ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS

Lay the gifts aside and get with this:  Christmas is not about the shiny red bow on a box.  What many often forget is that this is a great time to minister to others about the miraculous birth of JESUS CHRIST and HIS saving grace.  The meaning is really conveyed here in this awesome video from the movie “The Bible”.  The song “Mary Did You Know” is being performed by Ceelo Green.

Luke 2:1, 4-5 NIV – The Birth of Jesus ] In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

MEMORABLE MLK, JR QUOTES

I saw this article online and I thought it was good enough to pass on. These are some of MLK’s leadership quotes.

By David Peck.

Executive Coach at Goodstone Group; writes ‘Recovering Leader’ blog, Author of “Beyond Effective: Practices in Self-aware Leadership”

Martin Luther King’s Leadership Lessons

Posted: 01/20/2014 4:49 am

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader who, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, and Nelson Mandela after him, showed us the way from weakness and division to strength in unity.

He challenged and inspired us to reach deeper within ourselves, despite ourselves, for our best, which sometimes is, simply, better than yesterday. His power endures because it’s rooted in the courage to hold hope and faith in each others potential: “knowing” we can do it… we can be better every day, each in our own way.

On this, the U.S. holiday celebrating his life and legacy, I present you with ten of his extraordinary thoughts on leadership:
•”A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

•”I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.”

•”All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”

•”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

•”The time is always right to do the right thing.”

•”We must use time creatively.”

•”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

•”The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”

•”Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

•”The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”

MLK HOLIDAY 2014 UPCOMING EVENTS

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Yesterday was the actual birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His birthday is celebrated as a national holiday on the 3rd Monday in January which happens to be 1/20/2014. Though there are many events scheduled in the Atlanta area, I will share with you an event that I promised a gentleman that I recently met.
A couple of weeks ago I met Mr. Eugene Edwards and his lovely wife at a post office. Mr. Edwards happens to be the President of Henry County Georgia NAACP. He sent me some information about some events that are happening in his area. I am late posting this event but I hope some of you see it and attend.

“KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE”
PRAYER BREAKFAST
Saturday, January 18, 2014 10am – 12p
Ticket donation $ 10.00
Shiloh Baptist Church Education Center, 253 Macon St. , McDonough, Ga.
Rev. Dr. E.W. Lee, Pastor
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Guest Speaker
Rev. Dr. Jacqueline D Rose-Tucker
Pastor, Red Oak United Methodist Church, Stockbridge, Ga.
For More Information, contact the Henry County Ga. NAACP at 404-433-3290

There is also a parade on Monday, January 20,2014. I will give you more information on that later.

HOLIDAY DECOR

Earlier I was at a Mellow Mushroom restaurant and I noticed that an artist was painting Christmas Decorations on the windows. I began to take a few pictures and I promised the artist named Clint that I would post some of his work. These pictures on my part may not be the brightest, they were shot with my cell phone, but at least you get an idea of how talented the artist is. You have to see these in person for yourself. They are located at 1410 Hudson Bridge Rd, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Additionally, if you or anyone you know want to use Clint’s services, he can be contacted @ opposingsuns@gmail.com
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SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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As we all know, the holiday season is upon us. Though this time of year is supposed to be a joyous occasion, there are still some among us whose intentions are not entirely pure. They use occasions such as these to prey on others. I’m encouraging each of you to be cautious as you make your rounds getting prepared for whatever you intend to do for the holidays. The District of Colombia Metropolitan Police Department issued some great holiday safety tips that I am posting for you. You may already have ideas of your own, but these are a few tips to help you stay safe. Enjoy the
holidays and remember: JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!

Winter Holiday Safety Tips
This holiday season, don’t let the spirit of giving lull you into giving burglars, muggers and pickpockets a better chance to do their dirty work. Crooks love the holidays as much as everyone else, especially because it’s an opportune time for crime.

Homes jam-packed with glittering gifts. Stores, malls and downtown streets teeming with unsuspecting shoppers. People rushing around, stressed out and careless, looking for last-minute gifts, trying to get everything done. It’s enough to make a crook giddy with holiday joy.

Here are some tips on how to celebrate safely this holiday season:

If You Are Traveling
•Get an automatic timer for your lights.
•Ask a neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow, and park in the driveway from time to time.
•Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re gone.
If You Are Out for the Evening
•Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone’s home.
•Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
•Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from outside.
If You Are Shopping

•Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you.
•Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk.
•Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible.
•Deter pickpockets and purse-snatchers. Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet in an inside coat or front pants pocket.
•Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated.
•More Theft and Pickpocket Prevention Tips
Protect Your Vehicle
•Loading up on all those gifts is a sign of progress in the holiday shopping. But if those packages are left out in the open after they’re in the car, your car has become a likely target for thieves. Remember the old cliché “Out of sight, out of mind?” The same idea applies to items in your car.
•Always lock your vehicle and store all items out of sight. Breaking into an empty car isn’t worth a thief’s time. However, anything left in plain view—from your holiday gifts to spare change, sunglasses, CDs, cell phones or briefcases—may tempt a thief.
•Help prevent your vehicle from being stolen by always locking your car and using anti-theft devices. And although it’s cold, never leave your vehicle running while you run inside your home or a store—even if for only a minute or two.
If a Stranger Comes to the Door
•Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts, so be cautious when accepting a package.
•I’s not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others’ generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there’s no charity involved. Ask for identification, and find out how the funds will be used. If you aren’t satisfied, don’t give. Help a charitable organization you know and like instead.
After You’ve Opened the Gifts
Burglars know that many households have new, and oftentimes expensive, items in their homes following the December holidays—especially items such as new computers and peripherals, stereo components, televisions, cameras and other electronic equipment. In too many cases, residents make it easy for burglars to figure out which homes to target by putting boxes that identify their new gifts in plain view with their other garbage. Avoid becoming an easy target for post-holiday burglars by not leaving boxes for new electronics and other items in the alley or other garbage pick-up locations for several days at a time. Instead, break down any boxes you are throwing out, put them in garbage bags and place them inside a trash can. (In many cases, especially with computer equipment, you might consider keeping the boxes for safe storage, shipping or moving in the future.) Think about keeping broken-down boxes inside—in a garage, for example—until the evening before your regular garbage pick-up. Some burglars actually look inside garbage cans for evidence of holiday gifts. And, of course, if you see someone suspicious casing your alley or If you see a burglary in progress, call the Metropolitan Police Department on 911.

Take a Holiday Inventory
•The holidays are a good time to update—or create—your home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items, and list descriptions and serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, having a detailed inventory can help identify stolen items and make insurance claims easier to file.
•Make sure things like TVs, VCRs, stereo equipment, cameras, camcorders, sports equipment, jewelry, silver, computers, home office equipment and power tools are on the list. Remember to check it twice!
Celebrate Responsibly
The holiday season is a time of celebration and revelry. Drinking and driving is a danger to everyone on the road. Anyone with a BAC of .08 or higher is in violation of DC law and may go to jail. Remember that the risk isn’t worth it—if you choose to drink alcohol at a party, don’t drive. Take a cab, use public transportation or a designated driver, or call SoberRide® (800-200-TAXI), a free cab service in DC and the surrounding area active from the middle of December through January 1. Have fun, but remember to celebrate responsibly.

Enjoy the Season!
Last but not least, don’t let holiday stress get the best of your holiday spirit. Make time to get together with family, friends, and neighbors. And think about reaching out in the spirit of the season and helping someone who’s less fortunate or lonely.