Table Talk: Week of December 11, 2016

As your children learn about Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School this season, we encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Each week, we will provide you with the reading done in church for the lighting of our Advent Candles and questions that can be used to discuss them. You can use them as you light your own candles or simply as a conversation-starter.

Reading

We have lit the first two candles, one for hope and one for peace. Today we add the third candle, the candle of joy. We see joy all around us – in the children, the lights, the music, that gathering together. But how often do we let our preparations or our memories push joy aside? Joy is like an underground spring that wells up within us, but joy requires intention, deliberate cultivation. Like a muscle, it needs to be exercised. So today we open ourselves to joy, trusting that God has already planted it in us. So we give it care and offer it to share.

(The first, second and third candles are lit.)

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Table Talk: Week of December 4, 2016

As your children learn about Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School this season, we encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Each week, we will provide you with the reading done in church for the lighting of our Advent Candles and questions that can be used to discuss them. You can use them as you light your own candles or simply as a conversation-starter. 

Reading for the Second Sunday of Advent

Last Sunday we lit the first candle─the candle of hope. Today we add the second candle, the candle of peace. We light it knowing full well that peace is elusive, and in some parts of the world, it is almost completely absent. Yet in this season of Advent, we trust that God is never absent from us. God is always preparing something new. And even where there is war and discord, whether between countries, within families, or within our own hearts, God is present, gently leading us to new possibilities.

(The first and second candles are lit.)

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Table Talk: Week of November 27, 2016

As your children learn about Advent and the story of Jesus’ birth in Sunday School this season, we encourage you to continue the conversation at home. Each week, we will provide you with the reading done in church for the lighting of our Advent Candles and questions that can be used to discuss them. You can use them as you light your own candles or simply as a conversation-starter.

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Table Talk: Week of November 13, 2016

 PreK-K and 3rd-5th

In the reading this week, Paul tells his followers: “Dear friends, you must never become tired of doing right.” –2 Thessalonians 3:13, CEV

The letter to the Thessalonians calls disciples of all ages to work together as the church. We know what God wants us to do and how we should act towards others, but it can be hard to do the right thing. Paul is reminding his followers that they must be willing to work together to help others, no matter how hard it is or how tired they become.

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Table Talk: Week of November 6, 2016

Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story.  Please read the summary, look up the story online, in your bible, or a children’s bible, and begin the discussion.  Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development.  What a gift to provide a child.  Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories. 

Yesterday, we welcomed two new members into the church through Baptism. In Sunday School, your children talked about baptism and its role in marking us a members of the church. Baptism symbolizes our entrance into God’s family, the Communion of Saints, just as their names, given by their parents, symbolize their entrance into your families.

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Table Talk: Week of October 30, 2016

Jesus and Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

In this week’s Gospel, we again saw Jesus meet with a person who has made choices that had not pleased God.  Jesus’ friends grumble when Jesus chooses to spend time with him.  Zacchaeus was a wealthy tax collector, a group that the people of the time really disliked because many were dishonest. When Jesus enters Jericho, Zacchaeus climbs a tree to be able to see him. Jesus calls to Zacchaeus and tells him that Jesus will be his guest today and Zacchaeus promises to give away half of his possessions and change his ways. Jesus promises Zacchaeus that God has a place for him in heaven.  Those with Jesus, however, don’t understand why he is giving such attention to a “sinner”. Jesus reminds them he has come, not to reward those already following God’s teachings, but to seek out and save the lost.

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Table Talk: Week of October 23rd

Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story.  Please read the summary, look up the story online, in your Bible, or a children’s Bible, and begin the discussion.  Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development.  What a gift to provide a child.  Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.

This week’s lessons reminded us that none of us are without failing and that we are all dependent on God’s mercy and forgiveness. We are also blessed, however, because we know that God’s mercy will always be there for us, when we are ready to seek it out.

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Table Talk: Week of October 9, 2016

Whether or not your children were able to make it to Sunday school, you can still engage them in this week’s story.  Please read the summaries, look up the story online, in your Bible, or a children’s Bible, and begin the discussion.  Increasing your child’s biblical knowledge will be foundational in their faith development.  What a gift to provide a child!  Adults also reap the benefit of digging in deeper to these stories.

The Ten Lepers

This week’s Gospel told the story of Jesus’ encounter with the ten lepers.  In it, we hear how Jesus encountered 10 lepers on his journey to Jerusalem, who begged him for mercy. Lepers were condemned to a sad life, they were not allowed to live in the towns because people were afraid of catching their disease. Jesus took pity on the ones who called to him and sent them to see the priests. When they realized they had been cured, nine of the lepers rushed to the priests and home to their families, happy that they no longer had to live all alone. Only one went back to Jesus and thanked him.

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Table Talk: Week of October 2, 2016

PK-K and 3rd-5th Grade

Sunday’s Epistle was a reading from a letter that Paul wrote to Timothy.  In it, Paul encourages Timothy to be a leader in the church and tell others about his faith, not be ashamed of it, because only by sharing our own faith can we encourage its growth in others. As an example of this, Paul writes about how Timothy’s mother and grandmother helped to grow Timothy’s faith, reminding him of the impact we have on those around us.

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Table Talk: Week of September 25, 2016

PK-K and 3rd-5th Grade

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus from today’s Gospel is one of the many times Jesus spoke to his followers about what God wants from us.

Lazarus, a poor man, begs outside the gates of a rich man, who does not help him. When Lazarus and the rich man both die, Lazarus, who suffered on earth, is found by Abraham’s side in Heaven, while the rich man, who thought only of himself, is found in hell.

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Table Talk: Week of September 18, 2016

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager is one of the more challenging lessons Jesus shared with his followers. The manager, caught cheating by the rich man who employed him, is fired. Uncertain of his future, the manager comes up with a plan to help others, reaching out to all who owe the rich man money and changing the amounts so they can pay less, in hopes that they will remember and help him later. He then goes back to the rich man and tells him what he has done, earning his former employer’s praise.

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Table Talk: Week of September 11, 2016

In Sunday’s reading, the children heard the parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. When the Pharisees questioned the time Jesus was spending with sinners and tax collectors, he used these parables, or teaching stories, to help them understand why he sought out those he considered lost. In the first, a shepherd hunts far and wide for a lost sheep, although he has 99 others, rejoicing when he finds it and celebrating with his neighbors. In the second, a woman with 10 silver coins loses one and hunts for it throughout her house. Again, rejoicing when it is found and celebrating with those around her.

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Table Talk | October 4, 2015

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“Table Talk” is a new series written by our Director of Family Ministries, John Knouse, to let you know what you’re children are learning in Sunday School every week. And it’s a great way to engage with the readings yourself!

Pre-K & K: “Jesus Welcomes the Children” Gospel- Mark 10: 13-16

Today’s Gospel also shows us God’s love for children.  The story continues with Jesus’ friends telling the children to go away.  They tell the children that Jesus does not have time for them.  Jesus gets angry and tells the disciples to let the children come to him.  He then tells the children and the grown ups that there is a special place in Kingdom of God for children.

1st & 2nd Grade: Godly Play “The Story of Job”  

The Children in this class heard the story of Job.   Job was a good man who loved and followed God. God blessed him with many sheep and other animals and a large happy family.   Satan thought Job was only good and faithful to God because of all these blessings so Satan took his animals and his family away and then made Job sick.  Job still loved and prayed to God.  Even after his friends told Job that God was punishing him for being bad; Job did not stop trusting God.  Because Job never gave up on God, God again blessed Job.                                                  

3-5th Grade: “What God has Joined Together” Mark 10:2-9

Relationships are important to God.  God does not want us to be alone.  In marriage we love and take care of one another just as God loves and takes care of us. In Jesus’ time only men could ask for a divorce and it often left women with no one to take care of them. Jesus shows his love for all men and women by saying that it is wrong to leave anyone all alone.  Jesus says human beings cannot separate what God has joined together.