Your Wisconsin Santa

“This season, virtual visit with Santa will be even more popular!” says Mall Director

Jed Crouse is your Wisconsin Santa Claus for Hire this Holiday season.  With an unparalleled Santa resume that includes all sorts of Holiday events Corporate and Private, Santa Crouse has also appeared in multiple print advertisements, commercials, radio, and charitable events.  Don’t risk ruining Christmas by hiring anyone else. Santa Crouse will be perfect for your Christmas Parades, Tree lighting, Home Visits and Virtual Calls.

Santa Claus Jed Crouse is not just your ordinary gentleman who grew a beard and decided to dress like Santa. Jed Crouse is a full-time children’s pastor, professional children’s entertainer , and Children’s Museum Director with over a decade of experience! Santa Crouse feels that a visit with Santa should be much more than the usual “What would you like for Christmas,”, “Don’t forget to leave out the cookies!”, and rushed Photo opp.


A visit with your Wisconsin Santa should be a truly Magical EXPERIENCE! And that is exactly what Santa Crouse delivers when you invite him to your special event! Santa Crouse is a consummate professional who KNOWS and UNDERSTANDS Children guaranteeing your family memories that will last a lifetime! For more information about how to bring the legendary figure of Santa Claus to your event please contact Santa Crouse TODAY!

Remember, the best dates for Santa visits book EARLY and calls for Santa come in all year long. Plan now for the best selection of dates for your event

Santa Rings In The Christmas Season

I rang in the Christmas season tonight at the historic Al Ringling Theater as part of the Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Light Parade. It was a honor to be part of such a magical event and to spread the joy of Christmas to an estimated 10,000  people. Santa road in the historic circus wagon down the overcrowded streets of Baraboo, He was then hoisted up to the Al Ringling marquee on Fire truck one of the Baraboo Fire Department. From his elevated perch Santa directed the masses in singing Christmas classics like “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”, “Jiggle Bells”, and “Here Comes Santa Claus”, and then with a magical countdown he lit the Downtown Baraboo’s Christmas tree to officially kick off the Christmas season.

I have the honor of being Santa in Baraboo, Wi and although it is a responsibility I am taking seriously, I also understand that you don’t have to wear a red velvet suit or carry a sack of toys to spread the joy and hope of Christmas to others in your community. If you think about it, there are hundreds of little ways and chances for us to be shining lights of hope for one another, especially during these tough times. We can give money, sure, but we can also give our time, love, attention, creativity, or even just a shoulder of support. If you were to ask me, those are gifts we need to give and receive all year long.

 

 

A beard, a belly, and a Bible

I was… scratch that… Santa was invited over to People Helping People this afternoon to discuss collaborating together on “Stomp Out Hunger 2016.”

December third is the event date, but back to the story.

As Bill Harris showed me around their ministry site he shared how God has blessed them with a building, connections, opportunities, and on and on he went as he shared all the Lord is doing there in Baraboo and the surrounding areas. As the tour continued we made our way to the mechanical room which happens to currently be in need of an upright washer and dryer.

“The Lord has blessed us with all of this,” he says as he motions around the room. “And God continues to provide, all we need to do is trust Him and pray” Bill said in faith as he ushered me out of the mechanical room and into the service bays of their new ministry center. “Pray, Pray, Pray.” Bill continued as we walked further from the mechanical closet.

“Bill,” I interrupted.

“Yes, Santa?”

“Bill, we had better get back into that room,” I said in a surprisingly authoritative voice. “If God is asking you to pray then we better bow our heads together NOW and ask God.”

We bowed our heads, shared a prayer of faith for an upright washer and dryer. As I walked back to my sleigh I thanked God for Bill, his ministry, and the moment of fellowship neither Bill or Santa will soon forget.

Not a fan of creepy clowns

If you have watched any news in the past month you will have seen articles about creepy clown sightings. I am confident that these stories are being fueled by the media coverage as much as they are being fueled by the recent Halloween holiday, but they have been receiving attention in the media since 2014.
Here in Baraboo we even had an article in the paper saying, “We haven’t had any creepy clowns in Baraboo yet.” Having a vested interest in clowning I have stayed informed in the conversations
and when asked about my opinion I have shared about what a clown is, and point to the things they do as defining them as a clown, not their ability to buy a costume or wear a mask. In Matthew 7, Jesus is teaching a similar idea about those who call themselves Christians, and says you can tell
a lot about a person by their actions… this is my paraphrase. Matthew 7:20-23 says, “Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom
of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons
and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Jesus teaches that not everyone who attends church, owns a Bible, or clicks “Christian” on their survey are known by Him, much in the same way that these people who are wearing clown
costumes and trying to creep people out are clowns.

Traci and I are planning on going to Croatia for a mission’s trip this summer, so imagine that we ask a young married couple to come and house sit for us. Before we leave we give them a 12 page notebook of detailed instructions for caring for the house, the garden, and the pets. We tell them when to water the house plants and garden, we write out where to find the pet food and how
much to feed them. I remind them to get the mail. I explain that trash day is early Monday and recycling is every other week. I inform them that the downstairs toilet will clog and clearly state where the plunger and water shut off valve are just in case. And, by all means, the magic room in the attic is off limits. When I give them the notebook the couple commits to doing what
is says. Now I want you to imagine that we come back and all the plants are dead. The garbage is full of trash. The toilet has been overflowing for days, and the basement is flooded. Then I look in the back yard to see our garden plants dug up to make a grave for our dead pets. The couple who had been house sitting for us comes up and explains how helpful the notebook was. In fact they had memorized certain sections of it, and we can see where they even highlighted different areas.

They informed us they went over parts of the notebook every night before going to bed. What are we going to say? We’re going to say, “Away from me you evil do-ers!” They may have spoken words of commitment, but there was no evidence that those words meant anything.
In the book of James, James wants the readers to under-stand biblical belief: James 2:14-16 “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”
We can say all the right things to sound like we are se-cure in Christ, but when our actions don’t match our words we are just as foolish as a guy who thought buy-ing a scary mask would make him a clown. May our lives be lives that are filled with words and actions.
Matthew 7:24-25 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Book release and signing…

I began writing this book after returning from my sabbatical in 2012. It has spent a lot of time sitting around gathering dust as I edited, revised, re-revised, a wrestled with what to do with it. After some recent encouragement I have put together something to make available …

Biblical lessons I learned at the Circus  is a collection of devotions and random thoughts Jed has put together as he has ministered as a Associate Pastor, Circus Chaplain, and Clown.  Jed has a keep ability to see humor and biblical lessons in all of life’s circumstances, and shares some of them with you here in his book.

 

Testimonial

Willing to be shot out of cannon? “Are you willing to trust God with all you’ve got? Are you willing to go ALL IN for the Lord, trusting that His trajectory is correct? If not what’s holding you back? 3…2…1…blast off! Jed Crouse, in his book “Lessons I learned @ the Circus” if you are involved in Clown Ministry, or a Christian that Clowns, this is a book that will challenge you. Written as short articles, is a easy read. But will cause you to reflect on your relationship with Him. Thanks Jed. I should add this book can benefit any Christian. ~ Hal Grant

Spreading joy

As one who likes his holidays in order, September 14 was rather early to see Santa making his rounds and keeping an eye on everyone. That was a sentiment that was shared by many as we visited downtown Baraboo spreading holiday cheer, yet you don’t have to wear a red velvet suit or carry a sack of toys to be Santa Claus to someone in need. If you think about it, there are hundreds of little ways and chances for us to be shining lights of hope for one another, especially during tough times. We can give money, sure, but we can also give our time, love, attention, creativity, or even just a shoulder of support. If you were to ask me, those are gifts we need to give and receive all year long.DSC_0026 (2)

Teacher, I will follow you!

As I sit on the ring curb at the American Clown Academy, my devotions lead us to Matthew 8: 19-23.

Matthew 8:19-23 ~ Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him.(NIV)

We read the story of two men who came to enlist as voluntary disciples, they thought they were ready to make such a commitment, but as was always the case Jesus knew what was in
each man’s mind. Jesus’ answers force them to face aspects of discipleship they hadn’t considered.

As I meditate on the passage my mind is drawn back to the students here are at the American Clown Academy. They want to succeed in clowning, travel the world in the circus train, and become rich and famous, much like the disciples here in Matthew 8.

Jesus’ answer to the first man, had to do with expectations. Jesus warned him that his followers could not expect comfortable accommodations on the journey. Any enlistee that came expecting frills and thrills would be sadly disappointed. Much in the same way students here have been surprised by the rustic accommodations of the camp we stay at, as well as the stories of living the hard life on the road.
Jesus’ answer to the second man had to do with the need for the followers to put their commitment to him first before human ties. This follower was signed up for service at a later time, but not now.

Some of our students desire to succeed in clown and they want to achieve it today, without all the hard work required to grow and perfect their craft. Person who intended to become follows of Jesus should do so today and not too wait for any reason. They should also know the cost and commitment of following Him.

When these conversations are held in Matthew 8, following Jesus included literally physically walking with him. Today, following Jesus is different, yet much the
same. Like becoming a great clown, succeeding at any area of your life, and most importantly serving Christ, commitment must be full, unconditional and without reservations. We must trust him
a savior and serve Him is Lord.

May we be able to say ”Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go!”

5 Year Anniversary!

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We celebrated our 5 year anniversary at the American Clown Academy and it was a year like no other.

A huge thank you to:

Jeff Potts and Mike Wesley for the work they do to keep the academy running…

Ted and the Camp O’Bannon staff
for making us feel at home…

and

All my Fellow ACA faculty. It wouldn’t be the same without your hard work and heartfelt care!

 

To our students… you did a “phenomenal” job! This year showcased the best community show we have put on, and that’s saying a lot, but not only that, the spirit around camp was one that other camps, conferences, and conventions would envy.

 

Reminder that ACA 2017 will Be August 21-25.

Camp Glow Platteville 2016

Camp G.L.O.W. (Giving Loved Ones Wings) is ministry provided by Home Health United to children, preteens and teens dealing with loss. Staffed by their Grief Counselors, as well as specially trained volunteers, Camp GLOW is designed for children who have lost a loved one.
The day long camp gives your children the opportunity share their grief in a safe environment.

I have been Partnering with H.H.U. for three years now adding an additional city each year. This year we offered Camp Glow for the first time in Platteville, WI.  Below you will see some pictures and videos from Platteville’s event… official HHU video to come soon!

 

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