We finish the month with an important moment recorded in John 20:19-29. Although Thomas was one of Jesus’ disciples, he hadn’t yet seen Jesus face-to-face after the resurrection. When the rest of the disciples tried to tell him that Jesus was alive, Thomas couldn’t believe it. Jesus showed up again, went to Thomas and gave him a chance to touch the scars. Thomas knew once and for all that Jesus was alive!
Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God is bigger than our questions. Questions are a normal part of following Jesus. We won’t always understand what we read in the Bible or why our life looks the way it does. God wants us to be honest about our questions and doubts. We pray that kids will understand that they can have hope knowing God will help them through those doubts.
As we celebrate Easter this month, Sunday School curriculum will focus on looking at the bright side. We can’t always understand why some things happen, but we can believe in a God who keeps His promises. We can have hope, even in the toughest times, because we know He can make something good out of something bad. Youth will learn about how Lazarus was raised from the dead, the crucifixion and resurrection and why Thomas doubted.
“IN THIS WORLD YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. BUT BE ENCOURAGED! I HAVE WON THE BATTLE OVER THE WORLD.”
JOHN 16:33B, NIRV
Are you available to help out in the nursery this summer? We are looking for several people to volunteer for a Sunday or two to watch children ages 0-3 in the nursery beginning on June 16th and going through September 1st.
Working in the nursery is not as hard as it may seem. The adult in charge needs to be in the room around 9:25 so that parents can drop children off. The kids are signed in by the parents (which helps with name identification should you have trouble remembering!), and free play during the hour. There are diapers in the white cabinet should the need arise. The job is relatively easy. However, it does require individuals to volunteer their time to make the program work.
If you are available, contact Sue Panilaitis with a date that works for you! If you are interested, but not ready to commit, feel free to reach out with any questions you might have.
Tewksbury Congregational Church has a long standing of helping others and that includes those within our congregation. As our college youth head off to college in the fall, we would like to support them by awarding a scholarship. If you are participating in higher level learning, please consider filling out the attached application and returning it to the church office. Application deadline is May 13th.Attached File: 22Scholarship Fund Application 2019.pdf
We are looking for TCC youth artists who would like to create a black and white image for the front of the Youth Sunday bulletin! Youth can draw or use digital media to create an image that speaks to them about Pentecost. Please keep in mind that the picture will be printed in black and white but it could be printed on colored paper. All submissions need to be submitted to Sue Panilaitis by May 19th.
Sunday School teachers are a special group of people! They regularly sacrifice time, money, and resources to spend a brief hour each week offering spiritual training to our youth. Sunday School teachers are not babysitters, but are faithfully called by God to impact lives, empower others, and to witness God transform lives. To do this effectively, they need physical and moral support from the congregation, and strength and wisdom from God.
Take a moment to say thank you. Not sure who they are? Please check out the attached pdf which will help you put a name to a face.Attached File: 73Teacher Directory 2018-2019.pdf
Are you interested in planning ahead? Thinking about booking vacations next year? To help facilitate the process, the CE program has outlined their 2018-2019 program year. While things are subject to change, we hope that having this information out to you sooner than later will be helpful and provide any guidance you need.
Attached File: 562018-2019 RE Calendar.pdf
Have some questions about the CE program? Check out the CE Handbooklet. As the year progresses, I hope that the information contained here will help aid in your family’s journey: from birth and baptism, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Click on the attached document for an in-depth look at what is available to all at TCC.
Interested in registering your child for our tutition free program? Click on Sue Panilaitis' high lighted name at the top of this article to send a message to the Director of Christian Education for enrollment information.
Attached File: 43Christian Education Handbook 2018-19.pdf