For the Living of These Days—A Word from Renee Purtlebaugh

By nature, I am a future thinker, thinking and planning and playing out what if scenarios in my mind. Sometimes, this skill is incredibly helpful. For example, it allows me to plan for children’s activities, think ahead to might what … Continue reading

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Renee Purtlebaugh

Two weeks ago, I traveled to Chicago for a day-long conference with Traci Smith, pastor of Elmhurst Presbyterian Church and an author/advocate for family faith formation with a bent toward how that formation happens at home. Traci’s approach to faith … Continue reading

For the Living of These Days—A Word from Renee Purtlebaugh

On Sunday afternoon, Highland’s Bible study teachers of children gathered for a training session. Of course, we covered the nuts and bolts for the year—reminders about food allergies and how to exit the building if the fire alarm goes off, … Continue reading

Children Discover God’s Call to Go Beyond at VBS Camp

On July 19-21, 30 children and twenty-three adults traveled to Camp Kavanaugh for our annual Vacation Bible School Camp. On this seventeenth year of VBS taking place in a retreat format for three days and two nights, we were reminded … Continue reading

Fearing Less and Loving More: Reflections on PASSPORTkids! by Renee Purtlebaugh

Kindness. It’s a virtue that can be both innate and accidental at times. It can also become a practiced and learned skill. I find that when we travel away to camp each year, these older elementary age students who have … Continue reading