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The Journey

Breast Cancer Support

In 1999, five ladies who are all breast cancer survivors started having lunch together.  We did this hoping to bring some form of support to each other.  After a few months everyone wanted to reach out to others starting the breast cancer journey.

We visit and encourage anyone in this journey.  It is very important for this person to know there is life after breast cancer.  We take her a basket filled with different items she can use at this time, such as stationary, thank you notes, stamps, journals, socks etc.  Every basket we deliver  ALWAYS contains the Word of God.

This is an outreach ministry to precious ladies who are going through a journey in their lives.  God has blessed this ministry.  All the items in the baskets are donated by wonderful people who want to help others.

Please let us know if you have someone who can use a visit and a basket.



Mary McKinley

Phone ~ 223-9781

E-Mail:  marandfrank@windstream.net

“I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”  

Psalm 118:17


Daily Prayer Guide

God’s Purpose and Expectation for us to Serve Others

I Corinthians 16:14

Let all that you do be done in love.

Daily Prayer Guide

God’s Purpose and Expectation for us to Serve Others

Titus 3:14

Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.

Unselfish Workers – Nehemiah 3

As Jerusalem was in ruins, Nehemiah had a choice and decided to lead the people to rebuild and restore Jerusalem.  The response was not well received by many at first.  Nehemiah however, acted on God’s promise and set out to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.

The high priests began section by section rebuilding the walls and many gates. At the time the high priests were considered the “leaders”.  As with any major job or project that requires many workers, success is possible when workers have strong leaders and work together.  As the Jews began to work alongside one another, what once appeared to be a daunting task was being completed by people working for a common purpose.  Rebuilding and fortifying the city was necessary for their protection, but they also believed that God would be with them.  This chapter illustrates the many people who worked to rebuild the wall and repair the gates.

“Next to them Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, goldsmiths, repaired.  Next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, repaired, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.” Nehemiah 3:8

Workers were organized by their trade to work, each section detailed as to what work was being completed.  However, all of this is being completed in unison, working together as noted each time “next to him” is recorded.  This is repeated throughout Chapter 3, people working together.  A common goal is often a reason for people to work together.  God’s church seems to be in a constant state of rebuilding.  Not only is there physical construction due to repairs or building additions, there is spiritual rebuilding and spiritual growth.  All of this is made easier when there are plenty of workers, working together.

There are many behind the scenes activities that go on every week at our church to prepare for Sunday morning services and Sunday school.  The workers that faithfully serve in these capacities are working to build the Lord’s Kingdom.  God has blessed us all with different talents.  There are many needs at the church where our talents can be used.   We can encourage others to use their talents as well.

David Straub

Daily Prayer Guide

God’s Purpose and Expectation for us to Serve Others

Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

Daily Prayer Guide

God’s Purpose and Expectation for us to Serve Others

Ecclesiastes 11:1

Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.

Daily Prayer Guide

God’s Purpose and Expectation for us to Serve Others

I Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Sermon Outline, May 28, 2017, “Multiplying Willing Workers”


Nehemiah 2


What is something that compels or convicts you to action?

Nehemiah 2:1-3   And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, that wine was before him, and I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. So the king said to me, “Why is your face sad though you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of heart.” Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, “Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?”



What Will You Choose To Do?

Nehemiah 2:4-18  Then the king said to me, “What would you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. I said to the king, “If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.” Then the king said to me, the queen sitting beside him, “How long will your journey be, and when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me, and I gave him a definite time. And I said to the king, “If it please the king, let letters be given me for the governors of the provinces beyond the River, that they may allow me to pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go.” And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me.

Then I came to the governors of the provinces beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. 10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about it, it was very displeasing to them that someone had come to seek the welfare of the sons of Israel.

Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Walls

11 So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. 12 And I arose in the night, I and a few men with me. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding. 13 So I went out at night by the Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon’s Well and on to the Refuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were consumed by fire. 14 Then I passed on to the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was no place for my mount to pass. 15 So I went up at night by the ravine and inspected the wall. Then I entered the Valley Gate again and returned. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; nor had I as yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.” 18 I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” So they put their hands to the good work.


How will you respond to the enemy?

Nehemiah 2:19-20         But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard it, they mocked us and despised us and said, “What is this thing you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 So I answered them and said to them, “The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem.”


John 10:10                  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.


Ephesians 6:12            For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.


1 Peter 5:8                  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  


Romans 8:37-38          But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,



Will you choose to be a willing worker? 

Matthew 28:18-20          And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


Daily Prayer Guide

God’s Purpose and Expectation for us to Serve Others

I Samuel 12:24

Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.

A Preacher’s Legacy

Shortly after we returned from Liberia in 2009, I received a call from a church my family served for nearly 10 years during my upper elementary through high school years.  It was the last church my dad had served in full time ministry.  They asked if I could come in February 2010 to be one of the main speakers for their mission month.  I accepted the request quickly for 3 reasons.  First, I had rarely been asked to be a guest speaker for adults.  Second, the church was planning a year in advance so I had plenty of time to prepare.  Finally, this was an amazing opportunity to stand behind the same pulpit my father had.

As the time grew closer for me to speak, I remember thinking about what this really meant for me personally.  My dad was like a superhero to me.  He always preached with great encouragement and energy.  He was funny and engaging. He was very personable, and not too flashy.  He was the same person off the stage as he was on.  His messages were simple, yet challenging.  My entire life I had watched my father preach from behind the pulpit.  I had seen people come to Christ through the messages God had given him to share.  When I was much younger and we didn’t have a kids’ church area, I would sit with a tiny notebook to take diligent notes.  Each time I had nearly 3 pages in my little notebook.  After church and lunch my sister and I would go home and reenact the entire service.  She had a tiny little piano, so she plunked out the hymns. Then, she sat down at a little wooden pew my dad had made for her and I stood behind a matching pulpit that he had made for me. (These two items have been in every ministry office I have served as a reminder of the legacy.) When people asked me what I was going to be when I grew up, the answer was simple… I would be a preacher!

A year after the call, I stood behind that same pulpit.  I was nervous and scared, but most importantly, I was humbled.  Humbled to serve and share the truth of the Gospel to all who would listen.  In the audience that day was my hero, Doug Lee.  No matter what I said, he sat smiling from ear to ear.  He had been given a glimpse into the fruit of his legacy.

Since that day I have had other opportunities to teach in an adult service. Nearly every time my dad has been present.  Most recently, I traveled back to Indiana to share about the orphanage in Liberia.  This time though I was close enough to other family that my dad made sure the church was filled with familiar faces.  In the audience were my grandmother, aunt, cousins, both my parents, my sister and her kids, but most importantly… my two sons.

Matt Lee

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