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Back to School and Back to Nature
We are so excited to get back to school,
back to exploring, back to our friends, and
back to learning! This year we are embracing
the beautiful outdoor space that God has
blessed us with here at POPPS with an
increased emphasis on nature play and
learning. Kim Dimauro attended a the three
day Nature Preschool Conference at the
Irvine Nature Center last Spring, and POPPS
has been selected to participate in the ECAN
(Early childhood Action in Nature) project at
the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum.
Research shows that time spent in nature
boosts creativity, focus, cooperation, self
discipline, problem solving and reduces
stress. It is surely the antidote for what is
being called "nature deficit disorder"!
Please join us in welcoming Pam Mirabella
to our staff. You may have met Pam volunteering
this summer at VBS or setting up
her classroom. Pam comes to us from California
and many years teaching at Lutheran
preschools. We are so excited to have her
join the POPPS family!
We hope to see everyone at the Campfire
Social on Saturday September 5 for roasting
hot dogs, marshmallows and making new
friends! Thank you to Julia Weston for coordinating
this event. If you would like to lend
a hand please contact Julia. See you at the
Sunday School Happenings
9/20/15- Who Is the Greatest
9/27/15- Share God's Love
10/4/15- Adam & Eve 1
10/11/15- Columbus Day Break
10/18/15- James & John
10/25/15- Bartimaeus Sees
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Scholarship Application
Wurffel Fund College Aid Available
Financial aid for college students is now available through the Karl, John, Elizabeth Wurffel Memorial Fund. The aid will be provided in the form of student loans. While the amount of funds available is limited, Lutheran students are encouraged to apply. Terms for the loans are very beneficial to the recipients. Eligibility is described as follows:
"Any member of a NJ Synod, ELCA, congregation planning to attend or enrolled in a matriculated program of study in an accredited 4-year or 2-year college or university may apply. Loans are for undergraduate study only.
Priority of consideration is given on the basis of activity in the life of the church as described by the recommendation letter of the applicant's pastor and on the basis of need. Priority is given first to students attending any ELCA Lutheran College or University, and then to any accredited 2-year or 4-year university."
Please contact the church office to obtain the application and letter of recommendation forms.
Do You Know the Signs of a Stroke? Remember The 1st Three Letters.... S.T.R.
A neurologist said that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke... totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S * Ask the individual to SMILE.
T * Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (coherently-- e.g. It is sunny out today.)
R * Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
And… Stick out Your Tongue ...
Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked,' if it goes to one side or the other, this is also an indication of a stroke.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
The Christian Education Ministry
What are the aims and/or goals of this ministry?
The Christian Education Ministry is responsible for the overall education of the members of the congregation- including: Sunday School, Adult Bible Studies, Confirmation instruction, First Communion instruction, Vacation Bible School, Good Friday Mini Camp, and other educational programs. Our goals are:
How will it accomplish these in the coming year?
- Increasing attendance in these programs,
- Promoting age appropriate familiarity with the Bible,
- Instilling an understanding of God's unconditional love.
- Meeting certain educational goals for our Sunday School children. By the time that they enter Confirmation Class, they should know; The Lord's Prayer (Grades1-2), The Ten Commandments (Grades 3-4), and The Apostles' Creed (Grades 5-6).
What opportunities are there for volunteers?
- Offering a variety of educational opportunities
- Evaluating our curriculum to ensure that it meets our educational goals
- Increasing publicity of our programs to increase attendance
- Keeping accurate attendance records and reaching out to students who have not been attending Sunday School
Long Term Projects (approximate time needed)
Sunday School Teacher (1-3 hours a month)
Bible Study Leader (1-4 hours a month)
Short Term Projects
Teach Vacation Bible School (one week)
Create Decorations for VBS ( 2-3 hours)
Assist with Good Friday Mini Camp (1 day)
Assist with a Super Sunday(1-2 hours)
Assist with Rally Day (1-2 hours)
Make Suggestions to:
Andrea Flannery, Melissa Millad or Margaret Donne
Facts About the Homeless
- There has been a rapid increase in the number of homeless people caused by a weak economy and cuts in federal aid.
- The homeless population is largely made up of adult men, but the proportion of women, children and youth has steadily increased.
- Homeless individuals are often estranged from family and other social networks—1/3 are chronically mentally ill—1/2 are substance abusers.
- Today's homeless, however, are mostly non-white, relatively young (middle 30s) and include a large number of women and children—1/3 are veterans.
- 28% of homeless clients report that they sometimes or often do not get enough to eat. 29% also report abuse or neglect in childhood from someone in their household.
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