Today I’m excited to welcome June Foster as she talks about the body of Christ.
Because we live and travel in our RV, we have opportunity to attend lots of different churches. On Laughlin Air Force Base, we had an astonishing experience.
Back home in Alabama, my husband and I attended a local Baptist church, which we loved. We had tons of friends there, loved the pastor’s messages, and felt comfortable with the style of worship. Though on occasion, it felt routine, but we always left feeling as if we’d met with the Lord that day.
So when we attended the chapel on post, we weren’t sure what we were in for. The chapel was framed with stunning, stained glass windows, giving a formal feel, but the worship team reminded us of our music leaders back home. But when the pastor walked to the podium sporting a clerical collar, I did a double take. I wasn’t used to seeing a clerical collar in church.
The worship team sang all the old tunes we were used to and people even lifted hands of praise to the Lord, like in our home church. Including the pastor with the clerical collar.
At the end of the service, any who wanted to join with others for communion was invited to gather round the altar. Now the pastor had changed to a long white robe with gold tassels, and the participants read from a printed order of service. Nothing I was used to though I went to the Episcopal church in high school with my aunt.
The communion involved little wafers and a chalice of wine, again different than my Baptist church back home. But participants gave us warm smiles as we left, and the chaplain offered a hearty handshake.
Though not my home church, the service blessed me with God’s spirit, God’s people, and the opportunity to worship and listen to the Word. When my husband and I got into the car, the thought hit me. When we get to heaven, there will be no denominations.
Pharmacist Stephanie McCoy grew up in an opulent home with an aeronautical engineer father who never had time for her and a socialite mother who put clubs and charities before her daughter. Now as an adult, Stephanie’s looking for affirmation—and affection in the wrong place. Only thing, the guy she pursues is a Christian with solid moral values. When her mother becomes ill, Stephanie can’t imagine life without her.
Scott Townsend teaches history at the high school in Oak Mountain, Alabama, and lifts weights after school hours. His younger brother borrows a large sum from Scott’s father then disappears. But after Scott’s sibling returns penniless, Scott is furious at his parents’ acceptance of their wayward son. When Scott’s invited to a welcome-home celebration, he drives to the house but refuses to come inside though his father pleads with him.
After Scott confides in Stephanie about his bitterness toward his brother, the beautiful pharmacist offers Godly encouragement he never expected. Can Scott relinquish his pride and forgive his brother? Will Stephanie find faith in Scott’s God and allow Him to heal her heart? The sequel to Letting Go, the story is loosely based on the Biblical parable of The Prodigal Son.
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June’s book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC’s eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan’s Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT’s Laurel Awards.
June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Books One, Two, and Three in the Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, and What God Knew are all available from Amazon.com.
Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Lavender Fields Inn, Misty Hollow, Almond Street Mission, Restoration of the Heart, Letting Go, and Prescription for Romance, all published by Forget Me Not Press, a division of Winged Publications.
June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find freedom to live godly lives. Find June on line at junefoster.com.