coat-of-many-colors2016/2017 Sunday School Classes 10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

 

 

February 26, 2017

What a great Mission Station:  Joseph had a beautiful coat of many colors…so our kids made eight beautiful, colorful fleece lap robes for some of our older FBC friends who can’t get out and about as much as they would like to.  They also drew Thinking of You cards to go along with them.  We’ll have each blanket and card at Coffee Hour this Sunday, labeled with the name and address of the person for whom it was made, so that anyone who would like to deliver a blanket can take one and do so.  Thanks for sharing some winter warmth with an FBC elder!   Also, parents, some of the children said they’d like to make one for a sibling or grandparent, so here are the directions, if you’d like to work on one together.    https://snapguide.com/guides/make-a-no-sew-fleece-blanket-wout-bulky-knots/

This Sunday we’ll be reviewing our whole unit with a giant game of Joseph Jeopardy!  The following week, we dive into a new unit called “Becoming Easter People.”  We’ll be learning about Lent, about living under the Roman Empire, the Fruits of the Spirit, and having a mini Passover Seder dinner.  We’ll be discovering how Easter changes us as followers of a very different kind of King.  If you’ve been away from Sunday School for a little while, please join us March 5 for the beginning of this wonderful spring unit!

See you in Sunday School…

February 19, 2017

Our Joseph Coffee Hour was a huge hit!  We started by telling a little about our unit at the microphone, then we invited the crowd to learn our “Stand Firm” song and motions to sing with us.  The snacks were oh so colorful and delicious!  A giant-size thank you goes out to all who prepared food items and helped us serve…you’re the best!

Thanks to your generous fabric donations, we’re all set up in the Missions Station this Sunday to make some beautiful, warm fleece lap blankets for some of our older friends who can’t get out as much as they’d like to.  We’ll also be making “Thinking of You” cards to go with each one.  At coffee hour on Feb. 26, we’ll have them all bagged and ready with names on, and we invite you to take one to deliver to a shut-in.  Thanks for helping us to spread the warmth this winter!

Feb. 26 is the final week of our Joseph unit, and we’ll be playing a giant game of Jeopardy.  Get ready to test your Bible facts, kids

March and April bring more fun and learning with a brand new “Becoming Easter People” unit.  If you haven’t been able to get to Sunday School as often this winter, jot March 5 on your calendar.  It will be the perfect time to jump back into the action!

See you in Sunday School…

February 12, 2017

We had a great viewing of Joseph King of Dreams this past Sunday with Miss Bethany in the Youth Room (and managed to polish off every ounce of popcorn!)  If your child(ren) missed the movie, please let us know if you’d like to borrow the DVD sometime.

This week, February 12 **WE’RE IN CHARGE OF a “JOSEPH” COFFEE HOUR!  Please try to be there to help share the story of Joseph with the congregation between services.  We need you to help prepare, pour, serve some tasty and colorful treats! We’ll meet in Cleveland Hall promptly at 9:30 to plate a few snacks, set up the coffee hour, and practice our song and a few short reading parts to tell a little about our Joseph Unit before we start serving.  Children attending the 9:00 service will have an opportunity to scoot out before the sermon.  We’ll share our Stand Firm song, which you can watch in the link below if you want to practice a little at home.  See if your kids can remember the hand motions for you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya0trRqUkZ4

Next week, February 19, we will be making fleece lap robes in our Mission Station for some of our older friends who can’t get out as much as they’d like to.  Thanks for all the donations of polar fleece!  They’re going to be beautiful, not to mention toasty and warm.

On February 26, we’ll see how much of the Joseph story we’ve absorbed by playing a giant game of JEOPARDY, with topics like “The Brothers,”  “The Dreams,” “Places,” and “Sequence of Events.”  Come show us your stuff!

See you in Sunday School…

February 5, 2017

We used our instruments to tell the story of Joseph this Sunday as we beat out the rhythms of a family with 12 sons, 1 daughter, and 4 mothers, Joseph’s 9 years in prison, 7 years of good crops followed by 7 years of poor crops, and all the other numbers in the Joseph saga.  As we beat our instruments each time, we said, “…and God was with Joseph” to remind ourselves that throughout the twists and turns of Joseph’s life, he kept his eyes focused forward on his God.

In this past Sunday’s Cooking Station with Miss Pam and Miss Jan, we decorated cookie “men” with colorful coats, which will be saved for our Joseph Coffee Hour on Feb. 12.  We’ll be sharing a song and a little about our unit before serving some special colorful treats.  If you would like to contribute a food item to that event, we still need strawberries dipped in white chocolate with sprinkles, sugar wafer cookies dipped in chocolate with sprinkles, and some colorful mini-veggie cups.  Please let us know if you are able to provide any of these treats!  (Children should plan to arrive no later than 9:30 to help plate the food and get ready for the Coffee Hour.  Those attending the 9:00 service will have an opportunity to go to the kitchen before the sermon.)

January 29, 2017IMG_6049

We’ve had a great couple of weeks in Sunday School.  Our color on Jan. 15 was BLUE, as we talked about Joseph having his head in the sky as a dreamer, and his experiences both with dreaming and interpreting dreams.  We had a wonderful Art Station with Misses Pam, Jan and Beth, making wall hangings of Joseph in his beautiful coat.

This past week our color was RED as we learned about the anger of Joseph’s brothers.  We had a fun Science Station with Misses Janet and Jan, and Pastor Cindy.  Did you know that Egyptians had over 40 kinds of bread?  We conducted some experiments involving yeast, and we tried some grain grinding.

We have a Cooking Station planned for this week, getting ready for our special Joseph Coffee Hour on Feb. 12.  Please plan to arrive no later than 9:30 on Feb. 12 so that we can plate our food, and be all ready to serve at 10:00.  If you’d like to contribute to our “spread” please check the list of food items we need, which will be on the table in Cleveland Hall today.

Another special event is coming up on February 5 during the single service at 10:00:  We’ll be watching and discussing the full-length Dream Works animated musical, Joseph King of Dreams, beginning right at 10:00 in the Youth Room (complete with popcorn!)  The movie will last into the FBC Annual Meeting which is immediately after worship. Children can join parents in the meeting (or in Cleveland Hall) when the movie is over.

 

January 15, 2017

We’re diving into the story of Joseph!  We talked about our feelings when a sibling seems to get special treatment.  Our “feelings color” of the week was yellow for JOY, because Joseph was such a ray of sunshine in the lives of his parents.  In Jacob’s large family of 12 sons and a daughter, he made it pretty clear that Joseph was his favorite.  Add that on top of Joseph’s dreams of his family bowing down to him, and the older brothers determined to get Joe out of their lives.  In our Story Station, we moved figures representing all of the people in the story around a giant floor map to see all the steps in their long and complicated saga:  from the family’s home in Hebron to the place where Joseph was sold into slavery, to Potiphar’s house, to prison, and to Pharaoh’s palace in Egypt.  The brothers went the 200 miles back to Hebron to get baby brother Benjamin, back to Pharaoh’s palace, and finally back to Hebron to get the rest of the family, and back to Egypt with the whole gang.  Whew!

img_6011Each week, we’ll be learning more about the story, and experiencing it through art, film, games, cooking, and music.  We even have a special version of Jeopardy ready for one of the Sundays!  On Feb. 5, there is a single Worship service at 10:00, followed by FBC’s Annual Meeting.  Sunday Schoolers will be watching and discussing the movie “Joseph King of Dreams” in the Youth Room, beginning at 10:00, and into the annual meeting until it’s finished.

Also, we will be putting on a special “Joseph” Coffee Hour on Sunday, Feb. 12, and ask that students be there promptly by 9:30 to plate the food and get ready to serve during the normal Sunday School hour.  Students who attend the 9:00 service will have an opportunity to scoot out at 9:30 to  help get ready for the coffee hour.  We will be preparing some of the food in our Cooking Station, and will also be circulating a list of food items that we need for the coffee hour, so please be on the lookout to sign up for an item to bring.

Also, we are collecting 1-yard lengths of polar fleece fabric for our Mission Station project of fleece lap robes for some of our FBC friends who can’t get out much in winter.  Please drop any donations into the boxes either in the entrance of the Meeting House, or in Cleveland Hall.  Thanks for helping us provide some love and warmth!

See you in Sunday School…

January 8, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR, SUNDAY SCHOOL FAMILIES!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season with family and friends, and that you’re ready to jump back into a new and interesting Sunday School story!

Beginning this Sunday, January 8, and throughout January and February, we will be studying the story of Joseph…you know the one — with the colorful coat and the mean brothers?  There’s a lot packed into the chapters of this story, and we’ll be unraveling some great stuff about things such as perceived favoritism and jealousy, being a dreamer, depending on God in our darker moments, allowing goodness to grow in our lives, and the overwhelming power of love and forgiveness.

Our mission project later in February will be making lap throws out of polar fleece fabric with specially knotted edges, for some of our FBC friends who can’t get to church as often as they like.  If you happen to get to Joanne’s or anywhere that sells fabric in the next couple of weeks, we invite you to pick up a yard of fleece, in a pattern or solid color.  It looks like almost all the polar fleece is on sale right now.  Most of it is 58/59″ wide, so a 1-yard length would be approximately 3 feet x 5 feet.  There will be a box in the entrance of the Meeting House and in Cleveland Hall to collect the pieces of fleece.  Thanks for partnering with us in this project!

December 25, 2016 – CHRISTMAS!

We finished our Christmas Around the World unit with a visit from                                 Mollay Jallah, who told img_5929us about Christmas in his native Liberia.  We learned that Christmas is celebrated by everyone in Liberia, regardless of their faith background, very much as a social season.  Christmas is even promoted by the villages themselves with official town-wide events and get-togethers.  Celebrations go on for two weeks, with people visiting family, eating meals together, having parties on the beach, and even a whole village traveling to visit a neighboring village.  Thanks for sharing, Mollay!

The students iced and decorated several dozen Christmas cut-out cookies baked by Pam Shughart, and made a beautiful large Christmas card for our older friends at Woodcrest.  The icy weather precluded us from walking them over, but they were delivered by car right after church, along with some of the poinsettia Christmas cards with international greetings inside that we made on an earlier Sunday.  The cookies and cards were rumored to be on the dessert table for Woodcrest residents’ enjoyment at their Sunday dinner!

There will be no Sunday School on Christmas Morning or New Years morning, but we’re very eager to jump into an exciting new unit on Joseph during the months of January and February.  There’s lots to digest in this story, and we’ll be focusing on important things like patience, anger, jealousy, handling wrongful accusation, forgiveness, and keeping our faith in difficult circumstances,  as well as responsibility, hard work and a positive attitude.

See you in Sunday School on January 8…

 

December 18, 2016 – Fourth Sunday of Advent – LOVEimg_5904

We were surprised by the appearance of a sheep skin in our manger when we arrived in the Sunday School rooms last Sunday!  Apparently the shepherds stopped by and tucked a nice gift under the baby Jesus.  We found the shepherd figures and sheep hiding in the room, and added them to our table-top creche scene.

Speaking of people stopping by, Mary Grace from Colby-Sawyer College visited to tell us about Christmas in the Philippines.  She is from the Philippines and grew up in Kuwait, so she had some interesting reflections on how Christmas is celebrated around the world.  One of the most interesting things we learned is that most people have several Christmas trees in their houses, many of which they make themselves!  Children go  to church on Christmas Eve, then go door-to-door seeking small treats and gifts, much like our Halloween.  They go to church on Christmas morning as well.

Miss Pam and Miss Jan had a wonderful nativity watercolor painting project to share with us.  They had trays of paints all set out and ready to experiment with.  The children did a beautiful job!

This week we’ll be decorating cookies to take across the street to Woodcrest.  Bring a friend to join in the fun!

See you in Sunday School…

 

December 11, 2016 – Third Sunday of Advent – JOY

We’re really enjoying our Christmas Around the World unit!  Visitors Bill and Nina Kozain talked to us about Christmas in Germany img_5836 img_5838last week in Sunday School.  They were in full German costume to tell us about the tradition of the Christ Child putting up the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve after children have gone to bed, and a grumpy St. Nicholas figure, “Krampus” quizzing the children on whether they’ve brushed their teeth, washed their hands, and done their school work.  They left us with some linzer cookies

as a snack.  Thanks, Bill and Nina!

Dave Wood and Miss Jan did an awesome Science Station about the Magi!  We learned that the Wise Men were most likely Zoroastrian astronomers from Persia.  As such, they had studied the stars thoroughly enough to know when something new and amazingly different appeared in the night sky…and they had the daring to follow to see where it led!

We made a human time line marking scientific thought from ancient times to the present, and we learned a LOT about the stars, the earth and the sun. Thanks for bringing the Magi to life for us!

Be sure to join us for the next two weeks of our unit as we make some gifts to bring home to our families, and decorate cookies to take to our older friends across the street at Woodcrest!

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.

blessing-of-the-animals

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.