Saturday, September 17, 2016

Special Event for Nine of Us

Nine women from around the county joined together for Bible Journaling at The Cheese Lady, as a kickoff to the study I lead at St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester, MI. The study (every 3rd Saturday) is open to anyone who wants to attend. We alternate locations...usually between church and my home studio. The Cheese Lady put together a nice tasting board of foods mentioned in the Bible such as dates, figs, almonds, honey, and cheeses from goat, cow and sheep. (We added some dark chocolate "just because.")

Each received a list of Bible verses mentioning these foods. We also shared Matzo crackers and fresh Challah bread with an explanation of the symbolism of the Challah bread to the Jewish people.

Our devotion focused on "Feed Our Faith" so we can follow Jesus call to "Feed My Sheep" based on John 21:15. We also had a quiet time devotion following along to the written lyrics and listening to the hymn "Feed My Sheep"

Our artsy time included using colored pencils with pre-drawn graphics to be attached to our Bible pages or traced in. We also added ribbon to paperclips for bookmarks.  

I truly enjoyed our time together and getting to know these sisters in Christ. Let me know if you'd like to join us in October.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Praise in the Park

The rain went stayed away, the volunteers set everything up, the people arrived and a beautiful event was underway last Sunday.

Annually, St. John Lutheran Church here in Rochester, MI hosts a community event in the local park. There were more than 1,000 participants this year! What a glorious (but humid!) day. 

The service is delivered from the pavilion, as guests sit comfortably in chairs or on blankets on the hillside.  Since our church has 5 services, this is an opportunity to see some of the friends we miss on a Sunday....For example I DO NOT do early morning very well, so it was nice to see the 8 o'clockers!! <grin> With wonderful music filling the air, a tribute to our cherished veterans and first responders, the whole experience of worship and fellowship was moving and exciting. 

There were a lot of opportunities to stick around after the service - free picnic lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwurst and salads, popcorn and ice cream! Vintage vehicles were on display as were decorated bicycles. The children brought their bikes so they could participate in the annual parade and perhaps win a prize. This year the cyclists seem to be all decked out as much as their bikes!

A wide variety of activities were offered  -- face painting, balloon sculptures, photo booth,family games, and health/wellness information.

This year a new tent was available to artists to display their work. This included a display of Bible Journaling materials and a hands-on opportunity to complete bookmarks which were examples of how to Bible journal. Watercolors or pencils and crayons were used. Praying in Color materials were explained distributed, as well.

One of the highlights of the day was the stack of shoes in the worship area. Participants brought shoes for St. John's mission partner - Gifts for All God's Children. All loose change offerings also went to their work in Southeast Michigan.(Sorry, my photo didn't turn out well.)

With donations from local businesses and individuals and the contributions of time and talent of volunteers and staff, this event is a meaningful, joyous community event. 

Pastor's message recorded at Praise in the Park is at this link. - Praise in the Park Hope to see you there next year!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Learning to Linger Longer in the Word

Family Christian Stores hosted Bible Journaling events at their stores at the same time, same day nationwide - yesterday, July 23rd. I led the one at the Troy, Michigan store, which had the maximum number of participants. Store manager Tracey had everything organized so well for the hour and a half session.

Only one regret - I didn't take photos!! Participants came from various Metro Detroit locations, not just Troy.

Their enthusiasm for a new way to study the Word was evident. Some had been immersed in Bible Journaling for awhile, others were eager to learn about products and techniques for expanding their study.

DaySpring's Illustrated Faith materials were used and included diecut embellishments with Scripture prompts on the back. Everyone was introduced to their washi tape, stickers, pens, etc. A workbook with practice pages was also many interesting things to share and use. Illustrated Faith's Founder is Shanna Noel, and the resources available from their product line  are helpful and unique, especially when we get stuck and just don't know how to express something in our journaling, or we just don't know where to start.

We talked about studying the context of a word or verse, then journaling about what spoke to them in that reading. The journaling could be done in their Bible or a separate notebook by writing out a verse or word and making notes about applying it to his/her life. It could be embellished artistically through pictures and/or words via pens, paints, stencils, stickers, etc.

Emphasis is not on perfection, but on spending time in the Word in a way that lets us linger longer.

At the end each participant eagerly searched out journaling resources in the store, and talked of how to carry this on in their own church. Several us will be meeting again in September.

Congratulations to Chelsea, a new bride. She was the recipient of a new journaling Bible given to one participant at the event.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Saturday, July 23 Bible Journaling Event

Join me this Saturday at the Bible Journaling Event hosted by Troy Family Christian store. Call right now to reserve your space!
10-11:30 am

(248) 658-6281

See you there!



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Artiscape 2016 Memories

Enjoyed teaching a class at Artiscape this year with creative students!! I also was delighted to be a class participant of workshops by Gaye Medbury, Trish McKinney and Lisa Ohmer. The weekend was filled with just enough events and shopping! It also had enough time for rest, at least for the students. Be sure to sign up next year.

These artist gatherings are always a wonderful way to make new friends, catch up with old ones, and share experiences and creative tips. No matter how much I think I may know about something, I am certain I will learn at least one new thing in a workshop!! Experiencing different teaching styles is a plus!! My 30+ years of teaching definitely makes me interested in the process of other teachers.

As I prepare for eye surgery on Wednesday, and try to get everything in my life organized before then, I wish each of you a wonderful Spring, filled with color and light and creativity!! My next 2 weeks may limit my studio time.


p.s. Some the work of my students are shown here. Notice the creativity of the sneaker - the pasted image tore, so she created her own shoe!! I displayed examples of my work (photo above). I used  various methods with Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (

The last image is of my friend Grace(right) and me. We decorated hats in the Steampunk theme and wore them a couple of times during the weekend! We received a lot of nice comments about them.

I ended the conference by joining another Artiscape instructor Cynthia Duncan  onstage with the after-dinner entertainers "#hashtag" - a Columbus improv group. I had sooooo much fun and couldn't believe that I wasn't nervous delivering my lines. I laughed so hard I cried, and almost couldn't deliver my lines....hmmm...a new career?? LOL It was nice to hear the audience laughing hard too!