Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love.
CHILDREN & YOUTH ACTIVITIES
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS / CATECHISM CLASSES — will end for the summer months on May 22nd. Will resume in the fall (date to be announced).
We provide two Christian Education opportunities each week. Sunday School for children 2 years through 5th grade is offered at Zion’s at 9:30A.M. each Sunday Morning. Classes will coincide with the Adult Conversations and Coffee. Learn and Grow Wednesdays provide an alternative to Sunday School for all of our parish children 2 years through 5th grade. These classes will take place at Zion’s coinciding with the same time as Confirmation at 5:45 P.M. As Sunday mornings may be too busy with other extra activities for children and youth, this Christian Education activity is being offered. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities for increasing their child’s faith. These classes will follow the Learn & Grow Curriculum-Deep Blue. We are still looking for some additional support teachers to be available. Please contact Pastor, if interested
Catechism classes held on Wednesday, from 5:45 – 6:35 P.M. with Pastor Steiner. Classes will be held at Zion’s and include discussions on scripture and the Small Catechism, learning videos from time to time, and occasional hands-on mission projects. Our first three sessions will be a review of the Sacrament of Holy Communion with the First Communion Class. Normal ages for catechism are 7th-8th grade; although as some of our youth have been together for some time and some parents have stated they would like to keep this group together, if your child is in 6th grade and you would like for your child to be part of this incoming group, please speak with Pastor Steiner.
Our April-June Noisy Offering is “The Shoe that Grows.” This organization distributes specially designed shoes that grow up to 5 sizes, as a child/youth’s feet grow. Over 1.5 billion people suffer from soil-transmitted diseases worldwide! Children’s feet are especially vulnerable to these diseases and parasites which can cause illnesses and even death. Children who are sick or have sore or injured feet miss school, can’t make the several miles walk to school, or are unable to help the family and suffer needlessly. And since their feet grow so rapidly, they quickly outgrow their only pair of shoes, which may be the only pair they ever have, and they again become exposed to these diseases. These specially designed shoes were made after Kenton Lee was on a mission trip and saw children wearing shoes too small, torn, or barefoot. This idea was born to create a shoe that will grow with the children and youth. He calls this “Practical Compassion.” A pair of shoes costs $15. The youth have set a goal to purchase 10 pairs of shoes. We have shoe samples available at both Penn & Zions. They are putting together presentations to share with the congregations during announcements. We thank you for your overwhelming support of our children and youth in these offering projects as they begin to discern about the world around them and areas of concern they have! Any questions, please contact Gwen.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL NEWS
We are excited about this year’s Vacation Bible School program for the summer. Brush Creek and Paintertown Lutheran Churches will be joining with us as we host this opportunity for our children to explore Christ’s love and some amazing Bible stories. VBS will be held each Tuesday evening 6:15 – 8:00 PM on Tuesdays, June 19 & 26, and July 10, 17, 24, & 31. June 19 & 26 will be at Zion’s, with the possibility of other dates in July going to Brush Creek 2 evenings, and Paintertown for 2 evenings. The July dates will be discussed further and information shared in plenty of time. If you are interested in helping and being a part of this team, please let Pastor Steiner know. Ina Seibert from Paintertown Lutheran Church will be spearheading this project.
SUMMER 2018 — A TIME FOR CAMPING
Registration brochures for the summer camping season are now available through the church office. Lutherlyn is one of our outdoor camping ministries where many people, children through adults, have grown closer in their relationship with God as they enjoy the beauty of the creation around them. Our Penn-Zion’s Lutheran Church will support our children and youth with $250.00/camper to help defray the registration fee for camp. Lutherlyn also has the policy that no child should miss going to camp because of cost. You are encouraged to speak with Pastor Steiner about registering your child or if you have any financial concerns. Lutherlyn is indeed a place for “Life Changing Adventures in Faith!
“What Can We Give God?
“We cannot give God anything; for everything is already His,
and all we have comes from Him.
We can only give Him praise, thanks, and honor.”