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As you church considers Mother's Day, perhaps also make note of this 2006 article from our website. It notes the cautions of John and Sylvia Van Regenmorter, authors of "When the Cradle Is Empty: Answering Tough Questions about Infertility," and the hurt of the holiday for women who've never been mothers, single women, mothers who have lost children, and mothers whose children are not walking with the Lord. "Worship planners should not arbitrarily acknowledge these experiences in worship services. Rather, they should make use of natural opportunities that occur in every congregation to remember those facing infertility, miscarriage, and adoption," John Van Regenmorter suggests. See
Taking Your Church to College
A one-day exploration of how liberal arts-style learning can strengthen congregational life, with wisdom from insightful professors in nine different disciplines and gleanings from about 30 grant-funded congregational renewal projects, culminating in an inspiring worship service in the Calvin Chapel. The day begins with a plenary called "Strengthening Congregational Life by Engaging God’s World" by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., a senior research fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary. Sessions will include such topics as "Sport and the Christian Life," "Why the Church Needs History, Especially Now," "When Helping Heals," "Congregations and Sermons" and much more. Please consider coming to this and spreading the word.
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