Our Role In God’s Ministry

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It was a full week at St. Paul Lutheran.  The Pre-K through 3rd Sunday School classes enjoyed some music with Beth before heading into the classrooms to cover the Disciples (Luke 5:1-11; 8: 1-3) and The Transfiguration (Luke 9:28-36).

The 4th-6th grade Sunday School students discussed “Sharing” (Matthew 14:13-21) and Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand.

Many came out for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner.  Bella Teel was the lucky shrove-finder prize winner!

Our God Squad kids enjoyed a delicious meal courtesy of Nicole Darling and Mary Terry.  Liz and RoxAnn surprised the younger class with a make-your-own Valentines craft and discussed “Jesus Heals”  (Luke 4:38-44).

Tom’s class also continued with Jesus’ Ministry and “Jesus Heals” and discussed the ways God calls upon us to be in his ministry.  Tom’s class is collecting spare change for the food pantry shopping trip and this week’s students were challenged to complete random acts of kindness.  I think this applies to all our children.  What is our role in God’s Ministry?  Let’s continue to find ways to extend a helping hand to those in need!

We are collecting toiletry, household and personal hygiene items for the PAW Pantry this upcoming Sunday and Wednesday, but feel free to drop items off anytime. The donation bin (in the main hallway) is looking pretty bare so if your kiddo hasn’t brought their items in yet and wishes to do so, every little bit counts!

We need volunteers for the nursery.  Parents, if you don’t feel up to helping out (you already do so much) consider whether one of your children may benefit from the experience.  We will always staff adult supervision, but it’s great baby-sitting training and the littles sure think that the older kids are pretty cool!

Lily Burkett…Baby Whisperer

As we think about adding some programming, I want to keep our older kids (who want to be involved and have aged-out of certain activities) as mentors to the younger kids.

Happy Birthday to Marriah Allen and Matthew Brakhane! See you all soon!

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God Squad Valentines Bags

 

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!

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