Happy Fathers Day

Mark & Ryan Waters

Mark & Ryan Waters

Dad is the most Godly man I personally know. He is the greatest influence in my life, and I am so glad I’m lucky enough to call him Dad. He is always there when I need help with anything I am doing. He is the rock of our family that holds us together. He keeps the roof over our head and food on our table. I am so grateful for having such a strong, Godly man as my father.

Ryan (Waters)

Krista & Ronnie Richmond

Krista & Ronnie Richmond

My dad has been there through it all. From when I was in the NICU to now, he has never given up on me. He’s taught me how to stand on my own two feet but also to ask for help when I need it. He’s shown me that once I put my heart into something like school to never give up and do it to the complete best of my ability. He’s shown me to be patient with others and that a simple hug can make all the difference.

Krista (Richmond)

Suzie & Mark Waters

Mark Waters… how can I even put into the words what this man means to me and our children?  This will be inadequate but I’ll make an effort.I met Mark when we were both 17 and dated until we married at age 21.  We started our family when we were 22, inviting our precious Ryan into the world.  At 24 we welcomed Princess and at 26 we finished our perfect little family with Reuben.  Mark was hands on from the minute Ryan was born!  He has always gone above and beyond as a Dad!  Our lives here in this home revolve around each other, which wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Mark taking the roll of husband and father to heart like he has.  He is a rock and I am blessed to call him my husband and the father of our children!

~ Suzie (Waters)

Ashley & Ronnie Richmond

Ashley & Ronnie Richmond


Thank you for everything you do for me. Thank you for always pushing me to strive for my very best in everything that I do. Thank you for always being there for me no matter what. Thank you for always giving me advice and listening to me when I have a problem. I know that I don’t always show it but I appreciate everything that you do for Momma, Krista and me. Thank you for always working so hard to give us a good life. I don’t know what I would do without you! I love you and hope you have a great Fathers Day!

Ashley (Richmond)

Edward Oldham & Sons

Edward Oldham & Sons

Dear Dad:

I have so much I want to thank you for. You have given the vitality of life to me through your instruction as a child, discipline as a teenager and continued support as a man. I want to thank you for the tradition of Saturday morning pancakes that are now a part of my own family.

For the times when I was wrong and my conduct was unbecoming that of being called your son. For the times that you held me and comforted me. For the times that you disciplined in such a way that I always knew you loved me. For this I say, “Thanks Dad.”

I appreciate the hard work you did. The hours of study, the hours of visitation with your flock. The way you did not let your frustration get you down even when it seemed the whole world was against you.

As I child I never quite understood why we were always moving and uprooting our family. Now as an adult, I fully understand that to follow Christ is to obey Him, even when we do not know why. I thank you for your obedience, for it is “In Him” that your love toward me will continue to guide and instruct.

It is for one particular gift that you gave that I am most thankful. It was not yours to give but only to provide. That provision was presented in the introducing of Jesus Christ. For the gift was given in God’s Grace. It was your example of Christian faith that helps me, still, understand more fully the Grace I do not deserve.

I remember many years ago, you stated how much you miss Papa. That even though you miss him so much, the first thing you want to do when you get to heaven is meet Jesus. After you have your questions answered then you are going to spend eternity with Papa. You told me this before Granny died. I picture in my mind’s eye your arrival at the “Pearly Gates”. And right behind St. Peter stands not only Papa and Granny, but all your brothers and sisters, and my John Andrew. All with a big smile and arms stretched out to welcome you home.

Tell them I miss them all and will be there someday. For now it is my turn to wait. I will see you again. Until then I have a life to live, a family to raise and our God to follow.

Thanks for being my Dad and my example of faithfulness, a hero of the faith. Now that you are gone I pray that I can carry this mantle you have provided and pass it on to your grandchildren.

I Love You and Will Forever Miss You!!

Andy (Oldham)


Princess & Mark Waters

Princess & Mark Waters

You are the absolute best dad a girl could ask for. I owe you so much
(not only with money ). You have always been there to talk things through with
me, calm me down, make sure I feel loved, and sooo much more. There are no words
that could adequately explain how much I love you and how much you mean to me.

Princess (Waters)

Doug & Hannah Pierce

Doug & Hannah Pierce


Thank you so much for your unconditional love. You are my twin. We love the same everything! You’re my encourager. You’re my leader. You’re the example of the husband I hope to have. You’re faith inspires me every day. You’re heart makes me want to love more people. You’re hard work pushes me to try harder. I can’t express to you what it means to have such a Godly father for us to look up to. Thank you for always questioning my friends (even though sometimes I hate it) to make sure they are in the right place in life. My friends adore you.

Thank you for always being there for me no matter what. You always want the best for us. That means so much to me. Thank you for always being the most supportive dad we could ever ask for. Every job/major I have thought to be one day, you have pushed me to go for it. I love that you are always there for us for anything we need. Thank you for always transferring money when I need it ☺ and always being on me when my account is low. You’re always looking out for us.

I can’t thank you enough for loving me so much. I hope one day my future husband will be the father you are.

I will always treasure the times you came back and apologized for my spankings, when we gardened together, when we went on fishing trips (and Reed fell in), when we ate peppers together, when you taught me how to ski, when you surprised us with a snack every time we got off the bus, when you snuck money to me, when we ate bad stuff the times mom left, when you built us a tree house (and fell in the back of your truck), when you did a back flip and hit your back on a rock trying to save me from drowning in the mountains, when you surprised us with Max, when you drove the bus and every body thought my dad was cool, and so much more!!! You have done SO much for us!

As I get married next year, you’ll always be the first man I ever loved. Thank you for setting standards so high for the guys I dated. It helped me end up with someone as awesome as you. I will always come to you for advice and encouragement. I know I will always carry everything you have taught me. I don’t tell you enough, but I love you SO much more than you know. I think the world of you. You are the best dad I could ever ask for. I thank God every day for you! Happy Father’s Day! I hope you have the best one yet!!!


The only daughter who calls their dad “Deddy”

(Hannah Pierce)

 Reuben & Mark Waters

My dad, Mark Waters, is the absolute best dad in the world. He has been there for me through everything and has always provided for me no matter what. From being my boss and getting me out of trouble to being my coach and winning back-to-back championships he has been the best role model in my life. He has taught me how to be a gentleman and I hope and pray that I will be as much of a man as he is one day.

Reuben (Waters)









Happy Mothers Day!!!

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Following are letters and statements of love and appreciation from various member of our church to their Mom’s and Wives on this special occasion we enjoy called Mother’s Day.



Ashley, Karen & Krista Richmond

About My Mom

It is amazing how much our mothers do for us even if we don’t realize it. From cooking dinner, to cheering us up when we are sad, to staying up late with us while we are studying or doing home work. Mom always go above and beyond for the ones she loves. My Mom has always been my biggest supporter. She was at practically every single game and competition when I was in marching band during high school and never once complained about having to pick me up well after midnight when we got back from band competitions. To this day she is always there for me whenever I need something as simple as a hug, or is there for me to talk to whenever I just need to talk to somebody, I know I can count on her. She always has encouraged me to follow my dreams and to not give up on something when I want it. I remember several nights from this school year when I would absolutely not want to do another math problem or work on yet another paper for English and Mom would be there to remind me that I was able to do it. Thank you for everything you have done for me,

Mom I love you so much!

Krista (Richmond)



Dear Mom,

I thank you for every thing you do.

Sometimes I thank you for,

Bringing me into this world

Loving me

Teaching me the principles of life

Being there for me

Being a godly mother

There is so much that you have done for me.

Mom, I want to thank you for all the punishments you cuz I know it was for the best.

Your son,

Tyler (Helm)


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Katie Oldham

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Dear Family, Friends and Readers,

Memories of Beverly Suzanne McClung Waters;

Her love for children was obvious from the time I first met her in the fall of 1989. Two years later during her college years in the spring of 1991 she was hired to work at a daycare for Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. She also baby sat for many families in the area. Children were very fond of her, she not only played with them, taught them but she also loved them. Suzie is still in contact with many of these now adults from the bonds they developed during her years of babysitting.

We had been wed just over one year when our first born son Ryan was born September 13, 1993. Suzie took to motherhood immediately! Feedings, diaper changing, burping but most importantly pictures and video! We have always said over the years, our kids still have light sensitivity issues, flash burn from all the pictures and video Suzie took of our kids through the years (especially Ryan).

Fast forward 18 months to the birth of our second child Mary Elizabeth Waters whom we immediately named Princess and she still goes by that name today (18 years later freshman in college). Suzie still a young mother taking many photographs and hours of video of both children at this point. Princess was a bit more stubborn and head strong than Ryan and made her a bit more challenging to instruct than Ryan! (That changed when teenage years hit)

Last but certainly not least two years later we have Reuben. I remember when Suzie was told many times not to name him that; other kids would make fun of his name. But we cannot imagine him as anything other than a Reuben! Reuben from his 1st birthday on felt like he was as old as Ryan and Princess. He wanted to do what they did and felt like he could keep up with them as well. After all these years at the age of 16 Reuben still feels like he is 20 and should be in college with Ryan and Princess.

Over the years – I have been blessed with the best wife and mother any husband could ask or dreamt for. Let me begin by saying her Christian beliefs and values have never wavered over 21 years of marriage and 20 years of motherhood. From the time our Ryan came home from the hospital she has sang Christian hymns at night to help them go to sleep. Of course she would allow each child to pick their favorite before they dozed off to sleep. Reuben seemed to get his sung several times in a row! Suzie always helps keep our family on our knees in prayer at night and helped all our children read and understand the Bible. To this day our kids have a strong Christian faith and understanding of Scripture that most adults will never have because of the way Suzie taught and raised our children.

Suzie has also been able to maintain a fun loving home. We have spent countless hours laughing at ourselves and past events over the years. Suzie has kept a journal of emails documenting stories of our children’s events of the day and crazy things they would say or come up with. Now in a cell phone age with video and instant social media our kids catch Suzie all the time singing, dancing or doing something crazy they can share with their friends. Which they say is to show how “cool she is” or to totally try and embarrass her; probably both!

Today – Suzie still is raising three children, two in college and one in high school yet the loving, nurturing, disciplining functions of a mother never stop. Last night she stopped and wanted to have prayer as a family in our living room, this morning she stopped Ryan and prayed with him prior to taking a test in college today. This is the mother that I know and could not or would not want any other mother for our children.

Thankful you Suzy, for being a strong Christian spouse and mother,

Your loving husband,

Mark (Waters)



Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know how special you are to me on this Mother’s Day. You’re the absolute Mom in the entire world. Thank you for all you do for our family, from constantly supporting us, encouraging us, and being there for us, through the good times and the bad.

I also want to thank you for pushing me to be the best I can be, and be the inspiration for me to try new things and live and awesome life. I don’t know where I would be today if I didn’t have you to confide in.

I hope you have a very blessed day. I thank God everyday for putting you into our lives.

We love you Mom!

Love, Haley (Sims)


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To the Mom Whom Surprises Them All,

I cannot begin to put into words how thankful I am for your infinite love. You set an example of how to love, be an encouragement, and be a godly mother and wife. You have high the standards for what we, your kids, should find or be one day; and for that, I am so grateful.

Thank you for the love and encouragement you give me each and every day. You have been there through rough and awesome moments. You have always encouraged me to be better or to try harder. The love you give me is always unconditional. I have never doubted that my mom loves me. Watching you come home each and every day after a long hard day of work to cook and clean for us, shows how much you care for us. I know it is tiring and frustrating, but I have appreciated every single thing you have done.

When I think of what stands out about you, mom, I think of how awesome you are with your Christian walk. It reflects on your role as a mother and a wife. You have never realized how encouraging it is to wake up and see you praying and reading your Bible. Not just some mornings, but every morning you do. I watch and learn so many things from you. The way you treat people is always the same. You’re so loving and caring. I believe that you have rubbed that trait off on me, which is one of my favorite things about you. If someone needs help…you’re there. If someone needs a home cooked meal…you’re bringing it to them. If someone is spending the night with us…you’re waking up to have muffins made and making sure they are taken care of.  You are my supermom. Thank you for showing me what it means to be that godly mom and wife.

As I move to this next chapter in my life, I will always carry the things you have taught me and showed me. I thank you for always pushing me to never settle because now I am ending with an amazing, godly future husband. I am excited to be that wife you are to dad, to Ryan. I hope to be half the woman you are one day. I love you more than you know. Thank you for being the best you can be ALL the time.

Love Always,
Hannah (Pierce)




Dear Mom,

I just wanted to say that I love you. Thank you for supporting me in whatever I do whether it be coming to all the home football games to listen to me play in the band or helping me stay on task when I have long nights of homework. Without you I would not be where I am today. On this Mother’s Day I want to thank you for all the times you have punished me. Without these punishments I would have not know what was right from wrong.

Also, I want to thank you for raising me in a godly family. Finally, I want to thank you for bringing me into this world.

Love, your son,

David (Waller)


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Dear Mom,

Thanks for always being there for me. I appreciate how you always take care of me by fixing meals and caring for me. I love the way you comfort me when I am hurting and telling me to be happy and work toward my dreams of drawing comics. You are the best Mom ever and I will always love you.

Love you Mom!

Blake, your Bubba (Oldham)


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Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you on Mother’s Day. Thanks for everything you do for me, from giving me advice and helping me with my problems, to putting my needs before your own. Thanks for always being there for me when I need you. Thanks for always loving me, even when I make mistakes. Thank you for putting me in the best situation possible to get a good education. I don’t know how I will ever thank, or repay you for it.

You have no idea how much I love you, even though I don’t show it all the time. Thank you for pushing me to be my best.


Ashley (Richmond)


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Hey Momma,

You’re the bestest! Your love is real. Your are forever understanding. You laugh when you get hurt, that’s great. You cry when things are going great for me. You love sports. You are a great Momma. You complete me. You understand me. You knew when my room wasn’t clean.

These are the things that I love about you and so much more. I am so blessed to have you as my Mom. I’ll never understand why all the harsh punishment, but I know that they were for my own good.

I love you Momma!

Ryan (Sawyer)





The Blessings of Fellowship

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20

One of the things we enjoy at First Independent Methodist is fellowship. “Fellowship is often times overlooked in the life of a Christian.  If you grew up in the church, you might associate the word “fellowship” as something your church family did by bringing a pot-luck style of lunch for all to share after a special Sunday service.  But fellowship is not an event, no, it should be part of our life as a Christ-follower.  Maybe the strongest and most pointed passage about fellowship is from Hebrews 10:24-25 when the author says that some have stopped meeting and are neglecting fellowship. This is important for all men and women of faith.” (whatchristianswanttoknow.com)

As part of our family life here at Madison Methodist we have this fellowship in a variety of ways. One of these ways was, indeed, is a pot-luck lunch after a wonderful God inspired sermon on the importance of forgiveness. From children playing and looking at flowers to our seniors the following  photographs are of our fellowship. We invite you to join us.

 “That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3

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 Claude Legate says, "Just Right."

Claude Legate says,

“Fellowship is not just something that we try to fit into our Christian life after we get everything else together.  All fellowship is important.  Fellowship will challenge us, encourage us, help us stay accountable, and fellowship is showing obedience to God and his word.  Don’t neglect this part of the Bible.”

Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-fellowship-21-scripture-quotes/#ixzz3YWf2Vyet