2016/2017 Sunday School Classes – 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

December 4, 2016 – Second Sunday of Advent – PEACE

We had a great start to our Christmas Around the World unit!  Our stable with large figuresimg_5797 img_5798 of Mary and Joseph — and a real, life-size manger full of hay — appeared in our classroom, along with some new Advent bulletin boards.  We found the Mary and Joseph figurines hidden around the classroom to our nativity scene, on the table with our Advent wreath.  We invite you to come up and see them any time!

Our first international visitor was a young man named Adrien from Switzerland.  He told us a little about his country and how Christmas is celebrated there.  We looked at maps of Switzerland, and had a chance to ask some questions.

Miss Vicky and Miss Jan had an “international angel” project for us, with beautiful papers to choose from Italy, Germany and Japan.  We also made poinsettia cards, inside which we printed different international Christmas greetings.  They’ll bring a smile to the face of one of FBC’s older friends who can’t get to church as often as they like, when the cards are delivered with FBC’s Health Ministries “Cookies for Shut-ins” next week.

Speaking of cookies, we’re going to decorate Christmas cookies to take across the street to Woodcrest.  We need a volunteer to bake 2-3 dozen plain, un-decorated Christmas cut-out sugar cookies, and donations of sprinkles with which to decorate them.  If you would be willing to bake, please let Cindy Johnson know.  If you have sprinkles or decorations to donate, please bring them to church Dec. 4 or Dec. 11, so we know what we have for supplies!

We’re looking forward to hearing about Christmas customs in other countries each week during Advent.  Christmas Day will be a Family Sunday with no Sunday School.  We are interested in hearing from parents:  Will your children be available for Sunday School on New Year’s Day?  We are happy to have class if students are planning to be there!  Please let Cindy Johnson or Nancy Allenby know, either way.

See you in Sunday School…

November 27, 2016 – First Sunday of Advent – HOPE

The Sunday School has been focusing on cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude throughout the month of November.  This week, we talked about being thankful, even when things don’t seem to be going very well.  We integrated the stories of Noah, the Israelites’ 40 years in the wilderness, and the Pilgrims, and sorted the different things that each group would be thankful for.  We played a game thinking of all the many things we could still be grateful for when we — or people we love — face difficult situations, like sickness, a bully, having trouble in school, or a flood or fire.  We were grateful for hospitals and ambulances, for good friends and parents who keep us safe, and for teachers who are willing to help us learn.  Our favorite was being thankful for firefighters…and for LEGS –so we could run away from a fire!

After we added a final verse to our “I Want to Thank You” song, we made Thanksgiving beads, and learned the Pilgrim’s “Legend of Five Pieces of Corn.”

Speaking of gratitude, MANY THANKS go to teachers Beth Frost, Cindy Johnson, and Jan Reney for their creative November ideas!

This Sunday, Advent ushers in a new unit, “Christmas Around the World.”  It’s the perfect time to jump into the action if you want to try Sunday School for the first time, or you’ve been away from us for a while!  We’ll experience lots of fun projects and activities as we focus on the viewpoint of the Wise Men, who followed the star to a foreign country in search of the Baby Jesus.

We’re excited to learn how to say, “Merry Christmas” in many languages, and to have a visitor join us each week to tell us how Christmas is celebrated in another part of the world!

See you in Sunday School…

November 20, 2016

img_1780We’re spending some time this November developing an Attitude of Gratitude, thinking of ALL the ways God has blessed our lives!  Each week, we’ve been adding a verse to our “I Want to Thank You” song, and adding feathers to our “Thanks-Giving Turkey” bulletin board.  Come on up and see them both, along with our sukkah (booth) that we decorated for the Feast of the Tabernacles!

This past Sunday, we worked with Pastor Cindy to cut pictures out of magazines to make a poster of all the many things we thank God for.  We can keep adding to those posters at home until the end of the month.

This week we will be making something very special to bring home, which shares a story of gratitude with each of the people at our Thanksgiving table.

On November 27, Advent begins and we will start learning about Christmas Around the World.  We will have a visitor each Sunday during Advent telling us how Christmas is celebrated in a different country.

We sure hope you can join us for all of the upcoming Sunday morning adventures!

See you in Sunday School…

img_1778November 13, 2016

‘Tis the season for an “Attitude of Gratitude!”  Noah thanked God, the Pilgrims thanked God, and WE thank God!  We talked about Noah’s long and dangerous voyage, and compared it to the Pilgrims adventure, and realized that both groups were very grateful to God for their safety and survival.  We filled out the turkey on our bulletin board by adding feathers of gratitude, and we sang a song about the things we’re thankful for.

img_5668Miss Beth, Miss Jan and Pastor Cindy told us about Sukkot, the ancient Hebrews’ custom of thanksgiving, also called the Feast of Tabernacles.  Because the Hebrews lived in tents as they followed Moses for forty years in the wilderness, each year they remembered God’s provision and care by erecting a sukkah, a booth or tabernacle, in which they would spend a week in remembrance of their time of wandering.  Today’s observant Jews still build a sukkah, sometimes sleeping in it, but at least eating a meal or two in it.  We decorated our own sukkah with flowers and leaves, and had a little meal in it.  As we ate, we pulled different pictures and objects out of a special grab bag, and talked about how they relate to Thanksgiving.

We’ll continue to focus on thanking God in the next two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving!

See you in Sunday School…

November 6, 2016

What a wonderful Noah’s Ark Puppet Show and Bake Sale! img_5429

We have so many THANKS in our hearts:

  • For our delightful children, who were so consistent in getting to Sunday School this fall…and the wonderful parents who got them there!
  • For our dedicated and creative teachers, Jan Reney and Janet Kuhlmeyer, who helped us make scenery and puppets, and who put together a clever script for our show!
  • For Bob Messer and his friend Joe, the carpenters who made our new puppet theater, and the Middle School painters who made it shining and white!
  • For all of our talented “bakers and makers” who provided delicious goodies for our food sale
  • For the FBC office staff, who as always, are behind the scenes supporting our Sunday School program in so many essential ways!

Just as Noah helped the animals, we recognize that animals help us, too!  At our food sale, we collected donations of over $300 for NEADS:  the National Education for Assistance Dog Services, which helps train service dogs, and therapy dogs.  You all helped make someone’s day brighter!

Now, we head into a new season of GIVING THANKS!  We can’t wait to share all of the special activities and experiences we have for the students in November…we have plenty of fun history and crafts in store for them as we practice an “Attitude of Gratitude” for our abundant blessings.

Please remember two things this Sunday:

Daylight Savings Time —  change your clocks Saturday night or you’ll miss all the fun

One Service on Sunday — As a “first Sunday of the Month,” this is a single-service Sunday, with Worship at 10:00.  There will be a short children’s sermon at the beginning of the service, and we will head straight to Sunday School from there

See you in the Meeting House at 10:00!

 

THE PROMISES OF GOD

October 30, 2016

We had a great Sunday!  We started with Allan Gould who taught us about boat building.  He brought in some actual pieces of the boat he’s now building, and gave us some fascinating information about a full-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown, KY.  Then we tried our hand at building our own boats…out of apples.  Miss Jan and Miss Janet held our last rehearsal for this week’s puppet show, and we’re raring to go.

Here’s the info for this Sunday, Oct. 30:

  • Please be in Cleveland Hall promptly by 9:30 so that we can get our Coffee Hour and Bake Sale food ready, and so that we can have one last chance to go over the puppet show.  Children who are attending the 9:00 service will have an opportunity to exit before 9:30.
  • img_5428At 10:00, after the first service, we’ll present our Noah’s Ark Puppet Show, followed by our Coffee Hour and Bake Sale.  Noah helped the animals, and animals can also help us, so there will be donation buckets for people to donate to the raising of service dogs.  Please remember to bring any food item that you may have signed up for so that we have plenty to sell!

Sunday, November 6, we will begin a unit on An Attitude of Gratitude.  We’ll be learning about how the American pilgrims thanked God for their blessings, as well as the ancient Hebrew thanksgiving celebration, the Feast of Tabernacles.

Special Note for Parents of Students in Grade 5:  Having the 5th Graders join the Middle School class has been a bit of an experiment this fall.   Please know that your child is welcome to join EITHER the Elementary Sunday School group, or the Middle School group.  We want every child to choose the class in which he or she is most comfortable!  Since we’re starting a new elementary unit on Nov. 6, it would be a perfect time for anyone to switch, should they desire to do that.  And if they’d rather help with the Coffee Hour this Sunday, have them come at 9:30…there will be plenty to do.  No need to do anything “official”… just show up in the classroom you wish to join!

See you in Sunday School…

October 23, 2016

Last Sunday, students in Grades 1-4 learned that Noah had a very special and important task of caring for the animals in God’s creation.  We enjoyed a visit from Liz Edmunds, a large animal veterinarian.  She told us wonderful stories about her experiences as a vet, and we got to ask some questions.  We continued to work on our puppet show with Miss Jan and Miss Janet.  The theater is looking very professional with its velvet curtains and wonderful props.  We’re just about ready to show you what we’ve been working on!

The culmination of our unit will be a special Noah’s Ark Coffee Hour/Bake Sale and the presentation of a Noah’s Ark Puppet Show at 10:00 on Sunday, Oct. 30.  Please plan to be in Cleveland Hall by 9:30 that morning so that we can get our food and our puppet show ready.  (Children who attend the 9:00 worship service will have a chance to move into Cleveland Hall part way through the service.)

Proceeds of the bake sale will go toward helping to raise service dogs.  Some of you have signed up to make a food item, and we thank you!  If you haven’t had a chance to choose an item to make, we do need a few more goodies to sell.  AND we need you to come hungry on Oct. 30 so that you can take home some of our Noah’s Ark-themed specialties!

Please email Nancy Allenby at njallenby@aol.com if you can supply a food item.  We need:

  • 3 pies
  • 3 dozen animal cut-out cookies
  • fruit skewers with rainbow colors of cut up fruit
  • Any other “animal” or “Rainbow” themed goodie!

October 16, 2016

Pre-School/Kindergarten – Rise and Shine on Noah’s Ark – join Miss Priscilla in the Winnie Williams Room.

Elementary Schoolers – The Promises of God – meet with Pastor Cindy, Miss Janet and Miss Jan in the Blue Room this morning.  We’re practicing our puppet play and the performance will be held on October 30 to add to the excitement of our Coffee Hour/Bake Sale.  As a finale to our unit on October 30 the Sunday School children will be hosting a special Noah’s Ark Coffee Hour/Bake Sale. Check the clipboard on the table at coffee hour to sign up to make an animal-themed snack for the bake sale.  Then, come hungry on Oct. 30 and find an item that someone else made, that you’d like to take home with you.  All proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to help support the training of service animals.

Middle Schoolers continue with their series on Conflict Resolution, Ethical Dilemmas and Faith in the youth room this morning with Bob Messer.

High Schoolers Blueprint discussions: A Bible Study with relevant topics – join Ken Thompson and Tom Coverdale in the BWF Room.

 Adult Class; Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part I with Mollay Jallah in Activity Room (downstairs).

Women’s Class: A book study of Come With Me by Suzanne Eller – Meet with Lisa Glidewell in Chapel/Music Room (upstairs)

October 9, 2016

Pre-School/Kindergarten – Rise and Shine on Noah’s Ark – join Miss Priscilla in the Winnie Williams Room.

Elementary Schoolers – The Promises of God – meet with Pastor Cindy, Miss Janet and Miss Jan in the Blue Room this morning.  Mark your calendars:  As a finale to our unit on October 30 the Sunday School children will be hosting a special Noah’s Ark Coffee Hour/Bake Sale. Check the clipboard on the table at coffee hour to sign up to make an animal-themed snack for the bake sale.  Then, come hungry on Oct. 30 and find an item that someone else made, that you’d like to take home with you.  All proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to help support the training of service animals.

Middle Schoolers continue with their series on Conflict Resolution, Ethical Dilemmas and Faith in the youth room this morning with Bob Messer.

High Schoolers Blueprint discussions: A Bible Study with relevant topics – join Ken Thompson and Tom Coverdale in the BWF Room.

 Adult Class; Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part I with Conrad Boulton in Activity Room (downstairs)

Women’s Class: A book study of Come With Me by Suzanne Eller – Meet with Lisa Glidewell in Chapel/Music Room (upstairs)

October 2, 2016

We’re moving right along with our Noah’s Ark unit!  Many thanks to Linda Myers for sharing about her experience growing up in the Rainbow Girls organization.  We look forward to another guest speaker this Sunday who will tell us a bit about the animals they encountered on a safari.

We’re practicing our puppet play, and we need some more time to get comfortable with it.  We decided to postpone the performance until October 30 to add to the excitement of our Coffee Hour/Bake Sale.

Because there is one worship service on Oct. 2 the Sunday School students from Preschool to 4th grade will leave for classes after the children’s sermon.  Elementary grades will participate in a short Blessing of the Animals immediately after the service.

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You are invited to join our children and youth in Cleveland Hall on Sunday following the 10:00 service for the “Blessing of the Animals.”

What is this Blessing of the Animals?

  • It is a celebration of our creative and loving God.
  • It is a reminder of our connection to these remarkable creatures.
  • It is an expression of gratitude for animals that provide our lives and homes with love and joy.
  • It is a reminder of our responsibility to care for God’s creation.
  • It is a wonderful opportunity to bless these creatures who bless our lives.

Every year during the Feast of Saint Francis (October 4) millions of animals are brought to churches and cathedrals for the Blessing of the Animals.   Alpacas, guinea pigs, dogs, cats, rats and parrots: all creatures great and small.  St John the Divine Cathedral in New York City celebrates the Blessing of the Animals in a ceremony that includes elephants, skunks, and even tarantulas.

Today we have invited our children and youth to bring their animals (in photos or stuffed animals) to a Blessing of the Animals ceremony to celebrate God’s covenant of care to all living creatures!

We invite you to participate in this blessing in Cleveland Hall shortly after coffee hour begins today. 

 

September 25, 2016

Sunday School is well under way, and all age levels are diving into some really interesting topics!

Our Pre-School/Kindergarteners are experiencing a “Rise and Shine on Noah’s Ark” unit with Miss Priscilla in the Winnie Williams Room

Elementary Students are working hard with Miss Jan and Miss Janet on scenery, sound effects and puppets for an upcoming puppet show.  On Oct. 2, we invite you to stay immediately after the 10:00 Worship Service to watch our Noah’s Ark Puppet Play in Cleveland Hall.  Students will attend the beginning of the worship service, and depart for classes after a Children’s Sermon.

Also, bring a photo of your pet(s) for a short Blessing of the Animals following the puppet play.

Many thanks to the visitors from the congregation who are coming up to enhance our Noah’s Ark unit by sharing with us each week about such topics as boat building, veterinary medicine, safari animals, and growing up as a ‘Rainbow Girl!’

Pencil in Oct. 30 for a special Noah’s Ark Coffee Hour/Bake Sale hosted by the Sunday School children as a finale to our unit.  Check the clipboard on the table at coffee hour to sign up to make an animal-themed snack for the bake sale.  Then, come hungry on Oct. 30 and find an item that someone else made, that you’d like to take home with you.  All proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to help support the training of service animals.

(PS:  Elementary students:  If you accidentally took your name tag home, please try to bring it back to Sunday School. Thanks!)

Middle Schoolers continue with their series on Conflict Resolution, Ethical Dilemmas and Faith with Steve Allenby and Bob Messer

High Schoolers  are enjoying Blueprint Discussions– Bible Study with relevant topics with Ken Thompson and Tom Coverdale.

September 18, 2016 

Our Preschool/Kindergarten class and Grades 1-4 got off to a great start with our Noah’s Ark unit last week.  We’re learning the story of Noah, while focusing on Noah as a faithful servant of God, as well as learning about God’s promises.

Elementary students worked on rain sticks for sound effects for their upcoming Noah’s Ark puppet play, which will happen immediately after the combined service on October 2.  They’ll be making some props as well as beautiful customized puppets of the characters in the Noah story.   Our students will also be practicing parts for the puppet show over the next two weeks.

Middle Schoolers put a coat of shiny white paint on our new puppet theater made by a very talented friend of Bob Messer’s, and began an interesting discussion about ethics, and decision making in different situations, based on what the Bible tells us.

 We continue to seek nursery care helpers for the 9:00 and 11:00 service as well as the 10:00 Sunday School hour. Please let us know if you can help. This valuable ministry provides an opportunity for the parents of our young families to worship with us.

RALLY DAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2016

Join us as we embark this fall in remembering and celebrating the promises of God.  We open our FBC Sunday School season today beginning at 10:00 with new classes for all ages (see below).   Be sure to join us for the 4th annual Parking Lot Welcome Back BBQ for the church family and Colby-Sawyer students following the Gathering service.

Rally Day Line-Up Today

  • Pre-School: Rise and Shine on Noah’s Ark with Miss Amber
  • Elementary School: The Promises of God with Miss Nancy, Miss Janet and Miss Jan in Blue Room
  • Middle School: Conflict…Resolution, Ethical Dilemmas and Faith with Steve Allenby and Bob Messer in Youth Room

High School: Blueprint discussions; Bible Study with relevant topics with Ken Thompson and Tom Coverdale in BWF Room

  •  Adult Class; Paul for Everyone: Romans, Part I with Conrad Boulton in Downstairs Activity Room
  • Women’s Class: A book study of Come With Me by Suzanne Eller with Lisa Glidewell in Music Room/Chapel

We continue to seek nursery care helpers for the 9:00 and 11:00 service as well as the 10:00 Sunday School hour. Please let us know if you can help. This valuable ministry provides an opportunity for the parents of our young families to worship with us.