Saturday, December 15, 2007
Grades 5-8 are to learn The Third Article of the Lord's Prayer.
The Third Petition
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
What does this mean?
The good and gracious will of God is done even without our prayer, but we pray in
this petition that it may be done among us also.
How is God's will done?
God's will is done when he breaks and hinders every evil plan and purpose of the
devil, the world, and our sinful nature, which do not want us to hallow God's name
or let His kingdom come; and when He strengthens and keeps us firm in His Word
and faith until we die. This is His good and gracious will.
See you there!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Students in grades 5-8 are to learn the 2nd Petition of the Lord's Prayer. You are also to begin working on your parts for the Christmas program!
prize. What FUN we had!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Grades 1, 2 and 3: 2 Corinthians 5:17
The First Petition
Hallowed be Thy name.
What does this mean?
God's name is certainly holy in itself, but we pray in this petition that it may be kept
holy among us also.
Grade 5-8 (the above "What does this mean" AND the following)
How is God's name kept holy?
God's name is kept holy when the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and
we, as the children of God, also lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this,
dear Father in heaven! But anyone who teaches or lives contrary to God's Word
profanes the name of God among us. Protect us from this, heavenly Father!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
ALL Grades learn the whole section. It really isn't that long, so everyone should be able to do it!
Our Father who art in heaven.
What does this mean?
With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and
that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask
Him as dear children ask their dear father.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Grades 1-4 in RED
Grades 5-8-the whole thing
The Third Article: Sanctification
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness
of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
What does this mean?
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my
Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened
me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith. In the same way He
calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth, and
keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. In this Christian church He daily
and richly forgives all my sins and the sins of all believers. On the Last Day He will
raise me and all the dead, and give eternal life to me and all believers in Christ.
This is most certainly true.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Read in the Large Catechism the Lord’s Prayer The Third
Petition, pages 145 to 417 and answer the following questions:
1. What are some ways in which the devil opposes and blocks the fulfillment of God’s will?
2. Why should Christians expect the devil and his angels along with the world to be our enemies?
3. In paragraph 65 Luther speaks of the blessed holy cross. From the context, tell what specifically he is referring to. (See also Matthew 16:24-27)
4. What should we be ready to sacrifice?
5. Read again the verses of “A Mighty Fortress” on page 2 of this study guide. From these words and the Large Catechism, describe what God uses to ensure His will is done.
6. Read John 6:40. What is God’s will?
Read in the Large Catechism The Fourth Petition pages 417-418.
1. Can you think of historical or modern instances that illustrate well how a disruption in domestic and civil relationships interfere with the necessities of life?
2. Here and in the Small Catechism, Luther gives a seemingly exhaustive list of stuff included under “Daily Bread.” Considering our 21st Century’s wider awareness of the necessities of life, can you add to the list?
3. Why would it be fitting for the coat of arms of the prince to feature a loaf of bread?
4. Why is it said that this petition directed especially against the devil?
5. Review the Small Catechism on this petition (p. 335) and Psalm 145:15-16. Is God just waiting for us to pray so that He can give us what we need?
Read in the Large Catechism the Fifth Petition pages 418-420
1. Is God pacing around in heaven just waiting for sinners to repent and ask for forgiveness so that He can have mercy on them? When does God give forgiveness?
2. Then what purpose does it serve for us to ask for forgiveness again and again?
3. Why is God purposefully trying to break our pride and keep us in humility?
4. What makes us confident in heart enough to stand before God and pray?
5. How does the clause “as we forgive those who trespass against us” serve as a sign to strengthen and comfort us?
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Grades 3-4: Philippians 2:10-11
Grades 5-8: Philippians 2:8-11
Remember...study just 5-10 minutes every night and you'll get it down in no time! Don't wait til Wednesday to START studying!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
This is a simple way we can keep the remembrance of baptism in front of our families! Please come help! I can not get it all done with out you!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Grades 1-2 Memory work is: Psalm 46:1
Grades 3-4 Memory work is : Pslam 46: 1-2
Grade 5-6 Memory work is: The Close of the Commandments (Just the What does God say about all these commandments)
Grade 7-8 Memory work is: The Close of the Commandments ("What does God Say...?" and "What Does This Mean?")
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
The blog will be updated when we know funeral information.
The only glitch in the travel came when he arrived in Paris, and discovered that all the Air France workers were on strike, and flights were being canceled left and right. He waited in line from 6 am til 3 or 4 pm and finally was on a several hour late flight to Chicago. Of course, this made him miss the connecting flight to Cedar Rapids, where his excited family was waiting for him. He called while we were at the baggage terminal saying "I just landed in Chicago". He called back a few hours later, saying he was going to be put up in a hotel and would leave at 10 arriving at 11 am on Sunday. The kids and I also stayed at a hotel in CR, just for time sake (and to sleep!), and we did have a joyous reunion. Luggage and all arrived with him. What a glorious few hours we had! Praise God with us for safe travels!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Keep him in your prayers for uneventful, and restful travel!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I am having a nice relaxing Sunday.
Church was nice. The singing was awesome. There was a very good youth choir.
Now I am out for a stroll around Dapaong. I took a taxi moto to a cybercafe: all for a few cents.
Tomorrow I will preach for the chapel service: and one of the professors wants me to speak to his class on the history of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.I am staying at the guest house at the seminary.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Here is a picture of Rev. James May's class in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He teaches them from Luther's Small Catechism and Good News. The man in the center in the light blue shirt is Ziba. Please pray for him. He is a Muslim and this is his first visit to this class.
Here I am eating at the home of one of the men being instructed by Rev. James May, missionary in Burkina Faso. Rev. May uses GOOD NEWS to teach the Christian faith to new Lutherans here. We walked to this one room home after dark. (Very dark in Africa in a village where there is no electricity) The family had a table spread out in their courtyard and we ate by the light of one candle. They had killed a rooster for us and served it with fried yams and rice. Yum.
This picture shows me teaching at The Center for Lutheran Theological Studies in Dapong, Togo. The seminar was offered for the seminary students. Vicars from nearby came also and several pastors. The professors of the Theological School attended as did the President of the Lutheran Church in Togo. They were very attentive, asked good questions and were all very appreciative. Several times I asked if they thought they could teach this in their churches at home in their villages and they said yes. Each participant in the seminar (about 40 in all) received one of each issue of GOOD NEWS in French.
After the seminar the student's wives had a prepared lunch for us, pictured here. It was rice with goat sauce. When we arrived at the Center last night I saw a guy skinning a goat out behind the guest house where I am staying. I didn't think too much of it at the time. But today, I really enjoyed it.
Friday, October 19, 2007
He says, "I am in Burkina Faso. with the May family. Every connection went just right. All my luggage was waiting for me in Ouagadougou.
Today I went with James to the Bible study he has. Thursdays they study the catechism. Sundays they study Good News. Then one of the students invited J and me to their house for supper. They live very deep in a large village with no electricity or running water. We arrived at their home after dark. But they were very hospitable and appreciative of me coming.
Ouagadougou is a lot like Cotonou only hotter.
I feel great and have not been jet lagged yet. I slept some on the planes and quite a bit in the airport in Paris."
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
He will arrive in Paris at 9:45 am, Wednesday (Paris time, which is 2:45 am, Wednesday, Iowa time). He will be in Paris until 4 pm Paris time (which is 9 am Iowa time), and will arrive in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at 7:40 pm on Wednesday (Burkina Faso time, which is 2:40 PM on Wednesday, Iowa time) (I am hoping I'm giving you all correct information...that's what I figure, doing the math--but math was never my strong suit!)
Just for your information, the high in Burkina Faso for the next few days is Wednesday-102, Thursday-106 and Friday-104. On Friday he'll head to Togo, and on Monday he'll be in Benin.
Keep checking back, because as he sends photos and emails telling me what's going on, I'll be updating the blog!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
BUT...with the increased enrollment comes the need for even more Sunday School and Midweek teachers. If you haven't served as a teacher in the past few years, why not step up and try it again this year? We really do need help, as we can't do this without you! Please see Pastor if you would like to volunteer to teach a class, or even if you'd like to team teach a class. That worked well for several people last year!
As always, please keep the education of our kids in your prayers!
Pictured are Jerry Reno, Church Council President, Pastor Koch, Kandi Attleson, Daycare Board President, and Janiece Kramer.
Monday, August 6, 2007
THANKS SHERYL!!!This was one of the more difficult shots to take.
Our entire youth group is in the shower of room #356 in the Rosen Plaza.Rachel and Ashley get an autograph from David of the band"Remedy Drive".
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
They really appreciate all the support from our congregation members to get them this far! We hope they have a wonderful time, and we'll hear lots of fun stories when they get back, I'm sure!