Reformation Lutheran Church members participated in the local 40 Days for Life for the first time this spring. In addition to displaying pro-life signs to catch the attention of those who passed in cars or on the sidewalk outside the facility, we prayed together and talked with folks about other options before going into Planned Parenthood. We did not step onto Planned Parenthood’s property, but if they approached us to ask questions, we had information available to give them and offered to pray with them or for them.
40 Days for Life is a worldwide pro-life campaign that takes a peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion and accomplishes this through prayer, fasting, and constant vigil with the purpose to end abortion. The 40 day approach uses Biblical history where God used 40 day periods to transform individuals, communities, and the entire world — from Noah and the flood, to Moses on the mountain, to the disciples after Christ’s resurrection.
Two campaigns are scheduled each year. One event takes place in the Fall and the other during the season of Lent. Visit 40daysforlife.com for more information.
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.….Wikipedia
If you were fortunate enough to be with a pretty rowdy group of revelers at Reformation Lutheran Church during the first of three parts of the Mardi Gras celebration, knowing the definition of Mardi Gras may have won you a bingo prize. All of the questions during the game tested one’s biblical knowledge. It took a little more competitiveness to win the “Balloon Bust”. Some of your brothers and sisters are creative in their winning strategies. “Pass the Egg” wasn’t without its controversy, but settled quickly in a very loud and loving way.
If using up the fat in the larder is the goal of Mardi Gras, the fabulous food was up to the challenge. Wonderful hush puppies loaded with butter, great sausage in the jambalaya, and not to mention wonderful dessert! They all deserve mentioning: hand dipped white chocolate pretzels, Bananas Foster (this writer’s personal favorite), homemade bread pudding, and of course, a King Cake.
The third part of the evening may have been the shortest in time, but the deepest in meaning. As the Alleluia banner was put away for the season of Lent, we were reminded why we observe 40 days of fasting, prayer, and repentance and why we can look forward through the penitent season, to bringing out the Alleluia banners, and raising our Alleluias in praise of the one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Thanks from all to the Fellowship and Christian Education Committees for their very successful and much appreciated hard work. Mark your calendars for next year. Lord willing, we will be able to celebrate, and prepare, together in 2017.
King Cakes originated in Europe as a celebratory food of the Feast of Epiphany or Twelfth Night Celebration, which occurs on January 6 (twelve nights after Christmas). The cakes represent the three Kings who traveled to celebrate the Christ child’s birth and often contain a bean or trinket that represents the Christ child.
The cakes are oval or round, which represents the course that the wise men took because they did not return home the same route they originally traveled during their search for the Christ child. The cakes are iced and decorated with sugar sprinkles in green (to signify faith), purple (to signify justice), and yellow (to signify power). The King Cake season extends from January 6 until Mardi Gras.
On Saturday, January 2, the Fellowship and Christian Ed committees sponsored a King Cake Baking/Lunch activity. Participants were invited to bake and decorate a cake, and enjoy lunch while cakes were in the oven. The Fellowship Committee provided a sampling of the King Cakes, after the Epiphany Service on January 6.
The overall theme of the 2015 Backyard Bible Camp (BYBC) was “God Rescues Us”. Joshua, the crossing of the Jordon River into the Promised Land, and the battle of Jericho were all part of the theme for the third BYBC. God again provides the way for the Israelites to have the land He had promised them. God keeps His promise to us that we have a way to be with Him both now and in eternity. It is through faith in Jesus.
As in previous BYBC events, the activities, snacks, and games reflected the story theme of the day.
The overall theme of the 2015 Backyard Bible Camp (BYBC) was “God Rescues Us”. The second in a series of BYBC events centered on God’s rescue of the Israelites from Egypt and illustrated how God parted the Red Sea to help them escape Pharaoh’s army.
Pastor Luke led the song time and told the story. Attendees demonstrated what they had learned by acting out the story. Pastor Luke then described how Jesus saves us from our sins when we believe in Him. The craft, snack, and game centered on the parting of the Red Sea.
The overall theme of the 2015 Backyard Bible Camp (BYBC) was “God Rescues Us”. The first BYBC event centered on the story of Noah. God needed to clean the world that was full of sin. God planned to flood the whole world, but He wanted to save Noah and his family. Even though Noah was not perfect, he was a man who followed God.
Pastor Luke told the story of Noah and also related it to our own baptisms when we are washed clean of our sins because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Throughout the series of BYBC events, the song time, story, crafts, and snacks all centered on the story theme for each event.