Thanks to the initiative of the Board of Christian Education, this newsletter has been created for several reasons. As time continues to move us through the Covid-19 experience, the significance of this publication will become clearer.
First of all, it’s designed as another method to help fill the void in communication as a church which the physical distancing requirement for health reasons has created. Operating without meeting for more than a year has made it increasingly difficult
to maintain lines of effective communication and coordination for continuing to be the church we are.
This publication is yet another creative way to improve our communications and maintain our connections for being about our Father’s business during such times like these are and have become.
Secondly, it’s created to increase our awareness of important developments we should be aware of. As this social distancing experience continues to define itself and drifts towards coming
together again, the content of the newsletter is hoped to prepare us for doing well under these conditions.
Let us press on,
Johnny C. Owens, Jr.
What Are We Thankful For?
We thank God for His love in sustaining us with health and strength to endure through the COVID – 19 Pandemic. We thank God for wisdom and knowledge of Him in order that we may be able to discern His truth and be able to extend His Mission to others. We thank Him for our freedom that we may be able to use it in our lives to generate support for others that will uplift humanity. Most importantly, we thank you God for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for the atonement of our sins in order that we may experience eternal life.
“As for me and my house we will serve the Lord”— Joshua 24:15
The Greenview First Baptist Church (GFBC) Inspirator
The “GFBC Inspirator” is the inspiration of Board of Christian Education.
Its primary purpose is to provide relevant information and knowledge that will enhance the spiritual, educational and physical growth of the Greenview First Baptist Church Members and the Greater Greenview Community.
Although the first Issue is being published during a
National Health Pandemic when our Church is unable to meet physically, we have plans to continue the publication of four Issues annually during the months of January, April, July and October.
As a church member, you are invited to provide input to the publication of the “Inspirator.” If you have an uplifting idea, thought or testimony you wish to share, please contact us.
We can be reached by telephone: (803) 788-1281 or by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Publication Committee:
Sis. Margaret Suber
Sis. Kara Rivers
Sis. Bridgit Smith
Sis. Debra Brown
Dea. Wayman Stover
Christian Education Opportunities at Greenview First Baptist Church
Christian Education is not specifically mentioned in the Bible; however, the Bible places a high value upon knowledge of God and His works. The Bible outlines moral and spiritual benefits of His knowledge and defines its purposes in us for effective living. The Bible is the main source of our Christian Education and it is essential to all Christian believers, children, and particularly church leaders and ministry heads.
The GFBC offers Christian Education Bible Study through several opportunities: Sunday School Classes, Wednesday Night Bible Study, Midday Weekly Bible Class, Missionary Society Circles Monthly Study Groups, Children Church, and the Annual Vacation Bible School. Additionally, periodic seminars and conferences are sponsored by the Board of Christian Education to address specific topics. Also, Christian
Education classes are available through the Church affiliation with the Gethsemane Association South Carolina Baptist Education and Missionary Convention and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. The Sunday School Class uses the Echoes Sunday School literature which is organized according to the ‘International Sunday School Lessons’ thematic study of the Bible. The present Quarter’s (March, April and May) theme is ‘Prophets Faithful to God’s Covenant.’ This Quarter explores the reasons prophets were necessary in Israel’s history.
The Wednesday Night Bible Class is using the Lifeway literature, ‘John’s Epistle: Living with Assurance’. The Bible basis for this study is I, II, and III John. The focus of this study is on how a person’s understanding of Jesus impacts their daily lives in a practical world.
Although some of these Bible Study opportunities are not currently available in person due the Pandemic, the GFBC is currently offering two virtual classes. General Bible Study is held each Wednesday Evening at 7:00 pm. General Sunday Class is held each Sunday Morning at 10:00 am. Both of these classes are conducted via of Zoom. You may join these classes with video by using the Meeting ID: 949 897 9519 and Pass Code:433187. To join the classes via of telephone only, first dial: 1 929 205 6099 and enter the Meeting ID and Pass Code above when prompted. Specific information on how to access these classes is outlined on the GFBC Website at www.greenviewfirstbaptistchurch.org
A list of the Home Goings we have experienced among the Greenview Church Family since our Church Closure due to the Pandemic is provided below. To all members and families who have experienced loss, the Greenview Church Congregation extends to you its sincere prayers, thoughts and fondest memories of your loved ones. Please remember that we love and care about you and we are here for you always. May the love of God help you and bring you peace.
Essie Elizabeth Dantzler – February 1, 2020
James D. “Barney” Williams – March 31, 2020
Katie Roberts James Crumpton – August 22, 2020
J. C. Black – October 10, 2020
Beatrice Johnson – November 11, 2020
Sanford F. Rivers – March 2, 2020
Patricia Thompson Willis – May 23, 2020
Thomasena Scott – September 25, 2020
Leroy Smith – November 7, 2020
Bernadette Gilmore – November 9, 2020
Bertha Portee Wilson – January 13, 2021
Covid 19 Vaccines
Because we are in quarantine due to the COVID 19 Pandemic, it is important that we receive current and accurate information for securing the vaccine to prevent the COVID Virus. We have provided below four FAQs along with the responses from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) website. These FAQs were selected from a list of many contained on their website at scdhec.gov and were current at the time of this publication.
How do the vaccines work?
There is no COVID – 19 Virus in the vaccines. The vaccines help your body make antibodies to a protein on the virus surface.
This allows your immune system to attack the virus and fight off severe illness if you are exposed.
Are COVID – 19 vaccines safe?
Yes, COVID – 19 vaccines are safe and effective. No vaccine will be released until it has passed the same tough scientific and clinical testing that all vaccines in development are held to.
How will I know when I can get the vaccine?
DHEC and its partners will notify the public using several communications methods – news releases, website and social media updates – as well as public service announcements; print, radio and TV ads, community-level outreach, direct mailers and other forms of outreach to ensure South Carolinians know when it’s their time to receive the vaccine. Health care providers will also notify their patients.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
After receiving a COVID – 19 vaccine, you may have some side effects,
which are normal signs that your body is building protection.
Side effects are typically mild to moderate, occur within the first 3 days beginning the day of the vaccination, and resolve within 1-2 days of onset. Some people have no side effects. Common side effects on the arm where you received the shot include pain, redness, and swelling. Throughout the rest of your body, you may feel tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.
For more information, please see the CDC’s article: Possible Side Effects After Getting A COVID – 19 Vaccine on the SCDHEC website at https://dhec.gov