Giving Credit Where Due?

Running late for a meeting, a man circled the block, looking for a place to park. Desperately, he raised his eyes toward heaven and prayed, “Lord, if you’ll find me a parking spot, I promise I’ll start going to church again.”

Just then, a car pulled out of a space right in front of the man. “Never mind,” he said to God. “I found one!”

Let’s all try to remember to give credit where it’s due. God answers prayers!

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Advent Traditions

“The way you celebrate Christmas can be a gift in itself,” said Fred Rogers, “handing on traditions that will give your child a feeling of continuity, comfort and joy in all the Christmases to come.” In American homes, common Advent traditions include wreaths, calendars and logs. Did you know about these European traditions?

• In Normandy, children used to set fires in fields during Advent. The flames killed caterpillar eggs and drove away rodents. The tradition reflected good conquering evil, just as God’s perfect Son rescues us from sin.

• On December 13, Scandinavian countries honor Saint Lucy (or Lucia), a third-century martyr who, according to legend, brought food to people in the catacombs during winter. For light — and to be able to carry as much food as possible — she wore a wreath of candles on her head. On St. Lucy’s Day, the oldest daughter gets up early and brings sweet rolls to family members. The tradition reminds Christians that Jesus is a gift of light and love for our dark world.

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Thankfulness is not a minor virtue. It is not one of the elementary virtues [that] may be left behind as we become more mature. I believe that thankfulness is essential to the strength of every virtue, and that without it every other branch is starved and lean.

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.

—John Henry Jowett

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It’s Time! We would like to invite our AWANA and 24-7 Clubbers to come Wednesday, August 24th and 31st to register for the 2016-2017 Club year. Registration is from 6PM-7PM. AWANA Clubs starts on Wednesday, September 7th at 6PM; but if you like to sing, come on out at 5:30PM for Children’s Choir with Mrs. Robbi. Hope to see ya’ll there!

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e7d5136826b7af7127068db89059b0f7Vacation Bible School will be held June 20th-24th, from 9:00AM – Noon for grades Kindergarten thru Sixth grade. Registration forms are available in the church office. Come join us for an exciting week while we submerge ourselves in God’s word. It’s going to be a splash!

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Easter Possibilities

lily_13546acThe message of Easter is not only that Christ is risen, not only that suffering is not the last word, not only that God gives new life, but this: Nothing is impossible with God.

—The Rev. James Martin, S.J.

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The Easter message tells us that our enemies — sin, the curse and death — are beaten. Ultimately they can no longer start mischief. They still behave as though the game were not decided, the battle not fought; we must still reckon with them, but fundamentally we must cease to fear them anymore.

—Karl Barth, Dogmatics in Outline

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No More Sting

One spring day, a father and son were driving when a bee flew in the window and buzzed around. Because the boy was deathly allergic to bee stings, he panicked. But the calm father reached out and caught the bee in his hand, holding it tight.

After a few moments, the dad reached over, opened his hand and showed his son the stinger, stuck in his palm. “It’s okay,” the father said. “I took the sting, so the bee can’t hurt you.”

Likewise, people who know Jesus as their victorious Savior no longer need to fear the sting of death. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55, ESV).

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Amishlands Tour 2016

The Jolly Jays are hosting a White Star Tours, Amishlands Pennsylvania Trip. We are leaving Monday, October 31, 2016, and returning Saturday, November 5, 2016. Time of departure and return will be announced later. Our charter bus, supplied by White Star Tours, will be picking us up at the parking lot of Jay First Baptist Church.
The Jolly Jays will also provide a light breakfast Monday morning before we depart and we will supply bottled water for the trip. Extra cooler space will be available for the duration of the trip.
Cost is only $630.00 double occupancy with trips and taxes included. The only extra costs for the traveler will be: lunches each day, dinners during our travel days, and any souvenirs.
We have 50 open spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. A deposit of $50.00 is due by Friday, March 25, 2016, with the remaining balance due by Friday, July 29, 2016.
Contact Mrs. Laverne Little at (850) 982-4590 or Pastor George Fredericks at (407) 399-0688 for a trip brochure and any additional information.

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Happy New Year!

He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.

—E.M. Bounds

As you begin the New Year, make sure to seek God first. Begin each day with a thanksgiving to God and each day will be a blessing.

May you have a Blessed New Year!

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