Parent’s Progress 8.8.13

A parent’s journey may never end, but it’s not nearly as bad as what some people make it out to be. At least, that’s the perspective, in part, from the first article posted today.


Why I’m Not Afraid to Have Daughters

by Jen Wilkin

I am standing with both of them, the one that looks like me on the left and the one that looks like her father on my right. They are tall, tall as me, and full of the willowy grace of hastily retreating girlhood.

He regards them. He smiles and says: “I’m glad I don’t have daughters.” He means it as a compliment. A lighthearted joke. We smile back and laugh.

I smile, yes – but I am thinking it was funnier the first time someone said it. When they were perched in a shopping cart in tutus, all of two-and-a-half feet tall. How many fathers of sons have said this? How many times? I’m glad I don’t have daughters. Glad. I’m glad about it.

Why, I want to ask? Why glad? Are sons so much easier to raise?

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Kiddie Kollege is Back…With a Change

We are getting ready for a brand new year of preschool!  Our meet the teacher/parent orientation will be on Thursday, August 29 at 9:30.  The first day of school will be on Tuesday, September 3.

We’ve made some changes this year at the preschool.  Our library of books has been moved to room 10, allowing all teachers and aides to have access to the books without disrupting the 3 & 4 year old class.  Janice Pfeifer and Ed and Karolyn Barrus worked very hard to get the books moved and organized.  As we were sorting through them, we were also able to donate older books to make room for new books earned through our book fair last fall.  We also made the big decision to cancel the afternoon class option, due to low enrollment numbers.  We have a large number of children that will attend the morning preschool and will then attend the child care in the afternoon.  With staff freed up, we plan to provide creative activities for children at the child care who do not need to nap.

Please pray for our team as we organize and prepare for the upcoming school year!

Thank you,

Jennifer Nier

Kiddie Kollege Administrator



Thanks to God For His Mercy

Vancouver, Washington was a beautiful place to live.  Of course, we needed some time to get used to the rain and cooler temperatures, but there were lovely azaleas and rhododendrons, evergreen trees, and views of Mount Hood and Mount St. Helen.  After a few days of getting moved in, we had our first Sunday services.  I was surprised to find that there were actually only about 40 people attending Sunday morning worship.  The information that Superintendent Delamarter had regarding the condition of the church was obviously outdated.  I soon also discovered that the finances of the church were nowhere near what the Superintendent had discussed with me.


Camp Surprises

by Pastor Rick

If you’re reading this in August of 2013, it means I am still catching up on sleep lost while at Camp Chenaniah in July. If you’re reading it at any time later than August, I’m still catching up on sleep. I’m just doing so for some other reason.

The main reason I lost so much sleep, besides the normal camp reasons, is that I was counseling in the senior high cabin. This meant, of course, that most of the campers were taller than me. If they were in any sport, they probably outweighed me as well. So, unlike my partner counselors who were 6-foot or taller, respect for my leadership would not be coming because of my imposing physique.


Born into an Epic

by John Eldredge

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. — Genesis 1:1

A Story. An Epic.

Something hidden in the ancient past. Something dangerous now unfolding.

Something waiting in the future for us to discover.

Some crucial role for us to play.

Christianity, in its true form, tells us that there is an Author and that He is good, the essence of all that is good and beautiful and true, for He is the source of all these things.


Parent’s Progress 08.01.13

This week we bring you 3 articles which may surprise or baffle you as parents.


Sharper than a Double-Edged Sword



by Beth Moore

The Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit. — Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Lord, thank You that nothing can separate me from Your redeeming love.

Since pit-dwelling is primarily a state of mind, effective deliverance also takes the ability to read people’s minds, because what we say often doesn’t match where we are. Only God can hang with us through the length and depth of our need. And the length and depth of our baloney.


The Greatest of These is Love


by Billy Graham

But now faith, hope, and love remain; these three virtues must characterize our lives. The greatest of these is love. — 1 Corinthians 13:13 (The Voice)

He who loves his wife loves himself. — Ephesians 5:28

There are three elements to a successful marriage.


Life is So Much Better with Jesus in Command

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Most of us want a helper, someone to lean on, to turn to; we want a boost from a copilot. That makes most of us insane, really, because sane people don’t want God as their copilot. Insane people do because that makes them the pilot and they can have the advantages of his help without the disadvantage of giving up the controls.


Surrendering and Following


What does a surrendered life look like? Different pictures may come to mind: an enemy combatant who knows he is beaten, a repentant child being disciplined, a person falling in love and giving her heart to another.

In the Gospels, one of the first glimpses we see of Jesus’ disciples is when they drop everything to follow a teacher who has just given them an incredible catch of fish (Luke 5:1–11). In response, they leave a life they had chosen to explore in exchange for one God calls them to have. They surrender.