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Jul y/ Au gu st 2009 Vol u me 1, Is s u e 4

Good news you can use……..from Micro O.F.W.B. Church

From the Pastor Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Summer is upon us and the heat is sweltering. But, that means a lot of exciting things are going to be happening. Our youth will be headed to Cragmont for the cool mountain air and a spiritual lift. I remember the years that I attended the camps there and they were always loads of fun. Much of my spiritual life was fashioned there by the great leaders that gave of their time that God’s children would be fed His Word. Summer also means vacation, as in Vacation Bible School. This year we are going to try something different by having our Bible School at night. Each night we will begin by having a light dinner at 6:00 pm and then beginning the School at 6:30 pm. Sunday night (July 12th) through Wednesday (15th) we will have just the students and workers. On Thursday night, we invite all of the parents and grandparents to be our guests at dinner and then to follow their child or children through the assembly and classes. This will give parents the opportunity to see exactly what their child has been doing during the Bible School. We ask that you pre-register for VBS by going to our website or filling out the enclosed form and returning it to the church. Along with VBS of course, will be vacation from school and all of the family vacations that many of you will be taking. I implore you to enjoy your family time together. Laugh and play awhile with your children. Show them that you love them and cherish them as a gift from God. I hope that all of you adults will also take the opportunity to relax and seek spiritual rest. Our busy lifestyles cause much stress in our lives. This stress can lead to poor health and depression. Take the time to unwind by enjoying what God has loaned to us while we are on this earth. While you are out in our Father’s World, seek Him in all of the beauty around you. His majesty is truly evident in each plant and animal. I hope that you enjoy your summer. Be careful and be mindful of our Lord. In His Service,

Pastor Al

I NS ID E T H I S I S SU E Recipe; Home and Health Independence Day


Romans Commentary



VBS, Youth News 5-6 Calendar of Events, Notes


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(1.5 oz) box Jello fat-free, sugar-free pudding cups fat free milk (8 oz) container fat free Cool Whip reduced fat Oreo cookies, crushed

Spread crushed cookies in bottom of 13x9 pan. Spray cookies with butter flavored Pam or spray butter to hold in place. Combine milk, pudding and Cool Whip in bowl and pour over cookies. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

ORANGE DREAMSICLE DELIGHT 1 (.3 oz) box sugar free Orange Jello 1 (1 oz) box fat free, sugar free Vanilla instant pudding 1 (8 oz) container fat free Cool Whip Prepare Jello according to package directions. Using a wire whisk, stir in instant pudding mix (do not prepare with milk). Fold in Cool Whip and whisk until completely blended. Refrigerate until set (12 hours). *This can be poured into popsicle molds or ice cube trays and The average American family of frozen. four wastes almost $600 per year on food that eventually spoils. Extend the life of your food by storing it properly. Don’t wash fruit & vegetables e hear a lot about ‘going green’ to save our planet. Here are a couple of earth friendly tips until right before eating; and keep them wrapped in paper that will also save you money by making your towels to absorb moisture that own cleaners: causes mold growth. Tomatoes give off ethylene, a gas that Stop mold: Fill a spray bottle a quarter full with white causes decay, so keep them vinegar, then top off the bottle with water. The acid from the separate from your fruits and vinegar stops mold growth; and it makes a great cleaner for leafy green vegetables. kitchen and bathrooms.


Cut out cobwebs: After cleaning off the webs, spray the spidery spots with a solution of 1 quart white vinegar mixed with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. The spray repels spiders, so you’ll stay web-free longer!

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FUN ‘FOURTH’ FACTS! Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941. The first two versions of the Liberty Bell were defective and had to be melted down and recast. The third version rang every Fourth of July from 1778 to 1835, when, according to tradition, it cracked as it was being tolled for the death of Chief Justice John Marshall. The American national anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner," is set to the tune of an English drinking song ("To Anacreon in Heaven") Father of the country and architect of independence George Washington held his first public office at the tender age of 17. He continued in public service until his death in 1799.


HISTORY TRIVIA Both the Old and New Testaments speak of God’s people as seeking and achieving freedom. The freedom we Americans have to worship without government restriction has deep roots in our Judeo-Christian heritage. Which Bible verse about freedom is inscribed on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia? A. “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10, KJV). B. “And ye … had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbor” (Jeremiah 34:15, KJV). C. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free” (Galatians 5:1, KJV). D. “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16, KJV). (Answer: A)

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Nationally known pastor and writer Chuck Swindoll penned this commentary based on the 14


chapter of Romans. It’s entitled “Guiding Grace”, and is appropriate as we celebrate our freedoms, both physical and spiritual. Rev. Swindoll writes:

In his letter to the Romans, Paul goes into great detail regarding the issue of personal freedom---greater detail than almost anywhere else in his writings. In the fourteenth chapter, for example, he sets forth four very practical guidelines that can be followed by all who are serious about releasing others in grace. My hope is that we not only learn what they are but, equally important, that we spend our days following them. Guideline 1: Accepting others is basic to letting them be. The problem was not a meat problem; it was a love problem, an acceptance problem. It still is. How often we restrict our love by making it conditional: "If you will (or won't), then I will accept you." Paul starts there: "Accept one another!" In other words, "Let's allow each other the freedom to hold to convictions that are unlike our own . . . and accept them in spite of that difference." Those who didn't eat (called here "weak in faith") were exhorted to accept and not judge those who ate. And those who ate were exhorted to accept and not regard with contempt those who did not eat. The secret lies in accepting one another. All of this is fairly easy to read so long as I stay on the issue of eating meat. That one is safe because it isn't a current taboo. It's easy to accept those folks today because they don't exist! Guideline 2: Refusing to dictate to others allows the Lord freedom to direct their lives. I especially appreciate the statement at the end of verse 5: "Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind." Give people room to make up their minds. Do you have a few new converts who are a part of your life and ministry? Do you want to help them grow toward maturity? Here is how: Let them grow up differently. Let them learn at their own pace, just like you had to learn, including failures and mistakes. If you really want grace to awaken, be easier on them than others were on you. Don't make up their minds---let them! Don't step in and push your weight around---give them plenty of space. Whatever you do, don't control and manipulate them to get what you want. Be an accepting model of grace. Refuse all temptations to be a brother hasher or sister smasher. We already have too many of them roaming around the religious landscape. And nothing catches the attention of the unsaved world quicker than those times when we Christians beat up on one another. Don't think the unsaved world doesn't notice our cannibalism. Guideline 3: Freeing others means we never assume a position we're not qualified to fill. This, in one sentence, is enough to stop any person from judging another. We’re not qualified. We lack full knowledge. How often we have jumped to wrong conclusions, made judgmental statements, only to find out later how off-base we were---then wished we could cut out our tongue. Guideline 4: Loving others requires us to express our liberty wisely. In other words, love must rule. I'm not my own, I'm bought with a price. My goal is not to please me; it is to please my Lord Jesus, my God. It is not to please you; it is to please my Lord. The same is true for you. So the bottom line is this: I don't adapt my life according to what you may say; I adapt my life according to the basis of my love for you because I answer to Christ. And so do you.

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Take a walk on the wild side at Kingdom of the Son VBS! During this spectacular safari on July 12-16, kids will journey into the Serengeti – the magnificent grassland region of Tanzania and Kenya. They’ll discover exotic animals, create safari crafts, play exciting games, sing upbeat songs and enjoy delicious safari snacks! And while your kids are having safari fun, they’ll also learn to talk to God as they explore the Lord’s Prayer, and go on an expedition into the pages of God’s Word. Take your kids on an unforgettable adventure this summer! It’s the wildest VBS ever! It’s Kingdom of the Son Prayer Safari. The safari begins Sunday, July 12 at 6:00pm. The fun continues each night through Thursday, July 16. To register, go to: or fill out the enclosed form and mail to the church (see back page for address).

Help our Youth!

Eddie & Lauren Oliver are planning a youth retreat at Lake Gaston on August 15 & 16. Boating, swimming, fishing and fun are all on the agenda! To qualify for this trip, you must attend at least (2) youth meetings and (2) Sunday School services between now and August 10. More details will be announced during our church services, and you can contact Eddie for more information.

All we need is your Food Lion MVP card number…register it by going to and filling out the form. Then give it to Eddie or Lauren at Church It's just that Simple! Share the forms or link with friends, family, co-workers and ANYONE that would be willing to register their MVP card - NO Fees NO Hassles -

and it Benefits our YOUTH!

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Kingdom of the Son Registration Name _______________________________________________________________ Street address ________________________________________________________ City ______________________________ State ______________ Zip _________ Home phone ( ________ ) _______________________________________________ E-Mail ______________________________________________________________ Parent(s) name(s) ______________________________________________________ Parent(s) work phone(s) _________________________________________________ In case of emergency, contact _____________________________________________

Kingdom of the Son Registration Name _______________________________________________________________ Street address ________________________________________________________ City ______________________________ State ______________ Zip _________ Home phone ( ________ ) _______________________________________________ E-Mail ______________________________________________________________ Parent(s) name(s) ______________________________________________________ Parent(s) work phone(s) _________________________________________________ In case of emergency, contact _____________________________________________

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July 4 Independence Day July 5 No Sunday Evening Service July 12-16Vacation Bible School; 6pm nightly July 19 Group meetings July 20-25Cragmont Youth Conference July 22 Deacons meeting, following mid-week service July 26 Pastor Vacation (7-26 through 8-1) August 9 Group Meetings August 19 Deacons meeting, following mid-week service August Quarterly business meeting, 6pm THE23FAITH OF CHILDREN

The good Lord didn't DID NOAH FISH? A Sunday school teacher asked, 'Johnny, do you think create anything Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?' 'No,' replied Johnny. 'How could he----without with just two a purpose, worms'? but mosquitoes come close.

LOT'S WIFE: The Sunday school teacher was describing how Lot 's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, 'My mommy looked back once, while she was driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a telephone pole!'

BEING THANKFUL: A rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, 'So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?' The little boy replied, 'Thank God he's in bed!' THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD: A Sunday school teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible: Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter. Little Rick was excited about the task -- but, he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know.'


Steve Brown Jay Mark Peele

Micro F.W.B. Church 104 US Hwy 301 P.O. Box 247 Micro, NC 27555

Phone: 919-284-5441 919-631-6519 (Pastor’s cell)


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The Messanger - July / August 2009 Edition  

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