Monday, November 23, 2009

Fall Festival

The Waco campus and Boys Ranch recently held a fall festival out at the Ranch. With the wide variety of activities offered, there was definitely something for everyone.

The day of festivities began with outdoor worship at the equestrian pavilion on the Ranch. After worship, our youth enjoyed a great picnic lunch complete with a huge selection of desserts that were entered in the dessert competition.

Games and activities included: horseback riding, tractor-pulled wagon ride, bucking barrel ride, ring toss, balloon popping, seed spitting contest, face painting, an inflatable challenge course and more. Thanks to the work of our great recreation staff, both MCH young people, and even staff members, had a great time taking in all the fun. Here are some photos from this special event.

Friday, November 20, 2009

El Paso Outreach

The El Paso outreach office was provided a wonderful opportunity to engage with the greater foster care community this past week. The El Paso area hosted a Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort Conference to train child-care workers and expand awareness of the needs of children.

The conference focused on training current advocacy staff, but also allowed agencies the opportunity to share information about their organization with individuals interested in becoming foster parents. Jorge Soto, director of the El Paso outreach office, attended the conference and shared about the ministry of the Home.

Thanks to all of our outreach office staff for the work they do every day to help Methodist Children's Home provide hope to youth across Texas and New Mexico.

Friday, November 13, 2009

MCH Shirt Design Winner

Congratulations goes out to Kat, a Waco campus resident. Kat recently won an MCH student t-shirt design contest and her design will be printed on the new shirts! Here is her winning design. Way to go, Kat!

Senior Ring Sunday

Methodist Children's Home has a tradition of giving our seniors a senior ring to commemorate their high school experience. Each year, the rings are presented to the students by campus administrators during a special Chapel service.

The service is a meaningful time for our current MCH Waco campus and Boys Ranch seniors to reflect of their time at MCH and what they want for their future. This year, 25 seniors received their rings at this ceremony. Congratulations to all our seniors. You have a great future ahead of you!

Friday, November 6, 2009

MCH Roll Call

Roll Call is a new feature of the MCH blog. On Roll Call posts we will feature a young person served by one of our programs. We hope that this feature will help put a face and a name with the many great programs we offer. And it will also allow you to see what life is like for one of our young people.

Name: Ella

Favorite color: Green

Favorite holiday: Christmas

Favorite memory: When I got a dog

Biggest pet peeve: Rumors

Favorite movie: Titanic

Favorite food: Hot wings

Interesting fact: I know sign language

Future goal: To be a sign language interpreter

Do you know an MCH young person who would enjoy being profiled on Roll Call? If so, please submit their name and information by clicking the blue box below this post.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bulldogs Take State

Here are some highlights and photos from the TCSAAL State Championship this past weekend. The championship was held on the Waco campus and both our volleyball and flag football teams competed for state titles.

The MCH volleyball team won against the Sanchez Charter School in their first championship game and then advanced to the final game against Mt. Carmel. Although the Lady Bulldogs came in second in state, Mt. Carmel's team which has gone undefeated for three years said that the MCH volleyball team was the best competition they have had in a very long time. Way to go, Lady Bulldogs!

The MCH Bulldogs took on The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their first flag football championship game, winning with a score of 33-12. The final game, against Hampton Preparatory also brought the Bulldogs a win with a score of 26-6, but this win also earned them rights to the TCSAAL state title! Congratulations to all the MCH athletes and coaches for a great season.