September 11, 2020
Dear Parents,

We continued our sermon series, “Stories of Faith” in worship last week by looking at the characters of Shiphrah and Puah in the book of Exodus.

Now Shiphrah and Puah are Hebrew midwives, working while the Hebrew people are slaves in Egypt. These midwives were commanded by Pharaoh to kill all the Hebrew boys being born because the Hebrew people were becoming too great and Pharaoh was threatened by them.

But Shiphrah and Puah feared God. And so, instead of killing the Hebrew boys they let them live, telling Pharaoh that the Hebrew women were too strong and so by the time they arrived, the babies had already been born. And there was simply nothing they could do about it.

Now, Shiphrah and Puah make into the Bible because one of the boys they let live is named Moses. And Moses will ultimately be the one who leads the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt and towards the Promised Land.

But Shiphrah and Puah should not be overlooked, because they teach us something important about the life of faith. Shiphrah and Puah showed tremendous courage to defy Pharaoh’s orders and to let the Hebrew boys live.

And I think courage is something our world needs a little more of.

Courage is not the absence of fear. Instead courage is more like recognizing the fear and doing it anyways. And courage is contagious. In the words of Brene Brown, “Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver.”

Whatever you face this week, may you face it with courage and the confidence that God is with you, working in ways you’ve yet to see and perhaps haven’t even imagined.

Grace and peace,

Family Devotion
At Home
Click here for a family devotional from Illustrated Ministries. This week's message comes from Psalm 114 and challenges us to think about how we treat others.

Because we are in the middle of a sermon series in worship, these resources will no longer have a direct connection to worship, but they remain a wonderful resource for family devotions.
Sunday School is Back!
Sunday, September 13
Sunday School is back! I am excited to announce that Dan and Perri will be returning as our Sunday School teachers! Sunday School videos will be available on Facebook and on our website. On our website, you will also find additional resources if you are interested.
Healing hARTS
For our church family members in need of a healing touch during this season, we're inviting our children to draw a picture or write a note to someone who might need it.

If your child is willing to draw a picture or write a note, email me and let me know how many drawings your child would like to create and I will send you addresses.

Thanks for helping to care for our whole church family!