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October 2021

To EQUIP you as parents…

A bit of empowerment: Most of us would agree that praying for our children is important. But how often are we too tired or overwhelmed to actually take the time to do it? The goal of this video is "to provide practical resources and methods for praying for our children daily". Check it out and see if it helps you feel more equipped, feeling like you really can do it!

A bit of conversational guidance: Who among us doesn't need some more help navigating the good, the bad and the ugly of social media? Sign up here for free to receive a guided 4-day walkthrough to help you talk with your teen about social media - helpful strategies, practical concepts, dangers, and more.


To ENRICH you in your walk with Christ...

Pieces of uplifting music: Looking for some pleasant music for both your ears and your soul? Check out Elise Massa's youtube channel, full of songs she's written out of her passion to know and serve the Lord and call others to Him. Give it a listen and if you like it, feel free to subscribe to her channel!

(Side note: Elise is married to Chris Massa, composer of Love Came Down, performed by BCS and WCA during the Christmas season 2019.)

A bit of laughter: They say laughter is the best medicine... so if you need a laugh - and if you have ever struggled with keeping your house in order while living with children - you may find this anecdotal account of a new way of decorating your home to be good medicine!


To help you ENGAGE with your kids...

A bit of family fall fun: Looking for something fun to do with your kids on one of the remaining Saturdays this month? Weaver's Orchard has lots to offer at their Fall Family Fun Days - hay rides, face painting, balloon animals with Petunia the Clown, live entertainment, and more! Plus, you can't beat their apple cider or their amazing honey crisp apples.

Some pieces of liturgy: Do you ever wish there was a way to incorporate more meaning into your family's prayers before mealtimes? Something other than just "bless this food to our bodies"? If so, consider trying out the Liturgies for Table Blessings (from the book Every Moment Holy, a collection of liturgies for daily life). If you don't have the book, you can download one day of the Table Blessings for $1 or get the whole week for $5.


We hope these bits and pieces are a blessing to you as you continue to follow Jesus in your everyday life. Thanks for allowing us to share!

For more encouragement and some suggested ways to pray with us, check out our Prayer Matters blog, updated weekly throughout the school year.

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