Week ending September 10

this weeK…


A Simple Faith Family,

Thank you for your generosity in giving to Hurricane Harvey Relief. Beyond the $7,500 that we sent last week to Texas, on Sunday you gave an additional $2,500 designated for this project. We will send these donations along. In regards to volunteers going to Texas, those plans remain in place. We have been placed in the queue line to travel to the Houston area and will keep you up to date.

However…Attention has now turned to Hurricane Irma. 

This could be an historic storm, and as of this writing, it will certainly impact the Florida Peninsula. As disappointing as this is, our relief efforts may have to be directed closer to home. We will monitor this closely.

On this point, if I might dust off my Habitat for Humanity hat from years ago, please make preparations now for possible impacts here on the Emerald Coast. Secure your supplies. Secure your home. Know your evacuation route. Follow helpful checklists and local directives from Walton County available at www.co.walton.fl.us/1063/Emergency-Management. And if an evacuation order is issued – follow it. 

If you are unable to evacuate (should that need arise) or if you cannot safety prepare your home for storm impacts, contact me directly. There are several people in our church who are ready, able, and eager to help if they can – but you cannot receive help if we don’t know you need it. 

Contact me directly at ronniemcbrayer@gmail.com or (850) 635-5235. 

Let’s join in prayer and service for our neighbors,



disaster relief concert at asf!

The Texas Disaster Relief Fund Raiser Concert on Sept 29 featuring Ray Scott…Luke Warm & The Backsliders are opening… doors at 5:45, music at 6:30… www.facebook.com/warehouse360music for details…click the “Shop Now” button for tickets.

Y’all come and help us help Texas out (or possibly US if Hurricane Irma hits
the Gulf Coast!)

To get your tickets, click HERE!



ASF’s Karen Snyder has been a companion to Bailey Jones, a young autistic woman since January. They both volunteer at South Walton Academy, a new non-profit inclusion school for Autistic children here in Santa Rosa Beach, and they would like to share this Tee Up For Autism event on Saturday, September 9 with all who might be interested.

Please join them for a fun day of golf, food, entertainment and PRIZES to help raise awareness for Autism and benefit South Walton Academy.

If you are not a golfer, you can Sponsor a Child, Donate a Raffle Prize, Sponsor-a-Hole or Sponsor-an-Event: Longest Drive or Closest to the Pin.

Go to www.southwaltonacademy.com for event registration/sponsorship information.

IMPORTANT:  The Academy also has a Wish List, and needs the following items.  Donations would be greatly appreciated.  There will be a box in the Narthex.  If you can’t find it, please ask Cyndi or Tom Talty. PLEASE HELP DONATE TO THIS WORTHY CAUSE!


Outdoor play equipment
Sensory play toys
Paper towels
Lysol Wipes
New or gently used: books,
puzzles,  bean bags, chairs,
tents, toys

Karen Snyder


to make donations*


Operation Christmas Child
Around the World Event!

Hello all!
We are excited to announce the Emerald Coast area team will be hosting an OCC event in Santa Rosa Beach! This event is called Operation Christmas Child “Around the World!” and will be both inspiring and informative. Come and see how Operation Christmas Child is making a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities around the globe! Learn more about this powerful ministry and spend some time with us as we take a trip through various countries and areas to share with you real stories of how the shoebox gifts you are packing truly are making a difference!
This event will be held Saturday, September 16th @ 10:00 a.m. at Good News United Methodist Church, located at 4747 Hwy 98 W in Santa Rosa Beach. There is a flyer attached for you to print and share with your group, church or family!
If you are receiving this email, it’s because you are (or have) packed shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, and we are excited to share with you stories of how you have made and are making a life-changing difference in the lives of so many who have been blessed by your gift! If you have any questions or need more information, don’t hesitate to call or email me at the contact info below. Thank you for your partnership with OCC, and we hope to see you there!
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, Wednesdays 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 group of us  had the wonderful experience of hearing Art Pierce teach a class on Revelation Wednesday. He presented foundational information on this amazing book and has us all eager to dig in further. The class is open to anyone interested and will be held at noon at A Simple Faith on Wednesdays. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this most fascinating book of the Bible. Just bring a notebook and a bible, and lunch if you want.”
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. Rev. 1:3


“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

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!!!



Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth
of the Very Good News
by Brian Zahnd

In his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Puritan revivalist Jonathan Edwards shaped predominating American theology with a vision of God as angry, violent, and retributive. Three centuries later, Brian Zahnd was both mesmerized and terrified by Edwards’s wrathful God. Haunted by fear that crippled his relationship with God, Zahnd spent years praying for a divine experience of hell.

What Zahnd experienced instead was the Father’s love—revealed perfectly through Jesus Christ—for all prodigal sons and daughters.

In Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Zahnd asks important questions like: Is seeing God primarily as wrathful towards sinners true or biblical? Is fearing God a normal expected behavior? And where might the natural implications of this theological framework lead us?

Thoughtfully wrestling with subjects like Old Testament genocide, the crucifixion of Jesus, eternal punishment in hell, and the final judgment in Revelation, Zanhd maintains that the summit of divine revelation for sinners is not God is wrath, but God is love.



Greeters: Contact Michael and Laura Granberry, to meet and greet. Contact Michael at mgranberry@earthlink.net  or call 850 496-6610.  You can contact  Laura at simpledesigns@earthlink.net

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 include my wife, Lynny Conklin in your prayers. She has just had
neck surgery at Mayo and is in a lot of pain. Thank you.

Robert Conklin


Continue to pray for my friend John Howard who had the accident (tire explosion) while working at Butler Elementary.  He called and said he is doing fair, but has a long road to recovery.  He has had some surgeries in his mouth, but is still on a liquid diet and has lost 30 lbs.  He also has had headaches daily.  I know he appreciates all the prayers!

Cindy McBrayer


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

Forgive and Forgive Again – And Again – From September 3, 2017


communion servers:

Sept 10………Sara Brunson and Lee Eyer
                       Cindy McBrayer and Kim Ryals
Sept 17………John Youngbeck and Ann Scott
                       Rose Rogers and Victoria Hunt
Sept 24 ………Carolyn and Jim Mullins
                        Bob and Nancy Gross
Oct 1………….Nancy McConnell and partner
                         Janet and Cole Taylor
Oct 8………….Kathy and George Davenport
                        Kurt and Barbara Tape
Oct 15………..Kelly and David Cochrane
                       Donna Callahan and Jackie Losapio


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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