July 2016 Newsletter

Upcoming Events:

July 9 (Sat) – 64th Biennial Mutual Aid Convention, Snook Brethren – invitation see below.

July 10 – Jan Hus Sunday – Holy Communion

July 28 (Thurs) – Heartsaver CPR, AED course – Fayetteville Brethren fellowship hall – see below.

July 31 – Farewell lunch for Pastor Kay & Ben

Pastor’s corner:     Recently, Ben and I were offered a week at Crystal Beach (Galveston) in a beach house the last week of May and I jumped on the chance.  You see, I had “hit a wall” in all areas of my life.  And I needed time to reflect upon my life and most importantly, my relationship with the Lord.  So we went.

One evening I had the opportunity to stand in the ocean and watch the tide come in. Jesus spent time at the ocean.  The disciples that He called to be “fishers of men” spent time on the beach and in their boats fishing.  All but one, Judas, followed Him and preached the Good News of Jesus to their deaths.  But they were human and they failed from time to time. I think that I am a lot like Peter – I stick my foot in my mouth, boldly announce that I will do this or that, and fail.  I fail to remember who is in control of my life.  Jesus, in spite of the disciples’ faults, disbeliefs, fears, and doubt, saw their hearts and restored them.  As I stood at the water’s edge, that is what I wanted Jesus to do for me, to restore me.

As I stood on the beach, and saw the glory of the Lord, I had to ask myself:  “What is in my heart?  Am I where Jesus wants me to be in my walk with Him?”  Because somewhere, at some time, I had strayed off coarse.  And, on this day, I felt as though I was drowning in what the world wanted and who others wanted me to be. Have you been at this place in your life? Have you ever been there? Are you there now?

One thing that you should know about me is that I don’t swim, in fact, I am afraid of water, especially water of this magnitude.  So, as I stood on the edge of the water, I watched the strength of the waves, felt the power of the wind, and I could not help but feel God’s mighty presence.  I felt it … deeply …  and I was reminded that I am not in control of anything.  Unfortunately, I had fallen into Satan’s trap and had been floundering and failing to listen to the still small voice in the wind and in the quiet.  My failure to rest in Him and allow Him to move in my life was unbearable.  And so, I prayed that God would refresh me spiritually, mentally, and physically.  On that beach, when I repented and cried out to Him for help, the wind almost physically blew me into the waters and it reminded me that I am weak and that He is strong.  Then, God spoke to me and said “let go …. let go … let go.. don’t be afraid … don’t be concerned about what will happen if you do this or that …. Because if you listen to me …. I will take care of you … ’be still, and know that I am God’.”

As you celebrate Independence Day this year, remember that it was God who brought us independence, not man.  Those who fought to bring the United States to July 4, 1776, to declare independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, were used by God.  And, while we should be thankful for their sacrifices, we should be more thankful for God’s intervention.  God took care of them … He will take care of us …. because He is God.  He is the great “I am.”  Enjoy your celebrations, the picnics, BBQ’s, fireworks and remember to hydrate!  Summer is here!   Blessings,   Pastor Kay

Psalm 46:9-11 (NIV)  He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.  He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Prayer Concerns:

Raymond Dove                       Brenda Hammond      Dr. Tom Kennedy       Char Wright

Those who are traveling          Our shut ins                 Beth Hataway             Rev Nello Strickland

Servicemen and women          Our Missionaries         Shirley Herbst             Rev Vanessa Mitchell

Mutual Aid Convention          Unity Summer camp program                         Rev Gordon & Pat Hejl Our country’s leaders             The family of Rev Milton Maly                      Rev Jim Heckman

July 6, 1415 – 601st anniversary of the Martyrdom of Jan Hus: Jan Hus was born around 1369 in Husinec, south of Prague near Prachatice to a peasant family. He studied at Charles University and was a Catholic priest. In 1409, he was declared a heretic by the Archbishop. After serving time in prison, he was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. His followers became known as Hussites and they continued to follow his practices of giving both forms of communion and they defeated several armies sent against them. In 1457 a movement known as the Unitas Fratrum or “Jednota Bratrska was organized, later to be known as the Unity of the Brethren. This was 60 years before Martin Luther began his reformation. Therefore, this Protestant denomination can rightly be call a pre-Lutheran-Reformation church.

     Jan Hus is remembered as our church leader and lets us know that the gospel will always mobilize faithful believers (worshipers) against any betrayal of the gospel. The Unity of the Brethren states in their constitution “The Sunday nearest to July 6 shall be set aside as a perpetual memorial to the martyrdom of Jan Hus..” There is a DVD entitled “Truth Prevails: The Undying Faith of Jan Hus” in our church library that you can check out and take home to watch. We will have Holy Communion on July 10 in observance of the martyrdom of Jan Hus.

Church news:    Elders Report: The Elders would like to thank all of those who have donated to the Building Fund in place of the annual fundraiser. A monetary donation was given from the General Fund to two families who had incurred flooding. A reminder to all members: you are encouraged to attend the Mutual Aid Convention that will be held at Snook Brethren Church on Saturday, July 9 – a wonderful time for food and fellowship! As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns please let the Elders know.

Sunday School – For the next few weeks, Gary Dorsett will be leading a study from the Bible on Revelation. Class is held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with worship at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

64th Biennial  Convention of the Mutual Aid Society of the Unity of the Brethren will be held on Saturday, July 9 at Snook Brethren Church. The Administrative Board of the Mutual Aid Society extends an invitation to members of the Society and visitors who would like to observe the proceedings. Please remember this gathering in your prayers. Sandra Stepan will serve as a delegate for our church. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. A worship service with Holy Communion will be held at 9 a.m. Lunch ($10) will be served. For our Local #5, Ray Stepan serves as the President and Sandra is the Secretary. For more information, contact Ray or Sandra or visit the Unity website.

Sympathy extended to the Maly family:  “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Matthew 25:21. Our deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to the family of Rev Milton Maly, 76, of Wesley. Rev Maly passed away on May 30, Memorial Day, 2016. A memorial service was held on June 4 at the Taylor Brethren Church. Rev Maly served as the pastor of Fayetteville Brethren for 25 years. Those attending the service from Fayetteville Brethren were Lillian Blinka, Betty & Herb Neimann, Martha & Jerry Dove, Pauline & David Ott, Doris & Laddie Ripple and Joe & Liz Ripple and from Industry Brethren J.B. & Marian Branam, their son and Sharon Spiess. Several members from the Wesley & Nelsonville Brethren Churches also attended along with many other friends and relatives. Pastors attending included Rev Charles Amos, Rev Adolfo Gonzalez, Rev Michael Groseclose, Rev James D. Hejl, Rev Lawrence Junek, Dr Larry Koslovsky, Dr. Mark Labaj, Rev Albert Michalik, Rev Al Newby, Rev Joseph Polasek and Rev Frank Simcik.

The church aisles were lined with several baby stools that Rev Maly had made, including one he made for Blaise McKinzie, member of our church. The officiant for the service was Rev. Dr. Larry Koslovsky and in his message he said of Rev Maly – “he was a man of heart and hands” and “he had a heart for those he served.” Rev Maly wrote his own eulogy and titled it “Just in case I don’t make it to 100.” When Rev Maly was born, he had five sisters to help take care of him. His mother, who had been praying for a baby boy, told God she would dedicate her son to Him. The baby boy became the “favorite brother” of all his sisters! Several of Bro Milton’s favorite songs were sung during the service. Rev Adolfo Gonzales gave a prayer in Miskito. Rev Maly helped Rev Gonzales organize the Good Shepherd Moravian Church in Port Arthur and he gave the first Holy Communion to the members there.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. The family had requested—“One thing you can do to honor him would be to follow his example and make an effort to visit the home-bound, spending time in a nursing home, caring for those who are hard of hearing and seemingly useless to us. Rev Maly had a special place in his heart for those at the end of their lives, the lonely and forgotten.” If you have a special memory of Rev Maly that you would like to share with the family, please write it down and send it to the family: Jean Maly, 6703 FM 2502, Brenham, TX 77833.

OBITUARY: The Reverend Milton Alvin Maly, the youngest and only son of 6 children of Czech parents Edwin and Albina (Simcik) Maly, was born on May 13, 1940 in Taylor, Texas. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1958. He served his country proudly for 4 years (1958-1962) in the US Air Force and trained in the field of electronics. He graduated in 1962 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Mathematics, followed by the Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and completed his work for the Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained into the ministry of our Lord on June 5, 1969 in his home congregation, the Taylor Brethren Church, where he was baptized and where he made his profession of faith through confirmation.

He began his 45-year ministry in Wesley as a Student Assistant to Rev Frank Kostohryz. From 1969-1974 he served as the pastor at Rosenberg/Alief (later named Westheimer) and also Sealy. In 1975, he moved to Temple to serve the Seaton and Buckholts churches and served there until 1979. After participating in a work crew to Ahuas, Honduras in 1980, he applied for and was accepted to work in the position of clinic administrator at the Clinica Evangelica Morava. He married his wife Jean in July, 1980 and in August, they left for Ahuas with their two boys (Brandon & Darren) where they served the Miskito Indians through the Moravian Board of World Missions. They worked at the medical facility and were involved in various other efforts of the Moravian Church in Honduras for 6 years until May, 1986. While in Honduras, Jean gave birth to two boys—Gregory and Andrew, and they adopted Ben, a baby Miskito boy.

Upon returning to Texas, Rev Maly became the pastor of Wesley/Industry/Fayetteville. He served at Wesley for 12 years and Industry/Fayetteville for 25 years. During this time, he also pastored a Hispanic Fellowship in Brenham for 8 years (Hermandad en Cristo) as well as served as a hospice chaplain. In 2012, he served as a supply pastor to Caldwell.

For 26 years he was the editor of The Brethren Journal, the denominational publication. He also served the denomination in several other positions: Synodical Committee First Vice-President (79-80), Second Vice-President (71-73), Mission Board Member (1970-76, 1993-2013), Board of Christian Education Chair (71-73), Hus School Class Director (73 & 77) and Hus School Staff member (70,71,72,75). He shared his passion for the Spanish language by teaching it for 12 years in several schools, Blinn Junior College and Prairie View A&M University. He was also fluent in Czech and spoke German.

He will be remembered by his quiet patience and humility, moderately funny humor, love for all people no matter their age, race, or station in life, his ’79 Datsun and ‘02 red Tacoma nicknamed “Truckie”, hundreds of baby stools and other handcrafted furniture, his intense, unwavering affection for his “Lady” of 36 years, his sense of pride and fulfillment in his family, his mechanical and electrical skill, the dusty self-portrait of Rembrandt in his very messy shop, his command of many languages, his moral compass, his hankering for traveling and family vacations, the home he made in the woods, his pride at serving his country, a weakness for spiced pumpkin pecan Blue Bell ice cream, his 40 year membership in Lion’s Club International, his 2 books Rev’s Elations and Rev’s Elations 2, and dedication to Christian ministry.
After a long battle with brain disease, he quietly and confidently left this life surrounded at home by his family on May 30, 2016 to be with his eternal Father in Heaven and to be reunited with his parents, sister Elsie Van Lehn, and son Darren. He leaves behind to mourn his passing his wife of 36 years Jean; children Michael Maly, Ginger and Eddie, Brandon, Rachel and David, Gregory and Susan, Andrew and Mindi, and Benjamin; grandchildren Christopher, Alexander, Isabel, Savannah, David, Jake, Naomi, Taylor, and Cruz; sisters Annie & The Rev Albert Michalik of Georgetown, Georgia Anderson Tyroch and Elizabeth and Stanley Zetek of Temple, and Sylvia Sebesta of San Antonio, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His family is grateful for the loving care received from caregivers Jeanette Willis, Yvonda “Cookie” Adams, and Diane “Anna” Williams. A private family interment of his cremated remains will follow on a later date at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Services were under the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel.

Christian Sisters Society: The next meeting will be later this year. Another baby quilt was sold – there is still one more quilt available for purchase to benefit Unity missions, contact Martha Dove.

Heartsaver CPR, AED Course will be held at the Fayetteville Brethren Church Fellowship hall on Thursday, July 28 from 4-8 p.m. This course will teach adult & child CPR & AED use, infant CPR, and how to relieve choking in adults, children, and infants. This course is for lay rescuers, not healthcare providers. The cost is $40 (which includes a rescue pocket mask and CPR card). The class will be taught by Marcus & Kim Sodek. Participants need to let Pauline Ott know by June 30 – 979-249-2544.

Collecting Supplies for the Military:  Everyone is asked to collect the following items that will be sent from our church to an individual serving in the military: Non-aerosol deodorant, non-aerosol bug spray, flea collars, baby wipes, razors, Visine, hand sanitizer, sinus/allergy medicine, Advil, Tylenol, lip balm and foot care products. Snacks are always good. No candy or snacks that will melt in the heat over there. Personal size packets of tissue, band aids, instant drink mixes, q-tips, pens, paper, envelopes, seeds/nuts, trail mix, disposable cameras, batteries sizes AA, AAA, C and D and LETTER/CARDS of Encouragement. Smaller sizes are easier to ship and for individuals to carry. Anything that is OPENED OR USED WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please put your donations in the box in the church entryway. Questions? – contact Pauline Ott.

Church Cookbooks & Plates – Church cookbook – $20.00 donation of which all proceeds go to the building fund. Commemorative church plate – $25.00 donation. If you would like to purchase either of these, please contact Liz Ripple. If you would like to have it shipped to you, please send the purchase price plus $5.00 for cookbooks or $6 for plates for shipping and handling to FBC, PO Box 11, Fayetteville TX 78940.

Trouble is like muddy water; be patient, don’t stir it, and it will clear up.

 

 

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