Week ending…February 5

this week…..

snowbirdsIt’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.


“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!!!

Traveling Twenties Adventure #4:    Traveling Twenties and JOY

20-wingsBeing open to giving things to those in need is just practice in seeing those people around you. Some are obvious. They stand out, look different, have signs and make their needs known. Others are harder to see. They don’t always ask, hide their hurts, have been rejected so many times they don’t tell, or just wait on God.

While traveling on one side of the road a movement caught our eye on the opposite side. It looked like a colorful sweeping dance being done by a smallish man on a sidewalk. We turned around and landed in front of him in a parking lot of a gas station and watched him with his multicolored sacks rolled tightly on his back, surely meant to keep him warm and dry at night. As we sat we were mesmerized by his gestures and his speech which we could not hear. He seemed to be talking to the world around him sweeping an arm up to heaven and then back to earth oblivious of any audience watching him.

We wanted to know what he was saying but could not understand or really hear him. We called him to us. “Sir, please sir!”  He stopped. Confused at first but, locating our voices, he ran smiling to our car bowing to us and happy to be called. We held out the twenty and said this is for you.

His eyes grew huge and dark. He started bowing and said “God Bless You” and more blessings flew from his mouth to both of us. They were accompanied by hand gestures and more bowing and many words we did not know. Both of us were always looked at in his blessings and once we thought we saw the sign of the cross. But on his forehead in thick gothic letter stood a huge word too old and almost too thick to really read clearly. One of us saw the word PEACE.


One of us saw the word DEATH.

They look incredibly alike on an old weathered forehead that has seen too much sun and lived outside too long. He continued to laugh and mumble to himself as he walked away and we sat there watching his JOY! For that was what we all had experienced. A joy so complete in his blessings and face, it filled our hearts as well.

Joy filled us all and we almost left when we looked up and a man and woman came down a small hill next to the station. Skirting the cars it was obvious they were in need but not obvious they had seen what had happened. The woman quickened her pace as she skirted a truck in her way, with downcast eyes she never gave us a look but I said “Ma’am?” The “twenty” was just jumping out of my hand to get to her. (They like to go once they start traveling.)

She glanced our way and I held it out as she looked up. There was not one trace of the worn, downtrodden, hopelessness in her expression anymore. JOY, pure JOY, appeared. The first words out of her mouth were “God Bless You!” Again a blessing from God. We could only repeat her words as she smiled her thanks again and moved on in joy.

The man a few steps behind her smiled and started to walk on. We said “Sir?” We held out the last twenty. He had smiled and laughed at his friends’ good fortune, truly happy for her and not thinking of himself. When we called to him his surprise was all over his face. His next words showed his unmasked surprise.

“Me too?”

“Yes! God bless you too!!!” We laughed with him. He laughed and shook his head in disbelief and JOY!!

Jesus and others and you. What a wonderful way to spell joy!


South Walton Cold-Weather Shelter
Team Members Needed:
When the temperatures drop below 40 degrees, Walton County’s Emergency Management Department opens a cold-weather shelter in the back room of the Coastal Branch Library for individuals who may need a warm place to sleep. Various churches sponsor one night of the week to feed and host the guests on these cold nights. Destin Methodist transports the guests from Destin. Red Cross has provided cots and blankets. The number of guests usually ranges from 5-25/night.
If you would like to join one of the other church’s teams, a few volunteers are needed for the Sunday night team (Immanuel Anglican Church) or the Thursday night team (Impact Life Church). A Simple Faith may like to assemble a team of their own for Monday, Wednesday or Saturday nights. Or individuals could be placed on an “as-needed” volunteer list.
For more information or to be added to the volunteer list, please email Allison Yii at yiinumber3@gmail.com. Thank you!

2 New Bible Studies!

bible study

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!


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 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)


Rural relief!

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.

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.


The purpose of MENTORS is to recruit volunteers to join with us as mentors in South Walton. There is currently no mentoring program in Walton County Schools. There are many great programs outside of the school system but many of the children most in need of a mentor do not participate in any outside activities or programs. The teachers and staff are great at what they do but cannot mentor all of the children in need. So that’s where YOU come in! Typically you will only need to volunteer 30 minutes of your time, one day a week to mentor a child who needs a positive adult influence in their life. If you have even the slightest interest in becoming a mentor, please email me at Mentorsouthwalton@yahoo.com


can we talk???


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


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.


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.
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.
This is the house that we will be rebuilding:
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Readers’ corner:

“Leaving Religion, Following Jesus” by Ronnie McBrayer

51qrdwl7oxlLeaving Religion, Following Jesus is a book about running after Jesus, about a journey with the Christ—his journey and yours. It is a book about looking and listening to the unexpected. It is a book about opening our eyes, unstopping our ears, and soaking up the gracious wonder that he is, the wonder that surrounds us.
We do not know where Jesus will lead us; we have no idea of the long journey that waits for any of us. But it begins with that first step; that first halting, timid step that puts you on the road away from religion and onward to the Christ.  THIS IS PASTOR RONNIE TO A “T.”



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


Here is the list of our El Salvador missionaries…..please pray for their safety and well being, and that their message of love is spread….we leave 2/7 and will return 2/14……
Kurt & Barbara Tape
Amin Delawalla
Richard Alter
Jeff Allen
Shawn Buice Jr
Jen Kelley
Gabrielle Kelley
Elyse Kelley
Andrea La France
Berni Cooper
Jonna Kemper
Mandi Skinner
Brenda Gail Speller

Thank you so much for all the prayers over the last 17-months.  Ken has been doing remarkably well fighting the cholangiocarcinoma and lung cancer through various chemo treatments, a good diet, and supplements.  Throughout the ordeal he has kept a full-time job working mainly from home as an IT contractor for AT&T.  He even keeps up with conference calls and working on his laptop while undergoing chemo, never complaining.  Unfortunately, it’s very likely that due to lay-offs, he’s going to lose his job at the end of this month.  He desperately needs to find other work so that we can keep up with his monthly health insurance premiums and keep a roof over our heads.  If you’d like to receive his resume, please contact Bridget at ronniesgirlfriday@gmail.com

Ken loves to write and has had some of his short stories published in The Flagler Review (Flare).  He has written a couple of novels, and would love advice on how to go about getting published.

Thank you for your continued prayers.
God Bless,

Lorraine & Ken Sloan


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


The best news….

The results of the scan showed cancer only in the neck area where John’s surgery occurred.  Nothing in any other areas. With as aggressive as this type of cancer is…is a gift from God…

They will treat existing cancer with oral radiation.

Thanks to all for your prayers ❤️

Jeff Allen


communion servers


 2/5…….John & Sara Segal
 2/12……Susannah Wright
 2/19…….Nancy McConnell
2/26…..Tom and Cindy Talty

2/5……..Lee Eyer & Linny Delahoussaye, Sara Brunson & Paula Brenick                        2/12……Jan Briscoe and Linda Howell, Kathy & George Davenport
2/19…….Kurt & Barbara Tape, Susan Breeden and Barb Riddick
2/26……Rose Rogers/Cindy McBrayer, Ann Scott & John Youngbeck


Ronnie McBrayer’s sermon:

Surrender – From January 22, 2017


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.”



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