As a Community, WE were able to make a difference in the lives of local Veterans that have served US and our country. Through Papa Joe’s Annual Pasta Fest Fundraiser, we were able to raise about $8000 for Hernando County Veteran’s HEAT Factory.
Special “Thank you’s to our sponsors: Coca-Cola, Edward & Don Company, PFG, Sysco, Walmart, Withlacoochee River Electric Company. Thanks to Grace Brethren Church, Hillside Baptist Church, and The ARC for their assistance in parking. Thank you to Spring Lake Methodist Church and Sunshine Tents for equipment and stage provisions and Grace World Out Reach Church for the use of their sound equipment, sound tech extraordinaire - Ken Crandall, and Pastor Mindy Kerr for MCing the event. Thank you to our volunteers from Nature Coast Key Club and Hernando High Culinary Club that helped make all the games and concessions possible. Thank you to all our entertainment volunteers for all their wonderful displays of talent. Special thanks to Vanessa Wong and her horses for filling in at the last minute with her greatly appreciated horseback rides. Thank you so much to Kathy Reitz for coordinating and Pat Herman for co-coordinating this event. You ladies are AMAZING! And of course our own Papa Joe’s staff, you ROCK!! Most of all Thank You to YOU, our wonderful community for showing up to make this event a success! People helping people is what community is all about!!
Now, we would love to hear your comments! Please feel free to post your comments below and share this blog with your friends. Oh, and stay tuned for more pictures being added to the carousel below and our “Pasta Fest” page coming soon to our website!! :)
Join us for Papa Joe's 2018 Annual Pasta Fest ~ Help Support our Veterans!
Papa Joe's will be Closed July 4th
We will reopen Thursday, July 5th at 11:00am
This Mother's Day message is for all women out there, whether you have children, plan to have children, never want to have children, or just can't have children… This message is for you!
God is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, the universe, and all that is within them. Things seen, and things unseen are all His creation. So, I ask you, whom better for a woman go too to find out how women fit into the plan of His creation. To God belongs wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His. “Blessed is the one who finds Wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from Her (Wisdom) is better than gain from silver and Her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with Her. Long life is in Her right hand; in Her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all Her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of Her; those who hold Her fast are called blessed.” (Proverbs 3:13-18 ESV)
Have you noticed that God refers to Wisdom as Her and She? We are all created in His likeness, man and woman both, but I'm thankful that He gave each gender specific characteristics. God has made women to be soft, warm, gentle, loving creatures. Each of you, as a woman, are the flowers that blanket the fields with color and beauty. The strength of a woman is deep, way beyond sheer muscular skeletal capability. Her endurance surpasses all suppositions when it comes to the care of those she is nurturing.
Proverbs, the book of Wisdom, climaxes at its close with a description of a woman who fears the Lord. This is God’s ultimate design for women, a picture of Wisdom in its fullest and most loving form. She’s a woman of Noble Character, worth far more than rubies. Her family has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value, she brings them good not harm all the days of her life. She eagerly and without restraint works hard to make sure her family is taken care of. Even when it’s inconvenient and she’s tired, she still provides for family and friends. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. Clothed with strength and dignity, she opens her mouth with wisdom, teachings of kindness always on her tongue. This woman who fears the Lord, which is the beginning of all Wisdom, surpasses all those around her and will be rewarded with the fruit of her hands, and praises in all her comings and goings.
In closing, as I myself have reflected on what God has spoken regarding women while I share this message to you, it has reminded me, as I hope it will you as well, what we as women were designed for and encouraged me to embrace true godly womanhood with passion and love. So, may God our Father empower us with His mighty Word to be all He’s purposed us to be. It’s through Him that all things are possible!
Papa Joe, Mama Donna, & our Papa Joe Family pray a Happy Mother's Day with many Blessings to All!!!
As I prayed about what to write this Easter, I felt a deep sense inside of me for God’s profound desire to have an intimate loving relationship with each of us on a continual basis, every moment of our day. The sense of His love and desire for us was so strong and unexplainable, yet so very real and tangible it was undeniable. Closest, I could compare to this feeling is how my heart almost explodes with love for my grandchildren.
God is Sovereign. He holds Supreme power and authority. Yet He gave mankind free will to choose as they wish. It’s our choice to do what we want with our own life; it’s our choice to love and serve God or not. Psalms 139:16 tells us “You saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in Your book before I was one day old.” (ICB). Can you grasp that? Before we were an embryo in our mother’s womb, we were already created in the thoughts of God Almighty with our days planned and a specific purpose in mind; still He gives us a free will to choose whether or not to be who He’s created us to be and do what He’s created us to do. Part of His will for us is to have an intimate relationship with Him. Just like in the beginning with Adam, God wants to walk and talk with us daily. He knew Adam was going to mess up, just like He knows our mess ups ahead of time. So, before the foundations of the earth were laid, He devised a way to legally bring all those back to Himself that would come. Yes, I said legally. God is Supreme Judge, but satan is our accuser, our prosecuting attorney, very literally. God follows His own laws, otherwise He would be lawless, and His laws would be null and void. So, when mankind broke God’s laws, satan took his stance against us. But like a good defending attorney, God the Father, Son, and Spirit, found a legal way to win our case. Bet you didn’t realize you were a part of a Heavenly court case, did ya?!? Our Heavenly Father loved us so much He sent His Only Son, a part of God Himself, to pay for the consequences of our wrong choices to legally restore our relationship with Him (John 3:16). It breaks God’s heart when we refuse what He’s done for us through His love, yet in His grace, He still loves us. Nevertheless, love alone cannot negate our lawlessness. Some think that God should have never given us free will. But without free will, you don’t have love. Love is a choice. It’s a verb. It requires action. If there’s no action involved, it’s not love, it’s happenstance. Even the heavenly angels had a choice: and one third no longer dwell in heaven. As for those of us praying for friends and family members that have refused to accept God’s love, please take heart in this! The Father has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us in prayer and petition for others before His throne in His courts via our own Blood Covenant through Jesus. Jesus Christ Himself speaks to the Father in our defense (1 John 2:1-2) and is ever interceding for us and our loved ones (Romans 8:34). Don’t lose hope! Everyone has a free will, but our God can be very convincing and He’s hoping you’ll partner with Him to give Him legal right to pursue that loved one too!
On with the court case… You know Jesus literally laid His life down for the Joy of a restored relationship with you and me… Just like the Pharisees, satan had nothing more than trumped up charges against Christ so he could not demand His life. Jesus chose to release His Spirit from His body so He could enter the gates of hell on our behalf after God allowed our sins to be laid on Him as a substitute for us. The price for sin had to be paid. Satan thought he had finally beaten God… But he forgot about Christ’s sinless life! On the day of Christ’s death, hell, and its minions were in for a whole lot more than they bargained for. Then, in victory, on the third day CHRIST AROSE!!!! All for us…
The beat of God’s heart is our relationship with Him. His plans for your life weren’t just a casual whim or a bit of heartburn… He put deep thought into who you were going to be and loved every moment of it! YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO HIM!!! Did you know He’s even placed a song inside you? In the molecules of your very being are frequencies that sing their own unique song back to Him! He so longs to share life with you day by day… Even the little things in your life are important to Him! He’s not some mean ogre waiting to pounce on you for doing wrong (that actually is satan by the way). He’s a loving Father that wants to guide you through life to show you all the incredible things that He’s prepared for you. He wants to be there for you when this fallen world tries to bring you down. He longs to express His love for you in ways you can’t even begin to dream of without experiencing them! He’s just waiting for you to ask Him into your heart... Give Him permission to take the lead and get ready for the ride of your life!!! (This world can’t hold a candle to what He’s got in store for you!!!)
Much Love and Easter Blessings… Papa Joe & Mama Donna
2018 NEW YEAR’S BLESSING
May this year be a Year of Favor for you and full of God’s Grace. May it overflow with Physical, Financial, and Spiritual Prosperity. May it be a year of Open Doors of Destiny and Broken Chains of all that has held you back. No more shackles of fear, doubt, or shame, but a magnificent Release of Resources, Resurrections of Dreams, Planting of Purpose, and Fulfillment of Calling. May it be a year of an undoing of self and a restoring of the Wonder of God. May His very Presence and Creativity permeate your atmosphere and circumstances until you realize He is the Lover of your soul. May this be a year of Deeper Revelation and Restitution. May there be an undoing of the past in the midst of your present to prepare you for a future in God’s Resplendent Glory. May this year bring you Blessings beyond your Wildest Dreams!!!
Happy New Year to one and all. May your 2018 be filled with Blessings from above today and every day to come! Love & Best Wishes, Papa Joe & Mama Donna