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While normally “back to school” is reserved for children, it turns out that this time of year is important for every age. That’s because you’re never too old to continue learning, and it can help you live up to your true potential in everyday life.
Just because it’s the middle of the year doesn’t mean it’s too late to set and achieve big things yet this year. While reevaluating your existing goals, throw in some hard-to-reach newer goals and set your sights high.
Life happens, and focusing on all aspects of your health is easier said than done. Take small steps in each area to start building solid habits!
Making a difference in a child’s life sounds like a daunting task, but small acts of kindness can add up and make a huge difference. Start small, like an hour spent volunteering or mentoring.
Inspiration is a fickle thing. It comes and goes with little warning. The good news is, you can always reignite inspiration when you’re feeling uninspired.
While summer is a time of fun, it can also be a time to help mold amazing qualities, like giving back to the community. Ask your children to choose an activity that also gives back
If you’re able, use World Blood Donor Day as a time to give back and save lives by donating blood. If you aren’t able to safely do so, consider helping out in one of the various other ways to help spread awareness.
Weather across the country is heating up, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy mother nature. As it turns out, when it comes to spending time outside, the benefits go far beyond the fresh air.
While the future is uncertain, mankind remains resilient. We’ve learned to adapt to a “new normal” and are slowly making our way back to activities that we set aside for more than a year. A lot has changed, and some of the new techniques and processes surrounding fundraisers, volunteering and fundraising are here to stay.
Weekly letter from our Pastor
The upcoming Memorial Day holiday is all about honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is the perfect holiday to exercise taking a day “on” instead of a day off.
To lead a fulfilled life, being healthy is about much more than just the physical. It involves your mental well-being, too.
You don’t have to choose just one cause or organization to support. You can provide support for various causes and various organizations. Take the time to figure out what feels right for you and your own goals for doing good in the world.
Details about the upcoming NAMI walk event
May is recognized as National Recommitment Month. It’s a time of renewal and even to build new habits or relationships. What will you recommit to this month?
Now that the world is showing signs of getting back to a sense of “normalcy,” use this Earth Day as a reminder that when we all work together, we can make a difference.
You have the power to continue to do good in the world and be the positive change, even with everything going on around us.
Re-opening plans for UPark UMC and the Evanston Center.
If you’re looking for a reason to get out there and do more good, look no further. April has been named Global Volunteer Month as a time to bring people together to volunteer from across the world.
While times are undoubtedly hard, there is hope on the horizon. Use April’s National Month of Hope as a reminder to be a light in somebody’s life this month, including your own!
Reflection on the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder.
Videos and resources on the COVID-19 vaccination process.
When you feel good, you’re more likely to do good in the world and at work. Make sure you’re able to set boundaries to help improve your work-from-home life.
The date for General Conference has been moved to 2022. Because of this change (due to pandemic) several updates have been made at our conference level so that we can function in the meantime.
You may not win the lottery tomorrow, or ever for that matter. But what we’re talking about is a different kind of ‘gold’ to make you feel rich in other ways. Check out these ways to feel fulfilled in your everyday life and to make each day golden.
Information about the Evanston Center's Vaccine Partnership Program and how to get involved
There are those who enjoy crunching numbers, and those who would love to be doing anything else. With March underway and April just around the corner, you may be dreading a certain time of year that’s all but looming—tax time.
It’s impossible to put the best version of yourself out into the universe if you’re already starting at a disadvantage. Make sleep a priority and see the health benefits that affect your overall wellbeing.
Whether it’s doing something for you, your loved ones or members of your community, check out these ways to boost serotonin levels throughout these cold months.
Giving back your time as a board member is a fulfilling way to help make a difference for a cause that you love.
Giving back to the world starts with you. How will you focus on your mental health this week?
This year, instead of simply focusing on your loved ones, consider using February as a time to spread love all over your community. From small acts of kindness to lasting community connections, there are so many ways you can show love this month.
A short list of winter reading recommendations
Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others.
The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.
People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?
Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.
While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.
While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.
Bringing joy to others is the fastest way for us to experience joy. Shifting our perspective from focusing on ourselves to others may be the birth of compassionate concern for others’ well-being. Generosity is often an outgrowth of compassion. Compassion and generosity fill our lives with joy. Advent is a time of longing and waiting as we prepare to receive anew the gift that has already been given, the gift of God’s love in Jesus Christ. But the deeper meaning of Advent and Christmas for me is our awakening to our oneness.
In this third week of advent, we’re encouraged to ponder how joy arises through Christ. Right away we sense the possibilities. There’s the “everlasting joy” of God’s promise in the scripture from Isaiah. There’s the joy of comfort in being part of God’s family.
This is an Advent unlike any most of us have ever experienced, a season to fall to our knees in prayer. Advent is a season of introspection, a time of reflecting upon the upcoming birth of the baby in the manger; as well as Christ’s presence among us today through the movement of the Holy Spirit. Advent is a time of expectation and hope as we pause each day in prayer to remember why God came to us in the form of a real, flesh and blood baby – a reason for joy.
Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.
In my adult years and with our troubling political climate I have grown to appreciate the bravery of John the Baptist to speak unpopular truths or in other words speak truth to power. John the Baptist stood alone in the wilderness and preached the coming of a redeemer and baptized marginalized people into a beloved community.
Have you ever been in wilderness? Not the kind of wilderness where you live in humble connection with the natural world, but the wilderness that Isaiah and the gospel writers endured with their people. Exile.
Prescription medications are used to treat a variety of physical and mental health conditions, either for a short period of time, or on an ongoing basis. Patients can only access these medications legally with a written prescription from a licensed physician or doctor.
The popularity of prescription drugs has been growing steadily; between 1997 and 2016, the number of prescriptions written for adults and children in America increased 85 percent, from 2.4 billion to 4.5 billion. According to a Consumer Reports survey, 55 percent of Americans regularly take prescription medications; many are taking multiple prescription drugs at any given time.
I don’t know about you, but I can find myself in that place of thinking “no way anything will change.” Especially in this year, it has been easy to see what’s happening in our families, in our communities, in our nation, and in our world and say that there's simply “no way.” And yet, I find that Advent continues to remind me of the promises found in the birth of the Christ child.
This Advent we’re being dragged under water in the middle of the broad, deep river of history where the current is strong, has overflowed the levees of reality. The COVID-19 pandemic is at a historic high and has turned our lives upside down. Sometimes all we can do is hold on and not be overcome by the “tuff stuff” of our life.
If we give ourselves the time and the opportunity during the Advent season for prayer and reflection, focusing on the gift God gives of God’s son, laying our concerns at God’s feet, we find a new sense of hope and peace.
Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.