Sunday School- Thankyous go out to Melinda Gillingham and Lacy Untereiner for serving on our Sunday School Staff the past year. Circumstances came up and they can no longer serve. We welcome Shirley Hearty to our staff. The Sunday School is in need of one more team teacher for relief teaching. Please contact Sunday School Superintendent Lynn Giese @ (780) 489-0048.
Adopt a child program- Prayer pals were revealed at the church picnic in September. New prayer pals were chosen for this year. There are twenty six children and twenty four adults participating in the program. This is a joint program between the two Sunday Schools.
Mission Offerings – Collections from September 2016 to May 2017 went to BC Mission Boat. This mission is where VBS is taught among Coastal Villages. We chose special offerings to go to Monday Night Kids program for this School Year offerings.
Marty Party – Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we had a time of fun and fellowship in the gym with activities and games for the children. We gave away some mementos and closed the evening with a German-cooked meal prepared by volunteers from the congregation. The successful event was enjoyed by all who attended and we had good attendance.
Christmas Program- December 17 @ 11 am Worship Service all Sunday School students and parents need to be in attendance. Practices will be held during the Sunday School hour starting on the last Sunday of November.
Sunday School Lessons- This fall we are teaching Old Testament lessons from 1 Kings, Solomon, Esther.
Confirmation-This fall students are in their second year and they are studying Luther’s Small Catechism. The class meets Saturday mornings with both Pastors leading.
Christian Education Programs- Sunday School has had a decline in attendance. We encourage parents to bring their Children faithfully to Worship and Sunday School. The best thing you can do to ensure your children receive a good Christian Education is to put the word of God in their hands everyday and teach them God’s Love for them.
Bible Studies- Home Bible Study will be starting soon. Leaders are being trained to lead by Pastor Curtis.
Library and Resource Centre- Library books and other Christian Resources are displayed in the gym on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. The centre is gaining in interest and use and books are being purchased and used in the home. Books and other resources are available for order. At the end of the month there will be Christmas books and cards available. The majority of library books are available in the social room. When you are finished with the library resources, please return them on the shelves in the social room.
Christian Education Director,
2017/18 Sunday School Mission Project is "The Rock Outreach Breakfast Program".
This Community Meal program is held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. at 11004 - 96 Street.
Volunteers gather as early as 5:30 a.m. to prepare porridge, pancakes and coffee for those people unable to provide for themselves.
Our Sunday School children will collect offerings this year to purchase pancake mix, oatmeal, peanut butter, syrup, coffee, etc. to contribute to these breakfasts.
Please pray that this mission project will be meaningful for our children.
- Maureen Tiedemann, S.S. Mission Coordinator
Grace Lutheran Church Board of Christian Education VBS was held at Grace Lutheran July 10 to July 14.
The theme was: “In Jesus the Victory Is Won.” Thanks be to God , who gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1st Corinthians vs 15 -57) The children studied Kings, battles, and God’s Victory for His purpose.
The lessons included the retelling of five Bible accounts:
God’s might tumbled Jerico’s wall (Joshua 6: 6-20).
God’s rescue of King Hezekia’s Kingdom (2Kings: 18-19).
King Josiah’s reading of God’s Word (2Kings 22: 1-23).
Our Saviors Triumph entry to Jeruselum (Luke19: 28-40).
Jesus Victory through His Death and Resurrection ( Luke 23: 1-24, 24:12)
During the week, the children learned that in Jesus, the Victory is won! They looked into God’s Holy Word, the Bible, to discover that Jesus is their Champion, Saviour and King. He fought and won the battle for them. He lived a perfect life, died to pay for their sins and rose triumphantly to give them Victory into eternity. Every lesson clearly distinguished between God’s Law and Gospel. The children learned of God’s will for their lives and how the law has been fulfilled for them in person by Jesus. At the center of every lesson is the Gospel of God’s gracious gift of Jesus the Saviour from Sin, Death and the Devil.
During the week, we opened VBS with a prayer, song and scripture reading of God’s word and a theme Video. The children enjoyed snacks, games and crafts, developing new relationships with other children. Each family received a Music CD with many songs to enjoy. We are planning on using some of the traditional hymns in our Sunday School.
We had 37 children registered. Eight of the children had not attended before.
Mission of the Week: Special Offerings go towards the Lutheran Hour Ministries in celebration of Reformation.
Offerings Totaled $179.00.
Friday we had a special Closing Program with song, prayers and a light lunch. A special fun feature on Friday was a Bouncy Castle. It was a great uplifting week.
Thank you to the Volunteers that helped in any way to make this years VBS successful.
During the week we had the 21 following volunteers helping with VBS. · Carole Baron · Tabitha Biel · Maureen Tiedemann · Lynn Giese · Brianna Sturzel · Christian Gibson · Linda Grohn · Shirley Hearty · Martha Feculak · Karen Krysa · Gerry Saunderson · Kim Goertzen · Nanny Chawish · Chigoa Jany · Nyakong Koryam · Nyagletni Jyet · Josh Kurtenbach · Andrea Boehm · Pastor Curtis Boehm · Ottilie Woytkiw · Corrine Yasinsky
In His Service,
VBS Coordinator Linda Grohn
Assistant VBS Coordinator Lynn Giese
Sunday School Mission Project - B.C .Mission Boat
Our Sunday School has chosen the B.C. Mission Boat Society to sponsor with our Sunday School offerings. We are hoping to host Jessica Pixner at the end of February 2017 who can share first-hand how the money is used and how trips are arranged into the B.C. coastal villages. Teams lead Vacation Bible Schools; interact with the local people doing crafts, cooking and sports; and develop relationships through service to Christ. Look for a display coming soon to the Sunday School bulletin board.
I am receiving monthly prayer request letters from Jessica which will be posted on the Sunday School bulletin board. Our Sunday School offerings will be sent to this mission effort. The morning Sunday School WILL NOT be receiving envelopes for the 2017 year.
- submitted by Maureen Tiedemann
Director of Education
Our Director of Education is Linda Grohn. She started working with Sunday Schools over 35 years ago when her daughter, Connie was a little girl.
Linda and her husband, Arnold, live outside of Westlock and travel into the city to attend Grace each week. Linda has assisted Lynn Giese with the coordination of our Vacation Bible School for the past several years. She is known for her attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. God bless Linda for her service to the Lord!
Sunday School Superintendent and Assistant
Lynn Giese has an assistant, Maureen Tiedemann, to share the workload of the superintendent. They have been working together to divide tasks, create task outlines and organize teaching material. They also meet with the afternoon Sunday School leaders to exchange ideas, explain the various methods of communication through the church bulletin, Grace Vine and emails and to discuss opportunities to integrate and support each other.