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News & Events Grow Kids/Grow Teens Seminar- At the Grow Kids/Grow Teens Seminar on Aug. 26, parents will learn what’s normal (and what’s not) at each stage of development, with practical insights on how to understand and provide what kids need to grow into all that God wants them to become. Tickets are $10 per family and may be purchased in the Children’s Ministry or Student Ministry offices. To order tickets or for more information go to frazerumc.org. The deadline to register is Aug. 17. Praying for our Nation- Starting Aug. 7, a special prayer time will be held in the Frazer Chapel each Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. Come by and join us in praying for our country and the upcoming elections in November. For more information contact Jan Niel at 495-6350. FALL 2012 CONNECTIONS COMING SOON Looking for a Bible study, Sunday School class or other activities? Check out Connections, your guide to Frazer’s small group and Bible study opportunities and fellowship activities for all ages. The Fall 2012 issue will be available soon. Pick up your copy in the Atrium and other locations around the church . You can also view it online at frazerumc.org/groups. DOWNLOAD DAILY BIBLE STUDY GUIDES AND DEVOTIONS- As we focus on being a Word-Centered, World-Changing church in 2012, our teaching pastors are providing a daily Bible study guide to lead you through the section of the Bible they are preaching on each week. Pick up your copy inside your bulletin on Sunday or download from the links found at frazerumc.org/ bible_study_guides. You can also sign up online to receive a daily devotion e-mail.
Frazer celebrates Hispanic Ministry’s new location
By Mac McLellan News Staff Writer
After years of praying and striving to meet the needs of its growing congregation, Frazer’s Hispanic Ministry has found its permanent home at 3711 East Boulevard. The sign over the entrance translates as “Montgomery Christian Community,” and it is here that they hope to continue serving the local Hispanic population. The Hispanic Ministry, under the leadership of Rev. Mario Aman, traces its roots back to 2003. The services were held in Frazer’s East Sanctuary at 11 a.m., and worship often went beyond noon. For the first five years, the Hispanic congregation numbered in the 140s but due to economic reasons, many of the members moved out of state. Mario commented that the size of the Frazer campus also seemed overwhelming to some in his
Photo by MAC MCLELLAN
Frazer’s Hispanic Ministry site pastor Rev. Mario Aman and Teaching Pastor Rev. Patrick Quinn give God the glory during the July 22 joint worship and celebration of the Hispanic Ministry’s new location on the East Boulevard. Patrick gave the semon in English while Mario translated into Spanish.
congregation. “When we were still at our Frazer location a member of the congregation approached me and told me that she didn’t have the clothes she needed to feel comfortable on the Frazer campus. The Frazer campus is a huge place. Many members of our congregation are from small
villages, and even the distance from the East Sanctuary to the Nursery seems like they are far away from their children,” he said. “Our new location gives them a church home of their own, with pride of ownership.” Continued page 5
Father’s Day Run inspires families to run the race together By Mac McLellan News Staff Writer
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Fathers and their children teamed up to run at the June 16 Father’s Day Run.
Runners of all ages laced up their shoes and were ready to race Saturday, June 16 for the Frazer Father’s Day Run. “The Father’s Day Run was a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and fun,” said Butch McPherson, Frazer’s Director of Missions and Events. “We had 413 registered runners and at least a dozen or more who followed along.” Butch said the participation at this year’s run was double from last year’s Transformation Run, and he credits race coordinator Ashley Aaron and his team for their organization and dedication to making this year’s event a success. “Ashley and his team did a phenomenal job of putting everything together,” Butch said. The decision to host a run on Father’s Day weekend was inspired, in part, by the movie “Courageous,” a Christian film emphasizing the principle that “honor begins at home.” Continued page 4
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Transformation Haiti Project Updates: Clean Water Found and Ground Broken for Church
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Kyle, Mackenson and other deaf community leaders express their excitement as equipment in the background begins to clear ground for the new church in Haiti.
Haitian Deaf Leaders and Kyle rejoice as the Living Water purification system produces its first gallons of clean water in Leveque, Haiti.
Staff Reports Big things are continuing to happen in Haiti! Two major developments occurred this summer: ground has been broken for the church and clean water has been found in Leveque. Frazer’s missionary to Haiti, Kyle Reschke, reported in June that land clearing has begun on the top of the hill in Leveque that will be the site of the new church that Frazer raised an offering for on Christmas Eve, 2011. Deaf Community Leader Mackenson St. Louis said, as translated by Kyle, “Brother now we see big car come for clean land for add church, we very excited!”, as they watched equipment arrive for the land clearing, and they broke out in spontaneous dancing and leaping for joy! As work continues on the church an unexpected blessing has resulted: the contractor hired to level the land volunteered to clear an additional area that can be used as a soccer field for the community. In early July, Kyle shared that the residents were enjoying the soccer field, rain or shine. “It rained heavily for our community game yesterday, meaning we were all covered in mud and had a great time slipping and falling all over the place attempting a soccer match in the middle of the pouring rain - VERY FUN!!!“ he wrote. Community recreation has been an important part of bringing together both deaf and hearing families in the new community, so even if funding this field wasn’t planned by us, it certainly was part of the plan of God. In July, Kyle also reported that clean water was found and flowing through the Living Water Treatment System in Leveque. “Installation and training has been occurring all week and finally today we poured those first precious gallons of water!!! WHOO-HOO. This has been many months of labor, training, meetings, contracts, agreements, additional trainings, etc... But I am happy to report that it is up and running - most importantly that it is overseen by the community water committee (all Haitians from Leveque!!!!). We are in a mentoring role for the next 12 months to continue teaching the committee about running the clean water as a community asset, but the day to day operations and maintenance are absolutely in the hands of the very capable Haitian operators,” Kyle reported.
The contractor hired to level the land volunteered to clear an additional area that can be used as a soccer field for the community.
We’re reminded of the words of Jesus in John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
Learn more about how God is using frazer and the deaf community to transform Haiti at transform.frazerumc.org and in-depth updates from our missionary kyle reschke at kyleinhaiti.com
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MISSIONS BLOG- Don’t forget to check out missions blog at frazerumc.org/missionsblog for the latest updates and prayer requests from our teams serving this month in Haiti and Peru. Love Golf? Love Missions? Volunteer! This year’s Frazer Cup Golf Tournament promises to be even better than last year, but we need your help to pull it off...everything from working sign-up tables to judging an “ugliest legs” contest! For more information, attend an informational meeting Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in room 3102, or email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS- Look for the September Calendar of Events in next month’s issue of the Frazer Family News. Weekly activities and regular programs, as well as special events will be featured so you can stay up to date on the latest happenings at Frazer.
S.P.I.R.I.T.-Come join us for an evening with Rob Thornhill Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. Hear Rob share his testimony and entertain you with his musical talents. Cost of dinner $5. Call Faye Jackson for reservations at 279-8727.
• A daughter, “Catherine” Laken, born June 20, 2012, to Kindal and John Burleson. • A daughter, “Lucy” Lynn, born June 25, 2012, to Amanda and Brian Killough. Friends Bible study will meet Thursday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. A complementary lunch will be served at 11:45. Prayer Class- Developing Your Prayer Life is a four week course designed to teach the essentials of a prayer life. The class begins Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. in room 3105. To register, contact Sandy Boswell at email@example.com or 495-6391.
CHILDREN + STUDENTS Upward™ Flag Football and Cheerleading-Registration is now open for Frazer’s first Upward™ Flag Football and Cheerleading for boys and girls entering 1st-6th grades. The deadline to register is Aug.10, and space is limited. Visit the Frazer Activity Center for information on fees and registration. In addition, coaches and referees are needed for this new league. For more information on how to volunteer in that capacity, visit the Activity Center or contact Craig McKissick, 495-6458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SE R V I N G + G I V I N G Food Pantry and Homeless Hygiene Ministries will collect non-perishable food and personal care items the first Sunday of each month. Please drop off items in the donation carts located throughout the church. Threads of Love Meeting- Threads of Love will meet Aug. 7 in room 8114 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to make items for preemie babies. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Sharon Hall at 514-3383. SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED- Children’s Ministry is asking for the Frazer Family to prayerfully consider teaching a children’s class at 8:00, 9:30, or 11:00 starting September 2, 2012. We have about 15 slots to fill, if God is touching your heart and calling you to this ministry for our children, please contact Marsha McGehee at 495-6355 or marsha@ frazerumc.org
We rejoice with our members who have recently welcomed a new child into their family.
• A son, James “Austin”, born May 20, 2012, to Krissy and Wade McKee.
D i s cipl e s hip + F e ll o w s hip Men’s Ministry- . Monthly third Thursday men’s supper will be Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $5.
Make a one-on-one difference through Village Green TutoringFrazer will offer tutoring Wednesday nights at 6-7 p.m. in the Village Green clubhouse behind the church. Volunteers will provide one-on-one mentoring, character development and spiritual discipleship, not just academic help. We can only take as many students as we have committed volunteers by Aug.1 for sessions beginning Sept. 5. Contact Rachel Phillips at (334) 294-8802 or joshandrachelphillips@gmail. com for more information.
• A son, “Landon” James, born July 4, 2012, to Rebecca and Chris Wright. • A son, “Turner” Webster, born July 12, 2012, to Jennifer and Zac Gibbs. • A son, John “Hudson”, born July 17, 2012, to Suzanne and Keith Williams. We extend our deepest Christian sympathy and love to those families who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Remembering these families in your prayers, giving them a call or sending a card provides healing ministry and extends the love of Christ during this time of loss and grief.
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Jerry Kemp Daughter of Lou and Jim Mercer Bobby Armstrong Mother of Debbie Beers Mother of Rene Johnson Father of Julia Soohoo Father of Linda Lynn Father of Mark Lee JoAnn Perkins Bernie Quedens Mother of Chip Nix Julia Lytle Father of Becky VanGilder Melinda Harris Richard Bell Harold Johnston Mother of Sherfae Ansley Louise Parker Julie Ann Helms Justin Maloy Donald Morse Clarence “Cap” Langley Glen Stanford Penn Scott
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Father’s Day Run
continued from page 1 “After I saw the movie and its focus on accountability, I called (Teaching Pastor) Patrick Quinn, and we were on our way,” Ashley said. “The run was open to everyone; however, our prayer was that God would use this event to encourage Dad’s to run or walk with their sons or daughters, not only for this one day, but to ‘run’ with them and ‘walk’ with them throughout their lives.” “It takes a ‘Courageous’ man to step up and be a true father at a time when more and more children are being devastated by fathers who are absent physically, emotionally, or spiritually,” Ashley said. George Wilson ran the 5K race with his 14-year old grandson. “I’ve been running for 56 years, ever since Junior High Track. I was working with him and trying to teach him how to maintain a good stride, which is very important,” George said. David Flack, who turns 70 in August, was inspired to begin “race walking” when his daughter died of breast cancer in 2005. “My wife and I did the Walk of Life and now I participate in 30 or more races every year,” David said. “I did the Transformation Run last October, and I can say that if you want something done right, let the churches do it. The races are always good get-togethers with a lot of fellowship and camaraderie. One thing I like about Frazer is that they allow walkers. The course was excellent and I will be back next year.” Ashley said this was the tenth race he has chaired, and they expected 200 participants. “We were thrilled when 413 registered,” he said. “We had 40 to 50 Father/Grandfather and child teams.” Next year, Ashley said, the course will be a certified 5K course, and they plan to expand the age divisions based on feedback from those who participated. They will also again offer running hats with the race logo (a “phenomenal hit”). “Many commented that the course was challenging and it was a fun family event that went smoothly,” he said. “The Father’s Day Run 2013 is already on the church calendar for June 15, 2013!”
Photo by Lee Werling
Father/Child teams participate in the June 16 Frazer Father’s Day Run.
Father’s Day Run Category Winners Category
Top Male 5K Muffin Man Lutrisha Altidor
Top Female 5K To p M a l e Rob Sandlin Masters 5K
< 10 5K
Gordon Bulger III
Shane Schwarzman Kristina Solverson
Kate Strickland 31-35 5K
Ashley Swink 36-40 5K
35:54 41-45 5K
Gordon Bulger III
Beth Davis > 51 5K
19:28 Myra Hinote
19:23 Sarah Webb
19:27 Rachel Cox
17:39 Sailor Miles
24:17 Kayley Key
16:59 Nancy Paulk
Top Female Masters 5K
Top Five 5K Finishers
For a complete list of the overall results and results by age category, please go to frazerfathersdayrun.com.
continued from page 1 The Hispanic Ministry relocated to Woodley Road in January 2010 but continued to pray for the right location to meet the needs of the community. “We prayed that we could find a location which would give us not only the exposure we needed, but would also provide the space we needed to expand to meet the needs of Montgomery’s Hispanic population,” Mario said. Several months later, their prayers were answered when the Montgomery Board of Adjustment granted a special exception for the ministry to relocate to 3711 East Boulevard, in September 2011. “When light moves The building is the former loca- out of a place, tion of Marshall’s, near the in- darkness moves tersection of Calmar Drive and in... If all churches East Boulevard. The new locaare moving out tion provides the ministry with 30,000 square feet of space, east, who’s to bring which volunteers from Frazer back the light?” are in the process of transform- –Rev. Mario Aman ing into a house of worship. During this year’s Great Day of Service, volunteers constructed a metal dividing wall on the interior of the building. “It is an exciting time for us,” Mario said. “We truly appreciate the support of Senior Pastor Tim Thompson and the Frazer staff. We are seeing the Hispanic ministry kick into gear again!” Mario said that since the ministry moved into the new location, they are attracting a lot of visitors. “The sign outside alone is drawing the attention of a lot of people. Our new location shares a parking lot with the Wal-Mart on East Boulevard, so people are really beginning to notice us,” he said. “When light moves out of a place, darkness moves in. The city has been growing to the east, so when it comes to our current location, it has been abandoned in a way. If all churches are moving out east, who’s to bring back the light?” Sunday, July 22, the entire Frazer family was invited to visit the new East Boulevard location to tour the facility and worship together at a dedication service, followed by a reception. The Hispanic praise band provided the music, with Mario at the keyboard and singing in English and Spanish, led by Mario’s wife Tamy Aman, and Lorena Martinez. Teaching Pastor Patrick Quinn and Mario delivered the message together, with Mario translating Patrick’s words into Spanish. Both described the Hispanic ministry as a “Mustard seed, which is the smallest of seeds, but grows into one of the largest of plants.” The seed has been planted, and the plant is starting to take root on the East Boulevard, serving Montgomery’s Hispanic community. Montgomery Christian Community holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and a weekly prayer service on Fridays at 8 p.m. For additional information, please call Rev. Mario Aman at 495-6460.
Photos BY MAC MCLELLAN
Members from Frazer’s main campus enter the Sanctuary at Montgomery Christian Community worship center, the new site of Frazer’s Hispanic Ministry.
Rev. Mario Aman thanks the team, standing behind him, who helped buid the new worship facility.
Hispanic Ministry praise band singers Tamy Aman and Lorena Martinez lead the congregation in worship.
The congregation of members of the Hispanic Ministry and also those from Frazer’s main campus join in worship together, as Frazer celebrated and dedicated the new Hispanic Ministry facility. Rev. Mario Aman welcomes the congregation to the worship and dedication service at the new facility.
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Alpha is a 10-week course where people discover the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, non-judgmental atmosphere. Offered on Monday nights starting Sept. 10 at Frazer or Tuesday nights starting Sept. 11 at First Methodist in Cloverdale; there is no charge for the course or meals and childcare is available. To learn more, reserve your spot at a free informational dinner August 27 at Frazer or August 28 at First UMC. Visit alphamontgomery.com or stop by our table in the Atrium Sundays in August. The Alpha Course explore the meaning of life
WHAT AM I DOING HERE? IS THIS ALL THERE IS? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? IS THE BIBLE RELIABLE? WHO WAS JESUS, REALLY? IT’S OK TO HAVE QUESTIONS. alphamontgomery.com
Alpha Course returns to Frazer this Fall Classes also available at First Methodist The Alpha Course is a place for those at any stage in their spiritual journey to explore the meaning of life, discover the basics of what Christians believe and why, and ask questions in a non-threatening, non-judgmental environment. Alpha will meet every Monday night beginning Sept. 10 at Frazer, or Tuesday nights beginning Sept. 11 at First Methodist Montgomery. Each meeting consists of dinner, a teaching talk, and discussion time led by trained small group leaders. Registration is required, but there is no charge for materials. Free childcare is available through 5th grade with preregistration. The free informational dinner on Aug. 27 at Frazer in the Fellowship Hall or Aug. 28 at First Methodist and is a great way to get a taste for the course and make a decision on signing up; just fill out the reservation form below. Registration deadline for the dinner is Sunday, Aug. 19. For more information on the Alpha course visit the national website at www.alphausa.org. Sign up for the dinner and the class online at frazerumc.org/alpha or contact Rebecca Bright at 495-6332, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Faith Food Box Program designed to help families stretch their food budget By Candace Rutherford News Staff Writer
It’s hard to believe that in a country as wealthy as the United States, people still go hungry. Various reports cite Alabama as the second hungriest state in the nation. Alabama also remains as one of only two states left that does not offer any offset, rebate or break on sales tax on food and groceries. To help address this need, Frazer’s Community Ministries is offering a supplementary food program called “Good Faith Food Box,” which began this summer. The Good Faith Food Box program differs from traditional food ministries in several practical ways. Food must be pre-ordered so nothing is wasted. Food arrives frozen which allows storage and allocation for the families. Distribution is once a month, so on-site storage and handling is eliminated. A variety of quality food items and meal ingredients will be provided at a reasonable cost, typically at 30-40 percent below the cost of retail. This allows participants the dual result of improving nutrition and stretching their food budgets. Everyone is eligible to use the program by paying for what they want.
“We saw a real local need with the closing of Angel Food Ministries. While we will still have the Frazer food pantry available to those who need it in crisis situations, Good Faith Food Box offers a better alternative,” said Robin Vandermey who is heading up this mission. “By providing quality food for reasonable prices, it gets people away from an entitlement and dependency situation.” The selections are both nutritious and tasty. Various box selections cater to different groups, such as family boxes; single serve for seniors and students; meat boxes etc. For example, a current listing for a family box sells for $35 and includes four main courses (meat selections); three vegetables; four potatoes and sides; and even some breakfast items. Menus and current ordering information is available at www.goodfaithfoodbox.org. The program was started by Treasure Valley Food Group, a frozen food distributor out of Georgia. Frazer requested representatives to come to Montgomery to give a presentation and answer questions. Our church could ultimately become an “Anchor Site,” by offering a centralized distribution point. A minimum of 300 box orders are needed to make a delivery viable.
“After the presentation, we were all up there asking ‘how can we sign up?’ We knew immediately that it was a program we wanted to be involved with,” Robin said. Frazer will be networking with other ministries and non-profit organizations to help meet the minimum order requirement. “Of course we had to have a taste test to see for ourselves whether this was a good program,” said Robin. The ministry prepared several selections in the Frazer kitchen and the consensus was that it was indeed very good. Online ordering is now available for the Good Faith Food Box program. A schedule with future order deadlines and delivery dates is also available, and the plan is for orders to be delivered monthly to the church for distribution. At that time, volunteers will be needed to help pass out the pre-packaged food when it arrives via refrigerated truck. Registrants will be called and reminded as to pick up dates and times. Food typically is distributed within a couple of hours. For more information, contact Robin in Community Ministries at 495-6312 or go to goodfaithfoodbox.org/order/
Frazer Kids Get their “Praise” on at Vacation Bible School By Amy Presley News Editor
Frazer was rockin’ and rollin’ the week of July 9-13, as hundreds of children filled the halls and classrooms for Vacation Bible School. This year’s theme was “Praise!” and the children were encouraged to dance and groove as they explored how awesome our God is through skits, karaoke, missions, crafts, games and music. Vacation Bible School is a special time each summer and takes a lot of coordination, hard work and prayer to prepare for the children who will attend the week long event. Children’s Ministry director Marsha McGehee said that 615 children participated this year, and it took the leadership and dedication of more than 200 adult and youth volunteers to pull everything together. While VBS is a fun time of worship and play, it is also a critical opportunity to witness to the children and help grow their faith. “We had at least 25 children make first-time professions of faith, and over 100 make recommitments,” Marsha said. One volunteer, Heather McInnish, had the opportunity to share her faith with one child and ultimately help lead him to accept Christ. “He asked her to tell him about heaven. He then asked her if she was going to be in heaven with Jesus, and she said, ‘Yes, I am.’ He said he wanted to ask Jesus to come into his heart and he wanted to be in heaven with her and Jesus, too,” Marsha said. “She prayed with him to receive Jesus.” Vacation Bible School also gives the children a chance to live out their faith through serving and giving to others. This year, the children collected items for Camp Smile-A-Mile Camp, an organization in Alabama that provides children and teens who have or have had cancer with the opportunity to go to summer camp at no cost. Their facility is located on Lake Martin at Children’s Harbor. Many of the VBS volunteers have worked with the camp and organization in the past. By the end of the week, the children donated more than 1500 items for the camp.
Photos by Lori Mercer
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Frazer has a heart for missions. During the 2011-2012 year, Frazer United Methodist Church has actively supported 34 missionary families financially and 36 missionary families with prayer. The Frazer Family has also supported more than 26 mission organizations across the world and right here in Montgomery To familiarize our congregation with our “extended family”, the Frazer Family News will spotlight a missionary and a mission organization each month. Frazer is truly a church that Loves Jesus, Loves Others and Lives Unashamed!
Rod and Beth Williamson One Mission Society (OMS), Taiwan
The Williamsons serve in Taiwan with OMS, where Rod’s primary responsibilities include serving as the Taiwan Field Director and as the Asia Pacific Associate Regional Director. Beth home schools their son Matthew, 16. They also have a son Joshua, 18. Since 2005, the couple has taught a 17-week parenting course in churches throughout the island, and spent this Spring teaching at Pingdong Church in southern Taiwan. They have also assisted another couple in teaching the course at Dungmen church in Tainan. At the end of 2012, the Williamsons and two other families will move into missionary housing and offices in Hualien, on the East Coast of Taiwan, where Rod has overseen the construction of the building project. They will continue teaching parenting courses at local churches and minister to families with special-needs children. Rod was raised in Taiwan by OMS missionary parents and returned there in 1979 as a short-term missionary. He completed his Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry at Texas A&M University in 1989, and returned to Taiwan as a full-time missionary. Beth is from California where she earned an M.B.A. in Management from Golden Gate University. She served as a short-term missionary to Haiti with OMS in 1991, and transferred to Taiwan after a few months. Rod and Beth were married in June 1992 and served together in Taiwan until March 1996. After serving seven years at the OMS Headquarters in the U.S., they returned to Taiwan in January 2003. Please pray for the Williamsons as they continue their mission of teaching parenting courses to congregations in Taiwan. Also pray for the family as they prepare to move into new housing at the end of this year.
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What is the School Supply Store? The school supply store ensures that at-risk children in our city receive the supplies they need to learn, while at the same time maintaining dignity for parents and strengthening families.
How does it work? You purchase school supplies and donate them to the church. Frazer has partnered with local ministry Compassion 21 to operate a store where the supplies are sold to pre-qualified, low-income parents at a rate they can afford—usually about 20% of retail. (The money raised goes right back into the ministry.) Think of it as a Goodwill store for school supplies.
What supplies should I purchase?
Where do I drop off my donations?
Pick up a list in the Frazer Atrium, compiled from school supply lists in our area for various ages. Most standard school supplies are needed.
Supplies can be placed in the Donation Station carts located around the building or taken to the Community Ministries office (entrance in rear across from playground) Monday through Thursday during office hours.
How can I get more involved? Volunteers are needed to help operate the Compassion 21 store. Contact Pastor Charlie Kendall in Community Ministries for details, email@example.com or 495-6313.
It’s your choice!
Ginger’s Corner Ginger Koerner
The Fourth of July is a special day in every American’s heart, or it should be! At our house it is very special, as it is Paul’s birthday. When our kids were small, they thought the entire nation celebrated their Dad’s birthday! In a way they were correct, on that day everyone celebrates something. When our son Jim was small he would sing “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” to the top of his 5-year old lungs. It came out like “Im a yankll dooeey dandy!” Washington is a company town. Everyone there works for, or has a connection to the U.S. government. Having grown up in Washington D.C. and attending the Fireworks at or near the Monument every year, a lot of patriotism rubbed off on me, and it’s still there. Our family, and aunts, uncles, cousins would picnic along a grassy park on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. By dusk everyone was ready to sit and enjoy the fireworks. What a spectacle they were and still are. Now 800 miles away in Alabama, I still enjoy them on PBS! We and our Nation have come a long ways since those innocent days of “back in the day.” Now the reason for the Fourth of July to some Americans is a day to play and have fun. Our service men and women remind us of the real reason we are celebrating. The fact that we can choose to celebrate our country’s birth or not, is part of our freedom. Our military chooses to protect and defend us, even those who take their liberties for granted. Our family gives them all a BIG THANK YOU, and a salute! Have you ever thought that God also gives us a choice? We can join His Army and become a Christian Soldier, or we can choose to go our own way and ignore what He has done for us. Choose you this day who you will serve… Jesus said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” (John15:16-17) It’s your choice! Ginger Koerner volunteers in the Frazer kitchen and serves as a substitute Sunday School teacher. She has sung in the choir, directed children’s choirs and drama. She is married to Paul and her hobbies are quilting and reading.
Where faith and responsibility collide
Dear Dave, My husband and I would like for me to be able to quit my job and stay at home with our kids. We’ve got a little money saved up, but we’re not sure we could make it on just his salary. The money would be very tight. In your mind, how do we know the difference between being financially responsible and relying on God to provide? —Michelle Dear Michelle, This is a great question! I admire the desire to be at home with your kids, and that you realize you can’t just act impulsively and call it faith. This is a concept that’s misused and misunderstood a lot. If you can’t make it on just your husband’s salary, then you’ve got to develop a game plan that involves a written monthly budget and some lifestyle changes. If you do this with diligence and sacrifice, chances are you’ll be able to make this happen and not bankrupt your family. This could also mean that you start a small business on the side— something you could do from home—to offset the difference. Having faith that God will provide requires study of the Scriptures. But God
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also tells us that you need the maturity and wisdom to plan your direction. The Bible says, “The diligent prosper. He who is impulsive exalts folly.” Folly is a fool in action. It’s kind of like the guy who closes his eyes, jumps in the pool, and hopes there’s water in there—and calls that faith. I love the idea of you coming home to be with your kids, Michelle. Just make sure you develop an intelligent plan, and mix intellect with faith. —Dave Reprinted with Permission. For more great financial advice from Dave Ramsey, visit www.davesays.org.
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Ballet Magnificat brings world-class dancing into the church as a beautiful intermingling of worship and art. Mark your calendar for Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. in Wesley Hall. Tickets are now available at iTickets.com and in the Frazer Bookstore.
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Frazer Family News
Through his faith and his service to others, former WFRZ director leaves a legacy of Christ’s love
By John Rogers, Director WFRZ Special to the News
Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading coming to Frazer this fall By Neil Probst News Staff writer
Are you ready for some football, Frazer Flag Football! You might have heard Hank Williams Jr. rev up your television screen right before Monday Night Football with “Are you ready for some football, a Monday Night party?” Well, subtract the party, change the day and time to Saturday mornings and definitely skip the rowdy friends, and you’ll have Frazer flag football and cheerleading this fall for first through sixth graders. Yes, what normally would be football of the soccer-style is now going to be grind-it-out through the hash marks, and it should be very exciting yet also Christ-focused, said Craig McKissick, director of Activity Ministries. “One thing that is consistent (with Upward sports) is at the core it’s a Christ-centered ministry,” he said. The footballers will gain inspiration from girl cheerleaders, who will shout cheers but not perform stunts that cheerleaders would perform at high schools. Like other Upward sports, the structure will be similar, with coaches leading devotions midway through practices and half-time witnesses sharing their love of Jesus Christ and the Gospel at games. Frazer member Ashley Aaron, who has coached Upward Basketball and Sonshine Soccer while his two sons played, thinks the idea is awesome. “It gives them a good Christian base that incorporates sportsmanship and Christian values in a competitive environment,” Ashley said. Ashley likes the idea of flag football for the very young as it will introduce them to the fundamentals of the game. Although there won’t be any place kicking in flag football, Craig and Ashley both like the opportunity for children to develop other skills such as throwing and catching, which help develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The rules also will help limit the need for field maintenance, such as first down markings on the field. Each side will have four opportunities to reach midfield, then if a side passes midfield, it will have four opportunities to score. If a side does not score, the other takes over on downs. Ashley anticipates a rush of children desiring to play, noting that he already knows some young girls who can heave the football like a pro ... so the boys better be ready; at the same time, Craig says a large volunteer contingent will be needed to support the program. “With any program it takes volunteers, but especially a new program. We want it to get off to a positive start,” Craig said. Registration is ongoing for the fall season but space is limited so sign up today. The last day to register is Aug. 10. Coaches and referees are also needed. For more information on fees and registration, or to volunteer, visit the Activity Center or contact Craig McKissick at 495-6458 or email@example.com.
Frazer lost a longtime member and volunteer on Thursday, May 17 when Jerry Kemp passed away. Jerry served in the United States Air Force and graduated from Samford University. Jerry and Judy Kemp became Frazer members in the early 1970s and were married by Dr. John Ed Mathison in 1974, and later welcomed two daughters, Suzanne and Andrea. When Frazer decided to televise their services in 1983, Jerry saw a need for better lighting, and with a professional background as a lighting engineer for General Electric, he offered to volunteer his services to the church to enable a clearer telecast of the services. At that time, a local production company brought out their production truck very early every Sunday morning, rolled out the cables, and set up the cameras to accomplish the telecast for that Sunday. Church services were videotaped between 9:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Once the 3/4 inch video tape format was rewound, it was quickly handed to a courier who raced the tape over to Channel 32 to be played at 11 a.m. It helped to have a member who was a policeman and who could gain safe passage for his hurried mission. In 1990, a change was made to televise the services live on WSFA from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Later, Jerry had the vision of Frazer purchasing its own television equipment, and thus enabling it to run Sunday School programs and Dr. Don Hill’s “Family Counselor” on the local cable system. A volunteer crew showed up every week to assist in running the equipment. For the local productions, the cameras had to be pulled from the Sanctuary and moved to what previously had been a Sunday school room. The ceiling was not sufficiently high for the installation of TV lights, so everyone was taped sitting down! Jerry continued to pray for God’s guidance and direction. In 1992, the direction led to a submission of an application for a Low Power Television station. Anticipating a wait of at least a year before obtaining an answer, Jerry and his team were greatly surprised when the application came back approved after only three months. The station went on the air in the summer of 1992. An addition to the Frazer building in 1995 enabled Frazer TV to obtain studio space of a professional nature. The correct lighting grid
Photo by JUDI MALLORY
Jerry and Judy Kemp, photographed at an event in April 2012.
was now available, and the entire station took on a “full station” capability, competitive with some in the commercial television field. All this time, Jerry never took credit for the origin and culmination of Frazer Christian Television. He says he prayed for the direction, God supplied the direction and Jerry simply put the pieces together. For someone who had never worked in television, he was able to build a magnificent operation, all to the Glory of God. At the end of 2005, Jerry retired from the TV ministry. His personal ministry continued, however. Within a short time, he and Judy had established an active Sunday School class, the Discovery Class. In addition, Jerry took on a ministry at LifeTech, a transition program for female inmates. He would either take a message of salvation himself, or take someone with him to share the message. He continued to support this ministry until it was closed by the state in 2010. The Kemps also have five grandchildren. Jerry and Judy also continually busy serving God’s will in various positions at Frazer. He served on many committees. Judy was right there serving alongside him, or perhaps in another area. Jerry and Judy were always referred to as one but are two of Frazer’s very finest. Jerry will certainly be missed.
Volunteers keep tabs on congregation, each other through computer based ministry By Dr. Martha Poole Simmons News Staff Writer
Ever wonder how Frazer keeps track of the thousands of people who set foot on the church campus each Sunday? It takes an entire team of volunteers who donate their time to enter records into the church membership database each week. According to Kris Johnson, administrative assistant to Evangelism, Missions and Outreach, from the moment worship services are completed in both the Sanctuary and in Wesley Hall, volunteers pick up worship service attendance records at the ends of each pew or row and deliver them to Room 3110 for use in data entry. Although Frazer has many members with large attendance at traditional and contemporary services each week, such efforts are made to personalize contact with people and to respond quickly to needs through this data entry process. When members don’t attend worship and/or Sunday school for three consecutive weeks, follow-up contact is made by the Telephone Outreach Ministry to see if there are illnesses or other problems. Ten computers are used to enter data such as attendance, messages to the pastors for prayer requests, desires to become a member, reservations for meals for Sunday lunch or Wednesday night suppers, and information from out-of-town visitors. Each attendance sheet is checked twice, and records are marked manually with color codes and separated into categories signifying the type of data. The data entry process proceeds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The team of volunteers is finished at this point, and Frazer staff works to complete the entry of all first time visitors by 3. That is when another team of Frazer volunteers begin the routes to call on visitors delivering a gift of freshly baked cookies and a warm Frazer invitation to return for worship.
A total of 34 volunteers make up the four data entry teams that serve one Sunday each month. Some members of these teams have served for many years such as Tom and Suzanne Roberson who have volunteered in the data entry lab for 25 years. Volunteers develop close friendships from these work sessions and become interested and involved with each other’s families’ concerns and often have lunch together on Sundays following their work. “We like the detail. We like using computers. We get into each others’ lives,” Suzanne said. Another volunteer, Sue Miller, said, “Volunteers on the fourth Sunday have become like family. This is part of church fellowship. I’m a choir member, and because of that I am not available to volunteer for some services. I can do data entry and be a choir member, too.” Judy Glanzer learned there was a need for volunteers in this area and signed up to serve on Third Sundays. “Now I can put names and faces together that I could not do before. The camaraderie is special because we relate to each other so well in the lab. Members of my team help each other whenever someone has to be absent or late,” she said. Kris agreed that the fellowship and relationships that develop among the volunteers is special. “Volunteers in the data entry lab communicate back and forth as they work. Connections are made here in the smaller way. We can use more on all the teams. I can’t say enough about the dedication of these volunteers especially on special holidays such as Easter and Christmas. I enjoy the relationships that have been built up with the volunteers. The data generated here is used in my reports which affect ministries,” she said. If anyone is interested in serving as a volunteer at least one Sunday each month in the data entry lab, contact Kris Johnson at 495-6362 or via e-mail at kris@ frazerumc.org.
Photo by Martha Poole Simmons
Data entry volunteers spend a few hours entering thousands of records into the church database each Sunday. The information collected impacts a variety of different ministries. Over the years, the volunteers themselves have also developed friendships and enjoy the fellowship and support of their fellow data entry volunteers.
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Frazer CELEBRATES HISPANIC MINISTRY ‘s NEW WORSHIP CENTER.................... 1 FAMILIES RACE TOGETHER IN FATHER’S DAy RUN................................................ 1 Clean Water and Church progress updates from Haiti............................. 2 GOOD FAITH FOOD BOX PROGRAM..................................................................... 5 VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL FILLED WITH “PRAISE”................................................ 5 MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT...................................................................................8 DATA ENTRY VOLUNTEERS KEEP TABS ON CONGREGATION.................................. 11 And more! Save the date:
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