Glad Tidings October 2019
in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay
Since we are studying the Ten Commandments this year it is a great time to visit Tabernacle in the Wilderness. It is a true-to-size model of the Arc of the Covenant and you can go inside and see what sources tell us it looks like. Well worth a day trip from anywhere in our presbytery. Also on the grounds are 500 old Bibles on display.
Arrangements through lesliehale.com and it is just North of the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs on Alt 19 so you can round out your adventure with lunch, a boat ride, and shopping!
Prayers for safe travels for all driving or riding to St. Simons island for the synod conference. Wondering about the “dress code? Since most of us are arriving the 25th – what are you wearing that is orange? Synod turquoise shirts for Saturday and our aqua shirts for Sunday? We will keep you informed! Comfy shoes since there is lots of walking and check the weather for what jackets, umbrellas, etc. might be handy. See you there!
If you have time, be sure to take time to explore the island a bit.
Found this helpful:
I once asked a very successful woman to share her secret with me. She smiled and said to me..
"I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters.
I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me...
I stopped fighting with my in laws...
I stopped fighting for attention...
I stopped fighting to meet peoples’ expectation of me...
I stopped fighting for my rights with inconsiderate people…
I stopped fighting to please everyone...
I stopped fighting to prove they were wrong about me....
I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight...
And I started fighting for
my ideas and
The day I gave up on small fights is the day I started becoming successful & so much more content."
Some fights are not worth your time..... Choose what you fight for wisely.
Global Action: Orange the World
The 25th of every month has been designated as Orange Day by the UN Women campaign. Participants around the world over are encouraged to wear a touch of orange in solidarity with the cause - the color symbolizes a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls.
In every country, gender-based violence is a tragic reality. This violence is frequently hidden, and victims are often silent, fearing stigma and further violence.
We all have a responsibility to speak out against violence, to ensure that women and men, boys and girls, are safe from rape and violence in homes, schools, work, streets – in all places in our societies.
Beginning in 2005, military supporters across America started wearing red on Fridays to show support for the service members who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world. More specifically, it is for service members deployed as RED stands for “Remember Everyone Deployed".
How a Christian is like a Pumpkin
A lady recently being baptized was asked by a co-worker what it was like to be a Christian. She replied, "It's like being a pumpkin:
God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins.
Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."
Oct 25-27, Triennial Synod Gathering
Epworth by the Sea St. Simons, GA
Nov 7 Presbytery CT
Our last one at Good Samaritan - Thank you!
Feb 15, 2020 Presbytery PW Annual Gathering 10:00 AM
Vision 2020 – Looking at the Future