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Christmas is not a Day -- it's a Season!

While some Christians celebrate primarily on Christmas Eve and/or early Christmas morning, others (from more traditional / liturgical church backgrounds) see Christmas as a season to celebrate.  It starts with the anticipation of Christ's birth, then celebrates the actual event itself, followed by remembering the post-Nativity events that explain the Christmas story in its entirety and set the stage for the Gospel stories that follow.

Here at FUNday School, we take this second approach.  We begin the excitement and anticipation of Christ's First Coming starting with Christ the King Sunday (the Sunday before the start of Advent); we then celebrate Advent which is four-week time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  (The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming.")  We continue the season through the Twelve Days of Christmas (did you think there was just one?) which end with the arrival of the Magi/Wise Men, celebrated on January 6th.

Come join us as we journey through the SEASON of Christmas.  We begin shortly after the end of the 10 a.m. service at Girdwood Chapel (about 11:15).  Young (and not-so-young) people are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there! 

Heroes of the Bible



When you think of heroes in the Bible, what names come to mind?   Esther? David? Ruth? Moses? Rahab? Daniel? Mary? Paul?  The list is long.  Many people in the Old and New Testaments showed great courage in their lives, standing firm against powerful people who, in many cases, wanted them silenced, or even dead, for what (and Who) they believed in.  

These people had great faith in God to fight against evil.  Many were leaders; some were soldiers; others seemed like ordinary people until faced with difficult decisions.  All are outstanding individuals who can be admired for not only what they have achieved, but the character and qualities that we, as Christians, can draw inspiration from.

In the next few months we will take a look at some of these "heroes of the faith."  What can we learn about them that can help us become stronger persons of faith?  Come join the journey as we read our Bibles to learn some amazing stories.

The Beginning of Christianity



On Pentecost, over 3,000 visitors to Jerusalem became Christ-followers.   They returned home with the Good News and Christianity began to spread throughout Judea, Samaria and the Roman Empire.  But as more turned to Christ, resistance to Christianity increased.  At first, official persecution came mostly from conservative Jewish leaders (who had been upset with Jesus right from the start).  Resistance also came from Roman leaders who were not so much against religion, but who wanted nothing to upset the peace.  Later on, some of them legalized persecution when they demanded to be worshipped as gods, and Christians refused.

Our FUNday School lessons will take us through the book of Acts.  We will be learning about Paul whose conversion story is a fantastic example of how Christ changes lives.  From being Chief Persecutor to World Evangelist, this remarkable man's life story is an inspiration to every believer.  Come join us each Sunday as we learn about the growth of the Early Christian Church.

Events of the Early Church (Timeline of the Book of Acts)



Eastertide - Resurrection to Pentecost (50 Days)




It's Easter(tide)!  Celebrate With Us!





Easter is not a one-day event.  We celebrate the last forty days of Jesus' earthly life (Resurrection Sunday to Ascension Thursday) and ten additional days until Pentecost (50 days total).  That is the day the Holy Spirit was sent to the disciples.  We will be learning about Jesus' last days on Earth and then the start of the Early Church (from Pentecost onward).  Come celebrate (and learn) with us!

Eastertide - Chronology from Resurrection to Ascension (Scripture)

From the Manger to the Cross (between Christmas and Easter)


This year there are just three short months between Christmas and Easter.  In FUNday School we will spend our time traveling with Jesus from the manger to the cross.  We will cover major life events from His birth to His death and then His resurrection (e.g. visit of the Magi, dedication at the Temple, His baptism, His first miracle, etc.).  That's a LOT of material to pack into a short amount of time!

People of ALL ages are encouraged to join the young people as together we learn more about the ministry of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.  We meet every Sunday after the 10 a.m. service in the main sanctuary (about 11:15).  Join in with these enthusiastic kids as we sing songs, study the Bible, pray for each other and have FUN doing it!
 

The Real 12 Days of Christmas




For many (if not most) Christians, the excitement of Advent season builds to its eventual climax on the morning of December 25, and then it stops, abruptly. Christmas is over, the New Year begins, and people go back to their normal lives.  But, if you read through the history of Christianity, the traditional Christian celebration of Christmas is exactly the opposite.  Too often the focus of believers falls on giving Advent (getting ready for Christmas Day) its due, with the Twelve Days of Christmas relegated to the words of a cryptic traditional carol. Most people are simply too tired after Christmas Day to do much celebrating.  For some Christians, however, December 25, Christmas Day itself ushers in twelve days of celebration, ending on January 6 with the Feast of the Epiphany (or Three Kings Day).  

For more information about the meaning and history behind the twelve days of celebration, follow this link:

The Meaning Behind the 12 Days of Christmas

For more information about Epiphany, go to our January 3rd page (link found to the right).


Christmas - It's Not Just a Day, But a Season!

While some Christians celebrate primarily on Christmas Eve and/or early Christmas morning, others (from more traditional / liturgical church backgrounds) see Christmas as a season to celebrate.  It starts with the anticipation of Christ's birth, then celebrates the actual event itself, followed by remembering the post-Nativity events that explain the Christmas story in its entirety and set the stage for the Gospel stories that follow.

Here at FUNday School, we take this second approach.  We begin the excitement and anticipation of Christ's First Coming starting with Christ the King Sunday (November 21st); we then celebrate Advent which is four-week time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.  (The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming.")  We continue the season through the Twelve Days of Christmas (did you think there was just one?) which end with the arrival of the Magi/Wise Men, celebrated on January 6th.

Come join us as we journey through the SEASON of Christmas.  We begin shortly after the end of the 10 a.m. service at Girdwood Chapel (about 11:15).  Young (and not-so-young) people are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!