Then Agrippa said to Paul,
“Do you think that in such a short time
you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
Paul replied, “Short time or long—
I pray to God that not only you
but all who are listening to me today
may become what I am,
except for these chains.”
Please continue to pray for little Lampton Titus, child of Tedd and Kayla Titus.
Miss Fay Shoemaker‘s surgery Thursday went well. Additional tests are being done.
Please pray for the family of Mrs. Esther Watkins who passed away yesterday in Mississippi. Many of you will know her as Matt Williams’ grandmother.
Pine Ridge United Methodist Church will host their monthly breakfast tomorrow morning at 8:00 A.M. Donations received will be for the family of Darin Fontz. Guests are welcome.
The “Young” Ladies’ Birthday Party at The Cafe Tuesday will honor the following ladies who have September birthdays:
The Third Thursday Gathering was another wonderful night. Our guests represented five different churches and were real blessing to our night. Thanks to all of you who help us in various ways each month. We certainly appreciate you!
Read the Bible – Luke 1, Psalm 112, and video on Luke (http://bibleproject.com)
The Bible Drill Class for children will meet tomorrow at 6 P.M. at FBC, Kentwood.
The Children in Action Class will meet Wednesday night at 6 P.M. at FBC, Kentwood. Children are reminded and encouraged to wear their green vests.
Operation Christmas Child “Shoeboxes”
- Tomorrow, we will be collection wash cloths and bars of soap.
- Next week, we will focus on barrettes and other hair fixings for little girls.
- Again, I must say thank-you to the many people who have contributed in various ways. Together, we can make this another very productive year.
- We are getting to the point when we will put our boxes together the first Saturday of November. I hope to see many of you at the Packing Party. I promise you will be blessed when you see the many shoeboxes you have helped to pack.
I want to conclude today with a Facebook post Bro. Danny Smith of Spring Creek Baptist Church shared this morning. I’m sure it will touch your heart like it did mine. Before you read it, I want to say how thankful I am for all who have served in Texas, Louisiana, or Florida in the last month. I know of members from East Fork, New Zion, and Spring Creek who have already worked with Disaster Relief in these areas. Thank-you to each one and each church represented!
The last three or four days have been a blur and in many ways I have felt a little disconnected not being able to do what I love to do but these last few days in Fort Meyers have really blessed me beyond measure.
First I have met some “volunteers” who work harder and longer than I have ever worked before in my life. If there is a space on my body that is not sore I can’t identify it! But my heart is full!
Second today we had someone from the community who came and volunteered with us they just wanted to give something back. She worked hard right alone with us and then thanked us for coming to help. She said she and her husband will be back tomorrow.
Tonight we all went out to eat-you will probably see the pictures of us eating what you can’t or won’t see and what you don’t know is the kindness we were shown and appreciation we were given.
I could not handle it and teared up more than once. To have these strangers come thank us just for being here, to have people want to take our picture, to have people bring us some candy or just stop by to say thanks and talk for a moment was more than I could take. But after washing my face I was able to just look at the faces of people who saw who we are and where we are from as they simply thanked us. It reminded me why ministries like this are so important.
I hope that there will never be a need for this kind of ministry again but if there is I hope it works out where you can take part in it. Yes it’s work- next time I will try to go with a lazier crew-but it is doing what Jesus talked about when He talked about giving a cup of cold water in His name.
I look forward to being back home but I will always remember these days as God has blessed and meeting these people has touched my life!
I think I will always remember the one guy who look like he wanted to say something but just could not bring himself to do it. He finally looked me straight in the eye made sure I was looking and nodded as if to say thanks but I can’t talk about it but I feel it. I know what he meant! God bless!
May this day bless your life in a special way! May you be a blessing to some else today!