Friday, August 27, 2010

Tim Brown Brings Message of Hope to MCH Students

Warmly received as a message of hope for students, Tim Brown, president of Methodist Children’s Home, spoke during our worship service on Sunday, August 22, in Harrell Memorial Chapel. In his message, Mr. Brown encouraged our youth to seek strength and wisdom from God’s Word as they begin the new school year.

One of the most moving parts of the service was when Mr. Brown quoted Marianne Williamson from her book, “A Return to Love.”

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.”

Here are a few photos from Sunday morning worship.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MCH Football Ditches the Flags!

Our MCH Charter School Flag Football Team has exchanged their flags for helmets this year! Our young men will be competing in 6-man football against other teams across the region. The guys are very excited about this opportunity to learn a new skill and bring even more athleticism to the game they have grown to love. The sport has been so popular at MCH, we have 26 young men on the team! After witnessing their first scrimmage yesterday, our staff and youth are even more excited to see what the season holds! Here are some photos of the guys during their summer practices and first scrimmage.

Great job, MCH Bulldogs!

Friday, August 13, 2010

GAPP Grandmother is One Step Closer to Homeownership

Ms. Stephenia Davis, a participant in the Grandparents as Parents Program (GAPP), is one step closer to realizing her dream of becoming a first-time homeowner through the Waco Habitat for Humanity organization.

Ms. Davis heard about the program during a presentation at a GAPP meeting. She then applied for the program and was selected as a future homeowner. However, each family chosen by Habitat for Humanity is required to put in a large number of volunteer service hours with the organization before their house building even starts. For many prospective homeowners, it can take a long time to put in the required hours to realize their dream.

In July, employees from Mars Snackfoods donated over 40 volunteer hours towards Ms. Davis’ volunteer hours total. And over the course of the summer, youth from our Waco campus have also donated their time on behalf of Ms. Davis.

Because of all of their combined hard work, it is likely that Ms. Davis and her grandchildren will begin groundbreaking on their house sometime this fall!

Following is a photo of Ms. Davis with some of the volunteers from the Mars Snackfoods team.

Thanks to Rehan McNeil from our Grandparents as Parents Program for this inspirational story and photo.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Summer Enrichment at MCH

This summer the recreation staff at the Waco campus and Boys Ranch offered a wide variety of enrichment classes for youth. Classes included baking, biking, scrapbooking, swimming, Frisbee, tennis and soccer as well as several other topics. Here are some photos of youth enjoying their newfound skills.