Saturday, August 25, 2007
100 degree weather, the sound of the icecream man driving through your neighborhood, and bikini bottoms may not make you think about Christmas. I however am totally in the Christmas spirit! Remember me mentioning a program I was going to be working on called Christmas For Kids?! Well, my leadership role has just sky-rocketed and I am now spear-heading it....along with another poor soul who has offered to step in and help me - (more like, be my delegator!). You see, my church congregation branched off of our main campus which is in Mandarin (about 30 minutes from here). The program Christmas For Kids started 18 years ago and serves about 1300 children and seniors annually! The goal for my very new campus was for me to work along with the main campus...and attempt to gain more children and seniors in our county. Everything was going to be done through the main campus (computer databases, gift drop-off and deliveries, gift wrapping, wish-lists distributions to all the organizations, ect.) I however just found out on Wednesday that the main campus didn't feel as if they could over-see our campus, therefore, we are now completely on our own!! Since I was the only person at our church working on this, I have now been named the Christmas For Kids Coordinator...meaning I am now completely in charge. I feel like a fish out of water!! When I first heard, I had a good cry...not out of self-pity, but out of fear of failure...nobody likes to fail, but guys...I reeaaallly HATE to fail...the only thing I could think was that if I fail at this... I won't only be failing my church but I'll also be failing my community! I was told by the main congregations CFK coordinator that what I'm trying to do is practically impossible...meaning, having someone like myself who has never organized an event this size, or been mentored for a year to be "walked through the process", much less someone who has never even participated at all....well, the coordinator was very worried for me. Heck - I am very worried for me! BUT, it seems this is how it needs to be done...so - out go the negative thoughts, in come the positive thoughts...I am a woman on a mission and with God on my side, this program will be a success! On Sunday morning I am going to be receiving a 5 inch thick binder filled with step-by-step procedures that have to be done in order for this to go smoothly...I cannot wait to get my hands on that book and start studying!
SO - I am pleased to announce I have found 3 organizations to work with which will mean our congregation will have about 300 seniors and children to provide presents for this year...this is HUGE and I have said many "Thank you God prayers" over the past few days for opening these doors of service!! Next year, that number will most likely double - but since this is my first year to do this, we've (meaning me and my "co-coordinator") decided to keep it relatively small. I have officially met my first deadline (thank you GOD!)...10 more to go....wish me luck (or better yet, say a prayer for me!). Ho! Ho! Ho! Merrrry Christmas!