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The  Communion rotation for preschool – 5th grade runs through October 16.

 

The rotation objective is to bring understanding to children about the act of Communion and what it represents. At the conclusion of the Passover meal, Jesus broke the bread, as his body was broken, “in memory of me.” He gave them the cup, as his blood was poured out, as “God’s new covenant.” The covenant was the relationship with God through Christ. In using the bread and wine, Jesus gave his followers a special way to Remember Him. The important things the children will learn from this are:

  1. Remembrance – of Christ’s sacrifice
  2. Celebration – of the new covenant
  3. Ritual – the practice of the church that binds us together

Memory verse: Luke 22:19 “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”     

Don’t forget to ask your children what they are learning in Carpenter’s Corner.  It’s a great way to talk together about our faith!

17 youth and 5 adults from 5 churches in Lake Huron Presbytery traveled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN for the high school Triennium conference.  5000 youth gathered immersing themselves in the theme Go: Go and See; Go and Do Likewise; The Way I should Go; Let My People Go; and The Great Commission from Matthew 28:6-20.  We were challenged to look deeply into ourselves to shed the things that hold us back from being true people of God. We left with a better understanding of loving and seeking God in all people. In this way we participate in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

Triennium

Youth group enjoyed the day kayaking last week on the Huron River in Ann Arbor. This is one of our favorite spots to kayak with the cascades! Check out all of our fun activities on the event calendar, or join us for discussion on most Sunday evenings during the school year!

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Four youth went shopping to purchase school supplies and clothes for our Deacon’s Back-to-School project. They choose five children to shop for with money donated by some of our church members. These youth were very good stewards of the money they were allotted, and bought fashionable and quality items. The youth also wrote personal letters to each child letting them know they are loved and wishing them a successful school year. Youth group looks forward to helping with this project again next year!

Back_to_school_project Backpack_packing backpack_display

During 4th of July week, six youth were in town to join in fellowship and discussion during a youth lunch event. We fed the ducks, lounged in the park and discussed the song “We Believe” by the Newsboys. Talk surrounded what we believe at different times in our lives versus what our core beliefs are.  How do we experience and live out our Godview when it is so easy to buy into the worldview? Good food for thought!

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College students were invited to take part in this first young adult gathering. Three of us were available to camp at Port Crescent State Park and kayak from Port Austin to Turnip Rock.  The wind was a bit challenging and the weather slightly cold and damp, but we made the 7 mile round trip journey to see one of nature’s beautiful and little known creations.  Experiencing waves on Lake Huron, hearing and seeing God’s majesty, and eating lunch on a beach, we were the first ones out that day and were uninterrupted by other travelers. We also enjoyed our fellowship, hobo dinners and a few competitive card games.

Coming into Turnip Rock bay area

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Thumbnail Rock

Kayaking_Be Happy

“D’Onte was here -Be Happy!”

Turnip_Rock

Turnip Rock

The Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., never fails to inspire and equip young disciples. This year nine youth and three adults attended with this year’s theme of Gone Fishin’, exploring Luke 5: 1-11, the moment where Jesus calls his first disciples…

On an ordinary day several fisherman had an extraordinary encounter. What looked like a lousy night of fishing turned into an abundant catch. Simon and his friends would never be the same. Jesus asked them to drop everything to follow Him. He promised they would do more than catch fish. Jesus promises us a life of “catching people.” What does this mean exactly???

We examined our ordinary places and thought about what happens when Jesus meets us in the middle of our ordinary, everyday life. We were also challenged to think about we need to leave behind to follow Jesus and what it means to be a disciple of Christ.

A big THANK YOU to Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church in Grottos, VA., for providing a place to sleep Monday night before the conference and for an outstanding homemade breakfast! True southern hospitality at its best!!!

Below is a group picture on their front steps, and a video of our favorite energizer at Massanetta made by Pastor Cliff Haddox!

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The  23rd Psalm rotation for preschool – 5th grade runs through August 28.

The 23rd Psalm is a classic piece of scripture that has spoken to people over the centuries. The agrarian culture, the fight for survival, the presence of enemies: these were realities during Biblical times. The images in the psalms spoke to the people reading them; the customs were familiar. The affirmation of the presence of God in some tangible form was a much-needed litany.

The words of this Psalm still speak to us today. It sets forth a rich picture of God’s steadfast love and desire for us, and therefore, the very traits of the Messiah. An image of the Messiah in both the Old and New Testaments is that of the Good Shepherd. He is the one who guides, protects, and provides. He searches for us when we go astray. He resides with us in our deepest valley. The Hebrew prophets, the psalmists, and the evangelists all used this metaphor as a symbol of God’s active participation in our lives.

The memory verse is the entire Psalm.  To know this psalm by heart is to carry with us a scripture that will speak to us in our time of need.

Don’t forget to ask your children what they are learning in Carpenter’s Corner.  It’s a great way to talk together about our faith!

Attention High School & College Graduates: Please contact the church office to let us know who is graduating this year.

Also, the Christian Education Committee invites all graduates & their families to the recognition breakfast on Sunday, June 5 at 8:30AM. Wear your cap & gown and share your future plans during 10AM worship.  Please RSVP to the office by May 29.

The “Beatitudes” rotation runs through May 22. Early in in his ministry, Jesus took his disciples up on the mountain to teach them what God wants of them. The Beatitudes give us guidance for living as Christians. Jesus lived the Beatitudes by showing us how to relate to other people.

The children will study the Beatitudes to understand what they really mean. The Beatitudes turn worldly values upside down – Jesus promises good things to people who are having a tough time. The children will compare what Jesus wants us to be with what the world expects, then apply these values to their own lives.

The memory verse:  Matthew 9:9   Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.  

Don’t forget to ask your children what they are learning in Carpenter’s Corner.  It’s a great way to talk together about our faith!

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

9:00 am

-Worship Service & Nursery

10:00 am

-Adult, Jr. & Sr. High Bible Study

-K-5th Grade Praise Time, Nursery

11:00 am

-Worship Service

-Church School

-Nursery

Summer 10:00 am

-Worship Service

-Church School

-Nursery


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