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Our final Christmas event for the kids in our ministry was the “Happy Birthday, Jesus” party. We played Christmas games, acted out the Christmas story complete with costumes, had a surprise visit from Vicki the puppet; aka, my daughter Amanda, passed out treat bags, sang Christmas carols, ate cupcakes and sang “Happy Birthday.” See how Miss Kristen arranged our cupcakes into the name of Jesus:

Click here to see a few more photos of kids in “Nativity costumes.”

Following the party, Miss Kristen and I took our middle schoolers to Caribou Coffee for a Christmas treat. Here are a few of them:

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Apartment Improvement

After our Christmas program, which immediately followed the Holiday House which was just two weeks after the Turkey Gobble…we definitely needed to do some cleaning and improvements to our ministry apartment. So, Darrell, my hard-working husband, took a Community Service Day from work- and he and I spent the day getting some things cleaned up and organized! Here’s a sample:

As you can see, our “puppet room” is a bathtub! However, during the weeks we were working on Christmas Under the Sea, this storage space was just OVERFLOWING. These are the organized results.

We put three new rugs in the apartment. Here’s one. It feels so good to have a few clean rugs!

Since you didn’t see the “before” it will  be hard to appreciate the “after.” However, this furnace/hot water heater/cleaning supplies/media closet was terribly disorganized and over-crowded. Now we can find all our supplies without tripping over stuff.

Darrell put up this TV so kids can play the video games in the baskets below. He also installed a second monitor in one of our rooms so all the kids can see song lyrics when we’re singing together. In addition, he installed another TV in our second classroom so we can watch videos more easily. All of this equipment has been donated to us previously, but has been sitting on the floor or moved from table to table and room to room. It’s great to finally get things off the floor and to their own “home.”

Here was the big project of the day, however. Darrell constructed this table while I painted it and the chairs. The computers, chairs and all supplies had been previously donated. The entire cost of our new computer lab was just the cost of a couple of cans of spray paint!

Whew….these projects and a few others made for a cleaner and much more organized space in which to do our ministry! Thanks, Darrell!!

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Our firstKids Club Christmas program! Not as polished as most things I’ve helped to orchestrate- but just as exciting. Kids Club kids sang Christmas songs in Spanish and English. We presented the program twice so we could fit all our parents into our limited space!

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Christmas Under the Sea

 

Christmas Under the Sea

The new M&M Puppeteers did a fabulous job of putting together their part of the program. We had some underwater creature puppets and a rear-screen projection moving backdrop.

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 Miss Hazel closed each program with a beautiful song in Spanish, accompanied by pictures.

Christmas Under the Sea

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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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