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This weekend is Youth Sunday (6/10). Over the course of the year, youth examined through the Sunday School curriculum the lives of several people who were touched by Jesus and ended with a consideration of the miracles of Jesus. Youth learned that whoever Jesus touched (mentally, emotionally or physically), their lives were changed. As we pass through the seasons, our Sunday School curriculum invited youth to learn how God worked through Jesus to give hope to God’s people. This weekend, youth in every grade will present various aspects of the service featuring the lessons learned in Sunday School.
Also, as the Christian Education program year comes to a close, I wanted to say thank you to several individuals:
The CE Committee -Carolyn Fialkowski, Sara Cohen, Desma Kuras and Sheila Nelson. They were instrumental in providing guidance through the year as well as making various events flow seamlessly.
Laura Holmes, our BoM liaison, who made sure that the CE program was supported.
The parents of our youth who brought their children to Sunday School religiously, volunteered in many, many capacities and supported all the teachers and Christian education staff. Without the work of these and so many others, the work of the Christian education program would not be so successful.
At the conclusion of the worship service, we welcome all families to join us in Fellowship Hall for a meal and fun to celebrate the conclusion of the program year. Pizza, salad, chips, watermelon and dessert will be served. All are welcome!
This week’s Bible story can be found in Acts 27:1-44.
The apostle Paul made many missionary journeys. Through Paul’s travels and his efforts to share the good news with everyone he met, the Word of God spread and the early church continued to grow.
Paul is being transported to Rome as a prisoner. However, Paul was not destined for smooth sailing. The ship Paul was sailing on was delayed in its journey by poor wind conditions. At one point, Paul warned the captain that it wasn’t safe to sail and if they were to proceed, their ship and cargo would be badly damaged. Although this sounds like a prophecy, it’s not meant to be. Paul is speaking here not as a prophet, but as an experienced sailor. Paul was offering advice based on his years of sailing experience. Paul’s advice was ignored, however, and the ship sailed on.
Eventually, the ship encountered hurricane-force winds and was in such danger of sinking that the crew began to throw cargo overboard in an attempt to lighten the ship. After several days of battling the fierce storm, the crew gave up all hope of being saved. Paul, on the other hand, knew God intended for him to reach Rome in order to help spread the good news there. He reported to the crew and other passengers that he had been visited by an angel who assured him the lives of everyone on the ship would be saved. Paul not only had courage, but he encouraged those around him!