Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Confirmation Resumes on January 8

Our Confirmation Class will resume on Sunday, January 8, 9:30am (combined with our Adult Bible Class).  We will begin our study of the Sacraments at that time.

A reminder for anyone who did not submit the exam on the Lord's Prayer: Time is running out.  Please get that to Pastor pronto.

See the previous post for the revised schedule.

A reminder that those students who have not yet begun communing, First Communion will take place at the 11:00 service on Palm Sunday, April 9.

We hope and pray that your Christmas break was restful and good.

Updated Schedule

Because we have done an excellent job as a class, we are ahead of the schedule that you received in September.  The new Schedule is as follows:

Saturday, December 31
5:30pm New Year’s Eve Service

Sunday, January 1
10am Eucharist, Name of Jesus

Sunday, January 8
Catechism: Sacraments; The Nature of Baptism
Bible: Matthew 28:18ff
Memory Work: Nature of Baptism/Meaning

Sunday, January 15
Catechism: Blessings of Baptism
Bible: Matthew 3:13-17
Memory Work: Blessings of Baptism/Meaning

Sunday, January 22
Catechism: Power of Baptism
Bible: 1 Peter 3:21
Memory Work: Power of Baptism/Meaning

Sunday, January 29
Catechism: What Baptism Indicates
Bible: Romans 6:1-11
Memory Work: What Baptism Indicates/Meaning

Sunday, February 5
Catechism: The Office of the Keys
Bible: John 20:19-23
Memory Work: Office of Keys/Meaning

Sunday, February 12
Catechism: Confession
Bible: Psalm 51:10-12
Memory Work: Confession/ Meaning

Sunday, February 19
Catechism: The Sacrament of the Altar
Bible: 1 Corinthians 11: 23-24
Memory Work: Sacrament of Altar/ Meaning

Sunday, February 26
Catechism: Benefit of Sacrament of the Altar
Bible: John 6:53-59
Memory Work: Benefit of Sacrament/Meaning


Wednesday, March 1
7:30pm Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday, March 5
Catechism: Power of the Sacrament
Bible: Luke 22:7-20
Memory Work: Power of Sacrament/Meaning

Wednesday, March 8
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, March 12
Catechism: How to Receive Worthily
Bible: 1 Corinthians 11:27-28
Memory Work: How to Receive Worthily/Meaning
Examination on the Three Sacraments

Wednesday, March 15
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, March 19
Special Teaching: Lutheran Liturgy: Communion
Bible: Acts 2:42-47
Memory Work: Sanctus

Wednesday, March 22
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, March 26
Special Teaching: Lutheran Liturgy: Offices
Bible: Colossians 3: 15-17
Memory Work: Colossians 3:16

Wednesday, March 29
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, April 2
Video: The Passion of the Christ

Wednesday, April 5
7:30pm: Lenten Evensong

Palm Sunday, April 9
11am First Communion for Confirmands
No Class

Saturday, April 15
5:30pm The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Sunday, April 16
8am and 11am Eucharist

Sunday, April 23
Churchmanship

Sunday, April 30
Stewardship

Sunday, May 7
Special Teaching: Review

Sunday, May 14
Final Examination


Friday, December 9, 2016

Some December Things

Dear Members and Parents of the Confirmation Class:

By way of reminder, the following events take place in December.


  • The Confirmation Class will meet with the Sunday School for the Pageant Rehearsals on Sundays, December 4 and 11 at 9:30 in lieu of a class session.
  • The Confirmation Class is invited to march with our Church in the annual Center Moriches Parade of Lights on Saturday, December 10.  Meet at Church at 4:30pm. The parade starts at 6pm from Lake Avenue in Center Moriches (next to King Kullen).  If you cannot make the 4:30pm meeting time, you may meet us somewhere on Lake Avenue (you'll have to find us) before 6pm.
  • The Confirmation Class will participate in the Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 18 at 9:30am.
  • The Final Examination on the Lord's Prayer is available by clicking here.  It is due on December 18.
  • Christmass Eve Services are at 7:30pm and 11pm on Saturday, December 24.
  • Christmass Day Eucharist takes place at 10am on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25. Confirmation Students are expected to attend at least one Christmass Service.
  • New Year's Eve Service takes place on Saturday, December 31 at 5:30pm.
  • New Year's Day Service ("The Name of Jesus") takes place Sunday, January 1, 10am. 
As Confirmation students, there is a high level of expectation placed upon you when it comes to attendance.  Please read this list and make everything that you can.

Exam on the Lord's Prayer

The Examination on the Lord's Prayer can be downloaded by clicking here.

Print it out, take the exam and submit it by Sunday, December 18.

Thank you.

Monday, November 21, 2016

This and That

We are nearly at the conclusion of our study of the Lord's Prayer.  This past week we completed the Sixth Petition, Lead us not into temptation. 

We learned that this is really a poor translation of the Greek; that it actually reads more like, "Save us from the time of testing/trial." God never tempts anyone!

Temptation comes from the devil, the world, and our own sinful nature-- sometimes referred to as the "unholy trinity.'  We looked at Bible verses that backed this up.

We learned also that the Lord gives us strength, through His gifts of Word and Sacrament, to resist the devil so that he will flee from us.

We concluded by learning about the "Full Armor of God" as found in Ephesians 6.

As Confirmands, remember that you are responsible to know each petition and its meaning as found in Luther's Small Catechism.  This is why we go over each petition that we have previously studied each week.

We will have an examination (take-home) that will be given out on November 11.  On that day there will be no class for Confirmands (the adults will still meet) because you will be participating in the Sunday School Pageant Rehearsal that day. The tests will be due back on November 18.

You can review classes by going to this link:

http://www.clcem.net/confirmation-class-audio.html


There are also some other items to keep in mind:


    • Remember that you are REQUIRED to be in Church regularly.  This means more than just on the Sundays when you acolyte.  Also, coming to class does not count for worship.  Plan to come early for worship before class, or stay after for the 11am service.
    • There are several upcoming special services that can assist you in meeting this goal:
      • Thanksgiving Eve, November 23, 7:30pm
      • Advent Midweek Evening Prayer, November 30, December 7 and 14, 7:30pm
      • Christmass Eve, December 24, 7:30pm or 11pm
      • Christmass Day, December 25, 10am
      • New Year's Eve, December 31, 5:30pm
      • The Name of Jesus (New Year's Day), 10am
    • Some other events that Confirmands should be present at or participate in:
      • The Center Moriches Parade of Lights, Saturday, December 10, Meet at Church at 4:30. The parade starts at 6pm.  We return to Church around 8pm for refreshments.
      • The Sunday School Christmas Pageant: Saturday Rehearsal, December 17, 10am; Sunday School Pageant takes place on December 18 at 9:30am (During the Sunday School Hour). All Confirmation students will participate in this.
We pray that as we enter into the Holy Season of Advent that Church and your preparation to be confirmed that you will be blessed in your worship and participation as God comes to you in His precious gifts.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 Confirmands

On Sunday, October 30th, four members of Christ Lutheran's Confirmation Program were received into communicant membership by Confirmation.  We wish Haillie, Daniel, Nicholas and Ashley the Lord's richest blessings.

Remember, Confirmation is a beginning point, not graduation.  Students should continue to come to Church and Bible class each week.


This Week's Information- November 6, 2016

We are progressing through the Petitions of the Lord's Prayer.  So far, we have studied the following Petitions:


  • Introduction to the Lord's Prayer, "Our Father, Who art in heaven"
  • The First Petition, "Hallowed be Thy Name."
  • The Second Petition, "Thy Kingdom Come"
  • The Third Petition, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
  • The Fourth Petition, "Give us this day our daily bread."
Each student should be able to recite both each petition and Luther's meaning.  If you need help, click here for the class PowerPoint presentations and some class audio.  Students are reminded that they are responsible for making up work and information from any class that is missed. 

This coming week we will be taking up the Fifth Petition. Make sure you read it in you Small Catechism and complete the questions in the Workbook. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Confirmation Update- Week of October 16-23

Dear Students in the Confirmation Program

Yesterday, our class took a hard look at the question, “What’s in a Name?”  We learned that Biblical names all have meanings.  Further, we learned that many of our surnames (last names) once had a similar meaning (like a “Smith” is someone who worked with metal, a “Baker” was a Baker, etc…).  We also learned that when we dishonor God’s Name (2nd Commandment), we sin against Him. 

The First Petition deals with keeping God’s name holy among each of us. We pray that we do this by believing in the only True God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), and by living the life that God calls us to live.

We also saw the Youth Alpha presentation on prayer.

If you would like to review the class, or if you missed the class, you can click here to here to listen to the class audio as well as download a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation.


ALSO: Our Youth Group will be kicking off this year with a trip to the SPOOKY WALK at Camp PaQuaTuck in Center Moriches on Saturday, October 29. Meet at Church at 5:30pm.  Cost is $20 per person for admission.  If you’d like to purchase food, bring a little extra money.  There will be a sign up sheet circulated this coming Sunday at Class. For more information, please speak with Mr. or Mrs. Ansbach

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Email for the Week of Pentecost 21

The Week of October 9-16, 2016

Dear Confirmands,

I hope that your week is going well.

A recap of what we learned this past Sunday:
  • ·         Prayer is a gift that the Lord gives us
  • ·         We are in an intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ.
  • ·         Prayer can be conversational.
  • ·         The Four Types of Prayer can be remembered by the word ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication)
  • ·         The Introduction to the Lord’s prayer, “Our Father, Who art in heaven” uses the word “Our” instead of “My” because it is the prayer of the Church, given to us by Jesus
  • ·         Heaven is where Jesus reigns in power at God’s right hand, a position of power.
  • ·         God’s attributes include: He is holy, just, merciful, loving, faithful, true, spirit, all powerful, all present, all knowing, and many other things.


For this Sunday, make sure you memorize the following:

The Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father who art in heaven.

What does this mean?

With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.



Remember, the Catechism is something that we say out loud and memorize so that we might always have the truths of God in our hearts. 

If you missed the class, you can go to clcem.net.  Go to the three lines at the top to activate the drop-down menu, then select “Confirmation Audio”.  You won’t be able to see the video, but you will hear our entire class discussion.

For the next class (this coming Sunday, October 16), please read the FIRST PETITION in your Catechism, and READ AND COMPLETE pages 65 and 66 in your workbook. Answer all questions—in writing—as best as you can. 

Remember, since we only have an hour for each class, it is very important that you arrive prior to 9:30.  Class will start exactly at 9:30 and you will miss critical information if you are late.

Blessings to you!


Pastor

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Email for the Week of Pentecost 20

Dear Confirmands,

Each week I’ll send you some information and encouragement as we walk through the Small Catechism together.

We will begin our study of the Lord’s Prayer this week with the Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer.  Please read this section in your Catechism.

Read pages 63-64 in your Confirmation Workbook to prepare yourselves.

Remember that we have contracted to pray each day when we wake up.  A simple prayer is something like, “Lord, thank you for keeping me this night. Bless me with your presence and protection today.”  Please try to pray this each morning as you awaken.  We will be building up our prayer repertoire as the class goes on.

Remember, you can also utilize the Confirmation Blog Site at clcemconf.blogspot.com

Remember also that since we are limited to one hour each week, please be on time and ready to begin at 9:30am on the dot.  Thanks, that helps a lot.

Have a great week.  Pray for your teachers, your school, and for the Lord’ s Guidance in the future.


Pastor

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Here is the Confirmation Schedule for our new SUNDAY MORNING Classes

Sunday, September 25
Orientation
Catechism: What is Christianity?
Bible: John 3:16
Memory Work: John 3:16

Sunday, October 2
Acolyte Training (Confirmands)
(Adults will meet in the Side Room for Study)
Catechism: Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer
Bible: Matthew 6:5-15
Memory Work: The Lord’s Prayer

Sunday, October 9
Catechism: Introduction of the Lord’s Prayer
Bible: 1 John 3:1
Memory Work: Introduction and Meaning

Sunday, October 16
Catechism: The First Petition
Bible: Malachi 1:6-14
Memory Work: The First Petition and Meaning

Sunday, October 23
Catechism: The Second Petition
Bible: Genesis 3:1-24
Memory Work: Second Petition and Meaning

Sunday October 30
History Lesson: The Lutheran Reformation
Confirmation Rehearsal
11am The Rite of Confirmation
Memory Work: Romans 3:21-22

Sunday, November 6
Catechism: The Third Petition
Bible: Genesis 12:1-9
Memory Work: Third Petition and Meaning

Sunday, November 13
Catechism: The Fourth Petition
Bible: Luke 4:1-13
Memory Work: Fourth Petition and Meaning

Sunday, November 20
Catechism: The Fifth Petition
Bible: Genesis 50:15-21
Memory Work: Fifth Petition and Meaning

Wednesday, November 23
7:30pm Thanksgiving Eve Service

Sunday November 27
Bible Class only

Wednesday, November 30
7:30pm Advent Service

Sunday, December 4
Confirmands: Pageant Rehearsal
Adults: Bible Class in Basement

Wednesday, December 7
7:30pm Advent Service

Sunday December 11
Confirmands: Pageant Rehearsal
Adults: Bible Class in Basement

Wednesday, December 14
Advent Service

Saturday, December 17
10am Pageant Dress Rehearsal

Sunday, December 18
Sunday School Pageant

Saturday, December 24
7:30pm or 11pm: Christmass Eve Service

Sunday, December 25
10am Christmass Day Service

 Saturday, December 31
7:30pm New Year’s Eve Service

Sunday, January 1
10am Eucharist, Name of Jesus

Sunday, January 8
Catechism: Seventh Petition
Bible: Luke 11:14-28
Memory Work: Seventh Petition and Meaning

Sunday, January 15
Catechism: Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer
Bible: 1 Chronicles 29:11
Memory Work: Conclusion and Meaning.

Sunday, January 22
Examination on the Lord’s Prayer
Bible Study.

Sunday, January 29
Catechism: Sacraments; The Nature of Baptism
Bible: Matthew 28:18ff
Memory Work: Nature of Baptism/Meaning

Sunday, February 5
Catechism: Blessings of Baptism
Bible: Matthew 3:13-17
Memory Work: Blessings of Baptism/Meaning

Sunday, February 12
Catechism: Power of Baptism
Bible: 1 Peter 3:21
Memory Work: Power of Baptism/Meaning

Sunday, February 19
Catechism: What Baptism Indicates
Bible: Romans 6:1-11
Memory Work: What Baptism Indicates/Meaning

Sunday, February 26
Catechism: The Office of the Keys
Bible: John 20:19-23
Memory Work: Office of Keys/Meaning

 Wednesday, March 1
7:30pm Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday, March 5
Catechism: Confession
Bible: Psalm 51:10-12
Memory Work: Confession/ Meaning

Wednesday, March 8
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, March 12
Catechism: The Sacrament of the Altar
Bible: 1 Corinthians 11: 23-24
Memory Work: Sacrament of Altar/ Meaning

Wednesday, March 15
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, March 19
Catechism: Benefit of Sacrament of the Altar
Bible: John 6:53-59
Memory Work: Benefit of Sacrament/Meaning

Wednesday, March 22
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, March 26
Catechism: Power of the Sacrament
Bible: Luke 22:7-20
Memory Work: Power of Sacrament/Meaning

Wednesday, March 29
7:30pm Lenten Evensong

Sunday, April 2
Catechism: How to Receive Worthily
Bible: 1 Corinthians 11:27-28
Memory Work: How to Receive Worthily/Meaning

Wednesday, April 5
7:30pm: Lenten Evensong

Palm Sunday, April 9
11am First Communion for Confirmands
No Class

Saturday, April 15
5:30pm The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Sunday, April 16
8am and 11am Eucharist

Sunday, April 23
Special Teaching: Lutheran Liturgy: Communion
Bible: Acts 2:42-47
Memory Work: Sanctus

Sunday, April 30
Special Teaching: Lutheran Liturgy: Offices
Bible: Colossians 3: 15-17
Memory Work: Colossians 3:16

Sunday, May 7
Special Teaching: Review

Sunday, May 14
Final Examination







Welcome to the 2016-2017 Confirmation Year!

Here is the letter that went out this summer describing our program:

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH
CONFIRMATION PROGRAM
Fall 2016- Spring 2017

 Dear Parents and Confirmands,

Greetings in the Name of Jesus our Lord!

Christ Lutheran Church begins its Fifty Sixth Year of Confirmation on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25.  Classes will no longer meet on Saturdays.

This class is intended for students entering the Seventh Grade through the Ninth Grade.  It is a two year program (7th and 8th) with Confirmands being Confirmed on Reformation Sunday of their Ninth Grade Year (this year, October 30 at the 11am Service).

It is important that you understand the requirements of this program and that you make every effort to fulfill them.  This is in order to maintain the integrity of the program and provide you with information that is most important to your Spiritual growth.

The Priority of Confirmation
The famed author, C.S. Lewis once stated, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”  We take this quote to be absolutely true.  And we also believe that Christianity is true- that God the Father loved us so much that He sent us Jesus to live, die and rise again that we might have life in Him now, and eternal life hereafter. Therefore, we feel that out of all of the instruction you/your child receive in school, this class is even more important.
Understanding this, in order to participate in Confirmation, the first requirement is that this class is a Priority for you and your child. That means it should become before other activities, sporting events, or all of the other demands placed on our children today.  Occasional absences are certainly excusable, but pattern absences or absences over a long period of time due to other commitments disqualifies a child for this program.  Please know this going into the program. You may certainly speak with the pastor if you have special circumstances; this is not to put undue pressure on you or your child, but to stress its priority and importance.


The Importance of Weekly Worship
An old adage that comes to mind is, “If a farmer doesn’t farm, is he still a farmer?”  The same can be asked about Christians who do not attend church regularly.  Confirmation is intended to expand the faith of our children, not create it.  True faith can only be received, strengthened and grow by regularly worshiping the Lord each Lord’s Day.  With Confirmation Classes now on Sundays, your child is expected to attend the 8am worship prior to the class, or the 11am worship after the class. Attendance of Confirmands in worship is taken- not to be legalistic, but as a reminder that one cannot complete the Confirmation program without actively participating in worship.  Parents are also encouraged to worship with their Confirmand.   Not only does this set the example and obey the Lord’s Commandments, but attending will be uplifting and faith-building for you.  If you’ve “slipped” in your attendance, there is no better time to come back and join us!

Reception of the Eucharist
Additionally, students in Confirmation will participate in the training necessary to begin receiving Holy Communion.  Some students have completed this prior to becoming a Confirmand.  Those who have not will begin receiving on PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017 (not Maundy Thursday as in the past).  Please mark this on your calendars now.  It is also included on the Confirmation Schedule.  Students who have already begun receiving will also attend these classes as a review of our belief and practice of Holy Communion as Lutherans.

Acolyte Program
Each Confirmand is required to serve as an Acolyte. All Confirmands will be trained as acolytes and will be scheduled to serve at Sunday and Special Services.  This not only allows you/your child to serve, but familiarizes him/her with the Liturgies of the Church.

Youth Group
Not a requirement, but an invitation.  We are reforming our youth program this year and it will be open to all youth from Confirmation age through High School. We invite all Confirmands to the excellent activities and times of fellowship.

While demanding, the Confirmation program is designed to assist in making you/your child’s faith in Jesus Christ the most important aspect of his/her life. Over the years, we have found that these requirements have worked, and have greatly assisted us in meeting the goal given by Jesus to “Make disciples of all nations.”

In Christ,

Pastor