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About Us GoodNews From the Mayor’s Desk “Are We Too Complacent?”

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GoodNews Kids “Do I Have to Go to Church?”

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GoodNews on Money Matters “To Tithe or Not to Tithe—is that even a question?”

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GoodNews for Him “Being a Man of Excellence, Not Excuses”

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GoodNews for Her “Calling All Women”

Pg 14&15 Church Directory Pg 16&17 Cover Story Get Connected

“A Love Story: Living Your Epic”

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GoodNews for Parents “Staying Present”

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GoodNews for Seniors “Is It Time?”

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GoodNews for Health & Fitness “Get off the couch and MOVE” GoodNews for your Taste Buds “Red Velvet Cake”

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GoodNews for Everyone “Stress”

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GoodNews for the Outdoors “And It Was Very Good”

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G ò0dNews from the Mayor’s Desk

Are We Too Complacent? By: Tom Rowland, Mayor of Cleveland since 1991 wife Sandra Rowland


hroughout history, it has happened over and over again. A tragedy strikes. People react. And things change. We work hard to find solutions to problems that may have prevented the tragedy…..Then we slowly move back to our previous state of complacency. A recent email from Max Lucado, noted Christian author and spiritual leader, reminded me of this after he published a brief observation entitled: “Newtown. New Hope.” Max Lucado wrote: “Ten thousand people packed a Bridgeport arena Tuesday night for an evening of hope and healing. At least 1.3 million others watched online from as far away as Thailand. People in 100 countries, on six continents were represented. Generous donors underwrote the event. Production, stage, and sound crew volunteered their time and donated their services. Artists and speakers interrupted busy schedules, covered their own expenses and prayerfully prepared songs and messages. Local volunteers took time away from work and school to drive shuttles and serve guests. Nearby Christian Heritage School brought a bus of fourth and fifth graders to sing. No one sold product. No one pushed an agenda. No politics. No finger pointing. Just prayers, worship, and hope. Four hours of it. On a weekday. A school night. (Though, a snowstorm had closed local schools Wednesday.)Four hours! No intermission. No complaints. No mass exit. Many of the attendees stood the entire time. Of course, we are not surprised. These hearty folks of Connecticut are famous for standing strong. They will do so again. They are resolved to overcome evil with good. Let’s not forget them. Offer prayers, give support. What happened in Newtown last month is atrocious. Yet, what happened on January 15 is astounding. These people are looking to God for strength. And they are finding it.” This is not the first time a book or reading from this noted Christian author has touched me or crossed my path during a time of tragedy, whether it be a local, state, national or personal situation.. Just a few weeks ago, we learned that one of the brave teachers who helped save her students at Newton was a beautiful young woman named Victoria Soto. Her family members reside here and her Uncle Israel Soto is employed at Life Care Centers of America. When he and fam-

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ily members were leaving Cleveland to attend her funeral, Life Care CEO Beecher Hunter presented Israel with a box of books to take to his family members. The book was Max Lucado’s” “Tough Times, “ I acquired a copy and read it in one night. It had words of assurance and comfort about facing tough times and reaching toward heaven for hope and healing. In 2010, after a traffic crash, I found myself in therapy at Life Care and Israel Soto was one of my caregivers. He talked about his family, his job, and impressed me as one of the most caring individuals I have ever met. When news came of the loss of his niece, I wanted to reach out to him as he had reached out to me and my wife. I joined his fellow associates at Life Care as they gave him a send off and Beecher Hunter handed him the books to share with his hurting family and others affected by the shooting in the Newtown school. During my months of recovery, several Max Lucado books were given me. I read them all, each of them giving messages of hope, faith and grace. One book was entitled “The Gift for All People,” and it was a compilation of thoughts of God’s grace. The book was a gift to me from Dot and George Anderson, members of my Sunday School. Whether it be personal tragedy in your life, or a national tragedy that affects hundreds or thousands, the results are often the same. We go through the hurt and disbelieve of the incident. Then we think of what could have been done to prevent it. We often make changes. Then gradually we tend to fall back into the routine and into complacency. Lucado was right on target in his analysis of Newtown, Connecticut. The people have embraced the tragedy and helping one another. They are voicing their concerns and giving input into proposed school safety procedures.. And the nation is joining in. Just as we did during 911, we turned to God for hope and it is apparent it is happening again during Newtown’s recovery. They still need our prayers…..and as a nation we must continue to turn to God’s word for our comfort. Psalms 11:3 reminds us: “when all that is good falls apart, what can good people do.” Then the verse continues to remind us: “The Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord sits on his throne in heaven.” In otherwords, He is here, waiting for us to call upon him for guidance. It is sad that it takes tragedies to reawaken our faith in God. But God turns tragedy into triumph –just as He has done in all our lives at one time another. All we have to do is turn our face, our prayers, our situation, into His hands. Often, it is hard to find words during tragedy. But there are people like Lucado who are gifted. I am thankful God is guiding the words of comfort, hope and assurance through the penmanship of his servant Max Lucado.


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G ò0 dNews for Kids Do I Have to Go to Church?

Hebrews 10:23-25 Time to get ready for church!" called Sarah's father as he came into the room where she was watching cartoons on TV. "Aw, Dad," said Sarah. "Do I have to go?" "Yes, the whole family is going," said her father. "Why do I have to go along?" she asked. "You get a baby-sitter for me when you go to a movie. Can I have a baby-sitter now?" "We don't take you along just because we don't have a babysitter," said her father as he sat down beside her. "We want you to come with us to church because church is for you too." "Why should I go?" asked Sarah. "Because you are a part of the church," said her father. "Jesus loves you-just as he loves all of us." "But Jesus would love me even if I didn't go to church, wouldn't he?" asked Sarah. "Of course he would!" said her father. "And I would also love you even if I didn't see you for a long time." "But Jesus can see me at home. I can pray to him

here," said Sarah. "Yes you can," said her father. "But when we go to church we are helping other people in God's family and letting them help us. That's what happens when we hear God's Word and worship him." "How do people help me in church?" asked Sarah. "They teach you about Jesus and help you remember the things God does for you," said her father. "They love you and help you know that you are not alone. You are part of a congregation of people who care about one another." "How do I help them by going to church?" asked Sarah. She liked her father to spend time with her alone. She was sure he would stay with her as long as she kept asking questions. "You make other people happy when you love them and talk to them," said her father. "Most people love children. They like to see you in church with them. You help older people when you show them that you love Jesus too." "But what if some people don't see me?" Sarah asked. "I just ran out of answers," said her father, "and you just ran out of time. Now get dressed!"

Questions 1. Why do you like (or not like) to go to church? 2. Do you look forward to seeing anyone at church? 3. Do you think anyone looks forward to seeing you at church?

A Prayer Lord Jesus, thanks for loving me. Please help me to worship you and to enjoy being with other people who love you. Amen.

Excerpted from Family Time Story Devotions by Eldon Weisheit copyright Š 1992 Augsburg Books, an imprint of Augsburg Fortress. Reproduced by permission of Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

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Gò0 dNews on Money Matters

MONEY TALK$ By: Andrew Lee



“To Tithe or Not to Tithe—is that even a question?” Several months ago, I promised to write an article on tithing for this column. My insights claim to be neither profound nor innovative, but they are highly personal; and they aren’t based on some sermon I heard or even scriptures I had read in the Bible, but rather on what actually happened to me, personally, and the lessons I learned through these experiences. When I was a single man, my tithing was intermittent and insufficient. Like many Christians, I would drop a few dollars into the plate every time it was passed, and somehow fool myself into believing I was tithing. But “tithe” means a “tenth,” so it’s impossible to “tithe” less than a tenth of one’s income. Certainly we are called to give “offerings” to the Lord’s work, but that is separate from the tithe or tenth which we should be giving regularly. When I got married (fifteen years ago), my wife and I committed to tithing ten percent of our net income, and from that moment forward, I noticed a discernible difference in my financial situation. I’m not saying that we never had any more “tight” times financially (we did, but rarely); and I’m not saying that our cars never needed repairs or that we didn’t have to make some sacrifices from time to time in order to make ends meet. But these challenges were few and far between from the moment we committed to tithing regularly. But wait, that’s not the end of the story. The fateful day came several years ago when my wife came home and told me that God had spoken to her and said that we should begin tithing ten percent of our gross income rather than from our net income. Yes, I know. I can almost hear the collective groans of my readers out there right now in exasperation about this seemingly ageless controversy: chicken or the egg? Tithe on net income or gross? I calmly assured my wife that she was clearly out of her mind and that God had not really spoken to her about this. After all, we’d been tithing faithfully on our net income, and God had blessed us tremendously. In other words, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” She asked me to pray about it, and February 2013

left it at that. Well, it took about two days before I felt strongly in my spirit that God was telling me the same message. And I was not a bit happy about, to be honest. After all, the net income was what was left after taxes, medical insurance, and retirement contributions had all been deducted. In our case, there was a hefty difference between tithing on net income and gross income. It was going to “hurt” us financially . . . or so I thought. So the next month, our new tithe check was considerably more than our usual tithe check, and when I gave it, I was not a “cheerful giver.” But even with my bad attitude, God chose to work graciously. Here’s what happened: Less than a week later, we received a check in the mail from our mortgage company, along with an apology stating they had been charging us too much for our escrow account, so here was a refund. Would you believe that the refund check was nearly to the nickel the exact amount of the tithe check I had just written? I’d heard stories like this during sermons on tithing, but never thought it could actually happen to me. Then, one month later, my wife received a bonus from her job, and the amount was many times more than the tithe checks we were now writing. So of course we tithed on the bonus amount and gave God the glory. I was reminded of the scripture in Malachi 3:10 which says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” If you’re not tithing ten percent of your income, I encourage you to try to begin doing so immediately. Don’t worry about it if it’s from your net or gross income; just trust the Lord and seek His counsel as He blesses you. According to a national poll recently, the typical Christian gives less than 2% of his or her income to the church. And we wonder why we’re always broke. 8


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BEING A MAN OF EXCELLENCE, NOT EXCUSES By Chief Wes Snyder, Cleveland Police Department

Excuses are everywhere; what is not everywhere, is excellence. I see it everywhere and to be honest, I’m fed-up with it. When I get to a fed-up point, and I want to see change, I start with the Word of God. It’s the best place to go for answers, direction, and encouragement. In Colossians 3:23-24 the Word says ”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for humans, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” The Message says it this way: “Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.” Whatever you do for a living - whether you wear a uniform, work on a factory assembly line, or stay at home with the children, you can do it with excellence. Excellence stands out in a crowd. People of excellence shine. A man of excellence is a good leader. He is not a good leader becuase of what is written on his business card, how many titles he has, or how many letters that are behind his name. A man is a good leader because of the true character of which his heart is made of. NO ONE CAN MASTER THE SKILL BUT YOU! Start by making a commitment to be a man of quality. Seek God to direct you. Search the Bible for guidelines on how to be a man of excellence. From the small tasks that no one will ever see, to the big things that could end up as a headline in the local news media – honor your commitments, avoid bad habits, stop making excuses, take pride in your work, take pride your appearance, treat others with dignity and show kindness to others. The Spirit of excellence is the image of God and He is in no way mediocre. Nothing God does is half way. When He created the world and everything in it, it was done with excellence. Who wants to be a mediocre man? Men who are mediocre, who don’t value integrity, who don’t care about performance, who conform to the world’s ways will never live a fulfilled life. Let me encourage you to be a man of excellence and to pass it on to future generations. Eyes are watching us and it is our actions which speak much louder than our words. Predetermine in your heart to become a man of excellence and pass it on. Excellence is not a state of being. It is a destination to strive for. None of us have arrived at excellence … only God has. When we strive for more excellence in all we do, we are moving toward it. Being a man of excellence and integrity is the only way to be truly happy. It is its own reward. Let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes. “Few things fire up a person’s commitment like dedication to excellence.” Quote by John Maxwell February 2013


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CALLING ALL WOMEN By Melissa Snyder, Christian Life Coach

If you are living and breathing right now God has a plan for you.

God is calling women to ministry in a wide-range of areas and in all types of venues. Some have been called to ministry in far way countries, some to television, radio and internet ministries, while others have been called to ministry in their church, their workplace and within the four walls of their own home – in their own family. Even if you do not know to what capacity and role yet you have been called, know that you have been set apart and God has a precise purpose for you. To be set apart means God has His hand on you for a specific plan. What a lovely thought to know we have been chosen by God to walk into our destiny. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Although I cannot see the preordained plan and I don’t know all of the doors that will open and close, I do know that this “clay pot” is full of anticipation and ready to be used for His glory in whatever capacity He has for me. “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Psalm 25:9) Let me encourage you to remain faithful. With dedication and tenacity, keep knocking on doors until God opens one. Be obedient and willing to bend your will to what the Lord has for you. At the right time, an effectual door of ministry will open and you will be certain it’s the intended path you are to follow. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8) Whether God calls you to the mission field across the world or the mission field in your own backyard, you have the ability to positivity impact generations. It can begin by sharing stories of God’s faithfulness and how He has brought you through - how your tests of life turned into testimonies. Wherever God places us, in whatever roles we have, love others and tell them about Jesus! Your ministry can begin today! You are not too old, it is not too late and you are not lacking in anything. God will equip, train and prepare those He calls. Don’t let anyone say that women, filled with the power and love of God, do not have what it takes to be in ministry … God is saying we do! February 2013


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Washington Avenue Baptist Church 1720 Perry St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0489 Waterville Baptist Church Pastor Allan Lovelace 4555 Dalton Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-5582 or Sun School 9:00 Worship 10:45, and 6:00 Wed 6:30 West Cleveland Baptist Church 1959 Westland Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8927 Westwood Baptist Church Pastor Steve Smartt 4001 Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-1534 or Sun. 10:45, & 6:00 pm Wed 6:00 White Oak Baptist Church 2043 White Oak Valley Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-2359


St Therese Catholic Church 900 Clingan Ridge Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8123 Mass times: 6:00 PM - Saturday Vigil Mass 8:00 AM - Sunday Spanish Mass 9:30 AM - Sunday English Mass 12:00 PM - Sunday English Mass Holy Days of Obligation: 8:30 AM - English Mass 7:00 PM - Bilingual Mass


Cleveland Christian Fellowship Pastor Mark Strickland 695 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-2642 or Worship 10:00, and 6:30 Wed 7:00

Church of Christ Cleveland Church Of Christ 1025 Beech Cir NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 339-2500 Eastside Church Of Christ 252 Wildwood Ave SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0901 SE 2nd Street Church of Christ 753 Howard Cir SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-3789 Union Grove Church Of Christ Minster Steven Hall 4889 Bates Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-8307 Sunday School 10:00 Worship 10:55, 6:00 Wed. 7:00

Church of God Fellowship of Praise COG


Pastor Selma Hall 931 Inman Street East Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3121 or Sun School 10:00 Worship11:00, Wed 6:30 Heritage Fellowship COG Pastor Steve Gilbert 4635 South Lee Hwy Mcdonald, TN 37353 (423) 476-6316 or Sunday School 9:45 Worship 11:00, & Wed.7:00 International Worship Center Centro Internacional de Adoración 533 Central Ave. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-1977 or Sun. Worship 10:00 Wed. 7:00 North Cleveland COG Pastor Mitch Maloney 335 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5513 or Sun 10:30, and 6:00 Wed. 6:30 Mt Olive COG 3522 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3381 Mt View COG 210 Roadway Dr SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-6925 South Cleveland COG Pastor Chris Moody 1846 Volunteer Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6382 or Sun. 8:45, 10:45, & 6:00 Wed. 7:00 Westmore COG Pastor Kelvin Page 2412 Wolfe Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 559-9646 or Sun. 10:00, and 6:00 Wed. 6:30 Zion Assembly COG Pastor Todd Mcdonald 5512 Waterlevel Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-3337 or Sun School 10:00 Worship 11:00, 6:00 Wed 7:00

Church of God of Prophecy Cleveland Spanish Church of God of Prophecy 2610 Grove Ave. Cleveland, TN 37312 (423)473-7199 Durkee Road Church of God of Prophecy 201Durkee Rd. Cleveland, TN37312 (423) 472-4384 Keith Street Ministries Church of God of Prophecy 4000 Keith ST. NW

Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-2448 Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy 3301 Peerless Rd. NW Cleveland, TN 37312 (423)303-2680 Spring Place Church of God of Prophecy 2530 Spring Place Rd. Cleveland, TN37311 (423)476-6414 Wildwood Church of God of Prophecy Bishop Winston Reid 140 Wildwood Ave Cleveland, TN 37311 (423)479-6584 Worship 11 am; Sunday school 9:45 Wednesday Bible Study 7pm


Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church 320 Broad St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5541


LutheranFirst Lutheran Church 195 McIntire Ave NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-6811


Big Spring United Methodist Church 1196 Hardwick St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5242 Black Fox United Methodist Church 1820 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-1908 Broad Street United Methodist Church 155 Central Ave NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5586 First United Methodist Church 3425 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-4504 South Cleveland United Methodist Church 1165 Church St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-8742 Tasso United Methodist 1106 Tasso Ln NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-4457 Riverston Church 85 Central Ave NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 790-5956 Trinity United Methodist Church 731 1st St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 614-7900 Valley Head Methodist Church 920 Mouse Creek Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-0575 Wesley Memorial Methodist

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3405 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-9578


Faith Memorial Church 910 17th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6281 First United Pentecostal Church 4095 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-9436


Christian Fellowship Ctr 895 6th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-9591 Church Alive Ministries Cleveland, TN 37353 (423) 559-1371 Cleveland Cornerstone Church 533 Broad St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-1775 Dwelling Place Church International Pastors Jamie and Judy Jacobs Tuttle 523 Urbane Rd. NE Cleveland, TN 37312 423.790.5200 Sun @ 10, Thurs @ 7 Prayer Tuesday @ 7 am and 6 pm Freedom Fellowship Church 3555 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0654 Graceway Chapel 221 14th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 728-2226 Living Word Church Pastor Larry Cockerham 930 25th Street, NW Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-3028 or Sun.10:30 & Wed 7:00 pm Norvel Hayes Ministries 24 155 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-3882 Restoration Fellowship 211 Trewhitt Dr SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-4249 The Simple Gospel 850 Elrod St SE Cleveland, TN 37311 423-650-9572 Sunday at 10:30am Sunday at 3;00pm Radio 1070 AM Wednesday at 6:00pm Shema Israel Ministry 850 Elrod St SE Cleveland, TN 37311 423-994-8553 Saturday at 2;30pm United Christian Church

2200 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-4277 Walker Valley Community Church 787 Lauderdale Memorial Hwy NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-9696


Charleston Cumberland Presbyterian Church 8267 N Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-5004 First Cumberland Presbyterian Church 161 2nd St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6751 First Presbyterian Church 433 N Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5584 Flint Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church Rev. Kevin Wilson 515 Flint Springs Rd Cleveland TN. 37323 423-284-6397 or Facebook Sunday Morning Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship at 11:00 St James Cumberland Presbyterian Church 151 Short St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-5762 Trinity Presbyterian Church 1780 Stuart Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-9595

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A Love Story: By: Emily Stone Love: Action or Feeling? Is love an action or a feeling? The answer? “Yes!”…

and those two aspects of love are intricately connected. You cannot have one without the other. In the beginning of a relationship, when individuals are woozily drunk off the possibility of affection, appreciation, and attachment, efforts and energy are invested with little thought. The door gets held open, details about the other person are noticed, small gifts or acts of kindness are shared. Selfless acts of concession and willing requests for forgiveness in the inevitable conflicts of life come easy. However, as relationships mature and familiarity reaches a place of comfort and predictability, stakes don’t SEEM quite so high and, without intention, couples stop investing quite so much. The ACTIONS associated with love wane, but the couple expects the FEELINGS to continue. It just doesn’t work that way. It might take weeks, months, or even years, but just like a body that is untended will eventually shows signs of disrepair as it ages, so too will a relationship. And, stakes could not be higher even if it seems that nothing could go wrong...even if it seems that you and your spouse or loved one have this relationship thing down. At this point enormous relational investments have been made. Other people such as children, extended family, and your community are part of your relationship, too. It is no longer just about the two of you. It could not be a more “life-threatening” time to go on “auto pilot”. Yet, that is exactly what most couples do. Then they are caught off guard when one day…or week, or month, or year…they are hit in a vulnerable area and their relationship is suddenly on the rocks. Maybe finances crash, a loved one dies or faces trauma…stress hits your relationship and you realize that it isn’t quite as strong as you had hoped.

There is an idea in couples and individual therapy of “acting as if ”. The idea here is that our feelings can actually follow our behavior rather than the other way around. We all do this from time to time. You know how it works…you don’t feel like going on a walk, but you know it is good for you so you put on your walking shoes and get out there and do it. By the end of your walk, you are so glad you did it! Your feelings (wanting to walk) change on the basis of your behavior (getting out there and walking). You acted “as if ” you wanted to go on that walk by getting out there and doing it…and pretty soon your feelings followed your behavior. So often in our society we wait for it to work the other way around. We’ll work on being healthier when we are more motivated (i.e.”when we feel like it). We’ll love on our wife or husband when we start to “feel” like we love him. How often do our feelings actually change first? Rarely, which is exactly how often our behaviors change, too. You can try this right now. Go ahead. Smile. For many people just the simple act of smiling can make a person feel better. You are “acting as if ” you are happy and the next thing you know you actually start to feel a little better. Here is where it gets powerful to me. Romans 4:17 describes God as “the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.” Our God is a calling forth kind of God. He is an “act as if ” God. I am so glad He is. He acts as if I am righteous, even though I am a sinner saved by Grace. He acts as if I am worthy by loving on me unconditionally. He acts as if I am His finished product rather than the work in progress I truly am. Yes, our God…He is an “act as if “ God and I am so

Dates for the Epic Couple

1. Strong Foundation Date

Like a strong, beautiful house, every relationship needs a strong foundation, which includes knowing the little things about one another. Get in the car and go driving. Stop to get a coffee or cup of tea “to go”. Explore neighborhoods where you would like to live or “site see” houses that you admire. As you drive around take turns to answer the following questions about one another to build the “foundation” of the “home” that is your relationship. Don’t hesitate to add your own questions! 1. Name your partner’s best friend(s). 2. Name your partner’s favorite movie. 3. What is your partner’s favorite holiday? 4. What is a favorite memory from childhood for your partner? 5. What is your partner’s favorite kind of music? 6. What has been your partner’s favorite vacation ever? 7. Where does your partner dream of traveling one day? 8. When your partner was little what did he/she want to be “when they grew up”? 9. When did your partner get his/her first bike? Car? 10. Who was your partner’s favorite teacher?

2. Surmounting Struggles Date

Every couple has “perpetual problems” (see John Gottman’s many writings for more information). These are problems that do not seem to go away. A small example could be the difference in how you squeeze the toothpaste tube. A larger example could be your differences in spending habits. Sometimes working through these issues can feel like scaling or hiking a mountain! Explore your area for a day or half-day hike. Pack a lunch and plan on eating when you reach the hike destination (a water fall, an outlook, or the turn around point). When you get to this place, over lunch, take some time to identify the “perpetual” problems in your relationship. Don’t forget to inject some respectful humor… which can be one of our greatest relational survival skills when appropriate! Each of you commit to doing YOUR part to grow in this “problem” area and love one another through it. List ways that you and your partner have grown already in this area. End with expressing five appreciations about the other person. Smile, hug, and celebrate the journey that is your marriage before you hike back to your starting point.

Living Your Epic very glad that He is. Sometimes, our marriage and couple relationships will go through “act as if ” times. Life happens and we neglect what is most important and we will need to spend time committing to the actions without the benefit of woozy feelings to motivate us. Except for cases of relationship abuse or inappropriate relationship behaviors, we are called to love like God…unconditionally. A love that acknowledges you and your spouse are works in progress and faithfully journeys together with the finished product in mind.

The Epic Love Story I have what I think is a fairly bold proclamation to make. I am done with the fairy tale metaphor. I don’t want it. I don’t want to be a princess. I don’t want a prince. I don’t want “happily ever after”. I don’t want the fairy tale. But, I will tell you what I DO want. I want the epic. I want a story I would want to read beyond childhood. I want complex characters. Characters with interesting flaws. Characters who make mistakes and learn from them. I want characters I would want to read about, cry over, hope with, and smile with in victory. I don’t want happily ever after because I don’t want it to stop there. I want the full story. I want highs and lows…a complicated plot with twists and turns…where main characters fall, but get back up again. I want seasons with births and deaths and resurrections. I want to live MY greatest love story by the greatest Author: God. Epics are long and sometimes grueling, but that is how you know it is an epic. Epics are classics. Epics are long, hard, intense. Oh, the joy, the pain, the heartbreak, the victory. You think you will never

3. Action Date!

Feeling down can take a toll on any relationship. No matter which person is struggling with negative emotions, the couple as a unit tends to carry the pain of these feelings. A great, simple intervention for the blues is to get your body moving, be outside, and spend time with those we love. Choose an activity that is outdoors (weather permitting) and get moving together! Ride bikes, walk, go for a run. When you are finished set aside some time to refresh with a healthy drink such as a smoothie or just a glass of water…and LAUGH!

get through it. Then it is over and you wonder at the story… at the characters…at how you want the story to live on and on and on. Sometimes there isn’t a “happily ever after”, but as much as you wish you could rewrite the ending you know that it would cheapen the beauty of the story…the “perfect” happy ending would not be perfect at all. It would destroy the epic. It would be forever removed from the classification “classic”. Epics have a way of finishing, but not finishing. The book comes to the last page, the movie shows the credits, but you still wonder what is going on with the characters…with their children, with their children’s children. I want a life that goes beyond happily ever after. I want a life that goes beyond the credits, beyond the last page. I want legacy. I want the epic. I don’t want the fairy tale. I want imperfect, intense, and beautiful. I want “in it for the long haul”…way past the “happily ever after”. That is what makes a story so good. Good enough for our children’s children to want to read. So, I have a challenge for you…for every single couple out there. Stop living the fairy tale. I dare you to live the epic. I dare you to live and love through the highs and the lows. I dare you to live and love a story that is complicated, long, sometimes grueling, filled with joy, pain, heartbreak, and victory. I dare you to live and love where characters rise and fall and rise again. I dare you to live and love through life, death, and resurrection. I dare you to live and love YOUR greatest love story you have ever known written by your Great Author. I dare you to live a life and marriage that goes beyond the credits of your life, beyond the last page. I dare you to keep the epic perspective when things get hard… when your relationship hits an “act as if ” season. Because things will get hard. And, then they will get good again. And again and again and again. It wouldn’t be an epic otherwise.

4. Creating New Memories Date

All couples need time to dream new dreams. Having a common direction in life is important even if that common direction includes separate dreams for each individual. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone and routine is a great way to spark creativity and dreaming. Choose an activity that NEITHER of you have ever done. Ballroom dancing, a rock climbing class, a painting class, a particular hike, a new restaurant…whatever activity it is be sure that NEITHER of you have ever been to the place or participated in the activity before. During and/or after the activity share your dreams for the future with one another which can include adding something new to your routine like a yoga class or a bigger dream like going back to school or starting a new career. This is not the time to criticize or bring up roadblocks to your spouse. Although it can lead to one, dreaming does not have to include an action plan. JUST DREAM and show appreciation for one another’s creativity and zest for life.

Adult Groups

Cleveland Christian Fellowship

-Bible Study Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Heritage Fellowship COG

-C.O.R.E- Young adults age 1830, Single and Married gather together the 1st Tuesday of every month at Panera on Paul Huff Pkwy. -C.O.R.E- Sunday mornings at 9:45. Breakfast is provided.

Macedonia Baptist Church -Prayer & bible study Wednesday at 6:30 p.m

Parkway Baptist Church -Bible study Wednesday at 6:00 p.m

South Cleveland COG

Bible studies and WOW worship Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

The Church at GracePoint -LifePoint Small Groups Contact mclark@grace-point. com

Union Grove Church of Christ -Bible study Sundays at 10:00 a.m (All ages) -Bible study Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Westmore COG -“Bridge Builders” Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Berean” Bible Study Sundays at 5:00 p.m.” -Sanctuary Bible Class Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -Crossroads Bible Study Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Growing in Christ” Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Sojourners” Bible Study Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Growing in Grace” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. -“The Blessed Life” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m -Bible study Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Westwood Baptist Church -Bible Study Sundays at 9:30 a.m.


Living Word Church

-Cereal Sunday: Last Sunday of each month beginning at 10am for elementary age children. W.O.W. = Win On Wednesday (Discipleship program) 7-8:15pm every Wed. night For kids infant to 5th grade -Kids Town Sun.&Wed Nights Grace Point - KidStuf Sun. 9 am -C4K Sun. 10 am -UpStreet Sun. 6 pm -GP Kids Sun. 6:30 Heritage Fellowship COG -Royal Rangers/Missionettes: Wednesdays at 7:00p (K-5) Macedonia Baptist Church -Awana Club Wednesday 6:00 p.m.

Mt Olive Ministries COG -Childrens Choir (K-2 grade, 3-5 grade) Wednesdays at 7:00-7:30 p.m. -Little Sweethearts (2-5 yrs) -Bluebelles (1st-3rd) -Joybelles (4th-5th) -Royal Rangers (K-5th) Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

North Cleveland COG -“e4Kids” Sundays 9:30-10:00 a.m. -Big Breakfast Bonanza Sundays 10:00-10:30 a.m. -Big City Sundays 10:30-12:00 p.m. -Toon Town Wednesdays 6:30-7:15

Parkway Baptist Church -TeamKIDS(k-5 grade) Wdnesday at 6:00 p.m

South Cleveland COG

-Little Sweethearts (2-5 yrs) -Bluebelles (1st-3rd) -Joybelles (4th-5th) -Royal Rangers (K-5th) Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Westmore COG

-Childrens Choir (K-2 grade, 3-5 grade) Wednesdays at 6:30-7:00 p.m. -Little Sweethearts (2-5 yrs) -Bluebelles (1st-3rd) -Joybelles (4th-5th) -Royal Rangers (K-5th) Wednesday 7:00 p.m.

Westwood Baptist Church -“Kid Connection” Sunday School 9:30-10:40 Worship Hour 10:40-12:15 -Story Craft Hour (July) Wednesdays 6:30-8:00 -Awana (Aug-May) Wednesdays 6:00-8:00

Couples Groups

North Cleveland COG

-“Twenty Something” Couples Fellowship For engaged and married couples in their 20’s. Sundays at 9:30 a.m. -“Covenant Couples” Couples 30’s – 50’s Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Westmore Church of God -“IMarriage” Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

Family Groups

Living Word Church - Living Word Church Family Life Groups (Call 423.339-3028 for more information) - Thursdays, 1:30pm - Thursdays, 6:30pm - Sundays, 5pm Westmore Church of God -Visionary Parenting Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -“Secrets of Your Family Tree” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Food Ministries

Macedonia Baptist Church -Living Bread- gives out nonperishables first Friday of each month 12 - 1 p.m.

Men’s Groups

First United Methodist Church -Men’s Breakfast 1st Saturday Morning at 8:00 a.m. Living Word Church - Living Word Church Men’s Life Groups (Call 423.339-3028 for more information) - Sunday 6pm - Monday 7pm - Saturday 8am Mt. Olive Ministries -Men’s Ministries

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m North Cleveland Church of God -“Iron Sharpens Iron” Mens Ministry Saturday Mornings at 9:00 a.m. At Mountain View Inn

The Church at GracePoint -Men’s Breakfast at 8:00 a.m First Saturday of the month in the Grace Point Café.

Westmore COG

-Wednesday Morning Prayer 6:00 a.m.

Prayer Groups

Cleveland Christian Fellowship -Prayer meeting) Tuesdays at 7:30 a.m. Living Word Church Pre-Service Prayer Sunday Mornings. 9:30-10:20am. Prayer Room. God-Seekers (Noon Prayer). Freedom Prayer Room. M-Th 12:00 - 1pm City-Wide Prayer. Every Friday. 12:00 - 1 (Calendar available at House of Prayer. 1st and 3rd Fridays each month. 7-9pm. East Wing Go Prayer / Evangelism. Every Friday. 7pm. East Wing Fast Lane (Prayer and Fasting) 1st Mon, Tue, Wed of each month. 12 Noon. Sanctuary Healing Rooms (Healing Prayer Ministry). Thursdays 1-3pm. (By Appointment 423.339.3028) 1st and 3rd Fridays 7pm

The Church at GracePoint -Prayer Service Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Westmore COG

-Missions Prayer Movement Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Senior Adult

Living Word Church

Embers (Senior Adult Ministries) Sept. 30, 1pm. Picnic at Fletcher Park Call 423.330.3028 for more information

Macedonia Baptist Church -Fellowship Lunchon-Every 3rd

tuesday -Quilters groups that meets ever 2nd. & 4th. Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m

North Cleveland COG -“Peacemakers” Senior adult ministries Contact Travis Porter (423) 476-5513

South Cleveland COG

Westmore Church of God -Women’s Bible Study Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. -Yada Yada Book Club Third Thursday of each month 7:30-9:00 p.m Contact Emily Stone at (423)331-1474

Westwood Baptist Church

-“Prime Timers” 1 Friday a month

-“Sisters Inc.” For more info contact Terry Johnson (423)472-1534

North Cleveland COG

Cleveland Christian Fellowship

SingleAdult Groups

-“Oasis Singles Ministry” Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Westmore Church of God -“Single Friends” Meet the second and forth Saturdays of each month for a variety of events. Contact Tammy Taylor at (865)617-7715.

Support Groups

Westmore COG

-“DivorceCare” Thursdays Contact Rick and Rhonda McClure (423)596-1003 -Grief Care Mondays at 6:00 p.m.

Womens Groups

Living Word Church

Life Groups (Call 423.339-3028 for more information) - Sunday 5pm, -Sunday 6pm, -Thursday11:30am - Thursday 6pm - Friday 10:30am

Mt. Olive Ministries

-Women’s Ministries Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m

North Cleveland COG

-Women’s Ministries Contact Nelda at (423)4765513

The Church at GracePoint -Women group meets weekly For more info contact

South Cleveland COG -“Fusion” Youth Group Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Westmore COG

-The Element Root work Electives Sundays at 6:00 p.m. -The Element Service Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Westwood Baptist Church -“Refuge” Youth Group Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m.


-CCF Jr. Youth(10-12) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. -CCF Teens(13-18) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Grace Point -IGNITE Youth Ministries Wednesday The U. 6:30pm Sunday Verticle Café 7pm Heritage Fellowship COGROOTS Student Ministry: Wednesdays at 7:00p and Sundays at 9:45a.m. (breakfast provided!) International Worship Center Centro Internacional de Adoración -Youth Ministries Wednesday 7pm Friday 7pm Living Word Church -IGNITE Youth Ministries Wednesday IGNITE U. 7pm Sunday IGNITE Service 6:30pm -Fuel: Ages 18-29 Thursday Nights at 8pm Macedonia Baptist Church -Y4C Youth Group Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Mt. Olive Ministries COG -LH2O Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

North Cleveland COG -“Altitude Middle School Ministires” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. -“Elevation” Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Parkway Baptist Church

-Student Ministries(6-12 grade) Wdnesday at 6:00 p.m

Events In February

Cloverleaf Baptist Church -Praise & Worship Service February 17th, 6 p.m North Cleveland Church of God -Navigate Parenting Event February 9, 9am12:30p.m Peerless Road Church -Spaghetti Lunch Youth Fundraiser February 10 Salvation Army -Living Your Happily Ever After February 15 at 7p.m -Sweetheart Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two February 14 at 6p.m Westmore Church of God -“Love Our World” Mission Banquet Sunday, February 17, 6-8 p.m

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G ò0 dNews for Parents

Staying Present By: Stacey Wielfaert


s I was skimming my Facebook™ newsfeed before the New Year, I noticed a prevailing theme among my buddies who are also parents. An overwhelming number of friends noted experiencing a feeling of absence, distraction, and even “missing out” on key moments with their families, especially children. Since the New Year has begun, I have noticed that a number of these same friends have reduced the number of posts and tweets and I can only assume that they are experiencing success in their endeavor of reducing “air” time. One certain friend, Athena Davis of Cleveland, Tennessee, started a beautiful blog which she titled, Taking Time to See the Colors (athenajdavis. Her post called “5+1” is one of the best examples of understanding the necessity of being with our children when we are with our children. From her post, an internal conversation began that caused me to examine my own time with my children. While I believe media is one of my number one distractions, I also began wonder at the “other” things that we, as parents, allow to distract us from connecting with our children. It does not seem to me that this is a new phenomenon among parents today. There have always been things that we might call “distractions” for parents. We all can remember our mothers getting aggravated

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at our apparent magical need for attention whenever they were using the phone, going to the restroom, or just not available to us for whatever reason. These memories from a time when cell phones, Facebook™, Twitter™, and the internet were not a part of our daily lives, show me that the issue is not necessarily technology but the possible subconscious ability on the part of our children to understand that their security is not undermined or compromised when their parents are occupied. As a teacher, I have children in my classroom who are in constant need of attention either from their peers or their teacher, and I have often wondered if this is a result of the inability of parents to establish a secure environment where children are able to know that even if mom or dad is busy, they - the children - are still safe and cherished. However, if we as parents do not know that this is an issue for our children, how do we know how to establish the perimeters that our children need as they mature? From the time a baby is born, there are structures designed to keep the child safe. From the lining of a bassinet to the snug sling wrapped around a mother’s body, an infant is kept secure. As babies grow, they are instructed not to touch things that will hurt them. Mothers put plugs into wall sockets and door locks onto cabinets that

hold poison. We know how to secure the environment. However, when our children go out into the world whether in the church nursery, preschool, or home school group, where the structures are not what they are used to, they have to learn to adjust to the security of those surroundings, and every place is different. I knew how to take care of my girls when they were babies. Tighten the strap on the car seat; install the car seat properly; hold the baby with confidence, but I wonder if I know how to establish this same safety for my children as they are growing and entering a world that does not always promote the same morals and values that I want for them. My job is to find out how to help them know that even if Mommy is grading papers or folding clothes or perusing Facebook™, they are safe and loved. My job is to make sure that they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are the center of my world and the focus of my love. My job is to teach them that, even when horrible things seem to be happening in our world and though I cannot promise that tragedy will not occur, God is still God, and He is changing them daily to be who He wants them to be. My job is to stay present.


United Christian Academy

Welcome to United Christian Academy (UCA). We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about UCA and the excellent educational experience our program offers. Exploring educational opportunities for your child is exciting, and we look forward to sharing in this experience with you. UCA recognizes that the elementary school years are a critical time for the development of intellectual curiosity as well as social, emotional, and physical growth. Our program provides a stimulating academic environment through which children grow intellectually, realizing personal creativity and competency from grades Pre-K3-9. Classes are intimate with a structure that optimizes interactions between teacher and student. Children also work in small groups and enjoy hands-on learning. The curriculum is grounded in the fundamentals of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies and complemented by instruction in foreign language, art, music, library, physical wellness, and technology. UCA believes in the importance of spiritual growth and of building a community of individuals who are kind, honest, cooperative, self-reliant, and compassionate. To begin the admission process, please contact our office today!

United Christian Academy 2200 Peerless Road Cleveland, TN 37311 Phone: (423) 478-2500 - Email: -

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Is it Time? By: Esmerelda Lee


hen people tour Garden Plaza at Cleveland, many emphatically exclaim, “I am not ready for this yet?” I also hear, “I am fine on my own in my house!” Senior Living is not for everyone, and no one will disagree with the fact that “home” is where most people want to live. However, the people that live at Garden Plaza call us home. The age range of people choosing Senior Living is anywhere from 60 to 90 years. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when considering senior living: • Do you need more help from family friends with your activities of daily living? • Do you sometimes feel lonely or isolated at home? • Do you worry about your safety? • Are you tired of maintaining a home? • Do you have trouble driving at night or in inclement weather? Senior Living is becoming a healthy alternative to many older adults. Today’s market delivers so many options for seniors so that they can stay healthy and live a quality of life. On occasion children of aging seniors find themselves in a position to discuss and consider senior living options with their parents. These are a few of the signs to assist families in evaluating the future.

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• The refrigerator is empty or filled with spoiled food. Proper nutrition is crucial to living a healthy life, and most times older adults feel less inclined to cook for two people, or shop for groceries. • Your parents are beginning to hibernate or self -isolate. As is becomes difficult to park and walk distances to stores, office visits, church etc., older adults choose to stay home more. This can lead to depression. • If you notice a parent wearing the same clothing over and over again. At times, laundry and bathing become difficult to execute on a daily basis. Is it time to consider senior living? This question rests on the individual, however, some people in failing to make the decision at the optimum time, cause other’s to have make the decision for them. Many times, the decision is made to late in life, and senior adults have less of an option. Village Homes, Independent living Facilities and Assisted Living options are only being considered when people have needs, and at times their needs are so great, that the nursing home or private sitters is the only option left . Senior Living is an option to live, not to die. But, only you and your family can answer the question, is it time?


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Get off the couch and MOVE! By: Kristy Snider


e live in a fast-paced and demanding society. With all the responsibilities that come with a busy schedule, kids typically get put in the car, told to sit still and play their games to keep themselves occupied. At home the last thing we want to do is do more activities to add to our already hectic day. This often leads to kids continuing to sit after they sat all day. Parents can take advantage of many different parts of their day in creative ways to get their family active. With child obesity rates rising, organizations and health professionals have produced fitness initiatives directly targeting children. The NFL developed Play 60, encouraging kids to get up and move 60 minutes a day. Education leaders nationwide have established curriculum with components requiring physical activity. CrossFit has produced workout programs for children. These programs are all great fitness initiatives for kids, but we are busy people,

with little time to include a formal exercise program into our day. Parents can be creative about getting their kids up and moving. Here are some ways kids can get moving without an organized sport or program. 1. Household chores. Turn on the radio or an upbeat CD while kids do their chores. This adds fun and energy to the tasks. During TV time have the kids do squats, pushups or situps every time a commercial set comes on. Set chores to a timer or turn it into a competition for siblings. If kids get TV or videogame time, have them do one chore or activity before sitting down. Pick high energy chores for kids to do, such as vacuuming and washing the car. Take more than one trip up the stairs to put laundry away. After feeding the dog, take a few minutes to play fetch and run outside. 2. Video games. If your family does enjoy video games, pick games that include physical activity such as Just Dance or Wii Sports. This

is movement with lots of entertainment!

3. After school drag. When kids come home from school, give them time right then to play and move around. They just spent 8 hours cooped up in a building..they need to use that energy! If you home school, take frequent exercise breaks or tie in physical activity to their school work. 4. Move with them. Don’t be afraid to get active with your kids. Make it a family thing. Kids who see their parents taking the stairs instead of escalator will pick up good habits naturally. Change family time from watching TV into a game of tag, charades, or a dance contest. The bottom line is kids need to MOVE! Kids who develop healthy habits young will sleep better, have a decreased chance of developing diabetes or other health problems, and will feel better. Always encourage your kids to get up and get going!

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Red Velvet Cake By: Deana Thompson


ebruary is a time for people to tell others how much they love and appreciate them. How that occurs depends upon each person. Some say it with flowers. Some say it with cards and gifts. Some say it with a candlelight dinner. God said it by sending His only Son, Jesus, to die for our salvation and restoration (John 3:16). No matter how you tell others of your love, the color that pervades through each message is red. Red roses. Red hearts. Red boxes of chocolates. Red candles. The blood of Jesus Christ. This Valentine’s Day add your own version of red with this Red Velvet Cake. Sprinkle the top with coconut, chopped nuts, or shaved chocolate for an added touch; or perhaps even bake it in heartshaped cake pans for an extra-special dessert. Don’t let this month go by without telling those around you, whether by word or deed, that you love them.

2¾ c. freshly-milled soft white wheat flour, or 2¼ c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 2 oz. red food coloring ½ c. unsalted butter, softened 1 c. honey 2 eggs ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract ¾ c. buttermilk 1 tsp. white vinegar 1 tsp. baking soda 1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. 2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. 3. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and the food coloring to form a thin smooth paste; set aside. 4. In a large bowl, beat the butter and honey with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula as you mix. 5. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then add half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of the flour mixture, then the remaining buttermilk. End with the remaining flour mixture, beating well and scrap-

ing down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. 6. In a small bowl, mix the vinegar and baking soda. (It will fizz!) Add it to the cake batter and stir until combined. Working quickly, divide the batter between the two cake pans and place them in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. (Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.) 7. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Gently run a knife around the edge of the pan and place a wire rack on top of the cake pan, inverting the cake then gently lifting off the pan. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting them.

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STRESS By: Diana Mayfield

Stress, by definition, according to Merriam Webster is “a constraining force or influence. A physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.” Therefore, in case one has somehow slept through the last fifty years or so, let me reiterate… STRESS IS VERY, VERY BAD. Stress-related illnesses are ever increasing. Although, there is a definite place for pharmaceuticals, it seems as though they are the only recourse the media and our corporate society seem to promote. I submit that as long as we can use holistic approaches we will fare better and our internal organs won’t have to filter quite so much!! As much as possible, we should do our best to combat stress holistically, meaning using a variety of resources; natural ones, preferably. Massage Therapy can be a valuable tool in the fight against stress. Please allow me to indulge in a little literary creativity, and share with you how massage can benefit the ill effects of stress using the following acronym. Stimulates the release of the “feel good” endorphins. These are created as a result of the continuous neural response to massage

Treats tight muscles by squeezing and gently stretching muscles which are then allowed to rehydrate and restored to natural tonicity. Reduces inflammation, which in my humble opinion is the most beneficial purpose of massage, by far!! Massaging increases blood flow thereby naturally reducing inflammation. Eliminates toxins; as blood and body fluids move during massage toxins are picked up and pushed out through the body’s natural waste removal process.

Skin. The skin is the largest organ and is the first in line to receive the initial benefits of therapeutic touch. Since every part of our skin has neural connectivity it is the greatest igniter to the Central Nervous Systems engagement to the massage process. Silence. Probably the easiest yet most difficult for people on the move is to embrace is the stillness of a slice of time. A moment to settle the mind, body and spirit. It is during this time that the inner being is being restored and charged up. Whereas, these reasons apply to massage, one can also take these premises and use them every day to combat stress. Do something fun like a quick game of air hockey. Movement and laughter will get the positive mind juices flowing. Every now and then, stretch at your desk and take a couple of deep breaths. The delightful burst of oxygen will course through your body, nourishing muscle tissues and stimulates brain function. Inflammation can be fought through diet so, stay away from processed sugars and high fat items, they just slow everything down. As much as possible eating whole foods are best. Drink at least half of your body weight IN OUNCES of water. This one action alone benefits so many bodily systems that if you can only do one of these suggestions please do this one. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others. Believe it or not everyone is fighting some sort of battle and a little kindness goes a long way towards keeping a peaceful atmosphere. Lastly, surround yourself with nice sounds, pleasant fragrances, happy colors and SMILE. The simple act of turning your lips up communicates immediately to the brain to release feel good chemicals. And get a massage!!

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And It Was Ver Good By Rev. R.G.O (Rust) Asble


s the Fall/Winter hunting season closes for another year, I always love to look back and reflect on what I have had the opportunity to experience, see and share. As I remember, there is always one thing that I come back to most. It is the wonder of God’s Great Outdoors. I am always amazed in what God has created and how he created it for our use and purpose. Everything created by Him is for us. I love reading about this in Genesis 1. Here are a few highlights for us to remember and think about:

‘In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth’ … - Let there be light, separated light from darkness…and God saw it was good. - Let the expanse between the waters separate water from waters …called sky…and God saw it was good. - Let the water under the sky be gathered in one placed and let dry ground appear…called land…and God saw it was good. - Let the land produce vegetation, plants, seeds, trees, fruit…and God saw it was good. - Let there be lights in the sky separating day and night, greater light in the day and lesser light at night…and God saw it was good. - Let the water teem with living creatures and birds fly above the earth, multiplying…and God saw it was good. - Let the land produce living creatures, according to there kind…and God saw it was good. - Let us make man, in the image of God He created…and God saw it was good. “The God said, “ I give you everything (plants, trees, beasts, birds, creatures) that has breath of life in it and every green plant for food. And it was so.” “God saw all that he made…and it was VERY good.” Thank you Lord Jesus for taking care of our every need through what you created. May we never take for granted this blessing and always strive to be great stewards in what you have entrusted us with. February 2013



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