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JAM Craft Night and Potluck

JAM celebrates the season on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. with Christmas card making for our seniors and gift selection for their families. Volunteers are needed to help JAM students make cards and select and wrap their gifts. Please call Joan at 373-7098 or 402-0193 to volunteer. A potluck follows at 5:15. Please give Ascension's children the gift of time to build relationships with them. Love is built on relationships.

Education and Youth: 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 Salem. Erin 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 contributions.

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.
Celebrating Baptism

On the fourth Sunday of each month, Ascension celebrates anniversaries of Baptism for children through ninth grade. This month, Baptism Recognition is on Sunday, Nov. 25 parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Elizabeth Chamjock, Gracie Enser, Sophie Enser, Reese Miller, Ryker Richards, Kylie Titus and Tony Titus celebrate November baptismal anniversaries.                                  

Supplies for Lutheran World Relief School Bags
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:

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.
The first day of JAM will be Wednesday, Sept. 5.

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.

Join the 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 Jodi Dietz

"God's Global Barnyard"

JAM 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
Joan Anderson, Keli Enser, Diane Doppelhammer, Andrea Ashley

American Legion Supports Ascension’s Youth
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.

Wednesday School
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.

YOUTH COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE: Ellen Kohl, Staci Waltman,  Mary Boorsma, Jodi Dietz, Tammy Krowiorz, and Trena Siefken

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

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