Summer Freedom

Today is the last day of school for my kids and they are pumped! It is a half-day and students are watching movies, eating cake and did not have to bring their books and backpacks. When we were kids we would chant, “No more classes, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks!” Of course this is ridiculous, but there is always a sense of exhilaration at completing the school year and finally being FREE for the summer.  You never quite appreciate the great freedom of summer as a kid. We might think it is not a big deal, but  freedom of any kind is directly connected to being under good authority. Our parenting and acceptance of responsibility over our kids, is what allows for them to experie

Summer Freedom

Today is the last day of school for my kids and they are pumped! It is a half-day and students are watching movies, eating cake and did not have to bring their books and backpacks. When we were kids we would chant, “No more classes, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks!” Of course this is ridiculous, but there is always a sense of exhilaration at completing the school year and finally being FREE for the summer. You never quite appreciate the great freedom of summer as a kid. We might think it is not a big deal, but freedom of any kind is directly connected to being under good authority. Our parenting and acceptance of responsibility over our kids, is what allows for them to experien

Happy Father's Day

This Sunday is dad's turn to be celebrated. According to the infallible Wikipedia (kidding)- Catholic Europe has honored fathers since the Middle Ages. So this week, at Light Up the City we take time to post about...dads. Scripture gives plenty of reasons to celebrate dads- Jesus continually says he only does what he sees his father doing. The Old Testament reminds us of the importance of family and the duties of each household member. We are also taught God is our heavenly father, knowing what is best for us; having great concern, love and grace for us. There are literally hundreds of verses that reflect on fatherhood. My dad and I are almost completely opposites in many ways- he is a much

Happy Father's Day

This Sunday is dad's turn to be celebrated. According to the infallible Wikipedia (kidding)- Catholic Europe has honored fathers since the Middle Ages. So this week, at Light Up the City we take time to post about...dads. ​​ Scripture gives plenty of reasons to celebrate dads- Jesus continually says he only does what he sees his father doing. The Old Testament reminds us of the importance of family and the duties of each household member. We are also taught God is our heavenly father, knowing what is best for us; having great concern, love and grace for us. There are literallyhundreds of verses that reflect on fatherhood. My dad and I are almost completely opposites in many ways- he is a muc

Foster Care Gathering Recap

On Thursday, May 31st, nearly 50 representatives from local churches, the Children’s Administration and support agencies gathered for our 6th Foster Support Faith Alliance Gathering at First Free Methodist Church. Attendees were inspired by efforts towards engaging foster care by Matthew Savage, pastor of Journey Church in Everett. Matthew challenged us, the church, and our congregation members to step out of our comfort zones and care for vulnerable children in foster care. We also heard a report on our Brave event for teen girls in foster care from pastor Lisa Barnes, as well as a plea for churches who might be interested in co-hosting this annual event next year. Tracy Rubstello joined us

Foster Care Gathering Recap

On Thursday, May 31st, nearly 50 representatives from local churches, the Children’s Administration and support agencies gathered for our 6th Foster Support Faith Alliance Gathering at First Free Methodist Church. Attendees were inspired by efforts towards engaging foster care by Matthew Savage, pastor of Journey Church in Everett. Matthew challenged us, the church, and our congregation members to step out of our comfort zones and care for vulnerable children in foster care. We also heard a report on our Brave eventfor teen girls in foster care from pastor Lisa Barnes, as well as a plea for churches who might be interested in co-hosting this annual event next year. Tracy Rubstello joined us

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