Our next “next steps” meeting will be Wednesday, October 27th at 7 PM via zoom. Join us to hear about our project to connect with and provide for the Afghan refugees that are being placed in our area.
The 44- page book, What Do You Do with Chance is a gem. It is a beautiful combination of clear, yet evocative prose along with breathtaking illustrations. The reading level is for children ages 5-8, but truly, it is a book for kids-at-heart, of all ages. The message hits home and would be an inspiring read for any stage of life.
The story is about being courageous and getting outside of your comfort zone. What Do You Do with Chance teaches that chances are opportunities that we can pass by, but to our own peril. The boy in this book wondered why chance wanted him, so he ignored the chances when they came his way. Fortunately, he knew something was missing. One time he decided to finally take a chance, and it seemed like everyone was laughing at him. He describes reaching for a chance and then falling. Then one day, he realized, he had to joyfully embrace chance when it came around, and this time he did not fall. Instead, he held on with all his might. He was using his courageous heart to embrace the opportunity before him.
Isn’t this a perfect message for our church as we embark on our next chapter? What I love about this book’s positive message is that it so universal. Chances can be anything as small as sharing a cookie with a new friend to bigger things like the chance to serve each other, to forgive each other, and to love each other. The book beautifully illustrates that change comes with a price. One must first embrace the opportunities that are put before us-with courage, heart, and commitment.
Book review by Margaret K.
The 21 Day Racial Justice Challenge group at Edmonds Presbyterian Church wants to thank and congratulate all of you, in and out of our congregation, that have supported the purchase of books for Westgate Elementary to expand Black, Indigenous, and People of Color representation in their library. We have reached our goal! We are so very thankful for your help, and hope that the books will show the students of Westgate that they are valued in our community not matter what they look like or where they may be from.
Our group is alive and going well. We have almost hit our goal to provide Westgate Elementary with books that serve their BIPOC community because we know representation matters! This month we will meet on the 26th at 7pm via zoom and watch a Ted talk by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, “How racial bias works — and how to disrupt it” Please join us to learn and grow as a community.
I just finished Dragons in a Bag, by Zetta Elliott. It is recommended for children 8 to 12 years old. I found it truly enjoyable. Jaxon is introduced to a woman who needs help delivering baby dragons to a magical world. There’s time travel, baby dragons living in a small tin, talking animals and plenty to hold your interest. Along the way Jax makes several new friends, counts on the help of old friends, and discovers new secrets. This story is “magical.”
The 21 Day Challenge for Racial Justice group is alive and well at Edmonds Presbyterian Church. And we are working on purchasing racially diverse books for the students at Westgate Elementary here in Edmonds.
Please, won’t you sponsor a book for Westgate Elementary?
To sponsor this month’s book, send a check made out to the church to the church office for $6.99.
Our next “next steps” meeting will be Wednesday, March 24th at 7 PM via zoom. Join us to hear about our upcoming projects and brainstorm about how we can positively impact our community.
Our next “next steps” meeting will be Wednesday, February 24th at 7 PM via zoom. Join us to hear about our project to purchase books for Westgate Elementary library, as requested by their librarian, that portray all the diversity that is present in their student body.
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