December 19, 2010 Newsletter #10-16

Hi all!  It's hard to believe that it's December already.  I woke up to snow covered ground earlier this week in Ohio!  I love winter.  Anyhow, thank you for subscribing to the Kidmin1124 weekly e-newsletter.  

Sponsors

When I started accepting sponsors over on my other blog, Dad in the Middle, I honestly wrestled with the idea.  Since then, I have been lucky enough to partner with some great sponsors on both Kidmin1124 and Dad in the Middle.  They didn't ask me to, but I decided it might be beneficial to you to start to include them in this newsletter.  Here are the people who help to defray the costs of bringing you both Kidmin1124 and Dad in the Middle:
CONTINUED URGENT NEED: Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week nominations

Help us to keep the Volunteer Champion of the Week award alive.  We have decided not to scrap the series entirely (we really really like it!), but it will be limited to only those Friday where we have a qualifying nominee for the award.  This week marks the second week in a row that we had to skip the award because we lacked nominees.  So, if you are a children's pastor, we need you to nominate your volunteers for the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week segment.  If you know of someone who really goes above and beyond in their service to God's kids, please send me their name, e-mail address and a brief description of what they do to wayne@kidmin1124.com.  This really is a great opportunity to recognize your volunteers.

Prayer Request

This coming Wednesday is my appointment with a neurosurgeon regarding my back pain.  I thank you all for your continued prayers and support.  I pray daily for God's healing, but above that I pray that His will be done.  Thank you for your continued prayers for me and my family through this difficult time.

UPDATE: I wrote the paragraph above this past week.  This morning (Sunday) when I woke up, something felt different.  Usually, the early morning is a time of great pain with this particular back problem.  To compound the issue, I did not take pain medication before going to bed last night because of a prescription issue (long story, but I was trying to stretch them out).  Anyhow, I woke up and started moving around this morning expecting the pain to come back any time.  As the morning progressed, I tried to do some simple things (like sitting for more than 30 seconds) that I haven't been able to do for the last five weeks.  As I have tried to go through my day doing more and more things and testing my back, I am amazed and awed at the grace of God.  There is still some pain, but the progression is nothing short of miraculous.  Part of me want to be cautiously optimistic, but the bigger part of me sees this as a miracle of God.

It's funny how God works.  Just this morning, I posted an article about the situation on Dad in the Middle called A Thank You to the Kidmin Community all about the situation and asking for continued prayer.  Today is also the day I sent a letter to the kids in my class at church explaining where I've been and asking the kids to pray for me as well.  Finally, tonight is Nathan's (my three year old) first Christmas program at his preschool.  I have missed my 7 & 9 year olds' programs which was hard for me, but I have been praying that, if it was God's will, he would heal the problem enough to let me see Nathan in his first program.  I am going to try to go tonight relying solely on the grace, strength and power of God. Isn't it just like God to work his miracle today.  He is an awesome God, and I am not sure I have ever felt as undeserving of his grace as I do in this moment.  Thank you all for your prayers over these last weeks, and your continued prayers as I work through the remaining issues and pain continues to be appreciated!

Radio Show

I was honored to be a guest of Michael Chanley's on his radio program this past Thursday.  We had some fun and announced that the Kidmin1124 Radio Show on CMConnect will begin January 13, 2011 from 9:00-10:00 PM EST and will be every other Thursday night thereafter.  We hope you will call and send in your volunteer related questions.  More information will be sent in future newsletters regarding topics and how to participate in the show.

Other Opportunities to Get Involved with Kidmin1124

In addition to our blog at Kidmin1124.com, there are a number of additional ways to join in our community of volunteers and those who lead them.  You can:
Weekly Recap

One of the principal purposes of this newsletter has always been to recap some of the great articles from the prior week.  So, if you've been busy this week, here is what you might have missed:

Volunteer Progression

  • Matt Norman explains why having a written plan for the progression of volunteers through your ministry can help you to have a more effective children's ministry.

When the Teacher Becomes the Student

  • Tammy Jones explores some lessons she has learned from her granddaughter.

Lessons from Santa – Part 2 of 3

  • Wendy Douglas continues her series regarding things we can learn from the big guy at the North Pole.

Jesus Storybook Bible (Volunteer Toolbox – Resource #2)

  • We added a second item to the Volunteer Toolbox this week. This time we added the best storybook Bible I have ever seen for kids and adults alike.

Google Reader – Taking Your Blog Reading to the Next Level

  • In this article, I explain why I use Google Reader to explore children's ministry blogs, why you should use it too, and walk you through the steps of using it.

Finding Balance With God

  • Leisa Jenkins explores some ways to make God part of your everyday life.

Featured Author This Week

I ran a little bit short of time this week, so we'll get back to our featured authors next week in the newsletter. If you want, you can read more about all of authors on our Author page.

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At Kidmin1124, we are dedicated to bringing you the best resources from the perspective of a dedicated team of volunteer and bi-vocational children's ministers.  Named after Proverbs 11:24 which says, "One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want," Kidmin1124 truly is a site dedicated to those who give their time to God's kids!  You can find out more about Kidmin1124 on our About Kidmin1124 page.  For more information on our writers, please check out our Author Biographies.  Finally, our very first article set out some of the reasons and inspirations for this site.  Check it out at More Than “Just a Volunteer.”

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Thanks and may God Bless You and Yours!

Take care,
 
Wayne Stocks
 
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