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VBS Day Camp - CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we did not have enough people sign up for Day Camp this year, so we will not be attending. 

A unique opportunity will be available for youth this summer! Voyageur Lutheran Ministry (VLM) will be conducting a Day Camp, designed to introduce the Bible camping experience to the youth of our congregation. Day Camp is a unique blend of outdoor ministries and congregational ministry. The VLM staff brings to the week their own enthusiasm and leadership/teaching style which local volunteers enhance with similar gifts as well as knowledge of community needs and resources.  Together they make Day Camp and exciting and enriching experience.

       

When?:  July 24-28, 9am-3pm M-R, 9am-12pm F

Who?:  For youth who have completed K-5th grade

Cost?:  $25/student, $40/family

Download the registration form here! (as a PDF) or here! (as a MS Word [.docx] document)

Download the VLM health history form here! (as a PDF) or here! (as a MS Word [.docx] document)

Want to pay your registration fees online? Click here!

If you are interested in having your child(ren)/grandchildren participate in this Camp, please contact the church office at 218-724-9210, or coordinator Patti Alander at 218-391-6512 (texts accepted). Space is limited and we will be accepting applications until July 3, 2017.

 

ELEMENTS OF DAY CAMP:

  • Worship:  A time set aside twice a day for celebration and praise. The message will center on the theme of the day. The services contain songs, prayers, scripture readings, stories, and skits.
  • Bible Study:  Our weekly theme will be developed in small groups. Within these small groups, the children will learn several Bible stories and their messages, which relate to the overall focus for the week.
  • Recreation:  Games are played not only for the sake of playing games, but are also used to build community among the Day Campers.
  • Snack & Lunch:  These times in the Day Camp day not only provide nourishment and refreshment, also the chance for informal fellowship between staff, campers, and volunteers.
  • Arts & Craft:  A time for campers to be creative and learn about the day’s study in a different way. Craft also provide a way to share the Day Camp experience with family and friends.
  • Quiet Time:  This is an important time of the day for rest and quiet activities. Activities during this time may include stories, videos or quiet game.

For more information about the program and Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, go to http://www.vlmcamps.org/day-camp/.

Vacation Bible School is coming!!!

       

Family of God Lutheran Church in Duluth, with the help of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, is excited to offer Vacation Bible School (VBS) for youth this summer!

When?:  August 8-12, 9:00am - 3:00pm each day

Who?:  For youth who have completed K-6th grade

Cost?:  $25/student, $40/family

Download the registration form here! (as a PDF) or here! (as a MS Word [.docx] document)

Want to pay your registration fees online? Click here!

A "Kick-off" Ice Cream Social will be held on the evening of Sunday, August 7 (time TBD) at Family of God.

For more information or to register, please contact Patti Alander (218-391-6512), or Pam Carroll in the church office (218-724-9210), or email the church at office@fogduluth.org.

 

For more information about the program and Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry, go to http://www.vlmcamps.org/day-camp/.

Under Construction

No matter which way I leave my house, I find road construction.

It is everywhere in Duluth! And if by chance I find a road that is not being worked on, chances are there is a new structure being built, with large vehicles coming and going. Whether I am going to work, to shop, to bring a child to or from an activity, to go to the library – you name it: my normal routes from point A to point B are disrupted. And everything takes longer.

It can make a person downright cranky sometimes.

Yet, for the most part, I am grateful for the investment in our infrastructure. Usually I am able to take the longer view and realize that, in the long run, a bit of inconvenience and frustration now will pay off big. In the meantime, I am forced out of my auto-pilot mode as I travel new streets and try ingenious ways to bypass the detours (which usually take far more time than just getting in line with the other cars, but sometimes yield wonderful results). I see new things, learn new areas, just see the world from a slightly different angle.

Then I get another bonus later on in the fall when it is all over: I can return to my former routes with renewed appreciation for their convenience, and get to drive on smooth pavement to boot!  It is a wonderful feeling that will last and last and last….until the orange signs and cones go up again.

Do you ever feel like your faith life is under major construction? That no matter which way you turn in your life, there are either major potholes to be fixed, or the tearing up of the old road is already underway?  It’s as though the infrastructure of your devotional life is crumbling and it all needs to be fixed at once. You are forced to think in new ways, cope in new ways, and forge new paths. In the midst of all of this, how often do you think, “I just want to go back to my old routes!”?

But we can never stay in one faith routine. Why, you ask? Because in our baptism, God claimed us for the kingdom and will not stop the work of re-creating us, not ever! And while in the long run, that is a comforting and blessed thought, it also means that we are going to be shaken out of our old ways once in awhile. It may be rough going during those times of growth and change – there might be orange signs and major detours and times when we are forced to grind to a halt, stuck in a long line of traffic, unable to go forward or backward.  It can feel as though nothing will be right ever again.

But in the long view, we know that God is loving us and guiding us on our way to a new level of faith, a new understanding of who we are as disciples of Jesus, a new creation in Christ. And when we do get over the rough patch, and can return to a more comfortable serene routine, we can appreciate the smoothness of the path and the ease with which we navigate the twists and runs along the way. It is a great blessing that we can revel in….

…until God spots another pothole in our sinful souls, and puts up the orange signs and cones, making us new once again.