Join Us For Community Playdates!

Lots of fun and fellowship for our St. Paul kids this week!  On Tuesday the church hosted a community playdate for eleven kids and their parents.  We will continue to do this once a month and would love to see as many of you as possible if you’re free!  Our next playdate is Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.  Bring a snack to share and meet other parents in the community and our congregation!

I delivered the Paw Pantry donations and the Middle School was very grateful.  As I mentioned before, the Pantry serves students in the community who are food insecure on the weekends.   Winterset families can access the pantry on Thursdays between the hours of 3:15-5:15. The school partners with the Food Bank of Iowa for the food, but they have to gather toiletry, household and hygiene products separately.  Everyone really stepped up and with the items our St. Paul kids brought in (and a little money from the children’s offering) we had a great donation to give them including lotions, shampoo, paper towels, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorants, dish soap, Kleenex, laundry detergent, soap and more!  This is definitely a cause we will continue to follow in the future.  I delivered the items on Tuesday and the Pantry was open on Thursday and ALL of the items we donated were gone by 5:15. The “need” is definitely there. Great  job kids!

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All of our Paw Pantry donations were given to families this week!

Our younger Sunday school students started with music and then discussed “God’s promise to Abram” and Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18.  Our fourth through sixth grade students covered “Praising Jesus,” the importance of Lent and Matthew 21:9.

We had a big group at God Squad this week!  The younger class recapped any random acts of kindness the children performed last week and the inclusion of women to spread God’s messages. The older kids went “two by two” to spread the good news into RoxAnn and Liz’s classroom and also discussed women and God’s messages.  This concludes the “Jesus Calls Helpers” unit.  Next week we begin “Jesus Lives.”  Those who attended the service were also treated to a performance by the Children’s Bell Choir to cap off another great week!

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The younger God Squad students received “Good News” coloring pages from the disciples (older class).

 

 

We Spread The Word Two By Two

Our St. Paul kids had a fun week!  I heard a lot of cheering and laughing from the classrooms on Sunday and Wednesday.  I just absolutely love seeing those smiling, excited faces!

If you’ve heard your kiddos singing “Hip-hip-hippopotamus, hip hip hooray God made all of us,” it’s because it has quickly become one of the kids’ favorite songs to sing with Beth at Sunday School.  Our younger classes discussed “Temptation” and (Luke 4:1-13) and our fourth through sixth-grade kids studied what it means to be a “Disciple” and “Fishers of Men,”and (Luke 5:1-11). The God Squad students enjoyed a meal provided by one of our generous hospitality teams.  Each week, I plan to practice a new prayer with your children during dinner. I encourage you to let them lead the prayer at home every now and then once they have memorized the weekly prayers. This week’s prayer was “God we thank you for this food, for rest and home and all things good.  For wind and rain and sun above, but most of all for those we love. Amen.”

The God Squad classes covered “We Spread the Word of Jesus Two by Two” and (Luke 5:27-32).  Tom’s class learned sign language for “I will follow Jesus,” and were sent home with a calendar for the season of Lent.  Each day presented a challenge to the student, for example, today’s challenge was “Give someone a hug.”  RoxAnn and Liz’s class worked together to dress the two disciples with only what Jesus told them they could take on their journey: sandals, a walking stick and a belt.  Afterward the kids played “I love Jesus bingo” and received a “thank-you” treat from a member of the congregation they had made a card for two weeks ago.

Our Paw Pantry donation items will be delivered next week.   The kids did great and I know they will be very grateful for the items received!

Our Role In God’s Ministry

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

 

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