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Look back at Sunday School 2016-17

See what’s different about Mt Zion’s Sunday School!

Every Sunday during the school year, we offer an hour-long class starting at 9:40 a.m. (between services), where children learn Bible stories, songs, and important concepts of the faith. Each class moves to a new room each week to experience the unit through art, movie theater, drama, science, cooking in the kitchen, games or more. We believe a safe place where your child will be loved and treasured is important.

As we approach the start of Sunday School this year (starting September 10, 2017), we can look back all the exciting things we did in the last year and expect more new and creative Sunday School experiences this year. The following is from the Sunday School presentation to the congregation in May 2017, reporting on their year. The children sang songs they learned, recited memory verses, and participated in reading the script while the slides of their activities were shown to the congregation.

Going to the Promised Land

This year, Rally Sunday took us back into time on a journey to the PROMISED LAND!

We learned how it all began. How God’s people prayed for deliverance from slavery, and after 400 years, God answered. God sent a baby!  No, this time it wasn’t Jesus. Baby Moses would grow up to take the Israelites into the Promised Land. We heard from Miriam who was Baby Moses big sister. She told us how God took care of baby Moses.

When Moses grew up,  he met God. God was in a burning bush! God said, “Moses, I have chosen you, YOU! Go to Egypt and save my people! Moses went, but things were not easy. Pharaoh, the king of the land, said NO! And so the plagues began. The children learned about the ten plagues … some were pretty bad. The children voted on the grossest plague, it was  … BOILS! So God’s people fled out of Egypt taking their bread before it had a chance to rise. Moses led the Israelites across the Red sea. When the Children of Israelites complained about the food, God gave them manna and quail. And water from a rock.

Moses gave the people the ten commandments, God’s rules to live by. Spies were sent out when they arrived at the Promised land. They found a land of abundance, a land of milk and honey. Look at the size of those grapes. Before Moses died, he saw the Promised Land from afar. We did too.


In the story of Noah, we learned that the people of the world had become very bad. They were SO bad, that God was sorry he had made the world. Everyone was bad, EVERYONE, except for a man named Noah.

God sent water that destroyed the whole world. Everything was destroyed, except for Noah and his family and the animals. They were safe on the big boat, called an ark. When it was over, everything was changed. God made a promise to the people and all the animals that never again would God destroy the world with a flood. Listen to the verse we learned. (children recite) “I shall set a bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” Genesis 9:13

In our science lab we learned that just like Noah had to take care of the animals, Dr. Marheine, our teacher, takes care of animals too! Dr. Marheine is a Veterinarian. She brought in her dog, Bailey and showed us how to do surgery!

In the kitchen we made banana boats. In art we made rain sticks.


In the story of Jonah, we learned that when we are in trouble, God helps us. We also learned that you cannot hide from God when He wants you to do something! We learned this verse, “When I was in trouble, I called out to you and you answered me.” Jonah 2:2

In art, we made a fish with Jonah inside


When Advent came along, we were busy putting together our Cool Yule Advent Wreaths together with our families.


Our Christmas unit told us about the promised Messiah. That’s Jesus! Our verse was, ” She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew1:21

We worked really hard getting ready for the Christmas program with the big people Choir. Patricia, the choir director, was lots of fun and she made us sound really good.


Our next two units were all about Moses. We learned about baby Moses from His mother, Jochabed, and learned how God spoke to Moses from a burning bush. Our Bible verse was, “The Lord will not abandon his people, He will not desert those who belong to Him.” Psalm 94: 14

In art we made our own burning bushes. In Science we worked with py·ro·tech·nics Cool!We learned how Moses went to Pharoah and said,” God says, let my people go!” But Pharoah said, “NO!” We learned about the ten Plagues that God sent to Egypt. God gave the Law, the Ten Commandments, to his people. In our art class, we made our own tablets of stone with the Ten commandments. In the kitchen , we made our own unleavened bread.


Our Journey through Lent took us to the Lord’s Supper. Jesus had his last meal with the Disciples and he said, “Do this in remembrance of me” Luke 22:19 With this unit we had our own Seder or Passover meal. We prepared for our meal by sewing a beautiful table cloth in Art class.

We took a field trip into the sanctuary to see the stained-glass windows, and learned how the pictures symbolize events in history and tell a story to remember Jesus. And here are some pictures of our Seder meal


The children also donated “a-food-a-week” in support of Tosa Cares, and $590.00 to Samaritan’s Purse for disaster relief for Hurricane Matthew. We also donated to the heifer program. A thank you to all of the children of Mt. Zion.

Our thanks to all those parents who faithfully bring their kids to Sunday school and who made this day’s event possible. To all those teachers for their faithfulness, their creativity and their willingness to serve.

Teachers:  Erik Peterson, Refilwe Goll, Marika Moore DeAnn Burke, Bethany Neubauer, Sara Bailey, Debbie Jasso, Liz Anderson, Ang Goss Mary Johnson, Douglas Johnson, Lora Marheine, Mary Pfaff, Brenda Marciniak, Mavis Roesch Christine Kress

Support throughout the year: Aharon Goodwin, Marika Moore, Perrie Dralle, Donna Zarek, Marleen Christiansen, Stephen Downs Shirley Bergeman, Cynthia Johnson, Rich Pearson, David Jasso

My heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you!

Sherry Downs


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