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Focus on a Family

Posted: August 29, 2012 in Class Fun, Community, Families, Fun Stuff

Want to learn more about the peeps in class….see if you can guess who this is!

This cat once had aspirations to become an engineer….then an attorney…but now does neither!  He loves baseball and Mystery Science Theater 3000 reruns (no idea what that is!)  He snagged his wife when he was a teacher and she was a student (in college).

She grew up a Cornhusker, but coverted to a Jayhawk in college.  She can speak the best Spanish ever!  She was so infatuated with her college professor that she married him.  Her Spanish speaking skills have come in handy in helping Arabic and Chinese college students to speak English.

Together they like BBQ shacks, burger stands, and sketchy restaurants.  If something has “museum” on it, they are THERE!

They have one child…named after the third president of the United States.  He likes Mario Kart, Spongebob, and telling convoluted stories that never end (so say his parents).

He is a published author, and she moonlights as a painter!

Who is it?

Jeremy, Breanna, and Jefferson Walling—–what a great blessing to our class!




Please remember to pray for the Barb’s this week.  They are home now.  They are sure to be anxious about being new parents.  They are sure to be nervous about every sound that Cooper makes.  You all remember the grunts, gasps, gurgles….and diaper EXPLOSIONS.  So please remember to pray for them this week.  It is different when it is “new”.  Also, meals start for them on Wednesday.  We still need someone for Friday.

Here is the link of you want to sign up:

Thanks for praying and serving.


Support the Mayhews

Posted: August 27, 2012 in Community


Meredith O. mentioned last week about giving financially to help the Mayhew’s bring their baby girl home from China.  She mentioned it again this morning….so if you want to give money for a great cause, then please get in touch with Meredith.  Her email is

This is a great way to come alongside a great family  and show support in a very real way to meet a very real need.  Adoption ain’t cheap!

Seems like there is a passage in Acts about people giving as people had need.  Hmmm?

Please consider giving.


Sunday Rewind

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Community, thoughts


Romans 12:1-2 is one of my favorite places in all of Scripture.  There is a lot there in just two verses.  You can go to to check out Mark’s sermon.  If it is not up now, it should be soon.   This is a great passage to live by—to present oursevles to God, to not be conformed to this world….and not stop there, but go further and be transformed by the renewal of our minds.  Transformed in the Greek is metamorphoo.  It is where we get the word metamorphosis, which speaks to change.  So let’s all ask ourselves this question…”Are we being changed?”  “Am I being changed?”  “Are you being changed?”  Renewing our minds means we must act.  We have to get in the Word…we have to read…we have to pray…we have to be filled with the Spirit.  It is not a passive process.  So let’s dig in!

In class we talked about marriage—looking specifically at headship, submission, and sex.  Here were the highlights:

Headship is leadership.  Leadership is manifested as protecting your family—physically and spiritually (pray for your family, lead in what is watched/not watched on TV, lead in what is listened to, lead in what your daughter is wearing, lead in reconcilliation w/ your wife).  Leadership is also manifested as providing for your family—physically and spiritually (family devos, taking family to church, reading the Bible as a family, discussing moral issues).  It may seem overwhelming, but men, it is our calling.  God will not call us to do something he will not empower us to do.

We discussed submission by mainly looking at what submission is not:  (1 Peter 3:1-6 is a great text for this)

1) Submission does not mean agreeing w/ everything your husband says (implied in verse 1)

2) Submission does not mean leaving your brain or your will at the wedding altar—she thought for herself and responded to the gospel; which this man did not do.  She acted.

3) Submission does not mean avoiding every effort to change a husband—submission is sometimes a strategy for changing him; not “taking a husband the way he is and not trying to change him”

4) Submission does not mean putting the will of the husband before the will of Christ

5) Submission does not mean that a wife gets her personal, spiritual strength primarily through her husband; this passage actually speaks to getting depth and strength not from her husband but for her husband

6) Submission does not mean that a wife is to act out of fear

We had a little bit of time to talk about sex.  The take home message is that sex is a great thing…it is not just to produce children.  It can be a pleasurable thing between a husband and wife.  See Proverbs 5:18-19, see the Song of Solomon.  Also, sex can be tool used against Satan—see 1 Cor 7:3-5.

In summary….

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden and God came to call them to account, it didn’t matter that Eve had sinned first.  God said, “Adam, where are you?” (Gen 3:9)—That is God’s word to the family today.  If Jesus comes knocking at your home b/c of an issue, he will be looking for the husband.

Because of the curse, there will be tension in wives submitting.  Genesis 3 says their desire will be for their husband—means they will want to manage him

A married couple gives a severe blow to the head of that ancient serpent when they aim to give as much sexual satisfaction to each other as possible

Men—-remember that you have the Holy Spirit in you to help/equip you to lead!

Women—-remember the tension within you from Gen 3:16 and the same Holy Spirit is in you to help you submit.

Finally, remember that it is great read about sex—-better to practice it!



Posted: July 6, 2012 in Community, Ministry


I am a loser.  Becca emailed this link to me Tuesday asking me to post it and it is now Thursday.  Good job Greene!

Check out this link to sign up to take meals for the Ethridges’.  Cynthia is having surgery on both wrists tomorrow for carpal tunnel syndrome.

I think there are only three dates left, but one is TOMORROW!

Sorry for the late notice.


Jonathan Barrett

Posted: June 5, 2012 in Community, news


Jonathan Barrett was born tonight at 6:11 p.m. and passed away at 7:25 p.m.  He weighed 5 pounds 12 ounzes and was 19 in long.  He was held by Josh and Lisa, along with Jesus tonight.

We have heard Josh and Lisa are doing amazingly well.  Please continue to pray that their faith will be strong, that they will know that God is good, that God is sovereign, and that they will feel the prayers of many people lifting them up.

I am going to pick up a book this week and give to the church library in memory of Jonathan on behalf of our class.

Thank you for praying.


Coming Up….

Posted: May 8, 2012 in Class Fun, Community, Fun Stuff


Class Social this Saturday at Cape County Park South.  Thanks to Jennifer Dennis for leading this.  I think it starts at 3 pm.  Jennifer, can you post a comment clarifying the time and which shelter.

Bring games and fun stuff.  We can pull a little Duck Dynasty if someone wants to bring golf clubs, golf balls, and guns!  Just kidding Troy Martin.

Here are the food sign ups:



Martins—side dish

Bowmans—side dish


Burgards—side dish

Crismans—race track slaw (do we have to eat this fast???)

Old Bandermanns—corn

Ewasko—fruit salad

Young Bandermanns—dessert


Greenes—tater salad

If you are not listed and will be there, please post a comment so we know how much chicken to buy, as well as what you will bring.  Remember that you may need to bring a cooler or something to keep your dessert/side dish “fresh”.  Also remember to bring drinks for your family.

Also, Sarah Bandermann “Sprinkle” is 5/17 at Saffron—6:30 pm.  Ladies—put it on your calendars.

See you Saturday.