"Together" Faith at Home Resources

Overview

"And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." Acts 2:44-47

The early church began as one people who did everything together. They shared food. They prayed and helped one another. They became a church simply because they had one thing in common -- they believed in Jesus together. This summer Our Savior’s Way and Open Arms will be getting back to that core idea of “together”- what it means to be together, how being together in Christ influences who we are: together as church and school; together as friends and neighbors; together as children of God, created for Christian community.

Each weekly theme will begin with worship together as a family your family and friends. Our church family. Resources for each topic will be available at church and online, so no matter where you are this summer at home or away - you can continue the TOGETHER faith experience with family or friends.

Schedule

Resources

Resources include a weekly scripture on the topic, along with discussion questions, as well as suggested family activities, games or projects for a variety of ages and stages or inter-generational appeal. Also the links to those resources and more!

Your overview packet contains some things to use all summer long:

  • Flat Jesus - No one is too old or too young for this fun activity! Take Him wherever you go, even if it is just hanging out with friends and family!Take pictures of Flat Jesus by himself or with you. Share them with a short note on our Facebook page or at #flatjesusoswlc.
  • Together Tracker - Set some simple goals and track your summer progress personally or as a family.
  • Serve Your Neighbor - Use this simple game to be kind all summer long to those closest to you.
  • Skittle Prayers - A color coded, sweet way to prompt a variety of prayers.
  • Conversation Cards - A fun way to add to your mealtime talks. Cut the cards apart and put them in a basket. Pull one out and have everyone answer the question. Each week there will also be theme and Bible-related conversation questions. Choose the ones that suit your family.
  • I Spy Travel Scavenger Hunt - take on long drives or short. Do as a team, or make copies and see who gets them all first!

Additional resources can be found below for each week's theme.

Worship Together - June 24

This week we’re starting our “Together” theme for this summer. This theme highlights our need as individuals to gather with others so that we might receive that sense of belonging to something greater than ourselves. The primary way we do this at Our Savior’s Way is through worship. Worshiping our great God, even for just one hour a week, through Word and Sacrament, Prayer and Praise, we fulfill our need as we connect with fellow believers and, most importantly, as we connect with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s in worship that we receive His blessings and provisions to carry us forward.

Worship Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Additional projects and ideas are below:

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Serve Together - July 1

Service is one of the clearest ways that a Christian can show their faith to others. Jesus once said, “love the lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself.” When we love our neighbors we serve them. We can care for them, provide for them, help them, and so much more. When we do these things for our neighbors we are serving them just as Christ does for us. It is out of our love for Jesus that we follow this command. We serve not only in our church community but in our neighborhoods, cities, as missionaries across the world, and in all ways where Jesus calls us to be His Church. The church works within the love of Christ and doing that together means serving our neighbors.

Serve Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Additional projects and ideas are below:

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Play Together - July 8

Play together is the focus of our third week in the “Together” series. No one can argue that play is an important part of a child’s development. They learn how to interact with others, follow rules, develop their social and physical abilities and engage in some creative work. Jesus tells us we should be humble and trusting, like a child who relies upon others for love and care, trusting their needs will be met, rather than putting our hope in our own works or greatness. So, with that perspective in mind, this week have fun together and enjoy life, knowing that we can trust and depend on Jesus - like a child depends on parents - to give us all we need-especially eternal life.

Play Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

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Read Together - July 15

Reading is a hobby that can be hit or miss. Some love to read while it is a burden for others. In the Old Testament, reading about God wasn't the normal way people first learned about Him. In the very beginning, people would tell stories to one another about God and His amazing works. Now we have the Bible, which is compiled from centuries of history about God and His people. Through these stores we learn about who God is, what He did and how much He loves us. These words are one of the ways that God talks to us. Thankfully, in our world today there are many ways to read God's Word. We can read through a Bible plan, listen to it on an audio book, or hear the stories about God from our family. Wherever you read the Word of God, know that God is speaking to you and wants you to learn more about Him and grow as His child.

Read Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

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Love Together - July 22

While love has been defined in a variety of ways, God's love is best seen in His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave His life for the sins of the whole world. As Christians, we gather together around His deep, abiding love because it's His love for us that guides our thoughts, words, and actions. It's through our thoughts, words, and actions that we give witness of His greatest love, to the world around us.

Love Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

  

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Create Together - July 29

In the beginning, God created everything and saw that it was good. When He created us in His image, He blessed us also with His creative spirit. We all have the ability to be creative, but that creativity is not limited to just the arts, but even such things as to creatively problem solve, to wonder and reflect, to care and share and to reach others with the Good News of our Savior. This week we celebrate together how our life and our community is blessed by the creative spirit within us all.

Create Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

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Pray Together - August 5

Jesus modeled for us regular prayer-alone and with others. When we pray in Jesus' name, we have direct access to our heavenly Father to thank and praise Him, ask Him for forgiveness, and share wants and needs both for us and for others. An integral part of our Christian life, God desires us to come to Him in prayer, even though He already knows all our needs. Our conversations with God deepen our faith and our relationship Him. Grow in your prayer life this week as we Pray Together.

Pray Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

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Talk Together - August 12

Jesus talked to people all the time. He told crowds, small groups and individuals that God loved them and cared about them, and that the promises God made were ready to be fulfilled through Him. He spoke to everyone – no matter what their position. He also told them to listen! We have the opportunity to reach out to others through our words as well. Caring conversations offer support, encouragement and attention. They can offer correction, and give guidance. They might be intentional or take place quite unexpectedly. How we communicate with others, when driven by our faith in Jesus, can be the work of God, even if we are not speaking directly on matters of faith.

The resources below will help you focus on talking together. Here at Our Savior’s Way, if you have a specific need for a deeper caring conversation with someone trained to listen and help, look into our Stephen Ministry. Stephen Ministers are "trained to provide one-on-one care to people who are experiencing a difficult time in life."

Talk Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

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Sing Together - August 19

What role should singing play in the life of a Christian? As we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs together, we are promised that the Word of Christ will dwell in us richly, (Col. 3:16) which is what we should long for as believers! God wants to hear our praises, and certainly as our Father, Creator, Redeemer he deserves this now and forever! But, amidst the struggles we often face, we find it difficult to praise God at all times. As believers, we know that true joy is not a product of our circumstances, but comes from the hope we have in Christ. So, even if you don’t think anyone should hear you sing for joy, go ahead and make a joyful noise

Sing Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

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Eat Together Sunday - August 26

This week we close out the summer ‘Together’ series, as we focus on “Eat Together”. On Sunday, 8/26 after the 11 am worship, we will enjoy fellowship through food as a worshiping community with a picnic lunch. Join us to eat with “glad and generous hearts” as the believers of the young church were described (Act 2:46). A meal can satisfy far more than the physical appetite. The dinner table is a place of community. It is a place where family and friends can share their day, have an excuse to relax and reconnect. Research shows that children fare better in school and life, when they have family meals. Shared meals were important to the growing church. The meal we share together each Sunday at Holy Communion reminds us of the salvation that Jesus graciously provided on the cross.

Check out the Living Well-Eating well resource for some great information on how eating together was important in Jesus time and is important today, or download some mealtime cards to add a little faith fun to your mealtimes.

Eat Together Resources

Here is your At Home or On the Go resource (with links to additional resources).

Here are additional projects and ideas:

Beginning on September 9:

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Sunday Worship Services

8:00 AM – Traditional
9:30 AM – Traditional (1st, 3rd Sundays)
9:30 AM – Contemporary (2nd, 4th Sundays)
11:00 AM – Contemporary

Holy Communion celebrated at all services
Nursery available Sundays 7:45AM – Noon

9:30 AM – Bible Study and Sunday School
11:00 AM - Bible Study

Our Mission

The mission of this church is to reach broken and hurting people with the saving and healing message of Jesus Christ.