Faith and Families Newsletter
February 9, 2018

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Words with Friends
Dear Friends,
              One of the apps I have enjoyed is Words with Friends. Do you play? Look me up and we can try a game. There are some pretty crazy words that are allowed in that game and I can’t say that I always understand the meaning of the word that has been played!
              When we are communicating in real life it is important to use words that make sense – especially with those whom we love. When I say “I love you!” to Jenny or one of our children, it is important to be clear and direct. “I love you” is much more clear and direct than “I have this reaction when I am around you that triggers my brain to release certain chemicals into my blood stream that give me a sense of euphoria.” Although in poetry and song writing it is sometimes helpful to elaborate.
              When we communicate over the long haul, the people that we speak to begin to understand where they stand with us. They have a sense of whether we believe in them, whether we trust them, whether or not we care about them, whether we support them. Use your words wisely and choose to speak life and love and hope into your relationships. They really do have a lot of power to shape and guide the lives around us.
              Remember the instructions to the Ephesians (Eph 4:29) “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.”

To God be the Glory!
For Parents: Playing for Keeps

Each Sunday evening at 5:30 a special Parents Group gathers in the DCPC Parlor with the goal of helping us regain some balance in priorities and invest wisely in our children over the course of time. Parents Group meets 5:30-6:30 pm in the parlor (or get started with dinner at 5 pm). You can find some other great resources for regaining balance by   clicking here .
Mission Opportunities
Habitat for Humanity – DCPC House! - Join us on one of the Saturday’s coming up this spring to help us build our next Habitat House! DCPC has accepted the challenge of providing a minimum of 12 volunteers for the following dates: March 3, March 24. April 21, May 5, and May 19. Volunteer work days are from 7:45 am until 1:00 pm. You can sign up to volunteer at https://volunteerup.com . Once you log in, you will be able to go to the column for 9814 Psalms and select the dates you want to help. You will also be able to see the type of work that is scheduled for each work day. A different type of work is planned for each day so hopefully there will be something that interests you. Volunteering on these construction projects is a very rewarding activity. We hope to see you at the site.
Spring Break PDA Mission Trip - April 2-6, 2018 – Columbia, SC. Families are invited to consider spending their spring break in service to others. Greg and Holly Moton, along with their two children, are leading a trip to work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Columbia, SC. Children need to be age 14 or older. If you would like to learn more about this mission opportunity, please contact Holly Moton at hollymoton@bellsouth.net or 704-604-8426. 
Nicaragua Partnership Trip – This summer we will return to visit our partners in Kilambe, Nicaragua June 15-23. The trip is open to those who have completed the 9 th grade through adulthood. Would you like to join us this year? Come to an Information Session this coming Sunday (February 4 th ) at 12:15 pm (right after 11 a.m. worship) in the DCPC Parlor and learn more or contact Robert Alexander at ralexander@dcpc.org .

If there are concerns or joys that you would like to have listed here please email me at ralexander@dcpc.org  so that we might keep one another in prayer.

Mike Briggs – Mike is the stepfather of Stephanie Shryock. He is recovering from a recent stroke.

Family of Colin Bryan – We pray for Col and his family following the death of his father.

Judy Gabel – Judy is the mother of Meredith Harris. She is recovering from a recent shoulder injury.

Margaret Jones – Margaret is the mother of Kelly Pharr. She has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Michelle Malushizky – Michelle is David’s sister-in-law. She has Stage 4 liver cancer and is also recovering from a very serious infection.

Yvonne Miller – Yvonne is Michele Houck’s mother. She has been in the hospital with pneumonia and is now back home.

Jeff Osman – We continue to pray for Jeff and his family as he awaits a possible liver transplant.

Sheila Spack – Sheila is the mother of Steve Chaffin. She is hospitalized with several health concerns.

Bart Tritch – Bart is Rachel Lewis’ brother. He has been dealing with a number of health concerns and is currently hospitalized.

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org