Week ending August 20

this weeK…


August 19th @ 9:00 a.m.

OCC Project Leader

Coffee Chat!

An informative and social gathering for all Destin/Santa Rosa Beach area Project Leaders!

A Project Leader is the person of a group who gathers information about OCC to pass along to the other members of the group, encourages members to pack shoebox gifts, teaches the group how to pack shoebox gifts and makes sure the gifts get delivered to a drop-off location during National Collection Week. If this sounds like you—then you are a Project Leader! And this event has been exclusively tailored for you and your Project Leading needs and goals! Come join us at Simple Faith church in Santa Rosa Beach for some light refreshments and fellowship to refresh your spirits and enhance your OCC project leading mission. Be sure to invite your project leading team to come as well!

Get the latest and newest info on packing shoebox gifts . . .

Discover resources available to support and enhance your project leading mission . . .

Meet and share ideas and tips with other local project leaders . . .

Learn about local OCC projects and initiatives new to our area . . .

Be encouraged and refreshed by fellowship with fellow OCC enthusiasts!

This informal event will be held at:

Simple Faith
360 WRM Circle
Blue Mountain Beach Industrial Park
Santa Rosa Beach, FL

We are looking forward to seeing you there! Be sure to call or email the contact info below for any questions or for more information! I’ve also attached a flyer for printing purposes and to share with your project leading team.

Sincerest Blessings!

Faith Witcher,
Operation Christmas Child
Emerald Coast Area Team
Area Coordinator




new bible study beginning in late august!

Luke and Acts

Begins August 30th.
Simple Faith Church, Wednesday’s 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Explorer’s Bible Study, incorporates a DVD lesson and workbook discussion questions. Cost of materials is $24.00

All are welcome!

Come join us as we study the 2 Books written by the only
Gentile writer of the Bible. 

Of all of Paul’s friends, there may have been no other more dearer than Luke.  Luke, a physician, was a man of culture, careful intelligence and of a very tender and sympathetic heart.  He loved Jesus and served Him with his whole heart.  The first 12 lessons will be in the Gospel of Luke.  In Acts, we will study of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and grow more and more in the knowledge of Who the Holy Spirit is. This is not only a study of the History of the church forming but a study of how the Holy Spirit works through us as believers today.  A transforming and life changing study of God’s Word.

Any questions and to order a book:
Jen Kelley:  elle2897@gmail.com
Judy Skinner:  judyskinner29@gmail.com

and, beginning september 6…

A study of the book of Revelation begins Wednesday, September 6th at A Simple Faith. The class will be led by Art Pierce, and will meet each Wednesday at noon directly following the 10:00 bible class. All are welcome to attend.



A visiting Pastor was attending breakfast in ranch country.

        He asked one of the impressive older ranchers in attendance to say grace that morning.  After all were seated, the older rancher began,         

        “Lord, I hate buttermilk. The Pastor opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going.         

        Then the rancher loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”         

        Now the Pastor was worried. However, without missing a beat, the rancher prayed on, “And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.”         

        Just as the Pastor was ready to stand and stop everything, the rancher continued, “But Lord, when you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em up, I do love fresh biscuits.  So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait ‘till You are done mixin’, and probably it will be somethin’ even better than biscuits.  Amen.



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 invite you to join me for a FREE SEMINAR!

 august 26 @10:00 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 speakers 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


DIRECTIONS: Turn north on Blue Mountain Road, at the new traffic light on Hwy 98.  Take the first left turn into Blue Mountain Beach Industrial Park.  We are in the second building on the left.

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” Isaiah 55:2


“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 15: 

While sitting at a popular chain restaurant, a man approached our table to ask for some spare cash. We were sitting with a dear friend who was very approachable but he had no money and shook his head sadly. The man’s countenance fell and his shoulders drooped as he moved away totally ignoring us at the table.

One of us jumped up to go to the car to get the twenty and as he watched one of us leave he got very scared. “I don’t want to get in any trouble so l’ll leave,” he said, and he started to go. We tried to reassure him it was OK. Just follow him as he is going to help you, not report you. He was very worried, but received the twenties to go see his sick father now that he could get a bus ticket.

You may wonder why he was so picky about who he asked and why he was afraid of being reported. He was in his mid-twenties, heavily tattooed, especially around his mouth. He could have been considered scary but he was the one who was scared and we felt his panic. Twenties don’t worry about those things, they just serve the Lord.

Adventure 16 coming soon!


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

NOTE:  I am canceling my yoga class on Monday, August 21 at 11:15 AM only because of the total eclipse. Instead, Please come Monday, August 21 at 9AM to my home at 769 Eden Drive Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 . 850-797-6926. The eclipse may occur between 11:00AM and 1:00PM.

Nancy Gross

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 nancydgross@gmail.com


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!!!



Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado

When it comes to anxiety, depression, and stress-related illnesses, America is the frontrunner. Thankfully, there’s a practical prescription for dealing with these issues. Anxious for Nothing, the most recent book from New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, provides a roadmap for battling with and healing from anxiety.

Does the uncertainty and chaos of life keep you up at night?

Is irrational worry your constant companion?

Could you use some calm?

If the answer is yes, you are not alone. According to one research program, anxiety-related issues are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity. And use of sedative drugs like Xanax and Valium have skyrocketed in the last 15 years. Even students are feeling it. One psychologist reports that the average high school kid today has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s. Chances are, you or someone you know seriously struggles with anxiety.

Max writes, “The news about our anxiety is enough to make us anxious.” He knows what it feels like to be overcome by the worries and fear of life, which is why he is dedicated to helping millions of readers take back control of their minds and, as a result, their lives.

Anxious for Nothing invites readers to delve into Philippians 4:6-7. After all, it is the most highlighted passage of any book on the planet, according to Amazon:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In the characteristic tone of his previous books like You’ll Get Through This and Fearless, Max guides readers through this Scripture passage and explains the key concepts of celebration, asking for help, leaving our concerns, and meditating.

Stop letting anxiety rule the day. Join Max on the journey to true freedom and experience more joy, clarity, physical renewal, and contentment by the power of the Holy Spirit. Anxiety comes with life. But it doesn’t have to dominate your life.



Greeters: Contact Michael and Laura Granberry, to meet and greet.

Communion Servers:Contact Barbara Tape to serve communion: barbara@digitalpark.com.

Tuesdays, The Prayer Boys meet at 8:00am. Contact Kevin Simonsen at 970-259-1748 or kevin@kjsems.com

Mentor – Become a mentor to a child in South Walton County today!


Please add Amber Elledge and her family to the prayer list.  Amber and Erica facilitated our nursery at the church for years.  Her brother died yesterday and his death is under investigation.  He has a young son Xaiden who is celebrating his 5th birthday today, but does not know that his father had gone to be with Jesus yet. 

Cindy L. McBrayer


Please add my cousin Wanda Stilwell and her husband Ray Stillwell to the prayer list.  My cousin Wanda, age 60, has early onset Alzheimer’s.  Her caretaker is her husband Ray.  Ray was involved in a terrible motorcycle accident on Friday in Cleveland, TN and he is in very critical condition at Erlanger Hospital.  My cousin will probably end up going into a long-term home care system.  I know she is very scared, confused, and mad all at the same time.  It has been sad for the family to see her mind deteriorate and she will have to be cared for by people she doesn’t even know which will only complicate everything further. 🙁

Thank you,

Cindy McBrayer



Praise and thank you God and thank you for all your prayers. Moved Ashley to Shepard Center in Atlanta and we are very happy because they will work his brain and put him through therapy to get him as far as possible, which we expect to be almost perfect because of what he has already done with God ‘s Miracles.

Things are looking up and all Miracles of God so far got him this far because he has had no specific therapy. Thank you for your prayers… they are working. We will have an update on his improvement.

If you’d like to follow Ashley’s progress on the Facebook page it’s called
Praying for Ashley

Here’s the most recent update:

Ashley is ready to start full day therapy tomorrow! He is talking really well and louder since I saw him last week!! He is cracking jokes and was so happy to see Rivers!
God is good!!!
Natalie Tomberlin Singleton

The Singletons 


Update on Scotty

Scotty’s second round of chemo begins this week. Please continue to keep Scotty in your prayers as he makes it though this month’s phase. This is the most abrasive phase since his initial treatment.



CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT “SCOTTY FIGHTS IT BIG!”To follow Scotty on his Facebook page, CLICK HERE.


Ronnie’s sermon

Gentle On My Mind  From August 13, 2017


communion servers:

August 20: Susan Breeden and Barbara Riddick
                          Kathy and George Davenport
August 27:  Jan Briscoe and Brenda Gail Speller
                           Garry and Lynn Hedges
September  3: Nancy McConnell and friend
                           Michael and Laura Granberry
September 10:  Cindy McBrayer and Kim Ryals
                          Paula Brenick and Sara Brunson



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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