A Prayer for Educators

Holly InglisPrayer

Most amazing God, we pause in the midst of all that we are doing to soak in your grace and love for us. As we prepare for another year of ministry, you know there are many things on our to-do lists, some of which may not get done or may be postponed until another day. Help us to be gracious with ourselves as you are gracious with us. You understand our need to have things … Read More

White Flour

Julie HesterUncategorized

Looking for a resource to begin a conversation about recent events in Charlottesville? Check out the book “White Flour” by David LaMotte. David’s website says this: “Inspired by true events in May of 2007, White Flour tells a story of humor conquering hatred. This was the day that the Ku Klux Klan met the Coup Clutz Clowns. It is an instructive and inspiring tale of a Third Way, illustrating that there are more creative responses … Read More

Reformation Resources

Carol WehrheimLiturgical Year

Looking for ideas to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year? Check out some of these: From PC(USA)  Adult Resources  Donald McKim: Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers  Donald McKim: Moments with Luther, Meditations  Steven Paulson: Luther for Armchair Theologians  Martin Luther: A Simple Way to Pray (introduction by Marjorie Thompson)  Glenn S. Sunshine: The Reformation for Armchair Theologians  Being Reformed study: The Protestant Reformation  Youth and Young Adults  Five-session survey of church history that includes a look at Martin Luther’s life and … Read More

The Importance of the Follow-up

Josh RichardTelling Our Stories

I have had a dim view of church mission trips for much of my life. At best, they felt exploitative and self-righteous. At worst, they were damaging to vulnerable populations and an opportunity for a new Facebook profile photo. Anecdotally, that view is common among non-church goers. I think we’re getting the messaging wrong. We lead with dates and times and leave the stories of mission work untold. We spend a lot of time organizing … Read More

Telling Our Stories in Worship

Carol WehrheimTelling Our Stories

“I was driving on a very, very, snowy, icy, visibility-zero highway.” With these words, the congregation quieted waited for the next line. A congregational member was telling the story, the testimony, of another member, anonymous to the teller and the congregation. For two years, the congregation of Nassau Presbyterian Church heard these stories in the worship service. The stories were rich with meaning and filled with faith. They brought tears and laughter. Listening, we marveled … Read More

Going Live

Tanner PickettTelling Our Stories

So you’ve got an amazing ministry going and you’d like to get people involved. What if there were a way for hundreds, even thousands of people to witness and even participate in that ministry? Well, luckily for you, there is. Social media has worked its way into nearly every aspect of our lives. We’ve seen it evolve over the last decade from digital content in the form of blogs, to making connections and sharing our … Read More