Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Stick a Fork In It

Well, one more day and we are finished with 2008. It's done, people. Time to look forward to a glorious, God-given new year. Aren't we blessed to be alive?
Today, I read a newsletter from Women's Division. In it were listed the Women's Division Grants for Special Mission Projects. One that caught my eye was a grant amounting to a couple of thousand dollars for TATOO REMOVAL.
(I told you it caught my eye.) So, being thoroughly stunned, I read further.
Now, here is an aside.......years ago, I proposed that an interesting fund raiser might be temporary UMW tatoos....we could sell them like Mission Ribbon Corsages....well, that was quickly poopooed!
Back to the Tatoo Removal Grant. The Grant went to a group that helped newly immigrated persons, who might have Gang related tatoos(and would like to have them removed) pay for removal, to help them lead more productive and safer lives.
WOW. That's thinking outside the box, fellow UM's.
What an interesting Mission.
And, you pastors think UMW is for little old ladies, who never do anything new! Open hearts, open doors, OPEN MINDS.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Musings 2008

"Joy to the World". Got the holiday spirit? I've been humming Christmas Carols for weeks now. The packages are all mailed,the house is decorated, and there's a couple of inches of fresh snow on the ground.
"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas."
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." The Kansas City Chorale (my husband Scott sings low bass with this group)gave two beautiful Christmas Music Concerts last week. It's an interesting fact that 5 of the 24 Singers are UMC Choir Directors, from various towns in the Kansas City Area. They're excited to be nominated for a couple more Grammy Awards for 2008. Last year, they won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album.
"Angels we Have Heard on High." Our Church Choir presents its annual Christmas Cantata this Sunday. We're hoping for good weather through Sunday.
On Christmas Eve, Kearney UMC will hold three services and the combined choirs will sing at the seven-thirty service. Our tradition is to close the service with the choir singing "Peace" and the congregation singing, "Silent Night".

"We Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"