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Sunday School This Week

So far this Autumn, we’ve learned about the shepherds, the magi, and the angels who are present at the Nativity, and who will be part of our Christmas pageant. We’ve explored stories of these different types of people (and beings) in both the Old and the New Testament. But there’s one major group we haven’t gotten to – the family of Jesus. There are different types of families in the Bible, and over the next few weeks we’ll learn about both biological families and families of choice. But first we’ll use the lens of family to look at the Ten Commandments, particularly the fifth commandment, “honor your father and your mother.” But we won’t limit ourselves to just the fifth commandment, we’ll do all ten! The Commandments have been described variously – as the basis of a moral life, as God’s description of God’s self, as a social contract.

This week we’ll be painting on canvas board with tempura paint.  Children will be asked to paint an interpretation of each commandment as it’s read and discussed.  After each commandment, they’ll switch places, so that they’re always adding to someone else’s painting.  In this way, we’ll have a chance to express the group’s understanding, rather than any one individual’s, and practice the 10th commandment!

Youth Group News

Laser Tag on Sunday, November 19th

We’ll be going to Lazer Kraze in Lewis Center for an afternoon of laser tag!  We’ll leave right after church at 12:30 and be back by 3:30 at the latest.  The Laser Tag is paid for by all of the wonderful people who give to St. John’s.  Bring money if you want to buy lunch or play video games while there.

Mountain T.O.P. Informational Meeting on Sunday, December 3rd

We’ll be partnering with Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati in order to go on a summer work trip to Mountain T.O.P.   Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian partnership ministry affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. They seek to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual & social needs of people through the love of Christ.  The trip is scheduled for June 23rd – 30th, 2018.  It looks like we’ll be able to put together a good crew, but we need to start thinking about fundraising, among other things.  The cost of the trip is around $450.00/person.  If you’re interested, join us for a brief informational meeting on Sunday, December 3rd, after the 11:15 service (that is, at around 12:30) in the Atrium.

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