Volunteer Work: Ways to Involve Your Whole Family

Volunteering your time to help others is always a great thing to do. It seems like more people like to do this around the holiday season which is helpful. Whatever causes it, the holidays always seem to get people thinking about what is most important in life. It is encouraging to see volunteer efforts, no matter the cause. If your children are old enough to volunteer with you I strongly believe that is a behavior that you should encourage them to perform.

A recent post on Mom Life Today gave “25 Ways Your Family Can Serve Together This Holiday Season”. If you are looking for ways to involve your entire family in your volunteer efforts this article could really give you some stellar ideas.

What is your favorite way to volunteer and help out your community?

Christians Have First Public Service in Turkey

This post from Christian Today is about Turkey and their endeavors to become more culturally diverse. The most probable cause behind Turkey letting Christians have a Mass for the first time in their country’s history is their longing to become members of the United Nations. No matter what the motive for their actions may be, it is still great to see Christians gain an opportunity to publicly hold a service for the first time.

“Turkey allowed Christians to hold a rare service at a politically sensitive monastery for the first time since the modern-day country’s creation nearly nine decades ago.

Sunday’s Mass at the ancient monastery of Sumela near the Black Sea was led by Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians.

Over 1,500 pilgrims from Greece, Russia and other countries travelled to the Byzantine-era monastery for the emotional, three-hour service – the first of two that Turkey’s government has permitted this summer.

According to reports, Turkey’s Culture Ministry said the decision to open the two churches was a result of the ministry’s “evaluation that visitor activity brought by belief tourism would contribute in solving economic, political and social problems in these regions and would have a positive impact on relations with neighbouring countries”.

Some observers believe that the move is part of the Turkish government’s effort to improve its public relationship with ethnic and religious minorities amid its bid to join the European Union.” – “Turkey’s Christians Hold Historic Church Service”, Christian Today