Saturday, September 24, 2016

Here is the Confirmation Schedule for our new SUNDAY MORNING Classes

Sunday, September 25
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:

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,