Future Program Summary

November 2014
Why Jesus' Birth Gives Us Meaning
November 26, 2014

For some heading into the Christmas season, the Gospel story of the birth of Jesus might seem tired and worn out. On this Midday Connection, Skye Jethani joins us to offer new meaning for how the Christmas story is relevant for each of us today. A story offering comfort, purpose and a sense of God’s love for you.

Featured Guest: Skye Jethani
Host: Melinda Schmidt


Millrose Club
November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving comes to the Millrose Club on Midday Connection and we’ll talk around the table about what Thanksgiving looks like in our homes, memories of the holiday when we were younger and we’ll cap off our time with a timeless Thanksgiving song.


Millrose Club: Anita and Melinda, Caryn Rivadeneira


Afrizo
November 28, 2014

Music is the universal language and you’ll see that in action on this Midday Connection as Afrizo joins us. We’ll enjoy this musical group from Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, as they join us in the studio to perform music as well as give their impressions of their time in North America. We’ll look at struggles on the continent of Africa as well as hear songs of praise.

Featured Guests: Afrizo
Host: Anita Lustrea


December 2014
Advent Art Journaling
December 1, 2014

The season of Advent is here and on this Midday Connection artist Tamara Peterson joins us to kick off the season with Creative Art Journaling. She’ll talk about how to use art creatively as we journal our way through advent, much like we did last year during Lent. Join us for a wonderful way to engage all of our senses during this Advent season.

Featured Guest: Tamara Peterson
Hosts: Melinda Schmidt, Lori Neff


Drama Proofing Your Marriage, Part 11
December 2, 2014

Ever experienced drama in your marriage? Whether your answer is 'yes' or 'no', you won't want to miss this Midday Connection when Ray and Nancy Kane continue their series on Drama Proofing your Marriage. The Kane's will talk from a place of personal experience, healing, and hope. If you are struggling in your marriage join us for this Midday Connection.

Featured Guests: Ray Kane, Nancy Kane
Host: Anita Lustrea


YouPick Book Club: Grace at Bender Springs
December 3, 2014

It’s the YouPick book club on Midday Connection, and we’ll be discussing our current pick, Grace at Bender Springs. We hope you’re reading along with us and that you’ll be a part of our conversation as well as part of the voting group who chooses our next book. We’ll describe three new possibilities and you get to vote on the book you'd like to read and discuss next.


Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira


Millrose Club
December 4, 2014

One of the lost arts in our society is conversation. As followers of Christ, it's essential to develop conversational tools if we hope to have spiritual conversations with friends and neighbors. It's the Millrose Club on  Midday Connection  and we'll discuss all kinds of topics and have fun along the way.


Millrose Club: Millrose Club, Judy Sandiford


Free, Part 7
December 5, 2014

How do you make space for life to grow? Mark and Lisa Scandrette suggest that happens when you spend your time and money on what matters most, and on this  Midday Connection  we continue our series where we bring a group together to discuss what time and money mean to each of us. We'll be honest in our own struggles and hope you will too.

Featured Guests: Mark Scandrette, Lisa Scandrette
Panel: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira, Randi Lundgren, Felecia Thompson


Open Forum: Christmas
December 8, 2014

Christmas is less than three weeks away and on this Midday Connection we open our phone lines to hear from you. It’s Open Forum and the question on the table is “What is your favorite thing about the Christmas season?” As you check things off your ‘to do’ list, do you make room for what gives you life?


Hosts: Anita and Melinda


Anxiety
December 9, 2014

For some, anxiety is a daily battle and the holidays can, for various reasons, heighten anxieties. Amy Simpson joins us to talk about her experience with anxiety and offer hope.

Featured Guest: Amy Simpson
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Caryn Rivadeneira


With, Part 1
December 10, 2014

Why are American believers failing to experience the true freedom of Christianity? Why are pastors burning out at an alarming rate? Exploring the biblical narrative alongside stories of faithful men and women throughout history, Skye Jethani joins us to talk about how we can stop living our life for God and start living in communion with him.

Featured Guest: Skye Jethani
Host: Melinda Schmidt


Millrose Club
December 11, 2014

Conversation is a lost art. Some have said social media plays a part in its demise, but on the Millrose Club conversation is king and on this program we'll hear thoughts and opinions around the table and get to know each other a little bit better as we converse together. Community is essential in the body of Christ, and it's happening on the Millrose Club on  Midday Connection.


Millrose Club: Millrose Club, Caryn Rivadeneira


Plumb: Music and Story
December 12, 2014

Recording artist, songwriter, performer and author, Plumb joins us today to share some music and her story of hope.

Featured Guest: Plumb
Host: Lori Neff


Current Events
December 15, 2014

Sometimes things move so quickly in this world we can hardly keep up. Through technology we are offered endless avenues to receive the news and plenty of people to help us shape our views. On this Midday Connection we’ll look at how Christ followers might engage with the world around us so we can offer a perspective that’s missing in our world.


Panel: Anita and Melinda, Mike Murphy, Dave Schmidt


God With Us, Part 3
December 16, 2014

Do we really believe that God is with us? Do we live our lives with an increasing awareness of God's presence? On this Midday Connection, Jessica Handy joins us to talk about when joy and gratitude are present; they are keys to cultivating that God-awareness.  

Featured Guest: Jessica Handy
Host: Lori Neff


Good and Beautiful God, Part 9
December 17, 2014

On this Midday Connection we’ll continue our series with James Bryan Smith as we look at our good and beautiful God.

Featured Guest: James Bryan Smith
Host: Anita Lustrea


Millrose Club
December 18, 2014

When I look at my calendar and see I have a date with a friend, my whole countenance changes. On this Midday Connection that's what we've got, a date with several friends, including you. It's the Millrose Club where we'll raise a variety of topics, bat them around, and ask for your feedback.  


Millrose Club: Millrose Club, Tamara Peterson


Free, Part 8
December 19, 2014

How do you make space for life to grow? Mark and Lisa Scandrette suggest that happens when you spend your time and money on what matters most, and on this Midday Connection we conclude our series where we bring our group together to discuss what time and money mean to each of us.  

Featured Guests: Mark Scandrette, Lisa Scandrette
Panel: Anita Lustrea, Lori Neff, Caryn Rivadeneira, Felecia Thompson, Randi Lundgren


What Is Spiritual Formation?
December 22, 2014

Spiritual formation is the process by which Christ is formed in us. This takes place for the glory of God, for the abundance of our own lives, and for the sake of others. On this Midday Connection Richard Foster, founder of Renovaré and expert in the field of spiritual transformation, joins us to talk about what it looks like for the Christ follower to be spiritually formed.

Featured Guest: Richard Foster
Host: Anita Lustrea


Sacred Rhythms
December 23, 2014

When the chaos of life starts to take over, that's when we need to establish some sacred rhythms. On this Midday Connection, Ruth Haley Barton joins us to talk about how, no matter what season of life we are in, we can develop holy habits that will take us deeper with God. If life feels out of control, join us as we discuss sacred rhythms on Midday Connection.

Featured Guest: Ruth Haley Barton
Host: Anita Lustrea


Christmas Eve Music and Reflections
December 24, 2014

Happy Christmas Eve! Today, Anita Lustrea will take us through an hour of music and reflections on Christmas.


Host: Anita Lustrea


Millrose Club Christmas
December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas from all of us at Midday Connection! Today, we're having some Christmas fun on the Millrose Club.


Millrose Club: Millrose Club, Caryn Rivadeneira


Desire
December 26, 2014

The story of each person is a story of want, about desires unmet, hopes dashed, passions pursued and ambitions fulfilled. On this Midday Connection Jen Pollock Michel joins us to unpack why we want and how we can want well. We'll address the important piece of a God who would give us the desires of our hearts. 

Featured Guest : Jen Pollock Michel
Hosts: Anita Lustrea, Caryn Rivadeneira


30 Day Praise Challenge for Parents
December 29, 2014

All parents wonder: "How can I improve the way I parent?" Becky Harling suggests beginning a way of life that may surprise parents. She says prayer -- and praise -- are two of the most powerful and effective ways a parent can influence their child's life.

Featured Guest: Becky Harling
Host: Melinda Schmidt