Profile: St. Paul Lutheran Church, Neenah, Wis.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Neenah, Wis., is one of 11 congregations participating in the Biblical Fluency Project within Luther Seminary's Vibrant Congregations Project grant.
According to the congregation's profile, St. Paul has an interesting combination of long-time families and "newcomers" in membership.
Here's an excerpt from their profile:
C. Current Practices
Current Practice #3: Bible Highlighting for 3rd graders
Adults in the congregation are recruited to highlight the Bibles our 3rd grade students will receive. They highlight their 10 favorite verses and write a letter of encouragement to the student.
Bibles are given to the 3rd graders on Reformation Sunday. We arrange for the highlighters to meet the students and they promise to pray for them for the coming year (beginnings of a mentoring relationship that is fostered through 8th grade). We also give slips of paper to the congregation and ask them to list their favorite verses on them and give them to the 3rd grade teacher who uses 2 or 3 every week for the class to practice looking things up in their Bibles. This is a great event that lifts up the importance of scripture education each year for our entire congregation.
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