J anu a r y/F e bru a r y 2 0 10
T HE M ESSENGER
V ol u me 2, I s su e 1
Good news you can use……..from Micro O.F.W.B. Church Economically speaking, 2009 was a dreadful year for many families around the world. Some lost homes, cars and jobs. Many are unable to fund college educations for their children, and bank accounts have dwindled. What will 2010 bring: movement toward less of everything or toward a more hopeful future? Here’s a good resolution to make: “Our family will pay close attention to our income, our savings and our necessary purchases. We will keep a record of every dollar spent and every dollar saved.” Money accumulated, invested and given wisely will bring peace of mind and the ability to contribute more to the church and people in need. Families must develop a healthy attitude toward money. Scripture doesn’t condemn money; it simply warns against loving it or making it an idol (1 Timothy 6:10). With God as our mentor, nearly every family can avoid having crushing debt. Wise stewardship brings relief and unbridled joy to those who practice it. As economist George Humphrey said, “I don’t think you can spend yourself rich.”
A winning pattern for the New Year Some anonymous wise person penned the following directions for living without bringing pain to others or oneself: “You will never be sorry — for thinking before acting, for hearing before judging, for forgiving your enemies, for being candid and frank, for helping a fallen brother, for being honest in business, for thinking before speaking, for being loyal to God and the church, for standing by your principles, for refusing to participate in gossip, for holding your words when tempted to demean another, for not entertaining impure or hateful thoughts, for sympathizing with the afflicted, for being courteous and kind to all.”
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Pastor’s Message
Valentine Banquet info
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, It is hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and we are into another New Year! I hope that all of your resolutions will be realized and that God richly blesses you in 2010. 2009 was a wonderful year for us at Micro OFWB and I know that God will continue to be with us as long as we are in His will. The past year has seen us lose six of our elder members; four of whom were active right up until the last few months of their lives. These were great “Prayer Warriors” that not only supported the work of the church in Micro; but, also supported God’s work around the world with their prayers. We are indebted to these that have been such great role models and inspirations to all of us. One of the members that we lost this year, Mrs. Sara Batten has been memorialized by having a new digital piano given for the sanctuary in memory of her and her late husband, Dr. James Batten by Donnie and Linda Lassiter. There is a huge spiritual gap to fill in the passing of these wonderful saints. Thankfully, we have those that have stepped up and our bounty is increasing: Cindy Peele has developed our website (www.microfwb.org) into one of the very best church sites on the internet. It has all kinds of spiritual helps and even includes excerpts from our services. The morning Worship message is there for people to hear as well as special music that is brought by our talented membership. Cindy also produces the songs and scriptures on our giant screen for members to follow during Worship. Lynn Young answered the call to produce this church newsletter. This has been a great way to communicate with all of our members as well as many people outside of our church. I received a call just before Christmas from a friend that had received a copy of the newsletter and she was telling me how much she enjoyed it. Eddie and Lauren Oliver have developed a “Teen Room” for our youth to enjoy movies, games and fellowshipping. The youth painted the room in their favorite colors, a huge sofa was brought in, and a TV with DVD capabilities provides for a special place for them. Our younger groups are growing and have become involved with many activities. The Children’s Church directed by Linda Finnell, Liza Holloman and Alan Finnell has been averaging well over fifteen children each Sunday. This ministry by the Finnells has certainly been instrumental in the growth of our church through many young couples that have started attending. This year our children and youth groups were so large that we had to have three different Christmas plays so that all could participate. What a blessing! A special thanks goes to Wyatt Brown, Charlie Young, Linda Finnell, Alan Finnell and Liza Holloman for their work with the plays. We had approximately 150 people on hand for the evening. (continued on Page 3)
The Chancel Choir and director, Lawrence Phillips boasted twenty-eight members as it produced one of the most beautiful Christmas Cantatas that I have ever heard. With Allyson and John Flemer as narrators, it was truly a great blessing. The Church has purchased the old Micro Fire Department property that is contiguous with our lot and is planning to renovate it for a Youth Center as well as other activities to be decided. We are also in the process of purchasing and erecting a playground for our younger children. This will provide many hours of activities for children under the age of eight and will give our nursery workers a place to entertain the growing numbers for which they have to care. We have begun an outreach program to communicate with visitors to our services. The Outreach Committee has produced a “Visitor Packet” and “Take Home Bags” for our guests that give them information about our denomination and church. Our Adult Sunday School Class sponsored the annual auction and raised $9,000 for benevolence work in the community. With too many other activities to mention, Micro OFWB is extremely busy. This busy-ness for Christ is important for the growth that we all seek within ourselves and for the Church. Please pray that we will continue to be in the “Lord’s Will” in all that we do. In His Service,
A SPECIAL MINISTRY…… Last summer, Emma Daniel Gray died in Washington, D.C., at age 95. At the memorial service, Bishop Royce Woods told the congregation about the special ministry Gray practiced every night for 24 years, as she cleaned the Oval Office. She paused behind the president’s chair and offered a prayer for blessings, wisdom and safety. “You couldn’t be around her and not know what she believed,” Woods said. “She always believed there was a higher power to grab on to that would lift you above any circumstance, and she was always able to do that. She preached her own eulogy by the life that she lived.”
Be sure to mark your calendar for our new contemporary worship service! On January 31st, we will have a contemporary praise and worship service beginning at 8:30am. A
EASY CHICKEN BAKE (serves 6) 1 pkg. Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken 1-1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/3 cup sour cream 1 bag (16 oz) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed, drained Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package; set aside. Mix chicken, soup, sour cream and vegetables in 13x9-inch baking dish; top with the stuffing. Bake 30 min or until chicken is cooked through.
Dates to remember in the month’s ahead: Jan. 10
Group Meetings, 6pm
Contemporary Service, 8:30am
Valentine Banquet, 6pm
Group Meetings, 6pm
First Sunday in Lent
Deacon’s Meeting, 7:45pm
Quarterly Business Meeting, 6pm
Ways to help avoid H1N1: The H1N1 virus is one of the most important health issues of our time. Here’s some advice from medical experts to help avoid this illness:
Since the H1N1 virus is contracted primarily through the nose and mouth, wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible.
Gargle twice a day with warm salt water or Listerine.
Blow your nose daily and swab your nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water.
Eat foods rich in vitamin C, or take vitamin C supplements.
Drink as much warm liquids as you can (coffee, tea, etc). Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in reverse. They wash away viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive.
Our Valentine Banquet is Saturday, February 13 at 6:00pm in the church fellowship hall. The dinner is sponsored by our Layman’s League and is FREE to all ladies of the church! This year’s menu includes steak, salad, baked potato and dessert. Please be sure to make your reservations……a sign-up sheet will be posted soon!!
On the light side……… A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about. For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife’s bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box. When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents. “When we were to be married,” she said, “my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.” The little old man was so moved, he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness. “Honey,” he said, “that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?” “Oh,” she said, “that’s the money I made from selling the dolls.”
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