This week, youth will learn about a story found in Luke 5:17- 26 about a paralyzed man who just happened to have some really good friends. When His friends heard that Jesus was in town, they tried everything to get their friend to Jesus. In fact, as friends, they cooperated, tore a hole in a roof, and dropped their friend down in front of Jesus while He was teaching. And as a result of their faith and cooperation a miracle happened.
Bottom Line: Work together to help someone in need. When we see others with needs that seem huge and overwhelming, we too often think they’re too big for us to help and end up doing nothing. However, if we cooperate with others to meet their need, we have a better chance making a difference in their life and point them to God.
Quote for the month: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIrV
During the next couple of weeks, lessons will center around cooperation by providing youth with examples within the Bible. Youth will learn about Moses and the building of the Tabernacle, Joshua's leading of the Israelites in a fierce battle against the Amalekites and the healing the paralytic at Capernaum. These lessons remind us that God created us to work together in community, and throughout the Bible, we read how God brought people together to accomplish something big for Him. Through cooperation, we reflect what Jesus envisioned for His followers. Our love for one another can point people to Him.
November 18th 4-6 pm - Join other TCC families at Magic Brush. Magic Brush is participating in a fundraiser – Greater Lowell Annual Empty Bowls Project. How this works is that Greater Lowell Annual Empty Bowls Project hosts a fundraising night titled “Empty Bowls.” In attending this event, one picks out a unique bowl that has been made/bought/recycled to enjoy some homemade soups/ honey wheat rolls/sweet dessert in. The individual keeps that bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in this world. The proceeds from the Greater Lowell Annual Empty Bowls Project is donated to “Living Waters Center of Hope”.
Magic Brush in town is an organization which opens it’s doors and allows people to come in to create the unique bowls to be used for this fundraiser. CE would like to host a painting party and is willing to fund this event for 18 TCC individuals. We hope parents and children will enjoy participating in this together. While we normally encourage families to bring a friend, given the limited space, please be considerate of others. Any questions or concerns, please reach out to Sue Panilaitis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: 11/18/2018 (Sun.)
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Magic Brush Pottery & Fused Glass (361 Main St, Tewksbury, MA 01876)
Sign Up HERE
The pie social is coming and there is a request for older youth to help out from 5:30-9 pm on Friday, November 30th. Tasks include greeting guests at the front doors, serving pie as well as cleaning tables between visitors.
On December 1st, youth volunteers are needed to greet TCC fair visitors. Shifts are from 9-11 am and 11am-1pm.
Parents and/or teens can contact Carol on her email, email@example.com, or at coffee hour downstairs.
As much as school is important to the growth and development of youth, it is not necessarily something that kids enjoy. So who looks forward to going to school on Sunday? As a result, the CE program is interested in updating the name of our Sunday morning programming. With a new curriculum and updated educational wing, we are now looking for an updated name! All suggestions are welcome!!! Please help us to create warm feelings of friendship, fun and faith based learning when youth talk about TCC's morning offerings for youth. Contact Sue Panilaitis with your suggestions.
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
New curriculum will be used this year!
This year, Tewksbury Congregational church will begin using a new curriculum, 252 Kids, put out by the reTHINK Group (Orange Curriculum). 252 Kids is a weekly, web-based children’s ministry curriculum and strategy designed to invite kids into the Story of God, to show youth the character of God, all the while helping them internalize 3 Basic Truths through the use of unforgettable illustrations, activities, and graphics to capture their attention and keep it relevant.
We want youth to have experienced and own three basic truths modeled by Jesus in Luke 2:52 - And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. (light bulb moment—now you know what the 252 means):
1. I need to make the wise choice.
2. I can trust God no matter what.
3. I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
These truths are introduced each week in an updated, energized program featuring large group videos and learning situations and then reinforced in grade specific smaller break out sessions.
This September, youth will learn about Nehemiah, the cup-bearer to the king. Learning that the remnant of Jews in Judah were in distress and that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, Nehemiah asked the king for permission to return and rebuild the city. With the king’s blessing, he returns and organizes the people who are able to complete the project in 52 days. This story can be found in the book of Nehemiah. During Sunday School, youth will learn about this story and will learn important life lessons that will tie into the world around them today. Youth will be challenged to look for tasks that need to be done – not to wait until asked or to hope someone else will do it. Youth will be encouraged to stay focused on what needs to be done and to celebrate all that God has done in our lives for us.
“WORK AT EVERYTHING YOU DO WITH ALL YOUR HEART. WORK AS IF YOU WERE WORKING FOR THE LORD.”
Attached File: 85Scope and sequence - 918.pdf