BRIDGES PRESCHOOL

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Bridges Preschool at Wesley Mememorial Church is in need of 4 teachers this summer! Full or Part time 9 am to 6 pm at $10 per hour. For more information, contact Denise Finnerty at 727-608-9578 or bridgesatwesley.com

SILVER SAINTS ROUND UP

Silver Sneakers Howdy

It’s time for the SILVER SAINTS ROUND UP Saturday, June 11 from 12:00pm – 2:00 pm. Come join us for lunch, inspiration and fun in Promiseland  at Wesley Memorial Church. RSVP Susan Ivins 601-831-1985 or scivins@hotmail.com.

 Each meeting has a theme such as Cruising, Tailgating, Mardi Gras, Luau, Reunion, Hippie, Summer Picnic, etc.   The upcoming event is a western theme!   We have a devotion, provide lunch, play games and work on a service project.

VBS 2022

Monumental

VBS 2022

VBS 2022 is going to be “Monumental”!!! Children will be “Celebrating God’s Greatness”!  Invite your friends and family with school-aged children!  Tell them to mark their calendars!  VBS is scheduled for the week of July 11-15th in the evening!  If you have any questions, or would like to donate or volunteer- please reach out to Rochelle Mock at wesleykids2018

Register Here!

Congratulations in Order!

Denise Finnerty

Congratulations in Order!

Congratulations to Denise Finnerty

who will be promoted from Assistant Director to Director of Bridges as of June 1st 2022!!!

In the meantime she is Director in Training working closely with Jennifer Foster. 

As Russian Attacks Intensify, Churches Organize Rescue Missions, Relief Centers And Baptisms by Erik Tryggestad March 15, 2022

As Russian Attacks Intensify, Churches Organize Rescue Missions, Relief Centers And Baptisms by Erik Tryggestad March 15, 2022

Dima Grischuk drove east on a snow-covered road in Ukraine. He passed a small line of cars—all headed west.

“You see, here is the real winter,” the minister said. “We have 400 kilometers (to go), and we really hope that the weather will get better.”

Grischuk is part of a caravan of Christians taking supplies to congregations in their country’s hard-hit eastern cities. They plan to help churches set up bomb shelters and deliver aid. They also plan to bring refugees back with them.

In Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, Grischuk worshiped with a congregation named, appropriately enough, the City of Refuge Church of Christ. He taught at the Ukrainian Bible Institute, which prepares men and women for ministry in Ukraine. After conflict in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, he launched a ministry called Let’s Love to provide relief aid for those displaced as pro-Russian separatists seized church buildings in cities including Donetsk and Luhansk.

“Look at these brave guys,” Grischuk said in a video posted just before the caravan departed with giant yellow-and-blue stickers bearing crosses on the hoods of their cars and vans. “They are going with us to help people in need and to evacuate women and children.”

 ‘We are the pilgrims’

Fighting has intensified in eastern Ukrainian cities near the separatist-held regions, including Mariupol and Kharkiv. Rob Hindman, a former missionary to Kharkiv, posts regular reports to social media from his contacts in the city and across Ukraine.

“The pool of friends and contacts of ours that are still remaining in Kharkiv is shrinking as more and more people are finally deciding they shouldn’t keep sticking it out,” Hindman wrote in a recent post.

Julie Kachuk is one of the church members who made the painful decision to leave Kharkiv.

“Will I ever see my mother again?” she wrote in a social media post. “We are scattered all over the earth…I’m just crying. I can’t hold back the tears. Should I be ashamed of this?

“My home now, it’s a suitcase and a path—a path to a place (I) don’t know yet. We are the pilgrims. All I know is that God is leading somewhere.”

The situation in Kharkiv is bad, Hindman wrote, “but they still have it good compared to those in Mariupol,” where many “remain trapped in a place where they are without electricity, internet and phone service and are possibly running out of basic food needs.”

A minister for a Church of Christ in Mariupol was caught in the crossfire during an attack in the city and was struck in the head by a stray bullet, Hindman reported. The minister was listed as stable in a local hospital in late February, but Hindman said he has been unable to get additional updates. 

Europe’s churches house refugees

As refugees pour across the border into the European Union, Churches of Christ in Poland, Slovakia, and Romania are setting up relief centers.

In Sopot, a town on the Baltic Sea in northern Poland, church members assembled bunk beds and prepared their meeting place to house Ukrainian guests. Brandon Price, an instructor at the Ukrainian Bible Institute, is working with the church and welcoming his fellow Christians.

“The Sopot Church of Christ has been such an example of what it means to love your neighbor as yourself,” Price said. “It’s a blessing to work with them in this.”

Molly Dawidow, a longtime missionary in Sopot, assists in the distribution of food and supplies for the refugees. In addition to the essentials, “someone had donated a plastic bag full of these little cars,” she said. She poured them out on a table so a young Ukrainian boy could take one.

“His little eyes lit up,” she said. “He jumped up and down and clapped his hands together. I am telling you, folks, I couldn’t hold back the tears.

“He couldn’t decide between the green one and a red one but finally settled on the green one. I couldn’t help it. I gave him the red one too. Later in the day, unprompted, he brought a translator and thanked me…Pray for God to heal his little broken heart.” 

Good news in dark times

Back in Ukraine, the caravan from the Let’s Love ministry planned to stop in the city of Poltava and assist members of a Church of Christ there.

Years ago, the small congregation in Poltava had split over doctrinal issues, church members told The Christian Chronicle during a reporting trip to Ukraine in 2015. Then a minister from Donetsk who graduated from the Ukrainian Bible Institute arrived in the city after his city fell to pro-Russian separatists. He asked the church members about the cause of the split and helped the two sides resolve their differences. The church began to grow again.

The latest conflict could produce similar stories, Ukrainian Christians told the Chronicle. In Kyiv, a Church of Christ experienced two baptisms as it sheltered Ukrainians in its basement.

In Warsaw, Poland, a young woman who fled Ukraine was baptized, said Jeff Abrams, a minister from Alabama who is working with refugees there.

“Our freshly washed sister has given us some desperately needed good news in these dark times,” Abrams said.

Prayers for Ukraine

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Prayers for Ukraine

Ukraine is the largest country in Europe.  They are experiencing an unprecedented move of freedom – religious freedom, freedom to worship and spreading of the gospel.  The Russian invasion and occupation means persecution and stripping of freedoms for Ukraine.  

We recognize this is a spiritual battle, our prayer includes prayer for Putin, the oligarchs and all Russians.

Intercession for Ukraine

We pray for those in hiding who are afraid, for the many brave soldiers, for humanitarian aid to reach those in need, for the light of hope to remain lit, for protection of those who are most vulnerable (the aged, infirmed, orphans, widows, the ill and medically needy), for safe ways out of the country, for peace to rule the Ukrainians hearts and minds so they can be the light, love and hand of God to others, that they will be productive, not paralyzed in fear, for rescue workers as they look to find buried people and animals in the rubble, for healing of those who have been traumatized by the violence.

Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”.  

Psalm 27:12 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.

Matthew 11:28. Come to me all who are weary and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.

Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still”.

2 Kings 6:16, 17 “Don’t be afraid”, the prophet answered.  “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them”.  And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see”.  Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  

Psalms 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.  The people whom He has chosen as His own inheritance.

Luke 12:11, 12 “…. Don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said”.  

Prayer Points:

* For clear and safe passage for those wanting to escape the area and humanitarian aid to come and serve the people

*For coordinated ways of escape to be made and for those escaping to be invisible to Russians wanting to harm them

*For medicine and equipment to be made available for those in need

*For electricity, water and food to be available for those remaining in Ukraine

*For strength and spiritual awakening for Ukrainian soldiers and their families

*For the Ukrainian people – may all the pressure they are experiencing drive them to their knees to seek God in humility and repentance

*For their eyes to be opened to the supernatural and what God is doing through their prayers

*For protection from bloodshed

*For the release of the mayor of Melitopol – Ivan Federov – and a 2nd Ukrainian mayor detailed

*For families and homes, that the Holy Spirit will lead families and show them what to do and how to act accordingly

*For boldness and courage to continue to fellowship, worship and pray in light of threats and persecution.  That there would be no fear of man.  

Intercession for Leadership

That leaders all over the world would be guided by wisdom  to know how to move quickly in protecting Ukraine and countries beyond who were once a part of the Soviet Union.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”.

Proverbs 11:4 “Where there is no guidance a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety”.  

Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on our own understanding.  In all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.  

Isaiah 54:7. “No weapon formed against you shall succeed and you shall refute every tongue that accuses you in judgment.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication is from me, declares the Lord”. 

Prayer Points:

*For President Zelensky to seek God for wisdom and a roadmap to show coordinated actions aligned God’s will for Ukraine.

*For unity in the Ukrainian cabinet and parliament

*For President Biden to move quickly in protecting nations without triggering conflict or any action that Russia could perceive as a precursor to war.  For Biden’s advisers to seek God and give good counsel

*For intelligence agencies, military cyber security and civilian cyber security.  

That eyes would be opened and defenses in place to counter cyber attacks and for the wise use of government contractors to be used for such a time as this.  

*For supernatural wisdom, unity and support by governments, the state department, NATO and diplomats in Russia to counter Putin’s military actions.

Intercession for Friends (bordering countries/Europe/N. America)

2.6 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the beginning of the invasion.  Poland is struggling to cope with arrivals.  Germany has asked other countries to step up to help the refugees.  

Deuteronomy 27:19 “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow”. 

Job 29:15-17 “I was eyes to the blind, and feet to the lame.  I was a father to the needy, and I championed the cause of the stranger.  I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made them drop their prey from their teeth”.  

Psalm 146:9. “The Lord watches over the strangers; He upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked He brings to ruin”.  

Matthew 25:35 “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger, and you welcomed me”.  

Prayer Points:  

*For a cease fire honored by both countries

*For the US to create a procedure for receiving Ukrainian immigrants

*For the logistics of getting funds and humanitarian aid to refugee camps & churches

*For volunteers and leaders to coordinate efforts and for physical strength to serve

*For the right people to negotiate a peaceful agreement

Intercession for the Ekklesia (the “church”)

recognizes we are one with believers – when they hurt, we hurt

We pray for logistics to get help, getting funds and aid in the right place, for pastors in the Ukraine and throughout the world to stand FIRM.

2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will heal their land”.  

I Thessalonians 5:17-19 “Pray without ceasing”

2 Corinthians 9:6-8 “Remember this:  Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.  

Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in death”.  

Prayer Points:

*For believers around the globe to remain strong, steadfast, trusting the Lord, not giving in to panic, fear and desperation

*For there to be a greater hunger for Christ

*For this crisis to bring others to faith

*For Americans to give generously

*For the Body of Christ to suffer with those who are suffering