Autism Awareness Month
Latest Blog Posts on Autism
At Special Gathering, which is a ministry within the mentally challenged community, we have several activities to celebrate the birth of the Savior. My favorite is our Happy Birthday, Jesus Party. Our members bring food. There is a birthday cake. We feast, sing "Happy Birthday" and retell the story of the birth of God's son. It is the timeless recounting of God's great love for mankind wh ...
There are few times of the year that present the Church with a greater degree of purchasing power than the time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. I’m actually not thinking about purchasing gifts or other stuff but purchasing a more valuable commodity–time. During these weeks, as we abandon our vocations in order to celebrate the birth of Christ, time can seem to slow to a creep as we s ...
In ancient times, few people were given the privilege of seeing God. While we aren't told that Abraham actually saw God face to face, we know that God valued Abraham so much that he was called "the friend of God." It was an amazing closeness. However, for the Hebrews to acknowledge that a man would have friendship with their G-d was not even logical. Jehovah's name alone was so holy that t ...
As Pastor Iman passed Eric who paced back and forth at the back of the room, the pastor asked the young man, “What part do have in the play?” “I’m the star,” Eric said, scratching his head and facing the inquiring man. “Oh, that’s great but what is your part?” “I’m the star,” Eric repeated, patiently. “I know you are the star; but what is the part you are playing tonight?” Eric’s autis ...
It was a happy day when I mentioned to a person who works at Congressman Posey's office about my AT&T phone problem. "Oh, no," the Congressman's helpful office manager, Pam Gillespie, said. "It is a federal law that you must be able to transfer your number to your new carrier. They are breaking FCC rules." For over a month, I'd been fighting with a slew of AT&T representatives to ...
Martin Luther has been quoted (or probably misquoted) as saying, "I've read the Bible once. I don't need to read it again." The life of Luther disavows this ascertion because it was his study of the scriptures that led him to faith in Christ. His last note scribbled on a scrap of paper while he lay on his death bed was an exhortation to study the Bible with a humble heart. As a young woman ...
For years, one of our Bible teachers at Special Gathering reviewed the same Bible verse with his class every week. ”I will pray morning, noon and night.” As the first five years rolled around, I became a bit disturbed. Doesn’t he know any other verses? I asked myself. Then I came to welcome the value of what he was teaching his class. The learning abilities of this class of adults were ...
Ethel was a Bible teacher at Special Gathering. Additionally, she wrote many books for the mentally challenged community and they were published in our monthly newsletter. Ethel and I shared a passion for writing and Special Gathering. Therefore, we became good friends through our shared ministry concerns. In addition, we both excelled at "going to lunch" and we practiced that part of our ...
Autism in the Community