Waiting on York Station last week I happened upon the Zero Post. What I read on the plaque above it straightaway sparked off thoughts of Easter. "The centre of York station was the Zero Point for the measurement of ten of the North Eastern Railway's lines, including those to Beverley, Harrogate, Newcastle, Normanton and Scarborough. This replica Zero Post was erected by the North Eastern Railway Association with financial assistance from The Railway Heritage Trust and The Ken Hoole Trust to mark the 150th anniversary of the formation of the NER on 31 July 1854. it was unveiled by Sir William McAlpine,Bt., Chairman of The Railway Heritage… Read full article >
Spiritually Healthy Children - 95 - Live a life of stewardship
Families who are a part of faith communities often ask, what can I be doing at home? How can I help my kids grow into their own spirituality? Honestly, there are very simple things we can do as a family that will naturally encourage spiritual growth . . . things that a lot of which families do anyway. Still, it's nice to know that the things we do are helping our kids in this way. Nancy Bostrom wrote a lovely little book called, 99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children, from which I will share exerpts weekly to plant seeds, share ideas, and offer encouragement for families of ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.
Our next Family Worship service will be Sunday, April 14, where we will hear the story of Paul's conversion to Christianity. What a huge *sign* from God that was for Paul to get stopped in his tracks and learn a new way! When have you been stopped in your tracks? What would your life look like, described in road signs from God?
Join us as we consider the Signs on the Road of LIFE!
Registration for All Church Retreat to Open April 7
Plan to join us May 3 – 5 for the annual All Church Retreat at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard, WA. This year’s theme is Vital Worship: Expressions of Love and Praise for God.
Registration opens Sunday, April 7 after the 8:30 a.m. service and before/after the 11:00 a.m. service. Space at Pilgrim Firs is limited so register early. We’re planning an engaging and fun-filled weekend for the entire family so make plans now to join us! Lamar Lofton will be returning to run the children's program!!
Calendar for April
Sunday, April 7 - Church school on regular schedule, FOCUS with Jenn Hagedorn - She will be helping the kids to create social justice banners.
Sunday, April 14 - Family Worship at 10am - We will explore (road) signs on the path of life. FOCUS with Jenn Hagedorn - She will be helping the kids to create social justice banners.
Sunday, April 21 - Church school on regular schedule, FOCUS with Jenn Hagedorn - She will be helping the kids to create social justice banners.
Teacher meeting after 11am worship.
Sunday, April 28 - Church school on regular schedule (Karen at PNCUCC Annual Meeting). FOCUS Reveal with Jenn Hagedorn during 11am Worship!
FOCUS for April
Jenn Hagedorn will be working with the elementary kids for the next few Sundays on a social justice themed FOCUS project. They will create 3 different collage murals with different social justice themes and share them in worship on April 28.
30 Healthy Ways to Teach Kids About Consent
This information comes directly from an article on Buzz Feed, which can be found here.
For Children Ages 1-5
1. Teach children to ask permission before touching or embracing a playmate. Use langauge such as, "Sarah, let's ask Joe if he would like to hug bye-bye." If Joe says "no" to this request, cheerfully tell your child, "That's okay, Sarah! Let's wave bye-bye to Joe and blow him a kiss."
2. Help create empathy within your child by explaining how something they have done may have hurt someone. Use language like, "I know you wanted that toy, but when you hit Mikey, it hurt him and he felt very sad. And we don't want Mikey to feel sad… Read full article >
Northwest Regional Women Retreat
Save the Date!
Dear Plymouth Women, I am on the board for the Northwest Regional Women's Retreat and I'd love to have you join us for a weekend of community, retreat and restoration. Visit our website below and let me know if you have any questions! Blessings, Karen Hollis
UCC Northwest Regional Women’s Conference X November 1, 2, and 3, 2013
United Church of Christ General Synod is coming up June 26-July 2 in sunny California! Registration is open for youth! Check out this link for more information. This is a great way of delving deeper into the life of the UCC!