1. Beth Moore Simulcast
  2. Just Moved Book Club
  3. Women’s Ministry Update
  4. Deacons Update
  5. Men’s Ministry Update
  6. Youth Ministry Update
  7. NRES Good News Club
  8. FBC 2011 Missions Conference
  9. Fall Small Groups
  10. FBC Fall Calendar Preview


On September 10, 2011, FBC will be hosting the Living Proof Live Simulcast with speaker and author Beth Moore and worship by Travis Cottrell. This event will be from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 including a light breakfast and a lunch catered by Stuff Restaurants. Tickets are on sale in the church foyer prior to and after the Sunday service. Plan to bring family members, friends and/or neighbors.

Also, we still have some needs that you may be able to help with. We need several portable canopies and large coolers that we can use on Sept 10th. If you have either of these things and would let us use them please contact Liisa Matson or Ron Howard.

And we still need MEN to volunteer for the day of the event to help with parking, setting-up, cleaning-up, serving lunch, greeting, etc. If you would like to serve in this way please contact Ron Howard. (803) 261-4710


Moving can be overwhelming, hopeful, heartbreaking, and exciting but it’s always a great disruption. You can invite a newcomer to a group beginning this fall and help a woman like Melody Sandoval through the challenges of a move. Here is her story:

“After 10 years in Virginia my roots were set deep and this last move to Columbia seemed much harder than I could have imagined. I left my job, my church, my friends, and my beautiful home. My children, now grown, were off making lives of their own. These things were my security, my identity, and my comfort and the loss of them became overwhelming.

“The book, After the Boxes are Unpacked, encouraged me at my lowest point. Susan Miller offers many great ideas about how to adjust. I learned that feelings of loss are a normal part of a move for a woman and just understanding that was a turning point. The highlight of being a part of this book group was making new friends and sharing our lives and struggles with one another. We began to explore our new home by taking field trips to places that make Columbia special.

“One of my favorite quotes was by Oswald Chambers, ‘It is no use to pray for the old days; stand square where you are and make the present better than any past has been. Base all on your relationship to God and go forward, and presently you will find that what is emerging is infinitely better than the past ever was.’”

Half of the women who attended our group are unchurched. The relationships continue as do our prayers for these women, now dear friends.

Lael Arrington will host an 8-week fall Just Moved Book Discussion and Discovery Group beginning Tuesday, Sept 13th, 7:00 pm at FBC. Discover your new neighbors on (enter your address and check for recently sold homes nearby). If you give her their names, she will send them an invitation. Help us spread the word!


Fall Bible Studies

On Thursday, September 8th, we will be begin Beth Moore’s bible study, To Live is Christ. The times for this study are 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Workbooks will be available in the church foyer on Sunday mornings $14.95 or at Lifeway Christian Bookstores in Harbison. For more information call Bobbie Humphries (daytime leader) at 803-781-4829 or Leslie Cirrincione (nighttime leader) at 803-767-5220.

September Birthdays

Happy birthday to Dawn Demery on the 15th and Janna Abbott on the 16th! We hope you have a wonderful coming year.

Fall Picnic

On Sunday, September 25, 2011 Women’s Ministries will be hosting the Fall Picnic at Harbison Forest immediately following the service. Please bring drinks and enough food for your family plus a little to share. Also, feel free to bring your favorite lawn chairs, toys, games, etc.


We have contracted with the Security Specialists Company to renovate our fire and theft alarm system. Our building will be updated with new control panels, push pads, wireless door alarms, and wireless transmitters. We are thankful that we got a very good deal on the install and an even better deal on our monthly monitoring.


The men of FBC kick off the fall season with our annual BBQ on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:30 PM. The Lake Frances Clubhouse in West Columbia will be the site of our gathering. Besides BBQ pork and chicken, we will also be laying out the plans for our in-house discipleship program that will begin Thursday, September 22. We will be using SALT (Spiritually Authentic Leadership Training) materials developed by Focused Living Ministries of Columbia. Childcare will be available.

October 15 will find the men of FBC playing in the FBC Golf Tournament. With USC football having an away game, we hope to get plenty of our friends to join us that morning.

The conference grounds of Ridge Haven near Rosman, NC will be the site of the Men’s Fall Retreat November 4-6. Some of the outdoor activities they offer are a bouldering wall, an obstacle course, a low ropes course, volleyball, and even a covered basketball court. They even offer to build campfires every night for those who want to enjoy the chill of the evening by a warm fire. We hope to draw closer to God and one another during our retreat stay.

Men, join us this fall as we learn to reach out, reach in, and reach up with the support of fellow brothers.


Don’t forget to consider this great opportunity for service! The Nursery Road Elementary School Good News Club will start on Monday, October 3. If you would like to help for an hour a week, contact Nova Leslie at 609-3412.


This summer has been a roller coaster ride for the FBC Youth Ministry. Mission trips, ministry experiences, camps, family trips, and vacations have made planning and conducting ministry events unpredictable. Thunder storms caused the cancellation of a pool party with Crossroads Church. A scheduling conflict caused the cancellation of a fall retreat with Three Rivers Baptist. Nevertheless, a lot has been happening and will continue to happen into the fall. There will be a pool party on August 27 at the Hermanns’, a Coffee House (with music) on September 17 at the Vrobleskys’, and a youth group/Outreach Team event on Monday, October 31 called “Trunk and Treat” in the FBC parking lot. All of this is in addition to the weekly Wednesday night meetings (6:45 -8:45) at FBC where we have hangout time, games, teaching, prayer, and small groups. Come join us if you are a junior or senior high youth. Of course, adult leaders are always welcome. It is a great opportunity to spend time with some great young people!

Some events which have already occurred include a beach trip to Isle of Palms. It was a perfect weather day. There was some “redness” experienced by some (you’ll get no names here but you can ask around). Also, Tori Harvell and Joyce Southwell have collaborated to produce an FBC youth t-shirt. Keep your eyes open for green and/or brown t-shirts that say REFLECT. That’s us. We desire to Reflect Christ in our lives. Thanks Tori and Joyce!

We have a great team of youth leaders and great group of parents who serve and advise. Recently, two of the leaders left the group for other experiences. Ashley VanDeburgh left to help take care of her grandmother for a period of time. Her future plans are yet to be determined. Veronica Palmer, the longest serving youth leader, is heading to China for a year to teach. They will both be greatly missed.

Finally, we have had several youth graduate and move on to different activities. Peter Sherman graduated from Dutch Fork H.S. and is currently in Marine Corp training at Parris Island, S. C. Josh Edwards graduated from White Knoll H. S. and is currently enrolled at CIU. Erin Gutshall graduated from Covenant Classical Academy and is currently enrolled at Anderson University. As they come to mind, please pray for these young people as they begin a new phase of their lives.


Isn’t there a better way? A better way to impact the world for Christ? A better way to do missions?

FBC has sent out and supported many missionaries over the years. But maybe there is a better way. Or is there? This question will be the theme of our annual FBC missions conference scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 21st-23rd. Our speaker will be Don Johnson, serving with SEND International. He will lead us to consider the question “Isn’t there a better way?” If you have ever wondered or questioned whether or not there could be another ‘way’ to get the Gospel to the nations, you will wonder no longer.

Don and Cherilyn have been a part of Fellowship Bible Church for many years, and have served for 24 years with SEND in Alaska and Michigan. They recently returned to the Columbia area. Don continues to serve with SEND in a leadership role, and Cherilyn works as a counselor with Missionary Resources Connection.

We also will be hearing stories from many of our FBC missionaries, either in person or through video clips that they are creating and sending specifically for us to watch during our missions conference. We will have the privilege of praying for them during our conference. Mark you calendars now for October 21st through 23rd. More details will be posted on the FBC website soon.


Nobody Stands Alone’ is the title of Pastor Jack’s current three week series as well as a statement of one of our core values.

Relationships matter because we were created for them by our God who has eternally existed in a Trinity of mutual relationships between the Father, Son, and Spirit–each loving, enjoying and glorifying the other.

Don’t try to go it alone. Stand together. Get plugged into a small group.

Please click the following link to view a list and description of the small groups being offered this fall. Feel free to call the leaders with any questions you might have.

Small Groups – Fall 2011

FBC Fall Preview

I’m excited looking ahead to the fall and all that’s planned with a view to building the Kingdom in our homes and our community. I wanted to highlight some of the events so that you can plan appropriately. By the way, thanks so much to Jeremiah for his work on our website. We now have the church calendar posted there for your convenience ( Please note that you still need to go through the church office to schedule events and get them on the calendar.

September 10 – Beth Moore Simulcast, 9 AM to 5 PM. This is a great opportunity to invite your unchurched friend, neighbor, or co-worker; maybe even buy the ticket for them.

September 11 – Small Group Sign-up Day. See the group descriptions below. Get involved. Join one.

September 13 – Men’s Ministry BBQ

September 13 – Just Moved Book Group. If a new family has moved into your neighborhood (check invite the wife to attend and give Lael ( her contact info.

September 25 – Church Picnic and Baptism. If you’ve never been baptized since turning to Christ as Savior contact Pastor Jack.

October 15 – Men’s Golf Tournament

October 21-23 – FBC Missions Conference. Our own Don Johnson with SEND International will be our main speaker.

October 31 – Trunk ‘n Treat in the church parking lot

November 4-6 – Men’s Retreat at Ridge Haven in Rosman, NC. Check it out

November 13 – Chili Cook-off at the church.

December 10 – Ladies Outreach Luncheon