• Joyful Service

    This Great Lent let us be thankful as we serve joyfully without complaint. Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary in Bethany teaches us a great deal about joyful service and the power of our thoughts, whether positive or negative, to shape our day. In this Gospel account, we learn that we[…} Read more….

  • Focus on Being a Friend

    “A friend loves at all times”  Proverbs 17:17 In today’s society, social media can make it more challenging than ever for us to be a good friend to each other.  How can we focus on caring for our friends? Gossip drives a lot of social media for our teens, sometimes with devastating[…} Read more….

  • The Myrrh Bearing Maidens of Oregon

    by Angie Nasrallah Mark 16:1-7  (NKJV) 16 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves,[…} Read more….

  • Chastity- a Lovely Virtue

    Have you ever thought of chastity as a virtue that gives us greater freedom to love others? Isn’t chastity for repressed, unattractive, joyless old people? The current secular view is that chastity is only about not having sex – which is viewed as unhealthy, and simply too much to ask[…} Read more….

  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Souls: Just Be

    Let your children take that long shower!!! Parents, it will come as no surprise to you when I say that children are under an enormous amount of pressure in today’s world. Making the choice to not rush your children through everything they are doing probably feels like the dreaded, “but[…} Read more….

  • Choosing Gratitude and Joy

    I’ve been surprised by something recently that I probably shouldn’t have been surprised by: circumstances don’t automatically produce joy. Last month I married the most wonderful man I’ve ever known, who loves me in a deeper and more beautiful way than I ever even dreamed of being loved. We married[…} Read more….

  • Family Insights Podcast: Happy New Year

    Join Paula and Eleni as they discuss the “New Year”: setting realistic expectations and the importance of being intentional, present, and open to whatever might happen. For further thought, we offer a daily devotion from Fr. Stavros in which he discusses the beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year, as well as[…} Read more….

  • Shine: Woven – A Resource for Teenage Girls

    Family Life Ministry is pleased to introduce Woven, our new resource written for teen girls! Woven is a beautiful interactive book (with a free downloadable facilitator’s guide) which can be used in small groups or families.  The purpose of Woven is to help our girls better understand their identity as lovingly created by[…} Read more….

  • Reflection on Being in Church

    Here is another perspective on attendance at our Holy Orthodox Worship: “As a harbor in the sea, shielded from winds and waves, provides complete safety to the ships that enter it, so also does God’s house, as if wrenching those who enter it from the storms of worldly activity, allow[…} Read more….

  • On Step Families: Family Insights Podcast Series

    Join us as we discuss step families, often a difficult subject to navigate, particularly during the holidays.  We discuss how they are created, and navigating how to become a family for the children by honoring their feelings and sense of belonging, as well as how children adjust to what is[…} Read more….

  • Paleo + Vegan = God Only Knows!

    Paleo and Vegan!  Can you say those two words together in the same sentence?  Well, let’s see… I’m mostly Paleo; but, right now I’m vegan.  That doesn’t sound right does it? And, why do we call ourselves words that identify us with a particular diet?  While camping next to a[…} Read more….

  • Sunday Lunch: Renewing Ourselves At Daybreak

    Sunrises inspire us to look skyward and outside of ourselves. They encompass the visible world for as far as we can see. Sunrises cannot be created by us; they transcend our everyday spatial associations. They cause us to wonder and be thankful that we are alive. They lead us to[…} Read more….

Whither do Our Thoughts Wander?

What are you thinking about right now? What were you mulling over five minutes ago? Before that it was something different, right? So are you thinking about what is actually happening right now or in the back of your mind are you pondering something that has already happened or perhaps[…} Read more….

Joyful Service

This Great Lent let us be thankful as we serve joyfully without complaint. Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary in Bethany teaches us a great deal about joyful service and the power of our thoughts, whether positive or negative, to shape our day. In this Gospel account, we learn that we[…} Read more….

Being a Christlike Friend

In John 15:15, Christ calls us all His friends.  There is an 8th Century Coptic icon hanging in the Louvre in Paris of Abba Menas and Christ which illustrates this verse beautifully. The French call it “Christ and His Friend”. This icon reminds us that Christ is our friend and[…} Read more….

Focus on Being a Friend

“A friend loves at all times”  Proverbs 17:17 In today’s society, social media can make it more challenging than ever for us to be a good friend to each other.  How can we focus on caring for our friends? Gossip drives a lot of social media for our teens, sometimes with devastating[…} Read more….

The Myrrh Bearing Maidens of Oregon

by Angie Nasrallah Mark 16:1-7  (NKJV) 16 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves,[…} Read more….