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Instruments Needed for the Play: “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants”

Hello Wonderful and Dear Friends,

Do you have an instrument that you haven’t been using, that’s in the corner collecting dust? Well we could use it for  our May 9th History Alive play, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” featuring Dr. Joetta Mial, the late Pastor Robert Hill and Mr. John E. Lawrence.

This year will be a very musical production. We need an electric guitar, bass guitar, percussion instruments, wind instruments and any others that you are willing to donate. Pianos are not needed but  a keyboard or two would help. If you have an amplifier that you are not using, we will put it to great use.

Remember, your donation to ATAMI is always tax-deductible.

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This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant program, administered by the Arts Alliance.

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History Alive Kicked Off on Saturday!

History Alive: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015. Our first session included 29 students who received a program overview, spiritual character building, team building, meeting their teachers, food, fun and getting to know each other. Spread the word to youth 5th-12th grades. Hope to see more youth next Saturday 1:30 PM at Christian Love Fellowship 1601 Stamford Rd. Ypsilanti, MI.

This 12-week program ends in a stage play on May 9, 2015 titled, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” featuring, Dr. Joetta Mial, the late Pastor Robert Hill, and Mr. John E. Lawrence. Save the date!

If you’d like to donate to this program go to http://www.ataminc.com. Volunteer opportunities are available: info@ataminc.com.


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Amazon Smile
 When you make All Things Artistic Ministries your preferred charitable organization, Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase to ATAMI.

 

History Alive Kicked Off on Saturday!

History Alive: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015. Our first session included 29 students who received a program overview, spiritual character building, team building, meeting their teachers, food, fun and getting to know each other. Spread the word to youth 5th-12th grades. Hope to see more youth next Saturday 1:30 PM at Christian Love Fellowship 1601 Stamford Rd. Ypsilanti, MI.

This 12-week program ends in a stage play on May 9, 2015 titled, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” featuring, Dr. Joetta Mial, the late Pastor Robert Hill, and Mr. John E. Lawrence. Save the date!

If you’d like to donate to this program go to http://www.ataminc.com. Volunteer opportunities are available: info@ataminc.com.


Boys in Acting Class
Partial Circle 3 girls10953914_10152788403128541_616875054920788995_o

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant program, administered by the Arts Alliance.mcaca_logo_final

 


Amazon Smile
 When you make All Things Artistic Ministries your preferred charitable organization, Amazon will donate 5% of your purchase to ATAMI.

 

History Alive Begins This Saturday, February 7th 1:30 PM

Counting down to this Saturday! Please share with parents and  youth between 5th grade and high school.  Program begins 1:30 PM, Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International 1601 Stamford Rd., Ypsilanti, MI. For transportation call 734-709-8800 by Friday, February 6th. Pre-registration at http://tinyurl.com/historyalive2015

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“I am With You” from According to His Kind Intentions

My dear friend, Denese Brown wrote a book of devotionals titled, According to His Kind Intentions. The book is real soul food, food for the soul! I decided to share with others one of the devotions that blessed me. Like her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/DSBrown-Books/642936995831963?ref=br_tf; and order the book.

“I am with You”

When you go through deep waters I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2).

I will be with you . . . The Lord God made this promise to every major biblical leader, from Abraham to the apostle Paul. He promised His presence to be with us, He said don’t be afraid, because He would never leave us nor forsake us and difficulties would never overtake us (Joshua 1:5). He did not say, that we would not have difficulties,  but He said when hard times come; do not worry because I AM with you.

As a matter of fact, He tells us that in this life, we will have tribulations, but take courage because He has overcome the world (Joh 16:33). If “I AM’ is with you, what can harm you? The Lord told Joshua that “No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live (Joshua 1:5). Many, many times in the Bible, God reminds us how much He loves us and not to worry. Scripture passages from several epistles, says have joy when trials come (James 1:2) because you already know that I’m going to cause it to work together for your good (Romans 8:28).
The Lord God told Moses that His presence would be visible to His people as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night (Exodus 33:14). The Psalmist declares, even if your mother and father forsake you, God will take you up (Psalms 27:10). Paul states in Romans, “that nothing can separate us from the Love of God, nothing (Romans 8:35-39).

I’ve also noticed that whenever God gives an assignment, He declares, not to fear because He is with them. Of course, they were afraid and we get anxious too, when God asks us to do something that is beyond our perceived ability. He doesn’t stop there, He goes on to declare that, nobody will hurt you; and the rivers of difficulty or the fire of oppression will not consume you. So, how can I be afraid or despair about anything when I know that God is with me? Because I’m still subject to human frailty and need to call on the Lord for His graciousness, to help me overcome fears. Just think about it, the Creator of all things, the whole universe, including us, is with us.

The all-powerful, all knowing and everywhere present God–He’s our Father, who chooses to dwell with us. There is something about “knowing” that God is with me that truly gives me so much comfort, a guarantee and a sense of His living presence. How powerful is this truth that God is always with me. He promises to never leave me nor forsake me! The reality of God’s presence is the calming salve of assurance that brings peace and grace to my heart. My self-talk affirms that I am not afraid because God is with me. I can do whatever He told me to do because He is with me. Even this difficult trial, I will get through this because God is with me. I’m hurting and discouraged, but God is with me, so thank you Lord for your healing touch. It is God, Him alone who makes the difference in my life. His presence is not only more than enough, He is enough.

Written by Denese Brown, According to His Kind Intentions

Return of the Giants!

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We’re back and ready for 2015

Our “History Alive: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” program trains together youth in character development, acting, dance, instrumental and vocal music and dramatic interpretation. With a generous *grant from the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) starting in February, 2015 the youth will experience 3 hour weekly sessions with skilled instructors who nurture their talent and lovingly encourage them to grow and develop into leaders in their community. Sessions will take place on Saturday afternoons at Christian Love Fellowship Ministries, International, 1601 Stamford Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48198. The program is free with transportation and refreshments provided.

In 2015 we will feature the late Apostle Robert A. Hill, founding pastor of Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International, author, psalmist, and visionary leader; Dr. Joetta Mial, transformational educational leader in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and celebrated community leader; and, Mr. John E. Lawrence, musician, author, educator and Chair of the Music Department at Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, MI.  The youth will present a stage play that depicts the life of our giants in May, 2015.

Please pass the word on to youth in your networks. Volunteers are also needed.

*ATAMI is required to provide funds to match the MACA grant. We will gratefully accept donations in any amount.

For more information call 734-961-8310 or email info@ataminc.com

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Write for Chicken Soup for the Soul! New Topics

WRITE FOR CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL AND GET PAID. LET ME HELP YOU. (313) 492-0149.

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Dreams
When we are asleep, we dream. Are dreams a connection to the unconscious mind? Are they omens of things to come – both good and bad? In our dreams we can be anything we want to be. We are looking for stories about your dreams and the impact they have had on your life. What have you learned from your dreams? Did your dreams come true? Did a dream strengthen your faith or help you change the direction your life was headed in? Did a dream serve as a warning about something that was going to happen? The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

Hope and Miracles
Everyone has experienced events in their lives that cause wonder and astonishment and give them hope for a better future. Why did these things happen? Were they answered prayers? Did divine intervention have something to do with it? Share your inspirational true stories with us to remind us that each day holds hope and that a miracle can happen at any time. The deadline for story and poem submissions is October 30, 2014.

Living a Life of Purpose by Volunteering
We’re making another book about volunteering! How has your life been changed by volunteering? Have you been a volunteer in a hospital, a school or in your community? What have you done with your life that makes you feel good and has also made this world a better place? What have you done to make a difference in the lives of others? Or do you want to thank a volunteer who helped you? Share your true stories about how you found purpose, passion, and joy in your life or how a volunteer helped you. And by volunteer, we mean an unpaid position, so save those stories about paid heroes in your life for another book! The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

Stories about the Christmas Season
Our holiday books are very popular. We do a new edition every other year and so we are now collecting stories for our Christmas 2015 book. Share your special stories about the holiday season – including Chanukah and Kwanzaa – from inspirational and joyous, to heartwarming and humorous. Remember all of the stories in our Christmas books are “Santa Safe” – we don’t want to spoil the magic for children. The deadline for story and poem submissions is August 30, 2014.

Support for Therapists/Mental Health Professionals
Therapists and mental health counselors listen to people’s problems all day. But where’s the “chicken soup for the soul” for them? Who supports the therapists and mental health professionals? We’re looking for stories from therapists and mental health professionals about how you get through your day. How do you separate your clients’ pain from your own life? Share your advice and support with your colleagues. And if you have been client of one of these fine professionals and you want to tell them how much they helped you, for moral support, please submit your story as well. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

Thanks to My Mom
We are collecting stories of thanks written by sons and daughters of all ages about their moms and stepmoms. Tell us what your mom has done for you and why you are grateful to her. Is she always right? Do you still turn to her for advice? Have you turned into your mother even though you vowed you never would? Share your best stories-ones that will make us laugh, cry, or nod our heads in recognition. We are not looking for general tributes (we know your mom is terrific) nor are we looking for biographies or eulogies. We are looking for specific anecdotes about what your mom or stepmom did for you-something you want to thank her for. The deadline for story and poem submissions is September 30, 2014.

The Power of Forgiveness
Have you ever noticed how forgiving someone frees you to move on with your life? It can be a major decision though, especially if you feel you were seriously wronged. For the “New Year New You” 2015 season we plan to publish a book about the power of forgiveness. Let us know how forgiving someone changed your life. It can be something small like forgiving a rude driver who cut you off, or it can be something big like forgiving someone who caused a major negative event in your life. How did forgiving someone change your life in a positive way? Were you able to reestablish a relationship after forgiving? Did letting go of your hurt feelings heal you and bring you a sense of peace? Help others find the same resolution by sharing your story. The deadline date for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2014.

Time to Thrive
This title deliberately has a double meaning: 1) You need to make time in your busy life to thrive; and 2) It’s time to thrive-no more putting off those life changes you know you should make. If you have a story about taking time to thrive, i.e. pursue a passion, find your purpose, improve your wellbeing, or if you realized it was time to thrive and you did something about it, we want to hear from you. Were you stuck in the same old routine for years? Did you feel that your life had no purpose? What did you do to transform yourself and create balance and meaning in your life? Did you start a completely new career, have a travel adventure or find a new hobby? Was it a new love interest or an attitude adjustment that helped you thrive? We want to hear your stories. Stories can be serious or funny, but we definitely want them to inspire our readers to take that first step towards happiness, fulfillment, and growth. The deadline for story and poem submissions is December 31, 2014.

 

My Fiance Never Was My ‘Boyfriend’

At thirty-something, it feels awkward to call a grown man my “boyfriend”. I like this idea of spending time evolving a friendship and then becoming engaged. Although at first read, their story seemed a bit extreme, I do know that really good relationships come from friendships, not dating. Besides, they still got engaged and are doing a lot of the things people might do while dating, just with a shared commitment in mind. That sounds good to me.

There's a Fire Starter In You

Ever since the engagement, many people have asked me questions about my relationship and the most prevalent one is “how long did you guys date?” The truth is we never did. He never asked me to be his girlfriend. He never asked me out on a solo date. We never even kissed. For as long as I’ve known him we were just friends… Friends that valued each other, prayed for one another, and wanted to see each other succeed in every area of life.

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Now within this friendship, I admit, there were times when I looked at him like “Dang, he’s cute” or “I really admire this about him” or “I would love for my mate to have some of his qualities” but honestly there were A LOT of guys that I would say the very same thing about! Soon enough, I learned how to categorize the guys in my life by placing…

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“Feeling Some Kind of Way”

The saying goes, “I’m feeling some kind of way” about this situation or that situation. I guess we use the phrase when we can’t find words to articulate the feeling which is sometimes co-mingled with thoughts about the thing, situation, or event that leaves you “feeling some kind of way.”

Whatever “kind of way” you’re feeling it is typically not good nor easily verbalized, quantified, qualified or realized; but it is just a feeling. Like all feelings,  “feeling some kind of way” comes and goes unless we dwell on it; allowing it to escort us down a path that ends in despair, anger, depression, self-pity or worse.

The scriptures encourage us to cast our cares upon the Lord for He cares for us (Psalm 55:22; 1 Peter 5:7).  Why not cast upon the Lord the situation that has you “feeling some kind of way” and allow God to turn your mourning into dancing, anger into joy, pain into forgiveness, fears into faith and your longing into satisfaction.  The “some kind of way” you will find yourself feeling is grateful.

God is so very faithful. I can’t help but love Him.

If You Love to Read Stories to Children, Here’s an Opportunity for You!!!

ART IN THE PARK needs young and old, men and women to read to children every Tuesday Night anytime between 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM in front of the Ypsilanti District Library Superior Township Branch (at McArthur and Harris Roads). To volunteer email: info@ataminc.com. or inbox me (Debby Mitchell on FB).

Young Man reading to Children

READERS ARE LEADERS
If you aren’t available to read, please donate at http://www.ataminc.com

Woman Reading to Children

EXPLORE NEW WORLDS WITH CHILDREN THROUGH BOOKS

Man Reading to children

CHILDREN LOVE TO HEAR STORIES. THE CHILDREN WILL LOVE TO HEAR YOU.
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