Let’s make this a September to Remember! Click the image below to download and print our September Activity Calendar so you and your family can follow along.
You remember the month of September? You know, the month that follows August with all the fun events, cooling off by the pool, back to school, and enjoying the last days of summer fun. And who can forget October, with Fall-fantastic colors, festivals, and pumpkin spice everything.
WCQR is encouraging you to make 2021 a September to Remember. We have created a mash-up of fun activities and challenges for you and your family to do all September long. It’s a great mix of kindness, reading, journaling, exercise, play, remembrance, and celebrating life. We are also sharing our new logo with you at our Drive-Thru Sticker Stops at Barberitos locations in the area throughout the month!
Click the calendar above for a printer-friendly version that you can post on your fridge, family message board, workplace area, and share with your family and friends.
Take WCQR along in your September fun! Color the days as you finish them and share your pics and calendar progress with us on social by using #wcqrseptembertoremember and tagging us @88.3wcqr Let’s make it a September to Remember!
Drive-Thru Sticker Stops
The 88.3 WCQR team will be out at Barberitos restaurants near you with our Drive-Thru Sticker Stops on Wednesdays in September (1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd)! Find the nearest location to YOU below and we’ll hand you a decal for your car. No need to even get out of your car! Better yet, grab lunch or dinner that day at Barberitos and save 10% on your meal just by showing them your sticker!
Wednesday, September 1, 11am-1pm Barberitos, 300 Clinchfield St. Kingsport, TN
Wednesday, September 8, 4pm-6pm Barberitos, 3135 Peoples St., Johnson City, TN
Wednesday, September 15, 4pm-6pm Barberitos, 1391 Euclid Ave., Bristol VA
Wednesday, September 22, 11am-1pm Barberitos, 1735 W. State of Franklin Rd., Johnson City, TN
Encourage your friends, families, church, and office team to join in on the fun. Share on your social media with hashtag #wcqrseptembertoremember and tag us @88.3wcqr.
Matthew 25:35 – “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” National Food Bank Day encourages you to contribute to the cause that believes no one should go to bed hungry. Hunger may be as close as your neighbor or your coworker. Food banks across the country and right here in the Appalachian Highlands help men, women and children who struggle with putting food on the table. Here are two of our area’s larger food banks:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, 1020 Jericho Drive, Kingsport, TN. www.netfoodbank.org, 423-279-0430
Feeding Southwest Virginia, 21452 Gravel Lake Road, Abingdon, VA. https://www.feedingswva.org/, 276-628-9266
Family Play Day Ideas
Don’t stress over this one. Keep it simple and fun, but try something new. Check out an attraction in your local community you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t. We are blessed with so many family-friendly places! Head to your local park or check out these local attractions:
National Cheese Pizza Day
Here are three easy recipes…or keep it very simple by using bagels, pita bread or tortilla shells as your crust.
Happy Labor Day
Demonstrate a Labor of Love by doing our Drive Thru Difference. Just pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru line; a simple, random act of kindness on the first Monday of each month, and better yet, it falls on a holiday this September!
No cheating! Grab some stationary, a card, or good ole’ fashioned notebook paper and WRITE a letter to someone.
Run, walk, meditate, lift weights, jump rope, stretch, climb stairs, or do a combination. Just get moving for 30 minutes!
National Teddy Bear Day
Have a picnic with your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal, and include a story time with your favorite book. Pinterest has ideas from easy to mega-ideas from teddy grahams to sandwiches with cute bear faces. Many local charities will accept gently used stuffed animals for donation, so it may also be a good time to re-friend some of your furry friends to kids who would love a “new” toy.
Patriot Day on September 11th honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Each year Americans dedicate this day to remembering those who died and to the first responders who risked their own lives to save others. Here is just one online resource that offers several ideas on talking with your kids about September 11th and ways to observe the anniversary.
Do something kind for your local heroes – police, firefighters, paramedics, and first responders – to say thank you for protecting us every day. Take them breakfast, restaurant gift cards, homemade cards, cookies, or simple treat bags.
Grandparents and children have a special connection and today is a great opportunity to treasure that connection and spend some quality family time together. Some of our grandparents may not be close enough to do something in-person. Go through photo albums and learn about your grandparents’ story, bake a favorite recipe from your grandparents, spend time together at home or at a park, make a craft together. Get creative and make that special grandparent a homemade gift that is personable. Here is a website with 15 easy, but memorable gift ideas.
Purge Your Wardrobe
Here’s a website with some great tips on how to get started and follow-through with purging your entire family’s wardrobe as summer is ending and you are getting ready for the fall season. You can donate those “purged” clothes and items to a local organization that helps the homeless or those in need. Haven of Mercy, Good Samaritan Ministries, or even a local church that has an outreach program are good places to start. Do you know of an organization in your community?
What is a family mission statement and vision board? A family mission statement is a short paragraph, a bullet point list, or a set of categorized statements that showcase the family’s core values, goals, and convictions. A mission statement helps family members stay focused on the central goals of the family unit as they go throughout each day. Visit this link for questions to ask and how to get started. – Build upon your mission by doing a fun, creative family vision board going into 2022 that shows what’s important to your family, especially moving forward into a new year in pictures. You can use magazines, print pictures from the Web, or use artwork from your kiddos.
Meal Prep Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – pick what is manageable and beneficial to you or your family. Getting a head start on your lunches may be helpful or planning a couple of dinners that you can prep on Sunday and freeze for later that week in the crock pot. Wednesday is the first day of Fall, so break out the slow cooker! Do you know how many ways you can cook with a rotisserie chicken? A rotisserie has been my go-to on busy weeks. Here’s a site that shows you 15 ways to meal prep with a rotisserie!
National Pancake Day
What could be better than homemade pancakes on a fall Sunday morning. There are so many flavor and ingredient recipes for pancakes out there, and honestly we don’t know how to limit what we would recommend. So have fun researching and picking out your favorites! Here’s a site with 27, yes twenty-seven pancakes “worth waking up for!”
Fall Fundraiser Kick-off
We love hearing your stories, your WOW God moments, and your prayer requests. Today, we would love for you to share with us why you love WCQR. Because of the support of our listeners, WCQR continues to encourage, inspire and move people in our community to live a life full of Jesus!
Share your story at wcqr.org/share-your-story/.
National “Good Neighbor Day”
Do something nice for your neighbor – leave an encouraging note on their door, bring in the trash can from the curb, or pull those pesky weeds by the mailbox.
Share pictures from the past with your friends (or your kids – they may get a chuckle out of your old school pics!) and reminisce about the “good ol” days!
Share the Good News of Jesus! For many of us, sharing the Gospel does not come natural. Have you checked out WCQR’s Gospel 101 Project? It started in April 2021 with our Easter in the Appalachian Highlands project, and we are working our way through the G-O-S-P-E-L connecting the Gospel to scripture you can use. Reaching people with the Good News can be done in so many ways, but Jesus tells us to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). What a great to finish off a September to Remember!