VOLUME 31, ISSUE 28, AUGUST 14, 2022


Promotion Sunday for our children's classes is August 28. If its been a while since you participated in Sunday school, this is the perfect time to return!
Grace to you and peace from God our Father. It's my pleasure to write the Columns again after a two-week break. This is the time of year when certain ministries are getting ready to launch again (please take note of the "Mark Your Calendars" section), and so I write to keep you updated on these things. Coming up this Sunday, don't miss our combined Sunday School class. We will be joined by a PCA missionary family from Sofia, Bulgaria to let us know what is going on with a reformed church plant right there in the capital city. Also, in our worship service we will celebrate the Lord's Supper. Please take time this week to prepare to take that meal. I find the Westminster Shorter Catechism particularly helpful ahead of the sacrament. Question and Answer #97 says we ought to examine ourselves of our knowledge to discern the Lord's body, of our faith of feed upon him, of our repentance, love, and new obedience. I'm looking forward to sharing that meal with you and worshiping together. 

See you Sunday.
Our nursery continues to grow, and we need your help to care for our youngest members and point them to Jesus! Tammy Teal is helping with signups, and she'd love to hear from you and schedule you for nursery. Click here to send her an email or give her a call at 541.274.1158. Thank you for serving in the nursery. 

Worship Nursery volunteers
Aug. 14: William Davenport, Madison McCarter
Aug. 21: Anna Bryant, Brett and Madison Bryant
Aug. 28: Corey Vana, Jill Webb

Children's Church for August
Britni Maple

Sunday School volunteers
Nursery: Lynn Peden
Preschool (3.5-6): Lynn McCarter
Elementary (6-9): Lisa Miller
Preteen (10-13): Ann Spaar
Teenagers: Thomas Tripp
Order of Worship
Prayer List
Aug. 17: Book Discussion Party, 6:15 p.m.
Aug. 21: WIC Kickoff
Aug. 28: Promotion Sunday
Aug. 28: Youth Back to School Game Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sept. 5: Churchwide Drop-in Labor Day Cookout, 5-8 p.m. at Jonathan and Tracy's home (505 Scarlett Oak Dr, Fountain Inn
Sept. 7: Table Talk Returns, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 8: WIC Evening Circle Meeting, 7 p.m.
Sept. 10: Men of the Covenant (MOC), 8 a.m.
Sept. 15: WIC Morning Circle Meeting, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22: Fall Festival
Thank you to everyone who helped fill our 3 crates for Ukraine. You loaded these containers with basic care, wound care, and medical care supplies. Having recently spent time with many Ukrainian refugees, I can tell you the contents of these containers will really bless some individuals in need.
The crates were delivered today to Palmetto Hills Presbyterian Church and next week they will be on their way to Krakow, Poland and from there into Ukraine. Between Fairview, Palmetto Hills and Downtown Presbyterian, 19 crates were filled. 
I'd like to use this space to say thank you. In prayer and in giving and in your encouragement you supported this trip to share Christ and the comfort of the Gospel to Ukrainian refugees living in Bulgaria. You will never fully know the impact you had on these people living through crisis. While I was there, I learned the stories of these people; they were heartbreaking. One family had lived in a tunnel for two weeks. A couple had a rocket land in the middle of their house. Families had moved to Bulgaria, but fathers were mostly absent. Why? Because most of the men had to stay behind and fight. One man who was able to be there held his head in his hands and repeated over and over "I cannot get the sounds out of my head." One boy spent the first few months of his time in Borovtsi wailing loudly throughout the day and throughout the night. A large group of people were supposed to arrive in Bulgaria weeks ago from a region that was being heavily shelled. They did not arrive.

But here's the thing - God is at work. He moved a missionary couple years ago to convert a former orphanage into a learning center for young men needing a place to live and learn. That place continues to function in that way, but it's also been converted to a refugee center for these Ukrainians. They now have a safe haven located in a quiet village where the love of Christ is openly shared. 

I was able to share during devotional services we had on Tuesday and Thursday nights. I was able to share during personal conversations with families throughout my time there. We spoke during games of pickup football (soccer) and table tennis. I went on walks with people, and sat on the front steps with people. With your financial support we purchased medicine, schoolbooks, and items to go in the apartments of these families. Additionally, we were able to set aside funds for the upcoming winter. The people there were very blessed by this church's lovingkindness. 

There's much more to say, but I want to close with an email I received a few days after leaving. This mother was writing in response to a letter I left with each family:

"Hello, Kenny! Thank you for your letter and guidance in the Christian faith. We were very pleased to meet you and it is a pity that you already have to leave. We want to wish you the Lord's blessings on all your deeds and undertakings, strength of mind and strength of faith. Thanks for all. We will be glad to see you again. We welcome any news. With God!"

Thanks again, Fairview.
Officer Nominations are open for the month of August. Nomination slips, located at the back of the sanctuary, should be placed inside the nominations box. Please be sure to read the qualifications for elder and deacon found in 1 Timothy 3:1-13.

One of our neighboring churches, Christ Community PCA, is sponsoring a Women's Ministry Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Paula Miles will speak on Thinking Biblically and Living Covenantally. Register at Tickets are $20 by Aug. 24 then $25 until Sept. 10. See Roxanne Peden for more details. 
Fairview Family Worship Guide

Book of the Month | Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
For the last year or so, I've used this space to suggest a book to you, and this month's book is being read by a number of you for our adult reading club. We will discuss the book on August 17 at 6:15 p.m., so get to reading! Grab a copy from Dan Nowell. What are you reading these days? Let me know!
Pastor | Rev. Jonathan Williams, 803.629.2952

Assistant Pastor | Rev. Kenny Maple, 864.608.6033

Session | Preston Garrett, John Martzin, Jim McClimon, Tom Miller, Tom Sevcik, Dan Shirley

Deacons | Stutts Armstrong, Cephas DiLella, Wes McCarter, Jimmy Sprouse, James Wickliffe

Stutts is our Deacon of the Month | 864.322.3105
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