Heart Surgery

I will be having Open Heart Surgery on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Health Park in Fort Myers. I will go into the hospital on Monday, October 19th to have pre-op and for them to switch me from blood thinner so I can have the surgery. They are planning to replace my Aortic valve which is not working correctly. I will be in the hospital for at least four days after the surgery before coming home. I will be recovering at home for at least 4 weeks before coming back to the pulpit.

While I’m out the Deacons will be doing Prayer Meeting on Wednesday nights at 7pm. Come and support our Deacons as they fill in for me. Preston will be preaching on Sundays in both services. Please pray for him as takes on this extra duty.

Sunday, October 18, 2020 will be last Sunday to preach until I come back in late November. I would appreciate your prayers for me and my family.

A New Home

Today, Cathy and I signed papers on our first home. As you know we have lived in the church parsonage for the last 25 years. So over the next few months we will be painting and fixing up our new home and move our stuff from the church parsonage into our new home. This is a big step for us and we would appreciate your prayers as we make this transition in our life. We will be down sizing as we make this move and that could be a challenge but something that needs to be done at this time in our life. We are thankful that God has allowed us to do this at this time.

Pray for Boyce, Louisiana

The very first church that I was pastor was the First Baptist Church Boyce, LA. This little town was a great town to begin my first pastorate. Cathy and I made dear friends in this town and friends that we still keep in touch with. This week Hurricane Laura hit Louisiana and Texas and many lives were impacted by this storm. Our dear friends in Boyce, LA. were greatly impacted by this storm. Boyce, LA. is located just northwest of Alexandria, Louisiana. The major roads have bypass this little town but it is next to the Red River. There are many beautiful old oaks and the old style wooden homes. Boyce is a small town with its own municipality that is not equipped to handle a disaster like this. Trees are down, the town water plant is down, the city electrical lines are a mess and this little town does not have the resources to repair all this damage. Please pray for the elected officials local and state and the people that make up this little town. These upcoming days will be very rough for them. Many of us know what they are going through because we have been through it. The distance between us and them is great but we can pray for them during this time. I would appreciate your prayers and if there something you can do, share with these great people.

Birthday Wishes

On September 6th Mrs. Elizabeth Barwick will have her birthday. Through the years Mrs. Barwick has been faithfully in sending people in our church cards of all types. This year for her Birthday will you send her a Birthday card and wish her a very special day. Her address is 4054 S. Edgewater Circle, LaBelle, FL. 33935.

Places of Worship!

As you know I like pictures of old churches. I don’t know what it is about those pictures that seem very interesting to me. I don’t know if it is about a time of the past or maybe the simple life that these church represent. Most of these churches don’t have the modern comforts but they seem comforting. For me sometimes it seems easier to see God in these churches because there are less distractions. Im thankful for the structures that have been used by man to worship God. May we remember that our body is the main structure for us to worship God. May we make our bodies a place for God.

1 Corinthians 6:19,20

19 Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.[a]

A Pastor’s Wife

This morning I learned that a dear friend has passed away. Ms. Flo Blevins lived for 95 years. She touched so many people in her life and I count it a joy to have known her. Ralph and Flo Blevins came to New Orleans so Brother Ralph could attend the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1952. They started a mission church in Arabi, LA. which they served for 50 years. My parents started attending and I was brought up in the First Baptist Church Arabi. One of many jobs that Ms. Flo started was a Preschool and Kindergarten ministry at the church which she served as the director. This ministry was a vital need in the community and reached many children and adults. Ms. Flo used housewives of the church that had children of their own to be teachers. My mother was one of those, first doing music with the children and finally teaching a class. For me, Ms. Flo had a calming voice and was that behind the scene person but could be up front if she needed be. Another feature that I remember were her hands. The power of touch in a positive way always brings that message of love. Ms. Flo was a person that demonstrated love every way she could. Her voice was another attribute she had. The joy and inflection in her voice was one that I cherish and when she called “Mike” I always knew it was her. These precious memories of Bro. Ralph and Ms. Flo are a blessing and I thank the Lord for them every day. These words by Alan Jackson are so appropriate.

Precious memories, unseen angels
Sent from somewhere to my soul
How they linger, ever near me
And the sacred past unfolds

Precious memories how they linger
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness, of the midnight
Precious sacred scenes unfold

Precious father, loving mother
Fly across the lonely years
And old home scenes of my childhood
In fond memory appears

Precious memories how they linger
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness, of the midnight
Precious sacred scenes unfold

Precious memories fill my soul

Fighting The Battle Against Worry – How The Sermon On The Mount Changes Everything

We are consumed by worry. In fact, two out of five Americans admit to worrying. Do you ever wish you could just stop worrying and fixating on things you can’t control? Jesus gave us the key in the Sermon on the Mount. When our focus is on the world, we worry. But when we focus on Christ … well, that changes everything. Join us for this 5-day reading plan!

Source: Fighting The Battle Against Worry – How The Sermon On The Mount Changes Everything

Bibleman for Children

Since our church subscribes to Right Now Media our members have access to this great site. This time of year I know parents are looking for things the children can do. I encourage you to go the BibleMan videos on Rightnow media site and let your children watch this animated series and let this help them gain knowledge of what God can do. If you go the Bibleman web site you also download some free materials for the children to do while watching this series.

Foster Parent Training

One More Child is starting another Zoom foster parent class Thursday, June 11, 2020! Classes will begin on Thursday, June 11th and will run for 6 consecutive Thursday nights from 6 – 9pm online.

If you know of anyone interested in becoming a foster parent have them email Ryan Andrews – Foster Family Recruiter for One More Child at 239-275-7151 or 239-785-9552.

Summer Time

Another school year has come to a close and now we find ourselves facing summer.  This summer will be different because of COVID 19 virus.  Our youth camp and Mission Trip has been cancel due to the virus and travel restrictions.  VBS has been pushed back to July to give more time with the social distancing restrictions.  This summer will be hard for vacations and the lack of money due to so many losing their jobs.  So many people are asking, “What shall we do.”  God has given us time not to worry but to focus on Jesus Christ.  Let’s use this summer to grow in the name of Jesus.

Summer with JESUS