Nelson Mandela Day is July 18

Hear the stories from these young South African professionals

Wednesday, JUL  19   5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Eskenazi  Fine Arts Center

1401 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Meet, Mingle, and Listen: Getting to Know the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellows

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

Free event, but registration is required. More information about this event is available  at their website.  Get tickets and information here.

Mark Your Calendars for Fall!

Please mark your calendars for the fall!!  

Praise Makers will begin again on Sept. 10th. They will meet each Sunday through Dec. 24th with the exception of Nov. 26th (the Sunday after Thanksgiving)

They’ll resume the regular schedule Jan. 7th.

They will sing in worship the 2nd Sunday of every month beginning on Oct. 8th.

Many thanks to Rebekah Lawson and everyone involved with Praise Makers. We appreciate your worship leadership.

Gratitude Makes Us Happy!!

Hi! It’s Sharon again.

Just read this most encouraging article from our friend, Pam’s post. (THANKS, PAM!!)

Image result for images of gratitude and thanksThe article is about how neuroscience is proving that there are rituals — like looking for things to be grateful for — that can actually help raise the levels of brain chemicals that make us feel happy! (specifically, dopamine and seratonin) Read more about it…Here’s the link: Gratitude

The author says, “I know, sometimes life lands a really mean punch in the gut and it feels like there’s nothing to be grateful for. Guess what? Doesn’t matter. You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts.”

Via The Upward Spiral:

It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of emotional intelligence. One study found that … as emotional intelligence increases, the neurons in these areas become more efficient. With higher emotional intelligence, it simply takes less effort to be grateful.

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And gratitude doesn’t just make your brain happy — it can also create a positive feedback loop in your relationships. So express that gratitude to the people you care about.