July 2011

Learning the Bible changes lives

Psalm 119:11

Central Theme:  The Bibles changes lives.  There are many ways that we can learn about the Bible. 

Introduction–I have a friend, named Margaret, who wanted to read the Bible.  She prayed and prayed.  Finally, the program she attending decided to teach her to read.  She was able to do read the Bible!  She now reads the Bible any many other things.  My dad did not learn to read for many years.  Like Margaret, that did not stop him.  He started listening to the Bible on tape.  Then he started reading the Bible along with listening to the tape.  Soon he could read better.  He became a very good reader.  The important thing is to learn the Bible.  It will change your life. 

                    Have a member read Psalm 119:1.

       I.     Tell the story of Philip and the Eunich.

          A. A Eunich has a disability; he could not have children.

          B. The Eunich learned about Jesus from the Bible.

      II.     Learning God‘s word is important and helps us to know that we are doing things that are bad.

              A. It helps us to know how to live right-.

              B. It helps us to learn how to get along with others.

    III.     There are many ways to learn God‘s word.

              1.  Tim never did learn how to read but that did not stop him from learning the Bible.

              2.  He always came to church.

              3.  He memorized Bible verses.

              4.  He listened to tapes to be able to hear God‘s word.

              5.  He would attend discipleship classes

Conclusion:   God wants us to learn his Word.  It will change our lives.

By Michelle Demeree

Jesus is coming through the door.

Are you afraid?  You do not need to be.

Do you know, who is good all the tiem?

Let me tell you.

It is Jesus.

So let’s raise up our hand

and our hearts.

Let us search for him and

find out how much

He loves us.


Florida Institute of Technology



 invites you to our inaugural  Open House

Saturday, August 20, 2011

10 a.m.–Noon

Tour the center, talk to staff, learn about our programs and meet other families!

Food, music and bounce house provided. Also, Very Special Arts Brevard, which specializes in adaptive art equipment, will be offering art projects for attendees.

RSVP to the Scott Center at (321) 674-8106 x.1


One of my favorite childhood memories is having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch on the back steps of our house.  Often my brother or sister would be sitting beside me.  Occasionally, one of my parents would join the conclave.  Some days when our numbers grew to four or five,  someone would have to leave the steps and prance around the back yard balancing conversation, silliness, a glass of iced tea and the treasured sandwich. 

Picnics were normal during our childhood.  Because we never had potato chips or Cocoa-Cola in our home, the three siblings knew that if either item appeared in the weekly groceries, purchased on Friday, a picnic was coming on Saturday.  Usually on those Fridays, Mama would not let us go into the Piggly Wiggly to see her buy the groceries.  We would stand outside waiting.  As we saw her approaching the check out register, we would press our faces again the window.  Our hands would shield our faces from the piercing sunshine.  As soon as one of us saw the picnic items being processed, we would let out a victory cheer and the fravolity would begin.

As soon as the Saturday chores were finished,  our family of five would squeeze into our mini-auto; and we would ride down Dorchester Road.  Daddy parked off the road where one of the many creeks flowed under the highway and we spent the day at Daddy’s fictitious Kalamazoo.

Daddy and the three siblings would splash in the creek while Mama laid out the blanket and the lunch.  Sandwiches were our feast.  Chips were our delicacies and Cocoa Cola was the most delicious drink ever created.  We never shook our Cokes until they spewed out of the bottle.  The caramel mixture was too precious to waste on foolish games.

Mama saved the cellophane-wrapped Twinkies for our afternoon snack, eaten feverishly after another two or three hours of splashing and pretend.  We licked the cardboard backing and the wrapper because this much sweetness had to be good for soul, mind and body.

Some of this simple fun and laughter is what I find attractive about The Special Gathering members who are mentally challenged.  We are a ministry within the developmentally disabled community.  Even though our mission is evangelism and discipleship, playing with our members is an important part of our lives.  Richard Stimson, our founder and executive director, said recently, “If I have a few minutes on Saturday, I’ll drop by bowling.  I don’t have to do it.  I do it because I enjoy playing with our folks.”

This morning I read an article about the medical and spiritual benefits of giving your brain a vacation.  Perhaps that was the attraction of  Kalamazoo and the back steps picnics.  Even as a child, I yearned for times of simple delights.  The same remains true with our members and all of us. 

People who are intellectually delayed are adults.  They have all the worries, concerns and responsibilities of most other adults.  However, they have not lost the adventure of a back steps picnic.  Most important, given a few minutes and your permission, they can take you to Kallamazoo with all the splashing and delights of a growing child.

I appreciate that God calls us his children.  Somehow, it takes nearly all the pressure off of our relationship.  He is the father and he knows best.  Of course, he wants us to grow up and not act like childish brats.  However, when I take my lunch and iced tea into the back yard, my father waits for me under the trees.  I take special honor that I can include the Lord as I close my eyes and softly mumble my short prayer.  Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches still taste better in the back yard having a picnic.  But they are especially delicious knowing that the King of Creation loves to join me for lunch

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/simplelife/2011/07/back-steps-picnic.html#ixzz1TVWe6exk

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of executive directors for three state agencies. Cynthia Lorenzo, who has served as interim director since January, will lead the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Mike Hansen will head the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and Doug Darling will lead the new Department of Economic Opportunity.  Darling will also coordinate the transition of existing agencies into the new one, which streamlines the state’s economic development functions and becomes effective October 1, 2011.

Mike Hansen has more than 30 years of experience with health and human services policy and budgeting, beginning as a research assistant in Miami with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.  As head of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Mike Hansen returns to the executive branch of state government with 22 years of experience in various roles with the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives. Under Governor Jeb Bush, Hansen served as the director of the Office of Policy and Budget from 2003 to 2006 and as Health and Human Services Policy Coordinator from 1999 to 2002.  Most recently, he was staff director for the Florida Senate’s Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

“Mike’s extensive experience with Medicaid services and budgeting will be of tremendous help as we continue to work to ensure the availability of services to one of Florida’s most vulnerable populations,” Governor Scott said.  “At the same time, he will help us work with members of the disabilities community to develop strategies to avoid future budget

Overcome your fear and nervousness when making a presentation

Here are several techniques that you can use which make presentations more powerful.   

  • Being prepared will take away a great deal of fear and nervousness.  That means practicing your presentations out loud.
  • It is easy to find  quotations, anecdotes, and analogies that inform, educate, and entertain your listeners if you have Internet access.  It is not longer necessary to spend hours and hours at the library.  Google is your best friend in doing research.  You should be able to give credit and follow all the copyright  laws of using quotations.  You aren’t expected to know everything.  However, you are expected to give credit to the originator of quotes and anecdotes.
  • To insure that you are not caught off guard again when you are asked to give an impromtu or short-notice presentation,
  • Creative pointers will keep your audience interested and involved when you’re presenting dry, boring, or technical material.  Introduce comical pictures to make your point.
  • Rehearse using your notes.  Practice enough times so that you don’t seem stiff or over-rehearsed.
  • Make sure that you know your visual-aids and that they make your point, rather than distract from your point.
  • Interruptions and distractions can that throw even the best-prepared speakers off course.  You can either totally ignore or address the interruptions.  Within the mentally challenged community, you need to have a point-person ready to deflect the interruption.
  • Watch your body-language.  Some errors include fidgeting with an object that you are hold in your hand.  Standing stiffly without smiling makes people uncomfortable.  However, on the opposite end, don’t be too relaxed.  Don’t lean against anything, unless you are doing it for a special effect.
  • Respond to questions with politeness and with a positive attitude.  Expect totally difficult queries.  Watch your voice inflections.  If you show anger or shock, you can lose your audience and distract from what you are saying.
  • Relax.  Breathing deeply and evenly.  This will keep you at ease and in control through long or pressured presentations
  • Project your voice by using the bottom of your diaphram.  Practice speaking with strength–not volume.  In this way you will be heard and understood without yelling or raising your voice

It is true that God works in mysterious ways.  However, some of the holiest things should be kept to ourselves.  There is such a thing as sharing too much information.  Here is a news stories that perhaps should have stayed private.

An Anderson, South Carolina, couple sees an image that they believe is Jesus on their Wal-Mart receipt.  After making a purchase, the couple dropped the receipt on the floor.  Several days later, Jacob Simmons saw that the receipt had changed; and he believed that the image that appeared was Jesus.

Several websites, including BeliefNet, show like-minded images of Jesus.  Everything from stains on rocks to fudge syrup on ice cream display images that people attribute to holy icons.

My wise friend, Wylene, told me that a teacher she greatly respected taught there are some things which are so holy that they should not be shared.  The question should be:  Will this bring ridicule to Christ, if I share it?

For years, I thought that to be open, you needed to share everything.  However, once I was published and began speaking to large groups, I became more selective.  Most teachers, preachers and public speakers must learn how much to share about their personal lives.  The bottom line for me is:  Don’t embarrass The Reader by sharing too much information.  Because I don’t want to embarrass them, I’m extremely selective regarding what I share about my family.  I must also be cautious about sharing  my private relationship and interaction with the Lord.

I believe that this receipt is truly important to the South Carolina couple.  They are convinced that the Lord has given them a precious gift.  Yet, others may laugh and ridicule their holy event.  Therefore, I believe that releasing it to the news is TMI.

In working with the mentally challenged community, I find that–as a population–they have learned to keep sacred things private.  Perhaps it is because they suffer a lot of humilation in their lives and they instinctively don’t want to open themselves up to more ridicule.  In this area, I find that I can once again learn from them.

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