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 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!
 

Join our Daily Bible Reading blog:

 
Do you have a prayer request?
Click here to share your requests with either just the PSBC staff, or for our PSBC prayer group to pray over each week.

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.
 

Worship with Pendleton Street Baptist Church online!

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

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PSBC Connections April 2020

PSBC Connections ~ April 2020

In this issue:
  • UPDATE from Pastor Marty Price
  • Message from the Financial Secretary
  • Connect
 
 

UPDATE

PSBC Family and Friends,

I pray all of you are doing well through these uncertain days. As of this writing, our Governor has tightened mandated restrictions on businesses, and the City of Greenville is considering even tighter restrictions, in order to limit the spread of the COVID – 19 virus. While I believe these are important steps to take, they bring about difficult changes. Particularly difficult for the church. Even the name “church” is from a Greek word that means “assembly.” There have been other times in the history of the church when, because of diseases or persecution, believers could not gather, and yet the church remained strong and even grew, as a result.

As we work our way through the challenges we currently face, I hope you will keep God’s Word in your mind and heart, when He spoke through Paul. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Our leadership team is closely and prayerfully monitoring the situation and we are making plans to reduce the risk to our members, visitors, staff, and the surrounding area, while continuing to fulfill our mission of Glorifying God by Making Mature Disciples of All Nations.

  • Our April schedule will be the same as for March, with online worship only and most other church ministries, programs and activities cancelled. GPS and home groups have moved to an online format. As the Coronavirus situation worsens (the peak contagion is expected later this month), we feel that this schedule needs to be maintained.
  • Easter worship service will be online only. We have explored options for public worship, but with the increased restrictions in the city, we couldn’t find a way forward. Easter is the most important day on our calendar as believers, but this year we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in our homes.
  • We are receiving and sharing prayer requests online. To share requests, or to be added to our prayer email, please use the prayer request form at https://www.psbcgreenville.org/prayer-requests/ or email us directly at info@psbcgreenville.org.
  • We are continuing to prepare the Arlington Ave. building for church offices and weekday ministry. There are still tasks to be finished, but we are moving forward with preparing a location to connect with each other and with the West End community.

God is in control, He is good, and He is working. As His people, trusting in Him daily, “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” I am glad to be counted with you and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Pastor Marty

A message from the Financial Secretary

As we adjust our lives to the difficulties we are facing, I would like to reach out to the members of our church. 

Nearly every church in the United States is moving its operations online and offsite.  I have also temporarily set up my office in my home.  Receiving donations, processing payments to our vendors, and maintaining all financial aspects of PSBC will continue as normal.

Your financial gifts make ministry possible.   If you have a donation you would like to make, I encourage you to give online.  This process allows your offering to streamline to your choice of giving and is safer and more secure than writing and mailing a check.  If you have access to the internet or to a smart phone, you can give online.  To do this here are a few options:

Go to our website: www.psbcgreenville.org.
On our main webpage, click the “Planning Center Giving” button and it will take you to a secure website that manages our online giving. You can give one time or set up recurring gifts.

 

If you want to use your smart phone you can give by text: 

Text Amount to 84321
A link will be sent back
Tap on Link
Select Pendleton Street Baptist Church
Add your email
Enter payment amount

 

Of course, if you don’t have the internet or a smart phone, you can mail your offering to the church:

Pendleton Street Baptist Church

PO Box 2108

Greenville, SC, 29602

In regard to our financial standing, rest assured that we are blessed to have the faithful Leadership Team that continues to manage the church’s assets.  Pendleton Street Baptist Church has been blessed with a generous congregation through the years and this has afforded PSBC opportunities few small churches could provide.   

These difficult times will give us challenges we have never faced.  PSBC members are faithful followers of Christ and I have faith that with the help of the Lord, we will come out the other side of this even stronger in our faith. 

Thank you for your financial support as well as your prayer support.

Genia Hester

Financial Secretary

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!
 

Join our Daily Bible Reading blog:

 
Do you have a prayer request?
Click here to share your requests with either just the PSBC staff, or for our PSBC prayer group to pray over each week.

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.

Colossians 1:28
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)

4/5 Austin Bannister (O. Lawton)

4/12 Mark Foster (Steven Pearce)

4/19 Scott Stephens (Dave Ballard)

4/26 Oregon Lawton (A. Bannister)

 
Delivering GPS materials and “goodies” in the West End of Greenville

GPS Children’s Program

(The Gospel Project for Students)

For kids age 3 to 8th grade

We have taken GPS from the West End Center and pushed everything up to our new YouTube recordings.  We continue making contact each week with the children who have been attending most recently, providing them with weekly lessons and encouraging them to allow time for GPS via video each week (and maybe a replay during the week)! We pray for the children, their families and their salvation.  We believe God has a special work to accomplish this season and we are exploring how we are to obedient!  The fact that we have been able to get almost 100% of our GPS leadership to upload a personal video, that is integrated with our weekly videos,  demonstrates not only how technically savvy our leaders are (we are all learning!), but more importantly their love, passion and willingness to share the gospel won’t be hindered by a virus!

~ Mark Foster

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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January 19 – 25, 2020

      • January 19  Genesis 22-24
      • January 20  Genesis 25-26
      • January 21  Genesis 27-29
      • January 22  Genesis 30-31
      • January 23  Genesis 32-34
      • January 24  Genesis 35-37
      • January 25  Genesis 38-40

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A Perspective on Biblical Counseling

I was heartbroken when a pastor told me, “The truth is that we are unable to provide the professional care that many of our members need.” Now, this wasn’t a bi-vocational pastor of a small church. This was a seasoned pastor—one of ten—in a large conservative church with thousands of members. He explained how he had contracted with a local counseling firm to provide “Christian counseling” to couples who were experiencing problems in their marriages. The pastor was convinced that the counseling center could tap into resources that were not available to him in the church.

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Returning Counseling to the Church – Part 2

The Sufficiency of the Scriptures – Continued 
The sufficiency of Scripture means that the Bible contains all the words of God that He intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive history, and that it now contains all of the words of God we need for salvation, for trusting Him perfectly, and for obeying Him perfectly.[1] The Word of God contains all that we need to know His will and live a life pleasing to Him.[2]
 
The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 states that even though the works of creation and providence manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, they are not sufficient to give the knowledge of God and His plan of salvation to His people. God in His goodness determined to reveal Himself to His creation in writing. By doing so, God has provided all things that are necessary to communicate His own glory, the need and means for man’s salvation, how to have faith, and live a life that glorifies Him.[3] We see Jesus emphasize this truth as He was being tempted by Satan in the wilderness. In a response to one of the temptations, He rebuked the devil by quoting the words from Deuteronomy 8:3, “man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4).[4] The words that have been provided for man to live a God-pleasing life are found in His special revelation, the Bible.
 
The sufficiency of Scripture is the foundation of all biblical counseling because true biblical counseling is Bible-based. From the Bible we understand who man is, the nature of his problems, why he has these problems, and what must be done to solve them. For counseling to be worthy of the name of Christ, the counselor must be conscientiously and comprehensively committed to the sufficiency of the Scriptures.
[5] Scripture is completely sufficient for understanding human nature and the necessary processes of change that are essential for wise and effective biblical counsel. The Scriptures are the whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, and faith and life.[6] It is for this reason that we must boldly proclaim the sufficiency of the Scriptures and prove to those who are misinformed that ministering from the Word of God is more than adequate for helping those who are suffering and have spiritual problems.

[1] Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, 127.

[2] Heath Lambert, A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundations of Counseling Ministry. 37.

[3] Hanserd Knollys, William Kiffin, William Collins, and Benjamin Keach, The London Baptist Confession of 1689, Chapter 1. Kindle;   “G.I Williamson, The Westminster Confession of Faith For Study Classes (Phillipsburg NJ: P&R Publishing), 1.

[4] RC Sproul, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (Wheaton IL: Tyndale House),15.

[5] Heath Lambert, Sufficiency: Historic Essays on the Sufficiency of Scripture, 17.

[6] John M. Frame, The Doctrine of the Word of God, 221. Quote from the Westminster Confession of Faith.


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