Join Homewood Church of Christ for Outreach Wednesday on February 1 at 6:30pm. Special guest will be Lisa McNair, whose sister Denise was one of four girls killed in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963. Lisa has written Dear Denise: Letters to the Sister I Never Knew, featuring poignant stories and offering unique and even entertaining reflections on the pain and perseverance of her, her family and many in the first generation of post-segregation African-Americans. All are invited. Free to attend. There will be a book signing following her appearance.
Outreach Wednesday: An Evening with Lisa McNair
When our families come to the Christmas season, we are met with many things to do. Our lives tend to immediately get busy and hurried amid all the presents, parties, and other things that make this season so loved. But before we get lost in the craziness of the season, let’s look back to the purpose of this holiday.
The Gospel of John begins with a great picture of Christmas. He paints Jesus (whom he calls the Word) being the Creator, Sustainer, and Giver of life. He shows us a great and powerful God and says, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1: 14a ESV). The holy God of the universe stepped down into our pain and world to redeem us from it. He came from His home in Glory to make a way through His own suffering and death to bring us to Glory and to restore fellowship with us.
This Redeemer, however, did not come on the scene as many would expect. The lightning did not flash, the earth did not shake, and the angels did not belt out a joyful noise. No, the God of the universe came as a baby, and He was “wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger, because there was no room in the inn” (Luke 2:7b ESV). God comes on the scene and is given no kingly treatment. The God of the universe should have at least been given a room in the inn, but instead, He is born in an animal food trough. Jesus Christ comes to redeem His people, and everyone seems to miss it. John writes in John 1:9-11 ESV, “The true light which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own and His own people did not receive Him.” He came to bring light into the darkness of our world, and we missed Him.
This Christmas during all our trees, gifts, families, Christmas parties, and dinners, will our family miss Jesus? It is very easy during the busy holiday season for us to forget what is important. Jesus wants a relationship with you and your family this Christmas season. He wants to spend some time with you this Christmas. Will you be like the wise men and shepherds and seek Him, or will your family miss Jesus this Christmas?
-Dr. Ben Birdsong
Missions Minister at Christ Church Birmingham
Writer and Speaker
Daniel Cason Ministries reaches out to the homeless, the helpless, the hurting, the hungry and the hopeless with the love and compassion of the Savior. The week leading up to Thanksgiving 2022, free groceries will be distributed to those living in the poorest communities of Birmingham. Last year with your help we served families in 10 communities. This year our goal is 20 communities! The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the ministry will also distribute hot meals, groceries and clothing all day at the ministry center, located at the corner of Graymont Avenue and 7th Street North (538 7th Street North,35203).
To make this happen we need at least 100 organizations to donate canned and dried food. We also need many volunteers to help us deliver help to these families. Would you consider telling your “group” about this event and help us feed our brothers and sisters for Thanksgiving? You can help by hosting a food drive or cooking pans of food for hot meals to serve on November 22 at Daniel Cason Ministries, 538 7th Street North, Birmingham. Call 205-365-1800 for more details and to sign up.
Throughout the year, Daniel Cason Ministries provide those in need in our community with:
- Thanksgiving Outreach: Groceries, Clothing, School Supplies, Toiletries
- K.I.D.S. – Kids in Divine Service Music & Arts Training
- K.A.S.P. – Kids After School Program
- Our Daily Bread hot meals to those in need
- Bread of Life Feeding & Clothing
- GED Preparation Classes
It’s easy to donate & keep track of your contributions! The Daniel Cason ministry has an administrative system with the National Christian Foundation to help more efficiently process your donations and provide the tax receipts you de- sire and need. To sponsor one of our programs:
- Make check payable to National Christian Foundation
- Mail to- National Christian Foundation/Alabama 400 Office Park Drive, Suite 201, Birmingham, AL 35223
- In Memo Section of Check Write: K.I.D.S./Daniel Cason KIDS Ministry #1171757
Remember, people really don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care! One person can’t do everything, but everyone can do something. Please help us!
— Rev. & Mrs. Daniel M. Cason, Daniel Cason Ministries
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“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God…” Psalm 40:1-3
As a child, I was hurt and ashamed. Forced to carry the struggles of the adults around me, I frequently moved from place to place. The only consistency I experienced was the physical abuse, neglect and yelling. Because of its consistency, I didn’t realize at the time that it was abnormal. But somewhere deep inside I questioned it. Why do I feel so helpless? Why do the people around me not see me as a child who longs for love? I had so many questions, no voice to express them and no one to help me find the answers. Until I came to Big Oak Ranch.
Excited, but nervous, I arrived at Big Oak and even the permanence of the Girls’ Ranch sign reassured me that this would be different. I walked through the doors of the office and the smiles on every face told me I was wanted. They would hear me. They would see me. I just knew it. As I settled into my new home, I was encouraged to ask hard questions and to talk about my feelings. For the first time, people listened. I found the freedom to grow and heal as my Big Oak family helped me navigate the difficult answers to my questions. As I walked this journey, I was surrounded by people who were patient with my mistakes, firm in discipline and unconditional in their love for me.
Big Oak showed me not only what childhood should look like, but what parenting truly is. I saw marriages that operated from a desire to elevate and love one another, with the intentionality to build a family that is strong and equipped for the future. We did chores on the Ranch together and I learned how to budget – how to tithe, pay bills, and save and spend wisely. From a girl with so many questions and no voice, to a wife and mother who has found healing, I might not understand every answer, but I do now understand how God intended family to be. I do understand that there is hope. My husband, Colton, is my best friend and we work together to ensure life is different for our beautiful daughter, Haven.
When I visit Big Oak and see each new Family Beach Trip photo hanging on the wall, I am filled with gratitude for a home where other children can find a place to belong, a place to also find their voice. To read more, visit www.bigoak.org.
Join us for a night of prophetic intercession led by Lady Kena Pitts of Regeneration Church and guest ministers: Pastor Rita Smith, Pastor Angelic Simmons, and Evangelist Melissa Smith. Prepare to be delivered, transformed, to birth the supernatural, and thrust into your NEXT! Saturday, September 17 at 6pm, Embassy Suites by Hilton Birmingham Hoover. Click here to register for free. Event hosted by Lady Kena Pitts, Regeneration Church, www.WeAreRegeneration.org.
Pastor JG & Lady Kena Pitts cordially invite you to celebrate the opening of Regeneration Church on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 9:30am at AmStar Cinemas Alabaster. Learn more and sign up for email updates at www.WeAreRegeneration.org.
En Gedi on the Dead Sea was amazing on our trip to Israel in 2019. But more lasting than the sights was my conversation on the long flight with Pam and David, a young married couple. Pam worked at a crisis pregnancy center, and she described a ministry opportunity back home for men, even old guys like me.
Pam explained that the most important factor when an expectant mother is weighing an abortion is the opinion and support of her male partner. Nothing else comes close. Pam spoke of the urgent need for men trained to work with the partners of women in crisis. I had always believed that abortion was a tragedy, but now, I realized I could do something to avert this heartbreak. When I got home, I contacted the Pregnancy Test Center in Vestavia (also known as Sav-a-Life) to enlist as a client advocate.
Client advocates help young people cope with pregnancy, parenting, and sexuality. The training for this role emphasizes understanding the client in a spirit of non-judgmental love. The training also explains how to present Christ so that the client can become a Jesus follower as the Spirit leads. I wondered how a sixty-something could relate to a twenty-something. I need not have worried. In my experience, the young men are desperate for words of knowledge and hope. Many do not have a father active in their lives, so they are open to my experiences and spiritual testimony. The needs are all over: from happy to be expecting and in need of advice, all the way to needing reasons why keeping the baby is the best course. Most of the young men need confidence. They are starved for someone older who made it to tell them: you can make it too.
The openness to the Gospel is thrilling. I was on full-time staff with an evangelistic ministry but never had the response rate I have with these clients. Most will ask Christ into their lives when the offer of eternal life is presented in a loving, factual, and non-threatening manner. The leader of my small group at church once told a parable of a couple who retired and moved to a comfortable retirement village. They spent their days collecting seashells on the beach. When they died and stood before the Lord, he asked how they invested their retirement years. They presented their seashell collection. As seniors, how do we want to end our days? What will we present to the Lord? A worthy goal is to be working with young lives for the kingdom of God.
On April 30, 2022, in conjunction with St. Elias Lebanese Food Festival, the ‘9th Annual Cedar Run 5K & Cedar Shake Fun Run’ will take place. All proceeds from the run for three years will go to Just Keep Smiling. Consider signing up to participate, whether it is running or walking in the 5K or Fun Run, creating a team or securing a sponsorship with a wide range available. Invite your company to support the JKS mission. Details can be found at www.StEliasCedarRun.org.
Regardless whether running is for you, make plans to enjoy and support the St. Elias Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival on April 29-30. There are other opportunities for supporting Just Keep Smiling as well. Just Keep Smiling ‘Auction & Appetizers’ on Thursday, September 29 at Regions Field is a great night for a great cause. Visit www.justkeepsmiling.org for more on the 501(c)3 and these events.