Agape Christian Preschool:
2015-16 PROGRAMS AVAILABLE: (Subject to change)
extra day Tues
4-5 Kindergarten Readiness & 3 Ready to Learn
Age 3 by Sept 1
(No class this year)
3 Ready to Learn
Age 3 by Sept 1
2015-16 Openings still available!
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In 2016 Saron Connects
In my December article I used the metaphor of a toboggan and two tubs filled with kids connected behind the toboggan. Staying with the sledding theme… ever been in the back sled, giddy with excitement, waiting for the big push, only to watch the front sled taking off without you because you weren’t connected?
There is a classic story not about sledding but with a great “connection” message:
A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The pastor made himself comfortable but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember’s flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and “dead as a doornail.” Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting.
Just before the pastor was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I will be back in church next Sunday.”
Friends, 2016 is going to be about connections. The kind of connections God designed us for. The kind of connections we need for a full, abundant life – that go way, WAY beyond sitting in a pew. The kind of connections that roar into an inferno of love and transformation through Jesus. You can’t do it alone. In January it will be: Connecting with Your Purpose. A good place to start!
If you read my article in December, it focused on how the youth and children’s ministries have gotten ahead of the adult ministries. We are very much in need of the adults of Saron seeking Christ and His ways with all their hearts, intentionally pursuing opportunities to grow in faith and care for each other. With this in mind: 2 studies are beginning in January, one on Mondays and the other Thursdays: Jesus Revealed and If. Also, January 17 will be the beginning of 21 Days on Our Knees. More info on both of those are elsewhere in this newsletter. And a new mission statement will be unveiled and explained.
Connections through Christ will make all the difference. Keep the fire burning!
One of my favorite winter memories is of a toboggan with me in the front, my two kids right behind me and nieces and nephews pressed against our backs. Trailing us are two sledding tubs with more nieces and nephews "hitched" to the toboggan by a rider in each tub holding on for dear life. We are a sledding "train", poised and ready at the crest of a hill. Each passenger is grinning from ear to ear with anticipation as we get a hefty push from some of the other adults to begin our giddy descent. Our speed quickens but instead of a straight path I quickly lose control. The train starts to spin because the two slick tubs laden with kids are moving faster than the wooden toboggan. We turn sideways and then backwards, blind to what lies ahead. In a last ditch effort to regain control I put all my weight into twisting the front of the toboggan, which is now in the back, get it to turn around. But I only succeed in tipping us over. The hill becomes littered with little laughing bodies as two light blue tubs fly swiftly to the bottom, empty of their cargo.
Sometimes enthusiastic plans need a course correction.
Ten years ago (I know this is a simplification of events) an eagerness to invest more heavily into youth and their families resulted in eight and a half years ago hiring Curtis. Since then a strong youth ministry has been developed. Four years ago the same occurred with the children’s ministry so two years ago Molly was hired and a vibrant children’s ministry quickly emerged.
The adults, however, have not kept pace and it’s become a little bit of “the cart before the horse”, or the “tubs” before the “toboggan”. The children’s and youth ministries are going like gangbusters but without strong, engaging, life-changing, relationship-building, challenging, growing-in-faith ministries for the adults we soon find the “tubs” (youth and children) outpacing the “toboggan” (adults). And we’re tipping. Children and youth and their families bless us in so many ways, but the return in giving and leadership is relatively small. THUS… more money is going out than is coming in. And it’s hard to find leaders for other ministries.
But we don’t have to panic or tip over OR lose the youth or children’s ministries or Molly or Curtis as staff over those areas. We do need to gain a LOT of speed in the adults ministering to each other. Basically that’s beefing up worship and small groups of adults gathering, learning together and supporting each other. That’s where renewed focus MUST be.
WATCH for opportunities in 2016. CREATE opportunities. GIVE. With God’s help and passion stirring in our hearts we can and will straighten out. God is faithful. It’s so exciting to be in ministry together!
Lord, give us a push!
The purpose of the Special Gifts Ministry at Saron Lutheran Church is to facilitate inclusion inside the life of the church for the individual with additional needs and for their family.
In support of our broader church mission, the goals of the Special Gifts Ministry is to lead families affected by unique needs into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
The objective(s) of the ministry are fulfilled through the ministry’s efforts:
The services of the Special Gifts Ministry may be requested by the family of the individual at any time. We do require intake forms and a meeting with the ministry staff, the individual and their family prior to attending class so that we may get to know both the child and the family and how we can best meet their needs at least one week prior to starting in the ministry.
The term “Special Gifts” encompasses a broad range of unique needs, including but not limited to, learning differences, intellectual disability, neurological disorders, developmental delays, communication disorders, social skills deficit, physical disabilities, sensory needs, and medical conditions. Understanding why (diagnosis) a particular individual requires the services of the ministry is not as important as how the ministry is able to assist the individual to help them experience success in the church setting.
The Special Gifts Ministry does not provide therapy, behavior modification programs, or medical intervention. To the best of abilities, our ministry partners will strive to follow guidance from, and utilize tools provide by parents.
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2015-2016 Sunday School and Pre-Confirmation registration is open!
Follow the links below to register your child!
Pre-School - 5th grade Sunday mornings at 10:30!
6th grade Wedensday evenings from 7-8:30!