Sunday, February 23, 2020



During the Christmas season, packages left at the door or sent through the mail may be compromised in terms of security. Thanks to the assistance of the Secure Community Network the following suggestions are wise to heed:


 Suspicious Package Indicators

With the increase of buying goods and services online, especially during the holiday season security officials are seeing an increase in malicious cyber activity resulting in both online fraudulent activity and the loss of consumers’ personal information.DHS reports cyber criminals often use multiple methods, such as phishing emails and phony websites, to attract online shoppers and gain access to and exploit their personal information. Additionally, attackers who pose as legitimate online businesses and services may use fraudulent emails and websites to infect an unsuspecting shopper’s computer with malicious code.

DHS advises to be alert to:

Purchasing Online:

1. Plan Your Holiday Package Deliveries

During the holidays, it is common for packages to be delivered and left on your doorstep when you are not home. Unfortunately, this often invites an opportunity for crime. Plan ahead for your deliveries by making sure someone will be home, or that a neighbor can watch out for the delivery and hold the package for you until you come home. Some neighbors might even be willing to accept the delivery for you – it never hurts to ask.

2. Safety Reminder


Some of those still across our nation who are still cleaning up from the floods, the fires and the sand storms may not be too enthusiastic with snow this year. While the first snowfall is often a fun time, we know all too well that being unprepared to face the challenges that snow sometimes brings is not a wise course of action.

While I was living in the upper of the southern portion of Michigan years ago, I remember just going out for some groceries at 2 PM and not getting back home until midnight. While I had my trusty shovel, salt and even snow tires (those were allowed back then), I did not have other supplies in my car to keep me warm or to eat for several hours. It did not matter that I was pretty close to home; the fact was I was stuck in a ditch (no cell phones in those days!) This experience brought home first hand to me that you never leave the house, whether in a cold or warm climate without being prepared. Not only do the preparations help mentally and emotionally to withstand unforeseen circumstances, but the physical preparations are always helpful to others who may be facing the crisis along with you.

Nov 21
Mary Marr

Intel Bulletin Warns of Holiday Bus Targets

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Fox News reports in the lead-up to one of the busiest travel weeks of the year, a new intelligence bulletin warned that terrorists have targeted bus networks more than any other mode of surface transportation. The two page assessment, sent to law enforcement in the nation's capital, says in part, 'bus systems are considered attractive terrorist targets because they are relatively soft targets.'"

Nov 14
Mary Marr

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee!

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Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee is often sung during worship in the Christian church whether in the traditional hymn version or in a contemporary refrain. Why is it that Christians may be joyful in the midst of a world spinning completely out of control?


If the “world spinning out of control” was not grasped before, last week the crisis at Penn State, the debauchery at the Occupy Wall Street gatherings, the corrupt business practices, the seeming overlooked worldwide persecution of Christians, and the acute economic misery brought us to that reality. The U.S. enjoyed a prominent and prosperous history, yet we see thoroughly pagan manifestations all around us.