My favorite moments from the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering

By Sparkhouse July 11, 2018

For the first time, I had the opportunity to join 30,000 leaders and students at last week’s 2018..

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 also..

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 most..

Let’s all be honest about Ascension Day, shall we?

By David Schoenknecht May 4, 2018

We used to have Thursday night Ascension Day services in my home congregation. I grew up thinking..

Mother’s Day musings: Celebrating the women in your ministry

By Sparkhouse May 2, 2018

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Though it’s a popular secular holiday, its Sunday place on..

Honesty Day reflections on truths and lies

By Sparkhouse April 30, 2018

April 30 is Honesty Day—a day that celebrates honest communication in all facets of life. The day..

For the beauty of the Earth: how to celebrate Earth Day through the Bible and arts

By Deb Hetherington April 11, 2018

Earth Day provides us with an intentional day of the calendar year to celebrate the beauty of..

Ideas to help you celebrate Eastertide

By Carla Barnhill April 1, 2018

I come from the land of the ice and snow. Aka Minnesota. When it gets to be mid-March or so, my..


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