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Mind Mind Body Spirit



Sunday, November 18, 2018

You are invited….

SPIRIT: Come and worship at Bethlehem at 10:30 a.m. in a combined Thankoffering service.

BODY: Following worship, the Prairie Faith Health Ministry invites you to a Thanksgiving Dinner for PFSM members, friends and family with a special invitation to those who have no one to share a meal with Thanksgiving Day. (More information in main newsletter, p. 2).

MIND: The third annual PFSM Annual Meeting will directly follow the meal. The 2018 budget will be presented by PFSM Council, and your ideas for Prairie Faith will be discussed!

Please call Nancy at 785-769-4731 or Lisa at 785-743-2005 to RSVP by November 12th. Home delivery will be provided for you or someone you care about if unable to attend—or if you would like a ride provided, please let us know!!





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 Protect yourself –protect others!! It’s

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12-step Drug/Alcohol Recovery Group


Twelve step meetings are the primary way that people struggling with addiction support each other. Meetings are held all over in the world in churches, community centers, storefronts, skyscrapers and even online. While certain elements are the same across meetings, each meeting is also distinct.


  • Open/Closed Meetings – Open meetings can be attended by anyone including family members and others who are affected by an addict. Closed meetings are for people who see themselves as struggling or living with an addiction.

  • Anonymous – Who attends the meeting and what is said during the meeting must stay in the meeting. Anonymity is of upmost importance.

  • Non-judgmental – Anonymity provides the spiritual foundation for meetings to be open and honest. Statements judging or ridiculing participants are unacceptable.

  • No fees – A basket is often passed around during each meeting, but contributions are not required.

  • Participants – In most 12-step meetings, you will find people who are very early in their recovery journey as well as people who have been in recovery for years.

  • Peer-led – There are no designated meeting leaders. Leaders rotate throughout the group.

  • No cross-talk – When someone is speaking during a 12-step meeting, other participants listen. No one else talks until the person has finished speaking.

  • No advice – Participants in 12-step meetings can speak of their personal experiences and their own responses to challenges, but they will not say, “This is what you should do…”


recoveryA 12-step drug/alcohol recovery group meets at Bethlehem on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the basement. Please help spread the word, and join us if you could use support or if you can help others! Meetings are open meetings. Call 785-769-4731 with any questions or concerns. (Some information taken from Church Health Reader)






A Prayer of Thanksgiving


Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.


We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.


We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.


We furthermore thank you for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence upon your mercies alone.


Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom


Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.


(Source: Daily Prayer: A Resource of Forward Movement)


With cold and flu season upon us, the practical question arises: How are we to share signs of God’s peace in worship without also sharing each other’s germs? The best thing for us to do is to use our common sense—and trust others to do the same. We all know the importance of good health practices—handwashing with soap and running water after using the restroom and on a frequent basis when you have a cold—stay home when you are ill--coughing and sneezing into your elbow, not your hand--carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer, etc. Finally, allow others their space. If you sense someone is holding back, perhaps they are simply extending the courtesy of not sharing unwanted “guests” with you.







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