FREE Living Debt Free Class at New Life Sanctuary, Friday, Feb. 27

New Life Sanctuary is offering a free class “Living Debt Free” on Friday, February 27th from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

DebtFreeLifeTamara Munson, a professional accountant and church member will teach the basics of Living Debt Free, to help encourage you in financial management.

The class will cover the following main points:

  1. Obstacles to living debt free
  2. How to get out of debt and stay out of debt
  3. Detailed interactive example

Tamara Munson is an accountant who has been working in the accounting and financial services industry for 16 years.  She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Campbell University in 2002, a Master’s in Management and Leadership Development from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2008, and a second Bachelor’s in Accounting from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2011. Her experience includes advising individuals and businesses on investing, accounting, banking, mortgage and taxes. She currently works for a private CPA firm in Savannah where she completes local government audits. In addition, she continues to provide personal and business financial and accounting services.

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FREE Budgeting Basics Class at New Life Sanctuary, this Friday, Feb. 20

New Life Sanctuary is offering a FREE Budgeting Basics Class, this Friday, February 20th from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
There will also be a second free class “Living Debt Free” on Friday, February 27th from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Tamara Munson, a professional accountant and church member will teach the Budgeting Basics class, to help encourage you in financial management.

The class will cover the following main points:

  1. What is a budget & why do I need one?
  2. How do I create an effective personal budget?
  3. Detailed interactive example

Tamara Munson is an accountant who has been working in the accounting and financial services industry for 16 years.  She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Campbell University in 2002, a Master’s in Management and Leadership Development from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2008, and a second Bachelor’s in Accounting from Georgia Southwestern State University in 2011. Her experience includes advising individuals and businesses on investing, accounting, banking, mortgage and taxes. She currently works for a private CPA firm in Savannah where she completes local government audits. In addition, she continues to provide personal and business financial and accounting services.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Dear NLS Family and Friends,

dog-etsy-valentines-dayValentine’s Day is drawing near. The sentiments of love and affection are often displayed through the giving of cards, flowers, candy, dining out, jewelry and so on. It is estimated Valentine’s Day 2015 will bring 18.9 billion dollars into the economy. Retailers love, love, love this time of year. It is estimated those who celebrate will spend an average of $128. Men spend and average of $166, while women spend $90.

Personally, my spending is on the low end. It must be the millionaires out there that help balance these figures out!

If you don’t have an extra $128 laying around the house, there are less costly ways to show your affection. Take a walk with your Love. If you enjoy nature, there are parks, hiking trails and the sandy beach of Tybee Island. If you are more of a city slicker, Savannah is a romantic city with moss canopies stretching from oak to oak, beautiful historical homes and park squares. If these suggestions aren’t your style, at least make a homemade Valentine. Write out the sentiments of your heart. Your Sweetheart will be thrilled with it!

Spiritually on Valentines Day, we look upward to the One who loves us more than we could ever fathom. He displayed His love on the old rugged cross. His freely gave His love, without pretense or price tag:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… (John 3:16 KJV).

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold… But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot… (1Peter 1:18-19 KJV).

We can show our love and affection to Jesus, not by offering expensive gifts, but by presenting the “Valentine” of a steadfast, loving heart. He will be thrilled with it!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pastor JS Hartman
New Life Sanctuary
Bloomingdale/Pooler, GA

From SIN to SYN

From_SIN-to_SYNDear NLS Family and Friends,
In our Christian walk we must exchange a life of SIN for a lifestyle of SYN. Although these two words sound the same, they aren’t.
The general Greek word for SIN is “Hamartia,” which means “to miss the mark” (as in an archery competition) and therefore fail to receive the prize, or blessing. This is word is used 221 times in the New Testament.
Scriptural references:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…” –Hebrews 12:1.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…” -Romans  3:23
On the other hand, SYN, is a prefix coming from the Greek language, meaning “with” or “together.”
Examples:  The word “Synagogue” means “gathering together.” When Jews come together to worship, they come to the Synagogue.
The word “Synoptic” means “seeing together.”  The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are referred to as the Synoptic Gospels because they include many of the same stories, often in a similar sequence and in similar wording. John’s Gospel is distinct. It reads differently. It’s theological instead of historical in intent.
The word “Synergy” means “working together.” The effect of synergy: the creation of the whole is greater than its individual parts.
The life of SIN brings spiritual death and separation from God.
The lifestyle of SYN produces coming together in love and good works.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching….” Hebrews 10:23-25.
Gather together, see together, and work together. Sounds like good church to me!
“Synfully” Yours,
Pastor J.S. Hartman
New Life Sanctuary
Bloomingdale/Pooler, GA