Monthly Newsletter February 2014
Scripture of the Month:
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Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
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Check Out These Great African American Inventors
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During this month, Black History Month, we normally take the time to acknowledge and celebrate the lives of famous African Americans. Did you know that many African Americans contributed to the creation of many inventions we use today? Below are the names of ten African Americans who were also inventors of things many people are not aware of.
1. Garrett Augustus Morgan invented, among many other things, the first automatic three-way traffic signal system, which he eventually sold to General Electric. 2. Nathaniel Alexander was the first to patent the folding chair.. 3. Sarah E. Goode invented a bed that folded up into a cabinet, which could also be used as a roll-top desk. She received a patent for her work in 1885. 4. Otis Boykin invented electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers and pacemakers. He would receive almost a dozen patents over his lifetime.
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5. In 1897, African-American inventor Alfred L. Cralle patented the first ice cream scoop. His original design remains in wide use. 6. African-American mechanical engineer David Crosthwait, Jr. created the heating systems for New York's Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. 7. Madame C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African-American hair and became the first American woman to become a millionaire through her own business. 8. In 1897, John Lee Love received a patent for his portable pencil sharpener, also known as the "Love Sharpener." 9. George T. Sampson earned a patent in 1892 for inventing a clothes dryer that used heat from a stove.
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10. In 1878, Virginia native Joseph Winters patented a folding escape ladder mounted on fire wagons. Research found at http://www.biography.com/tv/classroom/black-history -inventions-and-discoveries
A Piece from The Parent’s Corner
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More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5 (NIV) A child’s family and parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life. Before he or she significantly interacts with others in the world, a child does so with his family members. Parental interaction is most important to the child. This is especially so in instances where a child is born with a disability. When a child is born with or it is discovered he or she is disabled, the parents, in general, will first experience a period of emotional crisis characterized by shock, denial, and disbelief. This initial reaction maybe proceeded by periods of anger, guilt, depression, shame, lowered self-esteem, rejection of the child, blaming each other, rejection of God and overprotectiveness. It is at this stage that one parent will seek and be granted a divorce and the abuse of the disabled child or a sibling will occur. If family members and parents come together, the third stage in which they accept the child will generally arrive. Researchers who have studied families with disabled children in them report that having a member of the family with a disability will experience, often life-long periods of confronting, adjusting and adapting to the child through their developmental stage progressions to adulthood. In 1993, Florene Steward Poyadue, a Registered Nurse and the parent of a Down’s Syndrome child, conducted research and suggested a stage beyond acceptance and adapting to a disabled child. She proposed the notion of appreciation for and positive aspects the presence of the disabled child bring into the family in many instances. She reported among the positive responses was that parents/caregivers had given her were: 1) couples coming closer together creating a stronger bond among family members; 2) being more responsible parents; 3) having unexplainable and unexpected pleasures while working with their disabled daughter or son. Though positive experiences can offer a great deal of hope for families with a disabled child, taking care of a child with a disability is a demanding task. Children with disabilities, especially those child with chronic illnesses, can entail tremendous amounts of time, strain on family resources, medical costs as well as cause added stress to parents and other family members. In some cases, a child with a disability can result in mental and physical stress on family members and on the parents. Much of this is due to a lack of income. One parent, if it is a two parent family, must work while the other family member must remain at home caring for the child. One parent families are unable to work at all depending entirely on public assistance and other means of support. Respite care can reduce a great deal of these stressors. Church and community oriented programs for these families in the way of time off, volunteers to run errands, as well as parenting information have been found highly useful for these families.
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God of compassion, in Jesus Christ you cared for those who were blind or deaf, crippled or slow to learn. Though all of us need help, give special care to those who are disabled, particularly those we name in silence... By our concern may they know the love you have for them, and come to trust you; through Jesus Christ who came to heal humankind. Amen. This article was written by Swagga4Christ Biblical Writer, Stephen A. Peterson
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