Happy birthday, ASF!
The 1st Sunday in August will be our 10th anniversary of the 1st service at ASF!
WEEK 2: BUILDINGS, BAPTISMS, AND BABIES
I REMEMBER: I remember potlucks, friendly faces, amazing sermons, lots of laughing and some crying because things would be so moving. I’ve met some of my most favorite people while attending services at ASF. I remember when we could get up and share a little bit about a non-profit or volunteer work that we were doing so others who may be interested could get involved. Joni Boyd and I built the first website and I worked on the initial newsletter and I also remember working the Painting for a Cause event in Watercolor. I also remember the time the entire congregation each received $100 to go out and do good in the world. That was such a cool experience. …Melissa Wheeler
And this from Billy McConnell: Don’t forget that someone replaced the money in the collection plate before the end of the service. I think it was around 10 grand!!!! WOW!!
THE BEAT GOES ON: Buildings, Baptisms and Babies
As A Simple Faith evolved, we gained the reputation of a band of wandering gypsies! During our 10 years we occupied 5 different places! Because we had no permanent church home, we’d stay a bit, and when the place got too small, or the lease expired, we’d pick up our Samsonite folding chairs and move to another place. No more beach chairs for us!
Depending on the size of the building, we had either one or two services. We must have driven the sign painter crazy! Not to mention the poor soul who had to lug those heavy signboards to the front of the driveway so people could find us!
I REMEMBER: Speaking of frequent moves…..I had been reading Ronnie’s Keeping the Faith column for over three years, and communicating with him via email, so I finally decided to attend a service. On Saturday, I checked with him as to time, place (the famous orange sign was standing stalwartly in front of the Regions Bank that day), so I knew where I was going.
On Sunday morning, I got all gussied up, and set out for church. My first thought when I got to the Bank Building was “I must be really early” because there was no one there….NO ONE! I pulled in, parked the car, and began to investigate. Thinking it was in the back, I fought the picker bushes, broken glass and oyster shells and climbed the 438 stairs to the second floor, but couldn’t find a soul, a sign….NOTHING.
I finally gave up, pulled off all the vegetation that I had accumulated from tromping around the back of the building, and went back home. Upon informing the Preacher that I had tried to come, he said “Didn’t you see the sign? Someone was supposed to put one up. We’re down in Watercolor Crossings now.” WONDERFUL INTRODUCTION TO ASF and to our gypsy lifestyle! ….Girl Friday
“I REMEMBER one of the first times I went to ASF. We were in the Publix shopping center where the liquor store is now. One aspect of Ronnie’s talk was “Buddy Jesus” and one of the songs was “Marching to Zion”. There was Linny in the front row, marching! Of course she was! I thought to myself, this is the craziest place I’ve ever been and couldn’t imagine from that point forward going anywhere else!” …Garner Chandler
baptisms and babies
“During Jaxson’s dedication at A Simple Faith, he looked at Ronnie like this the entire time. I was pretty sure Jaxson was going to say “amen” when Ronnie was done. Jaxson is now 4 years old and he said on his 4th, “It’s OK, Memere, it’s not going to rain today because Jesus knows it’s my birthday and I’m going to have a good day.”
I looked up toward the sky and said, “You heard that, right, Lord?” The faith of a child is inspiring. By the way, it did not rain until late in the evening on his birthday.”
Paula and Dan Palladino
Dedication of Molly McCaslin at the Watercolor Crossings ASF
“A Simple Faith is a place that my family goes to receive God’s love and be encouraged to go out into our community and share that Love with others. The way God speaks through Ronnie has been such a blessing to Joe and me. We both feel as though we learn how to apply The Word of God into our daily lives and that makes us better people, parents, and spouses. We love A Simple Faith!!!” …Kathryn McMillan and family
“Uplifting comes to mind when I think of ASF. Ron’s messages are not only scriptural but sprinkled with secular history and humor. Through ASF services, Wednesday Bible studies and outreach missions; I find the people to be genuine and friendly. As if that isn’t enough, the musical talents of the band ranges from a solemn to toe-tapping experience. Attending ASF is “living water”. …Patti Stanley
new bible study beginning in late august!
Come back often to check for details! For information, or questions: email Jen at: email@example.com.
“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 12: A Diamond in the Rough
If we hadn’t needed to stop at a restroom, we would have gone down the road a little further. And if we hadn’t needed gas we would have gone to our normal gas station and never met the young lady stranded in her old van with her 10-year-old daughter named Diamond.
She was directed to the window of our car when one of us heard her ask the person going into the store if he had a couple dollars for gas. Upon seeing the twenty, her eyes filled and her mouth bubbled over with what had happened.
Her father threw her mom and Diamond out and they slept in the van and had no gas and didn’t know what to do. Hugs and thanks were given and we requested to see her daughter. Another twenty flew to the daughter’s hand and mom said, “now you can get a drink.”
It broke our hearts to think of how long they had been thirsty or hungry. Another twenty and the number of the homeless worker were given to help this young mother and her sweet Diamond.
Watch for Adventure #13!
Can we talk???
If you would like to have a Chat With Cyndi Talty call 850-585-0370
and plan to meet with her.
NOTICE: I will be out of town the week of July 24-28 so all classes that week are cancelled. Regular classes resume July 31.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
calling all writers!
If you have read a book that you would like to share and which would be appropriate for our Readers’ Corner please send me the title and name of author!
If you are a writer, columnist, or author (or you simply just enjoy writing!!) and would like your work to be featured in the READERS’ CORNER, please let us know! we’d love to have you!!!
Grace Notes: Daily Readings with Philip Yancey
Philip Yancey’s words—captured in his many bestselling books—have influenced the lives of millions of readers by strengthening their faith, building their hope, sparking their creativity, and challenging their comfort zones. If you’re one of those readers, you know personally how his insights have affected your mind and heart. And if you’re new to Yancey, you’re in for a life-altering experience.These meditations—all drawn from the beloved and bestselling writings of the author—will take you through an entire year of Yancey’s insight and imagination, covering a broad range of topics: •How to rediscover God through the wonders of nature, music, and romantic love•Why grace means you can’t do anything to make God love you more or less•What happens when you cut through preconceptions to encounter the “real” Jesus•How to renew your understanding and practice of prayer•Where you can see God in unexpected people and places•How to cope when life crashes in around you. Every day, experience the best from a beloved author who, with freshness, clarity, and energy, has so brilliantly articulated God’s wonderful but mysterious relationship with you. “
Communion Servers:Contact Barbara Tape to serve communion: email@example.com.
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!
Please pray boldly! Philip and Linda Singleton’s son Ashley had a 4-wheeler accident yesterday afternoon. He has a blood clot on the front of his head which hopefully will dissolve. The problem is spinal fluid blood… no way to drain, no way to repair and is life threatening. Prayers please for him to survive. They don’t know how much damage to his brain was done or his spine. He will be a minimum of 6 weeks in ICU in a trauma unit in Columbus, GA. Please pray for Ashley and his new baby 7 weeks old and his precious wife Natalie.
Please pray for my father Don and mother Kate as they transition to assisted living at Grand Boulevard. My dad started rehab after a stay in the hospital July 4th weekend. Don has Parkinson’s and requires daily assistance. Kate is very active and will be looking for new activities (such as card playing) to make new friends. They have moved from St. Petersburg, where they lived very close to my brother, Kris and his girlfriend, Cindy. Please pray for all of us, as we all adjust to the new living situation for my parents.
Blessings, Kevin and Denise Simonsen
Please add my dear friend Dixie Burge to the prayer list. She worked with me at FES. She just found out she has Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has immediately started chemo.
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!
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.”