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From the E ditor We are quickly approaching my favorite time of the year! I love the fall with its cooler air, football frenzy, and holidays. I especially love fall on the coast. The fast paced excitement that accompanies lots of tourists in town is great, but there is a peace that comes from sitting on a quiet beach and that’s just impossible to do with the crowds of summer. I hope that you will support our visiting heroes as they come into town for the Warrior Beach Retreat. Be sure to read the article inside to find out where you can greet them and how you can help support this wonderful endeavor. Coastal Christian Family Magazine is blessed to be a part of welcoming and honoring the caregivers of wounded warriors. Enjoy the beauty of our surroundings and thank God for His creation every day! You can’t look around here long without finding something for which you can be thankful.
—Debbie Childers, email@example.com
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About the Publishers Tim and Debbie Childers met when they were both students at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and they married in 1975. Tim became a salesman for an Alabama based business and Debbie served on the Administrative staff of what is now Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham. But in 1985, they entered full time ministry and since that time Tim has served as a full time pastor/minister in churches in Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. Most recently he served as the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Sylacauga, Ala. Debbie
has been an author, speaker, and teacher through The Reality Group, a ministry they formed together. In 2012, they realized their lifelong dream of moving to the beach and acquired the Coastal Christian Family franchise.Together they publish the magazine and travel together speaking across the Southeast. They have two grown children and six grandchildren who bring great joy to their lives and make them old before their time! If they ever have any spare time they enjoy riding on their pontoon boat.
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September 2012 DEPARTMENTS
Contents Volume 6, Number 5
3 From the Editor 6 Faith at Work • It’s Who You Know that Matters Most
On The Cover
Linda & Philip Cope – Bringing Hope and Healing through Warrior Beach Retreat. See page 12.
ON THE COVER 10
Fall Fun in the South – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Warrior Beach Retreat
SPECIAL FEATURES 7
Marriage Menders- Trouble at Home? Check Your Attitudes!
16 People to People- Drive the Stake!
6 Senior Scene • Do You Need an In-Home Caregiver? 7 Money Matters • Dear Dave 8 Best Books • God Loves Women • I Surrender All
9 Church Leaders • Julio Samayoa, Fusion Fitness 11 Fall Fun in the South • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 15 Tailgate with Us! • Ideas for Sharing God’s Love through Tailgate Parties
18 Back to School Tips 19 Only by Grace Ministries Presents The Ring
THE NEWSBOYS, BAY HIGH SCHOOL BAND
16 Dine with Us! • The Back Porch 17 Family Flicks •Last Ounce of Courage
19 Lifeline • A God Incident! 20 Healthy Living • Communication Key to Good DoctorPatient Relationship 20 Missional Living • David Nasser 21 Calendar
& MUCH MORE!
22 Advertising Directory
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@ Work It’s Who You Know that Matters Most! One of the most exciting things that ever happened to me occurred in March of 1974. For years, I had admired Patricia Nixon, wife of President Richard Nixon and had written her numerous letters to tell her of my admiration for her. When I learned that we shared a mutual birthday, I was ecstatic. And surprisingly, so was she!! So in 1974, when President Nixon was invited to celebrate his wife's birthday at the opening of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. she had her secretary call and invite me to join in the celebration. I immediately accepted her invitation, of course! The plan was for me to wait in a receiving line that included several dignitaries from Tennessee state government. Just before the arrival of the Nixons, I was approached by Mrs. Nixon's escort (seen in the picture to the right) to make sure that I had the place of honor at the end of the receiving line. It seemed that Mrs. Nixon wanted me to be the last person she had to greet so that she could spend more time with me. One of the women in the receiving line with me just couldn't understand why a teenager from Alabama should have a more important role than she held, so she looked down her nose at me and said, "Who are you?" I quickly replied, "Well, I'm a friend of Mrs. Nixon's!," as I strutted to my place of honor. And in that very spot, because of my relationship with his wife, I met the President of the United States. You see, it wasn't about what I had done. Many of the people in line had done much more for the Nixon campaign than I had done. What mattered was that I was an honored guest of the honored guest!! She had invited me and because she accepted me, I was given a place of honor and introduced to our nation's President. When I think of my relationship with God I am reminded of that great event in my life. I'm so glad that my relationship with God is also not based on what I have done. I may never write a best seller on the Christian book list, I may never become a famous speaker in packed out auditoriums, and I may never amount to much in the world's eyes. But because of Who I know, (and Who knows me), I have been given a place of honor in the Kingdom of God. Because of my relationship with Jesus, I can have an intimate relationship with God, Himself. In fact, because God has accepted me in Christ Jesus, I have been brought into the very family of God. I am an honored guest of the ultimate Guest of Honor.
Senior SCENE Do You Need an In-Home Caregiver? Ask the right questions when evaluating in-home care providers: While taking the tour at the Jack Daniel’s distillery, George, a very healthy 75 year old felt suddenly faint and unsteady on his feet. A week later his physician diagnosed the episode as a TIA (transient ischemic attack) and found evidence of other “silent strokes”. A month later George fell out of bed; exhibiting signs of delirium, he could not recognize his wife Mary. After a three day hospital stay the doctors concluded that George had stroke-induced dementia, or multi-infarct dementia. “It all happened so fast” lamented Mary, “and what will I do when we get home; I can’t take care of him myself”. It is difficult enough to accept that your loved ones can no longer perform activities of dialing living in their own home, especially when it is you, the spouse or daughter who is the primary caregiver, but don’t let stress or fatigue cause you to short cut the selection process of a professional inhome care provider. In a study published in the July 13, 2012 issue of the Journal of American Geriatrics Society only 56% of the agencies surveyed said that they performed federal background checks and only one-third tested workers for drugs. In some cases there was no supervision by the agencies, while caregiver training ranged from nothing to seven days. Before entrusting a caregiver agency with non-medical assistance in your home, ask the following questions: 1. How do you recruit caregivers and what are your hiring requirements? 2. What screenings do you require? 3. Are the caregivers insured and bonded through your agency? 4. How do you assess the caregiver’s capabilities? 5. What is your policy regarding substitute caregivers if the regular aide is out or cannot perform assigned duties? 6. If you become dissatisfied with a particular caregiver, can they be replaced “without cause”? 7. Does the agency provide a supervisor to evaluate the quality of services on a regular basis? How often? 8. Is there a trial period during which we can terminate the relationship without penalty? Remember, when hiring a caregiver through a licensed agency you are paying for a support system that you should utilize fully. Allow the caregiver to focus their full attention on your loved one by directing any suggestions, concerns about the care plan and schedule changes to agency management. Make them work for you too! — Jeff Boynton Jeff is a Certified Senior Adviser and the owner of Visiting Angels of Nashville. He speaks on the subject of family dynamics and caregiving and supports the Alzheimer's Foundation of America as well as the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
For all of eternity, it's Who you know that matters most! —Debbie Childers is a writer, speaker, and Co-founder of The Reality Group. You can read more at www.therealitygroup.org
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Trouble at Home? Check Your Attitudes
Whatever happened to “caring”?
The longer we’re married, the more we realize that marriage is a wonderful thing. With that said, let us also share that marriages can have their difficulties. Whenever two people live together, differences will surface. Sometimes these difficulties are insignificant and other times they threaten to destroy the relationship.
A selfish attitude is probably the most common destructive attitude. Some people have never grown up and learned that much of life is about giving. The ability to seek your mate’s good, rather than your own, is important to developing a healthy marriage. Sure, it is important to receive, but your emphasis must not be on what you can get out the relationship. Most of us would have to admit we have a selfish attitude too often.
When difficulties arise, it is wise to look for the things you can do to make things better. Look for what you can change about yourself. As you look for things you can change, consider examining your attitudes. As someone has said, “you may need an attitude adjustment”. What are some of the attitudes we should consider changing. A self-righteous attitude is definitely one that can worsen the relationship. Whenever a person feels they are always right, somebody else must always be wrong. Many people have a secret conviction that they can never be wrong about anything. This shows up pretty quickly when others notice the absence of phrases like, “I'm sorry”, “I was wrong”, and “please forgive me”. A good friend of mine said he would rather be happy than right anytime. How important is it for you to be right? A condescending attitude is another destructive attitude. It can make your mate feel unloved and unappreciated. A condescending attitude intimidates others. You have this attitude if you think you are better or smarter than your mate. This kind of attitude communicates that your mate doesn't know anything. It tells them they are of little worth to you. The I don't care attitude can really do some damage. It is often characterize by the silent treatment or by simply walking away. Things may not be the way your mate wants them to be, but you simply don't care. Some people feel their mate knew what they were getting when they got married. If I'm falling short in some area, so what!
Dear Dave, I’m trying to convince my husband to leave his debit card at home when he goes to work. He says he wants it for emergencies, but he’s always using it for other things. I’d rather him just carry a very small amount of cash so he’s not so tempted. What do you think? — Haley Dear Haley, I understand your concern, but I think you’re wrong on this one. I carry my debit card with me everywhere I go, and I want my wife to do the same. What your husband needs to stop doing is having “emergencies.” The translation? Stop the impulse spending! Now, this could be happening for several reasons. It could be that he’s a good guy, but he’s just not paying attention to how much he’s spending. On the other hand, you guys may not be budgeting for fairly reasonable things—like if he wants to eat out for lunch once in a while. But even if he’s not using it, he should still be carrying a debit card. I mean, what if he has a real, actual emergency? The idea that you shouldn’t carry a debit card just because of impulse spending isn’t a good plan. Things like that aren’t debit card problems. They’re either maturity problems or a lack of realistic budget planning. —Dave Dear Dave, My son has worked and saved all through school and will be graduating this year
It is important to examine your attitudes regularly so you can identify those that are harming the relationship. Once they are identified, you have the opportunity to make changes that can improve the relationship. One other attitude that can destroy a relationship is a threatening attitude. Some of us sound threatening whenever we disagree with others. Does your mate feel the freedom to tell you how he or she feels? Is your mate free to make their own decisions without fear of retaliation? Does your mate feel like you have a short fuse and that you explode quite often? If that’s the case, you need to chill out and be willing to let your mate live without feeling they are under the rule of the dictator. If there's trouble at home, think about improving these attitudes if they exist. Whether you're the husband or wife, be willing to admit your attitude is wrong. Change that attitude as much as you can. Ask forgiveness when your attitude is not what it should be. —Jerry and Carole Wilkins write Marriage Menders from their personal experiences, having been married and serving together in ministry for many years. They recently retired from full time ministry and are enjoying traveling together in their new RV!
with a degree in electrical engineering. He has a job waiting for him when he finishes, and he wants to move out on his own then. I think he should continue to live at home and save up more money. What do you think? — Sue Dear Sue, Honestly, I think he should move out. This situation isn’t about money as much as it’s about your son becoming a man. At this point in his life it’s going to be really good for him, emotionally and spiritually, to stand on his own two feet. It sounds like you’ve got some good ideas about saving and financial responsibility, and he needs to take some of Mom’s advice in those areas. But it’s time he had his own place and started paying his own bills. It’s time for this one to leave the nest, spread his wings, and fly. Here’s something else to think about. He’s going to look a whole lot better to the world if he’s out there standing on his own. I think lots of young ladies, not to mention their parents, will be much more impressed by a guy who’s making his own way rather than living at home with mom. He’s at a point where he’s reaching for dignity and trying to make his way in the world. Let him do it. I’ve got a feeling he’ll make you proud! —Dave Ramsey, www.davesays.org
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BEST Books God Loves Women Who said this is a man’s world? According to Scarlett Harrington in her book God Loves Women, God loves women and loves to empower His daughters to live happy, successful lives! I met Scarlett in the parking lot of a church where she had gone to do some volunteer work. I was dropping off copies of Coastal Christian Family Magazine. I asked for directions and we struck up a conversation that led to the subject of her book! She sent me her book. I read it and now I want you to read it! God describes His idea of the model woman in Proverbs 31. Author Scarlett Harrington admits that initially she considered the “virtuous woman” of Proverbs 31 an outdated cliché, out of touch with today’s woman in almost every way. Then God caused her to see this model of a woman as never before. And through this book, Scarlett escorts women on a verse-by-verse journey of Proverbs 31 to discover that the ideal woman is actually a smart, strong, independent, physically fit,
wealthy entrepreneur, and generous philanthropist. This book is 10 chapters of encouragement to any woman in any situation. Scarlett graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in 1981. She has a B.S. degree from Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama and a master’s degree from Florida State University. She has been an ordained minister for over 30 years and is an international Bible teacher. She resides in Panama City, Florida where she and her husband Brad pastor Goodness of God Church in Callaway. You may contact Scarlett and/or purchase a copy of God Loves Women at www.goodnessofgodchurch.com .
I Surrender All I met Jay Furr when the transmission died in my Ford Explorer! Someone told me to take my car to his shop because he was an honest Christian man. He is. However, I am more excited about the friendship that began that day in Aamco on Canal Avenue in Panama City. While I was waiting to get the verdict on the transmission of my car I noticed a book lying on the counter called I Surrender All by Jay Furr. I Surrender All is Jay’s autobiography and is based on the true story of battling and beating an addiction to meth and cocaine. It is a five-step program, and what’s great about it is that it actually works. Be prepared to laugh, cry, and sit on the edge of your seat as you take this journey of recovery with Jay. You will truly feel something you have never felt in your entire life. If you or someone you know is suffering from any type of addiction, Jay promises that if you will follow these five steps, you will be healed from your addiction. This book is the most unusual approach to recovery ever taken. No amends are necessary, only a desire to get better. John "Jay" Furr was born and raised in northwest Florida. He now resides in Panama City, along with his wife, Katie. They own a successful AAMCO franchise. Jay has a new radio talk show on WFLA 94.5 FM called “It’s All About Cars.” The show airs on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. To get your copy of Jay’s book you may stop in the AMMCO shop @ 2615 Canal Avenue, Panama City 32405. You may also order the book on Amazon.com by searching for I Surrender All by John Furr. They are also a delivery point for Coastal Christian Family Magazine. —Tim Childers
Recreation Pastor Gives Vision for Fusion Fitness in Lynn Haven It only takes about 30 seconds after you meet Julio Samayoa to figure out that he loves people and has great vision for Fusion Fitness in Lynn Haven. Julio serves as Fusion Fitness’s Director and the Recreation Pastor for Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. Fusion Fitness became an outreach ministry to the community this year after Lynn Haven United Methodist Church purchased the Renegade Fitness property which had been vacated. Pastor Doug Pennington shared with me that he and the church knew that it would take someone very special to manage this property and turn this awesome facility into a real outreach ministry to the community. They have found that person in Julio Samayoa. Julio came on board to serve as Fusion’s director in April. The church had already started making improvements to the property and with God’s perfect timing Julio stepped in and started leading the charge to bring fresh ideas for programming, staffing, and facility improvements.
Lynn Haven United Methodist and Fusion Fitness would like to invite the community to their official grand opening and ribbon cutting which is to be held on September 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Come tour the facility, enjoy some snacks, and meet the staff. Julio is married to Karina and they have 2 kids. They moved to Lynn Haven from Greenville, South Carolina. Julio has served on staff in churches and various other ministry positions through the years. Fusion Fitness is located at 3203 Minnesota Avenue in Panama City. Learn more at www.fusionfitnesspc.com or call 850-248-3801. —Tim Childers
Fusion Fitness Center provides affordable gym membership rates to the community. The membership includes unlimited access to the fitness room, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as indoor soccer fields during operating hours. Men’s and women’s locker rooms with day lockers and showers are also included and are located next to the Fitness Room. In addition to all of this, for a nominal fee, Fusion even offers child care for members while they work out! Fusion Fitness offers gym rental for church, organizational events, and birthday parties which include use of the gym, lobby, and snack bar areas. I really started to pick up on the heart of Julio and the staff as they started sharing some of the stories of those who are members of Fusion Fitness. Their heart’s desire is that this facility becomes an outreach ministry. This facility is NOT just for the members of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church. Julio spoke with great passion in his voice when he said, “We need other Christians to come help us!” Programs designed for meeting the needs of the community are already in place and more are coming including Bible Studies, mentoring for at risk kids, and home school physical education programs. One of the new ministries beginning in the near future is Fusion Basketball for Kids ages 4-11. Call Fusion Fitness for details on all of these ministries and information about membership. Since Fusion is a ministry of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church they offer a dynamic contemporary worship service at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings. Pastor Tom Fuerst is the minister, and John Wobser is the worship leader. The Youth Ministry of Lynn Haven United Methodist Church also meets at Fusion Fitness. Visit mylhumc.net for more information on these ministries.
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Fun in the SOUTH
Fall Color, Winterfest Kickoff Highlight Autumn in Pigeon Forge
Five million colorful Winterfest lights pop on Nov. 6 and will light up each night through February 2013.
Pigeon Forge, TN is a bustling town, but it has only about 6,200 permanent residents. Visitors can boost the daily population to more than 50,000. In fact, in a year’s time, approximately 10 million people visit Pigeon Forge.
Entertainer Dolly Parton, namesake of Dollywood, was born near Pigeon Forge in surrounding Sevier County. Dollywood, of course, is a big part of Pigeon Forge Winterfest, and it adds millions of lights of its own when Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas launches. It continues through Dec. 30.
Autumn is a time of a colorful transition in the Great Smoky Mountains, but the level of fun and entertainment in Pigeon Forge, TN remains constant. If anything, Pigeon Forge kicks things up a notch. September special events include two weekends of car shows (the Shades of the Past Rod Run on Sept. 7-8 and the Grand Rod Run on Sept. 14-16), two concerts by Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Williams on Sept. 21-22 and the Sept. 29 start of the Pigeon Forge Rotary Club Craft Show, which attracts artists and craftsmen from throughout the region. It runs through Oct. 31. You’ll see harvest displays of pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and scarecrows decorating many businesses in September and October, and Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration spices things up Sept. 1-Oct. 27.
Pigeon Forge Old Mill
The 2nd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade precedes Pigeon Forge native the Winterfest Kickoff event on Nov. 6 in Patriot Park. Entertainer Dolly Parton. Pigeon Forge invites everyone to join this salute to the men and women of America’s military. On November 22, the Titanic Museum Attraction will light up the night sky with a major fireworks show that marks the end of the centennial year of the Titanic’s sinking. The attraction is amazing and you should not miss this tour and exhibit.
There are a variety of lodging options from hotels to condos to cabins. And there is no shortage of incredible restaurants, entertaining shows and theaters, exciting activities, and places to shop. But the real treasure of Pigeon Forge is its rustic beauty. In Old Mill Heritage Day at Old Mill Square minutes you can leave the hustle and bustle of the parkway to on Sept. 22 harkens back to the pioneer A misty valley in Pigeon Forge find misty valleys and rolling hills, rambling creeks and gushing era with demonstrations by quilters and rivers, distant mountains and nearby forests, relaxing picnic basket makers, a farmers’ market and, of areas and invigorating hiking trails, waterfalls and peaceful ponds, wildlife and course, millers at work grinding flour and cornmeal. wild flowers. The crisp autumn air is clean and refreshing.
For the very active set, the inaugural Smokies Half-Marathon, 5K and Fun Run are Sept. 30, with action starting and ending at Old Mill Square – and Ray Stevens will sing about a different kind of streaker at two shows on Oct. 26. While autumn color usually hangs on in the mountains through much of November, it is this month when the city dresses up for Pigeon Forge Winterfest.
Go to MyPigeonForge.com for information to help plan a visit and for ways to save money on your trip. Or call 1-800-251-9100 for a chat, or come by and visit with the staff of the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center while in town. It’s at Traffic Light #10. —Debbie Childers and Tom Adkinson, APR (Special thanks to Tom Adkinson, APR for his assistance in gathering this information!)
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Joshua and Erica Cope and their three beautiful children.
There are so many heroes in this great nation, so many families we can encourage. My vision as a mom, is to bring wounded warriors and their spouse or caregiver to Panama City Beach for an extended time of rest and relaxation. This retreat will be a time that can give them hope to carry on … a feeling that their sacrifice was not in vain… a knowing that we as a nation are truly grateful for their service and sacrifice. I call it the “Warrior Beach Retreat”. —Linda Cope When a soldier goes to war, a family goes to war… Lest We Forget…
n November, 2006 at 12:30 a.m., Philip and Linda Cope received a call that would change their lives. Their son Joshua had been severely injured when his Hummer drove over an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) in Baghdad, Iraq. They later learned that his two buddies were killed instantly and Joshua was assumed dead as well. He was thrown into the street into the middle of enemy fire. Joshua lifted his hand to God, assuming that he was about to die, but his movement alerted the remaining soldiers who risked their lives to save his. Joshua suffered multiple injuries including the loss of both legs, injuries to his hands, and severe burns. Joshua Steven Cope is a true hero. But so is his wife and caregiver Erica. As Philip and Linda watched Erica unconditionally love, stand by, and care for their son, God birthed a desire in Linda’s heart to do something special for heroic warriors, spouses, and caregivers like Joshua and Erica who have to endure the hardships of long recovery periods and lifelong struggles due to injuries sustained while serving our country. Warrior Beach Retreat was started almost four years ago to honor severely wounded warriors, injured since 9/11, but especially to focus on their caregiver or spouses, the unsung heroes. Twice a year now, 100 heroes and their spouses/caregivers make their way to Panama City Beach where they are greeted at the airport by a welcoming and grateful community. They are escorted by a local couple and treated to a meal at a local restaurant. A new car for the week is provided to each couple by Panama City Toyota.
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The Grand Panama provides lodging for the entire retreat, along with the support of Book That Condo. Local venues, restaurants, churches, and civic groups will provide gifts, meals, and entertainment for the week. Parasailing, jet skis, riverboat excursions, deep sea fishing, a spa day of pampering, and unique gifts all make the week an unforgettable experience. Warrior Beach Retreat returns to Panama City on Wednesday September 12th through Tuesday September 18th. On Thursday, September 13th, beginning at 4:30 p.m., the warriors and their caregivers will proceed in their vehicles, with five helicopters flying overhead, to the Marina Civic Center for the opening ceremony which begins at 7:00 p.m. Thousands of grateful residents will line the streets along the route, waving flags and cheering them as they pass. At 7:00 p.m. the Opening Ceremony begins, hosted by the North West Florida First Responders with Sheriff Frank McKeithen at the helm. The featured speaker is Three Star General “Jerry” Boykin. They have all worked tirelessly to make this Opening Ceremony an event these great American heroes and their loved ones will never forget and will forever cherish. The public is invited and the admission is free. In many cases, the wounded warrior went straight from the battlefield to the hospital, then to their homes where they are confronted with the reality of their “new normal”. This is a great opportunity for North West Florida to give them the hero’s welcome they never had!
Join Us! You can join us in welcoming the Warriors to Panama City! We will be passing by the following locations on Thursday September 13th. You can show your support by lining the streets of this route with signs and flags. 4:30 - Grand Panama Resort, 11807 Front Beach Road 4:33 - Corner of Richard Jackson Blvd and Front Beach Road 4:37 - Corner of Richard Jackson Blvd and Panama City Beach Pkwy 4:41 - St Bernadette Catholic Church, 1214 Moylan Road 4:48 - Hathaway Bridge 4:52 - Gulf Coast State College 4:58 - Beck Ave 5:02 - Frankford Ave 5:06 - Lisenby Ave 5:12 - Harrison Ave 5:19 - Channel 13 5:23 - Marina Civic Center, 8 Harrison Avenue All times are approximate. You can visit the website at
Joshua’s case they were donated by Dr. Eddie Zant. Habitat for Humanity built them a home in Orlando, Florida where Joshua owns and operates his own business. They have three children, two of which were born after Joshua was injured. Joshua’s dad, Philip Cope, continues to work at a local industrial supply company while working alongside Linda in their mission to bring hope and healing to wounded warriors and their caregivers. They have three more children, a daughter, Linda Cope speaking at one of the celebraRebecca and her husband John tion events who live in Orlando, a son, Jonathan who is in Bible College, and a son, Jacob who works at Bay Medical Center. Linda is thankful for Philip and her team of local leaders who faithfully support Warrior Beach Retreat. These events are so special due to a faithful, dedicated team of men and women who have caught hold of the vision and are so valuable to the success of the Warrior Beach Retreat. Linda is so humbled and thankful to the awesome team and supportive community who continue to make each event a huge success.
Map of the route from Grand Panama to the Civic Center
www.warriorbeachretreat.org for additional information. The impact of the retreats doesn’t end with the event. Marriages and lives are saved, and friendships are established for networking and staying connected. Linda compares the event to “rocks in a pond” because the effects of the retreast expand far beyond what happens during the retreat. So how can you help? You can pray for the warriors, their families, and the difficulties they face. You can line the streets and be part of the events to honor and welcome the warriors and their spouses/caregivers. And you can contribute to this worthy organization. Warrior Beach Retreat is a 501c3 non-profit entity and is NOT affiliated with Wounded Warrior Project or any other similar program. All contributions received go directly to our Northwest Florida's grass roots efforts through Warrior Beach Retreats. Warrior Beach Retreat is not for anyone’s political or financial gain. It is an opportunity for the North West Florida Community to come together to bring healing and hope to so many. Donations can be made online at www.warriorbeachretreat.org or via mail to Warrior Beach Retreat, PO BOX 19555 Panama City Beach, Florida 32417. All donations are tax deductible. Things are going very well now for Joshua and Erica Cope. With much prayer and continued treatment, Joshua’s healing is ongoing. He recently had 80 Hyperbaric Treatments. The VA doesn’t pay for those types of treatments but in
When asked how she can do it all; watching her son struggle, organizing such huge events, raising support, and still maintaining a household and caring for another son who was recently hospitalized for weeks, Linda answered, “I just thank God for faith in Him. If you already have a relationship with God when a phone call like we got comes in the middle of the night, you can lift your hands and worship because He is still God. And He is forever faithful.” She considers it a privilege to be able to provide comfort to other families who go through similar tragedies. Linda has found great comfort in Psalm 138:8, “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. (KJV) Linda continues her work with a passion. She visits wounded warriors at Walter Reed Hospital every year. The average age of wounded warriors there is twenty years old. Most are multiple amputees. In fact, there are five quad amputees there now. An average of twenty warriors commits suicide every day. They served in an all-volunteer military. And they now need a future and a hope. That’s what Linda, her team, and this community wants to give them all. Linda’s prayer is this: “Lord, let me be a grace-giver because of the grace that’s been given to me.” —Debbie Childers
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Ideas for Sharing God’s Love through Tailgate Parties
Everybody loves a good tailgate party during football season! Why not make use of this time to throw a tailgate party for the express purpose of sharing God’s love? As a former pastor, I was always looking for creative ways to get unchurched folks and church folks together to build relationships and share the good news of Jesus Christ. Of course FOOD plays a huge part in a good tailgate party so make sure there is plenty of good “tailgating food” such as BBQ, chicken, chili, corn on the cob, baked beans, slaw, hot dogs, hamburgers, dips, chips, etc. We have even included a good recipe for you this month. Check it out below… Here are some ideas to get your creative juices going:
1. Throw a “RIVALS” party; set up on your deck, yard, in your apartment/condo clubhouse, etc. Encourage everyone to wear the colors of their favorite teams. Have fight song music playing in the background. Then pull everyone together to share a devotional about loving our enemies. A good resource and a great book is Chad Gibb’s new book called LOVE THY RIVAL. It’s available through ChadGibbs.com. 2. Rent a giant inflatable screen and invite the entire neighborhood over to watch the big game in your driveway or back yard. Make it a potluck affair. Take the time during half time to read scripture or share your testimony about your relationship with Christ. Ask your minister to pray a blessing over the food. It would be a good way for him to meet people who are not attending your church. 3. Organize a tailgate party for your child’s youth sports team! (Tailgating is not limited to football!) Don’t forget to include the cheerleaders! Serve pre-wrapped hotdogs, chips and canned drinks or juice boxes. Remember to keep it simple but decorate with the colors of your team. This could be in the parking lot where the sports event is taking place. Ask your minister to design a flyer that talks about “succeeding in the game of life.” Be sure to include an invitation to your church or small group on the flyer. 4. Take the tailgate party to an assisted living facility for senior adults. Who says
that a tailgate party has to be outside? This one will require much more pre-planning. Most assisted living facilities have someone on staff that plans activities for the residents. In most cases they are ALWAYS looking for new ideas for activities and parties. Why not make this a service project for your student ministry or small group/Bible study class? Let your imagination run wild and plan activities and decorations. Be sure to check with facility’s food service department to make sure that you bring only approved foods. 5. Host a “Chili Cook-Off Tailgate Party” and invite the entire football team, coaching staff, cheerleaders, band members, parents and supporters for your local sports team. This could be done at the beginning or end of the season. Ask local celebrities to be judges and award prizes for various categories of chili. Perhaps your church or group of churches would like to work together to sponsor this event. Remember to intentionally share the love of God and how to have a relationship with Jesus at all of these events! Now….get busy! You have a lot to do!
Tailgate Potato Bacon Casserole Ingredients for 6 servings: • 4 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion • 8 ounces bacon or turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese • 1 can (12 fl. oz.) * NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk • 1 large egg, lightly beaten or 1/4 cup egg substitute • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
Directions: PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 8-inch-square baking dish. LAYER 1/2 potatoes, 1/2 onion, 1/2 bacon and 1/2 cheese in prepared baking dish; repeat layers. Combine evaporated milk, egg and seasoned salt in small bowl. Pour evenly over potato mixture; cover. BAKE for 55 to 60 minutes. Uncover; bake for an additional 5 minutes. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. —Tim Childers
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Special Feature Drive the Stake Completely. This is how Jesus saves us. He doesn’t provide a temporary fix, or grant us a reprieve. No, Jesus saves us completely. The writer of Hebrews put it this way: “…because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them” (Hebrews 7:24-25). If you have come to God through Jesus, you are saved. You have crossed over from death to life. The transaction is complete, permanent, and unchangeable. He guaranteed His work on your behalf with this promise: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). What wonderful news! Yet, far too many believers doubt they have been saved completely and fear that they can lose their salvation. Through thirty plus years of ministry, we have discovered that doubt regarding salvation is the biggest spiritual issue Christians face. For most people, doubt flows from the daily struggles against sin and temptation as we do our best to live the Christian life, yet fail time and time again.
My friend Stacy was 95% sure that he was saved. He had trusted Christ for salvation during his teenage years. Instead of being encouraged to grow in the grace of God, he was quickly caught up in all the religious do’s and don’ts. He gave it his best shot, but soon he was lost in the Romans 7 maze and didn’t know how to get out. The things he wanted to do, he didn’t. The things he didn’t want to do, he did. His struggles to live the Christian life gave voice to the gnawing doubts concerning his salvation. With one negative event after another parading through his mind, that 5% uncertainty became Stacy’s constant companion. He went to bed each night wondering if he was actually saved at all. Stacy finally reached a point of desperation. He called our radio broadcast for help. We had the privilege of sharing the wonderful truth of God’s complete salvation in Jesus Christ and the assurance we can have in Him. Two passages were particularly meaningful to Stacy that day. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:11-13). As Stacy listened, he drove a stake, anchoring his assurance of salvation to the finished work of Christ. It was a point in time when the love of God melted his fears and replaced his doubts with thankfulness. That isn’t to say that doubts concerning his salvation have never resurfaced. They have, but Stacy has a point of reference. When those doubts come, the Lord reminds him that he has been saved completely through faith in Jesus Christ. Sadly, Stacy’s story is not unique. Doubts and fears regarding salvation are common place. I spent much of my early Christian years wondering if I was truly saved. I prayed to receive Christ hundreds of times just to make sure. But still the doubts persisted. Then I learned what Christ had accomplished on my behalf, that the salvation He provided was complete. The day I gained assurance of my salvation was one of the best days of my life. If you are struggling with assurance of salvation, let today be the day you drive the stake. It can be the best day of your life. —Bob Christopher is CEO and President, Radio Host with People to People Ministries www.realanswers.net
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Dine with Us The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin has been a local favorite since 1974 serving the finest smoked tuna dip, ice-cold oysters, and their famous chargrilled Amberjack. My first visit there was in 1990 when my husband and I vacationed Back Porch, Destin in Destin for our 15th anniversary. After that visit, I vowed that I would return to the Back Porch at least once every year. It soon became a family favorite. With menu items like fried shrimp, scrumptious burgers, seafood entrees like crab cakes, and so much more, there is something for everyone to love. They also Back Porch, Panama City Beach have one of the coolest gift shops on the beach along with the most gorgeous dining views in the world! So naturally we were delighted when the Panama City Beach location opened in Pier Park. Though we still travel from Panama City Beach to
Destin just to enjoy the views and the ocean breezes while dining at the Destin location, we have now become regular diners at the PCB location as well. When friends are in town, we always love taking them to our local Back Porch. The view from the top level is awesome and the friendly atmosphere is perfect for a casual, relaxing evening. Every member of our family has their favorite menu item…from the Grouper Sandwich to the Fish and Chips Platter, and from the Crab and Spinich Dip to the variety of delicious soups and salads. And the tangy remoulade sauce is the best anywhere! Here on the coast, we are blessed with hundreds of fine dining options. But two of the best are the Destin and Panama City Beach locations of The Back Porch! —Debbie Childers
Last Ounce of Courage Last Ounce of Courage is an intergenerational story of a grieving father inspired by his grandson to take a stand for faith and freedom against a tide of apathy and vanishing liberty. The movie release coincides with the September 11 commemoration of Patriot Day to serve as a reminder that freedom isn’t free. The film stars Marshall Teague (Roadhouse, The Rock and Armageddon) as small-town mayor Bob Revere who revives his townspeople’s latent patriotism. Leading the younger generation to join in and make a difference is Bob’s young neighbor, Maddie Rogers, played by Jenna Boyd (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), who comically hijacks the town’s annual generic school pageant. Veritas Entertainment produced the film under the leadership of Kevin McAfee (Beyond the Gates of Splendor, The End of the Spear) and Steve Griffin both of whom have a passion for creating and reaching audiences with entertainment products centered on the character values that under-
gird family, faith and freedom. “Seldom do filmmakers come across such a heartwarming story, a powerful cast and a script that stirs the passion and imagination of faith-based audiences, but plays to the general market as Last Ounce of Courage,” says McAfee adding, “This is more than a movie with heart, it cries out for freedom – birthed in the heartland and now coming to theaters across the nation.” Learn more at www.lastounceofcourage.com.
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Back to School!
Back to school Tips
Now there’s a phrase that conjures many reactions. For some it means big sales, for others the excitement of wearing that new outfit for the first time, but for everyone it means change. Even those who do not have children notice a change in traffic patterns as a new school year begins. Back to school affects us all. But what about the children? Each new year brings a mix of emotions as students transition from home to kindergarten, grade to grade, and school to school. Whether your child is beginning school for the first time, moving to middle school, or darkening the halls of high school as a freshman, there are several tips that can make the transition smoother for everyone.
Have a Plan A little preplanning on the front end can eliminate a lot of recovery later. Decide ahead of time important things like bed time, wake time, breakfast and transportation. Be conservative at first. For example, if bedtime is set at 8:00 p.m., and your child is consistently waking up at 5:00 a.m. ready to go, but doesn’t need to be up until 6:00, then bedtime can be moved to a later hour. It is much more difficult to back up bedtime if a later time is given at first and the child has trouble getting up in the morning.
Be Realistic Allow enough time in the morning to get the day off to a good start. If the bus comes at 7:00 a.m., and your elementary age child gets up at 6:30 to bathe, dress, and eat breakfast, you are inviting stress and anxiety in with open arms. You know your child. Do a little math ahead of time and set a realistic amount of time for all that needs to be done in order for your child to get on the bus or into that car relaxed and ready to go. It will make for a much more focused, productive day if your student is not rushed in the morning. This applies to students of all ages, even, and especially those old enough to drive themselves to school.
Fuel them up Make sure that your child has some sort of nutrition before heading out to school in the morning. Some kids think it’s cool to skip breakfast, for others, they are really just not ready for anything to eat early in the morning. If your child is one of those who has difficulty eating early in the day, try some liquid nutrition. There are many good products on the market that kids love from yogurt smoothie drinks to milk mix-ins. Homemade smoothies are a good option as well as most kids will be just fine with the idea of having a “milkshake” for breakfast and you don’t even have to tell them how nutritious it is. (See smoothie recipe)
Be Supportive School is made up of human beings from many different backgrounds. Let’s face it, we are not always going to see eye to eye. Teach your child from an early age to respect those in authority as long as they are not abusive. If
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your student gets a teacher that he or she just doesn’t “click” with, use the opportunity to teach him that this is the way life goes. In addition to reading and math, school can be a place for learning valuable life skills. After all, the school year only lasts for nine months and then they move on.
Be involved Educational research has proven time and again that students whose parents are actively involved in their education perform better. Involvement can take many forms. This does not mean that you have to be the parent that does everything from running the PTA to being a classroom volunteer every day. Being involved means knowing what is going on at your child’s school. Start by talking to your own child. They are more willing than you think to tell you what is going on when they know you are genuinely interested. Also, get involved with their schoolwork by helping with homework, or just asking them to explain what they are working on. The best way to learn is by teaching. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to allow your child to teach or re-teach you something. You can also be involved by physically being there. Take time to go to that PTA meeting, drop by for lunch, and attend special events even if your child is not performing or playing on the team. And about that lunch thing, yes even your middle and high school students are glad to see you care when you show up just to see them in the middle of the day, even if they act like they are not.
Be Flexible The best thought out plans are going to be interrupted by life. There are going to be days when the alarm clock doesn’t work, a sibling is sick, or something just doesn’t go right. If you stay calm, your child will too. Don’t let a small glitch in the routine ruin the whole day. Take a breath, and pick up where you are. School can be a wonderful experience for your student with a few steps taken to assure his success.
Smoothie recipe: 1c. Orange juice ½ c. frozen strawberries ½ ripe banana ½ c. plain or vanilla yogurt 1 c. ice Blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings. —Tamara Williams Wife, mom, grandmother who writes from her own experience!
Special Feature Only by Grace Ministries Presents The Ring Only by Grace Ministries proudly presents the original theatrical production, The Ring. The modern day drama illustrates the story of The Prodigal Son as it relates to everyday life. The Ring captivates audiences of all ages as it illustrates the Father’s unfailing love through story and music. The Ring is available for performances complete with props, staging, lighting, and actors brought to your Church! Contact Sheena Barron with Only by Grace at 850-258-5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule The Ring at your Church. Visit Facebook.com/obgministries for updates about The Ring. Current performances are scheduled for September 16 at 10:45am at Gully Springs Baptist Church in Bonifay, FL, followed by a performance at Northside Baptist Church in Panama City, FL with special appearance by award winning singer/songwriter Phil Cross on September 30th at 6:00pm. Each service will be followed by a celebration fellowship. —Sheena Barron, 850-258-5020 Sheenakbarron@gmail.com
A God Incident! Several years ago I heard my friend Esther Burroughs speak at a conference where my wife and I were also on the program. During her conference she used the term: “coincidence or God incident?” That phrase has stuck in my memory ever since I heard her say it. Ms. Burroughs and I agree that there are no coincidences in the Kingdom of God but there are God incidents! Recently Debbie and I were driving back to Florida from Alabama where I had spoken at my home church. Just about the time we drove through Montgomery my cell phone rang. The caller was a young man who was struggling with some major issues in his life. A friend of mine had given him my phone number and told him that I would be willing to discuss those issues with him from a Godly perspective. As we began to talk, it became apparent to me that he did not have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He had been “raised in church” but had never really taken that sincere step of faith to believe in Jesus. His head knowledge of Jesus was not making the difference he needed. During the conversation on the phone I asked him where he lived. When he told me the answer to my question, I just about ran off the road! I was thirty minutes from his house! So, I got directions, drove to
his house, prayed for him, and heard him pray. He now has that relationship with Jesus that makes the difference. Was that phone call and meeting a coincidence? NO! It was a God incident! I do not know why God chose to use me to explain some things to this young man, but I am so thankful that He did. I was blessed by a God incident that night, but I am continuing to be blessed because I am meeting with this young man by telephone regularly. We are doing Bible study together via email. God loves us SO much! He orchestrates events in our lives (like the one you have just read) so that you can be blessed beyond your wildest imagination. When those events take place you must recognize them for what they are. These are evidences that God is working in you, for you, and through you to accomplish something much greater than you and I could ever imagine. It never crossed my mind that evening on Highway 231 South that I would be a part of something as exciting as hearing someone pray and begin that eternal relationship with Jesus Christ. However, it did cross God’s mind. As a matter of fact the events that would unfold were planned before I was even born! Psalm 139:16 says, “The days were fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Our days are designed by God! When was the last time you rejoiced in that truth? I would suggest that you must be sensitive to everything that is happening around
you so that you do not miss out on what God has fashioned for you every day. Ephesians 5:15 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise…” (NKJV) This verse literally means to walk “looking around.” When you break that word apart the meaning becomes obvious: “Circum” = around and “spectly” = looking. I suspect that if you are like me, I miss a lot of God incidents everyday because I get so busy with “life.” Let me encourage you to start walking circumspectly, recognizing that a providential God has seen the whole parade of your earthly life from beginning to end. He knows what is best for you. Romans 8:28 even promises that He is working in all of the circumstances of your life for the purpose of blessing you! He truly does know best and He loves us! What more could we ask for in a loving heavenly Father? As you go about your life today remember and be encouraged: There are no coincidences in the Kingdom of God….just God incidents! “For I know the thoughts I think toward you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) —Tim Childers
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Look At Us
Most of us are very familiar with the story of Peter healing the lame beggar at the gate to the temple. It’s one of those tried and true VBS flannel graph stories that perfectly illustrates God’s great power and one man’s heart of gratitude. And while those and many other themes of the greatness of God run through this story, there is one three word phrase that packs as much punch as anything else: “Look at us.” The three words Peter says to the beggar. Take into account the Peter that says these words. This is the Peter that we have previously seen Christ say about him, “Get behind me Satan.” We have seen him cut off someone’s ear and ultimately deny Christ. This is the Peter that probably no one would have characterized as compassionate. However, in this story found in Acts 3, we see a post-Pentecost Peter. A man no longer filled with insecurity, fear, and doubt, but a man filled with the Holy Spirit. Chances are, Peter and John had passed by this crippled beggar many times before on their way to the temple and had likely heard his pleas for help before. What makes this different than any other time is that Peter for the first time truly saw this man. We see evidence of the Holy Spirit transforming Peter’s life because he acts in compassion. Peter doesn’t help the man out of charity or pity, but he offers the Gospel out of genuine compassion. The difference is that Peter stops- instead of brushing right past him. Peter reaches out his right hand, the hand of blessing and honor, and says the words, “Look at us.” There is so much richness behind these three words.
LOOK “Look at us” means: “I really see you”, “You matter”, “I want to know you–not just give you a handout and move on”, “We are on a level playing field”, “I’m no better than you and you’re no worse than me”, “I know the deepest needs of your heart and all the silver and gold you see adorning this gate into the temple won’t satisfy you.” In fact, Peter tells the beggar that what he does have for him is what Peter himself has–complete and total healing only found in Jesus Christ. We as Spirit-filled believers are called to minister out of a “look at us” attitude; to see people as valuable, not as hand-out recipients; to look people in the eye as human beings of worth and value as we purposefully step into their lives; to offer them access to our lives–the good, the bad, and the ugly; to operate from a place of compassion not judgment. May we be known as “look at us” people–people who not only offer ultimate healing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ but serve that gift on the silver platter of dignity and respect. — David Nasser Author, speaker, lead pastor @ Christ City Church www.davidnasser.com, www.christcitychurch.org
Healthy LIVING Communication Key to Good Doctor-Patient Relationship The doctor-patient relationship is one of the cornerstones of health care and can have a significant impact on the type of care a patient is given. As a primary care physician, I know that building a strong relationship is crucial to giving my patients the type of care they want, need and deserve. Too often though, as recent studies suggest, the patient and physician may not actually be on the same page. In one study, only 57 percent of hospitalized patients knew their diagnosis but doctors believed 77 percent understood their disease. How can you help your doctor better understand you? As with any relationship, communication is the key. Here are some tips to better communicate and maximize the time you have with your physician: Bring a Friend, Spouse or Family Member. Sometimes doctor’s appointments can seem to go by in a flash, leaving patients with lists of things they wish they’d asked or said. Bringing a third party along may help you bring up questions or concerns and help you remember important information after you’ve left your appointment. Make a List of Questions and Concerns. Before your appointment, make a list of questions and concerns you want to go over. Gather your thoughts, review the list while in the waiting room and share this with your nurse or doctor.
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Describe Your Symptoms and List Medications. Describe your symptoms in detail, stating when the problems started, how they make you feel, what triggers them and what you’ve done to feel better. This includes informing your doctor of any prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines, as well as vitamins, herbal products and other supplements you’re currently on or have recently taken. List Your Allergies. Describe any allergies to drugs, food, pollen or anything else. Also, don’t forget to mention if you’re being treated by other physicians, including mental health professionals. Share Your Family’s Health History. A family medical history can identify people with a higher risk of having common disorders and illnesses, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers and diabetes. Telling your physician about your family’s medical history may help save your life. Be Honest. Not sharing information with your doctor or nurse can be harmful. Therefore, be honest about your diet, smoking, alcohol or drug use, physical activity and sexual history. Tell your doctor if you are or intend to become pregnant. Don’t be afraid to talk about sensitive topics. Chances are your doctor has probably already heard it before. Ask Questions. Never leave a doctor’s appointment feeling confused or unclear. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about any tests or results, your condition or illness, treatment options and recommendations or medications. — Dr. R. Douglas Kennedy is a family medicine practitioner with Columbia Medical Group at Creekside. www.cmgcreekside.com.
SEPTEMBER 2012 Calendar September 8-November 24 (weekly event) St. Andrews Waterfront Market- Fresh Produce and Seafood. Held every Saturday in good weather at the St. Andrews Marina from 8am to 1pm and on Sundays at Grand Lagoon at Pirates Cove from 1 to 6 pm . Arts, crafts, fresh produce and seafood coupled with a fabulous waterfront view. September 9 – October 21 (weekly event) Sunday Market at Grand Lagoon- Support your local Makers, Bakers and Growers! Every Sunday 1pm - 6pm at Grand Lagoon at Pirate's Cove Marina September 11, 18 Bands on the Beach- 7-9pm Gulfside Pavilion 735 Pensacola Beach Blvd. Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 850-932-2257 Get ready to have 'A Knee Slappin' Good Time. September 12-17 Warrior Beach Retreat- Lodging provided by Grand Panama Beach Resort , 11807 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach,FL 32407 Opening ceremony (9-13-2012 @ 7PM) to be held @ Marina Civic Center , 8 Harrison Ave, Panama City, FL 32401 Hosted by Northwest Florida First Responders, Chairman – Sheriff Frank McKeithen Public is invited, admission is free For additional information, contact Linda Cope 850-625-0736 September 13-15 Deployment to Employment- 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM 913 South I Street Pensacola, FL 32502 850-434-0112 Families Count is proud to announce its inaugural Veterans Expo, “Deployment to Employment,” will be held Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sanders Beach Community Center. The event will feature employer vendors, educational seminars, veteran benefits and resources, resume building stations, door prizes and more. September 14 Concert for a Cause: Johnny Diaz- Lynn Haven United Methodist church. Bring canned food or a toiletry item for Bethel Village. September 14-16 Flea Across Florida- 222 mile flea market on Hwy 90 from Live Oak to Pensacola www.fleaacrossflorida.com September 15 International Coastal Cleanup-Bay County trash warriors will storm the beaches on Saturday, September 15. On September 17, the Friends of St. Andrews State Park and the Panama City Dive Club invite the public to join them in cleaning the park and adjoining waters. The St. Andrews State Park cleanup will begin at 9:00AM, Saturday at Russell Fields Pier. Volunteers can identify themselves as Coastal Cleanup volunteers to the gate attendant and will not be charged an admission fee. September 19 The Ageless Spirit Wellness Fair-11:30
AM TO 1:00 PM 1001 Mar Walt Drive Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 (850) 863-5174 Westwood Retirement Resort is having a free Wellness Fair to help area seniors discover the power of positive aging. The Fair & free health screenings will begin at 11:30 AM. A complimentary light lunch will be served starting at 11:45 AM. Park at the YMCA behind Westwood and rides on Westwood's shuttle bus start at 11:00 AM. 12:00 PM-1:00 PM-Featured speaker, Dr. Jim Concotelli, will have an inspiring presentation on Optimum Life, discussing the benefits of meditation, positive attitude and gratitude. The event promises to be an informative, entertaining and uplifting way to pursue your Optimum Life. Make plans to attend and RSVP by Sept. 14th at (850) 863-5174. September 19 (weekly event) Wednesday Night Concert Series- 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM The Village of Baytowne Wharf Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W. Destin, FL 32550 (850) 267-8000 Enjoy the continuation of the Wednesday Night Concert Series through the month of September. We’ll be tantalizing your musical taste buds with musicians to entertain all of our homeowners and locals, and guests! September 20 Baybreeze Concert Series- 6:30 – 9:00PM at the Panama City Marina. Admission is free to all concerts and activities. Lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. September 21 DOWNTOWN FORT WALTON BEACH ARTWALK-Free, open air art bizarre. Artists set up in front of every store with most stores offering discounts and refreshments. Visitors stroll along the streets of downtown Fort Walton Beach where artist will be displaying and selling their wares. There is something for everyone from handmade fishing lures, to wood burning, to oil paintings. In addition to our local artist, the Artwalk with presentation by Fluid Surf Shop will be hosting a surf movie on the lawn located behind Fired Up located at the corner of Hwy. 98 and Ferry Road. Bring your chair or blanket and relax. The surf movies feature both vintage and new surfer movies, but all are family friendly and free to the public. September 21 Then and Now Speaker Series- The City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center will host a free public lecture series in honor of the Camp Walton Schoolhouse’s 100th birthday. This series will feature key people, organizations, places, and events from the time period the schoolhouse was a working school: 19121936. The series is slated to run from September 2012 through September 2013. Additional Information Email: email@example.com Phone: (850) 833-9595 Event Time: 6:00pm September 21-22 PCB Sportfish Classic-Festival Opens 5:00PM Live Music 5:00PM - 7:00PM Weigh-In 7:00PM - 10:00PM Awards 10:30PM Participants will fish overnight for Swordfish, and then target Blue Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin during the day. Weigh-ins on Saturday, September 22 are scheduled to accommodate spectators for
both events. The weekend will also feature a live music at Lighthouse Marina & Boatyard Restauraunt on Saturday, September 22. Visitors can expect a laid back, family friendly event. Awards will take place at Lighthouse Marina shortly after the last fish is weighed in the PCB Sportfish Classic. September 22 National Seat Check Saturday -10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM 99 Eglin Pkwy Fort Walton Beach, Fl 32548 850-218-8200 To end National Child Passenger Safety Week, certified technicians and organizations around the country will conduct car seat inspections to ensure every child rides as safe as possible. This will be Beyond Just Buckled's 3rd year and we are teaming up, again, with the Emerald Coast Exchange Club! There will be raffles, prizes, and a bounce house provided by We Bounce. 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly. Yours doesn't have to be one of them. Protect your most precious cargo. September 28-29
September 15-16 4th Annual Taste of the Beach-Casino Beach Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 850-9321500 Bring an appetite and be prepared for an explosion of flavors as Santa Rosa Island chefs show off their culinary skills with signature dishes or perhaps new creations near the Gulfside Pavilion in the core of Pensacola Beach.
September 22 18th Annual Oktoberfest & Arts and Crafts Festival 2012- Sponsored by MIDBAY ROTARY CLUB. Market Place (Winn Dixie Parking Lot), Rt.20, Bluewater Bay. Niceville, FL For more information call Bert Melnick (850)897-3190. Additional Information - Phone: (850) 897-3190 Event Time: 5:00 pm. - 10:00 pm. and 11:00 am - 10:00 pm. September 28-30 35th Annual Pensacola Seafood FestivalSample a variety of mouth-watering seafood dishes, enjoy continuous live entertainment, shop at the many arts-andcrafts vendors and participate in a 5K. (850) 433-6512 September 29 2012 Fall Home & Garden Expo- A fabulous opportunity for homeowners and view the latest developments in home improvement products & services. Presentations by the Master Gardeners of Okaloosa Co., who will hold workshops on various topics of interest to home owners and gardeners. Open to the public. Tickets are $1 in advance at all branches of Eglin Federal Credit Union. $3 at the door. Additional Information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (850) 244-8191 www.fwbchamber.com/home 9 am to 3 pm September 29 Santa Rosa Art Association’s Annual Art Show- Santa Rosa County Auditorium, 4530 Spikes Way, Milton 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information call (850) 994-4070 All artists are local and there will be food served. It is free to attend and open to the public. Come see the talent we have in our area. September 30 Fall Bridal Fair -Time: 1:00-4:00PM For all the lovely brides to be, get all the little details set up for your perfect wedding. We will have everything: Tux Rentals, Cakes and Flowers, Bachelorette parties, Photography and Honeymoon prep! Come out and let us help you make the Big Day, even better. Contact Kathy Barrs with any questions or interests. Contact Number: (850) 624-4150 Location: The Palms Conference Center, PCB
September 29-30 Zoobilee at ZooWorld PCB-All the animals you can see and fun you can have! It's that time of year again when ZooWorld is having their annual Zoobilee where for two days; admission is only a $1.00! Events include: Great drawing items Photos with Animals Feed the petting zoo animals Dunking booth Pony rides Free parking and shuttle at Super Wal-Mart on the beach. VIP parking available at ZooWorld for a fee.
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