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JUN-JUL 2018

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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | JUNE/JULY 2018 17 three-ring binders, laminated cards with images on them and Velcro strips so the cards for the visual schedules can be moved around. Weighted lap blankets, which can calm and center those with sensory processing disorders, are also coming to the Sunday service. "You can now see these weighted blankets being advertised on TV. The weight does help soothe a person," Masters said. She shared disorder, Masters says Southern Heights is also reaching many others as well. The visual cues, she explains, help pre-readers, new worshippers who are not familiar with the order of service, English language learners and even those with dementia or showing signs of early Alzheimer's. "The icons trigger a part of the brain that helps people connect with what is going on around them," Masters said. The bulletin, though, is just the first step. Southern Heights is also developing a visual schedule for worship where people can move images to the "completed" category when done, so there is a sense of security by knowing what is happening and what is next. The mission team plans to use that many times, while in the grocery store, she and her husband would stop their shopping to give a tight hug to their son, who was getting agitated by all of the sights and sounds in the store. Currently, the crafters of Southern Heights are sewing lap blankets with weights inside that will be available in the sanctuary. Masters says the church is only at the beginning stages of giving people with differing needs the tools they need to feel part of worship. "There is much more we can do to create a space in which to welcome all," she said. Donna Frischknecht Jackson is editor of Presbyterians Today and a rural ministry network pastor in Washington County, New York. "I will be with you." "I am with you." T his nine-lesson Bible study takes readers on a journey through scripture to explore God's promise to be ever-present. Readers will see anew that God offered these words of profound comfort and commitment to individuals and communities from the time of the patriarchs to that of the prophets; from the judges to the kings; before, during, and after the exile; into the New Testament and beyond, to the end of time. Introducing the 2018–2019 PW/Horizons Bible study God's Promise: I Am with You By Amy Poling Sutherlun, with Suggestions for Leaders by Brenda Bertrand Time to make time for the 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women! August 2–5, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky Additional information and registration: www.presbyterianwomen.org/gathering • English edition; item HZN18100; $10 • Spanish edition; item HZN18110; $10 • Large-print edition; item HZN18150; $15 • Companion DVD (a video introduction of each lesson plus downloadable resources); item HZN18103; $20 Order studies (and related resources!) from www.presbyterianwomen.org/shop or call 800/533-4371. 'When we heard there were families being told to leave their churches, we knew we had to do something.' — Rev. Leanne Masters

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