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Lenten Boxes
Crafted with Love by your Christian Formation Ministry team are ready to be picked up at the Welcome Center and the church office.  They contain “Holy Week in a Box” to tell The Story, an Easter Lily craft bouquet, a love rock, a picture of First Church and some coloring pages designed for you by Holly Columbus.

Confirmation:  Our next class is Sunday, March 21st.  Come to worship Sundays if you are able to attend.  Remember to livestream when you are at home!

Our Resurrection Gardens are much appreciated by our church families.  Know that your dedication of time and service have brought joy to many happy recipients.  Way to serve!

Reflections on the Heart, an illustrated LENT for Families by Illustrated Ministry is available as a digital download.  This is Christian Formation’s devotions for families this Lenten season but all ages are encouraged to partake.  Please read this excerpt from the introduction:

Each Sunday in Lent has devotions written for all ages with appropriate questions and topics for your children no matter what the age.  You do not need to do all the activities to have a meaningful experience.  Each devotion consists of the following elements:

  1. Scripture: selected from the Gospel concerning treasures and matters of the heart. 
  1. Reflection: a brief reflection is offered for each of the scripture texts. It might make sense for you to read this section to your family, or you may want to read it for yourself and see what questions or themes will resonate best for your family.
  2. Discussion and coloring page: This is a chance for some family conversation.  Since we love coloring here at Illustrated Ministry, we find some of the best conversations often happen while coloring and doing something creative together.  We suggest discussing the questions offered (tied to scripture and activity) while coloring the week’s coloring page.

 Prayers for Marking A Year of COVID-19 by Illustrated Ministry

Please enjoy these touching prayers and coloring pages for yourself or to create a gift for someone in need of cheer.

Please email Sue Englander or LeeAnne for the link. Printed copies of both Reflections of the Heart and Prayers for Marking A Year of COVID-19 are available in the church office and at the welcome center Sunday mornings.  Please ring the office so we can prepare to have your copy ready.  Please note- I’ve emailed a digital download to all of my contacts at First Church.  Please take a moment to email me now if you have not received my email so that I am able to contact you in the future.  This is a huge and much appreciated help.

 Virtual Noah’s Ark Lesson with Holly Columbus:
Teachers and Families, be on the lookout for Holly Columbus’s Noah’s Ark Lesson and “Where in the church is Ms. Holly?” video later this week on the church website.  We filmed a special lesson and activity.  Kids-write to Ms. Holly here at the church with Attention to Christian Formation Ministry.  Teachers-if you’re inspired and willing to film your own lesson here at church, please be in touch with LeeAnne Steenhoek by phone or email.