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Introducing our New Children's Pastor

July 10, 2016

Dear Resurrection,

Steve Williamson:
On Sunday, we announced that we have hired long-time member Carole Seid as our new Children’s Pastor. We are so excited to welcome Carole onto our pastoral team.

When we were searching for our new Children’s Pastor, we were looking for someone who not only loved children, but could shepherd our families. Our Children’s Pastor is also responsible for a large volunteer team, many of whom are young adults. During our months of search, we were seeking someone with the gifts to equip all of these groups—parents, children, and volunteers—for transformation in their own lives and the lives of our families.

I am thrilled that Carole is bringing multigenerational pastoral gifts to this role. A passionate educator, she has taught in preschool, elementary, and junior high classrooms in both public and Christian schools. Her gift for pastoring families blossomed in her educational consulting business, where she counseled and coached parents exploring or implementing homeschooling. For thirty years, Carole instructed thousands of families at conventions and seminars and consulted with individuals. More recently, she also became certified as a Christian life coach, often mentoring young adults.

Beyond her clear pastoral gifts, I have also been incredibly impressed with Carole’s integrity throughout the hiring process. Carole’s background includes the difficult journey she has walked in her marriage. She recently shared the intimate and beautiful story of how she and her son, J.J., have walked the hard road of abandonment and separation from her husband in a letter she released through her private practice. Carole's honesty and Christian character shine through her story, which you can find online here.

Many of our clergy and pastoral leaders have been pastorally close to Carole for the past several years and are well acquainted with her incredible gifts, her character, and her beautiful testimony. We are thrilled to welcome Carole on staff as our Children’s Pastor.

I have asked Carole to share more below about her background.

Carole Seid: 
Becoming Resurrection’s Children’s Pastor is the culmination of all of my passions. God has imparted in me a deep love for children. I am passionate about creating environments that spark learning for children of all ages.

When I consider my vision for the children at Resurrection, there are three main facets. First, I want to intentionally lead our team in the discipleship of our children to be the next leaders of our church. Second, I want to equip parents in their role as primary spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. Finally, I am so excited for the opportunity to love and support our volunteers, who serve faithfully every week.

My work over the past thirty years has focused on equipping not only parents, but anyone who works with children. I have always sought to support teachers and families and help them make informed educational decisions. While my primary audience has been families of homeschool children, I have done extensive work with families who send their children to public and private schools. In my role as Children’s Pastor, I will support all our parents as they seek to make the choices they believe are best for their children. While I will likely offer occasional Saturday seminars and limited consulting appointments, I am fully embracing this new season as a full-time Children’s Pastor.

I am humbled by the trust that our church family is placing in me. I covet your prayers that I can represent Christ well to our families.

Steve Williamson: 
We are excited for Carole to begin serving our families this Sunday, July 17. Families should look for an opportunity in the future for a meet-and-greet with Carole as the fall approaches. Carole can be reached at her staff email address, carole@churchrez.org

As always, If you have any questions about this hiring process, feel free to reach out to me at steve@churchrez.org.

Sincerely,

Steve Williamson, Executive Pastor of Staff and Worship
Carole Seid, Children’s Pastor

Steve Williamson
Executive Pastor of Staff and Worship
steve@churchrez.org
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Practical Support During Transitional Times

May 04, 2016

Our church family and friends flooded our family with kindness, practical help and tremendous support after our daughters came home from India. But sometimes people don't know how to help when a family is going through a difficult transition or season, and as a result don't get around to doing anything. Here are some simple ways you can be an abundant blessing to a family whose dynamics are shifting as they become a Safe Family, open their home to a foster child, or complete an adoption.

1. Bring a meal. On the afternoons when a meal is coming, I am able to relax more, engage with the children more effectively, get more things done around the house, and live in the moment.

2. Pick up frozen dinners that can be popped into the freezer. Trader Joe's entrees such as Mandarin Orange Chicken, burritos, pizza's or lasagna's have been readily accepted and always enjoyed. On the days when nothing seems to go as planned, opening up the freezer to find something ready to go into the oven is wonderful blessing.

3. Go grocery shopping. A dear woman and fellow adoptive mama dropped off a grocery sack filled with a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, grapes already washed and and in snack-sized Ziplocks for the kids to take to school, homemade muffins, a box of cereal, and Pop-tarts for a quick breakfast. Incredible.

4. Take kiddos to the park. When our baby was first born, a friend took our older two to the park for two hours so I could have down time with the baby. It was one of the first times I was able to breathe after my mother went home.

5. Buy clothes. When our two daughters came home from India early last summer, our precious babysitter asked if we were low on clothes. Who would have thought to ask that? We actually were in desperate need for more jammies, and thus she went out to the store and stocked us up. She did buy a new set for each girl, but she also went to the thrift shop and picked out another half a dozen sets that were in good shape and ready to wear. It was tremendously helpful, especially considering that our girls still have a hard time going into a store without a major tantrum.

6. Mow their lawn. A darling church mama arranged for young men from our church to mow our lawn all summer, once a week. It was one less thing that my husband had to worry about. Even when our home felt laden with chaos, our neatly trimmed lawn was a visible reminder that we were cared for.

7. Drop off a coffee. A friend swung by with a latte one afternoon. One of my favorite tee-shirt's says "with enough coffee I could rule the world," and by buying a friend a coffee, you are empowering them to do so.

8. Recommend a book that has been helpful or encouraging to you. A friend recently loaned me "Parenting the Hurt Child" and I am more interested in reading it, and it has more credibility in my mind because it was helpful to her family.

9. Offer to watch some of their kiddos. As everyone adjusted to the new family dynamics, different kiddos needed more attention at different times. When a friend offered to watch some of them, it gave me the freedom to meet the needs of whoever needed focused one-on-one time the most, while not pressuring our friends to watch everyone.

10. Give the parents a restaurant gift card or Groupon. When a family grows, there isn't always money in the budget leftover for date nights. When a friend gave us a gift card to an Italian restaurant, we felt so refreshed by our night away over candle light, homemade bread and fresh pasta.

11. Invite their whole family over for dinner. I think a lot of people were intimidated by the new size of our family and the emotional needs of our children. But a few special families didn't let that stop them from inviting us over for a meal or play date. Yes there were tantrums and tears, but knowing that those families loved us despite our messiness, made us feel loved.

12. Send over a mothers helper. A handful of young women came over last summer to play with our kids and help me out around the house. Together we helped get everyone snacks, folded laundry, cleaned up toys, and put away dishes. Having an extra set of hands was helpful.

13. Take their children on an outing. Dear friends of ours took our kids to the zoo and left us sitting on our porch swing with fresh hot donuts from the farmers market. As they drove away with our children, our kiddos were thrilled, our souls were at peace and our bellies were full. With donuts. Amen.

14. Just ask. When you are unsure of how you can help, send a quick email or text asking them what they need. Some friends just text me on their way to the grocery store asking if I ran out of anything. Perhaps the parents just need to go for a walk or run and you can supervise playtime in the backyard while they take the time to exercise or talk. Or maybe having someone sit on their porch and pray with them could transform their day.

They may not need anything at all, but at least you have asked, and they are reminded of God's kindness to them through the visible, practical and tangible body of Christ. As they journey through a dark and difficult season, your kindness and service to them could be the light that carries them step-by-step to the other side.