First United Methodist
Church of Gilford

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April 2014 Notes

Every 4th Sunday – Blood Pressure Clinic, Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. Come and get checked out even if you've see the doctor this year it never hurts to get your Blood Pressure checked on a regular basis.

Office hours: April 3rd from 12:00 noon – 3:00 PM (the first Thursday of the month). Now that I have a set schedule at work I'm going to set some time aside to have office hours at the church on a regular basis. If you want to learn more about the Health Ministries program or have something you want to talk to me about come by I will be in the Library. Remember that anything we talk about is confidential.

The Daniel Plan groups are up and running, the 40 day plan will be completed the week before Easter, though I think that the small groups will continue in some form. I'm writing after the first week and I know there has been some success with weight loss already.

 

Weight loss is not the only focus of the plan. Our first week con- centrated on Faith. Faith is the foundation of The Daniel Plan because faith is the foundation of every part of our lives.

The second week the focus was on Food and enjoying God's abundance. "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31. Eating from God's abundance means eating as natural as possible. Get rid of the junk in your diet. A lot of what is put in our foods is not natural and ultimately can be harmful.

The third week focused on Fitness. "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit... Therefore honor God with your bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:19a, 20b (NIV). This body is inclusive of all the Daniel Plan essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.

The fourth week is Focus. "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be trans- formed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (NIV) By learning to focus we can change our brain which can change our life. The urgent is almost never the most important thing. And Goals focus our energy.

There is so much to this plan and having the support of others in our groups will make an impact on each of our lives for the better. When this session comes to a close I expect that some of the members will continue to meet to support each other in their walk with the Lord through this life.

Remember spring is coming (hopefully soon). Think about what you can do to get mov- ing and get on the path to healthier mind, body, and spirit.

Shalom
Kathy Smith, Parish Nurse

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