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April 2012 Newsletter

Posted by Firehouse of God Ministries, Inc. on March 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

 

Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue #4 April 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?

 

Speak Out For:

 

Anti-Christian bigotry on ABC - Bill Bumpas - OneNewsNow - 3/2/2012

 

A pro-family organization says there's good and bad news when it comes to a new TV show that debuts this weekend on ABC. One character saying, "I feel certain that the good Lord would like me to have a new fur coat. God often speaks to me through Christian Dior," is reportedly among the cleanest clips from Good Christian Belles, a new television program premiering this Sunday night.

 

Monica Cole, Director of Family Association's OneMillionMoms.com, reports that GCB'sproducers responded to her group's earlier protest regarding the show's original title. "They have reworded the title. It was an inappropriate word in there. 'Belles' was swapped out for another 'B' word. They have improved the title, but as far as the program, it's going to be a Christian-bashing program," Cole explains. "So we're asking moms to contact ABC and their parent company, the Walt Disney Company, and let them know that we aren't going to stand for it. We're going protest this particular show."

 

Good Christian Belles follows the story of Amanda, a Christian woman who becomes the topic of gossip when she moves back to a Dallas neighborhood after a marriage scandal. The OneMillionMoms director asserts that it promotes anti-Christian bigotry.

 

"We're prepared to contact their advertisers and ask them to place this show on a 'do not advertise' list," she says.

According to an earlier OneNewsNow report, Gary Cass of DefendChristians.org has already urged Christians to inform their local ABC affiliates that they will ask the stations' advertisers to pull all advertising from the show.

 

 

This topic continues in 2nd news item below – at end of article is web site address if you want to “speak out”

 

 

'Anti-women' language OK in entertainment, but not in politics

onenewsnow.com – March 9, 2012

 

A pro-family media watchdog group is joining in the criticism of ABC for airing a new TV series that sends a politically incorrect message about women.

 

Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council (PTC) says Good Christian Belles, or GCB, is both offensive to Christians and demeaning to women. She finds it ironic that the program debuted in the middle of the controversy over Rush Limbaugh's derogatory comments toward Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke in the contraception debate.

 

"We're caught up in this discussion about 'anti-women' language or misogynistic language and how it should not be tolerated in the political sphere, and yet nobody is saying anything the least bit about this show that was originally titled 'Good Christian blank,' using a derogatory term that's usually used against women," Henson notes.

 

She tells OneNewsNow the show is blatantly sexist. "So we're allowing this kind of behavior to continue by glorifying it, glamorizing it, putting it in the title of these programs, publicizing these programs, and encouraging people to watch these programs," she laments. "If it's not acceptable, as they say, in the political realm, it should not be tolerated in the entertainment realm." The PTC communications director contends that the themes present in GCB communicate the wrong messages to young women and young men.

 

OneNewsNow reported earlier that the American Family Association's OneMillionMoms.com had contacted the show's producers about the original title, so it was reworded. However, the advocacy group still targeted GCB's advertisers because of the shows anti-Christian bigotry. Kraft Philadelphia has since announced that it is pulling all of its advertising from the controversial show.

On Wednesday, the company told TMZ that it has "received a few complaints from consumers, and their opinions about our advertising are important to us. We have recently decided to redirect our advertising to other programs."

 

"We're excited to announce that after just one episode of GCB ... Kraft has decided to pull their support and pull their ads from the television series," says Monica Cole with OneMillionMoms. (Listen to audio report)

 

Cole, who describes the program as "a Christian-bashing program" that is "blasphemy at its worst," notes that other advertisers contacted by her activist groups have not caved in -- yet. "OneMillionMoms is asking mothers and grandmothers to go to our website," she explains. "There are other sponsors that we have not heard from. You may take action at OneMillionMoms.com and let your voice be heard."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 3 – Raising Up Fearless Kids by Wes Fleming – submitted by Erin Stroud

 

#5 Trust in God

 

This is a hard one – especially if you’re struggling with fear yourself. As long as you’re not so emotionally overwhelmed that you lose your objectivity, it’s a good idea to discuss your battle against fear with children. By doing so, you can offer an example of how to manage anxiety. “I’m scared too, but I know that God is with us and can help us. That makes me feel better. What do you say we pray about it?” If you’re overtaken by fear and unable to help children cope, give them the opportunity to talk with someone who can offer support and help them solve problems with God’s guidance.

 

#6 Control the Flow of Fear-Provoking Information

 

Many Baby Boomers recll the looming fear of nuclear war when they were children. I remember as a child, for instance, lying awake in bed thinking that it would be better to die from the initial blast than to die slowly from radiation poisoning. Disturbing, I know, but I bet I have friends out there who thought the same thing!

 

Information can be a heavy burden for children. So it’s extremely important to keep exposure to frightening news coverage, movies, and video games to a minimum – especially when kids are young. By controlling the flow of media into our homes and accurately interpreting the data that children see and hear, we can reduce the level of anxiety in children.

 

On September 11, my 12 year-old daughter came home from school like many other children in need of answers, comfort, and reassurance. “Dad,” she said in an unusually serious tone, “Is this the Tribulation?” I’ve taught kids the Bible for 20 years and I’ve never had to field a tougher question! Rachael was looking for more than Bible facts; she wanted to hear something that would soothe her fears.

 

After I regained my composure, I put my arm around her and whispered, “Rach, some pretty scary things have happened today, haven’t they? I’m not sure what it all means. But I do know that God is right here with us and that we’ll be okay.” With that, she went carefree up to her room. I exhaled a quiet prayer, “Thanks, God.”

 

The challenge of parenting and ministering to children has never been greater in light of recent events, yet the opportunity to prepare kids to face their future with overcoming faith has never been better. Though we may not always be able to prevent fearful events from entering into children’s lives, we can help them develop lifelong strategies for coping with fear – methods that spark faith and deepen their dependency on God.

 

 

 

The Friendship Circle We are sending cards to ladies from Circle that are ill, also, taking prayer requests from the congregation. We've had some praises and answers to prayer! We are learning that experiencing God also means good mental health, Sheryl shared with the group a study that shares how prayer changes your brain to a peaceful place, and health wise and depression leave when you congregate with church services, worship music and bible study …Sheryl Noble

 

 

Disaster Preparedness

 

Pastor Brian conducted two training sessions in March – the response from the congregation was awesome! He will be having smaller sessions geared to specific segments of training in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing and Caring

 

 

Prayer Request Form – in the back of the pews you will find a small Prayer Request Form – fill it out and put it in with the offering – the Friendship Circle ladies will be praying for you! There are also forms in the Fellowship Hall for guests who come to dinner/lunch

 

It won’t be long before the Let’s Feed the Children Program starts up again – keep it in mind as a chance to volunteer!

 

 

If you haven’t signed up to cook a meal for the Council House – the signup sheet is on the information table.

 

 

Greeter Ministry – not much response here – think it over – you may find it a good chance for fellowship with the congregation!

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

 

April Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

8th - Lacy Renner

23rd - Josephine Wade

23rd - Joe McCallister

 

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1st – Palm Sunday

8th – Easter – Communion – children will remain upstairs for the service

22nd – Earth Day

 

 

Notes from March: The 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off was held on March 25th – there were 9 participants - Winners: Best Tasting - Josh Stroud / Spiciest (and most complaints!) – Paul Campbell / Most unusual taste – Tim Everly

 

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Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 6:30p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

Margo Converse

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble

 

Youth Leader

Josh Stroud

 

Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady

 

Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse

 

 

Old News Items…

 

Mount Ayr (Iowa) Record-News - April 28, 1926

 

We have an ordinance known as a chicken ordinance, and it has teeth in it. This ordinance has been tested in Mount Ayr and found effectual and (penalty) very severe.

 

Our records show a fine of $5.00 and costs was paid as a penalty for allowing chickens to run at large inside of the incorporation. Word has come to the Mayor recently that some chickens are now running at large, so I take this method of giving you this information for your benefit. There is no open season for chickens running at large. - C. J. LEWIS, Mayor

 

 

 

Plan ahead -- It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com – sent to you weekly in a separate email

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5:47 PM on April 7, 2012 
Looking forward to church with you on Easter Sunday :)