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Why Easter Eggs?

Recently I found myself explaining Easter egg hunts to a friend who was unfamiliar with this tradition. As I explained it I realized that it sounded rather odd, “Children search for plastic eggs filled with candy because….” I had nothing to follow the because. So, I went searching. I found out that decorating eggs as part of a spring ritual dates back to ancient Greece and Rome and that decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century. One explanation is that eggs were ... Read More »

Easter Celebration

On March 21, Floris UMC held its annual Family Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt. And as I sit here thinking about the weekend so many thoughts emerge. In the weeks leading up to the celebration our Children’s Ministry Department was hopping (no pun intended)! Starting several months ago we were ordering supplies, scheduling inflatables, making craft samples, filling thousands of Easter eggs, buying snacks, setting up rooms, recruiting volunteers…and the list goes on. A few days before the celebration we were ready for it to be done! We were in celebration overload ... Read More »

Let’s Pray

We were all a mess. Everything felt really, really hard. My teenage daughter was struggling with a heavy burden and we simply didn’t know what to do next. We had come at this problem from every angle that made sense and nothing had changed.  She felt hopeless and overwhelmed and we felt powerless to make it better. It broke my heart to see the defeated look on her tear stained face, although it more accurately reflected the state of my own spirit than the mask of cheerful confidence I was ... Read More »

How You Play The Game

My son started playing basketball two years ago. That same year we put a basketball hoop in our driveway. On most days, unless it’s raining or snowing, it’s not uncommon to find him in the driveway shooting baskets. He’s pretty good in our driveway; he makes the majority of shots. Of course, in our driveway, he’s mostly undefended and there are no obstacles between him and the basket. When he’s in our driveway he’s unstoppable. Put him in a game with nine other boys his age and his attitude seems ... Read More »

My Favorite Super Bowl Memory

Super Bowl weekend is, for some, the greatest weekend of them all. I remember when I first started working at a church. We cancelled all activities on that Sunday evening because most people wanted to spend the Super Bowl with friends and family. It’s usually a night full of plans but it doesn’t always go the way you plan for it. I will never forget Super Bowl Sunday 2007. Just the day before, one week early, Susan alerted me to the fact that it was time for our first child, ... Read More »

The Perfect Christmas Gift

If you ask a child what his or her favorite holiday is, many times the answer you will get is Christmas. When you ask more specifically WHY Christmas is their favorite holiday, answers relating to Santa, decorations and parties emerge, but the main answer tends to focus on presents and gifts. Christmas is like a second birthday but a much bigger and better deal!  Many parents use Christmas as a behavior modification tool reminding children to behave and that “Santa is watching” or, these days, the Elf on the Shelf ... Read More »

Living Out Faith With PALS

Separation of church and state was important to the Founding Fathers and who am I to argue with the Founding Fathers?  School is definitely ‘state,’ so don’t bring religion in there. That was my concern when I signed up for the PALS program Floris UMC organizes at Hutchison Elementary School. What if I said something churchy? You know, like, “I go to Floris church.” Can I do that? Is it against the rules? Will they kick me out of the program or ask me to leave? On the other hand, ... Read More »

Bible Illiteracy

Did you know that less than 50% of Americans can name the first book of the Bible? Did you know that 12% of Christian Americans think Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc? Did you know that less than 1/3 of Americans know who delivered the Sermon on the Mount? As the Director of Children’s Ministry here at Floris I am faced with the daunting task of, “how do I convey excitement for and about the Bible and all that it contains to the children who I influence?” I know that ... Read More »

My Kids Will Make Some Bad Decisions. I’m Okay With That.

I discovered something great the other night. While checking out the benefits of my 30-day free trial of Hulu Plus, I found the entire series of Felicity. For those of you unfamiliar with this late ‘90s classic, it follows the story of a girl who impulsively makes the decision NOT to attend Stanford, as her parents would like, and instead travels to New York City to attend New York University because a boy she has a crush on attends there. The thing about watching a show that first aired when ... Read More »

Listen for the Whispers

It’s that time of year again; the kids are off to school. This year we sent our youngest, Anna, off to college. I wasn’t nearly as worried this time as I had been when Emily, my first born, left for school. I learned a lot with Emily’s transition to college. I learned that they will look for ways to connect with people just like they did here: through school, church and sports. I learned that they are perfectly capable of making good decisions and bearing the consequences of poor decisions. ... Read More »

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