Monday, December 24, 2007

Tracking Santa

Find out where Santa is on his Christmas eve route!!! Click here:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

WBFJ Men's Acapella Group?

So here's the deal...the AMAZING version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" was actually performed by a Men's Acappella group from Indiana State University. Here is the video and s a link to buy the concert on DVD:

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Karen Kingsbury is Coming to Town!

Millions of women world wide have fallen in love with the heartwarming stories of Karen Kingsbury. Now you have an opportunity to meet her at a special women's event called "Winter Blues" at First Christian Church in Kernersville. Mark your calendar for January 18th, that's the date of the event. For details visit go

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Smithmas Tree Fun

Last week, Darren, Verne and I had the pleasure of delivering a Christmas tree to the Kiger of the WBFJ "Christmas Tree Thing". I'd tell you all about it but I think Cindy Kiger does a great job telling the story on her blog, so I will send you there:

Thanks to Weldon and Cindy Kiger for their hospitality and graciousness. And thanks for the WONDERFUL milk!!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Great Christmas Gift for Any North Carolinian!

North Carolina Then & Now
By Kevin Adams, 2007

156 Pages, 125 image pairs
14¼ x 10½ inches hardcover
Retail price: $39.95
Published by Westcliffe Publishers

You can meet Kevin, buy his book and have him sign it for you at a couple of upcoming book signings...

Friday, 12/7, 7:00 PM
Shakespeare and Company in Kernersville

Saturday 12/15
Barnes and Noble, High Point, 11-1;jsessionid=ABC89C6142815609A05889BF063DCBC9?store=2806

Barnes and Noble, Friendly Center, Greensboro 3-5

Here is what Kevin has to say about the book...

The most educational and rewarding project of my career, North Carolina Then & Now showcases over 115 before-and-after image pairs from across the state. For over two years I studied tens of thousands of historical photographs and rephotographed the most representative views for the book. My goal was not merely to present a modern portrayal of the scene depicted in the historical image, but rather to put myself in the historical photographer's shoes, to place my camera at the precise location of his or hers and to show the viewer exactly the changes that have occurred. This required painstaking research and a meticulous approach to the rephotography. Making many of the rephotographs required shooting from the middle of busy streets, hanging over the roofs of tall buildings, and trying to keep from hurling my lunch while shooting from small airplanes. While it was impossible to achieve exact framing on some of the images, all of them provide a very close representation of the modern-versus-historical scene.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Family Life Organizer

I came across this book at Barnes and Noble a few weeks ago and loved it! If you're looking for a tool that will really help you get organized and on top of things...this is it! I also think it would make a GREAT Christmas gift for any busy mom.

Find out more at

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Black Friday Shopping

Here are some GREAT websites to visit if you want to get a head start on your Black Friday shopping:

Lemme know how you do!

Any Wounded Soldier

Despite email you may have recieved recently, Walter Reed Army Medical Center cannot accept cards or packages addressed to "Any Wounded Soldier". If youd like to show your support of our servicemen and women at Christmas or any other time of year here are some websites to check out:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Cry of the Orphan

Focus on the Family, Family Life Today and a host of other organizations committed to answering God's call to care for orphans have joined together to create the "Cry of the Orphan" awareness and action campaign. There are over 143 million orphans worldwide and with the AIDS crisis in Africa, that number is steadily growing. Please, take some time to explore the Cry of the Orphan website and pray about how God wants you to get involved in caring for these children.

The following is an excerpt from the Cry of the Orphan site and I think it very eloquently states why you and I need to get involved in this issue...

Why This Matters To God
The World's Waiting Children Matter

The numbers are staggering...More than 143 million orphans worldwide...every 14 seconds an AIDS death leaves another child orphaned...more than 800,000 children pass through America foster care system each year.

Yet, there is One who cares — our Father in heaven. Throughout the Bible, God shares his compassion, his love, and his special concern for the most vulnerable among us — the orphan. The world’s waiting children. Children with no father or mother to protect them, waiting for someone to care for them, someone to love them.

“Dispense true justice and practice kindness and compassion each to his brother; and do not oppress the widow or the orphan…”
— Zechariah 7:9-12

The Scriptures are clear that the Lord gives the family of God the responsibility to care for the orphan's needs — to love and protect them. In fact, God's concern for orphans is so central to his plan for us here on earth that he inspired James to write: "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world," (James 1:27)

Why would God tell us that caring for orphans is "pure and undefiled religion"?

Maybe it’s because the world sees God’s heart when he works through his people to help the helpless. And maybe it’s because caring for orphans is such a perfect picture of our relationship with God. In our inability to please God in our own efforts, in our utter helplessness to initiate a relationship with him, we are more like orphans and strangers than we like to admit.

It’s time for the body of Christ to step up. The urgent needs of orphans around the world are calling the Christian community today to a radical faith. One church, one family, one person can make a difference.

Today God is stirring the hearts of his people to this incredible need and opportunity. There is a movement of an increasing number of churches and evangelical organizations worldwide who are coming together as one voice to not only raise awareness but more importantly to mobilize the body of Christ to take action on behalf of the orphan.

“Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.”
— Psalm 82:3-4

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Anita Renfroe

You heard it on the Morning Show...Anita Renfroe's Total Momsense. Anita sings everything a mom says to her children to the tune of the William Tell Overture. Here's the video. For more fun with Anita, visit her website

Friday, November 09, 2007

Five Things You Should Never Fix

We learned a lot from our chat with Stacy Bradford from Smart Money Magazine about the gadgets in our life that are just not worth the $$ to fix. Here's a link to the complete article.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I Will Just Start!

Ever thought of starting your own business? Pam Newman from Quickbooks was on the Morning Show today and gave us some great suggestions about how to get started. Here are a few websites she recommends...

I Will Just Start!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Save Lazy 5 Ranch

My family LOVES lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, but this wonderful North Carolina attraction is in danger of being shut down. The issue is with the way the farm is being taxed and a potential change that would cost the farm too much money to stay in business. For all of the details here's a link to an article about the situation:

To sign a petition and for more information about Lazy 5, visit their website:

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Help the Orphans of Guatemala TODAY!

Please take the time to make phone calls, send emails, or fax letters to your member of Congress and UNICEF/New York. We've tried to make it easier for you, by writing a sample letter that you can use. You CAN make a difference for the children of Guatemala! To learn more about the Guatemala 5000 Intitiative please visit: JCICS
Step 1: Contact your US Senators by phone or email. Feel free to use our sample letter, making necessary changes. Ask to speak to the Legislative Director or Chief of Staff.

Email Richard Burr Phone: 202-224-3154 Fax: 202-228-2981
Email Elizabeth Dole Phone: 202-224-6342 Fax: 202-224-1100
If you don't live in North Carolina - find your Senator's contact info here: Find your Senator
Step 2: Contact your Representative to the House of Representatives. Send the same letter. House of Representatives


I am writing in response to the Guatemala 5000 initiative. As adoptive parents and advocates for orphans everywhere, I am concerned about President Berger's announcement that there will be no grandfathering of Guatemalan adoptions that are currently in process. We have taken many mission trips to Guatemala and know first hand the conditions of the children's homes. Our concern is not only for the 5000 adoptive families in process, but most importantly for the 5000 children who should be able to come home to those forever families. We are concerned about the welfare of these children if their adoption process is not allowed to be completed.

We are asking that you get involved and

Sign the letter to President Berger of Guatemala that is sponsored by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. If you do not have a copy of this letter, please contact CCAI at 202-544-8500.
Sign the letter to UNICEF that is sponsored by JCICS.

These letters simply ask that all adoptions in process as of January 1, 2008 be allowed to process to completion under existing notorial laws.

Thank you for taking the time to hear our concern. We thank you in advance for supporting the Guatemala 5000 Initiative.

Step 3: Call or fax Ann Veneman, Executive Director of UNICEF Headquarters
Phone: 212-326-7000 Fax: 212-326-7758
Feel free to use the sample letter below, making necessary changes.

Ann Veneman, Executive Director


I am writing in response to the Guatemala 5000 initiative. As adoptive parents and advocates for orphans everywhere, I am concerned about President Berger's announcement that there will be no grandfathering of Guatemalan adoptions that are currently in process. We have taken many mission trips to Guatemala and know first hand the conditions of the children's homes. Our concern is not only for the 5000 adoptive families in process, but most importantly for the 5000 children who should be able to come home to those forever families. We are concerned about the welfare of these children if their adoption process is not allowed to be completed.

We realize that you have incredible influence and are asking that you use it to ensure that the 5000 children already in the Guatemalan adoption process, be allowed to process to completion under existing notorial law.

Step 4: Send an email to informing them of your support of intercountry adoption.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Questions About Creation?

Thanks to Allen Branch, a minister at First Christian Church in Kernersville for coming in to talk about dinosaurs and creationism. For more information about this topic a great resource is

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Lauren Cole Run/Walk for CF

Sign up today for this 5K Race to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Research.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Ledford High School
Race time: 10:00AM
Pre-registration:7:30-9:30 AM

For more info, contact Sami Joe Snider at or 336-689-0121.

Monday, October 08, 2007

A Fair Appraisal

So, WBFJ at the Dixie Classic Fair has come and gone once again . Since I barely have the energy to hold myself upright today, here's a quick list of the things that I'll remember from the 2007 Fair.

1. Losing the media goat milking challenge to my own co-worker, Bonnie Hilton. But, I did a lot better than last year, placing a respectable my sawdust Austin Caviness!

2. Having church at the fair for the vendors and fair workers. Even though there were only a few of us there, it was an absolutely BEAUTIFUL service and I'm sure God was there. Thanks Cindy Johnson and her band "Stage 2" for the wonderful music. Thanks to Scott Haulter, a minister from First Christian Church in Kernersville for his message. And, to the folks at the Dixie Classic Fair for allowing us to be there.

3. Meeting YOU at the gazebo! It was great saying hello to so many of you who came by during the fair. Thanks for all of your kind words and encouragement.

4. Collecting nearly 70,000 non-perishable food items for Crisis Control Minstry! Way to Go!

5. Judging the Heavenly Layerd Cake competition. My blood sugar level may never normalize.

6. Cornerstone Christian Church and their fantastic food!!!

7. Our Morning Show visit with a trainer from the Rainforest Experience exhibit. Not only did I get to handle a 50-pound python, but I may be the only person alive who has ever been peed on by a coatimundi while doing a live radio show.

8. Karaoke at the gazebo...enough said.

Important News From Caroline's Promise

Urgent Action Needed for Guatemala Adoptions

Many of you are aware that the President of Guatemala has made a decision to cease all Guatemalan adoptions to people living in the U.S., effective January 1, 2008. You can learn more from the Joint Council on International Children's Services:

"President Berger's plans also call for the suspension of adoptions currently in-process. Such a suspension would be extremely detrimental to the children referred to adoptive parents. If President Berger's plan is actually implemented, up to 5,000 will unnecessarily remain in foster care or orphanages indefinitely. This situation represents a pending crisis for the adoptive families who have chosen to provide permanency, safety and love to a child in need and most importantly a crisis for 5,000 children of Guatemala." JCICS website.

JCICS has established the Guatemala 5000 Initiative and we encourage you to participate. They are asking all of us to make 6 phone calls and send 1 email to members of Congress and UNICEF. They are asking us to do this on October 8 -10. Your participation CAN make a difference!

Ultimately we depend on our Heavenly Father to intervene on behalf of these precious children. We believe that He is calling the Church to do its job and get involved!

PLEASE get involved! Here's what you can do:

1. Call US Senator Richard Burr (202-224-3154)

2. Call US Senator Elizabeth Dole (202-224-6342)

3. Call House Representative Virginia Foxx (202-225-2071)

4. Send an email supporting Intercountry Adoption to

Guatemala Prayer List:

That people will take the time to participate in the Guatemala 5000 Initiative.
That the government of Guatemala will at the very least provide a "Grandfather clause", allowing children who have been referred to adoptive parents to complete their adoption and not remain in orphanages.
For the children's homes and caregivers in Guatemala who will now be under extreme financial stress as they try to meet the needs of children.
For the US families who have children in the adoption process in Guatemala.

PLEASE get involved! Visit and forward this to people who want to make a difference in the lives of children

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


Thanks to Tricia Orr from Simply Delicious for providing Smencils for PLINKO this year. Smencils are scented pencils that come in a variety of smells. Simply Delicious has all kinds of creative fund raising ideas. Visit their website at

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Pollard Family Updates

For three weeks we have been united in prayer for the Pollard Family from Clemmons who were injured in a serious car accident. Jeremy Pollard is the Student Pastor at Union Grove Baptist Church in Davidson County. Jeremy, wife Tiffany and their 18 month old son, Stephen were severely injured in the accident. However, God has been so faithful in answering prayers and their recovery has been nothing less than miraculous. Tiffany was released from the hospital over a week ago, Stephen is coming home today and it is likely that Jeremy will be released from the hospital later this week.

Here are two letters from Tiffany and Jeremy that were posted on their Care Page.

September 20, 2007 at 07:12 AM EDT
Message from Jeremy to you!

Proverbs 3:5,6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and HE shall direct thy paths.

Dear Friends in Christ,

The last 3 ½ weeks have been the toughest, by far, in my life. But one of the great things about these verses is that God gives two distinct commands – one, to trust and two, to acknowledge Him in everything. If there is one thing that my family and I have learned it is that trusting God is not the easiest thing to do, but when we lean on Him, even in rough times like this, His promise is true and He will direct our paths.

I would like to thank each of you for the many thousands of prayers you have lifted up on behalf of my family. We are all improving and looking forward to being together at home soon.

When your storm comes, I hope that each of you will do as our families have done. Be faithful to pray and trust HIM in the storm.

Hoping to see my Union Grove church family in a few weeks,

Jeremy Pollard
Student Pastor

Heal the wound but leave the scar, to remind me of how merciful you are.” “I am still confident of this, I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart; wait for the Lord.”

On August 27, our family entered a storm and since that evening, many of you have been traveling with us. Jeremy is doing much better and hopes to go home the first of this week. Pray for strength. Stephen is daily im­proving, and we hope to take him home later this week. Pray for grace and for his appetite.

Thank you for all the prayers and encouraging comments. You are con­tinually lifting my spirits. Please keep interceding for us.

“All I am and ever hope to be, I owe it all to God be the glory.”


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Suicide Prevention Walk

A person dies from suicide every 16 minutes in the United States. You can make a difference in the prevention of suicide by taking part in the "Out of the Darkness Community Walk" on Saturday, September 22, at Tanglewood Park.

For more information visit

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Considering Adoption?

Family Camp 2007

For the third year in a row my family spent Labor Day weekend at Camp Bethel in Wise, VA., for Family Camp Weekend. Check out my "Tourin With Tami" Blog for my review of the weekend and a slide show.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Dealing With Bullies

Thanks to Dr. Heath Greene and Mrs. Teresa Tindall from Associates in Christian Counseling for joining us on the air today with tips on dealing with bullies. For more information, or to contact Associates in Christian Counseling, visit them online:

While you are there, make sure to sign up for the ACC newsletter. You'll recieve useful and relevant information from the professionals at ACC in your email each month.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This is Definitely Worth Taking a Few Minutes to Watch!

This is a video done by a church in Denmark.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Crop Walk Against Hunger

October 21, 2007

Four Walk Sites:
Corpening Plaza, Downtown Winston-Salem, NC
Fourth of July Park, Kernersville, NC
Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC
Walkertown Park, Walkertown, NC

Crop Walk is an event for Church World Service which is an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency operating in over 80 countries, including the United States. While Church World Service is the primary beneficiary of the walk, Crisis Control Ministry and Sunnyside Ministry each receive a portion of the proceeds. Last year we raised almost $50,000.

To sign up your group or for more information, call Judie Holcomb-Pack at 336.724.7875 x1040 or email her at jholcomb-pack[at] You can also visit for more info.

For more information about Church World Service see

Monday, August 13, 2007


Nicole Braddock Bromley is one of the millions of people who were sexually abused as a child. She shares her story and offers advice to fellow survivors in her book, "Hush: Moving From Silence to Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse". For more information visit her website at

Friday, August 10, 2007

More to the Secret

In response to Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret", Tulsa pastor, Ed Gungor, has written a best selling book called, "There's More to the Secret". It's available on-line or at Wal-Mart and various other book stores. For more information go to

Thursday, August 09, 2007


The second book in Robin Parrish's "Dominion Trilogy" has come out. Fearless picks up 2 months after Relentless ends. Robin will be at the High Point Barnes and Noble on Saturday, August 11 from 7:00-9:00 PM. For details about the book and the book signing visit

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

New Heart, New Mind!

Thanks to Dr. Joe Verga from Associates in Christian Counseling for his insight on this morning's show. If you missed it, he talked about how becoming a Christian transformed his life and led him to his profession as a Christian Counselor. We also discussed how to discover and use your gifts. Dr. Verga recommended a couple of books to help you in your discovery process:

-Rick Warren, "A Purpose Driven Life"
-Brennan Manning, "Abba's Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging"

To contact Dr. Verga, call 896-0065 or visit While you are there make sure to check out this month's e-newsletter for more information about today's topic.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Update on Baby Paola from Guatemala

I recieved news recently that baby Paola died the week after we left Guatemala. I have such mixed emotions about this. I will never understand, this side of heaven, God's purpose for sending her here to live as an orphan and suffer from poor health for 3 months, only to bring her back home.

On the other hand, I am so thankful that He sent our team when He did. There were a few of us that felt led to give her special attention, the kind of earthly love that she may not ever have had a chance to experience. And, because we were there and loved her, there are now people mourning her loss, who have pictures of her and feel pangs of sadness when we look at them.

I am so happy that she is with her Father now. It warms my heart to think about Jesus holding her in his arms. And, I'm so relieved to know that she finally has a home...our only true home and the one we will all share some day!

The Martyr's Song
-By Todd Agnew
Sing! O son of Zion! Shout! O child of mine!
Rejoice with all your heart and soul and mind!
I’ve been waiting to dance with you in fields full of colors you’ve never seen.
And I’ve been waiting to show you beauty you never dreamed
That’s always been in you.
And I’ve been waiting...
To see you tremble as you’re embraced
By a world saturated with My love.
And I’ve been waiting for The Day
When at last I get to say, “My child, you are finally home.”
Sing! O son of Zion! Shout! O child of mine!
Rejoice with all your heart and soul and mind, for you are finally home!
I’ve been waiting to watch you realize what all your longing was for.
I’ve been waiting to show you the thread of grace
that ran through all your pain. And I’ve been waiting...
to let you drink the water of which your greatest joy on earth
Was just a taste.
I’ve been waiting for the day when at last I get to say,“My child, you are finally home.”
Sing! O son of Zion! Shout! O child of mine!
Rejoice with all your heart and soul and mind!
Sing! O daughter of Zion. Cry out! O child of mine!
Dance with all the strength that you can find...for you are finally home!
Every tear you cried dried in the palm of My hand.
Every lonely hour was by my side.
And every loved one lost, every river crossed—
Every moment, every hour was pointing to This Day...
I’ve been longing for This day!
I’ve been waiting to dance with you in fields full of colors you’ve never seen.
And I’ve been waiting to show you beauty you never dreamed
That’s always been in you. And I’ve been waiting...
To see you tremble as you’re embraced
By a world saturated with My love.
And I’ve been waiting for The Day
When at last I get to say, “My child, you are finally home.”
Sing! O son of Zion! Shout! O child of mine!
Rejoice with all your heart and soul and mind!
Sing! O daughter of Zion. Cry out! O child of mine!
Dance with all the strength that you can find...
for you are finally home!...
for you are finally home!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Children's Home Produce Sale

Yummy home grown tomatoes, juicy watermelons and fresh summer squash. These are just a few of the offerings you'll find at the Winston-Salem Children's Home produce stand. The children who reside at the Children's Home plant, grow, harvest and sell the produce, providing them with a wonderful experience each year.

Show your support and love by visiting the produce stand at least once this summer, it's located at 1001 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. For details and produce stand hours visit

Monday, July 16, 2007

Dirty Mouth?

Bleaching Clinic/Fundraiser at Phillips and Cuthrell

Saturday, August 4th

Get upper and lower bleaching trays and bleach for a minimum donation of $195...hundreds less than most offices charge. The best'll be helping out a great cause!

Proceeds will benefit the Wyo Dental Clinic located in Yadkin County providing quality, low cost dental care to individuals residing in Yadkin, Davie, Forsyth, and surrounding counties. The clinic serves individuals with limited access to dental care.

To make an appointment call the Wyo Dental Clinic 336-463-2073. The clinic will be held Phillips and Cuthrell’s office on Westgate Center Drive in Winston-Salem. For more information visit:

Monday, July 09, 2007

Please Pray for Baby Paola. I met this baby girl at the orphanage in Guatemala. Doctors don't know why, but she is severly malnourished. I found out today that she is back in the hospital and may not survive. I pray that she is not alone and that there are loving people surrounding her. My greatest fear is that she will suffer and die alone in a hospital. I am trusting God, the Father to the Fatherless, to provide this baby with love, comfort and protection.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Guatemala Blog

For updates on my trip to Guatemala, click here.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Locks of Love

WOW! That's all I can say about our "Locks of Love Hair-a-thon" at Mike Todd Serenity Salon and Spa. There were 85 donors and over 70 feet of hair donated! Please check out all of these great pictures of the people who came out to support the event!

Here are my before and after pix. Watcha think?

Bedtime Classics

Have a great idea for a children's bedtime story? Your idea could become the next classisc bedtime story if you win the Johnson & Johnson/Harper Collins Bedtime Classics contest. For all of the details about how to enter visit Hurry, the deadline is July 15th.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Caroline's Promise Guatemala Blog

The Guatemala Trip is just around the corner. If you'd like to know more about the trip and the people going check out the new blog:

Friday, June 01, 2007

Our First Locks of Love Donor!

7-Year Old Mikayla will be out of town on June 13th, but that didn't stop her from making her donation to the WBFJ Hair-a-thon! Thanks to the folks at Mike Todd Serenity Salon and Spa for taking care of her before the big event.

Monday, May 28, 2007

WBFJ Hair-a-Thon

WBFJ/Mike Todd Serenity Salon Locks of Love Hair-a-Thon
Date: Wednesday, June 13th, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM

Everyone who comes to Mike Todd Serenity Salon and Spa on Knollwood Street in Winston-Salem from 8-3 to donate hair to Locks of Love gets a free hair cut. Plus, enjoy free goodies from Chick-Fil-A Thruway. Verne, Tami and Lana will be at the salon from 8-10 AM broadcasting and Tami will get her hair cut. Donors must have 10 inches of hair to cut in order to give. Walk-ins will be accepted, but make a reservation for a guaranteed spot. To make a reservation or for more information call Mike Todd Serenity Salon at 774-8999.

About Locks of Love:

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. The prostheses we provide help to restore their self-esteem and their confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.

About Mike Todd Serenity Salon:

The Todd family has 4 generations in the barber & beauty industry, with over 203 years experience, and all three living generations still work together in the family business today with over 161 years total combined work experience! (that doesn't include our other 8 stylists!)

Mike's mom & dad, Bobby & Barbara Todd, trained under "the" Alexander of Paris, who invented the "Shag" haircut of the '60's. And also with "the" Vidal Sassoon of London (Barbara had her hair cut by Vidal Sassoon while in London!) Then they returned to Winston-Salem and start the "Uni-sex" and precision haircutting trend of the '60's and early '70's.

Mike also went to London after finishing Cosmetology school at Leon's Beauty College in Greensboro, in pursuit of excellence in education. He also trained with the Prestigious Toni & GuyHairdressing Academy, and went on to be voted Ambassador of the year 1991 with them and has had his hairworks published in several European Magazines. Mike's older and younger sisters, and niece complete the family legacy.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Letters From War Video

Just in time for Memorial's a link to download and view the Mark Schultz video for "Letters From War".

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Get to Work!


Forsyth County Teen Job Fair
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
First Christian Church, Kernersville
(336) 692-0927

Monday, May 07, 2007

Goin to Guatemala

Have you ever had something happen in your life that you knew was a “God thing”? I’m talking about those times in life when events and people are orchestrated in such a way that you know it is not of your own doing. Lately, I have had a “God thing” going on in my life that I want to tell you about.

Recently, I have become involved with a local organization called Caroline’s Promise. The purpose of this ministry is to: educate the community about adoption, provide guidance and assistance to Christian couples in the adoption process by offering education, encouragement, financial assistance & prayer, and meet the physical & spiritual needs of children throughout the world with the hope of those children accepting Christ as their Savior. Because I’m adopted, I deeply believe in this ministry’s desire to help connect orphans with forever families.

Just this week, God opened the door for me to go on my first ever mission trip and be part of a short-term outreach to Guatemala with Caroline’s Promise. I fully believe that God wants me to be a part of this trip. In fact, I was past the deadline to register for the trip when I realized that God was calling me to go. But, believe it or not, there was ONE seat left on the plane to Guatemala and I was able to join the team!

I will be part of a 23 member team that will stay at The Eagles’ Nest Children’s Home in Solola, Guatemala. You should definitely check out their website to see the wonderful things they are doing and pictures of the orphans they care for: . We will participate in construction projects around the home and minister to the children who live there. We will also travel to a remote village to participate in their church service and distribute school supplies in their community. This trip will take place June 21 – June 30, 2007.

I know that God has made it possible for me to have this opportunity to go and share His love with others, and I am excited about being on this team. Please be a prayer partner with me as I prepare my heart for this trip. I pray that God will use me to work in the hearts and lives of the people I meet. I also hope to grow in my own Christian walk. Please join me in praying that my team will be an effective witness for Jesus Christ. I also need financial support. I must raise $1400 by June 1 to cover the cost of housing, transportation, food and ministry activities. So please be in prayer that God will provide the neccessary funds for this trip.

I’d love to tell you more about this opportunity. If you have any questions email me at .

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Slim and Beautiful

A new diet by Dr. Aaron Tabor promises to reduce belly fat and improve skin, hair and nails. Want to know more about the book, "The Revival Slim and Beautiful Diet" or about Revival Soy products? Visit

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County has two upcoming events that your whole family will enjoy. On April 28th they are celebrating Earth Day at the ReStore. Then, on May 3rd, 4th and 5th come celebrate BirdFest with food, an art sale and demonstraitons from local artists. You can find all of the details at

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Second Harvest Food Bank

Can you believe that a $1.00 donation to the Second Harvest Foos Bank provides $15.00 worth of food for the hungry in our community. I spent over $4.00 on a coffee at Starbucks this weekend. That could have provided $60.00 worth of foood. Now, that's an investment!!

Here are some ways you can get involved. For more info visit

Feed Your Soul at Empty Bowls
April 25, 2007

Administrative Professional's Day
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Drop In Anytime)
Downtown Winston-Salem Fire Station
651 N. Marshall Street
Admission $25 — includes lunch & a handcrafted pottery bowl.
Bowls contributed by artists at Seagrove, The Sawtooth School for Visual Art, The Enrichment Center, Winston-Salem State University and UNCG Ceramics Programs, Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools and many others

Triad Community Kitchen
is a unique program that impacts our work to help feed hungry people on many levels. It makes good use of increasing donations of perishable food to our organization, using these and other ingredients to prepare ready-to-heat meals in a bag. These meals are cook-chilled, a process that ensures an extended shelf life of 30 days or longer if frozen, and distributed to our partner agencies, like soup kitchens and group homes, serving those in need. And the program operates as a free job training program for unemployed, under-employed (earning under the NC self sufficiency standard) and homeless individuals, preparing participants for sustainable, gainful employment in the under staffed food service and hospitality industries.

Jeff Bacon, a certified executive chef, directs and teaches the ten-week curriculum which offers training and certification in ServSafe® sanitation, basic culinary skills, knife skills, kitchen safety, mass food production and cook chill technology. Real world job experience is gained through a one-week internship with a local food service organization or restaurant.

Overcoming the barriers to employment that many Triad Community Kitchen students have faced is an important key to their ultimate success. For this reason, the program will incorporate instruction and activities designed to help them improve their level of workplace readiness.

A national program of America’s Second Harvest, The Nation’s Food Bank Network, there are currently 36 network members operating Community Kitchens across the nation, and an additional 50 independently operated programs.

Class Schedule Through December 2007

Class of 2007-1
Starts: 2-12
Internships Begin: 4-16
Graduation: 4-23-07
Class of 2007-2
Starts: 4-30
Internships Begin:7-2
Graduation: 7-9 Class of 2007-3
Starts: 7-30
Internships Begin:9-24
Graduation: 10-01 Class of 2007-4
Starts: 10-08
Internships Begin: 12-10

The class is offered at no charge to the student and bus passes are available.

For general questions about the program, contact Program Director Executive Chef Jeff Bacon at (336) 784-5770 or

To apply to enter the program, download and complete the application. For assistance regarding the application process, contact Ms. Rosa Williams at Goodwill Industries at (336) 724-3625.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Gardening Info From Toby Bost

Do you need answers about your garden and yard? Here's how to contact today's guest Toby Bost with the NC Cooperative Extension Service:
(336) 703-2850

Here are the details for some upcoming events sponsored by the NC Cooperative Extension Service:

Meet Joe Lamp'l on April 30th!

Meet nationally recognized garden writer and television personality, Joe Lamp’l of the GardenSMART PBS TV Show. Mr Lamp’l will present a seminar and do a book signing at the Cooperative Extension Center on April 30th at 7:00 p.m.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tanglewood Arboretum; the cost is $8 per person. Please register by mail and include a check payable to the “Friends of the Arboretum”.

For more information, call 703-2850.

------------------------Plant sale------------------------

The fourth annual greenhouse plant sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 6, April 11, April 14, April 18 and April 21 at the Arboretum at Tanglewood Park, which is behind the manor house. On each day of the sale, there will be free programs on a variety of horticulture topics. The programs will begin at 11 a.m.

The programs will include:

• Flower Arranging with Lois Price of the Garden Club Council on April 6.

• Heirloom Tomatoes with David Bare, garden columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal on April 11.

• Rain Gardens with Wendi Hartup, an extension agent, on April 14.

• Growing Roses with master gardener Nancy Harper on April 18.

• N.C. Perennial Flowers with master gardener Vic Armstrong on April 21.

• A program on propagating wildflowers with master gardener Rosemary Wheeler will be held at the arboretum greenhouse on April 25. Wildflowers will be for sale.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Matthew 25:45

Matthew 25:45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'"

Your help is needed this Wednesday at the LJVM in Winston-Salem for Project Homeless Connect. If you can help, there is a volunteer training tonight(Monday, 4/16).

Here are the details about the event and the contact information:

Project Homeless Connect to Serve Community’s Homeless

Winston-Salem, NC … On Wednesday, April 18, Project Homeless Connect, a one-day outreach program, will offer in one location information about employment, housing, job training, education, substance abuse, emergency assistance, Social Security, veterans benefits, legal assistance, and more to assist the homeless, and those facing the loss of their home, in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

In addition, Project Homeless Connect will offer the homeless help with immediate needs, including showers, haircuts and food. Transportation will be available to the event from sites around the city.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the LJVM Coliseum Annex, 414 Deacon Blvd.

Project Homeless Connect is being sponsored by the United Way of Forsyth County, the N.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Kilpatrick Stockton LLC, and the City of Winston-Salem. It is being coordinated by the Ten-Year Plan Commission to End Chronic Homelessness and the Winston-Salem Council on Services to the Homeless.
The commission is modeling Project Homeless Connect on similar programs elsewhere, said Andrea Kurtz, the director of the Ten-Year Plan. “In other cities, Project Homeless Connect has connected a significant number of the homeless to housing, employment, health and other necessary services.”

For more information about the event, volunteering or for transportation, call 721-9378.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Lessons From a Fig Tree

Lesson #1-Miracles happen outside of your comfort zone!

Russ Lee, a long time Christian artist, once said the coolest thing about miracles. He said, “You know that boundary you set around yourself called your comfort zone? Just over that line is where all of the miracles happen.” It’s so true! I’m a big fan of comfort…believe me. If I could spend all day wearing pajamas, I would. But, I see time after time in the Bible where people accept God’s invitation outside of their comfort zone and into the place where He does the most glorious things.

Take, for example, the calling of one of Jesus’ first disciples, Nathanael…

John 1:43 (NKJV) The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me." 44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." 46"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. 47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." 48"How do you know me?" Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you." 49Then Nathanael declared, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." 50Jesus said, "You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that." 51He then added, "I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man
In the Old Testament, being “under the fig tree” often refers to being safe, at leisure, secure, comfortable, at peace, taken care of…

Micah 4:4 (NKJV) But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken

1 Kings 4:25 (NKJV) And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.

Jesus tells Nathaniel that he saw him while he was under the fig tree. We can assume that Jesus saw him in a supernatural way…Nathanael must have been alone at the time. And, this event is enough to convince Nathanael that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus’ response to Nathanael is something like…“That’s why you believe??? Because I saw you under the fig tree? Just wait till you see what’s in store!! You ain’t seen nothing yet!!”

Jesus sees us in our safe, comfortable places. But imagine the possibilities when we step out of that comfort zone and follow him just like Nathanael did!

Lesson #2- Jesus wants us to bear fruit!! He is a patient and loving master gardener, but our time will eventually run out!

Matthew 21:18 (NKJV) Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 19Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered.

Luke 13:6 (NKJV) Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. 7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' 8" 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'

In both of these passages Israel is represented by the fig tree. In the parable in Luke, God is the owner of the vineyard and Jesus is the caretaker asking for more time to care for the tree in hopes that it will eventually bear fruit. And, I believe, these verses also have many implications in our own life…

*Jesus longs for, hungers for, our lives and our faith to bear fruit. He is disappointed when we don’t.

*What is fruit? It is evidence of a healthy, growing faith!

Gal 5:22 (NKJV)But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

*Notice in both passages the trees bore NO fruit. Don’t get caught up in the guilt trap believing that what you have to offer isn’t good enough for God. If your fruit is produced as a result of sincerely seeking and knowing God, and living in accordance with his will…it is acceptable to Him.

*He’s regularly checking us out to look for fruit.

*We’re not left on our own to produce this fruit…we have an expert gardener watering , weeding and feeding us to help us bear this fruit. We must stay in His care by reading the bible, going to church, praying, etc.

*(Bear with me on this one…I know it’s kind of gross, but the point is valid) Fertilizer is poop. And we all know what it’s like to have manure dropped into our lives. I think the expression “Poop Happens” is true. It just does. Matthew 5:45 (NKJV) 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. The important thing to note is that when manure is used in gardening, the gardener uses animal waste for fertilizer…not his own (except maybe in Chinese rice paddies…eeewww). It’s true in our lives too, may times that trials we face are not caused by God, but allowed by Him and used to help us grow.

*The tree does not bear fruit to please the gardener or to be allowed to stay in the garden, the tree bears fruit because in a gardener’s care that’s just what trees do. Likewise, we should not force ourselves to be fruitful so that God will be happy with us or so that we can go to heaven. The fruit in our lives should be a natural outcome of DAILY watering and care (prayer and bible study).

*Jesus is not fooled by a bunch of shiny green leaves….we can fill our lives with all kinds of nice looking Christian adornments (12 different bibles, fish on your car, Christian music, being at church every time the door is open, etc). If real fruit is not there…he knows it!

*We don’t have forever to bear this fruit. A withered up tree is a great visual reminder of what a life that never gets to the point of fruit bearing looks like.

Lesson 3. Don’t lose your fruit every time you’re shaken!

Nahum 12 (NKJV) All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs: If they are shaken, They fall into the mouth of the eater.

In this verse Nahum is describing how easily Ninevah will be defeated. Like shaking fruit from a tree.

How easily are you shaken? How much shaking does it take before your fruit is dropping from your branches and you start to wither up? In other words, when trials come, do you stand firm in the faith, trusting God as you weather the storm, or do you shake your fist at heaven and begin to withdraw from Him? God wants our fruit to be used for good, for his Glory. Moreover, our fruit should be available to feed those that are hungry for God's love. Not the enemy who shook us up to start with or opportunistic scavengers ready to take advantage of us when we’re vulnerable. There will be storms, we will be shaken, but we must hold fast to the faith and the fruit that the Master gardener has been so carefully cultivating us to produce.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Memorial Fund

Kyle Thomas Bowlsby, 19, of 824 Church St., died Monday, April 9, 2007, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after a sudden accident.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Christian Bible Fellowship by the Rev. Bruce Readling. Interment will follow at Gibsonville City Cemetery.

A native of Fairfax, Va., he was employed by Swissport at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and was a member of The Boy Scouts of America. He was a volunteer at Loaves and Fishes Christian Food Ministry and the Gibsonville Library.

Kyle's dad is a soldier currently serving in Iraq. He is now faced with the expenses of the funeral and hospital bills...Kyle had no insurance. If you'd like to help out a memorial fund has been established. Here's the info:

Kyle Bowlsby Memorial Fund
Wachovia Bank
200 North Main Street
High Point, NC 27260

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Let Me Talk You Out of Your Dress!

OK, so you know that old prom dress hanging in the back of your closet? How about those bridesmaids dresses? Do you really think you're ever going to wear them again? Do you honestly believe that your daughter will want to wear them someday? And, in the unlikely event that you are invited to a formal event, you know that you'll want to buy a new dress, right?!?!?

Now that I have you is a great place to donate your gently used formal dresses. Winston-Salem Rehabilitation and Health Care Center hosts a prom for their residents each year. Many of their clients are unable to afford a new dress for this event and would welcome your donation! They espacially need plus sizes. Men, your gently used suits, suit coats and dress pants are also needed. The event is April 27th, so they need your donations ASAP. If you can help, call Beth Salmons at 336-724-2821.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Be a Child Advocate

Do you long to make a difference in the life of an abused or neglected child? I can think of no better way to do so than to volunteer as a child advocate with the Guardian ad Litem program. Here is some info about the program:

Mission Statement:
The mission of the North Carolina Guardian ad Litem Program is to provide trained independent advocates to represent and promote the best interests of abused, neglected, and dependent children in the state court system and to work towards a plan that ensures that these children are in a safe permanent home.

Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Volunteers are needed in every NC county to help judges make the best decisions in court about what is in the best interests of the children who come before them. The objectivity and thorough advocacy of our volunteer Guardians ad Litem help children navigate the many facets of out of home placement and ensure that their voices are heard in courtrooms across the state. Training , support and supervision are offered to assist volunteers in our programs. We make a difference for children, one child at a time, keeping a child's sense of time our focus.

For more information, you can call Catherine McDonald with the High Point Guardian ad Litem office at 336-574-4315 or 336-801-5388. Annie Cahoon is the director of the Forsyth County Guardian ad Litem program. Her number is 336-761-2384 ext. 5. You can also visit the NC Guardian ad Litem website.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

My Signs Would Say, “Completely Self-Centered” and “Trying to Put Others First”

One of my favorite new songs is “I’m Not Who I Was” by Brandon Heath. In the song, Heath describes finding an old picture of someone whom he’s had some type of falling out with. Upon seeing the picture, he is reminded of the anger and bitterness this relationship left him with. However, he comes to the realization that he is no longer the same person that he was and he has forgiven his old friend. Heath wishes this person from his past could see the person that he has become. The song’s message is beautifully summarized in this verse, “Well, the thing I find most amazing in amazing grace is the chance to give it out. Maybe that's what love is all about.”

In the video for this song, which you can watch below, a variety of people are pictured holding up signs. In the first picture of each person the sign they hold describes the kind of person they used to be. The second picture shows the same person with a sign describing the new person they have become in Christ.

This video made me think about what my “Before and After” signs would say. What about yours? As we approach Easter Sunday, what a perfect time to reflect upon how Jesus has changed us individually and how he has changed the whole world with his redeeming love.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Friday, March 30, 2007

Dabble in Scrabble?

YMCA Literacy Initiative Scrabble® Challenge

Special Guest Master of Ceremony, WXII's Michelle Kennedy

Thursday, May 31, 2007, 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Embassy Suites Hotel, Winston-Salem, NC

In addition to fast paced tournament play,
Join us for
• Food, fun, and live music by Keith Byrd
• Dozens of silent auction items
• Raffle
Visit for more info.

***Tami and Verne need a 3rd partner for the WBFJ Scrabble Team! Listeners interested in being on our team should send an email to Be sure to include your name, phone #, why you want to be on our team and your best ever Scrabble word. Email must be submitted by Friday, April 13. Tami will contact the person selected for the team.***

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I Gotta Getaway!

Planning your summer vacation? Gale Adouli with Great Getaways travel can help you make the most of your travel budget. Here's her website.

Saving Money on Groceries

From the archives...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Save Money on Groceries

I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to save money. Since food is one of my family of 5's biggest monthly expenses, I especially like to save $$ on groceries. Here are a few ideas...

After hearing many rave reviews from subscribers of, I decided to give it a try. Every week I get a list of the best deals on groceries along with information about coupons that I can use to maximize my savings. You save money by stocking up on groceries when they're at their lowest price. The list I subscribe to is for Harris Teeter, but there are lots of other options to chose from. So far, I'm very pleased with this service. There's a 4 week trial period that costs$1.00. After that a subscription costs $10.00 for 8 weeks. Give it a try:

Finally, people keep telling me about Angel Food Ministries which "provides discounted food not only for those that need it, but for any others who appreciate deep discounts on quality groceries." For $25 you can buy a food package worth $50 or more. This is open to everyone, regardless of income. Here is the website for more information and where you can find a local host site:

And, of course, there's also your friendly neighborhood Aldi store. When you don't have coupons and don't want to spend the time researching the best deals, Aldi always offers low prices. The stores are definitely bare bones, you have to bring or buy your own grocery bags, a cart requires a 25-cent deposit and you can count on a lengthy wait in line. But, the groceries are always cheap and you can get pretty much everything you need there. For weekly specials visit

Finally, if you're interested how your grocery bill compares to the rest of Americans, check this out. It's a chart compiled by the USDA that shows how much most people spend on groceries.

If you have any tips...I'd love to hear from you! You can post your comment here. Thanks!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Free Daughtry!!!

Chris Daughtry is coming "Home" for a free concert.

Personally, I love Chris and think it will be a GREAT show. His Debut CD is fantastic. You can chek out the "Plugged In" review of his CD by following this link:

Now, A small disclaimer...this is NOT a WBFJ sponsored concert, alcohol will be sold at this event and you will have to decide if this concert is right for you/your family.

That said, this is the description of the event from

Friday's Daughtry Concert to Highlight Tournament Block Party
GREENSBORO - On Friday, March 23rd, the Tournament Host Committee of Greensboro will host the “Tournament Town Goes Downtown Block Party” featuring a concert performance by the band Daughtry.

The “Tournament Town Goes Downtown Block Party” is being held in conjunction with the City of Greensboro’s hosting of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional (March 24 & 26) at Greensboro Coliseum.

Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert will be held in the Hamburger Square area (McGee & Davie) along Elm Street in downtown Greensboro across from Natty Greene’s. Admission is free to the general public and food and beverage stands open for concession purchases.

The concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. with a performance from the band Athenaeum, to be followed by the band Daughtry. Capacity crowds are expected and patrons are strongly encouraged to carpool and arrive early. Area college students are encouraged to use the HEAT (Higher Education Area Transit) bus service that provides fare free service to qualified students. For more information on HEAT’s bus routes and schedule go to

To help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all patrons the following items are prohibited: lawn chairs, outside food and beverage, alcohol/illegal drugs, fireworks or explosives of any kind, professional still cameras, audio or video recording equipment, artificial noise makers, bags or backpacks (larger than 10”x 8”x 8”), cans, glass or metal containers, coolers (unless containing medical supplies), diaper bags (unless accompanied by a baby), knives or weapons of any kind or size, laser pointers, signs, banners, flags or any other items that would either obstruct the view of other patrons or serve as a dangerous projectile or security risk and any other item deemed to be prohibited by event organizers. Please note that blankets and small, disposable (non-professional) cameras are permitted.

City of Greensboro, Greensboro Police Department, Greensboro Department of Transportation and state transportation officials are working together in planning traffic management for this event. Highway electronic message centers will be in effect and trail blazing signs will help direct patrons to available parking garages upon their arrival in downtown Greensboro. Patrons are encouraged to utilize public parking decks at Church Street, Greene Street, Bellemeade Street and Davie Street. Please note that Elm Street will close to vehicle traffic at 5:00 p.m. On street parking as well as select private parking lots will be available to accommodate overflow parking. Event organizers ask that patrons plan on carpooling, drink responsibly during the block party and be patient upon departing after the event.

For a downtown Greensboro parking map, Tournament Town Goes Downtown Block Party event map and NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional ticket information please go to

Contact: Andrew Brown (336) 373-7456
Public Relations Manager, Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Friday, March 09, 2007

Winston-Salem Journal Article

I was very honored recently to be the subject of an article in the Kernersville section of the Winston-Salem Journal. I debated posting it here because I didn't want to appear to be "tootin' my own horn". But, there's a message in this article that may be helpful to someone else. So, I decided to go ahead and share it, hoping that my story of deliverance from a difficult situation will encourage others in a similar situation right now. Thanks to Journal Reporter, Monica Young, for doing such a great job with this piece.

Christian radio host says God put her in place
Unhappy at previous job, Tami Rumfelt had a new door opened
By Monica Young
Thursday, March 1, 2007

God sometimes knows more about what we need than we do, said Tami Rumfelt, a morning-show host for WBFJ, a Christian radio station.

Rumfelt was working as the teen director at the Kernersville Family YMCA, a job she never felt suited her and one she did not enjoy when YMCA officials eliminated her position because of low enrollment, she said.

“It wasn’t where I needed to be, and God knew that,” said Rumfelt, who lives in the downtown historic district. “For several months, I would leave exhausted and crying but wasn’t able to make that break.

“I like to say that God tossed me out of the boat I was in,” she said. “At first, I was bitter and angry and hurt, but over time, looking back, it had to happen this way. God really just has a plan for our lives.”

That plan was revealed shortly. Rumfelt, who has a degree in communications from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, had volunteered at WBFJ, which is 89.3 FM in Winston-Salem and 103.5 FM in Greensboro.

She told the station manager that she was looking for a job.

Events clicked like building blocks snapping together. Within two weeks, she was broadcasting, co-hosting the morning show at the radio station.

“Tami with an i” as she bills herself on the air, found that her new job was where her passion for God and for radio could blend seamlessly. She had worked for WKZL when it was known as the Eagle, back before she was a mom to three children and before she was a Christian.

Being a part of a family-oriented, Christ-focused radio show was where Rumfelt felt God wanted her talents to shine, she said. “The radio show is definitely a God-thing. There is no doubt this is where God wants me,” she said.

Her morning show is as entertaining as any other in the Triad, she said. The station covers the news, traffic, weather and other topics relevant to a morning radio show.

“We listen to our mom every day before school at my grandma’s,” said her son, Andrew, who is 9. “It’s really cool to have a mom who is broadcasting everywhere.”

His sister agreed. “People know her,” said Carley, who is 8.

Having three children and doing an early morning show can be a challenge. Rumfelt arrives for work between 5:30 and 6 a.m. while her husband, Alton, gets Andrew, Carley and Laura, 5, ready for school.

He drops them off next door at Tami’s mother’s home, and Joan D’Ambrosio puts the children on the bus every morning for school.

“I’m home every day when the kids get home,” Rumfelt said. “Sometimes, I am able to squeeze in a nap, and that definitely makes me a better mom. I get to do their homework with them. But believe me, 8:30 (p.m.) is definitely our bedtime.”

Her job has allowed many extra activities for the family to participate in that Rumfelt counts as blessings. Three years ago, Rumfelt wanted to go on a cruise.

She committed it to prayer, saying she felt guilty praying over something trivial given all that people go without on a daily basis. However, she had dreamed on going on a cruise, something that was just financially out of reach at the time.

After she began working for the radio station, she and Alton were asked to go on a cruise as part of a promotion. Last November, Rumfelt went on a Girls-Getaway cruise for another promotion.

The job, the perks, and the ability to be home with her children in the afternoon are part of God’s plan for her life, she said.

“In my case, I just had to be thrown out of the boat; but I was willing to submit to God’s will,” Rumfelt said. “It’s been so much better than I could imagine.”

■ Monica Young can be reached at

This story can be found at:!localnews&s=1037645509099

Monday, February 26, 2007

Remembering Sgt. Howard J. Plouff

Please be in prayer for the family, friends and fellow Winston-Salem Police Officers as they mourn the loss of Sgt. Howard J. Plouff who died in action over the weekend. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, and two children -- ages 9 and 11. His wife is a teacher at Southwest Elementary School.

Donations for the Sgt. Howard Plouff Memorial Fund can be made at area Wachovia Bank locations. They will be collected by the N.C. Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association and go directly to his family.

A Special Treat Just For WBFJ Listeners

Central NC Fellowship of Christian Athletes
An evening with Anne Graham-Lotz
February, 27 2007

Koury Center 6:00-8:30PM
Greensboro NC

Anne Graham Lotz, founder of AnGeL Ministries, has passionately proclaimed God’s Word to people around the world for over thirty years. Her gripping narratives and heart-touching teaching have inspired listeners in arenas and prison cells, stadiums and Bible studies, sanctuaries and seminaries, the United Nations and Amsterdam 2000. The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Billy Graham, Anne launched Just Give Me Jesus in the year 2000. Anne is an award-winning and best-selling author. Her nine books include her signature book Just Give Me Jesus and her most recent release I Saw The LORD. Anne and her husband, Dr. Dan Lotz, reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have been active supporters of FCA in North Carolina for nearly 50 years.'s the special treat...the banquet is sold out. BUT, there are two tables reserved for WBFJ listeners, and at a reduced rate. The individual tickets are usually $70 but are available to WBFJ listeners for $50. If you are interested in going, send me an email at and I will let you know all of the details on how to get your tickets.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

You Can!!

Marilynn Jeffcoat was recently featured on Oprah during a show about women who look much younger than their age. Marilynn's youthful look follows an incredible 100-pound weight loss. She explains how she did it, and why inward change is necessary for outward change in her book, "I Can - Discovering the Real Truth About Change". For more information, visit

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Coolest Valentine's Day Gift Ever!!!

Send your sweetie a Singing Valentine as performed by the "Triad Harmony Express". It only costs $50.00 (some requests may run a bit higher) and it's something your loved one will never forget!

For more info call 774-4044 or visit

Monday, February 05, 2007

Help for Your Car Troubles

Thanks to Ray Keeton for joining the Family Friendly Morning Show today. If you need help with an issue with your car, you can reach Ray at:

Keeton Automotive Service
7880 N NC 150 Hwy
Clemmons, NC
(336) 775-0777

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Money in Your Pocket!!!


When it comes time to prepare and file your 2006 tax return, make sure you do not overlook the federal excise tax refund credit. You claim the credit on line 71 of your form 1040. A similar line will be available if you file the short form 1040A. If you have family or friends who no longer file a tax return AND they have their own land phone in their home and have been paying a phone bill for years, make sure they know about this form 1040EZ-T. What is this all about? Well the federal excise tax has been charge to you on your phone bill for years. It is an old tax that was assessed on your toll calls based on how far the call was being made and how much time you talked on that call when phone companies began to offer flat fee phone service, challenges to the excise tax ended up in federal courts in several districts of the country. The challenges pointed out that flat fee/rate phone service had nothing to do with the distance and the length of the phone call. Therefore, the excise tax should/could not be assessed. The IRS has now conceded this argument. Phone companies have been given notice to stop assessing the federal excise tax as of Aug 30, 2006. You will most likely see the tax on your September cutoff statement, but it should NOT be on your October bill. But the challengers of the old law also demanded restitution. So the IRS has announced that a one time credit will be available when you and I file our 2006 tax return as I explained above. However, the IRS also established limits on how BIG a credit you can get. Here how it works. If you file your ret urn as a single person with just you as a dependent, you get to claim a $30 credit on line 71 of your 1040. If you file with a child or a parent as your dependent, you claim $40. If you file your return as a married couple with no children, you claim $40. If you file as married with children, you claim $ 50 if one child, $60 if two children. In all cases, the most you get to claim is $60 - UNLESS you have all your phone bills starting AFTER Feb 28, 2003 through July 31, 2006 (do not use any bills starting Aug 1, 2006.), then you can add up the ACTUAL TAX AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR BILLS AND CLAIM THAT FOR A CREDIT. Now if you have your actual phone bills and come up with an ACTUAL TAX AMOUNT, you cannot use line 71 on your tax return. You have to complete a special form number 8913 and attach it to your tax return. Individuals using the special from 1040EZ-T will have to attach this form 8913 also. One final point - this credit is a refundable credit. That means you get this money, no matter how your tax return works out. If you would end up owing the IRS a balance, the refund will reduce that balance you owe. If you end up getting a refund, the credit will be added and you get a bigger refund by that $30 to $60, depending on how many dependents are on your return.

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Drowning in Debt???

If your New Year's resolution was to get out of debt, there are people that are ready to help. One great place to start with is your area Consumer Credit Counseling Service. Regina Smith from the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Forsyth County was on Your Family Friendly Morning Show today. For more information you can reach her at:

Another wonderful resouce is Dave Ramsey. If you have the opportunity to go through his Financial Peace University it will GREATLY benefit you. His books are also fantastic. His website is

Friday, January 19, 2007

Fighting Instinct Coming to a Town Near You!


1. Living Word Ministries
313 Newsome Rd
King, NC 27021
Saturday 1/27/07
Free (Love Offering)
7:00 pm
Contact Matt for more info: 336-414-1562

2. Christian Life Center
880 N. Hwy 109
Thomasville, NC 27360
Saturday, 2/24/07
Free (Love offering)
7:00 pm
Contact Steve for more info: 336-225-9977

Monday, January 08, 2007

Getting Fit in 2007

Anna Carter,the Director of the Family Life Center in Kernersville was on the Morning Show today to talk about sticking with your New Year's resolution and getting healty in 2007.

For more information, you can reach Anna by calling 993-6226
or visit the website:

Stick with it...I'll be praying for us!