‘Tis the Season

Hi Friends!

We “love” to take every opportunity to celebrate love in all its forms. No matter where you land on the Valentine’s Day celebration scale, we hope you’ll consider this month an opportunity to share God’s love with those around you.

Here are some ways we’ve done it in the past:

 

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We shared cookies with security guards in Martinsville.

The kids love walking around the track and giving out anything that will bring a smile to someone’s face. When we put a gift in someone’s hand, we always make sure to tell them that God loves them and we do too. Isn’t that what we all need? To be reminded of God’s love for us and to know that we are seen and cared for by someone else.

This month can inspire us all to look for ways to share God’s love. We can do the smallest acts of kindness and make someone’s whole day. We continue to be challenged to open our eyes and see the people in need of encouragement. May God use us all for His glory as we open our hands to share what He’s given us.

If you need some ideas, check out Ann Voskamp’s calendar with ideas to “be the gift”.

Christian hands never clasp
and He doesn’t give gifts for gain
because a gift can never stop being a gift-
it is always meant to be given.
Ann Voskamp

National Anthem Performance

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The children will take center stage at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 20 to sing the National Anthem!

ALL racing families are invited to join us! Kids of all ages are welcome to sing!

1) If your spouse works in the sport but you do not have a NASCAR credential or are unable to attain one, you can still join us! If you’re planning on coming without one, however, you must let us know! Bristol Motor Speedway is providing a limited number of pre-race passes for parent(s). We will give those out on Saturday at the CC beginning at 5:30 pm, when we sign the children in to sing (you must have one to go inside the track). Unfortunately, there is no parking in the Driver/Owner lot, but you will be able to get inside. We are parked in the back corner by the playground. If you come without a credential, you must have a pre-race pass, which will allow you to walk inside the track for pre-race activities and the National Anthem. As soon as pre-race activities are over, you must leave the infield. We would love to have you stay with us for the night – we have chairs outside as well as drinks, snacks, a restroom, and one television that shows the race. As we say at the CC, our house is your house!

2) We will take a trip to the suite on both Friday and Saturday. Friday is reserved for children ages 2.5 through 4th grade. Saturday is reserved for students 5th grade and up. Parents and others may be able to accompany their child only if we have extra tickets. We get a limited number and priority goes to the kids both days. We should know about 15 minutes prior to the start of the race if we will have extra space available. If you have a student who wants to come on Saturday, please let me know so I can add them to the RSVP list.

3) We do offer supervised childcare after the National Anthem performance for children who are 2.5 years old through the 4th grade. We’d love to have your child(ren) stay with us! The track provides pizza for dinner; we also have tons of toys, sno-cones, pop-corn, and cotton candy – fun will be had by all! If you’re interested in leaving your child with us, I will have a release form at the Community Center. Our supervised care closes at the end of the race.

We look forward to seeing many of you next weekend! Please let Miss Melanie Self or myself know if you have any questions or if there’s anything we can do for you or your family! Blessings to all!

Coming to Summer Caution…

We are so pleased to announce that our 2016 Summer Caution special guest will be Meredith Andrews!

**Enter to win a digital copy of Meredith’s album, Deeper**

Each year, we pray and ask the Lord to show us His heart for this event. And every time, He is faithful to orchestrate the details in a beautiful way. We knew our verse would be Isaiah 40:31. Then we heard this song and knew we wanted Meredith to join us:

She’s released four studio albums over the course of her career. Her most recent release, Deeper, showcases her beautiful voice and songwriting gifts. She’s spoken about working through personal crises during the making of this album, and we see a this line from the title track reflected in her work: “Every burden only made me stronger”.

Her love for people and her servant’s heart are rooted in her childhood. A native of Wilson, NC, Meredith’s parents took in many foster children and adopted three boys who became her beloved brothers. Music was always an integral part of the Andrews home and Meredith began singing in church at age six. While majoring in family and child development at Liberty University, Andrews felt God calling her into music ministry. After school, she relocated to Chicago and began leading worship at Harvest Bible Chapel.

Meredith and Jacob have two sons and a daughter. Balancing music and family can sometimes be a challenge, yet motherhood has impacted her art in unexpected ways.

“I was always a people pleaser and I feel like now that I’m a mom, I’m not anymore. I’m just over it,” she says with a smile. “I’m not trying to please anybody. I just want to please the Lord and love people.”

“[God’s love]… It’s not based on our performance. God doesn’t love us more on our good days and less on our bad and that was revolutionary for me. There’s freedom in knowing that God just loves me and that’s changed me. I’m so overwhelmed by the way the Lord loves me and it’s come out in the way that I’ve written these songs. When I think of other moms listening to these songs, I just hope that whether they are at home with their kids or in the car driving to soccer practice or whatever that even just for three minutes, they can sense the presence of the Lord and God’s love for them. We need that recharge. We need to get plugged into the source and have that time with the Lord. That’s my prayer in all this.”