Free Parenting Seminar with Rick Lawrence

JC Parenting Seminar

Join us as Rick Lawrence helps us learn how to be a steady parent in an uncertain world. This event is free, but we do request that you register here so we can plan appropriately. Coffee, refreshments, and childcare provided. A list of local eateries will be provided to participants for lunch.

Rick Lawrence is an award-winning author, journalist, cultural researcher, business leader, and national speaker. He’s been executive editor of GROUP Magazine for 28 years, writing the Trends section of this influential resource for more than two decades, and conducting large-scale social science research projects. He creates and leads experiential and interactive learning events for cultural leaders, parents, and young adults. And he leads a national conference for ministry professionals who specialize in working with adolescents. Rick has authored hundreds of magazine articles and is the author, co-author, or editor of 37 books and curriculums. His latest books include Skin In the Game (Kregel, 2015), Shrewd (David C. Cook, 2012), Sifted (David C. Cook, 2011), and the upcoming The Jesus-Centered Life (Group, March 2016). And he’s the General Editor of the #1 bestselling study Bible The Jesus-Centered Bible. He’s a consultant to national research organizations and a frequent mainstage conference and workshop speaker. He has been interviewed by scores of national publications and media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Homeword with Jim Burns, Dennis Rainey’s FamilyLife Today, and the Moody radio network, among others. He’s married to Beverly Rose and has a 17-year-old daughter named Lucy Rose and a 13-year-old daughter named Emma Grace.

Recap and Pics from Claudia’s Miss Teen NY Pageant

Thank you to all of you who supported and were following Claudia’s journey to participate in the Miss Teen New York 2016 pageant. We were very impressed with how she embraced this challenge and how she carried herself with such class. This was her first attempt at anything like this, and although she did not make it into the final 15, she did a tremendous job, and won an award for Outstanding Interview during the closing night competition. This was a great confidence-building experience and she learned so much. We are proud of our girl! She’s a winner in our eyes. On the way home, we were sure to stop and get her her very own crown. (I’m a youth pastor, it’s just what we do. We love to celebrate our kids!)

IMG_1041 IMG_1045 IMG_1055 IMG_1061 IMG_1063 IMG_1085 IMG_1086 IMG_1087 IMG_1090 IMG_1094 IMG_1104 IMG_1111

Let’s Go Claudia!

Yesterday we deopped Claudia off for her weekend of competing for Miss Teen New York! We are very proud of our daughter who is so beautiful inside and out.  


Happy 18th Birthday to Claudia!!!!

20160102_170526Happy Birthday to my very beautiful daughter Claudia! I can’t believe you are 18 today! I love you with all my heart! You have always brought great joy to my heart. You are sweet, kind, funny, caring, artistic, musical, creative, loving, and so much more! I am so glad that the Lord brought you into our lives. We are so much better for having known you, and I am so excited about all that the Lord has in store for you this year and beyond. Fix your eyes on Jesus and run hard after Him! Live today in light of eternity.

Family Paint Night with Nana and Pappy

Tonight we had a family paint night with my Mom and Dad. Each person did their own painting. Super fun!

IMG_0207 IMG_0208 IMG_0211 IMG_0214 IMG_0215 IMG_0217

Christmas with the Mahaffys

We are enjoying having my Mom and Dad with us for Christmas this year. We enjoyed Christmas Eve service at Shelter Rock Church, then had payaya at our favorite Spanish restaurant, and went to watch a movie. Christmas day was spent at home. And the day after Christmas we went into NYC to watch the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes, followed by a walk up 5th Avenue, through Central Park, and a stop in Times Square.

IMG_0436 IMG_0433 IMG_0434 IMG_0438 IMG_0439IMG_0006 IMG_0033 IMG_0034 IMG_0044 IMG_0047 IMG_0053 IMG_0073 IMG_0084 IMG_0111 IMG_0143 IMG_0146

Larkin Family Reunion

Last weekend we had the joy of attending the Larkin family reunion in Pennsylvania. 75 of us were there, 30 were missing, and there are 3 more on the way.

All but about 30 of us and the 3 on the way.
The blood line
Some of the 29 grandkids
Some of the 39 great grandkids
The Mahaffy family (less April’s family) with Grandma and Grandpa Larkin