January 4, 2021
How Can I Keep From Singing?
For & About Children
Faith Together at Home
How Can I Keep From Singing?

Singing is important to God. In many of the psalms he tells us to sing to him. "Sing to him, sing praise to him" Psalm 105:2 "Sing praises to God, sing praises" Psalm 47:6. And in Zephaniah 3:17 it states, "He will rejoice over you with singing." What a wonderful image that is.

Singing keeps the brain alert and helps memory. It can be helpful as well for those with dementia. Singing can help children learn and store Bible verses and stories in their mind. Even the noted theologian Karl Barth, when asked how he would summarize the essence of the millions of words he had written on the subject replied, "Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so."

So as the old Sesame Street song goes...

Sing, sing a song. Make it simple to last your whole life long.
Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear.
Just sing, sing a song.
Faith Together at Home for this week. (Click here for this week's family lesson.)

I Got the Joy Down in my Heart An old favorite for kids!

Psalms 100 - A song based on Psalms 100 - "Shout to the Lord with joy all the earth. Worship the Lord with Gladness."
Tunes & Tales

Join us for the story, The Branch. What happens when there is an ice storm and a favorite branch on a tree comes down? Can a broken tree branch be redeemed? We'll continue our exploration of God's forgiveness, being new, and our winter themes.

Carol Boyce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting AT 9:00 am on WEDNESDAY, January 6

Gather Round

TIME: Wednesday, January 6, at 7:00 pm.

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

WHAT: We are starting a new book! We voted on The Penderwicks!

A surprise awaits the Penderwick family as they head off for their summer vacation. They thought they were going to a small cottage, but end up on a beautiful sprawling estate with gardens and treasure-filled attics to explore, tame rabbits to play with, and the best gingerbread in the state! What fun they will have! What trouble they'll get into! Join us for a summer the Penderwicks and YOU will never forget.

ENJOY: Enjoy time with church friends while hearing the very funny story about an unlikely trio of friends.
Special School Vacation Game Night
 for Third - Fifth Graders
(Older children also welcome.)

Join us at 7:00 pm for a special school vacation Game Night! This is a one time special night for many of you who haven't been able to join us due to school commitments.

We will:
  1. Have fun visiting with friends from church and previous game days we haven't seen for a while.
  2. Have fun playing some games together on Zoom.
  3. Share with Mrs. Boyce your ideas for future special nights.

Carol Boyce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Game Night
Time: Jan 7, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Coffee & Cocoa

Gather with other First Pres families on this Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. outside the church for some socially distanced outdoor fellowship. We'll have coffee, hot cocoa, and a winter-friendly activity. Please plan to wear a mask and practice appropriate physical distancing

*If the wind chill temperature is below 15 degrees that morning, we will cancel the gathering.


How Can I Keep from Singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I´m clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

First Presbyterian Church of Libetyville 847.362.2174 www.firstpreslibertyville.org