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Don’t Spend Your Life in Recovery….RECOVER YOUR LIFE!

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-Centered 12-step program that provides people with resources and relationships to help recover from life’s hurts, habits, or hang-ups.

People who are powerless to change their past, other people, or harmful habits and behaviors are empowered by eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and Christ-centered 12 Steps.

Only one-fourth of attendees in Celebrate Recovery are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. All others are those with any type of issue from which they seek freedom. It is a 12-step program for life!

Healing and restoration of your life may be found in the teaching and fellowship offered by Celebrate Recovery. Please join us to gain the power you need to deal effectively with painful life challenges.

The Celebrate Recovery program begins again on January 1, 2014 at Kent Island United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road, Chester, MD. Meeting times are 7:00 – 9:00 pm each Wednesday night throughout the year. Childcare is provided.

Pain may be God’s megaphone. He wants to heal you.

Email: celebraterecovery@kiumc.org
Phone: 410-643-5361

Kent Island United Methodist Church VBS Registration

May 26 – June 16 are the dates for Registration for Kent Island United Methodist Church (Cox Neck Rd., Chester), SonWest Roundup VBS. Dates for VBS are June 24 through June 28 from from 9 am to 12.  pm Ages just completed Pre K through 6th grade. Preregistration is required. Call KIUMC church office 410-643-5361 or Susan Dolle 410-758-6774 to register, or obtain a registration forms at KIUMC.org. Registration forms can also be obtained from the Church office.

Kent Island Christian School To Hold Open Houses

Kent Island Christian School will be holding two Open Houses for interested families on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 6 – 8pm and Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 10am to 12 noon and from 1pm to 3pm. KICS uses the A Beka Book curriculum, which is a comprehensive educational program founded upon biblical truth and academic excellence. Its materials work together to give a thorough, enjoyable, and highly teachable approach to reading through the use of phonics. The A Beka program incorporates creative writing in the seatwork, language, and penmanship materials. A Beka challenges a child to perform to his or her highest potential. Kent Island Christian School also offers computer instruction for all classes as well as a weekly after school “His Crew” Bible club and service club for students in 3rd grade through 6th grade.

KICS is registering new students for the 2013 – 2014 school year. The school will be accepting students in Kindergarten through the Seventh grade.

The school is also in the process of establishing a Pre-Kindergarten class to begin in the fall; Pre-K 4 year old students will be using the A Beka Book Academic program. All guidelines will be followed through the Division of Early Childhood Development Office of Child Care. If you are interested in having your child attend Pre-K, please contact Mrs. Wright at 410-643-9203.

The Kent Island Christian School (KICS) is a ministry of and is located at the Kent Island United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road, Chester, MD. For more information about the Open Houses or about the school, call the school office at 410-643-9203.

 

A Carnival is Coming to Town!

LOCATION: 2739 Cox Neck Road Chester, MD 21619
DATES- JUNE 6, 7, 8
TIME- 6 p.m. till ?

Join in the fun as Kent Island United Methodist Church (KIUMC) hosts their Second Annual Family Carnival and Silent Auction! Open to the entire community, this event will trump all your carnival experiences with your favorite carnival rides, FREE games and activities, a petting zoo, pony rides and FREE live entertainment nightly to include local bands and magic shows.

Come Hungry! A great assortment of food will be available ranging from hamburgers and hot dogs to our famous pulled pork, and crab cake sliders by Kent Island Crab Cakes.

Stay tuned for details about our discount ride tickets!! Visit www.kiumc.org for more information.

If you would like to participate in our Silent Auction or just have questions, please contact:

Michelle Ciavarra (Michellelweber@yahoo.com)
Patty Durant-Turner (patriciad@atlanticbb.net)

Don’t Spend Your Life in Recovery … Recover Your Life!

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-Centered 12-step program that provides people with resources and relationships to help recover from life’s hurts, habits, or hang-ups.

People who are powerless to change their past, other people, or harmful habits and behaviors are empowered by eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and Christ-centered 12 Steps.

Only one-fourth of attendees in Celebrate Recovery are struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. All others are those with any type of issue from which they seek freedom. It is a 12-step program for life!

Healing and restoration of your life may be found in the teaching and fellowship offered by Celebrate Recovery. Please join us to gain the power you need to deal effectively with painful life challenges.

The Celebrate Recovery program begins again on January 2, 2013, at Kent Island United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Road, Chester, MD. Meeting times are 7:00 – 9:00 pm each Wednesday night throughout the year. Childcare is provided.

Pain may be God’s megaphone. He wants to heal you. Info: celebraterecovery@kiumc.org or 410-643-5361.

“Lights for Sandy” Tribute

The GriefShare Ministry at KIUMC invites you to participate in our “Lights for Sandy” tribute on New Year’s Eve, between the hours of 7 pm to 11 pm. We have seen the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and the pain of the victims’ loss.  Now again as a nation in mourning over the loss of 26 precious lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  We ask that you take a minute or five to participate in a time of silence and prayer for the victims, the survivors, the families and the friends… of SANDY.

The GriefShare Ministry team will be assembling 1000 luminary lights kits, to include ‘sand’ . We will have them ready to be distributed on December 28th through the 30th. We will be giving them out to the community as well as the attendees at our Kent Island United Methodist Church Sunday services on December 30th. Our hope is that this will spark others to do the same, whether individually or collectively, whether a candle or an luminary.

The families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School are about to face a devastating period of grief, an extremely complicated period of mourning. Our ministry knows that there can be healing, that it is a process that requires a lot of prayer and a lot of support. Soon the media will be gone, others will resume their own routines and, yes, they will mourn together, but each separately and uniquely. The way we grieve the death of a loved one depends upon many factors.  A few of these factors include the type of relationship you had with your loved one – parents,siblings, spouse, or children; and the way in which your loved one died, in this case suddenly with tremendous violence.  As reality sets in the long, lonely dark journey through grief begins.  Another important factor will be the love and support they receive during their journey.

Let us unite to be a small light in their darkness, with a tribute of silence and continued prayers.

For more information about the “Lights for Sandy” project or about GriefShare, contact apotts2004@aol.com, or 410-643-540, Annette Potts, GriefShare Ministry at KIUMC.

Our Haven Shelter Provides A Refuge From the Cold

By Avra Sullivan

With the recent cold spell, many of us are turning on the heat and breaking out warmer winter clothes. We may not be thinking about neighbors or residents who have no heat, warm clothing or a place to stay. Often dismissed as a big city issue, homelessness is present in Queen Anne’s County. Our Haven Shelter is a nonprofit cold weather shelter that helps provide overnight lodging to men, women and children from December through April. The shelter also provides food, assists with clothing, and offers support groups, Bible studies and emotional help for those dealing with homelessness.

Krista Pettit has been the Executive Director of the Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance (QACCA), which founded Our Haven Shelter, for over 8 years. “I started this ministry because of the need to address housing issues in Queen Anne’s County. I called local Christian Churches for help…many of them supplying volunteers. And, the shelter and its services have grown ever since.” There currently are ten churches involved with the work of Our Haven Shelter, each providing volunteers, supplies and general support to the work of QACCA.

The shelter is located in the fellowship hall of Kent Island United Methodist Church in Chester and is open to anyone needing a place to stay. Volunteers at the shelter assist with check-in, socialize with guests, serve meals and lead support groups and Bible studies. All guests have access to a leisure area that includes games, books and TV. Upon leaving, guests are provided with toiletries and a bagged lunch.

Volunteers remain on site throughout the night and handle all the duties of the shelter from laundry to meal preparation to cleaning the facility. Krista says since establishing QACCA she “has seen people receive the help they need to provide for themselves and for their families in times of crisis. Through this help, I have seen lives transformed and changed for the better.”

Many volunteers are needed for the shelter. Anyone who can help cook or wash or help with sign-in shifts is encouraged to contact Krista Pettit at 410-739-4363. Donations are welcome and can be sent to QACCA, P.O. Box 44, Chester, MD 21619 or can be made online through their website at www.qacca.org.

Our Haven Shelter will be the raffle beneficiary of The Shore Update’s Christmas By The Bay event December 6th at the Kent Island Yacht Club. Great prizes will be up for grabs as well as fantastic food, local artisans and kids’ activities.

 

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 10, 2012, there will be a Holiday Bazaar to benefit Our Haven Shelter -Queen Anne’s County Christian Assistance.

Come for artists, crafters & vendors then stay for lunch!

9:00am-2:00pm at Kent Island United Methodist Church, 2739 Cox Neck Rd, Chester.

Contact 410-643-4039 for more info.

Tidings of Comfort and Joy? Facing the Holidays After Bereavement

When you’re grieving the death of a family member or friend, you may dread the holiday season. Thoughts of social gatherings, family traditions and obligations leave you anxious and overwhelmed. Your sadness can seem unbearable. You may wish you could skip these next two months and go straight to the routine of the next year—but you can’t. What can you do to lessen your stress and loneliness?

Holidays trigger tough emotions
You can start by learning what emotions are normal and to be expected when facing the holidays without your loved one. “If you’re feeling overwhelmed as this holiday season approaches, that’s very normal,” advised psychologist Dr. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, whose husband died. “You’re probably wondering how you’re going to handle this and are unsure of what course to take. I want to assure you that you can get through these holidays, and hopefully you can even find moments of joy.”

When you know what to expect, you won’t be rendered helpless as holiday events trigger unexpected emotions. Make a point to spend time talking with people who have experienced a past loss and have already been through a holiday season without their loved one. They can help you have an idea of typical emotions and emotional triggers to expect. These people can also provide much-needed comfort and support.

Creating a holiday plan will help
Another important step in surviving the holidays is to create a healthy plan for the coming season. “Planning does help you to have a little control, even when you feel totally out of control,” said Dr. Zonnebelt-Smeenge. A healthy plan involves making decisions in advance about traditions, meals, time spent with others, holiday decorating, gift-giving and commitments.

You will likely not have the energy or the interest in doing as much as you have in past years. Decide ahead of time which invitations you’ll accept, and let the host or family member know that you might leave early. Consider whether your decorating will be different this year: perhaps a smaller tree or simpler ornaments. If you cook or bake, cut back.

Make a list of every holiday tradition you can think of, from music to presents to outings. Then decide which traditions will be too difficult without your deceased loved one, which traditions you’d like to maintain, and what new traditions you can start this year.

Communicating with family and friends
What’s also helpful in facing the holidays is to communicate your specific concerns and needs with your family and friends. People in grief are often tempted to put on a mask and pretend things are fine, especially over the holidays. “I didn’t want to put on a damper on anyone else’s joy,” shared Mardie. “So I put on a happy face and tried to be the sister, the daughter, the aunt, that everybody wanted to see. Putting on that happy face was a heavier burden than I was emotionally able to carry at the time.”

Your friends may want you to “cheer up” and “have fun,” when that’s the last thing you want. Others will avoid you because they don’t know what to say and don’t want to make you feel worse. Some family members will give you wrong advice in a misguided attempt to help. All of these people likely mean well, but will only end up hurting you if you don’t communicate what you truly need from them.

As difficult as this may be, it’s important to tell people what they can do to help and what they are doing that isn’t helping. And if you don’t have the energy or inclination to talk to people face-to-face, then write your thoughts, concerns and needs in a letter or email. What’s important is that you are being honest and gracious in your communication.

In describing the first holiday dinner after she was widowed, Dr. Zonnebelt-Smeenge said, “It seemed like no one wanted to talk about my husband. I kept waiting for somebody to bring up [his name]. After a while I couldn’t stand it anymore. I excused myself and left and bawled all the way home. Later I decided maybe they were waiting for me to decide if it was okay to talk about him; maybe they were afraid if they said anything, they’d make me feel worse. From that time on when I went to an event, I found a way to let people know I wanted to talk about him and I wanted to hear their stories.”

So where can you find out what emotions to expect over the holidays, how to create a healthy plan and how to communicate with family and friends these coming weeks?

“Surviving the Holidays” seminar on November 17, 2012, at Kent Island United Methodist Church.

To register or find out more about GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, contact Annettet at apotts2004@aol.com or Wendy at 410-200-6589.

Mark Your Calendars- KIUMC Plans First Family Fall Festival! Nov. 3, 2012

Arts and Crafts, Free Children’s Activities and Food! Oh, My!

Did you have fun at KIUMC’s First Annual Family Carnival? Don’t miss our Family Fall Festival- another great community event!! Featuring arts and crafts, food, PLUS free entertainment and children’s activities, KIUMC’s Family Fall Festival will offer something for the whole family. Entertainment ranges from music to a magician and children’s activities will include scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin decorating and more!!

Come Hungry! A great assortment of food will be available ranging from hamburgers and hot dogs to pulled pork, and of course, dessert!

This is a great opportunity to showcase your talents – All handmade arts and crafts vendors are welcome to apply!

Event Location – Kent Island United Methodist Church. 2739 Cox Neck Road. Chester, MD 21619 www.kiumc.org/fallfestival