Our church rose to the occasion with the recent Toy Drive that ended the second week of December. We ended up at 126% of goal in collecting Christmas toys for children in need for our surrounding community. This year’s recipients were children of the Grayson County Homeless Shelter. This organization receives many children into their shelter at this time of year and our congregation’s donations in the love and name of Jesus were answered prayers, according to the Shelter. (There is such a need here and the new Fannin County Homeless Shelter that The Way supports is scheduled to open in January 2020, which may be a great opportunity for our love and support for next year.)
Last Sunday afternoon, many of our church family loaded up sacks of complete Thanksgiving meal items in preparation to be placed in the Blessing Box for the upcoming Thanksgiving week. Our congregation is so blessed and in turn wants to outreach and bless families in need in our community for this special day of Thanks to our heavenly Father. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
On November 22nd, 12 ladies will graduate from their 12-Step Recovery Addiction Class at the Fannin County Detention Facility. Donna Armontrout has joined with Vicki Watson as volunteers for this program. This class is the fifth class to graduate since 2017. Of the 12 ladies graduating, there is a wide variety of ages from 19, to a grandmother of nine grandchildren. Three of the ladies have achieved perfect attendance. All have done daily homework consisting of a scripture reading, application and journal entry using the resources in the Life Recovery Bible (purchased/provided by The Way). This program consists of 84 daily readings completed. Each Friday the homework is checked, discussed, and the tools of recovery are given to begin the new life each of these ladies wants to build. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone belongs to Christ, then he is made new. The old things have gone; everything is made new!” One young lady wrote, “I don’t care how long it takes to harvest what God wants for me, but one thing I can say is now that I know about Him, I want to follow Him and know more about Him and the blessings He has for me.” All of these ladies will be transferring to new facilities in the coming months. We want to pray that they keep growing in their faith and take the message of Jesus everywhere they go.
Approximately 20 or so people attended what was originally a Family Camp-Out event at Bonham State Park but due to the rain on the first day, became a Family Day at the park on Saturday. A pit wood fire cooked breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage were enjoyed Saturday morning along with lots of hot dogs and fixins’ for dinner. Several games were played and lots of fun was had by all.
August 17th (Sat) – Bowling @ Shulman’s Grill (Time & Details coming)
August 19th (Mon) – Hamburger Cookout Outreach (Savoy Park/Meet the Teacher Night)
September 14th (Sat) – Movie & Fondue Night @ The Way Church (Time & Details coming)
October 25/26th (Fri/Sat) – Family Camping Trip (Bonham State Park)
November 9th (Sat) – Family Bonfire (Time & Details coming)
December 15th (Sun) – Christmas Party (North Texas Youth Connection (Details coming)
Tentative Outreach & Activities: Church Work Day, Open Arms Work Day (Homeless Shelter – Bonham), Community Work Day, Medical Equipment Collection, Toy Closet Collection
When I was a senior in high school, my English class had to spend our last semester writing a
term paper on a classic author. I ignorantly chose Edgar Allen Poe. If you know anything
about Poe, you’ll understand why it was an ignorant decision. He is dark and scary and…well,
dark. For weeks, I researched and wrote, erased and started over. It got to the point that I had
a recurring dream about the macabre writings. Every night, my dream would begin with me
running through a field toward a circle of car headlights. In the middle of those headlights, was
a deep, dark, dreadful pit. I ran toward the light with the hope that someone there could catch
and save me from running head-over-heels into the pit. I needed to be saved from the most
dreadful and ancient-looking man that my psyche could conjure up. I knew with all my being
that I needed to get to that light before the darkness swallowed me up. And that old, decrepit
man; he chased me as if he were a young gazelle leaping across an African prairie. He ran like
the devil himself.
I will never forget that dream. Running toward light while surrounded by utter darkness.
Tripping, then getting up to run as fast as I can again. Trying my hardest to be a good English
student and get that paper done, and done well. A race between me and the devil. If I lost, I
failed; and he won. Similar to my analogous dream, we are surrounded by darkness, just as
John 3:19 attests the harsh truth: “This is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and
people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone
who does wicked things hates the light.” We choose darkness because we think it covers our
sins, but as time goes by, we begin living in paranoid fear of that darkness, of our sins being
“found out”. Our world collapses under the weight of this fear. We begin doubting who our
friends are, losing some altogether, because of that paranoia. Then our life turns to despair
and the cycle goes on. Living in a pit of darkness brings fear, doubt, despair. In John 12:35,
we are told that “the one who walks in darkness does not know where he is going”. We see no
assurance of salvation in darkness, because we can’t SEE at ALL! But there IS hope in the
LIGHT! Acts 26:18 assures us that we can “turn from darkness to light and from the power of
Satan to God, that we may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are
sanctified by faith in me.”
We are not doomed to live in darkness! We are meant to bask in the glorious light of the
Heavenly Father! I feel like that old man was chasing me to a pit of failure, as I was running out
of time to finish that paper. But the outcome of the dream was just unbelievable, God-gifted.
Nothing I could have ever imagined up from my own mind. On the night before I finally had to
turn my paper in, that same dream was different. In the dream, I walked out of my house to go
to school, and that old man was lying prostrate on top of my car. You see: my paper was
finished. I had won the race and worn that old man out! But most importantly, I no longer was
being pursued by Satan to an eternal pit of darkness.
This life is a race. 2 Timothy 4:7 declares Paul to have fought the good fight, finished the race,
and kept the faith. Don’t you want to be able to proclaim that? I know I do! Hebrews 12:1
says we should lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and run with endurance
the race that is set before us. We can choose to race to the light, or to be chased through the
darkness. We will win the prize of all prizes if we choose to come up out of the pit of sin that
holds us in that horrible darkness and fear and despair. Let go of those sins that have you
weighted down. You can’t run a race with extra baggage slowing you down! Give it to the
Father of Light, for He has already stowed our baggage away on the cross. There is hope in
the Light, friends. Run the race with endurance toward the bright and glorious Prize!
Written by Ann Dugger