When They Lay You Down - Trapper Haskins And The Bitter Swill
Soul's Repair - Red June
No Roses - The Lonesome Outfit
Caroline - Brad Monk
High Water Or Hell - Blake Berglund
Go On And Rain - Danny Whitecotton
From Temperance To Eternity - Stephen Merchant
Hallelujah, I'm A Bum - Vudu Sister

Take up the cause of the fatherless

orphan sunday

On November 4, 2012, churches and families like yours spotlight God’s deep love for orphans and how ordinary people can make love tangible – through adoption, foster care and support of ministries like YWAM’s Adoption Ministry 1:27.  Orphan Sunday will be recognized and celebrated around the globe.

The first Orphan Sunday was celebrated in Zambia in 2002 and since that group of African Christians highlighted God’s heart for the orphan, Orphan Sunday has echoed out around the globe.  Jedd Medefind, President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, expressed it well: “When Christians grasp God’s heart for the orphan, we see more fully His heart for each of us as well.  We don’t foster or adopt or mentor or give financially out of guilt or duty. Christian care for the orphan is just a small reflection of the way God first loved us—pursuing and rescuing us when we were destitute and alone.”

The statistics speak for themselves.  More than 400,000 children live in the foster system in the U.S. today, with nearly 110,000 waiting to be adopted.  Globally, an estimated 17.8 million children have lost both parents and many times that number live with a single surviving parent, most often their widowed mother.  The Orphan Sunday campaign works towards a day when local Christians in every nation will be known as the primary answer to the needs of orphans in their midst.

You might be thinking… How can I do anything? The Christian Alliance for Orphans, along with many partner groups, is providing lots of good event ideas, downloadable posters, bulletin inserts, videos and other free resources that you can use to bring Orphan Sunday to your church.  Families may choose to participate in ‘The Orphan’s Table’ by ordering a simple orphan meal package and discussion guide.  We are also happy to send you materials about YWAM's Adoption Ministry 1:27 program  – a partnership with the Ethiopian church to preserve families and prevent orphans.

The Orphan Sunday website includes:
  • Materials (including posters, bulletin inserts and more)
  • Easy-Access Resources (from sermon and Bible study notes to songs)
  • Event/Activity Ideas
  • Event Partnership Packages (that pair you with trustworthy Alliance organizations)
  • Examples of successful past Events
  • World Map (Please post your event plans and see others!)

It is through individuals like you that highlight the needs in their families, small groups and for their churches that this message will go out.  Please consider organizing an Orphan Sunday event at your church!

If you have recognized Orphan Sunday in the past, please leave a comment and share what you or your church have done to bring this issue to the forefront. 

Creeping to 100!!

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I'm getting so close to 100 followers. It really just amazes me that on any day that I post my ideas can be shared with up to 100 people I've never met. A-MAZING!

In honor to celebrate I want to do my first giveaway. :) I have a few ideas but I was wondering if any of you wanted to chip in? (Ideas or items are appreciated!) Let me know because as I creep closer and closer to triple digits my adrenaline begins to rush and I can't wait to host a giveaway.


You cannot learn to be a pastor, someone who is involved in the pastoral work of the Church, who is concerned with both the spiritual and physical welfare of her or his "flock." You have to be a person who wants to stop the hurting and make people happy without regard for rules, regulations and "the way we have always done things." You have to be prepared to help people no matter what affect doing so might have on your own future. You have to want to bring comfort so much that you do not want to move to a more prestigious post that would restrict your opportunity for pursuing your calling. You rarely find a person in the higher positions of the Church who has the charism of pastorship.

There are many charisms. The pastoral calling is only one of many. It is no better or worse than any other. It's just what you have to do. However, the fact that the charism of administration is so highly regarded in the Church is problematical. The gifts of the powerful tend to usurp the gifts of the less powerful and become the shot-calling gifts. If an administrator comes to believe that his or her task is more important in the Church than the tasks of the pastor then people get hurt. This is because administrators place expediency and what they perceive as the common good above the good of the individual.

It may be that a person cannot be both an administrator and a pastor. That is okay as long as they know it within themselves and delegate to others the tasks they are not qualified to deal with effectively. However, this involves publicly accepting that you are not good at something. That's difficult enough in the secular world, but in the Church, where ministers are expected to be able to do everything well and where inability is viewed as a great weakness, it is nigh on impossible. Personally, I think the only way to solve this dilemma is to return to the early Church understanding of the charismatic, as propounded in the epistles of Paul, where each charism is regarded as a calling in itself. For various reasons the modern day Church expects its office holders to be adept in many charisms and in some cases, such as the post of bishop, these expected charisms can be contradictory. Therefore, we need to decide what we want our office holders to provide for us and then choose the people for the job. This would mean giving many of the responsibilities currently invested in certain posts to others in posts we have chosen to be bearers of those responsibilities. For example we may decide that a bishop should primarily be a pastor. In which case we should remove from the post of bishop the responsibility for the, often, contradictory task of administration which, in turn, should become the responsibility of an office holder called because they have the charism of administration.

We could only achieve this sensible rationalisation of the offices of the Church if we take to heart Saint Paul's central message regarding the abilities given to individuals by the Spirit. That is to accept that they are all equal; equally valid, equal in status and equally valued by God and the people of God.

Saying Good-bye

A women’s team from the University of Kentucky gets ready to leave Ethiopia after a week spent serving many women, children and families there.


by Brooke Keyes
A large piece of my heart will be left here in Ethiopia. I am so thankful to be a part of this trip and share this experience with seven other wonderful student-athletes, and three incredible adults that made us feel like adults as well as their friends. On this trip, my heart broke into a thousand pieces and then it was repaired to full...

Read all of Brooke’s post here.


Made It Monday

Ahh, my first Made It Monday.

 I am the first to admit that  I'm not the most crafty person. I love Pinterest and this linky because I live craft-vicariously through all of you. Here are two little things I've done recently.

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 So, I'm not sure if that one counts as making something but I went to three different office supply stores Saturday and darn it I was getting it done! (The first one didn't have the employee in yet and the second had a problem with their cutter)

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 What have you been working on?

I was a guest blogger!!! (and a freebie)

On Saturday I guest blogged (for the first time ever!) over at Learning is Something to Treasure. She has an amazing blog if you haven't stopped by.

So, without further adieu here was my post (and a freebie).

As many of you may know Lisa is enjoying some of her summer break with family and has asked for some guest bloggers this week. I jumped on board! I have been a fan of hers from the moment I stumbled upon her adorable blog. I feel so excited, honored, nervous, and anxious to be blogging here. She has a great group of followers. I see all the love she gets in the comments when I'm blog stalking checking my Google Reader.

My name is Brenda and I blog over at You Might Be a First Grader... I've been teaching first grade for a few years and decided to throw my hat into blogging ring this past spring. It is such an awesome community. This year, for the first time since I've been at my school, we're having a "Meet the Teacher" night before school starts. Normally we have an Open House mid-September but the district decided to do something new this year. I'm really looking forward to it. I don't know about you but I have a lot of parents bring their firsties in to meet me and see their classroom before school begins. While I'm thrilled to meet them my room is usually in less than stellar condition (because I'm working so diligently, haha) and I'm usually sporting a pony tail and t-shirt. Now I have an opportunity to prepare, decorate, pick out an outfit, and slap on some make-up. However, I also have to prepare stuff for my first back to school night! I thought I'd share a few of my creations with you and hopefully they'll give you ideas or help you out.
Parent Volunteer Sign Up Sheet

I made printable labels to adhere to mini-candy bars or other treats
A little scavenger hunt to have them find things in the room (and give them something active to do)

If you'd like to download these things for free then click here to go to my TpT store and download. It's a zip file so you get them all in one download.

I want to thank Lisa for giving me this chance to talk with you all. Please feel free to check out my first grade blog.



A lot of my American friends are talking about what punishment should be given to James Holmes, the young man who shot at an audience in a Colorado cinema recently, killing twelve people and injuring another fifty-eight. Personally, I do not think he should be punished at all.

The man is mad. To base his punishment on a decision as to whether he knew what he was doing or not is completely wrongheaded. All mad people know what they are doing. You are not some sort of mindless robot when you are mentally ill. James Holmes should be placed in a secure, safe facility (most probably for the rest of his life) and given as pleasant a life as is possible always bearing in mind his own safety and the safety of those caring for him.

I would love to be able to tell you what was going on in his mind when he planned and carried out the massacre of so many innocent people. But, even though I have suffered from madness myself, I cannot. The thoughts inside your head when you are seriously mentally ill, the way your mind feels, are so different to what is regarded as normal that the normal world has never come up with words to describe it. Psychiatrists ask you how you are feeling and use words such as "down" ("on a scale of one to ten") but such terminology is not really applicable to what you are feeling inside. It's a feeling beyond words. I remember being faced with these questions and just thinking, "I don't understand."

As I said at the beginning of this short post, James Holmes would have been fully aware of what he was doing. He was most likely aware of the fact that what he was doing would be regarded as abnormal, as evil, by everyone else. But that does not make him sane or, in a just world, responsible for his actions. Under our present legal systems he will be judged using concepts understood by sane people who, thank God, have been spared the knowledge of what it is like to be mad. To punish him will, no doubt, give some sort of closure to those affected by the massacre. But as far as James Holmes himself is concerned it would be like beating a dog because it had bitten the postman. The dog would know that you were punishing it and would probably know why you are punishing it, but it wouldn't understand your moral thinking for punishing it. You would have to understand the mind of a dog to understand the actions of a dog and there's as much chance of a human being ever being able to do that as there is of a sane person understanding what goes on in the head of a madman. If you don't believe me, ask my wife.



If you are just going to say the same thing over and over again I will mark your comments as spam (which I have just done to four of your posts). This means that eventually the Blogger anti-spam software will start rejecting all of your comments to all of their webpages. So please, troll, be interesting and inventive or just STFU!


Make a list of your top ten favourite works of fiction. Now remove from your list all the books that contain an element of the mythological, magical, supernatural, paranormal or religious. What you have left are the books that people would read if they truly believed that the impulse to believe in the transcendant is purely a function of our minds without any possibility of there being anything that we call transcendant. Even most of Philip Pullman's books would not be read.

It's not just religion that comes out of this part of our mind, most works of creativity are born from the same part of our mind (not brain) that gives us the religious impulse. But the scary bit is that it is also that part of us that allows us to imagine and enjoy art. We would no longer do so if we completely believed our enjoyment was due only a biological function. We would be cynical and would not be able to suspend our belief, a major requirement for the enjoyment of much literature. Life without at least the possibility of the gods et al would be very boring.

I'm sure it would be possible for a writer to cynically write a "magical" book without any subconscious belief in the possibility of the magical. It would be enjoying reading them that would be the problem. It would be like reading a biography about Sarah Palin in which she is a nice, sane person who loves animals and would always put other people before herself. Once you know and truly believe "the truth" about something you cannot imagine things a different way. You reaction would be "That's just plain silly."

It's absolutely right to tell people that the religious impulse can be traced to a specific part of our brain, if it is true. What is wrong is telling people that this means there can be no possibility of something real to feel religious about. I think it's morally worse than telling people they have to believe in god(s). Anti-religionists believe (if that is the right word) that getting rid of the religious impulse would lead to more evolved, "better" human beings. I think it would destroy us, or at the very least it would destroy those bits of us that both religious people and atheists hold to be good.

I am not defending any religion here. I'm defending our right to believe in anything we can imagine, because it is that which makes us happy. You take that away and we would never be happy, we would just get pleasure from satisfying our biological lusts.


Tell Me More! Tell Me More!

I've seen this Linky for a while now and today...when I saw it from another great blogger that I follow (Teacher Idea Factory) I decided that I wanted to join. 

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I'm also taking a cue from Kelly and doing the ABCs of me :)

28...for a few more months
So far....probably graduating from college. (Boiler Up!)

No thanks.
Two chihuahuas, Tazz and Van(illa)

I check my phone or Ipad before I get out of bed...

I'm not really into football. It was cool that Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl last year. 


Well, in the spring I'd Cadbury eggs...mmmm.
There are a lot of things that make me happy. :) I don't outwardly show excitement a lot though.
  J - JOBS
Quite a few, fast food...a few retail jobs...telemarketing...
Those were all before/during college. Since college I've subbed, taught, and worked a part-time summer retail gig
Only the ones in my classroom ;)
Laughing. It's my favorite thing to do. I also get a good feeling when I make others laugh.
I like all kinds of music and my playlist is eclectic at best
My dad used to call me Jaws...I talked a lot...imagine that...a blogger that likes to talk. Sis growing up..
As toddlers my nieces and nephews couldn't say I've been Benna, Bidda, and just plain 'ol B.
My birthday month!!
I don't have one that I live by or can even remember off the top of my head...
A word I hear in 80s movies?    

There are times that when I'm singing and dancing around I'll pick up a dog and make them go along with me
I <3 tv...I won't bore you with the tons of shows I watch...right now I'm watching Big Brother, True Blood, Law & Order SVU, and Project Runway consistently. I bulldozed through Grey's Anatomy a few months ago..I can't believe I was missing out on it all these seasons!

I can roll my triple roll with the wave thing.
(That's not me but the image on Wikipedia...but that's what I can do)
I went to Florida for the first week of July this summer. I got to see fireworks on the beach!!


Traffic. The internet..those last few minutes of a tv show.
Teeth at the dentist. I was in an accident once and they took an X-Ray of my spine
Pizza is awesome...I'm usually down for a good cheeseburger. Slightly undercooked brownies are my specialty.
The number of times I've seen Dirty Dancing!



Giving and Receiving

A team of female athletes from the University of Kentucky is finishing up a time of service in Ethiopia.  Women representing Kentucky soccer, softball, tennis, basketball, rifle and gymnastics were nominated by their coaches to participate in this opportunity.  Below are some of their impressions…


by Aubrey Lamar
This week, I have been struggling with being overwhelmed with the number of people who are in need of food, shelter, or most importantly and something that doesn't cost a dime (or a birr) I have been reminded this week that one person cannot save a country; it takes many people with a common goal. However, I can make a small impact on the few people I come in contact with during this trip...

Read all of Aubrey's post here.



Don’t miss posts by all of the women on this team:
A Long Trip and A Rewarding Day
Learning the Ropes
Trying to Find the Words
Trip Nearing End



The staging of the London Olympics has been paid for by big business sponsorship.

The training of the British Olympic Team has been paid for by gambling revenues.

The unsubtle protest against big business and rampant capitalism in the opening ceremony cost £27000000.

The aim of the London Olympics is to make lots of money for big business.

The aim of the competitors is to come first.

There will be just a few winners. The vast majority of them will not be the sportsmen and sportswomen taking  part in the Games.

There will be many losers. The vast majority of them will not be the sportsmen and sportswomen taking  part in the Games.


Man is born free but everywhere he is on Facebook.



All are welcome to join me in taking communion. 

The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.

The order of service is posted beneath the audio file so that you can join in with the service. The words in bold type are the ones we say together.

Click on the arrow on the player to stream.
Download via the MP3 icon below the player.
Download podcast via iTUNES.

MP3 File

CLICK HERE for order of service and credits (opens in new window)



The following photoshop has been liked by over 80000 friends of George Takei so far.

The following is a conversation I had with various people (who will remain anonymous as I am sure they wouldn't want me to reveal their ignorance to the whole world) on Facebook.

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Jitters: Blog Hop

This is a fantastic Blog Hop. It's fantastic because a few weeks ago I had my first scary back to school dream. Each summer I have a dream about my future class. In this class there is always that one kid that won't matter what. There's no consequence or reward great enough to get this child to listen to me. In the dream I stay calm and I try and try...but nothing works. Luckily, though I've had some definite challenges, this kid is still fictional to me.

Well, Ashley over at Fierce in Fourth has a blog hop over Jitters! This also goes perfectly with the book

3 Things that I'm jittery about:
1. I want to implement Daily 5 into my classroom. Due to when I started teaching I saw parts of Four Block and Six-Traits...but never fully implemented them into what I did. I also learn by I have the Daily 5 book but I really wish I could see it in practice. I'm going to read the book and we'll see what happens. #Jittery

2. My kiddos. I'm always nervous about the first day of school...I guess kinda like one of the kids. I also plan a lot but am worried about keeping them engaged on the first day. #ALittleJittery

3. Open House! Like I mentioned in another post...I school is doing an Open House/Meet the Teacher night the night before school!!! I'm excited about this but not only will I be meeting 20 firsties (many for the first time) but I'll be meeting their parents, too. Normally we do an Open House a few weeks after school starts and I've had a little time to get to know the kiddos and I can greet them when they walk in THEN I talk to their parents. #QuiteJittery

What are your Jitters??



In their continuing campaign to take over the legislature of the United States of America, the generals of the Nation of Vatican (a small, independent country in Europe) have dropped the bomb on San Francisco. The weapon of mass destruction, named Don Salvo Corleone (after The Godfather Of All Lies), contains the heavy metal, satanium, which has the unique property of causing extreme harm to gay people and their friends whilst leaving bigots completely untouched.

Full details at THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE.





The Roman Catholic Diocese in Massachusetts was apparently trying to come up with some legal reason it refuses to sell a 44-bedroom mansion in Worcester to a gay couple who wanted to renovate it. But the back-and-forth over email was still appended to the bottom of the bogus explanation that eventually made its way to the couple.

A real estate broker for the diocese said in an email she sent to the couple, James Fairbanks and Alain Beret, that it had suddenly found "other plans" for the property. But at the bottom of the email was this note from Monsignor Thomas Sullivan:

“I just went down the hall and discussed it with the bishop,” Sullivan wrote to the broker, according to the Telegram. “Because of the potentiality of gay marriages there, something you shared with us yesterday, we are not interested in going forward with these buyers. I think they're shaky anyway. So, just tell them that we will not accept their revised plan and the Diocese is making new plans for the property. You find the language.”


I have little idea what they are singing about. But it's loud, fast and quite catchy and that's all that's required on a Friday. Enjoy.


Just Pinning It...

Drumroll Please....
Here are this week's favorite pins (okay, some are from a while ago but I really like them)
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1. Q-Tip Painting a number onto a tens frame
I love this because I can make the tens frames and assign any number to represent. It'll keep the kiddos engaged and active...who doesn't love paint?

2.  Dry erase stained teeth
Laminate teeth and 'decay' them up with dry erase markers. Give the kiddos toothbrushes to scrub away. Good dental health month activity

3. Number recognition (1-20)
These are from a cool kindergarten blog. Hopefully my first know and recognize these numbers (hopefully) but at the very least this should make for some good seat work at the beginning of first grade (click here for direct download and save yourself some hunting )

4.  Smiley Sentence visual rubric
This is a great visual for the kids to see. That way when I edit or go over work with them and they only receive a partial smiley they'll know what's missing.

5. Missing Parts Bucket
I know I'm not the only one that has finished a lesson and the accompanied clean-up only to be interrupted in my next lesson by a sweetie just trying to be helpful by blurting out that they found dice, chips, crayons, cubes, etc. No need to interrupt sweet helper. Just put it in the missing parts bucket and I'll deal with it later.


The August issue of New Words for Holy Communion is now out. Details of how you can purchase this trendsetting liturgical resource can be found at the top of the left hand sidebar.

And if you need more encouragement to part with £2.49 of your hard earned cash, how about this endorsement from the soon to be Bishop of Rhode Island?

We have been using selections from New Words for Holy Communion here at Trinity Cathedral on Phoenix Arizona since they became available. We use them as supplemental texts for weekday and late Sunday liturgies.

The language and the imagery that is contained in each week’s text is faithful, scriptural and wonderfully fresh. By hearing the common themes of the week’s lections expressed consistently throughout the texts, we’ve had a chance to experience the wholeness of scripture and liturgy in a way that has been unique for us. I particularly commend the weekly prayers of the people texts.

I urge you to at least take a look as these texts and think about settings where their freshness and alternative imagery might be a powerful tool in helping people connect with their faith.

The Very Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, SOSc
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Phoenix Arizona USA


I have noticed that there is an increase in the occurrence of readers of a pedantic frame of mind, and those who are easily offended, to accuse me of using sweeping generalisations and hyperbole. It is what I do. I am a polemicist and humourist and sweeping generalisations and hyperbole are the tools of my trade. Just like my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, my generalisations are sweeping and my boles are hyper all of the time (see The Bible). I do it for effect and brevity. I'm not going to stop.

Therefore, I would be grateful if those of you who have been trained in the noble art of nit-picking would mentally insert the word "some" in front of all nouns that you come across in my posts and comments. I would do it myself if it wasn't for the fact that it would reduce the humour quotient of my posts to zilch and make me look like some stuffy old shirt who always tries to understand the other person's point of view (see "Caption Competition" below).

Carry on.


Photo bomb

Hello blogland. So yesterday was not a good day for say the least I felt ick. I do feel a lot better today which is good because I had an appointment to get 4 shiny new tires for my car. Who doesn't love car maintenance? I mean I should feel fine about dropping that dinero for something that I use nearly every day and keeps me safe when maintained, right?? No...instead of thought of gadgets and pretty purses I would've rather bought. Just me, I'm sure. Well the tire place was on the other side of town so after my appointment I decided to go check out The Container Store. It was so neat. It made me want to organize my closet. It made me want to organize your closet.

It was my first time there and I didn't actually buy much (though that little devil on my shoulder almost talked me into a lot more)

 I got this to carry my lunch in. It's one cube but you open it and you can put something sandwich sized on one side and the other you can put chips, fruit, crackers, (or tiny containers of stuff). Kinda neat. :)

This neat thing (can you tell I like pink?) you can store cereal in. The top is where you put your dry cereal and the bottom is where you put your milk. The bottom is one of those containers like a freeze glass. You put it in the fridge and it'll keep your milk chilled. Now, I can bring cereal to school in the mornings and not worry about your cereal getting smushy.


I also got some hooks to hang stuff and a spaghetti holder but they weren't fancy.

Now for some cool stuff I saw and was uber tempted to throw in my cart!

These are the coolest paper clips EVER.
These stiff bag containers with adorable animals on them.
These apple containers. (A bit smaller than a bowling ball) The top of the apple opens and you can store goodies inside...this was in my cart for a bit.
Trash cans! They made trash cans fun.
Need to store Legos? Store them in a Lego head or a Lego shaped container.


AAAAAND When I got home I saw that my copy of the Daily 5 arrived. A pretty good day. :)



I think I'll see if the office supply store can spiral bind my book for me...then the highlighter, pack of post-its, and I have a date.