To seek to transform  lives  by  worshiping  God,  building  relationships,  developing  disciples,  and  serving  our  neighbors.
A Special Day
for Inspiration and Outreach

This Sunday, October 1, 2017, I am looking forward to introducing Kyle Matthews to our congregation. Over the years, I have had the privilege of attending or working with Kyle in worship services, concerts, retreats, and at national meetings of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and, on every occasion, have been inspired and challenged to grow in my faith. Kyle is a person of great gifts and personal warmth. He has a commitment to building up and encouraging the body of Christ through creativity and excellence. I believe you will enjoy and be inspired by his presence among us.

What’s Happening. During worship at 11:00 a.m., Kyle will share worship leadership with us, as we combine the usual elements of a communion Sunday service with Kyle’s gifts of songwriting and proclamation through story and music. At 3:00 p.m., Kyle will present a concert in storytelling and song, with two goals in mind. First, we hope to provide a special occasion for inspiration, community-building, and spiritual growth for our congregation, and, second, to provide a new opportunity for us to reach out and invite new friends into the life of Freemason Street.

About Kyle Matthews. Most Sundays, you will find Kyle Matthews serving as the Minister of Worship Arts at First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. Before returning to Greenville, in 2008, with Susan, his wife, and Emily and Christopher, their children, Kyle spent two decades working as a recording artist and staff songwriter for BMG and Universal Publishing companies in Nashville, TN, during which time his songs were recorded by over 70 major artists and won many awards. His transition to local pastoral ministry has allowed Kyle to give expression to his deep commitment to a more interpersonal ministry, sound and thoughtful theology, and spiritual health. Kyle lives out his commitments in many ways, including through his music, speaking, teaching and leading discipleship groups and retreats, and by leading others to apply their Christian faith to meet human need locally and internationally. For example, for 12 years, Kyle participated in the Wherry Project, a transitional housing ministry near Nashville, TN, which combines the provision of renovated, low-cost shelter with programs for child development and adult support groups. Kyle also has served on the board of directors for Hand Up Africa, a nonprofit Christian organization sending road paving and farming equipment to the people of Uganda.

So, join me in praying for this new friend, would you? Come and be part of this special day. Let us see what God might be up to through our lives, together – and bring a friend.

Grace and peace!
In this Issue: 
Join us this Sunday
for Sunday School at 9:45 am and 
Worship at 11 am.

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Being a part of a community means that we share in one another's joys and pray for one another in times of need.  Please see below if you or someone you know is in need of prayer, visits, or phone calls. 

If there is a specific way we can pray for you or someone is missing from this list (with their permission), please let us know.  You can do so by writing or calling the Church Office.  Please let us know whether your prayer request is private (for the ministerial staff and prayer team), for the Deacons, or for the congregation.
Concert Reception

We will be having a brief reception in our Fellowship Hall following the concert Sunday afternoon.  Please consider bringing cookies or other finger foods to share.  You can leave these in the kitchen Sunday morning labeled for the concert.

Free Friday Breakfast

Volunteers are needed to help serve breakfast and to greet our guests this Friday. Volunteers should arrive by 8:15 am.  

Freemason Street Baptist volunteers are scheduled for the second and fifth Fridays of the month.

   Questions? Please contact Carl Warren.
Donation Collections
The Children of FSBC are collecting white socks and washcloths
for our NEST and Community Meal ministries throughout the year.  

You can put donations in the boxes located in the Fellowship Hall.
Questions? Please see Stephanie (
Our Updated Church Calendar can be found at:

If you have an event or meeting that needs to be added to the calendar, please email
Men's Book Club
October 16, 2017
6:30 p.m.
The Reformation of the sixteenth century was a vast and complicated movement. It involved kings and peasants, cardinals and country priests, monks and merchants. It spread from one end of Europe to the other, and manifested itself in widely differing forms. Yet in spite of its diverse and complex character, to start to understand the Reformation you need know only one name: Martin Luther. Roland Bainton’s Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther remains the definitive introduction to the great Reformer and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand this towering historical figure.

If you have any questions, please contact Ken Bryant:
Membership Matters - October 15th

Interested in joining FSBC? Want to know more about being a Christian, being a Baptist Christian, or being a part of the Freemason Street Baptist family of faith? Then, join us for this 1-session class led by Pastor Guffey.

For more information contact Bob Guffey:
Coffee Hour
When it's your birthday month, it's your turn to help by bringing in refreshments for coffee hour and helping set up and clean up. Thank you so much to all of our hosts and coordinators who provide for this mission each Sunday morning.

October 1: November Birthdays

Children's Volunteers
We appreciate all of our volunteers, but especially those that help out in our children's area.  Because of their help, our parents and guardians are able to attend Sunday School and Worship services.  If you are willing to help serve in this way, please let us know!  A background check is necessary.

Sunday School - Volunteer Needed
Worship - Jaime King
Please contact Stephanie Van Leeuwen if you would like to volunteer.
Serving in Worship
Offering Team 
Jack Ferguson
Kim Winslow
Paul Winslow
Deborah Antony/David Davis
Deadline for Church Newsletter Information - Mondays by 5 pm
Deadline for Church Bulletin Information - Tuesdays at Noon

Information should be sent to :
Susan (
and Stephanie (
Freemason Street Baptist Church
Phone: 757 625 7579  |  Email:
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