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No. 0     Original Topic: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Apr 30, 2017 at 9:12 PM   Viewed 2467 times     
I started attending a local Baptist Church (that I love) and they have some unique ideas. I love ideas that allow for greater interaction between Christians! Sharing ideas with your Pastor/Church committee/home Church for consideration can enrich and benefit fellowship.

Here are two unique offerings to encourage fellowship/offers Church family activity for members in addition to Bible Study (I highly encourage everyone to attend their local Bible Study offerings):

1. The Church I am attending has a DVD and Book Library that is free to Church goers (you can exchange Christian books as well). :-). You just check out a movie or book and return it next Sunday (or extend the time borrowed). I will be having a Christian movie night which is great for family gatherings/fellowship in Christ. At the Church, it's a wonderful way to meet other members (discussing the movies) and making new friends in the Christian library (again free to all/on an honor system).

2. The Church also has a women's spa night as a money raiser for youth missionary work that is a great way to make same sex Sisters/friends (and it's low cost manis/pedis, haircuts and massage).

This Church has a highly active Missionary focus (the youth are amazing/they have advanced social skills)! Being raised in scripture/the Lord's Gospel certainly shows maturity at a young age!

Does your Church have unique ways to interact/meet and benefit other members?

If so, please share!



No. 1     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Caroline723   Gender: F   Age: 59   on  Apr 30, 2017 at 11:12 PM     
My church is very hands on. We love each other. Some of the things they have done for members is, build a green house, fix porches, put up drywall, clean, cook for and sit with the sick, fix cars, help with finances, transport people to see family and/or medical appointments, mow lawns and care for gardens all summer, put up a fence, host dinners for family and loved ones who couldn't afford a funeral reception, pack and move people, make curtains, give furniture, air conditioners, new TVs, shovel snow, scrape ice, fill refrigerators, and many many more. My church practices what it preaches - for real. God truly has blessed me to be part of such a real New Testament church.
No. 2     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 1, 2017 at 7:31 AM     
Wow! I would likely never be able list all the activities of my church. They essentially serve as a Christian outreach and education center in the community, as well as having brought together a coalition of other churches implementing some of the same activities.

Many of the churches of this coalition are of differing denominations, at least in name. I say in name, because personally I do not find denominations to differ all that greatly these days.

When I get an opportunity, I may see what kind of list I can compile.
No. 3     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Kari   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 1, 2017 at 10:40 AM     
Caroline723 wrote:

My church is very hands on. We love each other. Some of the things they have done for members is, build a green house, fix porches, put up drywall, clean, cook for and sit with the sick, fix cars, help with finances, transport people to see family and/or medical appointments, mow lawns and care for gardens all summer, put up a fence, host dinners for family and loved ones who couldn't afford a funeral reception, pack and move people, make curtains, give furniture, air conditioners, new TVs, shovel snow, scrape ice, fill refrigerators, and many many more. My church practices what it preaches - for real. God truly has blessed me to be part of such a real New Testament church.


YOUR church.. is the living example of what it means to be one. :hug:
No. 4     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 1, 2017 at 11:38 AM     
Caroline -- I need your Church here (as far as upkeep with this gardening and house)!. The last Church I attended has a home repair/gardening outreach as well (but a long waiting list)!

This Church has a focus on Missionary Work (spreading the Gospel, gathering and getting food and medicine to citizens in countries in need). They travel the world (currently there is a big effort in India where persecution against Christians is 3rd in the world in according to the service held...Korea ranking one and the Muslim countries ranking second).

I was shocked to learn there are over 122 Christians dying (being slaughtered) monthly (missionaries) and over 700 being tortured/physically abused as Missionaries.

This fruit too for certain is the mark of 'true' Christians...working as did the Apostles in spreading the Gospel and delivering life saving goods to countries in need/risking their own lives. The youth at this Church are Amazing! The teens are raising money and preparing for Missionary work. I woke up this morning in joy over the different teens I spoke with at the Church (it is such a joy to see such well developed teenagers focused on serving the Lord and so well socialized)!

The Spa night and coffee services they run is to raise money for missionary services (some in the US, but many of these teens will be serving outside of the country).

Survivor -- Yes, there is a coalition at this Church with the Christian Heritage College in flight instruction and other Missionary focused Churches throughout San Diego and the US (for Global Missionary work/a lot of pilots attending and youth already being trained).

Thanks for your posts.

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No. 5     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  May 3, 2017 at 3:35 PM     
:goodpost: Enjoyed reading it !

No. 6     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 3, 2017 at 5:45 PM     
RadioPreacherMan wrote:

:goodpost: Enjoyed reading it !



Thank you!

The other thing you notice when you walk in the very front is a stack of free Bibles!

This Church is all about outreach -- I like it. As with ALL the Churches I've attended the Bible Study is an experience of 'respect' for each person (there is no quarreling and the words, 'you are wrong' is never heard).

I think I'm in love with this new Church (perhaps I've finally found my new home as I find myself looking fwd to the next service)?



No. 7     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  May 3, 2017 at 6:52 PM     
Singing in the church house ... just love it ! The piano player is wiggling on the piano seat back and forth ... the people are standing and singing their hearts out ( even if some can't carry a tune in the bucket ) ... and the beautiful hymns and songs just does your heart so good !

:party:

No. 8     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 4, 2017 at 10:44 AM     
RadioPreacherMan wrote:

Singing in the church house ... just love it ! The piano player is wiggling on the piano seat back and forth ... the people are standing and singing their hearts out ( even if some can't carry a tune in the bucket ) ... and the beautiful hymns and songs just does your heart so good !

:party:


In agreement! It's beautiful to gather in worship and singing from one's own heart (whether able to carry a tune or not) -- an expression of love that is rather freeing and joyful (if I had to put words upon the emotions felt). Some songs cause my eyes to water when I sing... and ...

I like some of the 'off' voices (if cheerful...I see beauty there)!

Corporate Praise is very uplifting to souls that share in the same Spirit! His Mercy and Forgiveness - and the joy of new gatherers and in witnessing those finding the truth...new people in the Lord!

No. 9     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  May 4, 2017 at 2:02 PM     
Here's another one ... Vacation Bible School

I can still remember carving a bar of soap to make it look like a Bible. At the time ( being a cute little fella ) I thought it was something to carve soap.
No. 10     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 5, 2017 at 12:11 PM     
RPM -- funny you should mention Bible camp! I was thinking to ask next service if a woman's retreat was being scheduled (it's been so long since I've been and my Mom is up on her health a bit for now and I'd like to take one)!!!!

Thanks for your thoughts here about Church and Church activities that help 'build' us and help us to form fellowships with other true followers (it's quite easy to believe in many things, but awwwww...to allow surrender and to allow the Lord to be our central focus in life [quite another blessing])!!!

Great thoughts everyone! Thank you (I think we need more Church threads and about the things we truly are doing in our lives in our service to Him -- they are uplifting!!!)!



No. 11     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 16, 2017 at 7:38 AM     
Our church is hosting a huge outdoor community event this weekend. The event is a recognized county highlight each year.

A local 5K run initiates from our parking lot followed by a 5K walk. The run is the first in a series of 5 runs hosted by local organizations along with the county. You are presented some kind of medal if you participate in all 5 runs throughout the summer. I call this a community event being it is hosted at our church and it is primarily local community attending, but runners do come from all over the state as well as some from outside the state to participate.

Anyway, following the run, a huge picnic type event providing food and community socializing is held on the church grounds following the run and walk.

I assist with this every year. Essentially had to tell The Home Depot I will not be on the job Saturday morning as they have me scheduled, for I will be at this event.

Last time I ran this I finished 6th in my age bracket. Hope to best that this year. Should be able to. I considered myself pretty fit and ready last time, but I now have at least twice that endurance and strength as well as down in weight. Not to mention there is less competition in my age bracket. Different story for the overall competition, but I do turn in a better time than many only a third of my age and/or less.
No. 12     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  May 16, 2017 at 9:35 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Great thoughts everyone! Thank you (I think we need more Church threads and about the things we truly are doing in our lives in our service to Him -- they are uplifting!!!)!



Agree 100 % ! :2thumbs:

I'm sure a " retreat " of some kind would be nice for you too.
No. 13     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 16, 2017 at 9:48 AM     
RadioPreacherMan wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

Great thoughts everyone! Thank you (I think we need more Church threads and about the things we truly are doing in our lives in our service to Him -- they are uplifting!!!)!



Agree 100 % ! :2thumbs:

I'm sure a " retreat " of some kind would be nice for you too.


I am meeting with the Pastor tomorrow and it will be one of my questions. I've learned of so many other activities this small Church is involved in...

I'm quite amazed!

Going to add a number 3 here of things I find unique:

3. There is repetitive family session (ongoing) for those married (to keep the marriage strong), for children (to avoid what is in the world that can tear them down), etc. (it addresses pornography and other evils as well as many errors in social interactions)...

Impressive (truly 'building' us in the Lord -- that is what a Church is about)!



Survivor -- a 5k for Christ? (I love the idea if it is to raise charity/ot raise needed funds to advance services to the community)! I didn't know you started work at Home Depot? Congrats and blessings.



No. 14     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 16, 2017 at 12:48 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor -- a 5k for Christ? (I love the idea if it is to raise charity/ot raise needed funds to advance services to the community)! I didn't know you started work at Home Depot? Congrats and blessings.



Thanks. I have been employed by The Home Depot for just over a year now. I applied for a management position last May. Currently working as a trades specialist as part of a 1 year management intern program. The internship just started in November/December.

Despite my years as a manager in several roles over many years, THD has some policy of not placing someone in a direct retail management role without having some recent retail background. My last real retail background of directly and regularly dealing with customers was many years ago, as a kid still in high school, managing the local KFC. Thus a couple of months spent on the floor as a retail associate, and was then invited to participate in the management intern program.

This particular series of races does support local community needs and services. Our race is the first of the series for the current season. The event is titled "Race2Grace". Funds from this race support a local Christian school. I am not sure at this time which charities each of the following races support this year, other than I do know the next race provides funds to support local military veterans.
No. 15     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 16, 2017 at 1:14 PM     
Appears I am a little incorrect on the race. This year the race is not part of the county race series, but rather one race in a series of races hosted by the city where our church is located. And this year there are only 4 races in the series. And turns out the first race is past. This year our race is the second in the series.

Somewhat out of touch with such community things recently. Too much "life" happening. Working, family in hospital, Krav Maga and tactical training, etc... I laid my notification of the race series aside, thus have actually missed the first race. Potentially missed the second race. I really thought it was next weekend, until the Pastor contacted me and reminded me it was this weekend. He is kind of my one on one competition for the race. We are about the same age. He runs local races regularly. For the past couple of years, although I run some for fitness, there are typically only 1-2 local races I strive to compete in, with this being one of them.
No. 16     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 22, 2017 at 8:06 AM     
CAsandie wrote: I didn't know you started work at Home Depot? Congrats and blessings.


Speaking of The Home Depot, I strongly feel my time there is coming to a close. Perhaps you missed my previous posts sharing of my employment experience, I expressed I felt God placed me at THD for a reason.

Over a year ago, I applied for a management position with THD. Upon interviewing they informed me that with no recent direct retail experience, I would not immediately be placed in a management role. But stated with my extensive skilled trades credentials, they had a position for me as an associate and/or a specialist anywhere in the store, and also offered me an opportunity to participate in a management internship. The offer for the internship actually came after my first 3 months of working as an associate.

I initially declined their offer. At the time I had much higher income opportunities on the table elsewhere. They expressed they would hold the offer open and that they had an immediate position for me in a trade specialist area, even if I would only give them one day per week. After declining, I left the interview and stopped for lunch at a Wendy's just down the road. Sitting there having lunch, the Lord impressed upon me almost as clear as if I could hear the words "Take that job Darrell". I immediately called and accepted the position, feeling the Lord has a reason for me being there. From that point on, I have simply felt as if I was just along for the ride.

A year later, I now feel that reason has been completed. I have made several important contacts and friendships due to working at THD. Some new while others are renewed friendships with old acquaintances that have simply come strolling through the store, with some saying they heard I was working there and came to seek me out.

I have helped them, and they have helped me. I have helped their grandchildren obtain employment, solved home repair issues with them, helped them with personal and spiritual issues, helped them with finances, etc.. Even had an opportunity to be in a locally produced movie, with potential later opportunities for such and/or least assist in filming and producing them.

I have had several unique heart felt experiences since being at THD, but one of the most unique, was the encountering of the son of someone I have known since we were like 15 years old. Around that age I had played guitar on a live Christian radio broadcast with a couple of guys that were members of the early group forming the Grand Funk Railroad band, before they found their fame. One of them, was struggling with leaving his Christian roots to seek fame as a rocker.

Anyway, the son of that struggling one came strolling through The Home Depot. I recognized him, we spoke, and a friendship was kindled. I have helped him through some personal issues, and we are now associates in a business that has greatly helped me with income and improved fitness and health.

As of yesterday, a relationship has been rekindled with this young man's father. The ole previous Grand Funk Railroad guy who became a pastor instead of a rocker. He has even recently declined offers from Grand Funk Railroad to go on the road as a member of the current band.

Yesterday's encounter with the ole Grand Funker seems to be the confirming event finally indicating to me I am no longer required at The Home Depot. I have felt the leanings for many days prior, and have been struggling to pull the string.

Yes, I would be walking from a somewhat attractive financial future with THD. My current hourly no stress role is a potential $30+ hour position with full benefits not including overtime, and either of the two pending salary management roles are potential over six figure income positions with the two annual bonuses included. Even just a THD assistant store manager position is a highly sought after opportunity in the retail industry. But I just no longer feel led to be there. Something is going to have to strongly convince me otherwise fairly soon. Inside, I have most always had a strong feeling that this current role is only for around a year.
No. 17     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 22, 2017 at 2:20 PM     

Survivor -- Thanks for sharing how THD has been a blessing and the Lord's guidance to you (another thumbs up)! Races for Christ plural is as much appealing as the 5k for Christ in my own perception. :-)

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Some testimony (if not blogging here my thoughts):

Glory to God, I found a Church like Caroline's Church and I just want to share my testimony here. I told Caroline, "I need a Church like yours," I had been looking some time...and the Lord has provided!!

I would advice people to consider the maturity in the youth of any Church (it shows proper nutrition) . Last Sunday, I talked with the youth Pastor and a 16 year old that does gardening for members. The boy, Isaiah offered me gardening for $2.00/hour! He stated he just enjoys helping others. I told the child, that is far too low. He told me that I could pay what his father does, which is $10.00/hour. I told him that I will pay him more ... why? (and here is the depth of this child's love and maturity in Christ at age 16)...

The money he raises is so he might go to other countries and participate in Missionary work!

16 years of age and more focused on God than many adults I meet...(nowhere near the world of drugs of any type, greed, etc.).

I just praise the Lord for this child in this world and the great things he will bring to it!!!

So that is my testimony ...

The moral of my testimony: don't give up in trying to find a Church home if deciding to change homes.

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Other activities at my new Church:

1. The Church has a large woven basket with clothing as you enter (you can leave some/take some...all on honor so that no one does without).

2. The Ladies created the most lovely professional looking cookbook (not for profit/just sharing with donations only to cover costs of creation).

3. Monthly family seminars to 'keep marriages' strong and to warn against the evil pitfalls of this world (pornography and other things that lead to dysfunction). STRONG marriages in this Church and the children ... a great sign of 'real' Christianity being performed, alive and well!

I'd love to hear other activities in other Church's still that might be ingenious, creative or interesting to form family bonds/fellowship, outreach and serve in Missionary work. PLEASE don't give up if you are still looking for a Church Home! :hug:

mod grammar errors (what else) -- :-)
No. 18     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  May 23, 2017 at 8:40 AM     
Sure does sound like God is blessing your heart with this new church family. Even though we have our own family, being a part of a church family ... knowing where God wants to bless others through you ... and being settled on where to go and worship together with other Christians can be such a wonderful experience !

Thankful you are sharing this with all of us ... it just does my heart good ! Please keep us updated as you continue this new adventure with the Lord.

Yep ! Time for another Happy Dance ! :dance:
No. 19     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 23, 2017 at 5:27 PM     
Thank you RPM -- I sure agree with you about our Church families.

I hope our sharing might encourage others to keep searching for their second home if they are without a Church currently. I attended Shadow Mountain for years, but I noted some changes that grieved my soul a bit (albeit, I still love Dr. Jeremiah), but perhaps seeking a smaller Church with a more independent approach, focus and Bible fellowship approach.

I'd sure love to hear more Church activities and about other's second families here (interesting recent sermons/ideas/etc.).

Thanks again for your post!

No. 20     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 23, 2017 at 8:59 PM     
CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- Thanks for sharing how THD has been a blessing and the Lord's guidance to you (another thumbs up)! Races for Christ plural is as much appealing as the 5k for Christ in my own perception. :-)


BTW - I finished 4th in my age bracket. Ran my best time for this race ever. Overall finished better than 1/3 of the pack younger than myself.

Although I knew this is a popular run for this area, I was surprised at the number of regular formal runners whom participated. I mean folks that run most every day of the week. Had some communication with the others in my age bracket. They participate in the local masters circuit 3-4 times per week all summer. I only do one, maybe two, formal runs all year. Although this year I do hope to do more than one to two races.
No. 21     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  May 23, 2017 at 9:10 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

BTW - I finished 4th in my age bracket.



:2thumbs:
No. 22     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 23, 2017 at 10:21 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- Thanks for sharing how THD has been a blessing and the Lord's guidance to you (another thumbs up)! Races for Christ plural is as much appealing as the 5k for Christ in my own perception. :-)


BTW - I finished 4th in my age bracket. Ran my best time for this race ever. Overall finished better than 1/3 of the pack younger than myself.

Although I knew this is a popular run for this area, I was surprised at the number of regular formal runners whom participated. I mean folks that run most every day of the week. Had some communication with the others in my age bracket. They participate in the local masters circuit 3-4 times per week all summer. I only do one, maybe two, formal runs all year. Although this year I do hope to do more than one to two races.


Congrats! (quite an accomplishment).
No. 23     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 25, 2017 at 12:15 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:


Survivor -- Thanks for sharing how THD has been a blessing and the Lord's guidance to you (another thumbs up)! Races for Christ plural is as much appealing as the 5k for Christ in my own perception. :-)


BTW - I finished 4th in my age bracket. Ran my best time for this race ever. Overall finished better than 1/3 of the pack younger than myself.

Although I knew this is a popular run for this area, I was surprised at the number of regular formal runners whom participated. I mean folks that run most every day of the week. Had some communication with the others in my age bracket. They participate in the local masters circuit 3-4 times per week all summer. I only do one, maybe two, formal runs all year. Although this year I do hope to do more than one to two races.


Congrats! (quite an accomplishment).


Thank you. I had aspirations of finishing first in my age bracket, but I was not counting on those master's circuit guys being there. Anyway, I beat all 3 of my pervious personal individual stats. Beat my age bracket best, beat my best time, and beat my best overall. I am not complaining.
No. 24     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 25, 2017 at 12:32 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote: I didn't know you started work at Home Depot? Congrats and blessings.


Speaking of The Home Depot, I strongly feel my time there is coming to a close.


Well, this turned out to be a little tougher than I expected. I walked into The Home Depot today expecting to give my two weeks notice. Upon going to HR I was presented the "HR planning board" which indicated the HR committee had decided as of their Monday meeting this week to offer me a higher paying position at what is called operation of the Pro Desk. The Pro Desk operation deals directly with the contractors, organizational and institutional buyers. It was as if they had prior knowledge I was coming in to "quit", and had an option to offer me.

Although I still expressed to my boss that it has become not worth it for me to work the number of hours I work for no more than they currently pay me, despite the raise I just received May 10th. I explained that the hours I now spend there actually hinders me from participating in higher compensation activities I have going on.

But I have decided to give them a few more days to see what transpires with the Pro Desk opportunity. If the increase in pay is not substantial and the schedule no more regular than I currently endure, I am likely still gone.

Sorry to keep sharing this in your church activities thread, but it is actually kind of related, for my current irregular schedule at The Home Depot has removed me much this past year from the church activities I was directly involved in.
No. 25     Reply: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 25, 2017 at 4:12 AM     
Survivor -- Beating our own time is to me more important than coming in first.

I totally understand how juggling work and Church activities is difficult!

I love the Pro desk ppl at THD!!! Long ago when a Contract Officer (a glorified name for a buyer) for the government, I used to put in lengthy orders for our supply department. The knowledge held on the numerous items by the Pro Desk team amazed me (it cut down my market research that was required dramatically).

I pray the Lord guides your decision to take the promotion or not (I've been in that spot too...a matter of fact with the buyer job I held. I got promoted with another gov agency and was on my way out and I was offered a supervisory purchasing job (I was a lead and training everyone, so they were short handed). The other agency that promoted me then offered me a raise (it was only a managerial assistant position but paid more and it is how I entered a specialized field and gained managerial and a legal resume builders that lead to the next promotion about a year later)...anyway long ago (8 years or so ago)...

All managerial positions lead upward. I am sure you will make the best decision with the Lord's guidance. It speaks wonders of your working practices!

Thanks for your post.



No. 26     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  May 27, 2017 at 4:17 PM     
CAsandie wrote: The knowledge held on the numerous items by the Pro Desk team amazed me (it cut down my market research that was required dramatically).


In my very first THD performance review held at 3 months of employment, I was informed I had been ranked by HR and other management as their most knowledgeable individual in the store. Even though I am officially assigned to one specific department on the floor, on a daily basis I am called and/or the customers sent specifically to see me for assistance, especially when it involves more technical aspects of a repair and/or new install and/or a creative solution. The pro desk people call me all the time to assist them as to what I see best for a specific situation. Possibly part of why I am being considered to move there.

I did complete the first formal course in pro desk orientation this past week. Even though I had not officially accepted the position, they had already scheduled me to start the training. Same thing happened when I was placed in the management intern program. The store manager approached me one day and simply stated that if I was interested, I am being offered an opportunity to participate in STAR, which is their management training program. Stated I needed to go to HR and formally apply. I went to HR and asked about applying, to learn I was already registered in the program and scheduled to attend the next class.
No. 27     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  May 29, 2017 at 11:05 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote: The knowledge held on the numerous items by the Pro Desk team amazed me (it cut down my market research that was required dramatically).


In my very first THD performance review held at 3 months of employment, I was informed I had been ranked by HR and other management as their most knowledgeable individual in the store. Even though I am officially assigned to one specific department on the floor, on a daily basis I am called and/or the customers sent specifically to see me for assistance, especially when it involves more technical aspects of a repair and/or new install and/or a creative solution. The pro desk people call me all the time to assist them as to what I see best for a specific situation. Possibly part of why I am being considered to move there.

I did complete the first formal course in pro desk orientation this past week. Even though I had not officially accepted the position, they had already scheduled me to start the training. Same thing happened when I was placed in the management intern program. The store manager approached me one day and simply stated that if I was interested, I am being offered an opportunity to participate in STAR, which is their management training program. Stated I needed to go to HR and formally apply. I went to HR and asked about applying, to learn I was already registered in the program and scheduled to attend the next class.


:2thumbs:

Well I am glad to hear that things are going so well for you!

I had an Uncle that worked at THD for about a decade (he was a manager and then moved on to keeping books as he is a accounting major in college). He has only good things to say about his experiences.

A reputable company!
No. 28     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jun 9, 2017 at 2:54 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I totally understand how juggling work and Church activities is difficult!



Despite THD's various appeals to entice me to stay, I officially informed them yesterday of my upcoming resignation. I have to sign and submit some form tomorrow, and provide them my intended last day. I informed HR that my desire was not to leave them abruptly with no time to acquire my replacement, but the sooner the better. I hope to be done next Friday, no later than the end of the current month.

On the same day of my news to THD, I initiated a new venture in lime with my goal of becoming an avid online marketing expert. Launched a new website with capture pages and an email auto-responder. Within the first hour, was getting traffic to the site. But I done it right this time around.

These efforts will free up the bulk of my time to get back to church activities as well as family and other personal interests. I have a lot on the agenda. Acquiring at least six new domain names today.
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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jun 10, 2017 at 9:14 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

I totally understand how juggling work and Church activities is difficult!



Despite THD's various appeals to entice me to stay, I officially informed them yesterday of my upcoming resignation. I have to sign and submit some form tomorrow, and provide them my intended last day. I informed HR that my desire was not to leave them abruptly with no time to acquire my replacement, but the sooner the better. I hope to be done next Friday, no later than the end of the current month.

On the same day of my news to THD, I initiated a new venture in lime with my goal of becoming an avid online marketing expert. Launched a new website with capture pages and an email auto-responder. Within the first hour, was getting traffic to the site. But I done it right this time around.

These efforts will free up the bulk of my time to get back to church activities as well as family and other personal interests. I have a lot on the agenda. Acquiring at least six new domain names today.


Survivor -- Sounds like you have a lot going on regardless of quitting THD!

I've over worked most of my life. As a teenager and young adult, I think it was to avoid the partying that a lot of my friends got involved into that I didn't care for. I also continued college most of my life in addition to work (even at my most recent job). A friend of mine now wants us to purchase a website for business (and I'm thinking not). I likely learned this from my Dad who not only worked a 9-5, but held so many side jobs (mechanic, machine repair and antiques mainly). My Dad worked all the time and I truly took after him. I regret overdoing it now (and believe I did from my current vantage point).

Just to say -- don't overdo and hope your endeavors free up time for the important things in life.

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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jun 11, 2017 at 9:30 PM     
CAsandie wrote:
Just to say -- don't overdo and hope your endeavors free up time for the important things in life.



In reality, it is quite the opposite. The recent career change and assumed busyness, have moved my focus back to what is most important. God, church, family and friends. All the recent changes and implementations place me back on track with helping others to achieve their dreams and goals in mind, body, spirit and financially. Becoming more of a servant leader, by indirectly achieving and fulfilling my own desires.

I sincerely feel God placed me at The Home Depot for a season of "directing" me back to where and what my focus should have been. It was a season of "humbling" me.
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jun 11, 2017 at 11:30 PM     
Survivor698 wrote:

CAsandie wrote:
Just to say -- don't overdo and hope your endeavors free up time for the important things in life.



In reality, it is quite the opposite. The recent career change and assumed busyness, have moved my focus back to what is most important. God, church, family and friends. All the recent changes and implementations place me back on track with helping others to achieve their dreams and goals in mind, body, spirit and financially. Becoming more of a servant leader, by indirectly achieving and fulfilling my own desires.

I sincerely feel God placed me at The Home Depot for a season of "directing" me back to where and what my focus should have been. It was a season of "humbling" me.


As if I am not already engaged in enough, I am currently attending two formal classes, and registered for another today.
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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jun 13, 2017 at 12:34 PM     
I sincerely feel God placed me at The Home Depot for a season of "directing" me back to where and what my focus should have been. It was a season of "humbling" me.


Any time we are humbled, I think good can come from this provided pride does not follow.


Last Sunday, service opportunities were given to all the Church (which I appreciated very much). Getting involved in Churches is always so rewarding as our focus in life if upon Him.

I sure hope this thread might encourage others to keep looking for the right Church for them and/or get involved in the activities at their own Church for closer local fellowship.

At my Church (already not new to me), the activities are sooooo many I have learned (and so many that are unique). Our Church is now offering life classes such as photography (currently) in additions to the daily Bible classes/prayer meetings.



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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jun 17, 2017 at 12:41 AM     
Today will be my last day at THD. They tried to get me to stay and said they hoped I would change my mind, but they have yet to offer anything close to what it would take to get me to stay. The store manager stated he would assist me in anyway possible to attain whatever my goals are for a career with THD, but I thought that is what was supposed to be happening for the past year. Just not fast enough for me I guess.
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By:  pabloanc539   Gender: M   Age: 63   on  Jun 18, 2017 at 7:41 AM     
Hi,

Everytime I make a post I am always bringing up something negative - almost like preaching hell/fire all the time. I believe that the church should be a place where God's people can bolster their faith and their resolve to keep going by forming a bond (physical) with the body of Christ(of course a spiritual bond already exist even if we are not physically in the same place with believers). I believe that in many churches there exist members who do not belong to the body of Christ and so we have to make sure that the social activities are not used as an instrument or catalyst to bond us to them. I guess it is impossible to ensure that all who become members of a Church are also members of the body of Christ - therefore we always have to be vigilant to make sure that people or things do not creep in among the body of Christ to subvert it.

Paul
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By:  Survivor698   Gender: M   Age: 103   on  Jun 18, 2017 at 8:54 AM     
No longer having a "job", I am on my way to church this AM.
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By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Jun 18, 2017 at 9:05 AM     
Survivor698 wrote:

No longer having a "job", I am on my way to church this AM.



Just catching up on " reading " what everyone else is posting. Noticed you have stepped out from the Home Depot job. Well ... we always have a job with Christ ... the question is ... where does Christ want us next ?

Have you considered moving toward being a " property inspector " ???

That's what came to me ( remember you commenting on it when I did it ).

So ... never unemployed with Christ ... and I will be praying for ya as you discern where He wants you to be ... blessing others through you !

:2thumbs:

Well ... gotta go ... church time for me too !

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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jun 18, 2017 at 10:29 AM     
pabloanc539 wrote:

Hi,

Everytime I make a post I am always bringing up something negative - almost like preaching hell/fire all the time. I believe that the church should be a place where God's people can bolster their faith and their resolve to keep going by forming a bond (physical) with the body of Christ(of course a spiritual bond already exist even if we are not physically in the same place with believers). I believe that in many churches there exist members who do not belong to the body of Christ and so we have to make sure that the social activities are not used as an instrument or catalyst to bond us to them. I guess it is impossible to ensure that all who become members of a Church are also members of the body of Christ - therefore we always have to be vigilant to make sure that people or things do not creep in among the body of Christ to subvert it.

Paul


Hi Paul -- I have always enjoyed your posts, so no worries about negativity if it brings knowledge. I do agree with you (to have a watchful eye), but not to consume one's focus outside of Christ (it gives away too much power). In Churches, I've found many coming in for 'financial help' that do not have a sincere heart for Christ....yet, I am rather happy they do (it opens a door). There are Pastors and elders who do a fairly good job in this area (in leading). Counsel will be given to those needed I believe and those caught in error.

My thoughts: consider that a betrayer was at the last supper with Christ, but it it not divert (nor can anyone) Christ's objectives and plans for His. We will know them by their love is a scripture that I am sure you are familiar with. I stay clear of angry and pride filled people anymore myself (these ppl are everywhere, but not in my home). Although there is a righteous anger -- it will never result in exulting hate either shown by us or felt in our hearts.

At least this is my personal beliefs...captivating our thoughts on Christ also brings forth a great deal more joy than focusing elsewhere and giving anyone else power over our lives (those who might seek to destroy, divide or harm deserve no great focus ... they will never win. God is Greater)! Thanks for your post! (appreciated).

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Jun 18, 2017 at 10:36 AM     
Survivor698 wrote: No longer having a "job", I am on my way to church this AM.


Woohooo! I am so glad for you! From what you have shared in forums of your Church -- it sounds like a wonderful Church!

:2thumbs:

RPM wrote: Well ... gotta go ... church time for me too !


Me too and I'm bringing a friend today. Last Sunday...extended family attended (we stick together...one might say).


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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 27, 2017 at 10:48 AM     
I went to a friend's Church 'luau' last Friday and I wanted to share a great idea (if there are any Church administrators reading or those involved more actively with their Churches/for suggestions).

We had three different Churches attending, so a 'warm up' exercise was provided that I felt ingenious. Everyone had to ask questions of the guests attending (so no one was just sitting around). It was a black out bingo and a lot of questions and the winner won a prize (I tied with another woman attending named kitty [this game truly helps people remember each other's names]).

I thought it was ingenious, because we have to write down the name of the other person as well as greet them (single groups should do this as an ice breaker -- this was a luau of both singles and married Church members/children too.

What a great time (picture booths...[photos posted soon on FB], catering in foods and games (I also won the tiki ring toss and I am beginning to realize I ought to take on a sport as I'm rather competive)...

the Church event also had Hawaiian dancers that danced to Christian music and in Praise of God (truly a beautiful combination).

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By:  Verbatim   Gender: F   Age: 64   on  Aug 27, 2017 at 12:01 PM     
Most Church building assemblies are mere "social clubs"... adhering after Babylon, taking on paganism. Reminds me of 'secret society's.'
They are not houses of God, as the New Testament describes.
Where are the "true churches?"
No. 41     Reply: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 27, 2017 at 1:28 PM     
Verbatim wrote:

Most Church building assemblies are mere "social clubs"... adhering after Babylon, taking on paganism. Reminds me of 'secret society's.'
They are not houses of God, as the New Testament describes.
Where are the "true churches?"


So you are stating your Churches doesn't have adjacent buildings for social activities?

I think social activities are great for building friendships with other Christians (and if having Children I'd prefer them to have association with other Christians than the world).

I find joy in Christians gathering for meals, for worship and fellowship myself. To involve the Lord in 'all' (to include social activities) is like an arm of protection, a focus on Him and to me a joy.

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. 4For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

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By:  RadioPreacherMan   Gender: M   Age: 59   on  Aug 28, 2017 at 6:39 AM     
CAsandie wrote:

I find joy in Christians gathering for meals, for worship and fellowship myself. To involve the Lord in 'all' (to include social activities) is like an arm of protection, a focus on Him and to me a joy.



Yes ... being with the Lord and each other ... a balance ... in whatever we are doing ... wherever we are gathering ... as long as the Lord is our main focus. Amen !

:2thumbs:
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By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Aug 28, 2017 at 9:27 AM     
Thank you RPM -- I have to agree with Verbatim as well to that point...there certainly needs to be a balance and that balance tilted toward the Lord! I offer and ask for ideas here ... but the tilt toward Praising and worshiping and fellowship in His name is a given at all events. Prayer and worship does lead all activities and events held on Church grounds that I have been to in 'every' case. We just finished 'vacation Bible School' not long ago for the children (what a joy)!

The ideas to break through shyness and fear of others is for an encouragement for others to attend local Churches/assembly with Churches and others in worship in one's area. Be among other believers. Fear only God. :thumb_up:

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By:  Vickie   Gender: F   Age: 62   on  Sep 5, 2017 at 4:56 PM     
CAsandie wrote:

I'd love to hear other activities in other Church's still that might be ingenious, creative or interesting to form family bonds/fellowship, outreach and serve in Missionary work.


other ideas:

Children focused outreaches; local church has completely taken responsibility for local children's sports from coaching to maintaining fields.
There are special back to school outreaches... free haircuts, shoes, coats, and backpacks filled with needed items.
Another night after school started was a carnival like celebration. All participants fill out short forms and there is follow up with those not involved with other churches are invited to participate in numerous activities.
There are occasional workshops to understand and improve family finances.
A group getting over the loss of loved ones.
A group overcoming alcohol or drug addiction.
There will be a workday next month to offer home repairs, yard work, housework or whatever needs found in the community. Has to be jobs that can be completed in one day by several volunteers. They do tackle larger jobs for our elderly members as needs arise.
There is a jail ministry.
Aside from many Bible study options people meet in homes 1 evening a week to form stronger relationships.
Many do participate in missions and there was great support for the Baptist men's group that has already responded to Hurricane Harvey.

While it is a Baptist Church there are members from about every Denomination and background. So much is possible when people set aside personal agendas and obey the Lord.
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By:  Vickie   Gender: F   Age: 62   on  Sep 5, 2017 at 4:59 PM     

...there are also family outings by bus or own vehicles to Lazer Zone/ bowling, swim parks, etc...
Older folks take bus trips to various places like Branson, MI

No. 46     Reply: Re: Re: Re: Church Activities   
By:  CAsandie   Gender: F   Age: 103   on  Sep 5, 2017 at 5:58 PM     
Vickie wrote:

CAsandie wrote:

I'd love to hear other activities in other Church's still that might be ingenious, creative or interesting to form family bonds/fellowship, outreach and serve in Missionary work.


other ideas:

Children focused outreaches; local church has completely taken responsibility for local children's sports from coaching to maintaining fields.
There are special back to school outreaches... free haircuts, shoes, coats, and backpacks filled with needed items.
Another night after school started was a carnival like celebration. All participants fill out short forms and there is follow up with those not involved with other churches are invited to participate in numerous activities.
There are occasional workshops to understand and improve family finances.
A group getting over the loss of loved ones.
A group overcoming alcohol or drug addiction.
There will be a workday next month to offer home repairs, yard work, housework or whatever needs found in the community. Has to be jobs that can be completed in one day by several volunteers. They do tackle larger jobs for our elderly members as needs arise.
There is a jail ministry.
Aside from many Bible study options people meet in homes 1 evening a week to form stronger relationships.
Many do participate in missions and there was great support for the Baptist men's group that has already responded to Hurricane Harvey.

While it is a Baptist Church there are members from about every Denomination and background. So much is possible when people set aside personal agendas and obey the Lord.


Vickie -- thank you for sharing!

Mine is a Baptist Church as well, but our missionary and outreach is joined in by other Churches (to include local Lutheran and non-denominational) and we too have other denominations and non-denominational attending! The lack of division is when you see people focusing on "the Lord's agenda" in our lives / He Who which is Greater! I am delighted to hear how awesome your Church is!

Great ideas (many of which we have too)!

I agree that so much is possible -- when our focus is upon Him!

Great post!