The first Sunday school story in May is that of Martha and Mary expressing gratitude for learning to put God first in our lives. Then Jesus emphasizes praise and giving thanks to God for healing in the story of the lepers. The Zacchaeus story lets us know that God forgives and welcomes everyone. The final story from the curriculum is that of the Prodigal Son and his father’s forgiveness and welcome. May 31 will offer suggestions for ways to celebrate the end of the SS year. Summer lessons will begin in June.

Sunday school lessons for April were prepared by Marilyn Gross and me with help from Ernie Tamminga who put them online. They are still up on the website,, in case you missed them. We will finish up the year on May 31 with suggestions about celebrating your teachers and the past year, not quite the same as an ice cream party, I know.

​I am so grateful to my teachers this past year, Sandy Adams, Peggy Ciolino, Marilyn Gross, Sue Kremser and Chuck Roth. They have stepped up for several years, believing that our children should know Jesus. No matter if there were several children, or none, they were ready.

Most of you probably know by now that I will be stepping down from my position at the end of June after nine eventful and rewarding years. It’s time for change and the establishment of a Family, Youth and Children’s Ministry Team is underway. Katie Pazan will head that team to begin with and GPC hopes to hire a person to lead it in the new year. I have loved getting to know so many parents and children during my time as Director of Children’s Ministry. We have had many adventures together!

GPC has been very quiet for the last few weeks but our beautiful gardens have celebrated spring with enthusiasm. The decorated cross and numerous Easter egg displays reminded us that we are living into the Resurrection no matter what. We don’t know what the future holds and have so many questions. GPC is preparing to be ready whenever we can be together again.