The words of familiar hymns often bring a sense of urgency to live a committed Christian life. "Make me a blessing Lord, O Savior I pray. Make me a blessing to someone today." The Lord wants us to be an example - to be conduits of His love and grace to a hurting and sinful world. One of the most effective ways we can do that is to conduct ourselves in such a way that those around us can witness the committment of our faith. "Don't tell me what you believe, I can tell what you believe by what you do and how you act." Commentator Paul Harvey once said, "If you don't live it, you really don't believe it." Make us a blessing Lord, to someone today. 

       One of the most significant features of Greco-Roman architecture is the use of arches, which were very difficult

to build. Architects of the day discovered that the integrity of an arch was dependent on the capstone - the stone that

was placed in the top-center position. If the capstone was not sound and placed properly, the whole structure would

fail. By the same token, our faith will crumble if its capstone is not properly in place. As Christians, the capstone of

our faith is Jesus. If Jesus is not in the top-center position in our faith, then nothing else matters. As members of

Christ's church, we need to re-examine the structure of our faith, and make certain the capstone is in the top-center position.

Fred Hoskins, Pastor

       As Christians, when we say "I believe", I wonder how often we give serious thought to what we are really saying. Often, the first thought that comes to mind is John 3:16 "....for whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life." But saying "I believe" carries with it much more far-reaching implications than just redemption and heaven. If you believe in Jesus, you must also believe in His teachings and commandments. You see, Christianity is a package deal, you can't just take part of it, you must take it all. The committment is both sobering and challenging. As spring approaches and we experience new life around us, let's take a moment to put new life in our Christian committment.


Fred Hoskins, Pastor

     A big THANK YOU for all those who worked and came out to support our Fundraiser on April 30 for Oscar Mmbali and FUM's Belizean ministry. Your wonderful efforts and generosity allowed us to exceed our goals in helping to give Oscar a headstart in widening a Quaker presence in Latin America. Oscar has a PhD in International Development and over 5 years experience in church planting and ministering to prisioners and victims in Thailand. The Lord was at work in placing Oscar in this position, and we are confident that great things are on the horizon in Belize.