Monday, September 29, 2014

(Singing this in the tune from veggie tales, oh where is my hairbrush?) oh where are my children, oh where are my children, oh where,ooh where, ooh where.. are my children? Did everyone decide to get together and skip church yesterday and just not tell me? 9 total children in children's church!!!! Are y'all trying to kill me? Ok y'all get the point! I missed my kids but I do know where most of you were and I know many of you have lots of family issues going on  right now. Next time, just put me in a suitcase and take me off with you. I'll bring my own food money!

We had a trunk or treat meeting yesterday so let me cover that before I talk about kids stuff. Same trunk or treat as in the past yrs, Saturday, October 25, 6-8. Church people doing trunks or games, or helping with and aspect of trunk or treat need to be at church NO LATER then 5:00. We have to get cars in place and eat before people start arriving. People will arrive early!We need people to decorate their trunks and pass out candy. If you have never decorated your trunk,  Google trunk or treat ideas and you will find some great ideas. The youth will be working the games and helping inside the kitchen. I will have a game list for youth to sign up Wednesday night. Amy Martin will be handling the bake sale with proceeds going towards Winter Extreme. Make plans to bring a cake to donate. Questions? Hit Amy up and she'll be glad to help you. This year we will not serve chili. I know some of you are bummed.. Jami was really bummed but we had so many people come thru to eat and we just can't make enough to feed so many people. We had 20 crock pots last year and ran out. Plus, it becomes expensive when you have some people bringing chili, donating a dessert for the bake sale, decorating their cars, buying candy for their car, and buying themselves and kids a costume. We will still serve hot dogs, which have been thankfully donated, and chips in the fellowship hall. Last year we had no room in the fellowship hall but I think moving the chili tables will free up a little space and I was thinking we could put some tables outside. The gym will have the small inflatables for the younger kids, I am going to have a inflatable for the elem age kids, The train will run on the same side as normal. Ashley Fortenberry will be doing face painting and Allison Williams and Lauren  McVeigh  will handle the popcorn. Glenda Southerland will work the registration table. Diane  Robinette has volunteered to try and get donations for giveaways. Darrell will get the cornstalks.  So let me say what we need.. Of course, we need people to do their trunks. People to make a bake sale      item. We need people to come decorate Friday night. We will need someone to go pick up the goldfish Saturday.  I'll need someone to go to Working Man Rentals and pick up the lights. Some items we could use  that maybe people would like to donate would be hay, mums and pumpkins. You can even bring your own mums from home Friday night, then take back home Sat. night. We will need people to clean up after trunk or treat is over. For the next two Sundays I am  going to ask the church to bring in 2L drinks and bags of chips. They can be put in the fellowship hall. I know people are going to say doesn't the church have a budget to cover buying all of this stuff. We do. It is small and by the time I have rented inflatables and pay for candy and prizes it is gone. Not to mention we have to rent  lights and normally pay for hay. Yesterday I had a suggestion for  a new way to gain contact info. The suggestion was that we make a photo booth, and  get the person's email address to send the picture too. We have props from vbs to use for a photo booth but I need someone to take the pics,  handle emailing the pics and setting up the booth. This would probably need to be done in the  gym  due needing lights. Any one? I forgot to mention we will have live music again by In Like Ben.

Sorry y'all I know I was all over the place with all that stuff but I also wanted to say a few other things about trunk or treat. This is not a kid function, this is a church function and it will take everyone to be involved to make it a success. Start praying now that those who visit our church that night that they will find love & acceptance from us. We want to be welcoming at our trunks, at our games and as we serve food. Someone might eat 5 hot dogs or a child might visit your car 10 times but we need to still show them love and kindness. We are representing Jesus. We also want to think about our costume selection. In my opinion Halloween is what you make out of it but I know there are others that don't feel that way, so just keep that in mind.  We don't want to see someone dressed up like Chucky because you will scare little kids and this big adult to death!!! With all that said and me sounding like  negative Nancy, I don 't think any of this is an issue with our church. I have seen you all serve with love and kindness for many years. I personally, have had no issues with costume  choices. You also decorate the best trunks! If you have any questions or issues about trunk or treat   please do not  hesitate to contact me.

Now on to the kid stuff. Friday night is Family Movie Night. We will watch 'It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and  "Wallace and Gromit: the Curse of the Were Rabbit". Both movies are rated G. We will have pizza and concessions starting at 6. Movies begin at 6:30. Bring a chair or blanket. Please let me know if you think you will be coming so I know how many pizzas to purchase. This is a great chance to invite another family or bring some extra kids with you. A free night out including supper and snacks. You can't beat that!!!

Saturday, October  11, we will go to the Green Pumpkin Patch in Southside. I plan on being at church at 9:30 if anyone needs to follow me or you can meet us at the patch at 10.  It is off Slasham Rd. which is right off Green Valley Rd.  They have a maze, zip lines, nature trail and the pumpkin patch. Adults are $5, children are $10 and babies under 2 are free. Pumpkin you chose is extra charge.

October 12 the little kids, 4-6 yrs, who have been singing with Vickie on Sundays, will perform a few songs. Go ahead and tell the family to come see your star sing at church!!

Keep Josh McBurnett's mom in your prayers tomorrow as she has surgery. Keep Sherry Runyan's mom & Candace Harwood's mom in your prayers. Keep Kelsie and Blake in your prayers as they get married Saturday and Wayne and Karon Fortenberry's daughter, Katie, as I believe she gets married  this month too. Someone was saved at church yesterday. Praise God for that!!  I know I have rambled and probably forgot a lot. I hope you have a great week & I better have my kids back Next Sunday!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Good morning. It has been a while since I blogged and I don't know if I am back to every week or just at random times. I did want to take a minute and update you on Children's activities. Let me start with Sundays. Diane Robinette has now been teaching the 4 yr olds- 1st graders for several weeks. She has done a fabulous job adding some new touches to the classroom. The little kids seem to have adjusted well to having a new teacher and I am excited at how that class is moving along. I have to tell y'all a funny story about the first Sunday Diane taught on Baby Moses. Most of y'all know that I keep a little baby during the day. Jami was sitting in his recliner & Jack looked over at Jami, very seriously, and asked him," was he going to hurt the baby?" Jami of course looked confused and shocked and said, " No. Why would I hurt the baby?" Jack proceeds to tell us about the King (Pharaoh) wanting the babies dead and Moses floating in the river in a basket. Jami looked at him and said, " Son, I am not a King and if I was I don't think I would be the kind of King that would hurt babies." That was it. Jack had no other questions but Jami and I was very excited that he came home from church telling us a Bible story.  I believe both SS classes have had good attendance which is great after lower attendance over summer. I love a full class! As most of you know we have Children's church every week and that is normally for all kids 4 yrs -5th grade, which is a wide age range to teach. Vicky and Clifton came forward and wanted to teach the younger kids some Bible songs so for the past 3 weeks the 4, 5 & some 6 yr olds have gone with them and started learning songs. They plan on singing for the church October 12. For those parents with kids in that group go ahead and tell the grandparents, the aunts and uncles & the rest of the family. You know they will want to see their favorite little one sing! Children's church for the older kids is going great too. We started a new program at the beginning of September and we are also working on memorizing the books of the Bible.

Wednesday nights in the Kidz Zone is going great too. We have changed some things up this year and so far I am pleased. We have 2 different classes depending on the child's age, both have the same    lesson but the younger class lesson is on a preschool level. After both groups have the lesson we then   split up for Bible drills or Bible buddies depending on the age group.   I am looking forward to seeing the children grow in their Bible skills.

I know it seems like a long time  until Christmas but the children's dept. is planning for it now. Our Christmas musical is called " Unplugged Christmas" and Ashley will begin practice during Children's  church in October. We will also do Sunday evening practices like last yr. I'll give you the start date for those practices and a time as we get closer. The children will perform the musical Sunday night, December 7. Put that on your calendars.

As far as upcoming events we have a few to mention. Friday,  October 3, will be family movie night in the gym. We are having a double feature, "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" and "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit." Both are animated, G rated movies. FREE concessions will be available at 6:00, movies will start at 6:30. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket. This is a great opportunity to invite grand kids, neighbors and friends to join us. On Saturday, October 11, the kids dept will go to the Green Farm Pumpkin Patch. We will meet at the church at 9:30 & follow each other to the Pumpkin Patch which is in Southside. The cost is $10 for kids and $7 for adults. This includes a hayride, nature trail, fun maze & zip line. The pumpkin you chose is extra. I think this will be a fairly quick trip so I am looking at lunch for us but haven't decided on a location yet. The last event for October is the Trunk or Treat. It will be October 25, from 6-8. This is a church wide event and there will be a meeting Sunday right after preaching to see how people can help. For those of you new to WBBC and the Trunk or Treat, we gather our cars with trunks decorated and pass out candy to kids, we have games, a real train, face painting, inflatables, hayrides, live music, bake sale and free hot dogs. Our youth normally work the games. I know I need someone to do the hayride, someone to call and try to get a few donations, someone to work the popcorn machine, and free cornstalks would  be great if someone has access to some. I believe Amy Martin is going to handle the bake sale as a  fundraiser for the youth.  We had so many people show up to eat last year that we have decided it would be simpler to only serve hot dogs and chips and not do chili this time. I will go ahead and say that we have a small budget for all we do for T or T, so if anyone would like to donate hot dogs, buns, chips, 2 L drinks, candy, mums, pumpkins, corn stalks and hayplease get with me. Each car supplies their own candy for their trunk but we need tons of candy for the games. Start thinking of costume ideas for yourself and your family. Please remember we need to wear church appropriate costumes.  Whew.. I think that is it.

Please continue to lift the Harwood's, McBurnett's & Runyan families up in prayer. Each of these families have mothers/grandmother's who are very ill. Please continue to pray for my family. Mother was so helpful to me in the early years of the trunk or treat. She gathered donations for many years, would give me her mums to use, order cakes from Cothrans for the bake sale, made chili, and always dressed up & decorated her car. We spent many yrs together planning & decorating for trunk or treat. Driving to SAMs to get hot dogs, decorating on Thursday & Friday nights before T or T on  Saturdays, getting Dad the stuff to grill the hot dogs and cleaning up after it was over. I think she even won the chili cook off one year. Those in her family got a good laugh out of that. She loved the T or t and I can still picture her dressed up last year. Just remember us in your prayers. God hasn't failed me yet so I know He'll give me the strength to get done what needs to be done. Pray for the women tomorrow night as they have an If: Prayer Event. I wanted to also give a BIG shout out to the  youth and adults who delivered furniture to a needy family yesterday and to those who donated items. Way to be the hands and feet of Jesus!!! It is awesome to see teens and adults helping those in need! Please remember that we also have a continuous food mission project for RMS. When you buy groceries pick up a convience item like Poptarts, snack cakes, crackers, fruit snacks and small containers of spaghetti & ravioli so we can help feed students who do not have food after school hours. I hope you all have a great week and I hope to see your child in the Kidz Zone Wednesday night!