Posts Tagged: Donna Olendorf

Who am I now? What is God calling me to be?

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By Donna Olendorf  Lent begins for me with the imposition of ashes at a quiet Wednesday service that leaves me feeling humbled and blessed. “Remember, Donna, that thou art dust and into dust thou shalt return,” says the priest as she dips her fingers in ashes to make the sign of the cross on my… Read more »

Grace Pilgrimage – a tradition since 1998

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By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation From the earliest days of the Church until today, Christians have made pilgrimage a part of their faith. And, in 1998, having adopted a curriculum that holds pilgrimage as its central feature, Grace youth also embraced this tradition, traveling to distant lands in search of God… Read more »

Our strength grows with our youth: Register them for Church School

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By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation “The strength of our church grows with our youth,” wrote vestryman Bob Bursian in 1973, capturing the spirit of Christian Education that has been present at Grace Church since its very beginning. In fact, the roots of our Church School reach back to a time before… Read more »

Where do my children belong?

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By Donna Olendorf Director of Children and Youth Formation Finding a good learning fit for our children is one of the most challenging–and rewarding–aspects of being a parent. We want our children to be nurtured in an environment that promotes learning, builds confidence, and encourages relationships. We want them to be comfortable, but not so… Read more »

How can we embrace each other when we have different views?

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By Donna Olendorf Director of Children & Youth Formation Even though I talked to parishioners when I was Senior Warden, my perspective is different now.  As a staff member organizing fall registration for Christian Education, I am spending a lot more time on the phone, chatting with parents, teachers, and volunteers–and often getting an earful… Read more »