God sometimes has plans for us that we least expect. Saul persecuted Christians – he tried to destroy them and the church because he did not believe in God. But God had other ideas, and brought to Saul a change of heart. The turning point in his life began on the road to Damascus. He allowed God to open his heart and change the whole focus of his life. We, too, should relinquish our wills and open our hearts to God. This rotation runs January 10 – February 7 during the 11am worship service.
The memory verse is: Acts 9:15 The Lord replied, “Go! This man is the agent I have chosen to carry my name before the Gentiles, kings, and Israelites.”
This rotation holds only 2 classes on December 6 & 13. This children will focus on how God sends special messages to us through the angels, seen especially in the Christmas story. God sent Gabriel to tell Mary about Jesus’ birth. God sent another angel to tell the shepherds of the good news. Then, to strengthen and further emphasize His message, God sent a whole army of angels. Angels have always played an important role in revealing God’s message to His people.
This rotation has the children making angels, interviewing one another, and acting out scripture to create a video to be shown in worship.
The memory verse is: Luke 2:14 Glory to God in heaven, and on earth, peace among those whom he favors.
The “Solomon” rotation runs through November 22. Our study of Solomon has two important parts. The first focuses on God’s gift of wisdom to Solomon, contained in 1 Kings chapter 3. Solomon prayed to God, not for riches or glory, but for wisdom to rule his people with justice. The case of the two women claiming the same baby illustrates this.
The second part of Solomon’s story is the building of the temple. It was to be a place fro the worship of God, and to house the Ark of the Covenant. This was to fulfill David’s promise to God, and to honor him.
The memory verse is: 1 Kings 8:28 Lord my God, listen to your servant’s prayer and request, and hear the cry and prayer that your servant prays to you today.
The “Mission” rotation runs through October 18th. Mission means to send out to serve or help others. Paul was the first missionary to the Gentiles, going from town to town, carrying the good news to many, and writing about it to others. As a result of Paul’s missionary efforts, new churches were formed in many cities of the Roman world. Paul recruited other Christians to minister to their needs and spread the good news even farther. The children will learn of Paul and his followers, discover who are missionaries today, and decide how they, too, can be missionaries for Christ.
The memory verse is: Acts 20:24 But nothing, not even my life, is more important than completing my mission. This is the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus: to testify about the good news of God’s grace.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Church Challenge Scavenger Hunt last week. It was shared that this event had people visiting places in the church that they’d never been, and many learned a lot about our church history! Teams that answered everything correctly were the PNC, Chas & Cheryl Kopplin, and the Miller/Terrill group. Way to go!!! Answers are posted on the Christian Education bulletin board.
Our annual pilgrimage to the Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., was, once again, meaningful and fun! We learned what it looks like to Wear Love: from Colossians 3:12 & 14 – “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
This will be the theme for the 5th Sunday worship service on August 16. Below is a slide show from our trip. And yes, Jenny and Tina (the fearless youth leaders) experienced and survived the giant slip ‘n slide 🙂
2015 Graduate recognition Sunday took place on May 31 with breakfast and gifts sponsored by the Christian Education Committee, followed by a special worship service at 10am. Congratulations to our high school and college graduates! May God’s grace and love guide you on your new life journey.
High School Graduates: Sabrina Cleis (Fenton), Ann and D’Onte Fetzer (Holly), Charlie Harper (Hartland), Colin Hodgkin (Fenton), Olivia Kirkey (Linden), Heidi Ritchie (linden), Andrew Roberts (Linden), Maggie Sheppard (Pioneer – Ann Arbor), and Annie Wilson (Hartland).
College Graduates: Olivia Horton – Alma College with a Major in Biology, Minors in Environmental Science and French; Alexianna Mundy – Grand Valley State University with a dual degree in Photography and Public Relations & Advertising; Kelly Roberts – University of Michigan with a BS in Kinesiology with concentration in Intra Operative Neuro Monitroing.
Below are Colin Hodgkin, D’Onte Fetzer, Ann Fetzer, Annie Wilson, Heidi Ritchie, and Olivia Kirkey 🙂
Congratulations to the 2015 Confirmation Class, who were confirmed on Sunday, May 17. As their first act of service, they served communion to the congregation during the 11am worship service. A big THANK YOU goes out to their mentors who met with their confirmand over a six week period to discuss the Gospel of Luke, attended the session meeting when the class was approved for membership, and offered support, guidance and encouragement. During a family group event, confirmands also made individual banners with various Christian symbols that hung from the balcony in the sanctuary.
(From left to right) Waverly Ritchie, Lindsey Gibb, Ethan Rzpeka, Christian Cleis, Madeline Davis, and Liza Kirkey
Mentors are listed in order of their confimand in the picture above: Jenny Gibb, David Eshleman, Jan Foster, Nancy Cleis, Nikki Black, and Jane Motta
The “Doubting Thomas” rotation runs May 31 – August 30, 2015.
The faithful disciple, Thomas, was labeled “doubting” at his greatest test of faith. He was willing to go to Jerusalem and die with his Lord, but he couldn’t believe the unbelievable. After the resurrection, all of the disciples except Thomas had seen Jesus in the flesh. Thomas lived in doubt for a whole week until Jesus appeared out of nowhere and said, “Peace be with you.” Recognizing Thomas’s doubt, Jesus offered to let Thomas touch him. At that moment Thomas received his revelation and responded, “My Lord and my God.”
Thomas came to his faith through firsthand experience with the Risen Christ. The testimony of the disciples was recorded in scripture so that subsequent believers could come to faith. Jesus said to Thomas, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
When we make the jump of faith, the scriptures illuminate how to walk a path that invites the living God to journey with us throughout our lives. God’s presence transforms us, making us active workers in God’s kingdom. We become witnesses to the resurrection even without experiencing it firsthand.
The memory verse is: John 20:29
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”