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Card Ministry Stamp-a-Stack
Saturday February 3, 2018
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
PRC Patchogue, 95 East Main Street, Patchogue NY – In the Congregational Church of Patchogue  Parking lot off Oak Street behind the church
Leader: Karen Smith
Materials fee:  $20 per person

Join other crafters here at the Patchogue PRC on the first Saturday of every month to create a “stack” of homemade cards to use in your church’s or your own card ministry.  During each session, we will make nine cards (three each of three different designs; envelopes included).  No experience is necessary…beginners as well as seasoned cardmakers are all welcome.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so that adequate supplies can be prepared. Please bring your own double-sided tape and scissors.
To register call 631-821-2255 or 631-486-4350 or email us.
Go to online registration.


Celebrating a Celtic Lent
A PRC Mini-Retreat
Saturday, February 17, 2018
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Old First Presbyterian Church, 125 Main St., Huntington 11743

For this year’s Lenten retreat, we will explore celebrating the sacred season from a Celtic perspective. Celtic Christianity emphasizes an awareness of God’s presence in all of creation, seeing the natural world as a revelation of the divine. The Celts believed God was involved in all of the ordinary events of their lives and they prayed constantly, asking God to bless whatever they did. Through individual and group spiritual practices, we will begin our Lenten journey drawing on the wisdom of Celtic saints such as Patrick, Brigit, and Columba.
Preregistration is required for this event by February 15th so that enough supplies can be prepared. 
Free will offering at the door.
To register:
By e-mail: info@prcli.org           
By telephone: 631-821-2255 or 631-486-4350

Book Club
Saturday, February 24, 2018  
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
PRC Patchogue, 95 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY
In the Congregational Church, Parking lot off of Oak St.
Leader: Karen Smith
Featured title:  Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God By Lori Erikson
From her childhood on an Iowa farm, Lori Erikson grew up to travel the world as a writer specializing in holy sites - journeys that led her on an ever-deepening spiritual quest.  From the shrine of Lourdes to the harsh tundra of Iceland to a Lakota retreat in South Dakota, Erickson explores the deeper mystical meanings that underlie all faiths and takes you along on her personal journey of spiritual insight.
Please read the book before the meeting and be prepared for discussion.
Call 631-821-2255 or 631-486-4350, email info@prcli.org, to register. 

Online Courses

Spiritual Journaling Online Course
February 12, 2018, to March 26, 2018
Cost: $75
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.
To register or to notified of future offerings of this course, click here. For more information, contact Practical Resources for Churches by phone at 631-821-2255 or e-mail info@prcli.org.
Debbie Kolacki is a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. Her blogs include FaithGeeks and Practical Resources for Churches. She is also an online instructor for BeADisciple.com. Debbie is the senior consultant for PRC - Practical Resources for Churches where she works with people in all areas of ministry and leads webinars, workshops, and retreats.

The Changing 21st Century Sunday School Online Course
Cost: $45
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
The next offering of this course runs from April 9, 2018 through April 30, 2018.
To register for this course or to be notified of future offerings of this course, click here.

If you’re involved with Sunday school, either as a superintendent, CE director, teacher, or another capacity, then you’ve no doubt heard the lament that things have changed. Crowded classrooms and regular attendance are no longer the norm. Instead you’re struggling with things like whether to go to a one room Sunday school or how to reach biblically illiterate kids who only attend your program every few weeks.
Join us for this three week BeADisciple.com course as we explore ways to handle the challenges of the 21st century Sunday school such as declining enrollment, erratic attendance, competition with other activities, lack of volunteers, and budget cuts. We’ll also talk about the possibility of doing Sunday school a different way or at a different time.
We’ll look at intergenerational ministry and worship along with ways to introduce them in your church, using the experiences of churches who are doing them successfully. Partnering with families will be discussed with specific steps you can take to help families become the primary faith formation leaders for their children.
We’ll also look at the movement to get rid of Sunday school and what this means for you and your ministry. Together we’ll come up with an action plan and innovations to your Sunday school program that will fit your unique situation.
You will be able to access this course at your own convenience; a minimum of four to five hours per week is necessary to benefit from the course content.
Debbie Kolacki is a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. Her blogs include FaithGeeks and Practical Resources for Churches. She is also an online instructor for BeADisciple.com. Debbie is the senior consultant for PRC - Practical Resources for Churches where she works with people in all areas of ministry and leads webinars, workshops, and retreats.

Called to Teach Online Course
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
Cost: $45
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
The next offering of this course will run from May 14, 2018, through Monday, June 4, 2018.
To register to be notified of future offerings of this course, click here.

If you are a new Sunday school teacher or an experienced teacher who wants to grow, this three-week course on BeADisciple.com is for you. Sunday school superintendents and CE directors may also find the course useful for teacher training. We will be looking at teaching children from preschool through 6th grade as a calling and ministry. You will be able to access this course at your own convenience; a minimum of four to five hours per week is necessary to benefit from the course content.
Week one will cover faith development as well as children’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual age level characteristics. We’ll also explore ways of using prayer and spiritual practices with children. An overview of the Bible and Church History will be covered during week two. We will also look at the different types of curriculum available and the advantages and disadvantages of the different types. During the third week, we will cover lesson planning and the teaching environment including physical, spiritual, and social space. Finally, we’ll look at ways to partner with our students’ families and the rest of the congregation in their faith formation.
Take this opportunity to grow as a teacher, as you meet and interact with others sharing the blessings and challenges of children’s ministry!
Debbie Kolacki is a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. Her blogs include FaithGeeks and Practical Resources for Churches. She is also an online instructor for BeADisciple.com. Debbie is the senior consultant for PRC - Practical Resources for Churches where she works with people in all areas of ministry and leads webinars, workshops, and retreats.