Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Relief Society Activity

Hello Everyone!!

I hope you all have had a terrific day!  I had a very relaxing day.  I took a few days off of officially blogging since it is going to be a busy rest of the week with My Pink Imagine-Nation Wednesday and Hello Thursday.  Busy, busy!!

Tonight we had a Relief Society Activity at my church building.  In our church the Relief Society Organization is made up of all women 18 and over.  It came about as a way for the women in our church in the early days to help bring "relief" to those in need by service.  We had a fun activity tonight by holding a Service Auction.  It was awesome!!  There were about 40-50 of us ladies there and we all donated one or two service items or acts to auction off.  I donated a pack of my cards and some homemade cookies.  We all earned points to bid with by the things we had accomplished this week, month, and even today.  Some examples were like...... Give your kids a hug (20 points each child), made your bed today, told someone you loved them, did a Random Act of Kindness, etc.  It was amazing how great the items of service were that other women donated.  We have a very successful lawyer who donated a free one hour consult, many cooks who donated home cooked meals to others, two ladies who donated their pools and backyards for a pool party, and someone even donated their boat for a day on the lake!!  Amazing how giving everyone was.  

The great thing about tonight was that I really felt the spirit of service.  I wanted to do so much for everyone!  If someone didn't get the dinner they bid on I was thinking in my head that I should take that family dinner.  If someone didn't get that hour of free babysitting I was thinking that I should offer to take their baby for the day so they can get something done.  It is so awesome to be a part of this great work that we are put on the earth to do.  When we serve others we can truly find who we are and the potential we have within us.  :)

Here is a picture I took of me with one of the sister missionaries in our church. She gets to go home tomorrow and she has been away from her family for 1 1/2 years and has only talked to them a couple of times.  Another act of service that I am totally in awe of.  :)


I hope you all have a beautiful night and feel inspired as I was to serve others.  :)

39 comments:

  1. You are amazing!! I loved it when our RS did a service auction. I hope we do it again soon!! :)

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  2. That sounds really neat, I've never heard of anything like that before, Wonderful idea! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!! -Sam :-)

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  3. We are truly blessed aren't we.
    Thanks 4 sharing as you always do Robyn
    Jo

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  4. How awesome that your church does this. It is so easy today to get over busy that we forget to give of ourself and our possessions to bless others. My favorite gift to give my friends is a meal or a night/day of kidsitting. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
    Kathy

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  5. Thanks for sharing your wonderful evening with us. Serving others is truly worth our time and efforts!

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  6. How fun! I have done that in a ward before and it was great!! It's so wonderful to share our talents with others. Right now I'm cutting out cards for our ward card making night. It's a lot of work, but ohh so rewarding.

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  7. Look how cute you are! I always have a blast at our Service Auctions. You're right about getting caught up in the spirit of service. If only we could remember that feeling the whole year through, could you imagine how great life could be?!
    Thanks so much for sharing this important part of our church.
    Love always,
    Angie in Utah

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  8. fantastic! Way to go Robyn! I totally feel the same way!

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  9. That is beautiful that your church does that, that is how life should be. thank you as always for sharing a different part of yourself with us Robyn
    smooches as always Marjorie

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  10. Thanks for sharing. That sounds like an awesome evening. We had a Relief Society activity tonight to. It was called Come Unto Christ. We were filled physically and spiritually. It was awesome.

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  11. Great idea Robyn tfs
    Jeanette

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  12. That is awesome Robyn! Sounds like a great idea.

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  13. Hi, Robyn what a wonderful day you have. Just from me to you my community service project is that I donate my cards in sets, individually and tons of thank you notes to our city centers who assist our community members in need. We all have so much left over to donate our product. And the service of making cards for those in need. Eample: for volunteer directors I make thankyou notes that fit the occasion; for those in need any type of card they may need (bday, sympathy, wedding, etc). I could go on but that's so self serving, I do try to be humble, but on top of my tithing, I've found such a need in this arena. I also have a new blog for those who need an anwer re: crafting and need help finging (its new) I know your busy would love a visit. http://craftpinknaynay.blogspot.com/. Congatulations and God Bless on all your accomplishments! God bless you and your family and all your followers!

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  14. Good morning Robyn!

    I love reading your inspriational stories, they always get me so motivated. When I was younger, I did not understanding the concept of giving and doing kind things that made others feel good, but thankfully, I've matured. I love doing things for other and giving things to others. I recently cleaned out my closet and donated over 50 bags of clothes to Red Cross and a couple of bags to a single mother who works in my building, for no other reason than I thought that the items would look really nice on her. I had no idea that she was having some financial issues and trying to raise three wonderful teenaged daughters. She said that my gift really made her day and gave her some hope. Though money is tight for everyone nowadays, it's given me an idea that with the holidays coming up, to ensure that her family is taken care of both with food and gifts (for Christmas), hopefully giving her memories that she can carry with her instead of worry and fear of the future. Giving from the heart really does feel good! God bless, Patty

    tippymarsh@googlemail.com

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  15. What a wonderful thing to do to put others before ourselves!!

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  16. Robyn, you have such a big heart and am sure your church is blessed to have such wonderful people like yourselves to serve to others. It is a great feeling isn't it.

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  17. Robyn,
    How cool! We still keep in contact with our past missionaries. We used to live three houses away from the apartment so I would take pots of soup to them at the end of the month. They sacrifice so much and do it with a grateful spirit. I wish I could be as giving!

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  18. Oh Robyn you are so truley amazing. So thoughtful & kind to all. I hope this will open everybodies mind to actually help someone else. ;0)

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  19. What a great way to kick of the Christmas season with a Service Auction! Puts you on the right mind set to think of others. Thanks for sharing! I do miss your posts when you take a day off but so glad you do cause it shows you are just like the rest of us! Thanks so much Robyn!

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  20. This was definitely inspiring and something I think might work for an organization I am a part of. Thanks for sharing. Smooches...

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  21. What a great idea! Reading this makes me want to go and do something nice for someone. I think I will now!

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  22. What an awesome idea. Thank you so much for sharing such an uplifting story. Remember Robyn, you do make a difference in people's lives, sometimes with out even knowing it, as you did with me!

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  23. We did this in one of our Relief Society meetings too. I Loved this activity, I felt the same way you did when we finished. I love the pic with the sister missionary. I am so excited because my son who is serving in Portugal is coming home in 29 days! Can't wait to give him a huge hug!
    Have a great day!
    Jenny C

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  24. I've never been to a service auction but they sound awesome! I'm totally going to suggest it! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. So awesome and inspiring!
    Sarah

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  26. You amaze me. What a wonderful group of women. We should follow your example.

    Joann
    joannmarch

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  27. That sounds so amazing. Very inspiring.

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  28. I too am impressed by someone that has that much dedication - it just makes you realize how much more we can all do.....everylittle bit helps and counts - as long as we do what we can and it's truly our best - it's good!

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  29. I have been humbled this past month by the wonderful Relief Society sisters in my ward and their service to me. I had surgery and food was brought in so that I wouldn't have to cook. My dad, who lives with me, was in the hospital. On my way to his room in the hospital I met up with the Relief Society president who had just visited him. She took one look at me and said you look totally worn out. Which I am. When I got home (with my dad) I had a message saying dinner would be here this evening! what a blessing my gospel sisters are

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  30. That is wonderful and it does make you feel so much better to do for others in need. One thing I do is when I find out about a family having financial difficulties I buy a gift card from our local grocery store and send it to them anonymously. I know they can use it and it does not embarrass them the next time they see me.

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  31. That's awesome! It sounds so uplifting.

    Wendy C.

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  32. Our RS has never held a service auction but the YW have a goods/service auction as a fundraiser for camp in the spring. Thanks for sharing and uplifting!
    Smiles,
    Amanda in Ohio

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  33. Hey Robyn, I don't know much about your church, but I think it's wonderful that they promote giving to others. And not just $, but in service. There are so many times when we could, babysit, take someone to do their grocery shopping, or to a Dr appt etc. There are so many more services we could give. I think giving of yourself or your time, is the best gift you can give.
    I am often amazed when people are surprized at the offer of help! Are there truely so many people who don't give? There must be, since almost anytime I give, the 'givee' is shocked!
    I just don't get it... how hard is it to be a good neighbor? Well anyway, it's just great thay you all promote service to others. Thanks to you all for your unselfish hearts.

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  34. Sounds wonderful, Robyn! You do inspire so many! Have a wonderful week!

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  35. you are an amazine woman, God bless you

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  36. That is incredible Robyn. It's funny, yesterday I was talking to one of the docs I work part-time with about office Christmas gifts & decided to go with the Angel Tree in lieu of gifts to each other. None of us need (nor want) little things that we might get each other. Helping & doing for others is something I do best. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  37. What a super idea! Can't imagine how you could go home without having that magical feeling you get when doing something good for someone else! You are amazing and your church is too!
    Jean

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  38. Nice thing to do. It makes you feel good to give back to our community.

    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com
    grandma chris

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