What happens when a Jewish girl from Philadelphia falls in love with and marries a Christian hog farmer from a small rural town 85 miles from her home? Well, in my case, I became a Christian, but struggled to be the loving and wife and joyful mother to my 4 young sons.
Organize, DeClutter and Find Time
A humorous talk aimed at simplifying your home, possessions, and life in order to increase your joy and free time.
Developing Godly Character in Children Through Discipline
We will explore how to raise responsible, respectful, and responsive children in today’s world using examples from the Bible and everyday life situations.
Steve and his wife Sandra have been married since 1979. They have been blessed with four sons, three lovely daughters-in-law, and two special grandchildren. Their fourth son John has Downs Syndrome and lives with them in Lititz, PA.
Steve has served in full or part-time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has served on the board of Joni and Friends for the Pennsylvania office. He is the author of Math-U-See and the founder of Building Faith Families.
Successful Family Communication Hands-On Workshop
After we explore the foundational concepts to be an honest and open communicator, we will break up into small groups and practice what we have learned. Healthy relationships are based on safe and uplifting heart to heart communication.
Tips for Being a Faithful Dad and Supportive Husband
God designed men to be a servant hearted leader and lay their life down for their families. Married for 40 years and father to four homeschooled sons, Steve shares what he has learned from God’s word and his family.
How to Get Started Having Regular Times of Family Worship, an Interactive Workshop
Steve relates the ingredients for a doable plan of family worship. After many years of trying, God helped the Demmes make studying God’s word a daily part of their home. Steve also shares obstacles he wrestled with to lead his family in this crucial area.
Activities for Dadz and Kidz
Two of the most wonderful promises from our Heavenly Father to His children are: “I will be with you always” and “I will never leave nor forsake you.” Children like to be with their dad. In that spirit, this workshop is an appeal to dads to be with their kids along with several practical ideas and activities to foster this connection.
Gretchen has 21 years of home education experience with her six children, four of whom are now college graduates. With a degree in Psychology and Child Development, she has spent the last 19 years in positions of homeschool advocacy, having a special bond with families of children who have to work harder to learn.
Teaching Independence – Ways Your Student Can Accomplish, Math, Composition, and Spelling
Students need to learn executive function, but it can be tough to launch them. Join Gretchen Roe as she offers you practical guidance in teaching time management, math word problems, compositional writing, spelling confidence, and study skills.
Time OUT to Time IN – Teaching Effective Time Management Skills
Research says that students who learn to manage their academic time are more successful. How do you teach a child to stay on task when they cannot even find their way to the school table? Come and join Gretchen Roe as she shares research into why your child struggles to manage their time, and effective ways you can teach them to set goals and stay on task.
Well Begun is Half Done
The first of January has come and gone and theoretically, you should be halfway through your school year. But winter means long days, cold nights, and sometimes attitudes – and not just from the kids! Join Gretchen Roe as she explores some practical tips for parents on how to assess where your year is, what needs to be changed, and how you can finish strong.
Adam has been married for 23 years and has four children. He holds a master of divinity degree and has pastored a multi-cultural church for eight years. After pastoring, he earned a state certification in structural family therapy and worked as an in-home, family-based therapist. Adam is currently serving as the director of ministry outreach with LiveUp/Knights of the 21st Century.
Mentoring Boys Into Manhood
Presently there is an identity crisis among males regarding what a man is. This workshop will address the culture’s attack on boys/males, the impact of biology on boys/males learning style, mentoring and educational principles to help boys develop into honorable men and concrete action steps moms and dads can take in raising their sons.
15 Principles of Manhood
This seminar highlights the standards of behavior which will serve as an anchor for a man as he pursues noble manhood (Christlikeness). This seminar will challenge men to think in advance about these principles in order to pass on authentic, biblical manhood to his sons.
Denise is a woman who loves God and wants to share it with others. She is wife to Greg, homeschooling mama to 7, grandma to 6 here, speaker, coffee drinker, dog lover, desperately in love with Jesus. She also writes and speaks at retreats, conferences, workshops, and mom’s groups. Denise currently works as the convention coordinator for the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania!
Overcoming the Top 10 Lies Homeschool Moms Believe
I am failing my children. I am not enough. I’m not qualified to teach my children. After some desperate moments of crisis and crying out to the Lord I learned that my problems were a direct result of my thought life. Based on 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 I will share with you an acrostic that has helped me live in freedom and truth.
Daena Longenecker LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Mt. Joy, PA. In her first career she worked as a secondary social studies teacher. Daena homeschooled for 15 years and been a homeschool evaluator for ~21 years. Daena and her husband, Joe, have been married for 30 years. They have three delightful adult children who like to reminisce at family gatherings about all the mistakes Daena made as a mother.
Does My Child Have Too Much Anxiety?
Discerning if your child has too much anxiety and how to best help your child cope with worry and anxiety will be the focus of our time together. You can be an excellent resource for your child in their struggle with worry and anxiety. We will also discuss when to reach out for professional help and how to find mental health resources in your area.
Predictable Parenting, Increasing Connection and Decreasing Anxiety
Sometimes children with special needs can experience higher levels of anxiety. This increased anxiety can be related to processing, developmental and/or relational difficulties. Parents dealing with this increased anxiety often experience stress about how to parent their child in a way that affords them the best opportunity for connection and feeling understood. This class will introduce skills to improve predictable parenting in order to increase connection with the child and decrease anxiety in the home.
Hana Longenecker, M.A.
Hana Longenecker is 5th year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Wheaton College, where she also received her Master’s degree in clinical psychology in 2017. She is currently completing her internship year at WellSpan Philhaven, specializing in child and adolescent mental health. Hana has worked with children and adolescents in both outpatient and inpatient settings providing individual, group, and family therapy, as well as parent consultation.
Beyond Diagnosis: Understanding ASD and ADHD
Children with neurodevelopmental diagnoses are often misunderstood by the world around them, with their unique potential going unnoticed. During our time together we will explore the similarities and differences between Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/
Phone Photography – 3 Principles that will help you take an awesome picture with any camera
Everyone has a camera these days, but few really know how to use them. This short course will help you learn several foundational rules of photography. From a phone to a DSLR, these points and examples can help make you a better photographer. We also plan to share some apps and software to help you edit photos well.