Friday, January 29, 2010

EMHE Viewing Party!


You're invited to watch “on the big screens” the 7pm and 8pm shows with us at Reeds Baptist Church. This is the same site as the original “Kick-off” for EMHE. Light refreshments provided. Free.

WEATHER PERMITTING! Info line w/ weather updates 336.238.9090

Reeds Baptist
180 Reeds Baptist Church Rd.
Lexington, NC 27295

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Healthy Living Advice from Natalie Coughlin

NATALIE COUGHLIN best known as a world class swimmer and American Olympian. She has earned 11 Olympic medals and she is currently training for the 2012 Summer Games.How does she do it? Determination, drive and discipline count high on her score card. And she's got lots to share with us! For more info, visit:

CJ Beatty's"Everybody Wins"Instructional Baseball Camp"

Register Online Now

CJ BEATTY is a former NC A&T baseball standout. He was selected:
First Team All-MEAC NC A&T Male Athlete of the Year
2007 NC A&T Rookie of the Year
2007 MEAC Rookie of the Year
2007 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
2007-2008 Led MEAC Conference in Home Runs

Currently CJ is playing in the St.Louis Cardinal Organization. CJ was selected in the 2009 Major League Amatuer Draft June 2009. The Goal of this program is to ensure players learn the fundamentals of hitting and comprehend what it takes to reach their full hitting potential.

Program Focuses on:
Stance / Grip / Balance
Improved Performance
Swing Mechanics
Reduced Strikouts
Increased Power
More Confidence
Increased Bat Speed

** Bring your Bat, Glove, Tennis Shoes (No Cleats) and a Bottled Water**
Scholarships are available upon request

Saturday, February 6, 2010
Where: High Point Batting
CenterAges: 7-12 years old
Time:Session I: 10:00 am- 12 noon
Session II: 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
(Session II will only be available after Session I is filled)
Cost:$30.00 per sessionor $25.00 with a donation of 5 canned goods to be donated to the Macedonia Baseball League of High Point
Only 35 slots available: Click here to register online

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half!

The Coupon Mom can help! Visit her website: for more info. Her new book is called The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A Good Reason NOT to Make Your Bed

Great Ideas for Handmade Valentines

Check out these cute, original Valentine ideas from Family Fun:

Cookin' with Bacon

Red Beans and Rice

Recipe By :Jeff Bacon CEC CCA AAC
Serving Size : 10 Preparation Time :2:45

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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1 pound red beans --soaked overnight
1 each ham hocks
1 each yellow onion -- diced
2 each garlic clove -- minced
3 quarts water
1 tablespoon hot sauce
4 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
5 cups cooked white rice
1 pound smoked sausage -- Cajun Andoullie
1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
1 dash salt and pepper -- to taste

Rinse & clean beans well first, then soak overnight in the water.

Put beans on stove and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a bare simmer.

While beans begin to simmer add chicken bouillon and the ham hock to the pot.

Sauté onions and garlic together in a little fat, then add to the pot.

Simmer beans approximately 2 hours. Beans should be just firm and the liquid should be slightly thick and creamy. You may need to add small amounts of water in batches as the beans cook to achieve this .

Heat Sausages

At the end stir in hot sauce and Cajun seasoning.

Serve over rice with sliced sausages as garnish.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

To Save a Life

This powerful movie has the potential to have a huge impact on teens, schools and youth groups around the nation. For more infomation about the film, resources for youth leaders and an updated listing of theatres where the film is playing, visit the website:

As of right now, here are theatres in the Triad where you can see To Save a Life:

Wynnsong 12 Winston-Salem
Grand 18 Winston-Salem,
Grande 16 Greensboro
Tinseltown 14 Salisbury

Monday, January 18, 2010

Biggest Loser Trainer Jillian Michaels Casting for New Show

From Jillian Michaels...

Casting Update!

By now you've heard me talk about my new NBC show, Losing It! We're in the FINAL days of casting families nationwide! We're looking for men who have at least 80 to 100 pounds to lose and women who have at least 30 to 50 pounds to lose. We are also looking for families with teens or kids who are ready to lose at least 25 pounds. Sound like your family? If so, I could be moving in with you for a week! Get all of the details here or send your application and video here.

Live in D.C.?Casting calls for my new show will be held on Sunday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the D.C. Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW. For more info, please visit

Easy Way to Donate to Compassion for Haiti

You can text "DISASTER" to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International for Haiti Earthquake Relief.

Johnson & Johnson Recall

Johnson & Johnson issued a massive recall Friday of over-the-counter drugs including Tylenol, Motrin and St. Joseph's aspirin because of a moldy smell that has made people sick.

The recall includes some batches of regular and extra-strength Tylenol, children's Tylenol, eight-hour Tylenol, Tylenol arthritis, Tylenol PM, children's Motrin, Motrin IB, Benadryl Rolaids, Simply Sleep, and St. Joseph's aspirin.

Consumers should check the full list at to identify the recalled batches.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Compassion International Needs Your Help

Compassion International is asking for help Haiti as well. Compassion operates 230 Child Development Centers in Haiti, and 1/3 of those are located in the area hardest hit by the quake. According to compassion, the children they serve in Haiti are in shock and face immediate needs for food, water, medical care, shelter and counseling. We have teams prepared to respond, and we are deeply committed to helping each child. They’re asking for monetary donations and prayer. For more information or to make a donation visit:

More info from Compassion...

Compassion in Haiti
• Compassion’s work in Haiti began in 1968.
• Currently, more than 64,600 children participate in 230 child development centers. At least one-third of Compassion’s centers are in the area hardest hit by the earthquake.
• Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Haitian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

What is Compassion Doing?

Without communication, we don’t have specifics for this crisis. But our Compassion guidelines for disaster response spell out pretty specifically what the field should do and can do in response to a crisis.

In the immediate few hours after a disaster, Compassion locates those Compassion-assisted children and families who have been affected by the disaster, and provide them with the following:
• Temporary Shelter: Shelter needed to remove the families out of the elements and into
safety. Items like tents, tarps, blankets & mosquito nets are often supplied.

• Basic Sanitation: Items such as latrines and temporary hand washing station.

• Cooking Utensils & Fuel: Things like pots and pans, plates, cups, eating utensils,
as well as a means for cooking food item

• Emergency Clothing: 2-3 day supply of clothing for each family member.

• Preventive Health Services: Control of communicable diseases (e.g. measles, malaria) and outbreak control (e.g. cholera, meningitis, typhoid) needed to ensure health is not negatively affected as a result of the disaster.

Compassion staff will also set up a temporary meeting area called a “child area”, and stock it with crayons; paper; stuffed animals, etc. A “child area” is described as a safe place for registered children & their siblings to go during the aftermath of a disaster. Here they can find comfort in activities (such as coloring & games) as well as support and encouragement from project staff.

On-going efforts in the wake of a disaster or crisis are provided in the form of:

• Family Reunification: Locating & unifying Compassion families who were separated during the
aftermath of the disaster

• Food & Water: Emergency food & water needed until the family is re-established and able to keep themselves at the level of nutrition they were prior to the disaster

• Personal Items: Toiletries and other personal items needed to maintain hygiene during the aftermath of the disaster

• Trauma Counseling/Spiritual Support: Counseling needed on an individual or group basis; It is
preferred that his counseling be provided by Christian health workers or pastoral staff.

• Medical Attention: Any medical needs resulting from the disaster

• Funeral Expenses

Why Compassion?
• Compassion is working around the globe to permanently rescue children from poverty, not merely sustain them through it.

• Compassion recognizes there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter kid. That is why we take an
individualized, holistic approach to meet the personal needs of each of the more than 1 million children we serve in 25 of the world’s poorest countries on four continents.

• Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion’s unique holistic combination of physical, economic, educational and spiritual development programs helps Compassion-sponsored children to thrive, not just survive.

• Because local churches know the unique needs of their community’s children, Compassion works exclusively through local churches, partnering with more than 5,000 community congregations from 60 denominations.

• Compassion is consistently recognized for its financial integrity by organizations including:

 The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s “Philanthropy 400”
 The NonProfit Times’ “Top 100 Revenues”
 The American Institute of Philanthropy’s “Top Rated Charities”
 Charity Navigator, who has awarded Compassion International it’s highest rating – four
stars – for seven consecutive years.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Update From Hands and Feet Project in Haiti

Here is an update from Mark Stuart, the former lead singer of Audio Adrenaline. His parents run an orphanage in Haiti, part of the "Hands and Feet Project" founded by Audio Adrenaline. Mark and his wife were at the orphanage in Haiti when the earthquake happened. Here is his account of the situation there. If you are interested in helping the orphanages they operate, visit

"We don't have any cell phone coverage...just email. Everyone here at the Jacmel Hands and Feet project is fine. We haven't slept since yesterday, but all the children and staff are safe. Right now, the kids and nannies are falling asleep out in the yard away from the buildings. My wife and I are answering tons of emails as quick as possible.

The situation in Jacmel is very bad. Hotels, hospitals, houses, and schools have collapsed. The aftershocks continue to scare all of the children and the adults for that matter. The after shocks alone are averaging over 5pts on the richter scale. Its not fun.

Our needs are food, water, and propane. Most of the food for us and the Jacmel area comes from Port au Prince and the mountain pass to Port au Prince has split apart. My wife and I were scheduled to depart for Miami on Friday, but the airport is shut down and the road is obviously impassable. We may be evacuated in a few days, but that is ok we are needed here. Our other orphanage in Grand Goave has been destroyed. The children there are ok, but lack a place to stay for now. They are on the far side of the mountain from us...closer to Port ar Prince.

We need help..if people want to donate go to and give. Over the next few weeks and months we MUST be prepared to take as many orphans as possible. Pleas continue to pray for the people of Haiti.

Livesay Family Blog

For some poweful insight from The Livesay Family who are serving as missionaries in Haiti, visit their blog:

Help for Haiti

Haiti has been devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Here are some reputable organizations that will use your donation to assist the people affected by the quake:

Compassion International

Samaritan’s Purse

Red Cross-

Donate to Red Cross via Text Message:
For those interesting in helping immediately, simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Piedmot Fire Expo

Friday January 15 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday January 16 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Make plans now to attend

What child doesn’t get excited seeing bright red fire engines, sirens screaming, whizzing down the street? Or hope to become a firefighter when he or she grows up? On Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16, 2010 at Joel Coliseum, youngsters and their families will get a chance to experience first-hand the exciting world of firefighting and rescue at the Piedmont Fire Expo, the annual fundraiser of the Forsyth County Fire and Rescue Association.

The Piedmont Fire Expo is one of the largest shows in the Southeast at which vendors can showcase new equipment and fire and rescue personnel receive advanced and innovative training. It’s also a day for community members to witness first hand the "live action" that they rarely get to see in person. During both days of the Expo, several training exercises will be presented, including vehicle extrication demonstrations and propane gas training.

"The propane gas training is very visual, with lots of fire in a controlled environment," said Steve Ogburn, a volunteer firefighter at Mineral Springs Fire Department. "We’ll also practice rescue techniques on various types of vehicles, as well as keep up-to-date on all the new hybrid vehicles that come on the market."

Hybrid vehicles, which run on a combination of electricity or gas, are becoming popular in the United States. But with all their benefits, they pose a risk to rescue workers in the event of an accident. "With all the battery lines and high voltage, we have to know where to make the cuts in the car to get people out safely and quickly," Ogburn said. "If we make a wrong cut, we could get electrocuted. You can see why we have to have constant training."

For the last 53 years, The Forsyth County Fire and Rescue Association, with approximately 1,200 current firefighters as members, has supported member fire departments and rescue squads in local communities, offering year-round training and other valuable services at no cost.
"That ‘no-cost’ benefit is very important, since each firefighter has to maintain a certain amount of training each year," said Tim Lasley, Fire Chief at Vienna Fire Department, and association co-chair. "Our association helps make it possible for volunteers to keep doing what they love to do, without having a financial burden paying for all the training."

On average, the Association provides over 1,100 hours of instruction with almost 12,000 students, saving Forsyth County taxpayers about $60,000, over the past few years. If it wasn’t for the Piedmont Fire Expo, each department in Forsyth County would have to increase its fire taxes in order to maintain training.

Other events at the January Expo scheduled to be included are hands-on fire-extinguisher safety stations, a fire safety house that children can crawl through and learn very important safety tips, photo opportunities with Sparky the Dog, Smokey the Bear, kid giveaways and many more hands-on activities for the entire family.

The Expo, sponsored by Triad Fire and Reynolds American, is open Friday, January 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, January 16th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for children 16 and under. Parking is also free. Sponsorships for the Expo are still available. For more details, visit www.piedmontfireexpo.org2010 Piedmont Fire Expo

Friday, January 08, 2010

50 Christian Album Downloads for $5 Each

Just found this offer on Time to fill up the iPod!

Winter Heating System Tips

Gwyn Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
Winter Heating System Tips

Space heaters – be sure to keep combustibles at least 3’ away;
do not overload electrical circuits.

Carbon monoxide - have a carbon monoxide detector on every level
of your home if you have oil or gas heat.

Fireplaces – keep your chimney clean; have professional inspect chimney
every year; keep damper closed when not in use.

Gas logs - have gas logs cleaned every year.

Tune- up - have a professional tune-up or safety check of your heating system
every season; will also save $$$ on heating bills.

Energy Savings:
Air filters – replace monthly.

Return air grilles – keep returns grilles clear; do not block
with furniture.

Thermostat – turn back 2-5 degrees and put on a sweater or
sweatshirt; use programmable tstat to automatically turn
temperature down at night and when not at home.
Best investment you can do!

Shades – keep window shades and drapes closed at night;
open in day to let sun in.

Humidifiers – will make home feel warmer.

Ductwork – check ductwork for air leaks; seal with mastic.

Water heater – do only full loads of dishes and clothes;
use cold water to wash clothes.

Energy Tax Credits – Federal energy tax credits up to $1500
available through 12/31/10; utility rebates are also available.

Tune-up – have a professional tune-up of your heating system every season

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Thursday, January 07, 2010

Perspectives Class coming to Kernersville

Perspectives On the World Christian Movement is a Christian
education course to help believers learn more about God’s
heart for all nations and how believers worldwide can play
an active role in the Great Commission.

First Christian Church of Kernersville will be offering the
14 week Perspectives Class beginning January 14th,
from 6:30-9:30 pm. Each session will be taught by a
different guest speaker on that particular subject. After
this class you will have a new perspective on being the
church and not just attending church.

Check out or
and contact Ben Zeigler in the First Christian Church office
at 996-7388 to register. There is an enrollment fee.

WIN A FREE REGISTRATION!!! Today 1/7/10 only, everyone
who calls Ben Zeigler at First Christian Church Ministries...
996-7388...will be entered into a drawing for a free class

Monday, January 04, 2010

Gettin' Fit with Allen

Let's make 2010 the decade we get fit for good! Allen Branch with Fitness One Training Systems is GUARANTEEING you'll lose 20 pounds in 12 weeks by following his exercise and eating plan. Their website is Here's more info about the plan:

Also, if you are looking for a drive-thru lunch or dinner that won't ruin your diet, Allen suggests Chick-fil-a:

Fitness One's 6 Chick-Fil-A of Kernersville Meal Options:

When eating out, you can make good decisions to help you stay on track with your fitness goals. The more you pay attention to how you eat & what you eat, the more consciousness you will be at making the right food choices.

We are happy to announce our partnership with Chick fil a of Kernersville for 2010 and are pleased to announce the first in our series of Healthy meal options at Chick fil A. All of these meal options are based on 400 calories or less, and can be adjusted based on your needs. Please consult a Fitness One trainer for more basic guidelines.

Enjoy your meal at Chick-fil A of Kernersville!

Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich
paired with a medium Fruit Cup & Water
Total Calories 330
Carbs 50 (net carbs 41)
Fiber 9
Protein 27

Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Club Sandwich
recommended option if paired only with water if wanting to
keep meal calories at or below 400 calories
Total Calories 380
Carbs 34 (net carbs 27)
Fiber 7
Protein 36
•Can decrease calories keeping under 400 & add a side salad if have hold either the provolone cheese or apple wood bacon on the sandwich.

Chargrilled Chicken Cool Wrap
Total Calories 400
Carbs 47 (38 net carbs)
Fiber 9
Protein 35
•Can ask to hold the cheese to reduce calories if wanting to add a side salad or fruit. 1 slice of Provolone cheese is 70 calories. Same amount of calories as side salad or medium fruit cup.

Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad
Total Calories 170
Carbs 10 (net carbs 6)
Fiber 4
Protein 22

Salad Dressing Recommended Options-2 Tbsp
Light Italian---------------------------------------15 calories
Fat Free Honey Mustard-------------------------60 calories
Reduced Fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette------70 calories
*Can pair with a medium Fruit cup for 70 calories. Total calories with salad & fruit cup are only 240, then pick your dressing. You even have room to add extra grilled chicken to your salad if you like.

Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled Chicken & Fruit Salad
Total Calories 220
Carbs 21 (net carbs 17)
Fiber 4
Protein 22
Would add the reduced fat Berry Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing for 70 calories & a side of Harvest Nut Granola for 60 calories. Great crunchy topping for your fruit salad for a total of 350 calories.

Break Down Total... (salad, dressing, granola)
Total Calories 350
Carbs 43 (net carbs 37)
Fiber 7
Protein 23

Chick-Fil-A Southwest Chargrilled Chicken Salad
Total Calories 240
Carbs 17 (net carbs 12)
Fiber 5
Protein 25
•Can pair with a medium Fruit cup for a total of 310 calories, then choose one of the low calorie dressing options.

Fitness One recommends drinking water but having
low fat milk, unsweetened tea, or decaf coffee is OK as well.

Other Low Calorie Sauces Include:
1 Barbecue sauce pack--------------45 calories
1 Honey Mustard sauce pack------45 calories
Chic-Fil-A Buffalo Sauce----------10 calories
Honey Roasted Barbecue ----------60 calories

Breakfast Option:
1 Sunflower Multigrain Bagel with 1 egg
Total Calories 294
Carbs 41 (net carbs 39)
Fiber 2
Protein 13