Category Archives: Christian-Formation

New Resource! October 6, 2015

     by Jeanette Roberts, Interim Resource Librarian Churches are beginning to use the new SHINE Sunday school curriculum, so it’s a good time to think about the people involved with such a large faith formation project and thank them for … Continue reading

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Story Collection Celebrates Rosella Wiens Regier’s Life, September 8, 2015

     by Jeanette Roberts, Interim Resource Librarian Churches are beginning to use the new Sunday school Shine curriculum, so it’s a good time to think about the people involved with such a large faith formation project and thank them for … Continue reading

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Making Sermons Stick in the Brains of Congregants, August 4, 2015

Making Sermons Stick in the Brains of Congregants      by Jeanette Roberts, Interim Resource Librarian Do you want your listeners to think beyond an emotional tug and wondering whether you’ll finish the sermon before the big game starts? Read Truth … Continue reading

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Pick My Brain, February 3, 2015

     by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation Greetings Friends of Western District Conference, It is a bittersweet time for me, as I say farewell to this fantastic conference that has nurtured me, taught me and supported me for the … Continue reading

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Pick My Brain: Resources for Faith Exploration & Catechism, January 6, 2015

Pick My Brain – Resources for Faith Exploration and Catechism      by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation Every year, after Christmas, there is a season when many pastors become seekers.  And sometimes they even appear desperate!  Here is what … Continue reading

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Pick My Brain: The Neighboring Challenge, December 9, 2014

Pick My Brain – The Neighboring Challenge!      by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation In the Art of Neighboring, author Jay Pathak explains the “map of shame” exercise he uses when encouraging folks to be better neighbors.   Imagine a … Continue reading

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Pick My Brain: Revisiting the Alternative Holiday Approach, November 4, 2014

Pick My Brain – Revisiting the Alternative Holiday Approach      by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation Got Christmas on your mind?  Most of us don’t…yet….but we are about to be overwhelmed with commercials, singing elves and decorations.  Now that … Continue reading

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Pick My Brain: A Brush With Life, October 7, 2014

Pick My Brain – A Brush With Life      by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation All of us carry within us the essence of an artist.  Agreed?  So what is holding you back?  Art is not your thing?  Hold … Continue reading

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Pick My Brain: Let the Children Come… and Lead Us…, September 9, 2014

Pick My Brain – Let the Children Come…and Lead Us…      by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation I recently preached on Matthew 19: 13 – 15 at Buhler Mennonite Church in connection with other resourcing on developing Safe Sanctuary policies.    … Continue reading

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Pick My Brain: Down from the Mountaintop: Sustaining the church camp experience at home, August 5, 2014

Pick My Brain – Down from the Mountaintop:  Sustaining the church camp experience at home      by Marlene Bogard, Minister of Christian Formation Ahhh, the camp “after-glow.”  There may be sand in the suitcase and bug-bites on the leg, but … Continue reading

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