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.

Big Cobbler Bake!

Scout Sunday Tradition

The “Big Cobbler Bake” was another huge success! Pack, Troop and Crew 617 in Oviedo, Florida performed over 200 hours of service on Scout Sunday to say “thank you” to their Charter Organization, University Carillon United Methodist Church. They served 55 cobblers at all three services. Visit P.R.A.Y.’s Community Hub to read the post by COR Jerry Gutridge. Have a Scout Sunday tradition of your own? Add a post to share your ideas with the P.R.A.Y. community!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pastor Tiffany Danna Receives God and Service Award

First Christian Church in Granbury, TX recognized Tiffany Danna for her years of service as Assistant Pastor and for her leadership to the youth program and to Church Camp. Tiffany is active in the Brazos Valley District of the Longhorn Council, BSA.

Thank you for your service!

5 Boy Scouts Earn the 4-Star Award

   

From Tricia Burgess:

“I was proud to have the honor to award these 5 Boy Scouts from Salem, SC in the Blue Ridge Council, their 4-Star Award. They all had completed each class: God and Me, God and Family, God and Church, and God and Life during the specific age time. Classes were hosted at the Salem United Methodist Church and over the course of a total of 28 weeks starting from age 8 in Elementary school to age 16 in High School they had worked their way learning and giving in the eyes of God. When I asked them what they enjoyed the most out of all the classes, the creation of the Pizza boxes in the God and Family program was the "funnest". Most of the service projects were done in a group effort which made that part fun and memorable. My prayers are they carry what they learned from the Bible lessons into the world and share the message.”

   

Bible Basics RP3 Series

Brownies earn "Out of the Water"

Brownie Girl Scouts from Peace Lutheran Church in Saginaw, MI had a great time earning the “Out of the Water” Bible patch. The girls made Moses “sock babies” and talked about how older sister Miriam would have felt watching her baby brother float in a basket in the river, how God had a plan for Moses, and how Miriam was brave and trusted God. The girls enjoyed making their own dolls to cuddle!

 

For the story on Jesus' baptism, the girls enjoyed cleaning old pennies and making them clean and shiny. It was a great visual for the meaning of baptism!

Seven Four Star Awards

First United Methodist Church

Seven (7!) Boy Scouts from Troop 51 were presented with their “Four Star” awards by First United Methodist Church in Salem, Virginia for earning all four of the P.R.A.Y. awards. Congratulations to Boy Scouts Steven, Reid, James, Will, Jamie, Carson, and Charlie. Included in the picture are Pastor Alan Combs, Scoutmaster Scott Harless, and several of the counselors from the four program levels who taught the boys through the years. A special thanks to the congregation for their Scouting ministry, and to the United Methodist Men of FUCM for sponsoring the P.R.A.Y. program every year.

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.