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Volume 10, number 3 - June 2002
Christians Know How to Have Fun
Westport Mennonite Brethren Host Benefit Dinner for CFH
On Saturday evening, April 20th, the Westport Mennonite Brethren Church of
Collinsville, Oklahoma hosted a Chicken Feed Dinner to benefit Christ for
Humanity. The event, which was cancelled in early March due to snow, took place
under threatening skies and a tornado watch. Despite the weather, several
illustrious guests made appearances in Westport's Family Center, including Ms.
Purdy from the backwoods of Arkansas as master of ceremonies, Colonel Sanders
with his recipe for good times, and Chicken Little, who ultimately lost his head
over numerous "chicken crossing the road" jokes. The crowd of nearly 200 laughed
often during the fried chicken dinner, enjoyed on beautifully decorated tables.
As Ms. Purdy so aptly pointed out, "Christians really know how to have good,
clean fun together." The evening of entertainment, information and worship
proved this statement correct.
The purpose for Westport's Mission Committee hosting such a lovely event for
Christ for Humanity was fourfold:
to inform Westport's congregation of Christ for Humanity's
role within the Christian Community,
to collect frozen chicken and canned goods for distribution
to area poor through CFH's emergency food pantry (admission to the
Chicken Feed Dinner was frozen chicken and canned goods,
to encourage Westport members to become actively involved in
ministry at home or abroad, and
to raise financial support for CFH.
Ronda Tyson of Christ for Humanity sang four Christian numbers —
His Eye Is on the Sparrow bringing tears to many an eye. Mark Rollins,
the evening's guest speaker and founder of Christ for Humanity, discussed how a
Christian humanitarian aid organization enhances the efforts of missionaries
around the world and how the CFH ministry staff works locally to meet physical
and spiritual needs. Chick tracts (no pun intended) were passed around
for review by Westport's congregation, as Christ for Humanity distributes this
Christian material with each of its 550 monthly food boxes. Mark then took the
congregation down the Roman Road, showing members how easy it is to share the
Gospel of Christ with the lost.
Christ for Humanity's staff was deeply touched by the effort Westport Mennonite
Brethren Church made on behalf of our ministry. Obviously a great deal of
planning and preparation was involved in making this event such a huge success.
Never has a church extended itself so fully to introduce CFH to its membership.
Our hearts were warmed and our spirits lifted by the love we felt in
Collinsville. And that's no Chicken Feed.
On the Light Side
by George Carlin
Do you realize the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years
old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
"How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" Your never thirty-six and a half. Your four and a half going on five!
That's the key. You get into your teens, and now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number or even a few
"How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you are going to be 16.
And then the greatest day of your life . . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . you
become 21. Yesss!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk. He turned; we had to
him out. There's no fun now. You're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What changed?
You become 21, you turn 30 . . . then your pushing 40. Whoa, put on the brakes. It's all slipping
Before you know it, you reach 50 . . . and your dreams are gone. But wait, you make it to 60. You didn't
think you would!
So, you: become 21, turn 30, push 40, reach 50 and make it to 60. You've built up
so much speed that you hit 70! After
that, it's a day-by-day thing: You hit Wednesday! You get into your 80's, and every day is a complete cycle:
You hit lunch; you turn 4:30; you reach bedtime.
My grandmother won't even buy green bananas! It's an investment, you know, and maybe a bad one!!! And it doesn't end
there . . . Into the 90's, you start going backward: "I was just 92."
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a half." May you
all make it (healthily) to 100 and a half.