Christian Education

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Generosity can be defined in many ways, but it is most often understood as giving to others out of one’s abundance. Such giving is viewed as a gracious kindness, a selfless gift. For God’s people, generosity is love in action. We practice generosity in all the ways we love God and love our neighbors. Generosity looks after the welfare of our neighbor’s mind, body, spirit, and life in community. Giving, sharing, spreading, and promoting both tangible gifts and intangible values of love, compassion, advocacy, and justice are practices of generosity.  

We are generous because of the love we know and receive from God. For Christians, generosity is more than kindness; it is an expectation. Through sharing generously, we exhibit God’s love to the world. Scripture reveals a call to practice generosity out of love for God and neighbor.  

 

The practice of generosity expresses the sum of the Ten Commandments, the Torah/law, the prophets, and the gospel of Jesus: to love God and neighbor. Throughout Christian history, the church practices generosity as part of its mission. John Calvin teaches that all gifts are bestowed by God and entrusted to us to distribute for our neighbor’s benefit; we are stewards of everything God as conferred.  

 

Jesus models words and actions that practice care for the whole person, the diverse community, and the interdependent biosphere. His ministry calls faithful followers to be generous with the gifts God provides to meet the needs of creation and all living things. Paul’s writings reflect how early Christian communities responded to Jesus’ call to love God and neighbor through practices that share resources, wisdom, justice, and power. Biblical teachings describe the practice of generosity as rooted in love, justice, and transformation and concerned with all of creation’s needs.  

 

With Jesus’ ministry as a model as well as his words and deeds, Jesus teaches his followers to be generous with the gifts God has given them—whatever they may be—to meet the needs of creation.

Sunday School 

Begins at 9:00 a.m.

Typical Schedule for the program year:

Sundays

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. 

       Adult Bell Practice

9:00 a.m.

First Light (3-year-olds through 4th grade Sunday School)

9:00 a.m.

Adult Bible Study

9:45am

       Little Ringers Bell Practice (PreK - 1st grade)

10:30 a.m.

Worship Service

4:00 - 4:30 p.m.

       Chimes (2nd - 4th grade)

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

       Children's Choir (PreK - 4th grade)

5:00-5:30 p.m.

       Youth Choir (5th - 12th grade)

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.

       Junior Bells (5th - 12th grade)

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. 

       Ignite (Youth Group 5th through 12 grades)

Tuesdays

1:00 p.m.

The Wired Word -- "where current events and faith intersect" -- via Zoom 

 

Wednesdays

6:30 p.m.

Adult Chancel Choir

Thursdays

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Combustion Counsel (PreK - 12th grade)

A time of lessons, snacks, and crafts.

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Study (If you are unable to join us in person on Sundays, meet with us via Zoom on Wednesdays. We will cover the same topic and use the same material from Sunday's class.)

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"Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds."

Psalm 71:17