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My life made easy

This year, I took one simple step to make all my events easier for me and easier for parents.  This simple step to save time and aggravation is called the annual permission slip.  I no longer spend time creating permission … Continue reading

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Youth Sunday: The Good & The Bad

For years, our church has done 3-4 youth Sunday’s a year.  The 6th, 7th, 8th graders, and sometimes the HS students work to plan and run parts of the service.  For years, we have debated about how to do this … Continue reading

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A Piece for Peace

Last fall I got a call from our local Interfaith agency.  They work to plan events where people of different faith backgrounds can come together to work on social issues, build fellowship, and promote understanding.  The call I got was … Continue reading

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Practice Discipleship Ininiative

Practice Discipleship Initiative   The Practice Discipleship Initiative (PD-2 for short) is a joint effort by the ELCA Youth Ministry Network (, the ELCA, First Third at Luther Seminary and the North Carolina Synod, to bring the church into the … Continue reading

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Girl Time

About once a year, I have an overnight for just my girls.  Without the boys, conversations are more open and free.  We take the opportunity to talk about body Image, self esteem, sexuality and whatever else comes up. This year, … Continue reading

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While at the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza in Anaheim, CA, the participants from our Synod took time out for a meal and conversation together!

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Souper Bowl

For years now, our youth have participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring.  It’s gotten to the point where the congregation is excited to participate and knows what is going on so we can focus our efforts on involvement and … Continue reading

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Counting Our Blessings

Whether in Youth group, or Sunday School, or Confirmation, I am often overwhelmed by the emotions of our youth.  They feel things so deeply, and though the times of joy are quite joyful, they are often clouded by worry, sadness, … Continue reading

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Talking with Children About Disasters and Tragedies

Many of us are still in a mournful/outraged/contemplative/prayerful mood after the shootings in Connecticut on Saturday.  That’s normal.  It’s how we react.   It’s also normal that the children in our lives are mournful/Outraged/contemplative/prayerful mood.  We will all continue to … Continue reading

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Practice Discipleship Coach Job Description

Child Youth & Family Ministry:  Practice Discipleship Coach – Volunteer Position The ELCA Youth Ministry Network is continuing to develop the Practice Discipleship Initiative which was initially part of the National Youth Gathering. We are seeking candidates who are interested … Continue reading

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