PraiseMakers Are Getting Ready for Christmas!!

Praise Makers has been on a two-week break for the Thanksgiving holidays. Praise Makers begin again this Sunday, Dec. 4th.

They will be working on songs for the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service.

We hope you will come and invite your friends.

Youth and grown-ups are invited to REVIVE and THRIVE – a special time of meditation, learning, and conversation or Dick Bailey’s Bible Study Class. All are invited to a pitch-in breakfast at 9:15 in the Community Life and Worship Center before Praise Makers and REVIVE and THRIVE activities begin. Please be in touch with Pastor Sarah (pastorsarah@friedensucc.org), if you have any questions. Thank you!

Advent Activities at Friedens

Image result for advent wreath image and meaningRebekah Lawson will be helping the children learn Christmas carols during Treasure Seekers throughout Advent (The season of the church year that includes the 4 Sundays before Christmas. This year, Advent begins November 27.)

On Dec. 4th after worship is the special Advent family time with pizza.

On Dec. 11th and  18th Becky Rissel will be working with the Treasure Seekers to prepare gifts for the GV staff.

Christmas Eve is always a special time of worship, with two services in our sanctuary. There is an early, family oriented service that begins at 5:30pm, then a traditional candle-light service with Chancel Choir and carols at 7:30pm

Family Meals Are Valuable!

Hi everyone! It’s Sharon, this time.

Image result for jesus eatingI wanted to share parts of an article that I just read about the advantages of sitting together at mealtimes. Apparently, research reveals a number of good outcomes for children and teens who share meals with their families at least twice a week. I know our family meals with our kids (and now, grandkids) have provided lots of great memories and still give us opportunities to connect. The value is pretty powerful. No wonder there are so many stories in the Bible about Jesus sharing a meal with people! Here’s part of the blog….

…..The benefits go beyond nutrition…. Eating together can improve parent-child relationships, and give kids a sense of stability and connectedness. Children younger than 13 who regularly eat meals with their families exhibit fewer behavioral problems, and mealtime conversations have been tied to improved literacy. While the frequency of meals with family tends to dwindle through high school, teens who eat with their families tend to be healthier, happier, and less inclined toward risky behavior….Meals are also where we learn our family and cultural values, and where we establish our personal tastes…

….In a perfect world, all parents would have the ability to regularly join their children for meals. But every parent can make the effort to gather their kids around the table at least a couple times a week. The Family Dinner Project, a nonprofit organization from Harvard University, offers some helpful resources (including recipes and conversation-starters) for families who need a push to get started. There are few easier or more effective ways to improve family closeness and children’s well-being.

John Lingan, Senior Writer and Digital Media Editor for ChildTrends

Encouraging Others and Giving Thanks

This Sunday’s Treasure Seeker lesson was from 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17.  2 Thessalonians is a letter written to the church in place called Thessalonica.  In this passage the church was being encouraged to stand firm in its beliefs.  You can find it below.

Image result for cornucopia clipartIn Treasure Seekers we spoke about what it means to encourage others.  This passage also talks about giving thanks to God.  For our activity we made edible cornucopias and thought about ways we can express gratitude to God.

In this season of Thanksgiving, how does your family like to show thanks?

 13 But we must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 For this purpose he called you through our proclamation of the good news, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.  16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and through grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, 17 comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word.

You may want to print off the following drawing for your child to color and talk about the many blessings we share around the table at this season.

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Diversity & Awareness

Hi everyone!

Image result for inclusivity posterPastor Sarah has arranged for a trained Occupational Therapist (Friedens’ own Amy Planalp) to visit with the Treasure Seekers all through November to talk about different ways that we can be aware and alert to any special needs of the people around us.

Plan to worship at 10:30am those Sundays so your child/children can participate and discover ways they can share the love of Christ with others who may move, understand, walk, talk, look, see or hear differently from them by being sensitive to their situation.

After class, you will surely want to hear what they have learned and can share with you. We may all learn some new ways to demonstrate God’s love and care!

Continuing in prayer for all of you! Sharon