Bethlehem Connect August/September 2019 - Page 7

children, Youth & Family Children (MPLS) Sunday School starts September 8, 9:00 & 10:15 am We begin our Sunday School classes in celebration and gratitude with a puppet show, On The Day You Were Born, rejoicing that we are part of creation. Register for Sunday school online. (MTKA) ECHO starts September 8, 9:30 am On September 8th, we come together in Celebration and Gratitude with Jump, Slither and Slide! presented by Como Zoo after worship, at about 10:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. We will learn about God’s abundant creation in praise and rejoicing that we are all part of creation. Sunday School Service Projects Sunday-schoolers will be participating in monthly service projects to engage within three different contexts: the Bethlehem community, our Twin Cities community, and the broader world. These hands-on projects will allow children of multiple ages and abilities to be an active part of God’s call to go out and share God’s love with one another. September 9/29 : Creating pet toys and treats. The children will be putting together dog toys and baking treats for our local Humane Society, Ani-meals (through CES) and Simpson house. As stewards of God’s creation, we invite children into the call to love on animals providing items that the shelters can use to play and comfort them. From the Youth Team The youth had an amazing summer! They used their superpowers of mentorship and fun to lead a highly successful KAPOW! VBS, served with hunger organizations in Atlanta and learned so much at the Civil Rights Museum, our high school graduates relaxed and reflected together around the Apostle Islands before the next step of their grand adventure, spent a week at the ever wonderful Green Lake Bible Camp, and went rushing down the Flambeau River with Camp Amnicon taking in God’s glory along the way. We are thrilled to have Peter Carlson on staff as we transition to a fall full of fun, faith formation, and friendship! Please help us welcome them and come volunteer! Some important dates to keep in mind: August 21: Atlanta Reunion September 4: Confirmation Kick Off Potluck & Adult/Peer Leader Training September 8: Breakfast Clubs Starts September 11: Confirmation Starts September 14-15: Fall Retreat September 22: Speaker Series: I Was In Prison and You… presented by Amy Levad Amy Levad is an associate professor at the University of St. Thomas where she teaches theology and criminal justice, environmental theology, and theological ethics. Her current work explores Christian responses to mass incarceration. Amy will spend the hour at 9:00 and 10:15 am speaking to the current state of our incarceration crisis and offer steps to respond justly in faith. If you would like to get more involved in our youth program, please let us know at youth@bethlehem-church.org! We are always looking for volunteers, chaperones and mentors! Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our youth ministry! Prayer Partners: We are connecting Sunday School children with adult prayer partners from our congregation to learn the importance of inter- generational connection and interceding in prayer for one another. We will continue these prayerful relationships throughout the year with weekly prayer cards and/or letters. If you would like to get more involved in our children’s ministry programs, please contact Kirsten Patterson at kpatterson@ bethlehem-church.org. We are always looking for volunteers, storytellers, leaders, singers, and more! Family Sunday School Students and their parent(s) and/or special adult(s) gather together to learn about important moments in faith during their normal Sunday School hour. September 8: Little Lights (2-year-olds), introduction to Sunday School program. September 22 & 29: 3rd Graders, The Bible. Students will receive their Bible during worship on October 13. Noisy Offering Our Sunday School offering is called “Noisy Offering”. We Smash! Bang! Clink! with our pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to crash in the offering pot in each classroom. We also enjoy “quiet” offering of bills and checks. Each month, in response to what God has given us, we return to some of what has been entrusted to us. We give out of gratitude to God. September: Ani-Meals (CES animal food deliveries). We can use Thrivent members help! All the children in Sunday School from 2 years old through 6th grade are involved in monthly service projects. Please consider designating your “Choice Dollars” of $250 to a Sunday School service project. You can do this on the Thrivent website or by calling your Thrivent representative. 7