Sunday, May 3, 2009

More Adventures at the Young Ladies' Class

I realize that posts around here have been a little slack. That's because I've been focused on a little part time job that I've had working in some friends' tax return office. But now that Canada's filing deadline of April 30th has come and gone, I'm free to reorient my days to my own schedule and I'm VERY happy to do so.

A few weeks ago I told you about the new Young Ladies' Class that was started at our church. For our April session our focus was on Letting the Peace of God Rule in Our Hearts. We compared how that food appetizers can help to put people at ease just like the Word of God is able to quiet our hearts and give us peace.

After the Bible lesson we gathered around the tables and divided the girls into two groups to create simple appetizers. One group chose to make celery boats with peanut butter and the other chose to make mini cheese blocks and crackers. The groups were instructed on how to properly select the appropriate knives to dice the cheese and chop the celery and then were supervised as they went to work.

We placed our appetizers on trays and each girl had the opportunity to sample each one. Of course we needed a drink to accompany our snack so we served a delicious mango punch.
After all our hard work, the girls learned a sweet chorus called, "Let the Peace of God Rule in Your Heart," which they sang the following day at church. They really did sound like angels!

And finally, the excitement was building as we neared the end of our session
as we selected a winner for the door prize! Little Jessica squealed with delight as her name was chosen and she opened her prize (a snow globe). As we cleaned up and said our good-byes there were smiles all around! All the girls had a great time and were already looking forward to the next meeting.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our adventures. I hope you'll stay tuned to hear about our adventure in May - Sowing and Reaping!


P.S. If you'd like to see April's bible lesson, keep reading...

Appetizers, also known as Hors d’oeuvres, are a specific type of food served before the meal or outside of the meal. These foods are generally small snacks such as cheese and crackers instead of a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s.

Oftentimes appetizers are served to put guests at ease and to relax. When guests first arrive at a party or dinner, they can be anxious or nervous. They may be worried about whether or not they are dressed properly; or who they might be meeting. People get nervous when they don’t know what to do; a small drink or snack gives them something to do that they are comfortable with.

People display nervousness in different ways. Perhaps they will talk too fast or too much or interrupt. They might be hyperactive or fidgety and play with their hair or some piece of clothing they’re wearing.

Do you think that Zacchaeus was nervous when Jesus announced that He was coming to his house? No, I don’t think so because the bible says that Zacchaeus made haste (hurried) and received him joyfully. He was excited to be able to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. An appetizer is what you do “in haste” to give people something to do while you finish preparing the meal or entertainment.

The Bible has lots to say about how to overcome nervousness. It says in Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

Like an appetizer helps put people at ease, God will help put your heart at ease when you are facing something new, or you don’t know how to act. If you know you are pleasing God, you don’t have to worry about pleasing everyone else all the time. Jesus is pleased when we are obedient and thankful. If we please Him we don’t have to be nervous about what others think because we are doing the RIGHT thing.


BECKY said...

Hey Gal!! I had never thought of appetizers being served for these reasons!! I learned something new!!

Glad you'll have some time to blog again!! Hope you have a wonderful week!!

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

I LOVED THIS! what an encouraging activity! i know that i am going to have to copy you and teach this sometime!

Cinnamon said...

Thank you for sharing your lesson at the end of your post. It's so encouraging to see how easy it is.
Looking forward to the next one.