Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Convo Prayers to blanket the week...

Convo is a Lutheran Youth Retreat that wraps around our annual Synod General Assemble each Spring. This year we will be reading and studying the "transfiguration" of Christ form the New Testament and the Exodus account in the Old Testament. The motto on our shirts is,
"The Lord leads us by day and by night."

Below are some prayer prompts to support our retreat and time of service this coming week. 
Would you please support us in prayer? 

Tuesday: God bless all who prepare, pack and travel to Rochester to lead our Synod's youth for Convo 2012. Give traveling mercies and restful nights in this busy time of preparation and training of staff.
Wednesday: It's a quick turn around from staff training to student's arriving for Convo. Bless Parents who support and transport youth and take extra measures to connect their youth to others that foster faith.
Thursday: God help our Convo family to bond close. Help us to supports, pray, play and care for each other as you intend. Help us to grow in our faith with each experience you give us!
Friday: As many travel to attend the Synod Assembly, help those voting and making leadership decisions for the ELCA in our area. Grant us wisdom and the courage to follow Jesus on each day of our journey.
Saturday: Just as we draw close as God's children, it is time for us to take steps back to our homes, schools, and churches. Help us to carry friendships and God's spirit with us wherever we go because,

"The Lord leads us by day and by night" Ex. 13:21 

Monday, June 04, 2012

Dot to dot student mural: Koala's Day Dream

About a month ago, I brought a plain canvas backdrop to a group of 3rd and 4th graders for some unconventional "Dot-to-dot" painting. I invited the students to draw many black dots all over the canvas. After the dots dried, I asked the kids to look back at the canvas and imagine what could be created from the dots they had made.

Over 5 weeks of 1 and 1/2 hours per session , the group painted animals, plants, patterns as varied as the rainbow with the canvas fabric, assorted craft paint brushes and about 14 bottles of acrylic paints!

At the end of the project today, a student stood and looked in awe saying, "I never would have dreamed what could come from a bunch of black dots!"

Funny thing. It was hers and the other children's imagination that made it all come together - for good!
What kind of day dream mural would you or your group create with canvas, dots, some imagination and acrylic paints?

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Family devotions group

This Sunday school year, we have participated in family 
group devotions to kick off the first Sunday of each month.
The families meet in our Chapel for a time of devotions
that include these 5 practices:
1. Talk
2. Read (scripture)
3. Share
4. Pray
5. Bless

Sometimes we have a sing a long, other times we have discussions in a large group,
and then we've take time to practice these faith boosters in individual family groups.
It's been a fun year learning about these 5 faith practices and more about each other!
Have a safe and fun summer! 
God bless - Tara