May We Give to YOU This Tuesday?
Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash
By Michael Edgar Myers
I'm writing while reflecting on "Giving Tuesday," the designated Tuesday after Thanksgiving when not-for-profit organizations concentrate on requesting financial donations. It's a laudable period of end-of-the-year generosity, even if a tad overwhelming.
No doubt you have received many "Giving Tuesday" email requests in recent days. If you're like me, you may feel a twinge of pressure to try giving to everyone, as if #GivingTuesday is a do-it-or-lose it competition with leftovers from Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For us, "Giving Tuesday" isn't a landing site, it's a launching pad of Yes, And... Y
So, to be transparent, yes, this IS a request to give...AND it is not. Yes, we would be thankful if you gave financially to Kingdom Impact Theater Ministries (today, even), AND I want to let you know there's a deeper reason I'm writing. It's to thank you for the intangible gifts you have given us already so that we may give to others.
Songs of Worship in Ukraine
By Michael Edgar Myers
A colleague of ours with Artists in Christian Testimony Intl is a music ministry educator in Ukraine. As the Russian attacks were imminent, our colleague sent a post to A.C.T. Intl artists in 47 countries encouraging us to begin infusing oft-sung Ukrainian songs of worship in our local congregational assemblies. Three of the selections are original compositions by musical worship leaders in Ukraine, perhaps not known Stateside. YouTube links and link to the full story can be provided.
Repurposing for Halloween and More
by Michael Edgar Myers
We've made many discoveries about presenting theater during The Pandemic Era. Among the discoveries is the ability to "repurpose" -- that is, representing establish material in new medium.
Those who dwell in the house of social media forever are well-acquainted with the idea. It's why you have variations of a post in one medium designed anew for others, or multiple postings from a single source -- Facebook begats Instagram begats Twitter begats TikTok begats Pinterest begats...begats...begats...etcetera and....
For Kingdom Impact Theater, this repurposing has taken the form of revisiting stage scripts written a couple of decades ago, reading to see how the story and theology remains relevant over the years, then editing and presenting excerpts on "An Evening with Kingdom Impact Theater," the new program we developed for online presentation during the pandemic.
What began as a holiday experiment during the 2020 Christmas season has grown into a monthly commitment -- on each third Thursday -- that has not only stretched us technically as performers, but also provided unexpected witnessing and live presentation opportunities as churches have resumed in-person worship.
What We Want for Christmas
It is not the easiest question to answer: “What do you want for Christmas?”
The KIT 'n' Kaboodle Blog
The essays here are culled from our travels, conversations, worship experiences and discoveries.
Many are reprints from our newsletter, The KIT 'n' Kaboodle, or Facebook notes over time.
They're written by our ensemble, Garlan Garner, Michael Edgar Myers or Vikki J. Myers -- solo, or collectively.