Focus on Education

The Jesse Tree Pageant on 12/17 was a meaningful time of worship, a chance to brush up on Old Testament Stories, and a great deal of fun. The lessons and carols style worship service presented many of the stories our students focused on over the summer and fall – the very same stories Jesus would have heard as a child. Do you have any photos of the Christmas Pageant for the Jan/Feb newsletter? Send copies to to share with families and post with permission.

In Sunday school older students have been studying Martin Luther and the essential theology that emerged from the reformation. In addition to reading texts, the class is exploring “Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude” with dart games, vacuum cleaners, ping pong balls, black markers and white shirts. The class has also had the opportunity to done wigs that allow the wearer to sport a monk’s tonsure.

Our younger students are on a time travel quest with Beth Davis, to reconstruct the “Scroll of Time” and visit some of the events and people who shaped Christianity over two millennia. We are working backwards from the Dead Sea to Jesus’ death and resurrection, hopefully arriving at the same time as Easter. Both older and younger students have been entranced by the PBS movie, “Martin Luther the Idea that Changed the World.”


Upcoming Calendar

Tween (4-8th grade) are meeting for lunch after Sunday school for fellowship and service. This is a “when life permits” group where homework, family activities, and other commitments come first.

Tween February Calendar:

Sunday 1/28, 11:30 – 1:00, walk to St Patrick’s Church on Southworth Street to bring donations to Food Pantry. Return to First Congregational to make pancakes and play Pandemic.
Sunday 2/4, 11:30 – ?, After Sunday school and worship kids of all ages are invited to have lunch and work on a special shrinky-dink art project with Sally Sussman and nursery staff during the annual meeting.
Sunday 2/11, 11:30 – 1:00, Last pandemic and pancake lunch.
Sunday 2/18, 12:00 – 3:00, Lunch and open studio at Beth’s loft 209, Eclipse Mill. Parents and siblings welcome. Drop in and out as your schedule allows.
Sunday 2/25, 11:30 – 1:00, Lunch and start of pottery project for the empty bowl dinner to benefit Berkshire Food Project.