First of all, welcome to all of our new blog followers! If you are looking for the entire “Every Needful Thing” program, click on the category on the right side of my blog called “Every Needful Thing.” This will give you a list of all the posts that have to do with the program in order from most recent to earliest. I would recommend scrolling down and starting from the earliest post first so that it makes the most sense. That will help you get up to speed as we move forward. Also, in case you haven’t figured it out yet….here on my blog, “ENT” stands for “Every Needful Thing.”
Don’t Start From Scratch
In just the last month I have received many, many comments and emails from people out there in the world who are joining us (in one way or another) for our “Every Needful Thing” program this year. This is why I have given you so much information about it – not only do we have many people participating on an individual level, but we also have many other women’s organizations (including many Relief Societies or church groups in other areas) who are planning it for their groups. I don’t want those of you planning the program for your neighborhoods and groups to have to start from scratch or feel like you are “behind” in the planning process.
Therefore, I have decided to help you with this. Whenever we start having a more detailed plan taking form for future activities, I will tell you about it. For example, we are making some progress on how we are going to do our “Organization Fair” in March. I’ll tell you about it next week. Then, if you want to do something similar you are more than welcome to. If you want to go a different direction then I think that’s a great idea as well. That’s the point of “Every Needful Thing” – it can be taken so many ways depending on what you are looking to accomplish.
Your Start-Date Doesn’t Matter
With that in mind I also want to give a suggestion to those who are planning “Every Needful Thing” for their groups. True, we started in January with our program. However – no one says that you have to have started in January as well. It will be just as effective no matter when you start it so don’t feel pressure or rushed in your planning. Just start it when you are ready.
I received an email from a woman who is doing this for their group and they have decided to start it in March and go until February 2011. Great idea! Don’t feel confined to a certain calendar year. In fact, it’s nice to start in March because then they really can look at what we do and what ideas are shared here and still have plenty of time to plan their activities. I think it’s brilliant!
You Might Want to Add This to the Notebooks
We were planning on having blank paper (8.5″x 5.5″ and two-hole punched) available at our next activity so that the women could take notes in their notebooks if they wanted (this would be in addition to the handouts that we will also give them). However, we are already finding that some would use that blank paper now to write down thoughts and things that they want to remember from church or books or other things they are learning. As one woman said, “I decided that this notebook will also be my journal to write down ‘special things.’”
So, instead of waiting to add the blank paper – you might want to do it in the beginning and encourage people to use it for any thoughts that they want to remember throughout this journey.
Share Your Ideas Here
The more people and groups that I hear about who are either following our program or using it as a jumping off point for their groups, the more I want to know about their ideas. Everyone has something to offer and I know that there are fabulous tweaks and changes and adaptations already floating around out there about how you are going to tackle this program to meet your group or individual needs. PLEASE SHARE! Leave your comments, telling us what you are doing or you can email me directly with your great ideas.
I have heard of a few who already have the wheels spinning in their minds as to what will meet the needs of their group. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the ideas and I’ll post them regularly for everyone to benefit from. I would also LOVE to see photos of what you end up doing – you can email me those as well. Just be prepared for me to brag about you on my blog! One idea that a group is doing might trigger another idea for someone else. Please share!
Keep It Coming
I love hearing that your group is jumping on board with us or that you, as an individual are doing so. Please feel free to continue your emails and comments letting us know that you have joined our ENT club and thank you for sharing it with so many others as well.
I love ENT and I love YOU for being a part of it with us! I’ve been totally pumped about it from the start but my excitement level is reaching new heights as the weeks pass. Thank you!
And thank you to all of the lovely women in our neighborhood who have embraced this program already – I can’t wait to learn from you and share this experience together.
I got an email from another woman who is making a sign for the whole year using the ENT logo. I thought I would give it to you here in a generic, black and white, 8.5 x 11 size. I won’t be able to custom design things for your group but I figured that this would be something that many of you might want so here you go! Just click on the image to download it.
And let’s talk about what is truly needful….winning a whole set of my new clear stamps! Thank you for sharing this blog with those around you – as many of you mentioned in your comments, I love to share and the things I like to share are often simple enough for anyone to use or be a part of and be immediately successful. So keep sharing and spreading the love!
Congratulations to our random winner:
I did it!! Thanks so much for always being willing to share your fabulous ideas and talents with us. You are amazing and your little guy is adorable!!!
Chalese, please email me (email@example.com) with your address and I’ll send this pile of stamps out to you! Hooray!
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