ESM 2017

Below are the blogs for ESM 2017 (Enrichment, Service, & Ministry Week) for our 7th -12th grade students and staff.  Please, join in with them on their journey as they share all that God is doing in them and around the world!  Also, join us in vigilant prayer for ALL our teams and leaders for God's hand of protection & mighty presence with each group and through each person as they share His love with every person they meet!

You can view all the blogs below by clicking on the link below.  There is no need to have a Tumblr account unless you want to comment & like posts.  Also, most blogs have yet to post their first blog as they are still traveling or not yet left so don't be confused when you still see posts from previous years. 

ESM BLOGS: 

Knitting a New Perspective on Parenting

Knitting a New Perspective on Parenting

I was born in 1960. So, my childhood and teen years were completed by the end of the 1970’s. The first television that I remember was black and white. If you wanted to change the channel to one of the five available you had to get up and walk across the room. Play time was almost always outside. We looked around the neighborhood, scouting for someone else who was looking for something to do. Eventually, there would be several of us playing some game. We had enough kids in the area to get together a football or baseball game. We created race courses through the nearby woods to race our bikes. Our parents didn’t worry much about our being safe, as long as we told them what we were doing and where we would be. One family had a big bell outside on their front porch. When the bell rang you could hear it all over the neighborhood. That signal meant that their daughters had five minutes to be in their house.

Allow Room for Want in This Christmas Season

Allow Room for Want in This Christmas Season

Over the Thanksgiving holiday my daughter and went to Kentucky to spend time with an old acquaintance of mine. We drove home on Friday...BLACK FRIDAY! At around 5PM we were driving past the Route 63 exit, where the outlet mall is located. Traffic was backed up on the interstate for over a mile in both directions, with shoppers, eager to find a parking place, of which there were none. The competition to find the best deals on the most desired merchandise must have been fierce. While I know that many people really enjoy the atmosphere of Black Friday, as the “fun” of family and friends building memories in the process brings joy, I was reminded that, for many, Christmas is about filling every want for themselves and their loved ones.

Thanksgiving Provides an Opportunity to Teach our Children Gratitude

Thanksgiving Provides an Opportunity to Teach our Children Gratitude

I love the fall season! So many of my favorite things happen during this time of the year. I also enjoy the cool, crisp nights warmed by hot chocolate, cozy blankets and warm memories of times spent with loved ones. Since 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared a national day of Thanksgiving to be held every November, our country has set aside a time to focus on giving thanks for our many blessings. 

Engineering Design Class will Compete in Xtreme BOTS Competition Nov. 5

Engineering Design Class will Compete in Xtreme Bots Competition Nov. 5

An exciting competition is about to unfold in the STEM world of robotics. TC’s Engineering Design Class, led by instructor Blair Jackson, will compete at the Nutter Center Saturday, November 5, 9 AM to 4 PM in the Xtreme Bots competition, a matchup of the area’s brightest engineering and robotics students.

This competition promises to be metal grinding, sparks flying, robot smashing fun for the whole family! (See video links of past competitions below.)