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.
Women’s Ministry — Apples of Gold
The most recent Apples of Gold class gathered for a night of celebration with the “apples”, spouses and mentors. Apples of Gold is a bible study taught in a mentor’s home. It focuses on Biblical characteristics of women as well as cooking and hospitality tips. Younger women are mentored by older women who have already walked where the participants are heading. Almost 80 people attended the closing ceremony of Apples.
The men spoke from their heart and it was very touching to hear the ways their wives and homes have changed over the 6 weeks of the Apples of Gold Classes. One husband had this to say: “My wife has always been very giving, this class affected my wife in many ways, but one that I have really noticed is her intentionality and joy in giving.”
Women’s Ministry Director Susan Fisher said, “What a blessing to see mentoring relationships fostered and the body of Christ having such joy in using their gifts and talents.”
Frazer’s Wednesday night SPLASH program has been collecting items for the Reality and Truth Ministry as part of our mission focus this past month. Children filled a cart FULL of supplies for this wonderful ministry founded by Frazer member Ladonna Brendle. Reality and Truth Ministry feeds the homeless in downtown Montgomery, and also provides clothing along with assistance in learning a skill and finding a job. Pictured below: McKenzie Craymer, Chandler Boyd, Ace Gibson, and Vivian Brewer.
What typically goes into a baby bottle? Milk or juice perhaps? Guess again, how about money! Frazer’s Children’s Ministry handed out some baby bottles to the kiddos and challenged them to ask their friends and families to fill them up with donations for Sanctity of Life Sunday. Children’s Ministry Director Cami Culpepper says it took her more than 30 minutes to pour all of the change into the counter machine at the bank! When the counting was done, Frazer’s children provided a gift of $1500 to help in protecting the sanctity of life!
CRAVE Youth Ministry
The LifeGroup of 9th grade guys decided as a group to step things up a bit in their attire for worship. They all stayed true to the challenge and showed up Sunday morning in their “Sunday morning best”! This is one of 17 student LifeGroups that meet every week, growing in their relationships with one another and with God with the help of great leaders. Tony Ferraro and George Cox lead these 9th grade students. Talk about some sharp-dressed men!
Transformation Montgomery recently started a Good News Club at Chisholm Elementary. Fifty students will be attending each week to learn the word of God starting with the “Creation”. Thank you to all of the volunteers who will be working with Frazer and Child Evangelism for such a great curriculum. The group meets every Monday.
Dr. Roy Hager and Mike Merrill never gave up and have finally been able to secure equipment for the first Haitian Eye Surgical Center. This week Alcon donated and delivered a Laureate System, Infiniti ultrasound hand piece, to Mission of Hope for the new Eye Surgical Clinic at Titanyen Haiti. This is something a Frazer team has been working on for more than a year to make a reality and they continue to seek additional supplies for the Clinic. It’s beginning to come together and organizers can’t wait to see the lives that will be transformed because of this effort.
Frazer UMC hosted a Hymn Festival recently, featuring several area organists along with Frazer’s music ministry. The event provided beautiful music and singing along with some of the history behind the well-known hymns many of us have grown up singing. The younger generation got involved as well, as a handful of children joined in with the choir singing Joyful, Joyful. If you missed it, watch for a rebroadcast of the Hymn Festival, Saturday, March 7th at 7:30pm on WFRZ-TV.
Casting Crowns Concert
The SOLD-OUT Casting Crowns concert is happening at Frazer UMC April 16th in Wesley Hall. You may have heard lead singer Mark Hall is having surgery mid-March, after doctors discovered a mass on one of his kidneys. The Christian recording artist rescheduled a few dates, but put out a statement saying the Frazer concert is still on! A spokesman for Casting Crowns issued this statement: “We are grateful for your prayers for Mark and his family and look forward to seeing you on the road very soon!”
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.