Lessons and Moments

Last couple weeks and few days, I adjusted and learned in my placement at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church (NYAPC). I have been learning and doing something new at my YAV house, a workplace, and a community.

At my YAV house, I looked over at the house’s library and found that it has Harry Potter series. I motivated myself to read the series because this is best time to explore it. Then, I enjoyed it so much and I was reading the fourth book but finished it. I am onto the fifth one, which I have to say that it is difficult one to read. I hope that I can have some supports from Harry Potter Fans as I read the fifth one and I welcome any discussions about the series.

I found a love in watching The Great British Baker. Thanks to my housemate, Emily. Watching The Great British Baker is my new self-care. I find it enjoyable and I feel at ease. I laughed at some parts where I can feel their stresses. I realize that it shows up in my cooking on my first two weeks because I had never cooked for 6 of us. Then, I made a choice to allow myself to cook, just simply cooking and remember to double the recipes. Then, my vegetarian meals came out well. I am still proud of myself when I made panko covered cauliflower and rice.

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Pankos-Covered Cauliflower and Rice

 

At my workplace, I found the joy in doing a database for the community club, the tutoring program. To relax and taking a break, I organize the donations for Radcliffe Closet. For the Radcliffe Room, I get to know the guests. For the Community Club event, I went to the Camp and took a position of arts and crafts including American Sign Language (ASL) Bingo. I learned to make Cobra Lanyard bracelets for arts and crafts. I am thankful for the students and tutors from the Community Club who teach me on how to do the crafts, batting for the softball, and learning about their insights.

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Cobra Lanyard Bracelet (Left) and Knotted Keychain (Right)

 

As a part of my own way of engagement with a community, I feel blessed that I am able to visit National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was powerful and very important history. Some part of their history need to be recognized instead of being invisible. I need to say that I should give them a lot of credits for the U.S. Battles and Economy. I didn’t recognize how much they have done in the military and revolutionary wars. I didn’t learn it in school. I didn’t know until I visited the museum. I didn’t think about it and now, I learn that I need to find and see the forgotten parts hidden among the U.S. history and culture including today’s society.

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Picture taken at National Museum of African American History and Culture

 

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God is Involved

I arrived at Stony Point-PCUSA conference center on August 20. Immediately, I felt homesick because it is so different and out of my comfort zone. I cried for minutes and then joined in Kan Jam game. I and my other teammate scored well but we did not win. At least, I managed to dunk a frisbee into a can and threw frisbee smoothly. I was like, finally, I did something new on my first day and did it successfully!

Then, first few days, I sat in the auditorium for hours and hours with 5-10 minutes along with multiples of 1-hour meal break. I was like this was like taking GRE. One session showed me how my identities would impact my work as a volunteer. I was like yeah,  I had to deal with my voice in my head on how other people would think of me when I voice in a certain way. Then, I found the name for what exactly that I did. The speaker said, “I had to policing myself.” This concept is called “Self-Monitoring.” Then, I conclude that God involves in my life because I placed too much on myself.

God involves in my life including in my plan no matter what.

While pondering on how I would do my year on a second week after learning and gaining personal insights, I realized that my relationship with God is not a trusting, deepened relationship. Yes, even me as a Pastor’s kid suffers this. I want to control my plan. Yet, God plays a role in my plans because that is how I got a call to do YAV. However, I had some moments where I had too many “What ifs.” In a perfect timing, my housemates and I met Deacon Shani Mcllwain. Mcllwain showed the importance of praising God at all time. To have faith in God is to place God first ahead of everything. My challenge for this year is to place God first and trust God.

 

Fundraising is important skill to have and lessons for me as I may work in a church or any organizations. I know God has a plan for me but for this year, it is me working in a Presbyterian church at D.C. Your support and your prayers would help me. Your donations help our Washington D.C. Site.

Mail Donation:

Please write checks to National Capital Presbytery

In the memo line include:  Kasey Kelly – YAV

11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1009
Rockville, MD 20852

Donate online:
https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/e051477/

When entering a Billing information for Step 3 part of the donation, on comments/instructions section, type: e051477 and Kasey Kelly

 

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