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.
CRAVE-Praying for our Youth
Our church family is praying for more than 200 youth taking part in DNOW weekend, at the Shocco Springs Retreat Center in Talladega. This year’s theme is LOSER, based on Matthew 10:39: “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” A crowd of parents, DNOW volunteers and youth gathered in the East Sanctuary to pray over the weekend, that the Lord will move in a mighty way, showing our children how to live a victorious life in Him! Matt Bostic will share the message throughout the weekend, while Christian recording artist, The Digital Age will lead the youth in praise and worship.
Frazer UMC has a growing Mom2Mom ministry. Moms of preschool age and younger children meet regularly to have fun with their children and encourage and support one other. The group also meets on Wednesday mornings for Bible study and fun outings with mentors, Lyn Autry and Patti Joyner. This week the moms took their own field trip to Oakview Farms, a family owned and operated gristmill and working farm in Elmore County. Mom2Mom is the perfect place to connect with other moms and be mentored by godly women. To learn more go to frazerumc.org, click on ministries and women’s ministry.
WFRZ-TV launches One Hope
Frazer member Alex Henig Jones shares her inspiring testimony of feeling called to be a surrogate mom on WFRZ’s newest program called One Hope. Director of Media Ministries Kim Hendrix hosts the program that features hope-filled personal testimony, a children’s ministry update and a Biblical view of the world’s headlines. One Hope debuts Sunday, February 15th at 7pm on channel 13 or 34 depending on your cable provider, you can also catch the program online at frazerumc.org. Watch for One Hope, Saturdays and Sundays at 7pm; Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.
SMILE Ministry-Military Welcome Home Celebration
Frazer’s Smile Ministry hosted a Yellow Ribbon Homecoming event for 350 deployed soldiers from the 187th Fighter Wing. More than 1500 soldiers and their families gathered to show their appreciation and support of these troops returning home after another deployment overseas. Members of the Smile Ministry welcomed everyone with a smile, of course, while also serving pastries and coffee. Frazer’s Senior Pastor Dr. Tim Thompson, along with other dignitaries including the Lt. Governor, addressed the group, thanking them for their service and patriotic spirit.
One member of the Smile Ministry sent the following message:
“I looked across the room at the many men and women who serve our country and I noticed a young guy with whom I work with-He stated that it was the second time he had ever been to Frazer, the first time being the Yellow Ribbon ceremony in 2013. I asked if he had a church family and he stated that he had been to six different churches recently- (there it was the opportunity to invite him to the church to attend a service)-he seemed interested so my next step will be to set up a time on Sunday morning
to meet him to connect him and some of the others in his unit to Frazer- There is ALWAYS an opportunity around the corner.”- Cissy Harper
Frazer Military Outreach Ministry
The outreach to military families through Frazer continues to touch families, who due to the transient nature of serving in the military, often find themselves searching for a new home. Key to the military ministry at Frazer is the excellent and loving childcare offered to the families. For the past 4 weeks, Frazer provided nursery care for Mike Conn’s Bible Study for the officers’ wives here for Squadron Officer School (SOS). The children did arts and crafts, this week making a Valentine book mark with their thumb prints for the moms. The moms said they really enjoyed their time here, in fact some of them returned during the week to fellowship in the coffee shop area, knowing they could bring their children to the nursery.
At a recent Art of Marriage workshop, Charles Wise and Adult Education covered the cost of childcare for the families attending. Here are a few of the childcare comments shared that evening:
- “OUTSTANDING!–Thank you SO much for being so accommodating and great with my kids! Probably the best childcare experience/facility we have had in 3 years of having kids! 🙂
- “OUTSTANDING!–Wonderful workers who can help with special needs.”
- “OUTSTANDING!–I love the security of the nursery. It gives me such peace of mind.”
MOST IMPORTANT COMMENT: “The great childcare provided to these families during their short time at Maxwell is the number one reason why we are able to offer this training. It is the key to success. And, I estimate at least 70% of these families will return to Maxwell in a few years to attend the 10-month Air Command and Staff College. When they do, the first place they will consider for church is Frazer!”
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.