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        Senior Adults Ministry Publication
Volume 11 Issue 5                                                                                           May 2009

My Point of View                                                                                        by John Martin

                                     I was very pleased at the
                                                                                         I really enjoyed my recent trip this last month
                                     tremendous response from                            to Tallahassee to pray for and encourage our
                                     our people at our Community                         State Leaders. We are truly blessed to have
                                     Outreach Connections event                          some dedicated believers serving in places of
                                     on Sunday, April 19th. We                           influence.
                                     had scores of our seniors
                                     considering involvement in      We met with Representatives Rachel Burgin and
                                                                     Rich Glorioso, Senators Ronda Storms and Steve
                                     ministries here in our com-     Wise as well as Attorney General Bill McCollum.
munity that provide us with opportunities to get the Gospel out-     We heard from each one what they are working
side the four walls of our church. I couldn’t be happier! This is    on and prayed with them that God would con-
exactly what we have been pushing for years. Ronnie Hill did a       tinue to guide them as they serve the people of
fantastic job encouraging all of us to look for ways to get out in   Florida. I was very favorably impressed with each leader and I’m
the community. He reminded us to choose a time, a place and a        hoping that you will join me in praying for them.
way to engage people with the truth of the Gospel to save and
then to transform lives. We all need to be involved in ministries
that give us an opportunity to build relationships with unsaved
and unchurched people.

We need to be prepared to tell people we meet                                         A man dies and goes to heaven. St.
along the way about the loving relationship                                           Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates
                                                                                      and says, 'Here's how it works. You
we have with the Creator of the Universe and
                                                                     need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good
the opportunity they have for the same. The                          things you've done, and I give you a certain number of points for
fact that this relationship brings heaven in the                     each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100
next life is wonderful, but the love, joy, peace                     points, you get in.'
etc. it brings in this life is what most people are going to be      'Okay,' the man says, 'I was married to the same woman for 50
drawn to. Each of us need to look for personal life examples of      years and never cheated on her, even in my heart.'
God’s grace working in our lives in miraculous ways to protect       'That's wonderful,' says St. Peter, 'that's worth two points!'
                                                                     'Two points?!' he says. '
and/or bless us. We need to prepare to tell these stories in three
                                                                     Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with
minutes or less. These examples of God’s grace working               my tithe and service.'
through difficult or even impossible situations will encourage       'Terrific!' says St. Peter. 'That's certainly worth a point.'
people to trust Him in their lives.                                  'One point!?!!'
                                                                     'I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for
A lot of times, I’m afraid we communi-                               homeless veterans.'
cate that it is our service to our Lord                              'Fantastic, that's good for two more points,' he says.
that brings us his grace. In reality our purest                      ' Two points!?!!
motivation for service is gratitude for his                          'Exasperated, the man cries. 'At this rate the only way I'll get into
                                                                     heaven is by the grace of God.'
grace and a burning desire to communicate to                         ' Bingo! 100 points! Come on in!'
others the reality of His grace in our lives.                        We often try to fix problems and smooth things over with duct tape
                                                                     and WD-40.
Make sure and read the article about grace entitled duct tape or      God did it with nails.
nails. Check it out! I think you’ll enjoy it.                        AMEN!
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                                                                            Charles is presently teaching an ―IMPACT‖ class on Wednesday
                                                                           nights in the church annex starting at 7PM. He speaks on different
                                               By Jack Latham              topics related to the Bible.
                                                                           Charles will be the speaker at the May Torch Bearers luncheon. And,
               Charles Young PhD is not a person you interview,            to find out more about Charles’s ministry log on to
               he interviews you. It does not take long to find that or E-Mail him at
his passion is to see people in the world over come to understand
and embrace the love of God.
                                                                                                                 Many of you probably know
Charles has several degrees and is a Licensed Clinical Christian                                                 Kathy and Clayton Allen who
Counselor. He spent several years in the corporate arena as a                                                    are members here at Bell
Chaplain ministering to people in the workplace which resulted in                                                Shoals. They belong to a
leading hundreds of people to Jesus. He has taught the Bible in                                                  Square dance club. We thought
the United States and several foreign countries. He recently spent                                               that since we were going with a
two years as an IMB missionary in Portugal.                                                                      western
His ministry, Workplace Paracletes is a ministry designed to draw                                                theme at
lost people into Bible studies for the purpose of teaching them the                                              our May
way to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Paracletes is a Greek                                                  Luncheon
word meaning one who comes along side. ―My ministry is to                  that we would ask them if they could come and
come along side anyone who wishes to reach out to their circle of          show us all how to square dance. So they asked
influence and help them win those people to Jesus. My process is           their square dance caller Dan Wilkerson to come
very empowering to those who volunteer themselves to host Bible            and do a demo. So make sure and come ready for       Dan & Patty
study. It is not intended that those hosting teach Bible study, I          something different at our Luncheon. Come and          Wilkerson
arrange for a teacher or I teach it myself‖.                               be ready for a real fun hoedown.

                                                                                A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!!!
  She girds herself with strength, and strengthens herself                                     Palm Tree Press Volunteers April
  daily. She perceives that her provision for her family is
 good: she does not retire early but works diligently to see                     Ruth Stalnaker, Julia Guess Ruth Hopstetter, Don Swan,
   to the needs of her family, she is not an idle woman.                         Mava Lowe, Nina Grabowski, Millie Hunter, Delree Lloyd
                  Proverbs 31:17, 18, 27                                                      and special Thank You to our
                                                                                        Palm Tree Press coordinator Shirley Swan

                                                                                     BSBC Academy children will be putting on a program for
          Torchbearer’s Luncheon                                                     us. We will also have a Square Dance demonstration.
                                                                                                     “Western Theme”
        Thursday May 14th , at 11:00 a.m..                                           Come dressed in your Western stuff and be ready for
           Special Events Center (SEC)                                               worship, great food and fun social time.
              Doors open at 10:30 a.m.                                                             The cost is $5.00 at the door
               Tickets $5 at the door
 Lunch Reservations Required by Monday May 11th                             Reservations are required call Ext. 506 or 479
    Make your reservation today by calling Sandy
                                                                    Bring a Friend
             at 813-689-4229 Ext. 506 or 479
                                                                                                On the Menu
         Or sign up in your Bible Fellowship Class                         BBQ Beef
                                                                           Baked Beans
                h                              Invite                      Coleslaw
             eac                                        a neig
      O  utr                                                     hbor      Biscuits
                    Parking by the portables is                            Dessert………
                    reserved for the Luncheon                              Ices Brownies
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                                                                     What does your mom do in her spare time?
                                                                     1. Mothers don't do spare time.
            Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the        What would it take to make your mom perfect?
            following questions:                                     1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think
                                                                     some kind of plastic surgery.
                                                                     2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.
              Why did God make mothers?                              If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.            be?
2. Mostly to clean the house.                                        1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean I'd get
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.                rid of that.
How did God make mothers?                                            2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.                       who did it and not me.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.                    3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used       her head.
bigger parts.
What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds, angel hair and
everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then
they mostly use string, I think.
Why did God give you your mother and not some
other mom?
1. We're related
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like                  Did you hear the one about the irate woman who called
me.                                                                                the newspaper delivery office demanding, "WHERE is
What kind of little girl was your mom?                                             my SUNDAY paper?!"
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be
pretty bossy.                                                                      "Ma’am", said the newspaper employee,
3 .They say she used to be nice.                                     "today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered
What did mom need to know about dad before she married               until tomorrow, on SUNDAY".
                                                                     There was quite a long pause on the other end of the
1. His last name
                                                                     phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he
                                                                     heard to mutter"
get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and     Well, goodness... so that's why no one was at church today".
YES to chores?
               Why did your mom marry your dad?                      LIFE CARE OF BRANDON (formerly Brandon Care Pregnancy
               1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world.      Center) is conducting a fund raising golf tournament at River Hills
               And my Mom eats a lot.                                G.C. on May 7th. Individual entry fee is $110 or you may choose to
               2. She got too old to do anything else with him.      make a donation to LIFE CARE OF BRANDON on behalf of ―Bell
               3. My grandma says that Mom didn't have her           Shoals Golfers.‖ All contributions are tax deductible and directly
               thinking cap on.                                      support the efforts of Life Care programs. Mail gifts to:
Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such    Life Care of Brandon
a goof ball.                                                         ―Bell Shoals Golfers‖
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under    122 North Moon Ave
the bed.                                                             Brandon, Fl 33510
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than
 What's the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work
at work.                                                                 We would like to make up a team of volunteers who help us
                                                                         keep our landscaping fresh. One of our ladies is willing to
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.               provide leadership to this group that will put in about 4 hrs.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power          a week to bring color to our facilities. We already have a
'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your       beautiful campus. With a little planning and support we
friend's.                                                                could have gardens all over campus that help us draw and
4. Moms have magic; they make you feel better without medicine.          point people to our Lord. For more info or to talk about your
                                                                         availability to serve call Mavoline Dykes at 689-6223
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                                                 May 14th - “Western Theme”
                                                 Academy Children
                                                 Program & Square Dance

                               June 11th - “Hawaiian Luau”

                                              ~PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES ~
                                             Pray for our missionaries and their families
Brian Swett—Japan                  Terry & Shirley Kemple (US) Community Issues
Dan & Christy – Middle East        Eric & Tiffany – South Asia                                Mike & Lucille McBride - (US) Voices of Martyrs
David & Diane Bailey – Brazil      Bruce & Wendy DeVries – (US) Mission Aviation Fellowship   Brian & Lisa - East Asia
Dean & Sandra – Central Asia       Marge – North Africa                                       Beverly —Pacific Rim
Evelyn Williams – Czech Republic   David & Monica – Central Asia                              Ron & Debbie Stafford – Colombia
Jim & Sharon – North Africa        Gef Smock – Macedonia                                      Bobbie Buford (US/Israel)
Samantha – Pacific Rim             Jeff & Cindy – South Asia                                  Jana & Chris Gatlyn (US) Navigators Ministry
Alan & Angie – Central Asia        Larry and Jennifer Allen (US)                               Marianne & Paul Gruzlewski (US) Pioneers
Heather Leser - Thailand           Robin & Joe Pottle (US) Give’em Heaven Ministries           Chris & Dorrine Wruzel (US) Joshualand
Melissa Strack - Wales             Matt & Rachel Setliffe (US) Innovative opt.                Charles & Jeanette Young (US)
Bob and Bobbie Brown - Uganda
                                     and All of our Military men and women and their families

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