Monthly archive for November 2019

What’s New?

While staying with the tried and true, we continue looking for ways to increase the accessibility and reach of our ministry. Starting with our new bible studies for January 2020, we will move from a 12-week session (10 weeks of bible study) to a 9-week course with eight weeks of Bible study discussions. In the 9-week session, the first week will include the usual weighing and measuring, getting to know each other, reviewing the foundations of Matthew 6:33, Mark 12:30, and our Live It Plan. The following eight weeks will include accountability time, a Wellness Spotlight, Bible study discussion, and prayer partner time. Week 9, the final week will include the Bible study discussion and time for members to share all God has done during the session. In response to leaders’ feedback, instead of having My Place for Discovery assigned weekly, the schedule will rotate between My Place for Nutrition,

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Way To Go

Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 THESSALONIANS 5:11 My own personal definition of the word “encouragement” is to catch someone doing something right and to tell him or her. When we encourage someone, the words we say need to be true. Encouragement can transform another person and give them hope for a brighter future. Encouragement is an important part of the First Place 4 Health program. In our classes, we are assigned one person each week to pray for and encourage. I have never been disappointed when I take the time to call my prayer partner on the phone. I learn things about this person that I would never learn in class, and then I know how to encourage her or him even more. Getting to know another person is the key to being an encourager in a person’s life.

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Italian Garden Soup

Italian Garden Soup

1 15-oz. can Italian-style cut green beans 1 15-oz. can Italian-style stewed tomatoes 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce, with basil, garlic and oregano 1 14 1/2-oz. can zucchini with tomatoes 1 15-oz. can peas and carrots 1 6-oz. can chunk white chicken in water 3 15-oz. cans fat-free chicken broth Tip: This is a great Crock-Pot dish! Just add the ingredients and set the cooking temperature to low—in 3 hours you’ll have a wonderful soup! Combine all ingredients in large pot; cook over medium-high heat until heated through. Serves 14. Exchanges: 1/2 oz-eq Protein, 1/2 cup vegetables

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The Joy of Hospitality

Hospitality and entertaining are not the same thing, even though we often think of them as interchangeable. Hospitality is a practice. It is always being ready to help—even if your house is a mess. It’s giving, sharing, communicating. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one and another without grumbling. use. 1 Peter 4:8-9 Let’s look at a few ways to love others through hospitality. Be available. While busyness is often the way we live these days, especially during the holidays, we need to make room on our calendars so we can be available to be hospitable with our time and our lives. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Your home doesn’t need to sparkle and shine before you invite people over. It doesn’t need to have fancy decorations or exquisite place settings for you to host

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Just Shut Up and Pray

My friend and I have a slogan we jokingly say to each other when one of us starts to stress out about things that are happening in our lives: “You know what you need to do: just shut up and pray!” It’s a reminder that we can’t fix a thing by dwelling on our problems. It also reminds us that we need to run to God, because He is our joy and our hope when the world seems to be falling apart around us. Our little slogan brings much-needed laughter into our sometimes very stressful lives. I’m thankful I have friends who remind me that my hope is in God when things seem to be spiraling out of control. We don’t need to be experts on anything to reach out and offer encouraging words to others. Often a simple reminder to keep going and keep looking to God are all

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Get a Jump on a Joy-Full Season

Thanksgiving and Christmas – Yikes! Here already? Yes, already! I’m thinking of all that needs to be done and in the midst of having a knee replacement. In spite of limitations, I plan to hang on to my JOY. How do I keep my joy in the middle of family dynamics, finances, food and weight management? It’s a lot to think and plan for. How about something different? Let’s think of new ways to celebrate the holidays this season. And perhaps new ways to manage the ever-mounting stress that often comes with the holidays. Joyful Idea for Thanksgiving Instead of the traditional question “what are you thankful for this year?” consider another kind of question. “What is a favorite holiday memory growing up”? Or, ask your family to share a favorite church person they are thankful for. I love this for several reasons. As we answer these questions, it gives

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