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Hurry and Register for FCM’s Spectacular Southern Exposure to America’s Bible Belt Conference!
May 4-6 at St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO
www.familycovenantministries.com

 

FCM 2015 CONFERENCE

Standing steadfast in the horrific storm against God and His Word, we praise His name for continually providing FCM with the most godly speakers and life transforming messages available. It is such a blessing to come together each year to sup, one with another, at the Lord’s banquet table, as He bolsters our faith and strengthens us to carry on in a culture that is in such opposition to Christians. Looking forward to fellowshipping with all of you, once again, and growing together in a deeper understanding of His Word!

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. –George Orwell

 

Speakers’ Workshops
www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=1&id=116&Itemid=4

 

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Conference Attendees

The scope of your labors cannot be measured in incremental ways. Surely God’s blessings will continue down through hundreds of generations because of your efforts. –Canton, GA

We care deeply about the work you all are doing at FCM, and we care deeply about your family. May He use and bless things to manifest His Kingdom, glorify His name, and build individuals, marriages, families, churches and the civil sphere. Hosanna! –Spring Hill, TN

 

Attention all Historical Impersonators

Please let us know the character you are impersonating so that we may complete the treasure hunt cards and provide you with a letter explaining your role at the conference. Also send a few sentences explaining your character’s contribution to the South’s history so that our emcee can announce your entrance to our Cotillion. Email your information to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

NEW ADDITIONS TO FCM CONFERENCE

Going Once, Going Twice, Gone! Silent Auction

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This year features the excitement of a Silent Auction. We hope you enjoy this fun event as we join together to support Family Covenant Ministries.

 

The following provides an overview of the auction process and the items available for bidding.

 

The auction opens on Monday at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Please ensure that your bids are in prior to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. In fairness to all, no bids will be accepted after the auction closes. All minimum bids and bid increments will be clearly marked on each item at time of auction. Please ensure the following are completed.

 

*Each attendee will be given a special number on the back of their name badges. This number will be used for the silent auction.

*All bids must include clearly printed bidder number, amount, and cell phone number. All illegible bids will be disregarded.

*A valid bid must be equal to or greater than the listed “increment” amount located at the top of each bid sheet.

*Auction items will be awarded to the highest bidders. Winners will be announced on Tuesday night immediately following the Award Ceremony of the Treasure Hunt and Costume Contest at the closing of our Cotillion on Tuesday night.

*Silent Auction winners must pick up items at close of Tuesday’s schedule. Accepted payments include cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

*If your bid is the winning bid, and you are unable to pick it up before the dinner break on Wednesday night, a shipping fee will be applied to your bid.

 

All proceeds directly benefit Family Covenant Ministries Conference.

 

Our thanks to Joe Carr, Erica Keithly, the Drinkard family, and Lisa Haney for all their help with FCM’s Silent Auction.

 

Thanks to all our families for their ongoing support of FCM.

 

CONTRIBUTORS TO OUR SILENT AUCTION
We are deeply grateful to the following businesses and individuals who donated items for this auction.

 

Ancient Paths (Young Living)
Answers in Genesis
Carol Weiland
Cotton Babies
Darlene’s Finishing Touch Alterations
Dawson’s Powerful Paracords
Heirloom Audio Productions
King Arthur Flour
Lamplighter Publishing
London Tea Room
LongHorn Steakhouse
LuvCubed3
Majesty Music
Penguin Yell Coffee
Raindrop
Reformation Heritage
Schaefer’s Hobby Store
Showers of Blessing
Steve’s Classical Violin/Bluegrass Fiddlin’ Lessons
The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker Gundaker
The Sudsy Soapery
The Upcycle Exchange
Titanic Museum
Urzi’s Italian Market
WallBuilders
Yucandu

 

SILENT AUCTION ITEMS AND DESCRIPTIONS

 

BOOKS

 

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Already Gone: Why Your Kids Will Quit Church and What You Can Do to Stop It, Softcover
Written by Britt Beemer, Todd Hillard, and Ken Ham
The next generation is calling it quits on the traditional church. And it’s not just happening on the nominal fringe; it’s happening at the core of the faith! This powerful book reveals shocking trends and offers wisdom on how to win back our families, our churches, and our world! Generously donated by Answers in Genesis. Value: $12.99

 

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Many Infallible Proofs, Softcover
Written by Dr. Henry M. Morris
One of the most comprehensive presentations of the practical evidences of the infallibility of the Bible and the truth of Christianity available anywhere. Generously donated by Answers in Genesis. Value: $15.99

 

 

 

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Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World: Leaving a Lasting Legacy, Softcover
Written by Steve Ham and Ken Ham
With Bible-based practical advice, this unique parenting book by Ken Ham and Steve Ham is a great guide for parents with children of any age. Discover how you can begin leaving a legacy that truly honors God through your family! Generously donated by Answers in Genesis. Value: $10.99

 

altKing Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion Cookbook, Hardback
This cookbook covers it all, from White Bread 101 and the chewiest oatmeal cookies to raisin-pecan rye bread, raspberry mousse cake, and cinnamon puff muffins. We predict this book will become the foundation of every home baker’s library. Authored by the bakers in the King Arthur test kitchen, each and every recipe was tested and re-tested to ensure baking success. Features easy-to-follow tutorials (yeast bread, pie crust...). Packed with step-by-step illustrations on technique and includes comprehensive sections on ingredients and tools. Highlighted with lovely color photographs, this 640-page hardcover was awarded the 2004 Kitchen Aid Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation. Generously donated by King Arthur Flour. Value: $40

 

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Written by Joel Salatin
From farmer Joel Salatin’s point of view, life in the 21st century just ain’t normal. In Folks, This Ain’t Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact. Hailed by the New York Times as “Virginia’s most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson and the high priest of the pasture,” Salatin was profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore’s Dilemma because he understands what food should be: Wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn’t stop there. From child rearing to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller’s knack for the revealing anecdote. Salatin’s crucial message and distinctive voice—practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure—make Folks, This Ain’t Normal a must-read book. Value: $16

 

MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION

 

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Answers Magazine—The Most Popular Creationist Magazine!
Over 200,000 readers enjoy quarterly issues of this award-winning, creation-based worldview magazine. Each family-friendly issue is packed with relevant articles, stunning photos, and illustrations that reveal the latest creation science news while equipping you for the culture war in society today. Generously donated by Answers in Genesis. Value: $24

 

 

DVDs

 

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America truly is a blessed nation. In so many important categories, she represents the exception rather than the rule among the nations of the world. Our exceptionalism encompasses great diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion and has benefited every American. But today, American Exceptionalism is no longer understood or venerated. Following several decades of indoctrination in both education and politics, many Americans now seem ashamed of their country and feel compelled to apologize to others for it. We have been taught America’s flaws but little of its matchless benefits. What produced the blessings we take for granted that so many other nations only dream of? The answer is found in five principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence. Discover these principles and learn what every citizen can do to restore America’s greatness. Generously donated by WallBuilders. Value: $14.95

 

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Design in Astronomy DVD Featuring Dr. Danny Faulkner
There are many features of the Earth and its moon that make the Earth ideally suited for life and humanity. Thus the Earth is unique in our solar system. But what about the more than one thousand planets orbiting other stars that astronomers have discovered in recent years? None of these planets are suitable for life. As we learn more about astronomy, the uniqueness of Earth becomes even clearer! Generously donated by Answers in Genesis. Value: $12.99

 

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Is the Bible True? How Do We Know? DVD Featuring Bodie Hodge
Is the Bible true? This is the key question of life. Christians must be fully assured that it is ... but why? In this foundational approach to the topic, apologist Bodie Hodge reveals some of the least acceptable answers. Sadly, most of us have likely used these answers! The Bible is true because it is from the Author of truth. But how can we know? You will enjoy looking into this subject—one that the world mocks, but Christians know to be of utmost importance! Generously donated by Answers in Genesis. Value: $12.99

 

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Proof of God: Four Questions Atheists Hate to Answer DVD Featuring Eric Hovind
Knowing and using these four simple questions can revolutionize your outreach to anyone who says, “God is not real.” There is even a conversation with a young man who has joined the increasing trend to embrace atheism. Includes quotes from Christopher Hitchens, Paul Baird, David Hume, and other famous anti-God spokesmen whose own words call atheism into question. There is one thing that the Bible says that God must give to anyone before they will receive the truth—even atheists. Understanding this fact will give viewers a deeper passion and empathy for those lost in the pride of their misplaced belief. Generously donated by Answers in Genesis. Value: $12.99


 

CDs

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Buried in the Snow Dramatic Audio CD Published by Lamplighter
A boy and his grandfather come face to face with their own mortality within a tomb of snow. Reliance upon God is their only option, as escape is impossible. But the story does not hinge upon the question of their rescue; what captivates is the response that each has to the circumstances that God has placed them in. When death is a constant companion, how does one view life? The ebb and flow of emotions are captivating as the boy and his grandfather fight off predators and the terror produced by the uncertainties of their snowy grave. Generously donated by Lamplighter Publishing. Value: $25

 

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Patch the Pirate’s Newest Audio CD, Kilimanjaro
Captain Patch and his crew have agreed to take Professor Rocky Feller to the continent of Africa to search for King Solomon’s throne. They all travel by elephant to Mount Kilimanjaro where the Professor’s map leads them to the throne. But all is not as it appears as Rocky Feller’s true motives come to the surface. Can riches, fame, and treasure bring lasting happiness? Come along on this brand new adventure and meet Bootstrap Ben who helps remind us that gaining godly wisdom from the book of Proverbs is a treasure far greater than gold. Generously donated by Majesty Music. Value: $14.98

 

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Patch the Pirate’s The Misterslippi River Race CD
The Misterslippi River Race includes a clear gospel message in the exciting story of Patch’s race against Colonel Cottonmouth down the Misterslippi River. Filled with colorful characters and tons of humor, this delightful hour-long adventure contains 15 selections. Generously donated by Majesty Music. Value: $14.98

 

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Under Drake’s Flag CD
Ned Hawkshaw is about to take the greatest adventure a boy could ever imagine…with one of the most celebrated heroes in history—Sir Francis Drake! Ned fights off a shark attack, survives a shipwreck, engages in fierce battles on sea and land, and comes face to face with the Spanish Inquisition. Experience the swashbuckling tale that pits faith against fear, and helps Ned grow from a boy into a man. Live the Adventure® and board The Golden Hinde for an epic quest of courage on the high seas! This movie-quality audio theater—recorded in London—features a cast of stellar actors, including acclaimed British actor Brian Blessed, state-of-the art sound design from award-winner Mark Drury (The Chronicles of Narnia audio series), and a stunning music score composed by John Campbell (Lamplighter Theatre®, Focus on the Family Radio Theatre®, Adventures in Odyssey®). Adapted from the book, Under Drake’s Flag, by G.A. Henty. Generously donated by Heirloom Audio Productions. Value: $29.95

 

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In Freedom’s Cause CD
Can one man’s faith and vision inspire a group of farmers, shepherds, and merchants to defeat the mightiest military force on the planet? William Wallace, by his undaunted courage and strength of character, forever changed the history of Scotland. His stand against oppression—despite overwhelming odds—inspired the heroic leader who would eventually gain Scotland’s freedom, King Robert the Bruce. The source of Wallace’s fire was his faith in God. He loved the Psalms and meditated on them daily. At his execution, Wallace had his psalter placed before him so he could read the Psalms as King Edward’s men tortured him. This is the untold account of Wallace and “The Bruce”—a story that continues to stir our hearts even today. A story that teaches us that true freedom is worth fighting for. Generously donated by Heirloom Audio Productions. Value: $29.97

 

GIFT CARDS

 

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Applebee’s
Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $50

 

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Cracker Barrel
Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $50

 

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Red Lobster/Olive Garden/LongHorn Steakhouse/Bahama Breeze/Seasons 52
Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $25

 

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Steak ‘n Shake
Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $25

 

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Sweet Tomatoes
Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $50

 

LongHorn Steakhouse
Generously donated by LongHorn Steakhouse. Value: $20

 

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London Tea Room, Tea Education Class
Did you know that all tea comes from the same plant? Not literally the same plant, of course, but the same species. Tea 101 will tell you how the different varieties—black, white, green, oolong, and pu-erh—are made, and we will be covering the history of tea from China to Europe to India to the present day. We will be tasting several of our orthodox teas to compare and contrast the different tastes in each variety of tea and will be giving instructions and advice for steeping tea at home so you can brew the perfect cup of tea! Additionally there will be 10% off all tea and tea merchandise following the class. Generously donated by The London Tea Room. Value: $50

 

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Darlene’s Finishing Touch Alterations
Mrs. Darlene Haney will alter one garment (men’s, women’s, or children’s) to your satisfaction with a money back guarantee. Her sewing experience has spanned over 45 years. Mrs. Haney’s business is located out of her home in Warrenton, MO. If traveling the distance is a problem, she is happy to arrange a meeting at a designated place. Generously donated by Darlene’s Finishing Touch Alterations. Value: $30

 

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Steve’s Classical & Gospel Violin/Bluegrass Fiddlin’ Lessons
Whether you are just beginning or wanting to expand your repertory in classical, gospel, country or bluegrass fiddling music, master teacher Steve Haney will give four beginning 30-minute, private lessons to any child, teen, or adult. You may choose from violin, viola, fiddle or piano. Steve Haney is a homeschool dad who has taught violin, viola, cello, and string bass in strings classes in the school systems in Missouri for 32 years. He knows how to make learning fun and has had very good rapport and success with his students. Four free lessons of the student’s choice of instrument (violin, viola, fiddle, or piano). Generously donated by Steve Haney. Value: $120

 

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Showers of Blessing-Raindrop Technique Massage Therapy with Essential Oils
These two individual gift certificates are for a special massage therapy using 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living. The raindrop technique can help reduce pain, reduce inflammation, improve mental clarity, increase energy, improve circulation, relieve stress, improve immune function, and much more! Enjoy a luxurious combination of nine essential oils applied to the feet, back, and spine along with massage and moist heat packs, which provides a nurturing, relaxing experience. My business is based out of our home in Warrenton, but I have a portable table, so if it is more convenient, I can come to you. Treat yourself or your friend or loved one to the healing power of the oils God created and an hour of relaxation (for women only). Generously donated by Lisa Haney with Showers of Blessing. Value: $80 ($40 each)

 

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Yucandu Art Studio
Yucandu (pronounced y?-ken-d?), is an arts & crafts studio for adults and children. We provide the materials and teach you the steps so “yucandu” the art—no appointment needed! A unique retail store & interactive art studio in Webster Groves, MO with art projects that “yucandu” (hence the name!). Whether you’re 5 or 95, Yucandu has projects to mosaic, collage and paint with endless ways to combine them. A small hourly studio fee enables you to be guided by staff, use tools & brushes, store unfinished projects, and leave the mess behind! Like an old fashioned candy store, our shop displays its colorful supplies in large glass jars, where you’ll find tons of paper, beads, buttons, ribbon, tiles and lots of fun vintage items. Generously donated by Yucandu Art Studio. Value: $15

 

TRAVEL

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4 Tickets to Nature Attractions
Enjoy four tickets to either Missouri Botanical Gardens, the Shaw Nature Reserve, or Butterfly House. Value: $32

 

 

 

 

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Titanic Museum in Branson Family Pass 2 Adults, 4 children
As the whole world remembers the world’s most famous luxury liner, Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, MO will continue to open the door to the past in its one-of-a-kind way – letting “passengers” experience what it was like to walk the hallways, parlors, cabins and Grand Staircase of the Titanic while surrounded by more than 400 artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers. As visitors touch a real iceberg, walk the Grand Staircase and third class hallways, reach their hands into 28-degree water, and try to stand on the sloping decks, they learn what it was like on the RMS Titanic by experiencing it first-hand. Each guest entering the ship will receive a boarding pass of an actual Titanic passenger or crew. Examine the galleries where over 400 personal and private artifacts are on display. Many are on display for the first time in the world. This collection is valued at over four and a half million dollars. This is a self-guided tour. Discover your passenger or crew’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room where 2,208 names line this historic wall. The heart of the ship is the Grand Staircase, constructed from the original Harland & Wolff plans with its oak carvings and cherub statue. Here, a magnificent glass dome reflects light off oak wall paneling and elaborate railings and iron scrollwork. Wide, sweeping steps and landings provide a spectacular area where the original guests of the RMS Titanic made their appearances. You’ll be surprised to learn what the floor was made of – something considered most expensive for 1912.
• Receive a Boarding Pass of an actual Titanic passenger/crew member
• View $4.5 million + of Titanic artifacts
• Walk the $1 Million exact replica of Titanic’s Grand Staircase
• Touch an iceberg and feel 28-degree water
• Shovel “coal” in Titanic’s Boiler Room
• Learn how to send an SOS distress signal
• Experience the Sloping Decks of the ship’s stern as she descended
• Sit in an actual size lifeboat and hear true passenger stories
• Discover your passenger’s fate in the Titanic Memorial Room
Generously donated by Titanic Museum. Value: $62.84

 

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Signed & Framed 2015 FCM Conference Poster
This priceless treasure is a memento to be cherished for generations. Printed on high-quality paper, signed by our illustrious speakers and framed in a professional mat and frame, this will be something you will want to hang in a prominent position in your house. Value: Priceless

 

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Relaxing Bath Basket includes:
Soothing Spearmint (All Natural Soap)

Our soothing spearmint soap brick is made using Eucalyptus and Spearmint Essential Oils. The ingredients include our traditional soap blend and an exfoliating abundance of bran and oatmeal. The soap brick is topped with whole oats and dried spearmint leaves for your enjoyment. This soap is extremely exfoliating and will help to renovate your skin. Value: $4.95
Spearmint and Lavender Scented Hand Crafted Soy Candle
Spearmint and Lavender are known for their ability to relax. These two oils combine in this all natural soy candle to relax and energize the senses. Spearmint is often known for its ability to uplift, so it makes it perfect for alleviating fatigue and depression. When combined with French lavender the two are perfect for a relaxing aromatherapy candle that you can enjoy for hours. Made with Pure Essential Oils, our approximate candle burn time: 8 oz. Jar 30-60 Hours. Value: $10.95
All items generously donated by The Sudsy Soapery.
Total Basket Value: $15.90

 

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Marquis by Waterford Brookside Crystal Cake Stand
Not just for cake, the Brookside Cake Plate makes an elegant serving plate for pie, quiche or sandwiches. Turn it over and use it as a chip and dip server. Crafted of crystalline, a lead free, flame polished, harder glass that will not scratch easily. This beautiful cake stand in the popular Marquis by Waterford Brookside pattern is an excellent value and exceptional gift. Made in Germany. Value: $120

 

 

altWholesale Account with Young Living-Premium Starter Kit with Zyto Compass Scan
Enroll with the ultimate Young Living product and business experience! An extraordinary value that offers a comprehensive introduction to the power of essential oils, the Premium Starter Kit is the perfect option for those who are serious about transforming their lives. Kit includes Everyday Oils collection, Home Diffuser, Welcome to Young Living booklet, Essential Oils at a Glance user’s guide, Distributor Resource Guide, S.E.E.D. Sharing for Success booklet, Citrus Fresh 5-ml, AromaGlide Roller Fitment, two Lavender Sample Packets, two Peppermint Sample Packets, two Peace & Calming Sample Packets, two Lemon Sample Packets, two Thieves Sample Packets, Sample Packet Business Cards, two NingXia Red 2-oz. samples, Distributor Agreement, Product Guide and Product Price List. The Zyto Compass Scan technology uses computer generated digital stimuli sent to the body (through a hand cradle) by measuring conductivity using established technology known as Galvanic Skin Response (GSR). The body responds through a method called “bio-communication.” By placing your hand on the hand cradle, stimuli are sent to the body through electric or bio-feedback communication. The software will record the responses, rank them and generate a report on which biological markers are not in balance. This information helps you determine the priorities of your body’s needs, enabling you to address the biggest priorities first. The Zyto Compass System prioritizes your body’s preferences for specific nutritional needs. This information will help you prioritize which essential oils and/or supplements that your body will need to balance your body system. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, and so when it comes to health, “one size does not fit all.” We need a customized approach to our health. The Zyto Compass helps you do just that! Generously donated by Ancient Paths (Renee Yeo). Value: $310

 

Writing Set
Notebook
Be inspired to write down your thoughts and important notes in this beautiful notebook. Value: $10

Writing Tablet
Constantly running your to-do list over in your head? No need to worry anymore. Write your thoughts down on this pretty magnetic tablet. Value: $6
Total Value: $16

 

Coffee Basket 1 includes:
Two bags of Organic Colombian, Medium Roast Coffee
For those who simply want a cup of traditional coffee that tastes real, come no further. This is the benchmark quality coffee. It has a dense body, milk chocolate taste, with hints of fruit. This coffee is 100% organic. Generously donated by Penguin Yell Coffee. Value: $19.98
Biscotti Double Chocolate Fudge
For over 100 years, the DiBella family recipes have been passed from generation to generation. These Double Chocolate fudge Biscotti are delicate crunchy cookies, rich with dark and milk chocolate chunks, perfect for light dunking or indulgent snacking. Value: $4
Dolcetto Premium Gourmet Cookies
Dolcetto 100% natural rolled wafers blend traditional artisan baking with innovative flavor combinations derived from premium ingredients such as Javanese black cocoa, Sumatra coffee beans and Southeast Asian ginger root. Delicate pastry-like wafers are light and crisp on the outside balanced with luscious creamy filling. Value: $6
Amella Caramels in Creamy Milk Chocolate
Milk chocolate covered caramel is made by hand with raw blue weber agave nectar in place of corn syrup. The secret ingredient is pure cocoa butter. It creates a unique consistency, like a caramel and truffle hybrid. Lastly, we sprinkle them with Sel Gris, a Gray Sea Salt hand harvested off the coast of Brittany, France. Your taste buds will find the silky texture and decadent flavor impossible to resist. Value: $25
Total Basket Value: $54.98

 

Coffee Basket 2 includes:
Two bags of Organic Colombian, Medium Roast Coffee
For those who simply want a cup of traditional coffee that tastes real, come no further. This is the benchmark quality coffee. It has a dense body, milk chocolate taste, with hints of fruit. This coffee is 100% organic. Generously donated by Penguin Yell Coffee. Value: $19.98
Biscotti Apricot Almond
For over 100 years, the DiBella family recipes have been passed from generation to generation. These Apricot Almond Biscotti are made with dried apricots and sweet almond slices intermingled with white chocolate chunks to create this crunchy Italian delight. Value: $4
Apricot Preserves
Made according to an old country recipe, this will be sure to please. Value: $4
Dolcetto All Natural Chocolate Filled Wafer Bites
Filled with velvety molten chocolate, each bite-sized cookie offers a unique balance of crisp and creaminess. Perfect with coffee, tea, hot cocoa, or milk. Amazing with ice cream and yogurt. Value: $5
Organic Crystallized Ginger
Enjoy as a natural snack straight from the jar. Bake into cookies and cakes. Mince and swirl through fruit salad, yogurt, granola, oatmeal and ice cream. Or for an extra special treat, dip in organic dark chocolate. Value: $7
Total Basket Value: $39.98

 

King Arthur Baking Basket includes:
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Cranberry-Orange Scone Mix
Tart red cranberries perfectly balanced with sweet orange. Home-baked scones from the finest ingredients have never been quicker or easier. In minutes, you can bring the tangy taste of cranberries and a hint of orange to the table for yourself, your family, or your guests. Fresh-baked scones, hot from the oven, whenever you like. Value: $6.95

 

altDough Whisk 15” Long
This tool is ideal for all kinds of chores from mixing muffin batter to tossing together a fruit pie filling. Over the years we have sold thousands of both the mini version (11¼”) and the 15” full-sized dough whisk. Unique flow-through design gently blends muffin, pancake, and other batters you don’t want to beat for fear of toughening your baked treats. Thick wooden handle allows for a more ergonomic grip. Fashioned of beech wood and stainless steel. Each size sold separately. Made in Poland. Value: $16.95

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King Arthur Spatula, Red
Versatile tool just like King Arthur Flour, this spatula is good (for all kinds of things), strong (hardwood), and pure (heat-resistant silicone). 12” long; wooden handle features King Arthur logo. Great for gentle mixing and folding. Made in the USA. Value: $9.95

 

 

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King Arthur Flour Jute Tote
Made from jute, a sustainable plant-based fiber, it’s a fashionable way to show your baking allegiance. Sturdy enough to haul everything from baking gear to groceries, it makes the perfect over-the-shoulder companion. Value: $7.95
All items generously donated by King Arthur Flour.
Total Basket Value: $41.80

 

 

Tea for Two Basket includes:
Adorable Melamine Cupcake tray

This tray is perfect for serving pastries and tea. Grab a daughter or friend and enjoy a delightful repose, or use the tray to decorate in the kitchen or on the table. Value: $7
Cranberry Vanilla Delight Tea
Premium collection of hand-picked teas. This combination of juicy cranberries and raspberries, flavorsome vanilla and cocoa with caffeine-free hibiscus, rooibos and rosehip create a delectable cuppa. Naturally caffeine free. Value: $8
Mugs
Two perfectly delightful mugs are decorated with designs of pretty cakes in light hues of blue, pink, green, white and yellow. Value: $10
Floral Beverage Napkins
Chosen to compliment the mugs, tray, and tea, these floral napkins will delight any guest. Value: $4
Total Basket Value: $29

 

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Organic Specialty Coffee
One you have tried Penjuin Yell coffee, you will not want anything else. No bitter aftertaste, smooth and delicious. This set comes with four 12oz. bags of 100% Organice Colombian, Medium Roast coffee. Can you smell the subtle aroma of milk chocolate and that ever so slight fruity fragrance penetrating the air? Well if not, you better hope you win, so that you can start smelling this soothing aroma soon. Generously donated by Penguin Yell Coffee. Value: $39.96

 

Confetti Melamine Mixing Bowls (4-piece set) Assorted Pink and Purple made by Zak!
Confetti melamine mixing bowls make being environmentally friendly look so fun. Made with recycled melamine. Retro look inspired by the ‘50s. Use for mixing and serving. Generously donated by Carol Weiland. Value: $39.99

 

Patriotic Decorative Liberty Wooden Crate Boxes
These two patriotic crates would be perfect for any time of year. However, thinking ahead for the Fourth of July, these could hold napkins and cutlery or would be great for just setting out for decoration. Well-made and easy to move around with hemp handles. Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $12

 

Patriotic Decorative America Wooden Crate Boxes
These old world charm crates would look charming in a kitchen or living area. They could also easily be made into a hostess gift basket. Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $12

 

KIDS

Upcycle Knitting Gift Basket
Six skeins of unique yarn, three being wool. The colors are turquoise, green, blue metallic, chocolate brown, pumpkin, and amethyst. Also included are two vintage pattern books and three pairs of knitting needles (size 3, size 9, and knitting in the round). Generously donated by The Upcycle Exchange. Value: $25-30

 

Backpacks/Book bags
Three unique children’s Yak Pak book bags each filled with a different notebook, file folder, filler paper, and three packages of pens. Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $36.91 each

Children’s Reading Basket
Eight Flowerpot Press Bible Board books, two Cars books, four Parable of the Bible books, and six Sesame Street books all hardcover laminated board pages. Generously donated by The Renaud Team Coldwell Banker/Gundaker. Value: $15

 

Paracord Bracelet
This paracord emergency bracelet is an extremely strong pattern of parachute rope woven into fashionable and handy bracelets. This bracelet is a higher quality than most because the creator weaves them much tighter and uses 10 feet of rope, whereas most other bracelets only use 7 feet. This bracelet can hold around 500 pounds. These survival bracelets are in great demand from boys and girls of all ages. If the need arises, you can unravel your bracelet and use it to:
• Tie up gear.
• Make a shelter.
• Use the inner core for fishing line or sutures.
• Use inner strands to mend fabric.
• Make a splint for a broken limb.
• Hang game for drying.
• Make a perimeter trip line for warning.
• Use as a tourniquet.
Generously donated by Dawson’s Powerful Paracords. Value: $5

 

My Country and Math Activity Book
This binder is loaded with 20, sheet-protected pages of Matching, Fill-in-the Blanks, Number# in Order, and Labeling pages. The pages cover Skip Counting, Times Tables, Squares & Cubes, and Measuring Equivalents. Also included are US History Dates and Geography, Presidents, and the Preamble and Bill of Rights! Use a dry erase marker so the work can be practiced again and again. See how much matching can be done by timing a “One Minute Madness” or just have your child time one page, then race the clock to beat your time. It’s a handy book to have in the car or use at home for just 10 minutes per day to really help lay a foundation of knowledge for years to come. Generously donated by LuvCubed3. Value: $15

 

Mosaic Mirror Kit
Say good-bye to boring mosaics made with primary colored glass wiggles and hello to the rich look of stained glass mosaics! Inspired by the beauty of stained glass is Jennifer’s Mosaics new do-it-yourself Glass Mosaic Mirror Kit. This kit has everything you need to make a stunning mosaic mirror using only high-end stained glass materials – no extra tools needed. Pre-cut stained glass will quickly make this kit a great family pastime or a super item to pack and take on vacation! Contents: 12” x 12” base with mirror, glass gems, precut iridized black, dark and light beige stained glass, adhesive, grout spreader, glove, hanging hardware, grout, sponge and instructions. Generously donated by Schaefer’s Hobby Store. Value: $14.99

 

MORE ITEMS FOR THE SILENT AUCTION will be coming in the next newsletter!

 

 

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The purpose of Answers magazine is to illustrate the importance of Genesis in building a creation-based worldview and to equip readers with practical answers so they can confidently communicate the gospel and biblical authority with accuracy and graciousness.

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31st Annual Conference & Curriculum Fair Workshop & Schedule PDF Print E-mail
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FCM CONFERENCE SPEAKERS’ WORKSHOPS AND SCHEDULE

 

MONDAY SCHEDULE, MAY 4

 

9:30 a.m. Registration Opens

 

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Dr. Jason Lisle

Astronomy Reveals Creation

In this presentation, we explore the universe through “biblical glasses.” We see how the universe declares the glory of God and confirms the Bible throughout history and in modern science as well. Topics include the age of the universe, the design of the universe, and others.

 

Dr. Joseph Morecraft

What Led Up to the War Between the States

The old South was not right about everything, but it was right about some things about which modern America and even modern American Christians are dead wrong. The South was right to endeavor to rebuild Christendom. Most Christians today have never heard that word and only a very few know what it means. Do you? The South was right in understanding the War Between the States as America’s French Revolution. Our war for independence in 1776 and the French Revolution in 1789 were as different as light and darkness. Do you know the difference? Which are you a product of? The French Revolution hit America in all its fury in the 1860s, and it is having the same effect on our country today that it had on France and Europe in the 18th century. Do you know the difference between the Reformation and the Revolution? Which will win?

 

William Potter

The Spanish Conquest of Florida

Roman Catholic Spain was the mightiest imperial nation in the world. They intended that Florida would provide the North American platform for Spanish conquest. But they went no further. The Ajacan Jesuit mission near the future settlement at Jamestown, Virginia was annihilated by the locals thirty-seven years prior to English settlement, and various attempts of moving into Georgia failed to take hold. God had apparently decreed that Spanish tenure in Florida would not last as it had in South America nor would it serve as a launching pad for northern conquest. We will examine the possible reasons why, as we see the unfolding of God’s Providence in the Sunshine State, whose motto is “In God We Trust.”

 

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shopping/Lunch Break

 

1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

William Potter

Jean Lafitte and Piracy

The colorful and wealthy Lafitte brothers dominated the Gulf waters below New Orleans with their piratical crews. Their depredations against English, Spanish, and American shipping became legendary. The American governor of New Orleans captured Pierre Lafitte and put a price on his brother’s head. In response Jean announced a much higher price on the Governor’s! Yet, Andrew Jackson accepted the Lafitte’s offer to help him repel the British invasion that would culminate in the Battle of New Orleans. We see in this story how desperados and thieves providentially made a powerful contribution to the greatest American land victory in the War of 1812 and received amnesty for their efforts.

 

Dr. Paul Raymond

Law, Liberty and Cultural Reconstruction: Tactical Considerations for a Christian Reformation 

This lecture deals with the building of a Christian Civilization based upon the principles of Biblical Liberty beginning with the education of future generations by teaching them how to understand and apply Biblical Knowledge to the world at large.

 

William Federer

George Washington Carver: His Life & Faith in His Own Words

“Only alone can I draw close enough to God to discover His Secrets.” Hear the amazing story of George Washington Carver, slave birth, Iowa State graduate and Tuskegee professor who revolutionized the economy of the South by discovering hundreds of uses for the peanut. “God is going to reveal things to us that He never revealed before if we put our hand in His,” stated George Washington Carver, 1924, to the Women’s Board of Domestic Missions in New York. From slave birth to international fame, George Washington Carver advised Presidents, Congress, and world leaders. He was offered jobs by Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, but declined them as he determined to stay at Tuskegee Institute to help those less fortunate attain new and boundless opportunities. Discover the faith that motivated this great American scientist to create and popularize hundreds of uses for the peanut, soybean, sweet potato and other plants.

 

2:00-3:00 p.m. Shopping

 

3:00-4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Dr. Jason Lisle

The Ultimate Proof of Creation

This powerful presentation holds true to its title: it shows how Christians can demonstrate with absolute certainty that the biblical account of creation is true. Any alternative to biblical creation is irrational and cannot make sense of laws of logic, nor morality, nor the methods of science. This gives Christians an absolutely irrefutable argument for the Christian faith, even if they have little knowledge of the sciences. Also included are practical tips on how to refute non-biblical views on origins.

 

Becky Morecraft

You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie (Can y’all understand me?)

Southern phrases, expressions and stories from the knee-slappin’ to the heart-warming, replete with a few skits and songs. Just for fun. But, who knows? Maybe you’ll learn something valuable.

 

Wesley Strackbein

The Texas Revolution: The Fall of the Alamo and the Triumph of Liberty

Great events rarely happen in a vacuum. The brave stand for freedom at the Alamo in 1836 is no exception. In this lecture, Wesley Strackbein explains not only the clash of memorable characters that rose to fame during the Texas Revolution, but also the battle of competing worldviews that were in play before the first cannon shot was ever fired. Learn how the failed policy of Spanish settlement in Texas over centuries was upended by one man’s vision to settle 300 families in Mexico’s northern state in 1821. The events that followed over the next decade-and-a-half showcase how a decentralized, family-based culture toppled the top-down, individualistic order led by the prideful tyrant, Santa Anna, as Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Houston, and others drew a line in the sand for liberty.

 

4:00-4:30 p.m. Book Signing with Dr. Jason Lisle

 

4:00-5:30 p.m. Shopping Time/Dinner

 

5:30-6:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Wesley Strackbein

The Industrial Revolution and the Family: A Biblical Response 1760-1840

Family life in America has been radically impacted by the Industrial Revolution. What happened to bring this about, and how should we respond? In this lecture, Wesley Strackbein explains how the Industrial Revolution led to a restructuring of the American household, a redefinition of fatherhood and motherhood, and generational disconnect among youth, the implications of which continue to shape the way we view society, work, and family life today. Yet rather than glibly perpetuating wrong choices made in response to industrialization, Wesley maintains that thoughtful Christians should chart an informed, resolute course that strengthens families and furthers godly dominion.

 

Dr. Paul Raymond

The Sovereignty and Authority of Christianity

The biblical authority of postmodern Christianity has been removed from both the pulpit and the culture. If the Covenant Community of the saints is to regain the cultural impact that it has lost, it needs to re-acquaint itself with the fundamental principles of Christian authority.

 

Dr. Chris Huseman

Chickens 101: A Workshop on Selecting, Purchasing, Caring for and Use of Chickens

This comprehensive workshop will cover the following topics: Why Chickens? Knowing where your food comes from; Care of Animals; Eating Healthy and Very Manageable Pets with Purpose. Selecting the Right Breed: Climate; Purpose and Cost. Purchasing Chickens: Local Purchase; Chicks by Mail; and Brooding Your Own Chicks. Caring for Chickens: Brooder; Feed; Water; Heat and Cleaning. Chicken Uses: Butchering Overview; Selling Eggs at Farmer’s Market and GG’s Baked Eggs. Live baby chicks, as well as adult chickens, will be present at the talk and used as a reference for much of the presentation and to allow participants to have a hands-on experience.

 

6:30-7:00 p.m. Break

 

7:00-9:00 p.m. Evening Festivities

Geoffrey Botkin

The Fascinating History of American Music

The story of American music represents a sweeping representation of American theology and how it developed from the time of the Pilgrims to the days of the digital playlist. Geoffrey Botkin uses images and sound to track the direction of America’s most closely-held affections and demonstrates the power music possesses to shape entire cultures.

 

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TUESDAY SCHEDULE, MAY 5

 

9:00-10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Geoffrey Botkin

The American Emigrant Legacy

When European immigrants descended on America in the 18th and 19th centuries, they took full advantage of the most unique opportunity in history to build a Christian culture. How did they do, and what can we learn from their faith, their work, and their legacy? Geoffrey Botkin explores the lessons Christians can learn from the greatest emigration in world history.

 

Dr. Jason Lisle

Evolution and Errors in Reasoning

This talk addresses logic and logical fallacies (errors in reasoning). In particular, fallacies that are often used by evolutionists are thoroughly explored. This guide to logic will help the Christian to identify mistakes in the reasoning of the critics and thereby refute anti-biblical rhetoric.

 

William Potter

The War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans

This past January marked the end of the 200th Year Anniversary of the War of 1812. Sometimes called the Second War for American Independence, it produced few American heroes, gave birth to a major secession movement, and, in the peace treaty, never mentioned one of the major reasons it was fought in the first place. Was it a “just war”? Should President Madison have embarked on such a disastrous course? We will submit this conflict to biblical scrutiny and, again, look for the hand of providence in the course of the conflict, especially in the Battle of New Orleans.

 

10:00-10:15 a.m. Break

 

10:15-11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

William Potter

Webster, Clay, and Calhoun: Providence and the Preservation of the Union

In the nineteenth century three men dominated the political course of the nation before the Civil War. Their political philosophies often diverged, and their competing visions for America’s future eventually brought about the division of the nation. Providence is rarely tidy when it comes to the course of history, and we need to know these men and their political philosophies in order to piece together what happened then and the issues that are still with us today—the role of the central government, the competing interpretations of the Constitution, and the nature of political compromise.

 

Brian Van Laar

Multigenerational Vision for Small Acreage Farming

You may have a small piece of land and be wondering if this land can produce some income for the family. The answer is “yes.” Or, you may be wondering how much land you will need in order to produce some income for your family. The answer is “not much.” Van Laar’s Fruit Farm will share with you some ideas regarding small acreage farming and what can be grow to support the ever increasing demand for locally grown produce. In this session you will hear how the Lord led us to begin small acreage farming 10 years ago: the multigenerational vision, the produce that has worked, the produce that has not worked, and the small acreage farming practices that are becoming more popular.

 

Wesley Strackbein

Old Hickory: The Life and Legacy of Andrew Jackson 1829-1837

There’s a growing trend in today’s culture to turn manhood into soft-spoken effeminacy and an aversion for bold action. The life of Andrew Jackson provides a welcome contrast to such nonsense. Jackson’s manly exploits left an indelible mark on the nineteenth century, leading later historians to dub his influence on America as the “Jacksonian Era.” Jackson made mistakes—big ones—yet his legacy offers many commendable qualities to learn from. In this lecture, Wesley Strackbein traces the rough-and-tumble life of “Old Hickory” from his boyhood theatrics fighting the Redcoats during the American War for Independence to his gutsy defeat of the Second National Bank during his presidency. You’ll learn that even as he castigated his political enemies, Jackson was a tenderhearted mentor to several young men who went on to change the world.

 

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Shopping/Lunch Break

 

12:30-1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

William Federer

Change to Chains: The 6,000 Year Quest for Global Control

In the nearly 6,000 years of recorded human history, power, like gravity, seems to inevitably concentrate into the hands of one individual, sometimes called pharaoh, Caesar, czar, king, president or Communist dictator. On the spectrum of human government, one side is total government with power concentrated in the hands of a totalitarian dictator, and the other side is no government (anarchy). America, out of all previous nations on earth, was able to get closest to the anarchy side of the spectrum and still maintain order because of a secret ingredient—Judeo-Christian morality. Society could exist with less external control because citizens had more internal control. But with the abandonment of that morality, with every new crisis, power re-concentrates away from “the people” back into the hands of a central government. Find out what we can expect in the future as world history comes alive from a whole new perspective.

 

Dr. Paul Raymond

Economics, Law and Liberty

If the Christian community is going to make any progress in the culture war whatsoever, they have to be willing to finance it. This lecture explains the biblical method of finance and stewardship for Kingdom advancement.

 

Becky Morecraft

Speaking Personally: How to Develop and Teach Grace-filled Expression in Speaking and Writing

Why learn to write and speak well in a day of short-cuts, abbreviations, Internet and texting slang and tweets? There’s nothing wrong with writing for a living or a good grade! But then there are those like Abigail Adams who wrote to her husband John, “My bursting heart must find vent at my pen…” Writing out of necessity is far different than writing because words well up inside you like lava, burning a path until they burst out in streams that must be heard. Sometimes insistent words take on the form of a quiet spring, providing refreshment to some weary traveler. There is joy in discovering how to accomplish this kind of thoughtful writing. “In the beginning,” God spoke, and the world began. Jesus calls Himself “the Word” of God. Let’s explore ways to communicate in words that reflect the beauty and precision of the Word who dwells in us richly.

 

1:30-2:00 p.m. Book Signing with William Federer and Becky Morecraft

 

1:30-2:30 p.m. Shopping 

 

2:30-3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Dr. Joseph Morecraft

Tithing and Dominion

“There are many people ready to eliminate statism, but they have nothing but wishing to replace it. How, then, will independent schools, private welfare, and individual initiative deal with the vast complex of our social problems?” from Edward A. Powell and R.J. Rushdoony’s book, Tithing and Dominion. “Alexis de Tocqueville, in Democracy in America (1835), saw ‘private associations’ as the essential and basic government of the United States. Most private associations were Christian tithe agencies. Christians created a tithe agency to minister to every kind of need: to preach the gospel to people in foreign lands, to immigrants landing in the U.S., to seamen in American ports, and so on.” Rushdoony in Tithing and Dominion. “By contributing generously to effective ministries in all fields of human endeavor, we build a Christian civilization that showers blessings on all who partake…on God’s faithful servants and on the nations that encourage and defend them…The choice is yours.” Hugh and Kaye Martin, Financing the Kingdom of God.

 

Victoria Botkin

The Character of the Women Who Built Our Country

From rattlesnakes in the kitchen, to enemy troops raiding the larder, to stampeding cattle, to separation from loved ones, our pioneer fore-mothers endured tremendous challenges and privations on the frontier of this country. Inspired by the hope that the generations to come would benefit from their sacrifice, they faced the future with courage and determination. In this talk, Victoria will introduce you to several of these heroines of bygone years whose examples of true Christian character will inspire us with the courage and faith we need to face the challenges of the future. 

 

Dr. Paul Raymond

Education, Tenacity and Resolve in a World of Distractions

God has given the community of the faithful the tools of technology to advance His Kingdom. Yet technology in many cases has become the enemy of Kingdom advancement. How are Christians to deal with the legion of technological distraction in the modern world? Drawing from the example of Nehemiah, this lecture gives practical advice on this most pressing subject.

 

3:30-4:00 p.m. Book Signing with Dr. Joseph Morecraft and Victoria Botkin     


3:30-4:30 p.m. Shopping


4:30-5:30 p.m. Keynote Session

Geoffrey Botkin

The Social Engineers and What They Designed

An eye-opening look at the big-picture causes of America’s cultural surrender in the 20thcentury. Geoffrey Botkin examines the influence of the five social engineers who designed, back in the 17th and 18thcenturies, the statist utopia that would replace Christian culture in the United States. Without an understanding of their ideas and theology, it will not be possible for Christians to rebuild the once-secure foundations of liberty, justice and reverence. 

 

5:30-7:00 p.m.Shopping/Dinner Break


7:00-9:00 p.m.Evening Festivities

Southern Pageant/Costume Contest/Sword Ceremony/Cotillion/Award Ceremony

 

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WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE, MAY 6

 

9:00-10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Becky Morecraft

Heritage: The Heart of Hospitality in the South

In The Southern Tradition at Bay: A History of Postbellum Thought, Richard Weaver defines tradition as “a recognizable pattern of belief and behavior transmitted from one generation to the next.” Just what does Granny’s squash casserole recipe have to do with retaining our freedom? Find the connection that sharing your generational heritage has with attracting a cold and hungry world to your house. As you share food and warmth, you can pass on your testimony to God’s goodness along with the pole beans. The South has traditionally done a fairly good job of this. Be inspired to regain a Southern brand of heart-warming hospitality that will draw needy men and women to your warmth and maintain strong family ties on many levels throughout many generations. My inspiration comes from my own family heritage, ten-generations deep in Virginia, as well as many stories from history. Recipes are free. Bring a family favorite to share with each other written legibly on a 4 x 5 index card.

 

Dr. Joseph Morecraft

Robert Lewis Dabney: A Giant Among Men

Robert Lewis Dabney was a giant among men. He was born in Virginia in 1820 and died in Texas in 1898. He was a farmer, teacher, scholar, theologian, pastor, author, philosopher, historian, soldier, mechanic, statesman, furniture maker, bookbinder, drawer of maps, and drawer of blueprints for buildings. He is most widely remembered as a seminary professor and as Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s chief of staff. Studying Dabney’s writings and life deepens and broadens our view of life and the world. Very few people have understood biblical Christianity as comprehensively and profoundly as he did. He wrote on theology, ethics, history, ecclesiology, philosophy, education, politics, society, agriculture, economics, literature, jurisprudence, geology, science, logic, civil rights, parenting, psychology, music, and the future. He also wrote several poems. May we, like R. L. Dabney, die unconquered by the world, and in all our thinking and living, stand on the Bible like a Stonewall.

 

William Potter

The Spanish American War

The clash with Spain in 1898 remains one of the most controversial of American wars. If ever there was an unjust war, this one is it. What one wit called the “Yanko-Spanko” war forced Congress to wrestle with the fact that the United States was becoming an imperial power, much like the Europeans. For many, that reality was unconstitutional, immoral, and un-American. For others, it was only the rescue of a downtrodden people, yearning to be free, just a few miles from our shores. For Theodore Roosevelt it was an opportunity to fight in a war and win glory. How ought we to view this little war, which had such large implications?

 

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break

 

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Geoffrey Botkin

Family Business and the Future

A very practical message on the ways families can understand business and economics and begin working together in confidence that their efforts are not in vain in the Lord. Geoffrey Botkin examines the biblical doctrine of “calling” and offers 16 very practical steps to get started in long-term, money-making, culture-changing, family-centered productivity for the 21st century.

 

Dr. Paul Raymond

Principles of Christ’s Lordship in the Founding of America

This lecture details the biblical principles of Christ’s Sovereignty as it was understood in the early founding of Puritan and Colonial America and the departure from it as a result of Enlightenment, pietistic and individualistic thinking.

 

David Botkin

How Christians Should Respond to Persecution

Throughout its history the Church has suffered almost continual persecution, ranging from reviling to martyrdom. Some Christians have embraced and sought persecution and martyrdom, while others have tried desperately to avoid it or resist the persecutors. Both sides use Scripture passages to defend their positions. This message will present a systematic approach to Scripture’s multifaceted instruction on this topic and lay out some clear guidelines for understanding and responding to persecution of all kinds.

 

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Shopping/Lunch Break

 

1:00-2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Dr. Paul Raymond

The Geopolitical Ramifications of the Incarnation

The Incarnation of the Christ was a global event. By it history and all the nations of the world were affected, liberating mankind from oppression and tyranny both spiritually and temporally. Too often the incarnation is understood only in terms of personal salvation. This lecture explains what the incarnation means politically and how it offers hope to us in the 21st century.

 

William Federer

Islamic Conquest Past and Present: Political Islam’s War on the West

You will be fascinated by this fast-paced history of the world from a perspective you never imagined. Current events come into focus in the backdrop of 1,400 years of unbelievable yet true events. In 2006, Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress. He swore in on a Qur’an. Most Americans know little about the Qur’an, who wrote it and how Islam spread. Learn about Mohammed’s military career, Islam’s conquests & the Renaissance; Islamic Expansion, the Crusades & Tamerlane; Fall of Constantinople & Columbus’ Voyage; Muslim Pirates, Martin Luther, John Smith & the Pilgrims. Is the United States becoming a Dhimmi nation? Within 100 years of Mohammed’s death, his followers conquered North Africa, the Holy Land, Persia, and Spain—from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. President Barak Obama stated in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009: “Islam has always been a part of America’s story.” Indeed, Islam has affected the Western World from 622 AD to today’s headlines. In this workshop, you will get a fascinating glimpse into captivating events and amazing stories!

 

Renee Yeo

Herbs and Essential Oils: Discovering God’s Pharmacy in His Creation

Get ready to discover some fun facts about God’s marvelous creation! Did you know you can use marshmallows for medicine? Or, how about dandelions for skin disorders? Today, marshmallows may not be in your medicine cabinet, but Southern history shows marshmallow root was given as a tonic for digestion. And yes, don’t mow those dandelions! There are so many amazing uses for these beautiful weed bouquets that your kids love to bring to you every spring. In this workshop, we’ll discover the long lost art of herbs and essential oils as we bring God’s medicine to light. We’ll discover some wonderful truths in the Bible about what God intended for us and how His creation can be our very own pharmacy to bring healing and restoration.

 

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Mark Stillpass

Krav Maga One Hour Instructional Demonstration 

Living in an increasingly violent culture prudently warrants special training to protect us, and our loved ones, from those who intend harm. In his one-hour instructional demonstration, Mark Stillpass and his students will demonstrate Krav Maga (Hebrew for fighting while in contact with your opponent) and its effectiveness against attackers. A reality based, Israeli self-defense system, Krav Maga has been proven over and over again in actual combat. Anyone can learn how to disarm a perpetrator with a gun to your head or knife to your neck after receiving this highly skilled training. Offered to parents and serious minded students, age 16 and older, each participant must participate in a vetting process to insure that the reason for learning this defense system is one of honor and honoring to the Lord Jesus Christ. This is extreme self-defense and not for everyone.

 

2:00-3:00 p.m. Shopping

 

3:00-4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

William Potter

President Woodrow Wilson: A Sacred Fool?

Christian historian Otto Scott published the biographies of three men whom he called “Sacred Fools” of history: King James I of England, Robespierre in the French Revolution, and John Brown, American terrorist. When Mr. Scott died, he left unfinished the fourth fool biography, President Woodrow Wilson. That president is lionized today as the accelerant of “progressive” politics in which the central government controls speech, education, welfare and much more. A religiously liberal college president and historian in his own right, Wilson laid much of the political and philosophical groundwork for the New Deal of FDR and forwarded the “emergency war powers” of the President that he inherited from Abraham Lincoln. Some knowledge of the work of Woodrow Wilson is needed to understand the “progressive” triumphs of the 20th and 21st centuries.

 

Anna Sofia & Elizabeth Botkin

400 Years of American Femininity Culture: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

What do you believe about how a woman should be educated? About what her role in society should be? About what kind of work or activities are “feminine”? And where did those ideas come from? Take a whirlwind tour of the philosophies and cultures that produced the best and worst trends of American womanhood, including the ones that have most affected the Christian community.

 

David Botkin

Americans at War: Lessons from America’s Military History

Over the last 250 years, America has been involved in at least nine major wars and dozens of smaller ones. Countless lives have been lost in the process. Examining these conflicts from a biblical perspective yields many lessons and principles that we must learn if we are to avoid fatal mistakes of the past. Among the lessons presented in this message will be Biblical Just War Theory, the deadly effects of sin, the folly of placing trust in military strength, the dangers of “gun control,” and the vital necessity of cultivating Christian virtues in our men and women.

 

4:00-4:30 p.m. Book Signing with Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin

 

4:00-6:00 p.m. Shopping/Dinner Break


6:00-7:00 p.m. KeynoteSession

Geoffrey Botkin

The Challenge of Reformation in Modern America

There are ten great challenges our children will face as they try to reset America’s moral and ethical direction for the 21st century. Geoffrey Botkin identifies each challenge and offers inspiration taken from the reformers of the 16thcentury.

 

7:00-9:00 p.m.Grand Finale

The Willis Clan’s Spectacular Bluegrass and Irish Concert

Accomplished singers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and internationally ranked competitive dancers and musicians, The Willis Clan has performed all over America and other countries including such places as Radio City Music Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. This talented family’s performance on the popular television show, America’s Got Talent, was strong enough for the judges to send them to the quarterfinals. The Willis Clan has also produced two albums, Roots and Boots. They are currently working on their third album, Heaven. Great American Country cable network featured the family in a series about a hard-working, tight-knit American family. “I think my kids are capable of nothing short of excellence, but getting there comes from a lifetime of hard work,” father Toby Willis says. Most recently, TLC announced that they will be launching a new 12 episode series on May 5th featuring the Willis Clan at home and on the road, as Brenda and Toby Willis balance the family’s busy touring schedule with homeschooling and raising children ages 4 to 22. The Willis Clan will have their recordings for sale prior to and after their performance.

 

 


 
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EXCITING ADDITION TO OUR CONFERENCE!

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THE WILLIS CLAN

 

Accomplished singers, songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, and internationally-ranked competitive dancers and musicians, The Willis Clan will be performing their spectacular Bluegrass and Irish concert at this year’s conference.

 

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The Willis Clan is a family of amazing musicians, dancers, writers, and artists. Living near Nashville, Tennessee, they merge their Irish roots with other music and dance genres to create a unique blend of the old and new. Toby and Brenda homeschool and coach their 12 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 21. They have produced two albums, Roots andBoots, and presently are working on their third album, Heaven.

 

This talented family has performed all over America and in other countries, including such places as Radio City Music Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. They were semi-finalists for America’s Got Talent, and Great American Country cable network featured the family in a series about a hard-working, tight-knit American family. “I think my kids are capable of nothing short of excellence, but getting there comes from a lifetime of hard work,” father Toby Willis says. For a sample of this family’s amazing talents, please check them out at http://www.thewillisclan.com/Video.html.

 

Residing in a home in a rural part of middle Tennessee, the Willis family leads a fast-paced life, focusing on full-time homeschooling, coaching, choreography and all the chores involved in running a large household.

 

They enjoy a full spectrum of life—music, dance, art, crafts, writing, as well as horses, wrestling, homemade cooking, swimming in the creek, and snuggling up before their fireplace warming their log cabin. They even have a front porch where everyone gathers.

 

They work hard to become excellent at the things they do, and it shows as their children have won regional and national dance titles and placed in world competitions for both music and dance. We have chosen to take paths less traveled and love it. We hope to share a little of this joy and adventure with everybody we meet. www.thewillisclan.com

 

Speakers’ Pictures and Bios

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FCM’s New Promotional Now Online

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2015 FCM CONFERENCE

Southern Exposure of America’s Bible Belt

May 4-6 at St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, MO

 

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL, HURRY-Limited Time

Register early and save from February 23-April 7

 

Family PassRegular $129, Now Just $99

(Includes unmarried children still living at home)

Couple PassRegular $89, Now Just $69

(Husband and Wife)

Individual PassRegular $69, Now just $49

 

First Time Attendee*

Family$79

Couple$49

Individual$29

Exhibit Hall Free

 

*To get the First Time Attendee price, please enter firsttime for the Coupon Code.

 

Online Registration This exclusive price is now available online by going to:

https://familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12

 

If you have any trouble registering, please let us know by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text53012 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 314-920-6135. Please keep in mind that it may be a few days before we are able to respond.

 

REGISTER NOW AND SAVE for the Preferred Conference where Excellence is a Priority!

 

Southern Grandeur and Southern Hospitality at its finest!

 

Celebrations will include America’s History through Music, Mountain Folk Festival with the Willis Clan performing Bluegrass and Irish Music with Clogging, Cotillion with Sword Ceremony and Costume Contest.

 

IMPERSONATORS

 

Parents, young adults, and children, if you wish to participate in our impersonation contest, please mull over some of the conference topics below and the people we have listed to see who you would like to become. This is certainly not mandatory, but fun. Thoroughly investigate your character so you are prepared to answer attendees’ questions as they attempt to identify your person.

 

TREASURE HUNT

 

When you determine who you will impersonate, contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text14503 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-920-6135, and we will keep a running list of characters. Before the conference, we will print cards with the names of the characters coming to the conference and hand these out to our attendees.

 

Characters will wear a nametag that identifies them as an impersonator and have a special pen for marking the cards when someone discovers their identity.

 

The first attendee to fill their card by discovering the identity of our impersonators will receive a special historical gift. Now this means that attendees will need to brush up on their history of the characters below so they are prepared to ask good questions of our impersonators.

 

SOUTHERN PAGEANT

 

We will also ask our impersonators to be part of our southern pageant where we announce your character at our Southern Cotillion. Attendees will vote on the best impersonator’s costume, and the winner will receive a historical gift.

 

Impersonators may represent any of these famous people from the South: Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, Spanish Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, Spanish Explorer Hernando De Soto, French Explorer Louis Jolliet, French Missionary Jacques Marquette, French Explorer La Salle, Privateer/Pirates Jean and Pierre Laffite, English Pirate Edward Teach Blackbeard, Governor Alexander Spotswood, Mary Washington, George Washington, Martha Washington, Samuel Adams, Elizabeth Adams, John Adams, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Louisa Adams, Patrick Henry, Sarah Henry, James Madison, Dolly Madison, Samuel Davies, Sarah Davies, Jane Davies, John Randolf, Richard Henry Lee, Anne Lee, John Rutledge, Elizabeth Rutledge, Thomas Jefferson, Martha Jefferson, Explorer Daniel Boone, Rebecca Boone, Commodore Joshua Barney, Admiral Franklin Buchanan, Commodore Stephen Decatur, Commander Catesby ap Roger Jones, Master Samuel Chester Reid, Captain Osa Eldridge, Oceanographer/ Cartographer/Astronomer Matthew Maury, Inventor Eli Whitney, Father of Texas Stephen F. Austin, Frontiersman/Tennessee Representative/Soldier at the Alamo Davy Crockett, Senator/Governor/Soldier Sam Houston, President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Vice President/Secretary of State/Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, Floride Calhoun, Senator/Secretary of State Henry Clay, Lucretia Clay, Soldier/Secretary of War/Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Varina Davis, Pastor and Chaplain Robert Lewis Dabney, Margaretta Dabney, Brigadier General Robert E. Lee, Mary Randolph Custis Lee, Brigadier General Thomas Stonewall Jackson, Mary Anna Jackson, Brigadier General James Jeb Stuart, Flora Stuart, Brigadier General Pierre Beauregard, Marie Beauregard, Caroline Beauregard, Senator Daniel Webster, President Andrew Jackson, Author of The Naval war of 1812 (a standard study of war)/Colonel of the Rough Riders/President Teddy Roosevelt, Representative/Secretary of State/Opponent of Darwinism William Jennings Bryan, Scientist and Inventor George Washington Carver, and Sgt. Alvin C. York, Grace York.

 

Mothers and daughters might want to consider playing the part of the wife or sister of the impersonator in the family, or mothers and daughters may wish to become a Southern belle.

 

For Those Who Do Not Wish to Be Impersonators but Wish to Dress in Period Costumes

 

A cotillion is a formal ball originating in the 18th century. Costumes are not mandatory for our cotillion. However for those of you who do not wish to be impersonators but wish to dress in period costumes, you should begin sewing or selecting your gowns, dress attire, or uniforms for our Southern Cotillion. This can be Civil War attire, Sea Captain/Ship attire, Spanish Conquistadors, Explorers…or dress up as any of the characters above. You do not have to participate as an impersonator to dress up as one of our historical characters

 

South’s Rich History at the Cotillion

 

An emcee will be formally announcing our characters along with a short narration of the South’s rich history.

 

If you are taking part in the costume contest, email your character to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text95057 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that we may formally introduce your character at the beginning of the Cotillion. Your character may be a particular individual like Juan Ponce de Leon, Dolly Madison, Rebecca Boone, Matthew Maury, Stephen Austin, Davy Crockett, Jefferson Davis, Mary Randolph Custis Lee, Flora Stuart, Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington Carver…or a part of a more general group such as Spanish Conquistador, Southern Belle, Sea Captain/Ship attire, Spanish Conquistadors, Civil War Soldier…  

 

In order to formally announce our Southern Belles, one from the other, at our Cotillion, we ask that you pick a city and state in the South from where you might have come, such as Southern Belle from Atlanta, Georgia, Southern Belle from Vicksburg, Mississippi, Southern Belle from Richmond, Virginia. You will be announced as you walk through the doors in the ballroom.

 

VOLUNTEERS

 

Calling volunteers, both artists to create backdrops of New Orleans’ bustling Southern port and impersonators: Creoles, Indians, Fur Trappers, Frontier Soldiers, and Peddlers calling out their wares. “Ducks?” “Oysters?” “Shrimp?” “Pralines?” Anyone?

 

Sword Ceremony Calling volunteers for a sword ceremony that will open our pageant and cotillion.

 

If you are interested in volunteering for either of these, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text22491 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-920-6135.

 

MEET CAPTAIN JACK AND PARAKEET PETE AND BECOME A SHIPMATE ON FCM’S FLAGSHIP

 

Ahoy Matey! Come aboard FCM’s 2015 Flagship Conference and meet Captain Jack, along with Parakeet Pete, while he shows you how to tie nautical knots. He will be sitting along the mighty Mississippi on a traveling trunk with lots of individually cut lengths of rope, so you can learn firsthand to tie the knots you will need to know for signing up as a shipmate on FCM’s flagship.

 

A flagship isa vessel used by the commanding officer of a group of naval ships, reflecting the custom of its commander, characteristically a flag officer, flying a distinguishing flag. Used more loosely, it is the lead ship in a fleet of vessels, typically the first, largest, fastest, most heavily armed, best known, first rate where the Admiral’s flag is flown. Admiral is the rank of the highest naval officers. God is our Admiral, and we are very thankful that He has sanctified our conference with the honor of His Holy Spirit.

 

Southern Hospitality as its Best!

 

1.              Spectacular 3-day celebration held at the beautiful St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri

2.              Southern Hospitality Welcome Bags filled with Delightful Surprises

3.              World Class Speakers and Workshops

4.              Stunning Heirloom Poster to be Signed by Speakers

5.              Celebrity Book Signings

6.              Southern Scenery

7.              Historical Impersonators

8.              Treasure Hunt

9.              Special Historical Gifts

10.           Southern Belles

11.           Sword Ceremony

12.           Southern Pageant

13.           Costume Contest

14.           Southern Cotillion

15.           Mountain Folk Festival with Musicians, Singers, and Irish Cloggers-The Willis Clan

16.           History of America Through Music

17.           Especially convenient for families with young children, the award-winning Embassy Suites is attached to the convention center and is a 60-second indoor walk from the main conference area.

18.           More convenient than ever! Since we have never fully utilized the upstairs ballroom space, less than half actually, we are moving everything upstairs. That’s right! For your convenience, the entire conference will be held on the main floor, including our exhibitors.

19.           Southern Exposure to the Bible Belt TravelogueIllustrated (slide show) lecture on places visited and historical people encountered while traveling south through the Bible belt. Learn about planning trips, packing, navigating, and extraordinary adventures.

 

THE PERFECT FAMILY VACATION & A GREAT PLACE TO RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS

 

Special FCM Rate for the Embassy Suites-HURRY!

 

We recommend attendees stay at the beautiful, award-winning Embassy Suites connected to the St. Charles Convention Center. The Embassy Suites is offering a special rate to our Family Covenant Ministries (CHEF) families for just $109 (compared to their normal rate of $179 for two doubles and one sofa bed). To receive this special rate go to http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/STLEMES-FCM-20150502/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POGor call 636-946-5544.

 

Please note that it is better to make reservations online than by phone because in the past, part of the reservationist’s “sales tactics” was to say that the room block was full. If you have any problems with receiving this special room offer, please contact Nick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call at 636-866-0170. You may also call us at 314-920-6135. To make certain that you receive this special room rate, you should make your reservations as soon as possible because our room block will fill up, as it gets closer to the conference.

 

The Embassy Suites Hotel is a 12- story, 296-room facility with the lavish Spa Botanica, an indoor pool, fitness center, and a master chef. Your spacious, two-room suites are fully equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and two telephones with data ports, high speed Internet access, and a well-lit dining/work table. During your stay you will receive complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts, and in the evening from 5:30-7:30, complimentary drinks and snacks are also provided.

 

The St. Charles Convention Center and the Embassy Suites Hotel are conveniently located off Interstate 70 just 5 miles from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. You can also visit their website at www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com.

 

Times and locations of Workshops, Book Signings, and Festivities will be listed in our program, which will be handed to each attendee at the registration table.

 

CELEBRITY BOOK SIGNINGS

 

Have your books signed for your posterity! The time schedule of each book signing will be listed in our program, which will be handed to each attendee at the registration table.

 

Victoria Botkin She Shall be Called Woman

 

Elizabeth and Anna Sofia Botkin It’s Not that Complicated

 

William Federer George Washington Carver-His Life & Faith in His Own Words; What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an

 

Dr. Jason LisleThe Stargazer’s Guide to the Night Sky, Taking Back Astronomy, Discerning Truth, The Ultimate Proof of Creation, Logic & Faith: Discerning Truth in Logical Arguments, and The Solar System: God’s Heavenly Handiwork

 

Dr. Joe Morecraft With Liberty & Justice for All, Lectures on the South, andAuthentic Christianity.

 

A COMPELLING CASE FOR DONATING TO FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES (CHEF)

 

Destruction of the traditional, biblical family is the greatest culprit in the demise of our nation and the world at large. Restoration of the backbone of this Christian Civilization is the only long-term solution to our society’s disorder, beginning and ending with covenant fidelity to parental discipleship throughout multiple generations.

 

Over the past 31 years, Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) has diligently labored to equip generations of families to fulfill their biblical mandate to disciple their children at home. The results of this long-term commitment have produced tens of thousands of exceptional, well educated, self-disciplined, eager, creative, hard working, trustworthy young adults who are faithful to their parents, churches, employers, communities, and nation.

 

As a matter of fact, leaders from across the country have touted our organization as the premier educational and advocacy group for home educators, all because of our uncompromising tenacity to covenant faithfulness and our indefatigable labor towards rebuilding our culture through discipling our families in the Word.

 

While our nation suffers violence from the great influx of ideologies and values antithetical to the biblical principles on which it was established, rapidly hurling it into pagan barbarism no less, Family Covenant Ministries’ diligence assures continuity from one generation to the next of the ideas, values and principles necessary to keep it free.

 

Yet for all its hard labor, FCM cannot continue to exist if not financially assisted by those who believe in its mission and vision. Indeed if the Christian community desires to advance the Kingdom in this cultural war, they must be willing to finance the vanguard who continues to battle, day in and day out, year after year.

 

As you know, FCM/CHEF is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization that has dedicated these past 31 years to honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through equipping generations of families to fulfill their biblical mandate to disciple their children at home. Making certain that our events remain affordable for all homeschooling families, while providing scholarships to widows and those in duress, FCM consistently experiences shortages for most events.

 

When it comes to the conference, the shortfalls are huge because unlike other conferences that use vendors as their speakers, with only one or maybe two featured speakers, FCM’s adherence to excellent messages requires large outlays of money that result in enormous shortages.

 

Although we are thrilled to serve the Lord and help advance FCM’s extraordinary work in transforming our culture, we feel that we have a fiduciary responsibility to our own children to enlist more families to make significant pecuniary contributions towards supporting the tremendous costs involved in operating this organization.

 

Contributing from 40-80 plus hours each week to the work, our family can attest to the huge amounts of money it takes to continue the daily tasks that go into managing the organization, ministering to thousands of families each year, orchestrating events throughout each year, and writing monthly newsletters.

 

Who has not benefitted from the excellent teachings expounded in the newsletters, at meetings, or at the conference? In a world of information where meaningless drivel continues to take the place of valuable content, families need to understand the significance of maintaining the hand that feeds, nurtures, equips, and supports them. Especially when families continue to make a point of expressing their gratitude for the instruction provided in the newsletter and the conference because they don’t get it anywhere else, we must make the point to turning those words of gratitude into acts of love and appreciation by supporting those who labor on behalf of so many. Even those who don’t realize FCM’s impact have benefitted by the influence it is having on our nation, but more importantly, by the blessings it has brought upon so many families because of our faithfulness.

 

God says that the laborer is worthy of his wages; yet not only have we not been paid these past 31 years, but our family continues to cover the huge shortfalls each year.

 

Sound harsh? The truth of the matter is that it is tragic and a poor witness that one family shoulders the brunt of the hefty weight of the ministry’s shortfall, when thousands who benefit from the weekly labors of the few continue to neglect the great need of their brethren.

 

Our ministry needs help. Will you help us?

 

Leading up to Valley Forge, during the time at Valley Forge, and while engaged in the battle for our freedom, George Washington continued to plead for the finances he knew were needed for winning the war. Americans are still experiencing far more grace than deserved because of our founders’ faithfulness in pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to that cause. Please allow us to repeat what national and local leaders continue to share with us that many home educators in this land are living in the light of God’s blessings because of FCM’s arduous labor on their behalf.

 

We are engaged in a fierce battle for the hearts of our families and the soul of our nation!

 

Please consider making a Donation when you Register Online.

 

Please notethat although we are a nonprofit organization, donations provided to Family Covenant Ministries are not tax deductible because we reserve the right to speak truth freely about legislation, to actively campaign for candidates who share our vision and mission, and to lobby without government restrictions. We deeply appreciate your support!

 

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Family Covenant Ministries(formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 31 years! www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

 

Our Family’s Vision and Mission

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=4&Itemid=1

 

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME March 2015 Information

http://www.theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/

 

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

 

FCM Activities

     1.  Heart to Heart Tea, March 19, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

     2.  Graduation Meeting, March 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

     3.  Meeting/Fellowship, March 27, 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

     4.  Art Festival, April 11, 4:00-9:00 p.m.

 

FCM (CHEF) 17th Annual Heart to Heart Mother/Daughter Tea (Mothers without Daughters are welcome!)Thursday, March 19, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Hawken House Hearth Room, 1155 S. Rock Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63119. Preregistration cost is $11 per person; $12 per person at the door. Mothers without daughters are welcome to come. Come and enjoy tea and delectable pastries with other homeschooling moms.

 

You may register and pay for this event online by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12.Choose Mother/Daughter Tea by clicking on the down arrow to the right of the Event List.

 

If you are unable to pay online, please send name, number of attendees, and check payable to FCM, c/o Sonia Summers, PO Box 586, Fredericktown MO 63645 by March 14to reserve your place or call 314-920-6135 to make a reservation.

 

Candy’s Message for the Evening At different times in our lives, each of us has been guilty of fear, worry, and anxiety. As some say, “It goes with the territory of motherhood. After all, where would children be if it were notfor mothers? Someone has to do the worrying. And we do live in such unpredictable and dangerous times!” I actually remember making some of these comments at different times in my life, presenting my “tolerable” sins with levity unbecoming of a woman of God.

 

Sadly, unless smacked in the face with the reality of our kinsmen’s pernicious distrust, ingratitude, and discontentment at the Red Sea, and during the forty years that followed, we don’t often make the connection with their intolerable sins to our own. More importantly, we don’t realize how our distrust in God’s omnipotent providence affects future generations.

 

It is true that each passing year brings far more responsibility and trials, yet a great many people throughout history experienced far worse circumstances that come with war, pestilence, and famine. To their credit, and to those who took the time to record their resolve to trust in divine Providence, we have a great cloud of witnesses that exemplified a faith few of us understand.

 

Thankfully none of us has gone through such perilous events, but I can testify to the struggle of finding balance between disbelief and righteous concern, nonetheless. After exploring what the Bible has to say about these sins and their remedy, we will look at the difference between self-imposed stress and stress that comes with godly responsibilities and divine trials; the steadfast faith of some of our Southern heroes in the face of losing everything; in-depth personal practices that help me deal with the stress that comes with our family’s immense responsibilities; and finally ways to solve some of your stress. My hope for the evening is to strengthen your resolve to trust in God and focus on His grace and mercy towards us. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Directions:If you take Hwy. 270 south, exit at Big Bend Road. Go east on Big Bend approximately 4 miles to S. Rock Hill Road. Go right on Rock Hill for 2 blocks. The house is just past Hawken Condominiums on the right. Barn is on right in back of Hawken House. There is no Big Bend exit if you are going north on Hwy. 270. Therefore, if you take Hwy. 270 north, go east on Hwy. 44. Exit at Big Bend Road and go east for approximately 1.5 miles to S. Rock Hill Road. Then follow above directions.

 

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FCM (CHEF) 31st Annual Graduation Meeting, Friday, March 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. If you have a graduate, please email your graduate’s name, parents’ names, address, phone, and email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text37597 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Shortly after we receive your information, we will email our Welcome packet. Our graduation planning meetings will be held at the beautifulSalem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. To give you an idea of the focus of our graduation you may read the godly and inspiring charge, “Destined to Make a Difference,” which was presented by Bob Wells in 2010 by going to http://www.familycovenantministries.com/. Click on “Services” and scroll to the bottom of the page.

 

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FCM (CHEF) Meetings and Fellowship, March 27 7:00 p.m.-Midnight at the beautifulSalem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza. Registration at the door is $15 per family or $5 per person to cover room rental ($125) and speakers (other than us).

 

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FCM (CHEF) 21st Annual Art Festival and Photography Contest,Saturday, April 11 at the beautifulSalem United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131. Conveniently located just off Hwy 40/64 between Hwy 270 and 170, a little north of Frontenac Plaza.

 

We are pleased to continue this year the Assorted Arts category, which includes such projects as sculptures, origami, string art, fabric art, mosaics, needlepoint, knitting, macramé, etc. (no video will be accepted). The addition of this category gives more opportunities for our children to showcase their creativity. 

 

If you are looking for thought-starters for your art projects, this year’s FCM conference theme is a great place to start. Simply go to www.familycovenantministries.com. Click on the tab for the conference, and go to the list of workshops for a wealth of ideas for your special project.

 

Please note: Homeschooled children ages 5 and up may submit up to 2 projects in the Fine Arts category AND up to 2 projects in the Assorted Arts category; AND ages 14 and up may also submit 2 photos in the Photography contest. Homeschool graduates are also welcome to submit projects in all 3 categories.

 

All of our families are cordially invited to view these artwork pieces created by our gifted children, to be displayed at Salem Methodist Church. Before the awards ceremony, admire the artwork while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cookies, cold drinks and classical music performed by homeschooled children and families.

 

Art Festival Schedule on Saturday, April 11

 

4:00-5:30 p.m. Viewing of artwork, voting for People’s Choice Awards (hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and fellowship)

6:00-7:00 p.m. FCM Art Festival awards ceremony

9:00 p.m. Project retrieval and clean-up

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PROJECT SUBMISSION

 

Saturday, March 21 General registration form submission (MUST be postmarked by this date) - $6 per project. General fee maximum per family: $60.

 

Saturday, April 4 Deadline for project drop-off

 

Saturday, April 11 FCM Art Festival artwork viewing and announcement of winners

 

(Due to increased costs to host and run the art festival, we have had to make a small increase in our project fees.)

 

To download the registration form and for additional details on registration procedures, drop-off locations, guidelines for acceptable artwork, etc., go to www.familycovenantministries.comunder Calendar of Events, April 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Joe and Teresa Carr at 314-521-5668 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .