For the past couple years, we’ve emphasized blessing. The kind of blessing where you mark the sign of the cross on another’s forehead and remind them of God’s love for them. We encourage that kind of blessing to happen at home. Lots of that kind of blessing happens on Sunday mornings when there is a baptism and lots of that kind of blessing happens at confirmation every Wednesday. To close our confirmation class, we stand in a circle and we bless each other. We make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads and say something a la You are a beloved child of God.
The confirmation kids might have thought it was a little awkward to begin with, pushing someone else’s hair out of the way and touching someone else’s forehead to offer such words, but now it’s just normal. If we didn’t end confirmation with a blessing, that would now be weird. And yesterday, during Sunday School, a pretty cool thing happened that involved confirmation students and blessing.
There were a handful of confirmation students who helped with Sunday School yesterday. They dressed up as disciples and told us all about how they follow Jesus; it was pretty awesome and fun. As the Sunday School hour wrapped up, it was time for our blessing. I employed the confirmation students to bless the Sunday School kids … and they went crazy.
It was like a chaos of blessing! Confirmation students making the sign of the cross on foreheads and speaking words of blessing to all of the Sunday School kids. And not just once. This was no orderly circle-of-blessing like we end confirmation with; this was everyone blessing everyone over and over again. Kids blessing kids; kids blessing me. You are God’s beloved child. You are God’s beloved child. You are God’s beloved child.
Come on over to the parking lot outside of Red Oak Grove on this coming Saturday morning for an auction, lunch, and fun! We have collected all sorts of goodies to sell at this event – your new treasure could be among them! Check out the auction sale bill here and tell your friends! More items continue to be added including quilts, a quarter all-natural beef, and lots of glassware [including depression glass]! See you on Saturday, beginning at 9:30AM!
Monday mornings are always a-flutter with activity in the ROG fellowship hall.
It’s quilting time.
Next week will be the last Monday of quilting until fall. The ladies and gents have been busy sewing and tying and binding nearly 100 quilts since they began last fall. The quilts will go to a variety of homes – both local and across the globe. They will do a mighty fine job of keeping someone warm at night.
Have you ever played that game? It’s a classic youth group game. Here’s how it works:
One person leaves the group. The remaining group secretly decides on a common object [ie toothbrush, shoe, car, etc.] – something everyone has. Let’s go with toothbrush. The outside person comes back to the group and can ask anyone, “What’s yours like?” “Green.” “Wet.” “Minty.” “Blue.” “New.” The outside person has to guess what object the group is referring to … get it?
Let’s say our object is the Bible.
What’s yours like?
I sat with three women on Sunday morning after worship. Each had their Bibles with them, as we had planned on meeting for Bible study. They had the Bibles they were given in confirmation. One was presented in the mid-60s; the other in the mid-30s. The Bibles were worn, used, written in, with pages loose in the spine.
What’s yours like?
Is it a family Bible? Is it on the shelf or on your bedside table? Is it new, hardcover or paperback? Full of highlighting or bookmarks? Is it a place you go in time of trouble and in times of joy? What story does your Bible tell?
Yesterday was Palm Sunday – the beginning of Holy Week. After worshipping together with palms waving, children singing, and eating bread together, we assembled personal health kits. It’s been our Lenten mission project coinciding with Lutheran World Relief’s Baskets of Promise campaign. We’ve collected bars of soap, combs, toothbrushes, nail clippers, and towels for the last month and a half. Yesterday was the day we put it all together!
We assembled 32 kits together! Thirty-two people who are in need will have a toothbrush and towel thanks to your effort. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the project and to all who helped assemble them into packages of hope for our neighbors around the world!
Say what you will about winter – whether you’re enjoying every snow fall or eagerly waiting for spring – but it sure can be beautiful. These photos were snapped last Thursday – an absolutely beautiful morning at Red Oak Grove. Click on the first photo to scroll through the winter wonderland. Thanks to Judy W. for many of these awesome photographs!