Children and Family Ministries Report

The Monelli Memo

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray. (Proverbs 22:6)

I recently learned that that the term “train” or “train up” literally translates as “to rub the gums of a newborn child with oil before it is placed at its mother’s breast”. This was a practice used by midwives in the days of our fore-parents to train the baby to get nourishment. Eugene Petersen puts it like this: It was a tender welcoming into the harsh and sometimes painful land of the living.

What a wonderful way of preparing and welcoming children into a life of faith: lovingly and gently preparing them for a lifelong relationship with Jesus. Sunday school, BfJ and Confirmation classes are all important parts of a young person’s spiritual development but they are only ready for those experiences if they have been introduced to God’s love by parents who love them. Thanks be to God, the children I meet every week here at PRLC are fully and faithfully prepared.

For His Sake,

The Lent Event

Celebrating Lent Together
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10 am
Get ready for Lent with learning centers, hands-on projects, and take-home materials for adults, confirmation students and their mentors.

The Phinney Phlames

The Youth Group for 4th & 5th graders
The Phinney Phlames will meet on Sunday, Feb. 11 from 12:15-1:30. Mardi Gras will be the theme, and there will be crafts and a service project too. As always, lunch will be provided.

Sunday School and BfJ in February

Sunday School: Classes for children and young people (age 3 through high school) meet every Sunday during February except for February 11, when the Lent Event will be held for children and adults alike.

Bread for the Journey: All Classes and Choirs will meet on Wednesday evenings. PLEASE NOTE: Only the classes and choirs held at 5:30pm will meet on Wednesday, February 14. Dinner will begin at 6 pm and a Family Worship service will be held in the Tree of Life room at 6:30 pm.

There will be NO BfJ programing on Wednesday, February 21 due to the schools’ Winter Break.

For Adult Members of Family Ministry

The Caregiver Circle meets on SUNDAY, February 18, 2018 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. This month we will explore a meditative prayer discipline to help deal with the stress of caregiving.

Bible Stories to Share with Your Family in Lent

Jesus’ Baptism (Matthew 3: 1-17; Mark 1:1-11)
The Temptation of Jesus (Luke 4:1-13)
The Feeding of the Five Thousand (Luke 9:10-17)
Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41)

If you need suggestions for versions of these stories for different ages and stages of children please contact Nancy at

Some Suggestions for Family Activities for Lent

  • Create a special time to read bible stories and pray together with your family each week.
  • Decide as family on something to fast from that will free up money to help those in need. Giving up dessert at dinner or after dinner snacks is an easy way to make money available for the hungry or others in need.
  • Keep a family prayer list so that everyone can contribute requests for thanksgivings and requests for themselves and others. Use it to guide your time of family prayer.
  • Schedule a time to give up something fun like a movie or other activity and use the time you save for a family service project like helping at the food bank, cooking a meal for Aurora Commons, or visiting with a homebound friend.
  • Contact the folks at Edible Hope ( if you would like to help with their program.
  • Contact Tiffany Megargee ( if you would like to help make a meal for Aurora Commons.
  • Contact Jo-Ann Cress ( to find out how your family can help the PRLC food bank.