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Christmas and Consumerism

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Please note, the following is not an appeal for money or really about SCYM at all – just some things I’ve been pondering this weekend. I don’t know if this is the first year it happened or just the first year that I paid attention, but you knew it was coming. As the doors of […]

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GirlPower

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These past two weeks have probably been the most rewarding weeks for me.The girls are beginning to respond and truly bond with some of the volunteers, and it’s such a blessing to watch.Thursday, after our basketball clinic and in light of the upcoming holidays, we all listed one thing for which we were thankful.One of […]

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Stand in the Gap

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I was blessed with a strong Christian upbringing. My parents instilled in me good morals and the importance of living a Christ-centered life. Now that I’m an adult, I am more aware of the world’s hurts. I am heartbroken for the breakdown of families. I see on a daily basis the aftermath of abuse, neglect, […]

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Anger Management Groups

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This semester I have had the opportunity to sit in and help with an anger management group for 6th grade students at Clark Middle school. Chris has done a great job leading the group, and he has been a great example to me of how to patiently work with this challenging age group. As we […]

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Join Us in Prayer

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Every week in my Anger Management groups at Clark and Schaefer I ask the kids to answer 3 questions: 1-How do you feel right now and why? 2-What is one good thing that happened this week? 3-What is one not so good thing that happened this week? It’s amazing how many times the kids’ feelings […]

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How to Pet a Lion

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We took our kids to the Columbus Zoo this weekend – not that the little guy cared at all, but we figured it would be a great time for our 2.5-year-old, Ada. I realized things weren’t going exactly as planned somewhere around the elephants, when her serious little face just wasn’t registering the euphoria I […]

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GirlPower

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Along with several other SCYM programs, GirlPower kicked off this past week for Clark and Schaefer Middle School kids. This is the fifth session (summer or semester) we’ve run the program, which is a partnership with the YMCA and focuses on health, beauty, fitness and self-esteem. I remember when the idea for GirlPower first came […]

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Ox Roast update

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So, last Saturday was our infamous Ox Roast. It went really well. Over 340 people, great weather, and just an overall successful end-of-the-summer party (minus the OSU slaughter). This was my first Ox Roast and I am truly thankful for the many people who sacrificed their time to help out. In the end, the Ox […]