WHERE AM I? HOW DO I GET WHERE I WANT TO GO? For many students, the middle-school years represent a harrowing journey. As the landscape around them changes rapidly, many students lose their way. That s because the path through the middle winds through difficult terrain: – The quicksand of popularity – The rapids of sexual awakening – The forest of insecurity – The bustling metropolis of electronic media How teens navigate this journey is crucial. Those who embark without clear direction steer their lives in a direction they never intended, and end up in places they never wanted to be. A Map For the Middle is written to offer direction and insight for the middle school journey. Through personal stories, observations, and warnings, this book seeks to help early teens understand exactly where they are, and how they can safely arrive at the place God wants them to be.
Author Matthew Sink:
This collection presents impactful short stories about listening to the Good Shepherd and doing His will. What would you do if God told you to stop mowing the grass, get $125, and immediately give it to your neighbor? Could you trust God to bring you a blessing after you were attacked by dogs? How would you handle a coach treating your son unfairly? Has your child ever informed you that he or she was going to cheat on a test? Did you want to mend a relationship, but were unsure of how to do it? Sheep Ears seeks to answer these questions and many more. Learn how the Good Shepherd guides Sherry throughout her everyday occurrences by using her spiritual “sheep ears” Take a journey through her life and watch the miracles that happen in her ordinary days. Real biblical truths personalize each story with relevant, open-ended questions and scriptural answers. After reading Sheep Ears, your eyes can truly open to the wonder of God in every facet of life. Offering eighty poignant stories, Sheep Ears provides something for everyone in your household. You’ll discover that the answer to every problem that you have is in the Bible. You may have been hearing from God, but never realized it. People want to know-have you got sheep ears, too? “Sheep Ears left me spellbound with real-life lessons that kept me turning pages” -Patricia Jones, retired educator “Sherry sees God in places that I forget to look. Her writing is down-to-earth and encouraging to those of us who seek His face” -Shannon Blake, teacher, Ridgway Christian School
About the Author
Sherry Witt attended Wayland Baptist College. She married her high school sweetheart, Randy, and they have resided in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, for the past thirty-seven years. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
I Jeff Messick. Children are gifts from above. I have been blessed with a daughter, Tabitha (23 yrs.) and a son, Christian (15 yrs.). Another precious gift in my life is my wife, Janine of 26 years. Family and friends are very important to me as well. God is gracious! He has surrounded me with much love and encouragement through each of them.
Life has taken me to many places although North Carolina has always been my home. My childhood, college (Appalachian University), military service (US Army) and residence have all been in this state.
Giving and Supporting
When we see goodness growing in our neighborhood and friends, its not because somehow everyone found their own winning lottery ticket. Rather, its when we’ve become interdependent and are finding within community much of what we need to thrive together. That’s how this life seems to work – and we get to share that life with a communion of saints that includes you. You’re an important part of the interdependent community we’re encouraged and sustained by, and because of you we don’t have to dream of winning the lottery!Our community doesn’t link success to a growing budget; we simply want to partner with you in the work we feel led to do, and let your support be part of our discernment about what God may be calling us to. We are not financially underwritten by any institution, and we only apply for grants directly connected to our current initiatives. We will try to always ask for that which we need, and not hype up our requests beyond what simply sustains the work we do. We will always try to be transparent on these issues.
Financial donations: Financial contributions can be mailed to us (it’s old fashioned – but we also love to get letters, so include one and you’ll make us doubly thankful!):
Anthony’s Plot Community
PO Box 12778
Winston-Salem, NC 27117Gift cards, etc: For some of our work, gift cards are best; we make good use of Costco, Food Lion, and Home Depot cards. Gas cards help us provide transportation and make furniture deliveries. Individual Winston-Salem bus tickets help, and can be purchased at the WSTA office at 1060 N. Trade St.
Items We Regularly Need:
• Personal items: chapstick, small hand sanitizers and lotions, shampoo and conditioner (also brands for African American women), tooth brushes and toothpaste (no mouthwash), dried fruit packs, chewing gum, cough drops w/vitamin C, hand warmers.• For people moving into housing: small basic items for people moving into housing – toliet paper.
• For meals: sugar (no artificial sweetener), tea bags, tomato sauce/paste, pasta noodles (whole grain or vegetable blend), lemonade and horchata mix, veggie/olive oil.
• Gleanings: bring extra produce from your community or personal garden.
Needs for Particular Occasions:
(Email about these donations)
• Groups to prepare balanced, fresh meal for 200 persons for a 5th St Gathering (monthly)
• School supplies for Block Party (collecting June through August)
• Sandwiches and bottled water for Festival of Shelter (sign-up late Aug/early Sept)
• Candy for neighborhood Halloween party (collecting October)
• Large turkeys and fryer oil for Thanksgiving meals (collecting November)
• Gifts for neighborhood kids at Las Posadas party (collecting December 1st-15th)
Purchase Something We’ve Made:
‘Splot is a little venture where our community participants and/or neighbors hand-make something you can purchase for your home or community. Here’s our current product:Buy a Moravian Star! [Picture]
Choose from red/white, blue/white, gold/black, white, parchment, rainbow, yellow, green/white. Comes in a small, plastic globe. $25 for 3-inch; $30 for 4-inch. Email Us to order yours (Info@AnthonysPlot.org)
We receive donations at the front door of the 2323 Sunnyside Ave house most anytime Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday. Consider Emailing Us at Info@AnthonysPlot.org before bringing something by the house.
What readers are saying about Jim’s book…
“With profound insight, compassion, and solid biblical support, Jim resurrects one of the most forgotten and overlooked truths in our day.”
~Dwight Edwards, author and advisor to Larry Crabb
“This book is life-giving.”
~Fran M.; Portland, OR
Jerry D. Neal is Co-Founder and former Executive Vice President of Strategic Development for RF Micro Devices. He has over 35 years of experience in the RF and wireless communications industry.
Mr. Neal started his career with Hewlett-Packard and continued his education in computer technology for more than 10 years. An entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Neal founded Moisture Control Systems for the production of his patented electronic sensor for measurement of soil moisture for research. This business was later sold to Hancor, Inc. Before co-founding RF Micro Devices, he broadened his knowledge of sales and technical business with 10 years experience in various marketing positions at Analog Devices, Inc.
As a co-founder of RF Micro Devices, Mr. Neal took primary responsibility for securing the initial funding for the new venture. His relationships with several venture capitalists resulted in the initial funding of the company. Mr. Neal established the image of RF Micro Devices in the marketplace and was primarily responsible for many of the key relationships which have provided the company with the majority of its technology and sales. These relationships include TRW, Nokia, IBM and Jazz Semiconductor. Before retiring in June 2012, Mr. Neal’s primary focus was in the area of strategic development to ensure the continuing growth of the company.
Beyond RF Micro Devices, Mr. Neal plays an active role in both the business and education communities. Mr. Neal has served on the board of directors at semiconductor companies including Jazz Semiconductor and Peregrine Semiconductor. Mr. Neal has also served on the Board of Visitors at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. He regularly speaks to civic organizations and universities desiring to hear the RF Micro Devices story and he has a program for educating and entertaining audiences by portraying the father of wireless communications, Guglielmo Marconi.
In addition to professional associations, Mr. Neal and his wife, Linda, are involved in many philanthropic activities. Their primary endowment is for research in the Infectious Disease Department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the hospital where he also serves as a member of the ALSAC Leadership Council. Closer to home, Mr. Neal serves on the Board of Directors of Victory Junction, a year-round medical camp established in Randleman, North Carolina, where children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and their families can enjoy medically sound and physically safe camping experiences. In addition to the Neal Fellowship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Linda and Jerry Neal have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s charities over the years.
Mr. Neal enjoys several hobbies including the restoration of rare antique tractors as well as the restoration of vintage electronic test equipment and radios. His restored tractors are displayed in a museum which is open to the public, the Neal Agricultural and Industrial Museum.
Mr. Neal received his Electrical Engineering degree from Gaston Technical Institute and North Carolina State University. In 2001 he was awarded the Doctor of Business Management Degree from Southern Wesleyan University.
The Christmas season is a time for making memories and building traditions. St. John’s Annual Live Nativity provides a comfortable, welcoming venue for families to gather in a unique setting and experience the joy of Christmas.
On December 14 & 15 St. John’s Lutheran Church & School will be presenting “A Child is Born Drive-Thru Nativity”. From 6-8 pm on these two evenings, guests can drive through St. John’s campus as they gaze upon a live nativity scene, complete with manger, wise men, shepherds, animals and more. The Children’s Angel Choir will also be performing each evening.
Special Interests for Children
There will be a children’s angel choir singing for the guests as they drive through. Also there will be a petting zoo if children would like to get out to get a closer look at the animals.
Family Christmas Photos
Have your memories preserved by a photographer while you journey through Bethlehem to witness the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Each member of your family can put on one of the many costumes and pose for a picture with a live donkey in the stable. Photos will be emailed to you at no charge.
Support the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission
For every car that drives through St. Johns will donate $10 to The Winston-Salem Rescue Mission. All you need to do is drive through.
Main Street Baptist Church
126 North Main Street, Kernersville.
Adapted by Joe Landry.
Our dates: Opening Night: Friday, December 6, 2013 (8:00 p.m.)
Additional Shows: Saturday, December 7, 2013; Thursday, December 12; Friday, December 13; and Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 15 at 3:00 p.m. For ticket prices for our season or for this individual show, click
CHRISTOPHER ALAN CLARK – Young George
JASON COLLETT – Sound Effects Team
LISA COOPER – Rose Bailey
CALEB DOYON – Young Harry
MADELINE HAMILTON – Zuzu
JESSICA HAYES – Young Mary
SCOTT ICENHOWER – Clarence
JULIA JENSEN – Sound Effects Team
JIM LEHMAN – Joseph
BOB D. MCHONE – Henry F. Potter
JENNIFER RAIFORD – Sound Effects Team
TEHYA RAMEY – Violet Bick
HANNAH ROSS – Young Violet
DANNY SCRUGGS – George Bailey
AMY SWAIM – Mary
About the show:
It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is based on a classic movie from 1946, retold as a live radio play production. On Christmas Eve, a man at his breaking point encounters a guardian angel who shows him what life would have been like if he had never been born.
About our director: Dan Seaman has directed numerous plays in the Triad since 1974, including KLT’s production of Headin’ for the Hills. He was Director of Theatre at the Weaver Education Center, Greensboro, having started there in 1978 and retiring in 2004. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor at Greensboro College.
Go the Distance is a discipleship ministry helping men and fathers find the life of the heart that God offers, for from the heart flows the wellspring of life (Proverbs 4:23). From the life of the heart flows everything, and touches all aspects of a man’s life…his wife, his sons and daughters, his work environment, his church, and his community. However, most men don’t live from their heart. That essential essence of what it means to be fully alive as a man has been lost or stolen. Their hearts have been broken, beaten, and torn by the things that have happened to him, whether by his choice or not. The God-given glory of a man’s life gets buried, and forgotten. Men need redemption, restoration, and recovery. We believe it’s time to see men restored and set free to follow our King. This happens in the following ways:
- Men’s Retreats based on Wild at Heart and The Masculine Journey
- Teaching fathers about initiating their sons or giving their sons a rite of passage into manhood. This is primarily done through the message of Passage to Manhood.
- Outdoor Adventure Trips
- One on one mentoring and discipleship
Contact us today and learn more about getting involved in Go the Distance Ministries.
Recalibrate — One Day Men’s Retreat Sat. March 1, 2014
Attention Alumni of HAF, Wild at Heart Boot Camp, Heart of the Warrior, Lansing Bulls, KCC Freedom Fighters, or any Go the Distance event!
Recalibrate is a one-day retreat for anyone who has ever loved the message in Wild at Heart (or any Eldredge material)…for any alumni of Hearts Alive & Free, a Wild at Heart Boot Camp, or any Go the Distance Ministries event. If you’ve been to Boot Camp, think of it as what you experienced on that Saturday. There will be four teaching sessions, worship, time alone with God, as well as free time. Free time activities include an indoor high-ropes course, indoor rock climbing wall, ice-fishing (you supply the rods and gear), archery (supplied by the camp), and cigars around the fire. Horseback riding is available for $10 per man (need to know if advance if you are interested). Also included are two meals. All this for $59 per man.
When: Saturday, Mar 1, from 9am to 7pm with an optional movie at 7pm. (Registration begins at 8:30am).
Where: Camp Manitou-Lin, located on Lake Barlow in Middleville, MI, approx 20 miles south of Grand Rapids, just off M-37.
What: A full day refresher to Recalibrate you to the Truth of Who You Are, Where You Are in the Larger Story, His Purpose for You, plus The Enemy’s Tactics & How to Take Ground Back.
Who: Put on by the Go the Distance team for any man who wants more of the Ransomed Heart message.
Go the Distance Ministries
7800 Jonagold Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
We invite you to Calvary’s Christmas Celebration on December 6-7-8. This is a musical worship experience led by our Worship & Music Ministries including choirs, vocal teams, bands, and orchestra. You will not want to miss “Unwrapping Christmas” to discover the greatest gift of Christ. Preschool programs are available for birth through 3 years old.
3:00pm & 7:00pm
3:00pm & 7:00pm
Doors open one hour prior to performance
Click here to get your FREE tickets.