Saturday, March 28, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Ask, Search, Knock" - 3/29/2020

Because we usually do a little something for the kids at church, we want to bring a new little something with a positive message and hope.  You can currently watch First Congo online by visiting www.firstcongo.com



MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David_Renda - www.fesliyanstudios.com

If you don't mind sharing a little love, you can send a donation by clicking here.

Likewise, First Congo is sharing meals and food with many, many needy people and need your help.  Please CLICK HERE.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Support" - 3/22/2020

We typically do a message for the kids and their grown-ups about once a month.  Today, we add a new one since so many are going to be stuck in their houses.  Also, you can normally catch a service at First Congo at 10:30 am on a Sunday Morning.  This Sunday, March 22, 2020, they will be streaming live at www.firstcongo.com  Be sure to check it out, especially if you thought about going but weren't sure if you wanted to go in person.  Lots of nice people there.


"Support is made up of 2 syllables, and for only two syllables SUPPORT carries a LOT of weight!"

Who do you surround yourself with?  Those who bring you joy and build you up; or, those who suck the energy right out of you?  If someone isn't good for you, you know it - and it is perfectly okay to walk away from those individuals.

Take care of yourself first, because you can't help others until you help yourself.

In crazy times, look to those who support you and be sure you give them support.

MUSIC CREDIT:
Eye Laugh by David_Renda - www.fesliyanstudios.com

World Puppetry Day March 21, 2020

For world puppetry day, Muley plays with my very first puppet that I ever made, Chester, who was part of the original comics and puppetry cast of characters.  I couldn't ever make a proper personality for the character, so I retired him.



(Secret inside note: Chester is the name of the man that one of my friends' mom cheated on her husband with, and I happened to just like the name which upset my friend who was afraid her father, a drunk, would find out the connection; but, I kept the name.)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Muley's Kids Message "Plenty" - 3/15/2020

First Congo was closed today (and next Sunday, 3/21) due to the corona-virus, or better known as COVID-19.  Since there was no church to be had, Muley DID share a quick message for the kids today.  Why?  Just because.  And, there's a little something in there for adults, too.


Looking forward to when we can be together again!


Saturday, March 14, 2020

Muley Messages Schedule Spring 2020

Please note:  Due to COVID-19 (Corona virus), the church schedule is all mixed up.  You can watch video presentations at www.firstcongo.com

Want to know when Muley is speaking at First Congo, 1000 S Cooper Street, Memphis, TN?  Services start at 10:30 AM.   Here you go:

April 12
May 10
June 14

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Lenten Season "Kids Congo" Ads for 3/1 - 4/12 2020

Steve Garcia, leader of the children's ministries at First Congo, and Muley the Mule visited to advertise the Lenten Season events for the kids.

In the following weeks, we'll share the videos shown during the morning classes.

Here are the ads that have run in the past few weeks.  If you'd like to join the classes over the next few Sundays, they start at 9:30 am at 1000 S Cooper Street, Memphis, TN.

Ad 1

Ad 2


Ad 3



Ad 4



Ad 5


We need to get a camera with monitors so we can see what we're doing with the puppets!  What do you suggest for a camera and monitors?

Sunday, February 9, 2020

"It Is What It Is" - or, is it? (Muley Message 2 9 2020)

One of the things I hate more than anything is the saying, "It is what it is."  Having heard it so long and so much, I wanted to let Muley have a discussion about it as one of his messages.

Sometimes, you don't have an option but to deal with what's in front of you.  And sometimes, there's things you can do to change it.  Sometimes, it requires help from people around you or even closest to you.  And sometimes you have to have your mind changed, while other times you have to change the mind of others.  Sometimes, you may not even see 'what it is' that needs to be changed in your life, while others around you can't see what 'it is.'

Listen to yourself, listen to the voice in your heart, and listen to those around you.
Sometimes, you don't have an option but to deal with what's in front you, and sometimes you have to be forced to deal with it.

Your highway isn't always the best way, even though it may seem like the only way. 
Go off-road and on the unbeaten path.
Make it work for you.

I believe in you.  ~Kevin




Muley Sermon 2 9 2020         Psalm 103.1 – 17a

Today, kids, I’m going to talk to you and your grown ups – which isn’t really different than normal; but, I hope you all sit and talk together about what happens in church, what it all means to each of you, and how you can use what we hear in our lives.  So, I’m going to begin by asking:

How are you?  How are you today?  How are you doing?  Aren’t those the laziest questions you ever heard?  First, who is going to answer honestly; second, do you really care or is it polite conversation filler, and, third, who will take out time to hear the story?  Not me; I love you, but I’m on my way to the Corner CafĂ© to get cookies!  After all, “it is what it is,” right?  (shake head no)

See, right now Pastor Cheryl’s sermons are a series of positive ways of slowing down and thinking, and I want to talk about that, too.  But, you can’t talk about positivity without talking about, what?  (pause) That’s right: Squirrels.

You see, sometimes, people talk about other peoples' problems but say ‘squirrels’ instead of saying names or something like that.  So, the squirrels I hear from are people who have problems with family members; problems with sickness; problems with addictions; problems with money; problems with work.  And when I hear them talk about their problems, they all say the same five words.
(flip sign reading: GIVE ME ALL YOUR COOKIES!)
Wait, that’s the wrong sign.  I mean, I’ll TAKE them if you give them to me, but the 5 words I’m talking about today is:
(flip sign reading: IT IS WHAT IT IS.)
It is what it is.  Because that means you’re accepting things as they are, those 5 words make up the most defeated sentence in the human world; right after, “You sank my battleship.”

It is what it is.  What is “IT” exactly?  And why does it have to be what it ‘is?’  Is ‘it’ really that powerful to control our ‘is?’  Do we have to accept the ‘it’ or the ‘is?’  Can we change our ‘it’ so it isn’t just an ‘is’ but instead a more powerful ‘it’ that is on our side?  I don’t even know what I just said!

First of all, if you’re looking to a talking mule for answers, your ‘it’ and ‘is’ are worse off than you ever thought!  Second, I’m glad to help when I’m able.  Third, the last line of our reading today is, “The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.”  That means FOREVER and even longer.  What do you love?  Your dog?  Your games?  Your cookies?  Your car?  What about the most important thing: You?  Do you love YOU?  If you don’t love you, you need to learn to, because you’re beautiful and perfect, worthy of love from others and yourself, even though you’re a mess – but, aren’t we all?  If God loves you so much, what’s not to love about yourself?

We are the writers of our own stories.  You can start it off ‘once upon a time’ or ‘a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,’ or, if you’re telling stories about big fish, ‘they call me Ishmael’!  The easy answer is to say ‘it is what it is,’ but the better answer is to say, ‘it is this, but it’s going to be this.’  Write your goals down on paper, make your goal YOUR happiness, and mark it off every time you meet one of your goals.  Life is NEVER that easy; but sometimes the best beginning is a simple start, and it’s time we started making changes for our better.

Then, hopefully, you can start answering, “It is what it wasn’t,” because you made life what ‘it is’, and learned to love you, because God loves you, Jesus loves you, and your pal Muley loves you, and I’ll see you real soon!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Muley's Birthday 2020

20 + 20 = 40.
1980 - 2020 is 40 years.
Muley is still 6 years old, and on January 1st we celebrated his 40th 6th birthday.
Or, his 6th birthday for the 40th time.

We don't do well with math, you do the work.
We're going to enjoy some cookies.
You enjoy the video.

Thanks for sticking around with us and keeping us inspired for all these years!


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy Birthday, Muley! 40 Years Young!!

Back in 1979, I created a dumb looking dog, and then let it start walking up-right.  There were two or three drawings for this dog - a buddy to an idiot dog named Spike.  At my Papa Roy and Granny Ethel's house over New Year's Eve leading into 1980, I pulled out my drawing paper, and drew the character, showed it to Papa Roy who said, "Well, he's Muley lookin', ain't he?"

Wait!  You mean, it's a 'mule' and NOT a dog?  Okay then.

Because this character got Papa and Granny's attention over the other drawings I showed that day, I decided this mule would become MY character, and I named him Muley the Mule, a perpetual 6-year-old (my age when I first drew him s a dog).  Then, I decided it was time to create a collection of characters and to do artwork and comic strips.

This is the earliest Muley art in my collection now: January 1, 1980
Over the years, he's appeared in comic strips, comic books, newspapers, online, and appeared in other publications of his friends and associations, either as a cameo or a background image.

Today, here's how his friends celebrate!  Around a table, snacking, and singing...

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Happy New Year 2020

There are so many nay-sayers in the world - it's become far easier to complain than to appreciate.  Some people are writing online that they are doomed for 2020 even before the new year struck at midnight. 

Forget resolutions, but plan on what you can do to bring light, love, and happiness to - not only those around you - but also to yourself.  Find your happiness, find the positive people who bring good energy to your life and keep them close.

You are responsible for the joy in your life, nobody else.  So, with the new year looming over you, ask yourself this:

What do you want from it?
Your ruination, or love, light, and joy?

When you realize that negativity has no hold on you, then you can truly have a Happy New Year!