), the new audio/video crew, or any other area of ministry within Pendleton Street Baptist Church, please contact the church office at 864-232-7312 or see one of our ministry leaders for more information.
 

Deacon of the Week (and alternate)

5/3 Steven Pearce (M. Foster)

5/10 Dave Ballard (S. Stephens)

5/17 Austin Bannister (O. Lawton)

5/24 Mark Foster (Steven Pearce)

5/31 Scott Stephens (Dave Ballard)

For our current calendar of events, please Click Here – remember, all events are subject to change. Additional information may be found on our website, Facebook page, and by contacting the church office at 864-232-7312.
 

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Sundays at 10:30 a.m.: www.psbcgreenville.org/worship

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