For 6th grade, we have been surveying the Bible and walking through God's "story" (from Adam/Eve to Noah to Abraham to Moses/Joshua, Gideon/Deborah, David, etc). Of course the ending point is that God's story continues through us today! Our story is part of God's story! Moving forward, we will be beginning Unit 3 (Jesus' later Judean Ministry).
For 7th grade, we have been looking at the Israel's slow decline toward idolatry in the books of 1-2 Kings. This has included study of King Ahab and the prophet Elijah and the contest between God and Baal at Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 18) which is one of my favorite Bible stories! Next week we will be finishing Unit 1 and beginning Unit 2 which discusses the Feasts of the Lord.
For 8th grade, we discussed the road to salvation (the Romans Road) and began studying the book of Acts and the Person of the Holy Spirit. We will continue with this next week and move on to Unit 2 (Themes of the New Testament).
All three grades turned in their Quarterly Bible Projects based on Phil. 2:1-11 this last week. This was the culmination of a lot of time and effort. The oral group presentations were given earlier this week and there were some very creative, entertaining and humorous presentations given. I was glad to see the students had fun with it. I am always looking for ways for them to engage with God's Word in a relevant and meaningful way.
Many of the students also memorized Phil. 2:1-11 and stood up in front of the entire school at chapel and quoted it! I have to especially recognize our 6th graders who comprised a majority of the student up front, they worked really hard and it was very impressive to see so many of them who had the entire passage memorized.
This week's memory verse is Philippians 2:14-15. This is a verse that as a parent, I taught my children very early on because it was needed so often:
"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may became blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky."
Thanks to all who contributed to the supplies/candy needed for our Family Fall Festival tomorrow. We have more than enough due to your kindness and generosity. Remember the Fall Festival is from 5-7pm, Friday (tomorrow) Nov. 2nd here at the ECC Activity Center. Hope to see you there!
Also one last announcement: Operation Christmas Child brochures went home this week. This is a wonderful ministry we here at ECS partner with every year. I encourage you to read the brochure and prayerfully consider being a part of it. Here is a very helpful link for more info: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/
As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.