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Courtney Elizabeth Bacon-Latina and her husband, Ron Latina, moved to Malvern in September of 2015 and ordained here at First Presbyterian Church on October 25, 2015.  Courtney was raised in Camden, AR, graduated from the U of A, Fayetteville in 1997, received a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University in 2003, and a Master of Theology from Princeton Seminary in 2005.

        Courtney is currently working on a M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.  Courtney is a certified Advanced Family Life Instructor and a certified Prepare & Enrich Facilitator. She has experience with individual and couple’s counseling, grief counseling, and as a teaching assistant and adjunct professor at various seminaries.
          Courtney is married to Ron Latina, who is also an ordained non-denominational minister and businessman. Ron has an amazing voice, is active in the choir, and blesses the church with solos periodically. Ron has a 20-year old daughter, Micah, who attends college in California.  Courtney and Ron’s first child, Lilliana Elizabeth Latina, arrived in February of 2016.

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One of our daughter’s favorite songs is a nursery rhyme about the ants

that teaches counting. She likes it because we can march in place while singing it

and she loves anything put to music. The song includes lines like: “The ants go

marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah. The ants go marching one by one,

hoorah, hoorah!.... The ants go marching two by two, hoorah, hoorah! The ants

go marching two by two, hoorah, hoorah! The ants go marching two by two, a

little one stops to tie his shoe, and they all go marching down ...to the ground...

to get out of the rain...boom, boom, boom... boom, boom, boom...”

What do we learn from the ants or from this ant song? Can we learn from

this small creature from God’s creation? For one, we learn from this song to have

a little fun! Proverbs 17:22 says, “A happy heart is like good medicine. But a

broken spirit drains your strength.” We need to have a little fun don’t we? It feels

good to have a good deep belly aching laugh or to experience things that make

our hearts happy isn’t it? These are good medicine to the soul, especially in

stressful or trying times in our lives. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that, “In this

world you will have trouble. But be brave! I have defeated the world!” To

overcome in this life, we need faith and we need hope as well as a vision of the

way forward for us to press on or step forth with bravery. But we also need a

happy heart to overcome the valleys in our lives. So let’s think of the song “The

ants Go Marching” and let’s seek out what brings that happiness of heart to us

whether it’s a good, clean funny movie or a beautiful sunset and oceanview,

running in the chill of the morning, fishing in a peaceful lake or pond, or lying in

the grass in a clear blue sky day with a book in hand.

Secondly, we learn from the ants, and even in this song that while they

may be a small creature, they are an organized lot. They march in an orderly

fashion and they know who their leader is, the queen bee. We need to remember

who we’re following and marching behind don’t we? Jesus Christ is our head of

the church. I love how our bulletins mention a pastor but suggest that the

ministers of this congregation are the members. We are all in this together and

we are all servants of God. May we follow our leader and His will and His ways.

Lastly, the ants teach us about being smart and efficient or rather

strategic in all of life. Proverbs 30:25 says, “Ants are creatures of little strength,

yet they store up their food in the summer.” Since Ron and I arrived last year to

serve you, we have noticed a trend around the church in the summer and that is

that it is certainly a mass time for members to take time off and to vacation! Of

course I’m all for you enjoying your summer break (if you have one) and for

vacationing and gaining that happy heart! But, that doesn’t mean we have to take

time off of our spiritual journeys or not continue to meet together. In fact, the ants

teach us that the summer is a vital off-season or rather a time when we can store

up for the busy times. So let’s all press in to know God this summer! Join us

when you’re in town for worship together. Consider joining a Sunday school or

Bible Study or Grief share and be intentional about your growth in your

relationship with God. Part of our good medicine is the life-flow we receive from

being together and refreshing one an other’s faith journeys as well as from being

in God’s Word that is living and active. God longs to refresh our souls in ways a

vacation cannot. We need them both, don’t we! Have a wonderful summer and

be sure and consider the ants and store up eternal treasures in God this summer

whether you are local or away on vacation.

Blessings,

Pastor Courtney

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