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GoodNews for Kids Dad Didn’t Help Me!

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GoodNews on Money Matters College Savings: Failing to Plan/ Planning to Fail

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GoodNews for Him Is There A “SHORT” In Your True Confessions? Cleveland Church Directory GoodNews for Her Every Exchange

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GoodNews From the Pastor’s Desk YOUR NEW SEASON IS HERE

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GoodNews for Parents Revelation

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GoodNews for Health & Fitness 5,4,3,2,1, WORKOUT!

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GoodNews for Teens Anna Thompson

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GoodNews For Everyone Lost Sheep... Are we really that interested?

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GoodNews For Couples Marriage - It ain’t like the movies!

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GoodNews for Seniors Saftey Tips for Senior Living GoodNews For Everyone A Gentle Tug GoodNews for Writers

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YOUR NEW SEASON IS HERE By Pastor Jamie Tuttle Dwelling Place Church International


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t’s only been a month or so since a new football season started. Wow, so much anticipation was in the air both in Cleveland, and across America. I must say, I tuned in, and still do, as much as anyone; I’m a huge football fan, (Go Vols, Go Cowboys). Can you imagine that first day in stadium locker rooms everywhere; the conversations, the challenge speeches, the coaches charge to his players, “last year is over, and now it’s a new season, let’s do this.” I’m sure emotions continue to be high week after week, as teams press forward to accomplish the common goal; WIN! Isaiah 43:18-19 in The Message says, “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. 19)Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” This passage is a declarative statement God speaks through Isaiah, that something new is on the way, and He is the one sending it. I believe that we are all candidates of God’s new season; He desires to do something fresh and new in all of our lives. On the first day of the new football season, all teams are even; no wins, no losses. It doesn’t matter what last year looked like, whether your team was the worst, or your team won the championship. When the new season starts, everyone has the same opportunity to be a CHAMPION. Every coach and his team hits the field with the same thought, “with this fresh start, and new season, we have just as much of a chance to win as the others.” It’s what makes the new season so exciting. This is the way we pursue all that God has for us. We can no longer go back to the way it used to be, living a life of defeat and failure. He has made us more than failures. Romans 8:37 states, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” This is such a powerful verse because we are described as not just being conquerors, but more than conquerors. In other words, we are not just barely victorious, or just winning by a few points. Absolutely not! Jesus Christ in us, gives us total victory. In Him we must realize, THE PAST IS OVER. I love the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16, when they were thrown into jail. Verses 22-24 says, “The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23)And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24) Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison(maximum security) and fastened their feet in the stocks.” You can imagine the mockery of these men of God who had given their lives for the cause of Christ. They took on a beating of bruises and open wounds.

This is a picture of what the enemy does to you: *He strips your of your dignity, emotionally beating you down *He puts you into bondage *He gets you to the point where you condemn yourself, believing you are a loser and of no value, having absolutely no purpose. But that is not the end of the story. Just when your enemy thinks he has you, something brand new is being planned on your behalf; a breakthrough, a new opportunity, a new season. Acts 16:25-26 is the most powerful part of the story. It reads, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God (while in chains), and the prisoners were listening to them, 26)and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” Oh my, there is nothing more powerful than praising and worshipping God right in the face of your enemy; he really does not know what to do with it, especially when you are going through the toughest of times. “At midnight”, simply represents when things may be the darkest in your life. It is the hour of total darkness, and everything appears to be caving in. However, if you determine to worship God, like Paul and Silas, even in the worst of times, He will cause the shackles and walls of life to fall, creating the access to freedom, and when the “smoke clears”, your enemy will be sitting there dumbfounded. No matter what your seasons in the past have looked like; though you may have faced the worst year in your marriage, business, body or family, your new season in Christ is here. Cling to Him, trust Him, praise Him, worship Him, and anticipate His victoriously loving response toward you. It’s your new season, and You Are A Champion!

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au mother found him crying aul’s ying in his room room. She knew he had a bad day. Paul’s teacher had phones and asked one of his parents to visit d the classroom after school. His father had gone to see the teacher th with Pa Paul. “I know you’ve already talked to Dad and your teacher,” said his mother. “Do you want to talk to me too?”

we sin sin. But he doesn’t defend our sin either. e Instead, Jesus forgives us. And we can forgive each other too.” Paul was silent for a while. Then he said, “Does Dad still love me even after what I did?” “Of course he loves you,” Said his mother. “He loves you so much that he doesn’t have to pretend you’re perfect.”

“No,” sobbed Paul. “Dad didn’t even try to help me. You won’t help me either.” “Of course I’ll help you,” his mother said, “and I know your dad will help too.”

11. If you help h l someone else l to lie, are you also lying? 2. Do your friends help you if the help you to lie? 3. Do you help your friends if you help them to lie?

“He didn’t help me,” said Paul. “He was on the teacher’s side instead of my side.” “Why do you think he was on your teacher’s side?” his mother asked. “He believed her,” said Paul, “Instead of believing me.” “What did your teacher say that he believed?” asked his mother. “She said I wrote on the walls in the bathroom,” answered Paul. “Why did she say that?” his mother asked. “The janitor said he saw me do it,” said Paul, “and Jenny and Susie are tattletales too.” “Dad didn’t see me do it.” Paul said. “He’s my father. He hould be on my side and believe me.” “Should he believe you even if you tell a lie?” his mother asked. “Yes,” said Paul “He should be on my side.” “But he is on your side,” said his mother. “He wants to help you.” “If he was on my side, he would believe me,” Paul said. “If your dad helped you do something wrong,” his mother said, “ He’d be hurting you. He helped you by no believing a lie.” “How did he help me?” asked Paul. “He helped you learn a lesson,” said his mother. “You did something you souldn’t have done. Then you lied to cover up what you did. If your dad had helped you lie, he would have been hurting you.” “Just once wouldn’t have hurt,” said Paul “Yes , it would have,” said his mother. “Your dad and I want you to learn to tell the truth. If we take your side when you tell a lie, we are teaching you to lie.” “He doesn’t really love me,” said Paul. “Yes, he does,” his mother said. “He loves you so much that he wants to help you even if it hurts. Did he tell you why he agreed with your teacher?” “Yes,” said Paul. “He said that when I do something wrong, the best thing is to admit it and to ask Jesus to forgive me.” “Do you think that’s a good idea?” his mother asked.


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“I guess so,” said Paul. “Your Dad and I have learned a good lesson from Jesus,” said his mother. “Jesus doesn’t stop loving us when

Jesus, help me to be honest in all I say, and give me family and Lord Jesus friends who will also help me to be honest. Amen.

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College Savings: Failing to Plan/ Planning to Fail By Andrew Lee


suppose it’s inevitable that a college professor would finally get around to writing an article about saving money to send one’s kids to college. One would hope that if my livelihood involves teaching college students, I would myself be a firm believer in the value of a college education, and would encourage other parents to consider sending their children to college. To be sure, all of that is true. But how to pay for the daunting costs associated with college? This question concerns me as a father, just as it does most parents reading this article. After all, the statistics about college tuition are staggering by themselves. Depending on which set of numbers you’re checking, we’re told (by College Board) that the average four-year public university or college, tuition and fees alone, costs $8,655 for in-state residents at public colleges, and $21,706 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. The number is $29,056 to attend private colleges, on average. And this is only the tuition and fees! Add in the “real” costs of college, such as housing, meals, parking permit, textbooks, etc, and the cost for one year at a public university for an in-state student is roughly $22,000 per year, and twice that amount ($44,000) for one year at a private university, once all of the other “real” costs are included. Who can possibly afford to pay these e n or-


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mous costs out of pocket? Very few of us could do so. The good news, the colleges tell us, is that most students pay only a portion of those extravagant numbers. The rest of the cost is made up of a combination of financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants, or by students working to off-set some of the costs. When parents and students are faced with their “share” of the bill, most end up taking out loans to pay for higher education. Few people have “saved up for college” for their children. And that’s my bone to pick today, despite the fact that it may roil some readers. Why don’t most parents “save up” for their kids’ college funding? Some purists retort, at times spitefully or perhaps naively, “Well, nobody helped me pay for college, so why should I help my kids? They should learn self-reliance, as Emerson said!” But just because our own parents left us in the lurch, that doesn’t mean we should continue the trend with our children, does it? And I used the term “naïve” for this argument because as clearly shown above, college costs have grown to exorbitant proportions, and they continue to rise, on average, about 8% every year. (That’s more than double the typical rate of inflation, in case some are objecting by noting that wages have also risen over the past couple of decades). The more common reason for not saving for college is the same reason that gets us into most of our financial messes—we simply do not take the time and effort to plan, nor exercise the discipline to do it every month without fail. A baby may sometimes be a “surprise” to the parents for the first few weeks or months of pregnancy, but after that, it’s not. We have roughly eighteen years to “plan” and “save” for a child to attend college. And if you start during those toddler years, it’s really not that difficult. There are many options for investing college savings, including mutual

funds, Education Savings Accounts, Roth IRA accounts, taxable accounts, etc. I recommend putting at least some of the funds into the stock market while your children are young, in order to give the money the best chance to grow during those eighteen years. As the time for college approaches, you can begin to move the money into safer investments such as CD’s, bonds or money market accounts. Even $100 or $50 per month during those eighteen years will go a long way toward covering college costs. But the key is to start when your children are very young, so you don’t panic later or have to burden your son or daughter with a student loan that may take decades to pay back. Let me close with two sobering scenarios. First, over my teaching career, I’ve seen many bright college students who have had to leave school due to lack of funds. This breaks my heart, and makes me wish their parents had simply done a bit of planning over those eighteen years while raising their son or daughter. Yes, this is easier said than done, but I’ve witnessed the heartbreak and despair that can result from failing to do so. Secondly, I am reminded of a former colleague of mine who used to tease me because I had set up a college fund for my children. Why was I saving up for my kids’ college? he asked derisively. After all, since I was a faculty member at Lee University, I could one day send my children to Lee “for free.” This fellow’s reasoning was wrong for several reasons. For one thing, even with paying no tuition, Lee University would not be “free” by any stretch. There is still housing, meals, fees, textbooks, and many other costs that I would need to pay. Secondly, I would hate to restrict my children to one school choice simply because I had refused to save money for their higher education. What if my kids wanted to attend a different school? And what about graduate school later? And finally, what if, for whatever reason, I’m no longer employed at the university when the time comes for my children to begin college? If that were the case, we would all be in trouble. And ironically, that’s precisely what happened to my “former” colleague who is no longer with us. I wonder if he regrets failing to plan for his kids’ college savings now . . .

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James 5:16 16. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is 12 powerful and effective.

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s there a "short" in your confession system? A while back I was faced with a decision to an accountable brother. Do I really tell all or just enough to appease the time frame spent between us? A week before, I didn't tell him all, and then when we met face to face the following w week discussing ministry ideas and going over "unconfessed sin"; I was faced to be real with honesty, or lie... again. It wasn't fear of what my brother would say to me, it was my personal shame in admitting to him that I screwed up again. It's easy to put enough on the table as bait to appease your confession system, but if you want to get clean and really get made whole, ya gotta fix this "short" in your life! Like the picture above, there is still power connected to that burnt outlet, it's just that the outlet had a "short" that led to a serious problem in a time frame of use. You see, all of us face different "shorts" in our lives. We allow the power of God to enter us, we get juiced up for Christ but never effectively deal with our secret sins. Then wammo! A short circuit happens and we fail to be the man of God that others seem to see. Fellas, it's important to be real in your confession. The word states that there is healing, and we all need healing to our secret spiritual short circuits don't we? God never intended us to grow in Christ alone, that is why He provided His Spirit, His Word, and His Son to fulfill our needs. Couple this with a few real Christian accountable brothers and you are on the road to true freedom in Christ!

Let's work on real confession this month men!

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Grace Assembly 1976 Westland Dr SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-7729 Triune Assembly of God 3625 Waverly Dr NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-4214

Baptist Beacon Baptist Church 505 Corvin Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7056 Big Spring Baptist Church 1415 Hardwick St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-1101 Bellefounte Baptist Church Pastor Lake Walker 132 Bellfounte Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-2312 Bethel Baptist Tabernacle Pastor John Bivens 3165 Buchanan Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-5820 Blue Springs Baptist Church 699 Blue Springs Church Rd SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-0932F Candies Creek Church 294 Old Eureka Rd Charleston, TN 37310 423-479-3731 Cedar Springs Baptist Church 723 Cedar Springs Church Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-5506 Center Point Baptist Church 167 Monza Ln NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-2133 Cleveland Cowboy Church Pastor Wally Varnell 3040 Blythe Rd. Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-7936 or Cloverleaf Baptist Church Pastor Johnny Moore 2290 Waterlevel Highway Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-3617 Clingan Ridge Baptist Church 2412 Georgetown Road, NW Cleveland, TN 37312(423) 472-3511 or Church At Grace Point Pastor Phil Griffin 2595 Old Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 728-5050 or

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Covenant Baptist Church 249 Calhoun Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 559-2653 Dalton Pike Baptist Church 3055 Benton Pike NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7606 Elkmont Baptist Church 4030 Old Freewill Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-4600 Emmanuel Baptist Church 1227 Powerline Dr NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 East Cleveland Baptist Church 1145 Arnold St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-8728 Fairview Baptist Church 5545 Runway Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 790-5353 First Baptist Church Co-Pastor Allan Lockerman, Co-Pastor-Jim Gibson 1275 Stuart Road Cleveland, Tennessee 37312 (423)709-9100 or Galilee Baptist Church 665 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 496-2019 Hopewell Baptist Church 188 Old Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-3763 The Journey Church 1668 S Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 728-4100 Lebanon Baptist Church 1411 Old Parksville Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-6700 Macedonia Baptist Church 3119 Spring Place Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-1713 Maple Street Baptist Church 1700 Maple St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-3622 Maranatha Baptist Church 453 Blue Springs Ln SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 614-8991 Michigan Avenue Baptist Church 2741 Benton Pike NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-8891 Mt Carmel Baptist Church 7619 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-1620 New Friendship Baptist Church 1344 Chatata Valley Rd NE, Cleve-

land, TN 37323 (423) 476-6007 North Cleveland Baptist Church Pastor Dr. Jay Mccluskey 2815 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-8524 or Oak Grove Baptist Church 4452 Bates Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 479-9125 Old Pathway Baptist Church 224 Rymer Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Parkway Baptist Church Rev. Shane Lawson 185 Meadow Ln SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-5522 or Philadelphia Baptist Church 910 30th St SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 Philippi Baptist Church 2325 Old Harrison Pike NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-5385 Ridgeview Baptist Church 1501 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-5119 Samples Memorial Baptist Church 371 Samples Chapel Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-2329 Shenandoah Baptist Church Pastor Brent Coley 138 Osment Rd Se, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 339-0103 or Shiloh Baptist Church 3406 Blair Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 479-5755 Stuart Park Baptist Church 850 17th St NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 472-6741 Tasso Baptist Church 164 Old Charleston Rd NE, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 559-2114 Temple Baptist Church 3070 Harrison Pike, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-6813 Thompson Spring Baptist Church 5660 Bates Pike SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 790-1823 Union Baptist Church 797 Hughes Lake Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 559-1720 Valley View Baptist Church Pastor David Tuten

4657 Spring Place Rd SE, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 472-7707 or 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 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 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

Charismatic Cleveland Christian Fellowship Pastor Mark Strickland 695 S Ocoee St, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-2642 or

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Cornerstone Church of God Pastor Rick and Lori Sentell 2823 Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0006 Church of God Sanctified, Inc. Pastor- Bishop G.R. Hill 746 First Street N.E. Cleveland, TN. 37311 (423)479-3895 East Cleveland Church of God Pastor John A. Lombard Jr. 900 15th St NE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3389 Fellowship of Praise COG Pastor Selma Hall 931 Inman Street East Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-3121 or Grace Community Church of God Pastor Kevin Mendel 4745 Mouse Creek Road NW, Cleveland, TN 37312. (423) 614-0708 or

14 International Worship Center Centro Internacional de Adoración 533 Central Ave. NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-1977 or Lakeview Church of God Pastor Dustin Wilds 105 Pound Street S.E. Cleveland, TN 37323 (423)-790-5805 or North Cleveland COG Pastor Mitch Maloney 335 11th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5513 or 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 Westmore COG Pastor Kelvin Page 2412 Wolfe Dr NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 559-9646 or Zion Assembly COG Pastor Todd Mcdonald 5512 Waterlevel Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-3337 or

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


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 1196 Hardwick St SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5242 Black Fox United Methodist 1820 Old Chattanooga Pike SW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 339-1908 Broad Street United Methodist 155 Central Ave NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-5586 First United Methodist Church 3425 Ocoee St N, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 476-4504 S. Cleveland United Methodist 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 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 Full Gospel House of Prayer Pastor Michael Ferree 1500 Wildwood Ave. Cleveland, TN Set Free Christian Fellowship 1175 King Edwards Ave.

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Nazarene Cleveland First Church Of The Nazarene 2712 Henderson Ave. Cleveland, TN 37312-5225 423-472-7371 New Hope Church of the Nazarene Pastor BJ Miller 2018 Washington Ave Cleveland, TN 37364 (423)479-7343


Christian Fellowship Ctr 895 6th St NE, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-9591 Church Alive Ministries Cleveland, TN 37353 (423) 559-1371 Cleveland Community Chapel Pastor Tazz Reid 1823 Forest Ridge Dr. Cleveland, Tn. 37311 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 Freedom Fellowship Church 3555 Blue Springs Rd, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 478-0654 God’s Family Fellowship Pastors, Doug & Patsy Bell 197 Neely Circle NE Cleveland, TN 37312 Phone (423) 790-7533 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 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 Shema Israel Ministry

850 Elrod St SE Cleveland, TN 37311 423-994-8553 Tasso Christian Church 1135 Tasso Lane, Cleveland, Tn. 37312 (423) 479-2705 Triumphant Living “The Sanctuary” Pastors Mike & Elizabeth Shreve 1203 Smith Dr. Cleveland, TN 37311 (423)478-2843 / United Christian Church 2200 Peerless Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 479-4277 Unity Christian Ministries Pastor Aubrey Ector 2419 Georgetown RD NW 37312 423-473-9338 Walker Valley Community Church 787 Lauderdale Memorial Hwy NW, Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 336-9696

Presbyterian 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 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

Seventh Day Adventist Ladd Springs Seventh-Day 5860 Bates Pike SE Cleveland, TN 37323 (423) 476-1889 East Cleveland Seventh-Day 801 Howard Cir SE Cleveland, TN 37311 (423) 476-9299 Bowman Hills Adventist 300 Westview Dr NE Cleveland, TN 37312 (423) 472-6231

Adult Groups Cleveland Christian Fellowship -Bible Study Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Heritage Fellowship COG -C.O.R.E- Young adults age 18-30, 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 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.

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-“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.

Children 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 non-perishables 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 423.3393028 for more information) - Sunday 6pm - Monday 7pm - Saturday 8am Mt. Olive Ministries -Men’s Ministries Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m 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 -“Prime Timers” 1 Friday a month

SingleAdult Groups North Cleveland COG -“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 423.3393028 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 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 -“Sisters Inc.”

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Youth Cleveland Christian Fellowship -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 COG-ROOTS 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 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.

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Every Exchange By Emily Stone



Then, the inevitable happens. The person in front of me in line? Her debit card doesn’t go through. Or her credit card. A code is called. I try to oscillate from offering a sympathetic smi smile to seeming oblivious in order to spare her further embarrassment. Most of us have been there. Mo Theen, it becomes apparent that it isn’t the person in line who has the issue…the check out clerk app apparently is struggling. She tries again. And again. She calls a code. No one comes to help. She trie tries again. The card works and the lady leaves. I smile at the cashier. Mo M Most of us have been there, too. She Sh he rings up my groceries. Something goes wrong. She calls a code. A manager comes to help and an nd she does something wrong, too. It is looking like they will have to ring up my entire cart ag ga I’m still holding my baby…who is now smiling at the lady behind us in line. again. I ssm smile at the cashier. “H Ho many days have you been working here?” I smile with as much compassion as I can “How ex express. Sh She counts on her fingers. “Three”. “You’ll get it.” I assure her. “Y Things get worked out and I pay. The lady behind me in line smiles as she steps up to pay for her cart full of groceries. I leave l feeling immense satisfaction. No stress. Just satisfaction at the peace that was exchanged… much more important form of currency exchange than the electronic payment I made. am And TRIUMPHANT. I feel like we all triumphed in that moment. Me. The cashier, the M Manager. The lady behind me in line. Even my baby girl. Satisfaction that the peace I brought co could not have been from me alone…not in the midst of my own personal circumstances that ha me teetering on the edge of “basket case”. No, it carried the mist of the Divine. In that beauh have tiful ttif moment several of us kept the ugliness at bay. Part of what helped me retain the posture of compassion co was the stalwart fact that…



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We all have. W How easy that is to forget. It is in those moments of forgetting that the ugliness creeps in. Every interaction is an opportunity for us to inject the peace that passes understanding (Phillippians 4:7). Every exchange…an opportunity for us to administer healing to wounds of which w we have no clue. We really are His hands extended…in the smallest of kindnesses we have the opportunity to serve in the smallest, many ways each and every day. Your kindness…sometimes simply in the form of a smile…is powerful…life changing in a single moment. And, you will be tthe one who benefits from the exchange as much as, if not more than, the person who is on the receiving end. TRIUMPH. SATISFACTION. Peace. Compassion, touched by the divine, usually begins in humility. We have all been there before. In the midst of a crazy, harried world. I pray we don’t forget…and that compassion and b peace p can triumph in the smallest of exchanges…even in lines at the grocery store.

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By Becca Brnik Be Strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. –Deuteronomy 31:6


eve evelation. That was what it was. I was at a friend’s pool, wa today, with our five year old tod son and 3 year old daughter; swimming with my closest friends. For the first time, our son decided to jump off the diving board as my anxious-self moved cautiously closer to the deep end. I wanted him to have the courage to do it, the enjoyment, and success of not hitting his head, swallowing too much water, etc. You see, I am a helicopter mama. Nothing I can do to help it. I try to give our kids as much freedom as possible to explore and be free. But I probably, no most definitely, told them the rules way too many times and spoken what the affects of bad decisions may be. Maybe it’s because I was a preschool teacher BC, “before children,” or because there was a time in our lives, when my husband and I weren’t sure we would be able to have children; but for whatever reason, here I am. I am totally in love with, but simultaneously overwhelmed most days by these two divinely created beings. I am a stay at home mom. My days revolve around trying to keep the home and children October together while praying 2013


for them, attempting to guide and discipline them, praying for them again, making way too many wrong parenting choices in even a 15 minute period, then praying for them once more, as I muddle through the day, trying my best! But this is when it hit me. Our five year old son was, get this, five years old. I know, I am a little behind on the newsflash. But how does this happen? The five pound baby that I held on his birth day, all big eyes with male-pattern baldness; was now in 85% percentile with his own dreams, thoughts, determinations, and feelings. As a mom I thank God and see a lot of blessings each day but these big life stages, like getting ready for kindergarten make me really analyze things once again! Then you add the pressure of: should you send your children to private, public, or home school? Are school’s safe? Is he ready for kindergarten or should you delay a year like such and such? And on and on and on… Parenting, in this age, isn’t easy. I never thought something so natural would be so difficult at the same time! So, as our son cannon balls off the diving board, and comes flying up from the bottom

with a Cheshire grin full of smiles screaming on the top of his lungs, “That is AWESOME! I am going to do it again.” I stop and breathed for a moment. And that’s when the revelation and peace hit me. His pure enthusiasm, safety, success at one simple task demonstrated to me that yes, our son will indeed jump, make splashes, fall, spring back, and rise up again over obstacles and it will be awesome. I can only wish and pray for him to always feel that life is awesome and have that “let’s try it again” attitude even when things are less than expected. That he be covered with God’s love and know he is always with him, no matter what. I know it was going to be difficult when I walk him into his kindergarten classroom for the first time but with God and the courage to allow him to begin to fly on his own, he will soar! And as he begins to spread his wings, I will be there, allowing him more room to be courageous and take steps towards becoming an adult. So, I sit back for a minute and truly send thankful prayers to God for this opportunity and take another step towards being stronger and less afraid because the Lord always goes with me as a parent and our children.

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By Deana Thompson love the season of Fall. The days are not so hot and humid, and the nights are just crisp enough to start bundling up and shifting my thoughts to bonfires and hot drinks. The leaves are turning brilliant shades of color that paint the woods, and when their life is through the scent of burning leaves wafts through the air. Harvest time commences as families bring in the crops from their gardens and as farmers gather the luscious red (or yellow or green) apples from their acres of orchards. As Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Nature goes through seasons; our lives go through seasons. Just as we would not expect snow to fall in July, we should not expect springtime flowers to blossom if our life is in a season of winter. But just as this Fall will not last forever but will give way to Winter and then Spring, so the seasons in our lives will not last forever but will eventually move on—in God’s timing—to a new and exciting season. So no matter what season you are in, sit back, relax in God, and find something—whether big like roaring bonfires or small like a yellow leaf—in your season to enjoy.


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Hot Spiced Cider

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8 apples, peeled and sliced 1/3 c. water 1 c. old-fashioned rolled oats 1 c. all-purpose flour 2 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ c. unsalted butter, softened ½ c. honey

1. Preheat oven to 350F. 2. Spread sliced apples in a buttered 9x13” baking pan. Sprinkle with water. 3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter. Sprinkle the mixture over the apples. Drizzle the honey over the top. 4. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the apples are tender. 5. Serve warm or cold, plain or topped with whipping cream or vanilla ice cream.


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½ gallon apple juice ¼ c. honey 6 inches of stick cinnamon 1 tsp. whole allspice 1 tsp. whole cloves

1. In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice and honey. 2. For the spice bag, place cinnamon, allspice and cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth. Bring up the corners of the cheesecloth and tie with a string. 3. Add the spice bag to the apple juice mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove and discard the spice bag. 4. Serve cider in mugs.

NOTE BOX: Whipping cream: In a 4-cup measuring cup, or a small bowl, combine 1 c. heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp. honey and ¼ tsp. pure vanilla. Beat with electric mixers until stiff (beaters will create peaks that remain when pulled out of the cream).

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McSpaddens By B ethany Ruckman


oodNews recently had the pleasure of getting to know the family behind Apple Valley Orchard. When we pulled in we saw cozy rocking chairs and friendly dogs ready for customers, or shall I say friends. We immediately felt at home. Then, as we walked in the store we were greeted with the mouthwatering aroma of fried apple pies, apple fritters, doughnuts and many more delicious treats. After taking a walk through the orchard and capturing some pictures with the family, we went to their favorite spot on the front porch for the interview.

GCM- Tell us a bit about your family. Chuck- My wife Joy, of 18 years, and two children. Caitlin is a senior at Bradley High School. She plays the clarinet in the band. Our son Charlie (III) is a freshman at Bradley and plays the trombone in the band. We are members at First Baptist and our children are involved in the youth at Valley View Baptist.

GCM- How did Apple Valley get started? Chuck- We have a story time about Johnny Appleseed. Chuck- My father started the business in 1972. Dad We go through the building talking about how the apples started this as a hobby with just two apple trees. We had 30-40 trees when I was a kid. I grew up with apples, peaches, grapes, nectarines, plums, cherries - all in the back yard but more apples than anything.

are brushed, washed, how the machine sizes them, how they are packaged and how we store them. We go back into the cider room and talk about how we make cider. We’ll have a group out in the orchard and show them the fruit buds on the tree for the next year and, depending on the age group, we talk about insects.


As you were growing up did you want to run the business someday?

Chuck- Yes, I remember moving to the farm when I

GCM- How many varieties of apples do you grow? Chuck- We have 32 varieties and 27 that are pickable.

was three years old. I loved being outside on the farm. I always knew that I wanted to stay on the farm. I love Back in the 1970s, about 50 percent of the orchard was it here. I love to watch God’s handy work. I particularly Red Delicious; now that figure is about 3 percent. Goldens, Romes and Winesaps were also part of the four maenjoy watching as the trees start to bud and bloom. jor varieties. Golden is still one of our top varieties - they are an all-purpose apple that a lot of folks love to eat. GCM- How do you pick all the apples?

Chuck -

We have a crew that comes up from Florida GCM- How long does it take for a tree to produce that has been helping us with the harvest for the last 18 good fruit? years. Except the year of 2007. when our crop suffered a big freeze and we lost the entire crop. Our pickers will av- Chuck- It takes about 3 years to harvest after a tree is erage at least 400 pounds a day, a crate holds 800 pounds. planted.

GCM- Does your family have their favorite kind of apple?

Joy- My favorite is the Gala. Caitlin- (smiling) I may be a little bias but my favorite is the Caitlin Gala.

Charlie- The Senshu which is a Japanese name. It is super sweet and extremely juicy; when you bite into it, it will drip.

Chuck – My favorite is the Gold Rush, a very crisp apple that is both sweet and tart.


What is something you feel is important to teach to your children about operating a business?

GCM- What do you love most about the business? Chuck- I feel it is important to honor your word. If Joy- Interacting with new people. People come in from they tell someone that they are going to do something, all over. We just had visitors from Germany the other they need to be sure they follow through with it. Do day. what you say you are going to do.

Chuck- We’ll have over 3,000 kids come out for school

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tours. We also have church groups that come out and we do trailer rides through the orchard, but our main tours 351 Weese Road SE off Bates Pike. are preschool, kindergarten and the first grade. To learn more about Apple Valley Orchard, please visit their website at or call 472-3044. GCM- What is included in a tour?

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5,4,3,2,1, WORKOUT! ByErica Wilcox "The Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.'" 1 Samuel 16:7 do, 2) exercise and goal setting is an emotional process and we are Hi, my name is Erica and my fiancé will tell you that toafraid we will "fail" and 3) it's hard work!

it takes me an eternity to get ready...for a high school football game! Have you ever noticed that, all to often, quality of life, for women especially, is usually always tied in with how we see ourselves in the mirror. Unfortunately, we all know too well that our appearance is used as our “reason” for everything. It’s the “reason” I landed a job, it’s the “reason” the cashier was nice to me today, it’s the “reason” my husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend loves me so’s the “reason” my boss is hard on me at work, it’s the “reason” my boyfriend/ girlfriend broke up with me, it’s the “reason” I’m unhappy. Many times in today’s society, we link self image to self worth- and most of us aren’t giving ourselves enough credit in either category. Over the next month, I'm going to challenge you to rethink how you view yourself, both in the mirror and in your heart. I'm going to lay out a guide for you to grow in the most important areas of your life; physical, emotional, spiritual, and family. For the month of October, let's tackle the big, scary deal of exercise and nutrition. This month, I challenge you to take a sensible approach to diet and exercise- meaning, let's get started! We try to take care of other people before we take care of ourselves, but let's step back and think about that for just a moment; when the gas light in your car comes on, you HAVE to get gas! So we drive ourselves down to the gas station and "filler up!" then continue on through our day. Today, let me be your gas light. Let me tell you that it's time to "filler up!" and put some zip back into YOUR tank! We cannot help others and take care of them when we aren't taking care of ourselves to the best of our ability, because guess what happens- that "reason" comes back around as to why something negative is affecting our lives. We HAVE to take control and break this cycle. As a trainer, I've heard TONS of excuses as to why exercise hasn't been part of a regular lifestyle. Once you sift through the justifications we give ourselves, it really comes down to about 3 reasons that we don't: 1) I don't know what October

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PEP TALK TIME! I'm going to give you a few secrets and "tricks of the trade" to help you tackle these three main objectives and get you jumpstarted into your 90 day challenge.

1) You don't know what to do- THAT'S OK!!

There are plenty of resources around the Cleveland area to help you! There are several gyms and even very affordable "boot camp" classes where you can go be part of a group of people who are just like you! The main thing is this- just start moving! I understand that some of us have injuries that we need to tend to, but guess what, 9 out of 10 times, movement is the cure! Just get up, and get moving!

2)Exercise and goal setting is an emotional process and we are afraid we will "fail"- Yes, you will cry. It's going to happen, so be ready. I tell every single one of my clients on their very first session, "I just want you to know that you are going to cry- and it's not even going to be my fault!" I don't mean that because we are going to work out until we roll over; I mean that because when we set goals, we get to the nitty gritty of WHY we want to make changes to ourselves (and FYI, when we want to make changes to ourselves, it means that we are having to stare down what we don't like about ourselves in the face and say "I'm going to win!"...and that's sometimes very hard to do). This is the part where all those "reasons" start rearing their ugly heads and we start thinking "what if these bad things happen when I change ___________ (fill in the blank)??!! OH NO!!" This is where mental, emotional, and spiritual toughness come into play!

3.) It's hard work- YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

"You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How happy you will be! How rich your life!" Psalm

128:2 Everything that is worth having, is worth working for. If you want to change how you look (lose weight, gain weight, get tone, etc) then you have to work for it- otherwise, it would be taken for granted. One time a few years ago, I had the privilege of hearing Peyton Manning speak about success. It was the year after he had led the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory. He said, "Don't get so caught up in the result that you forget to enjoy the process." So yes, there will be days that it's harder than others to stick to your plan, but persevere on! There will be days that you completely stray from your plan- it's ok!, persevere on! There will be days that you follow your plan with the straightness of an arrow- WAY TO GO!, persevere on! I hope you will join me on this journey for the next 90 days. If so, we will all come out happier in ourselves, our hearts, and with the relationships that we value the most. To prove that you aren't in this alone, I'm going to give you some homework for the month of October. For exercise, I want you to plan each week (at a time) by first picking two days that you won't dedicate any specific time to exercise- just live your life! Then I want you to pick 3 days that you'll commit to doing at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular activity (walking, jogging, playing with your kids, biking, etc). The two days left, I want you to commit to trying a little resistance training (hit the gym, go to boot camp, or start by doing a few lunges, crunches, and push ups at home). Everyday, keep a journal of what you eat and what time you eat. It's important that you DON'T make drastic'll happen over time and you'll be making choices, not just bitterly doing something you "have" to do. Lastly, in this same journal, each night write down something you struggled with that day and then end with something POSITIVE ABOUT YOURSELF! Always end on a good note! Jeremiah 17:7

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Anna Thompson

Blogging and Ballet Slippers By David Thompson


ver since she learned to walk, Anna Thompson has been dancing. It’s just something she loves. Her parents arents first enrolled her in a ballet studio when she was in kindergarten, n, and she took to it like a duck takes to water. Why dance? “It’s fun, and I’m ’m good at it,” she says. At the age of seven, however, her parents made her stop taking ballet at the studio she was attending, , on account of the questionable content in the productions. oductions. Instead of being embittered over the decision, ision, though, she took it in stride with a cheerful ul heart. Eventually she joined a new studio. Now, ow, at the age of thirteen, she loves dancing more e than ever.

Anna accepted Christ at the age of four, r, and has grown up in a Christian environment all her life. She tries to o read her Bible every ant thing about being day and pray regularly. To her, the most important a Christian is to follow the Golden Rule. She is homeschooled, and enjoys it, because “It builds responsibility, having ng control of your own classes.” Being homeschooled gives her more ore time for other things, like dance, which she tries to keep as a priing ority in her life. She sees herself possibly teaching ballet herself one day, once she grows up, but that hat is still a long time away.


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Another thing that sets Anna apart, besides her dancing, is 52 Godly Women. This was a program that her father set up for her, starting on her 13th birthday. Every week for an entire year, she will meet with a different godly woman. She shadows them, asks them questions, listens to their stories, and then posts a video about it online. She feels nothing but excitement about the coming year. The main reasons she is looking forward to this is because “It holds open doors and job opportunities. It also provides a good way to get connections.”

self that she gains, because she can find out how the various women act toward certain situations and how their faith shows in what they do. One surprise that Anna’s father has in store for her in October is to meet with Kathy Thibodeaux, the Director of Ballet Magnificat, as Kathy directs their Christian dance troupe in a dress rehearsal for The Snow Queen. This will give Anna the chance to meet women who are worshiping God through dance as a part of their vocation while seeing a full-scale professional production behind the scenes. On her journey through life, Anna has found out how to worship God through ballet. On her journey through 52 Godly Women, Anna is finding out how to worship God in her daily life and activities. And as she grows and matures, her main goal is to worship God in everything she does.

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Pine Ridge Baptist Church 9109 Pine Ridge Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 855-0752 Providence Baptist Church 8523 Providence Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 238-4363 Savannah Bay Baptist Church 8018 Ooltewah Georgetown Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 238-9497 St Peter Missionary Baptist Church 8120 Old Cleveland Pike, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 892-2533 Straightway Church of Ooltewah 10301 Lee Hwy, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 238-7792

Church of Christ Ooltewah Church of Christ 3206 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 499-8080

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Church of God Good Samaritan (Spanish) 5032 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd. Suite 3 Ooltewah, TN., 37363 (423) 284-2117 Heritage Fellowship COG Pastor Steve Gilbert 4635 S Lee Hwy McDonald, TN 37353 (423) 476-6316 Ooltewah Church Of God 9320 Lee Hwy, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 238-3728 Redemption Point Church 3831 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 855-7321


Mountain View Christian Church 9118 Snow Hill Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 344-7849


Resurrection Lutheran Church 4309 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 396-3497


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Collegedale Community Church 4995 Swinyar Dr, Collegedale, TN 37315 (423) 396-5464 Korean Seventh Day Adventist 4717 Ooltewah Ringgold Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 396-2242 Seventh-Day Adventist Church 9209 Amos Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363 (423) 238-4619

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5:30 p.m. Ooltewah Baptist Want a great deal on a hunting trip…guide included!? Maybe a handmade quilt or does you child need math tutoring? Join Ooltewah Baptist for a BBQ & Auction, Live auction, silent auction, door prizes, live music and more! Tickets are $8, kids 10 and under eat free. Auction includes UT football tickets, furniture, framed art, outdoor trips, theme baskets and much more! Proceeds benefit gym renovation. Visit ooltewahbaptist. org, call 238-4831 or find us on Facebook!

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Put On The … Its Hunting Time.


t was a cool crisp evening in Lamar County of western Alabama. Gun season had just opened for deer and what a blessing it was to be able to hunt the river bottom branch of the Steedly Farm. Though, a difficult place to get to it was well worth the great effort to hunt. This part of the farm was off a hillside that leveled out to make seven food plots surrounded by thick undergrowth that was connected to a private road that ran the edge of the river that bordered the farm. As Steve drove the four wheeler down the clay road, I was in tow on the back carrying all the gear. We arrived at the 5th food plot, it consisted of a 75 yard wide by 175 yard long planted winter wheat field. We setup up not far off the road right smack in the middle of the width of the field. It was still early evening but the sun was quickly dropping. About 20 minutes had passed, Steve leaned over to me and said he had heard something chewing. Chewing? (Side note: Steve is blind and yes we hunt together. He is a great and safe hunter. We have spent many hours practicing, shooting and discussing our hunting game plan. His blind-

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By Rev. Rusty Asble Taking Faith To The Field ness did not give him better hearing – just enhanced the focus of his hearing.) Steve pointed in the direction to the front left of the blind. I looked and saw nothing. I told him he was crazy. About 10 minutes later, he pointed again and said, “More chewing”. I looked again, saw nothing and told him he was losing it. Another 10 minutes had passed and he pointed again in the same direction. This time he told me to listen. As I watched and listened a good doe stepped out from behind a pile of pushed up logs about 30 yards away…you guessed it – chewing! I was stunned. I could see it and hear it. As she fed nearby, and as I sat there being harassed by him, a cool breeze filled the blind. The sun was dipping behind the tree tops and I leaned over and said time to put the camo on…its hunting time. As camo jackets came on and a little repositioning of the chairs, tripod and rifle we were ready for the last 40 minutes of daylight. After a short time, I scanned the field with the binoculars and noticed a flickering of white at the far end of the field. Out stepped another doe, than another and another. Within a few minutes we hand nine does in the field. Trying to put antlers on

all of them, another larger deer stepped out behind them. It was the buck. He quickly made his way to the does and stood right in the middle of them. Trying to get the crosshairs of Steve’s scope on him, we were blocked by brown fur and light was fading fast. Patiently we waited. All were feeding. With Steve holding the rifle and me peering through the scope for him, I whispered... left, left, hold it, steady, left, hold…the doe moved and exposed the buck. He was right on it …steady, pull. The shot rang out and the deer fell. All others scattered in every direction. Excited I threw the blind off us and hugs and high fives abounded. We gathered our composer and stepped off 161 yards when we got to the deer. To our amazement it was not the buck but the doe that had stepped away had made the fatal mistake of stepping back in front the buck. That was ok…we had a doe tag, which was proudly placed on a beautiful deer, prayed over and thanked Jesus Christ for the blessing in allowing to harvest a great animal. It’s that time of year again and I love to say…

Put On The Camo… because It’s Hunting Time.

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Lost Sheep… Are we really that interested? By Pastor BJ Miller


uke 15:3-7 is part of the inspiration for many familiar paintings and images of Jesus carrying a little lamb over His shoulders. It is such a beautiful image, such compassion, and caring, such tranquility. We love this story of the Jesus who leaves everything to go looking for the little lost lamb. It is so precious, innocent and adorable. We just can’t get enough. Have you noticed that our culture has become obsessed with animals? We’ve fallen all over ourselves in love with furry creatures. We like to think of them as little people… attributing human form or personality to them. I think we all know that scientifically speaking, animals are not human. Are they capable of love? Well, they are certainly capable of affection and loyalty, loneliness, joy and despair and a whole array of other emotions similar to humans. Is love too complicated a concept, or is love a universal language that crosses even the barriers between species? You’ll have to be the judge on that one. Our humanization of animals leaves us vulnerable to a good story about a cute and defenseless little lamb. We imagine all the terrible things out there that would love to do harm to the lamb, perhaps see it as its next meal. We imagine the worst that could happen to that poor creature, suffering, all alone, afraid, nowhere to turn, no one to help, no one to rescue it, no one who cares. And then Jesus enters the picture and saves the day by rescuing the lamb. But the lamb isn’t really a lamb. The lamb could actually be someone who might do harm to you or your family. It might be someone who doesn’t dress like you, someone who frequently uses drugs or abuses alcohol, someone whose speech is laden with profanity, someone with markings covering their body, someone with piercings you find peculiar. It could be someone not looking for help, someone not interested in the compassion Jesus has for them, someone bent on destruction, someone whose beliefs and values are the polar opposite of yours. It could be someone who looks and acts religious but who has no idea what a relationship with Jesus is. It could be someone who looks just like your co-worker or next door neighbor, who seems to have it all together, but who is secretly fighting a battle for their very soul. It could be your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter, your brother, your sister, your parents, your best friend. It could be you. Do we imagine the worst that could happen to that defenseless person (lamb), suffering, all alone, afraid, nowhere to turn, no one to help them, no one to rescue them, no one who cares. Regardless of how you identify the lamb, October it represents a sinner in need of repentance and forgive-

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ness. Then Jesus enters the picture and saves the day because He has already made a way to rescue the lamb. The amazing thing is that Jesus is willing to leave everything and seek the lost one out. That is His mission, to seek out and save the lost (Luke 19:10). I’m not convinced that is our mission, though. See, if Luke 19:10 is the Mission of Jesus, then to be His disciples means Luke 19:10 is also OUR Mission! Churches do a lot of different things, but most can be broken down into Mission (Luke 19:10) and Maintenance. If there is no Maintenance then the Mission of the Church ceases to move forward because there is now no longer any way to support it. We must train and equip people, we must encourage them and help them get established in their faith, we must invest in literature, and if we choose to keep a building then we must pay the utilities and the required service of that building. This is all Maintenance. Without it we may find living out the Mission has become increasingly more difficult. But here’s the thing… if there is no Mission, then we cease being Christian and Church, and we become merely a social group who gathers together because we have similar interests. While it is necessary to do Maintenance, we WILL NEVER BE Disciples of Christ if we are not actively engaged in His Mission… to seek out and save the lost. We get caught up in the story of the cute and cuddly lamb because that is who we’ve become. We’ve chosen to stop seeing what the lamb is meant to represent.

Luke 15:7 reads this way, “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Our purpose must be mirrored in the response of Heaven. It is wonderful that we do Maintenance. It is fantastic that we keep the machine going, that we pay the light bill, that we educate and equip the saints, that we have sermons and lessons that are thought provoking and challenging. They help us to grow. But if there is no Mission, then we cease to be Christian and Church. The lost are all around us. We must see the desperate conditions, we must see their lack of hope and we must take action. For all the wonderful things we do FOR the people already in our Churches, we must be reminded that Jesus was willing to walk away from it all to seek out one lost soul. Heaven rejoices over one sinner who repents.

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Marriage It ain’t like the movies! By David Gray t is a story that has been shared many times, in many different ways, and with different characters. But, the basic plot is the same. Two people from different backgrounds, different family structures, different economic statuses, sometimes different cultures, have a chance meeting and somehow by the end of the story they fall in love and live “happily ever after.” Probably the most well-known version of this oft repeated storyline is Disney’s “Cinderella.” Cinderella is a poor, verbally, and almost physically abused, step-daughter with an evil step-mother. She is a forced recluse. She has two wicked step-sisters who make certain that she is treated no better than a household servant. On the other side of the story is the Handsome Prince, who has been raised in the lap of luxury, having more than he ever needed, including servants, the finest clothes, and a kingdom soon to be his. These two have a chance meeting over a mysterious glass slipper. Near the end they are ultimately united and we are told they lived “happily ever after” … end of story. We’ve seen this storyline retold in more subtle fashion in movies like “Pretty Woman”, “Maid in Manhatten”, “Sleepless in Seattle”, “What Happens in Vegas”, and dozens more. I have often wondered, what happens after the credits roll? Do Cinderella and the Prince just magically get along? Did they talk about how many kids they each wanted during that fateful dance on the ballroom floor? What happens when they do start having kids and they have two completely different ideas about discipline, expectations, and responsibilities? What happens when Cinderella becomes friends with the servants because she understands them but the Prince doesn’t even acknowledge them? Or when she suggests that all the servants deserve a raise or better benefits? What about when she wants to hang around her old friends, the peasants, but he doesn’t want to be seen with them? What happens when she starts doing the dishes and the laundry out of habit? Does he correct or scold her? Is he embarrassed? And, what do they do about those crazy in-laws? October The truth is – Cinderella is just a fairy tale. But, it


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is a story we want to believe. We want to believe that if you have love and a magical moment everything will be alright and everything else will work itself out. But, the facts are, it’s justa not true. Now, you might be thinking “the Prince is a good and kind man, he wouldn’t act that way.” But, the point is, these two characters come from two completely different worlds and as such they will have two different perspectives and opinions about many, many things. Somewhere along the journey there is going to be differences of opinion and conflict. When couples decide to make the ultimate commitment and exchange vows at the altar of marriage, all of them are “in love.” I have never met a couple who was not “in love” the day they got married. Yet some experts estimate that as many as one half of all marriages end in divorce. Even among Christians the divorce rate is extremely high. So, there has to be more to successful marriages than simply being in love and going to an altar. I’m not suggesting that marriage can’t be happy or last forever. It’s just that a happy marriage requires both people being intentional about their relationship. The happiest marriages are the ones that continually operate in forgiveness, understanding, and selfless giving. The truth is happy marriages require a lot of effort, sacrifice, training, and work. But, a happy marriage is well worth the effort. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than being completely connected with your mate. To have someone who fully understands you, by your side through good times and bad, is priceless. And the best news of all is that God is more vested in your marriage than you are. He wants you to be successful and happy in your marriage. He is pulling for you. When you are both intentional about your relationship, the Holy Spirit comes alongside of you and creates “A cord of three strands that is not easily broken” (Eccl. 4:12). So, you don’t have to give up your hopes of a “fairy tale” relationship. Just change your understanding of it. Allow God to lead the way, be intentional, and you too can live … “Happily Ever After.”


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Safety Tips for Seniior Living By Esmerelda Lee


lmost weekly, I am approached by people in our community requesting information for safety tips within their home or apartment. We do not have all the answers or solutions to ensure safety in the home; however these are a few tips that I have used in assisting others.

• It is important to keep emergency phone numbers in large print near the phone or in a visible area. People are less likely to remember pertinent information in an emergency, and if someone else should find you in ill health, they will need these contact numbers as well. • As we mature, it is imperative to forgo fashion and instead wear shoes that are slip resistant, preferably with thin soles. • Always keep your pathways clutter free. Some people tend to pile book, newspapers, furniture and magazines along paths, walkways, and corridors; this can hinder safety. • Add more outlets in your home so that you can eliminate the overuse of extension cords and wires that can be a trip hazard or a fire hazard. • Utilize throw rugs that are slip resistant. This also applies to bathroom mats as well. • Place a lamp, flashlight, and extra batteries within easy reach of your bed. • Use night lights in bathrooms and hallways. • Use a steady step stool with a hand bar. October 2013


Never use a chair as a step stool. • We also recommend the use of lamps and frosted light bulbs to reduce glared vision. • Always clean spills when they occur. • Never participate in wheelbarrow races. In today’s market, we have access to so many assistive devices that allow people to be more safe in our homes. However, people do not like to purchase devices like a grab bar, shower chair, hand held shower, etc., because it has been associated with frailty and age. As a child, I heard the saying, “Be safe or you will be sorry.” Most people try to use a seat belt because they have seen the fatality associated with NOT wearing one. In the same manner, purchasing assistive devices should be compared to wearing a seat belt. There can be injury and fatality from failing to utilize them. These pieces of equipment should be considered by everyone when purchasing a home, and should be thought through as we consider our future. Parents typically plan and safeguard their home in preparation for a child, and adults should plan and prepare accordingly should they be blessed to live their future! We all need to consider our safety or we may be sorry.

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A Gentle Tug By Charlton S. Lewis


ometimes life gets so busy, I forget what is important. Maybe I should say, “I get so busy,” because life goes on at the same speed. There are times I need a reminder to hear His “still small voice.” No matter how He speaks it. During our year in China we frequented a few restaurants near the front of our compound. We enjoyed their staff and had some interesting experiences. Other restaurants, recognizable by the smell of charcoal as we stepped over electric blower cords used to fan the embers, were on the north side of our compound along “market street”. We chose a neat and clean one near a dental office where patients were in full view through the front window. The restaurant employees probably had seen the foreigners pass each day, and they went overboard to welcome us. Like other small restaurants, there were no pictures on the menu. But we were prepared with our laminated strips of phrases our able office staff had given us. Surprisingly enough, this was one of the few restaurants in Shenyang that had chicken and peanuts. We were delighted, since Kung Pao chicken was one of Paulette’s favorite Chinese dishes in the USA. Adding green beans was easy. We also ordered potatoes using a chopchop motion to indicate their method of preparation, and seeing their chop-chop motion in return, we knew they understood. They gave us back all our strips of food names except for chicken and peanuts. I surmised they needed it to make sure they got our order right. We enjoyed our meal even though their Kung Pao chicken was not the same as Fulin’s in Cleveland. But, hey, we were in China and didn’t expect the food to be the same! Before we left, I tried to explain I needed the strip of paper back, but alas, my English and hand motions October

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were not sufficient to convey the message. With puzzled looks, yet happy smiles, they politely waved as we took our leftovers in Chinese carryout boxes and headed home. We continued our busy schedule of waking up between 4 and 5 am, having prayer, Bible reading and breakfast and reading emails. Then I loaded up my backpack, put my shoes on at the door and picked up Paulette’s heavy laptop computer as we headed down the 88 steps to begin our journey to the office. We navigated along the market street between vendors, back-to-back shoppers, and a lone policeman blaring out a monotonous message over and over on his portable sound system. At the end of the street we turned left to reach our bus stop in front of the “Red Carpet” restaurant, so named by us because of the frayed red carpet out front. We could reach the bus stop blindfolded if we simply followed our noses. One of the smells that greeted us each morning came from a storm drain where we stood at the curb. Since it contained more than storm runoff, it delivered the unmistakable odor of gray water. Occasionally, we moved from one side of the drain to the other. But that rarely helped. Then we climbed tall steps aboard bus 291. Boarding was hard for Paulette and we were amazed the Chinese did it with such ease. It was usually crowded, and since we made only one stop before we got off, we immediately began to work our way back to the exit. Or get as close as we could and hoped everyone between us and the door planned to get off at our stop. We could say, “Excuse me,” or “Are you getting off here?” but few would know what we were saying. Therefore, we never knew how close to get to the doors without being rude. Since they were open only briefly, we had to be alert and exit quickly. One day it was so crowded that

the driver started driving off before everyone was in. We were among those left behind, but since the weather had turned cooler, we decided we would rather walk than wait for the next 291 bus. The afternoon ride home was usually not as stressful, but we were always ready to quickly hop off, cross the street and turn onto the market street toward home. This became so routine that I needed a reminder to slow down. It happened unexpectedly one day as we headed home earlier than usual. As we neared our gate, I felt a gentle tug on my backpack. It was subtle and I was uncertain if it was real. Hearing a voice close behind me, I turned and saw the eager face of a man trying to get my attention. With a few motions and words I didn’t understand, he turned toward a nearby restaurant. And then I knew. This was where Paulette and I had eaten earlier. He was going back to get the laminated strip of paper with chicken and peanuts written on it. I never expected to see that piece of paper again. But with a gentle tug, a man, whose name I didn’t know, stopped me and handed me a small blessing that spoke volumes. With a polite gesture and a friendly smile, he gave me something I thought was lost forever. Sometimes I am in such a hurry, I almost miss an unexpected blessing from my Father. So, there are times He has to get my attention when He has something special for me. The piece of paper was not important, but being mindful of me and loving me enough to use a gentle tug to speak to me was. I hope I never miss what He has for me. In the midst of the sights, sounds and smells of China, in the huffing and puffing up and down 88 stairs, I prayed I would not miss His “still small voice” again. Even if it took a gentle tug to get my attention.

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Mission Statement: We believe when people are equipped, motivated, and passionately engaged in living out their faith in Jesus Christ they have the potential to be world changers. Our mission is to bring people into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ—a relationship that empowers them to see how God can work through individual personalities, situations, and talents. Christ was an activist, he did not neglect the needs of the people as He brought His message. We strive to encourage everyone to look more like Christ by reaching outside of themselves to serve the needs of others—at home, at school, in communities, and across the world


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HOPE&HEALING hildren are a treasure created in the image of God. In the nation of Haiti this concept gets lost in a system known as Restavek. Restavek means, to stay with. In theory this is a practice where children are sent to live with others so that they can a have a better life. The reality is different than the theory. The reality is children living in horrible conditions, they are often beaten until they bleed and many are raped. They are not treated as children of the Creator, these children are slaves. "For children in Restavek, work begins at dawn. They clean bedpans, careful not to leave traces of feces or urine. They fill pails at the well, struggling under the weight of the water as they carry it home. They cook breakfast, but when the family eats, the child continues to serve. The work is exhausting and demeaning, far too much for a young body to bear. But no matter how difficult it may be, that's not what leaves so many children fearful and hopeless. The worst moments are the constant reminders that they do not belong, that they are not wanted, that they're objects to be used and discarded, work mules good only for their ability to make others' lives easier. So they cook the breakfast and slink off to a corner, watching the family eat. Sometimes, they get the scraps. Other times, they get nothing at all. Either way, they continue with their work." ( The system of restavek is a moral scandal and tragedy in Haiti because the society tolerates this form of child slavery. It is a part of the culture. I just travelled to Haiti and worked with an organization that is working hard to fight for children who are Restaveks. Restavek Freedom Foundation is an organization that has 30 Haitian employees who work along side the founder and executive director, Joan Conn, of RFF. “We are working to change the attitude of the culture...” says Joan Conn. The system of Restavek does not value children. In a speech to a group of future leaders Joan pointed out that Haiti is losing almost half its brain power to the system of restavek. Many of the children who are being denied an education are very bright and would have the potential for being leaders if they could go to school and if they were not be traumatized by the system. The foundation is working with Haitian pastors and has developed curriculum to train and educate ministers on the issue. Get Up Stand Up for Liberty is the name of the curriculum. It is being used to initiate the fight for the elimination of the restavek system in Haiti. The goal is it transform the realities of those suffering through the faith and power of Christ. October RFF is working to educate children and young people


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who may not be restaveks but who could possibly have restaveks in their home because a lack of education is big reason why the system of restavek remains. Many of the parents who give their children as restaveks lack education on everything from the importance of children to birth control. The foundation provides University scholarships and school vouchers for children. They are working with adults through literacy classes, maternity and health classes. One of the most creative initiatives the foundation has undertaken is music competitions in all ten departments of Haiti. Contestants must write original compositions and lyrics that address the issue of restavek. The attendance for these events has been high and there will be a grand final in Port-au-Prince in June of 2014. The music competition has proved to be an effective means of raising awareness. Several well known U.S. Christian artists will be participating in this event. One of the most amazing things the Foundation has is a transitional home for girls who have been rescued from restavek. Kay la nan fie bel (The House of Beautiful Flowers) houses 13 girls. These gilrs are learning what it means to be safe, to be loved and to be valued. They are very bright. One of the girls scored the highest score in her school on the state exams. A second home is under construction. RFF has also built a community center. I have photographed in Africa and Asia, nothing has ever gripped my heart like this issue. I have never seen children treated with such a lack of kindness and gentleness. The cruelty with which almost half a million Haitian children are treated broke my heart and overwhelmed my mind.

I want to close with a story. She is 13 years old old. She was sent by her family to live w with another family. She was beat. She was raped. She became pregnant. She underwent a cesarean and gave birth to a 3lb baby. She is so innocent in her mind that she doesn't understand what has happened. She will forever bear the physical and emotional scars. She is a resident of the transitional home. Sadly this story of abuse is not uncommon in Haiti. For restavek children, insults, beatings and rape are the norm. RFF is fighting for these children and by doing so they are fighting for the development of Haiti because as Joan Conn said, “Haiti will rise when all Haitians are allowed to rise.” For information on what you can do to help go to You can find them on Facebook under Restavek Freedom Foundation. In recognition that Scripture trumps culture the foundation is working to change the culture for the advancement of children and all of Haiti.


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There’s nothing like strolling outside in the crisp, beautiful Fall weather, and what better place to take that stroll than at the Cleveland Apple Festival. Bring the family down and walk through the beautiful streets of Cleveland while listening to some great music and enjoying all the activities. Fun for the entire family

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Food The irresistible smell of fresh apples will drift through the air, and popcorn will with a variety of flavors. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the fresh apple cider.

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