February 25, 2017
10 AM to 1 PM EASTERN
PRC Patchogue, 95 East Main Street, Patchogue, in the Congregational Church of Patchogue
Leader: Karen Smith
Everyone has favorite scripture that “speaks” to them and some verses are the encouragement to which you return again and again. Join us for a workshop on Scripture Scrapbooking where we will surround your favorite scripture verses with your own artistic expression. Please come equipped with four of your favorite verses and create a page for each. Please also bring a 6”x6” scrapbook, double sided tape, and scissors. The rest of the materials will be supplied
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so that adequate supplies can be prepared.
Materials Fee: $20 per person
Call 631-821-2255, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or register
online on the Workshops page of our website: www.prcli.org.
February 27, 2017 to April 10, 2017
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
Join us this Lent for a six week BeADisciple online course in which participants will explore the practice of spiritual journaling as they share their experiences with others involved in the practice. The course is based on the Upper Room book Journaling: A Spiritual Journey by Anne Broyles who is featured in an introductory video to the course. Each week we will practice one of the methods of journaling from the book. These include: journaling from the events of daily life, journaling in response to scripture, journaling with guided meditations, journaling from dreams, journaling in response to reading, and journaling conversations or dialogues. The spiritual practice of journaling helps us record our journey with God, be more aware of God’s presence in our lives, and grow spiritually.
The course fee of $75 includes a copy of the book signed by the author which will be mailed to participants. Please enroll early so that you will have enough time to receive your book prior to the course start date.
The course runs from February 27 through April 10, 2017. Participants will access the course at their own convenience.
To register, visit the Course Schedule Page of the BeADisciple website at www.BeADisciple.com or click here. For more information, contact Practical Resources for Churches by phone at 631-821-2255 or e-mail email@example.com.
Course leader Debbie Kolacki is a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has a BA in English from Wagner College and completed the courses for her certification as a Christian educator through Columbia College in South Carolina. She has taught children, youth, and adults and served in many areas in her local church for over twenty years. Debbie is the senior consultant for Practical Resources for Churches where she works with people in all areas of ministry and leads webinars, workshops, and retreats. Her blogs include Faith Geeks and Practical Resources for Churches.
FREE Webinar: Designing Your Own VBS Curriculum
Thursday March 2, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Lisa Brown
This webinar will focus on designing your own curriculum for Vacation Bible School. We will discuss theological appropriateness along with creating a good theme. How to use a ready-made curriculum and adapt it to fit your church’s theology will also be addressed.
Lisa Brown is the former Director of Children’s Ministry and Communications Coordinator at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania where she witnessed the profound experiential learning that occurs when children are fully engaged in an immersive program. In addition to designing her own VBS programming, Lisa has created Sunday school and Confirmation programs, nursery school lessons, and Girl Scout and Boy Scout Camporees. A native of Pittsburgh, she is now a digital missioner for Membership Vision, helping people find God in the digital space. She is the author of “The Best VBS Workbook Ever” which will be published in January 2017.
Tuesday March 7, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern
Leader: Marissa Letscher
Join us for a discussion about the Milestones program of First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Milestones is a series of classes (three classes every year at every age level from birth through 5th grade) that educate children on the whos, whats, whys, and hows of the faith, and equip parents as the primary developers of faith in their children. Milestones includes Bible classes once a year beginning at Kindergarten, lively discussions about worship, experiential sessions on prayer and spiritual practices, Communion instruction, church history, and stewardship.
A pure-bred Lutheran, Marissa Letscher grew up a P. K., swearing she never wanted her dad’s job. Instead she chased-down her mom’s career path and, in 2002, earned a BA in Elementary Education from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and taught in public schools for two years. But as call stories go, in 2004, after having been married only a week, she began her Master of Divinity studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Upon graduation in 2007, Marissa began serving a mid-size ELCA congregation in metro Atlanta, Georgia, before being called to her home church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she has served the last seven years. In 2008, Marissa established her own consulting business, and is honored to share her passion for ministry with churches in this way. Marissa shares life with her husband of eleven years, Stan, their three-year-old son, Wyatt, and eight-year-old Westie, Bella.