April 9, 2017
Sunday of the Passion
Hello parents & teachers!
This week is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. In Sunday School this week, the children will be continuing their Sunday School lessons with teachers Marcus and George. This week's lesson is titled:
"Palm Sunday: Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem"
In the accounts of the four canonical Gospels, Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem takes place in the days before the Last Supper, marking the beginning of his Passion. Crowds gather around Jesus and believe in him in John 12:9-11 after he raised Lazarus from the dead, and the next day the multitudes that had gathered for the feast in Jerusalem welcome Jesus as he enters Jerusalem. In Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, John 12:12-19, and Luke 19:28-40 (which we will be discussing this Sunday), Jesus descends from the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem, and the crowds lay their clothes on the ground to welcome him as he triumphantly enters Jerusalem. Traditionally, we celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem as Palm Sunday, a week before Easter Sunday.
During this week's lesson, we will read this passage and discuss the story. We will watch a short video, where we will watch for people who aren't happy to see Jesus in Jerusalem, and talk about the video through interactive, thoughtful questions, such as:Why were people cheering for Jesus? What do you think it felt like to be one of Jesus' closest friends? What were the disciples helping Jesus get ready for? And, How did the people on the road help him? Next, we will create a craft that will reflect on the meaning of this important day.
SUNDAY SCHOOL LENTEN PROJECT Our Lenten offering is growing, thanks to your generosity. Let's keep it up! Send your child to Sunday School with a pocket full of loose change (or in the plastic Easter egg they picked up last week) and we'll put it in the offering plate to help us support the important work of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). Further information - and plastic eggs! - will be available in the pews throughout Lent. If you'd like to learn more about ERD, here's the website. And here are a few life-saving examples of what our support can provide for those in need:
Health and Wellness Basics for life Animals and Agriculture
Coming Up at St. Nick's:
GOOD FRIDAY CHILDREN'S SERVICE APRIL 14TH AT 10 AMRemember our Good Friday service for kids of all ages? We will walk through the last week of Jesus' life in an interactive, kid-friendly way. This is a great chance for kids to learn the story in language that speaks to them and their world, and can be very meaningful and thought-provoking for them. Please join us!
EASTER SUNDAY EGG HUNT Easter is coming soon - April 16th!We're looking for a few parents to help lend a helping hand with our popular Easter Sunday egg hunt. It is always a fun time! Please email Jennifer Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're able to help or want to learn more. Thank you!
PERSONAL CARE PANTRY needs help stocking their shelves for families in need. The items currently most needed are: Paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, laundry detergent, hair conditioner and dish washing liquid. Linens Ministry could use gently used blankets and new pillows. Furniture Ministry needs able bodied volunteers to help with pick-up and delivery. Please see Liz P. or Eileen D. for more info. Thanks!
Peace and Blessings,
Sunday School is for kids ages 4-12 and takes place in the undercroft from 10-10:30. Teachers, the current teaching schedule can be foundhere. Please let me (Jennifer Klein) know if you need to make any changes. Thanks for all you do!