Additions / Changes / Updates
This is a page devoted to listing all of the important updates to the 2013 MÂCHÉ conference. We felt it would be easier for you to keep up with all of the changes if we listed them together in the same place. We will continue to add updates to this page as they happen, so please continue to check back. We hope this will be helpful to you. The topics are listed below.
We accidentally mixed up the addresses to these two hotels. We have listed the correct addresses below:DoubleTree by Hilton 150 South Broadway Rochester, MN 55904
Hilton Garden Inn 225 South Broadway Rochester, MN 55904
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
We have the great opportunity to hear from a homeschooling father of seven who lives in Germany, a country that does not see homeschooling as a legal form of education and which will remove children from families that do home educate...or worse. Juergen Dudek and his son Daniel will be with us for the MACHE conference and, along with Mike Donnelly, will be presenting this special breakout session on Saturday at 12:00 noon in the Legion Suite.
Juergen Dudek, a persecuted German home educator, and Mike Donnelly, HSLDA attorney fighting for homeschooling freedom, discuss reality and implications of persecution for German homeschoolers, the Romeike case, and the growing threat to parental freedom from state encroachment.
Because this breakout session is over the noon hour, you may bring your lunch with you to the Legion Suite.
There was some confusion concerning some of the amenity details that we listed in the brochure and on this website. We've made the corrections on this website but, of course, we are unable to do so with the brochure. Please make these changes in your brochure. We are sorry for the inconvenience that this has caused some of you. Please click HERE to read the corrected hotel information.
MÂCHÉ Speakers' Corner
MÂCHÉ has the opportunity to offer our attendees a new facet to the conference, the "MÂCHÉ Speakers' Corner." MÂCHÉ has excellent speakers in the Speakers' Bureau and a few of them will be presenting some of their best presentations on Friday of the conference. These speakers are seasoned homeschool veterans and together have over 100 years of hard-earned experience. A few of them were among the homeschool pioneers of 25 - 30 years ago. We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn from their experiences and glean from their words of wisdom. These workshops were not included in the brochure issue, so please spread the word. They will be presented in the Art Center at the times listed below.
- Preparing Our Children to Minister to Hurting Teens - Eileen and Given Hoffman (Friday, 10:30 am)
Our children are light in a hurting world. Knowing how to help their friends, summer youth campers, and acquaintances work through their struggles in a Godly way is important. In this session Eileen and her daughter Given will share some of their experiences. You will receive an overview of some of the possible issues your child might encounter and the Biblical crisis counseling skills they can use, plus some tips on how to help your teens have effective helping relationships.
- When Homeschooling Becomes a Burden - Sandy Norlin (Friday, 1:30 pm)
Scenario #1: It's Monday morning, skies are gray again for the 12th day in a row. Somewhere down the hall you hear your two youngest children fighting about who left the cap off the toothpaste and now the end is dry and crusty. You pull the covers over your head to shut out the impending dread of doing battle with lessons, sibling rivalry, besides trying to keep your house from looking like it should be condemned as a public health risk. You are a homeschool mother. Scenario #2: It's Monday morning, skies are gray but you are up and at 'em. Where are your children? They should be washed, brushed, fed, and in their school desks by now. Goodness knows the morning is nearly gone as you look at the hands on the clock that read 8:00. Why were you given such lazy children! "Up and at 'em", you yell from the bottom of the stairs. Your oldest child stares at you with bleary eyes. "Is it Monday already?" he sighs. These children are homeschool students. It is time to reassess character, curriculum, and commitments.This presentation gives suggestions and helps us reevaluate the possible reasons that we are tired and frustrated with our homeschool program. It is useful in determining how to be refreshed and encouraged to finish the task before us.
- Grandparents' Tea: Compounding Your Influence - David and Linda Watkins (Friday, 3:00 pm)
This workshop is a pleasant break for the grandparents who ventured with you to the conference. While they enjoy refreshments and a respite from the noise in the exhibit hall, we will help them understand how important they are to their grandchildren and give them practical ways to help home educate them. This will be a very encouraging workshop.
Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America
Thursday night, April 18, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Mayo Civic Center Ballroom
~~ FREE ~~
If you're not ready to take a hard look at the true state of public education, you will want to avoid this unflinching and highly controversial documentary. But that would be a mistake!
The majority of Christian children attend a public school. Their families have a vested interest in all that happens there. Join Scottish filmmaker Colin Gunn, a homeschool father of seven, on the field trip of a lifetime. Driving an old school bus, Colin and family travel across America, asking questions about the origins and social impact of America's public education system.
Featuring interviews with whistleblower teachers, administrators, students, parents, and others, this film is part documentary, part testimonial, and totally captivating. Above all, it is both an encouragement and challenge to the millions of Christians who need to know what God's Word says about the discipleship and training of the next generation.
This FREE showing of IndoctriNation is open to the public as well as to registered MÂCHÉ conference attendees. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase following the showing.
One of MACHE's new workshop speakers, Michael Ernst, will be presenting two live dramatizations during the 2013 conference. He is a very experienced actor and we know you will enjoy his two performances.
America, Did You Know? is his most requested piece. He will perform it on Friday evening at 6:00 in Taylor Arena, just before the keynote session begins. Michael Ernst portrays Second President of the United States John Adams as he reveals America's Christian heritage. John Adams said, "The general principle on which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity." In this striking and inspiring piece, Adams boldly makes known that the United States of America, from its conception, was founded on Christian principles and such principles were intended to guide our everyday behavior. Despite being disliked, John Adams was one of the most vocal and effective pursuers of Independence. With words from Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, etc., he spells out the case that the providential history of this land must be learned and taught to the next generation. John Adams challenges this generation to live up to the ideals of our forefathers with some very specific directives to which we should all aspire to live up to. The very dramatic Christian/patriotic message is clear - America's history is founded in God!
The second dramatization, Charles Carroll, the Last One Standing, will be presented in the iAdvocate TeenTrack on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at the DoubleTree Hotel where they are meeting. If there is room, parents are welcome to attend this dramatization. In Mike's newest piece, he portrays the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll of Maryland. In Charles Carroll, the Last One Standing, you will learn about this obscure Founding Father from Maryland. His personal story --- including religious persecution, Congressional appointments, extreme wealth, and notable danger --- reveals a unique view of what the Founding Fathers intended for America. From his participation in the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution to the Bill of Rights, it is clear our arrival at Godly governing documents was due to the Christian character of the Founding Fathers. The thrust of this piece is straightforward: our Founders saw Christianity and freedom as intertwined. Whether they will be rewritten by a secular world ignoring the very God who inspired them is the fear Charles Carroll puts before us.
Our presenter, Michael Ernst, has been involved in theater for over 40 years. Along with a Theater/Speech degree from Truman University, he has additional course work from several other universities. Michael taught Speech and Theater for over 30 years in high schools and community colleges. His theater work includes over 150 directing and onstage appearances. From actor-in-residence at the Ice House Theater in Hannibal, Missouri, to assistant director of the Tom Arnold Acting Workshop, to (most recently) creator of the one-man Christian drama ministry His Men Revealed Ministries, theater has consumed his lifetime. While working with church drama teams and eagerly conducting Christian drama workshops, seminars, and camps for teens and adults, he continues to perform, direct, and write Christian-influenced material. His most recent onstage secular appearance was as Fagin in Oliver. Numerous onstage Christian portrayals of his own characterizations have included his highly regarded creation of John Adams. His most recent directorial credits include Christian productions of Believe and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and a secular production of the Fantasticks. Michael is a member of Christians in Theater Arts (CITA) and has performed in nine states. Since retiring from teaching high school, Michael lives with his wife Marcia in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, where he participates actively at his church.
As always, the Friday evening keynote session is free and open to the public, but not many people know that. Please invite your family and friends to attend with you this evening. Dr. Henry Morris, author, college professor, and CEO of Institute for Creation Research, will be presenting "Damnable Heresies, Anti-Knowledge, and Willing Ignorance" at 6:30 pm in the Taylor Arena. This is a great way to introduce someone to home education.
Damnable Heresies, Anti-Knowledge, and Willing Ignorance - Dr. Henry Morris (Friday, 6:30 pm)
There are some teachings that must be opposed. The New Testament presents three categories that receive special condemnation from the Lord Jesus. The biblical message of creation is foundational to who God is and therefore at the core of all truth.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Henry Morris III, is the Chief Executive Officer of Institute for Creation Research (ICR). He holds four earned degrees, including a D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary and the Presidents and Key Executives MBA from Pepperdine University. A former college professor, administrator, business executive, and senior pastor, Dr. Morris is an articulate and passionate speaker frequently invited to address church congregations, college assemblies, and national conferences. The eldest son of ICR's founder, Dr. Morris has served for many years in conference and writing ministries. His love for the Word of God and passion for Christian maturity, coupled with God's gift of teaching, have given Dr. Morris a broad and effective ministry over the years. He has authored numerous articles and seven books, including The Big Three: Major Events that Changed History Forever, Exploring the Evidence for Creation, and 5 Reasons to Believe in Recent Creation.