Karen Mulder

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Writing a Note: 3-Rs


I know that it is important to write a note to a grieving person. I want to write a note, but I often procrastinate and don’t write it because I do not know what to say. Please give me some advice on writing a note to a grieving person.

I do not have an ironclad formula that must be followed when writing a note; however, I will share with you my “3 Rs of Writing a Condolence Note:

They Like Me


Camp Sunshine offers people ages 12 to 50 years old with developmental disabilities the opportunity to attend summer camp in a safe, caring and inclusive environment. There is a joyful spirit about Camp Sunshine that is transformative for every person who attends – whether you’re a camper, counselor or volunteer. The camp has an atmosphere that honors all people with total acceptance and unconditional love.

Child Sexual Abuse Myths and Facts


Did you know that as many as 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the age of 18?  However, because child sexual abuse is by its very nature secretive, many of these cases are never reported. Children are most often sexually abused by someone […]

Do Your Pastors Know?


We need to find ways to reassure, support and remind our pastors that they are valued, liked and have made a difference in our lives.

Do I thank my pastors often? Not often enough. I am working on it, and I hope you will too.

It would be so meaningful if after the worship service you would take the time to say, “That was a good message.” But don’t stop there, tell him or her why it was meaningful or good to you. For example, tell your pastor:

Caring for Young Parents


By Steve Wiens from his blog The Actual Pastor I have three boys ages 5 and under. If you are parents of small children, you know that there are moments of spectacular delight, and you can’t believe you get to be around these little people.   But there are also many moments when I have no […]

Send Those Cards


Have you ever hesitated to send an ailing friend a get-well card?  Maybe you thought they had enough going on, the card would get lost in the shuffle and besides, you didn’t want them to feel obligated to reply. Well, I am telling you to send those cards!  They worked wonders for my husband, Bob, […]

Share a memory on the anniversary date of a loved one’s death


Since survivors appreciate remembering  the “good times” of their loved one, share your memories in a note.  Far more cherished than preprinted sympathy cards are handwritten notes that begin, “I’ll never forget the time that. . .” or, “Let me tell you why _______ meant so much to me,” or “Your father was . . […]