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Church Family,

It’s time for the 5th Annual Chili Cook-off, February 10th after the 11 o’clock worship service. This event is a must return for those who attend the 8:30 service.

We’ve always had an award for “The Best Tasting,” but thanks to last year’s winner, the Weed family, we have added a new category – “The Most Creative.” Al, we saw you carry the chili in, but we know Kalani, Indira and Charlie truly were the creators of the “chili trifle.”

For all those who want to compete, bring it on! Anne Millehan, 2017 winner, are you up for it again? Quigg, can you win without letting everyone know what chili is yours? But really, who else would bring chili with bear in it?

This year Quigg asked for the money raised to go to support Camp Braveheart.

Camp Braveheart is a Christ-centered camp designed to meet the unique emotional and spiritual needs of youths who are walking the journey of grief after the death of a loved one. These youths usually become the overlooked grievers who have faced a tragedy that has rocked their world life view, without a vocabulary or coping skills to manage the pain.

The campers experience all of the challenging activities of camp and apply them to the challenges of grief. They learn how to identify and express their pain in healthy ways. The feelings of being all alone and no one understanding are defused when, not only do they realize God’s presence in their lives, but they are with others in similar circumstances.

Emotions during grief are confusing, overwhelming and so intense. To understand this journey does not take the pain away, but it normalizes complicated feelings.

Children grieve in the future during moments such as graduations, birthdays and first dates. These moments are as painful as the day their loved one died. A young lady’s wedding day may be the happiest day of her life and also the saddest because her father is not there to walk her down the aisle.

Jesus was a “man of sorrows acquainted with grief,” so He truly understands and promises to comfort those who are grieving. God is the Father of all comfort. Nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even death.

At camp, God uses human ears and eyes to remind the overlooked griever they not overlooked by Him.

Camp Braveheart’s theme verse is Zephaniah 3:17:

“The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

See you at the Cook-off!

John Furman