Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Services

Christmas Cantata - Sunday, December 13th @ 11 am

Children and Youth Christmas Program - Wednesday, December 16th @ 7 pm

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Thursday, December 24th @ 6 pm

Mark your calendar for these special services that will help you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this year!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

From the Pastor...

Someone has said, “If you want to make God laugh, just tell him your plans.” That little quote has replayed over and over in my mind during the past few weeks, as my family and I have struggled over God’s plan for us. During this time, God has confirmed that His plan for us involves moving us to a new field of service. At our Quarterly Church Conference on November 11th, I announced to the congregation my intention to remain as pastor until January 17, 2010. The following week I will begin my duties as pastor of Manteo Faith Baptist Church in Manteo, NC.

One of the most difficult things for a pastor’s family to do is to leave behind people they love in order to move to a new church. I can honestly say to you that we are excited about what God has in store for us at Manteo, but we are truly sad to leave behind our friends at Swift Creek. For more than seven years you have shown us love and kindness as we have ministered together. It has been a very good ministry experience for us.

Words cannot begin to express our thanks to you for your love and support. I am confident that you will continue to bless this community through benevolent ministries and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am also confident that God is already preparing someone to step in as pastor, to lead SCBC to even greater heights!

We do ask you to continue to keep our family in your prayers as we make this difficult transition. We would love for any of you to visit us whenever you come to the Outer Banks, and we hope that you will honor us with the privilege of coming back to see you from time to time. We especially look forward to receiving an invitation to the dedication of your family life center in the near future!

In the meantime, the month of December is upon us! That means that there will be lots of opportunities for us to tell the world about the coming of the Lord Jesus. I am excited about the Christmas Drama, Buried Treasure, written by our Minister of Music Lane Miller. We will present this drama at the Holly Springs Cultural Center on December 8th. Be sure to invite your friends and family to come and witness this work of art that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Finally, let us be reminded of the words in Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” My family has chosen to trust God’s timing during this season. We appreciate your prayers and we love you all very, very much!

In Christian Love,
Billy Dennis

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mary Livengood

Mary Bryant Livengood
(November 15, 1940 - November 11, 2009)

Mary Bryant Livengood, 68, of Raleigh, left this world for a better one on Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Mary was born November 15, 1940 to Roy and Iris (Long) Bryant, in Lexington, NC. She retired after many years as a controller for Guilford Mills' Fiber Division in Fuquay-Varina, and was a dedicated member of her church, Swift Creek Baptist. Mary is survived by her husband Dr. Charles Livengood of Raleigh; daughter Melissa Circelli and Son-in-law Rob Circelli of Holly Springs; and daughter Jill Liles and Son-in-law Mac Liles, Jr. of Fuquay-Varina. She is also survived by her older brothers Barney and Bill Bryant, both of Lexington; and her beloved grandchildren Ryan, Robyn and Ricky Circelli. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Alene Harris. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00PM, Friday, November 13, 2009, at Swift Creek Baptist Church, 9300 Penny Rd., Raleigh. A Celebration of Life service will be held 2:00PM, Saturday, November 14, with Rev. Billy Dennis officiating at the church. Burial will follow in Swift Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Swift Creek Baptist Church Building Fund or the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a Cure. Condolences may be made online at

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Debbie Elizabeth Truelove

Debbie Elizabeth Truelove
(March 28, 1957 - October 29, 2009)

Debbie Elizabeth Truelove, 52, of 4024 Truelove Dr., Apex, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday October 29th, 2009. She was an Executive’s Assistant with the NC Court of Appeals. A service celebrating her life and home going will be held on Sunday November 1st at 2:00 pm in the Apex Funeral Home Chapel. Krista McLain of Swift Creek Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Surviving are her mother, Margine Daniels of Apex; two sisters: Betty Truelove & her husband Phil Bennett of Cary, and Cathy Eagles of Raleigh; a brother, Frankie Eagles & his wife Loralyn of Willow Spring; her boyfriend, Mark Drake of Apex; aunts and uncles: Troy & Maxine Wheeler, David & Jean Waters, Ronnie & Pat Wheeler, and Eddie Truelove. Also surviving are a host of loving cousins and friends. Her family will receive friends from 2-4 pm on Saturday at the Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St. in Apex. Those desiring to do so may make memorials in her honor to the SPCA of Wake County.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

West Virginia - Photos

Lynwood finds a hat that he likes!

Beautiful scenery all around

Cass Scenic Railroad

NRAO at Greenbank - the surface of this telescope is larger than a football field!

Dan rocks a baby to sleep at the Birthing Center

Tons and tons of clothing given away

Colin admires the steps that he, Stephen, and Dan have built

Ben, Will, Dan, Lynne, Colin, Billy, David, Stephen, & Lane

Lane always has a flair for the dramatic!

Coffee and Brownies after arriving at camp

West Virginia - Wednesday

After breakfast, we all went to the park in Marlinton to help the groups from Kentucky and Tennessee get set up for the clothing giveaway. We collected our tarps and departed around 9:30 am. Lynwood and David made their way back to NC, while the rest of us drove up to Green Bank to see the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Although the museum and visitor's center were closed, we were able to see some of the telescopes and make a few photos.

We left Green Bank and drove down to the Cass Scenic Railroad, where we enjoyed seeing the museum and old village. After a great lunch at the Last Run Cafe, we headed for home.

We stopped in Daleville, VA for apples at Ikenberry Orchards, and made it back to the church around 8:15 pm.

It was a tiring day, but a great way to wrap up a wonderful trip!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

West Virginia - Tuesday

Today was a very long, but extremely rewarding day. After breakfast we went back to the park for the clothing and food giveaway. We gave away all 56 bags of groceries and many more clothes. It was a cold and breezy day with no sunshine, but the rain held off until it was time for us to begin closing up anyway.

Colin, Stephen, and Dan went back to the work site this morning, where they installed a sewer line, gas stove, electrical line, and water line. They worked very hard and accomplished a lot!

The rest of us left the park and went to the local Foodland grocery store where we purchased food to make subs for the ladies at the Greenbriar Birthing Center. The manager, Mark, was gracious enough to donate all the bread - over $20 worth! We then traveled to Hillsboro where we met the rest of our team at the Birthing Center. Greenbriar is a Minimum Custody Federal Prison for ladies who enter the system while expecting. They come here in the sixth month of pregnancy, and after the birth of the baby they are allowed to stay there with their child for the first 18 months of the child's life.

There were 15 inmates and 15 babies there today. We played games, did some group building activities, crafts, and held Bible Study with the ladies. A huge thanks goes to Lynne Cullins who planned and led all of this!!! The men were very helpful in playing with the babies and interacting with the inmates. One of the inmates told me that she was thankful for all of us men coming because her child rarely gets to see a male. The children were precious! It was a tough job, but somebody had to do it ;-)

We baked cookies for the inmates and had dinner with them before leaving and sprinting over to the men's prison next door for worship services. Dan and Will left after dinner and headed back to Raleigh because of obligations they had there.

Tonight we had a wonderful worship experience with 42 inmates at Denmar Correctional Facility. It is a medium custody state prison. The men who came to the service shared some powerful testimonies and we sang hymns together. Their choir sang a number of songs, and I was privileged to share a message from the Gospel of Matthew. During the invitation, numerous inmates came forward for prayer.

After the service, I was blessed to join Pastor Jerry and the pastor from Kentucky as we had a time of sharing and prayer with one of the inmates who is trying to re-connect with his wife who has had no contact with him in over two years.

We got back to camp around 9:30 tonight and everyone is very tired. It has been a very good day! Pray for our safety as we travel back to Raleigh tomorrow.