“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Matthew 6:33 Volume 9, Issue 1 2011 Year In Review Moving Forward In 2011, we continued implementing many of the programs we believe have a significant impact on those served, and we also began to take action on some of the ideas we have for the future outreach of First Things First. Those new programs are further explained on this page and page 11 of this newsletter. We are continually in awe of God’s provisions and guidance as He directs us to partner with like-minded companies, organizations and individuals to carry out the plans He has for First Things First. We hope you will continue to prayerfully consider helping us carry out His mission. In Christ, PS – For daily updates on the Warner family and the activities of First Things First, follow Kurt on Twitter @kurt13warner or facebook.com/kurt13warner and Brenda on Twitter @WarnerBrenda. Making A Difference Through Mentoring The latest in the outreach of First Things First is a mentor program called arête (pronounced air-eh-TAY), the Greek word for excellence. The term can best be defined as excellence of any kind; the act of living up to one’s full potential; courage and strength in the face of adversity. Kurt and Brenda hope to instill those principles in the eight high school-age kids they are mentoring from Sunshine Acres in Mesa, Arizona. The program centers on Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord.” Each month Kurt and Brenda meet with the eight mentees as they build relationships, stretch their comfort zones and focus on key areas for successful living including social counseling, education, community service, financial guidance, spiritual nurturing, health and fitness. The group focused on team building during an evening of paintball and a day at Bondurant Racing. They also spent quality time relaxing together and discussing their book for the year, First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner, during gettogethers at the Warner’s house for a swim party in July and a game party in December. Everyone received royal treatment with dinner at iPic Theater and a viewing of Moneyball. The group heard Brenda’s testimony at the Women of Faith Conference in September. Focused on understanding the importance of serving others, the group spent an afternoon packing food at Feed My Starving Children in June and an evening of shopping to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child in November. Special thanks to a foundation friend at Chase Bank for turning the Operation Christmas Child activity into a wonderful budgeting exercise with practical tools for the future. And many thanks to NY 54 Limo for generously donating car service for the kids each month.