Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love.
CHILDREN & YOUTH ACTIVITIES
EASTER EGG HUNT
All children are invited to our annual Easter Egg Hunt. This year’s event will be held at the park in Penn on Saturday, March 31st at 11:00 a.m. A very special thank you to Wendy Fait, Jamie Grant, and all their helpers! The children look forward to this event each year. If you are interested in donating or contributing to the Easter Egg Hunt, please contact Wendy Fait at 724-757-3339.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS
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.
The children and youth select and promote a special mission project each quarter called “Noisy Offering.” Our January-March Noisy Offering is designated to provide gardening supplies for Glade Run and Bethesda Children’s Home and their Horticulture Therapy. We will go shopping on Wednesday, April 11th @ 5:45 PM.
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 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.
The youth are planning to go ice skating on Sunday, March 18th from 1-3pm at Center Ice in Dormont. The cost is $7 for admission and $3 for rental. We will leave from Zion following worship and get lunch along the way. Youth are encouraged to bring friends. Please let the Steiners know if you will need transportation.
April 11, Wednesday at 5:45 PM we will be leaving Zion’s and heading out on a shopping adventure to purchase the horticulture supplies for Glade Run and Bethesda Children’s Home. These are the funds that were donated through Noisy Offering. After shopping we will stop for ice cream. Children and youth, please let Gwen know if you are planning to go so we have transportation.
APRIL-NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Our congregation will be participating in “Pinwheels for Prevention” and displaying pinwheels at both sites. Pinwheels are a symbol a reminder of childhood. All children should have a childhood where they are safe and loved. So, the pinwheel has become that symbol. Please look for information and ways we are going to be a part of this remembrance.
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.”