Week ending March 5

this week…..

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change in church schedule

Beginning next week, Sunday, March 12, we will resume our normal service time at 10:00am.  There will be no 8:30 service.

 

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The 15th Annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5k Run is this Sunday, March 5!

Please be aware of the following road closures:

  • Both lanes of 30-A will be closed from CR 395 at Seagrove to CR 393 at Gulf Place from 6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • The eastbound lane of 30-A from CR 393 at Gulf Place to Seaside will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
  • The westbound lane of 30-A will re-open at 9:30 a.m. from Grayton Beach State Park to CR393 at Gulf Place. The westbound lane from CR395 at Seagrove to Grayton Beach State Park will re-open at 10:30.  Please plan accordingly.
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El Salvador – Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Young Men’s Prison

As I sat with Judy in a small barred room in the prison, I was not only able to look at the 27 young men facing me but I had a view through the bars down the long wide hallway that was lined with cells.  Hands and faces were hanging out of those cells trying to see and hear what was being said in our room.  All of the men were listening, hardly moving.  The prison officials only allowed for 27 men to be with us in our room.

I listened to Raul speak the Word of God into these young men’s hearts.  Raul was speaking with conviction, however, he was not preaching.  He was teaching and leading, not condemning or judging.  Most of the men in the room were leaning forward – as if beginning a race.  It struck me then as if a brick had winged past, grazing my face…These men, in a tough age to be in any corner of the world (aged 18-25) were soaking in the Good News!  The Message!  The Truth!  Jesus was being lifted up.  I sat in awe as I watched these men, who have been termed criminals, liars, extortionists, schemers, murderers, killers, sit totally focused while under the loving teaching of Raul.  Raul exuded Paul of the Bible.  With a continuous smile on his face and a joyful spirit, he taught, gently chided, hugged, and loved.  These young men with names; Carlos, Juan, Moises, Roberto, were covered in tattoos.  Some had full face tattoos displaying the number 18 somewhere (for we were with one of the 2 main gangs, “18th Street Gang” or “Barrio 18” ). Several had tear drop tattoos under their eyes to honor their victims.  The other main gang, their rival is “MS-13” or “Mara Salvatrucha” and they, too, had tear drops as well.  I found out later that one of the warmer, more open men was one of the main “18” gang leaders and on his forehead were the numbers 666.  This young man could just say a word even from his prison cell and have someone either protected or killed.

I watched faces as they read verses, bibles opened on their laps.  I listened and joined in their clapping as they sang loud and clear praise songs to our Father.  I heard them recite memory verses and answer questions.  Some shyly looked over at me when they were finished and I was blessed to give them a motherly approval with a smile or soft clap of encouragement.  When being in a gang was all they knew, I saw and sensed Hope on their faces.

They were all quiet and respectfully listened when I stood before them and struggled to speak some broken Spanish.  They even clapped heartily when I was finished…and my ending was about how much God loves them and that He has given each of them a gift to use for His purpose if they follow Him.

We were given prayer requests on little strips of paper.  As Judy and I poured over these requests that night, I was once again amazed, for these prayers were not only for their freedom and for their family, but were prayers for their heart – their hearts to be changed, to be brought closer to the living God.

When saying our goodbyes they offered their hands to shake, but Judy and I gave them each gentle hugs.  Many wanted to talk.  One of them told me that he wanted to have the faith his grandmother had.  They all said, “Gracias”.  Judy and I were given gifts; an intricate rose made from a piece of paper, bracelets with “Dios es Amor” (God is love) or a Bible verse, that were made out of plastic trash bags that had been cut into strips and stretched and twisted until it becomes like twine. Several were gifted artists and brought in beautifully detailed pencil drawings of angels along with verses in perfect calligraphy.  One young man gave me a cap with “LC 1:37” on it. Lucas 1:37 “Porque para Dios no hay nada.”

A song kept repeating in my head as I was on the plane and in the days following.  I heard it sung the last two Sundays while I was in El Salvador at a solely Spanish speaking church:

Haz llover, Haz llover,
Abre las puertas del cielo.

It really shouldn’t have surprised me that this would be the first song I heard on the first Sunday church service when I was back home:

Let it rain, Let it rain,
Open the floodgates of heaven…

I will be forever changed, for my heart is broken once again for what breaks our Father’s heart.  As I cried out to Him that night, I knew deep in my soul that my cries were not in vain.  He has heard and continues to hear our prayers.  Our God heals, redeems, restores, forgives, and sets free.  The Word of God is powerful.  Hearts are being changed in a prison far away.  The cap given to me?  Luke 1:37, “For no Word from God will ever fail.”

Written for His Glory alone,
Jen Kelley

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                                                              Judy, Raul and Jen

Footnotes:

CBSI “Community Bible Study International” was brought to El Salvador by “ Calebs”: John and Judy Skinner of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida in January of 2016.  They first met with 50 El Salvadorian pastors to present this study.  Many were moved in that this was something that they had been praying for for their country.  After many prayers, Raul Orellana was appointed National Teaching Director for El Salvador.  He along with his wife Kenia teach and lead CBS classes throughout all of El Salvador as well as train new leaders. They go into the government schools, orphanages, and prisons to teach and share their love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.  There are well over 500 that now attend CBS classes in El Salvador and many have been baptized into a living faith.

“It’s happening in the streets, in the communities still controlled by gangs, and in the segregated prisons.  It’s a phenomenon which, despite being hard to believe at first, has been recognized by prison authorities:  Hundreds of gang members are abandoning and outright rejecting their gangs, opting instead for the teachings of Jesus.  In Gotera prison, close to 500 members of the Barrio 18 have retired from gang life and are now saying that they have no relations with the group.” insightcrime.org

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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!!!

Traveling Twenties Adventure #6:

20-wingsThe sign said “Airborne Vet needs help.” He was on the side of a highway turning lane. He had a pole to lean on and a Chihuahua in arms. We were afraid he would stumble and fall down the small embankment. We said “don’t fall,” as he clutched the puppy and the cardboard sign to his chest in a tight grip. His legs didn’t seem to work smoothly as he took three jerky steps that we were sure would result in a horrible spill. He replied to my words of caution. “I am all tore up. Thank you, missus” were his next words as the twenty moved to his hand. The smile did not reach his eyes probably because pain had taken permanent residence there. Or maybe it was the pain of being a veteran and having to ask for help on the side of a road.

 

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CARING and SHARING
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VOLUNTEERS

Monday-Friday
9:00am – 12:00pm
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Saturday
9:00am-12:00pm

CALL:  850-267-2866 (Ask for Barbara)

 

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2  Bible Studies!

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Ongoing Wednesday Morning Bible Study.
All are welcome!
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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.

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!

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IF YOU’VE MISSED ANY OF THE SERIES, HERE THEY ARE!

Below you will find audio links to Ronnie’s 8-part series entitled, “Christian History 101.” New audio will be uploaded as it becomes available.

lecture notes will be available soon!

February 1: Returning to our Roots (Historical Context of the New Testament)
Christian History Session #1 Audio

February 8: Patristics and Professions (Establishing Orthodoxy and Order)
Christian History Session #2 audio

February 15: The Rise of Rome (Constantine, Empire, and Early Catholicism)
Christian History Session #3 audio

February 22: The Muddy Middle (Medieval Christianity, Papal Power, East vs West)
 Christian History Session #4 (AUDIO)
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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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.

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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
VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE BY CLICKING HERE.

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can we talk???

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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

reader’s corner:

The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning

51dk5vxz-4l-_sx311_bo1204203200_Many believers feel stunted in their Christian growth. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe He tallies our defects and hangs His head in disappointment. In this newly repackaged edition—now with full appendix, study questions, and the author’s own epilogue, “Ragamuffin Fifteen Years Later,” Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us to Himself with a “furious love” that burns brightly and constantly. Only when we truly embrace God’s grace can we bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the most needy of His flock—the “ragamuffins.”

Are you bedraggled, beat-up, burnt-out?

Most of us believe in God’s grace—in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We continue to see Him as a small-minded bookkeeper, tallying our failures and successes on a score sheet.

Yet God gives us His grace, willingly, no matter what we’ve done. We come to Him as ragamuffins—dirty, bedraggled, and beat-up. And when we sit at His feet, He smiles upon us, the chosen objects of His “furious love.”

Brennan Manning’s now-classic meditation on grace and what it takes to access it—simple honesty—has changed thousands of lives. Now with a Ragamuffin’s thirty-day spiritual journey guide, it will change yours, too.

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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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

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My granddaughter Abby is having pains in her abdomen.  She was released from the hospital a few weeks ago after having surgery for a ruptured appendix.  She is only 11 years old.  Please pray for her and our family.

Cathy Davis

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Prayers please, for my mom, Joyce Slattery.  She was hospitalized a few days ago with acute gallstone pancreatitis and has cardiac issues.  They moved her to ICU after all of her numbers spiked this morning.  Please encircle her with prayer.

Kathy Davenport
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I visited Caroline Wallace this morning. I was very surprised how well she appeared. She was sitting up in a regular chair. She knew me. She spoke as well as I have ever known her to speak, but she was waiting to go to speech therapy. The place where she is recovering is called Grand Blvd Rehab. Between Grand Blvd shopping and Sacred Heart Hospital. Used to be called Destin Rehab, I think.  The address is 138 Sandestin Ln, Miramar Beach, FL 32550

Nancy McConnell

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This is the daughter of a long time friend of mine.  Her name is Emily.  She was diagnosed with melanoma 2 yrs ago and has already had 2 surgeries and lots of chemotherapy.    She is 32 and is currently participating in a trial drug program that is just like having chemo for 2 more years to hopefully prevent the cancer from returning.   Please pray for her as she is one special young lady.  She has overcome so much… and with still so much to go.  Please pray for her and her Mom.

Thank you!!   Barbara Riddick

GOOD NEWS!

WOW!  You guys are TERRIFIC!  Prayers work!  Lloyd doing so much better all of a sudden after asking for prayers!  BP stable, HG little low, but stable, potassium normalized, platelets very low, but OK for him.  He is amazing!

He’s still in ICU but will probably be moved to a regular room tomorrow. He’s ready to go to the beach!

Thanks so much for all your prayers!

Betty and Lloyd Netherton

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communion servers

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March 5……8:30………..Nancy McConnell

10:00……… David and Kelly Cochrane
Jackie Losapio and Donna Callahan

March 12….……….Paula Brenick and Sara Brunson
Carolyn Brown and Lynn Watling

March 19…………………Linda and Phillip Singleton
Judy Hamilton and Craig Seelman

March 26…………………Jan Briscoe and Brenda Gail Speller
Melissa and Larry Davis

April 2……………………..Garry and Lynn Hedges
Linnie Delahoussaye and Lee Eyer

April 9……………………..Michael and Laura Granberry
Susan Breeden and Cindy McBrayer

April 16……………………Kurt and Barbara Tape
Rose Rogers and Jackie Losapio

 

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Ronnie McBrayer’s sermon:

Practice Practice Practice – From February 26, 2017

 

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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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