We are taking the summer off! No Thursday Dinner meetings in July and August. Our next scheduled 2nd Thursday Dinner at the Ramada Inn is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th. Hope you all have a safe and enjoyable summer. See you then! 1 Cor. 10: 31 “……………whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ESV
We do have 1 final Men’s Primetime meeting before our summer break on Tuesday, June 26th.
Howard is a life-long resident of upstate New York. He has a wife Cindy, 5 sons, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He graduated from Pulaski High School and joined the Marine Corps during the Vietnam era. He became very confused and disillusioned with life and was introduced to drugs and the party scene which exacted a toll on his life and marriage. He became a born again Christian in the mid-1970’s during a revival here in Jefferson County. His conversion was very powerful and his life totally changed. He currently ministers for Christ at the Jefferson County Jail. Come and hear Howard’s testimony and experience the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit!
Paul LaBreck was born in Watertown, NY and has lived here all of his life. Paul’s first wife died of cancer in 2000. He has 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren. He is now married to his high school sweetheart. Paul was brought up in a christian home but strayed away in his late teens. He has been serving the Lord for the past 30 years and attended Faith Fellowship for 27 years and First Baptist for the last 3 years. Paul is looking forward to sharing the story of his walk of faith in Christ with you. Bring a friend!
Deleha Decker is a 22-year-old, Dexter native with a serving heart and a defined purpose. She graduated from General Brown High School in 2014 as the salutatorian of her class. During her high school career, she enjoyed playing sports, working backstage for the musical, playing drums in the band, dancing, tutoring, volunteering, doing the daily announcements, heading prom committee, and many other extracurricular activities. After her time at General Brown came to an end, she went on to attend Jefferson Community College in which she obtained two associate degrees in two years (one in business and one in accounting) all while participating in NJCAA soccer and softball, working two jobs, tutoring, taking notes for disabled students, leading a team of campus orientation and retention educators, planning, designing and executing events for new students and working as a “model” for the marketing and public relations department. During this time, Deleha was named to the President’s List and earned many other achievements and awards for her 102 credits and 3.96 overall GPA.
For many years, Deleha has also been actively volunteering for a mission created by her mother, Denise Decker, called the Need to Feed. Each year around Christmastime, Denise, Deleha and a plethora of other volunteers supply families in need with toys and the necessary ingredients to make a Christmas dinner (ham/turkey, potatoes, brownies, coffee, milk, bread, butter, stuffing, fruits, veggies, pickles, applesauce, hot cocoa, etc.). During this time, over 500 families have been provided for. Each year, God graciously blesses the mission with His presence, His blessings and His honor.
After attending JCC, Deleha continued her collegiate career at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she finished an online Merchandising and Marketing associate degree in just ten months. During this time, she faced several “slumps,” hardships and struggles that led her to be captive by the enemy. Soon after graduation, her family switched to the First Baptist Church in Watertown, and after hearing Pastor Jeff speak, she gave her life to Christ and was baptized soon thereafter.
Currently, Deleha works as a key holder at a retail store in the mall, continues to attend church at the First Baptist Church, works in the church’s sound booth, is a Children’s Church leader, attends Jim Monroe’s bible study and is working to both learn more about and strengthen her relationship with Christ. She aspires to soon return to college to study Media, Communications, Graphic Design and Photography to one day work as an influencer who combines her many passions in life to aid individuals in their walk with Christ.
Deleha would like to say thank you to all those who could attend this evening to hear her speak.
Jim Monroe was born and raised in Huntingtonville, just outside of Watertown, NY. He graduated from Watertown High School in 1968 and was drafted into the US Army in 1970. Being a conscientious objector he was trained as a medic in San Antonio, Texas and the served the remainder of his tour of duty at Fort Rucker, Alabama where helicopter pilots were trained for Vietnam. It was at Fort Rucker that an army buddy first led him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Jim continued serving the Lord in a local church in Ozark, Alabama for a year after his discharge from the army. He served there in the children and youth ministries.
Jim moved back to Watertown in 1972. From 1973 -1999 he worked as a draftsman for Jefferson County Tax Mapping Department. Jim and his wife Christine built and owned Onsite Testing Services, Inc., a local business that develops and coordinates drug and alcohol testing programs for companies throughout New York State.
Over the years Jim has served in many different positions including Sunday school teacher, youth leader, elder, education director, and associate pastor. His wife has served in music ministry in the various churches they have attended. Currently they serve at First Baptist Church in Watertown, NY.
In 1978 Cliff asked Jesus Christ to come into his life at an Oswego State University campus bible study. In 1979 he was appointed as a police officer with the Watertown Police Department and retired in 1999 as “A” Platoon Lieutenant. During those years Cliff was involved in a FGBMFI Chapter called Peace Officers for Christ, reaching out to fellow police officers with the full gospel message. He was appointed Chief of Police for the Carthage, N.Y Police Department in August 1999 and retired from full-time law enforcement in November of 2001. He has conducted and taught in police academies and currently is a Criminal Justice adjunct instructor at Jefferson Community College, Watertown NY.
Cliff has been involved in FGBMFI for 38 years and served 10 years as the President of the Watertown Chapter. Cliff desires to stay attached to Jesus Christ in a close relationship. He says, “Only when we abide in Christ can we hope to bear any fruit in our lives.”
Cliff and his wife Eydie have been married 40 years and have two grown children, a son Justin, and a daughter/son-in-law Jaymilyn and Bill McMahon and 2 grandchildren, Ella and William.
Our November Speaker is Rick Giannetti. Rick and his wife Katrina of 15 years live on Fort Drum. He is the father of four children, Katelyn 13, Christian 10, Dominic 8, and Caleb 5. He has been serving in the military for over 15 years and is an Army First Sergeant. Rick was born in Springfield, Massachusetts and later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where he was raised. His Military career has given him experience leading people and has motivated his heart to see lives changed by Jesus Christ. He is currently serving as a Children’s Church Teacher, Military Life Group Leader, Deacon, and is a credentialed Minister. Rick did not grow up in a Christian home and has known Jesus as Savior and Lord for over 18 years. Rick says “That God changed his life through effective discipleship and gives total credit to God for a change to his family’s future as well.” He believes that effective discipleship is where real growth occurs in a Christians walk. He attributes his success in life, family, and ministry to his discipleship experience.