Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Sunday School

This year we will be sharing the lesson plans around God Protects His People in Egypt and the Exodus, God Sends His Son to Save Us, and Jesus Shows He Is True God. And an offering will be collected each Sunday for mission efforts, which you can find noted in the “Welcome to Good Shepherd” section of the weekly News and Notes.

God Protects His People in Egypt and the Exodus

Genesis 37: Joseph and His Brothers

For the next few weeks in Sunday School, the children will be studying the true story of the life of Joseph.  It begins today with the account of “Joseph and His Brothers.”  Though the brothers didn’t know it, God would use their treachery to bring about His plan to deliver His people and ultimately to deliver us from sin and death through Jesus.  A family discussion might include, “How can hatred and unkind thoughts lead to hateful words and actions?”   On the cross, Jesus saved us from the hurt and harm of our own sins and the sins of others.

Genesis 39: Joseph’s Troubles

The account of “Joseph’s Troubles” continues the study of Joseph’s life in the Sunday School lesson for today.  God was with Joseph; and in Christ, God is with us in all the situations of life, providing, protecting, and forgiving us.  As a family, you might discuss, “How do we usually react when we are falsely accused of wrongdoing?  How can we learn to trust Jesus to work out all things for our good?”

Genesis 40 – 41: Joseph Feeds Egypt

Today in Sunday School, the children will learn how “Joseph Feeds Egypt” during the great famine.  Ask your children, “How do our sins cause suffering for both ourselves and others?” God sent His Son, Jesus, to save all humanity from sin, death, and the devil.  Discuss the reality that in spite of how awful life seems, Jesus is with us through His Word and Sacraments, caring for us always.

Genesis 42 – 45; 50: 15 – 21: Joseph Forgives

Today in Sunday School, the children will complete their study of how God worked in Joseph’s life.  “Joseph Forgives” and reveals himself to his brothers, telling them that though they meant evil, God used their acts for good.  Our Lord Jesus Christ reveals Himself to us and forgives us in His Holy Word and Sacraments.  Families could discuss, “How was God with Joseph, blessing him through all that happened, the good and the bad?  How has God turned bad or evil things in your life or world into blessings for your good?”

Exodus 1: 1 – 2: 10: The Birth of Moses

The Sunday School lesson today begins a series of lessons about Moses.  Today’s lesson is “The Birth of Moses.”  The children will learn that God was with Moses, caring for him and protecting him.  God saved His people through Moses, who led them out of slavery.  Family discussions might include, “How does God show His love and cares for us?  How does God deliver us from evil?”

Exodus 5 – 10: Moses and the Plagues

Today’s Sunday School lesson is “Moses and the Plagues.”  Through a series of horrific plagues, God punished the Egyptians for their sinful treatment of His people and freed His people from bondage.  Through His horrific suffering and death on the cross, Jesus took the punishment for our sin and freed us from sin’s bondage.  Ask your children, “What does it mean to be freed from the slavery of sin?  Tell about the plagues and talk about the power of God Almighty. 

Exodus 11 – 12: The Passover

In Sunday School today, the children will learn the account of “The Passover.”  This is a true story about the night when the angel of death passed over the homes of God’s people who had painted their doors with the blood of a  lamb, foreshadows Christ, God’s Son, who became the Lamb whose blood was shed for us.  Jesus is our Passover Lamb, and thus we will never die- we have the gift of eternal life.  Ask your children, “Who gives us the faith to believe that Jesus is our Savior?”

Exodus 13: 17 – 15: 21: Crossing the Red Sea

Today in Sunday School, the children will learn about how God saved the Hebrews by parting the waters in “Crossing the Red Sea.”  Ask your children to tell you what they know about this story.  Talk about, “How does God fight for us and save us from sin, death, and the devil?”  Discuss baptism and how water combined with God’s Word washes you clean from sin and gives you eternal life.

Exodus 16 – 17: God Provides Manna, Water and Quail

“God Provides Manna, Water, and Quail” is the Sunday School lesson for today.  Just as God provided manna, water, and quail for the hungry and complaining Israelites to preserve them, in Christ, God feeds us with the manna of His Word and the water of forgiveness, satisfying our eternal hunger and quenching our eternal thirst.  Consider discussing, “How does sin cause us to be lost and hungry and thirsty for what we cannot have?”  Talk about Jesus, the bread of life and the living water, and how He satisfies our spiritual hunger and thirst.

Exodus 19 – 20: The Ten Commandments

The account of God giving “The Ten Commandments” to Moses is today’s Sunday School lesson.  The children will learn that the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  Talk about God’s laws and how they guide us and show us our sin when we cannot keep them.  Ask your children, “Who kept the Law perfectly for us?”  Though we sin much, daily we have God’s forgiveness because of Christ, His Son.

Exodus 40: Worship in the Tabernacle

Today in Sunday School, students will study “Worship in the Tabernacle.”  In the tabernacle, God swelled with His people, cleansing them and making them holy through the blood sacrifices.  In Christ, God now dwells among us, cleansing us and making us holy through His blood, sacrificed for us on the cross.  Ask students, “Why did God direct the people to build the tabernacle?  Where do we worship God today?”

Numbers 21: 4 – 9: The Bronze Serpent

Today’s Sunday School lesson, “The Bronze Serpent,” is one of the more challenging stories in the Old Testament.  Just as the bronze serpent was lifted up to heal and save the Israelites, Christ was lifted upon the cross to heal and save us from sin, death, and the devil.  Ask students, “How did God rescue people bitten by the serpent?  How does God rescue you?”

Christmas Program – The 2018 Christmas Program will be held on Wednesday evening this year. It will be held during the Advent Church Service on Wednesday evening, 12/19, starting at 6:30pm. Practices are scheduled during Sunday School on 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, & 12/16. We will also have three practices on Saturday mornings with the School children as we will hold a joint program again this year. These practices will be held on 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 from 10:00 – 11:15am. In order for children to have a speaking part, they will need to attend at least two Sunday practices and one Saturday practice.

We will share the Christmas story with children during Sunday School on Sunday 12/23.

Christmas Program – The 2018 Christmas Program will be held on Wednesday evening this year. It will be held during the Advent Church Service on Wednesday evening, 12/19, starting at 6:30pm. Practices are scheduled during Sunday School on 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, & 12/16. We will also have three practices on Saturday mornings with the School children as we will hold a joint program again this year. These practices will be held on 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 from 10:00 – 11:15am. In order for children to have a speaking part, they will need to attend at least two Sunday practices and one Saturday practice.

We will share the Christmas story with children during Sunday School on Sunday 12/23.

Christmas Program – The 2018 Christmas Program will be held on Wednesday evening this year. It will be held during the Advent Church Service on Wednesday evening, 12/19, starting at 6:30pm. Practices are scheduled during Sunday School on 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, & 12/16. We will also have three practices on Saturday mornings with the School children as we will hold a joint program again this year. These practices will be held on 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 from 10:00 – 11:15am. In order for children to have a speaking part, they will need to attend at least two Sunday practices and one Saturday practice.

We will share the Christmas story with children during Sunday School on Sunday 12/23.

Christmas Program – The 2018 Christmas Program will be held on Wednesday evening this year. It will be held during the Advent Church Service on Wednesday evening, 12/19, starting at 6:30pm. Practices are scheduled during Sunday School on 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, & 12/16. We will also have three practices on Saturday mornings with the School children as we will hold a joint program again this year. These practices will be held on 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15 from 10:00 – 11:15am. In order for children to have a speaking part, they will need to attend at least two Sunday practices and one Saturday practice.

We will share the Christmas story with children during Sunday School on Sunday 12/23.

O sing of Christ, whose birth made known
The kindness of the Lord,
Eternal Word made flesh and bone
So we could be restored.
Upon our frail humanity
God’s finger chose to trace
The fullness of His deity,
The icon of His grace.
–LSB 362

Today in Sunday School we will be sharing the Christmas story with the students.  Families could discuss, “Why is it important that God became man?  Why was Christ born in time?”

Our Sunday School Staff

Jerika Perrin, Parish Education Chair
Jessica Theewen, Sunday School Superintendent
Tina Kirk-Schellenbach & Jo Kirk, Preschool & Kindergarten (Rm 08)
Shirley Green & Kristin Wegner, 1st & 2nd Grade (Rm 107)
Jerrika Perrin & Megan Lichtenfeld, 3rd & 4th Grade (Rm 22)
Lori Krilloff, Aaron Wagner, Adam Hiles, Jess Theewen, & Marilyn Meyer, 5th – 7th Grade (Rm 106)

The Youth Group, grades 8th – 12th, meet in the Youth Room on the 3rd Floor.  The Youth are led by our Pastoral staff and/ or our Vicar and do not follow the Sunday School lesson plans.