Jews and Gentiles

Have you ever felt left out of a group?

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Maybe there’s a club at school that likes to do special art projects.  And maybe you can’t join because you don’t paint like they do, but you do like to make things out of colored paper.  You would like to learn how to do their kind of painting, but you don’t know how to get into their group so that you can learn. How do you find out more?  How do you get invited to join them?

Our story on Sunday is about someone who has a similar experience.  It’s about a man named Cornelius and about the Apostle Peter.  And it’s about how they meet and Cornelius comes to hear the good news about Jesus and is saved.  There was great rejoicing on this day!

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“And they glorified God saying, ‘Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.’” Acts 11:18

I will rejoice to see you Sunday!

With love,

Mrs. Bess

PS- In the meantime, see how you do at solving this puzzle : )

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Peter Goes to Lydda and Joppa

I love the book of Acts.  There are so many exciting stories about the work the disciples do after Jesus leaves them in Jerusalem.  Peter, of course, is one of the names we hear about early on in the book of Acts.  Remember Jesus told him that he would be foundational to the church.

Did you remember much about Peter? Here are some fact sheets I found about Peter from the Biblewise.com website.

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Also, here’s a story you can read to remind you about one of the last conversations Jesus has with Peter.

Jesus’ Question, Do You Love Me?

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

We’ll talk about what happens when Peter goes to Lydda and Joppa!

Love you!

Mrs. Bess

 

 

Happy New Year!
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Dear Friends-

I hope you’ve had an enjoyable holiday. We’re on the 9th Day of Christmas!  When you return to church on Sunday, the 12 Days of Christmas will be over.  But we won’t leave behind the Good News that Jesus was born and that He lives to give us life!

Our last few months have been focused on the study of the Early Church as we read through the book of Acts.  I hope you will come to Sunday School on Sunday because we will look back at all that we have learned from chapters 1-8 in Acts.

Here are a few highlights:

Acts 1- Jesus goes up to Heaven

Jesus Ascends

Acts 2- The Holy Spirit Is given

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Acts 3- Peter and John Heal a lame man

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Acts 4- The Disciples go out with boldness

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Acts 5- Ananias and Sapphira deceive the church leaders

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Acts 6- First Deacons are chosen to serve the church

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Acts 7- Stephen dies for his faith

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Acts 8- Philip Proclaims the Gospel

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We’ve learned about so many exciting things that God is doing in the lives of His people.  The good news spreads as people learn about the new life that is only found in following Jesus.

I look forward to going back over these stories with you.  In the meantime, you could color a picture for me.  Here are some that you might like…

Stories of the Bible-Online Coloring Page

Have a great week and I’ll see you soon!

Love,

Mrs. Bess

 

The Twelve Days

Today is Christmas Day!

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As believers and followers of Jesus, we celebrate this day as the day God became a man and dwelled among His people.  Check out this fun video that some siblings made using legos to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.

December 25 is also the “First Day of Christmas” for those who like to continue the celebration through January 6.  This day is called “The Day of Epiphany” which celebrates the adoration of the Magi who visited Jesus after his birth.  They were lead from the East by a star placed in the heavens by God to announce the birth of Jesus to the world.

I came across some interesting information the other day that I had never heard of before.  The article said that some people think the lyrics to “The 12 Days of Christmas” are coded references to Christianity and that the song was written to help Christians learn and pass on the tenets of their faith while avoiding persecution.

Whether or not this is true is debatable.  I would like to think it is true.  However it is a little difficult to go back and prove it.  But I was curious about what each of the 12 days represented.  Here is the list:

2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments

3 French Hens = The three virtues Faith, Hope and Charity

4 Calling Birds = The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch,” which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.

6 Geese A-laying = The six days of creation

7 Swans A-swimming = The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

8 Maids A-milking = The eight beatitudes

9 Ladies Dancing = The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

10 Lords A-leaping = The Ten Commandments

11 Pipers Piping = The eleven faithful Apostles

12 Drummers Drumming = The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

The partridge in the pear tree, naturally, represents Jesus Christ.

As we move into a New Year and continue our study of the book of Acts, I think all of these aspects of Christianity are worthy knowing and remembering, whether you know them by the song or not.

We resume Sunday School on January 6.  Hope to see you then!  Be sure to check out this blog next week and we’ll look ahead to our next lesson!

Merry Christmas!  Jesus is born! Noel!

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Mrs. Bess

Chosen to Serve

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What do these things have in common? They all relate to the work of some of the men in our church who are called “Deacons”.  In the book of Acts, we find out about the FIRST deacons who were chosen to serve: Stephen, Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, Nicolaus.

One of their first jobs was to help the widows in the church and to make sure they had the food and they assistance they needed since their husband’s had passed away. All of them were described as “good men, wise and full of the Holy Spirit”.

I think that would describe the deacons here at St. A!  I’m thankful for the deacons who make sure things that are broken get fixed, who make sure everything in the building is working as it should.  Sometimes they even go to help someone at their home who needs help.  They take up the offering and manage the money for the church.  They are very busy serving the Lord, in addition to taking care of their families, and working and doing other important things.

Come on Sunday and  we’ll look at how God used these men to help the gospel spread to those who needed to hear.

In love and service, Mrs. Bess

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5 W’s and 1 H of Prayer

We are going to be talking more about prayer this week. We’re going to find answers to the questions about the who, what, where, when, why, and how of prayer. Not that we can really answer EVERY question about prayer. There are so many examples of prayer in the Bible.  We can learn so much from those people who prayed.

I found an activity on the Biblewise Kids Korner for you to do before Sunday.  How many of these examples of people who prayed in the Bible can you match with the thing they prayed for?

People who prayed in Bible Matching

After you take the “test” then check your answers to see if you got them right : ) Then come to Sunday School on Sunday and let me know how you did.

Love you!

Mrs. Bess

 

 

 

ACTS Praying

Let’s take some time to talk about prayer.  Prayer was very important to the work of the Early Church.  They were devoted to prayer and to learning about God.  They were also devoted to each other in the “called-out assembly”.  These things were directly linked to each other—their devotion to the church was the fruit of their relationship to God.

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Jesus taught his followers to pray and the Lord’s Prayer is one of the best prayers we can learn and pray over and over again.  Below is a link to a video of a young singer named Charlotte Church (appropriately named!) singing the Lord’s Prayer at a concert in Jerusalem.  Her voice is so beautiful and so is the prayer she sings.

Charlotte Church, “Our Father”

This week I encourage you to think more about how important prayer is to us as followers of Jesus.  Prayer is our way of talking to God and He loves to hear us when we have something we want to talk to Him about.

Love and prayers-

Mrs. Bess