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

Census 2020

As a Pastor in Hendry County, Florida for the last 24 years, I know how important for the county to be counted by the government during the Census.  Hendry county usually reports low in Census counting, which hurts us each time the census is taken.  So far in the census counting, only 36.7% of our county has filled out the census.  People forget that many of the government program counties receive come from the census data.  This year has been especially hard with COVID 19 virus and how people were to shelter in place.  Many people have forgotten to take the time to fill out the census form.  This year the census form is so easy that it would only take a few minutes to fill out.  People can go to Census2020.gov and get information to fill out the census.  Please take time to today to fill out your 2020 census and lets fully represent Hendry County.

2020 CENSUS – YOUR COMMUNITY FAQ SHEET

New Adult Bible Study

On Sunday, May 24, 2020, we will start a new Bible study for adults at 5pm.  Our New Study is “The Real Heaven” by Chip Ingram. This study will be a little different, you will watch, The Real Heaven video on Right Now media before our sessions and we will discuss that weeks video on Google Meet.  A worksheet will be sent to you so you can take notes as you watch the videos.  Individuals may also purchase the Real Heaven study book if they would like to.  Please email pastor frank if you are interested in this study and if you have any questions at pastorfrank@fbclabelle.org

The Real Heaven

 

Congratulations to our 2020 High School Seniors

Sydney Battams, Megan Brown,  Maddy Coker,  Mykala Cox,  Jacob Farewell,  Noah Garza,  Frances Gillick, Keila Herrera,  Jackson Hogan,  Chloe Horton,  Katelyn Mann,  Trey Mills,  Dillon White,  Austin Wilcox.

Please keep in prayer our 2020 High School Seniors!

class of 2020