Tag Archive: churches

Sep 01

Sign up for the Resilience Fall Summit in Helena!

Everything is NOT fine, despite what people in our churches may be telling each other during the coffee social following worship! Montana’s children, youth, and families are in trouble, and we have the ability to do something about it! In an effort to pull together the tremendous resources our faith communities possess, I’ll be facilitating …

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Aug 15

Advocating for Rachel, part 1 – Guest article by Crystal Amundson

Note: Crystal Amundson LCPC, RPT-S runs a private practice in Helena, Montana, where she works as a child play therapist.  Crystal specializes in Play Therapy, working with children ages 2-12, alongside their caregivers. She is a previous employee and current board member at Intermountain.  Her passion and expertise is in the field of early childhood …

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Jul 17

Our Savior Lutheran in Columbia Falls holds plant and pie sale to benefit Intermountain

We are so grateful for our ever-expanding network of supporting churches, and are especially thankful for the recent efforts by Our Savior Lutheran Church in Columbia Falls. They held a pie and plant sale where half of the proceeds went to support the work of Intermountain. The other half of the proceeds went to support …

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May 03

What is the ACE study and does it matter in your ministry?

What is the ACE study and why does it matter in ministry? As to what the ACE Study is, I will let the video do the talking, for the most part. ACEs are “Adverse Childhood Experiences.” Adversity in childhood is much more common than we might care to recognize at first, and it crosses social …

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Apr 15

What does it mean for a ministry to be “trauma informed?”

There is a growing trend in education, mental health, social services, and health care: becoming trauma-informed. For those in ministry, “trauma informed” can be a confusing phrase, bringing up images we might not naturally associate with the church and its mission and ministry. Trauma results from something that occurs in a person’s life that is experienced …

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Apr 06

“Snack Time!” A great way to connect our kids with the truths of God’s Word

Who doesn’t like snacks? What’s NOT to love… a little something sweet, salty or savory to get us through until our next meal? Well, this spring and summer Chaplain Chris and the kids will be snacking on some tasty treats and “feasting” on God’s Word… learning what Jesus meant when he said, “One must not …

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Mar 08

Continuing our Lenten Journey

One of the best parts of practicing the observance of Lent is that you know you are joining in with millions of others around the globe and from various Christian traditions as you do so. In a previous post, I mentioned that the children were introduced to the concept of Lent and the practice of …

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Sep 17

Teaching Tips for faith formation classrooms for children of varied abilities and special needs

When teaching children of different abilities the most important thing to remember is that “one size DOES NOT fit all” with education. It is OK to make accommodations from a provided program to keep differently abled children engaged and included. The following are suggestions on how to structure a classroom sensitive to children with varying …

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Mar 06

Ministering to the shame-based child

Shame is a sense of being totally unlovable… worthless. While guilt is a feeling we have when we feel bad about what we have done, shame is when we feel bad about who we are. Shame can be the result of deep hurt, abandonment, abuse, neglect or ridicule. When these traumatizing factors occur early in …

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Dec 29

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

What a joyous time of year it is on campus! After all the excitement of Parent Training and the children’s Winter Program, we were able to enjoy a wonderful Holiday Party at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church for our children, their families, and many siblings. Organized by Heather from our very talented cottage staff, and Melanie, …

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