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October 2005
Trinity Tweens
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October 3, 2005

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This afternoon we got a call from Mrs. Granger at the food bank. She had received a large donation, and needed help sorting it out.  Some of us went over to help her.  When we got there, there was so much food that there was no room to walk through the rooms.  By the time we left, we had all of the food sorted and put away.  We worked hard, and had a great time helping out!

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We made bright decorations for the tables at the Community Dinners.  We wanted the people who attend to have some fun decorations for Thanksgiving.

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We learned about some girls who live in an orphanage in Guatemala.  We started making some string friendship bracelets for them.  It was kind of tricky, so it's going to take us a few afternoons to finish them.

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Our blanket for baby Alicia is finished and ready to be taken to her!  We hope she likes it!

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October 17
 
Tonight we started our meeting off by looking at a map, and finding the places that we have been sending cards and gifts.  We were surprised to see how far away some things were going!
We got a thank you card from Mrs. Granger at the Food Bank, which was very nice.  We look forward to going back again, any time she needs us!
We noticed that most of the table decorations we made for the Community Dinners were gone.  Many of the people who were at the dinners were asked to take them home.  We're glad they liked them!
 
 
Nicole shared the story "In God's Eye" with us, and showed us how to make the craft.   We all enjoyed this craft, and most of us made some for ourselves, and some to share with other children.  This is the story...
 

In God's Eye

   
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands
started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you
but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still
wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What
if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it
into the floor with his shoe.

He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty. "Now who still wants it?"
Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what
I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in
value. It was still worth $20."

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the
dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way.
We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or
what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him,
dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to
Him. Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, "as the apple of His eye."

Thought: The worth of our lives comes not from what we do or who we are, but
by whose we are! You are special - Don't ever forget it!

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We saw pictures and heard about an orphanage in Columbia.  We found Columbia on a map.  We learned that they speak Spanish there, not English.
Lots of children live in the orphanage.  Some are waiting to go home to their forever families, while others will live there until they are old enough to live on their own. We drew bright pictures on squares of fabric, and will be putting them on a bright piece of felt to make a wall hanging.  The walls are all white, so we thought this would make them look a little more exciting! 

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Della, Father Terry's wife, fell off of a horse and broke her leg on Saturday morning.  She had to have surgery, and is still in the hospital.  We made her lots of GET WELL cards, and dropped them off at her house before we left.  We sure hope she's feeling better soon!
 

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Sarah helped us to work on our friendship bracelets.  We're starting to really get the hang of it!  We made some for ourselves this week, and got to take them home to finish them off.

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October 24
 
Today we did a lot of finish up activities. 

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Nikki made her frame for our wall of fame.  Emily kept her company while working on a card.

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We worked on Halloween cards for our Hug a Bug friends. 

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Maryann and Sarah helped us to finish up our bracelets for the girls in Guatemala.  It's taken us several weeks, but we finally have enough bracelets for all of the girls in the orphanage!

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Some of us made cards to send with the bracelets.  In Guatemala the people speak Spanish, so we wrote "HOLA" instead of "hello".

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Here we are!!!