APPRECIATION – Part of being a REAL disciple of Jesus

As we continue to talk about what it means to live as real disciple of Jesus, we thought about expressing appreciation.  We can express appreciation to one another and God. 

Image result for grateful leperDuring Treasure Seekers we acted out this story from Luke 17 of the 10  men who were healed.  We see an example of one man who came back to express appreciation. 

How can we take time this week to express our gratitude to God? 

Do you have a time set aside each day to pause to thank God for the blessings of the day? 

Are there games that your family plays to help you think of all the little parts of life that we can be thankful for?

Always feel free to be in touch if you’d like to talk about ideas.  Thank you!

Here is the story from the Bible: Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy 
Luke 17:11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[b] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

Stewards of Children Workshop RSVP Reminder

Don’t miss this great opportunity! RSVP by August 26

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Christian Education Ministry Teams, and Children’s Ministry Leaders,

       I hope you’ll consider joining us for this training.  Please feel free to share this information with others who might be interested.  If the cost of the workbook is a challenge, please let us know, so we can see about providing assistance.  Thank you.  Sarah Haas 317-709-5857

Stewards of Children 

Child sexual abuse is one of the most prevalent health problems children face with a wide array of consequences.  Even with greater attention to prevention, still it is estimated at least 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse by their 18th birthday.  This means you likely know a child for whom this is true.

While it’s easy to feel powerless, there are tools to help create safer communities for children.

On Saturday, September 10from 2 -5 pm at Friedens United Church of Christ (8300 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, 46217) we will offer a child sexual abuse prevention workshop called “Stewards of Children.”  This workshop is designed for parents, other caregivers of children, and anyone who wants to help make a difference in the lives of children.

Rev. Jill Cameron Michel, Minister of Children, Youth and Families at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Stewards of Children Facilitator, will be leading this workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $10/participant for a workbook.  Please make checks on to Friedens UCC.  On the memo line please write “Stewards of Children workbook.”  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sarah Haas at pastorsarah@friedensucc.org or 317-709-5857 by August 26.

Living Out REAL Discipleship

During August Treasure Seekers is focusing on what it means to live as REAL disciples of Jesus:
(Respect, Encourage, Appreciate, Love).
This past Sunday we talked about this passage from Romans 12: 15-16 – Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.

Choosing REAL LIFE Discipleship!

During the month of August we are going to take a little break from our curriculum to think about respecting one another.

It seems like the current conversations we hear in media easily become unkind and
disrespectful.

As we seek to live out real discipleship as followers of Jesus, we thought it might be helpful to revisit how we show love to God, to our neighbors, and to ourselves through showing respect, encouragement, appreciation, and love in action.  We hope you’ll be watching for people who are being R-E-A-L:

R – respectful, E – encouraging, A – appreciative, and L – loving.

We want to share these positive stories and give thanks to God!

DON’T FORGET – OLYMPIC ICE CREAM PARTY THIS SUNDAY!~

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Please bring a sack lunch. We’ll provide the ice cream.

Often the stories of the Olympics inspire a spirit of cooperation and determination. Those are some of the same traits that help us grow as followers of Jesus. Join us to celebrate discipleship as a new school year gets underway.
We’ll have game stations along with stations for you to develop spiritual growth goals as individuals or families. We encourage you to make three goals for the school year – 1 for every 3 months:
1)   I/we will stay focused on our mission of sharing the love of Christ by…
2)   I/we will go deeper as a disciple/s of Christ by…
3)   I/we will reach wider with the love of Christ by…
Questions – Please contact Pastor Sarah

Stewards of Children Workshop

Dear Parents, Grandparents, Christian Education Ministry Teams, and Children’s Ministry Leaders,

       I hope you’ll consider joining us for this training.  Please feel free to share this information with others who might be interested.  If the cost of the workbook is a challenge, please let us know, so we can see about providing assistance.  Thank you.  Sarah Haas 317-709-5857

Stewards of Children 

Child sexual abuse is one of the most prevalent health problems children face with a wide array of consequences.  Even with greater attention to prevention, still it is estimated at least 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse by their 18th birthday.  This means you likely know a child for whom this is true.

While it’s easy to feel powerless, there are tools to help create safer communities for children.

On Saturday, September 10from 2 -5 pm at Friedens United Church of Christ (8300 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN, 46217) we will offer a child sexual abuse prevention workshop called “Stewards of Children.”  This workshop is designed for parents, other caregivers of children, and anyone who wants to help make a difference in the lives of children.

Rev. Jill Cameron Michel, Minister of Children, Youth and Families at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Stewards of Children Facilitator, will be leading this workshop.

The cost of the workshop is $10/participant for a workbook.  Please make checks on to Friedens UCC.  On the memo line please write “Stewards of Children workbook.”  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sarah Haas at pastorsarah@friedensucc.org or 317-709-5857 by August 26.

Back To School Prayers *In Color!!

This past Sunday during Treasure Seekers we made zipper pulls for a back pack or other bags.  We used different color beads to help us think about the different phrases of the Lord’s Prayer and what they mean.

Here’s what we talked about, but you are welcome to use your own color pattern.  Please be in touch if you have any questions about the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father who is in heaven – purple

Hallowed be your name (holy, special, amazing is your name) – blue  (Purple and blue are colors that sometimes signify royalty and remind us of God’s power and leadership in our lives.)

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven – green (Green as a sign of growth – as followers of Jesus we are called to be part of growing God’s loved community on earth)

Give us this day our daily bread – yellow (Yellow as a color that can remind of the sun for each day or the color of some grains)

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors – red (Red as a color of God’s love and forgiveness)

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from even – orange (Orange as a sign of warning to turn to God in times of temptation rather than giving in)

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever – each child picked their own color