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After about 30 years of doing odd jobs around the church, Ray Thompson is hanging up his toolbelt. Ray is Covenant’s founding member of the Wrecking Crew, the group of four or five men who meet weekly (or more) at the church to fix stuff. “I’m not sure when we first started using the wrecking crew name,” Ray said, “but I got started around 1983 or 1984, just about the time I retired from IBM. Our minister at that time asked if I would help with some of the issues at the church.” Richard Vanderstraten, who has part of the crew for nearly 20 years, says that Ray deserves all the credit for the idea and much of the work. “For a while it was just Ray on Friday morning by himself. He decided he needed a little help and asked me and others along the way. Some are still active, others have dropped out, but it has always been Ray’s Wrecking Crew.” Darleen Kleinhenz, executive assistant to the Covenant business administrator, has worked closely with Ray for many years. “Friday mornings have always been my favorite time because the Wrecking Crew is guaranteed to be on campus. From a simple request like hanging a picture to the more complex requests like building a set for vacation Bible school, the Wrecking Crew is always up to the challenge and never says no!” Darleen said. Over the three decades that Ray has been fixing things at the church, he says there have been no particularly bad jobs. “Using really tall ladders to replace burned out light bulbs at the high beams of the buildings is challenging,” he said. Ray said that his favorite jobs have the electronics phases – such as sound systems. “Ray is amazing,” Darleen said. “He knows everything about our campus from where the water and gas meters are to what kind of bulbs are in all the light fixtures. As an electrical engineer, he would often determine the cause of an electrical issue on campus and take care of it himself.” Darleen said it was Ray who determined that many of our members could benefit from hearing aid devices to ensure they did not miss a word of the worship service. “He not only made sure we had them available during our services,” she said, “he made himself available to help with any questions and assist as needed. You can still find Ray on Sunday mornings getting those devices in order.” Ray said that the wrecking crew currently has four people. In addition to Richard who is the group’s leader, Dave Hoffman, Jim Abbott and Juan Medrano meet at Covenant on Friday mornings, the crew’s regular meeting time. “We have usually worked consistently on Friday mornings,” Ray said. “However, there are many times when something comes up that needs to be done on other days. Richard takes care of a lot of them!” “I am so grateful to Ray and cannot even begin to express what a special person he is,” Darleen said. “He gives of his time, his talents and his heart. I have watched his kindness toward members, staff and even complete strangers. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to work with and learn from him.”
Holiday TV Guide 2013 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer CBS Nov 26, 8PM A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving ABC Nov 28, 8PM Lady Gaga & The Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular ABC Nov 28, 9:30PM The National Tree HMC Nov 29, 1PM Matchmaker Santa HALMRK Nov 29, 2PM Eloise at Christmastime HMC Nov 29, 3PM Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle HALMRK Nov 29, 4PM The Ultimate Gift HMC Nov 29, 5PM Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle HALMRK Nov 29, 6PM The National Tree HMC Nov 29, 7PM How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) ABC Nov 29, 8PM Pete’s Christmas HALMRK Nov 29, 8PM Eloise at Christmastime HMC Nov 29, 9PM A Christmas Wish HALMRK Nov 29, 10PM Debbie Macomber’s Mrs. Miracle HALMRK Nov 30, 8AM Debbie Macomber’s Call Me Mrs. Miracle HALMRK Nov 30, 10AM Window Wonderland HALMRK Nov 30, 12PM Fir Crazy HALMRK Nov 30, 2PM Annie Claus is Coming to Town HALMRK Nov 30, 4PM Hitched for the Holidays HALMRK Nov 30, 6PM Let It Snow HALMRK Nov 30, 8PM A Boyfriend for Christmas HALMRK Nov 30, 10PM Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas ABCFAM Dec 1, 7AM Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas ABCFAM Dec 1, 8:30AM Santa Buddies ABCFAM Dec 1, 10AM The Family Man ABCFAM Dec 1, 12PM Christmas in Paradise LIFETIME Dec 1, 1PM Disney’s A Christmas Carol ABCFAM Dec 1, 3PM The Polar Express ABCFAM Dec 1, 5PM A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride LIFETIME Dec 1, 5PM Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ABCFAM Dec 1, 7PM Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ABCFAM Dec 1, 9:30PM On Strike for Christmas LIFETIME Dec 2, 6PM Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too ABCFAM Dec 2, 6PM Mickey’s Christmas Carol ABCFAM Dec 2, 6:30PM Jack Frost (1979 animated version) ABCFAM Dec 2, 7PM A Charlie Brown Christmas ABC Dec 2, 8PM The Santa Clause ABCFAM Dec 2, 8PM CMA Country Christmas Hosted by Jennifer Nettles ABC Dec 2, 9PM Call Me Claus LIFETIME Dec 2, 10PM The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause ABCFAM Dec 2, 10PM The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause ABCFAM Dec 2, 12AM An Accidental Christmas LIFETIME Dec 3, 6PM The Santa Clause ABCFAM Dec 3, 6PM Scrooged ABCFAM Dec 3, 8PM Christmas Angel LIFETIME Dec 3, 8PM National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ABCFAM Dec 3, 10PM A Christmas Wedding LIFETIME Dec 3, 10PM Three Days ABCFAM Dec 3, 12AM A Dad for Christmas LIFETIME Dec 4, 6PM Scrooged ABCFAM Dec 4, 6PM Christmas In Rockefeller Center 2013 NBC Dec 4, 7PM National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ABCFAM Dec 4, 8PM All About Christmas Eve LIFETIME Dec 4, 10PM Deck The Halls ABCFAM Dec 4, 10PM A Very Brady Christmas ABCFAM Dec 4, 12AM Rudolph’s Shiny New Year ABCFAM Dec 5, 6PM The Polar Express ABCFAM Dec 5, 7PM The Sound of Music Live Special Starring Carrie Underwood NBC Dec 5, 8PM The Muppet Christmas Carol ABCFAM Dec 5, 9PM Frosty’s Winter Wonderland ABCFAM Dec 6, 6PM The Muppet Christmas Carol ABCFAM Dec 6, 6:30PM Frosty the Snowman CBS Dec 6, 8PM Finding Mrs. Claus LIFETIME Dec 6, 8PM Yes, Virginia CBS Dec 6, 8:30PM Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ABCFAM Dec 6, 8:30PM The Real St. Nick LIFETIME Dec 6, 10PM Prancer ABCFAM Dec 6, 12AM Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys ABCFAM Dec 7, 7AM Home Alone: The Holiday Heist ABCFAM Dec 7, 8:30AM Prancer ABCFAM Dec 7, 10:30AM Marry Me LIFETIME Dec 7, 12PM All I Want For Christmas ABCFAM Dec 7, 12:30PM Disney’s A Christmas Carol ABCFAM Dec 7, 2:30PM Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ABCFAM Dec 7, 4:30PM Dear Secret Santa LIFETIME Dec 7, 6PM The Santa Clause ABCFAM Dec 7, 7PM The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause ABCFAM Dec 7, 9PM Kristin’s Christmas Past LIFETIME Dec 7, 10PM Deck The Halls ABCFAM Dec 7, 11PM Jack Frost (1979 version) ABCFAM Dec 8, 7AM Christmas Cupid ABCFAM Dec 8, 8AM Snowglobe ABCFAM Dec 8, 10AM Santa Baby ABCFAM Dec 8, 12PM The March Sisters at Christmas LIFETIME Dec 8, 1PM Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe ABCFAM Dec 8, 2PM 12 Dates Of Christmas ABCFAM Dec 8, 4PM The Mistle-Tones ABCFAM Dec 8, 6PM Christmas in the City LIFETIME Dec 8, 7PM Holidaze ABCFAM Dec 8, 8PM Holiday In Handcuffs ABCFAM Dec 8, 10PM Holidaze ABCFAM Dec 9, 6PM Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ABCFAM Dec 9, 8PM Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat ABCFAM Dec 9, 10:30PM 12 Dates Of Christmas ABCFAM Dec 9, 12AM A Chipmunk Christmas ABCFAM Dec 10, 6PM Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ABCFAM Dec 10, 6:30PM The Year Without A Santa Claus ABCFAM Dec 10, 9PM Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town ABCFAM Dec 10, 10PM Snowglobe ABCFAM Dec 10, 12AM Holiday In Handcuffs ABCFAM Dec 11, 6PM Melissa & Joey ABCFAM Dec 11, 8PM Baby Daddy ABCFAM Dec 11, 8:30PM National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ABCFAM Dec 11, 9PM Holiday In Handcuffs ABCFAM Dec 11, 12AM Baby Daddy ABCFAM Dec 12, 6PM Melissa & Joey ABCFAM Dec 12, 6:30PM National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation ABCFAM Dec 12, 7PM Scrooged ABCFAM Dec 12, 9PM All I Want For Christmas ABCFAM Dec 12, 12AM Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too ABCFAM Dec 13, 4PM Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story ABCFAM Dec 13, 4:30PM Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 2 ABCFAM Dec 13, 6:20PM Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon) TBS Dec 13, 8PM Dear Secret Santa LIFETIME Dec 13, 8PM Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 ABCFAM Dec 13, 8:20PM Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story Of Terror! ABCFAM Dec 13, 10:30PM Chasing Christmas ABCFAM Dec 13, 12AM Winnie The Pooh And The Bluster Day ABCFAM Dec 14, 7AM Winnie The Pooh And Tigger Too ABCFAM Dec 14, 7:30AM Winnie The Pooh ABCFAM Dec 14, 8AM Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too ABCFAM Dec 14, 9:30AM Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas ABCFAM Dec 14, 10AM Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas ABCFAM Dec 14, 11:30AM Mickey’s […]
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Taylor Adams is a sixth grader at Lamar Middle School. She recently teamed up with a group of volunteers, including her good friend Trinity Black, to clean up the Lamar school gardens. This is her story about helping out. Trinity and I decided to help out with the Lamar middle school garden. First we pulled up the vines and Trinity cut the vegetables off the vines. Next we cut live okra off the plant and cut the dead okra pods off the plant for planting next spring. Then I went to show Trinity the art room and Mr. Dweyer, the art teacher, gave us a doughnut. After that some interested neighbors came over. We told them about the work we did and took them to see the chickens. (Our school had just gotten chickens!) Finally we went back and watered the plants with rainwater collected from the school roof. The gardening teacher was pleased with our work and said it was very helpful for her. I had lots of fun doing this and I want to do it again. I also want to see you there next year getting your hands dirty with me!
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What We’ve Been Up To… The Amazing gRACE Fall Fundraiser – We EXCEEDED our goal!! Wow! What an amazing end to a fantastic Fall fundraiser! We exceed our goal of $2,500 by reaching a head-turning $2,840. The BIG class winner for the Cookie Party was… The Brainy Bears. The Bears raised $425!!! The individual raffle winner of the Milk and Honey gift certificate (with a value of $250) was Becky McPhaul! Thank you so very much to everyone who participated! CPP T-Shirts Our CPP shirts have a brand new look this year, thanks to Lindsey Hanna and Megan Little who redesigned our school logo. We have VERY talented PAT members this year and we are SO thankful that they helped “update” our look! The four-year-old classes received their t-shirts today in preparation for their field trip on Friday. Our three- and five-year-old classes will receive their shirts next week. CPP provides these shirts to students free of charge once you are enrolled in the three-year-old (or older) class. The Four’s Firestation Field Trip Cornerstone The August edition of Covenant Presbyterian Church’s Cornerstone publication featured an article about our fabulous preschool. Click the link below. The article can be found on page 4, titled “A Strong Foundation.” http://issuu.com/covenant_austin/docs/august-2013 ******************************************************************************** If you have pictures from a Covenant Presbyterian Preschool event, please send them to Elizabeth Moore (email@example.com), so that we can feature you on the blog! Please send pictures of adults only. _________________________________________ Save the Date! Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Your Extraordinary Family Life with Carrie Contey, PhD. Carrie Contey, PhD is a sought after speaker who is on a mission to transform how people think about human development and family life. In this workshop, she will provide tips and tools for creating more ease, joy, connection and love every single day! Wednesday, Nov. 20 and Thursday, Nov. 21 at drop-off – Make and TakeMonday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Nov. 29 – SCHOOL CLOSED for Thanksgiving Break Dec. 2 – Dec. 6 – SAVE the DATE (and your Christmas shopping) for the Scholastic Book Fair – more information to come! _______________________________________ Meet the Teacher Meet Ms. Carrie! Name: Carrie Ostebo Job: Toddler II’s Lead Teacher Years at CPP: First year here! Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota Favorite Children’s Book: Where the Wild Things Are Favorite Band: The Beatles Hobbies: Reading and Writing Dream Vacation Spot: Anywhere in Italy Role Model: Toni Morrison Favorite Quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss Meet Ms. Angie! Name: Angie Bird Job: Toddler II’s Assistant teacher Years at CPP: 5 years Job Before CPP: Stay at home Mom Hometown: Tyler, Texas Children: One child who is now a pre-teen… 12 years old! He just started middle school and he plays quarterback for his flag football team. Favorite Movie: The Sound of MusicFood: Italian or Mexican Favorite Children’s Book: Favorite Band: The Rolling Stones or other 70’s bands Hobbies: Walking, hiking and swimming Pets: A Labrador Retriever named Donner who is 5 years old. Dream Vacation Spot: Europe or Africa Role Model: Princess Kate Favorite Quote: Keep Calm and Carry On Favorite thing about CPP: To watch these wonderful children grow and develop their little personalities! _____________________________________ Bible Units Now, and for the next few weeks, the children are learning about Ruth, Esther and Baby Jesus in Chapel. Through Ruth 1-4 and Esther 2-9 they are learning that “God Will Help and Protect Me Wherever I Am.” In December, in celebration of Christmas, they will begin to learn that “God Sent Jesus to Earth to Be Born as a Baby.” What an exciting and precious lesson to be learned by such little hearts. Please talk with your child about Chapel and learn with them as they digest these important concepts. They may even teach you a song or two! _______________________________________ Make and Take This month, the Make and Take will be on Wednesday, November 20th and Thursday, November 21st. This month our fabulous hosts are Lee Ann O’Neil, Monique Penner and Lindsey Cook. Thanks in advance to all of our volunteers for the year… we’re super excited to see the fun Make and Take crafts that will be coming our way!! ________________________________________ Extra! Extra! Read All About It! The heART of AustinAs guest blogger this month, I am excited to compile a list of places where you and your family can dive into the thriving visual arts scene in our lovely town!E.A.S.T- East Austin Studio Tour This is the 12th year of Big Medium’s EAST- East Austin Studio Tour. Following the bi-weekend trend of ACLFest, EAST is open and available the weekends of 16-18 and 23-24.Whether you are looking for a fun family outing or a grown-up getaway, EAST is the perfect way to connect with the art scene in Austin. There is no entry fee to studios and artists are ready chat about their work! Here are a few of my fave studios from years past:Big Medium Gallery at Bolm- 5305 Bolm- Live music, interactive art, a retro motorcycle shop, food trailers- this place is awesome and kid-friendly.Pump Project Art Complex- 702 Shady Lane- A great spot to check out the art gammut. Painters, Ceramicists, Sculptures under one roof.ARTPOST- 4704 East Cesar Chavez- Seriously good artwork and plenty o room for the kiddos to run amok. CoLab Project Space- 613 Allen- Presenting work from all of their 2013 artists and a spectacular one-woman show. Check out the studio map and event schedule: www.eastaustinstudiotour.comTHE CONTEMPORARY AUSTINThe Contemporary Austin has plenty of opportunities to help with events, education programs, and their art centered public programs. Join the volunteer roster and find out what fun opportunities are coming up in 2014! Kiddos and adults can take advantage of the array of art classes offered at the Art School. They also host monthly family days out at Laguna Gloria- great fun for the whole fam! With a new grant under their buckle, the former AMOA-arthouse is […]