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Blog Archives: March 2016

Easter's relevance: Self-reliance or God-reliance

March 22, 2016
As we journey towards the resurrection this Holy Week, it's important to acknowledge that this passage is not always easy. The pastel painted eggs of Easter belie the difficult burdens we bear, and which will persist long after Easter passes. Their presence is not the only thing that's hard either. What's their purpose? If you're like me, you want to know what God is up to in the midst of the struggles. No matter how special Easter is, sometimes it's hard not to ask, "God, why am I going through this?" Now, I know there are silver-tongued, ...

Ways to Celebrate Lent and Easter with your Children

March 16, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
As a new mom, I was confounded on ways to make holidays more meaningful for my children. I read articles, listened to speakers, and read blogs on projects, crafts, and activities to do… and I just felt overwhelmed. What I wish I could go back and tell my beleaguered self is this: Don’t get bogged down with your own shortcomings or imperfections. Just start somewhere. Baby steps. Over the course of time, we have added in things, taken out others that didn’t fit our family, and in the end, we have kiddos that look forward to holidays and are ...

Tips for using Kids' Sermon Notes

March 01, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
Parents, We wanted to highlight the new “Sermon Notes” we have for kids. You’ll notice the formatting is different than what we had this fall, but similar to what we had before that. Our intention is to aid kids in focusing on the sermon (rather than merely distract or redirect attention). We wanted to give you three ways you can utilize this tool for your own interactions at home: 1) Ask your children to take notes or draw pictures of what they heard during the sermon and then ask them about it at lunch. You could even “quiz” them. 2) ...