December 13, 2018
Parent Link: Empowering Parents to Build Christian Families
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Prayer for the Care of Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen ( BCP #46, p. 829)
Click HERE to read Susan's blog and watch this short video to prepare for this holiday season!
Christmas Baked Goodies  for sale THIS SUNDAY, December 16th, in the Great Hall! All proceeds benefit YM Scholarships! Great for your teacher, neighbor, extra gifts that always seem to crop up! Support our 9th graders and Youth Ministry.
Faithful Generations Adult SS Class
 WILL meet this Sunday from 10:30 - 11:00 am in the Wydown Meeting Room. This class will resume again January 13, 2019.
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Praying Without Ceasing
a Meditation on Mr. Rogers by Bruce Springer

Jesus said: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.” 
(Mt 22:37-38)

Paul said: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” 
(1 Thess 5:16-19)

Several months ago I was with a friend when I mounted one of my hobby horses and galloped off griping about the Media, and in particular the Media’s hostility to Christianity. Immediately, my friend said, “What about Mr. Rogers?” My exposure to Mr. Rogers had been limited to a few 15-second glances at the TV over the shoulders of my children as they watched in the 80s, and I had not been impressed. I responded, “Well, what about Mr. Rogers?” My friend said, “I think he was almost Christ-like.”

A few weeks later, my friend and I went to see the documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, about Mr. Rogers’ career in children’s TV. I heard Mr. Rogers say:

“Love is at the root of everything, all parenting, all learning, all relationships…love or the lack of it.”

“The space between the TV screen and whoever happens to be viewing it, I consider that very holy ground.”

“This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying ‘You’ve made this day a special day by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you. And I like you just the way you are.’”

“You don’t have to do anything sensational for people to love you.”

“The greatest thing is to let somebody know they are loved and capable of loving.”

The documentary portrayed Mr. Rogers’ TV show as an expression of unconditional love for children and his career in television as one unceasing prayer to God by a person who lived every day in the joy of God’s love received.

My friend was right, I am left to wonder how could I have missed Mr. Rogers.

Jesus said: “Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.”
(Rev 3:20)

Parent Link Liaisons
Thank you to all who have agreed to serve as Liaisons for Parent Link:
0 - 5 Years Old: Brett & Becca Jagger; Will and Lucky Springer
Elementary Age: Caroline Springer
Middle School: Terese Portell; Kim Whittle
High School: Marya Strand; Kim Whittle
College and Beyond: Jerilynn Palmer; Janet Peterson
Grandparent Link: Pam Koprowski; Barb & Tim Smith; Bruce Springer
Stay tuned for more to come from our liaisons!
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Volunteer Opportunities:

- Volunteers Needed Cooking Breakfast
Volunteers are needed to cook breakfast at Gateway 180 Shelter. It's a great way for the whole family to serve our community! Click HERE Shelter Sign Up Genius to sign up to volunteer on a Sunday morning.
-Hunger Ministry Saturday Sandwich Making   - 3rd Saturday of every month; Join volunteers of all ages to make sandwiches to donate to Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter. Contact Allison Wiedle to volunteer, or just show up!
-Youth Ministry - There are many ways to serve by volunteering with the YM. Contact Marty Chapman at Marty Chapman if you are interested to discuss options.