Matthew 1: 18-25 The Birth of Jesus Christ- took place in this way. I love how this sounds like a very familiar story that will be retold from one generation to the next. Parents have read this section of Scripture to their children for centuries.
Sorting magazines and I came across this photo of the Nativity. I like the use of colors and I like the premise- Connecting Art and Faith. That is such an integral part of the premise of Visual Faith Ministry. May we remember that this Story includes each of us- for the Rest of the Story. Supplies: Visual Church Year childrens-bulletin-matthew-118-25-122219 Magazine cutouts Junk Mail Watercolor pencils Fine-point Sharpie pen Washi tape White Signo pen
Matthew 11: 2-15 Messengers from John the Baptist John had heard about Jesus- the Christ, while he was in prison and sent his disciples to ask if Jesus was "the one." Jesus responds by telling those who had been with him- to tell John about what they had seen and heard. They were witnesses, they knew. But, Jesus may not have seemed like the Messiah. The expectation was different than who arrived to fill the role. In this moment Jesus speaks highly of John and highlights the job of the one who came before. Lord, help me to see the ways that I can be Your witness in each and every day. Amen. (This reading had me remembering childhood conversations about what we would fear the most- going blind, deaf, getting a bad disease or that we can't walk. Now, I think about these things with being much older, and simply must cling in trust to my Jesus. In the end- Jesus heals all things.) Supplies: Visual Faith Printable childrens-bulletin-matthew-112-15-121519 Colored Pencils Junk Mail Magazine cutouts
brought us all together from British Columbia, Canada,
Ontario, Canada, Virginia, Iowa and Michigan.
We gathered back at Lutheran Life Villages
to eat and tell stories.
All the littles were gifted a harmonica-
to remind us all to dance with joy because we
"know that our Redeemer Lives."
Time with Papa and his guitar.
We loved letting them all sing
and make a joyful noise.
Time was spent looking
at Grandma D's life albums.
So many stories of God's faithfulness.
The littles had fun with each other.
The Nord family gathers together.
Time to hold and cuddle is always a good thing.
Then biggest grand love
with the youngest grand love.
John gets some time to talk with his older brother.
Sara, David and Kathy with the 2 littlest grands.
The Denninger sisters- Top
The Graft sisters- Bottom
(with spouses) Funerals are life moments to review and see priorities. We give thanks that this faithful servant, Florene, could say: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7 We give thanks for the faithful generations that have followed Florene. May the Lord grant us each such a legacy too. (Some edits have been made because of an adoption in process. We know you understand.)
Nurse, Sunday School and Bible Class teacher, Lutheran School teacher for 25 years in Fort Wayne, Indiana, pianist and accompanist, Stephen minister. But most of all, Florene- witnessed the life of invitation into her home- where she shared the truth of Scripture, and encouragement to all. She lived out the joy and peace beyond understanding that grew out of her faith and trust in her Lord and Savior.
Her Baptism Certificates- Baptism- June 27, 1920
An Advent Funeral is a Regeneration-
New Life Forever.
An Advent funeral is our own journey to Bethlehem.