Week ending April 16

this week…




Maundy Thursday,  April 13, with Communion Service: 6:00pm

Good Friday Service, April 14, Noon

Easter Sunday, April 16

7:00am at WaterColor Inn
8:30am and 10:00am at ASF


“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!!!

Adventure #8: Conversations

We were at a local gathering place when we heard a conversation about a person who was asking for money on the corner. “Don’t give it to him. He doesn’t need it. He’s just asking for money cause he wants to.” We had to smile. Most people would rather do anything else than beg or ask others for money. Something happens inside a person to actually make that decision to ask another human being for help. Some would rather die than ask for help.

The person talking, we knew well. He was of the latter group. Rather than ask for a ride he would and had driven himself to the hospital in an emergency. On a tight budget, he often would play music for a free meal or the hopes of a tip or two. And he was first in line at a new Hardees so he could get free coffee for life even though he had to stand there for what seemed like forever. But he would not ask even his friends for a ride or help in anyway. He just couldn’t.

The next conversation we heard was in a restaurant by three workers from a restaurant next door. It struck us as strange as where they worked was not known as a high-end place and yet they talked as if they were world travelers or at least US travelers. They were discussing where it was “BEST” to be homeless. The conversation both fascinated and horrified us. Their discussion took them to Hawaii for of course the weather would make being homeless so much more comfortable and easy there. We wanted to ask how much fun it was in Hawaii or any other state to not know if you would eat that day or if you would have a place to lay your head or if you were sick not even to have an aspirin to help your aches and pains. There is no where it is easy to be homeless. Cold or heat, rain or snow, desert or mountain, ocean or plain, city or rural, there is no place being homeless is great.

We give Twenties to those we see whether on street corners asking like the older man who stood in the cold wind and upon receiving the Twenty went straight into the café to warm up, or the man on the side of the road holding a sign that says “NEED HELP”. We are responsible for doing what we can. We are to respond because we want to be like Jesus. We may not be able to heal the blind but we can show them love. We can’t make the lame walk but we can give them a ride. We can listen and talk and treat them like people whether they feel like one or not.  


The first benefit concert at Warehouse 360 (aka ASF) benefiting Path Of Grace was a true success. We got to listen to Farewell Angelina perform, we raised about $3000 for Path Of Grace, Rick & Tina Stanfield baked two amazing birthday cakes for Nicole Witt that literally brought her to tears, and everyone seemed to enjoy the whole evening.

A special thank you to all the volunteers that pitched in to make it successful …you know who you are!!

Bobby Rains

 This is what Saturday night was truly about…the beautiful ladies of Path of Grace and Farewell Angelina !



The empty Chair

A dear friend of mine from Mississippi, who used to be in real estate, has given away everything she owned and is now working to promote Suicide Awareness among the youth.  Just 6 years ago, she lost her son in his bedroom. He had hung himself.  This is the link to her Firefly Ministries: http://fireflyoutreach.com/

  1. Please join me in prayers for Firefly Ministries for my friend, Patti Herrington, and what she is doing for the youth of this world by speaking out about this horrible tragedy, in hopes that she can save lives of those that suffer.
  2. Patti is looking for a quiet refuge where she can stay for a few weeks to finish her book. While staying in our area, she wants to speak to the youth in some of our schools and will be open to make speaking engagements in some churches. Any help from our congregation to assist her in making this happen would be greatly appreciated. Since she lost her son to suicide, Patti prays, listening to God and she lives by following wherever the Lord leads her.

Thanking you,
Nina Horn




2  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.

10:00-11:30 a.m. at Simple Faith Church.

If you wish to join the study please contact email Jen Kelley (elle2897@gmail.com) or Judy Skinner (judyskinner29@gmail.com).  Books are $25.00 each and we will order them.



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

Once a month why not 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.

can we talk???


If you would like to have a Chat With Cyndi Talty call 850-585-0370
and plan to meet with her.


I am excited to share with you that our area will be hosting a Full-Circle Speaker in April!A Full-Circle Speaker is a young adult who received a shoe box gift when he/she was a child living overseas. Since then, he/she has been given the opportunity by OCC to return to his/her home country and hand-out shoebox gifts to other children who are still living where he/she once was. It is an amazing and inspiring story to see the fruit of our shoe box gifts that many of us have been packing for years! Our local OCC area team is pleased that Livia Young from Romania will be speaking at two locations the weekend of April 29th. We are hoping you will be able to attend one of these events and hear Livia’s story for yourself. If you think would be interested in hearing a full-circle speaker, there are two:  Friday, April 28 @ 6:00 p.m. at 1st Baptist Church in Defuniak Springs. This is a youth-geared event, but all are welcome! Saturday, April 29 @ 10:00 a.m. there will be a second presentation at First Baptist Church in Niceville. This will be our OCC Celebration event, celebrating God’s faithfulness in 2016.If you have questions or would like more information on an event, don’t hesitate to call or email me.  Also, if you need any type of support later in the year with packing your shoe box gifts, our local area team is here to support you! 
Blessings, Faith Witcher,
Operation Christmas Child
Emerald Coast Area Team
Area Coordinator


Yoga classes !

woman-practicing-yoga-lotus_smallYou are invited to a  Gentle Yoga Class with Nancy Gross, MS, RYT200+ 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 or email your questions and reservation.  850-797-6926 or nancydgross@gmail.com]\


reader’s corner:

He Chose the Nails by Max Lucado

Linger on the hill of Calvary.

Rub a finger on the timber and press the nail into your hand.

Taste the tinge of cheap wine and feel the scrape of a thorn on your brow.

Touch the velvet dirt, moist with the blood of God.

Allow the tools of torture to tell their story.

Listen as they tell you what God did to win your heart.



Greeters: Contact Terry Olive to meet and greet at firstolive33@gmail.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





Bobby Rains has been hospitalized in Dothan for the last couple of days due to a severe infection in his foot. Surgeons will attempt to clean and irrigate the infection today, though a partial amputation of his foot may be required. He also has sepsis due to the infection, complicated further by his diabetes.  Please include him on your prayer list.


Lisa Brooks just posted on Facebook that Scott Brooks, her husband, has passed away.  They have one son.  They used to come to A Simple Faith when we were in Watercolor Crossings.

Scott went to the ER Sunday morning with the flu. He passed away that afternoon while being Life Flighted to Pensacola. Lisa was in California at the time. There have been no arrangements made at this point.

Terribly and completely shocking as Scott was an absolute picture of health and competed in the Seaside half-marathon just last month.


One of our favorite families here in Freeport, FL has received the news no parents want to hear.  Their 10-year-old Scotty was diagnosed yesterday with leukemia.

This family is so very special to us.  They are a military family and have two very precious young girls. Scott, Scotty’s dad, is a Green Beret 7th Group with eleven combat tours.  Nikki, Scotty’s mom is the best mother, wife, and friend!

Please put Scotty and his family on your prayer list.


To follow Scotty on his Facebook page, CLICK HERE.


family attempting to flee El Salvador!

I have good news!  Marta Alicia and her two daughters, Jeni and Isabel, have now safely arrived at their destination.  God is good!

We had a bit of a hiccup this morning when we got to the bus station to send them off and found that the birth certificate for Isabel, a minor, was missing.  I was able to book them on a later bus and we ran off to City Hall to get a new certificate.  Thankfully we were able to get it and they boarded the later bus.

It was such a joy to see their excited faces as they boarded the bus (a luxury line) and headed off to their new life.  I thought of how Abraham felt when he first set out, following God’s call to the promised land.

Thanks for all of your support and prayers for this family! 

Blessings,Barbara Rowe


Ken has been discharged from the hospital and coming home to hospice care.  Please continue to pray for us.Lorraine and Ken Sloan


communion servers


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

Maundy Thursday….Jeff Allen
April 23……Paula Brenick and Sara Brunson
                   Nancy McConnell
April 30……Kelly & David Cochrane
                   John Youngbeck and Ann Scott



(The sermon was not recorded due to a technological malfunction.)



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