April 26, 2021
For & About Children
Faith Together at Home
Enough for All

Our story this week, from Luke 9, is that of Jesus feeding the 5000 people. Some say Jesus miraculously made enough food out of loaves and fish. Others say Jesus got everyone to share what they had, giving everyone enough. Either way it is quite a miracle isn't it? It isn't always easy getting people to realize when they have enough and to share the rest. We prudently remember the story of the ant and the grasshopper and put aside more for a rainy day. But how much is enough and how do we make sure everyone has it?

In his book, Dream Big, Bob Goff tells about visiting a small church attended by very poor people in India. In the church was a table with two clay jars of rice. When asked what the jars were there for, the pastor explained. One jar was for everyone to give what they could. The other was for anyone to take what they needed. The only rule was they could give or take as often as needed, but only one handful at a time. One handful was enough for a meal. The amazing thing was that neither jar was ever empty. When people shared as these did, there was always enough.

It is said that God has given us enough resources to feed and care for the world. How are we using it? Is there enough for you and me? Is there enough for our sisters and brothers around the world?

Jesus Feeds the 5000 - video for kids

Magic Penny Song - Love is like a Magic Penny - hold it tight and you won't have any, lend it, spend it, you'll have so many...

Enough for All - this week's family lesson

Tunes & Tales

Join us at 9:00 am on Thursday, April 29 for another old favorite - the award winning Blueberries for Sal. Have you ever been blueberry picking? Find out what happens when Sal goes with her mother and meets something she doesn't expect. Songs and games will round out our half hour.

Mrs. Boyce & Ms. LeAnn Malecha invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting AT 9:00 am on THURSDAY, April 29.

Gather Round

TIME: Wednesday, April 28, at 7:00 pm.

FOR: Kindergartners - Third Graders (or anyone that just likes a good story).

WHAT: Can anyone ever have too much chocolate? Find out what happens when John eats a special chocolate candy from a mysterious candy shop. We just started this story last week and welcome new friends. Join us as we read The Chocolate Touch. (This book is a little easier read than the Penderwicks for our younger friends as well as our current readers.)

ENJOY: Enjoy talking to and keeping up with your church friends. We look forward to seeing you!

Outdoor Movie Night

What fun we had last Friday. We had 23 friends at our outdoor theater, complete with concessions and popcorn. It was a nice evening and chairs and blankets kept us plenty warm as we enjoyed the movie Bedtime Stories. We'll have to do it again sometime soon. Thanks for joining us.

I'll Be Seeing You

As you may have heard, I'll be retiring the end of May. I have very much enjoyed my time as faith formation coordinator and being able to get to know so many of you better. It has been a wonderful experience and I'm so glad that I have had this opportunity.

If you read or heard my taped interview with Brian you'll know that I am leaving for a variety of reasons; not the least of which is I'm getting older and want to have time to spend with my grandson and family here, my daughter and brothers and families in Michigan, my sister in Texas, and my two puppies. I want to have some time to write and just relax. I've worked two or three jobs for several years and I'm looking forward to spending some time this summer reading some good books by the pool.

When I think back on my time in this position, I couldn't have asked for more helpful and friendly people to work with. All of you have made my life richer and working with you, especially in Sunday School and our two Vacation Bible Schools, are highlights for me.

I plan on continuing to meet with children in our Gather Round Program and serve on our outdoor space committee. While I will be working as a volunteer after May instead of on staff, I hope our paths will continue to cross.

Thank you for your kindness, your help, and your demonstrations of faith.


First Presbyterian Church of Libetyville 847.362.2174 www.firstpreslibertyville.org