This week we thank God for and pray for St. Joseph Collegiate Institute!
- Founded: 1861
- Enrollment: 764 students
- Grades 9-12
- Mascot: Marauders
- Colors: Maroon, Silver, White
- Pray for all the students of St. Joseph Collegiate Institute, but especially our First Trinity high school students: Jacob, Adam, and Patrick. Ask God to walk with them each day and give them opportunities to live out their faith at school, in extracurricular activities, and in their homes.
- Pray for their administrators, faculty, and staff.
President: Robert Scott
Ask God to give all who lead the students wisdom and grace.
- Pray for the students who are on sports teams, in music programs, or participate in other extracurricular activities that they would perform to God’s glory, stay safe, and have fun.
(My afternoon was just so cool that it warrants pausing my 31 Days of Imperfection series.)
So this afternoon I went prom dress shopping with 11 ladies. Yes, it was as insane as it might sound. But the coolest part about it all was that these ladies weren’t shopping for their own dresses.
Last week, I was talking with a few of the high school girls at First Trinity about a collection taking place in the area of prom dresses for girls who can’t afford to buy one on their own. They wanted to do something. While a couple of them had a dress to donate from last year, many of them have never been to prom and therefore had nothing to donate. This was where Project Prom Dress was born. The youth began talking with siblings and other young women they knew to gather slightly used dresses. Then, today, we all wore formals to church to advertize a little more. After church we pooled our money and hit the stores to buy some new ones to donate as well. They collected $161 dollars and by hunting the sales, they were able to purchase FIVE dresses.
In between having to explain to people why a group of 12 girls in prom dresses were walking around the mall shopping for prom dresses, I found myself thinking about a passage we looked at a couple weeks ago in Sunday School:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. … And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12, 14)
When these young women got dressed this morning, they didn’t just put on a fancy outfit, the clothed themselves with these attributes.
They gave up a Sunday afternoon and some of their own hard-earned money to make a difference in other girls’ lives. Compassion. Kindness. Humility. They didn’t just grab the first dress they could find. They spent a couple hours looking at all the stores… searching for the best deals to make their money have the most impact… they thought about what they’d want in a prom dress but only so they could make someone ELSE’s day. Gentleness. Patience. They paid attention to every little detail: the color, the length, the size, the shape to find the PERFECT dress. Love. And as we traipsed around the mall all day, their sense of accomplishment and joy grew as they worked together, talking out decisions, and landing on five beautiful dresses that will bring joy to five beautiful women they may never meet. Unity.
As I personally put on a formal this morning and thought of these other women doing the same, I was reminded of this passage from Matthew 25:
[Jesus said,] ‘I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
You might even say… we bought Jesus a prom dress today. 🙂
At some point during the last week of 2012, I got thinking about the concept that many bloggers use where certain days of the week are dedicated to a specific blog post type.
5-minute Friday – five minutes (and only five minutes) of unedited writing based on a weekly prompt
Weird Verse Wednesday – Looking at a uncommon, not often quoted, or just plain weird Bible Verse each Wednesday
Saturday Prayer – a quoted prayer posted each Saturday
… Among many others.
In hopes to blog more consistently this coming year, I decided I would start a God-sighting Saturday post.
God-Sightings are basically places we see God at work each day in our lives.
Each Saturday I will post one or more God-Sightings from the past week. Sometimes it will be a story of something that happened that week. Some stories may be related to my own personal life while others will be related to ministry at First Trinity. And some weeks, like this one, it may simply include a list of big or small ways I saw God show up in the week. My prayer is that as I do this, it will help me to keep my eyes open for what God is doing in my life and the lives around me!
Here are SOME of this week’s God-sightings:
– So many of the FT youth serving in worship… Especially after staying up half the night at the New Year’s Lock-in.
– Awesome adult leaders that were willing to stay up half the night with the high schoolers at the lock-in as well as those who helped prepare and decorate for the event.
– Pastor offering to help me carry stuff out to my car after church.
– a long Sunday afternoon nap!
– a day to do whatever I needed to do… Including rest
– friends to do life with
– the joy in greeting a friend home from vacation
– some fun goals for 2012
– lunchtime laughter
– watching the Haiti missionaries busy preparing to leave and while I’d of course love to go, being 100% content with not going … With knowing that when God said “not this year, Bekah” (and I actually listened) that it is TOTALLY a good thing for many reasons
– a day of unexpected motivation from start to finish (possibly divine motivation)
– people helping paint and fix up the house next to church that I’ll be moving into later this month.
– 20 people, 40 suitcases, TONS of donations filling the basement at church as our two missions teams prepare to go to Haiti
– recalling God’s goodness in my life as I glance through old journals as I pack up my apartment.
And a few more in pictures from the week:
Words to describe 2011 along with our hopes for 2012 from the lock-in
Reminders to SHINE!