MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Week ending Christmas Day

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Christmas services at asf:

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service…..6pm
Christmas Day service…10am

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CHRISTMAS DAY POTLUCK!!!

Christmas dinner potluck Sunday at the church. Have no relatives close by? Want to join us for Christmas dinner after church at 1pm? Tell Cyndi Talty what you are bringing and join in the Christmas cheer!!!   cyndibunnia@gmail.com

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the spirit of the season!

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What better illustration of the reason for the season than this lovely picture of the Skinner’s grandchildren as Mary and Joseph?  I couldn’t resist!

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report from our elves!

Our 1,000 Bags of Blessings for Rural Relief held last Saturday was so successful and so blessed all the way around! There were over 320 people served and there were 20 volunteers from A Simple Faith that helped in either the food pantry or in the church yard distributing bags. The decorated bags were filled and sorted by many people from our church with useful and fun items for men, women and children. During the day many people complimented us on how orderly the distribution went. Hugs and encouragement were exchanged back and forth all day. It truly was a wonderful Christmas experience for all involved.

Thanks to all of you for making this blessed event possible.

The Elves

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save your christmas cards!

STOP!  BEFORE YOU DISCARD THE CHRISTMAS CARDS YOU RECEIVED THIS YEAR, BRING THEM TO CHURCH AND PUT THEM IN THE BOX ON THE TABLE!!!  THEY WILL BE USED BY THE ELVES TO DECORATE THE CHRISTMAS BAGS NEXT YEAR!!!

 

 

san SANTA SAYS, “Teach the Children”

Just a week before Christmas I had a visitor.

This is how it happened…I just finished the household chores for the night and was preparing to go to bed, when I heard a noise in the front of the house. I opened the door to the front room and to my surprise, Santa himself stepped out from behind the Christmas tree.

He placed his finger over his mouth so I would not cry out. “What are you doing?” I started to ask. The words choked up in my throat, and I saw he had tears in his eyes. His usual jolly manner was gone.

Gone was the eager, boisterous soul we all know. He then answered me with a simple statement. “TEACH THE CHILDREN!” I was puzzled; what did he mean?

He anticipated my question, and with one quick movement brought forth a miniature toy bag from behind the tree. As I stood bewildered, Santa said, “Teach the children! Teach them the old meaning of Christmas. The meaning that now-a-days Christmas has forgotten.”

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a FIR TREE and placed it before the mantle. “Teach the children that the pure green color of the stately fir tree remains green all year round, depicting the everlasting hope of mankind, all the needles point heavenward, making it a symbol of man’s thoughts turning toward heaven.”

He again reached into his bag and pulled out a brilliant STAR. “Teach the children that the star was the heavenly sign of promises long ago. God promised a Savior for the world, and the star was the sign of fulfillment of His promise.”

He then reached into his bag and pulled out a CANDLE. “Teach the children that the candle symbolizes that Christ is the light of the world, and when we see this great light we are reminded of He who displaces the darkness.”

Once again he reached into his bag and removed a WREATH and placed it on the tree. “Teach the children that the wreath symbolizes the real nature of love. Real love never ceases. Love is one continuous round of affection.”

He then pulled from his bag and ornament of HIMSELF. “Teach the children that I, Santa Claus symbolize the generosity and good will we feel during the month of December.”

He then brought out a HOLLY LEAF. “Teach the children that the holly plant represents immortality. It represents the crown of thorns worn by our Savior. The red holly represents the blood shed by Him.”

Next he pulled from his bag a GIFT and said, “Teach the children that God so loved the world that he gave…” “Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift. Teach the children that the wise men bowed before the holy babe and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh. We should always give gifts in the same spirit of the wise men.”

Santa then reached in his bag and pulled out a CANDY CANE and hung it on the tree. “Teach the children that the candy cane represents the shepherds’ crook. The crook on the staff helps to bring back strayed sheep to the flock. The candy cane is the symbol that we are our brother’s keeper.”

He reached in again and pulled out an ANGEL. “Teach the children that it was the angels that heralded in the glorious news of the Savior’s birth. The angels sang Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace and good will toward men.”

Suddenly I heard a soft twinkling sound, and from his bag he pulled out a BELL. “Teach the children that as the lost sheep are found by the sound of the bell, it should ring mankind to the fold. The bell symbolizes guidance and return.”

Santa looked back and was pleased. He looked back at me and I saw that the twinkle was back in his eyes. He said, “Remember, teach the children the true meaning of Christmas and do not put me in the center, for I am but a humble servant of the One that is, and I bow down to worship Him, our Lord, our God.”

Author Unknown

 

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Yoga classes for the holiday season!

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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 nancydgross@gmail.com.

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DO YOU WANT TO BE A MISSIONARY FOR A WEEK?
 ASF is planning a trip to Sus Hijos in El Salvador for February 7-14.  We will be building at least one house, visiting the orphanages and children’s prisons and will be feeding the homeless, to name a few of the things that we will do.  
We are looking for volunteers to go with us and help us with this ministry.  We don’t have the cost as of yet but it will be around $1000.  It depends on how many people are going and how many houses we want to build. 
If you are interested, please contact Barbara Tape……barbara@digitalpark.com…….If you feel led to go with us and do not have the funds there will be some scholarship money available to help out.
More details will follow as our plans progress.

 

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Readers’ corner:

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young

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An excellent collection of daily devotionals!

Jesus Calling is a devotional filled with uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year.  After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her.  It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue.  She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God.  Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages.  They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling.  It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

 

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Years in the making! Our friend Alex Cardoza graduated today from college! He will be a teacher in San Salvador, El Salvador. So proud for him and A Simple Faith who was able to underwrite his education. He was only one of the four out of a class of 48 to make it to graduation! Felicitaciones!

 

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Brad Skinner, a local self-employed contractor who has also served as a long-time community baseball coach was in a severe car accident today (December 22, 2016). He has multiple injuries, the worst of which is a fractured pelvis and hip. He is fortunate to have survived.   Please include him and his family in your prayers.

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Craig Seelman and Judy Hamilton are heading back to Mayo Clinic. The transplant doctor called after looking at the reports and they feel Craig needs the IV’s to steady the rejection. They will be there for three days. They want to be sure because of his sudden increase of numbers.  Continued prayers would be most appreciated.

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Prayers are needed for my husband, Ken. He is still undergoing chemo for treatment of bile duct cancer (15-months now!) and has a CT-scan coming up on the 14th. We’re obviously hoping for great results. Your prayers would be most appreciated.
God bless,
Lorraine Sloan

bible study

NEW and INSPIRATIONAL BIBLE STUDY BEGINS
JANUARY 11TH, 2017!

“Making Sure of the Truth” is an Explorer’s Bible Study.The books covered in this study are: Philemon, Colossians, 2 Peter, Jude, and 1,2,3 John.

This is a 16-week study and we will finish the end of April.

All are welcome to our  Co-Ed Wednesday Morning Bible Study,
10:00-11:30 a.m. at Simple Faith Church.

If you wish to join the study please email Jen Kelley (elle2897@gmail.com) or Judy Skinner (judyskinner29@gmail.com).  Books are $25.00 each and we will order them.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col. 3:17

 

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Rural relief!

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
Diabetic candy

 

 

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Ronnie McBrayer’s sermon

The Benedictus – From December 18, 2016

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cookieIf you haven’t gotten your copy of Rick and Tina Stanfield’s sweet little cookbook that tells a wonderful story, you can get it at Amazon by clicking on the book cover above.  Have a look! 

 

communion servers

communion12/25 …..Michael and Laura Granberry,  Bob and Nancy Gross
1/1……..Kurt and Barbara Tape, Nancy and Billy McConnell
1/8……..Ann Scott and John Youngbeck, Kathy and George Davenport
1/15…….Kelly and David Cochrane, Linda and Philip Singleton
1/22…….Garry and  Lynn Hedges, Janet and Cole Taylor
1/29…….Kim Ryals and Brenda Gail Speller, Judy Hamilton and Craig Selman

 

THIS CHRISTMAS

Mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Dismiss suspicion, and replace it with trust.
Write a love letter.
Share some treasure.
Give a soft answer.
Encourage youth.
Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.
Keep a promise.
Find the time.
Forgive an enemy.
Listen.
Apologize.
Try to understand.
Examine your demands on others.
Think first of someone else.
Be kind; be gentle.
Laugh a little.
Laugh a little more.
Deserve confidence.
Express your gratitude.
Go to church.
Welcome a stranger.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.
Speak your love.
Speak it again.
Speak it still once again.

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And please don’t forget….if you’re shopping at Amazon, please don’t forget to participate in our “His Children” mission.

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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.”

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