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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 2, 2006
If you don't have a plan for yourself, you'll be a part of someone else's. - American Proverb
Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://dailyinbox.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I can remember several years ago a wonderful, November morning at my sonís elementary school. I had just taken him into the special education room where he started each morning. The teacher and aides were talking about how much my son and the other students had enjoyed some chocolate donuts that they had been given for a snack the week before. I chatted with them for a few minutes and left. As I walked though the parking lot, however, a wonderful, kind thought came into my mind. I always try to follow such thoughts too, because I learned long ago that any thought full of love and kindness usually comes right from God.
Wrapping my winter coat around me then I headed straight for the local grocery store and bought two boxes of donuts, one for my son and his friends and the other for the teacher and aides that always took care of them with so much love, kindness, and compassion. Hurrying back I was able to deliver my simple gift before the start of school. The smiles on the faces I saw paid me back a hundred times over and I walked out smiling myself with a warmer heart and a lighter soul. I had paid little in the way of time or money, but that God inspired act of kindness had purchased more joy, goodness, and delight than I could have ever dreamed possible.
Acts of Kindness
By Joseph J. Mazzella ©, mailto:email@example.com
Source: Illustrator, http://www.answers2prayer.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
More Bulletin Bloopers
We are thankful for those of you who have helped make the church grounds so beautiful, especially all the ladies who have been working in beds around the church.
It has really raised our expectorations for future projects.
In this month of thanksgiving, the theme is quite fitting because I am thankful to serve in such a losing church.
Sundayís pastor appreciation service was great. Even though October is pastor appreciation month, I want you to know that you make me feel depreciated every month of the year.
We have a need for more hellers in the choir sessions for children grades 1-6 on Wednesday nights.
The WINGS group annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $5 each and may be purchased from anyone with WINGS.
I really appreciate your generous spirit in not only providing items needed for these kids, but in giving of your time to put them together.
This is the last week to drop off items for the food pantry. Please see the church secretary for special arrangements, or drop them off at the church before the Bizarre activity starts Saturday. Any help is appreciated. Thank You.
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Submitted by Steve Stuebe
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks.
Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing. They stopped at a house right down the block.
All twelve of us raced out of the back yard, down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly.
They glared at us with looks of disgust.
Suddenly, we realized why... we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them...
Source: ArcaMax - Trivia, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44
A Methodist dentist, Dr. Thomas Welch, objected to the church's use of fermented wine in the communion service. Experimenting at night in his kitchen he came up with a nonalcoholic grape beverage, which he named "Dr. Welch's Unfermented Wine."
He approached church officials to persuade them to substitute his beverage for the traditional wine. The elders regarded his suggestion as being an unacceptable innovation.
A son, Charles, who was also a dentist, changed the name to Welch's Grape Juice. He set up a production facility in a barn behind the family home. Response was so overwhelming that he gave up dentistry and devoted full time to making and distributing grape juice.
Cited on Church Life Newsletter, http://www.churchlifenewsletter.com
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php