Ascension Lutheran ChurchA Member Congregation of the ELCA
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Lea, MN 56007 - 507-373-3408
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***SEPTEMBER YOUTH UPDATE ***
Hello Ascension Members!
Everyone is invited to attend the JAM kick-off on Wednesday, September 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Your support means so much to our children. This is a nice time to get to know our students and their interests.
Pizza, hotdogs, lemonade and root beer floats will be served. You are welcome to bring a salad, hot dish or dessert, if you wish. Thanks for all you do for our youth. Parents and students of JAM and Confirmation are invited to come, eat and socialize. A short parent meeting for JAM parents and an introductory class for the students will take place following the supper. The confirmation meeting will be at 6:30 PM.
Please note that starting on Wednesday, September 12, JAM will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
God’s Work Our Hands Sunday
Every year on the Sunday after Labor Day, the ELCA challenges churches to perform a service project called God’s Work Our Hands. This year Ascension’s committees and council have chosen to work on the hunger issue by addressing a local problem. Unfortunately, our neighborhood children often do not have enough food during weekends. Last year, Grace Lutheran supplied backpacks full of food for Hawthorne children who were food insecure during the weekend. Grace hoped that all of the schools would be able to acquire sponsors for a similar back pack program. Many area Lutheran churches have stepped forward to sponsor a back packs or children at most of our schools.
A Back Pack Brunch will be held after church on God’s Work-Our Hands Sunday, September 9, 2018. A Thrivent grant of $250.00 will cover the cost of food. We plan to buy caramel and cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, doughnuts, orange juice, yogurt, milk, fruit and an egg bake. The freewill donations will help us cover the over $8000 cost of the back pack program at Sibley elementary school. Please attend and support our efforts to reach out to our neighbors in need.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Joan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 373-7098.
A survey indicates the majority prefer JAM be
from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and that
more music be included in the curriculum.
Committee discussed the first day of JAM which is
Wednesday, Sept. 5, and introductory activities
and craft ideas. Ruth Furland will
make more school bags for Lutheran World
Relief. Church activity bags were filled by
youth after their banana bread baking project. JAM
will meet from Sept. through Dec. 2018 at
Ascension and from Jan. through May 2019 at
Boorsma was recognized during
worship for her faithful participation in the
children’s sermons. Brunches
supporting the backpack project will begin Sept.
9. Thrivent grants
will be applied for to be used in paying for the
food for brunches. Joan
Anderson will contact Mrs. Geri’s for JAM food
Education and Youth Committee Appreciation
Ascension’s mini lock-in rocked! A big thank-you to all who participated. Parents, children and helpers all worked to make this event a big success! Jodi Dietz wrote the grant and bought pizza and many snacks. Thirty two 3rd – 9th graders participated in many active games and Bible study with the Gustavus students. Pastor Erica Cunningham and Christie Ness led eight three-year-olds through 2nd graders with fun and messy crafts! Fourteen adults supervised, served and cleaned up the church along with Cherrie, Kim, Caston and Darrin.
fourth Sunday of each month, Ascension celebrates
anniversaries of Baptism for children through ninth
Book bags for JAM students will be cut, sewn, and embroidered with a name. Lutheran World Relief book bags may be made by members of the congregation. Donated school supplies needed for each book bag include five pens, five pencils, one ruler (cm), one scissor, one eraser, and five 70 count spiral notebooks. The school supplies are not to include logos or symbols.
The time for JAM, starting Sept.14, will run like this:
survey indicates the majority prefer JAM be from 3:30 –
5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and that more
music be included in the curriculum.
If you haven't come to JAM, please give it a try. The curriculum we are using is nicely written and focuses on a variety of Bible stories throughout the year. The kids have a good time and we are trying to add in a few different craft and game nights this year.
Also, if you're able to volunteer, either to help serve a meal (about 1 hour of time - you can be reimbursed for the food you purchase) or teach (it's only for 30 minutes!!!) please let me know.
fun and learning. There are openings for teachers
and kitchen help. RSVP or call if you would like
to join the JAM program and help. You will receive even more blessings
than you give out!
Any questions call Joan Anderson 373-7098 or 402-019
Thank you much! Looking
forward to seeing you all soon! Ascension’s Education
and Youth Committee: Joan
Anderson, Diane Doppelhammer, Jody Olson, Bonnie
Jensen, Keli Enser, Jerry Hickman, Sarah Dulitz, and
"God's Global Barnyard"
students participate in this project
in two ways. The first way is to know
the animals they could buy and how
much they cost. This information is in
the God's Global Barnyard
color book. The BarnBank
will be assembled and used to store
coins until they are full. Then the
banks will be brought every week for
God's Global Barnyard. Students should
assemble the banks soon so they don't
forget to start saving up coins.
Ascension’s Education Committee
On the last Sunday of each month, Albert Lea’s American Legion Leo Carey Post No. 56 hosts breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For each Ascension member attending, the Legion donates $1.00 back to Ascension’s youth group. Plan to attend.
The Education Committee seeks people interested in helping with Ascension’s Wednesday education program. Helpers are asked to provide a simple meal or assist with crafts or teaching. If you have questions or wish to volunteer, please contact Joan Anderson at 373-7098. Please consider this opportunity to be a part of Ascension’s outreach to children.
Adult education classes
Classes are held occasionally on Sunday mornings between services. Many different topics are discussed during the year. These classes may be taught by Pastor Boorsma, the Parish Nurse, or others with expertise in various fields such as living wills, weight loss etc. When sufficient interest is shown in a particular topic, a class can be arranged.
Education plays a very important roll in the lives of all the members of Ascension Lutheran Church. If you feel a desire to increase your commitment to God, perhaps you would consider assisting with Family Night or offering a class for the adult members of Ascension.
Also, the committee suggests that if your children have their “Faith Bag” which was given to them at their Baptism, it would be a great bag in which to carry their new Spark Bible. If you have questions or do not have the bag, please contact Joan Anderson.
Ten Things Children Should Know About Prayer
1. Prayer is Communication It can be spoken or silent. It can be a song or a story. It can be a picture or a dance.
2. Prayer can be done as often as you like. Every week. Every day. Every hour.
3. Prayer can be done however you want. There's no right or wrong way to pray.
4. Prayer can be shared, but doesn't have to be. It can be done alone or wit a favorite toy. It can be done with friends, family or pets.
5. Prayer can be done anywhere. It can be done in your room or at the kitchen table. It can be done out in your yard, at the park or even at the zoo.
6. Prayer can be done in any mood. You can be happy, sad, angry, scared or confused when you pray.
7. Prayer can be for yourself or someone else. If you know someone who could use a little help - add them to your prayers.
8. Prayer doesn't need a certain structure, length or specific words. Whatever words you use, long or short, however your prayer comes out is fine.
9. Prayer doesn't need a special occasion. There are certain prayers appropriate to special occasions, but you don't need to wait for a special time to pray.
10. Prayer doesn't have to be a request. It can be used to give thanks for what you have already received."Thank You" is a perfect prayer.
Susan Taylor Brown is the author of the children's book Can I Pray With My Eyes Open? Many Children wonder about prayer. This nondenominational, multicultural book offers answers. Whether angry or alone or playing with friends, every child is assured that they can pray when, where, and how they want - and they will always be heard.
From Seeds For The Parish - July-August 2010
Teach us to pray
Here are ideas for leading children and youth in prayer:
Building Block Prayer: Use a stack of children’s building blocks. Place one block on the table proclaiming Christ as the cornerstone of our faith. Invite each person to add one block as a petition is spoken. The finished structure will look differently each time but is always firmly grounded in God’s love.
Cube Prayers: On a wooden block or small square cardboard box, draw or stamp a different symbol on each of the six sides. Each person takes a turn at rolling the cube and offers a prayer according to the symbol on top.
Hand Squeeze Prayer: Hold hands in a circle, with your eyes closed. Someone begins with the first petition. When the person in done, he/she squeezes the hand of the next person and so on around the circle
Paper Towel Prayer: Each child is given a roll of paper towels and asked to write a person’s name or a personal prayer concern on each sheet. Re-roll. Each day tear off one sheet and lift up prayers for that particular concern or person.
Web Prayer: Begin by holding a ball of yarn or string and then offer a sentence prayer. Hold on to the end and toss the ball across the circle. The person who catches the ball offers a prayer, holds on to the string and then tosses the ball to someone else. This continues until all have participated. Close by thanking God for the connected faith community.
Summer Camp weeks are July 5 - August 7. Contact a member of the Education Committee (Joan Anderson, Keli Enser, Diane Dopplehammer, Nancy Hiedeman, Jody Olson) with what week you would prefer, or if you have further questions.
From the ELCA - Living Lutheran - A daily blend of stories, culture and community - web site.
It's as easy as ABC to give your heart to the Lord.
All you have to do is:
Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:23
Believe Jesus died on the cross for you. Acts 16:31
Confess your sin to God and turn from it. Romans 10:9