Santa Central at Hudson Mills - Dec. 13, 2015

Who:  Children of all ages!

What:  Children can visit Santa Central, play reindeer games, enjoy a hayride and snack, and share their wish list with Santa. Don't stand in line at the mall; we have small groups with little wait to see the jolly guy.

Where:  Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center

When:  Choose from one of three sessions, 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Cost:  Fee: $6 per child/$3 per adult.   Admission is by advance ticket purchase only.

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Hometown Holiday in Chelsea, Dec 4-6, 2015

Chelsea’s annual Hometown Holiday weekend is a festive, fun-filled celebration that kicks off the holiday season. The activities start with Santa lighting the giant Christmas tree at Pierce Park on Friday night and ends with a holiday carol concert featuring singing groups from the churches of Chelsea on Sunday evening. There are many events, activities and attractions all weekend including Santa’s Workshop, Gingerbread House Decorating, the annual Light Parade, and many, many more.

Chelsea is all decked out in holiday splendor to warm your hearts and get you in the holiday spirit. Browse the shops, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy the special events planned. Happy Holidays!

Check out for a detailed list of events.

UM vs OSU Tailgate Party at DUMC, Nov 28, 2015

"God Asks Me to Follow His Path" w/MGT

Our Mother Goose Time Experience God preschool theme this month is "God Asks Me to Follow His Path" which features the story of "The Little Children and Jesus."  The first set of activities we did this week went along with the topic "I Will Go to Jesus."

We began by discussing where we think Jesus is.  I asked the kids to close their eyes while I placed a story card somewhere in the room.  When I said, "Go to Jesus," they opened their eyes and ran to the story card. 

We read the story and at the end, I explained that Jesus loves all children, which means he loves them, too!

For the "Looking for Signs" activity, we remembered talking about what obstacles might keep us from going to Jesus from our church Sunday School class, like being busy or angry.  We played MGT's game where the children do an activity such as hopping or clapping, and when I show them the traffic light color (which we made as an activity from our "On the Go" MGT curriculum), the children either continue at the same pace, slow down or stop.  As I explained to the girls that Jesus never wants us to Stop going to Him, they also remembered learning from church that the angels praised God every minute of every day and that should do that, too.

In "Hear His Call", we brainstormed a list of what sounds we might hear when traveling down the road.  As we wrote them down on a piece of paper, we made the noise.  I reminded the children that letters make sounds, too, so we got in some phonics, too!  No matter how noisy our world is, Jesus is calling our name and asking us to follow him.

For the fourth activity, we shared the name we were given at birth, as well as nicknames that we may have.  I traced each child's hand on a piece of paper and then read to them: "Jesus wants ____ to come to Him."  Jesus knew your name even before you were born.  He always loved you and called you by name.

Our culminating activity included the children drawing a self-portrait and moving themselves up the hill to be with Jesus.  Jesus is happy when we say yes and go to Him!

We also played some games that MGT supplied us with, as well as some coloring sheets.

You can find the "Experience God" curriculum at


The LEGO brick model of the complex will be unveiled at a special event at the GMRENCEN early next year.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Michigan today announced the GMRENCEN as the Metro Detroit area’s favorite landmark, as determined by a public fan vote. Along with the top 10 landmarks selected in a prior round of voting, the GMRENCEN will be constructed from LEGO® bricks and displayed in MINILAND when the attraction opens next spring. The GMRENCEN model will be unveiled onsite at a special event early next year.
Situated along Detroit’s international riverfront, the GMRENCEN is an iconic collection of seven interconnected skyscrapers that are owned by and serve as the world headquarters for General Motors. The central tower, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is the tallest building in Michigan and the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. 
“Not only is the GMRENCEN an iconic part of the Detroit skyline, but it is a symbol of Michigan’s industry, culture and spirit of innovation,” said Hayley Anderson, general manager for LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan. “We are thrilled to have engaged so many members of our community in choosing local landmarks for MINILAND and are excited to debut our GMRENCEN LEGO model at the complex early next year.” 
To achieve the top slot in the MINILAND vote, the GMRENCEN was chosen by fans from nine other beloved Metro Detroit landmarks that will also be featured in MINILAND, including the Spirit of Detroit, Belle Isle, Motown Museum, Fox Theater, Guardian Building, Comerica Park, Uniroyal Tire, Michigan Central Station and the Heidelberg Project.

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