The Monelli Memo
The gifts of Lent are many, especially for families. Lent gives everyone the built-in excuse to say “no” to the busy-ness of activities we think we need to be involved in and to say “yes” to more quiet time together with our loved ones. At the Lent Event this year families received devotional guides, and the materials needed to create worship centers for their homes. These were all intended to encourage times together for prayer and for talking about how they can give to and serve God in loving ways. If you couldn’t make it to the Lent Event, these materials are still available in my office, and I am happy to share them with you.
For His Sake,
Some Bible Stories (and Discussions) to Share to Help Your Family Prepare for Easter
Jesus Calls the Disciples (Luke 5:4-11 or Matthew 4:18-22)
How is your family called to be disciples of Jesus?
The Man Born Blind (John 9:1-41)
What church activities can your family take part in to help you more clearly see Jesus and his call to love?
Jesus Washes the Feet of the Disciples (John 13:1-7)
How is your family being called to serve others in Jesus’ name?
If you need suggestions for versions of these stories for different ages and stages of children please contact Minister of Children and Families Nancy Monelli.
Elementary Retreat at Lutherwood
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ~Ephesians 6:18
March 16-17th (7pm-6pm)
$57/Camper and $40/Chaperone (Scholarships are available)
This is a great opportunity for elementary age children to experience the joys of Church Camp at Lutherwood. Elementary aged youngsters are invited to meet new friends, play games, and learn about different ways of praying. Flyers are available at the Grace Station. Interested children and adults can also contact Nancy Monelli for more information.
The Phinney Phlames
the Youth Group for 4th and 5th Graders
Sunday, March 11, 2018 Noon – 1:30 PM
This month the Phlames will be participating in Olympian Feats of Love and Service. The activities will test their skills in cooking, cutting and tying, artwork, and agriculture. Phlame Phamily Members are invited and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be served and fun will be had!
Sunday School and Bread for the Journey – March Schedule
Sunday School: Classes for children and young people (age 3 – high school) meet every Sunday during March.
Bread for the Journey: All Classes and Choirs will meet on Wednesday evenings during March. On March 28th choirs and classes will participate in a rehearsal for the Great Vigil of Easter. The Wednesday night schedule is as follows:
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
For Adult Members of Family Ministry
The Caregiver Circle meets on Sunday, March 18, 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.