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Are You a Hall of Famer? by Larry Gregory

Are you in a Hall of Fame?  Maybe you are, and you don't know it. I make them up in my world, and one of them is the 2BC Custodial Hall of Fame. During my years at Second Baptist, there have been many individuals work the Custodian position, but only the select few make it to the 2BC Custodial Hall of Fame. 

One of the members is Don Reed. Don was in this post when Ellen and I came to Second Baptist. Don was the greatest!  He was everything to everybody, and he did well at it. Another person in my 2BC Custodial Hall of Fame is Billy Alspaugh. I never met Billy, but I have heard many stories that were all good. I know he was loved by the congregation, so I am sure he is a 2BC Custodial Hall of Fame member.

As with any Hall of Fame, one does not get inducted easily. There is usually at least a five-year block of time for one to become eligible. Jerry Springs is certainly a nominee, but it is a little early to induct him. Jerry brought the Custodial position to a new level after Don. Jerry, like the other two, was certainly loved by the congregation and I see him with his name on the wall one day in the future.

Have you met Ken Slater?  Ken is the new guy on this block of God's Green Earth. He brings experience with him and a fresh outlook. Ken is doing a great job, and I look forward to the day when each member of the congregation loves him just like the others. When you see Ken, welcome him to the church, and we'll see together how far Ken takes this position to the next level.

Submitted by Larry Gregory

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Finding Community in MOPS by Julia Mees

I think almost everyone’s looking for a way to be a part of something bigger than themselves. A way to find greater meaning, common ground, and community. One place where I always feel a part of something bigger than myself is at MOPS. Together, this community of moms forms something much stronger than each of us alone. 

I remember what it was like to have a new baby and to be learning the ropes as a stay at home mom in a new town.  I just didn’t feel like mothering should be done in isolation…I needed friends, and my daughter needed friends too. We needed a group of people going through a similar phase of life. When I was invited to MOPS and realized that there were so many other moms out there who I could learn from and go through motherhood with, I was SO excited. And so I had the courage to go back, month after month, to that room where I knew very few people, but would slowly create lifelong friendships.  I always think back on that feeling of excitement and am quick to talk about MOPS and invite anyone who I think might love this community. I truly want everyone in our area to feel welcome in our MOPS group and feel like they belong here. MOPS is not an exclusive group…there’s no invitation needed. You don’t have to be a member of Second Baptist. You don’t even need to be religious. MOPS International is a vehicle for moms to find support in faith and friendship, and to grow in faith and friendship as well…from whatever your starting point is. I hope that if you’re reading this and you could use a little more friendship, laughter, fun, and support in your mothering experience, you’ll email me and become a part of our group. MOPS is about strengthening women so that we can be the best moms we can be, and so that no mom is ever alone. Drop me an email! 

Submitted by Julia Mees, MOPS Steering Team

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Opening Windows by Pam May

David and I have a new house.  Since closing, we have made some discoveries about the house, and we also think we have gained a little insight into the previous owner.  We believe she was extremely security conscious.  One reason we think this is that at every door there is a sign letting everyone know that the house is security monitored by ADT, Rollins, Securitylink, and there may be others; I can’t remember.  David also thinks that for reasons of safety, the previous owner had the windows painted and caulked shut.  There is not a window in the house that we can open.  One of the projects I am working on in my spare time is to strip paint and caulk from around the windows.  It’s quite a job.

One discovery David made, hiding in a closet, was a screen for the front door.  He put it in, and we have some fresh air!  We can feel a breeze.  I can smell the flowers from the flower beds right outside the door.  I can hear the birds.  I can hear the kids walking by after school.  Who knew a little screen would be such a blessing.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is from the Old Testament, and it begins “Fear not for I am with you, be not afraid for I am your God.”  I also love the message the angel gave to the shepherds, “Fear not, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be for all people.”  Jesus also modeled for us a life of not fearing “the other” or people that are different from us.

I wonder how many times we miss a blessing for ourselves or others because we are afraid and start painting and caulking closed the windows in our lives.

So, let’s get busy, and get to work to start prying up those windows.

Pam May

Pam serves Second as Ministry Assistant for Office Support.

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