Wednesday, December 27, 2017
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE WINSTON-SALEM FELLOWS!
Thank you for joining us on this wild adventure.
We hope your Christmas holiday was and will continue to be pure joy.
In lieu of an update, here is a recent blog I wrote for EverydayExiles.com
Monday, December 18, 2017
|JP had a birthday this week|
ONE WEEK 'TIL CHRISTMAS!
I was sharing with our Life Group last Sunday during prayer requests that pretty much life was good with the Ericksons and to perhaps for the time being we should focus our prayer energy toward folks who need it more than us.
Ha! Then the wheels came off!
Monday: My key mysteriously disappeared somewhere on the campus of Winston-Salem State University. It is still there somewhere. Fortunately, Grace works about thirty seconds from campus and I was able to borrow her car to get the kids in time from school! Also, fortunately, I possess a spare key (I should say I used to possess a spare key. I now have one key.)
Still on Monday, our heater broke! Good times. Karl (aka the best electrician in the city) was on it. The only problem was that the nearest part - the one that we needed - was in Wilmington! Karl next day got it shipped to us and we were in business by Thursday!
What did we do in the meantime? Tuesday - we had a camp out by the wood burning stove. Wednesday - we had a sleepover with with Robinsons (thank you Ellen, Nic, Luke and Reece!)
|I love this photo|
Tell you the truth - it was one of my favorite weeks all year.
We are SO thankful for all of you who checked in with us to make sure we were OK.
MONDAY ROUND TABLE: We had our Second Fellows Christmas Party of the Three we are having at Tripp and Patricia Wilson's (this is the third time they have hosted Round Table. I think they like us!) Patricia has over 90 nativity scenes set up around her house. She should sell tickets!
Thank you guys!
|We needed to get our teeth looked at after eating so many Christmas cookies|
WEDNESDAY LEADER LUNCH was hosted by Dr. Nathan Hatch at Wake Forest University
|Thank you Wake Forest for being so hospitable to us|
Dr. Hatch fielded questions of all types: from Early American Christianity, to the intersection of Faith and Politics, to Faith in a Pluralistic Institution, to Strategic Planning, to Leadership Development, to Cultivating Character, to the Journey of Finding Ones Vocation, to the Art of Building Good Teams.
He shared several funny anecdotes that I'm not sure I can share with you all.
All in all - a wonderful time was had. We are privileged to have such a person here in Winston-Salem.
THIS IS COOL
River Oaks Community Church produced a Christmas video for their advent season, and Grace Mezzy is the star of it!
|Every week we get to see this!|
Watch the video here!
Grace's portion begins at 2:27.
(Abbey Sams reads Scripture at 1:17!)
HIGHLANDS ABILITY BATTERY
One of the major value adds that we offer the Fellows is the Highlands Ability Battery. It really is the Cadillac of Assessments. And I am SO GLAD to be able to administer it. The challenge is that it takes two hours to review - per person!
I did ten this week! Two more to go!
IN OTHER NEWS
This week was my college administration week. On Tuesday, I met with Chancellor Elwood Robinson at Winston-Salem State. I also had lunch that day with Dean Susan Calovini from Salem College. I already told you about lunch with Dr. Nathan Hatch. Oh! And we went to our next door neighbors Christmas Party - Penny Rue! She's the VP of Campus Life at Wake! Ha!
Time to celebrate Educators! Thank you all! Take a break!
|David had a recorder recital on Tuesday. Woo hoo!|
|Ashley Trewhella had a staff retreat at the Grove Park - Poor Ashley|
|Sarah went domestic on us!|
|JP's Biological Family and Host Family and the Fellows Celebrated JP's Biological Birthday!|
Celebrating JP on Saturday with his family was one of the best moments of December. Thanks!
|Ashley's sister Valerie came into town to visit|
|We celebrated John Brower's achievement of attaining his Green Belt.|
As always thank you for giving to the Winston-Salem Fellows!
If you plan to make a year end gift, make sure it is postmarked prior to January 1.
851 W. 5th Street
Winston-Salem NC 27101
Or give online
THANKS ONE AND ALL! KEEP SHARING THE STORY AND SPREADING THE LOVE!
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Monday: Fellows Christmas Party Part 3
Tuesday-Thursday: Finishing up Highlands Ability Battery Consultations
Wednesday: End of Semester Lunch
Thursday: last day of work and CHRISTMAS FOR THE CITY!
If you have never been to Christmas for the City - GO! It's the 10th anniversary! 4-9pm in the newly refurbished Benton Convention Center.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
|Sarah and the Meyers wish you a Merry Christmas|
|Our Christmas Tree Wishes you a Merry Christmas|
|Grace and the River Oaks Youth wish you a Merry Christmas|
|Grace and John wish you Happy St. Patricks Day|
|Tate wishes you a Merry Christmas|
|Ashley, Lilly and Malorie with you a White Christmas|
THANKS ONE AND ALL! KEEP SHARING THE STORY AND SPREADING THE LOVE!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
|Natalie and host family brother, Hank, wishing you Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays|
Apologies not getting this out yesterday. My day got away from me...I will explain farther down this blog post.
WHAT!!! IT SNOWED?
That was sure unexpected.
What wasn't was another exciting week in Fellows world, which is a lot like regular world but with Fellows in it.
Julie Bell went solo host for Round Table.
|Julie didn't wear a tacky sweater but she did make the world's greatest pot of chili|
We were sad to miss dinner with Dudley, but we did the best we could without him.
|I love long tables with friends all around|
We learned about Bell family traditions like the candle of togetherness and the ornament shrapnel baggie.
|Ashley was pretty fired up about her Tacky Sweater at Round Table|
|So was Sarah|
|There was lots of love going on the couch|
|Like I said. Lots of Love|
Of all the Fellows, Tucker was probably the most excited about the White Elephant portion of the night. He ended up with a poop emoji hair band.
|So excited about the poop emoji|
|Abbey was pretty fired up about her bacon ornament|
|Morgan gave the night a sideways two|
|Melissa Perrell and the Fellows|
Melissa Perrell, Patient Advocacy Officer with Novant Health, provided us with one of the best Leader Lunches yet.
Abbey Sams works with her and it was an added bonus for Abbey to show us around her workplace. Melissa, for her part, was everything I have come to expect from her: strong, passionate, wise, vulnerable, and inspirational.
THANK YOU MELISSA!!! You rock!!!
Thanks to Wake Forest's Eudaimonia Institute (eudaimonia means "human flourishing") the Fellows had the opportunity to hear from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus.
|Yunus is the man|
Our professor, Dr Jack Wilkerson, had taught us about him a few weeks ago. Little did we know at the time we were going to meet the man!!!
|Grace making friends prior to the lecture|
Muhammad Yunus has such a beautiful way of observation and simple problem solving that blows me away.
All of us left inspired!
Speaking of Dr. Jack Wilkerson.
Friday we finished up both Jack's class and Clay's class.
We did write our professors letters...
This was Jack's beautiful response: "Okay, if your goal was to make this old man cry with what you wrote, then I’d say, “Mission well and truly accomplished!”
In all seriousness (as if what I just wrote wasn’t serious), thanks so much for the kind words each of you wrote. I hope you could tell that I enjoyed our time together this semester every bit as much as you did.
I wish you an excellent holiday and a thoroughly enjoyable and productive spring semester."
Clay wrote me: "Hey man thanks so much for organizing all the Fellows to write me thank you messages [by the way - the Fellows organized this - I did nothing except turn my portion in late]. Very kind. Too kind. And loved your Augustine quote."
Thank you Jack and Clay! I'm sure other Fellows programs have great professors - but they aren't better than you two!
I just sat down (actually we walked) with our first professor of the Spring.
Joe Moore, Director of Spiritual Formation for Intervarsity International, will be teaching us Spiritual Formation. If his class is half as good as what we talked about on our walk - we are in for a treat!
Rob Alexander, author of Gospel Centered Life at Work, will be our other professor kicking off the Spring. He will be teaching us about the Theology of Work.
As you can see, we will not be hurting for quality learning.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
JANUARY 27 - Redeemer Presbyterian Church 9-1pm
ENNEAGRAM SYMPOSIUM hosted by the Winston-Salem Fellows, featuring Fil Anderson.
Have you been hearing all the chatter about the Enneagram lately? Have you been wondering what it is all about? Have you been told what your number is but left confused not knowing exactly what to do with it?
Well, Fil is coming to help.
The Enneagram is one of the most insightful avenues into self-awareness out there. It is also one of the most unhelpful when you don't understand its purpose and context.
If that is you - this symposium will help you.
Details to come! Can't wait!
a few more items:
Thank you for supporting the Fellows! We can't do any of this without your generosity.
If you were waiting for the right time to give - this is it!
write checks to: Winston-Salem Fellows
send to: 851 W. 5th St. Winston-Salem, NC 27101
or go online: wsfellows.com/give
It's easy and you can even set up monthly donations!
Also, if your company offers matching gifts - let us know and we will fill out the paper work!!! Woo-Hoo!
WHEELS COMING OFF
The Ericksons need prayer.
I had a great marathon. Thanks for praying. I was hacking up phlegm throughout but managed to reach my goal of qualifying for Boston with a 3:06:16 time. Praise the Lord!
I was running really well until about mile 20 and then the wheels started coming off. My calves started cramping and I had to tone it down or they were going to lock up.
It was a good metaphor for life back home.
Please pray for the Ericksons:
- Ned's car key fell off his key chain somewhere on Winston-Salem State's campus yesterday!!! Yikes!
- Wilbur the guinea pig has some jacked up teeth that will prevent him from eating if not dealt with!!! Yikes!
- Then, the HEAT STOPPED WORKING last night. Lia texted me during Round Table. All I could do is write "That Stinks"
We have a guy coming to fix it this evening. I was planning on going to Samaritan Inn tonight anyway to spend the night. I guess if he can't fix it, I'll just bring everybody!!!
LET'S CELEBRATE THE SNOW!!!
|Ashley was there somewhere. Do you think they covered her in snow?|
The female Fellows had a sleepover Friday night.
|The making of a snowman|
|Grace had never made a gingerbread house before|
|Putting on the final touches|
|The kids played too|
|There he is|
|Anna Rose makes snowman building an artform|
I got home on Sunday in time to drive up to the mountains to cut down a tree. It was pure Griswald with the snow. We cut down a nice 20 footer then brought 11.5 feet of it back home.
|Little Full. Lots sap.|
|This is so hilarious to me|
|We cut it down to size and now it only takes up a quarter of the living room.|
Fortunately, our house is so cold, the tree feels right at home.
|David thought that last joke was only mildly amusing.|
Round Table - Christmas Party 2 of 3 at the Wilsons.
Leader Lunch with Dr. Nathan Hatch.
Meeting today with Chancellor Elwood Robinson. This is important. Pray!
KEEP SHARING THE STORY AND SPREADING THE LOVE!
Monday, December 04, 2017
THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!
the Fellows are celebrating at their homes away from home!
|Sarah Wilkins and Host Mom Lisa Meyer trying on some festive gear|
|Abby and Sarah Kent guard the Trollingers tree (Kate Donahoo's host fam)|
|More Christmas Tree Shopping - The Browers now smile like Grace!|
more Christmas cheer to come!!!
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE WEEK
(also scroll to the end of this blog for a save the date announcement)
MONDAY ROUND TABLE @ Bill and Myrtie Davis
|You always feel at home at the Davis home|
It takes an energetic super-couple to volunteer to host Round Table the day after Thanksgiving Break - good thing we have Bill and Myrtie!
The only hard thing about being with Bill and Myrtie is leaving!
|Chapel Hill alums right there|
|Myrtie and Sarah have a special connection|
|The Fellows love the Davis'|
EXTRA SPECIAL LEADER LUNCH @ Kim and Crick Watkins with Lia Erickson!
It works out well when you need a Leader to speak at Leader Lunch and you happen to be married to one of the most incredible women in Winston-Salem!
Lia's story is beyond inspirational.
And I can't remember crying at a Leader Lunch but I can now!
Thank you Kim and Crick Watkins for opening up your home to us. I love you!!!!
|Grace and JP helped me pick up food|
|Mortimer really wanted to eat Tate's tacos|
|Gerry was my personal instructor|
After class the Fellows enjoyed some warm December sunshine
|Barefoot Tree Climbing|
|Can you believe there are still leaves on the tree!|
then it was time to go to the Black Nativity!!!
|the Fellows and some cast members|
|Pregame at the purple Christmas Tree|
|Caleb was wearing a purple tie|
|Ned was wearing the suit John Barber bequeathed to him. Nigel had the same one in 1974|
Nigel forced me into an impromptu interview about the show at Starbucks earlier in the week.
I'd do anything for Nigel. It's true.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THE BLACK NATIVITY - GO!!!!! I'M SERIOUS. I CAN'T GET THROUGH THE FIRST SONG WITHOUT CRYING FOR JOY.
|met some fun people on the road - this is me down the home stretch|
Our band was missing half our members, but with the help of Kate Donahoo we managed to put on quite a show. Thanks Kate!
|Good Golly Miss Molly!|
thank you Lia for getting us this sweet gig. Teenage girls galore! Hahahhahahahaahaahahha!
the Fellows went to Wake Forest for the Annual Love Feast. Having been asked to lead worship at David Speakman's installation service, I bowed out of joining them
|They seemed to be doing fine without me|
Except that Tate did not heed my instructions to put the bun on top of the coffee to keep the bun warm
|This is what happens Tate!|
We have been so blessed this year. Thank you!
Here is the information if you would like to donate to the mission!
or send checks to
851 W. 5th St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
SAVE THE DATE! JANUARY 27!
The Fellows Present - A Community Event on the ENNEAGRAM - with Special Presenter Fil Anderson, President of Journey Resources and author of Running on Empty and Breaking the Rules.
More info to come
Monday - Round Table at Dudley and Julie Bells
We will be decorating their tree and then having a white elephant gift exchange
Wednesday - Leader Lunch with Melissa Phipps, Vice President of Patient Services Novant Health
Later - Going to see Muhammad Yunnus - Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Friday - Last Class with Jack Wilkerson and Clay Cooke - what a semester it has been!
then Ned is off to run the Kiawah Marathon! Pray for me!!!
|Setting the mood for Will Troxler's proposal a week ago! Way to go Will!|
What a week!