"Give thanks to the Lord for He is good"
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever. I Chronicles 16:34 November 2007 THIS ISSUE: Thanksgiving... Thanksgiving is a time when families, friends and stood and began to witness to the THANKSGIVING church families gather together to express their thanks congregation…and especially his A Word from Pastor Brad to the Lord for His faithfulness as displayed in the out family of God’s love, mercy and grace pouring of abundance to us. I remember so vividly the in his life. And then…he did some- THE BROKEN VASE first Thanksgiving service I attended in my first pastor- thing which shocked everyone in ate. It was a little country church located about 4-5 there, he quickly but methodically A Word from Pastor Paul miles S/E of Canton, KS. I was informed that I was to raised the hand of his injured shoul- Pastor Brad lead this Thanksgiving service. I opened this service der all the way up, as far as he could WHO’S IN THE PEW? with several songs and then opened the service for reach and said, “and the Lord healed Darla Hubbard anyone who had anything to share. For the next 30-45 me.” The entire congregation sat in stunned silence, and minutes, members from the congregation witnessed then the Amen and Praise the Lord began to be spoken. THANKFULNESS and gave testimony, one after another, of God’s gra- cious provision for the year. I was so moved and as- It is now about 15 years later, and I still remember that INSPIRATIONAL POINT tounded by the depth of witness being given this day. day, that moment and the rest of the day with his family. It was as if they had prepared all year for this moment, His thanksgiving had sprung out of not only physical, but KIDS CONNECTION in order that their witness might truly reflect to magni- emotional and spiritual pain. This year, as you gather tude of God’s goodness to them. with your family, friends and church family, will you share NOVEMBER CELEBRATIONS how the Lord abundance has found you this last year. If I had only been their pastor for only three months, but you are not sure, simply look into the places where you Happy Birthday & Happy Anniversary! words fail to describe how I felt at that moment. Need- seemed to hurt or struggle the most. It is there you will less to say, I grew to not only appreciate, but to antici- likely find it the most. If you look back into the history of OPERATION CHRISTMAS pate this annual experience. Another Thanksgiving Thanksgiving, you will find it too no different. CHILD service with this congregation that is still so vivid in my memory came toward the end of my ministry there. My 1 I will bless the LORD at all times; WHAT’S HAPPENING? memory focuses on one individual who had suffered Upcoming Events that spring and summer from a shoulder injury. The his praise shall continually be in my mouth. men of the church had to bring in his harvest and work 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; WILDSIDE EXTREME & SDYC his fields. I had ministered to him numerous times at church and at his home. Numerous times he invited let the humble hear and be glad. Jr. High & HS Youth Conferences me to anoint him with oil and pray for him, seeking 3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, God’s hand of grace, mercy and healing on his life. In NOVEMBER CALENDAR one of these moments, he shared with me from the and let us exalt his name together! depth of his heart, how he hurt for his family. “I have taught them each how to have a career and make The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton money, but I failed to teach them how to love the Lord.” : Standard Bible Society, 2001, S. Ps 34:1-3 At this Thanksgiving service, his entire family of 7 chil- dren, spouses and grandchildren were there. They filled three rows. When it came time, this quiet man Fairview Mennonite 1600 East State Road, Fairview, OK 73737 Brethren Church 580-227-4730 ● 580-227-4347 (fax) ● firstname.lastname@example.org ● www.fairviewmb.com UPCOMING The Broken Vase... YOUTH EVENTS : In one of my seminary classes, one of my assignments was to write two short stories that helped to explain more simply the message of Oct. 31 the atonement. Simply put, “atonement” is the work God did through Wildside’s “Night at the Christ to bring sinful humans back into relationship with him. How- Cemetery” with a talk about ever, atonement is one of those things that we cannot define in just a what happens after death and few words. In fact, the word “atonement” describes something that s’mores. 6:30 p.m. happened. “Atonement” refers to a story, a story of how Jesus rec- Oct. 31 onciled himself to us and to God. Yet, we’ve tried all too often to MBY’s costume party, with make the atonement a logical argument rather than a story. How- Pastor Paul Bartel I-pods given away to the best ever, it is the story of the atonement that reminds us of the impor- costumes. 6:30 p.m. tance of a relationship with Jesus, not some logical description with big November 2 words like justification, sanctification, redemption, wrath, and of course, atonement. So our as- signment was to write a modern day story that served to show what Jesus did for us. This story Wildside Service Project at is told in first person, with “Paul” being the person in need of ‘salvation.’ As he falls deeper into MCC Sale in Enid: Leaving the pit of sin, he finds that there is surely no way out. That is, until he finds true love. from the school at 3:30 p.m. November 10 I would love to hear the way you interpret this story – and what you find true and meaningful in it. Wildside Extreme Junior High If you have comments, feel free to email me at email@example.com. Youth Conference in Fairview (8:30-5:00) The Broken Vase November 16-18 Southern District Youth Con- As I sat on the couch and thought about the mess, I wept. Thinking about what had occurred ference in Hillsboro, KS (MBY) over the last several hours, I could not believe what I had done. In only a matter of minutes, I had spiraled from a “good” person, an upstanding citizen, to a monster. As I sobbed, I couldn’t help but remember where it all began – me trying to save face and keep my pride by hiding the truth…. I was home for the summer. It was a small town, and most of us knew each other. The John- son’s, who went to church with my parents, were vacationing in Florida for three weeks. They hired me to housesit while they were gone, giving me a place to live (away from my parents) and paying me generously. I worked at the supermarket during the days, and spent most of my eve- nings lounging on their leather sofa, eating potato chips and watching sitcoms or movies. Youth Leaders for 2007-2008 Like most 20-year olds, I found myself snooping around the house, just to see what the John- son’s had laying around – to eat, to drink, or to play with. This was my final weekend at their Jr. High (WILDSIDE): house, I had Saturday off, so I decided to stay at the house all day and relax. The Johnsons Deena Craighead would be home on Monday, and would no longer have time to myself, because I’d be back at home with my two sisters. I spent the morning and early afternoon watching football and eating Brad & Melvena Ewald what food was left. The previous week I had noticed that they had some beer in the fridge, so I Misti Lipps decided to help myself to one. It was a perfect Saturday afternoon. I had a sub sandwich, some Sheri Martens chips, my beer, and football. What more could a 20-year old boy ask for? Steve & Rhonda Regier It was about 3:00 in the afternoon. Tennessee was beating Georgia by six late in the 4th quarter. MBY: I got up to fetch another beer, and I bumped the table next to the wall. In super-slow motion I Jess & Calleen Davis watched the vase teeter back and forth for several seconds before it finally Austin & Sara Hurst tipped off the table. I reached out to grab the vase, and I caught it…or so I thought. One second I was a hero, the next I looked down at the ground and Curtis & Debbie Karber saw a shattered vase. “Oh, the Johnsons are laid back. They will get over it,” I Adam & Nicole Martens thought as I bent down to pick up the pieces. But then I noticed the ashes. Todd & Angie McCue Immediately, I knew what I had done. I had knocked over Grandma’s remains. Keith & Vicky Neufeld In my mind, the Johnsons were no longer so laid back. In fact, I began to imag- Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com “The Broken Vase” Continued (Pg. 2) By Pastor Paul ine the hell that I would endure if I were to tell them the truth. The rationalization began. “I was drinking. I’m underage, and I was drinking. And to make it worse, I was drinking their beer! But I’m not drunk, so why does it matter if I was drinking? It matters be- cause Grandma’s ashes are all over the carpet! And besides, how embarrassing is it that I was drinking their beer in their formal liv- ing room (they probably didn’t even eat or drink in there)? And what is more, I was drinking their beer and stumbled into Grandma. No matter what the real story is, they’ll make me a monster. They’ll think I’m a lush and a horrible house sitter…and they’ll probably tell my parents. No big deal, I can cover it up.” So I spent the last five hours trying to clean up my tracks. And quickly, things went from bad to worse. First job, replace the vase. I took a piece of the old vase and headed to the local department store for a new vase. As I expected, there weren’t any like it. So I decided to paint a white one. “How hard could a floral print be to paint,” I thought. I took the white vase home and painted it. At the time, it looked pretty close, but in retrospect, it looked horrible. I began to scrape up the ashes to put them in the vase, but most of them rubbed into the carpet. Now I had two more problems. I must clean the ash stain in the carpet and create some new ashes. As I started the fire in the fireplace, I looked for some magazines to burn. Beside the sofa was a stack of old magazines. In a frenzy, I grabbed the whole stack and threw them into the fire. All of a sudden, I noticed that there was a hard book in the fire. I pulled it out with one of the fireplace tools. It was their wedding album! What else could I do wrong?!? I had to throw it back in the fire to destroy the evidence. By this point, I was obviously a mess, but I had to cover my tracks. So I went to the kitchen and grabbed some cleaner. I hurried back to the ash stains and poured some on the blue carpet. As I scrubbed the stains, they quickly came clean – to a pretty white. With the bleach cleaner, I put some nice clean white spots on the blue carpet. As I began to think about the next step, I noticed that the room was full of smoke. I had forgotten to open the flue. Angry, embar- rassed, and ashamed, I had nowhere to turn but to continue covering up my mistakes. So the madness went on. I cut out the stained carpet and replace it with remnants from the garage. I try to repaint the walls, but spill paint on the floor. I drag the furniture to cover the patched carpet, and break a leg on the sofa. I covered up one mistake with an- other. It was a downward spiral of decisions that became less conscious and more ridiculous each time. And just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, Joey walked in. Joey was a nephew to the Johnsons, and a former schoolmate of mine. He was a couple years older than me, so the Johnsons had him stop by occasionally while they were gone. They thought it would be a “nice gesture.” Plus, he knew the house backwards and forwards, so they thought he could be of help to me when I needed it. Well, I didn’t need any help this afternoon! As soon as Joey saw what I had done, he said something he shouldn’t have. “Paul.” He spoke much too calm for the situation we were in. “Let’s call the Johnsons and see what they think we should do. They will understand. They will know what to do.” He didn’t ask any questions. He just started walking towards the phone. “NO!” I screamed. He kept walking towards the phone, so I had no other choice. Instantly, and way too naturally, I took the hammer, which I happened to be using, as hard as I could in his direction. I was typically an extremely calm and mild mannered person. But in this moment, I was not at all myself. As the hammer sailed through the air, I desperately hoped it would hit Joey. The blunt end hit him in the temple, knocking him out instantly. For I moment, I felt relieved, because Joey would not be able to call the Johnson’s, and I could still get it all cleaned up before they came home on Monday. Then I realized that I must do something with Joey. So I dragged him outside and laid him beside the road, hoping someone would pick him up and take him to the ER. When I walked inside, I saw for the first time the entire living room, and I realized what I had done. The formerly blue tan walls were now pinkish. The patched carpet was way too obvious. The room reeked of smoke, and the furniture was all out of place, with the couch leaning on books because of its broken leg. And the new (extremely ugly) vase sat on its original table, grotesquely out of Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com “The Broken Vase” Continued (Pg. 3) By Pastor Paul place. At that moment, I realized that there was no way out of my situation. I felt so guilty and so ashamed. The thoughts began pouring into my head. “What did I do? Did I really think that I could cover up all my mistakes with what I had done? Did I really think they wouldn’t notice? They might have forgiven me for accidentally knocking over the ashes, but there is no way they’ll forgive me for this.” So I did what any regular person would do: I ran. Filled with guilt and shame, I jumped in my car and headed for the country. As I pulled out of the driveway, I noticed that Joey was still lying on the ground. I didn’t care. I had to get out of there. I drove as fast as I could until I got here, to my parent’s cabin in the woods. They rarely come out here, so nobody will find me. I arrived at the cabin at 8:30 p.m. So there I was, sitting on the couch, sobbing, not knowing what I’d do next. I knew I could not face the Johnsons, my family, or Joey, let alone the rest of the community. I would have to hide out here for the rest of the summer. I sat on the couch for hours, thinking about what I had done, creating excuses, thinking places to shift blame, and imagining how to avoid my hometown for the rest of my life. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t stop thinking. I lie on the couch thinking about my progression of transgressions. It must have been 4:00 or 5:00 before I actually fell asleep, but the next thing I remember is a knock at the door. The noise frightened me. I quickly sat straight up and looked at the clock. It was 2:00 in the afternoon. There was the knock again. “What should I do?” I thought, “They know my car is out there. They know I’m here.” I sat there paralyzed for a long time. Just as I started to get up, there was one more knock. I could here a faint voice through the thick, wooden door. “Paul,” said a soft, calm voice. It was a woman. Phew! It must not be Mr. Johnson. I heard the voice again. “Paul, it is Mrs. John- son. I’d like to talk to you. I forgive you. Joey forgives you. We know that you messed up – a lot – but we want to move past this and start anew.” Mrs. Johnson never became verbally angry. I’m sure what I was doing certainly angered her, but her love was much stronger than a little anger. It went on like this all day and all night. She would simply knock at the door every fifteen or twenty minutes, followed by kind words. 3:00: “Paul, Joey wants you to know that he forgives you, and he knows that wasn’t the ‘real’ Paul who he encountered yesterday.” 4:30: “I would love to start over with you, Paul. In fact, we would like to have you house sit for us this winter if you’re available.” 7:15: “Paul, would you like to talk about it? I know you feel so much guilt and shame, but in our minds, this is in the past.” 12:30 a.m.: “Mr. Johnson and I love you, Paul, and we forgive you.” Throughout the night, as Mrs. Johnson continued to knock and speak loving words, I continued to think about what I had done. At 4:00 a.m. I realized something. Mrs. Johnson isn’t going to force her way in here. She wants to make peace with me, but I’m going to have to make the decision. I had two choices. I could sit in this cabin forever, hiding out from Mrs. Johnson and the world, or I could open the door to whatever Mrs. Johnson and the world had in store for me. However fearful I was of taking that step to the door, I knew it was my only choice. Finally, at 6:13 a.m., my new fate was sealed. The knock came again. “Paul.” This time it was a man’s voice, but too young to be Mr. Johnson. “I wanted to come here to let you know I forgive you.” It was Joey. I must not have hurt him too bad. Then came an- other male voice. “Paul, I forgive you too. Let’s begin the road to restoring our relationship.” As I walked slowly towards the door, fear practically paralyzed me. Each step came more difficultly. I unhooked the chain on the door, and twisted the deadbolt. As the door slowly swung open, it squeaked quietly. I looked out and saw Mr. and Mrs. Johnson in the foreground, holding hands and slightly smiling. In the background was Joey, with many bandages on his head, sitting down. He was in a wheelchair. All three of them quickly came over to me, and embraced me. “Let’s start over,” Mr. Johnson said, “let’s start over.” Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com Is In the pew? Tell us about your family: I grew up in Kansas out on the farm. The closest town was 20 miles so our commu- nity out there was everything to us. My grandfather donated the corner of ground our church was built on, and the church just celebrated their 100th. My dad has been one of the corner stones of the church. I have quite a heri- tage. I am the third child of four and the only girl, so no I’m not spoiled at all! HA!! I have been married to my wonderful husband, Troy, for 21 years and God has blessed us with 2 little miracles. Taela – 2 ½ and Taten – 7 months What is the biggest challenge you face in everyday life? How to keep the 2 year old occupied while feeding the baby, and potty training. Tell us about your salvation experience. We were having a revival at our church and I remember feeling God talk to me, so when we got home that night I knelt by my parents bed and told them I wanted Jesus in my heart and to be a better girl, and so at the age of 5 I accepted Jesus. I was able to attend our church camps all through my youth and youth conventions. I have had a very special friend since high school that I believe God allowed me to witness to, and today she and her family are all believers and her husband and daughter were baptized to- gether last year and I got to be there for that special occasion. Who was/is a role model for you and why? My grandmother, she lived across the road from us my whole life. She lived her life to the full- est. She was a joy to be around and everyone called her “Grandma Rose”. She was too; she made everyone feel loved and accepted. She had hardships in her life but you would never know it. She was a rock for our family and many others. My parents have been inspiring to me too, watching them handle their hardships has taught me a lot. From losing my grandmother to cancer, my mom’s stroke 3 years ago, and hardships of farm life, they have taught me a lot about who to trust in and who is in control. What is your favorite hymn or worship song and why is it special to you? My favorite hymn has always been “Oh, How I love Jesus” It has been my favorite since I was little and we would have a sing spirations at church. My favorite worship songs are “Power of your Love,” and “Shout to the Lord” Tell us about a favorite time in your life. I think right now is my favorite time of my life. I always wanted to be a mom and struggled for years not being able to have children. God knew HIS timing was perfect, but it was a long hard wait for me. I love to have the girls in the kitchen with me cooking supper. It is such a joy to see the world through their little innocent eyes. They are truly miracles!! What church activities do you enjoy most? Singing on praise team. I love to sing, but I am a little chicken when it comes to singing by myself. God laid the MOPS ministry on my heart, and so Crystal Brinson and I are leading it this year. We have an awesome team! How would you like to spend a free day? Shopping/Spending the day with Troy or shopping with my girlfriends. Tell us about your hobbies and interests you enjoy. I really enjoy decorating for weddings, and when I have the time I really enjoy scrap- booking. Tell us something that would surprise us to know about you. Troy and I lived here almost 2 years, from 1987 to 1988. We bought our first home at 1110 N. 8th. We were still Newlyweds; it was a very fun time in our lives. Carol Schmidt and I worked together at the Eitzen Agency at that time, I have enjoyed her friendship for all these years. Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com “I will praise God’s name in song and glorify Him with Thanksgiving.” WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? Several individuals were asked to tell about a ministry or a person they are thankful for. As you read their responses think about the people, things, ministries, in your life that YOU are thankful for. When I was asked what ministry or person that I am thankful for, two people that came to my mind immediately. One individual that I am so thankful for is Erna Sallaska. Erna has such a servants heart. If you don't know, Erna sews patches on our little Sparks vest for me. When Eugene passed away and Erna was in the hospital and sick for a while she was not able to sew for me. It wasn't long though that I received a call from Erna letting me know she was better and still wanted to sew patches on for me. It's not only Erna's servants heart that I love, but Erna is one of the sweetest, graceful, and most gentle woman I know. She always has a smile and a kind word even on days I know she doesn't feel well or is missing Eugene. Erna, you are such an example to me of a Godly woman. Thanks for all you do! The other person who came to my mind that I am thankful for is my hubby, Randy. I can not imagine not having Randy as my husband. I love his humor and his way of always making the worst situation better by making me laugh. He is always supportive of me. Whatever I choose to be involved in or commit to, he supports me. He is always there to pick up the slack and help me out. He doesn't mind babysitting, doing laundry, cooking and doing dishes either whenever I don't get it done. Now before I give you the impression he is perfect.......... he does really tick me off once in a while and he does leave his dirty socks lay on the floor sometimes! But, I wouldn't trade him for anyone else in the world. Thanks honey for being such a great partner! ~Robin Souter I am thankful for all the kind people in church. Especially Jeanette Martens, who took the time to mentor to me and teach me how to be a mother, and now grandmother... I watched her and "tried" to imitate her as much as I could, ( and am still learning ). She is the most giving person I know. I am thankful I have the privilege to have her in my life..(and my kids are benefiting from what she has taught me) ~Karlea I am Thankful for those in the church that take a few moments each week to write a few words of encouragement or thanks in a card just to let them know what they do is enjoyed and appreciated. I am blessed by their efforts. ~Steve Kemp Thank you to all the MB Youth Leaders for serving and making connections with the Fairview Youth or our community. ~Kay Schoeppel I am thankful for my friend Erna Sallaska. We can understand each other, since our husbands had similar experiences before death. We call each other often and share our needs. We do things together. I thank God for my dear friend, Erna. ~Viola Martens I’m thankful for Fall which is such a wonderful and beautiful time of the year. I enjoy God’s painting of colors He brings out in the trees. I’m thankful for falling leaves, crisp mornings and evenings. I have much to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is a great time to say a special thank you to God for the many blessings he gives to us. I’m thankful for a time to gather as a family to share joys and delicious prepared food. ~Stella Eitzen Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com Thank You Continued…. (pg. 2) As a "newlywed" I am thankful for so many of God's blessings. One ministry that pops to the top is small groups. I have been actively involved in small groups since 1994. As I look back this has had the most positive impact on my spiritual growth and accountability. I have always had some- one to contact in the tough times. Someone has listened to my wild ideas about ministry and other things without laughing me out of the house (most of the time). I have had someone to discuss the tough questions we all have but don't talk about in church and can't even mention in Sunday School. I have had the opportunity to be a brother and encourager. I continue to learn and grow confidence in daily decisions. It is like having a Berean (Acts 17:11) family! I would encourage each man, woman, and/or couple to get involved in a small group study. ~Randy Kliewer Which church ministry am I thankful for??? There are so many that have meant so much during different times in my life. Sunday school is impor- tant because it keeps me in contact with many church friends,-- I can find out their needs, and it refreshes me spiritually to study God's word to- gether. There are times when the choir, or other musicians really minister to me through their message in song. I am thankful for the sound & power point technicians who make it easier to hear and see God's Word illustrated through the sermons. I am thankful for the food committee who serve countless hours, without complaint to aid in various fellowship meetings at the church. Small group ministry draws out a depth of sharing one can't reach anywhere else. But most of all I am thankful for women's enrichment for the Bible studies they organize. Through times of personal crisis the study seems to reach my deepest hurt & lifts me up. When times aren't as tough, I am challenged to learn about subjects and Bible books that I've had little knowledge of previously. The fellowship of my Christian friends, as we share and pray together is inspirational. Women's Enrich- ment has other special events that promote social and spiritual growth among women. I can't always participate but I know each time, the Lord blesses so many. Thanks to each one of you who serve in any church ministry cause you never know whose life you might touch in a very special way. ~Lucy Ulrich Three ministries and individuals with those ministries, I am thankful for are: 1. Personal Evangelism –music teacher. J.J. Franz who led me to Christ, after a baseball game when I was a freshman in high school. 2. Discipleship—high school superintendent, H.R. Wiens who discipled me and was the person who influenced me most to enter the ministry of the gospel. 3. Helpmate—my parsonage queen, Leona, who helped me most in the ministry. The pictures of these three individuals, with the above descriptions, have been in my study to inspire me for more than thirty years. ~Leonard J. Vogt, F.H. Chaplain I'm thankful for my wife and our family, my health, my church, friends. I'm also thankful for many types of ministry in the church such as Deacons, AWANA, Music, Pastoral Staff, Sunday School Classes . . etc. I believe the ministry that I really appreciate the most is one of the ministries that I've helped with and still have a part with from time to time and this is the "DINING HALL COMMITTEE" I believe that this is one of the most util- ized and least appreciated group within the church. There are bumper stickers that reads something like this . ."IF YOU EAT, THANK A FARMER" Now since someone serves or helps with meals at Funerals, Special Occasions, Wednesdays Nights, Mission Sunday . .etc, then this could be paraphrased to "IF YOU EAT AT CHURCH, THANK THE DINING HALL COMMITTEE" ~G. Kieth McLain When I was asked what ministry or person I was thankful for—I was overwhelmed. I am thankful for many ministries within our church body and I must say I have been very blessed by them. In fact, I’m so thankful for each person in our church family and each one of you have blessed me! So many of you prayed for my family years ago and you continue to do so through difficult situations we now face. Thank you from the very depths of my heart. And please know that I thank God that you are a part of my life. I am very thankful for my Sunday school class. Each lady in my class blesses my heart. THANK YOU LADIES! Mar- shalene, thank you for all the extra little things you do. There are many tasks you do to help others because of your caring and loving heart. Thanks for helping me. I thank the Lord for sending us Brad and Vi. We appreciate your prayers and messages. I am thankful for Mike and Dick for providing a clean church for us to worship in. God has blessed me with close friends. You all know who you are. I look forward to weekends eating with Keeven & Karlea. Thanks for always listening and being there for us. The Lord has provided me with a friend for approximately 22 years that has taught me how to live well and now during her seri- ous illness I am learning from her about dignity, self-respect and how to let God be in charge. I’m so thankful she is in my life. The list could go on and on; however, I am most thankful for my husband. He has a heart that loves the Lord and tries to be obedient. Bud has strength where I am weak. He compensates for me. We enjoy just being together. We have been blessed with wonderful children, who have blessed our hearts and lives. I thank the Lord every day for my children and my little Whitly. ~With Love & Thankfulness For my Family & Church Family, Candy Wichert Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com Find one good thing about today and celebrate it. There is something, maybe even several things, to thank God for today. It is up to you to find it. You can do it. “When Life Makes You Wonder” written by Jessica Eitzen "When Life Makes You Wonder" We all experience times of disappointment, whether it is losing a job you love, losing a loved one, or ending a relationship. 1 Peter 4:12 says, "Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you." In other words, we shouldn't be surprised by times of disappointment. People fail. We have to choose how we respond to tough times. (A) We can retreat. When people fail us, it's easy to just say, "Well, I couldn't count on that person at that time, so I just WON'T count on them anymore." It's happened to all of us. I've been on both sides of it. Galatians 6:9 says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Choice B isn't any better. (B) We can get revenge. Whether it's revenge on God, or revenge on someone else, it violates the law of love--God's command to love our ene- mies and to forgive. We forget that we don't need to get revenge because God will have his wrath. In Romans 12:19, we find a direct quote from all the way back in Deuteronomy, where God says, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay." I don't know about you, but I'm all for letting God to the work. The third option is the BEST! (C) We can experience renewal. This is the best part because when we choose this option, we get BETTER instead of getting BITTER! Read what James 1:2-4 has to say: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." That just says it all. So what do we need to do to overcome the trials and experience renewal? First we need to focus on others. Notice I didn't say "should" or "can choose to." Do me a favor really fast. Put your left finger in the air about 6 inches from your face. Now put your right finger in the air about 12 inches in front of your face. Now try to focus on both of them at the same time. Can't do it, can you? Our eyes can only focus on one finger at a time. Our lives can only focus on one person at a time. Here's an example. I absolutely HATE (with a passion) spelunking. That would be caving. But not any type of caving...this is wearing helmets and pads and army- crawling while ducking bats caving. At the camp I worked in Iowa, spelunking at Indian Bluff Cave was one of our regular activities. If I had to go caving with staff, I would completely freak out and not make it past a room in the cave called the Kitchen. The Lemon Squeeze (the tightest squeeze in the cave)? Forget it. But I noticed that when I was with campers and helping them get through, I was too busy concentrating on get- ting them to the back of the cave to realize what I was doing. Suddenly I'd be at the back of the cave. The focus wasn't on me or my trials. The second thing we need to do is look at trials as opportunities. Let's see a beginning instead of an ending. I can't name the number of trials I've had in the last two years that have turned out to be opportunities for something even more awesome. I won't go into more detail because many of them are very personal. But find the opportunity. And remember what Maria says in The Sound of Music, "Whenever God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window." The final thing we need to do is rest in God's timing and purpose. Notice again I don't say "should" or "can choose to." My timing is nothing, but God's timing is everything. No matter how much we beg or bargain with God for him to do it in our time, He always does it in HIS time. But His timing is always perfect. But go back to that first sentence of this paragraph again. There is a really important key word, and that is "rest." God wants us to sit back and relax in the inner tube of life and just go with the flow. How cool is that? We don't have to do any of the work! So what are you going to choose the next time you're experiencing trials? Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com Nov. 1 Carl Bartel, Vernon Wichert Nov. 3. Jel Leslie, W. Eugene Janzen, Ashtyn Wichert, Evan Eitzen Nov. 4. Jessica Wichert Nov. 5. Jake Regier, KayDee Stafford Nov. 6. Virginia Bartel, Ricky Chenault Nov. 7. Pauline Katzung Nov. 18. Wes Eitzen, Erland Martens, Kevin Wahl, Lauren Berlingeri Nov. 8. Trace Ramay Nov. 19. Devon Pendleton, Ruby Smith Nov. 9. Jr. Regier Nov. 20. Haley Baker Nov. 10. Trevor Wichert Nov. 21. Tyler Hurst Nov. 11. Angie McCue Nov. 22. Kenny Eitzen, Kathy Robison, Krista Ramay, Brenda Neufeld, Nov. 23. Gevona Wahl Nov. 12. Erroll Leslie, Stella Jane Eitzen, Scott Neufeld, Carol Schmidt Nov. 24. Rylee Rankin Nov. 13. Edon Bredel, Kyle Presley, Frances Janzen, DeAnna McConkey, Nov. 25. David Heer, Travis Kliewer, Tammy Bowers Karen Murphy, Timothy Regier Nov. 26. Vernon Fast, Robert Mast Nov. 14. Bud Wichert, Pauline Smart Nov. 27. Leah Cushenbery, Brian Baker Nov. 15. Clint Martens, Daniel Roberts, Gary Nightengale, Hope Bowers Nov. 28. Rita Dick, LaVonda White, David R. Koehn Nov. 29. Corey Ratzlaff, Henry Martens, Terre Wiens, Polly Kliewer Nov. 16. Keith Whiteneck, Norma Jean Eitzen, Byron Baum, Kari Adams Nov. 30. Brian Hoffman, Shelley Garza, Ardee Tyler Nov. 17. Elda Martens, Alan King, Leon Neufeld, Drew Sharp ~FEATURED WEDDING ANNIVERSARY~ Mike & Amy Pembrook Married: 11-07-1993 Where were you married? Prayer Chapel in the Fairview MB Church (we were the first ones to be married in there) What were your wedding colors? Didn’t have a big wedding...no colors were needed. Who was the Best Man? I can’t remember who signed the licenses...I think it was Jack Pembrook (Mike’s Dad) Nov. 3— Mr. & Mrs. David Calwonsen, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Wiens Nov. 5— Mr. & Mrs. Dick Shewey Who was the Maid of Honor? I believe the other witness Nov. 7— Mr. & Mrs. Mike Pembrook was Keeven Ewald (Amy’s Dad). We had a very small Nov. 11—Mr. & Mrs. Ike Neufeld wedding...only Mike & I and his parents and my parents Nov. 16—Mr. & Mrs. David Parker were in attendance...oh yeah… and the preacher Wendell Nov. 18—Mr. & Mrs. Robert Wieler Lowen (his first wedding) and Ann Martens (she video Nov. 24—Mr. & Mrs. Gene Eitzen, Mr. & Mrs. Royce Karber, taped it). Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Garza Nov. 27—Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Martens Where did you go on your honeymoon? Cozumel Nov. 28—Mr. & Mrs. Roger Eitzen Mexico Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” - Matthew 19:14 Operation Christmas Child November 2007 Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church Donate money Send a Message of Hope... towards the shipping costs! Our church is once We also need donations of the following again packing shoe items: boxes for needy ■ Shoe Boxes (lid not attached to bottom) children somewhere in the world. We would ■ Christmas wrapping paper appreciate donations Pick up Brochure in of money or gift items Gift Ideas: Foyer! between now and ■ Pens, pencils and sharpener, crayons or markers, November 4. Our goal IMPORTANT DATES: writing pads or paper, coloring and pictures books. is for the AWANA chil- ■ Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, harmoni dren to pack 70 boxes Nov. 4—Last Day to cas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, give Gifts on Wednesday, No- Slinky, etc. Nov. 7—Packing Boxes vember 7. Your family ■ Tooth brush, toothpaste, comb, washcloth. with the Awana is welcome to pack a Children. Every shoe box on your own, ■ Hard candy and lollipops (please double bag all one is welcome also. Brochures are on candy), mint, gum, t-shirts, socks, sun-glasses, hair to come and the credenza with all clips, toy jewelry, etc. help! the needed information. DO NOT BRING: We will have a prayer Place gifts in BIG box Used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy of dedication over all guns, knives or military figures, chocolate or out-of-date in foyer! the shoe boxes on Sun- candy, liquids or lotions, breakable items such as glass day, November 11. containers, etc. Come help pack boxes on Nov. 7th. Operation Christmas Child Committee: Lori Martens –227-2701 LaVonda White—227-2714 Debbie Wahl—227-3001 Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church MCC SALE SCHEDULE FRIDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 2nd Sunday, November 11th 4:00pm Some booths open SPEAKER: Pastor Jason Gilbow 5:00pm Smoked Pork Loin Dinner (5-7pm) (Pastor of Providence Fellowship in Edmond, OK) 6:30pm Old Fashioned Gospel Sing-a-long HARVEST MEAL: In Dining Hall at Noon 7:30pm Some Quilts & Crafts Auctioned off (Homemade Thanksgiving Meal cooked and served the by 6:00pm Open House and Sale of Priced Items (6-9pm) the Dining Hall Committee) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd 7:00am Pancake & Sausage Breakfast (7-9:30am) 8:00am All booths open for sale Harvest Missions Giving Goal 9:00am CRAFT Auction begins $35,000.00 11:00am QUILT Auction begins 12:00pm “People’s Choice Quilt” auctioned off Chisholm Trail Expo Center, Garfield County Fairgrounds “Ladies Night Out” Monday, Nov. 26th 7:00pm Have you heard? MOPS has started back Tin Lion up again. MOPS is on the 2nd Monday of Coffee House each month at 6:00pm. Join us for a fun A fun evening for ladies of all evening just for MOMS (birth-Kindergarten). ages! Treat yourself to a delicious drink or something to eat. Then NEXT MEETING: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12th * 6:00pm in the Jr. High Room. enjoy playing Bunko...a fast paced game played with dice. It's EASY Come and learn whether your child is ready for pre-school or to learn & we are usually finished kindergarten. by 9PM! Questions? Contact one of the Community Thanksgiving Service MOPS Coordinators, Darla Hub- bard at 227-2077 or Crystal Brin- Cedar Springs Nazarene –7:00pm son at 227-2821. Sunday, November 18, 2007 Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com We are all thirsty. The question isn’t whether or not we are thirsty, but whether we are quenching our thirst with the right thing. The thirst we feel deep inside of us is for God. Join us on November 10 at Fairview MB Church as we dis- cover what it Wildside Extreme—November 10, 2007 Fairview MB Church . 1600 E. State Road . Fairview, OK (580) 227-4730 . firstname.lastname@example.org November 16-18, 2007 • Hillsboro, Kansas • Cost: $50 Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 Women’s Bible MCC Sale MCC Sale-Enid, OK ***MIDWEEK: Study 9:30am Enid, OK Don’t 5:30pm: Fellowship Supper forget 6:15pm: AWANA • 6:30pm: MBY & WILDSIDE to set 7:00pm: Women’s Bible Study • 7:00pm: Prayer Time your clocks back 8:15pm: Choir Practice tonight!!! 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 AM-Pastor Brad Women’s Bible WMS 9:00am ***MIDWEEK Stephen Minister & WILDSIDE Extreme Study 7:00pm Leader Mtg. 6:30pm 8:30-5:00pm PM-Cong. Mtg. Women’s Prayer Music Board Mtg. Group 9:30am Deacon Mtg.7:00pm Bring a buddy night 7:00pm All requested reim- Benefit Dinner for bursements due in Conner Perry the office by 8:30am Packing Operation Family @ for checks to be Christmas Shoe Blackledge written. Boxes 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Veterans' Day MOPS 6:00pm Women’s Prayer ***MIDWEEK Women’s Bible Group 9:30am Study 9:30am AM-Harvest Mis- Transition Team sions Sunday Mtg. 7:00pm Southern District Youth Conf. –Hillsboro Regular Night PM-Small Groups Women’s Bible Study 7:00pm Trustee Mtg. – 7:00pm 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 AM-Pastor Brad FFH Communion WMS 9:00am *** NO MIDWEEK Thanksgiving Day 6:30pm PM-Community Women’s Prayer OFFICE CLOSED Thanksgiving Ser- Christian Ed Mtg. Group 9:30am OFFICE CLOSED vice @Cedar 7:00pm Springs Nazarene Missions & Evangel- ism Mtg. 7:00pm SDYC 25 26 27 28 29 30 AM-Pastor Paul Ladies Night Out Women’s Prayer ***MIDWEEK Women’s Bible 7:00pm at Tin Lion Group 9:30am Study 9:30am PM-Small Groups Council Meeting Regular Night 7:00pm Pastor’s Mtg. in Edmond Fairview MB Church • November 2007 Monthly Beacon • We are on the web: www.fairviewmb.com