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C ONTENTS Volume 13, Number 8

DEPARTMENTS 3 From the Editor


6 Business Today • 3rd Quarter Save

Growing Pains, Left Behind and Fireproof are just a few of actor Kirk Cameron’s screen accomplishments. Off set Cameron shares a message of “Love Worth Fighting For” coming to Alabama this September. See page 12.

7 Money Matters •Changes Needed on Your 529 College Savings Account •From the Desk of Dave Ramsey 8 Parent with a Purpose •Bullying: Consider the Impact You Can Make 9 Barganomics • Great Tips to Manage Your Money

9 Catholic Charities 14 Okaloosa Strykers


9 Mission Makers • Catholic Charities 10 Best Books • Dave Ramsey Introduces The Legacy Journey • Is College Worth It?


Emergency Plan Information

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11 Fashion for You • Fall is Just Around the Corner 15, 16 Healthy Living • Beat the Back to School Germs • Pertussis Cases in Okaloosa County • Are We Experiencing Infertility? 16 Fellowship of Christan Athletes News • Making a Difference 17 Eating Out • Cold Stone Creamery


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18 Kid’s Korner • Kids get Connected With the Bible using Simple Science Experiments


18 Potluck • Cream Cheese Peach Pie Delight 19 Cool Stuff with a Mighty Message • Create ~ Inspire ~ Dream Jewelry 20 Coloring Page 21 Calendar 22 Advertising Directory 22 Support Groups



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3rd Quarter Save...

“I can do all things through God who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 It's August, nearly three-quarters of the way through 2013. As in football, this break before the final quarter offers teams a last chance to devise a winning strategy. If the team is set to win, it’s a matter of aggressive defense to ensure they don’t give the game away. If they’re not winning, the team must evaluate its strengths and formulate a plan to turn the game around. Likewise, as you head into this third quarter, use this opportunity to consider your progress. Have you achieved the goals you set back in January? Are you as far along as you wanted to be? What’s left to accomplish to end the year strong? Though you are likely working toward certain annual goals and corporate objectives on a daily basis, as a leader, you may also have set goals that expand your capacity to be effective, preserve and enhance your health and wellbeing, or challenge you to step outside of your comfort zone. These individual ambitions are sometimes neglected in the face of competing work pressures, but life is not as satisfying—and you’re not growing—when you’re only meeting other people's goals. We are all accountable for fulfilling our mission and developing to our highest potential. So, revisit the goals you set for yourself earlier this year and rate your performance on a scale from 1-10. If you’ve let one or two goals slide, be honest about which goals you’re still committed to and devise an end game to achieve them. Ask yourself: • Am I still committed to this goal? • If so, why? How will it make my life better or improve my performance? • If not, why not? For those goals you’re still committed to achieving, ask yourself: • What obstacles or challenges still lie ahead? • What resources, expertise, motivation, or support do I need to accomplish this goal?

Tips for finishing strong: 1. Decide which goal is the most important to accomplish. 2. Prune other commitments or goals to make this a priority 3. Instead of fixating on lack of willpower as the reason for your stagnation or failure, seek the resources and support you need to be successful. These might include: a. establishing a relationship with a mentor or coach b. seeking expert input on your plan c. designing a workable structure to help you execute key actions, such as meeting with your team half an hour weekly or going to exercise classes three times a week d. meeting regularly with an accountability group or partner on a schedule that makes sense for your goals It’s hard to admit that you can’t do it alone, but the reward is approaching your life with a greater openness toward community. God designed us to live in relationship with others. “If one falls down, his friend can help him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:10. 4. Make a dashboard with metrics, images, or symbols that chart your progress. 5. Forgive yourself for any complacency or backsliding that has held you back and refuse to let your internal judge discourage you! Finally, and most importantly, read God’s Word and pray for strength, direction and wisdom in all you do. Wishing you a great quarter! — Elaine Morris Executive Coach & Strategic Planning Expert Partners with Dr. John Townsend in the Leadership Coaching Program For a complimentary copy of The Christian Leader’s Goal Setting Guide, email

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M ONEY M ATTERS Changes Needed on your 529 College Savings Account? Here’s What You Need to Know Section 529 plans are designed to accommodate the account changes that you may need to make over the years. Whether you need to change the account owner or beneficiary, your investment options, or your monthly contributions, here's what you'll need to know. Changing the beneficiary. If the existing beneficiary no longer needs the funds in your 529 account (e.g., he or she gets a full scholarship or decides not to go to college), you may want to designate a new beneficiary. All 529 plans allow the account owner to change the designated beneficiary, and it's actually quite simple to do. If the existing beneficiary needs only some of the funds in your 529 account, you can also do a partial change of beneficiary, which involves establishing another 529 account for a new beneficiary and rolling over some funds from the old account into the new account. Note, though, that in order to avoid penalties and taxes when changing beneficiaries, the new beneficiary must be a family member of the old beneficiary. Changing the account owner. Most states allow a change in ownership of a 529 account. And unlike a change in beneficiary, there is usually no requirement that the new account owner have any particular relationship with the original account owner. Many states, however, allow a change in account owner only when the original account owner dies or in special circumstances (e.g., divorce). Changing your investment options. One of the disadvantages of a college savings plan is the lack of investment control an account owner has. Participants in a 529 plan aren't allowed to direct the underlying investment decisions of the plan and have limited flexibility to change the investment option on their existing contributions.If you're not happy with your portfolio's investment performance, it may be

difficult to redirect your existing contributions. Depending on the plan, you may be allowed to make changes to your existing portfolio once each calendar year without having to change the beneficiary. Also, some plans may allow you to make changes to your existing investment portfolio if you change the beneficiary of the account. By contrast, it's typically easier to direct future contributions to a new investment portfolio.There is one other option that's allowed by federal law and not subject to a plan's own rules. You can shop around for the investment options you prefer by doing a "same beneficiary" rollover to another 529 plan (college savings plan or prepaid tuition plan) once every 12 months without penalty. Changing your monthly contributions. Most 529 plans allow you to make contributions by having them automatically debited from your bank account. If you are using this method and wish to change the amount of your contribution or the date you contribute each month, contact the plan administrator for more details. Switching to a new 529 plan. If you're unhappy with your current 529 plan's investment performance or you believe that another plan offers more advantages, you may want to switch to another 529 plan. As mentioned before, a rollover to another 529 plan (college savings plan or prepaid tuition plan) without a change in beneficiary is allowed once every 12 months without penalty. —Hal Holland Vision Financial Group Dave Ramsey’s Endorsed Provider Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2013. Investment Advisor Representative of Investment Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisor and a division of ProEquities, Inc. Securities offered through ProEquities, Inc., a Registered Broker-Dealer, Member FINRA & SIPC. Vision Financial Group, Inc. is Independent of ProEquities, Inc.

Financial Straight Talk with Dave Ramsey Dear Dave, My husband and I have been following your plan, and we’re debt-free. Recently he invited his sister, her husband and their two kids to live with us. His brother-in-law recently lost his job, and he did this without talking to me first. I agreed after the fact, but do you think we need a roommate agreement or some kind of understanding while they stay with us? They have about $70,000 in debt, and they haven’t been very responsible with their money.? — Amanda Dear Amanda, I’ve got to tell you there’s zero chance that my wife or I would invite someone to live in our home without the other’s knowledge and agreement. Pulling a stunt like that is just plain wrong, and you two need to get on the same page long before you try to move these people into your house. Now, once you’ve straightened things out between the two of you, and if you’re both in agreement, you need to understand that your purpose is to help these folks get back on their feet. Your home is not their home, and this is not an offer for them to stay as long as they like.

You’re going to have to ensure that they’re taking the steps necessary to straighten out their lives. This means working, and it means they start managing their money by living on a budget. Don’t charge them rent, because the “rent” will be that they work and go over their finances with you. Plus, you put a limit on the time they’re going to spend with you. Regardless of what happens, they’re out and back on their own by a certain, specific date. I wouldn’t suggest allowing $70,000 worth of time for them to get back on their feet. I’m thinking maybe four to six months, but don’t let this thing drag on with no definitive end in sight. That will only cause trouble and hard feelings down the road. You guys might be able to pull this off—and keep the relationships intact—if you set fair and loving expectations on the front end. — Dave Ramsey, Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at

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Emergency Plan Information With all the disasters that have taken place across the United States this year, it’s good to be prepared whether it be a hurricane, tornado or severe flooding. There is an old children’s saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” If only that were true. These “words” in reality can hurt a lot worse than broken bones. They can break lives. We all, at some point of our lives, can testify having felt bullied or picked on in one way or another. Having attended both public and private schools, as well as being homeschooled, I have seen bullying in effect in all of these education systems. Bullying of children in our society is real, it is common, and it affects a host of those around us. What are some ways bullying happens to the children of our society? In a study by The Associated Press and MTV, 76% of 14-24 yearolds consider digital abuse to be a serious issue among their peers. In school, bullying is the oldest form of this abuse. According to Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, school bullying can consist of physical violence against a student, but more often involves ridicule and attempts to humiliate the target student in front of others. Who does bullying affect? According to Education Week, while bullying is known to leave physical and emotional scars, a new study finds that victims may suffer long-lasting academic effects, finding that the grade point average of all students who were bullied in 10th grade dropped slightly by 12th grade. It also most definitely affects the families of the bullied. As expressed by his father in the story regarding Jamie Hubley and his suicide, "I lost a beautiful, beautiful child that was going to make the world a better place. I've been involved in a lot of things in my community ... but I couldn't fix my own boy and that's tearing me apart." Bullying also affects the bullies themselves. The behavior comes from a place of personal insecurity and as authority figures, we can help teach our youth how to handle their insecurities rather than take it out on others around them. How do we impact bullying? Children may tend to follow the examples set by adults around them. According to Anthony E. Wolf having a kid who's a bully does not mean that you have been a bad parent. At the same time though, you need to ask yourself, "Is there anything that I am currently doing that could contribute to my kid's bullying behavior?" This might include being too harsh, verbally criticizing your child, or physically abusing your child. Honestly examine your own behavior. Do you frequently put down others? You must address the example you are setting. Although it is a scary subject, bullying is a real thing and could happen to a child you personally care about, or even your own. So the next time your daughter, nephew, neighbor or friend confides in you their experience with bullying. Listen. You can make a difference. —Katie F. Kuehner Area Director, Amazing Kids Management Group, Schools for Amazing Kids, "We care for people, investing our lives into theirs for a return that pleases God." "Teens see rise in online bullying." Brunswick News [Brunswick, GA] 5 Oct. 2011. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. "Bullying." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Gale, Cengage Learning, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. Shah, Nirvi. "Study Measures Bullying's Academic Toll; Researchers say black and Latino victims are especially hard hit." Education Week 31 Aug. 2011: 7. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. "Gay Ottawa teen who killed himself was bullied." Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC] 18 Oct. 2011. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 19 Oct. 2011. "When your teen is the bully." Globe & Mail [Toronto, Canada] 7 Oct. 2011: L4. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 19 Oct. 2011.

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The American Red Cross (ARA) has produced an excellent Disaster Plan checklist that can help families to be prepared. Plans must be made that will fit the family not the family fitting the plan. With that in mind follow the ARA "4 Steps To Safety" listed below.

STEP 1: Find out what could happen to you STEP 2: Create a disaster plan STEP 3: Complete this checklist STEP 4: Practice your plan and change as needed STEP 1: Find out what could happen to you • Ask what kind of disasters are likely to happen in our area and how to prepare for them. • Learn about our communities warning system and how you can use them. • Learn about animal care during and after a disaster for your pets. • Find out how you can help the elderly or disabled if needed. • Learn about the disaster plans at your work and your children's schools or other places where your children may spend time.

STEP 2: Create a disaster plan • Discuss with your family disasters that are most likely to happen. • Pick 2 places to meet in a disaster: one right outside your house for a sudden emergency and one outside your neighborhood in case you can't get home. • Ask an out of state friend to be a family contact that way family members around the country will know your okay without overloading the phone system. • Discuss what to do in an emergency and make sure to include your pets.

STEP 3: Complete this checklist • Post emergency phone numbers where your family can quickly locate them. • Teach your children when and how to call 911 in an emergency. • Show your family how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at the main switches. • Obtain adequate insurance and don't forget flood insurance if you live in an area that could flood. • Obtain fire extinguishers (ABC type) and teach your family when and how to use them. • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home. • Conduct a home hazard hunt (any objects that can move, fall, break, or cause a fire). • Stock emergency supplies in your disaster kit, don't forget Shelter-In-Place items • Take a first aid or CPR class. • Choose two escape routes from each room, test them to see if they work. • Find safe areas in your house for each type of disaster you may face. • Become involved in your Neighborhood (start an Community Emergency Response Team, call Emergency Management for information).

STEP 4: Practice your plan and change as needed • • • • •

Quiz your family so they remember what to do. Practice your plan every six months. Change supplies such as water and food every six months to keep them fresh. Test your smoke detectors and batteries. Test and recharge your fire extinguishers per manufacturer directions.



Save Toilet Water Thought that'd get your attention! Unless you have a newer model low-flow toilet, your potty flushes use gallons of water. Reduce that water usage by placing a tightly sealed 16-oz. plastic bottle filled with water plus pebbles or sand inside your toilet tank – make sure it's clear of the flushing mechanism. The weight and size of the bottle will displace enough water to save between one-half and one gallon per flush.

Budget Air Freshener Save those cologne samples from junk mail. Open a packet and place it inside the toilet tissue tube currently on your roller. Makes a great bathroom freshener. No free samples? Place a couple of drops of essential oil inside the tube.

Reserve, Reserve, Cancel When it comes to hotel rooms or rental cars, this is the motto you need to remember: RESERVE, RESERVE, CANCEL. From the moment you know you'll be needing a hotel room or rental car, begin shopping for the best deal. Once you've found it, RESERVE it and hang onto the confirmation number. Right up until 72 hours before your departure, keep shopping for even better deals. When you find one, RESERVE it and keep a record of that confirmation number. Immediately go back and CANCEL the previous reservation, recording the cancellation confirmation number. This way, you keep a reservation on hand while working toward the very best deal.

Souper Simple Chicken Soup You'll need: (A) a 3-oz. can of boneless chicken meat (like Swanson); (B) 1/3 cup of uncooked white rice; (C) a 16-oz. can of chicken broth; (D) 1 tsp. or 1 cube of chicken bouillon; and (E) 1 cup of water. In a large saucepan, mix the rice with water. Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Open the can of chicken and empty it into a small bowl; use a fork to separate the chicken into small pieces. Add the chicken broth to the rice; stir in the bouillon and chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Heat thoroughly and it's ready to eat. For added color and flavor, add 1/4 of a finely chopped onion and 1/2 of 1 finely chopped carrot when cooking the rice. Add the other ingredients as directed above.

Closing Thoughts Calling yourself a Christian no more makes you one than calling a car an airplane can make it fly. If you belong to Jesus, your outward behavior reflects the Holy Spirit inside you. —Judy Woodward Bates is an author, speaker, and TV personality and she would love to speak to your church or civic group. Contact her at:; visit her website at: You’ll also find Bargainomics on Facebook, Twitter and

In his First Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13, Verse 13, St. Paul tells us that when all is said and done, these three virtues remain: faith, hope and love. At Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, people of faith put their love into action every day, providing help and creating hope for people whose hope may be running low. Founded in Pensacola in 1928 by a group of Sisters of the Holy Trinity, Catholic Charities serves people in need throughout Northwest Florida, with regional offices in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City and Tallahassee. The four offices provide a wide array of services to their communities, including pregnancy and adoption services, emergency financial assistance, food pantries, mental health counseling, a transitional shelter in Panama City, immigration and refugee services, and disaster relief. Circles of Northwest Florida, the agency’s signature antipoverty initiative, serves clients in Pensacola, Panama City and Franklin County. While Catholic Charities’ mission is to carry out the social teaching of the Catholic Church, it provides assistance to people from all walks of life, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious preference, age, sex, or national origin. In fact, at last count more than 80% of the agency’s clients were not Catholic. “What is great about Catholic Charities is that we touch so many lives, in so many varied ways and in so many diverse and unique communities across Northwest Florida, from Escambia County on the Alabama border to Tallahassee and Taylor County in the Big Bend,” said Executive Director Mark Dufva. “All of our supporters, staff, volunteers and donors have one or more particular passions: the hungry, the homeless, those facing economic crisis, those struggling in poverty, refugees, immigrants, adoptive couples, birth moms, students in college struggling to be academically and professionally successful, veterans, couples and parents facing major debilitating mental health challenges and middle class families who never before had to ask for help.”

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B EST B OOKS Dave Ramsy Introduces The Legacy Journey

A much anticipated follow up to Financial Peace University Nashville, Tenn. -- New York Times best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio show host, Dave Ramsey, is introducing a new program, The Legacy Journey. The Legacy Journey is a 7-week course taught on DVD by Ramsey that shows families and individuals what to do once they have control of their finances, and helps them navigate their way through building wealth so they are able to leave a lasting legacy. The Legacy Journey is a follow-up class to Ramsey’s extremely popular course, Financial Peace University (FPU). More than 2 million families have changed the way they handle their finances through FPU. The Legacy Journey helps those families build on their existing foundation. By taking a deeper look at what the Bible says about wealth and personal finance, families learn how to create a lasting financial impact on themselves, their families and others. “To leave a legacy behind, you have to live a legacy now,â€? says Ramsey. “The Legacy Journey equips you with the tools for managing your resources wisely and living a generous life.â€? Each week a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD. Following the lesson, there is small group discussion that helps lead class members through the program. Lesson topics include: • Debunking myths about wealth and stewardship • Investing wisely • Contentment • Living with a purpose • How to live so you can leave a legacy • Successful estate planning and generational wealth The Legacy Journey lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey; Jon Acuff, author of Wall Street Journal best-seller Quitter and popular blog Stuff Christians Like; and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization. Each participant needs a kit. Included in the cost of the kit are a member workbook, Legacy Box, DISC Profile kit and access to an online will. For more information about The Legacy Journey, or to find a class in your area, go to About Dave Ramsey Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations and The Dave Ramsey Channel on iHeart Radio. Follow Ramsey on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at


It is the next financial bubble waiting to burst. As college tuition has quadrupled in the last ten years, the amount Americans have borrowed to send their kids to college has skyrocketed. More than thirty-eight million of us owe more than one trillion dollars in student loans. For every ten dollars we have in credit card debt, we have fifteen dollars in student loans. The average student loan balance is currently $24,800.00. The sad news is that many of these students are graduating without any serious prospect of finding a job which will enable them to pay off their debt. All over our country, college grads are working as waiters and cashiers, living at home and worrying about how they will pay back the money they borrowed to graduate with a degree which is meaningless in today’s job market. It’s time for a paradigm change. As a former Secretary of Education, William Bennett has some expert advice on the matter. In his new book, Is College Worth It? (Thomas Nelson, $22.99), he not only explains the nature of the problem but also offers sound advice for those who are considering whether and where to go to school. Using a “return on investmentâ€? model, Bennett discusses what kind of schools are worth attending based off of a reasonable expectation of future income as compared to the price of attending. There are basically three questions which a wise family will consider before sending their young adult off to college: • Is college the right fit for them? • What kind of degree are they hoping to acquire and why? • What school can efficiently and properly educate them for the market they wish to enter with such a degree? William Bennett, former Secretary of Education and

College is a huge investment in time and financial host of the nationally syndicatresources. As Christians, we should be wise with ed radio show, “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America,� teams up how we spend both. The time to begin your with his associate producer research should start in a student’s sophomore or David Wilezol to give a “return junior year of high school. Is College Worth It? is on investment� look at college an excellent conversation starter for families as in America. they prepare for the day when their son or daughter begins to think about life after high school. Sadly, the present system is ruining many young people’s lives. With prayer and planning, you can keep your child from being one of its victims. — Darrel Holcombe


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Fall Is Just Around the Corner August. Kids are starting back to school. Football season is within reach. And the warm autumn colors start leaking into your wardrobe, not to mention all the stylish boots and scarves we get to wear. With everyone’s eye on back to school fashion, I decided to sit down with our interns to learn more about their favorite trends for the season. Here is what they have to say:

1. Back to Black: Brailyn Hardy, a recent graduate from The University of Alabama has the same routine for back to school shopping, especially when it comes to what to wear on the oh-so-important first day of class. “Instead of heading towards the fun summer colors, I cling to what I feel most the comfortable in, black,” states Brailyn. “You can dress it up or down depending on what you pair it with, while also adding your own flare. I made a habit of including black during game days, because it is acceptable regardless of what team you are cheering for. Having black staple pieces in my closet also helps get me out the door faster by mixing and matching neutrals with the season’s hottest colors.”

2. Falling for Boots: A go-to Fall wardrobe item for Claire Fisher, a senior at Auburn University is a pair of lighter brown leather boots that hit just below the knee. “The best choice for a versatile pair is one of the various styles of Frye riding boots available at Gus Mayer,” Claire tells us. “They are the perfect mix of keeping any outfit sophisticated but casual, so you can wear them with skinny jeans to class, your school colors on game day or with a great skirt to church. With real leather and a quality build, Frye boots are guaranteed to survive everyday wear for years on end!”

3. Versatility & Color in Accessories: “When it comes to back to school shopping, hunting for the perfect wardrobe accessory can be challenging,” says Breann

Murphy, a graduate student at UAB. “However, a scarf is the most versatile embellishment for your wardrobe. While adding color, scarves look great with any outfit. They can be thrown around the neck for a quick scamper to class or draped around Dress up for fall with a trendy the shoulders for a special scarf from Charming Charlie( The Outlet event or church service. A Shops of Grand River) and Frye’s latest look in boots, Melissa Button Vintage in Chocolate (Gus Mayer). scarf can also be tied around the waist to create a trendy belt or thrown over the head for a colorful headband.” Whether Breann is representing her alma mater or dressing for the season, she shows off her personal style by grabbing a trendy scarf from a store such as Charming Charlie at The Outlet Shops of Grand River to complete her back to school wardrobe. As you hit the streets for your back to school shopping, remember to keep it simple with pieces that will carry you from the hot August days to cool fall evenings. Use accessories to dress up your everyday wear for Sundays or dress down a cute top for a football game. Most importantly, show your style everywhere you go by being yourself and true to you! —Alicia Rohan, KC Projects with contributions from Claire Fisher, Brailyn Hardy and Breann Murphy KC Projects, a full service public relations agency providing branding services to clients from the fashion industry to the corporate world,

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Anything but the Typical Child-star Statistic ondly known for his role as Mike Seaver on the 80’s hit television show, Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron has become anything but the typical child-star statistic. His life is dedicated to the pursuit of biblical truth and sharing of God’s Word. Through films, curriculum and tours, including his Love Worth Fighting For marriage event in Birmingham this month, Cameron is educating and empowering believers in a fresh and inspiring way.


So, how did trouble-seeking Mike Seaver of Growing Pains turn into family-man, Kirk Cameron? It wasn’t the pursuit of Christ that was always on his mind. When he began shooting Growing Pains, Cameron was an atheist. He didn’t believe there was a God and felt he was simply too smart for such a fairytale. However, by the end of his time on the show, Cameron was a passionate Christ-follower ready to take his talents to another level, and for a whole new purpose.

From Atheist to Evangelist Cameron wasn’t raised in a Christian home and had no desire for religion until he was invited to church by the father of a girl he liked. Finding it hard to resist the invitation, he attended a serv-

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ice. Finding it hard to resist the invitation, he attended service. Hearing the salvation message presented by pastor Chuck Swindoll and learning more about his own sinfulness and need for a savior, Cameron was quick to respond. “I started asking lots of questions, read some good books, some by Josh McDowell,” remembers Cameron. “I was in my sports car when I asked God to reveal Himself to me. I wanted Him to change me into the person He wanted me to be.” Cameron found his life dramatically changing along with his goals and priorities in life. About a year later, he was blessed with a fellowbelieving co-star, actress/model Chelsea Noble who would become his wife. She played his onscreen girlfriend until Growing Pains ended. Since Growing Pains, Kirk has taken his talents to the big screen with a passion and motive to share Christ. He starred in several of the Left Behind movies and is also known for his memorable performance in the film, Fireproof (the highest grossing independent film of 2008). Most recently he created and produced the documentary film Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure that encourages Americans to take back the values upon which our country was founded.

If he wasn’t already on the Christian radar in most homes, by the time the movie Fireproof hit theaters, everyone was talking again about Kirk Cameron. What most fans don’t know is just how dedicated this husband and Christ follower is to the cause of sharing quality, Christian media. “I had first seen the movie Facing the Giants and was so impressed that this little church, with a cast of volunteers and a very small budget, could make a movie that had that strong of a story and message. So I called them up and told them if they were ever going to make another movie and needed actors to volunteer, I’d love to pitch in. Later they called me and said they had a new project about marriage and asked if I’d like to come audition. I went down there, auditioned the nine toughest scenes in the movie, and I got the part,” shared Kirk. When they called, he responded and provided his talent with no personal payment.

Family Life When Kirk Cameron met Chelsea on the set of Growing Pains, it was practically love at first sight. They married and started a family some years later. The couple knew the importance of caring for the orphan and felt God’s call on our lives to reach out. They chose to adopt children

before having biological children and are today the proud parents of six amazing kids (4 adopted, 2 by birth). However, their passion for children doesn’t stop there.

Ministry Camp Firefly is the Cameron’s personal ministry to terminally ill children and their families. They founded the camp more than twenty years ago and still participate in camp each year. Camp Firefly was inspired by the children the couple met through the Make a Wish Foundation. The children’s wish was to come to the set of Growing Pains. “We wanted to do something more than just sign autographs so we started this camp,� Kirk Cameron explains. The ministry provides a retreat of fun, activity, and restoration for six families each summer. “It’s a week to get away from all the hospitals and doctors and treatments and just be together as a family and meet other families going through the same types of things. They make memories with their children that will last them a lifetime.� Additionally, Kirk Cameron actively tours the country and shares a positive Christian message on marriage. Tying into the impactful mes-

sage of the movie Fireproof, he shares insight and education on marriage. Last year Cameron and musician Warren Barfield reached more than 65,000 people through Love Worth Fighting For events. “We focus on all areas of personal and spiritual relationships and truly seek to help people in all stages of life – from teenagers, and single adults to newly married couples and longtime spouses,� says Cameron. MountainTop Community Church in Vestavia will host the Love Worth Fighting For event April 19 at Kirk Cameron with singer/songwriter Warren Barfield will 7pm as a part of their commitment to help build strong and healthy marriages. host the “Love Worth Fighting For� Marriage Event September 20th, 2013 7:00 p.m. First Baptist Church, 305 S. “At Mountaintop we are convinced that Perry street, Montgomery, Alabama. For more information God designed marriage with much more on this event go to or in mind than two people living happily ever after. The process of two becoming one really is a mystery but we believe that God uses that process to shape us and grow adds, “We are excited to share this event with the people of Birmingham. Those attending will us so that together we might live holy ever after be a part of something very special, as we will with Him,� explains senior pastor Doug turn the movie into a LIVE experience.� Ferguson. “There are so many obstacles and challenges facing couples today but love and — Jennifer McBride, Laurie Stroud marriage really are worth fighting for.� Cameron

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Coastal Christian Family caught up with DeMario Thomas, CEO of the Okaloosa Strykers, a semi-pro football team located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida recently. DeMario is excited about the one-year-old team that he and Eric Solgard, who is head coach, began.

Their first season was spring of 2013 and they won 12 out of 12 games and were national champions! This is a group of players that that have come together to play in a positive, prayer filled environment. DeMario and Eric believe in the power of prayer and this team prays before every game. DeMario says, “Without God, none of it is possible.” Many of the players had played before for the Fort Walton Beach Falcons or the Crestview Thunderbirds. DeMario and Eric both played for the Falcons and they wanted to be leaders of a positive team and it all came together. The Strykers have a large group of fans that have followed them to every game and they even had the bigger crowd at the championship game outside Atlanta. The Stryker Nation cheers them on, makes signs and supports them in many ways. The team would like to be involved in community causes and events. They’d like to give back to this area and be role models for the young middle school and high school players who come and watch them play. The Strykers will be having fundraisers and they need sponsors to help defray the costs of uniforms and equipment. According to DeMario, “They’re going to keep going till God says stop.” The Strykers play in the spring, beginning in early March. They’re games are played at Meigs Middle School usually mid-afternoon and are free to spectators. This fall, September or October try-outs will be open to players over 18. The Strykers have a Facebook page and contact and tryout information can be found there. — Joanna Amunds

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Beat the Back to School Germs

It is the time of year every kid dreads. Summer break is coming to an end, and soon school will be in full swing. It also means more trips to the doctor and pharmacy to treat your child for the most recent bug that is going around at school. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold, and 38 million are lost due to the influenza virus. Schools are a breeding ground for germs. Here are some tips to help keep your children healthy this school year. Prevention is the best medicine. Check with your pediatrician to ensure your child is up to date on all scheduled immunizations. The CDC recommends everyone over six months old receive a flu vaccination, and all family members should be vaccinated. If your child shies away from needles, the flu vaccine is also available in a painless nose spray. Teach your children germ etiquette. Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading infection to others. If possible, use a tissue and throw it away immediately afterward. When a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into the crook of the elbow and not the hands. It is also important for children to recognize when others are sick and to keep their distance and not share drinks.

Keep the immune system strong. Help support your child’s immune system by ensuring they are getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating a wellbalanced diet. Cortisol, our body’s natural stress hormone, can lower immunity as its levels rise too high in response to excessive stress. Bedtime is often fought by most children, but it is important that children from kindergarten to eighth grade receive 9 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Do your part as a parent. Sick children not only cause lost school days, but also lost work days as well. While it may be tempting to send a sick child to school to avoid missing work, children should be kept home if they have vomiting, diarrhea, a fever, or are coughing up mucus. Remember by keeping your child at home you are not only helping them get better, but also preventing other children from getting sick. You can also help protect your child and others by donating tissues, hand soap, and cleaning supplies to your child’s classroom as schools are often stretched for money. —Joseph Feick, Pharm.D Owner,

Practice good hand hygiene. It is easy to catch a cold by just touching your nose or mouth, and a quick hand rinse will not kill those germs on your hands. Hands should be washed all over with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used, but they are generally not as effective as manual hand washing and may leave germs behind.

Pertussis Cases in Infants in Okaloosa County The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (FDOH-Okaloosa) has received reports of two confirmed cases and one probable case of pertussis in unvaccinated infants. Only one infant was too young to have started the childhood immunization series. All three infants are recovering and families have received treatment. None of the cases are associated with each other; therefore this is not an outbreak. “While this is not an outbreak of pertussis,” says Dr. Karen Chapman, Director of the FDOH-Okaloosa, “this does indicate that pertussis is present in our community and is being contracted by unimmunized infants.” Dr. Chapman says, “Immunizing individual children helps protect the health of the community, especially those people who cannot be immunized. This includes children who are too young to have completed their immunizations, those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, and those who cannot make an adequate response to vaccination.” These are the first reported cases of infant pertussis in Okaloosa County since 2007. Pertussis is commonly known as “whooping cough.” Whooping cough is highly contagious and can be fatal for infants. The reported incidence of pertussis in the United States has increased almost 17 times since 1979. Most infants are exposed to pertussis through a family member. Whooping cough presents as a mild illness in children, adolescents and adults compared to its presentation in infants. If one member of the household has it, there is an 80% chance that susceptible household members will catch it. The most important way to prevent pertussis is for all children to complete their childhood immunization series by age 2 years. In addition all children prior to 7th grade school entry must get a pertussis booster. All adults should replace one of their every ten year tetanus booster (Td) with a tetanus/pertussis booster shot (Tdap). Any adult expecting an infant in their life soon should receive a Tdap prior to delivery and any adult caring for infants should receive a Tdap to protect infants from pertussis. —To learn more about whooping cough or pertussis visit To learn more about immunizations and vaccine safety visit

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Are We Experiencing Infertility? Conventional wisdom has it that if, after a year of unprotected sex, a couple hasn’t produced a pregnancy, they are officially “infertile.” An OK rule of thumb if you’ve got a year to wait (many of us don’t) and can tolerate 12 months of anxiety and accept disappointment gracefully (most of us can’t). When you begin to feel the twinge of that common doubt - “Are we experiencing infertility?” – that is when it is time to tackle the issue head on. • How Common is Infertility? One out of every 6 to 7 couples in the U.S. are infertile. That translates to more than four million people running into problems conceiving and bearing a child. About 10 % of women (6.1 million) in the United States ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). • The Age Factor. Many women are waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children. About 20 % of women in the U.S. have their first child after age 35 resulting in age as a growing cause of fertility problems. About one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems. Women 35 or older should see their doctor after six months of trying. A woman's chances of having a baby decrease rapidly every year after the age of 30.


Making a Difference As a teen my Christian faith was my rock. My faith kept me secure, kept me socializing with the right crowd and helped me grow into who I am today. Although I never had the FCA experience, my church youth group filled that void. Now, however, we have this organization that is stepping in and changing lives across the country every day. Many kids are not in families that attend church or teach them about our Lord. FCA is there in the forefront, in the schools, making a difference and reaching those kids who can’t or don’t attend church. Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Okaloosa/Walton have a new board of caring adults in the community that are fundraising, collaborating and organizing for the 2013-14 school year. Recently the board received the good news that Michelle Carmical is officially the coordinator for this board and is a full staff member of Fellowship for Christian Athletes. As we move into the school year FCA is looking for individuals who care about the spiritual lives of our students. It takes volunteers and financing to keep a program growing. FCA is not just for athletes but also for any student who wishes to participate. Events are being planned and funds are being raised so that students from this area can participate in FCA Camps in the summer. Huddles are being formed and plans are being made now. If you have a heart for kids and want to give of yourself either through service or finances, please contact Michelle. These kids are our future and this is one way we can help them grow to be men and women of God. Michelle Carmical is at — Joanna Amunds

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• A Woman’s Problem? Infertility is not always a woman's problem. About one-third of infertility cases are caused by women's problems. Another one third of fertility problems are due to the man. The other cases are caused by a mixture of male and female problems or by unknown problems. • Be Pro-Active. It is a good idea for any woman to talk to a doctor before trying to get pregnant. Doctors can help you get your body ready for a healthy baby. They can also answer questions on fertility and give tips on conceiving. Be a successful fertility patient by learning all you can about infertility before you start testing and treatment and as you go through the process. Knowing your options helps you and your doctor make the best decisions to help you reach your goal of having a baby.


Cold Stone Creamery located in Destin Commons, Destin, Florida is the ultimate ice cream experience. Paul Barcus, owner of the Destin Cold Stone Creamery is dedicated to serving the community in which he lives. Barcus has donated and volunteered with Special Olympics of Okaloosa County, has donated to the Okaloosa County Sheriff ’s Department, locale fire departments and emergency workers and to many military organizations. Cold Stone also offers a 10 percent discount to the military. The Cold Stone Creamery also donates proceeds to the Make a Wish Foundation. The Destin store makes an average of 350 pounds of ice cream, during the season, in 16 to 18 flavors daily. Not only do they serve ice cream, they also have smoothies and ice cream cakes and cupcakes. Cold Stone has furnished ice cream cupcakes to local weddings in black and white with candy seashells. Cold Stone makes the ice cream fresh every day. They add your choice of mix-ins and chop and fold it all together on a frozen granite stone. These are called Creations. The ice cream cake creations are popular with the favorite flavors being Midnight Delight and Cookie Dough Delirium. Along with these cake creations, they have petite cakes, pies, cupcakes, ice cream sandwiches and kids themed cakes. Cold Stone has shakes and smoothies as well as ice cream and cakes. The smoothies are blended with real whole fruit and fruit juices. They also have frozen yogurt for a healthy alternative, which starts at just 34 calories an ounce and is loaded with probiotics. Healthful mix-ins like fresh fruit and nuts can be added into your favorite yogurt flavor for the Ultimate Frozen Yogurt Experience. For those looking for something without dairy, Cold Stone has Sorbet that is light and refreshing. For the ultimate ice cream experience at your next party or event consider Cold Stone Creamery. Check out their website for all their selections, or call Paul Barcus at Cold Stone Creamery in Destin, (850) 837-6838.

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Teabag Gospel BIBLE TRUTH Jesus died on a cross for our sins and because of this we can have everlasting life. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS Ephesians 2:8-10 New International Version (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Tea Bag Rocket INGREDIENTS Τea Bag Grill Lighters STEP 1:  Remove the staple and string from the tea bag. STEP 2:  Open the tea bag and remove the tea leaves. STEP 3:  Open the bag to form a cylinder. STEP 4:  Place the bag onto a flat surface away from curtains or anything that might catch fire.

STEP 5: Using the grill lighter ignite the top of the tea bag. The fire heats up the air around the tea bag causing the air to rise. As the tea bag burns it loses some mass. Therefore the lighter tea bag rises with the rising warm air. BIBLE CONNECTION The tea bag represents us while the tea inside the bag represents sin in our lives.  Removing the staple and string from the tea bag represents us asking God to take control of our life, setting us free from the world.  Removing the tea from the tea bag represents sin being removed from our hearts.  Standing the tea bag up represents us gaining the ultimate strength due to accepting Jesus into our hearts.  Lighting the tea bag represents a heart that burns for God.  If we continue to live a life free of sin, we will lift into heaven just like the tea bag lifts into the air. — Jason Lindsey Go to for Beyond the Science Lab video segments and more hands-on experiments.


Cream Cheese Peach Pie Delight Potlucks are some of the best memory makers. Growing up and raising your children in the church, you attend and participate in many potlucks. So many recipes that are stuffed in my cabinet on scrap pieces of paper, index cards, cardboard, parts of paper plates and anything else that could be written on came from church potlucks. Everyone always knows who makes the best chicken casserole or best chocolate cake and if they're smart, they make a beeline to get that dish first before it's all gone. Most of the time the cooks at church potlucks are more than happy to share their recipes. Here in the south, sharing food means sharing love and there's always lot of that to go around. Enjoy this recipe that I picked up along the way at one of those infamous potlucks. Use fresh or canned peaches which are always so good in the summertime! Ingredients 1 package of white or yellow dry cake mix 1/3 cup butter 2 large eggs 29 ounce can of peach slices, drained 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon Vanilla Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray. In large bowl combine cake mix, butter and 1 egg. Mix until crumbly. Set aside 1 ½ cups of crumbs for topping. Press remaining crumbs in bottom of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes. Cut peach slices into 1” pieces. Spoon into crust. In large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and Vanilla. Beat with mixer until creamy. Spoon over peaches. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Bake 30 minutes. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated.

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Create ~ Inspire ~ Dream! This local personalized jewelry company really does allow you to create your dream piece and let’s you express who you are and what or who is important in your life. Tony Crisafi, the owner of this unique company, is passionate about his jewelry pieces being unique to the person wearing them. Whether it is a mother expressing the love of her children, a couple showing their love to one another or a scripture bracelet with a favorite verse, these pieces of jewelry are beautiful pieces of expression. On the website a person can choose from bracelets, rings and necklaces that are all customizable. Shapes and sizes are varied and each piece can be engraved with names and/or words. Tony Crisafi is a local businessman who is trying to make a difference with his jewelry. The scripture bracelets would be especially appropriate for a church group or a special gift for a Sunday School teacher or youth leader. The necklaces with children’s names engraved would make special gifts for moms on their birthdays or any other day. The personalized rings would be good for men or women. The jewelry is casual but would be appropriate for any age person. For further information or to order jewelry go to or contact Tony Crisafi at 518-412-2986.






Where’s Your Focus? For nearly forty years, The Big Oak Ranch has been blessed to have many interviews with the media. When appropriate, we allow our children to be interviewed. Criteria includes the child’s maturity to handle such a situation and the focus of the interview being on the child’s future and not the past. Recently, one of our young ladies interviewed with a nationally media outlet and handled herself with poise and confidence. At the end of her interview, she made a statement that encapsulates what we are trying to do here at Big Oak Ranch. She said, “Things you had to worry about before you came here, you don’t have to worry about anymore.” Just think, this girl has a foundation now that wasn’t there prior to her coming to the Ranch. If I told you of her background you would first throw up and then get angry and want revenge, but that is not what you and I are called to do as parents. Our job is to nurture, train, lead, guide, direct and encourage these small beings that we call our children. Hopefully, none of you who are reading this have children who have had to experience or endure what this young lady and many of our children have experienced, but you know, whether the foundation is a strong one or a weak one, our job is to prepare our children for what lies ahead. Past mistakes by you or someone else cannot be changed. Quit looking in the rearview mirror. You cannot change the past. May we both focus on the here and now and also the future, not just for our children, but for ourselves. It is never too late to get back on the right course.

The aforementioned girl is on the right course because her Big Oak Ranch house parents and the staff provided her a new chance at life. She will be a junior at Auburn University and is working on her degree in social work so she can help children who are like her. She has a future and a hope. May your children have the same experience. It will not happen if you are constantly reliving, reminding or focusing on past mistakes – yours or theirs. In short, get a grip and move on. — John Croyle Executive Director Big Oak Ranch, Author of Bringing Out the Winner in Your Child Visit

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AUGUST 2013 CALENDAR August 17 2nd Annual Paddle at the Porch – The Destin SUP Cup. The Back Porch Restaurant, 8 a.m. The event includes one and three mile recreational races and a six-mile elite race. August 14 – 17 Emerald Coast Poker Run and Boat Week The Emerald Coast Poker Run is the largest and best Poker Run in the United States! Over 250 boats and 1,500 boating enthusiasts participate in this Boat Week fundraiser to assist youth-oriented organizations on the Emerald Coast. 850243-3800,

I Love Me - Confidence for the Kingdom 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A day of refreshing. You will be pampered, empowered and encouraged to love the skin that you're in and be all that God has ordained and called you to be. The event is FREE but you must register. Free gift bags, food, prizes and great fellowship. Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Crestview, FL (850) 306-2020

August 16 Covenant Hospices 19th Annual Evening of Comedy - 6 to 10 P.M. Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, 12 Via DeLuna Drive Pensacola, FL 32561. Comedy Club, featuring cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, prize drawing, photo booth, theme-related activities and comedic entertainment by stand-up comedian Al Ernst and a new local opening act Branden Rathert. (850) 208-7122

August 24 Have a Heart 5K Seeks Assistance for Soldier Participation - 7:30 a.m. Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd. Niceville, FL 32578 (850) 651-7150. Okaloosa County Public Safety is organizing a 5K run/walk, and the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion stationed in Kuwait, is doing a “shadow run” in that country. What this means is that they register for the “Have a Heart” 5KRun/Walk and actually run the race at their base in Kuwait. Opry at Olive - Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, “We are asking for a sponsor of these soldiers FL will host a benefit concert for the Ministry. basically, so we can ship them race shirts no Village at 6:30 p.m. Opry at Olive will feature a later than August 10, as well as collect donation mixture of bluegrass and folk music from the items for their race packets.” Funds raised for Sawmill Band and the voice talents of Chloe the “Have a Heart” 5K Run/Walk will go toward Channell, a recent contestant on “America’s Got the American Heart Association & Wounded Talent”. Warrior Project. Early registration is $20 through August 10 and $25 August 11-24. For details or to sponsor the 143rd, contact: Ken The Strength of a Champion men's conference. Wolfe, 850-651-7150, - Helping men be real champions in their relaor visit tionships with God, family, friends and others. This Friday and Saturday conference features speakers: Sid Bream - former Major League August 29 baseball player, Ted Traylor - pastor of Olive Iron Men Fall Series, Stand Up - Destiny Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, Rick Worship Center 6:30 PM. This will be about Burgess - co-host of The Rick and Bubba Show, men arising up to be all that God has called Ronnie Coleman - previous pastor of Immanuel them to be. For more information, please conBaptist Church, and currently a church planter tact Pastor Santi at in Jackson, Tennessee. Cost is $40. For more information, visit Back to School Bash - Calvary United Church, 12 PM-3 PM, will be once again hosting their 8th community wide Annual Back to School Bash at Old Spanish Trail Park in Crestview. Free food and drinks will be given away and we will also be giving away backpacks and school supplies and about $1500 in prizes and gifts! Any donations, gifts or contributions that you or your business can contribute would be greatly appreciated and would benefit the youth in the Crestview area. Please contact Riky Edwards, assistant event coordinator, for more information 850.682.1776 or

2013 JINGLE BELL CRAFT FAIR VENDORS NEEDED Mary Esther United Methodist Church hosts its annual ‘Jingle Bell Craft Fair', Saturday October 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All interested crafters are cordially invited to reserve space at this time. Craft fair booth spaces are approximately 8x10 feet, and are available for $75.00 in Fellowship Hall, $55.00 all other inside booths, and $45.00 outside; (no refund for bad weather). Must confirm fellowship hall space available before sending application. Tables are available for rental at an additional cost of $8.00. Exhibitors may check in and set up booths on Friday, October 4th, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors will be open for vendors at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday the 5th. August 16 – 17 Coffee and muffins provided. Please submit photos Back to School Bash - New Zion Tabernacle of, and descriptive information about your merchanMinistries, 120 Patrick Drive, Fort Walton dise, with your application. Items being sold and disBeach, FL. Two-day event. Kick off Friday night, played at the fair must be ‘church appropriate’ and 16th, at 7 p.m. with praise and worship by youth approved by the Vendor Committee. Applications and a message by Rev. George Lofton. Saturday can be obtained by email at 10-2 p.m. games, contests, prizes, school supplies and free food and drinks. For information: Deadline is September 21s. Please call the church office at 243-7595 or Sue Haley 939-8287. (850) 376-0027

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August 31 – September 2 Annual Greek Festival - Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Island. “Come spend a weekend in Athens”. (850) 244-0822 August 31 Alys Beach Summer Concert Series - 7 PM - 9 PM. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy live music under the stars in the Alys Beach Amphitheatre. Piper’s will offer food and beverages

Coming In SEPTEMBER September 2 Labor Day Fireworks - City of Crestview, 4:30 – 9:30 P.M. Family activities, music and Fireworks at Twin Hills Park. There will be children activities and live music followed by fireworks at 9:00pm. September 13 H.C. White Golf Tournament Sponsored by White-Wilson Medical Center 12 PM at Fort Walton Beach Municipal Golf Course, 1955 Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 (850) 244-8191 September 29 The Big Daddy Weave Concert with Chris August and Unspoken Performing at Village Baptist Church located at 101 Matthew Boulevard in Destin, 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 through September 28 and $22 on the day of the concert. Tickets are being sold in the church office Monday thru Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (850) 837-8107, online at, the LifeWay Bookstore in Destin (850) 269-9820, and

August 16-17 The Strength of a Champion men's conference. - Helping men be real champions in their relationships with God, family, friends and others. This Friday and Saturday conference features speakers: Sid Bream - former Major League baseball player, Ted Traylor - pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, Rick Burgess - co-host of The Rick and Bubba Show, Ronnie Coleman - previous pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, and currently a church planter in Jackson, Tennessee. Cost is $40. For more information, visit

September 14 LIVING PROOF LIVE Simulcast with BETH MOORE - 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at 101 Matthew Boulevard. The event cost is $30 thru August 14 and $40 beginning August 15 (a snack and lunch are included). You may register online at or or call the church office at (850) 837-8107 Monday thru Thursday from 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m. September 20 – 21 Fort Walton Beach BBQ Festival - 12 PM – 4 PM, The Landing, 139 Brooks Street SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549 (850) 244-8191

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September 14 LIVING PROOF LIVE Simulcast with BETH MOORE - 9 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at 101 Matthew Boulevard. The event cost is $30 thru August 14 and $40 beginning August 15 (a snack and lunch are included). You may register online at or or call the church office at (850) 837-8107 Monday thru Thursday from 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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(518) 412-2986 Gulf Power Company - Learn the X’s and O’s of Saving, Gulf Power Company is an investor-owned electric utility with all of its common stock owned by Atlanta-based Southern Company. HarborWalk Village-The historic Destin Harbor, Destin, FL. Free Parking or come by boat. or call (850) 424-0600

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S UPPORT G ROUPS Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous(FA) is a fellowship available to anyone in the community who may be suffering from overeating, food obsession, under-eating, or bulimia. Everyone is welcome, including those who are concerned about someone who may be suffering. FA is a non-profit Twelve Step fellowship based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). There are no dues or fees for members. Meetings on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, 28 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL. For more information call 850-259-0980 or visit Bi-Polar, Depression Support GroupTuesdays 7:00 p.m., St. Simon’s Church, Fort Walton Beach, FL Peer to Peer Support GroupWednesday 3:00 p.m. once a month. Call (850) 244-1040 for actual dates. Location: Mental Health Association Building, 571 Mooney Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547 Community Action CounselWednesday 1:00 p.m. once a month. Call (850) 244-1040 for actual dates. Location: Jobs Plus Conference Room, Fort Walton Beach, FL Brain InjuryWednesdays 9:30 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 403 Racetrack Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 862-4169

MOPS GroupsMary Esther MOPSMary Esther United Methodist Church, 703 Miracle Strip Parkway, Mary Esther, FL 2nd and 4th Tuesday 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., (850) 243-7595 Cinco Baptist MOPS1st Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Cinco Baptist Church, 26 Yacht Club Drive, NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL (850) 243-7656 Shalimar MOPS2nd and 4th Thursday at 9:30 to 11:45 a.m., Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, FL (850) 651-0721 First Baptist Navarre MOPS2nd and 4th Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 9302 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL (850) 939-5424 Destiny Worship Center MOPS1st Saturdays, 6:30 p.m., 122 Poinciana Blvd., Miramar Beach, FL (850) 6506800 GBUMC MOPS1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, 4115 Soundside Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL (850) 9161660 First Baptist Church MOPS,

2nd and 4th Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 622 Bayshore Drive, Niceville, FL (850) 729-6913. Celebrate Recovery- Fridays Niceville United Methodist Church, Niceville, Florida, Dinner 5:45 pm. Program 6:30 p.m. For information call (850) 6784411, ext. 146 Celebrate Recovery- Tuesdays, Mary Esther United Methodist Church, Mary Esther, FL, 5:45 Dinner, Program 6:30 p.m. For information call (850) 243-7595 Divorce CareVillage Baptist Church, Destin, Florida, Wednesdays 6:00 p.m., Room 2209. Call (850) 837-8107

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C LASSIFIEDS Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Ray Angerman - Pastor Curtis Wiese - Family Life Minister 8:00 AM - Traditional 10:45 AM - Contemporary Sunday School for All ages 9:30 Nursery Available 1 Meigs Dr. Shalimar, FL (850) 651-1022

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