Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Everyone wins when a leader gets better! Join us for the 2017 Summit right here at Sherwood Oaks. August 10 & 11 in the Worship Center. Meet the 2017 ...
Whether you’re searching for a place to connect, grow or serve, we can help. To learn more about our opportunities choose from the list below or contact Vickie Carmichael.
Our weekly programming may be done for the summer, but mom2mom has several fun events planned from now through August. Join us for one or all of these! (Every mom is welcome!)
For more info about any of these events, or to learn more about mom2mom, contact Amy.
Last week we talked about medication and self-care tips. Here are some books, music & scripture to help you as you explore your own mental health!
Books for Kids:
At the Feb 17 mom2mom meeting, we talked about anxiety and depression, and ways we can take care of ourselves.
Go see your primary care provider, or if you feel it is related to pregnancy/hormones, you can also go see your ob/gyn. Many ob/gyn’s will treat perinatal or postpartum disorders within their office. If he/she puts you on medication, it will take some time to work (anywhere from 1-3 months depending on what they put you on). Some medications cannot be used when trying to get pregnant, while pregnant, or during nursing. Seek out a specialist who deals specifically with women’s health in this case.
Adjustment of meds may be necessary, but you must be the one to communicate that. If you think things are not improving, you can ask to be referred to a specialist in behavioral health. There are many different medications to try. Just because one doesn’t work, doesn’t mean there isn’t something else out there. Be sure to confirm with your insurance who/what they will cover. IU Behavioral Health is one of the most expensive places in Bloomington (by their own admission) and are not considered in-network for many providers. Don’t be disappointed after the fact that your visit won’t be covered. If you just aren’t sure if you need medical help, set up an appointment at the church with Claudia Mitchell. She can talk with you and help you determine what your best next step might be. Sherwood Oaks has counselors that provide services free of charge.
Here are some more ideas:
Join us next week for Part 2: Books & Music to help!
The Christmas story, according to the Book of Luke gives us a very clear look about how to treasure-up. Picture Luke and Mary sharing a cup of coffee as Mary remembers that "not so quiet night" Jesus was born. Mary shares her story with Luke as memories pour out of her heart. The way Jesus looked. So tiny. So perfect. Love so amazing. Each memory like a treasure in a box gathered close to her heart.
This is what Luke writes about that night… "And there were shepherds living out in the fields, nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shown around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid"! I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, saying Glory to God in the highest. And on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2: 8-14)
Then the shepherds said, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.” The shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child…and all who heard were amazed. (Luke 2:15-18)
But Mary... Treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
Let's focus on what Mary did that stood out in Luke's mind as he wrote the story. He makes a direct contrast between Mary and the shepherds. After this amazing experience in a small town crowded with stressed out people worried about the future of their children, the economy, political climate, (sound familiar?) the shepherds on an ordinary day, had an extraordinary encounter with an angel that changed the world. Luke makes it clear what they did next…hurried off!
But Mary… treasured up, allowing the words to become alive in her heart. Don't be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all people. It brought her joy so contagious it changed everything. A savior is born and because he came to earth … today, this day, and forever, God is with you. Those words brought Mary great joy and she engraved them on her heart.
Set aside your ‘hurry-up’ to ‘treasure-up’ this Celebration season.