The Monelli Memo
How will you celebrate the season of Easter in your home? Pope John Paul II is quoted as saying, “We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” But how do we live out this joy when there is so much sadness in the world?
Our former vicar Kate Nikklasson used to encourage her Confirmation students to “put on their Jesus glasses” to see the situations they encountered from a Christ-centered perspective. This seems like good advice for us all, especially during the season of Easter. What would happen if each night around the dinner table we encouraged one another to share something we saw or were involved in that day that was worthy of an “alleluia”? Everything from seeing a plant burst into bloom to experiencing a kind word from a coworker or teacher would qualify for an “alleluia”. After a while we might all become sensitized to seeing God’s loving presence in the world around us in ways we have never noticed before. Like everything else in life, this discipline will take practice, but I really believe that it will make our entire evening meal a prayer of thanksgiving and joy. Alleluia!
For His Sake,
Bible Stories and Discussions to Share with Your Family during Easter Season
The first Easter day (Matthew 28; Mark 16:1-12; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18)
How is your family seeing or experiencing new life?
Jesus appears to his disciples (John 20:19-29)
How does your family see the risen Lord in your daily life?
Jesus surprises his followers (Luke 24:13-35; John 21:1-19)
How has the love of our risen Lord surprised you?
If you need suggestions for versions of these stories for different ages and stages of children please contact Nancy at email@example.com.
Lenten Self Denial Offerings
Lenten self-denial offerings will be collected on Sunday, April 8 and 15. These gifts will be used to help support Lutheran Community Services’ work with refugees.
Phinney Phlames (4th & 5th-graders)
THE GREAT ESCAPE
Sunday, April 15, Noon – 1:30 PM
This month the Phlames will be tasked with finding their way out of a Puzzle Room. The will need their wits and their energy in order to work together to escape and earn a delicious reward. Lunch will be served and fun will be had! (Note: This month we will be meeting on the 3rd Sunday of the month.)
For Adult Members of Family Ministry
The Caregiver Circle meets on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Pastor Hansen’s office. If you care for an elderly parent, a loved one with a chronic condition, or a distant relative with continuing needs, you are welcome and encouraged to take part in this support group. This is an opportunity to meet with others experiencing similar life challenges, to learn coping skills, discover local resources, and pray with and for one another. This month we will explore the new life that can come out of the sacrifices caregivers make. If you would like more information please contact Nancy Monelli.
Sunday School and Bread for the Journey – April Schedule
Sunday School: Classes for children and young people (age 3 through high school) meet every Sunday (except April 1) throughout the month of April.
Bread for the Journey: Spring Break is celebrated during the second week of April so there are no classes or choirs on Wednesday, April 11. The regular schedule of classes and choirs resumes the following week:
5:30 pm: Angel Choir, Choristers, K-2nd class, 7th grade Confirmation, 8th grade Confirmation
6:15 pm: Dinner in Fellowship Hall
6:45 pm: 3rd – 5th grade class, Cherub choir, 6th grade Confirmation, Youth Choir