Week ending…January 22

we’re Glad you’re here!!!

It’s that time again!!

Beginning Sunday, January 15, we will have two morning worship services
to accommodate our winter attendance.

8:30 and 10:00.
(There will be no childcare or children’s church for the 8:30 service)

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  If you are planning on attending the 8:30 service and would like to help serve COMMUNION, please contact Barbara Tape at barbara@digitalpark.com for information.  We still need servers for March.

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“The Traveling Twenties”

(AKA Random Acts of Kindness)
 
“The Beginning…”

It started one day with an eye-opening realization. Not everyone had enough to eat or a friend or smile or heat or even a place to lay their head at night. Everyone was different. Everyone was in need and some were in need more than others. Twenties found their way into some very interesting adventures when they were put into the hands of those who cared but were unable to do. Those people then put twenties into the hands of those who saw but didn’t have twenties to give.  When hearts say help and God says move, adventures are soon to follow!!!

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Traveling Twenties Adventure #2

Lunch was delicious and on leaving I wanted to take a picture but the camera on my phone seemed stuck on taking a selfie. Standing there in the parking lot, probably looking frustrated, a tall man with a back pack and a tent approached me. I knew it was a tent because I had bought one for another man six years ago.

He said, “Can I help you? I know phones pretty well.”

I said, “New phone, I can’t figure it out.”

He said “Let me help you.” He took the phone and started pushing buttons. We have a great picture of the two of us. He was friendly and finally after a few minutes I could take the picture I wanted.

I said, “Thanks, where ya going?” Thinking maybe we could give him a ride.

He said, “Oh I’m homeless and someone just gave me this tent.” During our recent cold snap, it would certainly help keep him protected from the wind. His smile was huge. He had been very friendly when helping me but he was so excited at the gift of this tent. He showed us the package and we all smiled and admired it. We said thank you so much for your help with our phone. Someone at our church has given us something to give to you. He looked confused but came to the car. A “Traveling Twenty” went into his hand. Go get something hot to eat we said. He laughed and said,  “Thank you oh so much.”

Tonight he would have a full stomach and a warm place to rest. He was near the homeless group in Destin, a place where they share what they have and live in community.

WATCH FOR ADVENTURE #3 coming next week!

2 New Bible Studies!

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Ongoing Wednesday Morning Bible Study.
All are welcome!

“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.

 On Feb. 1st at noon join Ronnie for
Christian History 101!

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Beginning Wednesday, February 1, Ronnie will be leading an 8-week study entitled, “Christian History 101.” It will cover early New Testament history through the Reformation, and will be discussion and question/answer based.

No advanced registration is required, just show up. Sessions begin at noon at A Simple Faith, and feel free to bring a snack or lunch along.

February 1: Returning to our Roots (Historical Context of the New Testament)

February 8: Patristics and Professions (Establishing Orthodoxy and Order)

February 15: The Rise of Rome (Constantine, Empire, and Early Catholicism)

February 22: The Muddy Middle (Medieval Christianity, Papal Power, East vs West)

March 1: Out of Arabia (The Emerging Islamic Faith)

 March 8: Tuez les tous! (The Crusades and their Continuing Aftermath)

March 15: NO MEETING

March 22: “Here I Stand! I Can Do No Other!” (Luther and the Reformation)

 March 29: Back to the Future (Western Christianity Today)

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Rural relief!

The Rural Relief Pantry will be open THIS SATURDAY and if you’d like to lend a hand distributing supplies, the Muscogee Tribe will appreciate whatever help you can provide in their efforts to relieve the plight of our working poor. For information and directions to Bruce, please email Cyndi at cyndibunnia@gmail.com

Make this your New Year’s Resolution. Once a month come and serve with us at Rural Relief. Also remember the continuing need of diapers, feminine products and adult diapers or monetary donations. The third Saturday is the one when you can bless the people of Rural Relief with your presence!! Come join us!! Talk to a Talty at 850-585-0370 or cyndibunnia@gmail.com. See you the 21st.

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.

 

tax-timetax time is here!

The receipts are printed and are in alphabetical order on the table to the left when you walk in the front door.  If you prefer that I email or snail mail your receipt, please let me know at sthornton821@gmail.com and I’ll get it to you right away.  All receipts not picked up by the last Sunday of January will be mailed on that Monday.
Thanks so much – Susan

A thank you from alex

Dear brothers and sisters,

alexYou might already imagine how grateful I am for all of you.  This note I am writing not only shows my gratitude but also my love for our Dear Lord and for all of you.

Through these humble words, I sincerely want to thank you immensely for the mini iPad, but especially, for the money you sent me as a gift for my graduation.  My family and I appreciate your generosity since El Salvador is a country where money is very difficult to obtain.

God will always bless your families!

Sincerely,
Alex Cardoza

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can we talk???

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Chats With Cyndi will resume on Tuesdays for the month of Jan!!!

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save your christmas cards!

STOP!  Before you discard those Christmas cards you received this year, bring the picture or the entire card to church and put them in the box on the table!! They will be used by the elves to decorate the 1500 BAGS OF BLESSINGS CHRISTMAS BAGS NEXT YEAR!!! 
 

Yoga classes !

woman-practicing-yoga-lotus_smallNOTICE TIME CHANGE:  Monday classes at A Simple Faith now will be  at 11:00am-12:15pm, not 5:30pm, starting January 23! The other class will still take place at The Healing Terrace 769 Eden Drive, Point Washington, Florida 32459 at 8:30am on Thursdays. 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? 
There’s still time!
The El Salvador team would like to send a HUGE thank you to the family from our ASF faith community that donated $2500 to our project!  This will enable us to build one home during our time there. Your love is most appreciated.
 
Our team will be leaving for Sus Hijos in El Salvador on February 7.  We will spend the week 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 $700 plus airfare.  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:

20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now by Robert D. Smith

The day for change is today and it’s more simple than you realize.

51uisw4x6pl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Most people sleepwalk through day-to-day life, passively letting time slip away.  Unfortunately, the only thing that can usually wake people up to the intensity of life is impending death.  But what if it didn’t have to be that way?  20,000 Days presents breathtakingly simple strategies and concepts that, once applied, will enable readers to be 100% present and intentional with every passing minute of every day, for the rest of their lives.

The book is designed to be read in under an hour and the effect is immediate.  Within each segment are tactics for mastering control for your life; principles such as:

    Motivation is a myth

    You only have two choices, yes and no

    How to conquer rejection forever

    How BECOMING the problem will SOLVE all your problems

    Three sentences that will change your life immediately

These timeless principles apply to everyone from the pending graduate to the seasoned business professional; from the time-starved parent to the weary pastor to the restless entrepreneur.

On the 20,000th day of his life, the author sent an email that inspired and reminded a group of people of all ages to live in the moment.  This group now includes you.

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opportunities

Greeters: Contact Terry Olive to meet and greet at firstolive33@yahoo.com; Thanks greeters! 

Communion Servers: Contact Barbara Tape to serve communion: barbara@digitalpark.com. Thanks servers!  

Tuesdays, The Prayer Boys meet at 8:00am. Contact Kevin Simonsen at 970-259-1748 or kevin@kjsems.com
 

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I have a prayer request from Erica Miller who previously worked in the nursery at ASF.  Her good friend Crystal Eads, age 37, has just been diagnosed with Endometrial Carcinoma. There are 2 types and both are very aggressive.  Crystal recently underwent a full hysterectomy and more tests to determine what types of chemo she will need ASAP.  She will find out more tomorrow.  Some of you may remember a little girl named Chloe that came to church with Erica – Chloe was adopted by Crystal a few years ago and is now 8 years old.  They all desperately need prayers.  The prognosis for this type of cancer is not good.  I will continue to keep you updated as I find out more information.

Cindy McBrayer

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My son, Chris McCaslin is suffering from a major back injury and will have an injection procedure for two herniated disks.  Please pray that this will bring him relief and wellness from the pain.  Please pray for Chris McCaslin in Little Rock, Arkansas!  The procedure is at 7:00 a.m. Friday.
In addition, They are having snow in Little Rock too! Pray for his safety to and from the hospital.
Thank you to all our believers. 

Nina

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The good news…after the scan and MRI of my brother John, they didn’t find cancer in any organs or brain.  They did though verify the Cleveland Clinic diagnosis of Poorly Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. More tests scheduled.

Thanks to everyone for the prayers.  We’d appreciate it if you would keep them coming.

Much love,

Jeff Allen

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Please pray for Jimmy Brown – he is the father of my great friends that attend ASF – Gloria and Shawn Buice.  He was down for the holidays and had some health complications and had to be hospitalized.  It looks like he will be here for a longer period.  He is a diabetic and that always complicates everything.  We are praying for a full recovery.

Cindy McBrayer

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If 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 in the oven.  Have a look! 

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communion servers
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8:30
1/22…..Susannah Wright
1/29…..Bob & Nancy Gross
 2/5…….John & Sara Segal
 2/12……Susannah Wright
 2/19…….Nancy McConnell
2/26…..Tom and Cindy Talty
10:00

1/22…….Garry and Lynn Hedges, Janet and Cole Taylor
1/29…….Kim Ryals and Brenda Gail Speller, Judy Hamilton and Craig Seelman
2/5……..Lee Eyer & Linny Delahoussaye, Sara Brunson & Paula Brenick
                        2/12……Jan Briscoe and friend, Kathy & George Davenport
2/19…….Kurt & Barbara Tape, Susan Breeden and Barb Riddick
2/26……Rose Rogers/Cindy McBrayer, Ann Scott & John Youngbeck

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Ronnie McBrayer’s sermon:

To The Mountaintop – From January 15, 2017

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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