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Today we held a Thanksgiving “Turkey Gobble” in our ministry apartment. Our final count was 61 kids and about 15 volunteers in a two bedroom apartment. And we only own 45 chairs…you can imagine what eating a Thanksgiving meal in that crowd was like! Anyway, we had a great day. Besides many of our regular awesome volunteers, my wonderful family volunteered and really helped make the day happen. Of course, Nora and Lydia were there too- which added to the fun and the work!

As the kids arrived, Miss Brandy provided them with a couple of Thanksgiving coloring sheets and a Thanksgiving BINGO card.

They colored for a few minutes and then we started serving the food which Darrell and his sister, Paula had cooked for us: turkey, jello with whipped cream, a roll. Added to the plate was some yummy corn, “cooked” by Lydia.

 

I told you she was a chef!

In addition, we had a delicious green bean casserole which Kristen had made for us (I wanted some of that so bad!) For beverages, we had ice water (my contribution, being the cook that I am!) and lemonade made by my niece Staci and Nora.

After we ate for a few minutes, Miss Brandy led us in a couple of fun rounds of Thanksgiving BINGO, assisted by Miss Julie. We were so crowded, they had to lead the game from the hallway and winners had to meet Miss Brandy in the bathroom to receive their prizes!

Next we sang this unit’s theme song (having nothing to do with Thanksgiving- but the kids love it)- “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho.”

Finally, I led the kids in a Scripture verse for the day, which Amanda had printed off for us and put at each child’s plate:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. Psalm 118:1

First, of course, we had to sing our MOST FAVORITE song- “This is My Bible.” It’s not quite the same without Mr. Jason’s electric guitar accompaniment- but the kids sang at the top of their lungs anyway.

After a short closing prayer, the kids were out the door to be handed a Thanksgiving cupcake and we quickly shut and locked it so we could clean up.

What fun we had!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Tonight was our second week of practice. You can tell these are little girls! We have six 5th and 6th graders and one 9th grader (don’t ask!) Here are a couple of photos from the first practice. Seasoned puppeteers- you can see we made “eyeballs” for practice. We’ve used them, as well as real puppets both weeks- and Julie and I think we can already see a little improvement! The girls are really excited- and we’ve got big plans to prepare and present a song in Kids Club a month from now. It’s going to be a fun process, we hope!

We do have some “eye contact” problems, as you can see!

      Our big topic of discussion tonight was changing the meaning of “M&M Puppeteers.”  We’ve done it once before in our team’s history. It seems like the right time to do it again. We’ve got a few ideas for the “M” words:

Master(s)

 Manos (Spanish for hands)

 Message/Messengers

 Ministers/Ministries

I like keeping the word “master” in our name, based on continuing to use Colossians 3:23-24 as one of our key verses:

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

What do you think? Any suggestions?

 

 

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Over 6,ooo volunteers from area churches are serving throughout Atlanta in their local communities this weekend. The end result will be cleaned up yards of senior citizens, food pantries and clothes closets organized and stocked, public school teachers blessed with thank-you gifts, visits made to nursing homes and donated furniture will be delivered to families in need.

In our case, folks from Roswell United Methodist Church and Perimeter Church made sure that the love of God was demonstrated face-to-face and hands-on during a fun Community Block Party we hosted in our ministry complex. Here are a few pictures of all the fun:

 

 

Click on this link Unite to see a video highlighting service opportunities through the ministry of Unite.

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Lydia and monarch butterfly

Lydia loves nature: dogs, leaves, birds, bugs and exploring. We spied this beautiful monarch butterfly in the backyard. Lydia was a little leery of holding the butterfly, so we put it on her foot.  I haven’t seen anything much more adorable than that little baby foot adorned by God’s colorful creation!

Amanda's candy sushi

Amanda had a Survivor party, to celebrate the first show of this season of Survivor. The show is set in China this year, so Amanda made some “faux” sushi out of fun, sweet ingredients. The round ones are slices of Twinkies wrapped in Fruit Rollups with a fruit -shaped candy on top. The larger piece is a Rice Krispie treat, topped with a Swedish fish candy, also wrapped with a Fruit Rollup. Isn’t Amanda clever?!

A couple of comments about Survivor: This is still one of my favorite shows. I love to watch the unfolding of the group and individual dynamics in forming a Survivor community. I would LOVE to be on the show, but I don’t think I would last past one or two tribal councils. “Too bossy.” Kristen, Amanda and I watched the season premiere together.

 

Enjoy some highlights from Jason’s 27th Birthday:

 

A couple of shots from Kids Club this week:

 

Here’s a peek at our middle schoolers playing games, then getting together for Bible Study and prayer:

 

Our ministry night this week ended up with Jason calling the police. A big fight broke out at the back of our ministry apartment. People were being thrown against our back wall and our back porch. It seemed to be instigated by “The Bloods”; a gang in our complex…with outside interference by moms and/or wives wielding pipes and sticks. Four police cars eventually responded, and we were able to let our kids go home. Yikes!

This video from my phone is not at all clear, but it might give you a bit of an idea. I was filming through our sliding glass door, between the slats of the blinds!!

 

 

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God has been so good…so completely in the details of showing us how to launch Square Peg Ministries. Today, God reminded us of some important principles, courtesy of Andy Stanley’s book, Visioneering and the Old Testament’s book authored by Nehemiah, as interpreted by Yours Truly:

Nehemiah had a huge vision: rebuilding the torn down walls of Jerusalem.

SqPeg has a huge vision: raising at-risk kids to love and serve Jesus.

Nehemiah needed the support and resources of the King in order to accomplish his task.

SqPeg needs the support and resources from kings, leaders, influencers and friends to accomplish our task.

Here  is Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah 1:11-  O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man (the king.)”

Here is our prayer- O Lord, let your ear be attentive to us and to our prayers. We delight in revering your name. Give us success this month with our circle of supporters and friends by granting us favor as SqPeg comes to their minds in prayer, through our newsletter, word of mouth, meetings or through any way you choose!

God is in the details…and we trust Him!

  
 

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Friday was our first regular ministry afternoon of the new school year. We had a wonderful time. There was excitement and expectancy in the air. The kids were cooperative. We had put in a couple of days of cleaning, organizing and preparing…and it was well worth it!

This school year we decided to to our best to begin with a time of praise and worship with the kids altogether, no matter how crowded we are. And we did it! We crowded approximately 35 kids and five leaders into a tiny living room/dining room combination and started to sing. The instant we had the kids up and singing, I was just overcome with emotion. Not negative emotion! Instead, a sense of jubilation, gratitude to the Lord, excitement, sense of accomplished purpose, and more. I looked up and saw Julie had tears in her eyes, too. Later, all the leaders said they were feeling the same thing at that time. I guess we were all just experiencing the sense of our partner and leader, the Holy Spirit, as he settled in that room!

The pictures don’t do it justice, but here we are at Kids Club on Friday:

“This is My Bible!”

Here are some of our Middle Schoolers who are too old to come to Kids Club- but they couldn’t stand not being involved. We will begin to incorporate them in a “Leadership Program” this school year on a rotating basis. We also have specific Middle School Ministry for them every week immediately after Kids Club.

 

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The county in which we do our weekly ministry went back to school last week. We usually begin our Homework Help and Tutoring a couple of weeks into the school year so the kids are ready for our help. Today we had our annual Open House to begin signing up kids for the program. Here’s pictures of a couple of them with school supply-filled bookbags they received when their moms signed them up:

Aren’t they cute?

Here are a couple of the moms taking a little break in our apartment.

We served refreshments to everyone- which the kids (and moms) were way into!

 Special thanks to Tim Cummins and Whirlwind Missions, MUST Ministries and several individual donors who made it possible for the kids to receive bookbags and school supplies today. They were so excited!

 

 

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