Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (in 2018: February 14th), marking the beginning of Lent, which is intended to be a time of self-denial, moderation, fasting, and the forsaking of sinful activities and habits.
Lent is the period of 40 days (which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar) set aside for reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. This year Lent starts on Feb 14th and Ends on Mar 29th.
We encourage each other to join in out UU Lent Practice of focusing on a word a day for spiritual growth and insight.
FEB 14 – FEB 18
WED – MINDFULLNESS, THU – DEVOTION, FRI – QUIET, SAT – HUMILITY, AND SUN – LOVE
FEB 19 – FEB 25
MON – DIFFERENCE, TUE – JOY, WED – CURIOSITY, THU – FEAR, FRI – SUFFERING, SAT – PRAYER, AND SUN – JUSTICE
FEB 26 – MAR 4
MON – GRATITUDE, TUE – CREATIVITY, WED – FRIENDSHIP, THU – DREAMS, FRI – MISTAKES, SAT – HEAL, AND SUN – HOSPITALITY
MAR 5 – MAR 11
MON – POSSIBILITY, TUE – ABUNDANCE, WED – HEART, THU – FAILURE, FRI – MEMORY, SAT – AWE, AND SUN – STRUGGLE
MAR 12 – MAR 18
MON – AWARENESS, TUE – FREEDOM, WED – PATIENCE, THU – INSPIRATION, FRI – HONESTY, SAT – VULNERABILITY. AND SUN – HUNGER
MAR 19 – MAR 25
MON – ACTION, TUE – HOME, WED – TEAMWORK, THU – WORSHIP, FRI – COMMUNITY, SAT – DOUBT, AND SUN – MERCY
MAR 26 – APR 1
MON – PASSION, TUE – TRUST, WED – HOPE, THU – BELIEF, FRI – CONNECTION, SAT – FORGIVENESS, AND SUN – REJOICEAll Souls Waccamaw UU Church, South Carolina 707, Myrtle Beach, SC, United Stateshttp://www.aswuu.org/event/rev-linda-jordan-9/All Souls Waccamaw UU Church, South Carolina 707, Myrtle Beach, SC, United States
Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that provides positive events and activities to abandoned, abused and neglected children that reside in shelters and group homes.
Changing the lives of children who are currently living in three residential facilities in Horry & Georgetown Counties of South Carolina. We visited our first group home (Horry County Shelter Home) in 2008 and our goal is to branch out into other counties in South Carolina and one day touch every group home in the United States.
Caleb’s Dragonfly Dreams provides lots of activities to these wonderful children, too many to list but some examples are tie dye shirts, trips to the water park in the summer, jewelry making, pizza & movie night, Birthday presents, and when we have the budget an awesome winter trip to go snow tubing in North Carolina and hiking to water falls.
These activities are just a mere stepping stone to get to know the children and form a bond that last long after they are displaced from the group home.
The residential facilities (we aren’t aloud to say orphanages anymore) have limited funding by the government. The funding barely covers clothing, food, and staffing. So extra activities are out of the question. We try to bridge the gap and make certain that these children have the opportunity to just be a normal kid.
We understand that these activities cannot take away the hurt these children have endured, but we feel that exposure to new experiences can positively affect a child’s self- esteem and development. By just going to a football game and cheering them on from the sidelines or just giving a little girl a balloon for her birthday you can help shape a life.
I have been asked many times to measure the success of our program, how can you measure a child’s a smile?