Christian Parenting Day, April 5, 2008, Laker High School, Pigeon, Michigan
Judy & Rev. Dan
“The Rookie Years of Parenting” (Infants and Toddlers) - Dawn Maust: During both a.m. and p.m. mini-sessions, Dawn, who is a wife of 15 years, mother of 4 and an RN for 19 years, and a Christian since she was a youngster herself, will coach the new parent. She’ll discuss: Maintaining/improving the relationship with your spouse after the kids arrive; Sabbath simplicity, Guidance for the “rookie” parent from the Bible, Quality Resources, When is it time to panic?—a healthcare primer, and Questions & Answers.
“Ready or not…here I come!” (Parenting the special needs child) - Betty Auernhamer: Betty, who is originally from Pigeon, now lives in Frankenmuth with her husband, David, and their 4 children including the oldest, Jason (27), a special needs child since birth. In both a.m. and p.m. mini-sessions she will help coach the family team facing a similar challenging gift. With the birth of Jason, Betty re-directed her teaching talents (B.A. in Education, Concordia University) from the elementary classroom to her parenting/teaching her own children. She will discuss: Faith in action, Frustrations & Fears, Supportive groups, Hope in Christ, Government Programs (friend and foe).
“Parenting to Win” (Teens) - Heidi McLane: This topic is offered in both a.m. and p.m. mini-sessions. Heidi’s Master’s Degree in teaching, 19 years of classroom teaching experience and her role as a coach have been supported and enhanced by her passion for Jesus Christ. Her mission is to bring His words into everyday life, including what are some of the perhaps most challenging years of parenting—when the child reaches teen years and yearns for independence. Heidi, who lives in Jackson, will demonstrate how developing, preparing and then practicing and executing a plan can be applied to this stage of parenting in order to assist with successfully interacting and relating to our teen children. Those attending will review different strategies and techniques to accomplish this goal.
“Make it Your Goal—Emotional Well-Being!” (Parts 1 and 2) - Marge Wessels: This mini-session topic will be taught in two parts; the first during the a.m. session and the second during the p.m. session. Marge, an RN, is the Director of Community Health and Education for Huron Medical Center, Bad Axe. She is currently working toward a degree in Community Development from Central Michigan University. Her demonstration of faith includes participation with VISA team missions to Managua and Nicaragua during the last ten years. She and husband, Don’s, ultimate blessing is the joy they receive from their children and grandchildren, Jamie and Ben. Marge will share with us, through the teachings of Nehemiah, how we can all develop positive stress management tools. If Nehemiah’s techniques helped him rebuild the walls of Jericho, just think what they’ll do for us!
“Hints for Grandparents” - Norma Bernia: During both the a.m. and the p.m. mini-sessions, Norma, with roots deep in the soil of Sebewaing’s agricultural heritage, will coach other grandparents (or those who hope to be) with helpful hints on how to maximize this most joyous time of life. She’ll recommend ways to keep grandchildren in God’s care. Norma has four children. Though after high school she earned an Associates in medical stenography and worked for several years at Saginaw Community College, after her own children finished schooling, Norma went back to school for a second degree in Early Childhood Development. She was then employed as a Head Start teacher for 10 years. Now retired, Norma remains busy and blessed in the role of grandparent and servant of the Lord.
”When the Parent becomes the Child...” – Bernice Shupe and Molly Dando: In both a.m. and p.m. mini-sessions attendees will share with both Molly (known to many as former Editor of the local weekly newspapers and her “Molly’s Musings” column) and Bernice (President and founder of TCOM) their experience with a parent suffering from dementia due to Alzheimer’s Disease. Bernice’s 94 year-old “mom” is now in an assisted living facility and Molly’s mother, diagnosed with the condition at age 77, died nearly three years ago from it at age 83. Both will share the various stages and how to best manage each with God’s love. Bernice and husband, Tom, are parents to seven sons. They began 2007 with three granddaughters and now have been blessed with two more infant grandchildren and yet another to be born next Fall. Molly, widowed in 1990, has one daughter, Brooke, 32.
"Ask a Seasoned Team" (Q & A) - Rev. Dan and Judy Shinabarger: Their experience of successfully raising four children with God as their coach, is sure to provide answers to your questions.
"Grandma Judy reads lots of books to us and plays games with us. And Grandpa Dan is silly and funny!"
Rev. Dan and Judy Shinabarger just celebrated 40 years of marriage. They make their home in Clio where Dan is involved in ministry as Superintendent for East Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Judy serves in supportive roles in mentoring Pastoral Spouses and is involved in helping with Bible Studies. They have four children, Joanna, Beth, Karyl and Jeff, who, along with their spouses are serving the Lord in Michigan, Arizona and Georgia. The Shinabargers are grandparents to seven, ranging in age from 3 to 10.
Dan and Judy served in pastorates in Bad Axe, San Diego, CA., and Lansing. While in California they worked with Dr. John Maxwell and learned about raising up and developing leaders and strong ministries. Each has earned a BA from Spring Arbor University and an MA from Eastern Michigan University.
Morning Keynote, 9:30 a.m. - "Stepping Up to the Plate" (I Corinthians 9:26) We are all learners in this parenting thing....There will be coaching tips for parents - words we use and how they affect our children (batters.)
Afternoon, 2:30 p.m. - "Turnaround Teams" (Philippians 3:13-14) What to do when there seem to be no wins - how to be a comeback family team. This will be around the idea of turning around the errors and strikeouts of parenting. Dan will share his personal testimony of Christ turning around his life and putting him on a spiritual path so he could leave that legacy for his own children.
Get Ready for a Parenting Work-out! Mini-Session “Training” #1, 10:50 AM and #2, 12:45 PM