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There is no charge for admission, but there will be a time at the end of the evening for supporting the local ministry through time, prayer and giving.
“The theme of the 2012 Young Life Banquet is ‘On the Road With Kids,’” said Area Director Luke Finch. “We hope to show how kids have made it through struggles in life and the impact that Young Life has had on many students through the years.”
The evening starts at 6:15 p.m. with a silent auction, followed at 7 with a meal and program.
The annual banquet is an opportunity to serve those in Lamar County who have supported Young Life. It’s also one of a pair of major fund raisers for the year, the other being an annual golf tournament at Paris Golf & Country Club. The non-profit is solely funded by individual and foundation donations.
“We use it as a tool to cast our vision, renew acquaintances and introduce Young Life to those that may not be aware of or involved with Young Life,” Finch said. “Those in attendance are given the opportunity to come alongside us and support financially, prayerfully or simply volunteering their time for various events throughout the year.”
As with any nonprofit, there’s a definite need for more funding to continue operations and give kids a safe place and atmosphere to come hang out and stay off the streets. But they also need more volunteers. Young Life has 10 leaders, seven at Paris High School and three at North Lamar. They’d like to have more.
“We are currently looking for other leaders who love Jesus and love high school kids,” Finch said. “High school kids need adults in their life who have a positive influence on them. The more leaders we have, the more kids we can reach in the community.”
That also includes volunteers to join the committee of of adults throughout the community who help run the organization, including taking care of leaders, fund raisers, helping with donors and finances, prayer teams and the like.
“Everyone has a gift that the Lord has given them, and we on the committee want to utilize that gift on our team,” Finch said.
There is also a need for items in the club room such as ping pong tables, pool tables, sound systems and TVs.
Young Life has had a presence in Lamar County for 25 years. Finch took over in August. He attended Texas A&M University, planning to teach math and coach in a high school. State budget cuts helped sink those plans during his senior year of college. As he looked for other jobs, he started talking about a friend involved with Young Life.
“He let me know that there was a job opening for an area director position and that I should apply,” Finch said. “I did, and God kept opening one door after another for everything to work out for my wife and I to come to Paris. We continued to walk through the doors and felt like this is where the Lord wanted us to be. So I took the job and moved to Paris two weeks before my wife, Erin, and I got married.”
Although his plans changed, Finch is still working with teenagers. Every Monday at 7:27, about 65 teens gather in the Young Life club room in the Village Shopping Center on Collegiate Drive for live music, messy games and silly skits.
“It is a great time that gets stuck in everyone’s head,” Finch said. “If you ask any kid in town, whether they know what Young Life is or not, they know it starts at 7:27.”
On Tuesday nights, they meet for Campaigners, a Bible study for those who want to know more about Jesus Christ and grow in their faith. Through such weekly meetings, small groups, summer camps, weekend excursions and one-on-one time with an adult leader, Young Life leaders build relationships with teenagers and model God’s love. In addition to the regular meeting times, leaders attend sporting events, eat lunch with kids at Paris and North Lamar High Schools and even tailgate at football games.
“We enter into the world of high kids right where they are,” Finch said. “We love them unconditionally and while building the relationship with them we earn the right to share the love of Jesus with them. There are no boundaries – we love kids from every walk of life. The money we raise pays one salary, and everything else goes to providing a place where the high school kids can come and feel safe, loved and cared for – showing them they matter.”
For more information on the banquet, getting a child involved in Young Life or becoming part of the team, e-mail Luke Finch at Luke@lcyl.org or call (940) 224-9855.
Every morning I start my day with a running “to-do” list in my head. An example of a typical “to-do” list for me would include caring for kids (i.e. meals, driving to and from, homework, PTO, doctor’s appointments), caring for my home (i.e. dishes, cleaning, laundry), work duties (i.e. teaching, counseling, writing), volunteer duties (i.e. meetings, phone calls, etc), social duties (i.e. lunch dates, phone calls), and when I can health duties (i.e. exercising). I generally pack the majority of this into a 12 hour day, every day. When I see this in black and white, I see just how ridiculous it is. What inspired this article is my own need to put away my cape and learn some balance.
Here are some questions to ask yourself if you think you might also suffer from Superwoman Syndrome
If you answered yes to any of these questions you might just need to listen up!
So what is Superwoman Syndrome? It is the need to “do it all” and be the best, while juggling multiple roles. A superwoman sets standards for herself that are unnaturally high and strains compulsively toward impossible goals. She works for perfection and measures her self-worth in terms of productivity and tangible accomplishments. The result is stress!
According to Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis, co-author of Overcoming the Superwoman Syndrome, “The Superwoman Syndrome is a range of physical, psychological, and interpersonal stress symptoms experienced by a woman who attempts to perform perfectly in multiple or conflicting roles”. Superwoman Syndrome can have real and dangerous consequences. Feeling the need to be everything to everyone causes tremendous amounts of stress in the lives of women. Stress related illness include heart problems, headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, and ulcers. Stress can also lead to poor coping strategies such as overeating or seeking out relief in the form of prescription medication. Some signs that you overly stressed include:
So where do we go from here? How do we undo, what can sometimes be, years of cape wearing Superwoman status?!?! There are five tips that can help you start to simplify your life:
Superwoman syndrome comes from a genuine place of wanting to help and to be our best. There is nothing wrong with either of these things, but when cape-wearing is interfering with your happiness it is time to take action. Stress is a killer, literally, and as mothers and wives we have to be healthy to take care of and be present for our loved ones. Take a deep breath, throw away your to do list, burn your cape, say no, and make sandwiches for supper!
Ashley Womack has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in counseling and is currently a doctoral student at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is a licensed professional counselor intern and a licensed chemical dependency counselor. Ashley has worked in community mental health for several years and is now a therapist at Insight Counseling of Paris www.insightcounselinggroup.com . Her specialty areas include substance abuse counseling and child-centered play therapy. She is also teaches counseling classes at A&M University-Commerce.
SARAH M. MARTIN, 91, of Paris, passed from this life Thursday January 26, 2012 at Paris Regional Medical Center North. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday January 30, 2012 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Norris officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.
Sarah was born September 30, 1920 in Powderly, a daughter of William and Lily Mae Couch Briscoe. She was a retired nurse, and also retired from Campbells Soup Company. For some twenty-four years she was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She often referred to herself as “The Stubborn Irishman,” but her strength and tenacity was best exemplified in the care and love she showed for her family, and the care of her husband through an illness of forty-two years. She will be remembered as an avid fisherman, gardener and lover of flowers and as a wonderful cook, but most of all for her devotion to her children and attention to her grandchildren, who, in her eyes, could do no wrong.
She married Oscar Martin on December 2, 1941 in Clarksville, and together they shared forty-seven years until his death on November 10, 1988.
In addition to Oscar she was preceded in death by a son, Harold Martin, and by two brothers and four sisters.
Sarah is survived by four daughters, Margie Rogers and husband Gene, Sondra (Sandi) Rhoades and husband Robert, Jo Lynn Exum and husband Tommy, and Becky Fulfer; two sons, Michael Martin and wife Sherry and Larry Martin and wife Sherry; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Named to serve as pallbearers are grandsons, Bo Exum, Sean Rhoades, Darrin Fulfer Taylor Martin, Jason Martin and John Martin. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Prunty and Gary Martin.
In lieu of usual remembrances the family requests memorial contributions in Sarah’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 3300 Clarksville Street, Paris, TX 75460.
Friends may register in Sarah’s Book of Memories at www.starrettfunerals.com
The 7th grade PJH Wildcat basketball White team lost against the North Lamar Panthers Thursday (1-26-12) 32-36. Offensively, the Wildcats’ Daylon Patterson brought in 12 points, Jacob Stripland made 6 points. Seth Hudgins, Dakoata Payne and Sam Cannon each made 4 points with Keyton Gilbert contributing 2 points. The Wildcats’ defensive stars were Seth Hudgins, Zach Lamb, and Brendan Henry. The Wildcats look forward to playing their next game on the road against Pleasant Grove Thursday (2-2-12).
The 7th grade blue team earned a tough victory against the North Lamar Panthers last night, 31-23. The early part of the game saw the Cats fall behind 7 to 4 in the first and then tie it up 13 to 13 at the half. The Cats pulled away in the 3rd period leading 25 to 21.
Leading the way for the Cats 2nd half surge was Camron Washington with 11 points. Jalen Smith finished with 8, X”Tavious Young finished with 6, LaDarious Gordan had 4, and TaDarious Williams finished with 2. Samuel Hawkes and Rashan Black had key defensive stops and rebounds late in the game to secure the victory of the Cats.
The Cats next game will be against Pleasant Grove next Thursday @ PG.
The 8th Grade White Team defeated North Lamar last night by a score of 39-34. The Wildcats played great team defense led by Alan Woodby and Cody Conway. Quin Dillard led the Wildcats offensively with 9 points. Jeffery White, Ty Gray, and Dakota Helm each scored 6 points. The White team record is now 7-1. They will travel to Royce City this Saturday to participate in a tournament, and will travel to Pleasant Grove next Thursday, Feb, 2.
The 8th Grade Blue Team hosted North Lamar last night. The Wildcats played great team defense last night, final score PJrH 45 to NL 22. PJrH scored 16 points on steal and scores last night & held North Lamar to 7 points in the second half. Dren Rollerson led the Cats offensively with 25 points, Khye Embry had 7 points, and Jalen Wallace had 6 points. The Blue Team record is now 9-0. They will travel to Royce City this Saturday to participate in a tournament and they will travel to Pleasant Grove next Thursday, Feb 2. Go Cats!!!