Your APCE Family

Forrest PalmerEvery Family Matters

From time to time, I tune into a cable television channel and see reruns of “The Waltons.” Having spent my teen years in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I knew that the creator of that series came from Skyler, not far from Charlottesville. Even now, those family stories come alive for me. One central image in the series is that big family dinner table, around which all members of the family gathered to break bread … Read More

God’s Family – A one-act play

Sue MooreEvery Family Matters

Setting: A meeting of young adults, encircling a wise elder YA 1: Who can we look to in the Bible so that our families will be perfect? Elder: Ah, perfection is only found in one person, Jesus,and even his family had its issues. His cousins wanted to be given the privilege of sitting closest to him in heaven (Mark 10:35ff). Or was it their mother who made this special request (Matthew 20:20ff)? One way or … Read More

Welcoming Difference

Elizabeth CaldwellEvery Family Matters

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in God’s sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” I imagine that a lot of us remember that song. You probably learned it in church school. I can’t even remember the first time I sang it. In retrospect, it was probably my first introduction to the idea of difference—everyone in the world did … Read More

God’s family—learning together

Karen DeBoerEvery Family Matters

I have three vivid memories from a church picnic I attended as a child—hearing the adults laugh, seeing the minister wearing shorts, and watching my normally no-nonsense Sunday school teacher compete in a sack race. It was a stark contrast to the somber Sunday morning mode in which I usually saw the members of my congregation. After the picnic I thought of them differently. They weren’t just the people in the pews; they were part … Read More

Difference, diversity: Welcome all

Jan SnellEvery Family Matters

When we look outside our windows, it is clear that our creator is a big fan of diversity. Yet in 2013, a cereal commercial has generated hate mail to the company that produces the cereal. Why? Because the commercial depicts a little girl, her Caucasian mom, and African-American dad. The angry reaction makes me wonder: How would that family be welcomed in my congregation? How would that little girl be accepted in our Sunday School? … Read More

Faith formation in Korean families

Hye Jin HwangEvery Family Matters

One night, when I was young, I shook my mother awake in the middle of the night “Mom, I have a stomachache. I can’t sleep!”. “Oh my dear, where does it hurt?” My mother’s hands were already on my stomach though her eyes were still closed. “Let’s pray together! God, Hye Jin’s stomach is hurting. I believe that when two or three people pray together in your name, you are there in their midst. Hye Jin … Read More