Physical fitness experts speak of the importance of developing strong core muscles – the abdominal muscles and the other muscles around your trunk and pelvis. The experts teach us that strong core muscles lead to better balance and stability. They contribute to the overall strength of all other parts of your body. Strong core muscles make it easier to do anything from working in the garden to swinging a golf club, reaching for a glass from a shelf, or bending down to tie your shoe. If your core muscles are not strong you are far more susceptible to back pain, poor posture, or physical injury. Core muscles are that important.
Historically parish life has been the core muscle of the community. When the neighborhood parish is strong and vital the whole community, and all of its families and individuals, grow strong. That's God's plan.
We have, here at NativityFest 2014, many good exercises planned to build up our core. You can take a walk through the car show or bake sale. Let the children bound around in the inflatables or toss a beanbag at the children's games. Sign up for the lawn-game tournament. Dance to a swing band. Do some twelve-ounce curls. Then enjoy a good chicken dinner. Of course, make a point also to come into the church to pray. There is nothing that will strengthen your core better than that.
Think about our world. Think about our daily lives. Think about what a good parish festival can mean and accomplish. NativityFest 2014 is great core-training, parish building, community enhancing, family strengthening, and pure fun too.
There are many opportunities to help and volunteer. You can sign up on our website or through the parish office. Thanks to the festival team for believing and plugging away. Good things and happy memories to come!