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Consider providing 'Net surfing lessons to those not online Print E-mail
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By Ken Satterfield   
Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Technology is a major part of today's changing culture, even as people age. Pew Research reports that at the turn of the century, 14 percent of individuals 65 and older went online. Last year that number climbed to 59 percent, with 74 percent of those aged 65-69.

Classes and one-on-one tutoring, perhaps through the church library, can help those who want to learn. In addition to providing new skills, this can lead to intergenerational communication and socializing with others in the community.

What would this look like?


E-newsletter might be church's answer Print E-mail
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By Ken Satterfield   
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Many congregations are discussing or have discussed turning to e-newsletters as an alternative to the U.S. Postal Service. Before deciding, examine the pros, cons and options. Discuss what you want to communicate and how people like to receive information.
Comfort those who are mourning the death of a loved one Print E-mail
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By Frank Fain, The Baptist Home   
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Jesus identified mourning as a blessing because when we mourn the death of our loved one, God will make sure we are comforted. God uses fellow believers as comforters to those who are mourning.
Stay in touch with church this summer Print E-mail
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By Ken Satterfield, Word&Way   
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The summer break can lead to “summer church.” Vacations and other activities don’t have to mean lower expectations for attendance and involvement.
Be creative when making history Print E-mail
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By Ken Satterfield, Word&Way   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
During the Civil War, the church I attend was occupied by Union soldiers who used the pews for firewood, and the building as a horse stable. Later, the church burned. While different, every church has a history. It can be seen in its architecture, wall portraits, and even in its minutes and bylaws. At some point, the congregation will need to share that history in an anniversary, a church directory or a community celebration. Share that history in ways that are both significant and fun.
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