June 2010 - United Church of Christ by jianghongl


									    Vol. 11, No. 2     June 2010

         Partners In Education

Faith Practices Workshops Are a Hit!
     Many Partners In Education across the United         be used. I even took along my Imaging the Word
Church of Christ are having good experiences              coffee table books to show where some of the
introducing Faith Practices to local churches,            artwork can be found.”
conferences, and associations. The Connecticut                A UCC congregation, North Church in
Conference held a curriculum                                                 Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
event where Faith Practices                                                  spent quite a bit of time
was introduced, and offered                                                  discerning if Faith Practices is
two workshops which focused                                                  the right choice for them. Mary
on experiencing a faith practice.                                            Ann Drapcho wrote to Ken
“We used the United Church of                                                Ostermiller: “This is just
Christ’s new Language of God                                                 wonderful! I have been
video to help introduce what a                                               teaching church school for
faith practice was. We watched                                               thirty years and Faith Practices
the video twice—the first time                                               works extremely well as a
to experience it, and the                                                    church school resource! Our
second time to look for the                                                  Parish Life Board and Church
different faith practices shown                                              School went through a very
—how is the UCC practicing                                                   thorough study of available
faith?”                                                                      curriculum materials before
      Jeffrey Dick led two workshops in the               choosing Faith Practices. We wanted a
Michigan Conference. One was based on Keeping             curriculum resource that would engage students,
Sabbath, Seekers, and New Members. “We                    have meaning for their everyday lives, and be fun
sampled three different parts of the material and         for the students and teachers. Faith Practices
talked about the different settings in which it could     has a wealth of this and more. It is easily
                                                          adaptable for our congregation’s ‘Cross
                                                          Generational’ events and offers the opportunity
                                                          for synergy.”
   In This Issue                          Page                After searching for ways to promote the Faith
                                                          Practices resources, the Partners in Education of
   Faith Practices Update                   1             the Western Reserve Association of the Ohio
   Partners Egroup News                     2             Conference are locating funds to provide grants
                                                          to at least two small churches to purchase a set
   Faith Practices Promos                   3, 4          of resources for one of the practices. “We will try
                                                          to identify some highly motivated churches that
                                 Published quarterly by   are being hampered only by the lack of funds to
                                Local Church Ministries   purchase the resources on their own.”
                                 A Covenanted Ministry        Mary Sicher wrote to us: “I want to let you
                                United Church of Christ   know how the Faith Practices introduction is
                          Worship & Education Ministry    going in the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference.
                                      700 Prospect Ave.
                             Cleveland, OH 44115-1100

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New Location for
Partners In Education Egroup
    One of the best “perks” of being a Partner In    have an email address to join the group at the
Education is the high quality of discussion on the   new location. If you did not receive the invitation,
Partners In Education Egroup. We have moved          or did not respond to it, you may ask to subscribe
the egroup to a new location at Google Groups.       to the group by sending an email to
You can visit the group on the web to read the       u c c - p a r t n e r s - i n - e d u c a t i o n
discussion on your computer by visiting:             +subscribe@googlegroups.com.
http://groups.google.com/group/ucc-partners-in-          Google Groups gives you full control over
education.                                           how you receive the information from the egroup.
    Ken Ostermiller reports, “As the owner of the    You can receive individual emails, a daily digest,
group, I was using my free Yahoo account to          or read the notes at
provide the group through Yahoogroups. My            the Google Groups
internet provider, Verizon, was using Yahoo to       web site. To post a
manage email and I associated my free Yahoo          note to the group,
account with my Verizon account. This was a          send it to ucc-
mistake! Recently Verizon decided to stop using      partners-in-education@googlegroups.com.
Yahoo to manage email. I had made a number of        Jeffrey will read notes before they are posted. If
adjustments to my email accounts, but it did not     you are replying to a previous post, please do not
occur to me that I needed to do something about      include quoted material in your reply. Usually the
our Partners In Education Egroup. So when my         subject line is enough to identify the topic. Or you
Verizon email account was no longer being            can copy and paste a short snippet from the note
serviced by Yahoo, Yahoo deleted all my              to indicate the part of a note to which you are
Yahoogroup accounts, even those opened by my         referring.
free Yahoo account.”                                     Keep the discussion and questions coming.
    The Partners In Education Egroup now is at       Most of us who are a part of this egroup find the
Google Groups. Jeffrey Dick continues to             information extremely helpful in our own
moderate the discussions there. Ken Ostermiller      ministries, and it provides us with excellent
has invited all Partners In Education for whom we    information to share with others in the church.

Educator Salary Guidelines Sought on Partners Egroup
   Recently a query was posted on the Partners in Education Egroup regarding compensating
Christian educators. Partners shared web links where these guidelines may be found:

Association of United Church Educators

Massachusetts Conference

Ohio Conference

Wisconsin Conference
June 2010                   Partners In Education                      3

            Hundreds and hundreds of activities
            to spark meaningful conversations & practice your faith!

            The laundry is piling up,
            yet I’m supposed to keep Sabbath?

            How do I reach out
            to those outside my
            comfort zone?

            Others know how to play and live joyfully.

                                      Why not me?
            How can I be a good steward of everything
                                  God has given me?

2007. The United
 ul decisions about resources
   been.of us – two
                                                 At the event in February enclosed Minister for Wor-
                                  handouts from that event areSid Fowler, with this newslet-
                                  ter. ship, Liturgy, and Spiritual Formation of the Worship &
ent ten days with the writers Sid helped the group examine vocabulary such as
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ces talented writ-                ing, forming, transforming. We were able to raise our
have given to lis- United “Naming What We Do...Doing What We Name.” The
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 continue to believe Online subscriptions at www.faithpractices.org include a variety of plans to fit every church’s budget. Available July 15, 2010.

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