BIBLICAL BRAVE GIRLS

Daisy Girl Scout Troop at Peace Lutheran Church used Brave Girls Bible Stories by Thomas Nelson as its main handbook to teach their Girl Scouts how heroic sisters before them marched in faith and spread the word of God in the most trying of times.  They learn about a different Woman of the Bible and have “Biblical Brave Girl” time at each meeting.  One scout is chosen in rotation and is dressed up as the Biblical Brave Girl they are studying by draping fabric, sashes, and in some cases a crown on her, and read her amazing story to the troop.  This is one of their FAVORITE troop activities.  The girls discuss how this woman’s story not only draws correlations to the Girl Scout Law but also to their mission as Soldiers for Christ. 

 

BROWNIES DO CHRISTIAN SERVICE

Girl Scouts Collect Over 150 Preemie Outfits

Brownie Girl Scouts from Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw, MI seek to grow through Christian service. This fall they collected over 150 preemie garments for the NICU at a local hospital. According to Troop Leaders Haley Cottrell and Keri Radde, “We believe it is our duty to not only spread the Word of God but to Serve Him actively and are thrilled to do so through the avenue of Girl Scouting.” Other service projects included stuffing piles of shoe boxes for Operation Christian Child, singing a joyful noise “to please our  Father in Heaven” by Christmas caroling at a nursing home, and making cat toys and canine treat bags for local animal shelters. In the spring, the Brownie Girl Scouts plan to serve as greeters and ushers on Girl Scout Sunday, sew dresses to support the “Little Dresses for Africa” ministry, and put together gift boxes for first responders in their community. 

See related story on Peace Lutheran's Christ-Centered Girl Scouting in PRAY Newsletter.

First Ever Religious Emblems Day

Four Rivers District

Four Rivers District of Lincoln Heritage Council hosted its first ever Religious Emblems Day in Paducah, KY.  Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, and Presbyterians from 7 different packs and 2 troops came together to work on the religious emblems appropriate to their age and faith. Scouts who had already earned their religious emblem were welcome and enrolled in the Bible Basics RP3 from P.R.A.Y.  In all there were 22 youth plus an additional 11 mentors. Maria Korte, District Religious Emblems Coordinator, served as the event chair and thought the event went very well, "It was awesome to see everybody from different faiths and units getting together to celebrate God's Glory." She is already looking at ways to increase attendance for future events.

Building Faith in Youth Award

Combination Sunday School Volunteer & Cubmaster Receives Award

Ron Flournoy, Cubmaster of Pack 1879 in Midlothian Virginia and Sunday school volunteer at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, was presented with the Building Faith in Youth award on October 1, 2017. Not only has Ron taught God and Me and God and Family to his Cub Scouts, he has also worked with the pastor and youth director to bring the P.R.A.Y. classes to the youth of the church. While their primary goal has been to introduce children to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a secondary objective has been to promote more membership in both Scouting and the church.  With their support, the P.R.A.Y. awards have grown from 8 to 24 in the last three years, and the P.R.A.Y. courses are taught during the Sunday school time slot so that families are present in church when both Sunday school and the Relevant contemporary service are available. Ron Flournoy personally knows the evangelistic opportunities that Scouting provides. It was because of Pack 1879 that Ron and his family joined St Mark’s UMC.

Congratulations to Ron Flournoy on receiving the Building Faith in Youth award! Thank you to St. Mark’s UMC for blending your Sunday school and Scouting ministries!

Photo: Rev. Fran Cooper, Ron Flournoy, Conference Scouting Coordinator Bill Chaffin

ALL 6 PATCHES!

The Morgans complete entire RP3 Series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trisha Morgan reports that her Girl Scout and Cub Scout have completed all 6 patches in the RP3 Series. Here they are completing the "Holes" and "Tents and Shelters" patches. Congratulations to the Morgan family!

 

ALASKA CHURCH REACHES “100” MILESTONE

St John United Methodist Church in Anchorage, Alaska conferred its 100th P.R.A.Y. award on Boy Scout Sunday in February 2017, and exceeded the milestone on Girl Scout Sunday in March when the 114th award was presented. The church offers all four awards (God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, and God and Life) and serves members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and its own youth group. The program started in 2003 by John Anderson, an Eagle Scout who earned his “God and Country” religious award as a youth. John, who has served as a teacher/counselor at St John UMC for nearly all of the awards, explained: “I feel called to this ministry because of the time and effort that was given to me by my pastor and scoutmaster when I was young. Our faith calls us to serve others––to be servant leaders––and, as my life was influenced in positive ways by servant leaders, I want to try to do the same.”

In addition to the youth awards, St. John UMC has presented 24 adult awards for exceptional service to youth.

Photo: The 2017 class of Scouts join their families after receiving P.R.A.Y. awards, along with the Rev. Andy Bartel pastor of St. John UMC (fourth row, third from left) and counselor/teacher John Anderson (third row, third from right).

Travis Earns Four Star Award

Grandma Shares in Four Star Journey

Nancy Easton had the rare privilege of sharing in the Four Star journey with her grandson Travis. From Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Folsom, CA, here’s her story:

July 2017 was the end of a wonderful journey that I took with my grandson Travis. We started our journey when he was in the second grade and finished it eight years later when he earned the Four Star Award. P.R.A.Y. enabled us to go on this faith journey to be closer to Christ. From playing games from his “game” box to our family pizza party to all of his service projects and our studies of the Bible, we not only became closer to Christ but also to each other. I would encourage all who have the opportunity to make this journey with a young person, to jump at the chance. You will get much more out of it than you put in. Blessings to you from Travis’ grandmother. 

Take Nancy Easton's advice ... use the P.R.A.Y. Program to embark on a spiritual journey with a young person today!

Girl Scout Connects P.R.A.Y. Friends

Johnna Visits P.R.A.Y. Booth at G.I.R.L. 2017

Johnna earned her God and Me award in 2015 with Rev. Rusty Cowden, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Warren, OH. Pastor Rusty was a member of the P.R.A.Y. Board of Directors for several years, even serving as Board President. When Johnna stopped by the P.R.A.Y. booth at G.I.R.L. in Columbus, OH, the first thing Deb Hazlewood did was to take a selfie and send it to Pastor Rusty. His reply? “The two of you have made my afternoon brighter.”

Thanks, Johnna, for connecting good friends and putting a face to our shared ministry!

Another Successful Run!

Epiphany Lutheran Church

"Epiphany Lutheran Church in Suwanee, Georgia is proud to announce the successful run of our 4th installment of a multi-level PRAY course! We have been running the program every other year for four sessions, allowing our oldest scouts to complete the levels as they age up. We extend the invitation outside of our home troops, and typically 25-30 students at all four levels join us for our multi-week sessions. This year, we are proud to announce that four Boy Scouts earned their Four Star awards! We also had several Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts complete God and Me, God and Family, and God and Church. The program ends with a pizza & cake celebration that is always a highlight! We hope to build on our success in two years to help our youth grow in faith and extend our church's outreach to the community. We sincerely appreciate Pastor Chris Hermansen and the Epiphany family for hosting us, and our many volunteers who are passionate about bringing this program to life!" - Submitted by Kim Towne

 

M.J. COOKS UP “PIZZA OF FAITH”

Where Faith Always Tastes Good!

M.J. completed the God and Family requirements and proudly displays his “Pizza of Faith” with the slogan “Where Faith Always Tastes Good.”

As part of the requirements, M.J. recorded his family’s recipe. Here are some of the ingredients for his family: smart (Mom), funny (Dad), interesting (Kaden), crazy (Amaya), and hyper (MJ).  And here is part of his recipe: “We try to pray every day at least twice.”

MJ also recorded what they learned together as a family:

  • God is always with us.
  • To always have faith in God.
  • To never give up.
  • Mom, dad, family, friends - they can give major support.
  • To always cherish good memories.
  • It is good to share. You can share in many different ways.

Thank you, MJ, for sharing your pizza with us!