This story can be found in John 6:16-25.
In biblical tradition, water is often seen as representing chaos. The only one who has power over this chaos is God. In the Old Testament, God is described as controlling the water during Creation. During the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, God’s power is displayed in the parting of the Reed Sea. When Jesus walks across the water, it’s a sign that he has God’s power over the water, proving that he is God’s son.
This miracle takes place at night on the Sea of Galilee. It immediately follows the story we heard last week of Jesus feeding a multitude of people. Jesus had been teaching on the shore. Jesus has his disciples get in the boat and set sail without him while he dismisses the crowds. Meanwhile, strong winds came up on the lake and the boat was battered by waves. Storms are common on the Sea of Galilee because it is almost completely surrounded on every side by mountains. While the disciples were in the boat rocked by the waves, Jesus walked across the water to them. The disciples were afraid when they first saw him, then were awestruck by the miraculous feat of Jesus walking on water.
As Jesus approached the disciples, he identified himself using the divine name, “I Am”. This is the name God used in the Old Testament. Jesus also sensed the disciples’ fear and reassured them, saying “Do not be afraid”. Jesus’ miracle of walking on the water revealed his divine nature as it showed he had God’s power over creation. The miracle came to an abrupt end as the disciples’ boat suddenly reached shore. The next day, the crowd that Jesus had been teaching on the shore were confused about how Jesus crossed the lake.
This program year, the RE committee has been laying the groundwork for updating both the Sunday School curriculum and the educational wing. We now need individuals who are interested in helping to design the space including researching and buying new furniture, purchasing new audio-visual equipment, picking a color palette and painting the educational wing, updating artwork/signage for the walls, etc. and then help executing the project. The goal is to be painting the space by April vacation. Being involved does not require a child in the youth program – all are welcome to be part of this renovation! First meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 22nd, 7:30pm in the parlor. Please reach out to Sue Panilaitis (email@example.com ) and let her know you are interested. Can’t make the meeting but want to be involved? Talk to Sue!
January 28th 4:30-5:30 - All are welcome to participate in TCC's family pool party at Shawsheen Tech. This is a free event to all families and friends. For safety of all, RE will ask that you sign up so that we can hire the proper number of life guards. SIgn Up here!
Are you interested in serving in some capacity on Sunday mornings but worry that it will be hard to do so with younger ones in tow? Want to help with greeting? Setting up for coffee time? Singing in the choir?
RE is offering care for youth from 8:45-9:30 for anyone who is involved with prepping for the morning so parents can work without extra "help". Although we are using the nursery, all age kids are welcome to hang out during this time (there are some older kid activities that can be pulled out during this time). As the year goes forward, please feel free to use this service.
Enjoy a cup of coffee at Coffee Hour! In order to give teachers time to teach the Sunday School lesson, we are imposing a set 10:45 dismissal time from Sunday School. We hope this will provide you with time to enjoy some adult conversation without having to worry about your child. In order to make learning easier, please stay away from the classroom doors so your child can concentrate on the classroom activities. Doors will open when it is time to collect your child(ren).
Please take a moment to remind your children of the proper etiquette for cell phone use. While there is a time and place for communicating with friends via phone, we would prefer youth work on their social skills with those that are present in their classes. Please remind your children that as a member of our learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students. When students use cell phones, it disrupts the class.
As a result, we would like to remind youth who have cell phones that they need to be turned off or put in a silent mode during class time. Similar to public school, if a cell phone is used in class, teachers will remind the youth to put the device away. If the phone comes out again, teachers have the option of separating the phone from the youth.
Winter is here! When snow has fallen or is falling on Sunday, please be sure to check the church’s answering machine (978-851-9411), WHDH or WBZ, or check the church’s Facebook site to see if the church service has been delayed or cancelled. If you are part of the RE distribution List, an e-mail will be sent as well.
Are you interested in planning ahead? Thinking about booking vacations next year? To help facilitate the process, the RE program has outlined their 2017-2018 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: 252017-2018 RE Calendar.pdf
Have some questions about the RE program? Check out the RE 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 Religious Education for enrollment information.Attached File: 80Religious Education Handbook 2017-18.pdf
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 to find out who will be teaching your child(ren).Attached File: 94Teacher Directory.jpg