Taking the Word to Heart for August 30-September 6

TakingTheWordToHeart

This week’s reflection questions relate to the Change a Child’s Story campaign, in which United Methodist Churches in Iowa are committing to providing books and reading help to children (especially poor children) in our communities.  For Glidden United Methodist Church, our first step is to raise enough money to purchase at least one book for every child in preschool and pre-K in the Glidden Ralston School District.  For more information about Change a Child’s Story, see this page and this story.  Change a Child’s Story also has a Facebook page.

What were some of your favorite books as a child?
What are your first memories of learning to read?
Who read to you?
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 encourages us to remember God’s words and keep them close. How do you do this? Why are words important?
Deuteronomy 24:19-22 tells the people of Israel to provide for those who are “on the margins”: the alien (i.e. the immigrant), the orphan, and the widow. Who are “on the margins” in our community?
Change a Child’s Story” offers us an opportunity to care for those on the margin by changing the cycle of poverty, through the gift of books and reading skills. How is God calling you to respond to this invitation?

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