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A Birthday 🎉

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Elijah had a birthday and we always like to combine birthday celebrations with giving to others. Ellen White says that we should use these specials days to thank the Lord for the years that he has given us and one of the ways that we can do that is by giving back to others. For Elijah's birthday we gave him a envelope with each gift. Each envelope had a Bible verse on the outside about giving to others and on the inside was a card with a random act of kindness that he was supposed to do. Our favorite was the one that said make 13 cupcakes and share them with 13 people. What fun this was! He shared them with church members, friends, and even random strangers in our community. What a blessing it is to give! And the birthday memories stick around longer when we add fun endeavors that include serving others.

Celebrate

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With two important days coming up (Valentines and Random Acts of Kindness Day!), I thought I would make a post with some ideas. Kindness should be spread far and wide, and love does not always have to be about romance, so this week as you think about these two fun days, think about how you can share love and kindness with those in close proximity to you: your neighbors! If you aren't sure where to start, consider these ideas: If you can bake, make and deliver some delicious cookies, brownies, or cupcakes to their door. Take someone out for lunch or dessert - your treat! Visit an elderly neighbor and provide them with some much needed companionship. Put a friendly note, GLOW tract pack, and treat in your mailbox for the mail carrier. Offer to babysit for free! Clean up their yard - rake leaves, weed their garden, water plants, paint their fence, mow their lawn, shovel and salt their sidewalks and driveway. If you're handy around the house, see if they have any small home improve

Valentines

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Another holiday means another opportunity to share Jesus! And we just created the perfect little tag for you to share about someone people can trust. While It's great for any time of year, the heart-shaped candy makes it perfect for Valentine's. You can download your free copy here. https://www.findingjoy4eternity.com/seasonsandholidays

Chattanooga Community Kitchen

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What a blessing to serve Christmas dinner to the homeless at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen! We worked with some amazing people and loved interacting with our guests. If you live in this area, take advantage of this opportunity to serve. They offer so many services and serve meals 3x a day/365 days a year. There are a few tent communities not far from the kitchen in this area of town. There is so much need, and we are to be the hands and feet of Jesus!  

Giving Thanks

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Every Christmas we like to go around and thank people for the service that they give. My husband's parents live in an assisted living community and the staff there always goes above and beyond the call of duty. We appreciate them so much, and on Christmas Day less than a month ago we went into the facility and sang Christmas carolz and expressed thanks to the people who were working on Christmas Day. People are always so appreciative when you stop to say thank you!

Caroling

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What a fun time we had caroling! We went to a care home facility, Hardees, Big Boys, and Putvin's drug store.  But fun to send Carol's and to share apple cider and GLOW tracts with all the people that we keep in contact with.

National Brownie Day

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This has become a very favorite day! We tie up boxes of brownies, not as a health message, but as a small token of kindness for those that we meet. We attach a GLOW tract with ribbon. Then we hand them out to random people in parking lots or stores or along the street. Anyone! People are pretty tickled and pleased about their newfounded box of brownies. Some people can hardly believe that we're just handing them out randomly. We experience lots of smiles and thank yous. It is a really fun way to share kindness!

Sharing Muffins

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We wanted to appreciate our church members and give them a chance to minister and appreciate others. One Sabbath we took all sorts of muffins that were wrapped up individually and we shared them with the church members. There were enough so that they could also take muffins and appreciate those in their circle of influence.

Total Community Involvement

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Our first experience while we were at Weimar in California supposed to be involved in the weekly total community involvement. This is the service projects that they do each week in various areas of the community.  Us girls were involved in a park project. Some of the students go and play with kids that are at the park. After they play for a while, they also have a craft that they've planned as well as snacks. They get involved with the children and are able to make connections with the parents this way. Our guys were able to go along with the group that helped a family whose husband just became up paraplegic. They helped split and haul stack wood This is an amazing program they have going at Weimar That is changing lives in ministering to many people in their community. They've seen the kids make many contacts and they've even seen baptismal results from this program.

Holiday GLOW Tract Packs

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GLOW tracts are a year round ministry because Jesus is a year round God! They make them for all seasons and holidays as well as just everyday reading! If you're interested in downloading the cards that go with these packs if you can find some of them at findingjoy4eternity.com

Involvement

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Ever since the kids were young, we've tried to get them involved in aspects of church and Sabbath school. It's one thing to attend the church, but it's a whole new level of blessing when you become involved! If we want kids to own the church message and the Bible message, then we must get them involved in serving and giving and blessing other through the worship service. Find out what their interests are and help them get involved!

Time, Resources, and Talents for the Lord!

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This past weekend we were at the Michigan Upper Peninsula camp meeting. My kids were involved in the youth department, and they had the most wonderful time on Friday. Then people were given a challenge. They were given $50, a driver, and all day. Their goal was to share the love of Jesus in some way with the town of Iron Mountain. I was the driver for the girls team. I can't tell you what a fantastic day we had. First, we decided to grow our money. The girls went around during a seminar break and asked many of the adults if they wanted to contribute to the cause of sharing the love of Jesus with others. They grew their money from $50 to $533. Wow! There were a lot of steps that took us to what we did with our money. I won't take the time to share all those details, but I will share with you what we did. Because of a stop at the state police department we were able to ascertain that there was an organization in town called the caring House that cared for domestic vio

Church Visitor Gifts

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It hasn't become routine yet, but it's always nice to have a small gift for visitors who come to church. These small bags just have a small loaf of blueberry bread, a thank you for visiting our church with contact information card, and a GLOW tract pack.

Fourth of July

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Holiday is a great day to celebrate and to share God's love!  We went out yesterday sharing literature with people and offering to pray with them. What a blessing to connect and mingle with people in our community!