Call it the “Olympics of Puppetry” and the gold and silver medals go to…. (drum roll please)…the Frazer Puppet Ministry! Twenty-one students attended a Creative Ministries Solutions Conference the last weekend of February at First Baptist Church in Prattville. The youth attended various workshops and took part in a puppet team competition, coming away with the gold, silver and The People’s Choice Award! The puppet ministry consists of young people in 5th — 12th grade. Many students that start in 5th grade remain on the team until they graduate. Hollan VanderHey and Anna Payton Weaver are the seniors on this year’s team. Gayle Elmore started the puppet ministry 30 years ago and she’s still going strong today as the ministry leader. To get involved contact Gayle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At a recent Men’s Life Supper, special guest Mike Turk talked about the influence of a coach in a young person’s life. As Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Huntingdon College, Coach Turk works with young men everyday. He said seeing young athletes grow from their first semester on campus to graduates ready for whatever the “real world” has in store for them has been his greatest reward. Though not one for team mottos, Coach Turk has seen the birth of a few with the first being “Earn It!” He also spoke about how moved he and the team were when they heard Patrick Quinn preach on the “Dollar Club.” Coach Turk clearly saw a parallel message that applied to his team in that if everyone contributed their “dollar” of effort in every game the team would be stronger as a unit than as a group of talented individuals. All of those in attendance enjoyed the Coach’s visit and the delicious supper of shrimp creole with rice and bread pudding.
Frazer member and AUM professor, Dr. Michael Gross served as the guest speaker at a recent Men’s Breakfast at Frazer. The crowd learned something interesting about Michael even in his introduction by John Morris and that is that Michael has run a marathon in all 50 states! Michael based his message on a book by Dr. James Dobson, “When God Doesn’t Make Sense”, sharing how each of us will encounter times that are difficult to explain, but we can trust we are always in God’s constant care. Men’s Life holds a monthly breakfast at 6:30am on the first Wednesday of the month and a monthly supper on the third Thursday at 6pm. Please stop in!
In Christ’s Way
Did you know Frazer UMC has a ministry that because of your faithful giving, offers a hand-up to families going through a crisis? In the month of February alone, nine families benefitted from the generous giving of the Frazer Family through “In Christ’s Way”. Five families learned their monthly rent was paid while three others had their power bills covered for the next month. In Christ’s Way provides assistance to families and individuals who can normally cover their bills but due to illness or sudden circumstances, they need assistance to get back on their feet. Thank you for your faithful giving!
Celebrating the Frazer Family
Frazer’s new Children’s Director at Frazer Pike Road is pulling double duty with the arrival of a new grandchild, her fifth! We celebrate with you Angie Gonyo—please join us in praising God for little Aliza!
Frazer members Michael and Marcilla Gross are the proud parents of Dawson! Their adoption became official February 18, after a roller coaster of events. Michael shares part of their story:
“It is really a God thing as to how Dawson came into our life, and it is because of the OneFamily Ministry. Mark and Ginger Bain made the decision to participate in the One Family program and become Foster Parents. June 6, 2014, they were assigned Dawson when he was 2 1/2 months old. On June 10, 2014, Ginger had to bring Dawson to a Missions Board Meeting and I could tell that she was tired from taking care of an infant over the weekend. So during the meeting, that I was conducting, I held Dawson for her and even fed him his bottle and took a picture with him at the end of the meeting to send to Marcilla. It was a few weeks later before Marcilla got to meet Dawson at church one Sunday, and after talking to the Bain’s about Dawson, discovered that he was not available for adoption. But we continued to see him through the Bain family and in October of 2014 actually started to babysit Dawson for them on Saturdays. He was a sweet little boy that we enjoyed being around. For Christmas that year, Marcilla and I gave each other the present of taking classes to become Foster Parents because of the impact that little Dawson had on our lives. Four days after making that decision to be Foster Parents we got word that Dawson was going to be available for adoption, and so the story began… After many highs and lows of working through the official process, our lawyer filed a petition for adoption and we received our court date of February 18, 2016. And Dawson left the courthouse that day a Gross.” – Michael Gross (Daddy!)
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.