CE News October ‘17


Student of the Month – October’s student of the month is Jackson!  Jackson is at the top of the elementary school this year…5th grade!  He is an avid reader, enjoys STEM events & projects, draws AND is involved in Boy Scouts. Jackson has started attending Strong Man competitions with his father, and is moving up in the ranks.  Jackson is our go-to guy when it comes to lighting candles on Sunday morning and has some very dear church friends that he and his family like to visit.



Trunk or Treat – Please join us on Sunday, Oct 29 for a ghoulish time!  We’ll gather on our green space behind the church and open up the trunks of our cars to treat the kids of First Presby.  You can decorate a little, or a lot, everyone is welcome for this event.  A light lunch will be provided during this event, which will begin directly after worship.  Sign up to let us know you’re coming, or contact Miss Adriane if you have questions!


Mission Possible & Fall Fair – We were God’s hands and feet at the Fall Fair!  We worked on a prayer blanket for a child at Toledo Children’s Hospital, we made 35 mini hygeine kits, 14 dog toys and 17 lunch bags for the Food for Thought program!!  All of this was done by YOU!  What a showing for The Power of One!  October’s Mission Possible will be focused on the Crop Walk.  All students and families are invited to participate in the Crop Walk and raise funds for the hungry people here in BG and around the world.  We’ll gather all of our pledges up and bring them to City Park on Sunday, October 15.  There we will have a great time walking together and eating pizza.  Can’t wait to see you there!


“We Meet” – We Meet is our mid-week gathering of friends and family to get-together.   Join us on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 to help create cards for the card ministry and then stick around for dinner at 6:15.  We gather, pray, eat and enjoy each other’s company during this low key meal.  Everyone is welcome!


Youth Group Youth Group is up running again in October!  We’ll be heading to the Crop Walk to start off our time together and make a difference for hungry people all around the world and here in our own neighborhood.  We’ll have some pizza and play a game at the park after the Crop Walk is over.  All youth, 6th grade and up are encouraged to invite a friend and plan to attend this fun activity!!   The next Youth Group meeting will be held on Sunday, October 29, following Trunk or Treat.


Photo/Video Releases – It’s time to update our release forms!  Everyone, especially parents, is being asked to sign a release form for photo and video.  These forms are necessary because we use Facebook photo albums and are now video recording our worship services.  You can obtain a form from Miss Adriane or at the church office.  Thank you in advance for getting these to us in a timely manor!


Calling all Photographers – If you have a phone that you’re snapping pics with during worship or other events, please be sure to share them with us!  Our in-house photographer, Dale, does an amazing job, but it’s fun to see things from your perspective, too!  Please send photos via text or email to Miss Adriane or to the church office.


Prayers and Praise – Miss Adriane will be adding a new blog spot to the website called “Prayers and Praise.”  Check out this weekly post for tidbits to share with your children, grandchildren, friends and family.  Content will vary from prayers to food for thought to explanations on why we do the things we do during worship, all designed to help you understand and explain our faith to the little ones in your life.


PrayGround – If you’ve been in our Narthex, you’ve noticed a new area called the “PrayGround”.  This area is designed for our young members to have a space to move and play quietly, while still being able to see and observe our worship service.  The PrayGround has a table with coloring pages, books and other soft toys.  This summer, we used it during Sacred Space time.  Each week, we read a story that related to the sermon and colored pictures that were made into cards for our card ministry.  Though we won’t be utilizing this space each week now that fall is here, we will continue to have the PrayGround available as a welcoming feature to our congregation, families and visitors.


Sacred Space at Home

Practicing faith at home is an important gift that families give one another. Bedtime prayers, mealtime blessings, in-the-car and on-the-go prayers, simple songs, and Bible stories are common things to do together. Although they may seem awkward at first, they will grow to become significant points of conversation and reflection for everyone involved.

Getting Started…
• Set a time and place for these sacred conversations: around the breakfast or dinner table, on the way to school, at bedtime. Take 2 minutes. Set a timer so everyone knows the end.
• Put something in the space to remind everyone what you will do there: a cross, a Bible, a hymnal, a flower or leaf or other small piece of the outdoors, or paint or color a picture together.
• Ask family members what they want to include in the time. A scripture verse or story? The same prayer every day (perhaps the Lord’s Prayer) or spontaneous prayers that each person can say?

Try one of these models:

Daily Examen
1) Remember your day. Remember the people and places you saw, and the things you did.
2) Notice the gifts. Notice the moments of love and grace and goodness. Give thanks to God.
3) Notice the hard times. What wrong did you do? When did you sin by not doing enough?
4) Look to tomorrow. Ask for God’s grace tomorrow, and pray for God’s help in all that you think and do.

Daily Hi/Lo Prayers
1) Share your day’s highs (highlights, best, favorite moments) and lows (sad, hard moments).
2) Read a Bible verse or story.
3) Discuss how the Bible reading relates to your highs and lows. Where was God in the story? Where was God in your day?
4) Pray for one another’s highs and lows.

Written by Sweet Hollow First Presbyterian Church