Ministry of Christian Education

December 2014

Christian Education has been a little blue this fall....we miss your kids at Sunday school. Attendance has been off and we really don't want your child to miss out! We are flexible though and to help address the attendance, we have merged the middle and high school classes into one....and has that class really hit a home run right off the bat. The young people in this class decided to have a warm clothing drive in the county, via their schools. Ben Harrison took the initiative to contact Dr. Raley (School Superintendent) to see if St. Paul's could collect warm clothing in each of the central campus schools. They also reached out to the owners of "The Other Place" in town to put a collection box there. A few meetings and calls later, these amazing kids had all the donation boxes decorated and flyers ready to go.... and in ONE WEEK.... there are over 200 pieces of warm clothing in the Sunday school classroom ready for donation!!! We were allowed to extend it one more week because W.W. Robinson didn't get to spread the word very well, so we anticipate a huge response by the end of November. All the clothing will go to local places that distribute clothing for those in need.

I want to commend this class for their mission-minded attitude. They saw a need and they went after it without waiting on someone to tell them what to support. That is the kind of mindset that we should all model and I am so proud of these students for stepping up boldly and doing God's work without hesitation. Outstanding job!

Practice for Hanging of the Greens will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. We should finish around noon. If you child wants to participate, please let Alberta Smith or Stephanie Dysart know. The service will be held the following day, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. Young people need to be robed and ready at 10:30 that morning, please.

Christmas Family Night is scheduled for Sunday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We look forward to having a wonderful evening of fellowship, friendship and love with all those who are near and dear to St. Paul's. Bring a friend or relative and a dish to share. We'll have some Christmas readings and end the evening in song.

The middle/high school class will be doing an Advent series called "God Came Near" by Max Lucado beginning on November 30 through the season. We welcome your child and their friends into this study and time of anticipation and waiting. When January rolls around, we are going to dive head first into the book of Revelation. I can say, without a doubt, that going through this in bible study each week has been so rewarding and interesting for me personally. It's impossible not to be intrigued and compelled by this book, and we think the students will be just as excited about it as we get into it. Please try to be there and build upon what you learn each week. It is an incredibly fascinating study and we are looking forward to it. You are all invited to join us in adult bible study as well- Wednesday morning at 9:00 and Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m.!

Finally, we have started a prayer board in the Sunday school hallway. Sunday school is one of the small groups in our church, and we will be meeting each week at the bulletin board to lift up our prayers en masse (on post-it notes) and acknowledge all the prayers of each other. The board went up on the same day as the first prayers, and we nearly covered the board completely. All of us need to spend time in prayer in a group or individually. The power of a church that actively prays together is limitless. We invite you to join us in Sunday school....and Christian Education wishes you a wonderful Christmas.

~ Alberta Smith

Christian Education

Sunday School Superintendent