Monday, November 1, 2010

Primary Theme and Scripture FHE: Service!

November's Theme is:
When We Serve Others . . . We Serve God.
Here's the Scripture:
This scripture is found in Mosiah 2:17
Opening Prayer:
Christmas is just around the corner and a time when service
opportunities are abundant.
Come up with some ideas for SERVICE
you can do as a family during the upcoming holiday season.
My family decided that we would not be exchanging
family gifts this year for Christmas.
Instead, the money we would have spent on each other
will go into a fund which will be used to help
a family in need for Christmas.
We wanted to give everyone in the family to participate
so here's how we set it up:
The mom's and dad's will do the shopping.
The younger children will help with the wrapping,
and the teens will be in charge of the SECRET DELIVERY.
I know first hand what it feels like to have a secret delivery
on Christmas Eve.
My husband and I were married shortly before Christmas.
I was the the third daughter in 10 months.
(Bless my parent's hearts!)
Needless to say, there was no money left for Christmas.
Someone very kind left packages on the doorstep of
my parents home so that my younger siblings could have Christmas.
We have never been able to find out who did it,
but we were FOREVER TOUCHED by their kindness.
By teaching our children what it feels like to GIVE,
Here are a few ideas you might like to try:
Money Gloves
Our Bishop and his family gave gloves to the homeless with
rolled up dollar bills in the fingers of the glove.
Increase Your Fast Offerings
Set a goal as a family to double or triple your fast offerings
next month.  I imagine the Lord will be able to do more good
with our money than we can.
Fill Christmas Jars
Fill jars with as much money as you can and drop it off
at the doorstep of a family in need.
Put Together Hygiene Kits
There is a great need for these items.
Check with the Welfare Systems of the church to see what you can do.
Another Neighbor Holds a Coat Drive
The coats are donated to a local shelter and are
greatly appreciated by those who receive them.
Donate Food or Turkey's
Deliver Dinner Baskets to families in need.
Put all of the ingredients for a Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner
and deliver it a day or two before the holiday.
Bear your testimony and challenge your family
to do a little bit more than what they think they can
to give service.
Closing Prayer:
I would love to hear 
YOUR ideas for service.
How great is it that when we serve others . . . we really
are serving our Heavenly Father!
Thank You for being so patient with me on the PDF files and 
the VERY LATE Family Home Evening Lesson.
I caught something that put me right down!
Hoping to feel better in the morning! 
Here's the PDF:

Here's the Treat:
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
2 Cups Pumpkin (canned or puree)
2 Tbsp. Butter, melted
2 Eggs
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
1 1/4 Cups Half & Half (or Whole Milk)
Pinch Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp. Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
9" pie crust
Place the pumpkin in a bowl,
and add 2 Tbsp. of melted butter stirring well.
 In a separate bowl, beat the eggs well.
Then, beat in brown sugar, milk, salt, and spices
until thoroughly blended.
 Add in the pumpkin mixture, and mix well.
Pour into the pie crust and make sure
to use the center rack in the oven at 425 degrees F for 10 minutes.
Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees
and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes until the filling is firm.
Cool before serving. Best with whipped cream
Whipped Cream Ingredients:
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sugar
Use an electric mixer to whip the cream
until almost stiff.
Add in the vanilla and sugar beating it until the cream holds peaks.


Dana said...

As a new reader of this blog, I must say THANK YOU! I appreciate the wealth of information and good ideas.

Regarding service, our family likes to give socks to those in need. It seems that often socks are last on the list when funds are low and children wear them out and out grow them so fast. -- It also seems that mom's can always use hosiery for church and most go without when funds are low. Perhaps an odd gift, but we hope it makes a difference.

Tricia Smith said...

I think that's a great idea! We once filled a tree with socks and mittens. We took the tree to the homeless shelter and everyone that came through the line was able to clean with a new pair of socks and gloves. That would be a fun idea for a ward party. Could you imagine what a difference it would make if each family just brought 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves to be donated?!?
Thanks for sharing!

Tricia Smith said...

(I meant to say, LEAVE not CLEAN!) :)
Must have used my brain cell allotment for the day!