Weekly Wrap + Five Facts for Friday {3.16.12}

I hope you all have enjoyed a bit of sunshine this week. Even though the winter has been mild here in Northeast Ohio, we’ve heartily welcomed spring in these parts. I love hearing the neighborhood kids playing outside…a sure sign that the seasons are changing!

I want to mention a couple of special needs-related items that might be of interest to you…

Our friend, Laura Haas from Faith Family Church in Canton, OH, wrote to us this week about a very cool event! She said,

The MCEC (Malone Council for Exceptional Children) is a student organization for Malone University education majors committed to connecting with, and serving, families blessed with kids with exceptionalities here in the greater Stark County area. They are hosting their third annual FREE Campus Carnival for Kids for children with special needs (ages 12 and under) and their elementary school-aged siblings to enjoy two hours of fun, games, sports activities, snacks, and prizes.

For more info and to register online: https://www.malone.edu/carnival/

And, we’re proud of our friend, Jolene Philo, whose new book, Different Dream Parenting, has been nominated as Favorite Special Needs Parenting book of the year. Click here for more information, and please VOTE for Jolene!!

And now…

Five Facts for Friday

1. Goodbye, Encyclopedia Britannica, and thanks for helping students everywhere to love research.
2. I think Killer Whales are some of the most beautiful creatures in the world. I could, however, do without wolf spiders.
3. What I wanted to hear at the dermatologist this week: “Your skin is flawless and young-looking!” What I actually heard: “You could really use some extra moisturizer.”
4. Break a leg to the CFHS Cast and Crew of Fiddler on the Roof…SO PROUD of you. 5. Favorite first-sign of spring=crocuses. Yours?

Happy Weekend, everyone!

Join us for some JAM in Knoxville, TN!

We’re excited to announce our next JAM Session…

We’ll teaching in Knoxville TN at Two Rivers Church on Saturday, April 28.

For those of you who don’t know, a JAM Session is Key MInistry’s day-long intensive designed to help churches Jumpstart an All-inclusive Ministry. We’ll cover the following topics:

  • Disabilities 101: Understanding Common Disabilities and Their Effect on Faith Development
  • Logistics: Volunteer Recruitment, Safety, Budgeting, Ministry Environments
  • Modifying Curriculum and Managing Behavior
  • Working Collaboratively with Parents of Students with Disabilties

We also have a “make it and take it” session, during which you’ll create materials that you can use the very next day at church. In addition, each participant will receive the documents for our KeyRing Binder; these files include forms, resources, and articles that will give your ministry a boost.

We also have breakfast and lunch together…that’s my favorite part, because we all get to tell stories, compare notes, share ideas, and encourage each other. Great things happen when the Church has a chance to do this!

Guess what?
YOU are invited!
{And we’d love it if you’d join us!}

And guess what else?? This whole day is 100%, absolutely, positively FREE!

So…what are you waiting for?

You MUST pre-register for the JAM Session so we can be sure we have enough materials and food. To reserve your spot, click here: nacole.monger@tworiverschurch.org For directions to the church, please visit the website at www.tworiverschurch.org

If you have questions, or if you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Weekly Wrap Up + Five Facts for Friday {3/9/12}

Happy Friday, everyone!

We’ve had a taste of spring this week, but I must remind you that my grandmother said, “It always snows three times on the daffodils.” So, we’re not quite finished with winter!

Springtime means more meetings at schools…it is always a treat to watch parents and teachers collaborate. I attended such a meeting this week, and I know the child will benefit as a result.

In Key Ministry news, we’re getting ready for TWO trips in April. We’ll be at the Accessibility Summit in McLean, VA, where Harmony Hensely will be teaching a workshop. We’re excited to see some of our favorite ministry folks, including Jolene Philo, Barb Dittrich, Jackie Mills-Fernald and Sally Redmond Brown. AND…we’re excited to meet YOU, there, too!  Are you coming to the Accessibility Summit? Tell me here.

Later in April, we’ll be doing a JAM Session in Knoxville, TN. Watch our blogs and facebook page for more details or email me for information.

In other news…I loved having coffee with my friend Shannon Dingle this week (thanks to cell phones, we can have coffee even when separated by hundreds of miles!) She is celebrating her “blogiversary” today, so hop on over and give her some applause! Shannon has written some incredibly insightful posts, and she has a knack for delving into the WHY of special needs ministry. She’ll be at the Accessibility Summit, too!

Five Facts for Friday

1. I do not wish to “spring forward;” I have decided not to participate.
2. In an effort to thwart young girl’s advances during middle school, a very nervousTom Wetherbee told her (in a note) that her face looked like a dried up fig newton. It’s good that there was no Twitter back then.
3. Tom has never told me that my face looks like a dried up fig newton.This bodes well for our marriage.
4. Washington Irving said, “There is a sacredness in tears. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”
5.  Happy 100th birthday to the Oreo!: I like Oreos dunked in hot chocolate. How about you?

Have a wonderful weekend~