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Connecting Students’ Families to Church

Entering the back-to-school season, teachers have a great opportunity to reach out to the families in our schools and connect them to church. While some of these families may already be a part of a church body, many school families don’t have a church home of their own. During this season, churches are re-launching Sunday School and hosting back-to-school events and backpack blessings, but how can we continue to connect school families to church as the year progresses and schedules fill up?

School Supplies: Christ’s Love, Christ’s Ministry

It’s back-to-school season! Along with buying new school clothes and restocking crayons, glue sticks, and pencil boxes, many families are learning new school routines. Others are diving right back into a hectic weekday schedule, after a brief summer respite.

September 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

Children, especially at a young age, need to learn how to utilize all five of their senses. They’re learning that a stove can be hot to touch, that cookies smell good, that they don’t like the taste of green beans, that they recognize their mom’s voice out of all the others in a room, and that they must wait to see the WALK sign before crossing the street.

How to Vacation with Jesus

Chances are, you are going, or have already gone, on a vacation this summer. Maybe you took a day trip to a state park; maybe you’re flying to Europe for two weeks. Whatever you have planned or have already done, vacations are part of life. This is by God’s design—God rested on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:2), God commanded the Israelites to rest one day out of every week (Exodus 20:9–11), and God told his Old Testament people to keep three week-long feasts (Passover, Pentecost, and Booths). God set a pattern for all people to find rest in the midst of the work and toil of this world.

Adjusting to School as a Lutheran College Student

College is tough. With the pressure of getting good grades, meeting new friends, and trying to get involved on campus, it is tough to grapple with it all.

Shine: Your New Favorite Ministry Tool

Summer is officially here. Now that school is out, it is a constant battle to keep the kids entertained. To all the hardworking, selfless, tired youth ministry servants…

August 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

Kids have a lot of emotions, and they’re way worse at hiding them than adults. (Well, maybe not all adults. I once cried because I wanted falafel, but couldn’t make it because my food processor was broken.)

The Bad News & Good News about Teen Girls

First, the bad news . . . our teen girls are in crisis. I'm worried about them, and you should be too. My oldest daughter, Catie, is in high school and my younger daughter, Elisabeth, is in middle school. We’re living the teen girl life around here, and I see what’s happening to these young women. These girls believe they have to be perfect, and they are so hard on themselves when they don’t live up to impossibly high standards that they see on the internet.

July 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar

Doing family devotions takes a lot of commitment, consistency, and motivation! There may not be a more challenging time for that than the middle of the summer, when family vacations, holiday celebrations, family gatherings, and just plain old summer fun fill our calendars.

It’s not easy to gather your entire family in one place at one time, but using spare moments to draw your family closer to God is key. 

If you’re looking for small ways to make a difference in your family’s summer routine, family devotions are one way to do that! The Everyday Faith Calendar can be quick—if you only have five minutes in between dinner and a softball game, you can squeeze it in. Or if you want to go more in-depth, you can do that too!

Here are a few summer-centric ideas for finding time in the Word with the Everyday Faith Calendar!

June 2019 Everyday Faith Calendar