At this time, our weekly Sunday School classes are canceled.
While we will not be meeting on Sunday's for the time being, we still care deeply for the spiritual well being of our Sunday School children and families. We will be sending a weekly devotional thought in a format that you can use as is in your home. We pray it will be a blessing to you and aid you in your walk with Jesus. The format and content is patterned after a devotional book entitled, "Little Visits with God."
I pray this email finds you well and healthy. I look forward to being able to see all of you soon to continue our walk and visit with God.
Our focus this week is: How to Walk in Love. It is based on a Ephesians 5:2, "Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us."
Kareem and Jacob were strolling down the street together. They started pushing each other off the sidewalk in fun. But soon Jacob began to get angry. He saw a new lawn a little further down the street. It had just been planted and soaked with water, so it was muddy. As they walked past it, Jacob pushed Kareem into the mud.
Now Kareem was angry. He threw mud at Jacob. Jacob began to call his friend name. Kareem chased Jacob down the street, threatening to give him a black eye. The two boys weren't acting like friends anymore.
What would Jesus do in a situation like this? That a good question to ask as we walk through life. The Bible says, "Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us." Our whole life is a walk with Jesus to heaven. On the way, we sometimes forget to walk like Christians. We need to remember that Jesus is walking right beside us. We can ask him to help us do the things he wants us to do.
How did Jesus love? Jesus gave up his life for us on the cross so God would forgive us and welcome us into heaven. As we walk throughout our lives, may God fill us with hearts that are ready and willing to love others and do what is best for them.
Let's Talk: What happened when Kareem and Jacob stopped living in love? If Jesus had been with Kareem and Jacob, what would he have done? What does it mean to "live in love"? What has Jesus done for us? Why did he do it? How can we show our thanks to Jesus in our own lives?
Let's Pray: Dear Jesus, please walk with us every day on our way to heaven. Help us learn from you how to walk in love. Forgive us when we forget. We ask you this as your dear children. Amen.
May God guard and keep you this week and always,
Based on the last few days, it feels like summer has arrived. I pray you all had a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend.
Our focus this week is: Following Our Leader. It is based on Ephesians 5:1, where the apostle Paul writes, "Be imitators of God as dearly loved children."
"Follow the leader!" cried the boys and girls at Jason's birthday party. Then Jason led everyone up into the attic and down into the basement and outside between the bushes and around the trees.
When the children came in for lunch, Jason's father said, "You're all very good at following the leader. I didn't think Christina would keep up with you. I know another way to play follow the leader."
"Let's play it," the children shouted.
"Maybe I shouldn't have said it was a game. It's really about how we are to live our lives. As Christians, we're supposed to follow our Leader - God. When you were playing follow the leader, I remembered a BIble verse. It says, 'Be imitators of God.' I wrote in on a card for each of you to take home."
"What's an imitator?" Christiana asked.
"Remember when Jason led you around the yard and you had to walk like he did to avoid the mud. You had to imitate him or you would get dirty. When we imitate God, we try to follow what Jesus said and did. Do you think you can do that?"
"No," said one of the boys, "sometimes it's hard to be good. But it's a joy trying to imitate God when you have Jesus."
"You're right," said Jason's father. "And Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to help us imitate him. Do you know what Jesus wants his followers to do? The Bible says, "Love, just as Christ loved us." We imitate our leader, Jesus, by loving as he loves us.
Let's Talk: What game were the children playing at the party? Why was it hard to follow Jason? What verse did Jason's father write on cards for the children? What does Jesus want his followers to do?
Let's Pray: Dear Lord Jesus, we don't always imitate you as we should. Please forgive us for those times. Send us your Holy Spirit to help us imitate you. Help us to love others as you have loved us. In your name we pray. Amen.
May God bless and keep you all this week!
In addition to the free Sunday School lessons provided to us by our Synod's Northwestern Publishing House (below this listing), here are three more free lessons, from our Synod's 316Now ministry. Our thanks to Mr Bob Fischer for sharing these with us!
Sheep to Lambs lessons
Here is also an offer from our Synod's Northwestern Publishing House for free Sunday School lessons:
Dear Friend in Christ,
Even though staying indoors means worshiping differently, it doesn't mean you have to leave everything familiar behind. Now you can worship, study God's Word, and experience Sunday School as a family! NPH has the resources and materials you need to help your family stay connected to Christ.
For a limited time, NPH is offering access to free Christ-Light lesson PDFs to teach your children at home. These Sunday school lessons are available for grades pre-K through 6th. Downloads for each age level include student lessons, a teacher's guide, and a copy master that contains activities like songs, coloring pages, skits, and more for each lesson—everything you need for simple and familiar Sunday school lessons at home. The following Bible lessons are covered:
There's no better time to assure your children with these lessons that in good times and bad, God is always in control.
May God bless your time studying his Word,
The Employees of Northwestern Publishing House
At this time, our weekly Confirmation classes are canceled.
Confirmation classes for students in grades 7 and 8 and their parents are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:45 - 6:45 PM.
For more information please contact our church office.
At this time, our Nursery is closed for the health and safety of our children.
A Child Care room is available for parents with small children during our worship time. The room is adjacent to our worship area, with a glass window partition which looks into our worship area and sound is piped in so you may still hear the service.
Although Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church does not operate its own Christian Day School, families are welcome to consider enrolling their school-age children (Pre-School through Grade 8) at our St. Paul Lutheran School or St. Mark Lutheran School here in Green Bay. For further details, please call St. Paul Church and School at 435-8468 or 435-9852 or St. Mark School at 494-9113.