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What is a Church Rummage Sale?

In a church rummage sale, oodles of items are piled on tabletops and you “rummage,” or go through all of it in hopes of finding a bargain!

These sales typically have an insanely high volume of items to sell, so shoppers hit them in the morning for the “good stuff” and wait patiently for the afternoon to get scores of items at a deep discount.

Best of all, the sale on Saturday, February 16, will be held inside the Family Life Center at Deltona Presbyterian Church, so shoppers don’t have to worry about the weather. Many folks say that shopping at a church rummage sale is one of the best places to find great bargains, along with items they may not find anywhere else!

In addition to clothing, toys, holiday decorations and home goods, shoppers will find food: The Missions Team will be sponsoring a bake sale during the rummage sale.  The proceeds will go toward gifts for God's children.  The entire church family helps by donating their delicious baked goods (which must be delivered Friday or early Saturday morning.) 

If you have any questions, contact Pat Price at 386-801-2796.

Join us for Crosby Lane

 

Originally from Greenville, Mississippi, John Lemonis grew up steeped in the music and stories of the Mississippi Delta. After moving to Nashville, John would become a multi-Dove Award, SGMA, and Diamond Award-nominated songwriter, arranger, and artist. His work includes songs recorded by Joy Williams (the Civil Wars), Point of Grace, Michael W. Smith, Cherie Adams (Avalon), Barbara Fairchild, Mark Harris, Brian Free & Assurance, and numerous others in Gospel, Christian, Country, Pop, Print/Choral, and Children's music. His numerous Broadway-style musicals have been recognized by Industry leaders. John has worked for NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) as a panelist and for GMA (the Gospel Music Association) as a professional song critic. Also, John has sung on dozens of national and regional jingles.

Michaela Lemonis is originally from Anchorage, Alaska, and has played multiple instruments since she was a child. Music had already made an appearance in her family. Her great uncle, Fluke Holland played drums with Johnny Cash for forty years. He was also the drummer for the Million Dollar Quartet recording which featured Cash, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Michaela's love for folk music shapes her unique contribution to the group, including playing mandolin and guitar. 

Crosby Lane has crafted the laid-back sensibilities of a "Nashville songwriters night" presentation in an intimate setting sharing the stories behind the songs and writers (many of whom cannot tell their own stories) with fresh renditions of favorite songs, including church hymns, classic folk and pop songs, and original songs by John and Michaela which feature unforgettable characters and stories.  

Eliminate stress this holiday season

Ideally, the holidays should to be a time of thankfulness, reflection, and celebration. Yet the idealistic visions of a perfect holiday are often marred by tensions and stress. Financial pressure, over-commitment and unrealistic expectations are among the culprits. However, I’ve discovered a few adjustments that can bring joy and peace to the season.
-Have realistic expectations. Magazines, The Hallmark Channel, even commercials depict elaborate holiday decorations, spotless homes and amazing meals. All of those images push us toward unrealistic expectations of ourselves and everyone else. Instead, do what is realistic for you without feeling guilty, lazy or inadequate.
-Be flexible. You might have to make concessions about when and where celebrations occur to avoid stress in families. Be willing to get together on a different day before or after the holiday if need be. The actual day isn’t as important as the opportunity to gather in a relaxed, unrushed atmosphere.
-Downgrade décor. Just because neighbors or family members decorate excessively doesn’t mean you can’t opt for a different experience. Simple decorations are just as festive (and perhaps more peaceful) than over-the-top extravagance. Include a few items that are special to you or your children, but don’t feel obligated to go overboard.
-Don’t break the budget. Gifts, parties, decorations and travel create a lot of financial pressure during the holidays. Your budget may require reducing the number of gifts you give or finding other ways to cut costs. Ignore the retail hype that plays on your emotions and avoid the temptation to buy with credit cards. Your stress level will skyrocket in January when the bills arrive.
– Just say no. A full holiday calendar equals exhaustion. Consider the logistics before accepting too many invitations. Leave holes in your calendar for quiet evenings at home or impromptu gatherings. You’ll be glad you did.

Renee Garrison is the award-winning author of The Anchor Clankers. 

Getting involved in church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 During the holiday season, people tend to evaluate their priorities.  Let me encourage you to evaluate the level at which you are involved in serving the Lord at your church.

 

Why should you get more involved? Here are a few compelling reasons to consider:

The laborers are few.

You’ve heard it before: The Gospels only record one prayer request from our Lord Jesus, “Pray for laborers.” If you are not already active, somebody somewhere is praying for you to become involved in the ministry. The need is greater than ever. Laborers are as relatively few as ever.

A popular business principle is one called the 80/20 principle. Basically it goes like this: typically 20% of the people do 80% of the work. In many local churches, 20% do 80% of the giving, 20% of the people do 80% of the outreach. You get the idea.

 Children tend to emulate what they see, not what they hear.

When Jesus selected His apostles, He chose them to be “with Him.” How significant. Ministry is more often “caught” than “taught.” Maybe this principle is what motivated Luke to write of all that Jesus began both “to do and to teach.” Teaching is most effective when doing (on the part of the teacher) precedes it.

What are your children learning about positive, heart-motivated ministry by watching you?

Ministry involvement enhances biblical understanding.

Obviously the Bible is an important book, and we ought to interpret it in its literal, grammatical, and historical context. But understanding the Bible also involves a commitment to obey it. Jesus was careful to point this out to His over-educated critics, “If any man will do his [God’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine…” (John 7:17). As we put the Word of God to practice in our lives, the Lord brings His purposes into focus.

Loosely stated, one Chinese proverb says, “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.”

You will forge long-lasting and valuable friendships.

One of the major fringe benefits of getting involved in our church is discovering genuine friendships. Those to whom we feel the closest in life are typically those with whom we work. Adam and Eve began their marriage side by side, working together—he, the garden worker, and she, his helper. The close connection we have with our coworkers often surpasses the ones we share with our own neighbors.

Some chapters of the Bible are more difficult to read than others. One of them is Romans 16, mainly because some of the names are impossible to pronounce! But what a tender passage it is. Paul takes time to assign value to his coworkers in ministry. Read it. Sense his heart.

Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Silas, Aquila and Priscilla, Peter and John—and the partnerships go on. Ministry partners are the best lifetime friends and great sources of encouragement.

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