Christian Education Corner

April 11, 2020

GREETING

 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us
new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."  ~1 Peter 1:3

Greetings ,

Happy Easter!  I hope you and your family are doing well on this blessed Easter Day.  While we may all be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus differently than we have in years past, the reason for the celebration remains the same.  Our Savior lives.  Our Savior is well.  Our Savior conquered death once and for all.  Our Savior reigns victorious.  Our Savior keeps His promises.  Our Savior has promised us eternal life.  Our Savior longs to live  within us.  Indeed, we have a lot to celebrate!

I hope you enjoy this Sunday’s Easter blog.  Wishing you a blessed Easter full of God’s goodness and grace.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

 

The Happy Ending 

By: Glenys Nellist

Three days later, the early morning sun tried to peek through the clouds as Jesus’ friend Mary came up the hillside to put perfume on Jesus’ body.  Quietly, she tiptoed up to the big cave where they had buried him.  Suddenly, she stopped.  Something was wrong.  The great big stone that had covered the doorway was gone.  Who could have moved that heavy stone?  Mary slowly peered inside the dark cave.  She could not believe what she saw.  Jesus was gone!  Who had taken his body? Where had they put him? Mary began to cry, but then, she heard a voice behind her.

“Why are you crying?’ a man asked.

“Oh please, sir,” Mary sobbed.  “Are you the gardener?  Someone has taken my Jesus away.  If you know where he is, can you tell me?”

“Mary,” the man whispered.

Mary’s heart skipped a beat.  How did this man know who she was? How could his voice sound so much like Jesus as he softly whispered her name?  Mary blinked through her tears at the man standing in front of her.  Could it really be true?  Was this man Jesus?  Was Jesus alive again?  And suddenly, she knew it was him!

The sun jumped out from behind the clouds, the birds began to sing again.  The flowers in the fields lifted their heads as they danced in the wind.  The whole earth seemed to shout his name.  Jesus! Jesus! Jesus was alive! And from the heavens up above came the sound of a thousand angels singing – a thousand angels singing to welcome back Jesus – Jesus, the King of the World!

Mary’s heart sang for joy! If Jesus could live again, even after he had died, that meant one day, Mary could live again too!  And if Jesus would have a new home in heaven, that meant one day, Mary would have a new home in heaven too!

With a hop, a skip, and a jump Mary ran to tell the disciples.  Jesus was alive! Jesus was alive, and one day, one wonderful day, Mary would be able to live in heaven with Jesus forever.

The End

         

God’s Wonderful Words to You

Because I live, you will live also ~ John 14:19

 


 

MESSAGE

JESUS LIVES!   Even though great sadness and sorrow were felt by all Jesus’ disciples (His friends who followed Him) and by those who loved Him when He was hung on the cross, they knew great joy once He rose from the dead.  We too, feel sad and experience sorrow when someone we love dies or when something bad happens.  It is important though to remember, that like Jesus’ friends, we too will know happiness and joy again.  Because Jesus lives and conquered death, those who follow Him and love Him will also.

  • Do you know anyone who lives in Heaven?
  • How do you think Heaven looks?
  • What do you think they do in Heaven?
  • How do you think they behave in Heaven?
  • Do you want to live in Heaven one day when all your work on earth is through?

One day, all those who believe and trust in Jesus will live in Heaven together.  There will be no more sadness, bullying, meanness, greed, illness or hatred.

  • What things do you think will be there?

Heaven will be perfect!  And one day we will all gather there in perfect love and peace.

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

 

Dear___________________________,

Are you smiling now, like I am?  That really was a happy ending wasn’t it?  Jesus came back to life!  And do you know where Jesus is now?  He is in heaven – the most wonderful home there is.  That’s where Mary is too.  Heaven is a home where there is no crying and no sadness.  Heaven is a home where there is nothing to be afraid of and nothing that can hurt you.  Heaven is a home where there is only happiness, love, laughter, and joy.  And the most amazing part of this whole story is that heaven can be your home too – where one wonderful day, you can live with Jesus forever.  Until then, follow me and live a good life by loving others and keep growing and learning.

I Love You,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY 

Activity: Jelly Bean Prayer

Supplies Needed:  White paper, markers or crayons

How To: Have the children follow the example below and design their own Jelly Bean Prayer.  Send me pictures of their creative art work.  Have them read it before Easter dinner and then hang it on their bedroom door.  Have fun!

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE 

 

  • SCAVENGER HUNT  Take a pencil and piece of paper and go in your backyard or for a walk (with mom or dad) and write down five new things that you see and or hear that you did not or could not see or hear two months ago.  Write your own prayer thanking God for them and for how He sends new birth to the earth.

 

  • TAKE A VACATION  This may have been the week that you and your family would have gone on vacation. Even if not, decorate a room and/or dress up as if you were on vacation.  Whether it be your favorite vacation destination or a dream vacation, have fun and use your imagination.  Send me a picture (734) 255-0935.  I will include it in next week’s church video.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Make Hearts! Make a red heart and write THANK YOU Doctors, Nurses and healthcare professionals on it.  Make a blue heart and write THANK YOU police, fire and first responders on it.  Make a white heart and write THANK YOU essential retailers, drivers and workers.  Place the hearts in your window to brighten the day of those continuing to serve and care for us.

 

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 Heavenly Father,

 We thank You for sending us Jesus and for rising Him from the dead.  Because Jesus died on the cross we know that we no longer have to fear death.  We thank you for the season of Spring and for all the new beginnings that are springing up all around us.  Be with us we pray during good and bad times and grant us the courage and faith to always follow and trust in You.

Happy Easter God!

~ Amen

 


 

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April 05, 2020 Posting

Greetings!

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

Greetings on this Palm Sunday,
I hope this morning’s blog finds you and your family healthy and well as we enter into Holy Week. Today we remember Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem for the Passover Festivities, a tradition still practiced by those of Jewish faith. On Thursday, often referred to as Maundy Thursday, we will remember Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. Then on Friday, let us still ourselves and reflect upon the crucifixion, the day when Jesus was hung on the cross in order to bury and forgive our sins.

Lastly, let us prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday. A joyous day in which we remember and receive the risen Christ; our Lord and Savior who was crucified, dead and buried and rose from the dead.

Together, let us enter into this Holy Week full of hope and faith in the promises of our God and Savior who said,
“I will never leave nor forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6

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 leave our homes right now.  Jesus’ knew his purpose was to sacrifice his life; to trade it for the sin (bad things we say and do) of all mankind. 

What do you think your purpose in life is?  (While we each have our varying gifts and talents that serve as more individualized purposes; teachers teach; doctors & nurses heal; firemen, policemen, military keep us safe; business professionals run companies; bankers help us financially; athletes & performers entertain, etc., we all share common purposes 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 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 in human form, 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?  (Don’t give answers or acknowledge if the ones given are correct or incorrect.  Simply show excitement for next week’s story when they will find out!)


 

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, and I love happy endings. (Don’t you?)  So stay tuned for next week’s story to find out what happened next – you will hardly be able to believe it!

With So Much Love,

God

 


 

ACTIVITY

Parents,

Today would have been our Easter Egg Hunt and Party at Sunday School.  While we are unable to be together, the egg hunt and lesson can go on!  Listed below are seven short sentences or partial dialogues of a short story.  Each one should be written or printed and cut and placed in a plastic Easter egg.  If you do not have plastic Easter eggs simply write or print them.  The six cut pieces of the story whether in plastic eggs or just paper strips should be hidden throughout the house.  Have the children hunt and find them.  Then put the story together (like a puzzle).  The story will help the children more fully understand why Jesus died on the cross.  You can also just put the number of each dialogue on the strip of paper and hide it and then read the story from your computer screen.  You are also invited to write a number 1-4 on each of the strips.  Have the children save the strips and once we return to Sunday School they can turn the strips in for the number of pieces of candy reflected on each strip.

  • A group of children FELL into a mud puddle that they were told to stay away from. Because they did not listen and obey, all their clothes got dirty and very muddy.

 

  • They all felt very YUCKY and DIRTY and they wanted clean clothes; however, they were ashamed and scared to tell their parents because they did something they were told not to do.  They disobeyed.

 

  • The children tried to wash their clothes by themselves in the sink, but they just would not come clean.  In fact, they made a bigger mess.  The dirt and mud got all over the sink and floor too. They needed help!  They needed someone who LOVED them and knew how to clean their clothes.

 

  • When the children’s parents found out about their children’s situation, they gathered their dirty clothes and put them in the wash machine and poured some laundry detergent over them.

 

  • Once the children’s clothes were washed, they were buried away into the dryer where they stayed until they were dried.

 

  •  When the children’s parents took the clean and fresh clothes to their children to put on, the children SMILED and were so HAPPY and THANKFUL to have clean clothes again.  The children learned to trust  their parents because when they confessed (told the truth) and repented (said they were sorry) their parents forgave them.  And because the children were sincerely sorry and because they loved their parents, they tried really, really, hard to obey them from then on.  THE END ~CAS

Explanation:  The children disobeyed (the Fall of the world).  As a result they got dirty and muddy (sin).  They felt yucky (dirty, guilty, ashamed).  They wanted clean clothes – they wanted to feel good again.  They tried on their own to fix their mess, but just made a bigger mess (we can’t erase or fix sin on our own).  The children’s parents stepped in when they realized their children needed help (God stepped in to help us).  They took their clothes and washed them with laundry soap (God sent Jesus who washed our sins clean with His blood on the cross).  The parents then buried the clothes in the dryer to finish the job (Jesus was laid in a tomb).  The parents presented the clean clothes to the children after the redeeming work of the dryer was complete (Jesus rose from the dead to present mankind with the promise of forgiveness).  The children were happy and thankful to have clean clothes.  They learned to trust in the love of their parents when they confessed and repented of sin (The same holds true with our Savior when we confess and repent).  Like the children, when we experience this kind of love and sacrifice it should change us and make us long to be obedient to God’s word.

 

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO SENT PICTURES OF LAST WEEK’S ACTIVITY

   

 

 


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

  • MAKE AN EASTER CARD for one of our elderly members of church.  Have mom or dad email, call or text me for a name and address to send it to.

 

  • 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.

 

  • MAKE HEARTS! Make a red heart and write THANK YOU Doctors, Nurses and healthcare professionals on it.  Make a blue heart and write THANK YOU police, fire and first responders on it.  Make a white heart and write THANK YOU essential retailers, drivers and workers.  Place the hearts in your window to brighten the day of those continuing to serve and care for us.

 

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 know that bad and sad things happen sometimes.  When they do, help us to have a good attitude and find something good we can do.  And when we make mistakes help us to trust in those that love us.  Give us courage to confess our mistakes and to repent and 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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