Rockford Area Girl Scouts Earn Polar Girl Award

March 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

These Rockford area Girl Scouts earned their Polar Girl Award on January 31 and February 1. All 16 girls spent the night outside in tents – in two feet of snow with overnight low temperature of 12 degrees. They were joined by 11 adults, with seven adults choosing to sleep outside too. Everyone enjoyed snowshoe hiking and trying creative ways to cook over a fire, even learning how to use their cell phones to start the fire. They also brought along their local paper, The Rockford Squire. Some of those attending were: Stephanie Barton, Sarah Barton, Jennifer Bell, Kathleen Bell, Abigail Beuregard, Nicki Bouwkamp, Yvonne Bouwkamp, Jessica Dickinson, Bev Dickinson, M. Ek, Sarah Ek, H. Fedorchuk, Jill Fitzhugh, C. Fisher, Kaitlynn, Kimmel, Maria Kimmel, Amanda Perry, Susan Perry, K. Savara, Julie Savara, Kayleigh Scherzer, Porta Schut, Alayna Surdock, Lynn Surdock, Rachel Turner, Jane Turner, Amanda Zeboor, Amy Zeboor.

Learn from Shoveling Snow

February 26, 2009 // 0 Comments

by MARCIA HUFSTADER member, Third Church of Christ, Scientist A few years ago I was having a tough time working with a particular group of people. We just weren’t seeing eye-to-eye and the communication was very poor. I turned to God, divine Mind, to see what I was supposed to learn from this. The lesson came while shoveling snow late one night. The snow was really heavy; it took a lot of strength time and time again to lift the snow off the driveway. After a while it occurred to me, if the snow melted it would fall right off the shovel and none of this would be a chore. I likened the snow to the load of concern I felt burdened with by not getting along with all these friends – it laid heavy in my thought and life. Melting the snow would be loving each of those individuals so much that the anger would melt and fall away. Just like snow melts with the warmth, anger can’t be in the same place as love. A couple nights later I was out shoveling again. This time I was using a shovel that had high edges. Not only did it hold more snow, but it stayed on the shovel longer. If this snow melted, it would stay on the shovel. Naturally, I then thought about getting rid of the edges in my thought so I wasn’t holding any hatred, frustration or bitterness within. I knew as I got rid of the “edges” in my thought, all those negative feelings would just fall off. I’m grateful to say the bad situation cleared up, first in my own thought, then with those involved. I’ve thought about this many times since while shoveling. It reminds me to love as purely and simply as Christ Jesus loved. His love was so pure and unconditional it healed (melted away) sickness and resolved off-the-mark thinking. It’s the love of God that melts the wrongs of the world and it starts at home.

California Girl Returns to Rockford to Visit Family and Enjoy the Snow

January 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Brittany Fels had the pleasure of visiting her grandmother, Ruthe Graves of Rockford. Brittany just graduated from California State University, San Marcos with her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She decided to visit her grandmother before she started her new job back in California. Brittany used to come to Rockford every summer when she was younger, but before this trip, it had been about six years since she last visited. Brittany and her grandmother drove through downtown Rockford several times and stopped at her favorite coffee shop, Frenz, quite a few times as well. The weather here was very different than what Brittany is used to in California. Being a California girl, she doesn’t see much snow, and hardly ever gets to go sledding! ? On her last day here, she took her mom’s old plastic sled and went down the small hill in her grandmothers’s front yard a few times. She loved ?it, and her grandma got a few good pictures of her enjoying herself.