Welcome to Frazer’s weekly feature called the Breaking Good News! Here you’ll find how your tithing and service is touching and changing lives everyday through our ministries and programs.
Winter and Spring Launch Service
Through song, worship and prayer, the Frazer Family prepared their hearts for all that’s ahead in 2015. At a special “Launch” Wednesday night service, members heard how to get involved in a small group, the blessing of being involved in missions, staying in His word and in prayer. Frazer’s Missions Director Butch McPherson challenged Frazer members to take part in at least one mission project this year; Content Manager Ken Roach issued a challenge to memorize scripture while Prayer Ministries Director Jan Neil asked everyone to stay in prayer. Please continue to pray that God will move in a mighty way through Frazer touching lives for Him!
During the live stream of the contemporary service one of our deployed Military members, Lee Alexander logged on from Qatar! She participated in the chat and said there are six people from Maxwell currently stationed in Qatar and that she always tries to get them together to watch the Wesley Hall service. Lee says the internet is spotty in Qatar so it has only worked out a couple of times. Frazer’s Digital Ministries Coordinator, Will Adams, told Lee it’s an honor that Frazer’s media ministry gets to help facilitate worship for those serving oversees.
Salvation Army Frazer Bell Ringers
The River Region Salvation Army nearly doubled it’s kettle collections, thanks in large part to the more than 500 Frazer members volunteering to be bell ringers through the holiday season. Frazer member and Salvation Army Board member Bill Allison organizes the volunteers, who he affectionately calls the “Ding-a-Lings”. This year he and fellow Frazer member Ed Sensintaffer also recruited volunteers from other churches and civic clubs bringing their team to more 750 strong! By ringing the bells at Sam’s Club and the Chantilly Wal-Mart, volunteers helped raise close to $295,000 for the Salvation Army.
Inner City Evangelism (ICE)
Volunteers from several Frazer Sunday Schools reached out during the holidays to minister to families through Inner City Evangelism, also known as ICE. As one volunteer told us, “A burden was placed on our hearts to reach out in the love of Christ to the senior adults in our public housing communities and provide meals and visits on Christmas Eve! We are SO THANKFUL for the many sponsors that jumped in and covered the cost of providing meals of ham, mac n cheese, beans, rolls and pound cake and to the wonderful volunteers who helped pack the dinners and deliver the meals. Forty meals were delivered with just as many smiles and hugs!
We are looking forward to expanding this as an annual Christmas outreach each year!”
Men’s Ministry Faithful Volunteers
The calendar has turned another page, but that hasn’t changed the faithfulness of a certain group of men who get up early on the first Wednesday of each month to prepare a delicious breakfast for the men of Frazer! Lee Werling caught a few photos of the “cooks” hard at work, starting off this new year with the same dedication they show month after month. Frazer’s Men’s ministry invites all the men of the church to breakfast on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30am and to supper on the third Thursday of each month at 6pm. Breakfast is $4, supper is $5 and no reservations are needed—just come and enjoy the fellowship.
Hope Inspired Ministries Run
Frazer members showed up in force to take part in the H.I.M. (Hope Inspired Ministries) 10K+1 mile run January 3rd. Kicking this new year off on a healthy and victorious note, 8 Frazer members took home 1st place medals in their respective age groups:
Jon Klaaren: Top overall Masters Male
Kaye Porter: Top overal Masters Female
Suzanne Williams: 1st Place 30-34 year old Female
Keith Williams: 1st Place 35-39 year old Male
Julie Oakes: 1st Place 45-49 year old Female
Diane Klaaren: 1st Place 55-59 year old Female
Kathy Bond: 1st Place overall Grand Masters Female
Harold Oakes 1st Place 60-64 year old Male
Frazer is blessed by many talented volunteer photographers. Enjoy these photos of Frazer’s Candlelight service and the beauty created by our recent frigid temperatures—all courtesy of Lee Werling.
This is just some of the Breaking Good News happening in our Frazer Family! Stay tuned for more details of how God is moving through Frazer UMC.