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Jim DePoy and Marcia Bowman, both battling cancer.

Lois Myers who will be having a heart catherization Tuesday, August 19.

Mike Hardesty who continues his battle with blood pressure and health issues.

For Dave.

A young man that is an alcoholic, that he can quit drinking and turn to the Lord.

Traveling mercies and God's will for Bob Mowery who is leaving on Thursday for 10 day mission trip to Tijuana along with 3 others from another church.
 
Traveling mercies for Carolyn Coleman and Sondra West and our Dad, Floyd.   We are traveling to Missouri tomorrow to take Dad back to the little town where he grew up.  He's 86, and we're taking him back to visit some friends.  Also he's a Cardinals fan, so we're going to a ballgame, (happens to be against Cincinnati) :)
 
Praises:

For answered prayer and waiting on God.

For Family.

For the Rescue Mission opportunity at Forest Park.  Yesterday Mary Bonnell was able to serve her first time at the Mission. "It was great.  The men were so thankful and it was so uplifting.  It is a clean place and very safe.  If anyone is thinking about volunteering there, just try it.  You will leave there smiling with a thankful heart."
 
We would like to add to Mary's Praise about serving at the Rescue Mission.   Phil and I helped serve yesterday for the first time also, along with Patty Burkheimer, and Mary is right.   If you're thinking of a service you would like to get involved with, the Rescue Mission is a great place to start.  The men we helped serve were very grateful for the delicious pasta meal and homemade cookies that Ruth prepared.   You DO walk away "smiling with a thankful heart!" 
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A Message From the Pastor
I have spent quite a bit of time praying about 2015.  I know, it seems like 2015 is a long way off yet, but it will be here before you know it.  I'd like the chance to challenge you for this upcoming year.  Many times we have witnessed an opportunity that came along but for some reason, we decided not to turn that opportunity into an experience.  For 2015, I would like to get rid of the exceptions.  So many times we look at a God-given great idea and recognize it as a great idea and then we make an exception.  "I would do this, but..."  How about in 2015 we give up the exceptions and see where God might guide us?  

Two of the tools I would like to consider is a controlled fast called 
The Daniel Fast http://www.daniel-fast.com/ 

The second tool is a lifestyle known as 
The Daniel Plan http://www.danielplan.com/

Even though these tools both have Daniel in the title, they are actually not related.  I have clicked through their websites and read the books associated with them both and I believe this might be a great opportunity for us to make some real change in ourselves during 2015.  

More information will follow as the details come into focus.  Please keep this planning as well as your participation in your prayers.  This is going to be a ground breaking initiative that I hope many people will participate.  

Let's allow 2015 be the time that give up our exceptions so God can make us exceptional.  

Have a great day!
 
Pastor Tim Benjamin
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