Category Archives: Christian-Formation

Summer Reading, July 5, 2016

     by Jennie Wintermote, Library Director It’s July, the days are hot, and the excitement of summer vacation is beginning to wane.  Many studies highlight the importance of reading aloud to children to build early literacy skills, vocabulary, and a … Continue reading

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Join us on a “Come & Read” Learning Tour, April 5, 2016

    by Jennie Wintermote, WDC Library Director As four representatives from Western District participate in the Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Central Committee sponsored “Come and See” learning tour to Israel/Palestine, I invite you to come visit the WDC Resource Library … Continue reading

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New Beginnings, December 8, 2015

     by Jennie Wintermote, WDC Resource Library Director It is with great joy that I sit down to write my first article as the Resource Library Director.  Since I was in middle school I hoped to someday “grow up to … Continue reading

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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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