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Parents, educators, mental health professionals, and interested community members are invited to learn about adolescent mental health and addiction, and where to find support when problems arise, at the “Parenting Teens Through the Challenges of Life” Conference at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 a. to 3:30 pm.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) estimates that 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 and 8% an anxiety disorder and that most adolescents will experience some form of depression or anxiety at some point.

The conference, a first of its kind at MPPC, will also host exhibitors and offer a healing prayer service. Breakout sessions will discuss topics such as depression and anxiety, mental illness, substance abuse, harmful behaviors, families in pain, learning differences, and sexuality, among others.

“This conference is in direct response to what families in our own community are dealing with and the complex environment facing adolescents today,” says Monte Fisher, Director of Care & Recovery at MPPC. “Our church wants to be a place where our local teens are understood, supported, and loved.”

Keynote speakers include Philippe Rey, Executive Director of Adolescent Counseling Services in Palo Alto, and Amy Simpson, award-winning author of  Troubled Minds and Anxious. Welcoming remarks will be made by John Ortberg, Senior Pastor at MPPC.

To register, please visit mppc.org/parentingteens. The cost to attend is $25; scholarships are available. Lunch is included in the conference fee. Childcare for children ages three months to 5th grade will be provided.

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Eats & Beats fundraiser for GAIA’s work in Malawi set for Feb. 8 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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Don your African prints (your own or buy  at the door) to enjoy an evening of fun and inspiration featuring: African food African music & dance featuring Baba Ken and the Nigerian Brothers And a brief new film about GAIA’s work in Malawi The public is welcome at this event which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8 from […]

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Spotted: St. Nicholas at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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St. Nicholas made his annual appearance at Trinity Church in Menlo Park this morning. It’s a tradition that’s been continuing for 30 plus years, which we recounted in detail in last year’s post. Photo courtesy of Trinity Church

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Christmas Bazar at Russian Orthodox church in Menlo Park set for Dec. 6

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The annual Christmas bazar at the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church (1220 Crane St.) in Menlo Park will be held  on December 6, 2014 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm..There will be crafts, gifts, food, and entertainment for all the family. Also, Christmas crafts for children, hand made Christmas decorations, Legoland, and a Rainbow […]

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6th annual Gingerbread House decorating fundraiser set for Dec. 6

The Youth Group of Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park is hosting its 6th annual Gingerbread House decorating event on Saturday, December 6, from 9:00 am to noon. The Gingerbread Houses are pre-assembled so you get the fun of decorating without the headache of construction! Your house includes all the candy, sweets, and tools you need to […]

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The Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin made a right turn in grad school, which led her to the priesthood

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The Rev. Gia Hayes-Martin, the rector of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, first heard God calling to her when she was a freshman at Xavier. “I was at Mass at the campus chapel and had this experience of God speaking to me through scripture,” she recalled. While she was a practicing Roman Catholic […]

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MPPC hosts annual Global Gift Fair Nov. 22 & 23

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In time for the holidays, local shoppers can help the poorest of the poor at the Global Gift Fair at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park, on Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and on Sunday, November 23 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The event is […]

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Church Songs of Ireland concert offered by Nativity Church on Oct. 26

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Enjoy a concert of Irish hymns and songs covering the seasons of the year from All Saints and All Souls, to Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day, to Easter and summer, celebrating Irish saints through music and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Nativity Church, 210 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park.. Featured will […]

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Survivor Carissa Phelps is one of the featured speakers at Trinity Church program on human trafficking

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When she was 12 years old, Carissa Phelps was trafficked. She tells that story in her book Runaway Girl. Today, armed with a PhD and MBA from UCLA, she works to provide career development and employment opportunities for runaways and former runaways through the organization of the same name. On November 1st,  she will bring her story […]

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St. Bede’s Church presents Albany Consort’s Big Band Bash on Oct. 19

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This fall marks 40 years of continuous music making for the Albany Consort. St. Bede’s Episcopal Church celebrates with a big band program involving 30 musicians, which include singers, a chorus, and an orchestra with recorders, flutes, oboes, trumpets, timpani and strings. Selections include Vivaldi’s Autumn, a Bach Birthday Cantata, and a Bach Harpsichord Concerto. The concert […]

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Trinity Church members pedal bike ambulance on Peninsula to raise awareness about GAIA

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Trinity Church members Steve Andrew (center), Kathy Engelmann (right) and Katie Behroozi could be spotted around the mid-Peninsula today as they took turns pedaling a GAIA bike ambulance, a replica of similar bikes used every day in rural Africa to transport critically ill patients across dirt roads to the nearest clinic or hospital. Their goal was to […]

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