News At God's Little Church In The Desert
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Sunday School ~ 8:30AM Worship Service ~ 10:00 AM
We have a "Get To Know Others" Visitation Time From 9:15 - 9:45
With Fresh Hot Coffee and Sweet Goodies Served !
Little Church In The
Desert is an interdenominational body of believers of many different
where Jesus Christ is Lord. We are located on Hwy. 60 in the Black Rock
RV Village Recreation Hall in "Beautiful Downtown Brenda Arizona." Our Sunday
Worship Service begins at 8:30am with our Sunday School, and our regular Worship Service begins at 10:00am.
Thank you for visiting our web site. PLEASE come out and Worship our
Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ with us, and please sign our guest
book while you are here!
We Show Our Love For God, When We Share His Love With Others ! .......Pastor Rick
Update Dec. 25 2015
By Carol Roland
Dear Friends In Christ,! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve Service with many people attending and with new people
from around the neighborhood.
The Christ Child advent candle was lite by Russ and Joy Nydam
We sang Christmas Hymns and we thank all the Special Music People : Dawn Meyers,
Larry and Patti Hunziker, Lou Haehnlen and Chuck Johnson, Debbie Johnson, Janet Gibson and Judy White,
and GLC Choir with Sharon Seeley directing and Agnes Faul playing the piano for the choir.
Special readings were shared by Darlene St. John and me Carol Roland.. A Special Thankyou to Mr and Mrs Santa Claus and Nancy Proper for the announcing.
Pastor Rick had the children come down to the front stage to sit around him while he was telling them
the story of Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour. It was so precious to
hear what the children said with their ideas. Pastor Rick was talking about the animals that were
there the sheep and camels and one cute little girl said there were Cats and Mice there too..
Pastor Rick said yes that would be true because of all the hay and straw around the manger. It was a very special moment.
Unfortunately we were missing many of the children as one large
family said they had to take a child to emergency the night before. We thank you all for all
your donations as we had a large bag of toys especially bought for each child and a stocking
stuffed with many items and little toys.
After the service we had a nice gathering and socializing with food and goodies.
The church looked so nice with all the poinsettias everyone donated remembering their
loved ones who had passed.
A special thank you to Chuck and Nancy Proper and Colleen Warn for all their help with the
children's toys and stockings and getting the church ready. Pastor Rick and I want to thank you
all for your wonderful surprising gift and card and stocking you that you presented us with.
Also Johnny and Polly Johnson, Karl and Linda Sayles and Karl Junior for setting up and then taking all the tables and chairs down.
I am sure there were many more that helped that I forgot to mention. We could not have done this without you.
We Wish you ALL could have been there but we hope you all had
a Wonderful Blessed Christmas with all your Families and Friends and We pray you will have
a safe trip back home to Brenda.
In Christ's Love
Pastor Rick and Carol
Smile Everyone, you just might be on candid camera J
Update Dec.25 2015
Dedication Service For Chloe Christine Roland Sunday Oct 11, 2015
Dear Friends in Christ
We had a very special Dedication Service for Chloe age 1, Grandchild of
Richard and Konnie Roland Jr. as they are raising their grandchild. Pastor Rick
and I, Carol are the Great Grandparents. We had a normal church service with
Pastor Rick preaching a very nice message from the book of Matthew 19:14
"Let the little children come unto me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom
of heaven belongs to such as these".
Special music was a song specially written
for this service by Patti Hunziker sung to the music of Brahms Lullaby. I sang it
as Patti was not able to attend…titled "PRECIOUS CHILD"
Towards the end of the service Pastor Rick had Rick Jr. and Konnie and baby Chloe
come forward. Donna and Ed Rettmann were assisting as Pastor had a Crystal Chalice with
water and a rose laying on a beautiful embroidered pillow. The grandparents were asked to promise to
raise this child in a Christian manner and according to the Holy Scriptures. It was a very special, spiritual
promise for them to do in front of the whole church. Afterwards Pastor Rick had the whole church
come forward and congratulate and shake hands with the grandparents and Chloe.
I thought this was important for all of you to know of this service which is available
to all parents. If you want your children to bring their children and have this
Dedication service for them you are welcome to tell them about this service.
Many people, me included, have never heard of this special dedication service.
It was very spiritual and wonderful and I felt Jesus was with us. Jesus Really Loves
the Children and He said, "Let the little children come to me".
To have the parents promise to raise their children in a Christian manner,
means our future generations will know the Lord as their Saviour and the teachings
of Jesus will continue to be spread unto all the world.
Attached are some photos that I hope you will enjoy.
In Christ's Love
Pastor Rick and Carol
The Lord continues to Bless us more and more every Sunday. What a joy it is to look out over the congregation and see so many friendly faces of those that have returned for the winter. Winter is once again upon us, and we are looking forward with great anticipation to seeing your smiling face here as well, cause we sure do miss each and everyone of you! ~ WHERE ARE YOU ANYWAY???J PLEASE continue to Pray that the Lord will see fit to add even more to our little group as the Winter season begins. We have had several people come forward and sign up to be members or associate members in the last few weeks, snd we Pray that the Lord will cause us to welcome them with open arms!
Before I close for this month, let me take this opportunity to THANK all of you that understand that "unfortunately" it takes fiancees to continue the Lord'swork being done here at "His Little Church In The Desert" all year long (Yeppper, believe it or not lots of people stay allllll Summer as well). Sooooo we thank you for sending your tithes and offerings in during the Summer Months, but we also need you to tithe during the Winter as well. For those of you that are not able to come South for the Winter, or those that forget to bring their check books to Church on Sunday, and would like to contribute to the Lord's work being done here, there is a link on the front page of this web site that allows you to donate through PayPal. If you would like to mail your help to us, just sent it to: God's Little Church - 46751 E Hwy 60 - Salome, AZ. 85348, and Donna (the church treasurer) will see that it is put to good use for the Lord.
God Bless Each Of You,
From "Ole" Pastor Rick
"Down On The Ranch" J
" A Little Holy Humor "
! Smart Flight Attendant !
A 50-something year old Muslim man arrived at his seat on a crowded flight and immediately didn't want the seat. The seat was next to an elderly white woman reading her Bible.
Disgusted, the Muslim man immediately summoned the flight attendant and demanded a new seat. The man said "I cannot sit here next to this infidel." The flight attendant said "Let me see if I can find another seat."
After checking, the flight attendant returned and stated "There are no more seats in economy, but I will check with the captain and see if there is something in first class."
About 10 minutes went by and the flight attendant returned and stated "The captain has confirmed that there are no more seats in economy, but there is one
in first class. It is our company policy to never move a person from economy to first class, but being that it would be some sort of scandal to force a person to sit next to an UNPLEASANT person, the captain agreed to make the switch to first class."
Before the irate Muslim man could say anything, the attendant gestured to the elderly woman and said, "Therefore, ma?am, if you would so kindly retrieve your personal items, we would like to move you to the comfort of first class as the captain doesn't want you to sit next to an unpleasant person."
Passengers in the seats nearby began to applaud while some gave a standing ovation.
I Say AMEN To That! ~ What About You?
! Blonde Flying To Toranto !
A PLANE IS ON ITS WAY TO TORONTO , WHEN A BLONDE IN ECONOMY CLASS GETS UP, AND MOVES TO THE FIRST CLASS SECTION AND SITS DOWN.
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT WATCHES HER DO THIS, AND ASKS TO SEE HER TICKET.
SHE THEN POLITELY TELLS THE BLONDE LADY THAT SHE PAID FOR ECONOMY
CLASS, AND THAT SHE WILL HAVE TO SIT IN THE BACK.
THE BLONDE REPLIES, "I'M BLONDE, I'M BEAUTIFUL, I'M GOING TO TORONTO AND I'M STAYING RIGHT HERE."
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT GOES INTO THE COCKPIT AND TELLS THE PILOT AND THE CO-PILOT THAT THERE IS A BLONDE LADY SITTING IN FIRST CLASS, THAT BELONGS IN ECONOMY, AND WON'T MOVE BACK TO HER SEAT.
THE CO-PILOT GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND TRIES TO EXPLAIN TO THE LADY THAT BECAUSE SHE ONLY PAID FOR ECONOMY SHE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY.
THE BLONDE REPLIES, "I'M BLONDE, I'M BEAUTIFUL, I'M GOING TO TORONTO AND I'M STAYING RIGHT HERE."
THE CO-PILOT TELLS THE PILOT THAT HE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE THE POLICE WAITING WHEN THEY LAND TO ARREST THIS BLONDE WOMAN WHO WON'T LISTEN TO REASON.
THE PILOT SAYS, "YOU SAY SHE IS A BLONDE?
I'LL HANDLE THIS, I'M MARRIED TO A BLONDE, AND I SPEAK BLONDE."
HE GOES BACK TO THE BLONDE AND WHISPERS IN HER EAR, AND SHE SAYS, "OH, I'M SORRY." AND GETS UP AND IMMEDIATELY GOES BACK TO HER SEAT IN ECONOMY..
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND CO-PILOT ARE AMAZED AND ASKED HIM WHAT HE SAID TO MAKE HER MOVE WITHOUT ANY FUSS.
"I SIMPLY TOLD HER, " FIRST CLASS ISN'T GOING TO TORONTO ".
How would you pronounce this child's name? ~ ~ "Le-a"
Lee - A??.....NOT WRIGHT !
Lay - a??.....WRONG !
Lei??.........GUESS AGAIN !
This child attends a school in Kansas City, Mo, and her mother is irate because everyone is getting her name wrong.
When the Mother was asked about the pronunciation of the name, she said, "It's pronounced "Ledasha".
She Explained irritably: "Da Dash Don't Be Silent."
( Beware Folks ~ These people walk among us every day !!! .... ) J
" A Beautiful Poem Contributed By Mel & Alverna Pankratz"
SOLDIER OF HONOR
Written By A Soldier Stationed In Okinawa,Japan
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE
MADE OF PLASTER AND STONE.
I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE
AND TO SEE JUST WHO
IN THIS HOUSE DID LIVE.
I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
NOT EVEN A TREE.
NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.
WITH MEDALS AND BADGES
AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
A SOBER THOUGHT
CAME THROUGH MY MIND.
FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT
IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.
THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.
THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE
THE ROOM IN SUCH DIEORDER,
NOT HOW I PICTURED
A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.
WAS THIS THE HERO OF WHOM I'D JUST READ?
CURLED UP ON A PONCHO, THE FLOOR FOR A BED?
I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.
SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.
THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.
I COULDN'T HELP WONDER
HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.
THE VERY THOUGHT
BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYE,
I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
AND STARTED TO CRY.
THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
"SANTA DON'T CRY,
THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE
I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
I DON'T ASK FOR MORE,
MY LIFE IS MY GOD
MY COUNTRY, MY CORPS."
THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
I COULDN'T CONTROL IT,
I CONTINUED TO WEEP.
I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
SO SILENT AND STILL
ANDWE BOTH SHIVERED
FROM THE COLD NIGHT'S CHILL.
I DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE
ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
SO WILLING TO FIGHT.
THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE
WISPERED,"CARRY ON SANTA,
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE."
ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH, AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT,
"MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT."
The Soldiers request was this: PLEASE, Would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S. Service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.
Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.
Please do this small part to plant this seed. Thank-you.
Another Beautiful Poem Contributed By Mel & Alverna Pankratz
Read by Alverna Christmas Eve.
" MY FIRST CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN "
I SEE THE COUNTLESS CHRISTMAS TREES AROUND THE WORLD BELOW,
WITH TINY LIGHTS, LIKE HEAVEN'S STARS, REFLECTING ON THE SNOW.
THE SIGHT IS SO SPECTACULAR, PLEASE WIPE AWAY THAT TEAR,
FOR I AM SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH JESUS CHRIST THIS YEAR
I HEAR THE MANY CHRISTMAS SONGS THAT PEOPLE HOLD SO DEAR
BUT THE SOUNDS OF MUSIC CAN'T COMPARE WITH THE CHRISTMAS CHOIR HERE.
I HAVE NO WORDS TO TELL YOU, THE JOY THEIR VOICES BRING,
FOR IT IS BEYOND DESCRIPTION TO HEAR THE ANGELS SING.
I KNOW HOW MUCH YOU MISS ME. I SEE THE PAIN INSIDE YOUR HEART,
BUT I AM NOT SO FAR AWAY. WE REALLY AREN'T APART.
SO BE HAPPY FOR ME DEAR ONES. YOU KNOW I HOLD YOU DEAR
AND BE GLAD I'M SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH JESUS CHRIST THIS YEAR
I SEND YOU EACH A SPECIAL GIFT FROM MY HEAVENLY HOME ABOVE.
I SEND YOU EACH A MEMORY OF MY UNDYING LOVE.
AFTERALL "LOVE" IS THE GIFT MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD.
IT WAS ALWAYS MOST IMPORTANT IN THE STORIES JESUS TOLD.
PLEASE LOVE AND KEEP EACH OTHER, AS MY FATHER SAID TO DO,
FOR I CAN'T COUNT THE BLESSINGS
OR THE LOVE HE HAS FOR EACH OF YOU.
SO, HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND WIPE AWAY
REMEMBER, I'M SPENDING CHRISTMAS WITH JESUS CHRIST THIS YEAR !
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