Students and Pastor David Tinker at the blessing of backpacks some years ago.
and Blessings of Students and their Backpacks
By Pastor David Tinker
The weekend of August 20-21 offers a combined special event for our congregation. We will offer our annual Lutherhill Sunday and our annual blessing of students and their backpacks. Both will be offered at our regular Saturday 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. services.
We will welcome our longtime friend, Matt Kindsvatter, Executive Director of Lutherhill Ministries. For most the past decade he has joined us in August to share about Lutherhill and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with us. We are thankful for our partnership with this area ministry. Our cooperative work with our Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a major part of our support and direction of this camping and retreat outdoor ministry.
Pictured is Matt Kindsvatter at a Lutherhill Sunday some years ago.
Lutherhill Staff to Lead Sunday School Class
There will also be a special Sunday school class led by some of our staff friends from Lutherhill. Get your children, grandchildren, and younger friends together for a fun time of learning, prayer, and play. Sunday school is offered at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.
Blessing of Students and their Backpacks
At each of these services we will pray for students of all ages and situations. It is not required that the students bring a backpack, but, if the student has one, he or she is encouraged to bring it.
This is an opportunity for students to be involved in their faith every day of the week. We connect their school life with how these students grow and learn as an extension of their connection with Jesus.
We involve students of a wide variety of situations. Over the years we have involved students in preschool through various types of graduate school. We have involved students who are enrolled in public schools, private schools, and home school programs. We have involved students who are quite young through those well into their adult years. The important and joyful thing is that our students are present with us and God. We are also showing that we support them in their growing and learning.