Annual Event Spotlight: Sandra Van Opstal, worship leader

Beth Herrinton-HodgeAnnual Event, Deep & Wide: Boundless Hospitality

Worship experiences during the 2018 Annual Event promise to be boundless and rich. Renowned for crafting multi-cultural worship that moves beyond singing hymns or offering prayers in different languages, Sandra Van Opstal (CRC) brings her creative and innovative gifts to the Annual Event. Worship, to Sandra, is a cross-cultural experience, designed to give glory to a global God. Hospitable worship encompasses the diverse body of Christ, gathering peoples from every tribe and tongue and weaving … Read More

Join Us in Louisville for the 2018 Annual Event!

Terry Hargrave and Doodle HarrisAPCE

We are so excited that APCE is in Louisville in 2018! At least for us, it means no plane rides and no heavy suitcases! Plus, we get to share the place we call home with all of you. Across the country, Louisville is known for Churchhill Downs and our tradition of horse racing. You can imagine all the jokes the year that the horse Rousing Sermon was a favorite to win!  Louisville is also known … Read More

Deep & Wide – Boundless Hospitality

Martha Miller and Jo MorrisAPCE

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matthew 25:35). Christ calls us all to the risky business of hospitality. To welcome the stranger, and the strange, asks us to be vulnerable, to extend ourselves to offer not only what we have but who we are. But this risk is taken in faith, because that stranger might be … Read More

What’s in a Name?

Pressley CoxAdvocate News

The practice of genealogy, the practice of researching one’s ancestors and family tree, has exploded lately.  It’s an understandable obsession, of course, wanting to know who we are and where we came from. In researching my family tree, I turned to our family Bible where births from the 1800’s had been recorded.  I immediately noticed a name change from one line to the next.  In recording a birth, someone had added an extra “s” to … Read More

Greetings from your Advocate Team!

Doodle HarrisAdvocate News, APCE

We are an enthusiastic team of educators, pastors, writers and APCE members from around the US (plus one member abroad!) whose volunteer ministry is to gather and share innovative ideas in educational ministry with members of APCE and the wider church. This past week the team hung out at the APCE Annual Event in Denver. We had an amazing time learning together, laughing together, and sharing joys and concerns of educational ministry together. We look … Read More

2017 APCE Award Winners

Julie HesterAPCE

Join us at the 2017 Annual Event in Denver as we honor the winners of our Connect, Enrich, Empower and Sustain Awards. Bette Case: CONNECT Award Bette served as DCE at Derry Presbyterian in Hershey, PA, First Presbyterian in Fairborn, OH, Pleasant Grove Presbyterian in Youngstown, OH and Lakewood Presbyterian in Lakewood, OH. She currently serves on the Presbytery of the Western Reserve Committee on Leadership, convenes the presbytery’s Educator Roundtable, and has served as the … Read More