Christian Education Corner

September 20, 2020 Post

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted,  forgiving one another,  as God in Christ forgave you.
~Ephesians 4:32

 

Greetings!

I hope the cooler weather finds you and your family healthy and well.    While the month may not consist of all that we anticipated and expected with the return to school and full activities, the SON still continues to shine and His love to warm the hearts of those who love Him. May His light shine upon you as we witness His splendor in transforming summer into fall.

 

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON

Following is the Sunday School lesson offered on September 20th.
Kindness Bible Study for Kids

Relevant Scriptures Pertaining to Kindness: Galatians 5:22-23; Proverbs 3:3; Micah 6:8; Ephesians 4:32; Titus 3:3-5a

Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding that kindness is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
  2. An understanding that kindness is modeled most greatly by our God and is made possible through Christ.

Bible Verse to Memorize: Ephesians 4:32: “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (ESV)

Items Needed:

  • Bibles (plus extras for children who forget to bring one), dry erase or chalk board with Galatians 5:22-23 written out, eight pieces of paper with one letter written on each: K, I, N, D, N, E, S, S
  • Necklaces prepared ahead of time(see instructions at the end of this lesson): cardstock or poster board, yarn or twine, marker, scissors
  • Fruit of the Spirit Kindness coloring pages found at www.Ministry-To-Children.com, crayons
  • Piece of paper for parents with Ephesians 4:32 printed on them, one for each family; on the back, instruct parents to ask their children what five acts of kindness they are going to do this week

 

Optional Activity: For the fruit of the Spirit lessons, make a tree for the wall labeled “Believer” or “Christian.” (On a poster board or large piece of paper, draw or use construction paper.) Make paper “fruits,” each labeled with an attribute of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Each week add the particular attribute you are teaching about. This week, you would add “kindness,” allowing a child to place it on the branch of the tree. Use only one type of fruit, for though there are several virtues produced by the Spirit, they are all one type of fruit: the fruit of the Spirit.

Bible Lesson

Kindle Curiosity (5 minutes)

  • Prior to children arriving, write Galatians 5:22-23 on the board. Then hide each letter of KINDNESS around the room. After all the children arrive, explain to them that there are eight letters hidden around the room that spell the fruit of the Spirit you will be learning about today.
  • Now have them search for the letters. After they have found all of the letters, see if they can discover which fruit it is on their own by looking at the verse on the board. Give them clues if they are unable to figure it out. Then have them spell out KINDNESS by looking at the board and arranging the letters in the right order on the floor or tape them to the board underneath the verse.

Can anyone tell me what kindness is? (Allow them to respond.)

Kindness can be shown with our thoughts, our actions, and our words. How many of you are kind all of the time? (Allow time for response.) None of us are kind all of the time! It is very easy to be unkind to our family and our friends because we are sinners. How can we discover more about kindness? (By reading God’s Word!) Let’s go to His Word now!

God Revealed (15 minutes)

  • Begin by reading together Galatians 5:22-23.

The Bible tells us in this passage that kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. If we are saved, the Holy Spirit is living inside of us, and we can be people who overflow with kindness! This does not mean that we will be kind all the time. But as we come to know God more and more, we change. Kindness becomes part of who we are. With the Spirit living inside of us, He gives us the power to be kind! This is only possible if you have believed and trusted in Christ for your salvation.

  • Read Titus 3:3-5a.

This verse helps us to discover one of the most important things about kindness – God  is our example! He is a God of great kindness, and one of the main ways we see His kindness is through His forgiveness. What picture can we draw to help us remember where kindness comes from? (The cross.)

  • Read Ephesians 4:32.

This verse commands us to be kind! It tells us to be kind as God is kind to us through His forgiveness! What could we draw a picture of to help remind us to be kind to one another? (Hands for doing kind works.)

  • Read Proverbs 3:3.

We are supposed to bind kindness around our necks and write it on our hearts! This means kindness is supposed to be part of who we are! It is with us wherever we go. What can we draw to help us remember this verse? (A heart.)

  • Read Micah 6:8.

We are not supposed to be kind just because we are commanded to, but we are to love kindness, to think of it with joy! We are to want to be kind! What could we draw to help us remember this verse? (A brain for knowing that we should want to be kind.)

What do we learn about kindness based on these verses? (Allow them to give their thoughts.) Kindness is what we do, what we say, and what we think. We are to be kind, to love kindness, and to learn kindness from our only perfect example, our God!

Personal Pursuit (10 minutes)

We are going to come up with five kind things we can do this week! They can be things to do at home, at school, or at church. (As the children come up with real ideas they can do this week, write them on the board. Encourage them to think of things they can do in secret, so that only they and God know. This is the ultimate display of humble kindness, when we do not seek a reward for it.)

  • Use the fruit of the Spirit coloring page for kindness found at www.ministry-to-children.com. Act out the scene depicted in the picture, or the acts you discussed as a group. Emphasize that as God produces kindness in our hearts, we begin to see other people as more important than ourselves. Remind them of Christ, who humbled Himself, coming down from the throne, making Himself a weak human in order to save all of mankind. We are to emulate Him!

When we are struggling to be kind to another person, we should remember God’s great kindness toward us. As sinners, we have offended God. The Bible says that we have even hated Him. So, God had every right to be angry with us, but instead He showed just how great His kindness is by saving us! When you really want to respond to someone with unkindness, think of how God could have punished you for your sin. But instead, in His kindness, He offers everyone here complete forgiveness! Every day we still sin against God, and He continues to be kind to us. Let’s show the kindness to others that God has shown to us! This is possible only if we abide in Him, if we get to know Him more and more through praying, learning His Word, and following Him.

Daily Knowing (7-10 minutes)

I want us to memorize together Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (ESV) (Use hand motions to help them memorize or write it on the board, erasing one word at a time until everyone is able to say it together without seeing it.)

Closing Activities (5-10 minutes)

  • Now spend time in prayer together. Remember the specific situations your children are going through. Invite them to share their needs and praises. Praise God for the fruit of the Holy Spirit, the kindness we are able to have because He lives within us.
  • Encourage parents to work on this week’s verse with their children. Send home the paper with the verse printed on it with instructions to ask the children about the five acts of kindness they will do this week.

 

Craft: Make Kindness Necklaces

This idea is based on Proverbs 3:3. Draw a heart on a piece of cardstock or poster board like the example below. You can make them as big as you want! Write Proverbs 3:3 and Kindness on the inside. Punch a hole and loop through a length of twine or yarn. Tie a knot to make a necklace. If there’s time, let your children decorate their necklaces at Sunday school or they can do it at home.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

 

 1.) We are designating this week as “Good Deeds Week.”  Come up with five creative ways to do good and kind deeds. Surprise your parents with a kind note placed under their dinner plate or pillow.  Do the dishes, fold the laundry or clean the basement.  Make them lunch or breakfast.  Be creative.

 

 2.) Make Thank You cards for our healthcare workers, police officers, EMT and first responders, teachers or someone else that serves to help others.

 

Good Deeds can always be done!  Let me know what you come up with.

 

 

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us. When you ask us to do something, it’s hard sometimes. Please help us remember to follow your commands, even when we don’t understand all of your plans. Help us learn to listen to you, and to be kind to all people.

Amen

 


 

 


 

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September 06, 2020 Post

GREETING

Greetings,

I hope this morning’s blog finds you and your family enjoying the holiday weekend and the last blast of summer.  It’s now time for scarecrows, bon-fires, apple cider and raking leaves!  For certain, each season brings with it a new set of joys and opportunities.

Let us all pray for a peaceful and united Fall.  While experiencing God’s magnificent changing creation, may we all be reminded of His awesome and limitless power.

I continue to miss you and to look forward to the day when we will gather together again.   Until then, take good care of one another and stay healthy and well.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

Bible Lesson: Belshazzar’s Banquet

 

Prelude: Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful king that many followed. However, he was full of pride and not of God.  So God of heaven punished him because he became proud and arrogant.  King Nebuchadnezzar was made to crawl around for seven years like a wild animal.

 

What lesson do you think you could take from this story and put into practice in your life?  (Acknowledge that the Lord God is ruler over all and he punishes pride and arrogance.)

Today in our story Daniel, a prophet of God is about 90 years old.  He had been living in Babylon for a very long time.  In all those years Daniel remained faithful to the Most High God.  He had an excellent reputation.

At this point in Daniel’s life Nebuchadnezzar was no longer living.  His grandson Belshazzar was ruling Babylon.  Belshazzar doesn’t worship the One, True God.  He is a very prideful and arrogant man.  He also knows about how the God of heaven punished his grandfather for pride and arrogance.  It didn’t seem to change the way Belshazzar lived his life though.

Belshazzar had built walls around his kingdom so enemies could not invade and attack.  The walls were about 8 stories high and they were wide enough to be a six lane high way.  Chariots could be ridden around on the top of these walls. Belshazzar had made a passage way under the wall for the Euphrates River to flow in to the city so the people could have water and be secure inside the closed walls.  He made sure that there was enough food inside the walls so his kingdom could stay inside the closed walls for a very long time.

Belshazzar was quite proud of himself.  He thought his plan to protect his kingdom from being invaded was perfect.  No one could ever defeat him and take away his kingdom.  He knew that there were enemies outside trying to invade and attack him but he was very confident they would never get to him or his kingdom.

King Belshazzar decided to throw a great feast or banquet to show how confident and relaxed he was that he was safe from his enemies.  He invited 1000 of his most important leaders.  He had lots of food and wine for all his party guests.  The more he and his guests drank the wine the more they became under the power of the alcohol.  Alcohol causes you to not be able to be in complete control of your thinking and actions.  Belshazzar and his guests were celebrating and drinking and were becoming drunk with wine.

If you are a follower of Christ we are told in God’s Word to be controlled by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)  As believers we should never put anything into our bodies that doesn’t allow the Holy Spirit to have complete control over our actions.  Belshazzar was already proud and boastful before he was drinking.  As he became drunk with wine it made him even more arrogant.  He came up with what he thought would be a brilliant idea that would show the greatness and power of his kingdom.

He remembered the greatness of his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom and how he had invaded the land of Jerusalem and captured the Jewish people.  His soldiers had taken many of the very special articles that were in the temple where the Jews worshiped their God.
Belshazzar thought that on that special night when he believed he was safe from his enemies to have some of the special cups that had been taken from God’s temple brought to his party so they could fill them with wine and praise their gods.

God is holy.  That means He is completely perfect.  When the Jewish people built the temple God gave instructions how to build the temple.  He also gave instructions for all the items that were to be placed in the temple.  All the things that were made were to be treated special because they were made to worship a Holy God.
God does not allow anyone to treat the things He has made only to worship Him in a disrespectful way.  He punishes anyone even His own people if they try to go into the temple and disobey His instructions of how to properly worship Him.

The special cups were brought to Belshazzar and he had wine poured into them.  Belshazzar the prideful king lifted God’s special cup and began to praise gods that weren’t even god at all.  He praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone.

Pride is sin because it causes a person to think they are great because of their own wisdom and power.  Pride focuses on self and not on the God who created all and has power over all.  Belshazzar did not learn from the punishment his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar experienced.  God would not allow this king to treat His special cups in such an arrogant prideful way.  As Belshazzar and all his guests are laughing and having a great time, a human hand appeared in the banquet hall.  On the wall a hand began to write a message near a lamp stand. Belshazzar saw the hand writing a message on his wall.

Belshazzar’s rosy pink cheeks drained of all color and his face was as white as snow.  His body began to tremble and he was so afraid that his knees began to knock together.  He said in a loud voice, “Quick bring someone to me that can tell me what the writing on the wall means!  Whoever tells me what this writing says, will receive a purple robe, a gold necklace and will be the third most important person in my kingdom!”

All of the king’s wise men were brought in.  They looked at the writing on the wall.  As they looked and looked at the writing they were puzzled.  They said the king, “We are sorry your majesty, but we have no idea what this says.”

This frightened Belshazzar even more.  He and all his party guests were very confused.  This was not an ordinary occurrence for anyone so they knew that this message written with a human hand was important. King Nebuchadnezzar’s wife was still living at this time and she had heard the chaos and confusion taking place and came to talk to Belshazzar her grandson.

She told him about a man named Daniel. “Belshazzar, this man has an excellent reputation.  He has the spirit of the gods in him.  He is able to tell people what their dreams mean.  You should call for him immediately so he can tell you what this writing means.”

Belshazzar sent for Daniel.  As Daniel stands before him he tells him of the awards he will receive if he can tell him what the writing means.  Daniel didn’t need awards from a wicked king to be obedient to God.  He told the king he could keep his awards and he would tell him the message on the wall. Before Daniel told Belshazzar what the writing meant he reminded him of how God had worked in his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar’s life.

Daniel said, “You have known all these things and yet you are full of pride.  You have not humbled yourself and worshiped and praised the Most High God.  You have bragged about your power and not thanked God for giving it to you.  If that wasn’t enough you used His special cups to worship and praise the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood and stone.  You cannot even see these gods because they aren’t gods at all.  They cannot hear you or understand you.  You have not worshiped the God who gave you your very life and all that you have.  The Most High God has sent you this message:
“Mene, Mene, Tekel, Peres.  Here are the meanings of these words:  Mene-God has numbered the days of your kingdom and has put an end to it.  Tekel-God has seen all that you have done and you are not righteous.  Peres-God has divided your kingdom and the Medes and Persians will take over your kingdom.”

This was not good news for Belshazzar.  God had seen his pride and arrogance and was going to punish him.  That very night the Medes and Persians had entered through the place where the Euphrates River came into the kingdom.  They attacked and invaded Belshazzar’s kingdom and killed him.

Belshazzar chose to ignore the lesson he heard about his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar.  He chose to live a prideful and arrogant life.  God punished his sin and he lost his life and his kingdom.
God is merciful and shows everyone kindness.  When we have been shown His truth and we do not turn from our sin we will be punished.  If we turn from our sins and ask God to forgive us He does.  When God forgives us for our sins He also gives us the power to live a life that pleases Him.

As we close let’s not ignore the lesson God has taught us from the life of Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar.  Let’s live humbly before Him acknowledging that He is the ruler of all and deserves all our praise.

 

God’s Wonderful Words to You

 “But you his (Nebuchadnezzar) son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this…..But you did not honor the God who holds in His hand your life and all your ways.”
~Daniel 5:22, 23

 


 

MESSAGE

 

Discussion Questions:
1. What gods did King Belshazzar and his nobles praise? (They praised gods of gold and silver.)
2. While they were drinking, what did they see writing on the walls? (Fingers of a human hand.)
3. Why did the king ask Daniel to come to him? (He hoped Daniel could tell him what the writing meant.)
4. Why was the sin of Belshazzar even greater than his father? see verse 22-23. (Although he knew the truth, he chose not to humble himself, and even fought against the Lord.)
5. How did Daniel describe the things that the king was praising? (They couldn't see or hear or understand.)
6. What did the writing on the wall say? (The king's reign is at an end and his kingdom will be given away.)
7. What is the difference between being boastful and being humble? (Allow for discussion.)

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear___________________________, 

It makes me so happy to give you gifts and talents and good things.  Remember though, I give you these things and entrust you with these things so that you can share them with others.  While it pleases me greatly when you use and develop your talents and use the things I give you in good ways, it saddens me when you become boastful and conceited.  I love all my children and never want one of them to think that they are better than another.  You are so special to me, just like all my children are.

 

With So Much Love,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY

You will need : Paper plate, construction paper, paint, marker or ink pen.

Humble plates

Little kids love to color. Allow them to spark their creativity with paper plates. Provide little kids with plates, markers, paints, etc. On the plate, the kids should draw or create something that is more powerful than them.

Trash Mosaic

This is a craft that allows older kids to clean up the community. Have kids collect trash from around their house, community, park, etc. After washing the trash, they should use it to create a mosaic of a humble figure.

Humble Comic Book

Older kids love comic books. Allow them to create one on humility. Staple 5-10 pieces of paper in the center and fold them into a book. Children should use crayons and markers to create a story that shows humility. Little kids might create a superhero story.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

 

  • To have a reputation for being humble, we must constantly honor and give thanks to God for all things. There will be many times in our lives that we will have more than someone else, have a newer toy than the kid down the street, or get a better grade than our friend, but we must never look down on someone else because they are less fortunate. Likewise, we should never think that whatever it is we have is because of something we did. All good things come from God, and He alone is worthy of our praise.  Write down your own short prayer. Your prayer should be one of humility, not boastful or proud. Write down what would be pleasing to God.

 

  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT. Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text be for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

 

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


CLOSING PRAYER

 

Dear God,

 We thank you for the stories in the Bible and for being taught them.  Please help us to learn from them.  Help us too to be humble and kind and not big-headed and mean.  Keep us and all your children safe this week and help us to reflect Your love and light.

~Amen

 


 

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August 30, 2020 Post

GREETING

“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.”
~1 John 5:3

Greetings,

I hope this morning’s blog finds you and your family enjoying the final days of summer.  Despite the different and unusual circumstances of this summer, it none-the-less has flown by.  Many of our young people have returned to school whether in class or virtual, with others looking to begin within the coming weeks.

Without question, there are many uncertainties surrounding the remainder of the year.  However, just as this week’s story and lesson reiterates, God remains the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  We can count on His goodness and faithfulness regardless of our circumstances.  When we follow Christ, our God will never leave us nor forsake us.

I continue to miss you and to look forward to the day when we will gather together again.   Until then, take good care of one another and stay healthy and well.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

The Ten Commandments -

Moses walked through the mighty storm, up the mountain towards God.
The children of Israel watched the lone figure staggering into the blackness, as the thunder and lightning raged.

God said: “I am your God, come to me.”
Moses got to the top, and God told him ten things to remember. They were the ten things that make a good or bad person. They were called ‘The Ten Commandments.’

“The first thing to remember
When you are being good,
Is have no other Gods but me
I don’t see why you should.
The second thing is simple.
Whatever else you do,
Don’t worship models made of clay
Don’t make an idol in that way,
I’d get annoyed with you.

In the third commandment
You mustn’t ever say
God, Lord or Heaven in a joke,
For that would spoil my day.
The fourth thing you must never do –
Upset my Sunday rest.
I’ve given you the other days
To do your work in many ways
On Sunday you can have a laze
And wear your Sunday best.

Number five’s a good one,
Remember what I say,
Don’t ever upset Mum and Dad
In any little way.

The sixth commandment sure makes sense,
I know that when I say
No killing is allowed, but then
You wouldn’t would you? Even when
You get annoyed with other men
And don’t get your own way.

If you are getting married
The seventh rule is this,
Don’t try and love another
Or give the girls a kiss.
At number eight there’s something
I’m sure you’d never do,
Don’t steal a thing, at any time
From anyone, for any rhyme
Or reason – as it is a crime,
And they would capture you.

The ninth one to remember
If you do as you’re bid,
Don’t blame a man for stealing
Unless you’re sure he did.
With all the people in the world
Your neighbor is a friend.
So don’t be jealous even when
You want his goat or horse or hen,
For that’s commandment number ten,
It’s at the very end.”

Moses listened open mouthed as God told him all about the commandments. “Can you say it again?
I didn’t have time to write them down.”

God’s Wonderful Words to You

And this is love, that you walk according to my commandments; this is the commandment,  just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. ~2 John 1:6

 


 

MESSAGE

The Ten Commandments are familiar to most people. Sometimes, people believe they are going to heaven just because they have not broken any of the commandments. But the truth is, they probably have. Using the name of God in the wrong way, desiring to have what someone else has, making fun of parents in front of friends, and lying are all breaking one of the commandments. Unfortunately, we all have broken at least one. Everyone has failed one time or another. However, what makes us Christians is placing our faith in Jesus. Through Jesus, our sins are forgiven. Because He died on the cross for us, we have everlasting life with God.

Discussion Questions:
1. Why do you think, "You shall have no other gods before me" is the first commandment?
 (God wants us to put Him above all things. Before our toys, TV, even before our friends.)
2. What does "You shall not misuse the name of the Lord" mean?
(The Lord is holy. Using his name in an unholy manner brings judgment to that person.)
3. What is an idol?
(Anything that keeps you from spending time with God.)
4. "Honor your father and Mother" must be important because it too is on the list. Why?
(Parents want what is best for their children, so they teach and guide them. Children are still learning and really don't know everything yet.)

5. What does covet mean?
(It is having a strong desire to have what belongs to someone else.)

Take each Commandment, and have the children give an example of what someone might do that would be breaking that commandment. For example: Honor you father and your mother. A response from a child might be: You are not honoring your father or mother when you talk back to them.

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear___________________________,

It makes me so happy when you obey my commands.  I have given you the commandments in order that you will have a good and fulfilling life.  As you continue to grow up, I want you to continue to obey them and to teach them to others.  I want you to listen to me and to do what I tell you.  You can always trust me.  I will always watch over you and help you to obey.

With So Much Love,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY

 

Ten Commandments Finger Reminder

You will need : A piece of construction paper, paint, marker or ink pen.

  • Put paint on your hands and place on construction paper.
  • After it dries, write the one of the commandments above each finger.
  • Hang your Ten Commandment Finger Reminder in your room to remind you of God’s commands.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE 

 

  • Commandment Check  Take one commandment a day and write down why you think God gave us that commandment.  Then think about and write down ways in which you could break that commandment if you are not careful.  Then write down ways you can keep from breaking it.

 

  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT  Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text be for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

 

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

Even though we want to be good and obey all your commands all the time, sometimes we mess up and do what makes you sad.  When we make mistakes help us to trust in those that love us.  Give us courage to confess our mistakes and to repent and to say we are sorry.  Thank you for your promise to always forgive and love us.  Help us to always follow and obey You.   ~ Amen

 


 

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August 23, 2020 Post

GREETING

 

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10

Greetings!

I hope you and your family had a blessed summer.  As we prepare to welcome the month of September, the season of Fall, and the return to school, may we look to our blessings and continue to trust our God.  While these past months have been anything but traditional, with a Christ-like attitude, each one served to draw us closer and more dependent upon our God.

Just as the earth prepares itself for a new season, may we too, look forward with great anticipation to all God has in store for those who trust in Him? I miss you and look forward to the day when we will all be together again.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

Exodus 3:1-15 “Moses and the Burning Bush”

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. – Exodus 3:1-15

 

God’s Wonderful Words to You

I have made you. And I will carry you. ~ Isaiah 46:4

 


 

MESSAGE

Last week we learned about how God protected Moses by having the Pharaoh's daughter raise him as her own child. God had a plan for Moses from the time he was born. Now Moses is a married man, and it is time for God to tell Moses what to do. During this time, the Israelite people who are living in Egypt are being treated very badly. The Egyptians are using them like slaves to do all the hard work. However, the Israelites are God's chosen people, so God is going to use Moses to free them from their suffering. Our lesson begins with Moses tending the sheep belonging to Jethro his Father-in-law.


Discussion Questions:
1. What was strange about the bush that Moses saw in the mountain? (It never stopped burning.)
2. Why do you suppose God chose a burning bush as a way to speak to Moses? (To get the attention of Moses and to show His fearsome power.)
3. Why did God tell Moses to take off his sandals? (Because he was on holy ground.)
4. How did Moses react to God's request? (He didn't think he was worthy and asked, "who am I.")
5. How was God going to help Moses deliver His message? (God would be with him.)
6. Who was Moses to say sent him, if asked by the Israelites? (Moses was to say "I AM has sent me.")

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

 

Dear  ___________________,

I am so glad that Moses listened to me and helped me set my people free.  As you are growing up, I want you to be like Moses.  I want you to listen to me and try to do what I tell you.  And remember, just like I carried Moses, I will carry you, all through your life.  No matter where you travel, whether you are in a car, a train, an airplane, or a big boat, like Moses, I will carry you wherever you go.

 Love, God  

 


                                                                                          

ACTIVITY

BURNING BUSH

Items Needed:

Paper Plate

Crayons

Tissue paper or construction paper (red, orange, yellow)  If you have no tissue or construction paper have children use their crayons to make the fire.

Write on the trunk of the tree: I AM

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE 

  • ANSWER GOD’S CALL  Think of three things that God calls or asks you to do every day (be kind, love one another, prayer, ect) and then find a way each day to do it.
  • BURNING HEART PRAYER  Write your own prayer thanking God for all your blessings and seeking His help and blessings upon all those who are sad, hurting and in need of God’s love.
  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT.  Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

 

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for all my blessings; my home, my family, my food and most of all, Your love. Please help me pay attention to the rules that You want me to follow so my life can be the best it can be. And help me to be patient, while I wait for You to fulfill your promises; promises that you always keep.   Be with all those helping and serving during these days.  In Jesus’ name we pray ~ Amen

 


 

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August 16, 2020 Post

GREETING

Greetings!

I hope that you and the family are enjoying these warmer days full of sunshine.  Summer time is always a welcome time.  It’s so nice to be able to go barefoot or to slip into a pair of flops.  As we settle into a more relaxing season and  prepare for all our summer activities that await us, may we do so with warm and loving hearts; always open and willing to share God’s love with others.

I miss you and look forward to the day when we will all be together again.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

Baby Moses

 There was a man from the family of Levi. He married a woman who was also from the family of Levi.  She became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw how wonderful the baby was, and she hid him for three months.  But after three months, she was not able to hide the baby any longer. So she got a basket made of reeds and covered it with tar so that it would float. She put the baby in the basket. Then she put the basket among the tall grass at the edge of the Nile River.  The baby’s sister stood a short distance away. She wanted to see what would happen to him.

 Then the daughter of the king of Egypt came to the river. She was going to take a bath. Her servant girls were walking beside the river. She saw the basket in the tall grass. So she sent her slave girl to get it.  The king’s daughter opened the basket and saw the baby boy. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. She said, “This is one of the Hebrew babies.”

Then the baby’s sister asked the king’s daughter, “Would you like me to find a Hebrew woman to nurse the baby for you?”

 The king’s daughter said, “Yes, please.” So the girl went and got the baby’s own mother.

The king’s daughter said to the woman, “Take this baby and nurse him for me. I will pay you.” So the woman took her baby and nursed him.  After the child had grown older, the woman took him to the king’s daughter. She adopted the baby as her own son. The king’s daughter named him Moses,] because she had pulled him out of the water.

GOD’S WONDERFUL WORDS TO YOU:

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."             ~Isaiah 41:10

 


 

MESSAGE

Discussion Questions:

1. Instead of throwing Moses into the Nile, what did his mother do with him for the first three months of his life? (She hid him.)
2. When his mother could hide him no longer, what did she do with Moses? (She put him in a basket and set him among the reeds in the Nile.)
3. Where did Pharaoh's daughter find the baby? (Along the bank of the Nile among the reeds.)
4. What was Pharaoh's daughter doing when she found Moses? (Bathing with her servants.)
5. Do you think Moses was found by accident, or was it God's plan? (God's plan.)
6. Who did Pharaoh's daughter find to nurse the baby? (His mother.)
7. How do we see God's protection in this story? (God protected Moses from dying in the Nile River by allowing Pharaoh's daughter to find him and raise him as an Egyptian.)

We use many things to protect us for instance helmets, gloves and heavy coats in the winter. People also protect us from harm, such as firefighters, police and lifeguards. God's protection is always there, even when we don't know it. He has a plan for us just as He did for Moses. Although things may seem difficult at the time, God is always working in us for the good.

The Bible says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

This week, everyone should spend some time in prayer, thanking God for His protection. Remember, our help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. 

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear ___________________,

Moses’ mom was sad when she had to put Moses in a basket and send him down the Nile.  I know that you are sad sometimes too.  Moses mom trusted me to take care of Moses and to watch over him – even if that meant she could not be with him.  Just like I did for Moses, I will always look after you – no matter where you are.  You can always trust me! I will always work my good even when things may appear to be bad.

I Love You!

Love Always,

God   

 


        

ACTIVITY

BABY MOSES IN A BASKET

Supplies: Construction paper, paper plate, pen, pencil, markers or crayons.

Purpose: To enhance understanding and meaning of story.

How To – Have the children cut the plate in half and color them brown. Then have them make a baby figure out of the construction paper.  Glue or tape baby behind one half of the plate and then glue the other half long ways up to the back of it.  Children can add seaweed behind it.  Have children write, “God saved Moses” on the front of the basket plate.

 


 

 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

 

  • RETELL the Bible story to a friend or family member.
  • PRAYER CHALLENGE Challenge yourself to pray more often this week for friends and others throughout the world who are sad and scared.
  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT. Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us and for always taking care of us. Help us to trust You even when we are sad and scared.  And be with all those in the world who need your protection and love.  Amen

 


 

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August 09, 2020 Post

GREETING

You will come and pray to me.  And I will listen to you. ~Jeremiah 29:12

Greetings!

I hope this fine Sunday in August finds you and your family healthy and well.    While the month may not consist of all that we anticipated and expected due to the pandemic, the SON continues to shine and His love still warms the hearts of those who love Him.  May His light shine upon you as you continue to walk with Him during these unusual and unfamiliar times.

I miss you and look forward to the day when we will all be together again.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

URGENT ESCAPE

By: Carey Wallace

"Pastor! Pastor!" I ran breathlessly into the church where I found Bishop Polycarp praying on his knees. Why didn't he jump in alarm at the fear in my voice? Instead, he continued to pray while I waited impatiently. Finally, he raised himself up and looked at me with his kind eyes.

"Yes, Alpay, my son. What is it that has you so agitated?"

I gazed into the elderly face that I had loved since I was but a boy.

"I heard it in the marketplace. The Romans say the Christians have angered their gods. They're coming after you since you are the Christian leader in Smyrna."

He gave a little sigh and put his hand on my shoulder. "Yes, I have heard this as well."

My temples throbbed. Why was he so calm? "You must leave at once, or they'll take you to the arena and throw you to the beasts!"

"Leave my church? And where shall I go?" he asked, still calm.

"I have made arrangements to hide you at a nearby farm, but you must quickly gather your things."

He smiled as if to reassure me. "I have little to take but my prayers."

Finally, we fled into the countryside where a family awaited our arrival. The firelight in the farmhouse welcomed us, as if this were merely a pleasant social call. I knew better, though. Our purpose for being there was to keep Smyrna's beloved bishop alive. I hoped to keep myself in that state as well.

A VISION OF FIRE
The following day, as Bishop Polycarp was lying on his bed praying, he fell into a trance. Moments later, he woke with a start.

"I just saw my pillow burning with fire," he said.

Those of us with him cast fearful glances at each other.

"What does this mean?" the lady of the farm cried.

"I shall be burned alive."

She scolded him. "You mustn't say such a thing!"

I was startled by his vision and his composure. I became even more determined to keep him alive. That night, a messenger ran to the farmhouse.

"You must leave again! The soldiers are tracking us down!"

I hurried Bishop Polycarp to yet another farmhouse. While he rested, I warmed myself at the hearth, and tried to calm two of the house servants.

"Aren't you afraid?" one of them asked.

"Yes, especially when I remember his vision of being consumed by the flames," I said, drinking deeply of hot broth they had brought to me. "But my pastor's peace gives me courage."

"I wish I could be like that," said the other servant. "I fear that if the time comes, I may not remain faithful."

"If I can be at peace, you can as well," I assured him.

CAPTURED
The moment I dreaded arrived that evening with shouts and soldiers coming up the path carrying swords and torches. How had they found us? When the farmer answered the urgent summons, two soldiers burst in.

"Where is the bishop?" they demanded.

The farmer stalled. "Bishop?"

"We know he is here, so don't play games with us."

Hearing this, I rushed up the stairs to alert the Bishop. "Pastor, the soldiers have come for you!" I whispered. "Hurry, we'll slip out the back!"

He shook his head. "God's will be done."

I followed as he went downstairs to greet his pursuers in the name of Christ.

"Ah," he said, "you must be tired from your journey." Bishop Polycarp startled us by treating these thugs as if they were honored guests. The soldiers appeared shocked at his kindness. "Well, yes, we are."

"Then come and have some food," he invited. "You will feel better. My dear hosts will see to your well-being and it will give me some time to pray here by the fire." While they ate, Bishop Polycarp poured out his heart to God for what seemed like all the churches he'd visited and all the people he'd ever met, including me. "Protect him, O Lord, by your great might," he said. "Keep Alpay strong to serve you."

I had been so afraid. But now, though I knew what lay ahead for him and possibly even for me, I felt peaceful because of Jesus. The soldiers took him away after their meal, and I went along, his servant to the end.

"Do not worry, Alpay," he said. "The Lord himself told us, 'Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. . . Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.'"

LAST CHANCE AT LIFE
As we went along to his trial, the local magistrate and his father called out, "Come, Bishop Polycarp! Come up and speak with us." Soldiers helped him into their carriage.

The magistrate and his father tried to persuade Polycarp. "All you have to do is deny your faith. Then you will be spared."

"Ah, but I could never disown my Lord."

"Then be done with you, fool!" At this, they shoved Polycarp out of the coach, and I ran to his side as he landed with a jolt.

"Are you all right, Pastor?" I asked.

He rubbed his shin. "I am fine."

We walked on slowly until we entered the stadium. The rowdy crowd shouted for "entertainment." Just then a voice called out, "Be strong, Polycarp, and play the man!"

I looked around but did not see any speaker. Others also were straining to see who had said these words. I concluded that the voice was from Heaven, and I took courage in spite of what was to come.

The soldiers presented Bishop Polycarp to the proconsul, a cruel-faced man who yelled to be heard above the noisy throng. "Curse Jesus, and I will spare you!"

The idea made my skin crawl. How could anyone who had loved our Lord ever curse him?

My dear pastor looked compassionately into the man's searing eyes. "Fourscore and six years have I served Him," he said, "and He has done me no harm. How then can I curse my King that saved me?"

"So be it!" he called out. "Carry him to the beasts!"

A soldier stepped forward. "Master, it is late, and the beasts have gone down for the night."

Appearing annoyed, the proconsul waved his hand with a large ring on it. "Then burn him!" I drew in my breath as I thought of the bishop's dream in which his pillow burned. My worst fears were about to come true.

The crowd, eager for the deaths of more Christians, gathered wood for the fire. I watched as Bishop Polycarp's lips moved in prayer, his face aglow from the light of Christ within him. He caught my eye and nodded. Like the children of Israel in the fiery furnace, Polycarp's body remained unharmed by the flames.

Like all God’s children, Bishop Polycarp eventually returned to heaven to be with God.  Every year, on the anniversary of his death, believers gathered to thank God for Polycarp's life among us. He taught us to fear nothing, even death.

 

God’s Wonderful Words to You

You will come and pray to me.  And I will listen to you. ~Jeremiah 29:12

 


 

MESSAGE

  1. Polycarp knew he was being hunted and might die for his faith. How did God comfort and encourage him even as he faced death?
  2. Look up the word "martyr." Do you think there are Christians being martyred in the world today?
  3. Have you ever suffered for being a Christian? How did you respond?
  4. If someone really, truly believes in Christ in their heart, would it be possible for them to deny their faith? Why or why not?
  5. Did you know that Christians are still being persecuted in some areas of the world? Visit the website www.persecution.net to learn more about this. What can you do to support persecuted Christians?

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

   

Dear ___________________,

Poor Bishop Polycarp!  On the run to save his life.  I’m glad he prayed to me.  So I have a question for you do you think I can hear a prayer that you whisper?  Or what about one that you say in your head?  Do you think I can hear a prayer that you say at a noisy party or in a swimming pool?  The answer is yes, I can.  So keep praying to me.  Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I am listening to your prayers – even if you are scared or in a bad situation, I can hear you and I will help you.

Love Always,

God   

 


 

ACTIVITY

Writing a letter or making a card for  PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

OPEN DOORS, is a USA Christian organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging persecuted Christians throughout the world.

Persecuted believers—who often live in a region where they are far outnumbered by followers of other religions—routinely tell us that they are isolated, boycotted, ostracized, harassed, unjustly imprisoned and even attacked. As a result, these believers are often deeply touched when they learn that Christians from other parts of the world are praying for them

For this reason, Open Doors offers these opportunities like letter writing campaigns and encouragement walls so that we can let these brothers and sisters in Christ know that they are not alone. We would be so grateful if you would take a minute to write a brief message of encouragement to them.

Letter Writing Guide

+ Greeting cards, children’s artwork, and postcards are best.

+ To assist in translation, please write in simple English and keep your letter brief.

+ Print clearly.

+ Be encouraging and include 1-2 Bible verses.

+ Show sensitivity; please don’t dwell on the recipient’s plight or share about the blessings of life in your country.

Please check www.odusa.org/letterwriting for details on current opportunities.
Thank you for standing with our Christian brothers and sisters in this vital way.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

  • PRAYER CHALLENGE Challenge yourself to pray daily for Christians throughout the world who are being persecuted for their faith.  Then, thank God for the freedom you have to worship Him and to tell others about Him.
  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT. Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

 

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us and for always being with us. Thank you for the freedom we have in the United States to worship you, to talk to You and to tell others about you.  Help us to be good representatives of Your love.  And God, please be with Christians throughout the world who are being persecuted for loving You. ~Amen

 


 

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August 02, 2020 Post

GREETING

”O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good: because His mercy endureth  forever” ~ Psalm 118:1

Greetings,

I hope this morning’s blog finds you and your family healthy and well as we enter the month of August.  Despite the pandemic, the summer seems to be flying   by.  In a few short weeks our young people will be returning to school.

Without question, these past several months have been trying and unusual.  However, just as this week’s story and lesson reiterates, we are never alone.  Our God will never leave us nor forsake us.

I continue to miss you and to look forward to the day when we will gather together again.   Until then, take good care of one another and stay healthy and well.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

Remember Me 

By: Glenys Nellist

          Jesus sat and looked at the long table where he would eat supper with his disciples.  A lovely large loaf of warm, crusty bread sat in the middle of the table.  It filled the whole room with a delicious smell.  Next to it stood a tall pitcher filled to the brim with fresh, cool juice.  Everything was ready.

Jesus looked at his precious team of twelve disciples as they sat around the table.  They had been so good to him.  They had followed Jesus wherever he went.  They had told so many people about God.  Jesus was going to miss them a lot.

Jesus knew that he had nearly finished his work on earth.  Jesus knew that even though he had done nothing wrong, there were still some people who hated him.  Jesus knew that soon, those same people would hang him on a big, heavy, wooden cross and leave him there to die.  But although Jesus felt sad about that, he felt happy that he had been able to show so many people just how much God loved them.

Jesus would never forget how God helped him calm a great big storm on Lake Galilee.  Most of all, Jesus would never forget his wonderful disciples.  But would his disciples forget him?  Jesus didn’t want that.  So he decided to make their last supper together very special.

Jesus picked up that warm, crusty loaf of bread, broke it, and gave a piece to each of his disciples.  As they ate it, Jesus softly whispered, “Whenever you eat some bread, I want you to remember me.”

Then Jesus picked up that tall pitcher of juice and poured some out for each of his disciples.  As they each took a sip, Jesus softly whispered, “Whenever you have a drink, I want you to remember me.”

What a special supper.  After that, every time those disciples ate some bread, guess who they remembered?  Jesus!  And every time they had a drink, guess who they remembered?  Jesus! Those disciples never forgot Jesus, and Jesus never, ever forgot them.

The day after their final dinner together, Jesus was sad, lonely and tired.  He slowly carried his big, heavy, wooden cross up to the top of the hill.  And when he reached the top, the soldiers took that big, heavy, wooden cross and nailed him to it.  They hammered nails through his hands.  They hammered nails through his feet.  They laughed at him and called him names.  They lifted that big, heavy, wooden cross.  They stood it up and left him hanging there.

Suddenly, the birds stopped singing.  The sun stopped shining.  The flowers hung their heads.  Darkness crept in without a sound and covered the world in its deep, silent shadow.  Jesus closed his eyes.  And then with a roar, the whole earth shook.  The mighty mountains trembled.  And God’s tears fell like raindrops from the sky.  It was the day that his Son, his one and only Son, Jesus, died.

God’s Wonderful Words to You

I will not forget you.  I will see you again.  Then you will be full of joy.
~Isaiah 49:15, John 16:22

 


 

MESSAGE

 

1). Jesus knew his purpose on earth.  In addition to being a carpenter, He knew He came to the earth to teach God’s children right from wrong and to give his life in place of our sins, or mistakes.  He knew that was the only way to reunite God, who is perfect with His not-so-perfect children – you and I.  Because God and Heaven are perfect and without sin and darkness, no one with sin or darkness can enter Heaven.  If they did, they would contaminate it; much like we might contaminate others or be contaminated by the virus if we are sick or around others who are sick.  Jesus’ knew his purpose was to sacrifice his life; to trade it for the sins (bad things we say and do) of all mankind. 

What do you think your purpose in life is?  (We  have  varying gifts and talents that help us carry out our unique purposes; teachers teach; doctors & nurses heal; firemen, policemen, military keep us safe; business professionals run companies; bankers help us financially; athletes & performers entertain, etc.,) While we have unique purposes,  we also have a  shared and common purpose as Christians: To love and honor God, to love others like we love ourselves, to share God’s word with others, to serve others, to set a good example for others to follow, etc.

2). Jesus’ disciples then (his twelve) and now (mom, dad, and adults who confess their faith in Jesus) remember Jesus by the eating of the bread and drinking of the cup (taking communion).

 What are other ways we (to include you) can show and demonstrate that we have not forgotten Jesus? (We can pray and talk to Jesus.  We can read God’s word.  We can follow and obey Him.  We can tell other’s about Jesus.  We can follow His example.)

3) God and Jesus promised that they would never forget us or forsake (leave us on our own) us. 

What are ways that God and Jesus show us that they have not forgotten us? (They bless us with people who love and take care of us.  They bless us with food, water and everything we need to live.  They listen to our prayers and answer them according to what is best for us.  Jesus sent His spirit to live inside of us.)

4). Jesus was sad, lonely and tired and perhaps even scared because He knew what was going to happen to Him.  Do you think that Jesus gets mad at you when you get sad, lonely or scared? (NO, because He experienced it too, He knows how it feels.  He knows how you feel!  He cares and He has promised to always be there for you and to never leave you.  You can ALWAYS trust in Jesus to help you.)

5). Challenge question…. What did Jesus tell His disciples would happen three days after he was crucified (hung on the cross)?  What did happen? 

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear___________________________,

Did you know that all around the world, there are people who still share in that special supper, just like the disciples and Jesus did?  It is called communion.  Communion is a wonderful time when we eat bread and we drink juice or wine to remember Jesus.  And so if you ever share in communion, be sure to remember my son, Jesus – because guess what?  He will be remembering you!  Just like Jesus never, ever forgot his precious disciples, he has promised never, ever to forget you!

The day my Son died was the saddest day I can remember.  But shall I tell you a secret?  That was not the end of Jesus.  The day he died was not the end of the story.  This story has a very happy ending.  Jesus rose from the dead.  He is alive and living with me in Heaven

With So Much Love,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY

You will need : three pieces of construction or copy paper, scissors, glue and a marker or ink pen.

  1. Draw the cup and the plate on one of the sheets of paper
  2. Glue each onto the construction paper
  3. Rip a piece of paper into pieces and glue onto the plate (the bread)
  4. Color one of the sheets of paper purple and/or red. Rip it up and glue onto the cup.
  5. Write the scripture on your craft project like seen above.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

  • MAKE A CARD for someone to show them that you remember them and will never forget them.

 

  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT. Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

 

  • WRITE A LOVE LETTER to God! Tell Him what you are thankful for, how much you love Him and what you need help with.  Then read it aloud to Him.  He would love to hear from you!

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

 

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

I am so glad that Jesus loves me and will never forget about me.  Thank you for sending Him to us.  ~Amen

 


 

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July 19, 2020 Post

GREETING

 

 

Greetings!

I hope you all had a good week.  The summer is moving by far to quickly.  Despite the pandemic, God remains good though and has blessed us with numerous sun filled, glorious days.  I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy them and to fill them with fun, family and social-distanced friends.

Our virtual Vacation Bible School program, Breaking Free has been pushed back one week and will begin now on July 27th.  I hope that you will plan to join us for the week.  While enjoying the blessings of this summer, I look forward to next summer when we will once again be able to gather together.

May God bless you with a productive, safe and healthy week.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

The Tiny Tax Collector

Glenys Nellist

          In the town of Jericho lived a tiny tax collector named Zacchaeus.  More than anything else in the whole world, Zacchaeus loved money.  He loved to touch it.  He loved to smell it.  He really loved to count it.  The trouble was Zacchaeus was greedy.  When he collected taxes from the people, he took much more than he should have.  Because of that, Zacchaeus had no friends.  But what did it matter if Zacchaeus had no friends?  He had money!  For Zacchaeus, having money was the only thing that really mattered.

          One day, Jesus came to Jericho.  Zacchaeus ran down the street, hoping to get a glimpse of Jesus, but the crowd would not let him through.  Try as he might, Zacchaeus could not see over their heads.  That tiny tax collector stood on the very tips of his toes, but he couldn’t see Jesus.  That tiny tax collector jumped as high as he could, but still couldn’t see Jesus.  So do you know what Zacchaeus did?  He climbed a tall sycamore tree.  Now he could see Jesus. And Jesus could see him. 

          “Zacchaeus,” Jesus called.  “Come down.  I would like to come to your house today.” Zacchaeus could not believe his tiny ears.  Oh no! Suppose that Jesus found out that Zacchaeus was greedy?  Suppose that Jesus found out that Zacchaeus took too much money from people?  What would happen when they talked?  Something utterly amazing would!

          Zacchaeus changed!  After Jesus talked with him, Zacchaeus was not greedy anymore.  In fact, he gave back all the money he owed and more.  Zacchaeus discovered he loved Jesus more than money.  Zacchaeus loved to talk to Jesus, and Zacchaeus really loved to listen to Jesus.  And in the end, for Zacchaeus, having Jesus as his very best friend was the only thing that really mattered.

         

GOD’S WONDERFUL WORDS TO YOU:

“I have called you friends” ~ John 15:15

 


 

MESSAGE

Consider the amazing details that are taking place here…there’s Zacchaeus, short guy climbing up a tree to see the Jewish teacher he’s heard about. He probably thought he was hidden away anonymously. But Jesus knew better. He looked straight up at the guy and called him out by name. Not only that, but he invited himself over for dinner!

  • How would you have felt in this position…what would be going through your head? The Bible tells us that Zacchaeus must have been excited, because he hurried down and received Jesus joyfully.

Now, remember that Zacchaeus was kind of a “bad guy” in the eyes of the Jews…they weren’t too pleased that Jesus would associate with such a person, and they complained about it. Fortunately, Jesus was not after public opinion boosts, but individual heart healing…and in this case, it worked.

Jesus was not worried about how others viewed Him. He knew that His mission came from God, and that it involved loving all people. He also knew change was possible for all, and that He would grant forgiveness to all who asked. Zacchaeus was transformed by his encounter with Jesus. He got up and promised that if he had done any dishonest dealing, he would repay it with extra!

That probably amounted to quite a bit of money, but he realized he had found something more important. Zacchaeus became a new man and received the love and mercy of Jesus. And Jesus emphasized that He did not come just for good people, but for those who were truly lost and in need of healing. This is good news for us, because we do bad things too!

This story has another important element: Jesus loved everyone.

  • What does that mean for us? It should mean we demonstrate love and forgiveness, too. Now, some people still do wrong things and need consequences, sure. But we know that love and mercy are possible for all. If God thinks so, shouldn’t we?

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear ___________________,

          What a very important lesson Zacchaeus learned that day.  Zacchaeus learned that there is nothing more important in the whole world than having Jesus as your very best friend.

          Jesus is a friend who will never let you down.  He will never lie to you.  He will always keep His promises.  And best of all, he will never, ever leave you.  Jesus wants to be your very best friend too.  Will you let him?  I hope you do.

With Love,

God       

 


                                                                                    

ACTIVITY

Zacchaeus in the Tree

Supplies:

  • Toilet paper or paper towel tube
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper
  • Tape or glue
  • String or ribbon (if you’d like to hang up the finished product)
  • Markers/decorative materials
  • Clothespin or popsicle stick

Procedure:

  1. Decorate your popsicle stick or clothespin with a face and/or hair, clothing, etc.
  2. Color your tube (tree trunk) if desired. Add a Bible verse or caption.
  3. Cut leaf shapes out of construction paper (likely green color).
  4. Glue the leaves onto the tree trunk.
  5. Place your clothespin in or on the tree and watch Zacchaeus climb or hang out! Hang up with string, if you like.

 

Extra craft ideas…. You might hone in on the idea of a changed heart by encouraging students to decorate heart-shaped papers or other heart-related items. Or you can discuss the element of generosity and create a special tithing envelope or coin collection bank.  For a simple craft with younger audiences, talk about the importance of Jesus knowing the name of Zacchaeus. Have children write out their names with decorative lettering, or use the letters as an acrostic poem.

 


 

Zacchaeus Sunday School Coloring Page

WEEK’S CHALLENGE 

  • Forgive and Be a Friend  Tell those (your brother, sister, cousin, friend) who offend or hurt you this week that you forgive them. And do so before, responding in a mean and negative way.  After you forgive them tell them the story of Zacchaeus and how Jesus forgave him.

 

  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENTWrite a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear God,

We thank you for loving and forgiving us and for knowing us by name. Help us to share the love of Christ with one another, especially those who struggle or are less popular. ~ Amen

 


 

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July 12, 2020 Post

GREETING

Greetings!

I hope you had a good week and that you were able to stay cool.  It was a hot one!  It’s hard to believe that we are already halfway through July.  Our virtual Vacation Bible School program, Breaking Free will begin July 20th.  I hope that you will plan to join us for the week.  While enjoying the blessings of this summer, I look forward to next summer when we will once again be able to gather together.

May God bless you with a productive, safe and healthy week.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

The Little Lost Lamb

Glenys Nellist

There was one a good shepherd who had one hundred sheep.  He loved each of his sheep very much and knew all of their names.  Every day, he would lead them to green pastures where they could eat the best fresh grass.  On their way home, he would lead them to still, cool waters where they could drink.  Every evening, at bedtime, the good shepherd would count his sheep to make sure they were all safely in their pen.

One night, the shepherd began to count his sheep… 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 – Oh no! - Little Fluffy was missing!  Now what do you suppose the good shepherd did?  Did he lie down and go to sleep, hoping that Fluffy would come back the next day?  No! Did he say to himself, “Oh well, never mind, I will have 99 sheep?”  No!  Did he sit down and cry?  No!  He got right up and went out to search for his little lost lamb.

That good shepherd marched back through the meadows, hiked over the hills, and splashed through the streams.  He burrowed under the bushes, thrashed through the thicket, and fought his way around the forests, shouting, “Fluffy, Fluffy, where are you?”  Then, he heard the faintest little cry, “Baa, baa, baa,”

“Fluffy!” the shepherd cried as he happily scooped her up into his arms.  “I’m so glad I found you!”

And with his heart full of love, the good shepherd lifted her ever so gently, put her high on his shoulders, and carried her carefully all the way back home.  Fluffy nuzzled her head into his warm, strong shoulder and decided that she would never, ever leave the good shepherd again.

GOD’S WONDERFUL WORDS TO YOU:

“You are the sheep belonging to my flock.” ~ Ezekiel 34:31

 


 

MESSAGE

A good shepherd does whatever it takes to care for his or her sheep. In all sorts of weather, day or night, the shepherd is there, ready to help.

  • Who in your life is like that shepherd—always ready to help, no matter what?
  • Why do you think that person cares so much?
  • Who in your life is so important to you that you’d do anything to help the person?

Jesus would do whatever it takes to help you.

  • In the story, Jesus is saying He’s a shepherd—a good one. In what ways do you think that’s true?
  • In what ways have you seen Jesus love you this past week or have you not seen that?
  • In this story we’re the sheep. In what ways do you think we’re like sheep?

 


 

 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear ___________________,

Did you know Jesus is just like that good shepherd?  Did you know you are just like one of his sheep?  Jesus loves you so much that he never, ever wants you to leave him.  But even if you do, remember that Jesus will search high and low for you and never give up until he finds you.  And when he does, with a heart full of love, he will bring you back home to be with him forever.

Love Always,

God    

 


                                                                 

 

ACTIVITY

Sheep Puppet

Supply List:

  • Paper bag
  • Cotton balls
  • Glue; scissors
  • Markers/decorative materials
  • Google eyes (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Decorate the paper bag with markers. Add eyes, ears, and mouth features, if desired.
  2. Glue cotton balls on the front of the bag for sheep wool.
  3. Allow to dry, and let your sheep “speak” by moving the bag with your hand!

 

 

 

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE 

 

  • BE A GOOD SHEPHERD Help someone in your family who has lost something or may being feeling a little lost as a result of the pandemic. Do something kind for them to help them know you love and care for them.  Then say a special prayer for them.
  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT. Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Father,

We thank you for your loving kindness, for caring about us, and for forgiving us when we ask for your forgiveness.  ~ Amen

 


 

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July 05, 2020 Post

GREETING

Greetings!

I hope this holiday weekend finds you and the family enjoying some fun in  the sun and some good barbecue.  Summer time is always a great time to relax and reflect.  As we settle into another relaxing summer month, may we do so with grateful and loving hearts.  As freedom rings, let us praise our God from sea to shining sea.   Happy Fourth of July!

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

Wind and Waves

Glenys Nellist

It was a beautiful day on Lake Galilee.  Golden sunlight danced on the water.  A gentle breeze whispered softly in the air. Small waves rippled quietly across the water.  In the little boat, the disciples rested after a busy day’s work.  Jesus put his head on a comfy cushion ad closed his eyes.  All was peaceful, quiet, and calm.

Then, as if from nowhere, great gray clouds marched across the sky and pushed the sun out of the way.  The gentle breeze turned into a mighty rushing wind.  Those small rippling waves became big, bouncing waters. In the little boat, the disciples were scared.  What was happening?  An enormous clap of thunder boomed above, and the heavens opened as a bolt of lightning streaked down toward the little boat.  Now the disciples were terrified!  Their little boat rocked up and down as the mighty waves jumped over the deck.  They were going to drown!  Where was Jesus?  Surely He could save them.

Above the noise of the storm, the disciples thought they heard another, quieter sound.  That couldn’t possibly be the sound of someone snoring, could it?  But it was!  Jesus was fast asleep on that comfy cushion, and he was snoring – snoring while that mighty storm was raging all around them!

“Jesus! Jesus!” the disciples cried.  “Save us, save us!” Jesus woke up, stood in that little boat, and held his hand out over the raging waters.  He said two tiny words.

“Be still.”

And an amazing thing happened.  Those crashing, thundering waters became small waves again.  That mighty, rushing wind turned back into a gentle breeze.  Those great gray clouds scurried away and the sun slid back where it belonged.  The storm had stopped.

The disciples were amazed.  Who was this man who could calm the wind and stop the waves?  This man was Jesus, the Son of God.

GOD’S WONDERFUL WORDS TO YOU:

“I will take hold of your hand ”  ~Isaiah 42:6

 


 

MESSAGE

Sometimes things happen in our lives that feel like a storm.  And like the disciples, we might get scared and wonder where Jesus is.  It might feel like He is asleep and doesn’t care about what we are going through.

 

Review Questions

  1. How did the disciples feel when the storm came while they were in the boat? (Afraid.)
  2. Should they have been afraid? (No.)
  3. Why not? (Jesus was with them, and they should have known that He could help them.)
  4. Should we ever be afraid? (No.)
  5. We should never be afraid because we know that Jesus is with us and can help us.
  6. If Jesus could make the storm stop and help His disciples, do you think He can help you with your problems? (Yes.)

Jesus is powerful enough to help us with any problem.  He always hears our prayers and is always with us.

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Dear ___________________,

Wow! How scary for those disciples to be in that little boat in the middle of a storm.  Are you ever afraid of storms, or of the dark, or of being alone?  Do you remember in that story how Jesus held out his hand over the water?

If you are ever scared, I want you to imagine Jesus holding out his hand to you.  Even though his hand might be invisible, it will still be right there, holding onto yours.  He will hold tight and never let go.  When you are afraid, remember- Jesus will be holding your hand.

Love ,

God  

 


                                                                                         

ACTIVITY

Jesus Calms the Storm Craft Materials:

Blue paper
White or Black paper (for background)
Brown Paper
Gray Paper
Scissors
Glue
Thin Popsicle Sticks
White or light colored felt
Crayons
Pencil

Use whatever materials you may have available to model and make the craft above.

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE 

 

  • BLESSINGS CHART  Make a chart identifying all the days of the week. At the close of each day write underneath that day all the things you were thankful for.  Then say a prayer thanking God for all your blessings
  • BLESSING BEARER  Find a way each day to be a blessing to someone else. Do an extra chore to help out mom or dad.  Help a neighbor.  Call a friend.  Send a card or a note to someone.  Then after you list your blessings on your blessing chart, write down one way in which God used you to bless someone else.
  • ADOPT A GRANDPARENT.   Write a letter, or color a picture to one of our elderly church members twice a month.  That’s all you have to do to brighten someone’s day.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address.

 

We can all do something to lighten the load of others during this time.  Be creative and share your ideas!

Pastor Schalm (734) 255-0935  / cschalm@stpaulucctaylor.org

 

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Jesus, we praise You for being so powerful that You can even tell the storm to stop, and it listens to You. Help us to have faith and pray to You whenever we need help.    Amen.

 

 


 

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