Faith and Families Newsletter
February 23, 2018

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Walking Together
Dear Friends,
              There are days when we feel really alone in what we are doing. The parenting journey can feel that way sometimes. When we don’t know how to help our children through a tough time or when siblings are not getting along or when big decisions seem beyond our ability to figure out, we can feel overwhelmed, scared, and hopeless. We are not alone.
              Each one of us has challenges to face in our parenting. Each one of us has experience and ideas to share. We are meant to walk together and encourage one another in this journey.
              We recently faced a tough time in our home that seemed beyond us to figure out. Sometimes it just takes a reminder from someone who has been there that “this too shall pass.” Sometimes hearing from someone who has been at that place in the journey reminds you where you need to focus your time and energy. Although the traveling can still be difficult, to know that others are there with us to encourage and strengthen us can make all the difference.
              If you don’t have a connection with other parents in our congregation or in your neighborhood I encourage you to make those connections and share your life and experience. If you don’t know how, please email me ( ralexander@dcpc.org ) and I will share some ideas with you and we will help you get connected so that we can walk together on this joyful, exhilarating, and sometimes frightening road called parenting.

To God be the Glory!
For Parents: Playing for Keeps-
Sunday evenings at 5:30 (usually when youth group meets) parents are invited to gather 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 by CLICKING HERE . 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.
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? Deadline for applications is February 28 th . 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.

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

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.

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

Libby Smith and Family – We pray for Libby and her family following the death of her father, Leslie Everett this past week.

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