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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Noah and the Ark

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“In the beginning God created a perfect & wonderful World filled with beauty & love!
But only 15 hundred years later when God looked upon the Earth...
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great on Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."
God was watching all the time..."Man became so sinful and wicked, I'm sorry that I ever made him. It makes my heart feel very sad"
So while people were fighting, sacrificing their children to the idols, God decided to "Destroy man... from the face of the Earth..."
***
"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord."(Gen.6.7)

-"Ah, here at least is one righteous man - kind & loving & good, who is worth saving! I will speak to him & tell him what to do!"
It' Me, Noah, God!"
"-Yes,Lord"
-"Now listen carefully. I have something very important to tell you!"
"The end of all flesh is before me; for the Earth is filled with violence!...Behold I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the Earth to destroy all flesh wherein is the brearth of life, from under Heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die." (Gen. 6:13,17)"

-"Every living creature destroyed?"

-"Noah, I want you to build an Ark for the saving of your house, for you & your sons & your wife & your sons' wives! - This is how to do it..."
And that's what dear old Noah did!
He obeyed what God told him to do & got busy building the Ark.
"Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he."
(Gen.6:22)
-"Noah! What happened to you?
What are you doing ?"
-"God was talking to me today..."
-"God?..."
-"Yes. He told me that the world became so bad, that He has no choice than destroy it with flood! But He promised to save you and me and our sons, and their wives!"
-"But we don't have children!"
-"We will by the time we finish building the Ark!"
-"What an Ark, Noah?"
-"It's a very large boat! God said it's going to have rooms inside like a house!
It has to be big enough to hold two of every living creature & seven pairs of every clean kind of creature, & enough food for the animals & us!
***
So Noah got busy right away!
He hired workmen to cut the trees.
And the neighbors came around wondering...
Noah explained, "God told me to build a big boat, a refuge for all who wants to be saved from the big Flood...."
-"Ha, ha, ha! You mean the water will come out of the sky & drawn all of us?
Never heard such a crazy thing in my life...
Ha, ha, ha... You really make me laugh today, Noah..."

Noah had been working on the Ark for twenty years when Mrs. Noah gave birth to their first son, Japheth!

Shem was born two years later, and their youngest son, Ham, a few years after that!
the 3 sons helped their father with his big job!
***
After 120 long years, the Ark was finished!
Now it was the time to load up tons of supplies for their long voyage.
Noah still was hoping that others will repent & come on the boat
-"Come on in!
There is food enough for you all! Repent & be saved from the Flood!"
-But people were laughing at Noah, they were having real fun to look at the crazy guy, who spent all 120 years to build this boat..
"- Throw tomatoes at him"
- somebody screamed.
Rocks, eggs, tomatoes & all kind of food were flying in the air, when
suddenly..

-"Look, look at the animals! They seem to be coming towards the Ark from all directions!"
What a sight!
The people watched in stunned amazement as animals,
birds & insects of every kind made their way towards the Ark! Some came by two's, others by pairs of seven
The Great Flood is upon you! The whole world is going to be destroyed!
Come before it's too late!
But the people came to laugh at crazy Noah, so there were laughing..
Suddenly big door get closed by itself.. God closed the door..
Then the dark clouds start to move in..
***
-"Water is coming from the sky! --Just like Noah said! So the old man was right!"...
"And the windows of Heaven were opened."--
The floodgates of Heaven were opened and all the water that as above the Earth came pouring down! The desperate people, crazy with fear, started pounding on the door & shouting for Noah to let them in...But who shut this door?
God shut it. So nobody could open it!
The huge, stormy waves rolled over these wicked people and swept them all away..
***
-"Anyway,after 150 days of calm sailing, the Bible says, "And God made a wind to pass over the Earth, and the water assuaged", that means they started to dry out!(Gen.8:1)
Then one day --BOOM! SCRAPE! CREEK!
The bottom of the ship has hit the land!
The waters must be going down!
"And the Ark rested in the 7 th month, on the 17 th day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat." (Gen.8:4)
-"We've been sitting on this mountaintop for nearly 6 months now! Whew!
How much longer is it going to take for the waters to go down?"
- "I know it's hard to have patience, but we must wait on God, my Son!
When it is His time for us to leave the Ark, He will tell us!"
***
-"We've may touched the ground, but look! There
still no land to be seen besides the two peaks of this mountain!..."
To see how far the waters had gone, Noah sent out two birds!
First a raven, but he never returned..
So Noah sent out a dove!
She came back in the evening with an olive leaf in her beak!
"Praise God! This means that not only are the waters still going down, but that there are at least a few trees showing on the Land!"
One week later they let the dove to fly again. And this time the dove "returned not again unto him any more." (Gen. 8:12)
-"Then the land must be dry!"
So after being in that floating Ark for 1 year & 17 days "Noah removed the covering of the Ark, and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry." (Gen.8:13)
-"Let's open the door of the Ark and let all animals loose now, shall we?"
-"No, Shem! God will tell us when! He may need a little more time to grow enough plants & grass to feed the animals before we let them all out!"
***
And God spoke unto Noah, saying, "Go forth from the Ark, though and thy wife and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee!
Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, that they may breed abundantly and be fruitful and multiply, upon the Earth." (Gen. 8:16,17)
-"Japheth! Shem! Ham! The time has come! The great moment for which we have waited so long! Come help me to push this huge door open!"
-"Whew! It won't budge!'
-"Remember, it was the hand of God that has closed it!
***
-"Lord, please help us!"
At last the great door creaked open, as if moved by the same Mighty Hand that had closed it!
And there amidst the blue sky they saw a glorious glowing arch of many colors!
-"I do set my bow in the sky as a sign of my promise to you and every creature, that I will never again send a flood of waters to cover the whole Earth! " It was the first rainbow! (Gen. 9:12-17)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Think about National Bible Week now

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National Bible.org





Communities are strengthened and lives are renewed by the reading of the Bible. The celebration of National Bible Week is an annual opportunity to encourage everyone in your community to begin, or to begin again, to read the Bible.


Started in 1941, National Bible Week is celebrated from Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week. Many national events highlight the importance of this week – such as the issuing of a Presidential message, the entering of statementsinto the Congressional Record, and our annual dinner in New York City.


But the real celebration of National Bible Week happens when real people begin to read the Bible.


Local activities focus the attention of the community on the Bible’s spiritual, moral, and cultural values, and inspire people to engage the world’s greatest book.


You can help encourage Bible reading in your community!Here are some activities and events that will encourage everyone to read the Bible for themselves. Get involved in as many of these activities and events as possible.We encourage you to assemble a broad-based group representing all faith traditions using the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.


Adapt the suggestions below for your community. Share with us what you do and we’ll feature iton our website. Email us at rbeni@nationalbible.org orwrite us at National Bible Association, 405 LexingtonAvenue, New York, NY 10174. 212-907-6427.(continued)


Request your public librarian to create a display of available books about the Bible (commentaries, Bible atlases,study helps) or literature inspired by biblical themes.


Encourage civic clubs such as Rotary, Lions, etc. todevote a meeting during National Bible Week to a speakerwho will develop a Bible-related theme such as the varietyof English translations, or the use of biblical principles inbusiness, etc.


Arrange for a community theater group or college drama club to perform a biblical play, or arrange for a freepublic showing of a film with a biblical theme.


Ask a community choral group or organize a mass choirfrom several houses of worship to present a public concert inwhich all selections are musical settings of biblical texts


Conduct a Bible reading marathon – a cover to cover,non-stop reading of the entire Bible – in a public place such asthe courthouse steps or in a shopping mall. The event takesapproximately 90 hours.


Create a ‘community Bible’ by asking individuals tohand-write the verses. In a larger community, youth groups ofvarious houses of worship could each take responsibility fora book of the Bible. In a smaller community, portions of theBible could be handwritten each year during November untilthe Bible is completed. The finished product might be presentedand permanently displayed in the public library.


Enlist volunteers to regularly read the Bible to theelderly who live alone or in retirement or nursing homes.


Organize a drive to collect used Bibles to be sent topeople who cannot afford to purchase a Bible of their own. Contact your state or regional Bible society or the BibleFoundation for additional information on where and how toship the used Bibles you collect.


Secure permission to use display cases at local shopsor churches to create a public display of unique Bibles ownedby community residents – antiques, large, small, differentlanguages, diglots (two languages in one edition), one carriedthrough a war.


Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaperexplaining how the Bible has impacted American culture andwhy it is important to celebrate National Bible Week.


Provide copies of National Bible Week public serviceradio announcements to each radio station in your community.Enlist a local business person to hand deliver the spots to thestation managers. Contact us at rbeni@nationalbible.org toobtain the spots.


Send press releases to all local media including informa-tion about each of the local activities you have planned. Be sureto provide the name of a contact person.

A sample press releaseis included in the National Bible Week Resource Packet.405 Lexington Avenue • 26th Floor • New York, NY 10174 • Phone: (212) 907-6427 • Fax: (212) 898-1147 • www.nationalbible.org • rbeni@nationalbible.org©1997-2007 National Bible Association.

All rights reserved.National Bible association NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK™Sunday to Sunday of Thanksgiving week each year.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul, meaningful films to share

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Activities Directors, other healthcare professionals and caregivers, fearured here is a meaningful activity that is easy, yet produces wondrous results

Whether your loved one or client has dementia, some other disorder, or you just want to provide something meaningful for him to watch, I recommend this inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Gift of Love, video. It featuires two uplifting short films.

The first is, “Mrs. Wetherby’s Treasure,” It is about two sweet and innocent 9-year-old girls who befriend themselves to an elderly neighbor. They discover a truly wondrous and unexpected friendship .

The second short film is entitled “Dear Grandmother,” It features a series of unexpected events in the life of a New York fashion coordinator named Celia Davis. In a short period of time, Celia loses her estranged mother and is appointed guardian of her 12-year-old half sister Merry, who is quite a handful. They go on a lengthy cross-country journey together. They start out as strangers but by the time the journey is over, they form a joyous, deep-seated bond.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Edible Christmas tree ornaments

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That being said, bread dough ornaments ARE fun, easy, and cheap!!!! They would be fun to make on a snow day, or to minimize the wait, you could always make up the “blanks”- baked circles- and then just have the kids decorate them. Wouldn’t this be fun with a girls scout troup, classroom, or even as an activity in a nursing home? It’s so inexpensive, it’s a great craft even in this economy.
Here’s a basic salt dough recipe:
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
Just mix together until the dough is formed. Then roll it out, and cut it with cookie cutters in the shape of your choice. Bake at 250 F for 2 hours until they are all dried out. Paint with acrylics, decoupage, sprinkle with glitter, go wild. You’ll want to make sure that it’s sealed well with paint, glaze or decoupage medium to keep them intact for years to come. Kaboose has some good ideas to check out, too!
Go get messy and happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

An Animal Chicken Soup for the Soul Story


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An Animal Chicken Soup for the Soul Story

My children have always been involved in 4-H. Heavily into the animal divisions, with a few other projects, they took their county fair presentations very seriously. I was a professional dog trainer and handler and one year my two youngest children entered our registered dogs in the Beginner Obedience class. My fourteen-year-old son, Jeremy, wanted to do something with the dogs too, but he was very independent and didn’t want something that everyone else was doing. He came to me in the spring, several months before fair, and said, “I’ve decided to make my dog project count.” He proceeded to show me his detailed plan for his Citizenship project providing canine therapy dog visits to local nursing homes.
In the north central portion of Minnesota where we lived, this was an unheard of concept. Jeremy told me he had already done some of the legwork by asking his brother, sister, and two members of the 4-H club to come along and assist. What he needed from me most was to choose the appropriate dogs and teach the handlers how to present a dog to an elderly and perhaps bedridden person. We contacted several nursing homes and finally found one that agreed to allow our therapy dogs to visit. Jeremy called his buddy 4-Hers and set up a training schedule. When all five kids were comfortable presenting the dogs, we made an appointment with the nursing home.
The first day we visited I went along as driver, photographer and supervisor. We went from room to room, sharing our smaller trained therapy dogs and puppies and with as many as possible. Each child carried a dog and a towel to place on the bed in case someone wanted the dog there. We were a hit! The joy these folks exhibited was genuine and wonderful. They all asked us to visit again.
On our next outings, we left earlier so we could visit more residents. Jeremy enjoyed watching people’s faces light up as we entered a room, but there seemed to be something disturbing him. I asked if he was having a problem with the project. He became solemn. “I love coming here but I want to make an even bigger difference. I’m not sure how, but I know there is something more I can do.”
Each time we visited, the residents anticipated it with greater enthusiasm. Some even had family members bring in photos of their own dogs to share with us. We listened to stories about their pets, their families, and their lives when they were young. Each sat constantly petting one of the dogs, gaining the comfort and unconditional love only an animal can give so freely.
One day we ventured into an area we hadn’t been to before. As a nurse’s aide led the way, we came upon several rooms that were quieter than most and not decorated. The aide motioned for us to continue following her to the residents who requested visits further down the hall. Jeremy stopped and peered into one of the rooms. The aide reprimanded, “There is no use going into that room; that lady hasn’t moved or spoken in months. She is unresponsive and pretty much alone.” Jeremy looked at her and then at the French bulldog he held in his arms. Calmly he replied, “That’s why I am here.” He proceeded into the room and stood hesitantly. The woman was ghostly white and showed no signs of life. She lay prone and didn’t move so much as her eyes when we entered. Jeremy took a deep breath and moved to the side of the bed. “My name is Jeremy and I am here with my therapy dogs. I brought a dog to see you. Since you can’t come to see the dog, I’d like to place it on your bed. I have a towel so no hair will get on your blankets.”
The woman did not move. Jeremy looked to me for approval. I nodded. He moved to the side of the bed where her arm was exposed and placed the towel on the bedspread. While all this was happening, the aide left to get a nurse. By the time Jeremy was ready to put the dog beside the woman, two nurses and the aide were in the doorway. As one began to tell me we were wasting our time, I raised my hand to silence her. She huffed, but remained quiet.
Jeremy placed the dog against the woman’s arm. He spoke softly, “She won’t hurt you. She came here just to see you.” As he spoke the woman’s head shifted slightly. The glaze in her eyes seemed to disappear. Jeremy allowed the dog to nestle in close. The woman raised a weak arm and placed it on the dog’s back. Although she had no words, she began to make sounds. Tears brimmed her eyes as she moved her hand along the hair. The nurses rushed to the bedside and began pressing the nurse call button. More people rushed into the room. There was not a dry eye in the group. Jeremy looked at the aide and reiterated, “This is why I am here.” Then he looked at me, tears flowing unashamedly down his face and he said, “I made a difference.” I hugged him and acknowledged that he certainly had. When it was time to leave, Jeremy gathered up the dog and the towel and said to the woman, “Thanks for letting us come into your room” and into your life.” She smiled at him and touched his arm.
Jeremy received the highest award for his Citizenship project, and went on to the state level where he earned Grand Champion. But for Jeremy, the ribbons were nothing compared to his biggest award – the touch of a hand and the smile from a woman who was said to be a waste of time.
Loretta Emmons

Sunday, September 21, 2014

More Christmas Ideas For Those With Dementia

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These ideas can also be used with others who reside at a long term care facility
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Alzheimer’s Care Group

Christmas Ideas
Hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. Commericals for Christmas sales are already beginning to pop up on the TV. Here is a great idea for Christmas gifts that can be made by your residents.

Dough Art

Overview

Dough Art is a fun activity that gives residents the chance to use their hands and imagination. The residents may use the dough to make ornaments and give them as Christmas gifts.

Purpose
To stimulate creativity and imagination
To give residents a sense of accomplishment
To provide sensory stimulation

Materials
Two cups of flour
One cup of salt.....read the whole thing


Friday, September 19, 2014

Christmas tree safe for patients with Alzheimer's

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To all the readers of this blog who are eager to learn more about dementia, 

It is not too early to be thinking about Christmas

You, as an activities director, other healthcare professional or caregiver will be interested in this story about decorating a Christmas tree that is safe for most with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia
Calgary Herald
Canwest News Service
Alice Jones's home is decorated with a special Christmas tree that glitters with everything edible.


Tinsel has been replaced with popcorn strings and Cheerios chains. Gingerbread men and sugary santas have taken the places of wooden soldiers.


The old-fashioned tree was the idea of the staff at the McConnell Place north Alzheimer Care Centre in Edmonton.


Alice Jones's home is decorated with a special Christmas tree that glitters with everything edible.
Tinsel has been replaced with popcorn strings and Cheerios chains. Gingerbread men and sugary santas have taken the places of wooden soldiers.
It's a way to spark Christmas memories in the residents, but also to keep them safe should they decide to eat something pretty.
Years ago, one woman was attracted to the tree trimmings and occasionally tried to take a bite.
That's a rare occurrence, said Kerry Kilback, a resident companion in one ward of the alzheimer's centre, where 12 of 36 people live.
But horrific things can happen to people with dementia.
"We have to be aware of our surroundings. we want to make it safe for ourselves as well as our residents," Kilback said. "We wanted what the residents were used to, what would trigger memories. It seemed like a neat idea."
Such "reminiscence therapy" isn't new for the centre, which also puts on re-enactments of weddings to rekindle memories, even if those memories can't always be voiced. Long-term memory is generally the last to go for people with dementia.
Alice Jones has lived at McConnell Place north for two Christmases.
The 74-year-old said she associates Christmas with carols and festive trees.
"I don't think it would be Christmas without them."