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Images from the Ft King gardens, taken yesterday morning while waiting for casseroles to cook! Grateful for Sheena and the entire gardens team!
Remembering Clyde Alton Gleason, a beloved member (#540) of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today his birthday, June 29.
Remembering Arlene Ermina (Peterson) Bowman, a beloved member of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, FL on today her birthday, June 29.
A Fort King quiz!
JULY 15, 2022, at 6:00 pm “Rolling for Fun,” a bunko party with pizza, salad, desserts, and beverages. Tickets can be pourchased from Bernice Henry at $7.00 per person. If a member purchased a ticket for this event in 2020 that was postponed because of Covid, a list has been kept and those members will be notified, and tickets reissued at no cost.
If you have never played the game of Bunko (a dice rolling game), don’t worry, it is super easy to learn, and the brief instructions by Heidi Lawson and Nancy Stephenson will be very easy to follow!
Picking up pinecones and storm debris is probably not in most Presbyterian Minister's job descriptions. Of course, our own Pastor Dyson would never view it that way. Despite heat and oppressive humidity, there she was with a smile on her face, collecting storm debris.
Christine Berryhill, in command, set a rapid pace and as always, lead by example. Annette George tackled a whole section by herself. Earlier in the morning, Cash and Gwynn Pealer had come through and cleaned-up a tremendous amount of debris.
These morning volunteers, like so many, many others at FKPC simply don’t know what the phrase "not my job”, means... it is NOT in their vocabulary. What an honor, to be in fellowship with such amazing, dedicated people.
Now, on the lighter side, it reminds me of the cleaver joke about a Priest and a Rabbi. Chatting one day, their conversation turned to job descriptions and promotions.
The Rabbi asked, "What do you have to look forward to by way of promotion?"
"I'm next in line for Monsignor." replied the Priest.
“Yes, and then?" asked the Rabbi.
"Bishop." said the Priest.
"Yes, and then?" asked the Rabbi.
"If I work very hard and do a fantastic job, it's possible for me to become an Archbishop." said the Priest.
"O.K., and then what?" asked the Rabbi.
The Priest, beginning to get a bit exasperated replied, "With luck and real hard work, maybe I can become a Cardinal."
"And then?" questioned the Rabbi.
The Priest frowned, then stated, "With tremendous luck and very, very hard work, maybe, I can get elected Pope."
"Yes, and then what?" asked the Rabbi.
The Priest replied sternly, “So, you expect me to become, GOD?"
"Well," said the Rabbi, "One of our Jewish boys made it!"
If you have a few free minutes... Storm Clean-up Monday 06/26/2022 at 10:00 AM.
If you have a little free time tomorrow morning, we will be picking up pine cones and small branch debris from the FKPC grounds. This was the result of two severe storms that passed through our area last Thursday and Friday.
As Christine Berryhill cautioned, "We don't want anyone tripping or rolling an ankle"!
July is almost here... What "Awesome Wonders" will Gwynn Pealer be presenting for us?
"Open Forum Schmooze". Questions, answers about the FKPC website and much, more on ZOOM! Monday July 11, 2022 at 7 PM.
Have a fun story to tell? Want to share a song?
Our First Open Forum Schmooze in June 2022 was great fun! Let's do it again.
Monday, 7 PM. July 11, 2022. We will use the Zoom platform (free).
;"Open Forum Schmooze" for the FKPC website
***Zoom opens early at 10:00 AM, for anyone wishing to
test audio/video connections and pre-worship chat.
Worship Service starts at 10:30 AM.
Ye Olde History Snippets... Jim Bob Tinsley, a member of FKPC, was an avid outdoorsman, writer, and musician known for Western and cowboy songs.
Biographical/Historical Notes from University of Florida
Jim Bob Tinsley was an avid outdoorsman, writer, and musician known for Western and cowboy songs. He was born in Brevard, North Carolina ion August 12, 1921. He graduated from Brevard High School in 1940, and served as a naval aerial photographer during World War II. After the war, he married Dottie (Dolores) Wilson and earned money for college by working as a cowboy in Arizona. In 1956, he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. In 1958, he completed a master's degree in education from what is now Northern Arizona University. He went on to a career in education, retiring in 1982 after 28 years with the Marion County School System.
He was an accomplished singer of cowboy ballads, beginning his career at the age of 13 performing with WWNC radio station out of Ashville, North Carolina. During the course of his career, he played with numerous musicians, including Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Tinsley wrote books on western music, including For a Cowboy Has to Sing and He Was Singin' This Song, which won the Cowboy Hall of Fame's Western Heritage Award for music in 1982.
In addition to his books on music, Tinsley was the author of works on other subjects. He was an avid sportsman, which inspired him to write The Puma: Legendary Lion of the Americas, The Florida Panther, and The Sailfish, Swashbuckler of the Open Seas. His experience with photography helped him produce a work on waterfalls in his home state of North Carolina entitled The Land of Waterfalls: Transylvania County, North Carolina. He also wrote about the history of the Tinsley family in From Totopotomoy to Transylvania: A Descendancy Line of the Tinsley Family in America since 1638.
Tinsley received many awards and honors during his lifetime, including the Pioneer Award, the Cowboy Cultural Award, and induction into the Western Music Association Hall of Fame. He also was the recipient of the Will Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Western Artists in 2000. His passion for western music left him with numerous artifacts from the West. He and his wife Dottie opened the Jim Bob Tinsley Museum in 1994, which closed in 2007. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 82.
Ye Olde History Snippets... “When We All Get to Heaven". Musical score written by Emily Divine Wilson.
On this day, June 23, in 1942, Emily Divine Wilson of Philadelphia, PA passed away.
In her lifetime, Emily Divine Wilson composed Fifty-six hymns.
She wrote the musical score for the famous hymn “When we all get to heaven.”
The daughter of John Devine of Ireland and Sarah (Lees) of England. Emily was also the wife of Methodist minister John G. Wilson.
It has been written, that the prominent Presbyterian gospel composer and musician John R. Sweney (1837–1899) likely introduced o Emily Divine Wilson to Eliza Hewitt. Sweney served the Bethany Presbyterian Church and Sunday School in Philadelphia, at one time described as “one of the largest Sunday Schools in the United States.”
Together, the three wrote the musical tribute to the afterlife, “When We All Get to Heaven”. It which was published in Pentecostal Praises (Philadelphia: Hall-Mack Co., 1898).
Emily Divine Wilson photo courtesy of
Remembering Wellington Henry Fye, a beloved member of the Fort King Presbyterian Church in Ocala, Florida on today his birthday, June 23.
Contraversy in the news; Florida synagogue challenges the restrictive new 15-week abortion ban in Florida; "violates freedom of religion".
Florida’s abortion ban, set to go into effect in July, prevents abortion after 15 weeks with few exceptions, such as if the life of the mother is at risk.
There is no provision allowing abortion for pregnancies from rape or incest.
Congregation L'Dor Va-Dor in Lake Worth, FL is challenging, arguing a Jewish woman’s access to an abortion is not only an important right, but one mandated by Jewish teachings.
The Congregation L'Dor Va-Dor lawsuit states in part;
“The Jewish people have often borne the brunt of the horrors that occur when the power of Christianity has merged with the power of the state. The result has been Inquisitions, Crusades, ghettoes and pogroms for the Jews and the eventual loss of freedom for everyone else.
The architects of the Act have taken a first step towards… returning the state of Florida and our nation back to a time when the merger of Christianity and government produced genocide, slavery, misogyny, and the denial of equal rights and in many cases, any rights at all to those who did not share the gender, race or religion of those in power.”
Mother Teresa once said, “The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships.”
The restrictive abortion laws favor a biblical interpretation that life begins at conception.
So, here is a question for you... Christianity is fraught with moral dilemmas; does this law ignore pro-choice Christians, other faiths and beliefs?
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