Week ending February 19

this week…..


snowbirdsIt’s that time again!!

We now 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 #5:  Turn the Car Around

20-wingsWe 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.

adventure #6 is on its way!!!



Last Sunday I was out of town and upon my return noticed that someone brought beautiful flowers to church from her garden, (or neighbor’s yard?).  If anyone would like to bring flowers from their home garden, email me and text me!  I just stick flowers in that big tall silver vase that is always there.  Palmettos?  Ferns?  I LOVE doing flowers!  But locally grown are the best–with love!

Nancy McConnell




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!

jobWe have an opening in our DeFuniak Springs office for an Administrative Specialist II.  We thought we would reach out to our Walton volunteers first to see if anyone is possibly interested.  This would be a 40 hour a week “temp” position (initially approved through June 30), but depending on availability of funds for our next fiscal year, possibly beyond June 30.


This is responsible work performing a variety of secretarial, administrative support, and clerical duties for a State of Florida Guardian ad Litem Office.   Duties may include such functions as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.

The Administrative Specialist II is also responsible for establishing and maintaining a comprehensive office filing system, ordering and maintaining supplies, answering multi line phone systems and other clerical duties as needed.  A variety of working relationships are established with state courts system personnel, vendors, judges and non-judicial officers and the general public.  The senior secretary works independently and must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and sensitive information.  Work is performed under general supervision.


Must have a standard high school diploma or equivalent and three years of secretarial or administrative support experience, one year of which was in an Administrative Specialist I or comparable position.  Graduation from an accredited four year college or university, two year college or vocational school may substitute for the recommended experience on a year for year basis.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems.  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.  Knowledge of computer software applications including Outlook, Excel and Word.  Ability to talk to others and convey information.  Ability to respond patiently with the general public.  Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive information. Ability to maintain electronic files and to work with our case management software, OPTIMA.

If you are interested in this “temp” position please contact me for more details and to submit a resume.

Thank you,

Debra D. Tripp
Administrative Assistant
1st Circuit Guardian ad Litem
1800 West Saint Mary Avenue, Box 3
Pensacola, Fl 32501
Office 850-595-3725
Fax       850-595-0453


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.


Christian History 101!
Join Ronnie at noon!


MISSED ANY OF RONNIE’S LECTURES?…………CHECK OUT HIS SITE!  Go to http://www.ronniemcbrayer.net and click on AUDIO/MEDIA.  Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see them!

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.

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)

asf is back from el Salvador!!

Good work and lots of love spread around by this wonderful group!





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. 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

a8276b4b9aeb2577451ffb02d44008a0can 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 !

woman-practicing-yoga-lotus_smallNOTICE TIME CHANGE:  Monday classes at A Simple Faith now will be  at 11:15 am and Thursday at 8:30 am.  Classes at 769 Eden Drive, Point Washington, Florida 32459 will be on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 9:00 am.  Please call foremail your questions and reservation.  850-797-6926 or nancydgross@gmail.com.


Readers’ corner:

The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey

51iu2lhs63l-_sx322_bo1204203200_Philip Yancey offers a new and different perspective on the life of Christ and his work—his teachings, his miracles, his death and resurrection—and ultimately, who he was and why he came. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey presents a complex character who generates questions as well as answers; a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who wants to radically transform your life and stretch your faith.

“The Jesus I Never Knew” uncovers a Jesus who is brilliant, creative, challenging, fearless, compassionate, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying.



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


Ken is being discharged from the hospital today and coming home to hospice care.  After running blood cultures over the weekend it was determined he did not have pneumonia.  They ran further tests, CT scans and finally an MRI, which showed malignant tumors on the brain. We are just heartbroken.  Please continue to pray for us.

Lorraine and Ken Sloan


BJ Fontaine’s mother, Barbara Kristoff died early this morning at Sacred Heart after a brief diagnosis of cancer. BJ is grateful for the love shown her family and requests your ongoing prayers.


An update from Susannah White:  Please continue to pray for her uncle.  He will be having an EEG, and she would like you to pray that the test won’t show severe brain damage.

So far he has exceeded expectations!!  Let’s encircle him with prayer.


I believe in the power of prayer like many of you do, so please say a prayer for my dad, Richard. He is in the hospital battling complications from diabetes. Thank you, friends.

Tina Kanaris


It looks like Ronnie’s uncle (Lamar Bearden) is going to make a full recovery!  Thanks for all the prayers!

Ronnie and Cindy McBrayer


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


Tom and Cyndi’s friend Darrell Barnhill is in the hospital with more heart problems. Please pray.

The Talty’s


Please pray for Shelby Denison-Wesson and her family! Her and her youngest son, Wills have attended our church in the past. She has just lost her oldest son in a horrific way! This family is dear to my heart and could use love and prayers!
Thank you, 
Tawnia Machell


communion servers


2/19…….Nancy McConnell
2/26…..Tom and Cindy Talty

2/19…….Kurt & Barbara Tape, Susan Breeden and Barb Riddick
2/26……Rose Rogers/Cindy McBrayer, Ann Scott & John Youngbeck


Ronnie McBrayer’s sermon:

Learning To Fly – From February 12, 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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