There is a group of us that meets most Wednesday mornings at A Simple Faith for Bible Study. This story is a typical example of one of our gatherings which perhaps will encourage you to join us sometime.
I have had a difficult couple of weeks. My younger sister passed away a month ago and I was hit suddenly with “the anger stage” of grief. Out of nowhere I began to feel extremely impatient, ungrateful, a serious absence of joy, and to be honest, downright mean. I didn’t attend class last week. Instead, I sat at home and stewed over all the inconveniences and injustices in my world. I turned away from talking to God about my woes and just ignored that big book on my nightstand for a week or two. The anxiety and general malaise I was feeling continued and expanded.
Today, I went to Bible Study and joined the group of people I have come to know and trust so well. We’re covering a study on Prayer by Jim Cymbala and facilitated by Jen Kelley. (Dream Team of Bible study). We discussed the promises that God has made to us in His holy word, the Bible. As a group and individually we read aloud several scriptures in which God promises; He hears us when we pray to Him, we can always believe and trust Him, we can take refuge in Him, He gives us strength, He will sustain us in our sorrow, if we ask Him He will give us wisdom. He forgives us, protects us, and His love for us in unfailing and cannot be shaken. What more can we ask? And yet, there are many more amazing promises from God to us in His holy words.
We split up into groups of two and prayed specifically for our other person by referencing scripture promises. We then laid our hands on Judy Skinner and covered her and John in prayer as they are bravely and devotedly leaving for the mission field in El Salvador tomorrow. We cried tears of joy together as we all experienced wordlessly the same powerful feeling which was the unequivocal and indisputable presence of God with us in that room and that without a doubt He was well pleased.
I left Bible study today, not with a changed mood or an attitude adjustment but with an invigorated, renewed and joy-filled heart. No more yelling at the summer pedestrians for me. If you have a Wednesday morning free sometime, please come join us, we’d love to have you. It is always good fellowship and time truly well spent with our Lord and a truly amazing group of sisters and brothers.
Peace + Joy, Deb Riccitelli
sunday school fun!
HELP WANTED: We need some people to train as alternate sound booth people. You will be trained so that in case of illness or emergency, we have people who can stand in for Bobby Rains.
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Here’s a beautiful example of one of Nancy’s lower flower arrangements! Great job, Nancy!
Nancy McConnell needs some pretty flower vases to use on the Lord’s Table. She has moved the table to the front, center, so she will be making lower flower arrangements. She only has tall vases. Vases need to vary because she never knows what size and height flowers are going to be available at Public each Sunday morning.
I am now making some recycled art with bottle caps – if you would like to help out – just bring your collected caps to church from time to time.
Jump Start into Positive Health – FREE!
Hi! I am Melanie Stewart, a Holistic Nutritionist and Health Coach specializing in human digestion and the importance of eating REAL foods the RIGHT WAY. I have an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition. I am also an experienced educator, author, counselor/coach and public speaker and I am offering you the opportunity to join me for FREE!
June 10th @ 10 AM
A Simple Faith Church
No matter what your wellness goal(s) – healthy eating, weight loss, improved cholesterol ratios and/or triglyceride levels, reduced markers for inflammation, stabilized blood sugar levels, reduction in the need for medications, even reversal of the disease process, or maybe you just want to feel GREAT, you are sure to gain something positive from our time together!
Jump Start to Positive Health and Healing through the Power of 3
Nutrition 101 – No matter what or how much you eat, if you are not absorbing the nutrients from the food – YOU ARE AT RISK! Learn tips and techniques that will make you feel great while you maximize your health and minimize your waistline!
Understanding Digestion – No matter how serious the message, it goes down a bit easier when it’s fun! We’ll take a ride through the digestive system that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Meal Planning – Many of us were taught to include every food group at every meal. This a digestive nightmare! It requires just a bit of rearranging to work with our perfectly designed system and, fortunately, it’s easy!
This presentation is a call to action!
People don’t just listen, they get emotionally connected, excited and ready to change!
“Melanie Stewart is one of the most knowledgeable and entertaining speaker’s l have ever had the pleasure of hearing. She explains complex digestive workings in terms that both amuse you and make you think.” – Cyndi Talty
“Melanie’s simple techniques for healthy eating combined with explaining how our bodies function is inspiring and LIFE CHANGING, even for people who are well versed in healthy eating!” – Kim Ryals
“Melanie is an engaging speaker and is able to easily communicate complex nutritional information into practical and easy action steps that you can implement into your life immediately.” – Susan Shipley
“Mel really knows her stuff and does a superb job communicating and encouraging. I deeply enjoy the group dynamic of the workshop and recommend participation by both men and women.” – Rick Wimberly
Please RSVP by June 7th to: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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!!!
Adventure 10: The Many Faces of Homelessness
We have told you about the altered reality of some of the homeless we have come across. Their reality, while different from ours, is as real to them as ours is real to us and often they cannot be convinced of any other. They live their lives in a state of confusion or simplicity. It can be both at the same time. They have a world that is different and sometimes our world enters theirs in a pleasant way with $20’s or in a sci-fi way with monsters and hatred from those who do not understand and therefore think of them as an enemy or something to be scorned and dismissed.
There are other kinds of homelessness that we may not know. Sicknesses such as PTSD in homeless VETs can cause such disruption in families, the person is asked to leave. Having no one, they end up on the street trying to justify simply being alive while their friends are not. They are covering a moral injury you will never see. It is almost better to have a visible injury so that people can pity you than one hidden inside. We cannot know the pain they are going through. And that would be true for others fighting their inner demons as it is for some Veterans.
Not being able to work because of a visible handicap makes it easier to pity the person asking for help on the corner. The problem may not be only financial but familial. Some need not only financial help but someone or group to take care of them. When we started helping we became aware of a large group of men sleeping in cars some with their sons all together. They live in their cars and eat together and most have jobs but the cost of living is too great to be on their own. So they share resources in this outside camp of cars. They are together and have work to go to, but realize they cannot afford housing so they share. They are a large extended family that watch over each other and even help each other when the need arises.
We have mentioned families. Homelessness can often occur from disruptions in families. Divorce, disagreements, bankruptcy and just plain living pay check to pay check can all be causes of homelessness. We became aware of a family where the father had a job but the family had been staying with his parent. A disagreement arose over the father’s girlfriend and the father’s mother threw the family out. So while he had a job and the girlfriend had a job, they had no home for themselves and the 4 children and they were brought to work where we found them and gave them assistance. Families living in someone else’s home are still homeless. This is called secondary homeless.
Whenever a child is thrown out of a home and they find a place to live in a friend’s home they are still homeless. It is still the idea of loss they must feel and we wonder if they ever lose that feeling or if it follows them forever.
Homelessness does not have to be a permanent state but sometimes the people staying in a car while their daughter is in the hospital in another state and they are already at the poverty level and cannot afford a hotel are still homeless even if it is for a month.
Homelessness cannot always be solved with a $20 either. It needs to solved with homes and services for those in need.
Adventure #11 coming soon!
Ongoing Wednesday Morning Bible Study
All are welcome!
Our current “Co-Ed All Are Welcome Wednesday Morning Bible Study” study is:
“When God’s People Pray”. It is a DVD study by Pastor Jim Cymbala of
the Brooklyn Tabernacle.
The study begins: May 17th at 10:00-11:30 a.m.
We meet at Simple Faith Church.
This is a 6-week study: May 17th- June 21st.
Participants Guide is $5.00.
Prayer can change lives and circumstances like nothing else can. Prayer is our lifeline to God, Who is our source of strength and abundant blessing. This study will instruct and inspire, revive and bless!
For more information: Jen Kelley: email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Yoga classes !
PLEASE NOTE: Gentle Yoga classes are cancelled Mondays May 22 and May 29 (Memorial Day) at 11:15 at A Simple Faith . Gentle Yoga Classes are cancelled at 769 Eden Drive at 9am on Tuesday May 23, Friday May 26 and Monday May29-(Memorial Day.)
You 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 email@example.com
Patched Together: A Story of My Story by Brennan Manning
A sweet little book….
“Patched Together is a very special story to me. It is, in many ways, my story…”
These words begin this rich story from Brennan Manning, the beloved author of The Ragamuffin Gospel. Follow the character Willie Juan, a lonely boy who finds belonging in the eyes of the mysterious Man of Sorrows, through three distinct seasons of his life: morning, noon, and night. Each season is filled with memorable characters, significant wounds, and lingering questions.
More than a charming tale, Patched Together is a remarkable story in which readers will see themselves. Willie Juan and readers alike will be connected by the thread that ties all the patches together—the everlasting truth that in the end, only Abba’s love remains.
Greeters: Contact Terry Olive to meet and greet at firstname.lastname@example.org; Thanks greeters!
Communion Servers:Contact Barbara Tape to serve communion: email@example.com. Thanks servers!
Tuesdays, The Prayer Boys meet at 8:00am. Contact Kevin Simonsen at 970-259-1748 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentor – Become a mentor to a child in South Walton County today!
Mary and Tony Burger are dear friends of mine from Atlanta and always attend ASF when they are in town. Tony has been admitted to a hospital in Atlanta with a blood clot in his leg along with an infection and a possible blood clot in his lung.
We are asking for prayers for him and his entire family during this time and that he will make a full recovery.
Please pray for Bob James’ mom/my mother in law, Maryanne James. She is approaching 91, and has had two eye surgeries in 6 months. As of the second surgery, she is totally blind. Please pray she regains her sight. She lives alone and all three children are hours away. We are all trying to figure out affordable, dependable care. She is very strong willed… both a blessing and a curse:)
Please pray for her three children, Bob, Judith, & Glenn… they need every prayer you can imagine, as this time is very stressful on family relations. I’ll take a prayer or two myself, as I’m always “Looking for the Pony.”
Please pray boldly for Maryanne James and her family. Much appreciated!
Hilda McDonald had semi-emergency surgery yesterday to remove her most recent knee replacement. It had become contaminated with a bacterial infection. The surgery went well. After a few days she will be at physical rehab, will return home, and after all infection is resolved have a new knee replacement. Please remember her in your prayers.
I’d like to thank our Simple Faith family for their prayers and well wishes for my mother-in-law Grace Losapio. Mom’s surgery was a success, and she is now in rehab, working hard and looking forward to going back to her assisted living apartment.
Thank you all, in Christ’s Love,
Please put my very good friend Jay and her husband for strength on our prayer list for God to look over her and bless both of them with healing. She found out today she has throat cancer. Still awaiting one more test to see if it has moved to other glands to see if she will elect surgery or treatments. She’s a great lady and does so much for so many, and never complains. She fought breast cancer and won, please pray she will concur and win once again.
Judy Hamilton and Craig Seelman
Bobby Rains is at home now. He will be continuing to receive treatment for some time. Please continue to include him on your prayer list.
If you’d like to send him a card, Bobby’s address is:
304 River Chase Dr
Bainbridge, GA 39819
5 rounds of chemo, 4 blood transfusions, 2 platelet transfusion, 2 cryoprecipitate transfusions, 2 bone marrow biopsies, 3 spinal taps, 2 weeks in the hospital & 19 blood withdraws. Scotty is officially in FULL REMISSION!!!!!! We will now spend the next 3 1/2 years keeping this beast of a disease at bay. Thank You Sacred Heart and Nemours for all the wonderful care. WHO SAYS PRAYERS DON’T WORK? Let’s all continue encircling Scotty with prayer!
The Communion Cup
As I stood staring down at the communion cup in my hand I saw the cup full to the rim almost overflowing with a rich red color, the color of a royal, bright blood.
Then the people came and dipped into the cup and soon I felt the strength of that bright red blood ebbing away, life declining ever so slowly. But then I looked up into the face of an old man and a middle- aged woman. I saw life in their faces, their cheeks flushed bright and glowing as they drank from the cup.
I saw life, my Christ’s life, transferring, transforming I saw the transference of life and then the transformation.
As my life was draining away the lives of so many others were flourishing so deep in love with life and all that their lives could be. Although the cup was empty it was still full, as though my life was gone but the lives of so many others were full.
I saw clearly how His blood is our blood, how his life is our life now.
If you want to experience the flow of our Christ’s life, serve communion some Sunday – it will change your life! If you want to feel as our Lord did, serve communion – Your life will be deeply enriched!
June 11……..Kurt and Barbara Tape
Linda and Philip Singleton
June 18… Kathy & George Davenport
Michael & Laura Granberry
June 25……..Paula Brenick and Sara Brunson
Judy Hamilton & Craig Seelman
July 2………..Cindy McBrayer & Kim Ryals
Kelly & David Cochrane
July 9………..Ann Scott & John Youngbeck
ronnie mCBRAYER’S SERMON
Raising Hell: Mother’s Day, 2017 – From May 14, 2017
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