January 4 , January 17, 2019JJ2019
Parent Link: Empowering Parents to Build Christian Families
Information, updates and links to keep Parent Link subscribers and CSMSG parishioners current
on Parent Link events and resources(articles, book reviews, podcasts, websites, etc)
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)
GRANDPARENT LINK: Will meet THIS Sunday, January 20 at 8:15 am in the Wydown Meeting Room.
An Inherited Faith
The Reverend Amy Bertschausen
Executive Director of Care and Counseling
Have you ever had a child ask you a BIG question that you weren’t sure how to answer—like a question about life and death or why the world isn’t always fair? Or what does God look like? Why did Jesus die?
Have you ever wondered how you can help to instill in a child a love for God and God’s world? 
Have you ever felt awkward having these kinds of conversations? 
Would you like to be ready for such conversations or even start one?
Responding to children’s religious, spiritual and existential questions can be scary.
You might think you need a PhD in theology!! In fact, you only need willingness and
a little confidence. This course can give you both!! You will feel prepared to respond
in an authentic and loving way to inquiring minds from 2 years old to young adults. 
This course will be led by Rev. Amy Bertschausen, Executive Director of Care and
"This class will allow attendees to look at their own beliefs and learn how to share those sustaining beliefs with any children, grandchildren, god children, Sunday school students, etc. that they have influence with”  - Rev. Amy Bertschausen
Sign up NOW for this Wonderful Wednesday class beginning January 23 and continuing
for 5 weeks through February 20. You may attend any or all classes.
Dinner - 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Class - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Compline - 7:30 pm (optional)
Dinner and Childcare provided with ADVANCE reservation by the Monday
prior to class. E-mail Marty@csmsg.org to register.
Faithful Generations Adult SS Class-
No class on THIS Sunday (1/20/19)
due to Annual Meeting;
Resumes 1/27/19
 Faithful Generations Adult Sunday School Class - All interested adults are invited to join the Faithful Generations class each Sunday in the Wydown Meeting Room. This is a group of parents, grandparents and interested adults finding community and supporting the faithful growth of our families. We will begin 2019 reading the book  Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren. Feel free to come even if you don’t have or haven’t read the book! We will discuss challenges and successes in parenting in faith.

Sarah Smith, parishioner and mother of seven, remarks:
"This informal gathering is where I've found space to know and be known in the sharing of life in faith. Since it's inception, the Faithful Generations "class", has morphed in form, lending itself to conversations around our lived lives and towards being people of hope, followers of Christ, in relationship and as a community. Conversation throughout the next few weeks will revolve around Tish Harrison Warren's book,  Liturgy of the Ordinary.   In this book she examines and challenges the formative practices we embrace in the small ordinary moments of our lives. For, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." Annie Dillard"

Personal Retreat 2019

If we do not care for ourselves, how can we care for others? As this new year dawns, consider a personal retreat as a way to examine the old, and possibly open your hearts to the new.....click HERE to link to a download of The Beautiful Disruption guide to your very own personal retreat. ( Thank you to Chris Sasser and our friends at Port City Church in Wilmington for this resource!)
SAVE-THE-DATE: Friday, February 15
Nebraska , the movie
with comments by The Reverend Andrew Archie
7:00 pm
The Great Hall at CSMSG
Listen to Reggie Joiner discuss the importance of our church community HERE
This information may also be accessed on our Instagram and Facebook accounts
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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.