NEWS RELEASE - 10/25/2005

For Immediate Release                          Contact: Marianne C. Ferrans

Press Release
Source: www.SimplyChristian.org

Simply Christian's Online Sunday School™ sets sail for the U.K. and beyond!
Tuesday October 25, 5:45 pm ET

CRANBERRY TWP. —  October 25, 2005—Rev. Dr. Charles J. Alkula is a US Navy chaplin and a clergy from the Nebraska Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Lt. Alkula is assigned to a community, that is by the nature of the Navy, somewhat scattered around Crownwall in the southwest part of the United Kingdom.  As part of his Doctoral work, a project entitled Out of Many, One: The Formation of a Community of Faith in the Sea Services, Rev. Alkula set out to aid those who struggle with their journey and look to their chaplain for help along the way by creating a "living resource".   His web site www.SeaServiceFaith.com, which is only a small part of his current ministry, represents the ongoing efforts to " provide a resource for those who are in ministry to the Sea Service community; a place for pilgrims, seekers, skeptics who are looking for assistance on their pilgrimage of faith." 

Recently Rev. Alkula added Simply Christian's Churches (OSS) as a resource available to those families he serves.  "When Rev. Alkula contacted us about making the OSS available to the families of the service men he serves, we were trilled and wanted to help any way we could!", says Marianne C. Ferrans, co-founder of the Simply Christian ministry.  Marianne adds, "We  never imagined the OSS being made available overseas to the families of those who serve our country in our Navy.  This is very exciting!  Rev. Alkula's creative ministry uses technology to connect his ministry to the families of our service men who may be scattered about the southwest part of the U.K. and beyond."

About Simply Christian®:
Simply Christian® is a nonprofit which has formed a shared ministry with the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Dutilh United Methodist Church of Cranberry Township, and each participating UM conference partner.  Through a combination of education, consulting, and working closely with Conferences, we help churches further their Sunday school program and Internet presence via the Online Sunday School™.

About Simply Christian’s Online Sunday School™ (OSS):
The OSS is a great way for your church (or ministry) to further the
Sunday school experience for churches, parents, teachers, and children. From the privacy of their own home or from any computer (abroad), parents and their children can have access to their church's Sunday school Bible readings and a suite of related interactive puzzles, quizzes, and games. Teachers can download lessons and activities.  The Bible reading and activities are updated weekly, providing the children with a new and different experience every week.  The weekly readings are based on the Lectionary Calendar or can be customized.


Simply Christian
Marianne C. Ferrans


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What Others Are Saying:


UMCatalyst: Churches: Helping churches bring Sunday school home. 

UMCOM: Kids, Church, and the Internet    Simply Christian's® Online Sunday School™ was recently included as part of an UMCom article on Kids, Church, and the Internet.  'Why should religion be any different?'..."

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Western PA Annual Conference InterLink Newspaper :  Read what a group of Sunday school educators had to say after attending a presentation on Simply Christian's® Online Sunday School™.

Bright Ideas Newsletter : Simply Christian's Online Sunday School™ (OSS) was featured in the Bright Ideas Newsletter this summer. 

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