Faith Formation Ministry 2019-2020
Teaching the faith, nurturing joy and security in all children from birth through high school.
Fall is a busy time in Faith Formation Ministries. Our children and youth have many opportunities to participate in church activities. Sunday School resumes August 11 at 10:00 a.m. for ages four through twelfth grade.
Our middle school youth have confirmation classes during this time. Sunday morning Youth Worship Team will begin meeting on Sundays mornings at 11:00 on August 18. Youth Worship Team is for youth in grades six through twelfth. The team collaborates to plan and lead four services for the congregation throughout the year.
Youth group for middle school and high school meets two Sundays a month at noon for fun and service. Wednesday evenings, beginning August 14, our Friends of Faith program (for kiddos from birth through twelfth grade) is back on the schedule. Meeting from 5:30 to 7:00, students enjoy music, crafts, Bible study and dinner. There is a $35 fee for dinners per semester. Registration and information on all of our programs is available From Diane Thomas, Faith Formation Ministry Directory.
Volunteer to Make a Difference
You can make a difference in the lives of our children and youth by volunteering in our education ministry. We are seeking adults willing to put in about two hours a week with our Sunday school program, Friends of Faith program, confirmation, or youth programs. Preparation is simple with easy to follow curriculum and team teaching. The time you dedicate will help form the faith path of the next generation. The opportunities for short-term volunteer roles are also available. Contact Diane Thomas through the church office.
Acolyte Training. August 25
We are asking all youth who have been instructed in communion to attend a hands on training for Acolytes. The training will be held Sunday, August 25 immediately following the 11:00 service. First time acolytes and veterans are encouraged to attend. If your youth has been trained previously please sign them up to acolyte in August.
If you have questions about scheduling a date to serve or about this training please contact the church office.
“It’s a Small World After All”. A Tour of the Nations. Tour Guide – Pastor Julie Ehlers King
Join Adult Sunday School (Led by Pastor Julie Ehlers-King) for a tour of the world! Together we will seek greater understanding of several “in the news” countries. The first stop in our world tour is Iran. We begin in Iran. Join us as we seek to better understand the religion, culture and politics of this influential Middle Eastern country. We will then head on to Russia, Indonesia, Kenya, Cuba and more! No passport needed! Departing Sunday, August 11 at either 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.! Experience the world’s people and God’s providential wisdom without leaving Lawrenceville! See you soon!
Men’s Bible Study. Tuesdays Beginning August 13
Men’s Bible study is a place for men of faith to come together and explore different biblically based topics. All adult men are invited to attend on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 beginning August 13.
The next session will be a study of the book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Patterson. As a society, we are obsessed with the immediate; new technologies have only intensified our quest for the quick fix. But Peterson’s time-tested prescription for discipleship remains the same-a long obedience in the same direction. Following Jesus in this way requires a deepening life of prayer, and throughout history Christians have learned to pray from the Psalms. Peterson finds encouragement for today’s pilgrims in the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134), sung by travelers on their way to worship in Jerusalem. With his prophetic and pastoral wisdom, Peterson shows how the psalms teach us to grow in worship, service, joy, work, happiness, humility, community, and blessing. Email Richard Burgess.
“The Book of Daniel”. Pondering with the Pastor – September 19
Daniel may not be a book that you have read recently. You may have never read it. The most you may know is that you have heard a story or a song about Daniel in the Lion’s den. Well, the full story is very compelling for our time – for anytime to be exact. The heart of the story is about being faithful to God in a world that values power over love and obedience to God. It is a 10 session series. You don’t have to make all the sessions, but the more you make, the more you will know. You don’t have to read the material. But more you read, the more you know. We enjoy the company of each other and the presence of God leading us to places unexpected. This study led by Pastor Mitchell meets on Thursdays around 10:00 a.m. and will begin September 19.. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to come.
Music Ministry and You. Come Join Us
“Next to the Word of God,music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man thathe should proclaim the Word of God through Music.” – Martin Luther-
You’ve heard and seen what the Music Ministry offers up each and every Sunday. The choir, handbell choir, dance team, solos, instrumentals, quartets and trios – these are all amazing gifts from God to us and through us. Where will your gifts lead you this year? Join us at choir practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:00. Play with the handbells or chimers, dance with our dancers, all of whom practice Sunday mornings at 11:00. Join the band! Jump on board and find your place in the Music Ministry this fall. Contact Laura Bryant for more information.
Habitat Build. October 26
Christ the Lord Set Habitat Build Date Christ the Lord has set a date to help build a home along with other faith communities in Gwinnett. Thrivent has put up half of the cost of the house and churches will raise the rest. We have agreed to raise $1750 total ($200 has been received) to have 8 people participate in the build on October 26th. So we invite you to make a contribution between now and then or put your name in a drawing if you would like to be one the participants that day. OR you can do both. This is a privilege to be part of the larger faith community to help build a home for someone in our community. It demonstrates that we can come together in Christ for the good of all.
We Support the Lawrenceville Co-Op
We support the Lawrenceville Co-Op food bank by collecting nonperishable food items and funds that are used to assist with utilities, medications etc. for families in the Lawrenceville area who qualify for assistance.
How can you help? Place donations of requested items or any canned food or personal care product in the specially marked bin located in the narthex.
Most Needed Items as of July 30. Dried Beans – Dry Soup – Tomato Soup – Corn – Tomato Sauce/Paste – Chili – Beef Stew – Oatmeal – Feminine Needs – Laundry Detergent – Dish Soap – Deodorant
By the Numbers – 142 Households Seeking Help; 22 New Clients; 14 Clients Seeking Shelter (5 assist) $3370.44 Financial Assistance
The Lawrenceville Co-Op is always seeking volunteers. Please check their website for more information on how you can serve at the Co-Op.
Stretching Yourself – Yoga with Jill
You know you want to give a try? Why not come and see what it is all about, no long term commitment come for all the classes or just the ones that fit into your schedule. We love beginners. Yoga with Jill Knueppel meets at 9:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall on Saturdays
Upcoming Dates include: September 7 and September 14. Cost is $10 per class. Bring a mat and water bottle. Have questions about the class? Contact the church office.
Upcoming Book Club Meetings
- Tuesday Book Club Panera Bread – Mall of Georgia. Next Meeting September 10, 6:30 p.m. (skipping August). Book: The Fallen by David Balducci. Have questions? Email Barbara Couillard
- Thursday Book ClubNewk’s Eatery – Merton Walk. Next Meeting August 8, 7:00 p.m. Book: Summer Country by Lauren Willig. September 12, 7:00 p.m.Book: Crawdads Sing by Della Owens. Have questions? Email Kathy Friton