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Dad & the Outdoors

May 25, 2021

The Great Outdoors Looking for that perfect Father’s Day gift? The staff at Mark’s Outdoors is ready to assist you in finding a gift Dad will love and use. Besides being a one stop shop for hunting and fishing needs, Mark’s also carries a wide variety of lifestyle products for the husband or father in …

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Wise Advisors: Empowering Kids One Child at a Time

March 26, 2021

Mission Makers When a young person is mentored, the positive impact is substantial, and Vineyard Family Services(VFS) ministry is doing all it can to make sure our area youth have this life changing advantage. Thanks to a federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice for Detention Prevention, VFS is implementing Wise Advisors, a mentor/mentee …

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Volunteer to E-Mentor & Give Area Children the Boost They Need

March 16, 2021

Special Feature Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham(BBBS) is now offering virtual mentoring through its new e-mentoring program. The program launched last March during the pandemic and gave BBBS a way to continue its mission of creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The initiatives of BBBS bolster …

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Children & Fevers: When to Seek Medical Attention

March 5, 2021

Healthy Living Parents can understandably be concerned when their child doesn’t feel well and has a fever. But how high is too high? When should a parent treat a fever at home and when should they seek medical help? Dr. Mark Baker is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Children’s of Alabama and works in …

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Enriching the Lives of Area Children: ZeroZero Foundation

February 26, 2021

Education Extra Focused on improving children’s lives across the Birmingham area, the ZeroZero Foundation will provide children with sports-related enrichment and educational opportunities through several key programs and events. Rooted in the Birmingham community, ZeroZero believes every child’s potential extends beyond their athletic ability. The foundation aims to broaden a child’s perspective and identify their …

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Missional Living as a Family

February 26, 2021

Parenting Points When we typically think about missions, we think of teams and missionaries going to take the Gospel to the world. In today’s world of COVID, quarantines, and lockdowns, the opportunity to do a family mission trip this year may not be an option. However, God still reigns and His work in the world …

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Hope When It’s Hard

February 26, 2021

Best Books Hope When It’s Hard: A 30-Day Devotional For Adoptive Parents is more than encouragement for adoptive parents. It’s a lifeline. You finally surrendered. You opened your heart when you said, “Yes, God, I’ll adopt.” But now you’ve discovered that opening your heart to the idea of adoption is the easiest part of the journey. …

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Cotton Pickin’ Kids Perform at Magnolia Festival

February 26, 2021

Music Notes The 20th Annual Gardendale Magnolia Festival is set for April 16-17, 2021! The festival team is excited to welcome visitors safely back for the fun, family friendly event that includes live performances by Cotton Pickin’ Kids- a gospel and bluegrass group from Cullman. The Cotton Pickin’ Kids is a group of siblings that …

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Teachers Touching Lives: 2021 Teacher of the Year & Finalists

February 25, 2021

Special Feature Our Birmingham Christian Family(BCF) 2021 Teacher of the Year is…Andrea Burk from Helena Elementary School! Readers voted on social media from among five top teacher finalists all nominated by readers. Burk will enjoy a two-night stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn. with a one-day pass to SoundWaves(for up to family of …

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Meet Nora & Steven: The Pediatric & Congential Heart Center of Alabama

February 5, 2021

Healthy Living Heart disease doesn’t affect just adults. For children in need of specialized cardiovascular care, families can turn to experts at the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center of Alabama(PCHCA) at Children’s of Alabama, one of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the Southeast. Here are the stories of two Jefferson County children impacted by Congenital Heart Disease and helped by Birmingham’s PCHCA. …

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