Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Do You Have a Business Card?

I GOT IT!! Took a while but I finally got it!!

My husband has been getting on me about ordering business cards for our ministry. After speaking recently at an event I finally understood why I needed business cards. It seems like every time I speak, someone invites me to speak at their event and/or asks for a business card. Whomever assists me would scramble in search for a piece of paper to scribble the number onto. HOW UNPROFESSIONAL!!! I can't believe I waited this long to get a card.

It was really easy ordering the cards. I went to Office Depot's website and was able to design a card and place an order. I paid about $25 for 200 business cards. It took 3 business days for me to receive them. Whether a Senior Pastor or associate minister, every person in ministry should have business cards. It's more professional to issue a card, than to scribble on a piece of paper. The recipient is more likely to keep and locate your business card verses a torn paper.

Here's my card with the phone numbers scratched out in a very unprofessional manner (LOL!):

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blessed in A Hot Mess

Roline preaching 4/10/2011
Minister Roline Thomas delivered the word on Sunday, April 10, 2011, to the congregants of St. Mark Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR during the 8 am worship service. Preaching from Daniel 3:13-30 with the topic "Blessed in a Hot Mess", MinisterT encouraged listeners not to run from the fire. Within the fire (hot mess) you will find a blessing. Points were as follows:

I. Before you Go to the Furnace - REMAIN FEARLESS
II. On the Way to the Furnace - Don’t RUN away from the FIRE
III. While Your In the Furnace - Find RELIEF in the FLAMES
IV. When You Come Out of the Furnace - REJOICE in the FAITHFULNESS of God!

A Special Menu for Couples and Special Meals

WOW! Today I found this menu the girls and I prepared. I believe it was for last year's Father's Day. I thought I share it with you, for it is a great idea for a romantic dinner or even a surprise dinner.

My girls were involved with the planning and preparation of the food, as well as the printing of the menu. it was a wonderful time of bonding with my girls. Big Daddy was pretty happy about it too. Try it for your loved one, or special friends. Let them have the menu as a keepsake.

BTW, we printed our menu on heavy card stock paper.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Resurrection Day

Stale Potato Chips

A few days ago I opened a bag of potato chips. At first bite, I discovered the chips were stale. I then noticed that the freshness date had expired 2 months ago. I am so glad the Jesus’ blood has no expiration date. The same blood that saved us 2000 years ago is still able to save today. The same blood that cleansed 2000 years ago is able to cleanse today. The blood of Jesus will never lose it’s power.

Happy Resurrection Day!

Pastor T

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Last Night I Played Scrabble

Last night, 4/22/2011, I played Scramble with my 14 year old, Camille. She won with a score of 238 to my 208. My time with her reminded me of this inspirational thought I wrote. When I found it, i discovered it was nearly 4 years to the date that it was written. WOW!! So in honor of last night's came and the 4 year anniversary of this peice, I give you "Last Night I Played Scrabble." Enjoy!

Last Night I Played Scrabble
By Roline Thomas

Last Night I played Scrabble with my youngest daughter Camille. I was working on a project and noticed, once again, she was in her room, alone watching television. Her sister, had gone out with her friends...Camille having no neighborhood friends was alone.

So I went to her and said, "Want to play a game of Scrabble and watch a horror movie with me?" She and I both love horror movies. We criticize everything they do. She was excited about spending time with me.

We enjoyed our board game, and we enjoyed telling the actors what to do by yelling at the TV. Last night, it was just the two of us, sprawled out in my bedroom, playing Scrabble and watching a movie on TV.

I tried to let her win the game, but I won anyway. Camille said in her mind she believed that she won the game. I laughed! Last night, I played Scrabble with Camille.

Now, I'm behind with my studies. I have a Marriage Couples group to teach tonight and a Marriage Conference at another church that my husband and I will be speaking in tomorrow. I should have been studying, but last night I played Scrabble with Camille.

It was worth it, because she told me "I know you love me because you stopped what you were doing just to spend time with me." I'm glad I played Scrabble with Camille last night.

Camille taught me a lesson:
Don't get so caught up and preoccupied with finishing projects, meeting deadlines, ministry, etc. that you fail to see an opportunity to spend meaningful time with your kids. They are kids only once in their lifetime. We give kids many tangible gifts, but what they really want and need most is a balance of quality and quantity time with us.

Sometimes I think out loud. Right now is one of those days. I wanted others to hear what I was thinking because to God I am so very grateful for speaking to me and reminding me not to let the opportunity pass me by. I am feeling a sense of fulfillment, peace and joy all because last night I played Scrabble with Camille.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Roline Speaks to Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha Psi

March 26, 2011 Roline Spoke to the wives and widows of the Kappas During their Southwesten District Meeting in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Topic was "Selah Time" taken from Psalm 46. The women were encouraged to "Rest, Relax & Reflect" in the Lord!