March 2022 PSBC Connections
Youth Bonfire at the Bannisters
Youth Bonfires at the Bannisters are becoming a regular thing! The kids are constantly asking for them and once the busy night is over, I know the adults are happy and fulfilled that we were able to provide this opportunity for them: they run around outside without technology, they socialize in nature, they hunt for the perfect sticks for roasting marshmallows! Spending time with them is just one way we can show our love for them just as Jesus showed His love for others. Can this be my shameless plug to invite you to come spend time with them? We will have more bonfires and there is also an opportunity at GPS (Tuesdays at 6pm) – come listen to them recite memory verses, help them navigate the Bible with Bible drills or just come hang out beside them. Any takers on teaching the kids to cook their own hotdogs over the fire?
From the Church at Piedmont Mill:
Thank you for your partnership. Financially we could not move forward without other church bodies investing in us. While finances are a tangible thing we can measure, your prayers are so valuable in our mission to reach our community. Knowing we have other brothers and sisters going to the Lord on our behalf is an invaluable privilege in the ministry where we are called. Here are 3 ways that you can pray for us in the next month:
- Pray for the River Road Baptist Church congregation as we move forward in merging our two churches together.
- Pray for our church body as we move forward and make decisions.
- Pray for the community in which we are serving, that God will prepare hearts and bring opportunities for Gospel conversations.
Work has begun! Dean Hunter has completed the asbestos abatement at the 123 Arlington building. We continue to wait on the site permit from the city for grading and demolition to begin. We are continuing to work on final plans for the interior finishes, doors, and other essentials so that we can be prepared for extended delivery times. We have occupied our temporary offices at Reconcile Community Church, Oak Crest Campus, and are blessed to be able to serve alongside them.
Pray for favor with the City of Greenville, and with our neighbors. Pray for God’s provision of the materials needed, and for the builders, architects, and engineers.
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.
Be part of our Homebound Ministry
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? Call the church office at 864-232-7312 for more information. It’s a great experience for all!
Family Meeting February 20th
The PSBC covenant members have been praying and seeking God’s will on three recommendations of the Leadership Team. These were voted on by ballot at the PSBC Family meeting on Sunday, February 20th, and each passed by an overwhelming majority. The recommendations were as follows:
- The Leadership Team recommends adoption of the budget as presented at the Family Meeting on February 6, 2022.
- The Leadership Team recommends that Pendleton Street Baptist Church change its name to West End Baptist Church.
- The Leadership Team recommends that Pendleton Street Baptist Church partner with Pastor Jason Reid, and the Church at Piedmont Mill.
From Pastor Marty Price
What would you say is the most difficult discipline of the Christian life? What is the hardest thing to do consistently as a follower of Jesus? From testimonies and personal experience, I believe it is developing a consistent life of reliant prayer. It is so easy to let our schedules get away from us, and to let our own unconfessed sin keep us from entering the presence of God in prayer. Consistent, reliant prayer requires us to face up to our own sin before God, and too often self gets in the way. Consistent, reliant prayer calls us to continually surrender our will to God’s will, and too often our pride gets in the way. Consistent, reliant prayer is, however, how we abide in Christ (John 15). It is how we experience peace in the storms of life (Mark 4:39-40). It is how we are strengthened to endure terrible circumstances (Colossians 1:11). It is how we are granted patience with others (Colossians 3:12). It is how we can forgive, to speak the truth in love, to bear with others (Ephesians 4), and to rescue one another (James 5:19-20). In short, consistent, reliant prayer is essential to walk in manner worthy of the Lord.
That is why God’s Word continually calls us to pray. “Prayer makes a godly man, and puts within him the mind of Christ, the mind of humility, of self-surrender, of service, of pity, and of prayer. If we really pray, we will become more like God, or else we will quit praying (E.M. Bounds).” I am determined to answer the call, and I hope you will, too. We’ve learned some essential truths about praying for each other over the last month. Let’s take them to heart, set aside time in our schedules, and intercede on behalf of one another. If you are struggling to put this in practice, I suggest you begin by praying to be able to pray. Do as the disciples did and pray, “Lord, teach me to pray.” Above all things I want us to become a praying church. I am praying for, and expecting, an outpouring of God’s power as we turn to Him in consistent, reliant prayer.
To assist us in praying in unity, in addition to our weekly prayer emails we are providing prayer guides for the next several weeks. They will be available in print on the literature table at church, and on the website at www.psbcgreenville.org/prayer-guide/. Also, I would love to hear your testimonies of how God is working in your prayer life! Will you share them with me (in person, via email or text, etc.). I would love to celebrate with you.
Let’s all be found “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, (Ephesians 6:18).
We are partnering with The Church at Piedmont Mill and Pastor Jason Reid. Please be praying that God will continue to open doors for the Gospel, and that He will lead them to the space He has for them.
Praise God for the many opportunities that we have to serve Him!