Three Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Miss Christmas

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Christmas is about 7 minutes long when you have kids.

One minute it’s Thanksgiving and the next you’re putting away your ornaments.

Nothing moves as fast as the holidays and it’s no wonder that so many people find this time of year stressful. How do you make sure you make the most of your Christmas?

Here are three simple ways.


I’m terrible at being still. On Saturdays, I often ask my wife, “What are we doing today?” She’ll look up from a book or knitting and say, “This, this is what we’re doing. The kids are playing. You’ve built a fire. This is enough.” Maybe you over stuff your calendar like me, especially during Christmas. Well this year, do one less thing. Don’t try to fit it all in. Look at your list of activities and remove one. Leave some room around the edges of your calendar and give the rest of what you’ll do some breathing room.


Your phone isn’t just a phone, it’s also an escape pod. Whenever you want, it offers you the chance to mentally disappear from a moment. Part of the reason we miss the holidays is that we’re stuck on our devices. This year, be deliberate about taking a break. Leave it in a drawer. Put it back in your bedroom during a dinner party. Throw it in the glove compartment when you drive to grandma’s house. Something that small can make a big difference.


Sometimes, we speed through the holidays because we don’t have any traditions. A good tradition is like a speed bump. It slows you down and reminds you of years gone by. It pauses you and quiets the moment. It doesn’t have to be massive. One of ours is that we let our kids get up early on Christmas morning, but they have to wait at the top of the stairs before they come down. They think it’s torture but also secretly love the anticipation. That’s our tradition. What new one can you start?

 It will be January before you know it. The new year will be here and you’ll have a million things to do. Until then though, slow down. Laugh more. Take a deep breath. Relax a little bit.

God didn’t give us Christmas to make us crazy.

Father-Son Campout 2017

On October 21st just at 100 dads and sons headed out to the Parent Network’s first ever Father-Son Campout.  We had a great time together connecting with one another and growing in our relationship with God.  Here are a few stories from some dads:

“The Father-Son Campout was a blessing to me and my two sons due to the time we had together without electronics and being out in nature.  I was blessed to meet some new dad’s that I have not met before.  It was a good venue and there was no hurry to go to the next thing.  You could just fellowship and get to know people better.”  


“I think it may of been the first time I’ve ‘worshiped’ with my boys. At church they run off to Treasure Island and my wife and I attend the service. Frankly, my wife is the religious one of the family. I am slowly learning and getting to know God, so it was something new for the boys…to see their dad bow his head in prayer.”


One little boy told his sister … “there was no TV, movies, or Kindles…just me and daddy!”


Father-Son Campout Details

Dear Dads,

We’re excited that you have signed up for the PC3 Parent Network’s Father-Son Campout.  We’re just under a week away, so here’s what you need to know.

  1. The location is a farm in Rocky Point. Directions are below.
  2. You can arrive starting at 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 21st. We’ll have some organized activities all afternoon and dinner will be at 5:30. If you need to arrive later than 5:30, we’ll still have food for you.
  3. We’ll end at around noon on Sunday. Breakfast will be provided but not lunch.
  4. Below is a packing list. Feel free to bring other camping gear if you have it.
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Camp chairs for each camper
  • Flashlight(s) / Headlamp(s) *check your batteries!
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm/cool weather clothing *check the weather before packing!
  • Sturdy close toed shoes
  • Raingear
  • Snacks
  • Water bottles
  • Fishing rod (there is a pond)
  • BB Guns (if you want to participate in target practice)
  • Insurance card for each participant. (Insurance carrier, policy # and Member ID info is required information on the Waiver that will be signed during check in.)

E-mail us at if you have any questions.  We’re looking forward to a great campout so we’ll see you there.



Directions to Sue and Don Davis farm – 2112 Little Kelly Rd., Rocky Point, NC 28457

Phone: home 910- 259- 9770; cell 910- 604- 8126

Head south on I-40. Take exit 408 (Hwy. 210). Will be taking Hi-way 210  West.

Within 3 blocks, will see stop light at intersection of Hwy 117 and Hwy 210. Continue thru light on Hwy 210 West for 4.7 miles.

Road will terminate at “T” stop. Turn  right  – ( Will be on Little Kelly Rd, but no sign) Will see 4 chicken houses on your right (and smell them if weather damp). Continue on Little Kelly Rd. for 3.2 miles.


After about 3 miles on Little Kelly Rd., will pass Halls Chapel Baptist Church on right. (This is second church)

Couple blocks further; will see two brick houses on left. Just past that last brick house on left, look for my mailbox also on left. Will see green sign #2112 attached to mailbox.  Just prior to mailbox will see “Welcome Port City Community Church” banner with attached balloons.

Turn left into private gravel lane (about ½ mile long – don’t give up) by mailbox. (Will see CPI Security sign just as you turn in).Will go thru short bit of woods, then will see recently cut corn field on either side of road.  Will see red horse barn on right and then should see buildings and my house to right. We are only people on the private road.

If you miss turn into my road, and cross little creek bridge, you will have gone too far.





Parent Partner Connect

As a parent have you ever felt you were all alone in the business of raising children? Have you ever thought that everyone else seems to be doing it in a better way or wish you had more biblical guidance?  Or maybe you’re just tired and need some help!  These thoughts and feelings are real and normal, but it doesn’t have to end there. If you want it, we’d love to connect you with a parenting partner. This is not someone who will solve all of your problems or “fix” your kids, but it is someone who you can talk to and get advice from as you sort through the issues you face as a parent.  We all need someone to talk to who is just a little ahead of us in the journey of life, and a parenting partner could be the perfect thing for you.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Click here to fill out a Parent Partner Info Form to give us a little info on you and what you are looking for in a parent partner.
  2. Plan on joining us on EITHER Tuesday, October 17th OR Monday, October 23rd from 7-8:30 pm.  Those are our Parent Partner Connect Nights and we’ll get you connected with your partner.
  3. After the initial meeting at church, you and your partner will meet three more times over the next twelve weeks.  We have questions for you to chat about and conversation prompts.
  4. After the four meetings, you and your partner have the opportunity to continue meeting together encouraging each other.


Here We Go!

Just under a year ago we launched this thing called the “Parent Network” and we’ve done some good work.  We’ve had a few large parent training events, a fun event for dads and daughters, and we’ve offered lots of great resources for parents.  Although we’ve done a lot of great stuff, it’s time to “take it to another level” as they say.

Over the next few months you’ll be seeing LOTS of stuff going on in the network.  Here’s a quick glance at what’s coming soon.

Mother & Son Bowling – Friday, November 11th

Parenting Through Technology and Social Media – seminar offered two times, Sunday, November 13th and Wednesday, November 30th

Parent Training Night – Monday, January 9th with special guest mark DeVries

Parent Resource Videos – more released through November and December

You can find more info through the site on several of these events and keep looking for more.  As always, keep informed by signing up for the network to get the latest info and updates.


Phase 1 Mom’s Group – Update

When I became a mom, it was as if God opened the door to a community I had never seen before. I recognized that all mothers have one thing in common, and despite the many differences among them, their common love for their children is enough to build a friendship. But when you’re in the midst of sleepless nights, dirty diapers and the mere hope of showering it’s hard to get connected with that community of motherhood. We have decided that it’s time to open the door to this community for Wilmington moms here at Port City Community Church.

Please join us MondayOctober 24th at 7:00pm OR TuesdayOctober 25th at 10:00am for our next Parent Network Phase One Mom’s Groups. These groups meet every 2nd and 4th Monday/Tuesday of the month. Pregnancy-Moms of 2 year olds meet in the Living Rooms. Moms of 2 year olds-5 year olds meet in Grow Zone. Children are welcome to attend with you. Please feel free to email me with questions
-Marcy Bolick (mother of a 2 year old and 6 month old)

Phase One Mom’s Group

So, you’re the mom of a newborn? We all know that means lots of things: a crazy schedule, no sleep, fatigue, joy, frustration … you name it and you feel it. It seems as if no one in your world knows how you feel or how to help. Well, we’d like to try. The PC3 Parent Network would like to invite you to join other moms in our Parent Network Phase One Mom’s Group. What is phase one you ask? Well, phase one is that stage where your child is less than two years old and you need help! This group will offer you community, care and support as you move through this phase of life with your child and hopefully give you hope that each phase only gets better.

We’ll have two opportunities for you to attend. Join us either on Monday Nights at 7 pm or Tuesday mornings  at 10 am in the Living Rooms at PC3. Fall dates are listed below. As always, these Parent Network offerings are open to any and everyone so if you know of someone in this phase, invite them!

Mondays (7 pm):  Sept. 24, Oct. 10, Oct 24, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, Jan. 9

Tuesdays (10 am): Sept. 25, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Dec. 20, Jan. 10




Parent Network Event – June 2nd

Back in January we launched the PC3 Parent Network which seeks to “equip and encourage parents to help their family walk with God.”  We had a great event and we figure it’s time for us to gather again.  We know that school is winding down, it’s time for E.O.G. tests and a lot is going on, but we’ve been able to secure a great speaker and we wanted to get together one more time before the start of summer.

So … Join us on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30 pm for another conversation about “parenting through the phases” with Kristen Ivy.  You’ll hear some good stuff and have a chance to chat with other parents from PC3. 

Click here to register.

Coming Soon!

We’re working hard to plan our next Parent Network events and we’re close to letting you know the details.  We’re hoping to have another big event in May and a Mother-Son event in June.  Stay tuned for the dates, times, and how you can plug in.

On Thursday night, February 11th a crew of almost 30 people showed top at PC3 and started the preparations for what would be an amazing event.  A planning team had been meeting for several weeks while just under 300 girls and their 238 dads were registering and waiting for the night to arrive.  The crew (of mostly parents) spent several hours setting up for the first annual Parent Network Daddy-Daughter Dance.  On Friday the big night finally arrived and the place filled up with tons of smiling faces busting out their best moves.  Dads and daughters connected in a really cool way and had the opportunity to create the memory of a lifetime.