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Christ the True Vine

But who is our Family? Is it parents living with 2.5 children in suburbia or is it the single person living alone in the heart of a bustling city? Is it the middle-aged couple without children or is it the elderly person living in a retirement home? The answer would be all of the above! Family can be defined many ways, but, in essence, it is a group of individuals who are connected either by affection, kinship, dependency or trust.

Each of us has an immediate family whether we are close to them or not. This family can include parents, guardians, spouses, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. In addition, we all have people that play a very important role in our lives—our family of friends. But there is one more family that we often overlook—our church family. As members of the Orthodox Christian Church, we are members of the Body of Christ. God is our Heavenly Father, we are His children and we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Oftentimes, we forget our life-sustaining Father and only remember Him when we attend church on Sundays. Sometimes, we even forget about our church family and we distance ourselves from this vital source of spiritual nourishment. The Center for Family Care strives to connect people with this spiritual family and help them realize the central role this family needs to play in their life.