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Two Questions: Sara Jane Nixon

Time to Rekindle Relationships

Moving Intergenerational Ministry Outdoors

Two Questions: Parker Palmer

Recharge, Renew, Refocus

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Two Questions: Sara Jane Nixon

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Sara Jane NixonPastor, New Dublin Presbyterian ChurchDublin, Va.(And LOGOS Participant as a Child!)       Photo: Sara Jane (middle) with Training Director Betsy Dishman (left) and Communications Coordinator Tracey Schoch, at a LIFT Experience held at Sara Jane's church a month before the pandemic began! In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What keeps you up at night? How can I help people learn from each other? People in the church -- and society! -- are so age-segregated that  being around people you are not related to with whom...

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Time to Rekindle Relationships

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Relationships and community require care and feeding. Congregations all over the world are facing this same challenge—of starting to gather again in person (or soon!). And we are out of practice. We’ve been Zooming, doing the masked-and-distanced thing, and lots of other creative solutions, but we must admit, it’s been a strange and awkward yearand it’s time to rekindle relationships.

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Moving Intergenerational Ministry Outdoors

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Church leaders are pondering a different kind of spring and summer in 2021. Restrictions, vaccine limitations (especially for younger people), and comfort levels are still impacting “ministry as usual” even as our lives seem to be emerging from COVID-19 and hope is springing forth. Holding intergenerational ministry outside allows for safe gatherings and more movement after a very long winter. But what? And how? We surveyed some church leaders we know about their plans and thoughts, and what they were still wondering about—particularly concerning the “norm” of Vacation Bible School. We received some great feedback. They shared a variety of...

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Two Questions: Parker Palmer

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Parker J. PalmerAuthor         In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What keeps you up at night? At age 82, I need my “beauty sleep,” so I’m not inclined to stay up late! But during the day I spend a lot of time working with people half my age on problems related to the advancement of love, truth, and justice in our suffering world. My colleagues are not only younger than I, they also embody life experiences I would know nothing about if I did not have...

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Recharge, Renew, Refocus

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries       Did you receive a star word at Epiphany? It’s a new-ish tradition that helps provide focus for Christians for the upcoming year. The star is a reminder of what guided the Magi to Jesus (hence the Epiphany timing). And it is a reminder that we are also seeking Jesus, trusting that God uses many signs (or stars) to draw us closer. Words on stars are handed out in worship. For many churches, distribution was done other ways this year. As I prepared and mailed star words for the children, youth, and adults in...

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