we’re Glad you’re here!!!
Christmas services at asf:
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service…..6pm
Christmas Day service…10am
If you would like to send a Christmas greeting to the people at ASF, please send a picture of your choice and a greeting that I can put beneath it! Nothing fancy!! Just spreading the love.
1000 Bags of Blessings UPDATE
OUR ELVES ARE ON THE MOVE!
PLEASE JOIN THEM!
On Friday anyone who was interested and willing met at noon at Panera Bread in Silver Sands for lunch and to strategize and organize their shopping “teams”. After lunch they planned on going to three nearby stores and purchase items for men, women, boys and girls. Looks like they bought out Walmart!
Friday, December 16 – we will be meeting at the church at noon and into the evening to pack the bags. We are asking people to come whenever they can during that time to lend a hand.
Saturday, December 17 – we will be meeting at Cash’s Liquor store at 8:00 am on the corner of Rt. 331 and 20, to caravan to Bruce and to distribute the bags of blessings.
PARTY (PARTIES) There will be shopping and stuffing parties in the days ahead! Watch for notices and announcements of dates and times. Elf costume optional!
You can still 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.
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
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
Here’s an idea you might want to try, especially as you move about from place to place during this Christmas season, although it would be perfect year round to keep a few with you.
Keep a “Blessing bag” or two in your car in case you find someone in need. You can make these up with items from the Dollar Tree such as gloves, thermal socks, beef sticks, crackers, candy bars, toothpaste, toothbrush, wipes, deodorant, snacks and other items that may help someone who is homeless or in a bad way. Random acts of kindness take very little to change the life of just one person.
The Immortal Virtue of Song
I’m in a Starbucks in Tustin, CA and the Peter Paul & Mary version of “Blowin’ in the Wind” comes on the overhead speaker. Though I’ve heard it in the Starbucks song rotation before, this time something is different. I am suddenly overcome with a truckload of memories. I’m in my college dorm room with my Peter Paul & Mary album on the KLH turntable. I’m remembering other songs on the album and what I was feeling then, and why I had chosen to listen to this album. I was reaching for a certain emotion and found it. The song delivered it. And all these years later, it still does. What else can you call this but the immortal virtue of song?
And this time of year, the same thing is at work in a host of Christmas songs that are being played everywhere you go. No other season has been captured so fully by music than Christmas. Songs, carols, musicals, oratorios, and operas, from Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” right down to “Rudolph.” and “Jingle Bells,” they just keep on playing. No doubt you have a certain song that is pregnant with meaning at this time of year more than any other.
How does one explain this except that music is in the universe and in us in ways that defy sheer scientific explanation? Music is mystery. Its hold on us is deeper than the mind. It somehow connects mind, heart and our physical frame. Something resonates in our bones, and years later, you can be in the same place you were years ago just be hearing a song.
The power for me this season is the way that the gospel message gets around so well in the marketplace. Deep statements of the gospel and Christ’s coming are embedded in carols such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “O, Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Silent Night.” These songs continuously declare the birth of a Savior and just what that means to the world. “Joy to the World.” It means at least that.
Do something with music this Christmas. Go to a Messiah sing-a-long, or go caroling, or just stop what you’re doing and listen to the music that is playing on your radio, or the supermarket, or the elevator, or coffee shop, and reflect on the emotions. And then hear the words.
And if you’re looking for an answer to why music does all this, I have it. The answer is blowin’ in the wind. Sorry, just had to!
Linda and Mickey Brown posted this lovely little song that I’d like to share with you. Click here to listen!
Yoga classes for the holiday season!
Nancy Gross, MS, RYT200+, invites all to come experience a yoga practice that incorporates each week’s theme of hope, peace, love and joy celebrating the Advent season. Take some time each week to prepare your body, mind, and heart for the celebration of Christmas!
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.
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
“How to Forgive…When You Don’t Feel Like It” by June Hunt
When someone hurts us, our natural response is to strike back. Rather than let go, we cling to our rocks of resentment, our boulders of bitterness. The result? We struggle under the weight of unforgiveness.
Though we know God has called us to forgive others, we find ourselves asking:
- What if it hurts too much to forgive?
- What if the other person isn’t sorry?
- How can I let someone off the hook for doing something so wrong?
Biblical counselor June Hunt has been there herself, enabling her to speak from experience as she offers biblical help and hope with heartfelt compassion. If you’ve been pinned down under a landslide of pain, here’s how to find true freedom through forgiveness. Click on the BOOK COVER if you’d like to see more!
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 keep my friend’s husband, Fred K in your prayers. He will be undergoing intense radiation and cancer treatments over the period of the next 2 weeks. Your prayers would be most appreciated.
Bible Study started 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.
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
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
12/11…..Susannah Wright and Cindy McBrayer
Rose Rogers and Jackie Losapio
12/18…..John and Judy Skinner
Donna Callahan and Jackie Losapio
12/25 …..Michael and Laura Granberry
Bob and Nancy Gross
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.”