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Hi Everyone! I have been thinking about starting a new series for my messenger articles. Each month, I am going to take one of the Bible stories that the Sunday School program will learn about during the month and expand on how we can relate it to our everyday lives.

For the month of October, I have decided to focus on what will be our lesson on October 25th, this will also be the Gospel we will hear during worship. Our story is “The Greatest Commandment”, this can be found in Matthew 22:34-46. If you have a copy of a Spark Story Bible by Sparkhouse you can follow along with this story. In this story Jesus is asked by the Pharisees “What is the greatest law?”. When the Pharisees asked this question, he did not expect an answer, he wanted to trick Jesus. But Jesus responded by saying, “Love God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” He also added there is another one that is very important. “Love your neighbor as yourself, If you obey these two laws, then you obey all of the law.”

So how can we relate these two Commandments to our everyday lives? Let’s look at the first one, to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. What is a way you can do this? How about saying a prayer as a family before dinner or before bed. You could thank God for all that was provided for you during the day. One of the best ways to show your love for God is by giving thanks. We can also show God our love by taking care of God’s greatest creation by taking care of our Earth. Do you know one simple way to take care of the Earth? Here are a few of my favorite ways; turning off the water while I am brushing my teeth, turning off the lights when I leave a room and using a reusable water bottle (I know a lot of you have seen my BIG water bottle!). These are just a few simple ways we can show God our love.

The next part of this story is loving our neighbor as ourselves. This one may sound a little tricky because you may just think of the people that live on your street or in your town. But we need to remember that people all around the world are our neighbors. Our neighbors may not look like us or even speak the same language as us. So how can we show our love for our neighbors? We could start in our neighborhood then grow to something bigger. Did you know that when you hand in your noisy offering that you are showing your love to your neighbor? Yep! It’s true! We are helping our neighbors around the world with our offering. Did you know that when you bring food to the pantry that you are showing your love to your neighbor? Right again! We are helping our neighbors who are in need of meals. I want to hear how you are going to show your love for your neighbors this month.

If your child wants to learn more about this story or the other stories we are learning about in Sunday School, please join us for Zoom Sunday School. This is opened to all kids 3 years old to 6th grade. Each week, I will read the Bible story and we will have a little chat about the story. If your child cannot join us every week, that is fine. If they want to stop by and try it out, that is fine too! I will be recording a short video each week that you can watch at your convenience on our website, if you cannot join us between 9:30 to 10:10 on Sunday mornings. If you have any questions about Sunday School, please let me know!

How can you be a neighbor to our church community? Please join us on October 25th during the 10:30 Livestream Service, where you can see our First Holy Communion Class FINALLY make their First Holy Communion. This class has been waiting for 7 months for their special day, so I am sure they are very excited! This group and a few others will be receiving their First Bibles during this service too. Please keep this group of kids and their families in your prayers!

I hope you all had a great first month of school. I miss you all and I cannot wait until we are all reunited again! I cannot wait until next month when we can talk about a new Bible story and how we can relate it to our everyday lives. If you have a special Bible story and want me to dig a little deep into it with you, please let me know!

I miss you all!
Miss Jaime