Jaime and I got to participate in the very first Baby Blessing event as part of our Everyday Faith program at church this morning. Some of the information we already knew, but it was good to hear it again. Some of it was new for us.
By far, the hardest part was trying to come up with a blessing to use for Addison. It was suggested that you may be able to build it around the meaning of your baby’s name. Doesn’t work so well for us, since Addison means “Son of Adam”. So we decided to use some of the story behind her middle-namesake: Naomi.
We have a draft—which I won’t share quite yet—but we wanted to include this section of Naomi’s story, spoken by Ruth to Naomi in Ruth 1:16:
For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
It’s hard to write a blessing for our dear little Addison, but we’re praying it will be one that is meaningful to her throughout her whole life.
As you know, I’ve been evaluating the ESV lately. I originally wrote that it feels familiar and different all at the same time. I don’t remember the first Bible I received, but the oldest Bible I own is my NIV Study Bible that I got when I was confirmed in 1991. One of the interesting side benefits to this project is that the Scriptures seem new to me again. God’s Word is an amazing thing.
I’m looking forward to seeing our 3rd Graders and their parents participating in the Bible Blessing Event at church on June 8. They’ve been working through them together as a part of the Everyday Faith My Bible class. Reports are that the Scriptures are alive there as well!
Jenn Bell has been teaching the 6th grade Sunday School class while Marsha Peth does Everyday Faith this semester. I’m so thankful for Jenn’s willingness to love on the kids in our 6th grade class. They’ve been working through the Fruits of the Spirit as a class. For Love, one of the opening activities had them create a list of the baddest bad guys around. They came up with:
- The Devil
- Jason (From Friday the 13th, Not their DCE)
- Freddy (Nightmare on Elm Street)
- Chucky (From Child’s Play, not Pastor Whited)
- Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars)
- Ursula (Little Mermaid)
- Cruella DeVille (101 Dalmations)
- Wicked Witch of the West
- Dr. Evil (Austin Powers)
- Sid the Kid (Toy Story)
Afterwards, they looked at what the Bible says about loving your enemies. A tough list to love! I’m reminded again that God’s plan is so foreign to our own thinking. What a radical concept that must have been for the people, just as it is for us today!
A big thanks to Jenn for showing love to our kids and bringing God’s Word to them!
Our My Bible event starts this Sunday. For Student Ministry, this means that we lose one of our ace teachers for the quarter, namely Marsha Peth. Marsha does such a great job with our 6th Grade Sunday School every week. Her big heart and willingness to do anything to reach the kids are big assets in our ministry. Our 3rd/4th grade families will be blessed by her (and Pam Stone!) through this My Bible event.
All is not lost however! Jenn Bell, our local french teacher/translator, is going to bring God’s Word to the 6th graders in Marsha’s absence. She’s excited (as am I!) to be doing it. I know she’ll do a wonderful job loving on those kids while bringing God’s Word to them!
We had a great time yesterday at our special Everyday Faith event for seniors and their parents. We had a nice meal prepared by Jon, Wendy and kids, then enjoyed time to look back at the family’s journey together and remember all the times spent together. It seemed like the families all enjoyed themselves. It certainly turned out even better than I had hoped for, so that’s good!