Family Mission Statement

Family Mission Statement – email 12/27/2012

Do you have a Family Mission Statement?  What is the point of your family? What are your goals?  A Family Mission Statement can help you answer these questions and provide direction for your family.  It also helps set your priorities which will affect your time, rather than your busy schedule dictating your values.

Check out this link!

Family Mission Statement – click here

PDF on how to write a family mission statement.

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Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich

Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152
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Personalized Advent Calendars – email 12/6/2012

Advent Calendars can be a wonderful tool for families to get into devotions together.  But they can also be customized to help us accomplish more this Advent Season.  Here are some ideas for creating your own countdown to Christmas.

Web Links to Get You Started with Ideas for Your Own 25 Days To Christmas Countdown Advent Calendar

Mom’s Toolbox – Family Advent Ideas

Life as Mom – 25 Days of Anticipation and Family Fun

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Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich

Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd; Springfield, VA 22152
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Creating a Family Mission Statement and Covenant

Family Mission StatementDo you have a Family Mission Statement?  Most families have never considered a mission statement – but mission statements help focus our time, energy, and resources on our most important goals.  A mission statement can help families pass on the faith as they live out life together.  Watch this video and click the PDF below for resources on writing your own family mission statement and covenant.

Writing a Family Mission Statment and Covenant   (Click this link for a PDF designed to get you started)

Family Ideas for Showing Thanks (Thanksgiving 11-21-2012)

Family Ideas for Showing Thanks at Thanksgiving

As we celebrate Thanksgiving it is a great time to recall all the things God has provided for us and to Thank Him.  Plan some things to do this Thanksgiving to share what you are thankful for.  Have some fun with your kids as you come up with ideas for showing thankfulness.  Share your ideas with us at http://www.familiesinfaith.org

Web Links for Further Training and Resources

Thanksgiving ideas for Families
from Building Faith

The 5 Kernels of Corn
From Happy Home Fairy

Family Book of Thanks
From Tip Junkie

Thanksgiving Journal Prompts for Kids
From Journal Buddies

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152
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prayers for my children - video

Praying for Your Children (email 11-08-2012)

Daily Prayer Ideas for Parents

One important job for parents is to lift their children up to the Lord in prayer.  Here are some prayer ideas broken into the 7 days of the week.  You can download a PDF of these prayer ideas here.

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152
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Praise – Family Time Training (email 11-1-2012)

Praise God in Tough Situations

Here is November’s Family Time Training Event.  Family Time is a ministry of home devotions for families that creatively combine fun object lessons with Christian Teaching.  This month’s free lesson (designed to get you comfortable and interested in Family Time) is called “Praise” and focuses on Paul’s reaction to being imprisoned.  Paul praised God – and others came to know Jesus as a result.

Praise

Family Time training logo

Down load the Script for “Praise” by clicking the link below or going to www.famtime.com.
PDF – Praise – Family Time Training Event – Script

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Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152
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Pop Culture and Faith – Books (5/24/2012)

Have you ever considered using popular culture to make connections to your faith as you teach your children about Jesus? Books are wonderful avenues into faith discussions. From children’s books that explore nature, teach lessons, and talk about life to young adult literature that become immensely popular like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the Hunger Games.

Using Popular Culture as a spring board into Spiritual conversations and discussions about God help connect faith to all of life. By engaging our children in meaningful conversations we not only participate in their lives, but share what it means to be a follow of Jesus in this world.

Conversation Starters

Questions to use with your kids…
Children’s Books
  • Did you learn about a new animal or part of God’s Creation?
  • What lesson did the characters learn?
  • What was your favorite part of the story?
  • What was your favorite picture?
Harry Potter
  • Who is your favorite character and why?
  • How did Harry show bravery?
  • How does God want us to show bravery?
  • How does good and evil get demonstrated?
  • God talks about witchcraft in the Bible – He says to avoid it at all costs – How can we keep Harry Potter in the land of fantasy?
Twilight
  • Role Models – What characteristics do you look up to in the various characters?
  • What aspects of their personality do you not like?
  • What makes you like these books?
  • Bella and Edward wait until marriage to go beyond kissing – what does God say about that?
The Hunger Games
  • Who do you relate to the most in the books?
  • What would you do if you were selected as a tribute?
  • How would being a follower of Jesus impact your decisions if you were in the Hunger Games?
  • Who sacrificed the most?
  • What would you be willing to do to protect the ones you love?

Web Resources for Families

 List and descriptions of 100 best Children’s Books from childrensbooksguide.com

From parents.com a series of “Best Children’s Books by Age”

Poll results of the top 100 Children’s Novels. Results include classics like “Charlotte’s’ Web” and “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” along with newer books like “Harry Potter”.

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Please share this email with others.  You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.familiesinfaith.org 

  Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich


Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

©2012, all rights reserved

Pop Culture and Faith – Music (5/17/2012)

Have you ever considered using popular culture to make connections to your faith as you teach your children about Jesus? Music is a big part of our daily lives both as humans and as Christians. Music is all around us and is used to tell a story, convey an emotion, or teach a lesson. Music also helps create memories. All of this means that music is a wonderful tool for passing on the faith.

Connect with your kids about the music they are listening to. Talk about the lyrics, the content, the theme, and the emotions. Use this as an opening to talk about Jesus and living for Him.

Bonus Activities for Families

with devotional thoughts
Name that Tune

Try playing “Name that Tune” with your kids – Make the connection to music and memory. Throw in some church songs to see how they are remembering theology and God’s story through music.

Name that Band

Turn on the radio in the car and see who can guess the band first. Use this as a way to listen to music together. Share with your kids Music and Groups from your youth.

Play a singing game

Use your imagination to change the lyrics of popular children’s songs to connect with Bible stories. For example: Instead of “The Farmer in the Dell,” “The Disciples in the Dell.” Or “London Bridges Falling Down” to “The Walls of Jericho are Falling Down.”

Some Questions to Spark Discussion

* What is the song about?

* What words jump out at you?

* What emotions or feelings are being expressed?

* Does the music project the same feelings as the words?

* As Christians, how do you react to this song?

* What are the Christian teachings in this song?

* Do you agree with the message of this song? Why or why not?

Web Resources for Families

www.hollywoodjesus.com

Use this site for reviews and even ideas for Christian Connections to Popular Music.

www.billboard.com

Billboard.com has all the information on what songs are popular in various genres of music and with various segments of the population.  Use this to find out what “kids are listening to these days.”

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  Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich


Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

©2012, all rights reserved

Pop Culture and Faith – Television (5/10/2012)

Have you ever considered using popular culture to make connections to your faith as you teach your children about Jesus? Television is a big part of the American Culture. On average kids watch TV for 28 hours peer week – yet they only have meaningful conversations with their parents for a few minutes per week. Learn to engage your children in conversation about the television shows they are watching. Work to create connections between the programs and our faith.

There are 4 things to be looking for as you watch TV – Themes, Quotes, Characters, and Opposites.

Check out this video for ideas and methods for engaging your children in conversations about God that connect to TV shows.

Stats on TV

Used in this week’s Video

NOTE: These stats are a few years old – today TV watching is actually down but “Screen Time” is up. Screen time includes TV, Computers, Phones, Tablets, etc.
Television Statistics
According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.

I. FAMILY LIFE
  • Percentage of households that possess at least one television: 99
  • Number of TV sets in the average U.S. household: 2.24
  • Percentage of U.S. homes with three or more TV sets: 66
  • Number of hours per day that TV is on in an average U.S. home: 6 hours, 47 minutes
  • Percentage of Americans that regularly watch television while eating dinner: 66
  • Number of hours of TV watched annually by Americans: 250 billion
  • Value of that time assuming an average wage of S5/hour: S1.25 trillion
  • Percentage of Americans who pay for cable TV: 56
  • Number of videos rented daily in the U.S.: 6 million
  • Number of public library items checked out daily: 3 million
  • Percentage of Americans who say they watch too much TV: 49
II CHILDREN
  • Approximate number of studies examining TV’s effects on children: 4,000
  • Number of minutes per week that parents spend in meaningful
  • conversation with their children: 3.5
  • Number of minutes per week that the average child watches television: 1,680
  • Percentage of day care centers that use TV during a typical day: 70
  • Percentage of parents who would like to limit their children’s TV watching: 73
  • Percentage of 4-6 year-olds who, when asked to choose between watching TV
  • and spending time with their fathers, preferred television: 54
  • Hours per year the average American youth spends in school: 900 hours
  • Hours per year the average American youth watches television: 1500
III VIOLENCE
  • Number of murders seen on TV by the time an average child finishes elementary school: 8,000
  • Number of violent acts seen on TV by age 18: 200,000
  • Percentage of Americans who believe TV violence helps precipitate real life mayhem: 79
IV. COMMERCIALISM
  • Number of 30-second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
  • Number of TV commercials seen by the average person by age 65: 2 million
  • Percentage of survey participants (1993) who said that TV commercials
  • aimed at children make them too materialistic: 92
  • Rank of food products/fast-food restaurants among TV advertisements to kids: 1
  • Total spending by 100 leading TV advertisers in 1993: $15 billion
V. GENERAL
  • Percentage of local TV news broadcast time devoted to advertising: 30
  • Percentage devoted to stories about crime, disaster and war: 53.8
  • Percentage devoted to public service announcements: 0.7
  • Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges: 59
  • Percentage who can name at least three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court: 17

Compiled by TV-Free America
1322 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Web Resources for Families

http://www.seedsfamilyworship.net/family-worship-activities/ 

Family Worship is a powerful tool for passing on the faith.  Check out this web site for ideas and resources for Family Worship.

http://www.faithathome.com/

Faith at home offers lots of advice, books, and ideas for parents as they work to teach the faith.

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Families in Faith is a Free email resource.  We will send an email every week offering tips, suggestions, training, and encouragement to parents as they work to pass the faith on to their children.

Please share this email with others.  You can also encourage others to sign up for Families in Faith online by having them text the word “families” to 22828 or go to www.familiesinfaith.org 

  Created by Dr. Joel Dietrich


Minister to Families and Children
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Rd  –  Springfield, VA  22152

©2012, all rights reserved