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Thank You Volunteers!

I posted this to my blog at www.northwoodparents.com. It got some incredible response from readers. Just a little way that I could thank my volunteers for everything they do to make it happen each week here! I thought you might want to take a look and share something similar with your volunteers. It was amazing what it did to encourage mine...Enjoy...





Today I want to share my heart with you who volunteer in Northwood’s ministry to children.



I want to thank our… Continue

Added by David Pearson on June 24, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

VBS--Day 3

Day 2...already having to hold boundaries with the youth that are serving, adults serving, etc. Sigh!

It'd be much easier if everyone just did what they were trained/told to do :o)



God is blessing us with a lot of kids. One mom just called to tell me how much her kids are enjoying vbs.

It's such a priviledge, but also a burden. Am I leading this right? Am I making good decisions? How do I facilitate spiritual growth and development? Will this be successful? How do I measure… Continue

Added by Joni Lum on June 24, 2008 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Home Again

It's amazing how children change your life. We have a 1.5 year old son, Kenton, who just returned from a trip with his gammaw and patpaw. They went to TN for 4 days. Boy, our life was drastically different.

We were able to get our house cleaner than it had been in the last 2 years. We had people over for the first time in a long time. We were able to just relax and not worry about how many wipes were in the diaper bag.



The best part of… Continue

Added by Teri Bennett on June 24, 2008 at 10:07am — No Comments

Another week, another breath...

I guess I'm still pinching myself to see if I'm really here, or going to wake up back in Versailles, doing a job that seems less than significant. I exhale, releasing the relief of the reality and the release of last weekend's stress. So much time and so little to do...wait! Strike that! Reverse it. What is overwhelming is not so much the workload, but the jobs that are completely out of my element. I'm taking over two ladies' jobs this week who are going to be gone and they involve detail,… Continue

Added by Adam Bengston on June 23, 2008 at 1:24pm — 2 Comments

the black hole

This is a post I put up on my blog (www.pudgehuckaby.com) a while back and I thought I would share it on here and see what you guys thought! :) Enjoy...





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Over the years, there is one thing I have noticed about the CM ministry…very few want to volunteer in it!



I don’t mean that this is the case at any… Continue

Added by Pudge on June 22, 2008 at 12:24pm — 3 Comments

VBS 2008 Cactus Canyon





WAHOOOOOOOOO! VBS was a SMASHING success! By the numbers and behind the scenes, this year will go down as one of the most memorable. While it might not have been the MOST KIDS or something like that, it was certainly THE best executed VBS I've ever run, if I can say that w/o bragging...



We had over 150 volunteers, 220 Avg attendance & 7700 cans donated to our food… Continue

Added by Chris Tanner on June 20, 2008 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Ready or not...it's camp!

Well, we are three days and counting until my preteen camp session blasts into 2008. Camp is one of the hardest, funnest, exciting, exhausting, thrilling, most stressful things that I do each year. Ah camp.



Camp was God's tool 15 years ago to break my heart and move me from dreams of making lots of money and retiring young to devoting my life to helping hurting kids by sharing God's love. You see, like so many others, God decided that subtle hints wouldn't work with me, so he put me… Continue

Added by Greg Stanford on June 20, 2008 at 2:08am — No Comments

For my single friends or your single friends

Okay,

So, I'm reading this book, How to Get a Date Worth Keeping, by Dr. Henry Cloud, the guy who wrote the Boundries book. It is really requires a paradigm shift in my thinking. I, like many people I know who are still single, have been sitting back and waiting for the Lord to bring someone to me. Knowing that He was able and because I've been taught to trust on the Lord, I've done nothing or practically nothing to help my situation. (You could almost say I kissed dating… Continue

Added by Heather Scott on June 17, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Craft Web Site

Hey, Everyone...
Don't know if you've ever seen this site, but it has alot of stuff and is really easy to use:

www.dltk-cards.com

Check it out
Diane :-)

Added by Diane Mansfield on June 17, 2008 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

Ministry

I often surf blogs of people I don't know just to hear thoughts and read rants of people unknown to me. Today I was on a blog and a 7 word sentence caught my eye and I can't shake it so I thought I would share it!



MINISTRY IS LOVING PEOPLE YOU DIDN'T HANDPICK.



It's easy for me to love my friends that I chose, It's easy for me to love my family and my husband. But why is it so hard to love the people that God entrusted me with? Why can it be so hard to invite a "stranger"… Continue

Added by Erin Fenelon on June 17, 2008 at 10:31am — 3 Comments

Leadership

I love to learn more about leadership and how to become a good leader and what defines a good leader. I enjoy going to the Leadership Summit each year that willow creek puts together. I feel like I grow by leaps and bounds during that conference. I also feel my most confused at that conference. I love the concept of leadership but wonder at times if I really am one. I guess that is where I have to put my trust in God to raise me up to what he desires for me to be. At the last conference I took… Continue

Added by Erin Fenelon on June 13, 2008 at 12:44am — 7 Comments

Transparency and the Draining Effect

Basically John said he was totally drained today.

I was in the same place yesterday, in fact I know most if not all of our Management Team felt the same way.



June 11 will be a day remembered for a long time amongst us staff folks at our church.



8:30 am: Lead Pastor, Executive, Worship, Nursery/preschool, Student, Small Group and me Children's pastor (Management Team) all together, one room, to work through the first layer of the pyramid from the book,… Continue

Added by Wayne Geer on June 13, 2008 at 12:36am — 2 Comments

Connecting to Children

The mission statement for the Elementary Ministry at Southeast Christian Church is “connecting kids to Jesus and one another.” Everything we do is filtered through this mission. As soon as the children enter our wing, we are striving to build a relationship, to help foster new friendships, and to connect them to Jesus. Our mission statement is tied into everything we do; it is our DNA.



To translate this mission and make it come to life, we have to help our volunteers develop… Continue

Added by Michael Chanley on June 12, 2008 at 8:20pm — 3 Comments

Static

The radio is playing; I have it turned up as loud as it will go. It is a vain attempt to clear my mind.

Another long day and I am heading home. The sun is setting in the west and as I crest the hill its light fills the cab of my jeep with its deep ambers and oranges… it is magnificent. I marvel at the panoramic glory, squint to see the road, then, I pull my sun-blind down and reach to change the channel; I hate commercials. I scan. Rock? No, not today. Country, no? Rock, again? No thanks.… Continue

Added by Michael Chanley on June 10, 2008 at 10:49pm — 3 Comments

Want to be a better CM leader?

Then Join the club. For the past 12 + years I have been hosting the Children's Ministers' Leadership Club. It's an audio leadership resource for children's pastors by a children's pastor. Last June I added "The Young Guns program" where any CM leader under 30 years old could get theclub at no charge. The other day I thought I think I'll give theclub teachings away free during the summer to anyone… Continue

Added by Jim Wideman on June 7, 2008 at 3:24pm — No Comments

We Are One

"Reveal" is a book by Greg Hawkins and Cally Perkins in which the authors ask the question "Where are you?" However, their question is not intended for the individual, it is for the church.



The gist of what they discovered comes down to three key hypotheses. One, people do mature spiritually and this is "defined by their relationship with Jesus Christ" not merely by church attendance. Two, a spiritual conversation is not the greatest evangelistic tool the church has. It is "to… Continue

Added by Michael Chanley on May 15, 2008 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

Dad...

Tonight we had our small group at our house and they really are great. We are going through the Truth Project by Focus on the Family and it can get really wordy and over my head but for the most part we are enjoying it. Life had been crazy here lately. I finally had our first directors meeting for VBS and planned a lot of stuff. I am still down 2 directors but hope they will be easy to fill. When I start planning for this stuff I really get jazzed about what God is going to do and is already… Continue

Added by Erin Fenelon on May 13, 2008 at 10:44pm — 1 Comment

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