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News & Events Turn in your Followership Card! It’s not too late to turn in your Followership cards. Turn in your card by mailing it to the church, dropping it off in the church office, or going to www.frazerumc.org. From Toxic to Transformation- Anyone involved in a service ministry is encouraged to attend the “From Toxic to Transformation” training day on March 2 at Frazer led by Bob Lupton. Lupton will tackle how to do community ministry that brings lasting change and avoids “toxic charity.” For more information, search “Toxic Transformation” at frazerumc.org or contact Kris Johnson at 4956362 or kris@frazerumc.org. SAVE THE DATE: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA MARCH 23- The whole family is invited to enjoy egg huts, inflatables, games, crafts and a puppet performance Saturday, March 23 from 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. at Frazer. The event is free and open to the public. Easter candy donations are appreciated. Please drop off bags of individually wrapped candy in the baskets in the Atrium by Sunday, March 17. For more information, contact Ellen Bartlett at 514-5260 or ebartlett@elmore.rr.com. HOLY WEEK & EASTER EVENT- This Easter, prepare your heart for celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior through a variety of activities during Holy Week. Stations of the Cross interactive prayer experience will be held in Wesley Hall Wednesday, March 27 from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, March 29 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. A Good Friday Tenebrae Service of Darkness will be held in the Sanctuary at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 31, join us for a Sonrise Service at Blount Cultural Park at 6 a.m., and then celebrate Easter at Frazer during regular worship hours. Watch for more details about these special times of worship, prayer and reflection coming soon. GET CONNECTED- Connection Groups such as small groups, Bible studies, Sunday School classes are how you can connect to God’s Word, God’s People, and God’s World. New groups are forming now for men, women, singles, couples, young and old. Check out all the options at frazerumc.org/connect, pick up a Connections magazine in the Atrium, or visit the Group Expo in the Atrium Sunday. More events & a nn o u nc e m e n t s pa g e 2 M o n t h ly C a l e n d a r Pa g e 3

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Volunteers tend ‘Garden’, transform a neighborhood Staff Reports On Thursday mornings, you can usually find Charlie Kendall in his garden, or rather God’s “Garden.” Since Frazer launched its initiative to transform a neighborhod in north Montgomery last year, Charlie, who serves as Frazer’s Community Impact Pastor, along with many volunteers and other Frazer staff, have put in hundreds of hours in their efforts to restore homes in the Garden Square community and breathe new life back into the area. Volunteers from Frazer, including individuals as well as Sunday School and Bible study groups, all have lent their strength, their skills and their sweat on various home renovation and repair projects to the houses Frazer has acquired as part of its Transform Montgomery project. Outside groups, from schools and other local organizations have also stepped in to help in the rebuilding efforts. From ripping out old flooring and ceiling tiles to painting to repairing windows to clearing debris, God has provided the people and the tools and resources to see His will be done in this Montgomery neighborhood. Every Thursday, volunteers gather in the ‘garden’ to complete whatever project needs to be done that day.

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Bill Pace and Alex Ansley with the Roll Up Your Sleeves Ministry work on a project at 3509 Manley Drive in the Garden Square neighborhood Feb. 1. Volunteers, both from Frazer and outside the church, have put in hundreds of service hours to further the Transformation Montgomery project in the north Montgomery neighborhood.

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Finished roof completes Church of Hope in Haiti Staff Reports

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The roof is finally complete on the Church of Hope in Leveque, Haiti, the church Frazer helped build through a special Christmas Eve offering in 2011.

Despite some setbacks, the Church of Hope in Leveque, Haiti is finally complete, thanks to the addition of a roof in February. Work to add a roof to the new church for the deaf community in Leveque, Haiti began in January, in hopes that it will be completed in time for the church dedication service planned for Feb. 1. Some delays prevented the roof from being completed at that time but the new roof was finally finished by Feb. 19. Margaret Spratlin of 410 Bridge, Frazer’s partner in the Transform Haiti project, wrote last month, “ This is an exciting time because the church will become a gathering place for both deaf and hearing. They will have separate worship services on Sundays, but many joint prayer services and Bible study groups in the years to come- all thanks to Frazer families!” Ground broke on the church project last June, funded by a special Christmas Eve 2011 offering collected by the Frazer family. Construction has been ongoing since last summer and the addition of the roof is one of the final pieces to complete the new worship center. Continued page 4


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February-March 2013

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Want to watch a sermon again? Check TV broadcast times at wfrz.com or watch online at frazerumc.org/media Tune in to WFRZ on Knology and Charter Channel 13 , Brighthouse Channel 122 and UHF Channel 34. Sign up for Frazer’s e-mail newsletter Our e-mail newsletter is your weekly connection to news, events, classes and volunteer opportunities at Frazer. Click straight from the newsletter to videos, worship guides, surveys and more from frazerumc.org. Once you sign up, you can manage your subscription at any time. Sign up today at

GOD’S GARDENERS NEW MINISTRY- Do you enjoy digging in the dirt and growing things?  Please consider joining with other gardeners in our church as we begin to ‘dream green’.  Here are a few things we hope to do: 1.Start seedlings to be planted at the community gardens. 2. Dedicate a section of your home garden and give what it produces to our local homeless shelters. 3.Volunteer at the community gardens or possibly a Frazer community garden. 4.Pray for the Shelters they Support.  If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Curt & Bonnie Brown at godsgardeners@earthlink.net or 334-318-7219.    SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS- Frazer’s Charitable Trust is accepting college scholarship applications until March 31. Applications are available at frazerumc.org (Search “Charitable Trust Fund”).

Men’s City Church League Softball- Sign up now for men’s spring softball. Must be at least 18 years old. Fee is $30 for Frazer members. Each Frazer member may invite one non member guest at no additional charge. Come by the Activity Center to register before March 15. Free AARP-Tax Aide Program Moved- At the direction of the IRS, the free AARP- Tax Aide satellite program, previously offered at Frazer during tax season, has been moved to the Crump Senior Center located at 1751 Congressman Dickinson Drive. Please call the Crump Center at 625-4547 to make an appointment, or just drop-in Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

D i s ci p l e s hi p + F e ll o w s hi p New Prayer Class- Developing Your Prayer Life is a 4-week course designed to teach the essentials of a believer’s prayer life. One class will begin March 3 at 11 a.m. in room 7208, and another class will being on March 6 at 6 p.m. in room 3105. To register, contact Sandy at 495-6391 or sandy@frazerumc.org.

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The FRAZER FAMILY NEWS (USPS #959-520) is published monthly by Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, 6000 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery AL 36117-2804. Periodicals postage paid at Montgomery AL 36119. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FRAZER FAMILY NEWS, PO Box 241347, Montgomery AL 36124-1347. The Frazer Family News tells the story of what God is doing in the lives of people in and through His church. Submissions are welcome, but we cannot be responsible for unsolicited articles. To pass along information or story ideas, please leave a note in the editor’s mailbox in the church office, call 272-8622, or send e-mail to ffn@frazerumc.org. Editor..................... Amy Presley Communications Director................. Ken Roach Staff . .................... Mac McLellan, Mike Presley, Candace Rutherford, Alexia Scott, Martha Poole Simmons, Andrea Vandermey Columnist.............. Ginger Koerner Photographers....... Diana Bunch, Judi Mallory, Mac McLellan, Lori Mercer, Mary Ogden, Martha Poole Simmons, Chris Thornton, Lee Werling

PARKINSONS’ SUPPORT GROUP- Frazer’s Parkinsons Support Group meets every 4th Thursdays and is open to anyone affected by and interested in learning more about Parkinson’s Disease. These meetings provide a time to meet others and share information and support..The Parkinson’s Support Group will meet Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in room 8114. For more information, call Terri Sasser at 495-6333 or Mary Honeycutt 334-277-9732.

Attention Stay at Home Mamas! Are you a stay at home mom looking for mid-day activities that you and your chilD can do with other young moms, or are you looking for activities for you where childcare is provided? E-mail Mary Causey at marymade09@gmail. com for a weekly and monthly e-mail letting you know about various activities designed for young moms in mind. Sponsored by the Women’s Ministry.

C H I L D R E N + ST U D E N TS SONSHINE SOCCER REGISTRATION- Registration is now open for Sonshine Soccer in the Activity Center. Sonshine Soccer is open to boys and girls ages 4-12 years old (as of March 1, 2013). Registration costs $40 per child and is due by March 8, 2013.

FRAZER CHILDREN’S CAMP- All kids in 1st-6th grades are invited to attend summer camp at Camp Chandler this summer. Children will enjoy canoeing,paddle boats, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, putt-putt golf and much more. For more camp information, fee details and registration, go to frazerumc.org

SE R V I N G + G I V I N G New Ministry Seeks Camping Equipment Donations- Have any unused backpacking equipment sitting around your house? Consider donating it to the new Reboot Wilderness Adventure ministry. Starting this spring, Reboot will lead small groups of men on short backpacking and Bible study trips. To enable any participant to go at minimal cost, the ministry is seeking the following: large internal-frame backpacks, compactable mummy-style sleeping bags, foam sleeping pads and two-person backpacking tents. If you would like to donate any of this gear in good condition, please contact Mike Presley at mikewpresley@gmail.com or 3096460. Visit this new ministry on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ rebootwildernessadventure/ Meals On Wheels Volunteers Needed- Volunteers are needed to run a new Meals on Wheels Frazer Route outside the bypass off Vaughn Road. Contact Robin at 495-6312 for more information.

Food Pantry and Homeless Hygiene Ministries will be collecting nonperishable food items and personal care items in the donation carts March 3 in the Atrium. Threads of Love will meet March 5 in room 8114 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to make lovie dolls and positioning aides for preemie babies. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Sharon Hall at 514-3383.


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MARCH 2013 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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2 9 a.m.-2 p.m. From Toxic to Transformation Training Seminar

3 6:45 a.m. Breakfast 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Worship & Sunday School 3 p.m. Youth Worship Arts

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1:15 p.m. Speeders Choir 5:30 p.m. Singles Small Group, Grief Support 6:55 p.m. Singles TNT 7 p.m. ESL

6 p.m. Sunday Evening Worship

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6:45 a.m. Breakfast 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Worship & Sunday School 3 p.m. Youth Worship Arts 6 p.m. Student Confirmation Service

6 6:30 a.m. Men’s Breakfast 9 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 5 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper 6 p.m. Adult Bible studies, Men’s and Women’s Bible studies, Children’s ORBIT and Crave student programs 7 p.m. Choir, Band, Orchestra

12 12 p.m. Noon Salad Luncheon 1:15 p.m. Speeders Choir 5:30 p.m. Singles Small Group, Grief Support 6:55 p.m. Singles TNT 7 p.m. ESL

7 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Transform Montgomery Volunteer Workday

Last day to register for Sonshine Soccer (ages 4-12)

9 a.m. Women’s Bible Studies 9:30 a.m. Dementia Daycare

Student Confirmation Retreat

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13 9 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 5 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper 6 p.m. Children’s ORBIT and Crave student programs, Adult Bible studies- check with your leader 7 p.m. Choir, Band, Orchestra

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8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Transform Montgomery Volunteer Workday 6-8 p.m. Silent Social 9 a.m. Women’s Bible Studies 9:30 a.m. Dementia Daycare 6 p.m. S.P.I.R.I.T.

17 6:45 a.m. Breakfast 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Worship & Sunday School 3 p.m. Youth Worship Arts 6 p.m. Sunday Evening Worship

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19 1:15 p.m. Speeders Choir 5:30 p.m. Singles Small Group, Grief Support 6:55 p.m. Singles TNT 7 p.m. ESL

Palm Sunday 24 6:45 a.m. Breakfast 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Worship & Sunday School 3 p.m. Youth Worship Arts 6 p.m. Sunday Evening Worship

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26 1:15 p.m. Speeders Choir 5:30 p.m. Singles Small Group, Grief Support 6:55 p.m. Singles TNT 7 p.m. ESL

20 9 a.m. Women’s Bible Study 5 p.m. Wednesday Night Supper 6 p.m. Adult Bible studies, Men’s and Women’s Bible studies, Children’s ORBIT and Crave student programs 7 p.m. Choir, Band, Orchestra

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21 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Transform Montgomery Volunteer Workday 9 a.m. Women’s Bible Studies 9:30 a.m. Dementia Daycare 11 a.m. Friends Bible Study 6 p.m. Men’s Fellowship Supper 28

Wednesday Night programs cancelled due to Spring Break

5-8 p.m. Stations of the Cross 7 p.m. Choir, Band, Orchestra

9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Easter Eggstravaganza

Cuba Mission Trip (through 3/27)

9 a.m.-8 p.m. Stations of the Cross

Haiti Mission Trip (through 3/29)

29 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Stations of the Cross 7 p.m. Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Dominican Republic Mission Trip Crave Local Missions

31 EASTER SUNDAY 6 a.m. Sunrise Service/ Blount Cultural Park 8, 9:30, 11 a.m. Worship & Sunday School No Sunday Evening Worship

Check ouT Connec tions Maga zine for more details about Bible studies, small groups and other ac tivities available this winter and Spring so you can get plugged in to God’s word, learn and grow with others. pick up a copy around the church or go to fra zerumc.org/CONNEC T

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Transform Montgomery

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February-March 2013

continued from page 1 Several teams meet on Saturdays as well to work on the houses that Frazer has purchased as well as the commercial building that will be transformed into a community center. As the external transformation efforts continue on the houses and the neighborhood, the internal facet of the project is also moving forward. Peggy Spaeth is currently leading training sessions for the Circles to Transformation program. Charlie said, “Transforming our mind and heart requires a paradigm shift in our understandings and beliefs. Peggy is working diligently to provide the instruction and rational side of transformation. When we add the experiential element of transformation we will encounter ownership of the shift of Biblical understanding of empowering needy to change rather enabling them to remain the same.” While much progress has been made in transforming Garden Square, more work is still head and many hands are needed to help fulfill God’s plan for this neighborhood. If you are interested in serving in any capacity with this project, call Charlie Kendall at 549-2175. Volunteers are working in the “Garden” most Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.- noon, and many Saturdays as well, but Charlie can schedule a specific time or project for you or your group. “Come and help transform others and be transformed yourself by experiencing the movement of God in your heart,” Charlie said. Keep track of weekly updates on the Transformation Montgomery project at transform.frazerumc. org/montgomery

Want to Get Involved?

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Volunteers from the Roll Up Your Sleeves Ministry work on the roof and making other repairs at 3509 Manley Drive in the Garden Square neighborhood on Feb.1. The MacDonald Family Singers, who were in the area with the WeCare Prison Ministry, also stopped by to lend a hand that day, Many volunteer groups, both from within Frazer and outside of the church, have given their time and resources over the last several months to help with Transform Montgomery.

Volunteers meet just about every week to continue work on this God-sized project, typically on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.- noon, and frequent Saturday work days, as well. Skilled and unskilled laborers are needed to complete tasks such as painting, scraping, clearing brush and debris, installing flooring and much more. Call Charlie Kendall at 549-2175 for more details, or to schedule a volunteer work day for your small group. Training for the Circles of Transformation facet of the project is ongoing but if you would like to become involved in learning how to mentor and help individuals break the cycle of poverty, contact Peggy Spaeth at peggy@peggyspaeth.com or 241–0448.

Haiti Roof

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• Weekly e-mail newsletter Deaf Community Leader Mackenson St. Louis sent photos of the roof construction, along with the message: “We just send you picture that church built roof they will be finish soon. We keep pray for that God do for us.” Join our church family in Haiti in continued prayer, and ask God to pour out His blessings on the new house of worship as a place where the community can gather to praise Him and learn and grow in their Christian faith together. “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.”- Psalm 134:2 For the latest updates on Haiti, check out the Transformation blog at transform.frazerumc.org/haiti

• Transform Haiti and Montgomery updates at transform. frazerumc.org • Download daily devotions at frazerumc.org/devotions PHOTOs CONTRIBUTED

Photos from the roof construction on the Church of Hope in Leveque, Haiti. The roof was completed Feb. 19.

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Mission opportunities, both near and far, abound for Frazer members in 2013

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Deep down, everyone wants a purpose in life, a mission to accomplish. Without a mission, we quickly become bored even when times are good, and we have no hope to keep us motivated when times get bad.

S MISSIONT PASSPOR 2013

At Frazer, we believe that the resurrection of Jesus has given every follower of Jesus a mission: a vital mission from God to work for the peace, justice and mercy that Jesus’ kingdom of love produces. It is a truly global mission that begins here and extends around the world, to every nation and all different kinds of people. Frazer supports you in your mission on several levels: TRAINING: Sign up for a basic training classes related to sharing your faith. See Connections magazine for current classes. LOCAL: Discover opportunities to serve on mission here, helping to solve problems related to poverty, healthcare, education, prisons, disaster relief, and more through community ministries. SHORT-TERM: Explore short term mission trips to other parts of the world (see below).

FULL TIME: L earn more about full time missionaries and missions organizations that Frazer supports and how you can partner with them. Find a list of Frazer supported Missionaries at frazerumc.org

Current Short-Term Mission Trip Opportunities Brazil May 20, 2013 - May 30, 2013 Build relationships with orphans and do construction for Bethany House Orphanage. More ›› Red Bird, Kentucky June 3, 2013 - June 08, 2013 Family mission trip. Construction for low income Leveque, Haiti February 16, 2013 - February families. 23, 2013 Moldova June 3, 2013 - June 10, 2013 Taking photos for the Deaf Community in Haiti and commissioning their new church. Build relationships with orphans in Cupcui and teens at Stella’s and Simon’s houses. Cuba March 22, 2013 - March 27, 2013 Leveque, Haiti June 7, 2013 - June 14, 2013 Construction and outreach to children and adults with our sister church in Guanabacoa. Building relationships with the Deaf Community in Haiti. Share the gospel by conducting VBS for Leveque, Haiti March 23, 2013 - March 29, children and adults. 2013 Atlanta, GA June 8, 2013 - June 15, 2013 Building relationships with the Deaf Community in Haiti. This trip designed for families to go on Student Summer Mission Trip: Meeting and together. serving others from other cultures. Dominican Republic March 24, 2013 - March 29, 2013 Youth - Construction and visitation Montgomery, AL March 25, 2013 - March 27, 2013 Student Ministry Spring Break Local Mission. Loving our city and the people who live here.

Peru June 28, 2013 - July 7, 2013 Community evangelism and construction. China July 10, 2013 - July 20, 2013 Student Ministry Summer Mission Trip. Loving on children in China Leveque, Haiti August 02, 2013 - August 9, 2013 Building relationships with the Deaf Community in Haiti through sports. Peru August 16, 2013 - August 25, 2013 Community evangelism and construction. Cuba November 9, 2013 - November 16, 2013 Construction and outreach to children and adults with our sister church in Guanabacoa. Go to frazerumc.org and click on the links next to each mission trip listing for more information. Dowloadable resources, including trip applications and Frazer’s Strategic Mission Plan are also available on the web site.


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February-March 2013

Frazer member cares for God’s four-legged creatures through local animal rescue

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Frazer member Armareaha Brock, with her dachshunds. Armareaha has turned her love for dogs, especially dachshunds, into a ministry by helping rescue abandoned dachshunds.

By Dr. Martha Poole Simmons News Staff Writer

For more than seven years, Frazer member Armareaha Brock’s love of animals has driven her to help rescue dachshunds in need of a home. Through the Dixie Dachshund Rescue, where Armareaha serves as treasurer, she and others take in dachshunds from shelters or those surrendered by their owners and foster them until the dogs are adopted.Many of the dogs are older and already house-trained, while others are from kennel breeders and need to be trained. Each dog receives the necessary veterinarian care with expenses covered by the rescue organization.The foster family pays for the dog’s food.

“I love the dogs. I hate to see them just thrown away, which a lot of people do. We live in a ‘throw-away’ cultur,e where dogs are discarded when they are no longer convenient, when the new baby or boyfriend arrives, when health issues arise or a move or house foreclosure dictates that the dog be given up,” she said. “I see this as a ministry. There are rescues for every breed, and I love all of them.” Armareaha said she has a particular affinity for the dachshund breed, having owned dachshunds her entire life. She describes the breed as very loving and loyal to their owners. While the average age of a dachshund is 15 years, quite frequently they live longer, she said. Scripture notes that, “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” (Proverbs 12:10 NIV) “No matter how much monetary value someone puts on an animal, no matter how big or little, important or insignificant one thinks an animal is, they are all incredible creations of God that deserve the same level of care, love and respect,” Armareaha said. “If you do not want to care for a pet, you should not get one and they are not for everyone.” Since 2005, Dixie Dachshund Rescue, a nonprofit (501c3) organization incorporated in Alabama and Florida, has been serving the Southeast by helping find good homes for dachshunds. The organization’s mission is to give any abandoned or unwanted Dachshunds a second chance at finding a safe and loving forever home. A few ways that people can assist the organizations efforts include adopting or fostering a dog, helping transport the animals or

through fundraising. The organization encourages its members to be proactive in preventing and reporting animal abuse of any kind. When the organization is contacted about a dachshund in need, arrangements are made to receive the dog and place it in a foster or temporary home with one of its members. During this time, the dachshund is assessed by a veterinarian, and any medical issues are treated. This includes making sure the dog’s vaccinations are current, spaying or neutering the animal if needed, treatment for heartworms if necessary, and putting the animal on heartworm prevention. The foster parents assess the dachshund’s personality and needs in order to match the dog with the right “Forever Home.” The organization then lists a photo and biography of the dachshund on its web site, under “Available Dachshunds,” in hopes that a match for a safe and loving “Forever Home” will find the animal and apply for adoption. Applications can be submitted through the website and an adoption committee reviews each application, using strict criteria to protect the welfare of the dachshund. All applicants are subject to a home visit and reference check, and once these requirements are met, the dachshund’s foster parent reviews the data and will make the final decision about the dog/person match. Armareaha’s advice to anyone interested in adopting a pet is to be sure they understand and are willing to accept the resposibility. “It is a lifetime commitment. It is not something that one tries for two or three days and then takes the pet back,” she said. Barring catastrophic events such as personal illness, she said

the rescue organization expects those who adopt to keep the dog. “Only two previous adopters ever returned dachshunds to this rescue, and the adoption contract requires their return to the rescue organization if the dogs must ever be surrendered,” she explained. Job 12:7-10 tells us: “Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (NIV) Armareaha said, “I have made a number of friends through working with rescue and dog and cat owners in general. I will probably never meet a lot of these people in person, but I do feel that they are friends because we share common interests. Not only are they here in Alabama, but they are all over the United States and other countries. I can also respond to them by saying “I will pray for you and your pet” or “God is with you and He is in control.” If you or someone you know is interested and willing to give a dachshund a second chance and a “Forever Home,” please consider checking out the Dixie Dachshund Rescue. The organization’s web site is www.dixiedachshundrescue. com, where you can ind information about the breed and available dachshunds, adoption applications and more. Information for other ways to support the organization, such as volunteering to transport dogs to foster homes and donations is also available on the site.

Save the Date: Comedian Tim Hawkins Returning to Frazer June 23 Who says you can’t have good, clean family entertainment that’s roll-on-the-floor funny. Not Tim Hawkins. Whether he’s ranting on aging Rock Stars, questioning life on Noah’s Ark, or singing his famous “Chick-Fil-A Song,” you’ll be laughing along and loving every minute. Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 23 at 7 p.m. in Wesley Hall. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $18 advanced group rate (6+). VIP tickets are $40 advance only / $38 advance only group rate (6+). VIP Event starts at 5:30 PM and includes: Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, VIP tour laminate, Pre-show Q&A with Tim, and preferred seating section for the 7:00 PM concert. Only 300 VIP tickets will be sold. A portion of all proceeds goes to benefit Frazer missions. Go to frazerumc.org and click the ‘Events’ tab and then Tim Hawkins for a link to order tickets online. For more info, videos and testimonies about Tim Hawkins, visit his website at www.timhawkins.net


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The Widow’s Might On a hot night in August, God came down and called my precious Paul Home. He had a short illness and the blessing of no pain. He slipped away in his sleep. Soon our home looked like it does when all the kids and grandchildren come to stay on vacation or Christmas holiday. With our three children, spouses, four grandchildren, a great-grandbaby, my sister and hubby, Paul’s brother, and three nieces here, it felt like a holiday at “Old Mother Hubbards!” Our grandson Joel and Paul had “running discussions” as to which team was better; Paul’s choice, the Phillies; or Joel’s choice, the Braves! They had fun with that every time they were together. Jeremy gave Paul a Phillies watch for his birthday one year, and Joel always asked where that “crummy” watch came from? I hid the watch in my fist and asked Joel if he would wear something of Paul’s to the funeral. Without asking what it was Joel said yes. I then gave him the watch. Joel surprised me and took his watch off and wore Paul’s beat up watch the entire time he was here. What love he had for Paul. I offered all Paul’s ties to the guys if they wanted them. They all picked out several. Paul’s hobby was baking, so he had several Pillsbury Dough Boy ties which got snapped up quickly by the grandsons. But the thing that made all of us laugh the most was when Jeremy began looking for Paul’s “favorite ties”. I wondered how Jeremy knew which ones they were? He said, “that’s easy, they’re the ones with the gravy stains on them!”

Dear Matthew, Congratulations on your new baby! I know this is going to make the new year extra-special for you. If I were in your situation, I’d write a check today and knock out that hospital bill. This definitely falls under the heading of “emergency” in my mind, so pay the bill and jump back into rebuilding your emergency fund. You’ve done a good job of saving on $25,000 a year, but let’s look around and see what you can do about making more money, too. Additional classroom education or extra training in your field could increase your income pretty quickly. Your emergency fund probably needs to be a little bit bigger as well, and it’ll be a lot easier to make this happen if you’re bringing in more cash

CARING FOR OUR CONGREGATIon

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Ginger Koerner The entire weekend was like that, full of happy memories and sentences that began with, “do you remember the time…?” There was food brought from friends and church family, for which I was so thankful. One night the kids were hungry for pizzas, before I knew it there were 10 pizzas on the table! Yes, there were leftovers! The Christian love of our Frazer Family was truly ‘God-sent.’ I’m sharing this with you because we are Believers. We had Peace . Our entire family! We rejoiced that Paul was with Jesus and many family members gone before. I believe there was a Koerner Family reunion that night at the Pearly Gates. Peace was with me from the time I was told he had only a few short weeks to live. I grieve in my heart some days and there are a few tears at times but, as we were going through this time, the Bible verse going through my mind was: “God is good; His mercy is everlasting! And His truth endures for all generations!” (Psalms 100:5) So when I get melancholy and sad, I think of a Widow’s Might, which is the strength of God, who holds me in the palm of His hand. Ginger Koerner volunteers in the Frazer kitcheb and serves as a substitute Sunday School teacher. She has sung in the choir, directed children’s choirs and drama. Her hobbies are quilting and reading.

Knowing when to dip into emergency fund Dear Dave, My wife just had our first child. As a result, we now have $2,500 in medical bills not covered by insurance. We’ve got $7,000 in our emergency fund, and I make about $25,000 a year. Should we dip into our savings for this or set up a payment plan with the hospital? —Matthew

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Dave Says Dave Ramsey

I’m sure you’re a hard-working guy, but the truth is it’s going to be pretty tough for even a small family to make it on what you’re bringing home now. Life happens, and the unexpected can become a common occurrence when there’s a little one loose in the house! —Dave

Reprinted with Permission. Dave Ramsey is America’s most trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times bestselling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 5 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at daveramsey.com.

Need help? Overcoming and eliminating debt can be overwhelming and even seem impossible. If you would like to get started on Dave’s Financial Peace program with his seven Baby Steps to Financial Freedom, or would like to learn how to create a budget, call Gary Sanderson at 462-0839 or sandersong@knology.net.

BIRTHS We rejoice with our members who have recently welcomed a new child into their family.

• A daughter, “Ava” Marie, born to Elizabeth and Patrick Mullin Jan. 11, 2013. • A son, “Tyson” Henry, came home to Leslie and Brian Word Jan. 11, 2013. • A son, “Christopher” Clayton, born to Kaylee Decker Jan. 14, 2013. • A daughter, “Clara” Ruth, born to Lauren and John Matson Jan. 20, 2013.

deaths 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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Neva Brown Gertrude McClurkin Son of Ed and Barbara Jones Father of Donna Wilson Dot Pilgreen Dr. Paul Johnson Gary Combs Daughter of Billy Crumley Father of Sandy Engles Father of Steve Mitchell Carolyn Jennings Mother of Larissa Younger Father of Janice Hamilton Brother of Randy Cox Mother of Kathy Bradshaw Mother of Keith Lowery Father of Martha Johnson Father of Jo Yates Cynthia Clements Tom Searcy Jr. Harry Hewitt Doris Brill Mother of Willena Crewe Father of Janet Sheffield

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Inside this issue:

Tending the ‘Garden’: Transform Montgomery updates............................ 1 Roof complete on haiti church................................................................... 1 February calendar of events...................................................................... 3 2013 mission opportunities at Frazer.......................................................... 5 Frazer member ministers through local animal rescue..........................6 And more! Save the date:

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