The Gideons International is a wonderful ministry that spreads the good news of JESUS around the world through the distribution of the Word of GOD. A representative of the Gideons will share a 5 minute report at the conclusion of tomorrow morning's worship service at Circle Drive. After the closing prayer, other Gideon representations will be stationed at doors to receive donations from our members. This money will be used to purchase Bibles for Gideons to distribute around the world.
On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Ravi and Heidi Balaraman, their children, and extended family in the passing of their son, Jesse, this past Monday. Jesse was born April 25, 2000, and just recently completed the 10th grade at Palmer High School.
The greatest need in our country right now is spiritual awakening! Indeed, our culture in so many ways is "in crisis." The solution is not political or social - it is spiritual. It has been over 100 years since America experienced a spiritual awakening. We desperately need a movement of GOD in our lives, our churches, and our country.
I am so thrilled our new CDBC website is "up and running!" I appreciate so much those who have invested so much time in getting us "to where we are." I hesitate to mention names, because so many have spent so much time working with Details Communications to make this new website a reality. In the weeks to come, you will continue to see progress being made as we seek to complete the task of building this website.
Here is the latest update from Sandy. Continue remember her - and her family - in prayer!! Dear Circle Family, I wanted to catch you up. SATURDAY WAS HARD. A MIXTURE OF PAIN AND JOY. That morning at 11:00 our family placed Mikes urn in a wall at Palm Mortuary. All of us wrote notes and brought special little mementos to place in the vault. I left the house before anyone else trying to gather myself. I was already falling apart. We cried, we prayed, we laughed at funny things Mike did...then we cried some more, but it was a precious time. Driving back home I actually did a u-turn twice to go back. Then I'd remind myself that Mike wasn't there and turn around again. So hard not to turn back. While I was there it hit me that Mike was not only my husband, life companion, and best friend, but he was also my personal prayer warrior. I coveted his faithful prayers in every aspect of my life. I'm doing well. Lots of little tear triggers that catch me off guard. I miss Mike so much, but I know where he is. I know he is the "ultimate" happy...and I know I will see him, again. My joy shines through my grief like the sun shines through the clouds, making them radiant. I love that image. It is a paraphrase from the devotional book "Streams in the Desert." Friday night I was watching a news update on Isis. There was a man trying to fine his wife, children, and sister who were taken by Isis. I know all he can think about is what terrors they are facing...rape, torture, painful death....and will he ever see them, again. That's unquenchable pain. My pain hurts deep, but I have JESUS...I have PEACE...I have HOPE. I am abundantly, abundantly, abundantly blessed and so very thankful. This Thursday is Mikes birthday. I will have CHOCOLATE cake in his honor! So blessed by all of you. Choosing JOY! Love you, Sandy
I want to encourage our Circle Drive church family to be in attendance this coming Sunday morning. At the conclusion of the morning worship service, I will make an important announcement about the future of our church and the total campus relocation. Join with me in prayer as we follow GOD's leadership by faith for the exciting future He has in store for us.
On behalf of our church family, I extend our love, sympathy and prayer support to Marsha Kerby and her family in the homegoing of her mother, Viola Walker, who went home to be with the LORD last night at 11:20 p.m. Viola originally joined membership at Circle Drive on September 2, 1984, moving her membership from Fruit Avenue Baptist Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After returning to New Mexico to live, she came back to Colorado Springs, and again began attending Circle. It has been a joy to know Viola, and also visit her on occasion. She was always warm and gracious when I visited her. Viola faithfully attended worship services at Circle Drive. She also attended and participated in the Discerning Women's Sunday morning Bible study, led by Elaine Martz. Viola Walker's celebration of life service is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the worship center at Circle Drive. Continue to pray for her family during these days.
I have just received this update from Sandy Farnham. Mike's celebration of life service was amazing and GOD-glorifying. Kathy and I attended the celebration of life service, as well as Wayne and Lori Cantwell, Ross and Natalie Jagers, and Ed McGee. Continue to pray for Sandy and her family!! Hi Dr. Mike and my wonderful church family, My prayers were answered...I was able to care for him at home until he went HOME. He met JESUS face to face sometime during the night while I was sleeping. When I was still working I'd come home and give him a big kiss. He would always say, "I'm so glad you're home." On Sunday morning, March 1st, when I woke up I knew he had been with JESUS for a while. I was then able to kiss him on the forehead and say, "I'm so glad you're HOME." This is our son, Matt, tucking his 5 yr old little girl into bed this past Sunday night. "So Daddy, did Grandpa get to meet God face to face? (Yes, baby he did). Did he get to see Jesus walk? (Yes, baby he did). I bet Grandpa reached out and touched Jesus and when Grandpa touched Jesus, Grandpa was healed (Me, now teary eyed) ... You know Daddy, just like in the Bible when that lady reached out and touched Jesus' clothes and she got healed." I thank God so much for how He can use a little 5 year old to encourage me and my whole family this week. Our kids and I were so blessed by how many of you flew in from Circle for the celebration. The celebration was everything I hoped and prayed it would be. We had over 300 in attendance. WE CELEBRATED MIKE'S HOMECOMING! Dr. Mike, on behalf of the family, challenged those in attendance to do an act of kindness in memory of Mike. I'm hoping to hear about some of them. The entire celebration was recorded. I will mail a copy to Dr. Mike when they are ready...along with some of Mike's handouts. This Saturday all of our kids will go with me to the cemetery and we will place Mike's urn in a beautiful wall vault...where my ashes will join his one day. In my fragile emotional state, the enemy messed with me after Mike was cremated...saying, "All evidence of his existence was gone." I ran crying to JESUS who tenderly reminded me, ?IT'S JUST ANOTHER LIE!? Evidence of Mike's existence is in his children, the lives he touched, and especially those he introduced to JESUS. It?s now been 10 days. With the busyness of details and lots of family and friends I have not yet had a good solid cry. Things like pictures, comments, memories... are now starting to rip at my heart. Each day brings new firsts. Today I had to check the box "widowed," then someone called me "Mrs." Farnham and I realized I wasn't. There's a big empty place in my heart. I'm trying so hard to fill every corner of it with JESUS. This is the chapter of this journey I knew would one day come. I felt dread as it drew closer, I knew it was going to be filled with deep pain...and there is no way around it, only through it. I?m looking forward to next week when everyone gets back to their own normal lives so I can just sit in the quiet with JESUS and cry as long as I want. Many of you know this pain and understand. I'm so thankful I have JESUS and you walking with me. I told my kids that I did not need them to drop off the grand kids to cheer me up. They all told me I didn't know what I was saying...that I was not thinking straight. I figured I better nip that one right up front! The little stinkers are pretty cute though. Still choosing JOY...even through the pain. I love you, Sandy