Archive for July, 2007

OK, we did the first night and I must say it was a HIT!!!  I had shrimp cocktail, turkey rolls, vegetables with a creamy ranch dip, chips and salsa, lemon cake and all kinds of snack stuff.  To drink was water, coke, diet coke, Dr. pepper, coffee, hot tea, hot cocoa (it’s cold at night here).  A great time was had by all.

A GREAT BIG thank you to Priscilla Carrasco and Tena Valenti for all their help.  I couldn’t have done it without you today!

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Today after our service I drove to Santa Maria where our camp-meeting is held every year. I always enjoy the drive because it is so beautiful and today I was not disappointed. Just as I was coming into Pismo Beach the sun was just about completely set and then the moon came. Oh my! It was a BIG full moon and it was absolutely breath taking.

Tomorrow morning I will be up and at ’em early because I will be setting up a hospitality “room” for our special guests and district officials. I am a little nervous because this will be my first year to do this kind of thing in California. I always helped out in Texas but that is different than doing the whole thing. lol I must say that I am looking forward to it though. To me there is no greater joy than “giving a cup of water” to the prophet. In this case it will be many ministers (prophets), wives and families. Also platform personnel, singers, musicians, etc. I’ll let you all know how it goes. I might write and say it was a disaster but I don’t think so. lol If you think about me this week will you send up a little prayer for me? Thanks a million

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Pray for a Friend

I received terrible news today.  A friend of ours, Scott McManus was suddenly taken from this life in a motorcycle accident.  Scott and Belinda was the pastor in Greenville, Texas and raised up a great work there.  Please pray for Belinda that God will somehow wrap his arms of comfort around her after this terrible tragedy.  Thank you blogger friends.  I know I can depend on your prayers for my friend, Belinda. 

Published: July 28, 2007 02:10 am  HERALD-BANNER Greenville, Texas

Local pastor killed in accident

Herald-Banner Staff

A Greenville pastor was killed Friday afternoon in a motorcycle accident that happened on the Interstate 30 south service road near the intersection of Wesley Street and the interstate.Rev. Scott McManus, pastor of the Living Word Church, was driving a Honda motorcycle west bound along the interstate service road shortly before 4 p.m. Friday, according to Greenville Police Department officers investigating the accident.“I am just devastated,” said Lori Philyaw, community relations manager for the City of Greenville who worked with McManus on the airport advisory board. “Our heart goes out to his family and congregation.”

According to witnesses, a Dodge pickup truck, traveling east-bound on the service road, crossed over the centerline as the vehicle approached the motorcycle.

McManus attempted to veer to the right while the truck, traveling in the opposite direction, veered to the left, police said.

McManus was thrown from the motorcycle. He was transported to Presbyterian Hospital of Greenville where he was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Kenneth Peters.

Peters ordered an autopsy and the body has been sent to the medical examiners office in Dallas. Services are pending with Coker-Mathews Funeral Home.

The accident is still under investigation.

McManus was chairman of the airport board for the last three years and had served as a board member for at least six years. Philyaw said not only was McManus well-respected on the board, but the entire community.

“He was a great person. There was not a finer man than Scott McManus,” she added.

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 (reference taken from Wikipedia Encyclopedia)

The term “Dog Days” was coined by the ancient Romans, who called these days caniculares dies (days of the dogs) after Sirius (the “Dog Star”), the brightest star in the heavens besides the Sun.

Popularly believed to be an evil time “when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics, and phrensies” (from Brady’s Clavis Calendarium, 1813).

The Dog Days originally were the days when Sirius, the Dog Star, rose just before or at the same time as sunrise, which is no longer true owing to precession of the equinoxes. The ancients sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius, believing that that star was the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

The “dog days” of summer conjur up all kinds of things in my minds eye.  One of them is lazily floating in the swimming pool (which I don’t have right now).  Running through the sprinkler as a little girl.  Homemade Ice Cream.  Iced Tea, Cool Aid, Snow-cones, Shaved Ice… Another is grilling outside because it’s to hot to turn the stove and oven on inside.  Fresh Fruit is another summer delight.  And for some reason I think of “hot dogs” in the summer even though I don’t eat alot of them.  Americans however do (60 per year).  Here is some statistics about “hot dogs”:


How did we get the name “hot dog”? The story starts in Vienna, Austria, and Germany in the 1800s, where the “wiener” and “frankfurter” were first invented. Both sausages were thinner than bratwurst or knockwurst but still heavily seasoned and less spicy than their relatives — knockwurst, bratwurst and kielbasa.

One of the popular Frankfurt butchers of the day “curved” his sausages in homage to his pet dachshund. The name “dachshund sausages” stuck, and this style of link, thinner and less spicy than regular sausages, made its way to the United States, where street vendors eventually put the sausages inside a bun to simplify eating them.

Historical gastronomists argue over how exactly hot dachshunds came to be called “hot dogs,” but the most compelling tale comes from a 1902 Giants baseball game on the New York Polo Grounds. A cartoonist for the New York Evening Journal drew a picture of a frankfurter with the head, tail and legs of a dachshund, but he did not know how to spell “dachshund.” His caption read simply, “Hot dog!”

The hot dog has always been an American favorite. Americans eat an average of 60 hot dogs every year. But every region of the country has its own style of how to dress a dog.

Folks from Los Angeles swear by Pink’s, the 68-year-old Hollywood institution whose signature hot dog is a steamed, all-beef kosher frank on two slices of American cheese, smothered with homemade chili, chopped onions and a squirt of mustard.


New Yorkers, who spend $100 million on hot dogs every year — more than any other city — love their deli dogs straight from a hot water bath, loaded with ‘kraut and mustard, while neighbors in Long Island enjoy their Coney Island dogs swimming in chili and cheese.

Then there’s the Chicago dog. Order it “dragged through the garden” and you’ll get an all-beef kosher frank inside a poppy-seed bun, topped with green relish, chopped onions, a pickle spear, mustard, tomato wedges, sweet peppers and a heavy shake of celery salt. Who needs a balanced diet when you can eat a Chicago dog every day?

Enjoy the “dog days” of summer and try not to eat to many hot dogs!  Just stay cool!


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Today was a very special day for a man in our church.  His mother was in service with him today.  You may think well, that’s not so great.  However, this was the first time they have ever been to church together in their life.  The Lord has done so much for this man.  God has put him and his wife and children together after many years of being apart.  I cannot go into detail about everything his life entails.  Just suffice it to say, Miracles never cease!     I noticed his mother from the very first song we began to sing, “God Is Here”.  Part of the words are, “….Come and lay down the burdens you have carried, for in this Sanctuary, God Is Here”.  Tears began to roll down her cheeks and she lifted her hands and worshipped the Lord.  It was as if you could visibly see the “burdens” roll from her shoulders.  And then my husband preached an incredible message on “Lessons from the Potter’s House”.  He talked about how God can take your past and give you beauty for ashes.  And how when we become His we are new creatures in Christ Jesus.  Those of you in the church know what I’m talking about but to someone who has never heard this great message it is such a beautiful revelation.  We can start life anew.  Again I saw her as she wept and worshipped at the altar.  The most precious thing to me was when she finished praying and her and her son embraced in a loving embrace.  I know that God is doing great things in her life and I’m so happy for her.   She was not the only one that received this kind of blessing but it was just so precious to me that I wanted to share this one with you.

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Sometimes I wonder if we really know what being like Jesus is.  I do however, believe that a lot of people are really trying to do just that.  “To be like Jesus.  To be like Jesus.  On earth I long to be like Him.  All through life’s journey, from earth to Glory, I only ask to be like Him.”  What a great old song.  Even though we may not fully comprehend what all being like Jesus entails we are striving for that goal. 

I love the fact that Jesus loved us enough to give His life on the cross.  I also love the fact that He came to “give life, and that more abundantly”.  I love the fact that He turned water to wine so the wedding party/celebration could continue with flair.  I love the fact that He loved children and that they were comfortable around Him.  He never condemned someone who was asking for help.  He honored peoples faith above everything else.  He ate with sinners and saints alike.  He prayed. He wept. There is so much to the life of Jesus Christ that it is almost incomprehensible. However, as I learn of Him, I want to try to be like Him.

Carry on people!  Enjoy life!  Live for Him to the best of your abilility!  Grow in grace and knowledge and become like Him a little more every day.

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Last week Nathan was in board meetings with the Multi-Cultural director for the U.P.C.I., Rev. Don Hanscom and several other men who are part of this ministry. On Thursday Night we were privileged to be in service at the Filipino Conference. It was so precious to worship with these fine people. Bro. Jesse Fortaleza from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada preached a message on “They Did It Anyway” that I will never forget. Here are a few pics of the conference:

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filipino-conference-2007-001-large-web-view.jpg One of the special singing groups.

filipino-conference-2007-033-large-web-view.jpg Nathan praying for young man in wheel chair.

filipino-conference-2007-008-large-web-view.jpg Bro. Hanscom giving gift to Rev. and Mrs. Ben Patts

filipino-conference-2007-031-large-web-view.jpg Father praying for his children. (precious)

filipino-conference-2007-035-large-web-view.jpg Praise Team

filipino-conference-2007-043-large-web-view.jpg Sis. Hanscom with one of the pastor’s wives.

filipino-conference-2007-029-large-web-view.jpg Very talented worship band.

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Happy Anniversary to my mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rev. and Mrs. B.J. Hurst.  They celebrated 52 years today, July 14th.  We went to dinner with them at Paines Steak and Seafood, here in Hollister.  Gary, Patricia, Teresa, Brandon, Victoria, Nathan and Me all celebrated with them.  I pray that God gives them many more good years.  It is so much fun having them here with us.


Happy 52nd, Mom and Dad


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Nathan and I have always had the tradition of taking the High School graduates of our congregation out to dinner for a time of celebration.  We are proud of the young people who graduate from High School.  We let them choose the restaurant they want to go to.  There have been a few years that we throw a graduation banquet for them instead, but most of the time it is a dinner affair.  We really enjoy this time with them, getting to know them better and finding out what they want to accomplish in life etc.  This year we only had one senior, Abbey Bowdish.  Can you believe that?  Next year is a different story however.  There will be several.  Anyway, we took Abbey to the Chart House in Monterey for a very nice dinner.  She invited her brother Matt to come along.  We had a great time.

abbey-graduation-dinner-002.jpg  Me, Abbey and Matt at our house before we left for the Chart House.

abbey-graduation-dinner-001.jpg  Nathan, Abbey and Matt.

abbey-graduation-dinner-003.jpg  Me and Abbey at Chart House.

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Two Things

#1.  This past week-end in Hollister was the Harley Rally.  There was over 100,000 visitors to our fair city.  You could hear the rumble of Harley’s everywhere.  Police force was reinforced with policeman from all over the state.  A helicopter circled over downtown all day for 3 days.  It was quite a site to see all of the motorcylces in town.  I don’t go to the rally obviously, but you can’t help see them when there are so many in town. 

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biker-rally-005.jpg  Some more coming into town.

biker-rally-004.jpg A few of the Harley’s parked in Bank of America parking lot.

biker-rally-002.jpg  Just a few more Harley’s

#2.  Dewayne Dewberry from Texarkana came to visit with Nathaniel this week-end.  ‘Than and Dewayne have been friends since birth.  Now they are young men and still remain friends.  There are to many things to tell here of the things they have done and been through together.   It was just great to have him here and listen to them talk and laugh. 

sunday-july-8-2007-006.jpgDewayne is an incredible bass player and Nathaniel an incredible drummer.  They enjoyed doing this again.  It has been a long time.  And they really enjoyed playing with Todd who is incredible on the keyboard. They sounded great too.  Did I say incredible enough?  lol

sunday-july-8-2007-013.jpg  At P.F. Changs, after church.  (with their cheesy grins) LOL

sunday-july-8-2007-016.jpg  Danelle and Dewayne.  They use to fight just like brother and sister.  LOL

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