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January Photo a Day 2013: Yellow

Day 14. Something yellow: Find something yellow in your travels today and take a photo.

My life is filled with yellow…and it’s not even close to being my favorite color.  Here are a few pics I snapped before leaving my office today.

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This is the yellow hard- hat I was required to wear, back in 2006, while walking around during the construction of our new campus.

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This is the apron that our volunteers wear while serving in the cafe on the weekends. I love the yellow embroidered coffee cup!

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These are our 2013 Volunteer T-Shirts.  We are a casual church, this is as close as we get to wearing a tie in our church.  The yellow volunteer sign in the window faces out onto the exit driveway…It is a reminder to all who see it to VOLUNTEER!

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This is my favorite travel mug…It’s a Tervis and it’s made in America…The yellow-gold symbol is representative of my favorite football team the New Orleans Saints and my hometown…NOLA!

Here are the daily prompts for the remainder of the month…just jump in and join the fun. Remember to tag your post with #fmsphotoaday so we can keep up with your posts.

15. An ordinary moment: Choose an ordinary moment and capture it. Is it you grabbing your daily coffee? Or playing with the kids? Or something that you do often and consider it as kinda ordinary?
16. Two things: Look for things in pairs today. Is it a lovely old couple that you see from behind? Or the salt and pepper shakers sitting on the bench? Find two things and take a photo.
17. Ready: Is it a photo of your dinner being ready? Or you ready to catch the bus? Or something else. It’s a toughy – but it will get your mind thinking!
18. Shadow: Find a shadow and shoot it. It could be your own, or a shadow of something else. Shadows look great with a black and white filter over the top {just sayin!}.
19. Delicious: What’s delicious to you? Is it the chubby cheeks of your toddler, the hunk at the gym or a cake you plan on eating for afternoon tea?
20. Something you saw: Go about your day with eyes wide open and take a photo of something you saw.
21. What you do: Do you go to school? Train elephants at the circus? Write at home? Play mum to your kids? Act as CEO to a big business? Paint in your spare time? Dance when no one is looking? Take a photo of what you do {something that makes you ‘you’} and share it.
22. Corner: It could be a sharp corner of a building, a corner of an artwork, a corner of your home or something else. Corners are everywhere. Shoot one.
23. Electric: This could be a simple photo of your toaster {but get creative} or something else electric.
24. Stripes: Look for stripes in your everyday. They could be in the zebra crossing on the road, or in your outfit or somewhere else.
25. Landscape: Step back and take a photo of a landscape near you. Or even take a little trip just for the photo. Would be nice to explore your town for a beautiful photo.
26. Together: There are many definitions for together. One is: In or into a single group, mass, or place. Take a photo of together, whichever definition you’d like to use.
27. Sun: Whether the sun is out in full force, or hiding behind the clouds today – take a photo of it. Or you could get creative and take a photo of sunlight or some other interpretation.
28. Through: Take a photo of looking through something – through the window, through the gate, through the trees… whatever you please.
29. Grow: People do it, plants do it too… get creative and take a photo of something that grows.
30. Down: Is it looking down or something that makes you feel down? Interpret it however you like.
31. Yourself: Take a photo of yourself. Or something that represents you.

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encouraging others to serve…

There are so many things I love about my job.  But one of the things I enjoy the most is when I have the opportunity to encourage others to serve as a volunteer.  Every other month I schedule a volunteer orientation for church members and attendees that are interested in helping out with “the chores” in the ministry I oversee.  I usually get pretty nervous at the thought of speaking in front of strangers but once we are all gathered together I feel God’s peace and off we go.  I always have my notes handy, I refer to them from time to time but seldom do I follow them all the way thru. 

In the beginning of the orientation I cover the nuts and bolts,  who we are as a ministry and what the volunteer opportunities are on each team.   I discuss the time commitment and the requirements.  All of which is very important to helping each person decide where they may want to serve. 

But the part I really love is when I get to explain WHY we serve.  This is when I get to explain to them how God has been busy prompting people to come to church and that he has planned for each of us to interact with these individuals on his behalf.  I get to explain to them about the short amount of time that we have to make a great first impression and how our area of ministry is a big part of that process.   I love explaining how it’s the little things we do that make a huge impact in the lives of those searching for the “something” that is missing in their lives.  I help them to see that it only takes a warm and genuine greeting, the offer of something to eat or drink and making sure that each person is made to feel like they belong.  I get to explain to them how as a church we try to make sure everyone visiting our church feels welcome.  

Then the moment comes, when they get it.  I can see it on their face and they know WHY we serve.   It’s not about me or them or even the church.  It’s about helping others find what each of us in the room have already found.  Jesus!!! and this is the reason I love…encouraging others to serve.

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