It’s that time again!!
8:30 and 10:00.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information. We still need servers for March.
“The Traveling Twenties”
(AKA Random Acts of Kindness)
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 #5: Turn the Car Around
We believe people are put in our paths for a reason. Some receive the “twenties” with Joy. Some with surprise. Some ask or let their sign do the talking. Some sit and others actively ask you to meet their needs. We are often surprised at these divine appointments and often wonder what happens after we leave? Do they find assistance, housing, gas, or help? Do we make a difference?
One woman’s sign did not register as we saw her smiling face at first. She was hunkered down leaning against something with a leg straight out and one leg curled in. She reminded us of a broken rag doll thrown on the floor or in this case the side of the road. She didn’t move when we stopped. Her smile just got bigger and the “twenty” left our hand. Her sign finally registered in our brain. “NEED SMOKES”. “Wow! Thank you!!” she smiled and we went on.
Many people would pass that sign, after all smoking is frowned on now and not something you would think helpful to a person in need. But here are some ideas you may find new. Anyone who has tried to quit smoking knows you usually gain weight. Why? Because smoking can curb your appetite. Now if you are worried about when and where your next meal is coming from finding or even buying a pack of cigarettes can make that wait more bearable. Never look down on someone in need because they smoke. It may be taking the place of food for the day.
Several days later a tiny sign caught our eye. “NEED HELP”. The car was turned around and we got out. Again the woman sat awkwardly on the side of the road off the sidewalk closer to the Destin Bridge. It was harder to see her this time. She was back against a stone almost curled in a ball against the coolness of the day; The broken rag doll still waiting for someone to see her.
We recognized the smile! There were a few things placed around her but her smile, wind-blown hair, and reddened skin were the same. A small blue bag was next to her and she had a bottle of peanuts to help stave off hunger. That was a wonderful idea. She was smart about survival. We handed her the “twenty” knowing she had gotten one a while before and said, “Did you find some smokes?”
Her smile widened as she said, ”I thought you looked familiar. I know you!” She quickly reached into her pocket. Four half-smoked cigarettes were pulled out with pride. “I got these!” We laughed with her. She was proud of her find. Four days of less hunger pains. She would appease them by four cigarette butts.
We asked her how she was doing. Her eyes clouded over just like the day’s sky. “Someone stole all my blankets and bedding.”
“Oh no!” We were very concerned! She explained by pointing somewhere behind her there was an old abandoned house. She stayed there at night and left her stuff there during the day. She had come back home and found someone had taken everything she had. It was gone. She had slept cold that night.
We asked what happened next? Are you OK now? She said the next morning she looked and looked for her things and found them on a trash pile down the road. She climbed up on the pile and rescued her things and she is OK now still sleeping in the abandoned house.
We wondered at the fact that someone found her blanket and bedding, and threw them away because they thought they were so worthless. Why would they do such a thing? But she, having lost all she had did not give up hope and searched and searched and found them. What to one was garbage to another was life. She found what she lost much like the widow who searched for her lost coins and then rejoiced, we rejoiced with her.
We shook hands. Time and physical touch are things that are often rare for those, like the homeless, to receive from others. We said we are so glad we saw you again. She smiled her sweet smile of thanks. Listening and caring came at the cost of turning the car around and spending a few minutes of time with a fellow child of God. We wonder what her next sign will say.
South Walton Cold-Weather Shelter
Team Members Needed:
2 New Bible Studies!
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.
Christian History 101!
Join Ronnie at noon!
Ronnie is currently 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.
MISSED ANY?…………..COME TO THE NEXT ONE!!!
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)
It’s all good in el salvador!
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 email@example.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.
can we talk???
Chats With Cyndi will again meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, start time at 10 am! Call 850-585-0370 if you are coming! Other days and times are also available!
Yoga classes !
NOTICE TIME CHANGE: Monday classes at A Simple Faith now will be at 11:15 am -12:30 pm, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Graces: The Quiet Gifts of Everyday Life by Ken Nerburn
Embark with the author on a personal journey that reveals the sacredness of the small things in life and what they can teach us about living spiritually fulfilling lives. A lovely little book.
Greeters: Contact Terry Olive to meet and greet at email@example.com; Thanks greeters!
Communion Servers: Contact Barbara Tape to serve communion: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks servers!
Tuesdays, The Prayer Boys meet at 8:00am. Contact Kevin Simonsen at 970-259-1748 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Lorraine & Ken Sloan
Please add Ronnie’s uncle to the prayer list – his name is Lamar Bearden and he has been hospitalized for a brain bleed. He is 83 and is in good physical condition for his age. He builds houses and has been a bi-vocational pastor for about 60 years. Pray for his pain levels to ease up and for the doctor’s to find out exactly what is causing this so that it can be treated.
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 ❤️
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:
Live A-Humble – From February 5, 2017
Minimum Effort, Maximum Results – From January 29, 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.”