“How They Built It”
A Worship series on the intersection of passion and opportunity. Frederick Buechner wrote, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” This series offers examples of UPA members who are listening for God’s call.
This week meet Jeff and Stephanie McNeil, who founded “Qeepsake,” and Kristin McGovern, founder of “Garden Girl.”
Psalm 90:12-17 and 1 John 4:7-21
The author of the Psalm prays,”Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations…teach us to number our days so that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” The psalmist measures the days in terms of suffering and affliction. The author of 1 John measures the days in love shared. Either way, the “graciousness” of God is observed.
Prelude: “Sol Son Tud” Thai folksong
Meditation: “Nettleton” American folk tune
Anthem: “Come O Holy Spirit” trad. Yoruba song
Postlude: “Menuet in F” Carey
The need to find an efficient process for people to keep a journal of their children’s milestone accomplishments drove Jeff McNeil to form Qeepsake
by Doug Wood-Boyle
Like many young parents, Jeff McNeil and his wife Stephanie wanted to keep a journal for each of their five children as they were growing up, to mark the milestones along the way, but they found it difficult keeping up with the day to day entries that had to be made.
Jeff, who had owned and operated a computer program design company, was trying to find a way to simplify the process when Stephanie came up with an idea of a text message based program. “Stephanie and I had the idea, 2014, to have somebody send text messages on a daily basis that would prompt the users to answer questions about their children.”
In the first year of operation the company only had about two dozen users. Since that time, with the help of an appearance on the nationally televised entrepreneurial program “Shark Tank,” the number has grown to 2,700 paid subscribers and about 220,000 total users. (READ MORE)
A need to keep growing drives Kristin McGovern
By Doug Wood Boyle
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business and Finance and a Masters Degree in International Business, working for two different companies, and having two children, Kristin McGovern made the decision to buy a company and venture out on her own. Facing every young mother’s dilemma in 2006, McGovern recalled, “I wanted to see if I could find something that offered more flexibility (for me) to stay with my kids.” McGovern was also motivated to leave the restraints of corporate life and to “…find something that offered the opportunity to use my skill set. I also wanted to start my own business.
“I had watched my dad (Jim Miller had started his own real estate development firm) and thought, ‘that is something to aspire to.’”
McGovern, a good cook and baker (thanks to her mother Toni Miller), had started to focus on eating healthy and that morphed into caring about what went on the body as well as what was eaten. All of her desires came together when McGovern met a woman who was looking to sell a natural skin care company that she had conceived. (READ MORE)
Religious Education This Week:
This Sunday our Students will again be collecting their offering to our mission “The shoe that Grows, Practical Compassion”. Last week the Lollipops earned $55 for our mission and we hope to continue growing our support.
During worship, our students will be given the opportunity to leave about 10:15 to attend lessons.
CnC (Confirm not Conform) will meet this Sunday at 8:30am downstairs in the Big Hall.
Topic: Where do you Stand?
This opportunity is open to all 7th through 12th grade in preparation of confirmation. We invite all of our Mentors to please join our meeting on discipleship. Food will be provided.
Sunday School Lessons:
•Pre-k to 5th Malachii’s Words and what it is like to be a messenger from God. Reading from Malachi 3:1-4
•Youth will be starting a set of lessons on Being Brave. The Message this Sunday is “Be strong because God is with you.” Reading is from Joshua 1:9-11
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: October 19 at 5:30pm Game Mixer
Any student in grades 6 to 12, parents of those students and mentors of these students, please mark your calendars for a party mixer. We will be having Harry Potter themed games and just having fun. Bring a dish to share, and enjoy our evening. Drinks will be provided. Let’s all catch up and see who is the best at gaming……..
HELP… Please review your schedule and sign up for a Sunday or two to help with our classes. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4aacab2babf49-sunday2