Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, is probably my all time favorite children's author. His books are fun, uplifting, and educational (from a reading teacher's perspective). Dr. Seuss' books are just plain good. Tonight, as I was browsing Barnes & Noble's website, after purchasing the book on marriage Hunter suggested, I decided to add to my Seuss library. (One can never own too many Seuss books.) I came across a book that I had forgotten all about: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? At first I thought, "Aww. It's not that big of a deal. I can explain to Addison and Dossett (my grandchildren) that we're not really lucky, we are blessed." But would I?  Every time?
If I have to explain every time I read it, why should I buy it? 

Isn't that how we have become desensitised to "innocent enough" stuff that takes our eyes and minds off our sovereign God, from Whom every good gift comes? Not too far away from Him, but away, nonetheless. We exchange words like "blessed" for "luck". Instead of sincerely thanking God, we "thank heavens!" with an insincere wave of our hand. At least I do.

I don't mean to over-spiritualize a child's book whose author's goal is to instill gratitude in the hearts of his readers. It just made me start thinking... and Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! (another book by, you guessed it, Dr. Seuss). So, I rest my case. Theodor wrote some great books for us. Even the ones that aren't so great spur us to think about the One Who is. We just don't have to buy those.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CLAY OLSON ROCKS!! He was faster than anyone from Madison Heights Church in the race on Saturday! He even beat the adults!! Congratulations, Clay!!

Below is a website containing information about a great new book for children... and adults... about Wisdom. It is currently half price at Westminster Bookstore. (The info is provided on the site.) I'm going to order a few. You may want to, also!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Children Singing

Children from the Kids Khoir will be singing in the morning service of May 15. The Preschool Choir (ages 3, 4, and 5) will sing two songs, and the First-Fourth Grade Choir will sing the first and last stanzas of Fairest Lord Jesus. I am excited about hearing and watching them worship the Lord through song. (If your child has not been coming to Kids Khoir, it is not too late. We will practice on April 17 and May 1 right after our fellowship supper, and will also practice during Sunday School on May 1 & 8.

Call or email if you have any questions.

Monday, March 21, 2011


Is it too late to set a New Year's resolution? I think I'm going to anyway...
     I have gotten terrible at posting blogs. I hereby announce that I WILL be a better blogger!!

Although the Children's Ministry seems rather quiet these days, there are many fun things brewing.
  • Children ages 3-4th grade will sing in the morning service on May 15. Please, please bring your children to Kids Khoir on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings at St Joe. We meet immediately following supper.
  • Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday morning, April 23, at 9:00. All children - your children, your relatives' children, neighbors' children, and aquaintances' children are welcome! Between now and then, please bring 1-2 dozen candy-filled plastic eggs either to the office of to St Joe (There will be decorated receptacles outside on each side of the auditorium foyer.)
  • Arts & Sports Camp - June  27-29. More exciting info about that in the very near future! Mark your calendars now!!
Thank you for sharing your children with me. They are precious gifts from our Lord!

Friday, March 4, 2011

March seems to be fulfilling its promise to come in like a lion, though it does not seem to be too vicious thus far. The gentleness of April will blossom it's way into a fragrant bouquet of smiles, sunny days, budding plants, and rain showers. And we will be reminded once again that summer is around the corner.

The seasons all point to our Creator, our gracious, mighty God. When life threatens to destroy us, much like a hungry lion, we are reminded of the gentlenss and faithfulness of our Father, who sent His Lamb to give us a fragrant life, full of joy. And we can laugh and run in the sunshine of hope in the eternal "summer" that awaits us, looking forward to the fulness of worshipping around His throne.