Resource Allocation and My Family

How do you decide what is the most important for your family? Families everywhere face the challenge of limited resources and a host of competing priorities that vie for first place. A conversation about resource allocation might help! In my quest to become a better...

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Say “Grace” Like a Superhero

When our kids were small, we made a trip to visit my cousin and his family. Between our two families, there were eight kids and when it came time to eat, craziness ensued! Amid the wriggling, fussing, teasing, and playing it would have been easy to skip the prayer of...

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Being an Incredible (Hulk) Parent

The Incredible Hulk is in my office right now. If you know me, you’re not shocked to hear that I have a variety of action figures, toys, and other immature or unnecessary items in my office. One of these items is a 12-inch tall plastic Hulk. My wife found it for me at...

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Responsibility? What’s That?

Most parents want their children to become adults who are able to take care of things. We often need our kids’ labour to stay on top of daily life by doing chores and learning to work. Some parents try paying an allowance, or other incentives, to urge their kids to...

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What is a Worship Station?

On March 19th the Jr High experienced an Easter Worship Night based around 17 stations spread out between the Shack, the Chapel and one room upstairs. Each station featured a task, activity or truth to reflect on related to Jesus and us growing as...

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What is Quiet Time

Well, it seems obvious right?  A time…of quiet…but what does a quiet time mean related to our relationship with God? I asked our Sr High Bible Study group to consider this and other questions and I just summarized what we discovered. Thanks to the students...

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Family Ministry 2017

The family and the church are most powerful when their influence is combined and aligned. -Reggie Joiner Parenting in today’s world is a challenging task. The parts of Emmanuel that focus on kids and students have always considered parents as partners in...

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A Chicago Outreach Reflection

18,000 Pounds of Cabbage! About halfway through our week in the city, our two serving teams met at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). After sharing a deep dish pizza supper in the parking lot, we checked in at the lobby. We got our orientation and...

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Doodling During the Sermon

I love to draw and record what I hear in notes and doodles! Recently I invited the congregation to doodle, draw and write notes while I preached. Of course this could be an excuse for some to draw random stick people, play X and O's or to write...

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Chicago ’17 Team Preparing to Go

On Sunday, June 11, our Sr High Chicago team had an evening together preparing for our upcoming serving outreach to Chicago. We did some team building, reviewed some material on stereotypes, studied what it means to be a servant, we began our team covenant that will...

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Grad Supper

Congratulations High School Graduates! On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, graduates, parents and youthleaders met at The Old Spaghetti Factory at the Forks. It's a big moment for the grads and parents alike. (Whether you could make it to the supper or not, as a church...

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