Bob and Dorothy are celebrating their sixty-eighth Wedding Anniversary on this Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016. Bob left the merchant Marines after WW2 and when Dorothy laid eyes on Bob for the first time she asked a friend, “Who is that skinny guy? I sure would like to meet him!” The friend obliged and introduced them and they began dating and the seed of love took root and began to grow. Bob and Dorothy Barnes were married on February14, 1948 in a small Methodist Church on the south side.�� Bob found a job with Delco-Remo and worked in their warehouse for twenty-six dollars a week, enough to rent an attic apartment and begin their lives together. Dorothy had accepted the Lord as a young woman and Bob was led to the Lord by Dennis Eenigenburg after a service where Evelyn had given her testimony.
Some time passed and they became parents of five children. Tragedy struck the family when they lost their son Pat and later their daughter Robin. When Robin passed away they took their grandson Garry who was three years old at the time to raise and he has been and still is the light of their lives! Jeanne their daughter moved in at the same time and has been a big help and source of comfort to her parents for many years. Jeanne is Garry’s favorite Aunt; they are best buddies and do a lot together. The Barnes have two remaining sons Billy and John and four grandchildren. Billy is a former pastor and now a counselor to addicts.
John is now a retired Captain of the Merchant Marines.
The Barnes have attended Sauk Village Bible Church for 50 years. They have been active in teaching Sunday school and various Kids Clubs. Bob would do these amazing chalk drawings as Dorothy read the Bible lesson. Is it any wonder that the children and adults love them! They have been active in many other areas as well.
Much has happened between then and now such as the difficulties that we all face and ill health but their love for God and one another continues to grow.
This isn’t just a love story but a testimony of God’s redeeming Love and the Grace that He extended to Bob and Dorothy throughout their sixty eight years of marriage.
Your entire church family loves you and wishes you both God’s blessings on this special anniversary!
My Thoughts on Prayer
“Prayer��� what is it?
Prayer is simply talking to God. It’s telling Him about any and every thing. Many people will ask for things to meet their wants but not necessarily their needs. God wants us to ask for those things but He also wants us to ask Him to meet our spiritual needs too. We should ask Him to help us to get to know him better, and to improve our relationship with Him. We will often think about our physical needs but often neglect our spiritual needs. We should also ask Him to meet our needs and the needs of others. We should praise Him and thank Him while committing and consecrating things to him. We should pray about any and everything.
When should we pray? We should pray all the time. We should pray on every day that ends in the letter “Y”, and several times throughout the day.
Why should we pray? He commanded us to. It strengthens our relationship with God; it’s like talking to your spouse, best friend or child, the more time you spend talking with them the stronger your relationship will be. Prayer invites God into your situation for Him to work on your problems. Prayer makes us partners with God. Prayer also helps us to seek the mind of Christ and come into alignment with His will so we can rest assure in His providential care.
Eight Qualifications for Prayer
- Prayer should be humble — Psalm 10:17
- Prayer should be bold — 1 John 5:13-15
- Prayer should be in faith — Hebrews 11:6
- Prayer should be sincere — Psalm 145:18
- Prayer should be simple ��� Matthew 6:7
- Prayer should be persistent — Colossians 4:2
- Prayer should be definite — Acts 12:5
- Prayer should be in accordance with God’s will — 1 John 5:14s
Pastor Walter E. Smith
Kids Klub and Jr. High and High School will reconvene the first week in March.
Our Bible study will continue to meet at 7:00 p.m. weather permitting. Come join us as we open up the word of God together and grow in Him. We are studying the book of First John.
Will You Follow His Example?
- Children’s Church
- Communion Hostess
- Fellowship Planners
- Helping Hands
- Kids Klub
- Scripture Readers
- Sunday School
- Worship Team
- Youth Group
Call the church office to inquire about these areas of Ministry.
Youth Ministry Blog
Why I like Thursday Night Youth Group
- I get to be with my friends and have fun
- I get to learn about God
- As a group we get to talk about current events and see how they relate to the Bible
- If anyone has a problem we may discuss it and get ideas or solutions from adults or our peer’s perspective in line with the Bible.
God still performs miracles. I know because I have seen Him do so almost every month in 2015. From our human perspective, our financial status in November and December looked rather bleak…to the point that the Church Board approved salary deductions, if necessary. Holding tightly to God’s promise that he will always provide our needs, the prayer warriors began to pray (as they have all year) for the amount of money the church needed to just break even in November and December. And, of course,God came through. Not only did he supply the amount needed, but he also put some “icing on the cake” as well.
We entered the New Year in the “black�����. I don’t know what this year will hold for our church, but I do know that God will continue to keep His promise to provide for our needs.
What a great God we serve!!!
Marie Weldon, Treasurer
Prayers from a Young Child’s Heart!
Kissing in church
“Dear God, I went to this wedding and they were kissing right there in church. Is that OK?”
“Dear God, I want to be just like my daddy when I grow up but without so much hair all over.”
“Dear God, did you mean for giraffes to look like that or was it an accident?”
What’s Wrong With the Moon?
“Dear God, I heard the moon was made of cheese. Tonight half of it is missing. Did you get hungry?”
Orange and Purple
“Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday night. That was really cool.”
Take Care of Yourself
“Dear God, please take care of my daddy, mommy, sister, brother, my doggy and me. Oh, please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we’re gonna be in a big mess.”
Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. — Psalm 127:3
February 2016 1st edition