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Monday, June 15, 2015

Pastor's Conference #sbc15

Dear Saints,

It's cool and raining here in Columbus, OH on this Monday morning. Messengers are moving into the Convention halls and worship center. People are talking and laughing with each other as they get ready for some good singing and preaching. 

I'm looking forward to hearing Clint Pressley, Pastor, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. He may be one we can get for revival sometime in the future. H.B. Charles, Pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Florida is another I'm looking forward to preach. It looks like a good day of worship with some of God's best preachers and singers. 

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Sunday, June 14, 2015

SBC @ Columbus, OH, 2015

Dear Saints,

Nancy and I visited First Baptist Church Logan, OH this morning. It was a good experience with some good old fashion preaching. After the service I was so thankful for our church in Florence, SC. We are blessed with great singing and the truth of God's Word. I thank God for all our sister churches in the SBC, but I'm full of joy for what God is doing and going to do in our church.

We arrived at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Columbus, OH around 2:00 p.m. We checked in and took off for lunch at Schmidt's Restaurant and Sausage Haus in German Town.There's a little village on the Southside of Columbus, OH. It was such a neat place to have lunch.

We are now back resting before we go to SBC Pastor's Conference at Convention Center at 6:00 p.m. We will hear three sermons plus some god singing this evening. The guest evangelists to night are Dean Fulks, Russell Moore, and Ted Traylor. The worship team is Calvary Church. It looks like a good line up.

I'm so glad to hear about the good service SFBC had today. Praying God will do it again tonight with you, Preach Charles!

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

German Town @ Schmidt's Sausage Haus & Restaurant, Columbus, Ohio

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kelsey's Graduation, Lamar High School, 2015

What an exciting time we had celebrating Kelsey's graduation at Lamar High School, Lamar, SC Wednesday evening. Seventy-Four graduated at the Football Stadium in Lamar. We had a graduation party at the Ranch House in Timmonsville, SC. Here are some photos from the beginning til the end on Graduation Day.

Kelsey has grown into a very talented young lady. We are so proud of the lady she has become. August, she will enter North Greenville University as a Freshman. We love you !!!

Papa & Nana

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Men's Day @ SFBC

Dear Friends,

The annual Men's Day will be tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Bro. Ricky Alford is speaking at the 10:00 a.m. worship service. He is one of our deacon's and serves as the "Shut In" deacon ministry. He calls, writes notes, and visits during the month. He is sold out for Jesus! You don't want to miss this service. The all men's choir will bless you also. Come bring a friend with you tomorrow and watch God work through the obedience of His servants.

Bro. David Gasque is speaking tomorrow evening. He is our church treasury and loves the Lord. He is a faithful man of God. He works with our children's ministry. He is always giving encourage to the people around him. Come join us as Bro. David challenges us to higher ground. 

Brantley Stokes is our Men's Director. He leads us all through the year with good teaching and mission opportunities. Brantley is a good role model for all our men. Thanks for all you do for our church. Keep up the good work. Come hear some good preaching, singing and testimonies from some very talented men of God. 

Pastor Allen
 Men's Ministry!!!

Friday, May 29, 2015

God Is Good

Dear Saints,

I want you to know you are loved. I care for each and every soul God has given to me. I often get encouragement from many of you. I'm blessed to have Deacons to love and care for me and my family. Our Deacons at South Florence are grounded in the scriptures and show much love to our Lord, Church and Pastor's Family. I'm a blessed Pastor to have such a good selection of men serving as Deacons. We are surrounded by good and Godly leaders. We have many who show their love for Jesus by carrying on the Great Commission! I'm surrounded by compassionate people who encourage me along the journey of Faith. I have some very close friends who would help me in a moments notice. It's my desire to serve the Lord and South Florence as long as possible.

As a church family we have seen people come and go. Some come into the church fellowship and stay for years, others come in for shorter periods of time. It takes everyone we have had to make us who we are today. We are strong in the Lord and trust Him for every step of Faith. I'm blessed to rub shoulders with all our church family. We have raised up some good and Godly saints during the years of continued growth. Some have went out to serve in other places and are using the gifts God gave them at South Florence. We are proud of everyone of these servants. We can look around and see the work of God going on in many churches because of the salvation they received from Jesus Christ.

God has raised us up to carry on His commands. We will not be defeated, we shall overcome the enemies of our salvation. The good out weights the bad any day and time as a child of God. Let's keep on encouraging each other. Jesus is our redeemer!

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Psalms 34:4

Fellowshipping with the New Families

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Birthday Celebration

Friday March 13, 2015 my family came together to celebrate my birthday. I turned 64 years of age. We had a cook out and enjoyed some time of fellowship. It's always fun to see your children and the grandchildren. They made my day special. I took a few photos of the event.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving at the Allen's 2014

Jeffery and Dori hosted our Family Thanksgiving Gathering today. We had help from a few friends with a Mule and  one inflatable. Thank you Timmy Wise and David Gasque for making our day a special time with family. Shooting skeet and targets with rifles and shot guns was much fun. Everyone brought food and drinks for all to enjoy. The fellowship was good and brought back memories from days gone by. Thank you Lord for a loving family. Here are some photos of our day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I'm Thankful.

Dear Friends,

I have much to be thankful for during my 64 years of life. I'm thankful for my Lord Jesus for saving my soul. I'm thankful for a Godly mother and wife. I' thankful for a wife who loves Jesus, me, our boys and their wives. I'm thankful for 9 grandchildren. I'm thankful for the battles of life. I'm thankful for the times that I thought it was over, but God made the difference. I'm thankful for the church God has allowed me to pastor the last 23 years. I'm thankful for the first 3 churches God granted me to pastor. I'm thankful for the home God has given me. I'm thankful for a loving church family. I'm thankful for the deacons and wives that love me. I'm thankful for this "Thanksgiving" our family are having together. Thank you Jesus.

Just for Jesus,

Pastor Allen

Monday, September 22, 2014

Characteristics of Backsliding!

Jeremiah was sent by God to confront a people who refused to repent. He was one man against an entire nation. He was one man with an unwanted message! He was one man with the God-given courage to use a much-despised term (backslidden). How do we know when we backslide?
  1. Prayer ceases to be a vital part of our lives.
  2. When the quest for Biblical truth ceases.
  3. When Biblical knowledge is not applied inwardly.
  4. A gentle rebuke will be treated with scorn.
  5. When the services of the church lose their delights.
  6. When spiritual discussions are an embarrassment.
  7. When sports, recreation, and entertainment are a large and necessary part of your lifestyle.
  8. When we can sing religious songs without heart.
  9. When our tears are dried up!
These are just a few of the signs we have backslidden. Revival will come when we confess our sins and seek God's forgiveness. Let's all get ready for Revival. See you Sunday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pray, Pray, Pray!

Dear Saints,

This is our second day of our 21 day fast at SFBC. I believe through fasting and praying God will open doors of great value. I'm believing God for some wonderful, exciting, and shouting times during this revival. Please pray with me and believe God can and will save some souls. The Bible declares, "In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings" (Romans 8:26).

I encourage you to get ready to see some mighty acts of God take place in our church services. Pray!

Pastor Allen

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Revival 2014

Dear Friends,

We have been on our knees and praying for weeks for an Old Fashion Revival. Our 21 days of fasting started today. Let's pray and never give up calling upon God for great things to be done. Revival begins October 5 thru October 8, 2014. First revival service is at 10:00 a.m. Sunday and 6:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Dr. Ron Lynch is our guest Evangelist. He is an awesome man of God. He will be one of the best evangelist we have ever heard. We still have four homes with cottage prayer meetings waiting on us. Let's all get involved and go pray.

Invite all the lost people you know. Don't worry about inviting other church members, let's get the lost under the sound of God's Holy Word. Pray about who you will ask to come and then go invite them to attend with you. One saved soul will be worth it all.

Just for Jesus

Pastor Allen

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Southern Baptist Convention 2014 @ Baltimore, Maryland

Dear Friends,

We are so grateful for the opportunity to attend the SBC. This has always been one of the highlights of the year for us. I love the politics of the convention and the election of officers. The business and motions messengers make are always interesting. You really learn the way of life of Baptist. Electing a Conservative Pastor is important to stay the course of the Convention. It all began in 1977 with the election of Dr. Adrian Rogers as President. Once again we elected a Conservative President in Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas. There were 5129 messengers registered during this election.

Nancy, Hanna, and I are having a good time. We got to spend some time with our son Adrian, grandson Micah and daughter in law Tammy during this convention. Here are a few photos of our time together.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Upward Sports Celebration

The closing ceremonies for Upward Sports at South Florence Baptist Church. Brother Boyce Francum was our leader and did a great work this Soccer season. Thanks to all the ones who helped and served on Saturdays. Here are a few photos of the last day.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

2014 Annual Pig Picking

Our yearly Pig Picking was a great adventure with all the families fellowshipping. The BBQ and Chicken were awesome. Thanks to a very good group of men and women for sharing your time and talents to make this possible. Brantley Stokes, Timmy Wise, Michael Anderson, Bob Bair, Nick Sportiello, June Bair, Stephanie Stokes and many more work hard and all day for this event. What a joy to see the Saints at SFBC laughing and talking. The playground set was covered with boys and girls. The men and boys were throwing and kicking the football. It was just a great evening with some great people. I got my Gamecock Stadium Canvas Painting hung today in my office.Stop by to see this beautiful painting you gave to me. Thank you for all you do to help build God's Kingdom.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cerro Gordo Baptist Church Revival

It's been a real experience at Cerro Gordo this week. Bro. George and Brandi have been such a gracious hosts this week. It's been good at all the services. God has moved among His people and given us insights to His Kingdom. One precious soul has been saved and the altar has been full each night. God is using this young preacher (George) to touch the hearts of the people in Cerro Gordo community. Keep Bro. George in your prayers as he continues to minister to the Saints at Cerro Gordo. This has been a awesome week to see God work in Cerro Gordo. One more night to see the Hand of God touch hearts in this community. Pray for us as we share the truth of God's Word tonight.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Revival at Cerro Gordo Baptist Church

Dear Saints,

Nancy and I are at Cerro Gordo, NC at Cerro Gordo Baptist Church this week. Revival began this  with a great group of Saints attending. The winds of revival were blowing and God touched many hearts. Altar filled up with folks praying and making things right with the Lord. They were encouraged to be back tonight and they came back. Both services were well attended and God touched many hearts. What a blessing to be in such a loving church this week. There was much freedom to preach the Word. Good Spirit among the Saints at Cerro Gordo. Pastor George Strickland did a great work getting his people ready for revival. Pastor George and Brandi Strickland are a loving couple God is using at this church. Pastor George has a great attitude toward leading his people. He has such a loving Spirit. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to preach this week. All I can say is GLORY.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Church Service Cancelled

Dear Saints,

I know you are enjoying this wintry storm. The roads are icy and dangerous, therefore our church meal and worship service for today have been cancelled. Stay safe and warm. I hope to see you all Sunday for Sunday School and Worship. Happy Valentine to all our sweet Saints.

Pastor Allen 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow in Florence

There will be no church service tonight. (January 29, 2014) Hope to see you all Sunday for Sunday School.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Homecoming Sunday, January 26, 2014 @ South Florence Baptist Church, Florence, SC. Worship with the Kempters at 10:00 a.m. Dinner following morning service. Come join us as we celebrate 43 years as a church in Florence, SC.

The Kempters will be singing at Northgate Baptist Church, Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.