Life Skills for 2017-2018

Year 23 has just begun….serving teen moms and their children in Summit and Portage Counties, Ohio. What a privilege to be able to provide childcare so teen moms can return to high school, graduate, and continue their education in careers that will help them provide for their family.

This year’s focus…Seamless by Angie Smith…Understanding the Bible as one complete story. Can’t wait…we are all in!

 

June–Akron Zoo

 Great fun at the Zoo on Sunday….Perfect day topped with Ice Cream!!! Thanks Kim Van Horn for taking pictures of our event…having you hang out with us was wonderful.

 

                    

July–Down on the Farm

Life Skills Down on the Farm…way too much fun tonight! We played life size janga, did the chicken (while the kids played with the chickens), picked apples, checked out a red-winged blackbird nest, BBQ dinner, then finished the evening by “jammin”…strawberry and peach freezer jam!

                              

August–CPR Certification

An amazing evening with Kim Davis, Certified Personal Trainer, AHA CPR Instructor (CCC Hudson). Thanks for allowing us to be trained by you.  Yea, we certified 6 folks tonight. And thank you Redemption Community Group (Laura Simmonds) for dinner, with dessert by Charlotte Carver. Child care was provided by Hannah Salter, Nick Spicer, and Makenna Abell.   Welcome Rebekah Carver, for being our intern sitter and for getting CPR training.  We topped the evening off by presenting back-to- school gifts for our teen moms and their kids provided by Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Omega. Thanks Rose Gallagher for your help!

                               

October–Seamless (The Beginning)

Amazing October Life Skills. Genesis… from day one God has loved us, even when we hide from Him…like He doesn’t know exactly where we are!!!! What an awesome God You are!!! Thanks Shannon Sebring McKee, Ryan Schwartz, Joe and Lindsay Carter ( Redemption Chapel Community Group) for providing dinner and “entertainment”, Joe. We loved laughing with you. Andre was right there with you all the way. Also, thanks to Kenna, Hannah and Beka for caring for our little ones.

                                  

 

November–Seamless (The Patriarchs –Abraham to Joseph)

 Seamless from beginning to the end….Amazing dinner from Kent UCC (Jamie, Carol, and Nancy); Turkey’s by Susan Davis, former mentor; Service project for teen moms in our area; childcare for our kiddo’s with Hannah, Bekah, and Makenna; Week 2, The Patriarchs (Abraham to Joseph); and Steph sharing part of her life story….yep, seamless from beginning to end!!!

                                      

December-Christmas Celebration

A beautiful Christmas evening for Blessings as we celebrated with our teen moms and their kiddos. Thank you to so many wonderful volunteers for making our evening special. A big thanks to Redemption Chapel Community Groups and Middle School girls for great gifts and a super dinner. Thanks also to Grace Baptist Church, Braceville Church, Gerrie Huth, Louise Jackson, and Julie D’Sidocky for your wonderful Christmas gifts. Our “What God Wants for Christmas” was told in a most special way by having a scavenger hunt to look for 7 special boxes…in box number 7 it is disguised…it’s what you offer Him, and it’s really great. Wow, Wende, what a wonderful story, Thanks! Oh, and check out the snowmen we made before opening gifts. A great night in all, Thank you Jesus.
And….a special Happy Birthday to Ron Bensinger, our fearless Blessings director, who joined in the celebration.    

                 

January-Seamless (Exocus & The Promised Land)

Snowman fun at Life Skills in January. Thanks Redemption Chapel for a wonderful DeVita’s Italian Dinner, followed by so many God Sightings and Prayer Requests. Seamless….Session 3: Exodus and The Promised Land…yes, we are seeing the thread of redemption provided since Creation.

                      

February-Valentines Day

Valentines Day Life Skills was celebrated with much joy as our young moms, children, mentors, babysitters, and staff enjoyed dinner provided by a Redemption Chapel Community Group. Thanks Lindsay and Jon Jivan for bringing dinner and letting us enjoy your precious sons for the evening. Always love hearing God Sightings from the past month, as well as prayer requests. Wow, God’s Plan has always been perfect in spite of our imperfections …King Saul, King David, Solomon, and all the Prophets…Love the wisdom of Joel 2:25….I will restore the years the locust have taken away…. And Jeremiah 29:11-13…For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. A mighty big lesson from a Mighty Big God!!!