we’re Glad you’re here!!!
We hope y’all had a joyous thanksgiving!
1000 Bags of Blessings is in full swing!
You can help in several different ways. Monetary Donations are accepted. Put RR Christmas in the note line and make checks out to A Simple Faith Church. Or simply give money to Cyndi Talty for gifts.
Shopping– join Cyndi and Kim Ryals and many others with shopping trips. We sometimes go into a store and divide and conquer.
Shopping yourself. We think each gift bag will be about $10. Please do not get one $10 gift as kids do not understand 1 gift when others get 3 or 4. Smaller gifts that cost less will delight them even more.
Ideas for Children
hats (fun ones)
stuffed animals (see Cyndi before buying)
coloring books & crayons
pencils and other school supplies (fun ones)
bath and body lotions
Christmas items for home or tree
nail polish and remover
small tool sets
coffee mugs for the car
Any single tool also would work
Kerchiefs for neck, etc.
socks (no embarassing ones LOL)
work items like tool belts or lunch boxes
Remember each bag is only about $10 for each person or child. 1 item does not look like a bunch of Christmas presents.
Food and candy
We usually try to put in some kind of food gift in each bag. Bags of candy, pez dispensers with candy, cans filled with popcorn, nuts, beef jerky and little cookie tins, etc. We want everyone to have a little taste of Christmas.
We appreciate everything you do. It is probably easier to buy 10 of the same item so that it looks like we are being equal to everyone.
Don’t forget to bless yourself and help us pass out gifts on December 17th.
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Contact me at 850-585-0370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyndi and Tom Talty
DO YOU WANT TO BE A MISSIONARY FOR A WEEK?
We all have so much to be thankful for this year. You are all so generous and kind to this little unorganized organization that is A Simple Faith. We do things like this on occasion but this year, it’s especially called for. Your church council has decided to donate a Thanksgiving blessing of $1,000 to each of the following charitable organizations who are close to our hearts:
Blue Skies Ministries
Canaan Recovery Foundation
Caring & Sharing
Family Life Ministries
Food for Thought
Habitat for Humanity
Haven House Mission
His Children / Sus Hijos in El Salvador
Salvation Army Local
Sandra felt as low as the heels of her shoes when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a “minor” automobile accident stole her joy.
This was Thanksgiving week and the time she should have delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss. Troubles had multiplied. Her husband’s company “threatened” to transfer his job to a new location. Her sister had called to say that she could not come for her long-awaited holiday visit. What’s worse, Sandra’s friend suggested that Sandra’s grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer. “
She has no idea what I’m feeling,” thought Sandra with a shudder “Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?” she wondered. “For a careless driver, whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended me? For an airbag that saved my life, but took my child’s?”
“Good afternoon, can I help you?” Sandra was startled by the approach of the shop clerk.
“I . . . I need an arrangement,” stammered Sandra. “For Thanksgiving? I’m convinced that flowers tell stories, “she continued.
“Are you looking for something that conveys gratitude this Thanksgiving?”
“Not exactly!” Sandra blurted out. “In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.”
Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the clerk said, “I have the perfect arrangement for you.”
Then the bell on the door rang, and the clerk greeted the new customer. “Hi, Barbara, let me get your order.” She excused herself and walked back to a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and what appeared to be long-stemmed thorny roses. Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped: there were no flowers.
“Do you want these in a box?” asked the clerk.
Sandra watched – was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed.
“Yes, please,” Barbara replied with an appreciative smile. “You’d think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn’t be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again,” she said, as she gently tapped her chest.
Sandra stammered, “Ah, that lady just left with . . . uh . . . she left with no flowers!”
“That’s right,” said the clerk. “I cut off the flowers. That’s the ‘Special’. I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet. Barbara came into the shop three years ago, feeling much as you do today,” explained the clerk. “She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had just lost her father; the family business was failing; her son had gotten into drugs; and she was facing major surgery. That same year I had lost my husband,” continued the clerk. “For the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too much debt to allow any travel. “So, what did you do?” asked Sandra.
“I learned to be thankful for thorns,” answered the clerk quietly. “I’ve always thanked God for the good things in my life, and I never questioned Him why those good things happened to me, but when the bad stuff hit, I cried out, ‘Why? Why me?!’ It took time for me to learn that the dark times are important to our faith! I have always enjoyed the ‘flowers’ of my life, but it took the thorns to show me the beauty of God’s comfort! You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we’re afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others.”
Sandra sucked in her breath, as she thought about what her friend had tried to tell her. “I guess the truth is I don’t want comfort. I’ve lost a baby and I’m angry with God.”
Just then someone else walked in the shop. “Hey, Phil!” the clerk greeted the balding, rotund man. “My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement … twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!” laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.
“Those are for your wife?” asked Sandra incredulously. “Do you mind telling me why she wants a bouquet that looks like that?”
“Four years ago, my wife and I nearly divorced,” Phil replied. “After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord’s grace and guidance, we trudged through problem after problem, the Lord rescued our marriage. Jenny here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she had learned from “thorny” times. That was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific “problem” and give thanks for what that problem taught us.” As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra , “I highly recommend the Special!”
“I don’t know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life” Sandra said to the clerk. “It’s all too fresh.”
“Well,” the clerk replied carefully, “my experience has shown me that the thorns make the roses more precious. We treasure God’s providential care more during trouble than at any other time. Remember that it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don’t resent the thorns.”
Tears rolled down Sandra ‘s cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on her resentment. “I’ll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please,” she managed to choke out.
“I hoped you would,” said the clerk gently. “I’ll have them ready in a minute. “Thank you. What do I owe you?”
“Nothing. Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The first year’s arrangement is always on me.” The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra. “I’ll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you would like to read it first.”
It read: “My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more brilliant.”
Praise Him for the roses; thank Him for the thorns.
— Loula Gregg, LMSW, MM
Alex Cardoza, the man in El Salvador whom Simple Faith has helped get through three years of college so he can teach English, will graduate in December. I am putting two congratulations cards on the table in the lobby of the church. Please sign and congratulate him as he will be so excited to hear from everyone! There is also an envelope if you would like to contribute a few dollars to help him get started in his teaching career. John will return to El Salvador December 1st and will deliver this to him.
“Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy” by Alli Worthington
Have you ever felt like a fraud or failure as you struggle to find balance in life? Do you find yourself juggling everything in mediocrity and feeling like you’re succeeding at very little? In her no-nonsense way, Alli Worthington tackles the big questions about finding happiness and one’s God-given purpose.
Breaking Busy is a perfect book for modern Christian women. It marries research with solid biblical principles, instilling confidence that you, too, can move from crazy busy to confident calm. With refreshing candor, uproarious true stories, and a Christian worldview, Alli delivers truths that dismantle common happiness myths. Then she empowers you to get unstuck, to let go of the good to make way for the great, to know yourself and your Creator, and ultimately to find peace and purpose in this world of crazy.
With relatable anecdotes, Alli models real-life guidance on boundaries, relationships, and self-care, humbly examining her own mistakes and walking through how she learned from her missteps and found peace in a world of busyness.
If you long to find real connection with both your loved ones and your Creator, Alli Worthington deftly balances intelligent humility and heartwarming humor to help you rediscover your path.
Available at Amazon. If you’d like to have a look, click here.
AN IDEA: When sending a prayer request, we’d love to include a picture of the person who needs prayer! If you have one, we’ll publish it along with the request. We’d also appreciate it if you’d write an update so our warriors know how things are progressing. Thanks!
Please pray for the family and friends of Kathy and Rick Barry. Kathy’s father passed away this week. Your prayers will be most appreciated.
Bible Study starting Wednesday, November 30 at 10:00 at A Simple Faith. It’s a 4-week Advent study, “Awaiting The Already”, An Advent Journey through the Gospels. (Author: Magrey R. deVega.) Judy Skinner will lead the study. The dates: Nov 30th-Dec 21st. Everyone is welcome to join us as we prepare to slow down and really focus on Who we celebrate during this Holy Season of Advent. Those coming to Advent Bible Study can get a book at the church on Sunday for $9.50 or purchase on Amazon or for kindle.
COMING TO a sIMPLE fAITH!
The band will also perform on Sunday morning, December 4 at ASF
YOU ARE INVITED to a LIFE CHANGING LUNCH!!
Jump Start into Positive Health!
Melanie Stewart invites you to a Nutrition Class, December 10th. Check out her flyer on the table in the Narthex and see what it is all about! You can register at this website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jump-start-into-positive-health-tickets-29264137824
YOGA CLASSES! Hooray! Nancy Gross, MS, RYT200+, invites all to come and experience Gentle Yoga focusing on breath and movement to build calmness, strength & balance; a journey of self-discovery & healing.
Classes at A Simple Faith are Monday 5:30-6:30PM and Thursday 8:30-9:30AM. or The Healing Terrace 769 Eden Drive, Point Washington, Florida 32459 Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9:00-10:15AM. Please call or email your questions and reservation. 850-797-6926 or email@example.com.
Fantastic day at Rural relief!
335 families served! 335 x 4 (average family) equals 1340 people.
We had 300 turkeys and about 15 families did not get turkey. The others chose chicken. We ran out of feminine products, adult diapers and children’s diapers including newborns early. We did not anticipate the huge need. As always, if you have questions, please email Cyndi at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are willing to help donate to Rural Relief, please bring items to church by the second Sunday of the month. There is a box in the front of the church where you can put your donations.
These items currently are always in very short supply:
DIAPERS (both children and adults) are always needed.
Female personal hygiene items
11/27…Paula Brenick and Sara Brunson
Kurt and Barbara Tape
12/4……Linny Delahoussaye and Lee Eyer
Paula Brenick and Sara Brunson
12/11…..Susannah Wright and Cindy McBrayer
Rose Rogers and Deb Ricatelli
12/18…..John and Judy Skinner
Donna Callahan and Jackie Losapio
12/25 …..Michael and Laura Granberry
Bob and Nancy Gross
pastor ronnie’s sermon
The Twelve Traditions (#11) – Our Growth Is Based on Attraction, not Promotion – From November 20, 2016
The Twelve Traditions (#10) – We Have Few Opinions on Outside Issues – From November 13, 2016
And please don’t forget….if you’re shopping at Amazon, please don’t forget to participate in our “His Children” mission.
When you order go to smile.amazon.com and put in the charity name “His Children Kevil Kentucky.” Amazon will donate 0.5% of your order total to the organization. It will help provide supplies for “His Children.”