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Kathy Hulin

Show Them Jesus

Earlier this week I was sharing with a couple of moms about daily Christian rituals. The conversation was prompted by a reading by Jack Klumpenhower where he suggested "the Longest List" idea. He told his children that they were going to build a list of all the things that they learn about Jesus. The prompt would be "Jesus is better than anything else because..." and each day or each week they would fill in the blank. The rule would be that whatever they learn would be written down on a card and taped on the wall and every card needs to be different. One child's comment was, "that's going to be a long list." :)

I love that there are so many ways that we can share and show our children Jesus. Sometimes it is through the simple act of doing Bible study and they see your commitment to that. Or it can be through your prayer times together, perhaps at bedtime or at the dinner table. I always want to model praying for needs beyond those who are part of the prayer as a witness to the world that needs our prayers. Or it can be through how you interact with your spouse, or friends, or other children. Or perhaps it is in the way that you volunteer or care for the needs of others?

Today I was blessed to hear of another parent's witness to her children. Completely unprompted, I learned from one of our members that she sings a Christian song to each of her two children before they go to sleep each night. One child always needs to hear "Amazing Grace" and will mention something the next day if she didn't get to hear it because mom couldn't be there, and the other is currently wanting to hear "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God." What a beautiful way of instilling God's care and love for his children through an act of prayerful and intimate worship at bedtime. Praise be to God! 

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Feeding Our Neighbors

I don't know how many of you read the cover story called "Poverty's Widening Grasp" in Sunday's Ledger, but that article and related stories in the first section, along with my own engagement with the topic is causing me to share this with you. 

Through my son, I have become familiar with federal, state, and local assistance programs and what they will do and what they won't do. The articles pointed out some faith-based and civic-based assistance programs as well. No matter what assistance program is established, there are parameters for who and how it can help to give it definition for filling a need and funding that need. 

According to a 2013 U.S. Census Bureau survey, Florida is ranked 38th out of all 50 states in income, behind states like Michigan and Ohio, and 19.3% of Polk County residents have income levels within the poverty guidelines. Those guidelines indicate that $11,490 and below is considered a poverty wage for an individual, $15,510 for a couple, and $27,570 for a family of five. 

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Power of Prayer

I attended the movie War Room on Sunday afternoon when it was advertised as a church outing, and it was great to have 20+ people from our church throughout the theater. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical going in because I was worried about predictable storylines and dialogue, and even though there was a measure of that in the movie, the power of what the writers wanted to teach the audience about prayer was significant. I ended up coming away with a renewed sense of vigor for being faithful to family, friends, my church, and the world-at-large through prayer. The storyline did well to teach us that we shouldn't get caught up in trying to fix each other or the ills of this world without first and foremost going to God in secret with our heartfelt concerns and desires. One of the main characters was worn out from trying to fight psychological battles with a loved one and she learned that she need not do that anymore, but turn those battles over to God. When she did so, it created room in her heart to pray for love toward that person instead of reliving the battles over and over again. It was a fresh reminder of Jesus' command to "love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34).

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Back to School

Back to School

I read an article in the Sunday Ledger called "Parents Need to Prepare for School Year". It is a very good reminder of how the process of getting back to the school routine takes an emotional preparation for everyone in the home, not just the students. The author Berney Wilkinson writes of "time - anchors" to keep each day to help provide stability, and I think we at All Saints' could add an additional anchor - the time of Bible reading and daily prayers with our children or the time set aside for teens and adults to do that at the beginning or end of the day. Here is the link to the article: Ledger Article by Dr. Berney. I hope you find it useful!

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Being on Mission

Being on Mission

I just finished an amazing week with several of our teens. It was Homegrown Mission Week (July 27-31), and I was joined by 18 teens plus I had help from a total of 19 adults and 2 children to do a variety of projects in and around downtown Lakeland. We played and taught children at Parker Street Ministries, we provided food and toiletries for homeless, we cleaned at Lighthouse Ministries as well as at homes of some of our members, we did propertry improvement projects at Second Chance Ministry, we organized and implemented a Meet Our Police Officers Event in Barnett Park, and we visited with residents at Lake Morton Plaza! I can't get over how well we got along and became one big happy and mission-oriented family for five days. The teens were supportive of one another and really opened up to how God was speaking to them through our various projects and times of devotion.

When I continue to reflect upon last week, I am profoundly grateful for how the team embraced being on mission within our local community, something that teams usually struggle to do. Typically, teams do mission projects away from home and there will be hope that members will find a way to see the need in the local community. Our team realized the needs as they embraced them and want to continue to do more in the future - amen to that! I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity to grow in the Spirit together!

 

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Healing & Relationship

A few years ago after my husband and I adopted our teenage son, we were working with a family counselor to try to help us understand our role as adoptive parents. That counselor had a motto that kept coming back in our times together: "Healing comes through relationship." That's a great phrase to keep revisiting...

All of us need the healing which God provides to us through belief in Jesus as Savior - the ultimate relationship in our lives. We could stop with our meditation at this point, couldn't we?! This is an ongoing meditation as Christians to continue to mull over what it means for us personally to be healed time and time again through a daily walk with Christ!

If we continue the meditation, however, it takes us to contemplate the relationships within our home or the people closest to us. Are we pursuing these relationships to the fullest and can we recognize healing within ourselves and in others? This might be harder to discern, depending upon being able to identify what needs to be healed, but I imagine we can all think of some measure of healing that can take place. Let's keep the relationships strong and healthy!

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Importance of Community

Importance of Community

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Community is so significant to the life of the Church. If you haven't started to glean this about me, I am an encourager when it comes to this topic. I love to see people get together, and more importantly, I love to see our children and teens get together. It's how they know that the Christian family is larger than their families at home. It's how they know that as a child of God, they have brothers and sisters in Christ. It's how they know they can lean on others who share a common faith. 

I was so truly blessed by the experience of taking a group of our teens to Sunny Acres Lodge this past weekend. The smiles on all of our faces says it all! Some of us played card games and board games; we played group games outside; girls did hair and talked about life experiences; guys played ping pong and tossed around a nerf football; fathers and sons spent time together; parents had chances to bond; we had a group devotion and time of worship; we had a campfire and cooked marshmallows; some watched a movie or two; and I made pancakes in the morning. We were a happy little family together! 

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Serving With Joy

Serving With Joy

I had the wonderful opportunity to accompany some of our children and teens at the recent diocesan Acolyte Fest at the Orlando Cathedral. I have to say I love worship, so I was really looking forward to what it would be like to worship at the Cathedral, but I found that it was all the more special and meaningful to share it with members of our church family.

The service began with everyone seated in our respective pews, and we were one of 36 churches represented and more than 530 people in attendance! Our pew had Wanda Schulz on one end, Gabby Memmoli, Jack Perkins, Annalyse Torres, Kaycee Torres, Jake Memmoli, and Henry Spake in the their vestments, and me and my son on the other end.

As the opening hymn unfolded, all of the acolytes in attendance began to do a grand procession while carrying their church banners. It was pure pageantry! And I so enjoyed seeing some of our kids as part of the procession. The sermon was probably the highlight of the service for me because Canon Tim Nunez did an excellent job at sharing what our acolytes could and should be taking away from their role of service.

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Easter Happened...Now What?!

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what it means to be in the Easter season. I was really excited about our worship experiences during Holy Week and then the triumph of Easter. It was a significant time of worship and I was on one of those spiritual "highs". How about you?

So now we find ourselves a few weeks out from that celebration of our resurrected Christ and I find that it is harder to ward off the mundane activities of everyday life. How about you? In some ways it doesn't feel like Easter took hold, but I don't want to lose it. I want this season to reorient my priorities and how I see the world. I want it to make me see the world as God sees it and to be passionate about those who don't know Christ. I want to be purposeful in doing things that will transform my life and the life of others. How about you?! 

I've been using the passages from the Gospels to remind me what it was like for Jesus' friends to be in the world, to have experienced Jesus' teachings first hand, to have watched him go to his death, and then to realize that he came to life again and walked among them. It is a radical faith that we have, isn't it? I love getting caught up in knowing our God who can overcome death to live again and to live for me.

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6 Practices for Parents and Congregations

I was blessed by the opportunity to attend a ministry conference at the end of January where gifted speakers from around the country gathered to impart the knowledge they have been cultivating through their research and life journeys. I have so much I could share, but a presentation entitled “Helping Parents Translate Faith at Home” seems most appropriate at this time. Below is a summary of what Kenda Creasy-Dean, United Methodist Pastor and scholar shared and I hope that it both resonates with and challenges you and your family. 

6 Practices for Parents and Congregations to Grow a Child’s Faith

1. Invest in your own faith.

Do your children and teens see your Bible study and prayer life? Do they see the fruit of your practices?

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Guest — Rev. Dr. Al W. Jenkins
Thanks for a great post! Excellent information for parents and grandparents.Father Al Jenkins
Thursday, 05 March 2015 2:02 AM
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Scripture Readings for Sunday, May 28

First Lesson Acts 1:6-14
Psalm Psalm 68:1-10, Psalm 68:33-36
Second Lesson 1 Peter 4:12-14, 1 Peter 5:6-11
The Holy Gospel John 17:1-11

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