During the recent Harvest Festival at one of my churches, we had the usual chili for lunch, skeleton hands made with disposable gloves (100 for $1.00 at the Dollar Store), bobbing for chocolate donuts, TP mummy wraps, and musical chairs with the top two winners going home with a cake! The only problem was that … Continue reading When There Is No Music, by Rev. Denise Bender
This June, I spent five days working with a small group of young adults on a mission trip doing flood recovery outside Lyons, Colorado. We pried off branches, logs, and parts of cars that had wrapped themselves around trees; hauled out debris that had washed downriver – everything from kitchen sinks to elk antlers; we … Continue reading The Best Kind of Working Vacation: Five Reasons to Go on a Mission Trip, by Rev. Debra Juarez
Whether your church is small, medium or large, integrating youth into the overall life of your church grows them into connection and membership in your church and teaches lifelong practices of participation and discipleship. Youth bring the same variety of Spirit-given gifts as all Christians. Inviting youth to share those gifts adds to the vitality … Continue reading Engaging Youth in the Ministries and Mission of the Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez
Colorado Flood Recovery Young Adult Mission Trip June 1-5, 2014 Begin your summer helping others! Join our group of young adults as we get dirty cleaning up a small part of our world. This mission opportunity is open to any and all young adults, age 18 to early 30s. This is a chance to meet some … Continue reading Young Adult Mission Trip – 2014 – Register Today!
As a solo pastor serving half time, at what is considered a small congregation, I quickly learned that although we are small and cannot have multiple staff members, we still deserved quality Christian Education for our children and their families. Many Sundays with more than half of our congregation consisting of children and youth, we … Continue reading Thoughts from a Pastor – Rev. Bich Thy (Betty) Nguyen
In July, 2007, I led a Senior High mission trip to the first ever National Special Olympic Games in Ames, Iowa. Upon arrival we received our assignments for the week: announcers and referees for the volleyball competition; assistants in swimming, bowling, and weight lifting; and even party helpers in Olympic Town. But it was our … Continue reading Human Arrows