September 2014 Bell Tower

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The September Bell Tower is online. Just click the page above this copy.

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A Note from Naomi’s Heart Mission


Salamat (thank you)! Be very blessed in knowing you sponsor our feeding here for the children five days a week. 300 children each feeding x 5 feedings = 1,500 children that Saint John’s is feeding every week. How can we begin to say thank you? You all are so generous and one of the biggest supporters we have. God will bless you more.

Love to you,
Kristie Ward

Note: These feedings are being paid for by the simple act of our children at Saint John’s collecting spare change from worshipers each Sunday as they go forward for their children’s sermon. A little goes a long way!

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Summer VBS 2014


Another VBS has come and gone. Thanks to all of our volunteers for teaching the kids how to pray—and have a great time.

More photos are here.

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Holy Baptism


We rejoice with the Needham family at the baptism of Luke John on July 20, 2014.

There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Eph 4:4-6)

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2014 Summer Youth Retreat

Ryan, Meghan, Amy, Joanna, Christian

Ryan, Meghan, Amy, Joanna, Christian

Some of our youth just got back from Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC, where they enjoyed three days of fun, worship, and Christian education. More photos are available here.

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Pentecost Sunday

We celebrated Pentecost yesterday by hearing the second reading (Acts 2:1-21) in a variety of languages simultaneously. Left to Right are Doug Schultz in English, Pr. Ryman in Latin, Frank Sefcik in Czech, Welta Harrelson in German, Ermalyn Jaeck in Tagalog, and Susan Ryman in French.

Thank God that he has given us ears to hear, each in our own language.

The anthem, “How Great Thou Art,” was performed by a trio of Jana, Meghan, and Amy.

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Increased Lugaw Feedings at NHM

Give us this day our daily bread. (Matthew 6:11)


Saint John’s sponsors four lugaw feedings of 300 children each, every week of the year at Naomi’s Heart Mission in General Santos City, the Philippines. This is the result of our own children collecting spare change from our adults each Sunday morning as they go forward for their children’s time during worship. All that change translates into meals at the mission. It also means those children are learning about the love of Christ.


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We are working on our Vacation Bible School, coming Saturday, August 2, 2014, but did not realize that as we are making plans for VBS in Asheboro, were already doing VBS on the other side of the world.

Part of our budgeted benevolence made VBS happen in General Santos City, the Philippines. Every day children were taught about Jesus, had all those fun VBS activities, were given flip-flops, and were fed each day too. Your mission dollars are put to faithful use at Naomi’s Heart Mission.


Not only was this a daily VBS—it was done at two locations! Look at all of these children you impacted. There were as many as 600 children at each location. When that happened, two pots of lugaw fed the kids. Each pot yields 300 cups.



Flip-flops were handed out to children for two days in two locations, as part of our VBS program at Naomi’s Heart.






Hundreds of children were fed every day at two locations.










The closing program was done at Victory Church in Lagao.


Here are some more photos, taken and sent to us by Danny Ward. Enjoy…





















Yes. That is Kristie Ward.

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Food Delivery

This afternoon, we purchased, loaded, and delivered the following to Christians United Outreach Center:

Grits – 32 cases
Instant Potatoes – 24 cases
Chicken Noodle Soup – 21 cases
Ravioli – 36 cases
Corn – 51 cases
Pork & Beans – 51 cases
Baked Beans – 30 cases

That is a total of 4,104 food items!

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Easter 2013


We were blessed by the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and a full sanctuary, shared by our friends from St. Andrew’s Anglican Mission Church. In the photo above, Stuart Fitzpatrick, Senior Warden of St. Andrew’s and Assistant Minister during our Festival Service of Worship, holds the Bible while Pastor Ryman reads the Holy Gospel for Easter.

1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Matthew 28:1–10)

Here is the Easter broadcast for our weekly radio broadcast on WKXR (9:30AM Sundays on AM 1260) that contains the anthem sung by the combined choirs of St. Andrew’s and Saint John’s:

Easter, April 20, 2014, 29:40

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