Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Our Summer Schedule

June 12  Clearbrook Park in Clearbrook, VA- Join us at 10:30 AM for lots of fun on the playground, fishing on the 3-acre lake, paved walking paths (for bikes/scooters), and picnic areas on a beautiful 55-acre park. Bring a packed lunch for your family and let's enjoy the day together! Rain date 6/19.

June 15  Baby Shower for Shelly Eldridge at 6:30 pm at Bethel A/G. Let's bless this mom!

June 16  Craft Bazaar at Bethel in the gym from 9 am - 2 pm. Come out and support our fundraiser and
participate in the silent auction.

June 26  Jay Dee's Family Fun Center in Inwood, WV- Join us for the water park at 12 Noon. The pricing is $7 per person with slides, $5 without which includes unlimited use of spray toys, slides, and splash pool.
Other activities are putt putt golf, nature zone, arcade, and jungle gym area each at individual pricing.

July 4   Independence Day Community Celebration at Bethel A/G- Food, activities, games and fireworks from 5-10 pm.

July 10  Pool Party at Allison Adam's house from 11 am - 2 pm. Bring a packed lunch for your family. For directions to Allison's house, contact Allison at

July 17  Sweet Frog Fundraiser Night- Join us with your whole family for a sweet dessert and fundraiser between 5 -8 pm.

July 24  Morgan's Grove Park in Shepherdstown, WV beginning at 10:00 am. Bring a packed lunch for your family.

August 14  Pool Party at War Memorial Park Pool in Martinsburg, WV from 6:00-8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. This event is for the whole family!

August 28  Welcome Back Open House for Moms between 10- 11 am at Bethel.- Come and see what we are planning for the fall. Pre-registration for mom and child(ren).

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Remember this Memorial Day

You are invited to Bethel's Picnic at Poor House Farm in Martinsburg, WV from 11am- 3pm.  Main course and drinks will be provided.  Please bring a side dish and dessert to share with others.

Freedom is Not Free

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

The Gifts of Intuition

Have you ever said one of these phrases: “I knew I shouldn’t have done that" or “I knew that was going to happen.”  You had this feeling and it was right. That is your intuition at work. But many times the reason we don’t know it until after the fact is because we explain it away. We don’t trust it. We much prefer logic, the grounded, the explainable, or the unemotional. We accept logic even when it’s wrong but deny intuition even when it’s right.
Can you imagine a beautiful gazelle on the plains of Africa, saying to itself, “it’s probably nothing” when seeing the lion moving slowly through the grass.

While discussing our God-given gift of intuition, I will be referencing the book “The Gift of Fear” by Gavin DeBecker. As believers, we know God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. And that is true! The fear the author is talking about is really our “intuition” which can be used to predict human behavior and therefore keep you from danger. I’m hoping through this you will come to recognize the survival signals your intuition tells you. After all the word “intuition” means “to guard, to protect”.

Because our intuition is always in response to something, rather than making a fast effort to explain it away or deny a possible hazard, we are wise if we make an effort to identify the hazard if it exists.

Our intuition is always right in at least two ways:
1. It is always in response to something.
2. It always has your best interest at heart.

However our interpretation of it is not always right.

Our intuition sends us messengers to get our attention. Below is a list of the “Messengers of Intuition” which are listed least to greatest:

The Messengers of Intuition

Nagging feelings
Persistent thoughts
Gut feelings

The intuitive signal of the highest order, the one with the greatest urgency is fear and it should always be listened to. By thinking about these signals you can learn how to communicate with yourself.

Messengers of intuition are warning signs that can help you avoid being a victim of violence but even if you make excellent predictions you might still find yourself in danger. If so, there is no right strategy for all situations but one: Listen to your intuition!   Only you will know because you will have all the information to determine the best course of action.

These messengers of intuition help us most during stranger encounters. When we have people already in our lives, we look at behavior predictions to determine their course of action.

One powerful predictive tool is called “Rule of Opposites”. We can predict a future behavior based on favorable and non-favorable behaviors. As we grow up, we learn what is favorable behavior and what is not. This is harder for children because they are still learning. All types of behavioral predictions, not just those about danger, can be improved by applying the “Rule of Opposites”. Below are some examples:

Favorable                              Unfavorable

Does his job and no more        Offers to help on unrelated tasks
Respectful of privacy               Curious, asks many questions
Stands at an appropriate          Stands too close
Waits to be escorted               Walks around house freely
Keeps his comments to the      Tries to get into discussions on
job at hand                              other topics; makes personal comments
Mindful of the time; works       No concern about time; in no hurry to leave
Doesn’t care if others are        Wants to know if others are home
Doesn’t care if others are        Wants to know if others are expected
Doesn’t pay undue                  Stares at you
attention to you

Sometimes we confuse our intuition and worry. To oneself is a form of self-harassment. Worry is the fear we manufacture- it is not authentic.

To live free of fear yet still get it’s gift, there are three goals to strive for:
1. When you feel fear, listen
2. When you don’t feel fear, don’t manufacture it.
3. If you find yourself creating worry, explore and discover why.
When you honor accurate intuitive signals and evaluate them without denial, you need not be wary for you will come to trust that you’ll be notified if there is something worthy of your attention.

Trusting your intuition is the exact opposite of living in fear.

Lisa Fraley

Our Last Topic Meeting

During our last topic meeting, we had a guest, Tim Clyde, from Clyde's Karate, who taught self-defense moves.  We also had a special speaker, Lisa Fraley, who spoke on The Gifts of Intuition. 

Thank you to Tim Clyde for joining us and giving all the moms a true work out.  Everyone enjoyed themselves.  If you are interested in karate classes for yourself or your children, you may contact Clyde's Karate at 304-229-6410 or check out the website at

A special thank you was given to Christy Shrom for stepping up in leadership as our Hospitality Coordinator for this past year.  She really cared about all the moms and it showed through providing meals, reaching out to new moms, making moms feel welcomed  during our meetings, and encouraging moms to pray for one another. 

Sherry White was announced as our new Events Coordinator.  Thank you Sherry for stepping up in leadership.  For those interested, our Hospitality Coordinator position is still open.  Please see Lisa Fraley for more details.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baby Shower for Shelly Eldridge

Join us for food, games, and fun on Friday, June 15 at 6:30 pm at Bethel Assembly of God to celebrate with Shelly the upcoming birth of her baby boy! 

View this invitation:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Family Summer Movies

During the summer you can watch movies free or for $1 at local theatres on weekday mornings at 10 am. Seating is limited on a first come basis.

Here is the listing for Martinsburg Stadium 10:
$1 per person

June 12, 13~   Journey 2 , Kit Kittredge: American Girl
June 19, 20 ~  Dolphin Tale, Happy Feet Two
July 3, 4~     Legends of the Guardian, Yogi Bear
July 10, 11 ~  Adventures of Tin Tin, Puss in Boots
July 17, 18 ~  Kung Foo Panda 2, Rango
July 24, 25~  Rio, Spy Kids: All the time
July 31, Aug. 1~    Chimpanzee, Hoodwinked Too
Aug. 7, 8~    Arthur Christmas, Smurfs

Here is the listing for Berkeley Plaza Theatre:
Free, available Monday-Wednesday

June 4,5,6 ~ Rio, Spy Kids 4, West side story
June 11,12,13~ Puss in Boots, Zookeeper, Grease
June 18,19,20 ~ Dairy of Wimpy Kid, Happy Feet 2, Grease 2
June 25,26,27~ Kung Fu Panda 2, Hugo, American Graffiti
July 2,3,4 Dolphins Tales, Hoodwinked too, Dirty Dancing
July 9,10,11~ Smurfs Movie, HOP, Hairspray
July 16,17,18~ Rango, Mr. Poppers Penguins, La Bamba
July 23,24,25~ Spongebob Square Pants Movie, Adventure of Tin Tin, Flash-dance
July 30,31,1~ Judy Moody, Mall cop, Willy Wonka
August 6,7,8~ Despicable me, Shrek Forever After, Vivalas Vagas
Aug 13,14,15~ Mega mind, Chip-wrecked, Footloose

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother's Are Precious Gifts

God knew we needed mothers

Whose tender, loving care

Would faithfully enfold us

In the warmth of daily prayer;

And on this day we thank God

For the gifts that mothers give

That strengthen and sustain us

And bless each day we live

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Open Gym Playdate

Tuesday, May 8, Open Gym Playdate- Join us from 11 am- 12 Noon at the Berkeley Recreation Center in Martinsburg, WV. It's for ALL ages.

The cost is for ages 18 months and older: $5 per child and $3 per sibling (no cost under 18 mo.).

Please RSVP with Amanda at