A Prayer of Praise to All Fathers: Father’s Day Prayer by Kirk Loadman
Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a good father.
Let us praise those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.
Let us praise those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children’s lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect. Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the child in their heart.
Let us praise those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own. Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides. Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.
Sunday School – Martha & Jerry Dove continue to lead the adult class in various studies and discussions. Everyone is welcome! Please come and join us as we study God’s word and grow in faith together. Class is from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Board of Elders report: In lieu of a church celebration, donations are always appreciated. If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to the Building Fund, please note that on your check. Please remember the Unity Summer Camp program in your prayers. Camps for various ages will be held at the Hus Encampment in Caldwell during the months of June & July. Also remember in your prayers the Unity Convention. This year the biennial convention will be held at the Temple Brethren Church. Everyone is invited to attend; the proceedings are open to the public. More information follows in this newsletter and is posted on the Unity website (UnityoftheBrethren.org). As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns please let the Elders know.
Fourth Annual Rev Henry E. Beseda, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament for missions will be held on Monday, June 5 at the Brenham Country Club. It is a 4-man scramble for a donation of $100 per golfer which includes a BBQ meal, 18 holes of golf, bucket of range balls, cart, drinks and a chance to win prizes. Non-golfers can enjoy games and fellowship in the club house – the meal is $15. Registration forms for all attending is posted on the Unity website – unityofthebrethren.org (go to “NEWS”). Donations are also appreciated. All proceeds will go to the Unity of the Brethren Mission Funds. The tournament is sponsored by Nelsonville Brethren Church – contact Rev. Mike or Trish.
Vacation Bible School – Children are invited to attend the Vacation Bible School at Nelsonville Brethren Church scheduled for June 19 to June 23. For more information call the VBS Director – Trish Groseclose 979-865-3026.
Christian Sisters Society: The next meeting will be later this year. Our last baby quilt was sold at the Industry Brethren Church fundraiser. We are very grateful to Industry Brethren for allowing us to put this quilt for Unity missions in their church auction.
Sympathy extended to the Woo family: Our deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to the family of Caroline Leinbach Woo, 45, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who passed away on May 17, 2017 in her new home in Winston-Salem. Caroline, with her husband Michael and their family, served as missionaries in Southeast Asia. The Unity has been helping to support them since at least 2003. Caroline was born on September 5, 1971 in Winston-Salem to William and Rita Castleberry Leinbach. During college her heart was profoundly warmed for the Lord. She taught English in Beijing, China for 3 years. While working at Ardmore Moravian Church as pastoral assistant she met and married Michael Stephen Woo. In 2003 they left for China with OMF (a mission sending organization) to plant churches among an unreached people. Some of the most memorable moments were seeing God’s spirit move and provide in miraculous ways, sharing the gospel, learning 2 foreign languages, living on the border of Burma, serving people, eating exotic foods, homeschooling and having children. Her most famous delivery was baby Salem born on a sidewalk in front of a Thailand hospital. Her love of live could be seen through her laughter, her funny stories, her willingness to try new things and dance parties with her kids. Above all else Caroline was and is a worshipper of our Lord Jesus Christ. Caroline’s life was taken early as she battled with breast cancer metastasized to the brain over the last two years. Caroline was preceded in death by her father Bill. Surviving are her loving husband, Michael; four boys, Samuel (14), Ian (12), Zachary (8), Isaac (5), and daughter Salem (3); mother, Rita; 1 sister, 1 brother, 2 half-brothers, and 1 half-sister. A memorial celebration was held on May 24 at Home Moravian Church. Memorials may be made to OMF.org (formerly Overseas Missionary Fellowship, an international and interdenominational Protestant Christian missionary society with an international centre in Singapore that was founded on June 25, 1865)
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.
Friends of the Hus Encampment – Thank you! to everyone who supported the membership drive that was held in April & May. Our congregation has 31 friends of the Hus Encampment, of which 4 are life members. A total of $250.00 was collected. With your support, the Hus Encampment will be able to provide many good things for many young people.
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.