Merry Christmas and Happy New Year It’s so odd to me that people make such a big deal out of those words as well as Happy Holidays. They are all nice words. But for some reason a greeting that is intended to bring a smile to our lips and cheer to our hearts can also … Continue reading Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Thoughts
Jobs, Careers, Calling, Vocation – all require a great deal of physical and emotional energy. Those of us in ministry are probably more aware of that than in most other jobs. We encourage one another to observe Sabbath and routine self-care, and we can all agree that should be a part of our lives. We … Continue reading Sunset in Costa Rica, by Rev. Denise
In 1996, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church changed our denominational understanding of the diaconate, creating the Order of Deacon as a second path within ordained ministry. This year, we celebrate 20 years of clergy leading ministries characterized by Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry created … Continue reading United Methodist Deacons Celebrate 20 Years of Servant Leadership
Rev. Denise shared this poem with the Sacred Stones Ministries board at our meeting this month. We hope it offers you a moment of refreshment and inspiration as you look ahead to this still-fresh year as well.
1. Kids can be kind This is the hardest one, and the most important, for my money. Many adults would recognise that it’s easier to be the CEO of a do-gooding international charity than to be consistently kind and loving to your spouse, that socially awkward relative or a difficult staff member. Wouldn’t the world be better if … Continue reading Six Ways Kids Can Change the World – Reblogged from Sacraparental.com
My family lived in Louisville, Kentucky for six years during my children’s young lives. The oldest was 14 when we moved and the youngest was 3. Snow was a rarity, but when it did snow – it came with a vengeance. Over the six years,we had 4 or 5 snows that called for Snow Days … Continue reading The Possibilities of Snow Days
Today is a special day. My oldest granddaughter turns 10. She is very excited and rightly so. Watching her run out of school and run into my arms for her birthday hug reminded me of the important responsibility we adults have with the children in our lives - and, not only the children related to … Continue reading Double Digits, By Rev. Denise
This story was originally published on RMCUMC.org on September 4, 2015. View the full story and photos. Sacred Stones Ministries, Inc., provided a week of mission from Aug. 10 to 14 for four Denver youth who had not been on a mission trip before primarily due to funding. Adrien Robinson, Jade Beals, and Cameron Steelman … Continue reading Sacred Stones Ministries offers Denver youth their first mission trip, by Rev. Denise Bender
It wasn’t Pentecost the day the Holy Spirit came to my church. There was no sound like the rush of a violent wind. Divided tongues of fire did not appear among us or rest on our heads. That day the Holy Spirit was ushered in with peals of laughter; the kind of laughter so strong … Continue reading The Day the Holy Spirit Came to Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez
Simple, yet affirming questions to ask your children every day. Don’t have children? Then these questions will also help you process your day and affirm you.
“Highs and Lows!!”
If you eat dinner with the Embree family, no doubt that right after we pray, you’ll hear one of our kids yell this out. It has become part of our dinnertime DNA and something that has led to incredible faith conversations over spaghetti and salad. Some of our most defining moments as a family in terms of discipleship and growth as a family have taken place because of these four questions.
I can’t take credit for them. That goes to Dr. Kara Powell of Fuller Youth Institute. I had the opportunity a few years ago to attend a seminar led by her about Sticky Faith and how to help our kids develop a faith that sticks beyond high school. She shared this dinner time routine at that conference and I immediately thought, “This is easy! This is something we can do!” and so… we did.
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