Spent the day on Primary binders

It is that time of year when updating all of the information for 2018 Primary binders with the new theme and teacher changes in our children’s organziation happen. For weeks I have tucked in time here or there to work on class lists, class schedules, and so many other things that need to be printed, organized, sorted, protected by sheet protectors, filed, and so on until my brain is now alphabet soup. 

One more day of final details and Basta! 

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Primary: Getting it together for 2018

Primary is for ChildrenServing in Primary is one of my favorite callings. It takes a lot of time to keep on top of all of the many things to be prepared for a new year in teaching and working with the children. Especially it is time consuming when trying to finish up the end of the current year and start fresh on January 2018. 

The Outline for the 2018 Sharing Time is really wonderful. The music the children are learning and preparing to present for 2018 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation is soul stirring. 

So far I have the class lists updated, the tracking sheets for talks, prayers, scriptures and articile of faith recitations dated and printed off, and the first five months of assignment slips dated and printed out for the children. 

The finishing touches will go on to the Lesson/Sharing Time schedule this Thursday and last minute corrections to the class lists will too. The monthly sub-themes and the weekly topic headings will all be printed out and there it is. 

Final item to print will be the Birthday List and I am saving that for Saturday night. 

Basta!

And then we are off and running January 7, 2018.

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The Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation

Dun-Dun-Dun! 

It is my favorite time of the year when the children at Church get to speak their inspired words of wisdom and sing Primary songs of praise to God above. But first comes the two weeks of practice before the actual Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation (CSMP) takes place. 

Mayhem is a possibility. 

Practice takes place for two hours tomorrow and again the following Sunday. Ususally the first rehearsal is a bit rough because the schedule is changed up and the younger children get lost in their minds for the shift in routine. The older ones usually handle change better but there are a lot of moving parts so they tend to get lost in chatting with each other. 

No matter. It is a wonderful challenge to put all of those little moving parts, ages 3 to 11 years, in some semblance of order, all while praying the Heavens rain down the exact measure of help needed to temper those marvelous little spirits. There are additional prayers asking for fortitude and patience for every adult trying to help out. 

It will be lovely to work our way through it. It always is a learning experience. It is always a life changing experience. 

God knows our needs, precisely

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Deadlines and dead tired

It has been a weekend of excitement. It all began Friday with our Capitol Ward Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off. There were a few hiccups along the way but over all I think it turned out just fine. The Primary organization was in charge. Here is the overview of the event. 

Who: Ward Members and Invited Friends 

When: Friday, 20 October, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Cultural Hall & PreEvent Rooms for Gathering Time (a Cub Scout thing)

Why: What do we want to have happen as a result of this event? 

From the October 1996 Ensign: I Have a Question (Questions of general interest answered for guidance, not as official statements of Church policy)

But as we gauge our behavior by the light of scriptures and modern revelation, we can set a proper example for our children and others as we heed the Lord’s admonition to “chase darkness from among [us]” (D&C 50:25).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

5:30 p.m. Building open for those last minute room decorators and event set up.

6:00-6:30 p.m. Gathering Time as we wait for people to show up.~ Rooms with Games and or with Candy Givers 

6:15-6:30 p.m.   The Dessert/Cake Walk begins. ~ Donated Dessert Goods 

6:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer ~ Chili Judges go first. And then let dinner begin.  

7:30 p.m. Cook Off Winners Announced and Closing Prayer

7:30-ish p.m. Clean Up

8:00 p.m. Everything locked up.

We cannot do Trunk or Treat because our building is in a rough area of town. Having the Gathering Time by having individuals sign up to host a game and candy room worked well for the children had burned off some energy before sitting down for dinner. The adults could enjoy dinner and conversing with one another without the children clamoring to play and get candy as it was already there in their bags for dessert.

The event ran a little late in some areas but over all it did not make a difference in getting out on time. Everyone pitched in to clean up well before locking down the building.

Today was a recovery day. I woke up with a bit of a scratchy throat and a slight headache leftover from last night, probably picked up from my poor little Charlie R., who was so ill on Thursday and slightly recovering Friday. I 

Today I had a lot to get done. There were emails about the 2017 Montgomery Interfaith Nativity to get out and then on to finish getting the Primary children’s parts printed out for 2017 Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation. That happens on Sunday, November 12th. Plus today was a day to get all of the laundry done, too.

Then, of course, here I am having put off writing until the next day because I got lost with so many other things that took a higher priority. Hence, this is where I apologize for all grammatical and spelling errors. My Honey-do-proofer is sleeping already.

It is all good. At least I wrote a little something today. It does not have to be perfect. 

Galatians 6:9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.  

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