Monday, June 10, 2013

I Have Hope For Future Generations.

Glow Golf?...I thought, "What the heck is that?"

First of all, when I agreed to go I didn't realize that it wouldn't start until 9pm due to the long days we have at 6,000 feet. My first thought was that I am normally in bed at that time on a Friday. Sheesh. We even had to leave the house right after dinner because we knew we would end up backing out. We walked around Sportsman's Warehouse,  got some Starbucks, and then it was time to partay!

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Lezjustsay, there was more than Caramel Latte in that cup. In case you are wondering, Smirnoff Caramel Vodka is in this type of situation. Not only was it delish, it also warmed me up for the cold night air. We made some new friends, had some great laughs, and definitely want to try this again.

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Saturday, was a BBQ at our friend, Anthony's.

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Where his daughter put on an AMAZING magic show. I was blown away that she watched that new movie Now You See Me, and the very next day she put together a legit magic show. I'm talking a 30 minute routine with audience participation and all. Totally gives me hope for the future generations.

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And Sunday, I did my "run" for the Virtual 5K. The link up is Tuesday, so feel free to get in on the action! You can run, bike, jump on the Elliptical, or even walk. All that matters is that you have some fun, get the miles in, and link up with us all. Yeeeaaah boy.


One more thing that might be a bit heavy for a Monday...Let me tell you a little story.

There once was a youth program at Cokesbury United Methodist Church that was the hangout for the Middle and High Schoolers of the best church in town {Hey, I'm partial}. Through fellowship and fun, the group grew a strong bond and supported each other through thick and thin. Eventually, they all grew to be doctors, scientists, teachers, Hooters girls {okay, so maybe that doesn't count, but it's the truth}, and one was even called on by God to continue with the Ministry she was filled with. It was as natural as could be with her sweet nature and obvious that it was meant to be. She even had articles written about her because her story speaks to people.

Unfortunately, not everyone can know Mary Ann personally, so judgement has fallen upon her shoulders. Instead of giving her a chance to inspire, motivate, teach, and share her love, they are denying her candidacy to be Ordained and not even giving her consideration. Doesn't sound very Christian like to me...As such, I have answered the call to action, and this is what I emailed the Bishop:

Dear Bishop Dorff,
I was raised in the Methodist church with Mary Ann Kaiser, and I have always been inspired by her spirituality and devotion to helping others. I was not surprised at all when she followed the path of becoming ordained, because it was obvious that she was answering the call of a higher power. It was such a natural decision, that it has stunned us all to find that The Board of Ordained Ministry has rejected her as a candidate. 
We ask you to reevaluate the root of this decision, as it is against the love and justice that Christianity stands for. "This is a case of grace interrupted; we are creating barriers between a person’s call and God. Even Wesley understood that proof of God’s call is found in visible fruits of ministry and believed none who produced such fruit should be barred from ordination." If nothing else...ask yourself if you want to be the one standing in the way of one of God's children or the one exalting a vessel of his love and teachings. She deserves that much.
I hope that you truly reflect on this, and find the spirit of true fellowship and Christianity.
Janna Renee
Perception Is Everything

I am sorry that I am not sorry if this story offends anyone. If you take offense it is your own fault, as I am promoting love and equality and nothing else. I hope that you all know that I NEVER judge any of you and try to support everyone in any way I can. I have never been able to stand by and watch someone hurt or helpless, and I'm not about to start now. Mary Ann can run circles around 99% of the people I know with her huge heart, selflessness, and spirituality, and we can only hope that she will be allowed to spread that to our future generations.

If you would like to email the Bishop find more information here. If not, I hope you at least take this to heart and send some positive thoughts and prayers. You would want the same if you put yourself in her situation.

Mary Ann...We got your back!!


Kim said...

Glow Golf looks like so much fun! Glad you had a good weekend! :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

AMEN and I am so with you - I am in 100% agreement with what you wrote.

P!nky said...

Glow golf sounds amazing! And so does your drink :)!

Courtney B said...

Glow golf sounds pretty fun! I've actually never golfed on a golf course. Only mini golf, and I suck bad, ha ha!
I'm dying to see Now You See Me.... and I'm dying even more to see Mia put together little magic shows and such like this :)
That is so sad about Mary Ann. I am definitely praying for her! Things will work out for her, especially with people like you rallying for her! She MUST be special!

Jamie said...

Glow Golf looks like fun! I went to Cokesbury's Youth Program a few times. My parent's neighbor, Pastor McVay worked there for a few years. It's such a small world.
I wish Mary Ann the best and would be MORE than happy to send a letter our for her. I'm on it :)

Megan Wadsworth said...

I totally need to try Glow Golf...

Also, I'll be linking up tomorrow, too! I did the Garden of the Gods 5k yesterday... can I tell you that there are SO MANY HILLS over there? It was brutal.

Helene said...

you had me at caramel vodka!!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

way to pack a punch in that letter! I love that you stand up for what you believe in and do it in a graceful way. I've done a glow run and glow bowling but not glow golf, looks like a must do! See ya tomorrow for some 5K fun!!

Corie said...

Glow Golf looks so cool! I wish there was a putt-putt version in Michigan somewhere!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

It looks like you had a GREAT weekend!

Sparkles and Shoes

Jen said...

Such a fun weekend! Glow golf looks awesome.

Nicole said...

Never heard of glow golf before! But I would be like you-have to leave the house after dinner or we would have probably fallen asleep on the couch! It's good for us "oldies" to get out once in awhile ;)

Dinah Gacon said...

What a fun idea for a date night, glow golf!!! So cool!!

That is not cool to hear about your friend in the church, so many judgements and hypocritical people out there!!!

xo Dinah @ Sunshine super glam

N said...

I was showing my husband your glow golf pictures and I thought he'd be like, "Whoa, where can we do that?" Nope. He just presumed you guys painted golf balls with glow paint and snuck into a golf course at night because apparently he's known people who've done that before! Haha. I showed him these LED balls I saw online and told him I think what you guys found is slightly more legit and just as we just have to wait for someone to put one on the western side of the states ;)

Alana Christine said...

I want to golf in the dark!! Looks fun : )

P.S. Your hair is GORGEOUS!

Brittany said...

I have never heard of glow golf but it sounds fun!! I just looked up a place around me that does it :) might have to check it out

Nicole said...

That is crazy that they are denying her that honor. Sadly, people make mistakes and it's a good thing to call them out on it, especially something like this.

HickChickBritt said...

Good for you! Just curious did you really put your blog url at the bottom of your signature? BEcause if you did, that is going to be super funny when they look at your page and see the picture above of your finger in a guys nose, your husband's mouth and hubby squeezing a boob! haha just saying..

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

1. Glow golf = BRILLIANT! What a fun idea! I totally want to do that now!

2. I hope your friend is able to be ordained. She sounds like a wonderful person and I'm sure she will minister to those around her regardless of her position in the church, but I hope doors open up for her!


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