“Adam Racoon and the Circus Master”, by Glen Keane

Today we read “Adam Racoon and the Circus Master”, by Glen Keane. We sing “We Shall Assemble”, and “Jesus Loves Me”.

I also added some intro music and changed the way I recorded the video. What do you think?

 

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

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Richie Reads: “No Room for Neighbors”, by Kathryn Wheeler

 

Today we read “No Room for Neighbors”, by Kathryn Wheeler. We sing “The Steadfast Love of the Lord”, and “Victory Chant”.

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

Westside Church of Christ:
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Richie Reads: “Smoky Night”, by Eve Bunting

Today we read “Smoky Night”, by Eve Bunting and illustrated by avid Diaz. We sing “Bind Us Together”, and “Lord, My Desire”.

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

Westside Church of Christ:
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http://www.youtube.com/WestsideChurchofChrist

Richie Reads: “Nobody Likes Me!”, by Roy and Dorris Nichols

Today we read “Nobody Likes Me!”, by Roy and Dorris Nichols and illustrated by Dorothea Cuppers. We sing “I’m in the Lord’s Army”, and “Wonderful Merciful Savior”.

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

Westside Church of Christ:
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Richie Reads: “Whoever You Are”, by Mem Fox

Today we read “Whoever You Are”, by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Staub. We sing “Jesus Loves Me”, and “Open My Heart”.

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

Westside Church of Christ:
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Richie Reads: “All the Colors of the Earth”, by Sheila Hamanaka

Today we read All the Colors of the Earth”, by Sheila Hamanaka. We sing “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, and “Break My Heart”.

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

Westside Church of Christ:
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Just Show Up!

Just Show Up

If you haven’t noticed, there is a lot happening in our world today. This year (2020) has been a doozie so far, hasn’t it?! Corona Virus has had us shut up in our houses for weeks, a man named George Floyd was murdered by a police officer, rioting and looting have been going on all across the country…

I promise, this blog isn’t trying to depress you or be political. One thing I know for a fact is that YOU have a friend – whether or not they live next door, across town, across the country, or they’re virtual friends on social media – who has been affected in some way by 2020’s disasters. Maybe they or one of their family members has had COVID-19, and maybe they have been hospitalized or their family members have died. Maybe your friend is a person of color and they feel deeply impacted by the incident in Minneapolis and the resulting violent and destructive actions of a few people. Maybe you aren’t affected by these events, but you don’t to look far to find someone who has been.

Now, I’m not asking you to agree with me or with your friends. But I am asking you to have some empathy, compassion, and love toward them. Just show up for them! You don’t need to fix them, or say profound words or make a profound Facebook post. Just let them know you’re there.

Job went through a terrible loss. He lost all of his children and all of his possessions. He was known to be a very, very good man. In Job 2:11-13. his friends hear about his loss and they go to him. They see his suffering and cry for and with him. Then in verse 13, “… they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.” They didn’t say anything! They just sat in silence with Job for a week!

They did eventually open their mouths and talk. That is where they messed up.

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

Just show up, and shut up.

 

 

Richie Reads: “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me”, by Eric Carle

Today we read “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me”, by Eric Carle. We sing “Seek Ye First”.

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

Westside Church of Christ:
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https://www.facebook.com/WestsideChurchofChristAlvinTX
http://www.youtube.com/WestsideChurchofChrist

My First Photography Print Sale!

I don’t know how customary, or even if its very professional, to celebrate your first sale on your blog – but here we are. I made my first sale! And I’m pretty excited about it.

The prints are Sunset over the Gulf, and Mono Lake. Mrs. Martha, I hope they are a great addition to you home!

Richie Reads: “The Bravest Worrier”, by Angelique Monet

Today we read “The Bravest Worrier”, by Angelique Monet . We sing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”.

Please send your requests and suggestions for songs and stories and any questions or comments to richie.anderson@alvinwestsidechurch.com.

Westside Church of Christ:
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https://www.facebook.com/WestsideChurchofChristAlvinTX
http://www.youtube.com/WestsideChurchofChrist