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Your Turn / Strange Question: ELCA Congregational Packets
« on: June 16, 2015, 05:00:04 PM »
I got to thinking the other day about the resource packets that were sent to congregations every-other month in the early days of the ELCA.  (Remember the clear plastic baggies you had to rip open?)  On the cover page / mailing page, there was a logo with five interlocked circles.  Two were labeled "Worship" and "Christian Ed."  Anyone remember what these resource packets were called or what each of the five circles were labeled?  Just very curious for some reason...

Your Turn / The Christmas Proclamation
« on: December 09, 2010, 11:21:11 AM »
How many of you make use of the Christmas Proclamation from the Roman Martyrology at the beginning of your Christmas Eve worship?  And do you speak it or chant it?  New form (John Paul, 1994, I believe) or Traditional form?  I grew up with it and have always used it in my parishes.  I have always spoken it, and this year I am going to use the new form for the first time.  (Hoping Fr. Michael will chime in on this one!)

Your Turn / Is Sunday School necessary?
« on: April 24, 2010, 02:33:06 PM »
Hypothetical:  You are the pastor of a congregation whose membership has declined to the point there are only 47 children on the roll between the ages of 1 and 18 years of age.  Of those, ten or less attend Sunday School in a given week (virtually none of which have "graduated," i.e., "made their confirmation").  Of those, most of them are picked up after Sunday School, thus avoiding worship.  The majority of parents are more interested in recreational activities for their children on Sunday morning (softball, soccer, baseball, golf, etc.) than Christian education.

Question:  Is Sunday School necessary?  Why or why not?  Are there good alternatives?

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