UPDATES


Past Ten Weeks


  • Weekly Update for July 23, 2021

    Posted Jul 23, 2021

    This week was our second week of C.A.S.T. Camp. Thank you to all those who helped to Care, Accept, Share, and Teach those young people this week!

    This Sunday our Sr. High youth head out for a week at the Montreat Youth Conference. Please pray for their safety, good fellowship with friends old and new, and meaningful spiritual growth during this very special event!

  • Weekly Update for July 16, 2021

    Posted Jul 16, 2021

    As you see below, we have a full Sunday coming up, including our third Shelter Worship Service! What is Shelter? Rafe and Holly explain in this video. Take note of ALL that is going on this Sunday and join in!

    Next week is our second week of the annual C.A.S.T. Camp series. What is C.A.S.T.? Find out more on the church website, and reach out if you can be involved in the mornings! And please pray for the young people and volunteers involved in this important ministry!

    In addition to C.A.S.T., there are activities for every age throughout the week. Even over the summer, there really is something for everyone!

  • Weekly Update for July 9, 2021

    Posted Jul 09, 2021

    This Sunday is the 15th Sunday in what is called Ordinary Time in the church calendar. The liturgical color for Ordinary Time is green, and you will see green paraments, stoles, or projections in each of our services this Sunday. I have heard Ordinary Time described sometimes as “green growing time,” a time when we grow in faith amid the more ordinary routines of daily living between the major Christian holidays. As we move through this summer of Ordinary Time, let us not lose our connection to God or to the church. Join with us in worship, Bible study, service, and fellowship as often as you are able this summer, to keep your faith and this church’s ministry strong and effective in changing our lives and the lives of others.

  • Weekly Update for July 2, 2021

    Posted Jul 02, 2021

    Fireworks, patriotic cookouts, family reunions, a three-day weekend, road trips, day trips, or no trip at all; the Fourth of July has it all – including a Sunday to give thanks to God for our freedom and our beautiful country. We will have one worship service at 10:30am in the Sanctuary on July 4. I hope you will find time in your holiday to worship God and celebrate God’s blessings to us! Have a glorious Fourth of July!

  • UPDATE: ShelbyNext App

    Posted Jul 01, 2021

    We are excited to share this great news with you... the ShelbyNext Mobile App is now operating properly!!

  • Update from the PNC

    Posted Jul 01, 2021

    In the couple of months since our last update, the PNC has been hard at work seeking referrals for potential pastors from seminary presidents, a wide variety of pastors across larger churches in the denomination, and dozens of others with connections to possible candidates and familiarity with our congregation. Our committee members have listened to and watched hundreds of sermons and worship services online, and that work continues at full speed. We are working to create a relatively short list of viable candidates with whom we might engage in conversation more seriously. Thankfully at the same time, most churches are moving into various stages of reopening for in-person worship, so we will be traveling over the next several months to visit pastors and churches “live.” This process of discernment is a two-way street, as the PNC works to discern which persons to whom God may lead us to choose as the best leader for our congregation, and potential candidates work to determine if the Holy Spirit may be moving them toward openness to a new call in a new location. This process is slow and deliberate, and must necessarily be undertaken in the highest confidentiality.

  • Weekly Update for June 25, 2021

    Posted Jun 25, 2021

    This week we welcomed CAST Camp back to our campus, and it has been an amazing week with those young people! See Gloria Close’s recap in the “Other News” section below, and please continue to pray for families living in local motels. Thanks be to God for this important ministry and those that make it happen. There will be two more weeks of CAST Camp scattered through the summer months.

    Last Sunday was our second Shelter worship service. It was a really special time of worship, but I know a lot of you were in the midst of Father’s Day celebrations and summer travels. Be sure to check out the video recording at fpcspartanburg.org/worship . While you are there, you will also notice videos of a number of funerals we have had recently (and that’s not all of them). Please continue to be in prayer for all those who have lost loved ones.

  • Weekly Update for June 18, 2021

    Posted Jun 18, 2021

    We had a wonderful week of our family Vacation Bible School this week! It was great to see families exploring faith together. This Sunday morning, MorningSong participants will get a chance to hear a little taste of VBS from our kids. This Sunday evening, we will have our second Shelter worship service. Please note the updated time for the service below. And, of course, Sunday is Father’s Day, and we give thanks to the fathers and father figures in our lives even as we come together in praise of our heavenly Father.

    Finally, next week is the first week of our C.A.S.T. Camp. Please pray for the children, youth, and adults who will be part of this important mission, as we seek to Care, Accept, Share, and Teach children and youth living in nearby motels.

  • Weekly Update for June 11, 2021

    Posted Jun 11, 2021

    This Sunday evening our Family Vacation Bible School begins. This is a new format and time slot conceived during the worst of this pandemic, and I think it will be an exciting time for children and their families to experience together. Please pray for the leaders and the families participating in this year’s VBS, that they may have an experience that enriches their faith together.

    See below for other things happening this Sunday and beyond, including a new Adult Sunday School series led by Lewis Galloway and Lewis Johnson, a new Sunday morning time of connection and devotion led by Ansley, and our second Shelter worship service happening in just over a week.

  • Weekly Update for June 4, 2021

    Posted Jun 04, 2021

    Summer is here and with it comes our usual summer schedule! The 8:30am service moves to the Chapel, Sunday School follows at 9:30am, and the Sanctuary service and MorningSong run concurrently at 10:30am. At 11:30am this Sunday, congregate with us in the FLC Parking Lot for our first Summer Sizzle of the season – eat dessert first! Yummy ice cream treats are free to all and with the variety available you may even find your childhood favorite. Visit with old friends, make some new acquaintances, watch the children play, and I promise it will all make you smile and laugh!

    We welcomed back the Chancel Choir to our Sanctuary Service this past Sunday. It was actually very emotional to see and hear them in the loft. This is the Summer Choir, so if you are interested in some choral singing with minimal practice time required, this may be just the thing for you!

    Sunday also affords you the opportunity to bring donations to Fill the Truck for Hand in Hand. We will celebrate Communion in all three services. And in the Social Hall at 9:30am you can hear the results of the Holy Cow Congregational Survey that is helping our Pastor Nominating Committee on the needs and desires of the church for its next Pastor. All in all, it’s a really big Sunday to be at FPC! More details below. I hope to see you!!!!

  • Weekly Update for May 28, 2021

    Posted May 28, 2021

    This long weekend, we remember and celebrate those who gave their lives in the military. Safe travels to those who are traveling this weekend, and wherever you find yourself, lift your thanks to God for those who have given so much of themselves for you!

    This Sunday is Trinity Sunday, when we celebrate the incomprehensible mystery of one God who exists in three Persons. We will have only two services this Sunday at 8:45am and 11am, both in the Sanctuary.

  • Weekly Update for May 21, 2021

    Posted May 21, 2021

    This Sunday is Pentecost, a day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church. Lots of exciting things are happening throughout the day on Sunday in celebration of this special day in the church calendar. Come and celebrate with us on Sunday in the morning, afternoon, and evening, to enjoy lively worship, good food, great fellowship, and wonderful music!