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Vibrant Faith Ministries

Vibrant Faith Ministry:

Faith Formation through Sunday School Offering

As we get ready for a new and exciting Sunday School year, it's always good to reflect upon how it went last year.We couldn't be more excited to see kids growing in their faith and living what they're learning.This living the faith was shown to us through Ethan Rea. We started Sunday School a little over a week after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana.After hearing the news Ethan, was concerned about people losing their Bibles in the hurricane and wanted to do something about it. We decided that our Sunday School Offering for 2017-18 would go towards purchasing Bibles for people affected by the hurricane.With the Youth Gathering occurring in Houston, we thought that would be the perfect spot to reach the most people. Our Sunday School kids raised about $240 during the year. Service Council used some of their Garage Sale profits to help the Youth Gathering participants. Both groups decided the money would be better used to go towards Bibles.This meant we had $1,052 for Bibles.Ethan was so excited and got to choose which kinds of Bibles we sent. He decided Spark Story Bibles and Spark Bibles would be great for kids in Houston. We waited until Augsburg Fortress was having free shipping so we could order the most Bibles. On the day we ordered them, there happened to also be 25% OFF!God was really leading us to make a big impact.We were able to send 69 Bibles to Houston. We are so grateful to have a Congregation that supports our kids and helps them reach their goals. Thank you to all of you who sent Offering with a Sunday School student or shopped at the Garage Sale. You helped make this happen! - Lisa Newgard

VIBRANT FAITH MINISTRY - What it means for our congregation

We are convinced that faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships, often in our own homes. Our experience is that the church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and the ministry of the home. More and more we are seeing that where Christ is present in faith, home is church, too. As we think about our personal journeys and watch those of others we notice that faith is caught more than it is taught. It has also become clear to us that if we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.

With this framework in mind we follow Four Keys for Practicing Faith:

Caring Conversations are the basis for those personal, trusted relationships.

Devotions are away to practice the presence of God through the Word of God.

Service to one’s neighbor is a calling that expresses the love for others that God has placed in us and gives us moments to be faithful to that calling.

Rituals and Traditions create patterns of behavior that reinforce the presence of God and communicate meaning for our lives.

This is the Vibrant Faith Framework that informs our ministries and our lives and which places Jesus Christ at the center of all we do in this congregation and in the homes of those who are connected to us.

Five Principles for living and passing on faith

1. Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal trusted relationships - often in our own homes.

2. The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and ministry of the home.

3. Where Christ is present in faith, the home is church, too.

4. Faith is caught more than it is taught.

5. If we want Christian children and youth, we need Christian adults.

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