7 Four-Star Awards Presented

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

On May 6, 2018, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Apple Valley, Minnesota presented the Four-Star Award to 7 Scouts who completed all four of the P.R.A.Y. Protestant religious emblems.  They were among 35 total Scouts who received religious emblems at this year’s religious emblems award ceremony.

Since the church started offering religious emblems classes in 2002, a total of 490 boys and girls have earned a total of 700 religious emblems.  Of those 490 Scouts, 27 have earned the Four-Star Award.  This year’s group of 7 Four Stars is by far the largest in the history of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran church.

"USE ME, LORD"

Favorite God and Life Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Use Me, Lord” is a song written by 14-year-old Matteo M. as part of his God and Life requirements. This was his favorite project: he wrote the lyrics and chose the basic chord progressions. Although Matteo is “non-verbal autistic,” he has truly found his voice! Matteo spells out his thoughts on a letter board, and it is in this way that he expresses his deep opinions, original thoughts, and seeks to “be a voice for the silent ones.” It took 85 pages for Matteo to answer all the questions and discussion items for God and Life. According to his mother, “This program has been a wonderful experience for our entire family … It’s been wonderful to actually ‘make the time’ in our lives to sit around and discuss deep things like the questions that were presented in this project. We are a closer family because of it ... closer to each other and to God, each in our own way.” Congratulations, Matteo on earning your God and Life award. May each of us join you in saying, “USE ME, LORD.”

Visit www.matteomusso.com to learn more about Matteo’s incredible journey and his mission to speak out about autism.

 

Girl Scouts Make Birdhouses

Girls Earn "Birds of the Air" RP3 Patch

 

 

Brownie Girl Scouts from Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw, MI painted small bird houses for their feathered friends. While they painted, they listened to the song “Sparrows” by Jason Gray. According to Girl Scout leader Haley Cottrell, “Songs have a lovely way of delivering a message...often time better than I can. I really enjoy these RP3 badges because they are not only religious in nature but also because of really unique themes that tie together three different Bible Stories. Personally I LOVE watching birds in my back yard. I think they are fascinating creatures, so I was quite excited to lead this merit earning opportunity with them.”

P.R.A.Y. Awards Included in Eagle Displays

Arlington UMC

Boy Scout troop 452 chartered by Arlington United Methodist Church celebrated the highest honor in scouting earned by four Eagle Scouts at their ceremony Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington, Tennessee. For part of their display, the four boys included their PRAY patches and medallions from the God and Me, God and Family and God and church levels of the PRAY program. Thanks for taking pride in your religious awards!

St Paul's Lutheran Church

Duty to God 2018

"The Duty to God for 2018 program at St. Paul's Lutheran Church has wrapped up. It was a fantastic journey this year starting the first Sunday in November and wrapping up with Scout Sunday. We had a nice graduation ceremony February 11th. We were blessed to have 2 God & Me classes, a God & Family class, a God & Church class and a God & Life class. There were a total of 30 Scouts with various projects and service hours including volunteering at Table Grace, working at the church and Scout Sunday. Thank you for creating such a wonderful program. It's a nice resource to help engage the Scouts and encourage them along their faith journey."

Submitted by Bob Austin,Omaha, Nebraska

Asbury UMC Hosts District Scout Sunday Celebration

 

Asbury UMC sponsors two Packs and a Troop, teaches the God and Me and God and Family awards, and hosts their District’s Scout Sunday Celebration. Here is a picture of the P.R.A.Y. awardees surrounded by all Scouts and Scouters in uniform singing Scout Vespers for the closing.  

 

Submitted by retired UMC pastor Rev. Realff Ottesen, Hampton, IL

God and Family PIZZA!

Red Springs, NC

Pack / Troop 416

Trinity United Methodist Church

Red Springs, NC

Participants in the 2017-2018 God and Family class in Red Springs, NC proudly display their family pizzas!

Tricia Burgess Receives God and Service Award

Salem United Methodist Church

P.R.A.Y. is accustomed to receiving photos and stories from Tricia Burgess showcasing the Scouts who have earned their P.R.A.Y. awards over the years. How pleased we were to receive a photo of Tricia herself receiving the United Methodist God and Service Award in recognition of her hard work – her ministry! Lorraine Land, speaking on behalf of Salem Boy Scout Troop 123, said, “Mrs. Burgess has been doing P.R.A.Y. classes for not only our scouts, but her church children, and other troops since 2008. She is very dedicated and works extremely hard at bringing these classes to these individuals to help them grow spiritually. She is a blessing not only to the scouts, but to our parents and community.” What does Tricia’s ministry look like? Click here to view the picture of 5 Four Star recipients coached by Tricia in Salem United Methodist Church.

Interested in recognizing an individual? Visit P.R.A.Y.’s Adult Nomination page.

Logan Earns God and Me in Skopje, Macedonia

Logan is a Bear Scout in Cub Scout Pack 2187 in the Transatlantic Council. He completed the God and Me requirements with his father and had his final review with Rev. Wilfried Nausner, the UMC District Superintendent responsible for Albania, Croatia and Macedonia. Logan received his award at the United Methodist Church in Skopje, Macedonia. Congratulations, Logan!

   

 

Avery Grows in Faith and Friendship

Reflections on the Four Star Journey

Avery B. is a PRAY Four Star Recipient. When she attended the National G.I.R.L. event in October 2017 and recognized P.R.A.Y. in the Hall of Experiences, she stopped to chat and take a picture for her Mom. We asked Avery (and her mom) to reflect on their experiences and share what they learned. Two things stand out for Avery: faith and friendship. FAITH, because "I have learned how … to take ownership of my faith, to deepen my relationship with God, and to offer my own gifts and talents in service to the church" and FRIENDSHIP, because of the awesome experience she had earning God and Life with her close friends and Girl Scout "sisters," Emma and Genevieve. [Photo L-R: Avery, Pastor Kelly Brumbeloe, Emma and Genevieve]

Click here to read Avery’s (and her mother’s!) reflections on the Four Star journey.