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TV Turn Off Week: Our Progress Report

The Whitney house has been celebrating, and I was surprised at how hard to was this year! Maybe it was because the baby brings new responsibilities and at the end of the day we just want to crash in front of the TV. However, we resisted! Instead, we went for walks after dinner (it’s nice that the sun is still out), read books, and even painted our bedroom! It seems like it’s been a slower paced week, even though it’s no different than any other week. Sometimes we just sat on the couch and … [Read more...]

TV Turn Off Week

TV Turn Off Week

It’s here again! That wonderful time of year that we turn off our sets for a week and concentrate on some quality family time! I can’t believe it snuck up on me like this (it actually started April 19th!). In order to fully celebrate, I would encourage you to pick out a week and abstain from all “moving media” (that means hulu and youtube along with regular TV). Now what to do instead? With Earth day just behind us, it’s a great idea to head outside and enjoy God’s creation! Here’s some ideas … [Read more...]

It’s the little things…

It's the little things that make a big difference in Children's Ministry. Things like a church member saying "I read your review about that family book, and I would love for you to order me a copy". Things like a seven year old girl wanting to make a special announcement during kids' club: "This week, I asked Jesus into my heart". (okay, that's kind of a big thing!) Things like kids jumping out of their seats to say the week's memory verse. A kid shouting "Hey, we're not showing the fruits … [Read more...]

Do Guests Feel Welcome at Your Church?

Do Guests Feel Welcome at Your Church?

Something For Everyone The appeal of the book, First Impressions, written by Mark Waltz, is its application potential for both small and large churches. No matter what our size, we want to be welcoming to people who may be walking through our doors for the first time. In First Impressions, Mark takes a look at what secular businesses do to attract and retain customers, then applies the same principles to the church. Since many of our newcomers are comfortable with the secular day-to-day world, … [Read more...]

Trying out the Check in System

This week, I tried the sign in/sign out system for our elementary aged kids. I simply made a Chart which has the child's name and a place for parents to sign them in and out. I was a little nervous because I hadn't "prepared" any parents for this change -- no formal announcment or anything. As they dropped their kids off, I just walked up and said, "We're starting a new sign-in/sign-out system and could you sign here". The parents were completely fine with the whole thing. No "Why are we … [Read more...]

Easter Sunday unlike any other (Guest Post)

Easter Sunday unlike any other (Guest Post)

This past Easter Sunday I saw God move through his church in a tremendous and tangible way. It was an Easter Sunday like any other - after pigging out on delicious foods at our fellowship breakfast, people filled the pews of our Sanctuary ready for the start of the service. Our church is near Malone University, a private school with a great community of Christian students who regularly attend our church, and despite our group of college students being on break I was amazed at how many people had … [Read more...]