Thursday, April 21, 2011
Heather won a blue ribbon for her entry, and chose to auction her plant for $40.00.
Please help us congratulate Heather on her blue ribbon!
Thank you to our Tyler outreach office for providing the photograph and story!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Their faces gave way to the anticipation of this much-awaited night. Dates met outside the doors of the ballroom beneath the glow of lanterns. Complimenting each other’s red-carpet worthy ensembles, couples entered the room that will be forever engraved in their memories.
Anticipating the arrival of guests, the elegantly decorated ballroom sparkled with metallic table cloths and large candelabra centerpieces, balloons danced on the floor and pillow-covered couches sat amid dim lights. The necessary photography set-up and the long table full of teen snack favorites were ready for their partakers.
After months of planning and days of organizing this event, staff observed prom night as a proud parent would, excited and a little sad that the night had arrived. But as the DJ spun the first record, laughter and chatter filled the room. Everyone was happy and ready to have the time of their lives.
Here are photos from Prom Night 2011. Check out all the glamour!
Friday, April 15, 2011
This past weekend, the Boys Ranch hosted the Ranch Stampede. Sixty family members of our youth at the Boys Ranch attended. There were workshops for parents that morning. Austin, one of our current residents at the Ranch, spoke about life at the Boys Ranch. Matt, a former resident who is attending the University of North Texas, gave his testimony of how the Boys Ranch impacted his life.
Methodist Children’s Home appreciates Dottie Briggs, Ranch Administrator, and her staff for their leadership in hosting this event.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Rev. Quinton Gibson, pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Temple, and Rev. Chris Mesa, pastor of Austin Avenue United Methodist Church in Waco, kicked off the weekend by speaking to MCH residents Friday evening.
The theme of the weekend’s events centered around RE’s theme for the year, which is “Story”. The word “story” represents God’s story. The message RE hopes to share with this theme is that God’s story doesn’t end with the Bible, and they are helping youth understand how their stories fit into God’s story.
Saturday morning, teams of residents were sent on a photo scavenger hunt in Waco, set up by recreation coordinators Matthew Maron and Beth Harris. A lot of fun and unique photos were taken. Our youth enjoyed their Saturday morning hunt, and it shows in their photos! The list of items to find ranged from sweet to wacky. Winning teams’ photos are pictured below.
Community lunches were provided for the youth Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Nancy Teagardner, director of dietician services, and her team did a great job setting up the pavilion on the Waco campus for lunch on Saturday. Youth were able to munch on their meals and enjoy the fresh air while hanging out with friends.
The weekend concluded with guest speakers Josh Ingram, a singer and songwriter, and Rev. Tonya Burton, Director of the Perkins Youth School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Bus Seven, MCH music director Colin Campbell’s band, provided musical entertainment and worship throughout the weekend.
Kim Hammitt, director for RE, said the weekend was a success.
“Created as an RE-intense event, it’s about fellowship and building relationships among our youth,” she said.