Sunday, September 5


In Sunday school today we discovered that we belong to a church family who learns together about God’s love. 
Our scripture reading for the day was Philemon 1-21

     Today, we began the second season of Pentecost.  This season we are focusing on a church family.  Priscilla came to visit with us today and talked about trying new things.  She was very nervous about trying a new food.  But after trying just one bite, she realized she liked it.  We then shared stories about times we tried new things and what changed our minds about them. 

During our story time, we heard a story about Phillip’s first day at a new church.  He was worried about meeting new people.  However, the children were very welcoming and included Phillip in the class.  Philip learned about God’s love and that they are the church.  We then talked about a church family.  We all care about one another and we are all learning about God. 

During our response time, we created a community snack.  There were two rules: 1) You can not serve yourself  2) You can not use your hands.  The children learned by watching one another some of the best strategies for distributing food and worked to serve each other. 

Extension Ideas for Home
·   Read the Bible passage together
·   What are some ways your family makes guests feel welcome in your home?  What are some things you can do at church to make people feel welcome?

Announcements:
·   We will be preparing a Thank You breakfast for the staff at Douglas Elementary on Monday September 13th.  We are in need of breakfast items (fruit, juice, breakfast rolls etc).  Please drop off at church by Sunday September 12th.
·   Join us Monday September 13th at 7:15 am at Douglas Elementary School to set up breakfast for the teachers.
·   Monday September 20th @ 4pm at Grace of Douglas to read to residents.

Recording History

The Bible is a "photo album" of words teaching us about God and his friends.  Today in Sunday school, the preschool class, made our own digital photo album to tell a story about our church.

August 8

In Sunday school today we learned about the story of Abraham and Sarah.
Our scripture reading for the day was Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
By Faith
1Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2This is what the ancients were commended for.
3By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
8By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
11By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because hea considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
13All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Taken from the Children's Bible Online


Today, we continued our worship theme about learning about people who love God. Priscilla, the puppet, compared her photo album of people she loves to the Bible that is full “word” pictures of God’s friends that tell us what they were like. Hearing stories about people who love God help us to do things we know God wants us to do.
During our story time, we learned about Abraham and Sarah. God told Abraham the leave his home because he loved him. Abraham trusted God and listened to what he had to say. Abraham and Sarah and all the people who helped them and their animals packed all their things and walked for days, until God told them to stop. God led them to a place to begin a family. After the story, we went on a journey. We packed up our animals, and our homes and walked for days stopping only at night to rest and eat.

During our response time, we talked about the Bible being a recording of what happened in the past. Then, we talked about how we could record the activities of our church community. What would we include? Check out the Sunday School blog to find out.


Extension Ideas for Home
• Read the Bible passage together
• The stars in the sky would have reminded Sarah and Abraham of God’s promise. This reminder would have encouraged them to continue to live faithfully in God’s way. Look at pictures of the night sky (of go out at night). What do you think about when you see the stars?

Loving On Purpose

New Solutions to an Old Problem:

PARENTING


Who: Parents, grandparents, anyone with children in their lives

What: Parenting Book Discussion Group
“Loving Our Kids on Purpose” by Danny Silk

When: Sunday Evenings @ 5pm
September 12, 19, 26
October 3, 10, 17

Where: First Congregational Church Saugatuck
296 Hoffman St. (corner of Hoffman and Griffith)

Cost: $30.00


Child Care will be provided


Loving Our Kids On Purpose, by Danny Silk brings the principles of the Kingdom of God into our strategy as parents, and caregivers. 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” Most parenting approaches train children to accept being controlled by well meaning parents and adults. Unfortunately, God is not going to control us as we gain independence from our parents. We must learn to control ourselves. You’ll learn how to help children manage their freedoms and protect their heart to heart relationships.


Download the registration form here, or, call the church office to register (269)857-2929


Every Monday Matters



How can we show God’s amazing love in simple ways? How can we teach our children about serving others? With young children, especially preschoolers, this can be challenging. So every Monday, we have decided to rise to the challenge and Make Monday Matter and find a way to show God’s love in our community.



Once, someone asked Jesus, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus told this story. "Once upon a time, a man got mugged. They beat him up, took his money, and left him bleeding. A little while later, a preacher walked by, but didn't stop to help. Then a judge walked by, but didn't stop to help. Finally, I no good nobody walked by. That one stopped, did some quick first aid, took him to the hospital, and left some money to pay the bill. Then, this no-good nobody even checked back later to make sure the man was ok." Which of these three was a neighbor to the man? Today, we're going to be good neighbors by giving away cold lemonade on a hot day because real neighbors find a way to help.

Sunday July 18


In Sunday school today we learned about Jesus visiting Mary and Martha. 
Our scripture reading for the day was Luke 10: 38-42




     Today, we continued our worship theme about learning about people who love God. Priscilla, the puppet, talked about preparing for the visit of a special friend.  We also talked about some of the special things we do at our home to help friends feel welcome when they come to visit. 

     During our story time, we learned about Mary and Martha, two sisters, preparing for Jesus to visit their home.  After Jesus arrived, he began to tell a story to Martha.  Mary become upset because she wanted Martha  to help her so the food would be just right.  Jesus suggested that they first listen to the stories and then work together to make the food.  He told them what was most important is spending time together.  

38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed.f Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”



During our response time, we worked on the concept learning and growing with God.  We decorated a figure of a person and took turns making them “grow.”


Extension Ideas for Home
·   Read the Bible passage together
·   What would you do in your home to welcome Jesus if he were to come for a visit?  Where would he sit?  What would you say?
·   Prepare a meal together and eat dinner as a family.  Enjoy the time you spend together.


Announcements:
·   We are looking for volunteers interested in teaching Sunday school this fall.  Please let Pastor Rob know if you are interested.


Have you heard of the book Loving Our Kids on Purpose? Here is a description…Watch for more details…
Here is a fresh look at the age-old role of parenting. Loving Our Kids on Purpose brings the principles of the Kingdom of God into our strategy as parents. 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” Most parenting approaches train children to accept being controlled by well meaning parents and adults. Unfortunately, God is not going to control us as we gain independence from our parents. We must learn to control ourselves. This book will teach parents to train their children to manage their freedoms and protect their important heart to heart relationships.

Fun for All Ages

Check out the Church Picnic!