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3-22-2020
Sunday School Online lesson 1

LESSON 4 A TREE VIEW—ZACCHAEUS

Greetings, friends in Christ

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Since we will not be meeting together in Sunday School, we want to provide you with the lesson so that you can go over it together as a family. We will provide you with basic lesson information right here, but you can visit www.cph.org and click on Free Downloadable Sunday School Lessons and scroll to the lesson for more in depth information and ideas.  

It is our prayer that you will be in God’s Word together as a family often and be reminded of His great love for you! How comforting to know our God is ALWAYS with us!
“The Lord of hosts is with us;
 the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Psalm 46:7
In Christ,
Deaconess Kelly and the Sunday School Team



LESSON 4 A TREE VIEW—ZACCHAEUS  
Read Luke 19:1-10
BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN STORYTELLING DIRECTIONS: As you tell the story, hold your hand low for little and high for big. At the end of the story, ask children to suggest ways Jesus helps them to show love for others.
Zacchaeus was a little man who lived in a big city. Zacchaeus didn’t have many friends because a lot of people didn’t like him. He did bad things. One day, Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming to his city. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. He hurried down the street where Jesus would walk. Many other people wanted to see Jesus too. They hurried out of their houses and lined up along the street. Soon there was a big crowd of people waiting to see Jesus! But Zacchaeus could not see! He was too little! What would Zacchaeus do? Not far away, Zacchaeus saw a tree. It had strong branches. So Zacchaeus ran over and climbed the tree! Up, up, up he climbed. Soon Jesus walked along the road. Jesus came right up to that tree where Zacchaeus sat. Jesus looked up and smiled at Zacchaeus. He said, “Zacchaeus, you come down! I want to come to your house today!” Zacchaeus hurried down from the tree. Some people wondered why Jesus would want to go to Zacchaeus’s house. Jesus told them, “I have come to save the lost.” Jesus loved Zacchaeus and wanted him to be His child. Jesus came to be his friend and Savior. Now Zacchaeus knew that Jesus loved him. He wanted Jesus to know that he loved Him too. He said, “Jesus, I’ll give back everything that isn’t mine. I’ll give things to the poor people.” Jesus said, “Today, you belong to God.” Zacchaeus was so glad. He knew that Jesus was his friend. Zacchaeus was little, but Jesus’ love for him was big! Zacchaeus did bad things, but Jesus forgave him. Jesus loved Zacchaeus and changed his heart and life. Jesus has a big love for you too! No one is too little for Jesus. No one is too bad for Jesus. Everyone sins. But Jesus came to save us all. Jesus died and rose again to take away our sins—the bad things we do. He forgives us and makes us His children. He gives us His Holy Spirit. He puts love in our hearts and helps us show love for others. What are some ways you can do that?

BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR OLDER CHILDREN
Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He lived in Jericho, and he learned that Jesus was passing through town on His way to the Passover in Jerusalem. Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector—in charge of all the tax collectors in the area. So the Jewish people hated him even more than they hated most tax collectors. But Zacchaeus had heard things about Jesus. He heard Jesus talked to tax collectors and ate with them. Jesus even chose one named Matthew to be one of His twelve disciples. So when Zacchaeus heard Jesus was passing through town, he wanted to get a look at Him. But he was too short to see Jesus over the crowds. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a tree. And sure enough, from the tree, Zacchaeus could see the big crowd of people coming through town. And in the middle of that crowd, he saw Jesus, coming closer and closer. Suddenly, Jesus came near his tree, stopped, and looked right up at him. With a big smile, Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” Zacchaeus was so happy that he rushed down, led Jesus to his house, and made a big feast for Him. As he talked with Jesus, he thought about the way he had treated the people he collected taxes from. He felt bad because he took more money than he should have. He turned to Jesus and made a promise: “Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have cheated anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” That meant if he took more money than he should have, he would pay back four times that amount. Jesus replied, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For I came to seek and to save the lost.”

BIBLE MEMORY VERSE—WORK ON MEMORIZING THIS AS A FAMILY
“The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS
What did Zacchaeus do so he could see Jesus?
What did Jesus do when He saw Zacchaeus?
What were some of the things Zacchaeus did wrong?
What are some of the things we do wrong?
How was Jesus a friend and Savior to Zacchaeus?
How is Jesus a friend and Savior to us?

PRAYER
Thank you Jesus for loving sinners! Thank You for dying and rising to save me from my sin. Help us to tell others of Your great love.
In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

CRAFT IDEA
Tree Craft
On brown construction paper, trace around your child’s forearm and hand, with fingers spread to make a tree trunk and branches. Cut it out and glue it on white paper. Add leaves by gluing snippets of green tissue paper or making thumbprints using a green ink pad. Say, Jesus called Zacchaeus by name to come down from the tree. Jesus knows your name too!

SONG
Visit youtube.com and search “Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man” and sing the Zacchaeus song together!
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3-29-2020
Sunday School Online lesson 2

LESSON 5 A Crushing Truth Jesus is Crucified

Greetings, friends in Christ

I was so excited to see some families sharing on Facebook that they did the Sunday School lesson last week! I hope even more families will be participating this week! We are still a couple weeks away from Good Friday, but today our lesson focuses on the crucifixion. With all that is going on right now, we have so much comfort in focusing on what our Savior has done for us! Anything that we go through in life cannot compare to the suffering He endured FOR US! Wow, what an awesome, loving God we have! As you get to the end of the lesson, children are encouraged to make a picture showing Jesus’ crucifixion (draw, color, paint, or use whatever materials you have). I would encourage you to take a picture of your child(ren) with their completed pictures and share them on the Immanuel Lutheran-Washington MO-Prayer Group page! This will be a great encouragement to others!
Deaconess Kelly and the Sunday School Team

P.S. Concordia Publishing House is offering some great FREE resources on their webpage including some stuff for kids. You can:
Visit www.cph.org
Click on the For Study box

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LESSON 5 A CRUSHING TRUTH JESUS IS CRUCIFIED
Read Matthew 27:11-66

BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN STORYTELLING DIRECTIONS: Make a cross with two fingers each time you hear the word Jesus while reading. 

Jesus knew that there was a big problem in the world. That problem was sin. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned long ago, sin has been a problem for all people. Jesus loves people. Jesus loves you and me! So Jesus left His home in heaven and became a person like us, but He was still God too. He came to earth to help us with our sin problem. Jesus was born as a little baby. Then He grew bigger just like you are growing bigger. People have a sin problem, but not Jesus. He never whined or fussed. He never said no to His parents. He never hit a friend. He never did any naughty things. Jesus never sinned! Jesus kept all of God’s rules for us! When Jesus grew to be a big man, He taught people about God’s love and healed people for three years. But the biggest reason Jesus came to earth was to save us from our sins. Jesus knew He would soon die on the cross to pay for our sins. So Jesus went to a garden to pray. He asked His Father in heaven for strength. Soon, some soldiers came. March, march, march. They took Jesus to some important church rulers. These rulers did not believe that Jesus was the Savior God promised to send. They wanted to get rid of Him. They took Jesus to a man named Pilate. Pilate was the ruler of the country. They told Pilate, “Jesus is a troublemaker. He should die.” Pilate did not think Jesus had done anything wrong. But he was afraid of the people. He let his soldiers put a robe on Jesus and hurt Him. They gave Jesus a crown, but it was made of thorns. Then Pilate had an idea. He brought out Jesus and another man who had done bad things. Pilate asked the people, “Whom do you want to go free? Whom do you want to die?” The people shouted, “Free Barabbas! Nail Jesus to a cross!” So Pilate let the soldiers take Jesus and nail Him to a cross. This hurt Jesus very much. But Jesus stayed on the cross so He could take the punishment for our sins. When Jesus hung on the cross, the sky turned very, very dark. It was dark for three whole hours. Finally, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Then He died. The ground shook, and rocks broke apart. A big curtain in the temple tore into two pieces. A soldier said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!” Jesus’ friends came and put His body in a tomb. But this is not the end of the story. Jesus did not stay dead. On Easter morning, He came alive again! Because Jesus suffered and died and rose again, God forgives our sins. Because Jesus did this, we can live with Him in heaven someday. Jesus loves us so much! 

BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR OLDER CHILDREN Jesus continued to heal and to teach about God’s kingdom. The Pharisees and others grew so angry that they decided Jesus must die. They arrested Him and took Him to the Romans because they could not put anyone to death. Only the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, could do that. Early Friday morning, they brought Jesus before Pilate. After talking with Jesus, Pilate told the Jews, “I find no guilt in Him.” He knew Jesus had done nothing wrong, but Pilate thought if he had Jesus whipped, that would satisfy the leaders who hated Jesus so much. So the Roman soldiers took Jesus and whipped Him badly. But when the Jewish leaders saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Finally, Pilate gave up. He ordered his soldiers to take Jesus outside the city and crucify Him. The Roman soldiers made Jesus carry His cross through Jerusalem to a hill called Golgotha outside the city. There, they nailed His hands and feet to the cross and raised Him up between two criminals. They put a sign over His head that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” At noon, the sun stopped shining, and it grew very dark. Jesus was being punished in our place for our sins. God the Father left Jesus all alone to suffer the punishment for all our sins. This went on for three long hours until Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Jesus shouted in a loud voice, “It is finished.” He had finished everything God the Father had sent Him to do. Every sin had been paid for, and heaven now stood open for everyone who believes in Jesus. Finally, Jesus prayed, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Then, He died. The curtain in the temple that divided the place made for God and the place made for people tore from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split, and even some people came back to life. A Roman military leader said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Many people are scared to die. But we don’t have to be. Jesus died, was buried, and rose to life again. He promised that whoever believes in Him will live with Him forever because He saved us by dying for our sins and winning the battle over death.
BIBLE MEMORY VERSE (MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY)
“Christ died for our sins.” 1 Corinthians 15:3

QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS
How did Jesus pay for our sins? 
What happened to the sky when Jesus died? 
Crucifixion is still one of the worst deaths someone could go through. Why would Jesus suffer so much for us?  
What would you say to someone who doesn’t know who Jesus is?  
How does thinking about what Jesus did for you give you comfort when going through a difficult time?

PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for loving us. Thank You for dying on the cross for our sins. We don’t have to be afraid of death because You give us life forever with You. In Your name we pray, Jesus. Amen.


ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
There is a lot of artwork showing the Crucifixion. Go to www.google.com and search “Crucifixion paintings.” Look at different paintings and discuss which you especially like. (In your search make sure to check out “The Crucifixion” by Francisco de Zubaran. This is Deaconess Kelly’s favorite! This painting hangs in the Art Institute in Chicago so if you visit there someday, you can see it in person!)

Children--draw (or paint) your own pictures of the Crucifixion. Find a place in your home to display these. What a wonderful reminder (especially as we get closer to Holy Week) of what Jesus has done for us!

Listen to/Sing “The Lamb”   
(Go to youtube and then search: My First Hymnal The Lamb)

You can also search “Lenten hymns” in youtube for lots of options of hymns you can listen to and sing along with! 

Cross Snack: Serve cups of water and small pretzel sticks on dark paper plates. Offer a dip such as soft cheese. Let children arrange the pretzel sticks as a cross on the dark plate before dipping the pretzels and eating them. Say, Let’s say a thank-You prayer to Jesus for dying on the cross for us. And let’s thank God for this snack too. Pray, or invite a child to say the prayer.


4-5-2020
Sunday School Online lesson 6

LESSON 6  A LIVING TRUTH JESUS RISES

Greetings, friends in Christ

Greetings, friends in Christ!
Though we are a week away from Easter, today our lesson focuses on the Resurrection! May you have joy in reading about our Risen LORD as you look forward to your Easter celebration next week! And, as the lesson encourages you to do, think about how you will share the Good News of Jesus this week! Our world needs to hear the Good News, and God can use us to share it!!!
Deaconess Kelly
P.S. Concordia Publishing House is offering some great FREE resources on their webpage including some stuff for kids. You can:
Visit www.cph.org
Click on the For Study box

Concordia Publishing House







LESSON 6 A LIVING TRUTH JESUS RISES
Read Matthew 28:1-15

BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN STORYTELLING DIRECTIONS: As you tell the story, emphasize the opposites sad and glad. Have children show sad and glad on their faces. 
On Good Friday, Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins. What a sad day! His friends put Jesus in a tomb. The tomb was different from the graves where we bury dead people today. The grave was not underground. It was a little cave with an opening. Jesus’ friends rolled a big stone in front of the opening. Guards stood watch in front of it. But Jesus’ friends went home. They were so sad. On Easter Sunday morning, some women were walking to Jesus’ tomb to put spices on His body. They wondered who would roll the stone away. Surprise! All of a sudden, the ground began to shake. It was an earthquake! An angel came from heaven and rolled away the stone! But that was not the only surprise! The soldiers guarding Jesus’ tomb felt the earthquake. Surprise! They saw the angel, bright as lightning, roll the stone away! The soldiers were so afraid that they fell to the ground. Then they got up and ran away! The angel just sat on the big stone he’d rolled away from Jesus’ tomb. When the women got to the tomb, they saw the angel too. He told them, “Jesus is not here. He’s risen, as He said.” Then he told them to go into the tomb and look. Surprise! Jesus’ body was not there. The tomb was empty! Jesus was alive! What a glad day! The angel told them to go and tell Jesus’ friends, the disciples, that He was alive. So the women ran to tell Jesus’ friends that Jesus was alive! They were amazed at what they’d seen. All of a sudden, they saw something even more amazing! Surprise! There was Jesus, right in front of them! They ran to Jesus and fell down in front of Him to worship Him. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid. Go tell My friends that I will meet them soon.” So the women ran to where the disciples were staying. They couldn’t wait to tell them the Good News: Jesus was alive! It was a sad day when Jesus died on the cross for us. But He did that to pay for our sins so that we can be forgiven. On Easter, Jesus came alive again. Easter is a glad day! Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can be sure that someday we will live with Him in heaven. 

BIBLE NARRATIVE FOR OLDER CHILDREN 
Early Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary started off for the tomb. As they walked along, they remembered the huge stone that had been rolled in front of it. They weren’t strong enough to roll it back, so they wondered how they were going to get inside. Suddenly there was an earthquake, and an angel came down from heaven, rolled the stone back, and sat on it. When the guards saw the angel, they were terrified. They shook and fell down like they were dead. The angel waited for the women. When the women came, the angel told them, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where He lay.” They looked in and saw that Jesus’ body was missing. There was only the cloth and few spices lying where His body had been. The angel told them, “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him.” The women turned and rushed back toward the city to tell Jesus’ disciples. But while they were on the way, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came close, grabbed hold of His feet, and worshiped Him. Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” While the women were going to find the disciples, the guards woke up and went to tell the chief priests what had happened. They knew they would be in big trouble if the governor thought that they had fallen asleep on the job. The chief priests and the elders got together and gave the guards money to lie about what they saw. They told the guards to tell people that Jesus’ disciples came at night and stole His body. The guards took the money and did as they were told. The false story was spread among the Jews for a long time. 
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BIBLE MEMORY VERSE (MEMORIZE AS A FAMILY)
“The Lord has risen!” Luke 24:34  

QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS
Where were the women going on Easter morning? 
What were some of the surprises that morning? 
Mary and Mary ran to tell of the empty tomb. How can we “go and tell”?
What are some ways we can share the Good News of Jesus, when we can’t go out?
Why is Jesus’ Resurrection so important to our faith?

PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your resurrection. It changes everything! Help us to go and tell everyone about this amazing event and the new life we have in You. In Your name we pray, Jesus. Amen. 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
Sing the Bible Verse Read the Bible Verse from Luke 24:34: The Lord has risen! Have children repeat it, then sing it to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell.” Add actions, if you wish.
The Lord has risen! Crouch low and jump up. 
The Lord has risen! Crouch low and jump up. 
Let’s sing and shout “Hoorray!” Say “Hooray.” 
The Lord has risen! Crouch low and jump up.

Roll Away the Stone The stone in front of Jesus’ tomb was very heavy. It took strong men to roll it in place on Good Friday. It took one of God’s angels to roll it away on Easter. Have children pretend to roll the stone away, using Hula-Hoops. Give them a plastic hoop to roll back and forth to a partner. Have them stand 8 to 10 feet apart and increase distance as they get better. Practice, then have first child say, On Good Friday, Jesus died for us as she rolls hoop. Second child rolls hoop and says, On Easter, Jesus came alive again. Option: Use large balls.
Butterfly Craft (If you have the supplies or get creative and use whatever you have available) Glue four small colorful pom-poms to a pinch-type clothespin to make a butterfly body. Glue a strip magnet to the other side. Color white coffee filters using washable markers. Spritz filters with water to make the colors spread. When dry, gather wings together in the middle and hold in place with the clothespin.
If you don’t have supplies to do the craft, draw/color a butterfly using bright colors!
Find a place to display your butterflies in your house.
Sharing the joy of the Resurrection. With Easter a week away discuss as a family who you would like to share the Good News of the crucified and risen Savior with this week! Can you send an Easter card? Write a letter? Send a message on e-mail? Talk about your Sunday School lesson with someone you know on Facetime or Skype or Zoom? There are many ways to share the Good News even if you can’t go out right now!

Sunday School at Immanuel


Sunday School meets every Sunday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. (currently online only)
(There are several choices of Adult Bible Classes for parents to attend while their children attend Sunday School!)

The 2 year old class meets in the nursery located on the lower level of Sanctuary (you can take the elevator, or the steps to the left of the elevator)

Pre-School-6th grade children are to be dropped off in the cafeteria (lower level of the school) for the opening and will then go with their teachers to their classrooms. Pre-School-6th grade children will then return to the cafeteria for closing, and all children must be picked up by a parent at 10:30.

We are blessed to have an outstanding Sunday School ministry at Immanuel that features:
• A solid program (we use the Cross Explorations program from Concordia Publishing House) that takes the children through the Bible in 3 years. Children hear of the love of their Savior, Jesus Christ, every week!

• Dedicated Sunday School teachers who care about the children and are eager to share God's Word with them. • Fun crafts that remind the children what they have learned in the lesson.

• Opportunities each week to sing praises to God and several opportunities throughout the year to sing during worship services.

• Service projects throughout the year that give the children the opportunity to show Jesus' love to others. • An opportunity to support various missions and helping organizations with their offerings.

• Special activities and events during the year! For more information on how you can get involved with our Sunday School ministry, please contact Deaconess Kelly

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