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Selah - Pause and Reflect

Posted by Ann Fons on 2/20/18

Did you know that the word Selah, which can mean to pause and reflect, occurs 71 times in the book of Psalms?  Al McCauley shared that bit of information with us at Family Program.  Al’s presentation was full of information and fun facts but he also posed a challenge ... Read More »

Going Deeper - Praying with Scripture

Posted by Ann Fons on 2/08/18

This week at Family Program we went deeper with a story that is unique to the Gospel of Matthew.  You can read more about how we did that in our February 8th Newsletter.

We are now on week 5 of our Family Challenge to spend 15 minutes each week, as ... Read More »

Building a habit

Posted by Ann Fons on 1/23/18

As we near the end of January those New Years Resolutions often get harder and harder to keep up.  That’s why we devoted another Family Program session to helping families create that habit of reflecting on Scripture together each week.   We completed Week 3 of the Family Challenge.  Can ... Read More »

It's a Challenge!

Posted by Ann Fons on 1/11/18

The questions about the Bible that we answered this week all had to do with how to read the Bible = how to get comfortable with it, where to start, etc.  The best way to read the Bible, and to get comfortable with it, is simply to start reading ... Read More »

Boughs & Pine Cones and Waiting in Hope

Posted by Ann Fons on 12/12/17

You’ve heard of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes, how about the multiplication of the boughs and the pine cones? That’s what it felt like at Family Program on December 3 and 4.   We started with just a few pine boughs and ended up ... Read More »

This is literally confusing!

Posted by Ann Fons on 11/27/17

One of your questions about the Bible that we answered last week was, “Should the Bible be taken literally?”  (You can find our answer on our You Asked. . .Questions about the Bible webpage.)  This question made me start thinking about the meaning of the word literally.  I looked it ... Read More »

I promise. . .

Posted by Ann Fons on 11/08/17

What was the last promise you made?  Were you able to keep it? 

This week at Family Program we learned that the word Testament means covenant.  A covenant is a sacred promise or agreement.  This concept of covenant is one key to unlocking the Scriptures. 

The Old Testament is ... Read More »

Paper or online?

Posted by Ann Fons on 10/18/17

This week at Family Program we answered a couple of your questions on the structure and order of the Bible.  As I watched families doing an activity related to this, I noticed one resourceful family on their cell phones.  They had forgotten to bring along the Bible we gave ... Read More »

Read with your heart, not just your mind

Posted by Ann Fons on 10/03/17

“Read with your heart, not just your head,” Mary Matestic advised parents at Family Program.  She was speaking about reading the Bible, of course.  Her talk provided a broad overview of Biblical themes and stories, which will help families delve into the Bible this year, but the advice about ... Read More »

A Gift for Your Family!

Posted by Ann Fons on 9/21/17

Have you ever received a particularly memorable gift?  Perhaps it was something that had layers of meaning.  At our first Family Program of the year, our high school coordinator, Rebekah Melcher, told us about a gift she received from her mother; a Bible.  This gift continues to be especially ... Read More »


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