Faith at Home, January 2017

Introducing UDLC Faith at Home
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Hello UDLC Families!

We are living busy lives—busier than ever—juggling work, family, volunteering, and all our other obligations. It can be hard to find the time just to hang out and relax as a family—let alone spiritually nurture our kids and ourselves. 

I'm hoping this will help. Today we are starting a new project for our UDLC Families simply called Faith at Home, which is designed to offer support and encouragement for living and sharing our faith in our everyday lives. 

This is the first once-a-month email you'll receive, which will have reflections on parenting, some ideas for nurturing faith, and some fun stuff too. We also plan to make resources available on our website. Let us know what you think, and we'd love to hear about more helpful resources and ideas! 

Rice Krispies: My Spiritual Awakening

One of my favorite recent blog posts on parenting and faith comes from Sarah Bessey, who had this epiphany when cleaning up Rice Krispies under the kitchen table: "God is present in the ordinary and the regular and the uncelebrated in a way that I never could have fathomed when I thought God’s best was only either on stage or in a pulpit or a mountaintop or an arena or far away." Read her great blog post here. I think you'll resonate.

20 + C + M + B + 17

January 6th marks the beginning of a new church season, Epiphany.
Epiphany is a season of light and the Gospel readings are all about the stories of Jesus' life and early ministry. One cool Epiphany tradition is "chalking the doors." On January 6th write 20 + C + M + B + 17 above you front doors (or another door) to commemorate the season, remember the wise men that visited Jesus, and ask God's blessing on your home. There is a great explanation of this tradition and prayers you can use at home in this blog post by Greg Kandra.

Patton Oswalt's Year of Magical Parenting

Last year comedian Patton Oswalt's wife died suddenly and he unexpectedly became a single parent. His reflections are profound: "I don't know what kind of single father you are, if you are one or ever will be one. If you're widowed or divorced, adopter or elder sibling. If you're feeling any fear or self-doubt, reassure yourself with the fact that I'm doing this. Me. Spend an hour with me sometime. I can't drive stick. I can't scramble an egg. I can't ice-skate. But I'm doing this. Being a father. I'm in charge of another human being. So you can do this. I promise." Read the whole blog post here.

It's Just a Phase....So Don't Miss It

Finally, we love this new resource for helping kids grow in faith called It's Just a Phase...So Don't Miss It and its full of great insights into childhood development and how faith connects to it. Look for us to share more Phase resources with you in the future. In the meantime, check out their website is full of great parenting advice from babies to teenagers.

Simple Wisdom

"The best prayer is to rest in the goodness of God knowing that that goodness can reach down to our lowest depths of need." - Julian of Norwich

Coming Up

Sunday, January 8th - Sunday school resumes and a special Epiphany Procession at the 9:00 Service (Full Spring 2017 Sunday School Calendar on our website)

Sunday, January 29th - Congregational Celebration Worship Service at 10am (one service only that morning)
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