Pastor Endorses P.R.A.Y. Program

I am the Pastor of the Bridge Church of Alabama located in Opelika, Alabama. I wanted to let you know I think that P.R.A.Y. is a great program. It was a privilege and an honor to administer and complete the program with members of the Bear Den. This is a wonderful program and I think it is great how it partners with parents to help their children foster a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior.

 

Blessings,

Terrance J. Nolan, Pastor

The Bridge Church of Alabama

 

 

 

 

The Bear Den from Cub Scout Pack 858 received their God and Me certificates from Pastor Terrance Nolan in a graduation ceremony on April 13, 2019 at the Bridge Church of Alabama in Opelika, Alabama. Congratulations!

Sunday School Uses "Jesus and Me"

Deaconess Sally Hiller from Ascension Lutheran Church in Landover, Maryland reports that she has had an exciting time working with 6 other adults and 12 children on the Jesus and Me program. "Our students have loved the scrolls and working their way through them. I really appreciate the lessons, the activity, and the purposeful way to include family in the fuller lifestyle experience that is needed. I work in our regional church office and have actually recommended this to several of our congregations with smaller Sunday schools. I’m looking forward to using God and Me in our Sunday School this Fall." 

Note: Sally Hiller serves as the Executive Director for Congregational Outreach and District Operations in the Southeastern District of the LCMS.

Troop 316 Four Star Recipients

 

Bode W. - Forest Lake United Methodist Church, Tuscaloosa, AL

Jeremiah J. - Carroll's Creek Baptist Church, Northport, AL

 

Bode and J.J. from Troop 316 in Northport, Alabama achieved Four Star status and each received a special display case of the P.R.A.Y. awards earned on their faith journey. Both say that the P.R.A.Y. program helped them grow in faith. Bode remembers most "learning and growing with friends," while J.J. says his best memories are "visiting a nursing home."

Kieran's God and Church Scrapbook

"Our Faith Journey 2018"

Kieran W. completed the God and Church requirements through Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rockville Centre, New York. His favorite part was “making the scrapbook and reviewing pictures of my First Communion and my Baptism.” His mother Diana participated in the mentor program and they did a joint scrapbook of their faith journey together. According to Diana, “My child learned how to research, and we learned a lot about our church history. We enjoyed putting together a scrapbook of Our Faith Journey. My son learned about my religious education and how active his great-grandparents were. We learned and shared our views on activities in our workbooks. Being a Mentor has helped nurture the relationship between my son and I; as we explored our connection with God and our Church.”

These images from their scrapbook give an inkling about the faith conversations that Kieran and his mom might have had while working on God and Church. For information on the Adult Mentor Program, click here.

Older Brother Completes God and Church While Younger Brother Begins God and Family

Riley worked with Phillip Davis through Grace Episcopal Church under the direction of the Reverend Mother Rose Anne Lonsway to complete the God and Church award. According to his mother Sharon, “It has been such a rewarding experience for Riley and all involved. So much so…that his younger brother, Mason, has begun to work on the God and Family Workbook!”

Congratulations, Riley, for earning the God and Church award, and Good Luck, Mason, as you complete God and Family!

Riley is pictured performing a reading on Scout Sunday. Mason displays his pizza crust for lesson 1.

 

Scouts Deliver Easter Blessings!

Liam B. and Keaton H. are upholding the now ten-year tradition of the “EGYY” Project (i.e. “Easter Goodies from Youth to Youth”). Started in 2009 by Justin B. as part of his Webelos’ God and Family requirement, the EGYY Project has been assembling and delivering Easter baskets to children in domestic crisis centers in the Paducah, KY area for ten years. This year the project expanded to include the Louisville area where Justin is attending college and studying Biomedical Engineering. 28 baskets were assembled and delivered by Liam and Keaton in Paducah, and 24 baskets were assembled and delivered in Louisville by Justin, making the grand total 261 baskets over the last ten years.

Thanks to Liam, Keaton, and Justin for delivering not just Easter baskets, but Easter BLESSINGS to children and young people!

 

 

See related story from two years ago.

 

 

16 Girl Scouts Earn their MPMF Pin and RP3 Patch

Sixteen Girl Scouts from the Heart of Texas Girl Scout Council earned both their My Promise, My Faith pin as well as a Bible Basics RP3 Patch at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church on April 13, 2019. The girls studied the line “Responsible for what I say and do” from the Girl Scout Law and paired it with the “Tents and Shelters RP3” patch.

Click here for a sample program to combine MPMF with the RP3 patches.

 

9-Year Journey Culminates in 4-Star Award

Sam L. received his God and Life award at First United Methodist Church in Fairbanks, Alaska and was also recognized as a Four-Star Recipient. Sam’s Four-Star journey began in 2010 when he earned the God and Me award along with his Girl Scout sister Sarah. Together they also earned the God and Family award in 2014. Sam continued working in his congregation with other Scouts to earn God and Church in 2015, and God and Life in 2019. The pictures show Sam’s growth over the years, but he also grew spiritually. Here is Sam’s reflection on the four religious awards he earned: “I enjoyed working with other Scouts and learning about my congregation’s history in the God and Church program.” Sam is an Eagle Scout in the Midnight Sun Council.

Eagle Scouts Earn God and Life Emblem

Chestnut Memorial UMC Receives Shepherd Church Charter Recognition

Eagle Scouts Henry H., Daulton C., and Curtis M. received their God and Life awards on Scout Sunday at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.  And that was just the beginning. Other scouts and adults were recognized with several awards, i.e. God and Church Award, Cross and Flame Award, God and Service Recognition, and Good Samaritan Award. Troop 11 had much to celebrate! Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church also received the Shepherd Church Charter Recognition for the third year in a row. Blessings on a growing scouting ministry!

Girl Scout Sunday Worship Service Celebration

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Over 30 Girl Scouts gathered to lead worship and celebrate Girl Scout Sunday on March 10, 2019 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Council. This annual event is girl-led, including the flag ceremony, call to worship, scripture reading, and even the message.

Four Star Recipient Samantha T. delivered the message and told how the P.R.A.Y. religious awards have impacted her: “Not only did my Faith grow through this program but so did my confidence in myself. I grew closer to God and was finally able to open up to the people and world around me.” Samantha went on to explain what she learned at each program level and how “the colors red, yellow, blue, and green mean so much to me” (referring to the four-color cross on the P.R.A.Y. awards displayed proudly on her uniform). Not only did Samantha earn all four levels, she also assisted with the younger classes.  

Girl Scouts were recognized by the Christian Protestant Girl Scout Committee for earning the My Promise, My Faith pin. Girl Scouts who earned a P.R.A.Y. award received a special patch. All Girl Scouts in attendance received a Girl Scout Sunday patch.

Thank you to Rev. Kyle Butler and Mount Zion United Methodist Church for hosting the event. Thank you to Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for their support!

Photo: Four Star Recipient Samantha T. is pictured with Kathy Dabrowski from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Council.