Friday, November 28, 2008

Winner and New Friday Giveaway

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You are the big winner in the giveaway from last week. Your prize of a Coffee Crisp and $5 gift card are ready to be claimed.

Next week's giveaway is a super special prize! One of our own spouses, Meggan, is not only a seminary spouse and momma, but a photographer as well. Please check out her website and Christmas card original designs. They are beautiful!
She has agreed to donate a terrific prize for one lucky family.
Meggan will either give you a free photo session, or she will give you 25 uniquely designed photo cards with a photo you provide. Your choice.

Answer the following question in the comment section to win this terrific prize. Post a comment containing a "recipe" to your favorite healthy, quick and easy meal, dessert or treat.

For example, I put sliced apples, a teaspoon of local honey and crushed rice krispies on a plate for each boy. They dip the apples in the honey and then role them in the rice krispies. It's a great after school snack, and they literally lick the plates clean.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Couples Retreat 2009

Sign up today- click here. Pay $75 whenever you can before the retreat dates- February 20-21.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas Craft Fair...coming soon

Saturday Dec. 6 from 9am to 3pm is the Seminary Christmas Craft Fair.

Its a wonderful tradition to have in Wilmore - go to the Craft fair and pick up Christmas presents, let the kids do a craft, snag some lunch at one of the delicious food booths, then head on out to downtown Wilmore for Old Fashioned Christmas.

Want to sell your own crafts or food? Contact Kim Workman ( and reserve a table. There is a small fee.

Want to volunteer an hour to serve soup at the Spouse & Family booth? This helps us raise money for the events we put on, like the Couple's Retreat in the spring. Contact Erin to sign up for a slot.

What do you love about Wilmore's Old Fashioned Christmas? My favorite was the chance to try sushi, provided by many of the Korean spouses...mmmm! -And I've always wanted to take a horse carriage ride so I'm getting in line early this year!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Growing Healthy Relationships

Ministry and marriage do not always go hand in hand. Spending time developing and then maintaining a healthy marriage should be a priority for all of us, yet often it is not.

This spring, thanks to a generous grant, ATS students, staff and faculty have an opportunity to participate in a marriage strengthening experience from the Center for Relationship Enrichment.

The dates and times for the event are 6:00-9:00pm on Friday, February 6th and 9:00am-1:30pm on Saturday, February 7th. There will also be a follow-up session on Saturday, March 28th. Meals and childcare will be provided and the event will be held right here at ATS in the student center.

Professional speakers Steve and Twyla Lee will be conducting the seminar. Steve is a professor of Psychology at Huntington University and teaches in the marriage and family therapy doctoral program at Denver Seminary. Twyla is the Director of Social Work Education at Huntington University. They have been co-leading marriage events for over 20 years. As higher education professionals, they have a passion for strengthening married student relationships and have designed courses and retreats to target those populations. We have a limited number of available spots, so register online today.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Giveaway

The big winner from last week:
Hoony Bang- Comment #6
You can stop by the SFM office in the student center to pick up your prize, or we can send it through the SPO. Please email and let us know which you prefer.

This week's Friday Giveaway question is:

Do you plan to go Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving? If so, where and when; if not, why not?

And the prize this week is:
- a $5 Starbucks gift card AND a Coffee Crisp chocolate bar- available only in Canada and select US locations.

Leave a comment below replying to the above question and we'll draw a name for the prize again next Friday.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Retreat for Women

Profound Simplicity: A Christian Perspective on the Holiday Season

Jesus came into the world quite simply and yet it was the most profound moment in all of creation. But, the holiday season can be overwhelming for many. Some eat too much food, spend too much money or have too little time for considering what all the busy-ness is about. Some experience a sense of loss in the midst of all the excess.

Laura Beach will lead an exploration to help Christians focus on preparing for a different kind of holiday season this year. Prepare for advent and explore the profound simplicity of Christ's coming. It could be your most memorable advent season ever.

Friday, November 14th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
at the home of Julie Calvert - 1194 Indian Mound Road
Saturday, November 15th 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
In the Fellowship Hall at Centenary UM Church on Tates Creek Road in Lexington

For either date, please R.S.V.P. to Jennifer Heersche at 269-2800 ext. 279 or . This event is sponsored by the Women's Ministry Team at Centenary, 2800 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, Kentucky.

Friday Giveaway

Another reason to look forward to Fridays! Check the spouse and family blog each week on Fridays and you'll see an opportunity to win a great prize. This week's prize is a blank journal and a $5 Starbucks gift card.

How do you win? Respond to the following question with a comment on this post. If you click on the blue highlighted link that says "comment" you'll be able to write a comment that answers the question and publish it to our blog. A winner will be chosen each week from the comments posted through a random drawing. We will announce the winner of the previous week's contest each Friday.

For this week's contest, what did you do with all of that Halloween candy?
a) Share it with your spouse after the kids went to bed
b) Pick out your favorites and hide them away for your own special treat
c) Let the kids eat it all
d) Dole it out in small portions and use what's leftover for stocking stuffers in a few weeks.
e) other thoughts?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bless A College Student!!

Hello Spouses!

We are so blessed to have 34 College Childcare workers that watch our kids down in the Deep End. Many of us have taken advantage of this great ministry that the Seminary provides for us. Many times we don't get to really be a part of the College worker's lives because we are hurrying off to a Spouse event or other Seminary function! Now is the time for you to invest into one of the worker's lives!

We would like to give each worker a "thank you bag". Don't doesn't need to be elaborate! Here are a few key points:

-No more than $5-10 needs to be spent.
-You can purchase or bake something, or have them over for dinner! (These are college kids...a little goes a long way!)
-Deliver your thank you bag to the CPO (College Post Office) between Nov. 17-20th.
-Put College worker's name on the bag and they will deliver to the worker.
-Directions to CPO:
It is located in the basement of the Theater Building. (Behind the Old Library building) From Jessamine Station Rd continue one block on College St. Take a left on a sharp uphill drive. Building is on the right with CPO sign on the outside. Enter in the back door, turn left at the water fountain, and the CPO is at the end of the hall. Problems finding the CPO? Call 858-3511 for College Assistance. do this is easy! Send an email to: and I will send you the name of one of our workers!

Want to prepare more than one bag? - GREAT! Let me know...we have lots of names to pass out still!

Don't have children but still want to participate? - Awesome! Can do!!

Thanks for investing in these workers as they have invested in our Spouse Community!

Angela Forbes

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Couple's Connect pictures!

BubbleShare: Share photos - Craft Ideas

Clips from making Gingerbread Houses at Couple's Connect on Monday!
Join us next semester for more Couple's Connect, featuring talks about marriage in the context of topics such as Parenting with Professor Stonehouse and Creation Care with Dr. Matthew Sleeth.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Need Help?

Have a babysitting or housekeeping need? Need someone to do yard work or help with packing or moving? Contact with your need and we'll post it on our bulletin board in the student center and on the blog. Check the bulletin board and the blog often for opportunities to earn some extra cash.