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NOV-DEC 2018

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40 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay Churches encourage giving in simple but effective ways BY PAM GREER-ULLRICH T he children practiced long and hard to sing their song on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. When the big day came, they clambered to the front of the sanctu- ary, listened to the first few plinks on the piano and watched for the nod to begin from their Sunday school teacher. Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One … give thanks … . Along with the excitement, joy and anticipation of a new baby, parents often worry whether they can guide a child into becoming a healthy, happy and confident adult. Most would say they hope to raise a child who is kindhearted and generous — a child who not only can give thanks, but can also turn that thanks into acts of sharing. But how do you teach generosity to a child?

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