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!

16 comments:

Hicks Family said...

You will do a great job, I am positive. And all the deadlines will get met. If you need some OCD passed off, let me know, I have plenty! :)

Anonymous said...

Lindsey you are so inspiring! I am impressed with all the stuff you do with 2 kids let alone your new undertaking! FABULOUS, you are! Angela G.

Page said...

You will be great! I know that overwhelming what-have-i-got-myself-into feeling as well....but, once it passes you'll just do what needs to get done and everything will turn out just fine.

Lindsey said...

Melissa, you have no idea how badly I wish I was OCD at times like this...with your personality type, this program would be a total success - hands down!

Angela, when in the world are you going to start a blog?!?! I love getting comments from you and would love it even more if I could leave comments on your blog! :)

Page, thanks for the encouraging words!...glad to know I'm not the only one who gets that deer-in-the-headlights look on occasion. :)

Anonymous said...

I am so totally not smart enough to get a blog started. The best I can do is read other peoples! Maybe one day if Tiff is at my house she can show me how! Angela

Michael and Hannah said...

You're amazing. Keeping you and your full plate in my prayers! Oh, and as for the previous comment about coming to visit us in Lakeland... please do!!! It would be so fun! And seeing as you just sit around watching soaps all day, you must have nothing better to do. ;o)

The Brown Family said...

Wow Lindsey! That is awesome what you are doing. Like you said, you will do great because you have God on your side. He will help you through it. We will be praying for you throughout this. you're doing such a wonderful thing! God Bless!

Sarah said...

That is awesome Lindsey! Blessings on you and this project!

Kimberly said...

5 inches of instructions?
Wow I get stressed just reading this!
I know what I just typed couldn't be any less encouraging. Sorry!
I will pray that all goes great (but I know it will).
I aplaud you in advance for offering so much of yourself for others.
It will be "the best Xmas pageant ever!" or something close to that!

Lindsey said...

Hannah - I'm going to email you about planning a play date...maybe within the next couple of weeks? It's now or never due to the Christmas For Kids gearing up...

Kim - I need to take a picture of the binder I received! It is so big that they actually divided it in to two binders so that it would be easier to break down. UGH! Your "best christmas pageant ever" comment cracked me up - thanks for the encouragement!! :)

kristy patterson said...

Wow, what a big project! I have 100% confidence in you and your ability to organize this project. You'll do great!!! What a blessing it will be to so many people in your community :)

Ezell Family said...

WOW! What a great project to be apart of! I wish that I were closer to help. I love all things Christmas, kids, and senoirs! But I have no doubt that everything will come off without a hitch!
Good Luck, and I'm praying for ya!

Audrey T said...

I decided to quit lurking today...

Way to go jumping in with both feet and only a 5 inch binder for a life preserver! I'm sure that you'll be great and everything will work itself out in the end, although it may not seem like that sometimes along the way.

Justin & Shauri Phillips said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're so stressed with this, but you are going to do an awesome job! You are the perfect person to do this. You are going to excel and they are all going to be wowed by it! Good luck honey! Love, Shauri

Gina said...

You have a natural gift of turning something seemingly totally overwhelming and turning it around to appearing to be the best privilege a person could be blessed with! My hats off to you for your spirit of giving and making a difference in the lives of others and what a great example to your children! You all will be blessed for this! Love you! Mom

lauren said...

I thought I commented this already, but I guess I didn't...I know you'll do great. You seem like the type who will do an amazing job at anything you do...and, you will feel SO good when you're done! Good for you, taking on a big challenge like this! You'll have to blog about the journey along the way!