Tuesday, December 8, 2020

December 9th: Mentor Night

It's Mentor Night!

This week we are NOT meeting at church, but are wanting your confirmand and their mentor to meet in some way that best suits you! It could be over the phone, facetime, zoom, or safely in person.

At the bare minimum, go through the following discussion, but as always we encourage you to go "above and beyond"--spend time together, have lunch or dinner together (safely), watch/support the mentee in athletic or other extra curricular events, etc. 

Here's the discussion guide for this week; when you are done, send us some verification that you participated in an email.

Confirmation Mentor Night 12/9/20

  • Share
    • Share your high’s and low’s since the last time you saw each other (good/happy/joy-filled moments v. sad/frustrating/sorrowful moments).
    • Share your favorite Christmas tradition and why it means so much to you. Do you have any traditions that are shared together?
    • Tell about your favorite Christmas lights of all time. Where were they? What made them special?
    • Why are we drawn to Christmas lights and candles?
    • Optional Fun: Play Christmas charades or Pictionary using this random Christmas word generator: http://www.getcharadesideas.com/christmas-charades-ideas/
  • Open your Bibles to and read John 1:1-5
    • In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  
  • Talk
    • How did God create the world? (Hint: “Let there be….”) Discuss then read the excerpt below from enterthebible.org:
      • John's Gospel opens, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). This reference to the Word recalls the opening chapter of the book of Genesis, where God creates the world by the power of speech. The Word, or logos in Greek, is God's power to create and order life.
    • Who is “the Word” in the verse you just read? What does this verse mean when it says, “the Word became flesh”? Discuss first then read the excerpt below from enterthebible.org:
      • To say that the Word became flesh means that the creative Word of God was embodied by Jesus of Nazareth, who was truly human. As the Word of God made flesh, Jesus carries out the creative and life-giving work of God. By his speech, actions, death, and resurrection, Jesus reveals the glory of God.
    • Who or what is “the light” referred to in this verse?  Explain your answers.
  • Read the following:
    • We are in the season of Advent—the season where we watch, prepare, and anxiously await Christ’s birth and also his second coming.  It’s a time to have hope and faith in things to come. Advent is also a very dark season where we live—the sun is late to rise and early to set. But this verse from the Gospel of John says that Jesus—the word of God made flesh—is a light in the darkness.
  • Reflect
    • What gives you hope? Why? Is there reason to have hope? What do you have hope for?
  • Open your Bibles and read Matthew 5:14-16
    • “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your God in heaven.
  • Talk
    • Talk about what you think this verse is teaching you.
      • Here are talking points to get you started: What good does light do for us? Is light meant to be hidden or extinguished or kept to ones self? What is the symbolic meaning of sharing light?
    • In the verse we read before from the Gospel of John, we talked about how Jesus brings light to a dark world. Later on in that chapter it talks about John the Baptist who was called to share Jesus’ light—that the light wasn’t us, but rather the light that Jesus gives (John 1:7-8).  
      • What are ways YOU can be a light in this world?
  • Pray
    • God of light and hope, look upon us in love and fill us with the Spirit of Jesus, that we may love you and serve you in your kingdom. Be with us and guide us as we await the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the light of the world, and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December 2nd: The 10 Commandments (Exodus 34:29-35 & Matthew 25:31-40)

Hello Confirmands!

Tonight we are continuing Moses and the Israelites' story. You have a couple of options to complete confirmation at home.

For at home confirmation we'd like a parent or mentor to participate with you.

Thanks, everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

November 18th: Wilderness Wanderings (Exodus 14, 16-17)

 Hello Confirmands!

Tonight we are continuing Moses and the Israelites' story. You have a couple of options to complete confirmation at home.

For at home confirmation we'd like a parent or mentor to participate with you.

Thanks, everyone!

Oh, and if you want extra fun and entertainment, you could watch "The Prince of Egypt" on Netflix or Prime if you haven't already--it's all about the story of Moses!

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

November 11th: Mentor Night

It's Mentor Night!

This week we are NOT meeting at church, but are wanting your confirmand and their mentor to meet in some way that best suits you! It could be over the phone, facetime, zoom, or safely in person.

At the bare minimum, go through the following discussion, but as always we encourage you to go "above and beyond"--spend time together, have lunch or dinner together (safely), watch/support the mentee in athletic or other extra curricular events, etc. 

Here's the discussion guide for this week; when you are done, send us some verification that you participated in an email.

Discussion Guide:

  • Share your highs (joys, celebrations, things that made you happy) and lows (sorrows, disappointments, things that made you sad/frustrated/worried)  from the last month or days. 
  • Open your Bibles to Psalm 95:1-7 and read it.
Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 
2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 
3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 
4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 
5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 
6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 
7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. 
  • What are some things that stuck out to you in this verse? Make sure both mentor and mentee share thoughts.
  • What reminders does this Bible passage give us? (here are some ideas to get you started: praise, thankfulness, belonging, promises, worship)
  • It can be easy to lose sight of and take for granted all we are blessed with, especially when we've seen so much strife this year. Name three things that you are thankful for.
  • What are ways we can show God our thanks and praise?
  • Pray for each other.  Each of you pray a short prayer for the other. You can go off the cuff, or use this format: Dear God, thank you for [name]. I give thanks for the joys in their life, including [highs]. I ask you to be with them, especially as they are dealing with [lows]. Please be with [name] tonight and the week to come, and bless them in your name. Amen.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

November 4th: Moses (Exodus 2-3, 11-12)

Hello Confirmands!

Tonight we are talking about good ol' Moses. You have a couple of options to complete confirmation at home.

For at home confirmation we'd like a parent or mentor to participate with you.

Thanks, everyone!

Oh, and if you want extra fun and entertainment, you could watch "The Prince of Egypt" on Netflix or Prime--it's all about the story of Moses!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

October 28th: Joseph (Genesis 37, 39-40)

Hello Confirmands!

Tonight we are talking about Joseph--you know, the one with the amazing technicolor dream coat? Anyway, you have a couple of options to complete confirmation at home.

For at home confirmation we'd like a parent or mentor to participate with you.

Thanks, everyone!

Oh, and if you want extra fun and entertainment, here's the opening number from the aforementioned musical, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

October 21st: Jacob & Esau

 Confirmation 10/21/20: Jacob & Esau (Genesis 25, 27, 29, 33)

Intro Questions:

·         Do any of you have an interesting birth story?

·         Are you a “mommy’s girl/boy” or a “daddy’s girl/boy”?

·         Have you ever made a poor swap/trade with a sibling? How did it happen?

·         Have you ever deceived someone or tried to cover something up? Why? How did it make you feel?

Read Genesis 25:21-28

·         What did God say to Rebekah through prayer when she asked him about “the jostling in her belly”?

·         Who was born first? Describe each brother, along with what their names mean. Who will rule over the other?

·         Generally when we hear the circumstances of a birth, it means that someone pretty special is being born. How do you think this birth story is similar to the most important birth story of Jesus? Different?

Read Genesis 25:29-34

·         What is a birthright and why do you think it was so important to Jacob?

·         Why do you think Esau was willing to part with his birthright so quickly?

o   In what ways do we choose “temporary value” over “eternal value” (like Esau choosing to satisfy his hunger instead of choosing birthright)?

·         Do you think this was a fair trade by Jacob?

·         Do you think Esau regretted giving up his birthright?

·         Does this change how we view Jacob?

·         How might this point to God’s plan? Review what God told to Rebekah before they were born.

Read Genesis 27:1-17 (pause to recap) then 18-29 (pause to recap) then 30-40 (recap)

·         Since God had chosen Jacob to inherit the promises God made to Abraham and Isaac, was it wrong for Jacob and Rebekah to use trickery to get it, even if it appeared that Isaac was going to give Esau the blessing? Why or why not?

·         Are God’s promises (covenants) dependent on cultural custom (e.g. birthright) or human virtue (e.g. trickery)? What does this tell us about God?

·         How do you think Esau felt when he learned Jacob has taken his blessing? How do you think Jacob felt?

·         What’s so important about a blessing?

·         When Isaac realized he was tricked, why didn’t he revoke the blessing and then bless Esau instead?

·         With God choosing Jacob, does that mean he is better than Esau? Why?

 Read Genesis 33:1-4

·         We get a brief glimpse into the brothers’ lives years later. How would you assess their success?

·         How do you think Jacob was feeling before meeting Esau? See Genesis 32:11.

·         We last heard from Esau and he was very angry. How do we find him now? Does this surprise you?

·         Why do you think Esau was so willing to forgive?

·         Can you think of anything you need to forgive someone for? What about forgiveness you need to receive?

·         What do we value most when we are willing to forgive?

·         What do we need to do to receive forgiveness from God?

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October 14th: Mentor Night!

 It's Mentor Night!

This week we are NOT meeting at church, but are wanting your confirmand and their mentor to meet in some way that best suits you! It could be over the phone, facetime, zoom, or safely in person.

Our first mentor night we are mostly just wanting mentors and mentees to connect with one another. At the bare minimum, go through the following discussion, but as always we encourage you to go "above and beyond"--spend time together, have lunch or dinner together (safely), watch/support the mentee in athletic or other extra curricular events, etc. 

Here's the discussion guide for this week! When you are done, send us some verification that you participated in an email.

Questions to ask each other:

  1. What is a good thing about your day?  What is a bad thing about your day?
  2. What is something you are looking forward to?
  3. What is your favorite food and drink?
  4. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you like to go? Why?
  5. If you could see and talk with anyone in heaven, who would it be? Why?
  6. Why were you given your name?  Do you know what it means?
  7. What was your life like when you were young?
  8. What was/is your life like in middle school/junior high?
  9. What is life like in your home?
  10. If you could ask God three questions, what would they be?
  11. Why do you believe in God?
  12. What do you like about church?
  13. What don’t you like about church?
  14. Look up and read Matthew 11:28-30. 
    1. What does Jesus mean when he says this?  What does it mean for you?
    2. Have you ever had a prayer answered?  
    3. Has God ever answered a prayer by saying “No”? 
    4. What is something you pray for now?
  15. Say a prayer with each other.  Pray for something for each of you, our community, our country and the world.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sept. 23rd Confirmation Discussion Guide

Here is the handout we worked on during Confirmation on Sept. 23rd; we did not get to The Fall during class, so we encourage you to go through it together at home!




Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Week 8: Hope

Hello Confirmation Families!

Below are the links for guided at home Bible studies; use either or both, or whatever works for you family! Also, be sure to check out the geocaching adventure over at flcamery.org/geo or on the app!

The Bible Project* Week 8: Hope
ELCA Faith Lens** (can also be found on your app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens)

Stay Well,
Liz

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*I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions. So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

**Weekly Bible studies from the ELCA that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.

Week 7: Way of Exile

Hello Confirmation Families!

Below are the links for guided at home Bible studies; use either or both, or whatever works for you family! Also, be sure to check out the geocaching adventure over at flcamery.org/geo or on the app!

The Bible Project* Week 7: Justice
ELCA Faith Lens** (can also be found on your app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens)

Stay Well,
Liz

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*I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions. So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

**Weekly Bible studies from the ELCA that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.

Week 6: Justice

Hello Confirmation Families!

Below are the links for guided at home Bible studies; use either or both, or whatever works for you family! Also, be sure to check out the geocaching adventure over at flcamery.org/geo or on the app!

The Bible Project* Week 6: Justice
ELCA Faith Lens** (can also be found on your app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens)

Stay Well,
Liz

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*I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions. So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

**Weekly Bible studies from the ELCA that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Week 5: Image of God

Hello Confirmation Families!

Below are the links for guided at home Bible studies; use either or both, or whatever works for you family! Also, be sure to check out the geocaching adventure over at flcamery.org/geo!

The Bible Project* Week 5: Image of God 
ELCA Faith Lens** (can also be found on your app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens)

Stay Well,
Liz

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*I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions. So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

**Weekly Bible studies from the ELCA that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Week 4: Water for Life

Hello Confirmation Families!

Below are the links for guided at home Bible studies; use either or both, or whatever works for you family!

The Bible Project* Week 4: Water for Life
ELCA Faith Lens** (can also be found on your app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens)

Stay Well,
Liz

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*I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions. So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

**Weekly Bible studies from the ELCA that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Week 3: The Gospel of the Kingdom

Hello Confirmation Families!

Below are the links for guided at home Bible studies; use either or both, or whatever works for you family!

The Bible Project* Week 3: The Gospel of the Kingdom
ELCA Faith Lens** (can also be found on your app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens)

*I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions. So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

**Weekly Bible studies from the ELCA that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.

Stay Well,
Liz

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Week 2: "Sabbath Rest" from The Bible Project

Hello Confirmation Families!

I hope you had a joyful Easter! Below are the links for guided at home Bible studies; use either or both!

The Bible Project* Week 2: Generosity
ELCA Faith Lens** (can also be found on your app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens)

*I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions. So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

**Weekly Bible studies that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.

Stay Well,
Liz

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Week 1: "Generosity" from The Bible Project

Hello Confirmation Families!

I've decided to utilize a resource from The Bible Project--a free Bible Education & Video website that I often use for Confirmation. They are putting out a once weekly family study during the coronavirus pandemic which I think is quite thoughtful. Each week there is a Bible Project video, a short audio message from one of the creators, 3-5 short scripture readings, and 6-8 discussion questions.

So, for the next 8 weeks I'll be posting their resources right here for you to check out. The first week is called "Generosity".

I'll also include a link to Faith Lens, an ELCA resource geared for teens that gives insight and guided discussion focusing on the weekly texts from Sunday worship.

Feel free to use whichever works best for your family!

Stay Well,
Liz

Click here for Week 1: Generosity from The Bible Project

Click here for the ELCA Faith Lens . You can also find it on our app: home>ELCA>Faith Lens

Friday, March 27, 2020

John 11:1-45 | Lazarus



Share highs, lows & "God Sightings"
  • What made you happy or joyful or hopeful this week?
  • What made you sad or uneasy or uncomfortable this week?
  • Where/how did you see God working this week?
Read the weekly Bible verse/story
  • Read together John 11:25-26 (if you're really ambitious, you can read the whole Lazarus story)--we heard it read for us in this Sunday's Worship (3.29.20)
    • We encourage everyone to open up their own Bibles; highlight or underline things that stand out to you and write notes or questions in the margins.
    • There is a full Bible on our church app; look for it on the menu that runs long the top (android) or bottom (apple) of your phone or tablet.
    • Click here for a kids video of the parable.
  • Read this analysis of the verses from enterthebible.org:
    • The term resurrection assumes that even people of faith will die, yet they have the hope of being raised to everlasting life with God. Jesus later demonstrates the truth of his promise by undergoing death himself before being raised to new life on Easter. Jesus extends to his followers the same hope of resurrection. The other term Jesus uses is life. Physical life includes a heart that beats and lungs that breathe, but life in its fullest sense is lived in relationship with God. People enter true life by faith, since faith is a relationship with God. This relationship does not end with the death of the physical body. This is one of the seven "I am" sayings in John's Gospel. Since the expression "I am" recalls the name of God, who is the "I Am" (Exodus 3:14), these sayings emphasize that Jesus is God's Word in the flesh.
Talk about the weekly Bible verse/story
  • What does Jesus mean when he says, "I am the Resurrection and the Life?"
  • Jesus was talking to Mary and Martha who were mourning from the death their brother, Lazarus, when he told them this. Why do you think he said this?
  • Gospel means "Good News". What's the Good News that Jesus is sharing in these verses?
Pray your highs & lows
  • Pray any way that works for your family. Here are some ideas:
    • Squeeze prayer; one person starts. When they're finished squeeze the hand of the next person and they can share a prayer or pass it on.
    • Hold hands and pray for the person on your left ("I pray for [name], I'm glad [___] made them happy this week. I pray God is with [name] when they are feeling sad because of [___].
    • Have one person pray for everyone.
    • Popcorn prayer: one person says a quick opening, then others "pop in" with single words of things they want to pray for (i.e. "friends", "doctors", "health", etc.)
    • Say the Five Finger Prayer (image below)
    • Say the Lord's Prayer together.
Bless each other
  • Go in a circle and put the sign of the cross on the hand or forehead of the person next to you while saying a blessing. Here are some blessing options:
    • "God bless you, [name]"
    • "Jesus (God) loves you and so do I"
    • "God bless you, [name], child of God"

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Good Samaritan



Share highs, lows & "God Sightings"
  • What made you happy or joyful or hopeful this week?
  • What made you sad or uneasy or uncomfortable this week?
  • Where/how did you see God working this week?
Read the weekly Bible verse/story
  • Read together Luke 10:25-37, The Parable of the Good Samaritan
  • Then, read the key verse, Luke 10:27, together:
    • "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself."
Talk about the weekly Bible verse/story
  • When have you been like the victim in the parable--scared, hurt, and helpless? Who was your Good Samaritan?
  • When have you been like the priest or Levite in the story, finding it easier to ignore someone who needs help? Why was it hard to help someone in need?
  • When have you been like the Good Samaritan? What made you want to help someone in need?
  • Who is your neighbor?
Pray your highs & lows
  • Pray any way that works for your family. Here are some ideas:
    • Squeeze prayer; one person starts. When they're finished squeeze the hand of the next person and they can share a prayer or pass it on.
    • Hold hands and pray for the person on your left ("I pray for [name], I'm glad [___] made them happy this week. I pray God is with [name] when they are feeling sad because of [___].
    • Have one person pray for everyone.
    • Popcorn prayer: one person says a quick opening, then others "pop in" with single words of things they want to pray for (i.e. "friends", "doctors", "health", etc.)
    • Say the Five Finger Prayer (image below)
    • Say the Lord's Prayer together.
Bless each other
  • Go in a circle and put the sign of the cross on the hand or forehead of the person next to you while saying a blessing. Here are some blessing options:
    • "God bless you, [name]"
    • "Jesus (God) loves you and so do I"
    • "God bless you, [name], child of God"
Image result for the five finger prayer

Want more?

Worship at home using this guide specifically for March 22nd Worship. It includes:
  • At home worship outline with prayers, scripture, & reflection options
  • Creative offering ideas
  • Faith Formation Ideas for the home
  • Coloring Page
  • Daily Scripture using the Faith 5 format
  • Daily Faith Practices Ideas
  • Hymns to was your hands to
  • Prayer Bingo

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Welcome

Hello Confirmation Families!

Every week while we have suspended in-person gatherings at church due to COVID-19, we will be posting an at home confirmation for families to do together. We'll let you know as they come available!

We'll "take attendance" as we would at church, so please take the time to complete the activity and answer the attached questions.

I've also created an online version of the Sermon Notes, so you can keep up with those as you worship online with us. You can find them on the youth page of our app or click here.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Be well,
Liz