Family Dinner Conversations

April 13th, 2015

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“Mom, what’s for dinner?” asked my son.

“Pizza,” I responded.

“Ooh, can we play the pizza game while we eat?”

We have a pizza board game that is designed for families to play together while eating pizza. It encourages family conversation and fun interaction during dinner time. It is filled with conversation starters, games, and activities and gets everyone talking and laughing together. We’ve even brought the game with us to our local pizza restaurant to play there while we enjoyed our favorite pie.

With the pace of life always set at top speed, families struggle to slow down and connect with one another…to read the rest of this post, visit For The Family, my writing home today.




Ministry to Families Affected by Autism

April 10th, 2015

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Autism. It’s not an issue on your heart unless it strikes your family or someone you love. It’s not a topic on your radar unless you live with it day in and day out. It’s probably not something you think of in terms of ministry in your local church unless it affects those in your membership.

This month is Autism Awareness month, and it is an issue that every church should be aware of.

Autism and its prevalence

Autism as a diagnosis has undergone some changes in the past year or so. In the most recent release of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the name and criteria for diagnosis of autism was changed. Classical autism, Pervasive Development Disorder NOS and Asperger’s Syndrome are now included together under the same class, called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD is defined as a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviors. It includes symptoms on a spectrum ranging from mild social challenges to that of more severe autistic symptoms, such as having a complete lack of speech. Its typical onset occurs around age three and continues throughout a person’s life…To read the rest of this post, visit the ERLC, my writing home today.




Conversation Jar

Family Dinner Conversations

“Mom, what’s for dinner?” asked my son. “Pizza,” I responded. “Ooh, can we play the pizza game while we eat?” We have a pizza board game that is designed for families to play together while eating pizza. It encourages family conversation and fun interaction during dinner time. It is filled with conversation starters, games, and activities and gets everyone talking […]

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