Midweek Message May 31, 2023

Children, Youth, and Families…

and All of Us Cousins, Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles in Faith


This coming Sunday, June 4, is our Church School Celebration Sunday, and we’ll be honoring some significant life passages—I only wish we had a baptism this week to round it all out (but those will have to wait for June 18 and 25). Children in grades 3-5 will receive a Bible from us, their community of faith, and families with younger children will receive a Story Bible. Our church will acknowledge the transition of those moving from elementary to middle school, and our high school graduates will be named and honored. After worship (before the Wear Orange Day event at 11:30), we’ll celebrate all of these—as well as the youth and adult volunteers who have shepherded church school ministries throughout the year—with some goodies in the Social Hall. Please come and share your appreciations as part of their family of faith!


For those of you who are in any of those groups—or if your children/grandchildren are—please know you are part of this because you’re part of our community. You don’t need to have attended church school all year; there are no parameters for being acknowledged in these ways, except that you’d like to be part of it!


In chapter 16 of Paul’s letter to the Romans, Paul greets 28 people. He speaks their names and says things like, “Greet Prisca and Aquila,” and “Greet my beloved Epaenetus.” Over and over Paul specifically names people, acknowledging them in the church community. It’s significant when we are named and remembered. It’s meaningful to hear our names among the beloved community.


Please come and be part of this special recognition time. Perhaps you will hear the Spirit greeting you with appreciation, too!


In expectation,


Ministry Highlight: Children’s Garden


Did you know the planter boxes near the Tot Lot are First Congregational Church’s Children’s Garden? This has been a ministry for several years, and like many things, it’s in a time of transition. You’ll see the beautiful tree that had been there was removed so our new solar panels (being installed next month) will receive the best sunlight possible. You’ll also see a new bike rack!


Now we hope 2 or 3 of you might be interested in coordinating our Children’s Garden. You could help our children plant and harvest veggies throughout the summer. If you’re interested in learning more, contact Faith Formation Board Chairperson, Tammi Laninga or Susan Huffman. Thank you for sharing your gifts!