Many Hands Make Light Work

4 Jun

melanie sarp1Last Saturday I had the opportunity to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse in the town of High River. I remembered the destruction and damage that the floods had caused to the area last June, and I was eager to help out.

My day started out pretty early, as I made the drive from Calgary to High River, and joined 60 other volunteers from across Alberta. My team from Centre Street Church joined a couple who had driven all of the way from Lethbridge. It was encouraging to see all of the volunteers join hands in prayer, as we started the day.

The first house that we were assigned to had some silt that needed to be removed, as well as flower beds that needed to be weeded and cleaned out. One of the owners of the home came out to talk to us as we worked, and he was very thankful for the work that we were doing.

We took a break at lunch to enjoy some of BBQ lunch that the sponsors had provided and to chat about how the morning had gone.

After lunch we started working at a woman’s house who needed her garden rototilled. We unfortunately did not have a rototiller, but we had 5 people who had hoes and shovels. The owner’s son was also there to lend a hand. He thanked us multiple times for volunteering, and was very appreciative of the work that we were doing.

All of the volunteers helped clean up 15 High River properties that day. More volunteers are needed to help out with the work in High River. June 7 and June 21 are the next dates available, and you can also volunteer during the week. If you’d like to join them, please register here. I highly recommend it – I had a great time with my team and it was a great way to serve the residents of High River.

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The Sound of Music

25 May

The hills are alive……

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take in Three Hills Arts Academy production of the Sound of Music and was BLOWN AWAY! I’ve seen a couple of their productions and am always impressed, but this presentation was quite wonderful. The singing was fantastic, and so was the acting.

It’s playing until June 1st in Three Hills and you can get your tickets here: www.threehillsarts.com/tickets

Jill White was captivating as Maria, and Daryl Wilson made a dashing Captain. But don’t take my word for it, check out this adorable preview:

The Sound of Music Takes the Stage article in the Three Hills Capital

Tuesday Music: Newy Lewis and the Hues

29 Apr

Ben Rector’s latest musical effort combines two of my favorite things: Huey Lewis and the News, and Ben Rector. Ben posted this awesome video on April 1 (April Fools Day):

He also came out with these lovely cover songs of Huey Lewis several weeks later:

 

The only question I have, is Happy To Be Stuck With You coming next?? I was also thrilled that Ben released these awesome covers on iTunes.

Tuesday Music: Ben Rector

22 Apr

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I stumbled upon Ben Rector‘s music a couple of years ago. He’s from Oklahoma, but is now living in Nashville. I fell in love with his latest album, The Walking in Between – it’s chock full of great songs.

 

Ben recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel, and did a bang up job of singing his song, Beautiful:

All of his music can be found on iTunes. Check him out!

My Birthday Wish

20 Apr

cookiesThis year for my birthday, instead of asking for gifts, I wish to make a difference. Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness — but Samaritan’s Purse Water Projects are helping save lives through clean water.

I have set a goal of raising $2,000. In order to help reach this goal, here’s an incentive:

-Donate $50 and I’ll bake you cookies. Will ship anywhere! Just let me know what kind of cookies you want in the comments.

Help me reach my goal. Please donate to my birthday campaign and join me in raising money for water projects for Samaritan’s Purse.!

Thanks so much for your support!

Click here to make a donation:

https://sponsorme.samaritan.ca/sponsor/merickson

 

Video

Christian Farmers Only

7 Feb

I love John Crist’s style of comedy, and nearly died laughing when I came across this video of his.

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WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving

14 Dec

This amazing video from WestJet can make anyone believe in the magic of Christmas! It’s received over 23 million views in less than a week. Enjoy and get out the tissues!

Solo Joe – Coming this fall!

10 Oct

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I have the incredible opportunity to sit on the board of Burnt Thicket Theatre, and am proud of their latest work: SOLO JOE, which is playing in Calgary on October 25 & 26. SOLO JOE explores a forgotten dream, a faithful heart and an unimaginable love. 

October 25 & 26 @ 7:30 PM nightly
$15 in advance or at the door. Tickets available at solojoe.bpt.me

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Solo Joe is the story of a church custodian – Joe, who for 23 years has longed to realize a moment that he dreamt of when he was 17. All those years ago he dreamt that the curtains opened, that he stepped into the spotlight and heard the applause of heaven. Now, quite miraculously, in the midst of turning 40, preparing to teach a Sunday school lesson on Joseph and watching his youngest child graduate, Joe finds himself in the middle of that which he has nearly forgotten. There is a set, an audience and an orchestra of one – but the spotlight won’t go on. Are dreams reserved only for those with technicolor dreamcoats, or can Joe sing, dance and imagine his way to a new revelation?

“I believe Solo Joe resonates with audience members at all stages of life,” says James Popoff, Artistic Director of Burnt Thicket Theatre and creator of Solo Joe. “In the biblical story of Joseph it says that when Joseph’s brothers bowed down, Joseph wept because he remembered his dream. Does this mean he forgot? What then enabled him to carry on as his dreams got pushed further and further to the back of his mind? What does this mean for our interpretation of Joseph’s story and what does it mean for us and our dreams – realized, failed or forgotten?”

Created by James Popoff with Stephen Waldschmidt. Music by Mac Mackenzie, Directed by Karl Sine.

Make you sure you get your tickets early – see you there!

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Tuesday Music: Johnnyswim

3 Sep

I first heard Johnnyswim‘s music at the Catalyst conference. The singer-songwriter duo consists of Amanda Sudano (mother is Donna Summer) and Abner Ramirez, and they play folk, blues, soul and pop music.

You can grab their song “Bonsoir” on Noisetrade for free.

What I’m Reading This Month: August 2013

7 Aug

Here are the books that I’m reading this month.  Want to know what I thought of the books I read last month? Check out my blog post here.

This is our book club selection for the month. It’s based on a true story and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After reading Susan’s hilarious blog about online dating on the Storyline blog, I decided to give her book a try.  If it’s 1/5 as funny as the blog post, I’m in for a treat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always enjoyed Queen Latifah’s movies and thought that it would be interesting to learn some more of her story. Confession: I got the audio book out of the library. It’s read by the author :)

Those are my books for the month. What are you reading?

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