September 25, 2022

Sticks and Stones

Most if not all of us can recall being verbally abused when we were children – “fatty,” “carrot top,” “stupid” – you remember, don’t you? When our feelings would be hurt and we would go to our parents or teacher, the response often was, “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Other than the fact that it is catchy and easy to remember, the above cited adage, to borrow from the original Greek, is a bunch of HOOEY! This is perhaps the greatest lie perpetrated upon our children because it seeks to minimize the most harmful and lasting of all childhood trauma. Repeat after me, “Words Hurt Me!” A broken bone will heal, but the scars left behind by words last a lifetime.

It is difficult to decide whether it is comforting or disturbing, but this reality has been around for a very long time. About 3,000 years ago, the wise man remarked, “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword…” (Proverbs 12:18). When Jesus walked the earth, people struggled with their speech: “…whoever says, ‘you fool,’ shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:22). Even Christians in the first century bore the burden of their words: “Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth…let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you…” (Ephesians 4:29, 31).

The problem with our tongues is a human problem. We all have or do struggle at times with our speech. James writes, “So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath…” (James 1:19). Or as someone once remarked, “God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason – you should be listening twice as much as you speak!”

Let us be ever so careful about the words we use.

Come, let us learn and grow together.

Mark Jamieson

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Sep 25 (Sun) Bible Classes, 9:30am

Sep 25 (Sun) AM Worship 10:30am

Sep 25 (Sun) Baby Girl Shower, 1-3pm for Candace Suggs, FLC.

Sep 25 (Sun) PM Worship, 6pm

Sep 26 (Mon) Ladies Prayer and Fitness, 6pm

Sep 26 (Mon) B-12, 7pm in the Fellowship Hall

Sep 27 (Tue) 10am Faith Walkers  Ladies Bible Study

Sep 28 (Wed) Bible classes, 7pm

Oct 1    (Sat) Men’s Breakfast, 8:30am, FLC

Oct 11  (Tue) Mother/Daughter Bible Study, 6:30pm

Oct 28  (Fri) Trunk or Treat, 6:30-8:00pm

Oct 29  (Sat) SAVE THE DATE Ladies ThirstQuencher

MOTHER DAUGHTER BIBLE STUDY Would you enjoy an opportunity to grow deeper in God’s word alongside your fellow sisters in Christ? We invite you and your 4th-12th grade daughter to join our hosts/speakers the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Please reach out to Cailey Mann (352-519-6514) to RSVP or for details.

IT’S A GIRL Robert and Cathy Berry are happy to announce the birth of their granddaughter. Mallory Faye was born to Allen and Ashley Luck on Thursday, September 15. She weighs 6lbs 9oz and is 19 1/4 inches tall. Congratulations to the family!

Oretha Walker and family would like for you to welcome her great granddaughter, Sahmirah Majeste Mounkaila born to Ezra Wallace on September 14, 2022.

SYMPATHY is extended to a number of our members at the recent passing of their relatives. Virginia Elder and family at the death of her brother, Dr. Jose Quinones, Jr., who passed away on September 6. Nora Sandlin and family at the death of her brother, Robert “Bobby” Ward, who passed away on September 12. Carolyn Carbaugh and family at the death of her sister, Sue Hill, who passed away on September 16.  Carolyn Jackson and family at the death of her sister-in-law, Judy Howell who passed away on September 18. Steve Holway and family at the death of his father Sterling “Bud” Holway, who passed away on September 20. Please keep these families in your prayers.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS Sunday, October 2 will be the kick-off of our small group Bible Study 6pm at the Pier. October 9 dinner and devo at the McFarlands’ at 6pm. Friday, October 28 will be this year’s Trunk or Treat from 6:30-8pm. If you would like to decorate a trunk, please see Josh Mann.

GATORS FOR CHRIST Many of our college students are away this weekend in St. Pete for our annual Statewide Beach Retreat! We are enjoying a great weekend of fellowship, praise & worship, small groups, and speakers from around the state on the theme “Who’s Your One” – centering on becoming more like Jesus as we glorify God in worship and in our everyday lives, and as we bring more people to get to know Him! Please pray for our safe travels home later today!

FOOD PANTRY BAGS Items needed are canned fruit and soup.

ADULT CLASSES:

Sunday:

WC Fellowship Hall: The Holy Spirit in Action, B. Wharton

FLC Dining Room (#109): 1 John, M. Jamieson

FLC (#212): College & Post Grads, Encounters of Jesus, D. Dillon & Various

FLC Library (#211): Chronological Bible Reading, R. McQuinn

FLC #206: “English Partners”

Wednesday Night:

FLC Gym: Spiritual Warfare, 7pm, D. Coffield, D. Dillon & Various

FLC 109: Book of Psalms, 7pm, M. Jamieson

FLC 115: Great Chapters of the Bible, 7pm, Various Teachers

WC Fellowship Hall: Women’s class, Magnify, Various Teachers

ELDER’S CORNER

1 Peter 5:2 “Be Shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…”

Recently, a coworker shared this story with me. Her husband has been sick for several months and he has been in and out of the hospital. He is unable to work due to his medical condition. Her salary is the only means of income for the family. She received the medical bill that even paying half of the balance would take years of monthly installments. Then she called the hospital financial office to see how much the payment would be. The financial counselor told her “the administration has zeroed your account.” She cried and thanked God for “the generous gift.” It is just an illustration how our God (Physician) has pardoned our sins and He has forgiven the insurmountable debt of our sins. “As far as the east is from the west, so far He has removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

Ramon Osejo

Private prayer with an Elder(s) is available down front after worship or by appointment.

Please remember our sick and shut-in with cards, visits or a phone call and keep them in your prayers.

Hospitals: (this past week)

Rose Wright (Shands), Charles Stanton (VA)

Special Care Facilities:

Judy Beard, Onley Bowers, Katherine Guttery, Robbie Lumpkins, Daisy Martin, Jodi McKim

Others:

Ann & Ed Bresnyan, Emily Carpenter, Chuck Gatton, Douglas Guntor, Nadine Hackler, Vernon Hendricks, Larry Hood, Joan Jaudon, Carol Massey, Pat Redd, Debbie Turk, Quinn Waters, Rick Worley.

Prayers for the safety and strength of all those in harm’s way serving our country and community.