Thursday, May 26, 2016

Week 39

And You Shall Be My Witnesses...

What does Christ's command to his disciples mean to a sixth grader?  (Mt. 28:19-20, Acts 1:8)  This is the topic we explored in our religion classes as we have looked at the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and Paul's missionary journeys.  As the disciples were instructed to witness in first Jerusalem, then to the neighboring countryside, then to the ends of the earth, we Christians are encouraged to be witnesses where we are at: in our school, workplaces, and families then reach out, even to the ends of the earth.   Where do we get equipped for such a task?  In Word and Sacrament - with the fellowship of believers.  I encourage you to be involved in summer worship both at home and in your travels.   Invite a friend or neighbor to our Vacation Bible School the week of June 20.  We, too, have the power of the Holy Spirit and can look for those opportunities for God to use us to spread his word!
                Zion's Summer Worship Schedule:
                 Saturday Worship:  5 PM
                 Sunday Worship:  8, 10:30 AM
                 Bible Class:  9:30 - 10:15AM
                 Sunday School:  9:30 - 10:15 AM   Mission Friends program: elementary
                                                                           Youth Bible study with Mr. Braddy
                 Monday Worship:  7:00 PM
In our final Religion class we looked at Paul's good advice to Timothy as a faithful young person and students researched youth devotion resources to add to our class Diigo account.  Remember to Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”  from I Peter 3:15.  To be equipped for the task, students have been challenged to get INTO THE WORD:  to add a regular devotion time to their routine this summer. Please pray for the continued spiritual growth of our class beyond these walls!
Dear families:
Thank you for all of your support this year.  I have appreciated your prayers, your notes of encouragement, your time working with your child on projects, and your child.  It has been a pleasure being a part of your lives this year.  May God bless your family this summer!     
                  In His Service,
                  Mrs. Riemenschneider 

A Few More Photos....
   Totally jumbled  Immigrant interviews, Field Day, more Saxon Field Trip, math games...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Week 38: Saxon Field Trip

What a lovely day we had out in the country today.  The rain stopped as we pulled into Altenburg and by afternoon, we had pleasant temperatures and the sun peaking out now and then.  We learned a lot about early immigration and the challenges the first Lutherans had to their faith as they faced many trials.  The kids will tell you the "recess and bus" were the best parts of the day, but they did learn a little something, too.  : )

I must say I am quite impressed with this group of kids.  They asked good questions and had genuine interest in the history and artifacts we saw.  This group has a lot of comradary and created their own entertainment (within limits) during our down times and when the DVD player on the bus failed.  It was an enjoyable class trip.  Thanks again, parents who chaperoned.  Without you, we could not provide opportunities like this.  I hope to add a few more photos next week.  WiFi at home is tempermental tonight.



Monday – wrap up classes, FIELD DAY  

athletic shorts
Tuesday/Wednesday – wrap up classes, clean classroom, turn in books
Thursday – closing chapel, awards ceremony, 10:00 dismissal for
                   Summer Vacation