Faith and Families Newsletter
October 12, 2018

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Honor Your Mother and Father

Dear Friends,
           I often write about how we as parents relate to our children and how we can help our children grow and mature in their faith. Today I want to think about how we as children relate to our parents. As my own parents age I think about the day when I may have to make difficult decisions regarding their care. I think about how I will have to watch their health decline and how I will, with love and respect and care, assist them in making the decisions that are best for them.
           Every week, it seems, I hear of someone in our church who is challenged by the decisions that their family faces regarding the health of a parent. Our parents have loved us, nurtured us, and helped us grow in our faith. Now we find ourselves in a position to offer support and encouragement to them.  The 5 th Commandment given to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai (Exodus 20:12) challenges us to show honor and respect to our parents. We do that from the beginning of life until the end. There is no time limit. In the New Testament, Ephesians 6:2,3 tells us that this commandment is the only one with a promise. “If you honor your father and mother… then things will go well with you…”
           It was a great blessing for me to have some extra time with my parents during my sabbatical. I recognize they will not be here forever. If your parents have already died, I pray for your peace and for strength for you to be able to celebrate their life. If your parents are still living, I pray that you will find ways to connect with them, love them, and support them through whatever challenges they may be facing. And whether alive or not, may we honor our parents in the way we think of them, speak of them, and love them.
           There are many helpful resources for those who are struggling with decisions related to the care of an aging parent. If you would like to learn more about this, or perhaps be a part of a support group, please let me know. Grace and peace to you.

To God be the Glory!

Mission Opportunities
CROP Walk – October 13 th
Come walk to help end hunger. We leave at 8 am from the Congregation House this coming Saturday morning. Contact Harriet Regen for more information. haregen@gmail.com

Our Kenya Partners Are Coming!
Two members of the Sigona Presbyterian Church in Kikuyu, Kenya (Rev. Mirriam Njuguna and Sammy Kamau) will be with us October 25 – November 7. Would your family like to host them for a meal or spend some time with them on one of their activities? If you are interested in learning more please contact Al Sudduth at alsudduth3@gmail.com or Robert Alexander at ralexander@dcpc.org . Let’s give our partners a warm welcome!

Day of Service – November 3 rd
CLICK HERE to find a project and come be a part of an amazing day!

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.

Kelly Pharr and family – We pray for the Pharr family following the death of Kelly’s mother, Margaret “Mickie” Hensley Jones. 

Ann Hughes – We pray for Ann, the mother of Nyree Hughes, as she battles cancer.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org