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St. Mark United Methodist Church in Northport, AL (next to Tuscaloosa) is operating as a collection and distribution center for those affected by last week’s storms. They are open from 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM, indefinitely. Please call the church office at (205) 454-7873 if you have any questions. Monetary donations can be made through the church to the “Disaster Relief Fund”. You can find their needed supplies at the bottom of this post. If you would like to mail supplies, please send to them following address: St. Mark United Methodist Church Attn: Disaster Relief 1421 McFarland Blvd. Northport, AL 35476 *Please also keep those affected by last week’s storms in your thoughts and prayers. Needed supplies:
  • battery-powered radios
  • batteries
  • flashlights
  • battery-powered fans
  • masking tape (1″ or larger)
  • blankets
  • bandages
  • small-sized toiletries
  • empty travel-sized bottles
  • deodorant
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • shovels
  • rakes
  • hoes
  • work gloves
  • Ziploc bags
  • inverter (large wattage; fits in car lighter)
  • copy paper
  • blank CD’s
  • Sharpie markers
  • digital camera (with memory card)
  • data modem or cell phone with tether
  • printer
  • clasp envelope (9″x12″ or larger)
  • plastic/felt cap nails
  • manual can openers
  • charcoal
  • lighter fluid
  • tarps
  • non-perishable food


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As a former student of the University of Alabama, yesterday’s news of the tornadoes that touched down in the state of Alabama really hit home for me. Tuscaloosa was and still is a great town whose community is growing even closer by this terrible event. We here at Shelby Systems are keeping everyone affected in our thoughts and prayers. We want to help in any way that we can, so please let us know how we can make the process easier for you. We are offering hosting and restorative assistance for anyone who needs it. We are available by phone at (800) 697-4352 or by email at support@shelbyinc.com. To those of you in other locales that have experienced loss due to weather related problems, please contact us if we can help similarly.  We know many communities in other states are experiencing flooding and other issues.  Shelby wants to assist as best we can. For those of you who want to donate $10, text “GIVE” to 80888 for The Salvation Army or text REDCROSS to 90999.


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Take a look at some big events that have happened on April 26…
  • 1993- It is announced that Conan O’Brien will replace David Letterman on NBC
  • 1992- The final episode of ABC’s “Growing Pains” airs
  • 1991- ABC premieres the show “Dinosaurs” (“Not the mama!”)
  • 1990- Nolan Ryan threw his 12th one-hitter and ties Rob Feller’s record
  • 1990- China experiences a 6.9 earthquake, killing 126 people
  • 1986- Actor/body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger marries newscaster Maria Shriver
  • 1926- Russia and Germany sign a neutrality/peace treaty
  • 1654- Jews are expelled from Brazil
  • 1564- William Shakespeare is baptized
  • 1514- Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn
  • 757- Paolo Orsini replaces his brother, Pope Stephen II, as Paul I


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This is another busy week for Shelby Systems because we are exhibiting at three different conferences at once! No… it’s not magic, it’s about us being at the Orange Conference in Duluth, GA, The Salvation Army’s NAOC (National Advisory Organizations Conference) in Orlando, FL, and NASBS (National Association of Southern Baptist Secretaries) in Sevierville, TN all happening April 27-30. We hope we will see you at one of these conferences, but if not, don’t forget that the ISC (International Shelby Conference) is coming up June 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency River Walk in San Antonio, TX. Make sure you sign up today so you don’t miss the chance to learn more about Shelby and our products, attend classes and training tutorials, hear many great speakers, and see Grammy Award winning artist, Nicole C. Mullen. If you are already signed up for ISC 2011, tell us in the “Comments” section what you are most excited about seeing.

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Just as other religious holidays have done, Easter is quickly becoming secularized with non-religious symbols such as bunnies, candy, eggs, and candy eggs. The true story of Easter and why we celebrate it, however, is something much bigger to rejoice in. Romans 1:4-5 And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name. Happy Easter!

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One difficult thing about being a Christian is finding the line between being too honest and holding back too much. We want to be sincere, but we don’t want others to see us at our worst, either. When people from church hold back too much, does it make you feel like you are all alone with your sins? Here’s where I’m going with this… I am in a small group that meets once a month on Sunday nights. The great thing about the group is that we have all become good friends and we spend our get-togethers delving into all kinds of Biblical and personal issues, but somehow it still feels like people don’t always want to open up and admit their struggles. There is, of course, the alternate to this. Some Christians are so outspoken about their beliefs that they give Christianity a bad reputation. As Christians, we need to make sure that our daily influence on the world is positive, but we also need to let others know that we are normal people full of sin, flaws and problems. Some people are really good at hiding who they really are, and maybe it’s that fear of looking like a “struggling Christian”. Do you think always portraying ourselves as happy and well put together is helpful or hurtful to others?


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Back in December, the video getting all the rave on Christian blogs was “A Social Network Christmas” from Igniter Media. It portrayed what the announcement of Christ’s birth would have been like if it took place on Facebook or Twitter. It looks like they have done it again with an Easter video. This might give you a better idea of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and just how painful it must have been when His people were so quick to flee from Him.

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  • A school in Washington decided to use the term “Spring Spheres” instead of Easter eggs for their upcoming Easter egg hunt
  • The Cisco Flip is going kaput
  • The “Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011” was passed, making it harder to share and sell your personal information between online companies
  • Google is funding a project that will teach computers regret
We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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“When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities. When God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities.” -Author Unknown

I saw this quote on (where else) Facebook and jotted it down immediately. What an inspiring quote with such a comforting message. We don’t always feel like we are being listened to when we talk to God, but when He picks us up and puts us back on our feet in a very undeserving way, it is easy to see His love for us. The hard and trying times in our lives are the ones that make us realize God’s plans to teach us and help us grow. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13 “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9