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What's new at Little Lambs Preschool?

Usually when January rolls around, people start thinking about fresh starts or resolutions for the upcoming year. That’s slightly true for the staff at Little Lambs Lutheran Preschool as registration is beginning for the 2018-2019 school year! It feels as though the current school year just began and now we already have to start thinking ahead and preparing for a new year, new classes, and new Lambs!

For returning families, registration opens January 29th and it will open to the public on February 5th. Director Molly Griggs has already been giving tours and emailing with prospective families.

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New Year, Renewed You!

“What are your New Year’s resolutions?”

It’s a common question this time of year, and almost everyone is expected to have made some sort of promise for change in the year ahead. A new year is much more than a flip of a page on a calendar – it signifies a fresh start and clean slate, an unwritten page in which you can become your “best you” and let go of the disappointments of the past.

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Celebrating Christmas at St. Peter!

'Tis the season for Christmas celebrations of all kinds - and its no different here at St. Peter! The birth of our Savior is a wonderful reason to get together and praise God for his precious gift to the world! This past weekend, we had a few events with this in mind.

Christmas for Kids

Children ages 3 through 5th grade spent the morning learning about the Christmas story through a variety of activities and crafts. The younger children learned about the Nativity while putting together their own scene with stickers. The older kids also learned about the Christian symbolism in found the candy cane (and of course, got to eat one at the same time!) 

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2017 Little Lambs Thanksgiving Feast

Little Lambs Preschool celebrated Thanksgiving early last week with their annual feast, complete with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and of course, pumpkin pie! Every year parents, grandparents, and family are invited to the potluck-style feast. This year the kiddos surprised their families by performing Thanksgiving-themed songs for them.

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Sola Fide: Faith Alone

Our look at the Three Solas of the Lutheran Reformation continues with Sola Fide – latin for Faith Alone.

Can you think of a situation where you’ve had to rely on faith? We can have faith in many things – a teammate, a spouse, a higher power, even faith in humanity. Phrases like, ‘You have to believe in yourself” and, “I believe in you!” are commonplace in our society. In each of these situations, faith is confidence or trust in someone or something, but unfortunately it can often let us down. How is Lutheran faith different?

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Sola Gratia: Grace Alone

In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this month, we'll look at the "Three Solas" that comprised the foundation of Luther's teachings. This week we'll look at Sola Gratia - Grace Alone.

“Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me!” Christians love to sing of the saving grace of God—and rightly so. John tells us about Jesus that, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.” (John 1:16). Many of the New Testament letters begin and end with the writers expressing their desire that the grace of Jesus would be with His people. The very last words of the Bible read: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Rev. 22:21).

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Why Do Lutherans Celebrate the Reformation?

October 31, 1517 - Reformation Day - was  remarkable day in history, and is still celebrated among Lutherans today. It is the day on which Martin Luther, a devout Catholic monk, posted the "95 Theses" - errors Luther found in church doctrine and practice that he wanted to bring to light, in hopes of returning the church toward the truth.

Luther’s belief that Scripture alone is the sole authority for doctrine enabled him to question the church. Scripture, he argued, said that Christ’s death fully satisfied the penalty of sin. The Bible states that a person is justified or “declared not guilty” of his sin by grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone. At the time, Luther had no intention of leaving the church he hoped to reform, but his commitment to the Scriptures as the sole authority branded him as a heretic and led to the splintering of the Christian Church at that time. Now instead of there being one Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church which broke away from the Catholic church some centuries earlier, Lutheran and other "Protestant" churches would appear as well.

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Rocky Mountain Christian Camp

Rocky Mountain Christian Camp is a WELS summer camp for students entering 6th grade all the way through high school. The kids enjoy daily devotions and Bible studies, sports, arts and crafts, and delicious food throughout the week. This year, about 160 teenagers and 30 adults gathered together for this fun-filled week of camping and studying God’s Word!

The theme for RMCC 2017 was, Help, Lord, I feel so… Each devotion filled in the blank with different adjectives such as alone, inadequate, proud, and persecuted. Students studied various Biblical figures in order to see how God comforts and helps us when our emotions become too much to bear.

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VBS Recap

VBS is easily the highlight of the summer for us. While everything that we do is a great
opportunity to learn and grow, VBS is our chance to implement a little bit of what we’ve learned.
It also happens to be an absolute blast, having fun with kids and fellow helpers all week!
This year’s theme for VBS was “Build on the Rock”, and as many of you probably saw,
we turned the whole church into a construction themed zone. There was a wheelbarrow out front,
caution signs on every wall, and even a few dump trucks trundling about. The kids loved it,
especially the caution tape they had to walk through as they entered church.

The day usually began with a short devotion and a skit, acting out the Bible Story for the
children in an easily understood format. Then we would break up into our groups, and each
teacher would teach the lesson again to their kids. This was a great way to reinforce the central
message of the day. After that the groups broke out into different areas, learning music, making
crafts, and getting a chance to eat snack and play outside. Finally, we’d gather back together to
hear one more message from pastor, before going home for the day.

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Big Splash Recap

Last Friday was a gorgeous day. The sun was out, warming everything up. Despite that

the shade was still cool, and a nice breeze was blowing. The grass was a vibrant green, and there

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