So, two new things today. First, you get a teasing title. Are we having fun yet? Is it sarcasm? Is it not? Well then read on and find out! Secondly, I rarely share pics of myself, so today there might be one at the end of this. Don’t scroll down or it will disappear! Not really, just messing with you!
When is the last time you had a good laugh or simply had a little fun with someone? I used to be really good at being the undercover instigator. I would get two other people to start messing with each other and then sit back and watch chaos ensue. A little suggestion here, a little push there and I would laugh for days and no one would realize I was playing both sides. I remember at one church, stress was very high with the staff, so I bought two nerf guns and would take one and shoot a fellow staff member when they were not looking. Then I would take the other gun and leave it in another staff member’s office where it would be found. Before long, the whole church staff was armed and dangerous! We had such a good time! Our little war even grew to include a couple other church staffs in our area and several hilarious videos I wish I still had!
Sometimes during tough times we forget to laugh. We get so caught up in the day to day reality that we can easily forget that sometimes we need to let go and be bringers of laughter and good fun chaos. I love the Bible and all of its stories, but I do wish that the Gospel writers had added a behind the scenes story or two. Without a doubt I believe that Jesus knew how to laugh with his disciples. I can easily imagine Jesus pushing some of their buttons to just to help them laugh with one another. He had to have spent time laughing and smiling and having some good clean, Jesus kind of fun with his guys.
Today, try to have some fun with those around you. Do something silly and unexpected. Bring some laughter and joy to those around you. Go put on some bunny shoes! Do something ridiculous! Make some one smile!
STEPPING STONES PRESCHOOL – REGISTRATION 2020/21
It’s hard to believe, but it’s registration time again! Registration for church members will be January 28 – 31 from 9 -1. Beginning February 3, we will open registration to the public and classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Our classes can fill up very quickly so it is very important for you to turn your form in to me by January 31 if you would like priority consideration.
Below are the classes we plan to offer along with the tuition:
Three year olds:
One M/W/F class – $220/ month
Two T/TH classes – $150/ month
Four year olds:
Three M/W/F classes – $220/ month
One T/TH class – $150/month
One M -F class – $340/ month
The registration fee is $75 for one child and $50 for each additional child in the same family. The registration fee must be paid at the time of registration and will be refunded only if all classes requested are full.
If you are interested in registering your child for the 2020 – 2021 school year, please pick up a registration form from the Preschool Info table, or stop by the Preschool Office. If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour, contact Lisa at Lisa.email@example.com 704-455-3544.
For the past 23 years, Urban Ministry in Charlotte has partnered with colleges and congregations of many faiths to provide shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months, December 1 – March 31. Each site offers a warm, safe place to sleep, serves three meals (dinner, breakfast and bag lunch) and then returns guests the following morning to uptown Charlotte. The program offers us a unique way to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless. The basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. A greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night.
Quote from a homeless neighbor:
“For moments each night, if I am fortunate, I sleep not as homeless in the street, but with warmth and friendship, thanks to Room In The Inn. Somewhere during the evenings of friendly faces, piping hot showers, videos and jokes, laughs and sharing a smoke break, I was transformed from homeless to someone with a misfortune. I no longer view the world from ground level, where each may look down on me. I view the world from ground zero, where each may view my launch. I thank you, all who volunteer for this program. You have given me fortitude, I am sure that I am not alone in this.”
“long dark night of the soul” ……….. “the winter of our discontent”
For many, the approaching holiday season can be a painful time of year. The constant refrains on radio and tv, in Shopping malls and greeting cards about the joy and happiness of the season, reminds many people of what they have lost. They may be facing a holiday after the death of a loved one or after a divorce. Perhaps they have been unable to have a child or have suffered through an emotional trauma. Or maybe they simply feel pressured and over whelmed by holiday preparations. Perhaps it’s a past pain and sorrow which brings a flood of memories to darken and dampen the days. Regardless of the reason, this season can be a time in which memories of past experiences and the pain of present experiences can become overwhelming.
Blue Christmas is a service where we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God. It is a Safe, Quiet Space for us to grieve, no matter what grief-related event we may be experiencing, without apologizing for the way we feel. It’s also a place to experience the message of hope the season brings.
In this service, we will have some singing appropriate to the season, recognizing that this is not a season of joy for everyone. We will invite you to reflect on the pain, the loneliness, the sadness, anxiety, anger or fear you may feel and offer it to God for healing and transformation. We pray that you will find comfort in knowing that you are not alone and hope in God who knows your pain and loves you unconditionally.