By Janette Haak

Today in the Sheepfold, the children heard different stories; however, they have one unifying theme.   The church motto at St. Luke Lutheran Church is Up, In and Out.  Today, we will investigate IN during our Sheepfold as well as during the church service.

Mark 4:35-41 Tells us that Jesus calmed the storm, and they were all terrified; however, they turned to each other for support.

Psalm 133 How good and pleasant it is when the brothers live together in unity.  Unity needs to be intentional; it won’t just happen on its own.

Last week, we were reminded that we need to look to the Lord for help, guidance and support. This week, however, we’re reminded that He has also given us family and friends to support and encourage us.

The PK3&PK4 / K heard about the friendship of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 16-20). They had a friendship that went against their worldly ways.

1st grade heard about Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41) and how it affected the disciples. They had to unite with each other and trust Jesus to get them to safety.

2nd grade heard about Jesus healing the paralyzed man (Mark 2:1-12). His friends risked their lives and reputations to bring their friend to Jesus for healing.

We all need good friends to help us through the trials of life; however, we also need to be the encourager.

Choose one of the suggestions below to discuss with your family this week:

  • Think about a time when a friend encouraged you.  When did you encourage someone who was in need? 
  • Our nature is to conform to the world for support; this can cause division.  How can we intentionally look to each other for support and encouragement? 

Choose a family activity:

  • Look for opportunities this week to be an encourager in the Lord to someone.  Remember to post on our church Facebook page how you were encouraged this week. 
  • Remember to Bless your children every morning and every night before they go to bed.  When they leave in morning, you can touch them and say, “God go before you, in you and flow out of you this day.”  At bedtime, you can say, “God Bless you tonight, keep his angels around you and give you a restful sleep.”

God Bless you and your family this week as you encourage and support one another in the Lord.

The Sheepfold Staff