I have been scrambling to keep up with what is going on and trying to figure out how to do Sunday School and Confirmation over the internet. For right now, I have a couple of resources that I would like to share with you.
The first is two "Talk Sheet" lessons for 5th - 8th grade youth. These simple lessons can be done in about ten to fifteen minutes (or longer if the spirit leads!). I would suggest down loading and printing the lesson and instructions, having a Bible and pencil ready, and then going through the lesson with your youngster. You can take as much time and answer as many questions as you feel will be helpful.
One lesson is about using your free time wisely "Footloose". The other lesson is about worship "Looking Up". Both of these might be helpful in our present context. You can do them at any time you wish and in any setting. Use the instructions to get you going. I included two of these talk sheets so that if one doesn't work well you can use the other, or use them both if you have the time! I'm hoping this will work for ages 5th - 8th grade. For confirmation kids, these will count for one Sunday school class session each. Let me know when they are completed and how well the "Talk Sheets" work.
For confirmation kids I have also attached a "sermon note" which can be downloaded and printed. My Sunday and Wednesday evening Lenten Sermon can be found on our Web site (under News, Pastor's Message). Website address is below. Please collect and keep these as they can be handed in when we are through this.
Our second resource is for younger kids and is a worship bulletin for children. Don't be fooled by its size. There's a surprising amount of content here for younger kids that can be done in one session or scattered throughout the day! Again, let me know how this works.
I love our present confirmation material but it doesn't seem to lend itself very well to copying and sending out. Even the book is written in orange print which scans and copies very poorly. It is also very teacher dependent and will need a lot of work to adapt to the internet and home setting.
These are exhausting times. Take care of yourselves. Watch for emails and more information on our website and Facebook page. In the meantime all activities at Bethany are cancelleduntil further notice.
God's Blessings Pastor Gary
Confirmation Lessons and Sermon Notes Please collect and keep these as they can be handed in when we are through this.
I've seen people take a beat up old coffee table, and after a few hours of sanding, and staining and varnishing, “Viola!” they have a beautiful new coffee table! All it took was a little elbow grease and imagination. So many things look like junk to the untrained eye. A crudely painted and scratched up old coffee table doesn't look worth saving. “Set it out on the curb next to the garbage can. Maybe someone will pick it up for their cabin.” we say. But then along comes someone who can see the potential. With a little bit of work and sacrifice, one woman's trash becomes another woman's treasure. In his explanation to the second article of the creed, Luther wrote in the Small Catechism, “Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” Psalm 96:12 “He (Jesus) has redeemed me, a lost and condemned human being.. not with silver and gold, but with his holy, precious blood, and innocent suffering and death.. that I might be his own and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.” (Luther’s Small Catechism) Jesus sees the potential in all of us. And he's not afraid of putting a little “elbow grease” into our restoration. Maybe that's why some of us like restoring old furniture. We're taking after our “life restoring” God! Have you turned any “trash” into “treasure” lately? Can you think of some ways in which Jesus is “restoring” you?
Evening Online Bible Study Last month I put out some information on Facebook concerning an online evening Bible study. Although there was some interest in having such a study, the timing was not good. We will try again in August when scheduling might be a little easier. Look for more info in our August newsletter. No Computer? Have you considered buying a used computer? Right now there are tons of old desk top machines and portable laptops for sale for about half the price of a new one. You might have to ask a friend to purchase it for you because most are available only online from office supply or electronics stores such as “Best Buy” or “Office Max”. These machines have been used in stores and offices but are usually still good for many years to come. Talk to Pastor for more info. Zoom Bible Studies Looking for some good fellowship and Bible study? Join the Men's Zoom Bible Study at 9 am on Thursdays or Women's Zoom Bible study at 9:00 am onWednesdays. You'll need a computer capable of running Windows 10, a “webcam”, and an internet connection. In August, putting our some information on an evening Bible study that anyone interested in might join. Call or email Pastor Gary for more information. Worship While Pastor is on Vacation As I write this monthly newsletter, I am planning a two week vacation in the middle of July. The plan for worship during these Sundays (July 19th and 26th) is to have our services taped and available on our church website and Facebook page. That’s plan “A”. If I can get some supply preachers to fill in, we will also have outdoor worship on the “point” behind the church at 10 am on those two Sundays. Watch for emails and regular mail for more information as we get further into the month. In the event of rain, we would have worship via our Website and Facebook page. Who to Call While I'm away on vacation, Pastor Joy Grainger in Climax Mn has volunteered to be available for emergencies. Her number is 218- 857-2215 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org . She is also good friends with Pastor John Ahola, chaplain at Altru Hospital and will arrange for visits with him for anyone admitted to Altru in Grand Forks. Vacation Bible School Most of the churches in our area have cancelled Vacation Bible School this summer. We too will not be having our regular VBS. We will however be offering unused Sunday school materials for families wishing to do some “in home” Sunday school lessons with their children. These are lessons that were not used in previous years but have all the material available. Our board of Ed members have gone through this material, arranged in the proper grade order, and put it on tables in the parish hall. Parents are invited to stop by, browse for what they need, and use these materials at home. There is no charge for the materials and lots of materials available. The church will be open 6-8 pm on Wednesday evenings and 9-4 pm Tuesday - Thursday afternoons (except during July 16th - 30th). Church open for Prayer Individuals wishing to spend some time in prayer in our church are invited to do so Tuesday - Thursday 9-4 and Wednesday evening 6-8 pm (except during July 16th - 30th). Bibles and other devotional materials can be found on the table by the north entry. Please sign the book on the table as well.
Benevolence In April we donated $1000 to our Northwestern Minnesota Synod. In May we donated $1000 to our local food shelf to aid in outreach to struggling families in our area. In June $1000 was donated to Trinity Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. This was donated to Trinity for the purpose of aiding the community in rebuilding after the recent riots. 2 1 – Jim & Bev Gilbertson 3 – Perry & Laurie Duden 8 – Dean & Lorri Ann Hartel 16 – John & Sandy Klein 19 – Fred & Tandra Landman 24 – Tim & Peggy Nord 30 – Jerod & Wanda Olson34