Sunday, December 06, 2020

Merry Christmas Card 2020?

1. Which actually happened?
A. Josh visited Alaska
B. Lydia attended Walla Walla University
C. The Fortunes survived a cross country road trip
D. All of the above

2. What did Toledo First Church do?
A. Recommended online Bible Studies (TruthLink.org)
B. Archived Pastor Mike's sermon notes online (here on Google Drive)
C. Hosted Forecasting Hope presentations online based on the prophecies of Jesus' return (archived on YouTube)
D. All of the above

3. What did Mike do in 2020?
A. Went on sabbatical
B. Learned how to use Facebook Live and Zoom
C. Nothing
D. All of the above

4. Jackie loves…
A. Wearing PPE at work all day
B. Cuyahoga Fall National Park
C. Getting mani pedis with Lydia
D. Both B and C

5. What else did Toledo First Church do
A. Resumed in person worship socially distanced with masks June 13 and children's ministries September 12
B. Collected money to build "water bottle houses" in Mauritania (a country in NW Africa)
C. Stuffed Christmas stockings for residents of Arbors of Sylvania
D. All of the above

6. Josh (junior at Walla Walla University):
A. Loves his auto classes
B. Loves his finance classes
C. Loves eating in the cafeteria
D. Only A

7. Lydia (freshman at Walla Walla University):
A. Loves eating in the cafeteria
B. Loves working as a dorm janitor
C. Is considering graphic or product design
D. Only C

8. Which of the following happened?
A. Mike and Jackie became empty nesters
B. Josh broke down delivering Jimmy Johns during the summer
C. Lydia changed diapers working in the church daycare during the summer
D. All of the above

9. Mike’s recommended reads this year include:
A. As Light Lingers by Nina Atcheson
B. One Miracle After Another: The Pavel Goia Story by Greg Budd
C. Theodicy of Love by John C. Peckham
D. All of the above


10. What else did the Fortune’s do?
A. Driveway visits
B. Socially distanced
C. Longed for Jesus to return
D. All of the above



>7 Fortunate—Be Born In Me by Francesca Battistelli is great!
>5 Unfortunate—The Christmas Tree Song by Weezer is sad
>3 A misfortune—Covid 19. Enough.



➘ Answers: They're all D!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Merry Christmas Card 2019?

1. Which actually happened?
A. Josh learned to snowboard
B. Lydia was elected school captain
C. The Washington Nationals won the World Series
D. All of the above

2. What did Toledo First Church do?
A. Hosted If It’s Important to Jesus….presentations based on Revelation 14:6-12 (archived online tfsda.org/sermons)
B. Raised resources for ¡Viva Venezuela!
C. Hosted Open Table weekly small group meetings for one victim rescued from trafficking
D. All of the above

3. What did Mike do in 2019?
A. Coached basketball on Wednesday nights
B. Tubed down the Huron River in Ann Arbor
C. Saturated Toledo with Jesus DVDs and invites to church
D. All of the above


4. Jackie loves…
A. FaceTiming Josh and going to Lydia’s choir concerts
B. Her new job in a doctor’s office
C. Raking leaves in the yard
D. Both A and B


5. What else did Toledo First Church do?
A. Hosted world renown violinist Jaime Jorge
B. Welcomed new members via baptism
C. Embraced Fifth Service Sabbaths
D. All of the above

6. Josh (sophomore at Walla Walla University) loves:
A. Loves writing long research papers
B. Exploring new parts of the country
C. Doing his own laundry
D. Only B

7. Lydia (senior at Toledo Christian School)
A. Sings in choir
B. Worked at Camp Mohaven as a counselor
C. Is trying to decide about college
D. All of the above

8. Which of the following happened?
A. Lydia had her wisdom teeth removed
B. Mike and Jackie ran a marathon after eating a lemon meringue pie
C. For Christmas, Toledo First Church collected Outfits for the Amazon kids they met in Brazil during last summer’s mission trip
D. Only A and C

9. Mike’s recommended reads this year include:
A. In Defense of the Decalogue by Richard C. Barcellos
B. Holy Roar by Chris Tomlin & Darren Whitehead
C. From Trauma to Triumph: The Carlot Dorvé Story by Laurie Snyman
D. All of the above

10. What else did the Fortune’s do?
A. Hosted Thanksgiving with an international flair including Japanese and Indian friends and dishes
B. Enjoyed some staycations
C. Longed for Jesus to return
D. All of the above



>7 Fortunate—Hark the Herald Angels Sing!
>5 Unfortunate—In the Bleak Midwinter
>3 A misfortune—Nuttin’ for Christmas



➘ Answers: They're all D!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Can We Be Better Parents and Grandparents?

I believe we can. And must. Because our children and grandchildren's picture of Jesus will depend on ours!!! Here from Walt Mueller are a few ways we can be better parents and grandparents.

1. Use popular culture as a communication tool
2. Understand your own cultural biases
3. Be intent on building relationships
4. Love without condition or limits
5. Provide a place and community
6. Be a learning listener
7. Be a person of grace

Walt Mueller wrote these tips and is the president of the
Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. Do yourself a favor and sign up
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Dangerous Calling?

“I’m convinced that the big crisis for the church of Jesus Christ is not that we are easily dissatisfied but that we are all too easily satisfied. We have a regular and perverse ability to make things work that are not and should not be working. We learn to adjust to things that we should alter. We learn to be okay with things we should be confronting. We learn how to avoid things we should be facing. We would rather be comfortable than to hold people accountable. We swindle ourselves into thinking that things are better than they are, and in so doing we compromise the calling and standards of the God we say we love and serve.” Excerpt From: Paul David Tripp. “Dangerous Calling.” Crossway, 2012
Americans spent $490 billion on entertainment in 2012. But according to David H. Smith in his book Religious Giving p.5, "Only 2.6 percent of U.S. households give 10 percent or more of income.” Why? Did Jesus change his mind about tithing? I don't think so according to Matthew 23:23. Do people not trust any institution? Perhaps, but if they're professed followers of Jesus, that 10% should be going somewhere else then. But it's not since only 2.6% live this way. Imagine if every Christian in America actually tithed like Jesus said we should (Matthew 23:23) and gave away at least 10% of their income. Christian organizations by themselves could dig wells for fresh water in every remote place on earth.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Merry Christmas Card 2018?

1. Which actually happened?
A. Josh graduated high school with honors from Toledo Technology Academy
B. Lydia was inducted into the National Honor Society chapter of Toledo Christian School
C. Josh taught Mike how to drive stick
D. All of the above

2. What did Toledo First Seventh-day Adventist Church do?
A. Hosted Perfect Grace! presentations
B. Raised money for ADRA Life Saver kits
C. Held a shoe drive
D. All of the above

3. What did Mike do in 2018?
A. Was junior camp pastor at Camp Mohaven
B. Road tripped across America with Josh
C. Taught a neighbor how to drive
D. All of the above

4. Jackie loved…
A. The Beach Boys in concert
B. Being Matron of Honor at her sister’s wedding
C. Helping Josh organize his college dorm room
D. All of the above

5. What else did Toledo First Church do?
A. Hosted teenage piano protege Timothy Noble at Valentines for Toledo concert and gave the money to the local non-profit Mosaic Ministries
B. Provided space for the Spanish Adventist Group of Toledo to meet weekly
C. Made Cards for Soldiers
D. All of the above

6. Josh (freshman at Walla Walla University) loves:
A. His new major “Automotive Management”
B. Coming home for holidays
C. FaceTime
D. All of the above

7. Lydia (Junior at Toledo Christian School)
A. Turned "Sweet 16" this year and got her driver’s license
B. Worked at Camp Mohaven and a doctor’s office saving enough to buy a nice camera
C. Uses her camera to take photos for the school yearbook
D. All of the above

8. Which of the following happened?
A. Lydia sang a solo in a school choir concert
B. Mike and Jackie attended the documentary premiere of “Getting to 1” highlighting the NW Ohio infant mortality rate 3 x’s higher in black babies than white
C. Toledo First Church Seventh-day Adventist Church was asked to host Community Christmas Eve
D. All of the above

9. Mike’s recommended reads this year include:
A. 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know: The Fascinating Stories Behind Great Works of Art, Literature, Music, and Film by Terry Glaspy
B. The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony
C. Living With Thorns: A Biblical Survival Guide by Mary Ann Froelich
D. All of the above

10. What else did the Fortune’s do?
A. Enjoyed float days on staycation
B. Grilled out with #teamFokrosston
C. Heard Handel’s Messiah with the Toledo Symphony
D. All of the above

>7 Fortunate—Joy to the World!
>5 Unfortunate—What Child Is This?
>3 A misfortune—You're A Mean One, Mr.Grinch

➘ Answers: They're all D!!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Merry Christmas Card 2017?

1. Which actually happened?
A. Josh visited Walla Walla University
B. The Fortunes were contestants on Wheel of Fortune
C. The Fortunes went to an Orioles game in Baltimore
D. All of the above

2. What did Mike’s church do?
A. Hosted Mad About Marriage classes for the community
B. Raised money for schools devastated by hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Texas
C. Provided Christian education for 100 children newborn through eighth grade
D. All of the above

3. What did Mike do in 2017?
A. Started Bible studies at home with the teens
B. Helped a bunch of people move
C. Chaplaincy at local hospitals
D. All of the above

4. Jackie loves…
A. Her new out-patient endoscopy position
B. Hanging around the house on weekends
C. Shopping with Lydia
D. All of the above

5. What else did Mike's church do?
A. Continued Six Week Groups
B. Hosted a ten year anniversary party for Pastor Mike disguised as a Christmas in July social
C. Hosted Pinewood Derby
D. All of the above 
6. Josh (senior at Toledo Technology Academy) loves:
A. Driving himself and some friends to school
B. That he is graduating in 2018 (Graduation Party Sunday afternoon May 27 at 4909 W Sylvania Ave Toledo OH 43623)
C. Driving the dump truck at Toledo Memorial Gardens where he worked last summer
D. All of the above
7. Lydia (sophomore at Toledo Christian School)
A. Is now driving with her temporary permit
B. Learned to play dad's guitar
C. Learned she loves roller coasters
D. All of the above

8. Which of the following romantic date nights between Mike and Jackie took place?
A. Set up risers for Ringfest
B. Watched the new documentary Luther: A Life and Legacy with everyone else at church
C. Collected socks for Hannah's Socks during Valentines for Toledo
D. All of the above

9. Mike’s recommended reads this year include:
A. The God-Shaped Heart by Timothy Jennings
B. Open by David Gregory
C. What Is The Bible? by Rob Bell
D. All of the above

10. What else did the Fortune’s do?
A. Relaxed in Ocean City, MD
B. Took the teens to Cedar Point
C. Supported The Daughter Project in bringing "for King and Country" to Stranahan Theatre for a concert to combat human Trafficking
D. All of the above

>7 Fortunate—Go Tell It On The Moutain
>5 Unfortunate—Do You Hear What I Hear?
>3 A misfortune—You're A Mean One, Mr.Grinch

➘ Answers: They're all D!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Merry Christmas Card 2016?

1. Which actually happened?
A. Josh did landscaping
B. The Fortunes moved (see new address below)
C. The Fortunes went to family camp
D. All of the above
2. What did Mike’s church do?
A. Hosted Biblical Astronomy presentations
B. Raised money for Christmas Commodes. DYK that diarrhea is the third-leading of cause of death for children under 5 around the world? And that more toilets in places where they have none could save lives?
C. Started six week groups
D. All of the above


3. What did Mike do in 2016?
A. Pizzapalooza
B. Robotics chaperone
C. Went to jail
D. All of the above

4. Jackie loves…
A. Wreaths
B. Endoscopy
C. Her new kitchen cabinets
D. All of the above

5. Josh and Lydia’s recommended reads include:
A. To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
B. This Side of Home by Renee Watson
C. War of the Invisibles by Sally Pierson Dillon
D. All of the above 

6. Josh (junior at Toledo Technology Academy) loves:
A. 3-D Printing
B. Computer Aided Design (CAD)
C. Music and cars
D. All of the above

7. Lydia (freshman at Toledo Christian) loves:
A. Art class
B. Riding the bus
C. Playing her new ukulele
D. Both A and C


8. Mike & Jackie...
A. Loved the movie War Room
B. Sometimes eat lunch together at the hospital
C. Celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary 12/22
D. All of the above

9. Mike’s recommended reads this year include:
A. Prayer by Timothy Keller
B. Simplify by Bill Hybels
C. Becoming a True Spiritual Community by Larry Crabb
D. All of the above

10. What else did the Fortune’s do?
A. Whitewater rafting in TN
B. Served ice cream at the Toledo Mudhens baseball games with Josh’s robotics team
C. Partnered with and helped raise over $40k for The Daughter Project’s 5th Annual Smile 4 Freedom Comedy Fundraiser Against Human Trafficking (join us next year OCT 28, 2017)
D. All of the above

>7 Fortunate—Joy to the World
>5 Unfortunate—What Child is This?
>3 A misfortune—Silent Night

➘ Answers: They're all D!!