Thank you, Gracias, Grazie

Thank you Journeyers for the opportunity to work alongside you and lead Journey Kids.  It has been an amazing 3.5 years to say the least.  A lot has happened in those few years and many of you have been a part of that!  Thank you.

If you haven’t read the Journey’s annual update letter I’ll catch you up to date.  I’m resigning to be a stay at home mom with my 2 munchkins.  It was a hard decision to make with lots of tears.  Paul, Eliana, Micah and I are not going anywhere.  Mr. D. will still be in the 2s room on Sunday, and eating animal crackers.  We’ll still be there to love on kids right alongside all of the other awesome, amazing and dedicated Journey Kids volunteers.  Who knows?!  Maybe God will have me jump back in after awhile.  All I know now is that sometimes God calls us to make difficult decisions, but He will walk with us through it all.  It’s ironic that this series we’re in is called CHANGE (missed a Sunday?  Check it out here.)  So, being the me I want to be (God wants me to be) right now is to be a wife and mom to my 2 kids at home.

Thank you for walking with us through the birth of Eliana, my brain tumor, and the birth of Micah.  If you would have asked me 4.5 years ago where I thought I’d be right now, I couldn’t even have imagined this.  Being a part of a community of people taking next steps with Jesus, serving alongside each other to show Jesus to others!  Wow!  So, see you Sunday early.  I’ll be sippin’ my coffee alongside all of you.

By the way, a huge shout-out to Selena Radosa who is jumping in and keeping Journey Kids rolling.  She has an amazing heart for volunteers and kids.  If you don’t know who she is, ask and introduce yourself.  Get plugged in and share God’s love with our littlest Journeyers.  It’s eternity we’re talking about.

I’ll still be blogging here, just probably not linked from the church website anymore.  I’ll still be sharing some thoughts and ideas if you’re interested you can bookmark or “follow” on the right.

Do gas cans and kids mix?

Well, in Journey Kids they do!

For the month of December Journey Kids will be collecting money to go towards the purchase of gasoline for the House of Hope Home in Kenya, Africa.  Journey adults are pulling together to purchase a van for the orphanage in Kenya, so we thought that it would be a perfect fit for the kids to come up with gas money for the van.  The van will be used to drive the children, volunteers and workers around the community for appointments and errands.  In the past Journey Kids have helped purchase a cow, chickens and school supplies.  We will be collecting money for the entire month of December.  Look for the gas cans in the lobby to put your money towards the gasoline.  Have kids?  Encourage them to skip their donut and put the 50 cents toward something that will make a difference in the life of another.

They’re wa-atching you!

As you focus on the real meaning of Christmas, remember to include your kids.

If you spend your time focusing on the “best deals” ~ they’ll learn to do that from you.

If you spend your time picking out what you want for Christmas ~ they’ll learn to do that from you.

If you are spending less to give more ~ they’ll learn to do that from you.

If you volunteer your time to help the poor/elderly/widowed/orphaned ~ they’ll learn to do that from you.

If you invite a friend to join you on Christmas Eve ~ they’ll see that and learn to do that from you.

Let’s teach our kids the real reason why we celebrate December 25th.  The birth of Jesus, who brings us hope, love, joy, and forgiveness!  What a time to celebrate our Savior!

 

Not an hour….eternity

Talking with people this week made me realize how quickly people can loose sight of what we do in Journey Kids.  Without the vision and “keeping the end in mind” a lot of volunteers can forget why they get up an hour early during the week, or come in and fill out supply buckets once a month.  The hour a week that volunteers are investing in our kids is not just to ‘babysitting’. It’s all about eternity.  We have to make sure we keep the end in mind.  What will really matter in 100 years?  The extra hour of tv or sleep?  Or could it be seeing kids trust in Jesus for the first time.  Showing kids God’s love.  Letting God use you in the life of another.

Remember that when you’re changing diapers or calming down a group of 3rd graders.  It’s more than just about us.  It’s BIGGER than that.  It’s all about an eternity with Jesus.

October 2010 Journey Kids Main Points

This Sunday begins a new month and Journey Kids are learning new things!  Each Bible story this month will be wrapped around these main points.  Take these main points, write them down and talk about them when you’re driving to football games or eating dinner.

2-3 years and 4-K – watch this vision video

Memory Verse:

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid.” Deuteronomy 31:6, (NLT)

Bottom Line:

I can always count on God.

1st-5th graders:

Get a Clue – INITIATIVE

Virtue: Initiative—seeing what needs to be done and doing it.

Memory Verse: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4, NIV

Week Download ~ July 2010

  • Staff Retreat was great!  We got a lot accomplished including goals for the coming year, leadership development and more.  We even laughed – I know, shocking!  😉
  • The 5pm service Journey Kids team is coming together!  We have an amazing group of people who are willing to jump start the service for a few months.  They are committing to attend in the morning and come back and serve in the evening.  Now that’s love and dedication!
  • More people are stepping in to volunteer in Journey Kids.  It’s exciting to see parents/teens plug into the lives of children and share God’s love!
  • My uncle is terminally ill.  Please pray for my Aunt, cousins and family as this is a tough time for everyone.  Thankfully He is a Christian, so we’ll see him again.
  • Eliana is talking up a storm.  Can’t believe she’ll be 2 in September!  She is attempting to scale everything in the house and is taking after her daddy with her enjoyment of heights.
  • I’m counting down the days / weeks until baby D is born.  To answer your question, no, we don’t have a name picked out yet.