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Coaching "Impressionable Young Boys"

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

I love sports, and some of my best friends are coaches. I just read a great new book, Heisman: The Man Behind the Trophy (Howard Books, 2012). It's a biography of the famous Georgia Tech coach, John M. Heisman, after whom the college football player of the year trophy is named. Here is a quote from Coach Heisman about the influence coaches can have on impressionable young boys. It got me thinking about the importance of godly influences for our kids outside of our immediate families. I pray that my children will be surrounded by men and women of character. Enjoy this quote:

Whatever the coach says goes with the impressionable young pupil. The coach's word is the law and the gospel, and not merely as regards football but as to most anything under the sun. At that age a boy's mind is plastic. Certain things are much more apt to get control of his mind, his heart, his emotional nature than others. One of these is football, and through the medium of this wonderful game the coach, quite unintentionally, gets control fo the boy. The coach says, "Do this!" and the boy does it, though his own father or mother might not have been able to get compliance. And so it comes that that boy at just that time of life is likely to be taught things by the coach and to get into habits engendered and fostered by the way his coach acts and thinks that will stick to him for the remainder of his life. If the coach is a worthless, reprehensible fellow, a man of bad character or none, he is bound to to the boys enormous harm. If, however, he is a high type of man with lofty ideals and firm principles of right and truth, one who recognizes his power and responsibilities, then it's well he coaches football and it's well for the boys that play football under him that they went to that School. Such a man will do more downright character building for the boys than will 19 ministers out of 20 or 99 fathers out of 100. Why? Because he has the influence over them that counts at the impressionable age.

J-town VBS Snacks Menu & Allergy Alternatives

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

Our J-town Campus VBS begins today! Here is the snack list for the week along with allergy / restricted diet alternatives: Monday: Cheese, pretzels, grapes (**Note allergies for wheat, gluten, and dairy)

Tuesday: Rice Chex Cereal cereal, bananas, marshmallows

Wednesday:Goldfish, apple slices, grapes

Thursday:Trail mix of pretzels, Rice Chex cereal, Goldfish crackers, marshmallows and raisins (+ leftover fruit on the side)

Friday: Oreo Cookies

Daily allergy / restricted diet alternatives: Cheerios, dried fruit, and Rice Chex cereal  Note** The J-town VBS is a Nut free environment.

Midtown VBS Day 3: You are invited!

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

On Friday of this week, we want to invite all of our parents back in the afternoon from 11:45am until 12:30pm for our closing ceremony. The kids will be singing all of the music they have learned this week, and preschool classrooms will be open for parents to come and pick up all of the crafts and artwork that the kids made this week. We hope to see you then!  We've really enjoyed having your kids. Thank you to everyone who has brought items and send children with offering money for the Jefferson Street Baptist Center--a ministry that helps the homeless and hurting in our community.  Because Jesus loves us perfectly when we hurt, we help other people who hurt. If you did not know, we've been collecting a missions offering each day, and we are also taking the following donations:

  • Deoderant
  • Lotion
  • Razors (multi-blade, please)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washcloths
  • Brushes and Combs
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Creamer
  • Laundry Detergent

If you haven't already, please take some time this week to gather a few of these items and place them in the collection bins during morning registration.

Midtown VBS Day 2: Firecracker the Parrot!

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

Congratulations to the 3rd grade class who named our mascot parrot Firecracker today!  We're having a really great week so far! On Friday of this week, we want to invite all of our parents back in the afternoon from 11:45 until 12:30. for our closing ceremony. The kids will be singing all of the music they have learned this week, and preschool classrooms will be open for parents to come and pick up all of the crafts and artwork that the kids made this week. We hope to see you then!