PAW PANTRY Service Project

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I hope everyone enjoyed the snow! I think the kids loved having a couple days off school. It’s always nice to have a mid-week break every now and then!

This week, our fourth through sixth grade Sunday school class covered “Having a Healing Faith” and discussed Matthew 8:5-17 and the process of healing through a relationship with Jesus. The Pre-K through third grade classes started off with some music with Beth and then covered Jeremiah 1:4-10 “God uses helpers.” Scott took the high school youth kids to the residence home and God Squad was cancelled due to the weather.

We are mulling over some additional children’s programming at the church and/or some extra summer programming. If you have an idea, or something you feel our program is missing, PLEASE do not hesitate to email your concerns, questions or ideas/proposals to courtney.keiser@gmail.com or talk to me in person. I love all feedback!

Service project: It recently came to my attention that the Paw Pantry at the middle school struggles with non-food donations, so let’s have our St. Paul kids contribute! Government funds don’t provide personal hygiene or household products to the pantry and they are always the first to run out.

This is a great lesson for the kids. We often take these every day, essential items for granted!

Please bring your donations to Sunday School or God Squad over the next two weeks so we can have a valuable discussion with the kids regarding this project. If your child doesn’t attend those events and you still wish to donate there will be a box in the front hallway for donations starting this Sunday (anyone can donate). Items needed include but aren’t limited to: laundry detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bodywash, feminine products, Kleenex and dish detergent. If you use it at home, they most likely need it!

Tom’s God Squad class will still collect spare change over the remainder of God Squad for their food pantry grocery trip, so don’t feel pressured to contribute to both if you cannot. This is more of an immediate need that I was hoping to fulfill over the next two weeks. Even a tube of toothpaste or a stick of deodorant helps…every little bit counts!

God Squad: Spread the Word

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Another great week with our kiddos! St. Paul took nineteen kids to the Winter Jam Christian Rock concert Friday in Des Moines. It was a packed event, but the kids and adults had an awesome time.

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On Sunday, six of our confirmation students attended a district-wide synod event called “Confest” at Windsor Heights Lutheran Church. It was a day of fun, fellowship and learning, and an opportunity for them to meet other Lutheran students in our area. The main topic of the day was the ELCA’s Walk for Water campaign, helping to raise awareness about the need for more accessible water for many families in Africa.

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The younger Sunday school students covered “Jesus Goes to Nazareth” Luke 4:14-30 this week, with an emphasis on how God’s way equals love for all people.   The older Sunday school kids covered a similar lesson on “How to Treat People,” emphasizing activating faith to handle conflicts. They acted out scenarios in current times by reading the Beatitudes and discussed The Lord’s Prayer and Books of the Bible.

Starting this upcoming Sunday, Beth Miller will once again offer music for our Sunday School students during the first 15 minutes of class. If you want your child to have this valuable experience, please try to be prompt and arrive to the church about five minutes before the regular 9:30 a.m. time so we can get the kids situated. We are lucky to be able to offer this for our children, so we hope you will take advantage of it!

Our God Squad and confirmation students enjoyed a delicious meal provided by the Johnson family this past Wednesday. The younger and older classes began with Jesus’ Ministry in “Jesus Brings Good News” Luke 3:22. RoxAnn’s group made greeting cards for some ailing, elderly members of the congregation and care center. Tom has challenged his class to begin collecting spare change to purchase items for the food pantry on the last day of God Squad.
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We are testing out a new curriculum for God Squad and I think it’s a great fit! I witnessed first-hand the kind hearts we already have in attendance this past week. We had a new, shy, four-year-old and the older girls took excellent care of her, helping her with her plate and making her feel welcome. Our goal is to keep growing and getting those God Squad numbers up as attendance has suffered. Please spread the word about this great program!

A spring service project for our God Squad and Sunday school kids is in the works. More details to follow!

Welcome to Little Lutherans

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Hello St. Paul Community!
Welcome to our new Children’s Ministry blog, where I plan to keep you up to date on all of the amazing things our children are accomplishing through this ministry! Stay tuned each week for announcements, photos and recaps from our various children’s activities!

I had the privilege of starting to get to know more of you over the last week and look forward to more discussions! I sat in on Sunday school where our students discussed the miracle of Jesus and the Cana Wedding and attended God Squad where we ate pizza and discussed The Ten Commandments and the importance these rules play in our everyday lives. We honed in particularly on the importance of loving one and only one God, making good decisions, doing the right thing and loving our neighbors. RoxAnn Rhoads and Liz Hansen will continue to work with the lower elementary students on Wednesday nights and Tom Acton will work with middle and older elementary kids. If you wish to volunteer for Sunday School or God Squad please don’t hesitate to let me know! We have an amazing group of teachers for both events, but can always use more help and substitutes!

Don’t forget…Bell Choir will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 27. Parents, it has come to my attention that there could be some complications for child pick-up times with the different age levels. If you ever need to pick up a younger child later following confirmation or choir and don’t want to make two trips, please let me know. I am happy to stay around and help bridge that gap for you!

I look forward to spending more time with our “Little Lutherans.”

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Bell choir resumes on Jan. 27!
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