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February 17-18
From the Minister

I LOVE MY CHURCH. If it was a bumper sticker it would look like this…

John 13:34-35 says it this way…”34 “A new command I give you:

Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one
another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disci-
ples, if you love one another.”

I wouldn’t normally subscribe to words of wisdom from singer/actress/famous icon Jennifer Lopez, but the
other day I saw a YouTube video of her interviewing her twins. “Ask me ANYTHING you want” was the
topic for her interview with her 11 year old twins, a boy and girl. Her daughter asked, “which one of us is
your favorite?” Mrs. Lopez responded with what I found to be profound, possibly beyond her intentions:
“All the rules for normal people don’t apply because the love you have for your kids goes so deep.” How
right she is. The way we think of love in our world today is so different than the way God loves us. And
yet, that’s exactly what He calls us to do. Love one another with the unconditional love Christ has shown
each of us.

1 John 4:7-12 furthers this idea…”7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from
God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love
does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He
sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not
that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever
seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

It seems like we compete for all of the best characteristics to form the image of some “super
Christian.” The Apostle Paul simplifies it for us when he said, “look, the best we can imitate
from Christ is FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE. But if we have to choose, the BEST is LOVE.” (Allen’s par-
aphrase) So that means all the energy and determination we spend in the disciplines of our
faith, learning to LOVE the way Christ loves is the key. When we can begin to understand un-
conditional love—a love and acceptance never based on merit, worth, or entitlement—but an
AGAPE love where we love others...JUST BECAUSE...because God loves them and they are the
loveliest part of His creation—THEN do we begin to KNOW God. If we want to be ambassadors
for Christ, and if we want to SHOW the world what it means to look like Christ, we have to un-
derstand AND PRACTICE unconditional love.
See ya’ Sunday.


Pray for our Nation and Leaders, Pray for our Church and our leaders DAILY
Come join us on Thursday morning at 10AM for a time of prayer. You are encouraged to spend time in communication with God.
Feel free to use the Prayer room (165) at any time, individually or as a group to pray about whatever is on your heart.
Communication From the Leadership

As a boy / young man growing up in South Florida, my first challenge was to find my mountaintop
experience without a mountain. Somehow, I ended up finding part of my mountaintop experience quite
surprisingly in the Everglades. I am relatively certain there were no mountains anywhere around there.
My early mountaintop moments held only the smallest spiritual element within them, for though I did
wonder about God a bit, my family were not church goers and did not speak of God very often.
Mountains aside, I enjoyed growing up in a lovely tropical paradise. We even had good coconuts
down where I lived. I knew the river before it was brown. I enjoyed the Gulf of Mexico and sunsets
where the sun appeared to sink right into the water. I often biked or walked with a big load of fishing
gear down to the river, where I actually caught fishes. Most of the time I was looking forward to the next
trip, and perhaps catching that bigger one that those mysterious waters held! My father used to go to a
small family-run butcher shop in East Ft. Myers and get us sirloin steak. This was a special treat! That
butcher cut the steaks by hand and seemed to choose good ones for my dad. It was years later before I
ever found a meat place as good as that one (if I ever really did). I was lucky enough to grow up with
beauty around me.
What I needed most back then was to know the Creator and to have some of His truth and beauty
within, because quite frankly, beauty without was not nearly enough. It is of great importance to know
Almighty God loves us and made this wondrous world for us. God declared this creation was indeed
“good!” Good because it was perfectly fitting for its intended purpose in every way, and was good for us.
Nowadays, keeping hold of truth and faith, despite the insidious godlessness of so many, I readily
see and hear the witness of creation and its testimony to the greatness of God. And I am reminded how
much we mattered during creation, and how much we matter to our loving God even now!

1The heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4Yet their voice b goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth. (Ps. 19:1-6)

Rick Harvey
Ministry EVENTS

Upcoming Events:
May 14 - Movie Tuesday - Meet at CMX
May18 - 10AM Paint Class, Cost $10
3rd painting in the bird series
Sign-Up For Peach State Summer Theatre
starts this month.
May 31 - Movie Night at the church
Call the office for more details 850-877-7315

Join us in Children’s Church for:

Sunday School 9:00-10:00 am

Break 10:00-10:30 am
(games and snacks)
Children’s Church 10:30-11:45 am We have made Changes to Pantry
Every month the Children’s Ministry has a Food Pantry
new service project they are working on, We have closed the physical Food Pantry and will only
see Becky Carter for more information be giving out Food gift cards to those in need. If you
know someone in need please contact the office. You can make mone-
tary donations to the pantry by designating ‘Pantry’ on your check and
For more information: call 877-7315 or visit placing it in the offering.
M AY 2 0 1 9
Mon T ue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Return Service Requested
Happy Birthday: 20 - Carlos Monserrate 1 2 3 4
1 - Becky Griffin 29 - Doreen Branam 6:00PM Fellowship 10:30 National Day
12 Hispanic Church
5 - Eloise Summers Meal & Devotion of Prayer 10:30AM Ladies
8 - Essie Stull 6:30PM Ladies Bible Bible Study
Study 12-4 Canasta Club
10 - Trish Rice

5 6 7 8 10AM Service at9 10 11

6 Ladies 6:00PM Fellowship Your Life Senior 10:30AM Ladies
Bible Study
12 Ladies
Dinner Meeting Meal & Devotion
5PM Life Groups
6 Men’s Steak-Out 6:30PM Ladies Bible 12-4 Canasta Club FAMU Event
6:30 Board Meeting Study (using our parking lot)

12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Mother’s 6:00PM 10AM Prayer Circle
10:30AM Ladies 10AM Paint Class
Fellowship Meal
& Devotion 12-4 Canasta Club
Bible Study 10AM Railroad
6:30PM Violin 6:30PM Ladies Bible Club
Recital Study
3PM Emmaus

19 20 21 22 23 24 25
Scottsdale Academy 10:30AM Ladies
Graduation Bible Study
6:00PM Fellowship
Meal & Devotion
5PM Life Groups 6:30PM Ladies Bible 10AM Prayer Circle
7PM Railroad Club Study

26 Office Closed 27 28 29 8 Men’s Breakfast30 31

10:30AM Ladies
Memorial Bible Study
6:00PM Fellowship 10AM Prayer Circle
Day Meal & Devotion
6:30PM Ladies Bible 12-4 Canasta Club 7PM Movie
Study Night


May 1 - 6PM Fellowship Meal & Devotion May 16 - 10AM Prayer Circle
6:30PM Ladies Bible Study 12-4 Canasta Club
May 2 - 10AM National Day of Prayer May 17 - 10:30PM Ladies Bible Study
12-4 Canasta Club May 18 - 10AM Paint Class
May 3 - 10AM Ladies Bible Study 10AM Railroad Club
May 4 - 12 Hispanic Church Wedding May 18 - 3PM Emmaus Meeting
May 5 - 5PM Life Groups May 19 - 5PM Life Groups
May 6 - 6PM Ladies Meeting May 21 - 7PM Railroad Club
6PM Men’s Steak-Out May 22 - 6PM Fellowship Meal & Devotion
May 7 - 6:30PM Board Meeting 6:30PM Ladies Bible Study
May 8 - 6PM Fellowship Meal & Devotion May 23 - 10AM Prayer Circle
6:30PM Ladies Bible Study May 23 - Scottsdale Academy Graduation
May 9 - 10AM Prayer Circle/Your Life Service May 24 - 10:30AM Ladies Bible Study
12-4 Canasta Club May 26 - Guest– Mike Kocolowski (CFR)
May 10 - 6-10PM FAMU Event (in the parking lot) May 27 - Memorial Day - Office closed
May 11 - 12PM Ladies Luncheon May 29 - 6PM Fellowship Meal & Devotion
May 12 - Happy Mother’s Day 6:30PM Ladies Bible Study
May 30 - 8AM Men’s Breakfast
May 13 - 6:30PM Violin Recital 10AM Prayer Circle
May 14 - Senior Movie Day at CMX 12-4 Canasta Club
May 15 - 6PM Fellowship Meal & Devotion May 31 - 7PM Movie Night
6:30PM Ladies Bible Study
 Plants  Pots
 Yard & Garden items  Garage Sale Items

“Our purpose is to LOVE CHRIST, LOVE OTHERS and SERVE”

Allen Gonzalez Senior Minister
Bible Study 9:00 AM ATTENDANCE Average
Mike Seay Worship Director
Coffee Break 10:00 AM AM Worship 81
Trish Rice Administrative Assistant
Worship 10:30 AM
Sunday Evening Life Groups 5:00PM ELDERS: Rick Harvey, Steve Lawson, Don
GIVING Budget Need
General Giving $14,968 $16,487
Wednesday Night Meal 6:00PM DEACONS: Dona Cormier, Clayton Wilder, Missions $ 3,099 $3,069
Wednesday Bible Discussion Groups 6:30 PM Mike Hancock, Cindy Meeks, Doreen Branam,
Trish Rice

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