Volume 2 Issue 3                                                                    December 2001


Christians Creating the Future at Philip Morris


The Servant Team – Leaders:

Tom Meadows, Ruth Johnson, Richard Hatcher, Delois Maddox, Ralph Brown, Julia Candia and Jackie Hager

The Twelve Disciples – Prayer Team

Tee Williams, Karen Page, Deborah Whitener, Ivan Pope, Janet Taylor, Juanita Langley, Margie Jasper, Deedre Dickerson, Pam Barden, Pam Jeter, Sandra Smalls, and George Foreman.

Love Fund Coordinator:   Mary Tinnell

Newsletter Staff:   

Zynobia Gibson, Sandra Smalls, Sandra Witherspoon


Inside This Issue
















Happy Holidays,


We at Hands Up would like to wish you and your family a joyous and blessed holiday season. 

This has been a blessed year for Hands Up.  We had two (2)  Off Site Meetings, a Fellowship Breakfast, a trip to Lancaster, PA to include shopping and the play "Behold the Lamb", the Website went live and of course we will provide gifts for two (2) families in the Weed and Seed program. 

On September 11th, the faith of our nation was tested.  But we met the challenge and had a national day of Prayer & Reflection on 9/14/01.   Think about that, a National Day of Prayer and Reflection, giving honor and praise to our Lord and Savior.  Since this incident, so many people have been more accepting of others, more giving, more patient and more thankful for what they have.  Our God has been in the midst of all of this.  

This newsletter was written to continue encouraging our fellow Christians to keep this hope and love alive.  We have to continue to talk to those people we really don't want to talk to, hug someone just because, offer a smile to someone that might be feeling a little low and remind them that Jesus loves them.  Continue to pray for our nation and the terrorist.  "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you."   Matthew 5:44


Be blessed and enjoy this edition.


Zynobia Gibson





Encouragement of CARE  - Jackie Hager


C - Challenge to love our sisters and brothers.

A - Affirm our love for our sisters and brothers.

R - Respect our sisters and brothers.

E - Encourage our sisters and brothers.


I want you to know that we are targets.  The enemy wants each of us to quit.  Why?  Because we are leaders in our chosen calling.  The burden is on us because we hear the voice that calls us to service but remember the scripture about burdens.  As long as we stay in His yoke He will lead us to victory.  I want to encourage you and myself that we are more than conquerors.  We win.  Thanks for hanging in there when others won't.   (Tom Meadows) 

Matthew 11:30 - For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The 7 Ups - Author unknown


1. Wake Up!!...
Decide to have a good day.   "Today  is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice
and be glad  in  it."   Psalms 118:24
2. Dress Up!!…
The best way to dress up is  to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at  outward appearance; but the Lord
looks at the heart."   I Samuel  16:7

3. Shut Up!!…
Say nice things and learn to  listen.  God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for  us to
do twice as much listening as talking.   "He who guards his lips  guards his soul."  Proverbs 13:3.
"Gossip betrays confidence.  Avoid  men who talk

too much."   Proverbs 20:19
"Listen to advice,  accept instruction and in the end,  you will be wise."  Proverbs 19:20

4. Stand   Up!!...
For what you believe in.  Stand for something or you will fall for anything.
"Let us not be weary  in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not
give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do  good..."   Galatians 6:9-10






5. Look Up!!...
To the Lord. "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me".  Philippians 4:13


6. Reach Up!!...

For something higher.   "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."   Proverbs 3:5-6
7. Lift Up!!...Your Prayers.

"Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING."  Philippians 4:6


If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.   If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.
He sends you flowers every spring, and a sunrise every morning.  Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen. He could live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart. What about the Christmas gift He sent
you in Bethlehem; not to mention that Friday at Calvary. Face it, He's  crazy about you.




When we keep our eyes on Christ,

obstacles become opportunities.



Has anyone told you

I love you,


I love you


Jesus Loves You






Sidebar Articles

Weed & Seed Program - Tom Meadows


1 John 3:17 - But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?


Weed & Seed of Richmond, Inc. is one of the original Weed & Seed programs funded by the US Department of Justice in 1992.  W&S of Richmond Inc. is a non-for-profit service provider, officially recognized and accredited by the Department of Justice.  The focus is to offer quality prevention and intervention programs for families, provide technical assistance and serve as a support resource that facilitates collaborations in the Blackwell, Gilpin and Whitcomb communities.


The purpose is to create healthier and safer communities through collaborative efforts with residents and service providers within the community through a comprehensive strategy of:


1. Law enforcement to decrease violent crimes and drug activity.

2. Community policing approaches, which engage citizens in crime prevention.


3. Adult and youth oriented prevention and intervention programs

4.  Economic revitalization and neighborhood



Hands Up’s part in this endeavor is to support the involvement of our employer in this worthy cause.

Our commitment in 2001 is to support the needs of two families at Christmas.  Our purpose is to answer the high calling of our Lord to serve others.  Check our website http://www.hands-up-ministry.org/ for our Christmas page to keep up with what we are doing and how you can help.


Galatians 6:9/10 - And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Matthew 25:45 - Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.


Weed & Seed Of Richmond

901 East Cary Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219-4030



September 11, 2001

An E-mail Letter - Author Unknown


Dear Family and Friends,


I had a very dear friend question my faith in God right after the terrorist attack on America.  Her question was simply put, "Where is your God today?"


She was very hurt, as all Americans were, so I tried not to react defensively.  Since that moment I have prayed and grieved over the disastrous events.  However, I believe I have the answer.  I know where my God was the morning of September 11, 2001!


He was very busy.


First of all, he was trying to discourage anyone from taking these flights.  Those four flights together held over 1000 passengers and there were only 266 aboard.


He was on 4 commercial flights giving terrified passengers the ability to stay calm.  Not one of the family members who was called by a loved one on one of the high-jacked planes said that passengers were screaming in the background.


On one of the flights he was giving strength to passengers to try to overtake the high-jackers.


He was busy trying to create obstacles for employees at the World Trade Center.  After all, only around 20,000 were at the towers when the first jet hit.  Since the buildings hold over 50,000 workers, this was a miracle in itself.  How many of the people who were employed at the WTC told the media that they were late for work or they had traffic delays?


He was holding up two 110-story buildings so that 2/3 of the workers could get out.  I was so amazed that the top of the towers didn't topple when the jets impacted.


Although this is without a doubt the worst thing I have seen in my life, I can see God's miracles in every bit of it.  I keep thinking about my friend and praying for her every chance I have.  I can't imagine going through such a difficult time and not believing in God.  Life would be hopeless.





This is awesome!  Isn't God good?

As Christians, we must encourage others, to never question or give up on our Lord.  He is always looking and watching over us.  We may not always understand the things He does and why, but it is always for our good. 


Zynobia Gibson


By Ron Hutchcraft  #3857 

Strong Storms And Shallow Roots

 Luke 6:46-49


            John and Becky were gone when this huge windstorm hit their neighborhood recently.  Although no one could be sure a tornado was involved, the winds were clocked at 70 miles an hour.  John and Becky told me that when they returned later that day, their street was closed.  A huge pine tree had been blown down, and it fell right across the road.  Now other kinds of trees had lost some branches, but the wind had actually totally uprooted this evergreen.  Well, a neighbor explained to John that it really isn't that hard to uproot a pine tree - no matter how big it is.  Because even though it's a big tree, it has shallow roots ... so it's relatively easy to bring it down.

            Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A WORD WITH YOU today about "Strong Storms And Shallow Roots."

            Now, there are a lot of  "pine-tree-Christians" - some even big and beautiful Christians - who have shallow roots.  And that's why they keep falling.

            Jesus talked about vulnerable believers in our word for today from the Word of God, Luke 6:46-49.  He says, "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?  I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock (or developed deep roots).  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.  But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation (or had shallow roots).  The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

Now, that's two kinds of Christians - just like two kinds of trees: one with deep roots that can withstand a storm and one with shallow roots that gets felled by the storm.  With the times we're living in becoming more stressful and more uncertain - and even dangerous - it's pretty important to be sure that your commitment to Jesus is deeply rooted.

          Shallow spiritual roots come in several varieties.  There's environmental faith - the kind that is strong when you're in your Christian world but caves in when you're not.  And then there's second-hand faith.  That's a faith that isn't really yours firsthand - it's rooted in your parent's Christianity, or your church's faith, or your pastor's faith, or your Christian friends.  There isn't much really going on directly between you and Jesus.  That will never survive a storm.

Stagnant faith - that's another form of shallow roots.  Not much new has happened between you and Jesus for a long time, and consequently, He seems farther - He seems less real than He used to. And when a test or temptation hits, it won't be enough to keep you standing.  And there is one other kind of "shallow-roots-Christianity" - event faith - the kind that depends on the next spiritual event, the next high, and the next big Christian experience to keep you going.  In between, you go into a deep valley.  That kind of relationship with Christ is going down eventually.

          Jesus' parable about the two houses is a call to a strong foundation ... to deep roots.  And He tells us the difference between storm-proof and storm-wrecked faith.  It's not whether or not you know what He says.  Both the man whose house stood and the man whose house fell "heard" what Jesus said.  The difference was putting what Jesus said into practice.

          The question is, are you regularly getting into God's Word on your own - and then immediately going out and acting on what you read?  Its immediate assimilation of God's Word into real life situations that makes you a little stronger each day.  So you read or listen to God's Word asking these two questions: "What did God just say to me?" and "What am I going to do differently today because of what He said?"


And every time you do that, your roots go a little deeper into Jesus. Meetings won't do it, theology won't do it, a great Christian environment won't do it.  It comes from letting Jesus change you through His Word a little bit each day.  That is spiritual reality.  That is a deep root.  The kind that will leave you standing strong no matter how fierce the storm.


Update on "THE LIGHT"



Ronnie Waddell

Park 500

Many are finding that the pursuit of worldly ambitions doesn’t always lead where they expect.  Given a moment to reflect, we find ourselves without a clear sense of personal identity, a strong sense of personal mission, or a deep sense of life meaning. After 911, more questions have fewer answers. Answers often don’t come easy. But the searching questions of life are well worth asking, and diligently pursuing the answer is essential for living with the purpose and perspective you were made for.


We in the Light are committing ourselves to be faithful to our God and to continue to do good deeds. Our goal is that of 1 Peter 4:7-10, to be clear minded and self-controlled so that we can pray.  Above all, to love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. We will offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one will use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.


We boldly and confidently speak God’s Word now to claim Ephesians 5: 8-9 for the Light Ministry,  “Live as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord”.  To Him be the glory and power forever and ever.


Calendar of Meetings

Jan 10, 2002                           Jan 17, 2002

Place – MC/MPR               Place – OC/A2E1

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  - 12:00


Jan 24, 2002                           Jan 31, 2002

Place: -MC/MPR               Place - OC/A2E1

Time:  12:00                      time: - 12:00


Feb 7, 2002                             Feb 14, 2002

Place – MC/MPR               Place – OC/A2E1

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  - 12:00


Feb 21, 2002                           Feb 28, 2002

Place: -MC/MPR               Place - OC/A2E1

Time:  12:00                      time: - 12:00


Mar 7, 2002                           Mar 14, 2002

Place – MC/MPR               Place - OC/A2E1

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


Mar 21, 2002                         Mar 28, 2002

Place – MC/MPR               Place – OC/A2E1

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00


Apr 4, 2002                             Apr 11, 2002

Place: -MC/MPR               Place - OC/A2E1

Time:  12:00                      time: - 12:00


Apr 18, 2002                           Apr 25, 2002

Place – MC/MPR               Place - OC/A2E1

Time : - 12:00                    Time:  12:00




The Newsletter staff is always looking for roving reporters, writers and publishers.  Anyone interested in serving God through this publication, please contact

Zynobia Gibson 274-3446, Sandra Smalls 274-3353 or Sandra Witherspoon - 274-3097

If you would like a copy of this newsletter, contact Tom Meadows and give him your home and/or e-mail address.


Giving Him the Glory 

This section will feature testimonies on how

AWESOME our God is. 

We hope you enjoy and are blessed by the sharing of our brothers.  Never be afraid to share your blessings with others, you never know you who it may help including yourself.

" Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou has done, and thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. "

 Psalms 40:5

Peaks and Valleys - Zynobia Gibson

This has really be a trying year for me.  I have had so many peaks and valley that I can't count them.  But through it all, when I was at my lowest, one or several of my fellow Hands Up members always came to the rescue.  I am reminded this one day, when James Gear sent me Strong Storms and Shallow Roots.  This particular week, I had been feeling really depressed and the devil was working overtime in my life.  I had fallen into a trap of feeling sorry for myself and wallowing in it.  The night before I received James's e-mail, I had prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to take those feelings away and help me stand on the Lord's words.   


The next morning I woke up feeling much better and asked the Lord to carry me today and continue to surround me with words of encouragement.  So when I came to work, I received the e-mail from James.    I was so filled with joy and praise after reading it.  The rest of the day, I had a smile on my face and nothing bothered me.  It truly was a confirmation that my Father is AWESOME.   

Psalm 27:1, 14   reads, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; Of who shall I be afraid? . ..  Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

For those of you that are not involved in Hands Up, you are really missing out on a serious blessing.  You meet people from all walks of life and different denominations, but we all have a common goal, Giving Praise and Honor to Our Lord and Savior.  Please come fellowship with us at one of our meetings to receive the Word of God to deepen your roots.  We would love to see you there.   May God Bless You



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