Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Meet Me At The Pole

Yep!! I crawled out of bed at the crack of dawn this morning to go support our young people as they proclaimed their "party affiliation". That would be their connection to Jesus. Today was National Meet Me At the Pole day where young people all across the country were congregating around the flag poles of their schools to sing and pray for their schools, their friends and our country.

This is a student led event, but they love that some adults come out to support and encourage them. I hadn't gone to the pole in quite a few years, but I've been filling in as a Sunday School teacher this year and I told my 9th and 10th grade girls that I would be there to support them. Let me tell you, all the hugs and kisses I received sure made it worth getting up in the dark.

These kids, from many different churches in our small community, were spectacular as they sang, clapped and praised God. I saw kids I haven't seen in quite a while since I'm no longer working at the library. It really warmed my heart. After singing and reading scripture, we broke into smaller groups to pray for the school, community and country. There were some specific prayers for kids who were ill or having a difficult time. It was really cool.

This is Spirit Week at our school, Cheryl, and I mentioned it to several of the girls who were dressed in formal attire. My SIL, a dear Catholic sister, was with me. Later, she said "Why would they dress in gowns for Spirit Week?" I said that each day is something different during the week leading up to Homecoming. She started to laugh and said, "Oh, I thought you were talking about the Holy Spirit". We both got a chuckle out of that.

Speaking of SIL, we have had such a delightful time together this past few days. She arrived on Sunday afternoon and left for home about an hour ago. We shopped, talked, laughed, talked, ate, read, talked and ate. It was a really nice time for us to grow our relationship. She comes from a large family and has many sisters with whom she is close. Having no living siblings, my relationship with her is all the more precious to me.

I found some delicious muffin recipes in the newspaper this week. I think I'll bake some to surprise hubby when he arrives home later today.

~Hippo Hugs~


camport said...

"Oh I thought you were talking about the Holy Spirit!" THAT is hilarious!

I used to do the Meet me at the Pole thing when I was in high school. What an awesome experience. Your crowd looks surprisingly bigger than the crowd that used to gather at my Christian High School. Imagine that!


Laura said...

Pam - thanks so much for your visit. We are finally - and safely - home. I haven't quite figured out if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

I am so proud of you for encouraging your SS class with your visit to the pole. If we had been in town, I probably would have joined Alise's school in the annual event, too.

OMG!! Those Whooppee cookies/pies/sandwiches/whatever they are look DIVINE!!! And they are chocolate, too!!! WOW!! I may be making those for the big game against Georgia this weekend!

Have a great week!

Faye said...

I have been craving a pumpkin latte lately. Comfort food....I dare not give in to the craving tpp much though :P
Whoopee pies...oh the sheer pleasure of chocolate!

Mississippi Songbird said...

I love this.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts..

Cheryl Wray said...

See you at the Pole is an awesome thing! We have a great group of Christian teens around us; McKenna has been involved in First Priority over the years and it's a very good thing!

Maybe we SHOULD have a Holy Spirit Week! :-)

hippochick said...

chrissy: I think for a small school and a small town, we have a a nice bunch of committed kids.

laura: being at the pole was surely a blessing.

faye: have you tried Starbuck's pumpkin/cream cheese muffin? YUMMY

stephanie: so nice to hear from you.

cheryl: I agree completely with Holy Spirit week. Maybe you could start it!!

Aren't you proud of your teens? I sure am.

Renie Burghardt said...

What a wonderful gathering to read about, Pam. And you are awesome for being there for the girls. Great pictures too. Your SIL sounds like a fun lady. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and blessings,


Diane said...

What a warm feeling I get when I see teens gathering for a spiritual cause. I'm sure you were proud!!

I'll have to try the muffins you mentioned from Starbucks...sounds yummy!...pumpkin and cream cheese ...oh, yeah...


Nancy said...

This is the first I ever heard of this. I don't know if they do that here in the South or not. Sounds like a wonderful thing to encourage young people's faith. You were so good to join them!!!

Those muffins sound luscious!!! I love anything pumpkin!

Have a great weekend!

(((((( HUGS ))))))

Monogram Queen said...

I think that's great that they do that! I have never heard of it before.

Dagmar said...

Hi Pam'
Great to hear from you, love you blog posts this week...Thanks for your kind words about mine!!
We are off to AZ on Oct 15, so I will have more fun desert things to post once again,

Tracy said...

Hello?? How come I did NOT know about this?!