SALEM VBS 2020
(Totally “RE-CONSTRUCTED” due to COVID-19)
Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade
CONCRETE & CRANES Building On The Love Of Jesus! …the foundation that lasts forever.
Vacation Bible School - Concrete and Cranes Jesus Our Strong Foundation
Salem has been filled with concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, bulldozers and backhoes for many, many months. It seems fitting to celebrate the completion of our Renewing God’s House project rediscovering ways to build our faith on Jesus as we uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion!
The world as we know it has changed and we face many unknowns about our interactions in the coming months. The Children, Youth and Family Team has decided to modify our annual VBS program, combining take home packets with multiple virtual opportunities for simple faith formation and fun.
Rather than expecting families to host one very full week of VBS in their homes, our daily themes will be presented as weekly themes from July 5-August 2. Families can walk through each theme at their own pace. Individual weekly packs for participants will include all supplies and instructions needed for crafts, games, a service project, caring conversations and other theme related fun.
Adult Vacation Bible School
New! Adults have the opportunity to connect one through Zoom each Wednesday beginning on July 8 at 6:30pm.
Dave Griffith will be leading Adult Vacation Bible School.
PLEASE REGISTER HERE.
FIVE WEEKS OF AT HOME and ONLINE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!
Grab your hard hat and safety vest and join us for five weeks of Vacation Bible School Fun! Each Sunday evening plan to pick-up your materials at Salem Lutheran Church (or if you selected home delivery -deliveries will be made Sundays between 4pm-6pm.)
Check your email for the link as there will be small group check-ins live on Zoom once a week.
Each week’s bag for Concrete and Cranes at Salem will have all materials included for:
• Bible story
• Mission project
• and more!
Jesus Chose Matthew, Matthew 9:9-13
Matthew was a tax collector an often sat at a booth where people came to pay their taxes. Many people did not like tax collectors because they often took more money than they were supposed to. They kept extra for themselves! One day Jesus walked by and saw Matthew sitting at the tollbooth. Jesus said to Matthew “Follow me.” Matthew got up immediately, leaving everything behind, and followed Jesus.
Matthew hosted a grand banquet at his house. Jesus and his disciples came to the banquet. Many tax collectors and other sinners were also at the banquet eating with Jesus and the disciples. When the Pharisees (teachers of the law) saw this, they began to complain to the disciples. They asked why Jesus would eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners.
Jesus overheard the Pharisees talking to his disciples. He said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor but those who are sick. For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” Jesus was not interested in how good a person was or how bad. Jesus wanted people to listen and follow him.
Main Point: Jesus chooses to love me. I can’t earn it.
ONLINE VIDEOS AVAILABLE FOR REGISTERED VBS STUDENT PARTICIPANTS.
Concrete & Cranes Mission Project
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.
Focus on shelter.
Advocate for affordable housing.
Promote dignity and hope.
Support sustainable and transformative development.
What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. Through our 2020 Strategic Plan, Habitat for Humanity will serve more people than ever before through decent and affordable housing.
Through our weekly on-line VBS resources, VBS families will have multiple opportunities to LEARN about Habitat for Humanity, PRAY for the work they do, GIVE to their organization, DO a variety of hospitality mission projects and ENCOURAGE others to do the same!
WEEK ONE PRAYER: Loving God, you made us in your image and blessed us with wisdom, creativity, skill, compassion and love. Help us to see your people in need, ability to hear your call to serve, and willingness to be your hands and feet. How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! Even the sparrow has found a home and the swallow a nest—a place near your altar, O Lord. Amen.
To donate to Salem’s VBS Mission Project for Habitat, please make checks payable to:
Salem Lutheran Church and add “Habitat” to memo line. You may mail checks to:
Salem Lutheran Church; 1700 W. War Memorial Drive; Peoria, IL 61614
or drop your donation off if you pick up your VBS bags at church.
Learn more about Habitat for Humanity at www.habitat.org.
Salem Lutheran Church's Renewing God's House Together - Take a Tour!
Salem has been filled with concrete and cranes, rivets and rebar, and backhoes for many, many months. It seems fitting to celebrate the completion of our Renewing God’s House project rediscovering ways to build our faith on Jesus as we uncover the truth that He who began a good work will be faithful to carry it on to completion!
Take a tour with Council President Dave Rees of the project progress.