WNZR celebrates the ministry of Knox Starting Point

This week, The Morning Thing shined the spotlight on the ministry of Knox Starting Point.

We talked with several of their staff members:
Executive Director, Diana Wetzel
Client Services Director, Abbey Ernst
Ultrasound Services Director, Heather Lanzer
Development Director, Jenn Furay

Click HERE to hear the conversations.

They shared updates on the services that they provide, how recent changes in the laws and culture are having an impact, plus how to become a prayer partner for the ministry.

Starting Point recently hosted their Spring Banquet with the theme of “The Blessing of a Father”. You can join a Watch Party and support their outreach to the community.

  • Sunday, April 23, Noon at Mulberry Street Church, 205 N Mulberry St, Mount Vernon. Contact Lori or Abbey at 740-393-2576 to RSVP.
  • Wednesday, April 26, 6pm at Starting Point, 11 Woodlake Trail, Mount Vernon. Contact Diana or Amy at 740-393-5074 to RSVP.
  • Thursday, April 27, 7pm at Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon. Contact Sherri at 740-507-0537 to RSVP.

“Your Father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains.” Genesis 49:26

The Morning Thing Friday Favorites for St. Patrick’s Day

Today for our Friday Favorites, The Morning Thing hosts celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by sharing their favorite GREEN foods to eat!

Click HERE to hear from Allison, Ricky and Marcy.

Click HERE for some history about this special day.

Click HERE for some unique ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Click HERE to see some amazing green foods that are good for you!

Is your life too busy? The Morning Thing wants to help you find balance in 2023.

All this week, The Morning Thing has been sharing some great advice from Ramsey Solutions.
As we start a New Year, we all think about how to improve our lives. It is normal to set resolutions or goals (or whatever you want to call them).
One of our biggest goals is to find balance in life.

Today, we shared 8 Signs that Your Life Is Too Busy.
Are you ready to take a truthful look at your schedule as you begin a new Year?

Click HERE to read the full article.

Here are the 8 Signs to look for:

1. You’re always trying to multitask.

So, what exactly can you do about it?

  • Focus on one thing at a time. Here’s an idea: For one week, commit to doing only one thing at a time and see how much mental clarity that gives you.
  • Leave your work at work. That means no checking emails or preparing for meetings when you’re at home. When you’re off, you need to act like it and start enjoying some peace in the afternoon and during the weekend.

2. You’re exhausted and overwhelmed. 

Here’s how:

  • Make sleep a priority. Get seven to nine hours of sleep every single night. Research shows sleep deprivation is linked to increased stress, heart disease, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease.3
  • Total up the hours. You get 168 hours in a week. That’s it. Get out your calendar and do some math. Add up the time you spend sleeping, working and doing other essential tasks every week. Then, add up your extra commitments. Do you have enough time to get the sleep you need? If not, it’s time to make some changes.

3. You have to schedule things weeks in advance.

Here’s what to do about it:

  • Schedule free time. When you sit down to plan your week or month, schedule free time to create margin. Don’t squeeze commitments in every hour of the day and every night of the week. Scheduling free time allows you to rest!
  • Say no to being overcommitted. If you’ve got plans every weeknight, take a hard look at your calendar and see if there’s anything you can get off your plate to create more space for downtime.

4. You have a hard time focusing and enjoying the moment.

Here’s where you can start:

  • Learn to control wandering thoughts. Here’s a challenge: Pause for a second and use your imagination to pretend there’s an elephant sitting in a metal folding chair across the room from you. Could you do it? If so, you just proved to yourself you can control your thoughts. So start doing it more consistently and intentionally!
  • Read Redefining Anxiety. Mental health expert and Ramsey Personality Dr. John Delony wrote an 80-page Quick Read about anxiety—what it is and what it isn’t. If you struggle with racing thoughts and have difficulty enjoying the moment, you might also be dealing with anxiety. This book can help (and you can get through it in just a couple of hours).

5. You never take time off.

If you never prioritize rest, it’s probably time to . . .

  • Step away from work. If you get PTO at work, use it! Plan a vacation (or staycation) to unwind and connect with your family. If you’re self-employed or have a nontraditional work schedule, talk to your spouse or a friend about creative ways you can take time off.
  • Leave work at work. Yep, we did already talk about this one, but it’s that important. You’ve got to set this really important boundary.

6. You feel out of balance.

So, how can you find balance?

  • Ask yourself, What is most important to me? The starting point to finding balance is knowing what’s most important so you can focus your time and energy on those things or people or tasks.
  • Own your version of balance. Balance will look different for you than it will for your best friend, your coworker or even your spouse. That’s okay. In fact, that’s how it should be.

7. You feel guilty a lot of the time.

What to do about guilt:

  • Understand where the guilt is coming from. A lot of the time, it doesn’t even come from other people. Dig deep into that feeling of guilt. Do you have ridiculous expectations of yourself? Do you feel over-the-top pressure at work? Are you trying to be a superhero? 

8. You’re filling your calendar with things you don’t even want to do.

That may include:

  • Being honest with yourself. Pull out your calendar and take a look at every single thing you do throughout the week. Now answer this question honestly: Is this how you want to spend your time?
  • Getting in touch with your motives. Why do you say yes to things you don’t want to do? It’s definitely good to want to serve others and be generous with your time, but you’ve got to be careful to say yes for the right reasons.

It’s a NEW Year! Are you feeling overwhelmed?

This week, The Morning Thing is featuring some great advice from Ramsey Solutions on how to find balance in life. It is perfect timing with the start of 2023.

Today, we shared some advice on what to do when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Click HERE to see the full article.

Why Do I Feel So Overwhelmed? 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the culprit may be one (or more) of these things:

1. You’re doing too many things.

2. You’re doing the wrong things.

3. You’re in a busy season.

How to Deal With Feeling Overwhelmed 

When the panic of feeling overwhelmed starts to bubble up, you have a choice in how you respond. Here are 12 ways to respond that will help you move forward and not stay stuck.  

1. Recognize the season you’re in. 

2. Focus on what you’re doing right. 

3. Write things down. 

4. Keep two separate to-do lists. 

5. Control what you can control. 

6. Put systems in place. 

7. Rework your schedule.

8. Learn to say no. 

9. Do something you enjoy.

10. Make sleep a priority.

11. Exercise.

12. Pray.

Take Back Your Time

One of the core problems with feeling overwhelmed is that we’ve got so many tasks and what feels like so little time. But there are ways to get back in control of your time so you can spend it on what matters most to you.

The 2023 Ramsey Goal Planner can help you get your relational and spiritual priorities in line with the time you have and organize your life to see where you may be overcommitted and where you can schedule some fun time! It’ll also help you set clear financial goals so you can take money worries off your plate and be present no matter what season you’re in.

WNZR talks to Cindy Martin of Danville Interchurch Social Services about Food For The Hungry

WNZR talked to Cindy Martin, Branch Manager of the Danville Interchurch Social Services.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Cindy tells us about:
• How long she’s been with Interchurch Social Services
• An update on their service numbers and comparing this year to last year. Service numbers are up because of the economy. Danville has seen a 25% increase in the past year.
• She gives an overview of the food items needed for the food pantry
• How your donation of just $1 becomes $5.22 worth of food at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective
• The many ways Food For The Hungry helps people- the dollars help feed people, but can also help with rent, utility bills or medical bills.
• Goals for 2023 for Danville Interchurch Social Services.
• She asks for prayers as they continue to serve Danville families
• How “Working Together to Care for our Neighbors,” the Food For The Hungry slogan, means that her pantry can serve clients more generously.

For more information about all the ways you can be involved with Food For The Hungry, go to foodforthehungrycares.org

The 2022 Turkey Trot supports Food For The Hungry

The Morning Thing’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Scott Burgess of We Run MV about this year’s Turkey Trot.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

The event will be held Thanksgiving morning on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Registration is at 8am. The race starts at 9am.
You are asked to bring a donation for Food For The Hungry as your registration fee.

Over the past 11 years, We Run MV has collected over 6,442 food items and $10,609 in donations!
Scott shares the group’s passion behind this event and how each dollar makes a huge difference.

On average each year, this event has 166 participants and raises $965 and 586 food items.
The members of We Run MV hope to beat that average this year.

Thanksgiving can be FUN!

If you are like us, you are finalizing all of your plans for Thanksgiving! It is coming next week!

The Morning Thing is here to help. This morning (11/18), we shared some Thanksgiving activities for the whole family. These fun ideas from imom.com will help you get the laughter flowing along with the holiday cheer. You can also make some memories and start some meaningful family traditions.

Check out the full list HERE.

Click HERE to see the Thanksgiving FUN ideas that we shared.

Click HERE to see and download the Thanksgiving Lunchbox Notes.

Click HERE to see and download the Holiday Helper Cards.

We also had some FUN sharing Thanksgiving Brain Teasers.

Click HERE to get the full list and start the laughter at your family gathering.

Click HERE to hear from the Big Blue Crew! 🙂

WNZR talks with the 2022 Food For The Hungry Marketing Team

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart talked with Katelynn Mast and Olivia Stern, Marketing Directors for the 2002 Food For The Hungry Drive.
The Campaign is underway for this year and there are many exciting events coming up!

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics covered include:

  • Katelynn shares some big changes that are coming to her life and how those changes will impact Food For The Hungry.
  • She introduces us to the new FFTH Marketing Director, Olivia Stern.
  • The ladies share what has been happening since Kick-Off Day on 11/1.
  • Dates for this year’s drive 
  • 2022 goal
  • The highlight of the 2022 Food For The Hungry Calendar of events
  • How we can stay connected to what is happening on the FFTH calendar?
  • The ladies talk about the power and meaning of the Food For The Hungry slogan – “Working Together to Care for Our Neighbors”

You can help with Food For The Hungry this year. Stay up to date on all the events at www.foodforthehungrycares.org

You can email Lisa at LisaM.ffth@gmail.com or call 740-398-0569.

WNZR talks with Lisa Mazzari, Food For The Hungry Executive Director

The 2022 Food For The Hungry Drive kicked off on Tuesday, 11/1!

WNZR’s Marcy Rinehart sat down with FFTH Executive Director, Lisa Mazzari to talk about this year’s campaign.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

They talked about the following:

  • Her history with Food For The Hungry
  • Her role as Executive Director
  • Food For The Hungry has been raising money to feed families in our community for 40 years. 2022 marks the 41st annual drive.
  • Recognition of the Food For The Hungry partners that make up the board and serve on many committees.
  • Food For The Hungry volunteers and how to get involved.
  • Food For The Hungry is local, all money and food collected stays here in Knox County to support families in Knox County.
  • 2022 goal and how people can give to Food For The Hungry
  • Food For The Hungry’s summer food-related grants
  • Grant Program for the 2002 drive and how food initiatives can apply

You can help with Food For The Hungry this year. Stay up to date on all the events at www.foodforthehungrycares.org

You can email Lisa at LisaM.ffth@gmail.com or call 740-398-0569.

It is World Mental Health Day. How are you doing today?

Today, The Morning Thing focused on the topic of Mental Health. This is an important topic for all of us.

1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem during their lifetime and many more will see friends or family members who are affected. Yet, mental health is one of the most neglected forms of health in the world today. Almost one billion people are living with a mental health disorder right now and millions of people die each year from the impact that mental health has had on them.

World Mental Health Day was established in 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health. The purpose of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues, increase education on the topic and attempt to eliminate the stigma attached. It is hoped that this, in turn, will encourage sufferers to seek out help and support.
Click HERE to read more about the history of this important day, important facts about mental health, plus tips on how to maintain good mental health from daysoftheyear.com

The Morning Thing also focused on Resting in this Busy World. We believe that the frantic pace of today’s world can have an impact on our mental health.

We shared 5 encouraging tips on how to find time to rest, in a world that moves at such an unsustainable pace. Click HERE to read more from youversion.com

Scripture encourages us to pause and turn to God.

  1. Find your why
  2. Schedule it on your calendar
  3. Give yourself something to look forward to
  4. Don’t do it alone
  5. Be relentless

Matthew 11:28 – 29 (NIV) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

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