Connecting With Jay

Connecting With Jay

Oh the Places You Can Go

Dr. Seuss had written many books over the course of his lifetime. I remember reading them as a child and during school. One of my favorite is a story of a person who has brains in his head and feet in his shoes and can choose where he wants to go. He can look at streets and look with care. He might run into dangerous streets or even places to wait. But the point is that…

Kid’s Closet

We had our back to school Kids’ Closet event on Saturday, August 5th.  We had seven families for a total of 19 children to participate.  Several of the families were regular participants who really count on our Kids’ Closet to provide school clothing for their children.  Thank you to all who donated clothing and to those who helped out on Saturday, including…

Rediscover your Joy

In Philippians 4:1-9, the apostle Paul speaks to us on the subject of joy which is noteworthy because, in spite of his hardships and persecutions, he found the secret of true Christian Joy. In fact, he was in prison when he wrote the words of our text, but even that could not rob him of his joy. The secret is in the words, “In the Lord.” Often, the reason we have not…

A race to run and a prize to win.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching…

Let God be your strength.

God is “the fount of every blessing.” He is the center and source of every good thing (James 1:17). He gives good things to those that ask him (Matt. 7:21). He gives perfect peace to those who fix their minds upon him (Isa. 26:3). He saves to the uttermost those who obey him (Rom. 8:38). We owe everything we possess to our God; every good thing to him. He is the maker of…

God Will Prepare Me: This I Know

Life is full of experiences. Back in February, we became parents for the first time. I remember it being early in the morning when we first met Emmett. He was a happy boy but I was expecting a smaller baby not the 10 pound 3 ounce monster that we were given. Despite the shock of his size, it was amazing to see this little human with cute hands, feet, and a full head of…

Meet Mark, Ann, and Emmett Casella

We would like for you to meet the Youth & Family Minister Candidate who will be with us next weekend, July 14th – 16th. As was mentioned in last week’s “The Connection”, there will be various opportunities for you to get acquainted with them. Mark is a 2014 graduate from Harding University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth & Family Ministry. He and his wife,…

Good Morning Family!

I (Jay) am thankful for you and your presence here this morning!  My prayer this week has been that we will all come with soft hearts, focused minds and spirits that are bursting with thanksgiving for what has been done for us! After all, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 ESV) I know that we are still basically two…

The Power of Trust

The value of implicit trust in God cannot be accurately measured. It is demonstrated for us numerous times throughout the scriptures. One such example is Joseph. He was the young son of Jacob (later renamed Israel) who endured great trials, temptations, and perils. It all began as a young boy who was loved by his father but hated by his brothers. The dreams of grandeur…

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!  Today is a day that we are reminded to honor the men in our life that have helped to raise and guide us along as we have grown – whether they are related to us by blood or not.  A Godly father is a blessing that we should be grateful for so I hope you do not pass up this opportunity to let them know how much you love them and thankful you are for…