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Thanks to Amanda and Mandi for organizing and taking photos of our Silent Auction items. Click on the SqPeg Auction logo to the right to see the first items Amanda posted. We’d love to have you shop with us!

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Hooray!

Our Square Peg Ministries website is finally up! First version, of course…but check it out. We’re excited!

www.squarepegfits.org

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Our main Christmas outreach at Square Peg Ministries this season is the Holiday House! Our kids earned “Christmas Bucks” during the last couple of weeks and were then able to spend them at the Holiday House. Well, thanks to some sponsors and donors and some wonderful volunteers- we were able to pull off a fun and exciting event for our kids.

In the weeks leading to the outreach event, we explained to the kids that the “bucks” they were earning would allow them to shop for parents, grandparents and siblings. When we told them that- they kind of liked the idea. However, the main question was still, “What do we get?”

Well, our purpose in the Holiday House was to dilute the attitude behind that exact question. Of course kids want and expect stuff at Christmas time. What kids doesn’t? However, even our kids, from a lower income strata and with slightly different holiday traditions than most American families need to experience not only receiving- but giving.

So, here are a few pictures of all the fun at the Holiday House:

Well, of course, it’s hard for me to not add Nora into the mix of pictures! During our setup time, before PaPa picked her up- we kept Nora busy cleaning the fence on our apartment’s back porch. She LOVED spraying that Windex! Nice weather, too!

Some of our wonderful volunteers from a North Point Community Couples Group getting the kids’ snack bags ready.

Photos of gifts the kids could choose from.

As kids wait to be called into the Gift Room, they colored Christmas pictures that Miss Brandy provided.

Miss Traci and her 8th grade class from Horizon Christian Academy provided fun holiday crafts for the kids.

More crafting!

Waiting in line to “check out!”

Choosing gifts.

Miss Elizabeth and Mr. David hard at work wrapping gifts. Mr. Jason was our cashier- this is one of the few moments he didn’t have kids in line!

More kids waiting in line.

 

Our wrappers did a marvelous job!

They wrapped over 150 gifts in less than two hours. Even the kitchen counters and a makeshift table on the porch were put into use for wrapping!

Satisfied customers!

All in all, it was a fun and exciting day. By the way, what did the kids get? An experience in the satisfaction of giving. And they loved it!!

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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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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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It’s been over a week since I even opened this blog. I have been busy, busy, busy. Not at home much. And my brain has been too full! So, to catch up, here’s an alphabetical list of some of the stuff I’ve been doing!!

Amanda- she constantly “saves my neck”; as in performing with her puppet Vicki to lead into my devotion at the conference (see “V” and “D”) Also as in serving on a Family in Ministry panel with me.

Birthday, as in Jason’s 27th!

Coaching and Consulting by Ministry Ventures

Devotions at the conference (see “N”)

Excitement! The new TV season is coming up. Watched my first shows of the season- Prison Break. It was a little stronger than I was expecting! And Biggest Loser. I liked it!

Flex Points have now been expanded to PowerFlex- new test program at my Weight Watchers center. Sounds interesting.

Gazillion- the number of e-mails sent back and forth this week in preparation for the conference (see “N”)

Homework from my non-profit coach/consultant- and it’s hard! (see “C”)

IRS: They’re waiting for me to submit names of new SqPeg board members. I’m waiting to hear back from a couple more potential members first!

Jason- the birthday boy! (see “B”) 9-16

Kids Club- I missed it this week due to the conference (see “N”) Jason, Brandy, Kristen    and Julie held down the fort just fine, though! Jonathan, too, I heard.

Lunch with Meredith and Kristen. They forgot to seat Meredith!!! Also lunch with Brenda- long time no see!!

M&M Puppeteers: practice and upcoming reunion dinner and 20th Anniversary performance!

North Georgia Church of God Children’s Leaders Conference. I serve on the conference committee, taught two classes- both new to me- operated two booths; SqPeg and One Way Street and moderated one of the General Sessions. Thanks Amanda, Staci, Kristen, Darrell, Jason, Brandy, Jonathan, Julie and committee!

Oh my goodness. What were getting ourselves into with the M&M Puppeteer reunion performance??

Puppet props, costumes, choregraphy and practice

Q*

Red Lobster- yummy lunch (see “L”)

Shopping for props, costumes and supplies (see “P”)

Tutoring and Homework Help at our SqPeg ministry apartment

U*

Vicki- she is too funny! (see “A”)

Weight Watchers- Yes, I’m back at it. I’ve lost 6 pounds this month!

X*

Yamato- where we celebrated Jason’s birthday- Good idea, Brandy! (see “B”)

Zooming around (see every letter above)

Somehow, Nora and Lydia didn’t make this list- but not because they shouldn’t have! Lydia and I have been doing lots of “puppets.” And Nora is my partner at Tutoring/Homework Help each week. They make my day, week, month, year, life- regardless of what letter of the alphabet they fit into!!

*I’m sure something happened as related to these letters, too….

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