5 easy ways to start planning for Advent and Christmas

By Deb Hetherington September 14, 2018

We just got back into the swing of things with fall, and finally recovering from all the great..

Shared experiences at the heart of National Grandparents Day

By Sparkhouse September 6, 2018

While it’s true that I am an “Opa,” as we say in our house, neither Oma or I recall observing..

Join us as we celebrate Reason for the Season

By Sparkhouse August 10, 2018

As we swing into the end of summer and the unending advertisements for back to school, you..

My favorite moments from the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

By Julia McClellan July 11, 2018

For the first time, I had the opportunity to join 30,000 leaders and students at last week’s..

Father's Day dialogues: how to support dads in your church ministries

By Sparkhouse June 1, 2018

Hey dads! Can you hear us? We know sometimes it’s hard to. As a church community, as a community..

5 ideas to celebrate Pentecost in your Sunday school classroom

By Sparkhouse May 18, 2018

Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter. It marks the day the Holy Spirit descended on the..

Mother’s Day musings: The joys of alone time for moms

By Sparkhouse May 17, 2018

Mother’s Day often turns into a big event for families. It can be a special time, but it can..

Mother’s Day musings: how to care for your "kids" when you have kids

By Sparkhouse May 9, 2018

Youth group leaders, Sunday school teachers, nursery and playroom volunteers. If you’re like..

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