Living Hope Newsletter

A Sunday School Resource - Issue 3, December 2014


Starting this Sunday the First Presbyterian Church will offer one service at 9:30 with Sunday School beforehand at 8:20. This schedule will continue through Christmas and into the new year. So set your alarm clocks a little earlier and we will see you in a few days!

The Christmas Angel

Wanting to do something like "elf on the shelf" with your kids this year? Why not try a version of "the Christmas Angel" instead? The Angel helps to countdown to Christmas by performing an act of kindness each day while focusing on the true meaning of the season. Look at the following websites to create your own Christmas Angel tradition!

What's happening Sunday Mornings in December?


This year, our Sunday School students, from Preschool - High School, will be putting on a Christmas Musical to celebrate the season. Students have been practicing during the Sunday School hour to get ready for this exciting event. Practices will continue to happen during Sunday School so if your child would like to be a part but hasn't been to class in the last couple of weeks make sure they are in attendance for Sunday School in December. The Christmas Musical will be performed during the 9:30 morning service on Sunday, December 21st. We will see you there!

DECEMBER 21st, 24th & 28th

Sunday, December 21st

  • 8:20 a.m. Sunday School Dress Rehearsal for the Musical
  • 9:30 a.m. Service with Christmas Musical
  • No 9:30 Nursery or Children & Worship

Wednesday, December 24th

  • 6:30 p.m. Candlelight Service (Nursery care available)
  • 8:30 p.m. Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 28th

  • No 8:20 Sunday School
  • 9:30 a.m. Service with Christmas Lessons and Carols
  • No 9:30 Nursery or Children & Worship
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For our last unit, kids were challenged to recite books of the Old Testament in order. The older you were the more you memorized. Preschool started with the first 5 while Middle School was challenged with the first 27. Four students correctly completed this challenge. If you see them in church applaud their effort!

  • Eli Keefer (Preschool)
  • Greg Keefer (Preschool)
  • Brooke Heyman (First Grade)
  • Mia Strong (4th Grade)


Our students have really stepped up to participating in our service projects this year.

Our first project focused on connecting with others by making cards and letters to share. Overall we made 46 cards which reached shut-ins, soldiers across seas, missionaries, and congregation members.

Our second project focused on helping those in need through a canned food drive. We gathered over 150 cans and other non-perishable items to donate to the Norwalk food bank this Holiday season. In addition to this project we had a little fun making it a competition to see which class could bring in the most items per student. Winning by a landslide was our Preschool & Kindergarten class! Honorable mention goes to the 1st - 3rd grade class for coming in second.


Starting in January our Sunday School classes will be participating in "Project Linus," a program which provides new, handmade blankets to children who have been seriously ill or traumatized. These blankets help provide a sense of security, and we would like to partner with Project Linus' efforts.

For six weeks during Sunday School we will be making fleece fringe blankets to donate, but we could use your help! In order to make as many blankets as possible, we need many yards of fleece! Please consider donating fleece of any kid-friendly color or pattern in sizes of 1.5 yards or larger. All fleece may be dropped off in the Christian Education office or sent in with your child to Sunday School.

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Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns/joys you may have related to Sunday School at anytime!

~ Kathleen Wheeler, Christian Education Director