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NEWS & NOTES FOR THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN EDUCATOR

Vol. XVIII No. 1, FalI 2011

Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Editor

Director of the Office of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh

Church School Directors: Please distribute copies of this Newsletter to your teachers. Regarding the Learning Objectives, print out the ones relative to the book each teaches.

Contents of the Fall 2011 Newsletter & Packet Fall 2011 Newsletter (4 pages)

1. 2. 3. 4. Editorial: Time for Church School Classes Learning Objectives Oratorical Festival Dates Parish Teachers' Lists

5. Resources: GOA DRE; IOCC; Antiochian Archdiocese DCE; DRE, Metropolis of Pittsburgh 6. Orthodox Institute, Nov 3-6, Antiochian Village 7. IOCC Emergency Health & School Kits

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A Message from the Archdiocese Director: "Get Parents Involved!" (1 page) Welcome to the Religious Education Commission (2 pages) Greek Archdiocese Curriculum 2011 (4 pages) Department of Religious Education Resources (1 page) Online Resources ­ 2011 ( 1 page) "55 Maxims For Christian Living" by Fr Thomas Hopko (1 page) "Christmas is Coming!" by Dr Anton Vrame (1 page) Church School Teacher's Notebook (1 page) Holy Land Poster Order Form (1 page) Little Falcons Order form & Letter from the Editor Fr Tom Kazich (2 pages) 2011-2012 Yellow Pages (4 pages) Learning Objectives: Grades 1-5 Textbooks (40 pages) Keep 1 set Teacher's Reference Learning Objectives: Middle/Jr & Sr High Textbooks (14 pgs) Teachers' Reference Set 2011-2012 Church School Planning Calendar is online at www.phyllisonest.com

EDITORIAL FROM THE METROPOLIS DIRECTOR...

When do we have Church School Classes? How long are they to be?

The answers for these two questions have not changed in over 20 years. They are also answers that are not acceptable to some parents, and therefore some parishes! The answers were reiterated by Dr. Anton Vrame, the Archdiocese Religious Education Director, at the 2010 Clergy-Laity Plenary Session and in his published Report. Children [are to] attend as much of the Sunday Divine Liturgy as possible, at least through Holy Communion. Every Parish [is to] set aside between 45 minutes to one hour, per week for Sunday Church School. Thus, regardless of what time the children get to their classes, they are to have 45-60 minutes of class time with their teachers! The Metropolitans and Bishops agree. One of their main tasks is teaching the Faithful. They want our young people to stay in the Orthodox Church because the young people want to do so. The youth are more apt to do

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so if worship and education have been a priority in their family. Parents are the first line of education when it comes to teaching the faith because the faith is lived out in the home. Here is a scary thought. When Parents demote the value of worship and religious education, does this mean their children could do so as well?! Doing nothing is really doing something big in the negative direction! What is our PRIORITY assuming we want our pews filled with our children? What is not important, correct thinking or our choice? Sunday morning sports ­Do we really think our children will be professional sports stars? Even then, will Sunday sports help them in their spiritual development? Sleeping in... unless as a parent you are not concerned about where you will be for eternity. Permitting our children to decide for themselves... Ah, we promised Christ at their baptism to rear them in the Orthodox Church. As Orthodox parents, we do have an obligation to God, but it should really be seen as a joy. We are to do all we can to nurture our children in the Orthodox faith. Our Lord is loving, patient and kind. What is our response?

LEARNING OBJECTIVE FOR TEXTBOOKS GRADES 1-5 & Middle/Jr and Sr High

"What Your Child Should Know... after X Grade" was a project of our Department of Religious Education that has expanded and now refers to as Learning Objectives: "Living Our Orthodox Faith" Elementary School Textbook Series What Your Child Should Know. Stephania Gianulis prepared this document, with additional material by Anton C. Vrame, PhD. In 2000 Annunciation Church in Akron, OH worked on Learning Objectives and Tasks in an attempt to identify what students are to be taught, what topics may be missing and how to help teachers use the textbooks more effectively. To that end, the Prayers, Hymns, Songs, bible Stories, Memory Verses, Saints, Sacraments, Services and Vocabulary of each textbook were listed for each book and then

cross-referenced by topic. In addition, the development in five categories was noted. That work has been added to Learning Objectives: "Living Our Orthodox Faith" Elementary School Textbook Series What Your Child Should Know to offer a type of check sheet of information in each textbook. In addition, if a parish wants to show the parents the areas their children have studied and missed, Progress Reports were developed using the check sheet information. Then the responsibility falls on them to fill in the gaps. Included in this Newsletter is the combined Learning Objectives of the DRE, the check sheet information, Progress Reports and an Attendance Sheet for this school year. Consider sharing the portion developed by the DRE with the parents in the beginning of the year. This is a concrete means of showing parents what will be taught in their children's classroom. When they miss a class, the children miss a lesson that builds on the previous lesson; and each year builds on the previous year. One value of the Progress Reports is to point out what lessons or topics were missed when their children were absent. It is up to the parent to make up the lesson. Learning Objectives: Middle School / Junior High and High School Textbooks (in progress) - What Your Child Should Know was recently added. Stephania Gianulis and Aimee Cox Ehrs prepared this second major task, with additional material by Anton C. Vrame, PhD. This, too, is included in this Packet. FOR PARENTS: At each seminar, I suggest distributing the words to the prayers, hymns, memory verses, etc. to the parents so they can be part of their children's education.

PARISH TEACHERS LISTS

If your parish did not submit a list of Church School Teachers and the requested information, please do as soon as you can. If your parish did submit a list, I will send your list to review and update. Dr. Vrame's goal is to be able to contact Teachers directly, as do I. He emails articles throughout the school year.

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RESOURCES

Department Of Religious Education, Greek Archdiocese

IOCC ­ International Orthodox Christian Charities

Do not forget to order the 2011 IOCC PRAYER BOOK from the Department of Religious Education. It helps our youth learn to pray for people around the world. The only charge is shipping and handling. The books are free.

NEW 2011-2012 Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog was

sent to all Directors and Clergy of the Archdiocese. [Anyone may order a catalog & it is available online.] DO YOURSELF A FAVOR. Take a break! Get a cup of coffee or tea, get comfortable, with pen in hand, leaf through the new Catalog and mark the resources that catch your attention or for which you have a need.

Department of Christian Education, Antiochian Archdiocese

by Carole Buleza, Chair, Department of Christian Education, Antiochian Archdiocese CONNECTING US TO JESUS CHRIST "When I was young, I found a book about the Holy Land; the images of the holy sites fascinated me--Bethlehem, Golgotha, Cana-- these were the places where Jesus walked and lived! He was real! Images of all sorts surround us today. If your children text, tweet, and Facebook, they live in a world of distraction--is Jesus even on their radar? Let's get back to basics--our faith, and our life itself, rests in a person who lived 2,000 years ago and lives still. Buy posters for the church school and begin to surround your students with images that remind them of the reality of Jesus! " ORTHODOX INSPIRATIONAL POSTER PROGRAM The Department of Christian Education [of the Antiochian Archdiocese] plans to offer a few posters each summer for homes, classrooms, church hallways, and offices. A limited amount has been printed. They are available for a donation of $5, and come safely to you in a mailing tube. The smaller 5" x 7" photo prints will be sent in a cardboard mailing envelope for a donation of $2 each. These are ideal for personal use--framed for an icon corner, a bedside, for bookmarks, for gifts. When you pray, meditate upon the image and be drawn into the reality of Jesus. For questions about this project, please contact the Department of Christian Education, [email protected]

Order form included in this Fall Newsletter packet.

THE HOLY LAND POSTER PROJECT

Vol. 1 by Georget Photos

LET US LIVE ORTHODOXY,

Using crafts, recipes and projects, the first volume of Let Us Live Orthodoxy helps youth directors, religious educators, and clergy illuminate youth groups, retreats and classrooms with the joy of the Christmas season. The 10 activities in this book include making incense, baking Christopsomo, and exploring the symbolism of Theophany, in addition to unique extensions of favorite activities. But this is not a mere craft book: Let Us Live Orthodoxy is a hands-on approach that leads young people to understand and respect the traditions of the Church, enabling them to actively include these traditions in their lives. These sessions include discussions to prompt questions that might otherwise lie dormant.

PRAXIS magazine archives for 19992010 are online.

www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/religio used/praxistest

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ORTHODOX CRAFT S FOR CHURCH SCHOOLS OR CAMPS

Orthodox Institute

Nov 3-6 (Thurs­Sun).Come when you can. Antiochian Village, Ligonier, PA "Scripture through the Lens of the Holy Land" Keynote: Fr Thomas Hopko Presenter: Dr Maria Khoury Sponsored by Antiochian and Greek Orthodox Archdioceses, the Orthodox Church in America & the Orthodox Christian Education Commission(O.C.E.C.) For further information & to download brochures & registration forms, please visit www.antiochian.org/christianeducatio n/oi2011

On a CD. $10 per CD includes shipping & handling. Available under the auspices of the Christian Education Department Antiochian Orthodox Church 4 Craft CDs each year, with 20 crafts & activities covering a 3-month period. Each CD to focus on the Holy Days and the Season of the Church year. Intended for use in Orthodox programs. Currently available - Volume 1 for November-January; Volume 4 for AugustOctober. Each craft includes an illustration, supply list, specific directions, age guidelines and patterns on 1-2 pages to be copied and distributed to teachers. For more information or to order, contact: [email protected]

DO NOT MISS OUT!

Children to Children: Emergency Health & School Kits for IOCC

My favorite charity is IOCC. It is panOrthodox in support and helps people of all backgrounds throughout the world. While examining www.iocc.org I learned about the unbelievable amount of good work IOCC has done in the U.S. with the hurricane & tornado victims, in Japan after the tsunami, in Greece after the fires, in NYC after 9/11 and more. 92% of each dollar goes directly to aid! IOCC also partners with other organizations such as CWS ­ Church World Service ­ to distribute the emergency health & school kits. Each year I encourage ordering IOCC Prayer Journals so our youth can learn charity and love of humanity. One cannot look at the pictures of the children from the countries where IOCC works and not be affected. If we want a project to reinforce this, one of these two projects will do it.

Description sheet in this Fall Packet.

REVIEW: Directions need to be more complete. Icons are integral to Orthodox worship vs. a decoration. We must help our youth understand this. Can whatever craft is made be part of a prayer corner or be used as a teaching tool?

How many years have you as a Director reprinted the same information? What a waste of your time and trees! What about assigning each Grade a TEACHER'S NOTEBOOK containing those regularly reprinted handouts, i.e. feast day material, special saints, information on students' developmental stages, etc. The CHURCH SCHOOL TEACHER'S NOTEBOOK guideline lists sections & subdivisions to make your job easier.

Included in the 2011 Fall Newsletter Packet.

DRE, Metropolis of Pittsburgh TEACHER'S NOTEBOOKS ORGANIZING TEACHER HANDOUTS

Many emails come my way daily. I share this one with teachers of the teen classes. Consider using one of the maxims at the beginning of class to get your young people thinking and reflecting on the Christian way of life. Or, use them when there is time at the end of class. What a way to leave them thinking!

Included in this Fall Newsletter Packet

55 MAXIMS FOR CHRISTIAN LIVING

2012 ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

DISTRICT FESTIVAL - Saturday, April 28 West: SS Constantine-Helen, Cleveland, OH Central: Holy Trinity, Ambridge, PA East: St. Matthew, Blandon, PA METROPOLIS FESTIVAL-Saturday, May 18 St. Nicholas Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA ARCHDIOCESE FESTIVAL June 8-10, 2012 St. George, Bethesda, MD

An updated listing of websites and pod sites.

Included in this Fall Newsletter Packet

ONLINE RESOURCES ­ FALL 2011

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FROM THE DIRECTOR...

Engaging Parents with Religious Education

Dr. Tony Vrame

Director, Department of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese "WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY IN SUNDAY SCHOOL?" might be the most commonly asked question parents ask their children in the car after church.

And, the most common answer is... "Nothing."

The answer might be caused by a child who just doesn't want to talk about it or because the child really didn't learn anything.

Another possibility is that the wrong question is being asked. Because parents don't know what is happening in most Sunday school classes, they can't ask a better question.

TEACHERS CAN HELP. As you prepare your lesson, prepare three or four facts and three or four questions that you will distribute via email to parents. Keep it all fairly simple; nothing that wouldn't fit on the visor of a car when printed out.

Parents now become your coteachers. By giving them a few facts, you teach the parents and equip them for the conversation in the car. By giving them a few questions, parents can reinforce what you've taught. Mix up the questions from simple answers to openended questions that could create a discussion among the family members.

For example, for a lesson about the Feast of the Elevation of the Cross, you might include the following: 1. St. Helen found the cross in 326 AD. She was St. Constantine's mother. 2. The name of the herb, basiliko (i.e. basil), means the king or royal. 3. The priest lifts the cross up and blesses the four corners of the church, the four compass points, blessing the whole world!

Some questions that could be asked: 1. Who was St. Helen and why was she looking for the Cross? 2. How did she find it? 3. Why is the Cross important for Christians? 4. Talk about a time when you "carried a Cross." (This would be better with older students, ages 10 and up).

To accomplish this, a teacher needs the email address of the parents for all the students. The teacher can email the facts and the sheet the day or evening before (of course parents should be told in advance to look for these). Hightech teachers may want to use twitter, facebook, or other means to communicate with parents. Lotech teachers can make a handout and distribute them at coffee hour or as class is dismissed (the trick is not to give them to the children. We all know what happens when a child gets the "note to give to parents"!)

With some advance work and some basic organization, parents can become more engaged with their children's formation in faith.

A frequent question at seminars is "How do we get the parents involved with their children's religious education and our Sunday Church School program?" Dr Vrame offers a concrete means that does this and provides a review of the lesson. Please use it and then ask the parents for feedback. PMO

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Welcome to the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Religious Education Commission

What We Are

In September, 2010, His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos appointed a group of clergy and laity to the newly formed Religious Education Commission of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh as "an advisory and consultative body to the Director of the Office of Religious Education". In the following months the commission took form and developed the following mission statement: The mission of the Religious Education Commission of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh

is to serve the parishes of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh by providing materials and services that will advance their programs of religious education.

Who We Are

The Religious Education Commission is made up of clergy and laity from across the Metropolis of Pittsburgh including Catechetical School directors, Catechetical School teachers and others who have a variety of skills and experience both in youth work and catechetical education. Though we are few, the combined catechetical experience of our commission counts in the hundreds of years! Several of us have served or continue to serve on the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Youth Commission. Several of us have taught in the parish catechetical school programs for well over 15 years. Our Director of the Office of Religious Education, Phyllis Meshel Onest has served our Metropolis of Pittsburgh for over 18 years in the Ministry of Religious Education. We will introduce ourselves to you a little later.

What We Do

As an advisory and consultative body, the Religious Education Commission will assist the Director of the Office of Religious Education in "improving and expanding" existing Religious Education programs of the Metropolis of Pittsburgh. Working in conjunction with the Archdiocese Department of Religious Education, our present approach is to operate as a "Think Tank", providing suggestions and assistance where necessary to help promote the areas of focus for Religious Education within the Metropolis of Pittsburgh, according to the directives and with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos. These areas of focus include: maintaining the Archdiocese Curriculum on the parish level; Teacher and Parent accountability; utilizing existing curriculum materials (particularly the new Jr and Sr High School "Zines") and approving other teaching materials; Teacher Training; the Oratorical Festival, and other areas of interest.

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How We Do It

The Religious Education Commission meets several times a year, usually by a conference call, to discuss issues or objectives of the Metropolis Religious Education program that may have priority at that time. Commission members are available along with our Director to offer Religious Education assistance to area parishes within our metropolis. We will also be looking into other ways to promote Religious Education and Teacher Training through the possible use of webcams, CD's, videos, seminars, and traveling Religious Education Commission members.

Contact Us

If you need assistance with your parish Religious Education program, your first and foremost contact would be with our Director, Phyllis Meshel Onest. Or you may contact any one of our active commission members in your area. Active members of our Religious Education Commission are: (NOTE: "CSD" indicates "Catechetical School Director")

PHYLLIS MESHEL ONEST Director , Office of Religious Education Akron, OH [email protected] www.phyllisonest.com RHEA BALLAS Metropolis Youth Coordinator, ex officio Pittsburgh, PA Youth Office: 412-621-8543 [email protected] REV. CHRISTOPHER BENDER, Pastor H: 412-262-8110 / C: 724-630-3483 Dormition, Aliquippa, PA O: 724-375-5341 [email protected] JACQUELINE BENNIS CSD Holy Trinity, Ambridge, PA [email protected] FAYE V. CARRIG CSD Koimisis Tis Theotokou Erie, PA [email protected] CARYN CHERPAS CSD Sts. Constantine & Helen Cleveland, OH [email protected] REV. FRANK MILANESE, Pastor Chairman, Religious Education Commission All Saints, Weirton, WV O: 304-797-9884 [email protected] PRESV. GEORGIA MUKSURIS Pittsburgh, PA [email protected] HELEN RANKIN CSD Annunciation, Columbus, OH [email protected]

The Religious Education Commission has a number of inactive members who can only participate as time permits. They are not listed as active contacts.

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From the Department of Religious Education

2012 Oratorical Festival It's time to begin preparing for the 2012 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival! Download the Topics, Tips, and Resources or just the Topic List. The 2011 National Oratorical Festival was hosted by the Metropolis of Denver at the Annunciation Cathedral in Houston, Texas in June. Read the top speeches on page 10 of the July/August 2011 issue of the Orthodox Observer. For pictures, check out the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival's Facebook page.

2011 Orthodox Institute

Register for Orthodox Institute 2011: Scripture through the Lens of the Holy Land, November 3­6 at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA. This religious education event is sponsored by the Antiochian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archdioceses, the Orthodox Church in America and the Orthodox Christian Education Commission. Presenters include Fr. Thomas Hopko and Maria Khoury.

Religious Education Planning Tools

Browse and download the DRE's new Religious Education Basics & Planning Tools, including 10 articles and a variety of calendars, forms and worksheets for directors and teachers.

DRE Curriculum

For an overview of the DRE's curriculum and textbooks, check out the updated Recommended Sunday Church School Textbooks and What Your Child Should Know.

Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog

Read, search, print or download the DRE's new 2011­2012 Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog.

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ONLINE RESOURCES 2011

ARCHDIOCESE'S WEBSITES 1. Antiochian http://www.antiochian.org 2. Greek http://www.goarch.org 3. Orthodox Church in America/ OCA http://www.oca.org

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BIBLE RESOURCES 1. Bible Maps Google Bible Maps 2. Crosswalk ­ quickly locate Bible passages http://www.biblestudytools.net/ CHURCH FATHERS http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/

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Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) www.myocn.net PO Box 4690. Lauderdale, FL 333384690 8772732348 / Email from website ARK ­ 24 hours of online Music and More RUDDER ­ 24 hours of online Orthodox music COME RECEIVE THE LIGHT ­ weekly radio program [local channels]; past programs archived on website Podcasts Orthodox Word Podcast & Online Daily Scripture & Saints http://www.goarch.org/en/chapel/podcast.asp

CURRICULA 1. Antiochian Archdiocese lists what is available http://www.antiochian.org/christianeducation 2. Greek Archdiocese ­ www.religioused.goarch.org 3. Orthodox Christian Education Commission http://www.orthodoxed.org/ 4. Orthodox Church in America's FOCUS UNITS & many Resources http://dce.oca.org

PRINTED MATERIAL MAGAZINES 1. Children's Orthodox Parochial School Bulletin (Weekly) http://www.StNicholasOrthodoxChristianSchool.org Register online. 2. PRAXIS Magazine http://www.religioused.goarch.org/praxis.asp 3. LITTLE FALCONS Magazine Order Form located on www.phyllisonest.com

PROSPHORO http://www.prosphora.org/

FAMILY 1. Greek Archdiocese Center for Family Care http://ww.familyaschurch.org 2. Archives for Orthodox Family Life http://www.theologic.com/oflweb

ICONS ­LEARNING ABOUT ICONS 1. Explanation of the Feast Day icons www.goarch.org / Our Faith / Worship / Major Feasts of the Church

LESSONS ONLINE 1. Let Us Attend! Sunday's Gospel for Children http://www.antiochian.org/christianeducation weekly, 5 levels 2. OCA'S FOCUS (Lessons) http://dce.oca.org 3. Orthodox Education Center (David Elfering) http://www.synaxis.org/catechist/index.htm 4. Scripture, Saints, Great Feast, Nicene Creed + Q&A for each topic http://www.orthodox.net/questions/index.html 5. Printable Weekly Lessons (Eve Tibbs; series Incomplete) http://religioused.sanfran.goarch.org/lessons.htm 6. Church Architecture http://www.synaxis.org/catechist/index.htm 7. Divine Liturgy http://www.synaxis.org/catechist/index.htm

SAINTS 1. Greek Archdiocese http://www.goarch.org/chapel/saintfeast_search 2. Orthodox Church in America http://www.oca.org/FSlives.asp?SID=4 3. Prologue of Ochrid http://www.westsrbdio.org/prolog/prolog.htm 4. St. Nicholas Center [Ecumenical] Worldwide Traditions & stories http://www.stnicholascenter.org 5. God is Wonderful in His Saints http://www.abbamoses.com

SPECIAL SITES 1. Ecumenical Patriarch http://www.ecupatriarchate.org/ 2. Virtual Church Tour of a church in Finland www.ortodoksi.net/virtuaalikirkko/index.html 3. Pascha Polyglotta Christ is Risen in 250 languages http://www.srbigham.com/en/langues.html

ONLINE ORTHODOX PROGRAMS 1. Ancient Faith Radio 24hour Orthodox, worldwide radio ministry on the teachings and music of the Orthodox faith http://www.ancientfaithradio.com/aboutus.htm

YOUTH WEBSITES & PODCASTS 1. RECALL podcasthttp://www.orthodoxyouth.org/recall 2. SAINTS ALIVE http://games.goarch.org/ interactive games and puzzles for kids ages 5 & up 3. Orthodox Teen Online OTTO Podcasts for teens http://www.myocn.net/index.php/OrthodoxTeen TalkOnline 4. Get Wisdom weekly Bible Study podcast for teens, young adults and families. Printable study guide. http://www.myocn.net/index.php/GetWisdom/ 5. Orthodox Word Podcast Regular Edition: A reading of the daily scriptures & saints http://www.goarch.org/en/chapel/podcast.asp

Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div, Director, Office of Religious Education, Metropolis of Pittsburgh www.phyllisonest.com / [email protected] 10-2011 Edition

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55 Maxims for Christian Living

Fr. Thomas Hopko, former Dean of St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary Need a "Food for Thought" ice breaker for the beginning of your teen class? Fr Hopko offers these 55 which can be used any time. Reflect of them with your students. We need to nurture critical thinking among our students. "55 Maxims for Christian Living" is a valuable tool. PMO

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Be always with Christ. Pray as you can, not as you want. Have a "keepable" rule of prayer that you do by discipline. Say the Lord's Prayer several times a day. Have a short prayer you constantly repeat when your mind is not occupied with other things. Make some prostrations when you pray. Eat good foods in moderation. Keep the Church's fasting rules. Spend some time in silence every day. Do acts of mercy in secret. Go to liturgical services regularly. Go to confession and communion regularly. Do not engage intrusive thoughts and feelings. Cut them off at the start. Reveal all your thoughts and feelings regularly to a trusted person. Read the scriptures regularly. Read good books a little at a time. Cultivate communion with the saints. Be an ordinary person. Be polite with everyone. Maintain cleanliness and order in your home. Have a healthy, wholesome hobby. Exercise regularly. Live a day, and a part of a day, at a time. Be totally honest, first of all, with yourself. Be faithful in little things. Do your work, and then forget it. Do the most difficult and painful things first. Face reality. Be grateful in all things. Be cheerful. Be simple, hidden, quiet and small. Never bring attention to yourself.

33. Listen when people talk to you. 34. Be awake and be attentive. 35. Think and talk about things no more than necessary. 36. When we speak, speak simply, clearly, firmly and directly. 37. Flee imagination, analysis, figuring things out. 38. Flee carnal, sexual things at their first appearance. 39. Don't complain, mumble, murmur or whine. 40. Don't compare yourself with anyone. 41. Don't seek or expect praise or pity from anyone. 42. We don't judge anyone for anything. 43. Don't try to convince anyone of anything. 44. Don't defend or justify yourself. 45. Be defined and bound by God alone. 46. Accept criticism gracefully but test it critically. 47. Give advice to others only when asked or obligated to do so. 48. Do nothing for anyone that they can and should do for themselves. 49. Have a daily schedule of activities, avoiding whim and caprice. 50. Be merciful with yourself and with others. 51. Have no expectations except to be fiercely tempted to your last breath. 52. Focus exclusively on God and light, not on sin and darkness. 53. Endure the trial of yourself and your own faults and sins peacefully, serenely, because you know that God's mercy is greater than your wretchedness. 54. When we fall, get up immediately and start over. 55. Get help when you need it, without fear and without shame.

Reprinted from WITNESS 2011: Remain true to our Orthodox values and still participate in the college experience, 2-2-2011, published by Orthodox Christian Fellowship, www.ocf.net / [email protected] / 800-919-1OCF

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CHILDREN TO CHILDREN: EMERGENCY HEALTH & SCHOOL KITS FOR I.O.C.C.

INTERNATIONAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHARITIES

What are Emergency kits? Each kit is a small package of supplies assembled in the United States & shipped to people in need in other parts of the world. The Emergency Kits program is run by IOCC's longtime partner Church World Service (CWS). What goes in a School Kit? The recommended items are a 12-by-14inch (or larger but not smaller) cloth bag with cloth handles & a closure (VELCRO, snap, zipper or button), filled with only the following items: 1 pair of blunt scissors, 1 30-centimeter (12-inch) ruler, 1 pencil sharpener, 6 new pencils with erasers, 1 large eraser, 1 box of 24 crayons, pads or notebooks of ruled paper (8½"x11", 150-200 sheets) & 12 sheets of colored construction paper. What goes in a Health Kit? The recommended items are 1 gallon-size plastic bag with a zipper closure, filled with just the following items: 1hand towel, 1 washcloth, 1 comb, 1 metal nail file or nail clipper, 1 bar of soap (bath size, new & wrapped in original packaging), 1 toothbrush, & 6 Band-Aids. NO TOOTHPASTE Why are the kits being handled by Church World Service? The kits are a collaborative effort. IOCC generates the kits by appealing to Orthodox Christians to assemble them. Church World Service & its partners handle the processing, packaging & warehousing required for international shipments of humanitarian assistance. Kits are available to participating relief agencies, including IOCC, as needs arise in different parts of the world. Many of IOCC's humanitarian & self-help programs are done in partnership with other organizations. What are the benefits of this kind of partnership? The overhead costs associated with warehousing, handling & preparing the kits for shipment overseas are shared by numerous organizations. This approach helps maximize efficiency & effectiveness, allowing IOCC & its partners to help even more children. What do I do after I've assembled the kits? Secure the bag(s) & pack it/them in a box. Then secure the box with packing tape. Clearly mark the outside of the box with the type of kit & apply the correct amount of postage. Be sure to include the name of the parish, group or individual sending the kit(s) on the box. Can multiple kits go in a box? Yes, as long as the box weight & dimensions are within U.S. Postal Service guidelines. Please send them to the following address: IOCC/Church World Service Brethren Service Center Annex 601 Main St. P.O. Box 188 New Windsor, MD 21776-0188 Church World Service will acknowledge receipt of your kits by mail. To ensure that you receive an acknowledgement, please mark clearly on the box that the kit is from (parish, group or individual). For consistency's sake, the contents must be limited to the items listed above. This way, people who receive the kits will know they are being treated equally. In addition, in order to facilitate international shipping & distribution, the boxes into which the kits are packed at the warehouse, must weigh the same & contain the same number of kits. No Candy, toothpaste, personal notes or clothing. School kits & health kits are helpful any time of the year, & are accepted on an ongoing basis. The earlier the kits are contributed, the faster they can be shipped to people who need them. More information at http://www.iocc.org/giftsofheartfaq.aspx

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Dr Vrame shared some wonderful thoughts about the Advent season and the Feast of the Nativity last fall. I find him to be a meaningful writer, integrating the teaching of our Orthodox Faith and the world about us, and bringing the humor that we all need as catechetical teachers. PMO

The Nativity is Upon Us

Dr Anton Vrame, Director of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Often lost amid the lights, decorations, shopping and celebrating is the significance of the Nativity of Christ, in other words the Incarnation itself. As Orthodox Christians, we make an extremely radical claim: that God became human, he became one of us. Of course we believe he retained the fullness of his divinity even as he took on the fullness of our humanity, except sin. Fr. John Breck in his book God With Us (SVS Press, 2003, p. 158) offers a clear explanation of the meaning of the Incarnation when he writes, "Why the Incarnation? Because in order for us to share in His life, He had to assume all the conditions of both our life and our death. He had to become what we are, in order to enable us to become what He is in the fullness of His eternal life and glory." As we begin the season of the Christmas Fast, we have an opportunity to reflect first on the mystery of the Incarnation. It is an extremely difficult idea to fathom, so don't be dismayed! This is also a good time to reflect on our human nature, what we believe about ourselves as human beings. While we say, we are created in the "image and likeness of God," (Genesis 1:26), this leaves us with the question of what is the image of God within humanity. God's Many-splendored Image (Baker Academic, 2010) a new book by an eminent Orthodox theologian and patristic scholar, Sr. Nonna Verna Harrison, can be helpful to consider this question. While I am still in the middle of the book, she clearly and cogently explores the issue through the lens of the early Church writers, such as the Desert Fathers and the great Fathers of the Church, such as Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa, whose writings she has explored extensively. She points out that it is not one facet of our nature that is the image of God within us, such as our rationality, but many facets, such as our freedom, virtue, embodiment, and more. In this time of year there are many other themes and topics to consider as well. First, today the Nativity Fast begins [November 15]. Unlike other fast seasons in the Church, there are few if any references to the season's beginning in our liturgical hymns. This tells us that the fast is "recent," that it came about well after the hymns for today were written. Given that the Fast is 40 days in length tells us that the desire is to imitate Great Lent in some way by creating this period of preparation for the birth of the Lord. How people observe the fast varies widely from culture to culture and parish to parish, so I will not tell this worldwide audience how to observe it. Ask your parish priest or local church leaders about how your community observes the fast. Second, the season is filled with the celebrations of many saints. To name a few from now until Christmas, we will celebrate St. Katherine, St. Andrew, St. Barbara, St. Savas, St. John of Damascus, St. Nicholas, St. Spyridon and these are just some of the "big names"! While every day celebrates a saint of importance, this is a rich season for study and celebration (and as a humorous aside, one reason why I think some people don't observe the fast too strictly, especially early on - too many nameday celebrations). Third, in American culture, the Christmas season is a time for charitable giving. This is an important activity and there are many ways to organize parish life and programs to collect food, warm clothing, money and other items and distribute them to the poor and the needy around us. Also, many youth groups will devote time to visiting shutins, whether from the parish or the community at large, offering gifts and most importantly offering friendship and fellowship to others. Of course, these activities can and should happen year round, but Christmas is a good time to start or reinvigorate a program. To this, worth studying and thinking about are all the reasons in our society for the existence of the poor and the lonely and what the Orthodox Christian Faith teaches about our social responsibilities. Fourth, there are many cultural traditions for celebrating and commemorating the Christmas season, from cookies and breads made at only this time of year, to the ever present candy cane (shepherd's staffs - not "J's for Jesus"). But all of them carry the message of Christmas into our homes, helping us to remember the story of the Nativity. A great family or family night activity could be to make these "treats" and share the stories they relate, as well as the stories from our own childhoods with the next generation. The season is rich for our work as teachers but also for growing in our knowledge as well.

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Question: Want to prevent reprinting certain information year after year? Answer: Provide each Teacher/Grade with a Notebook containing relative information for teaching that particular grade, as well as general information about the Parish and Church School. Update each Notebook yearly. The Notebook remains with its specific grade and is passed on to whoever replaces the current teacher. The Director's Notebook contains the common elements. The Director maintains originals for all grade levels. The following is a suggested outline of materials. Phyllis Meshel Onest

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CURRENT YEAR 1. Staff Roster: Each Grade, Teacher's Name, Address, Phone Number, Cell Phone Number and Email address. [Replaced each year.] 2. Class Roster: Students' Names, Parents' Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers, Birth dates and Email addresses, if they have one. [Replaced each year.] 3. Church School Planning Calendar for the Year that lists the Sundays from beginning to the end of the Church School year, Feast Days, Triodion Sundays, Pascha, Special Events, Workshops and Meetings. Calendar is available at www.phyllisonest.com as a Word document. [Replaced each year.] 4. The Roster of all Church School classes may be helpful in planning for the following year. [Optional]. [Replaced each year.]

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CURRICULUM AND RESOURCES 1. List Texts for each grade ­ current and previous years. 2. List of Resources available to the Teachers, i.e. those assigned to each classroom and/or those available in the Church School Office. 3. Sample Lesson Plans. 4. List of online Resources ­ www.phyllisonest.com Fall Newsletter 5. The GOA Department of Religious Education's Current Recommended Texts for Sunday Church Schools http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/religioused/resources/curriculum.pdf 6. The appropriate grade level / textbook Learning Objectives-What Your Child Should Know [DRE]

http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/religioused/resources/what_your_child_should_know

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AGE CHARACTERISTICS 1. Information on the Developmental Stage, Concepts that can be taught and Teaching Methods that work best for that age group. [See Our Church and Our Children by Sophie Koulomzin.] 2. Magazine (such as Children's Ministry) Articles related to teaching specific age groups. [opt.] 3. The Stages of Faith and Family Skills & Application /OCEC ­ the last 2 pages of the 2005 YELLOW PAGES. REFERENCE MATERIALS 1. Information sheets on the Parish's [a] Feast Day [b] Parish Troparion [English and Greek where applicable] [c] Identification of Icons on the icon screen and the walls [d] Stain Glass Window layout and identification, if applicable [e] Other handouts about the Orthodox Church that are informative or educational. 2. Copies of the Metropolitan Director's Newsletters. 3. Workshop Handouts. 4. A Timeline of the Church History - http://www.orthodoxonline.com/timeline.htm 5. When Metropolitan Maximos Visits leaflet - www.phyllisonest.com MEETING MINUTES and HANDOUTS Teachers add to this section during the school year. 1. Meeting Minutes. Agendas with teacher's notes. [Keep two years as reference.] 2. Parish Bulletin Articles related to the Church School [opt.] 3. Flyers / Letters for Church School Events [Keep two years of flyers.] Modified 10/15/11

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ORTHODOX INSPIRATIONAL POSTERS

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THE TOMB OF CHRIST

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In front of the icon of the Bridegroom is an opening commemorating the place where the life-giving cross was raised. The rocks that held up the cross can be seen under glass at each side of the altar, and can be touched through the same opening. Greek Orthodox Chapel of Golgotha within the Church of the Holy Resurrection, Old City Jerusalem. Photo with permission of www.HolyLandPhotos.org. Verse from the 15th antiphon of the Service of the Twelve Passion Gospels.

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"Yellow Pages" for Religious Education

A tool for Religious Educators & Parents in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Compiled by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Director of the Office of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh 174 St. Clair Drive, Akron, OH 44307 330-376-0629 / [email protected] / http://www.phyllisonest.com

Permission is given to reproduce all or part of this booklet for Clergy, Church School Staff Members, Parents, Youth Workers, Parish Bookstore Managers, other interested individuals & as workshop handouts. Check the website of each provider for catalogs / order forms. Note: I listed addresses only once, usually the first time the provider's name appears. After that, page references locate previously listed addresses. No one can provide an exhaustive listing. This is also selective based on my years of experience. The Non-Orthodox materials I listed offer adaptable ideas to enrich our work, but I must caution using them with care. Light & Life Publishing Company [LL] 5251 West 73rd Street, Suite I /Edina, MN 55439 NEW 952-925-3888 / FAX 888-925-3918 or 952-925-3918 Email [email protected] http://www.light-n-life.com New Life Publications 285 French Hill Road / /Wayne, NJ 07470-3976 973-305-1478 / Fax 973-305-11478 Email [email protected] Orthodox Christian Publication Center [OCPC] Mr. Frank Tkacz, OCPC Manager 4653 Memphis Villas S / Brooklyn, OH 44144 216-351-1838 /Fax: 216-351-1842 Email [email protected] St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite Publication Society C/o 1607 W. Union Blvd, Bethlehem, PA 18018 610-867-1327 / Email [email protected] St. Tikhon's Seminary Bookstore [STS] St. Tikhon's Rd. PO Box "B" S. Canaan, PA 18459-0130 / 888-454-6678 570-937-4390 / FAX 570-937-3100 Email [email protected] http://www.stspress.com/ St. Vladimir Seminary Press/Bookstore [SVS] 575 Scarsdale Road / Crestwood, NY 10707-1699 914-961-2203 / 800-204-2665 / FAX 914-961-5456 Email [email protected] http://www.svspress.com Conciliar Press [p.1] Department of Religious Education-GOA [p.1] Light & Life Publishing [p.1] Orthodox Christian Publication Center [p.2]

CURRICULUM MATERIALS

Department of Religious Education [DRE-GOA] Greek Orthodox Archdiocese 50 Goddard Avenue / Brookline, MA 02445-7415 617-850-1218 or 800-566-1088 FAX 617-850-1489 / Email [email protected] http://www.religioused.goarch.org Department of Christian Education [DOCE] Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese 105 Leader Hts. Rd., Suite 17403 York, PA 17403 / 717-742-5221 Email [email protected] / FAX 717-747-5832 http://www.antiochian.org/christianeducation Orthodox Christian Education Commission [OCEC] PO Box 1051 / Syracuse, NY 13201-1051 800-464-2744 / FAX 315-422-1893 E-Mail from the website http://www.orthodoxed.org Department of Christian Education [DCE] Orthodox Church in America [OCA] Online Focus Units/ Mini Units/ Teachers Resources Email from the website / http://dce.oca.org

BOOK PUBLISHERS

Conciliar Press [CP] P.O. Box 76/ Ben Lomond, CA 95005-0076 831-336-5118 or 800-967-7377 FAX 831-336-8882 / http://conciliarpress.com

Holy Cross Orthodox Press / Seminary Bookstore 50 Goddard Avenue / Brookline, MA 02445 617-850-1230 or 800-245-0599 FAX 617-850-1430 / Email [email protected] http://store.holycrossbookstore.com/

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Greek Orthodox Clergymen's Syndesmos Metropolis of Pittsburgh 129 S. Union St. / Akron, OH 44304 330-434-0000 / FAX 330-434-9441 Conciliar Press [p.1] Department of Religious Education-GOA [p.1] Holy Cross Seminary Bookstore [p.1] Light and Life [p.1] St. Ignatius of Antioch Press [p.2] St. Tikhon's Seminary Bookstore [p.2] St. Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore [p.2]

GOTelecom 8 East 79th St. / New York, NY 10021 800-888-6835; 212-570-3588 / FAX 212-774-0223 / Email [email protected] / www.gotel.goarch.org Greek Archdiocese http://www.iconograms.org St. Luke's Orthodox Mission http://www.sv-luka.org/cards/index.htm

BOOKSTORES

ELECTRONIC CARDS

FAMILY RESOURCES

Orthodox Family Life - Archived articles at http://www.theologic.com/oflweb Center for Family Care Family Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese www.familyaschurch.org Resources for The Annunciation Press [under ICONS] Conciliar Press [p.1] Light & Life Publishing [p.1] St. Vladimir Seminary Bookstore [p.2]

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION WORKSHOPS

Dr. Anton Vrame, Director of Religious Education for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Email [email protected] [p.1]

Children's Ministry Magazine Workshops [NonOrthodox] offered in the Spring & Fall. Great for ideas! Bible storybooks & Activity Books great for ideas. Many of the activities are very useful. For dates and cities go to http://www.childrensministry.com/ Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. 174 St. Clair Dr. /Akron, OH 44307-2239 330-376-0629 / Email [email protected] http://www.phyllisonest.com

GREETING CARDS & CALLIGRAPHY

OCEC TEACHER & DIRECTOR TRAINING WORKSHOPS I, II, III, IV Contact Myra Kovalak /Email: [email protected] ORTHODOX INSTITUTE 1st weekend in Nov./Antiochian Village, Ligonier,PA Sponsored by Antiochian Department of Christian Ed http://www.antiochian.org/christianeducation Christian Book Distributors [Non-Orthodox] PO Box 7000 Peabody, MA 01961-7000 800-247-4764 / FAX 978-977-5010 http://www.christianbook.com

Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery 144 Bert Washburn Rd. / Otego, NY 13825-2265 607-432-3179 / FAX 670-433-4792 Email [email protected] http://www.holymyrrhbearers.com Image & Likeness Iconography Fr. Antony Salzman 1169 Old Farm Rd. / Watkinsville, GA 30677 706-310-1306 / FAX 877-793-5296 (toll free) http://www.imageandlikeness.com/ IOCC ­ International Orthodox Christian Charities 110 West Road, Suite 360 / Baltimore, MD 21204 410-243-9820 / FAX 410-243-9824 Email [email protected] / http://www.iocc.org Conciliar Press [p.1] Department of Religious Education-GOA [p.1] Holy Cross Bookstore [p.1] Image & Likeness Iconography [p.2] Light & Life Publishing [p.1] St. Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore [p.2] The Annunciation Press [coloring books, recipe cards, baptismal items & more] 17 Austin St. / Norwood, MA 02062-4103 800-975-4266 (9-5 ET, M-F) / FAX 781-255-1871 http://www.apicons.com

HUMANITARIAN AID ­ IOCC [Prayer Book]

DISCOUNT CHRISTIAN BOOKS

ICONS

CD ROM's & DVDs

Christian Book Distributors [p.2] Conciliar Press [p.1] Department of Religious Education [p.1] Holy Cross Seminary Bookstore [p.1] Light & Life Publishing [p.1] St. Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore [p.2] Ellinas Multimedia [Lives of Saints Series & more] 949-305-2620 / 800-410-8388 / Email from the website http://www.ellinasmultimedia.com

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"Come and See" Icons, Books & Art 216 West Fourth Street, E. Greenville, PA 18041-1629 Email [email protected] http://www.comeandseeicons.com/index.html Holy Transfiguration Monastery 278 Warren St. / Brookline, MA 02445-5927 617-734-0608/ 800-227-1629 / FAX 617-730-5783 Boston & outside US: 617-232-2326 Email: [email protected] / http://www.thehtm.org St. Isaac of Syria Skete 25266 Pilgrims Way / Boscobel, WI 53805 800-814-2667 / http://www.skete.com Uncut Mountain Supply 1518 West 13th Street The Dalles, OR 97058 541-298-1800 / 877-298-1806 Email: [email protected] http://www.uncutmountainsupply.com/

MAGAZINES FOR ADULTS

PRAXIS Magazine: Single subscription - 3 issues [Fall, Winter, Spring] a year cost $15.00. Group Subscription Rates: 10-19 subscribers - $12.00 per subscription; 20 or more subscribers - $10 per subscription. Back Issues of PRAXIS online at http://www.religioused.goarch.org Published by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese [p.1]

MAGAZINES FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES Little Falcons Magazine ­ bringing children & our Orthodox faith &heritage together PO Box 371 / Grayslake, IL 60030 847-223-4300 / Email [email protected] $15.00 per year; 4 issues [Back issues $5.00 @] Collect a full set & create a "Children's Orthodox Encyclopedia." / Order form at www.phyllisonest.com The Children's Orthodox Parochial School Bulletin Subscribers to the Children's Bulletin are required to register in order to download the bulletins, for which there is no charge.

ICON PINS, JEWELRY, MAGNETS, GIFTS, SPECIALTY ITEMS

The Annunciation Press [p.3] Conciliar Press [p.1] Department of Religious Education-GOA [p.1] Light & Life Publishing [p.2]

http://www.StNicholasOrthodoxChristianSchool.org

MAGAZINES FOR TEACHERS PRAXIS - See Above Children's Ministry Magazine Non-Orthodox, but adaptable for Orthodox Christian use. Great ideas for crafts, lessons, seasonal ideas. For PreSchool-Grade 6. $29.95 for 6 issues / 760-738-0086 Email: http://www.childrensministry.com/

Festal Creations [Will custom design pins] 800-747-9245 / FAX 800-903-4266 Email [email protected] Email [email protected] http://www.festalcreations.com Trophy Bearers [Icon Pins] Website updated 162 Brehm Rd., Washington, PA 15301-9653 Phone/Fax: 724-745-8365 E-mail: [email protected] http://www.trophybearers.com Let us Attend! Gospel Program for Children /Audio opt http://www.antiochian.org/christianeducation Orthodox Christian Sunday School Lessons David Elfering - Email: [email protected] http://www.synaxis.org/catechist/index.htm Scripture, Saints, Great Feast, Nicene Creed + Q&A for each topic St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://www.orthodox.net/questions/index.html Printable Weekly Lessons (Eve Tibbs, DRE-Metropolis of San Francisco) http://religioused.sanfran.goarch.org/lessons.htm

LESSONS ONLINE

MISSIONS - OCMC Orthodox Christian Mission Center [OCMC] (Coin Boxes for Lent) PO Box 4319 / St. Augustine, FL 32085-4319 877-GOFORTH / 904-829-5132 / FAX 904-829-1635 Email from the Website / http://www.ocmc.org

MUSIC & MUSIC RESOURCES

Conciliar Press [p.1] Department of Religious Education-GOA [p.1] Holy Cross Seminary Bookstore [p.1] Light & Life Publishing [p.1] St. Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore [p.2] Gigi Shadid ­ G-square Productions 2421 Winstead Circle / Wichita, KS 67226 316-204-7964 / [email protected] http://www.archangelsbooks.com/default.asp National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians (Music Series also at DRE-GOA. p.1) Vicki Pappas, National Chair 3814 Regents Circle / Bloomington, IN 47401 [email protected] /812-361-9500 www.churchmusic.goarch.org

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ONLINE & RADIO PROGRAMS

Ancient Faith Radio - 24 hour internet based panOrthodox radio ministry featuring Orthodox teachings & music. http://www.ancientfaithradio.com/aboutus.htm

PUBLICATION MASTERS

[Reproduced by the parish or individual] Department of Religious Education-GOA [p.1] Orthodox Christian Publication Center [p.2] Christian Book Distributors [p.3] Conciliar Press [p.1] Holy Cross Seminary Bookstore [p.1] St. Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore [p.2] Holy Cross Seminary Bookstore [HC] St. Tikhon's Seminary Bookstore [STS] St. Vladimir's Seminary Bookstore [SVS]

Orthodox Christian Network - www.myocn.net PO Box 4690. Lauderdale, FL 33338-4690 877-273-2348 / Email from website ARK ­ 24 hours of online Music and More RUDDER ­ 24 hours of online Orthodox music COME RECEIVE THE LIGHT ­ weekly radio program [local channels]; past programs archived on website Podcasts Orthodox Word Podcast - Daily Scriptures & Saints Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Akron, OH http://www.annunciationakron.org/ International Orthodox Christian Charities [p.3] Orthodox Christian Fellowship - OCF(College) [p.4] Orthodox Christian Mission Center - OCMC [p.4] Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting http://www.eocs.org

SCRIPTURE PURCHASES

SEMINARY BOOKSTORES [p.1]

SEXUAL EDUCATION & ABSTINENCE,

ORTHODOX ORGANIZATIONS

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry 83 Saint Basil Rd. / Garrison, NY 10524 646-519-6180 / FAX 645-519-6191 Email [email protected] http://www.youth.goarch.org The Medical Institute for Sexual Health ­ MISH [Non-Orthodox. Quarterly Sexual Health Update.] PO Box 162306 / Austin, TX 78716-2306 512-328-6268/ http://www.medinstitute.org ZOE for Life! Crisis pregnancies, American and Guatemalan Adoptions. Abstinence materials for parish use. 3352 Mayfield Rd. / Cleveland Hts, OH 44118 440-893-9990 / Crisis Hotline: 877-436-LIFE (5433) http://www.zoeforlifeonline.org

Orthodox Peace Fellowship (International) http://www.incommunion.org Project Mexico / St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage PO Box 120028/Chula Vista, CA 91912-3128 619-426-4610 / Email [email protected] http://www.projectmexico.org Ancient Faith Radio [p.4] Orthodox Word Podcast http://www.goarch.org/en/chapel/podcast.asp

PODCASTS

STEWARDSHIP MATERIALS FOR CHILDREN / STUDENTS

PRAYERS ONLINE ­ Ready to Print

Orthodox Christian Publication Center [p.2] Introductory Booklet 3: Giving Children the Opportunity to Give Check Parish & Church School resources for 3 out-ofprint Stewardship Books. Authored by Elaine Michaels for the Greek Archdiocese Stewardship Department in the 1980's. Teacher's Manual & Student's Book in one. Grades 1-3: "A Gift for God"; Grades 4-5 "We Are Stewards"; Grades 6-8 "I Am the Bread of Life."

IOCC ­ International Orthodox Christian Charities [p.3] http://www.iocc.org Click onto "News & Information" /

Download IOCC Materials in PDF Format / Orthodox Prayers

http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/prayers/index.html

Orthodox Prayers

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Learning Objectives: "Living Our Orthodox Faith" Elementary School Textbook Series

Prepared by Stephania Gianulis Additional material by Anton C. Vrame, PhD

What Your Child Should Know

A frequent question that the Department receives from teachers and parents is "What should children know about their faith by the time they are "X" years old?" This question is fueled by a number of influences. First, schools have expectations that their students should reach certain milestones at various stages in their education. Teachers are expected to prepare their students to meet those points in the course of the year, usually because there will be some kind of test. Second, education itself is goaloriented. Educational progress is measured by the acquisition of certain objectives. Teachers and students want to know their level of progress. Third, parents want to be able to assist their children in the learning process. Knowing the expectations and what the program hopes to accomplish is beneficial. The aim of education in the Orthodox Church is "to nurture, instruct, and direct each member of the community of faith--the Church--in Christian living, or as Orthodox writers typically call it, the life in Christ, so that each person grows "in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18) and become "a partaker of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). Alternately stated, the goal of ... catechesis is for each person to become an icon, a living image of God, a person who lives in continual fellowship-- communion--with God, reflecting a particular way--the Christlike way--of knowing and living in the world." (A. Vrame, The Educating Icon, 1999, p. 63). This vision of education involves acquiring information but also involves living according to the precepts of that information. Thus, an Orthodox Christian ought to be wellinformed about the rich content of the Orthodox Tradition. Being able to name, to retell, to identify, to list, and more are dimensions of what it means "to know" one's faith. A Church school program should be able to transmit these concepts to its students. But "knowing the Faith" also involves being able to appreciate its content, to consider how it influences one's life, to participate in it, and to respond to its call of commitment to faith in Jesus Christ and His Church. For example, what is the benefit of reciting the Lord's Prayer in a classroom setting, and a teacher's assessment that the student has memorized it, without praying the Lord's Prayer at home and reflecting on the words themselves? The real curriculum for learning the Orthodox Faith is the life of the Church as experienced in a dynamic, faithfilled parish. Our education in faith is a lifelong journey. No Church school curriculum can include or teach everything. Any series of published textbooks is merely the first step of learning. Even in the best series, the authors, editors, and publishers make choices about what they believe most valuable for learners to achieve in a certain timeframe. What follows--for the elementary level--is the result of reading the existing "Living Our Orthodox Faith" textbook series, published by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education between 1989 and 1993, and summarizing the concepts that the textbooks strive to teach. We have tried to distill their contents, by grade level, to answer the question, "What should my child learn in grade X?"

Please note the following: · · New terms and concepts in a text are in bold type. At the end of each grade, the Bible stories, lives of saints, and hymns covered by the textbook are also listed. It should be noted that Bible stories are frequently summarized in the textbooks to present the main point of the lesson or the story as well as to meet the developing reading skills of a student. When appropriate, based on reading ability, a student should begin using the Bible directly and learning Bible skills. You will notice how the concepts become more involved and the number of stories increases as the learner progresses. You will notice how certain concepts and topics, e.g., the Divine Liturgy, repeat themselves from year to year and are presented in new ways based on the theme of the book. The goal of the textbook series is not to present all of the information on a single topic in one year, never to return to it, but to revisit key topics in an unfolding pattern of discovery for the learner. Some items, such as prayers introduced in each unit, are found only in the Teacher's Guides to the books.

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Of course, individual parishes and teachers add material, information (lives of saints, feast days, Sunday scripture readings), and activities, which will add to this list. Finally, the following list assumes that a child attends Church school faithfully, has a wellprepared teacher, and a family that is involved in the life of the Church, involved in the learning process, and reinforces the concepts at home.

Anton C. Vrame, PhD Director

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First Grade: Me and My World Second Grade: Loving God Third Grade: Sharing God's World Fourth Grade: Growing with God Fifth Grade: God Calls Us

Grade 1-1

What Every First Grader Should Know After Using Me and My World

Developed by The Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, updated 2011 st

1 Grade Objectives, Tasks & Recommendations

Developed by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Director of the Office of Religious Education, Metropolis of Pittsburgh ©2011

Unit 1--About Me · God made every person to be a special and unique individual. · Jesus is the Son of God. · Learning is a gift from God; one thing we learn is how to make the sign of the cross. · The Bible helps to guide our lives. · God cares about our feelings, and He wants us to help and share with others. · We should be thankful to God for the talents He gives us. · Our priests teach us about God.

Unit 2--About the Orthodox faith · Orthodox Christians light candles in church, venerate icons, & make the sign of the cross in a special way. · We receive Holy Communion, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. This brings us close to Him and to each other. · When we are baptized, we are born into God's family. · Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. · At our baptism, we receive our name. Many of us are named after saints--holy people who fully lived God's way. [Note: They may not have done this all of their lives. Some repented later in life. PMO] · At our baptism [Note: at Chrismation. PMO], we also receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus and God working within us, to guide us toward doing the right thing in life. · Jesus teaches us to love all people and to forgive others. · Jesus Himself was once a child, and He loves children very much. · Jesus Himself prayed alone and with others. · He teaches us the Lord's Prayer. · When we pray, we talk to & listen to God. We can pray in the morning, at meals, at night, or any time.

Unit 3--About Your Family · We are all part of a special group of people called a family. · Families are different--some are large, some are small, some don't have a mother or a father. · Families love each other and share with each other. · An Orthodox Christian family does special things. · When a baby is forty days old, his or her parents bring him or her to church to be blessed. · All Orthodox Christian families make up the church family. · The church family celebrates special days like baptism and marriage. · The church is a special place where we come together to pray. · When we light candles in the church, we remember that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. · We kiss icons in the church to remember the saints on them. · In our church, the priest stands at the altar during our services.

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Long ago, Jesus was arrested & put to death in Jerusalem, & then He rose from the dead.

The church started with Jesus' twelve Apostles. After His resurrection, they traveled all over the world to teach people about Christ. During church, we pray by singing "Lord have mercy." In the Divine Liturgy, receiving Communion joins us with Jesus. The first Liturgy was the Mystical Supper. In our Liturgy, the priest repeats the words of Jesus. We should offer our time, talents, and treasures to the church in any way that we can.

Grade 1-2 Unit 4--About your church · The church is a special place where we come together to pray. · When we light candles in the church, we remember that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. · We kiss icons in the church to remember the saints on them. · In our church, the priest stands at the altar during our services. · Long ago, Jesus was arrested and put to death in the city of Jerusalem, and then He rose from the dead. · The church started with Jesus' twelve Apostles. After His resurrection, they traveled all over the world to teach people about Christ. · During church, we pray by singing "Lord have mercy." · In the Divine Liturgy, receiving Communion joins us with Jesus. · The first Liturgy was the Mystical Supper. In our Liturgy, the priest repeats the words of Jesus. · We should offer our time, talents, and treasures to the church in any way that we can. Unit 5--About People · Jesus came to earth for all people in the world. · We should love & respect all people no matter who they are or how different they are from us. · Jesus taught that we should even love and pray for those who do harm to us. · Some Christians are not Orthodox--they are Catholic or Protestant. Our leaders sometimes meet with their leaders to discuss our differences and similarities. · Not all people are Christian. · We should respect all people and their religions.

Unit 6--About Your World · God created everything in the earth, as a gift for us to take care of.

Unit 7--About Church Holy Days · On March 25, we remember that the Annunciation is the day when the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her she would be Jesus' mother. We call her the Theotokos--the one who gave birth to God. · On December 25, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, Christmas. Giving each other gifts reminds us that Jesus Christ is our greatest gift. · On January 6, we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, which we call the Theophany or Epiphany. The priest blesses us with holy water. · The Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered into Jerusalem and the people welcomed Him as a king. They waved palm branches. We also use palm branches and welcome Jesus as our King. · On Easter Sunday, or Pascha, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the dead. We proclaim "Christ is risen!"

Grade 1-3

1 Grade Objectives, Tasks & Recommendations

Text: Me and My World

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The Hymns & Songs in this Textbook to learn. Pupils have a SONG BOOK.

HYMN By the prayers of the Theotokos Holy God Save us O Son of God Blessed is the Name of the Lord Christ is Risen SONG Me and My World God Helps Me To Learn I'm an Orthodox Christian I Love My Family We Are the People of God Child of god Stand Up Right Now

UNIT II6 IV3 V3 VI5 VII5 UNIT VII I1 II6 III IV V

SERVICE/FEAST Liturgy Liturgy Liturgy Liturgy PASCHA Theme Song

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P2223;TM45 P2627;TM70 P2425;TM90 P2829;TM121 P3031;TM122

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P14; TM125 P68; TM21 P911; TM46 P1213;TM60 P1416;TM78 P1719TM89

Retell the Bible stories in this Textbook.

BIBLE STORY The Sermon on the Mount Zechariah and Elizabeth Jesus Heals the Paralytic Noah and the Ark Philip and the Ethiopian Jesus Gives the Holy Spirit after His Resurrection Joseph and His Brothers Jesus and the Children The Parable of the Prodigal Son Adam and Eve

UNIT I3 I4 I5 I6 II2 II3 II4 II4 III1 VI2

SCRIPTURE LOCATION Matthew 57 Luke 1:525, 5763 John 5:19 Genesis 69 Acts of the Apostles 8:2740 John 20:1923 Genesis 37:2328, 45 Mark 10:1316 Luke 15:1132 Genesis 2:425

PAGES P1011; TM10 P15; TM13 P20; TM16 P26; TM P39; TM31 P43 TM34; P46; TM37 P50; TM39 P64;TM52 P108;TM97

Prayers to memorize.

PRAYER Lord's Prayer Morning Prayer Prayer before eating Evening Prayer Prayer to use anytime & anywhere

UNIT II6 II6 II6 II6 II6

PAGE P53 P55 P55 P55 P55

Feast Days in this Textbook. Point out the features in the icon for each feast day.

FEAST DAY Annunciation of the Theotokos Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Theophany/Baptism of Jesus Palm Sunday / Jesus enters Jerusalem Pascha / Resurrection

UNIT VII1 VII2 VII3 VII4 VII5

SCRIPTURE Luke 1:2638

Luke 2:820, Matthew 2:112

PAGES P118; TM105

P122;TM108 P128;TM112 P130;TM115 P134;TM118

Matthew 3:1317 John 19:3842; 20:118

Mysteries/ sacraments presented in this Textbook.

SACRAMENT Holy Communion Baptism Chrismation UNIT II1, IV4 II2, II3 II3 PURPOSE Joins us to Jesus Received our names & united with Christ Receive the Holy Spirit

Grade 1-4 No Bible verses were selected to memorize nor Saint stories in this Textbook. VOCABULARY: No glossary in this textbook. *These words are in the book but not in the chapter vocabulary. +These same words have different definitions.

Altar Angels Angel Angry Antidoron Apostles Baptized Beliefs Bible Blessed Care Catholics (Roman) Celebrate Choir Church Church family Church services Christian Commandment Congregation Christos Aneste Christian Created Destroy Disciples Eleison Enemy Faith family feelings flood Follower Forgive GIVE God Godparents God's family Grace Hallowed Heaven +Holy Communion Holy Spirit Hymns Iconostasion ICON Screen Icons Inn

IV1 I4 I4 II4 II1 IV2 II2 V3 I3 VII1 I4 V3 II2 IV3 IV1 III2 IV1 II1 I2 IV1 VII5 II1I VI1 VI3 V1 IV3 V2 II1 III1 I4 I5 IV2 II4 V5 I1 II3 III31 VII1 II6 II

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II3 IV3 IV2 IV2 II1 VII2

Jealous II4 Kingdom II Kyrie IV3 Language V2 Leader IV Lord II6 Love V2 Manger VII2 Might I2 Nature VI3 Obey III1 II1 Orthodox Palms VII4 Parish IV1 Peace II4, V2 Place II4 Pray / prayer II6 +Priest I4,II1 Protestant V3 Receive V5 Religions V3 Respect V2 Resurrection VII5 RISE IV2 Rules I3 Saint II2 VII1 Savior Sermon I3 Servant VII1 +Share I5, III3 Sharp I5 Shepherds VII2 Soul I1 Special I1 Stable VII2 Talent I6 Tempt II6 Temptation II6 Trespass II4 Waste VI3 Wise Men VII2 ADDITIONAL WORDS *Baptismal font II2 *Candles II1 *Common cup III2 engaged VII1

*husband VI2 *Pascha VII5 *Pantocrator II5 *wife VI2 PLACES Bethlehem VII2 Galilee I3 Garden of Eden VI2 Jerusalem IV2 PEOPLE Adam VI2 *Elizabeth I4 Eve VI2 Gabriel VII1 Jesus Christ II1 John the Baptist VII2 Joseph II4 Mary Magdalene VII5 Noah I6 *Panagia II5 Philip II2 Savior Son of God IV2 Theotokos VII1 Virgin Mary II5 I4 *Zechariah SERVICES/SACRAMENTS Annunciation VII1 Baptism II2 Chrismation II2 Christmas VII2 Churching Easter Sunday VII5 Epiphany VII3 Eucharist Liturgy IV4 Marriage III2 Pascha VII5 Palm Sunday VII4 Theophany VII3

Grade 1-5 RECOMMENDATIONS

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. The Activity Book Activities could be more challenging. Suggest that some activities be replaced. On page 7 of the pupil's textbook it states that "He [Jesus] also learned by helping His father Joseph." It should read "His guardian / step father." This could be confusing to the children. In comparison to the other books in this series, the grade 1 textbook needs the most supplemental material. If time permits, tell more about the lives of the saints that are included in the Bible readings. Utilize Gigi Shadid's CD, Fruits of the Spirit. / DRE Integrate the Feast day lessons as they occur in the liturgical calendar. Utilize the Come Bless the Lord Icon Packet. / DRE Utilize the Feast Day Tract Masters Utilize the OCEC's Teaching Pictures. Utilize the Treasury of Blessings Prayer Book. Insure that each child has a prayer book at home and in class. Suggest "Treasury of Blessings." Utilize maps in the Pupil's books. Point out the areas where events happened. Encourage regular participation in the Liturgy. Celebrate the feast days of the saints in the textbook. This shows the Church's emphasis on remembering. Focus on the word Pascha rather than Easter as the day of Resurrection. It identifies what actually occured, i.e. Christ led the Christians in Hades Passover from death to life. Make Hymnology part of every week's lesson so that the students can chant/sing during the Liturgy.

PARENTS' PACKET ­ Develop a PARENTS' PACKET of information. Parents cannot help teach and reinforce what is

learned if they are not asked and given the materials. Some of this information can be included in weekly, monthly or quarterly letters. Parts of it should complement the Progress Report. 1. Provide the Parents with the following from this textbook / Progress Reports. Feast Days Saints text of Prayers to memorize texts of Hymns & Songs Services Bible Stories to retell Sacraments/Mysteries 2. List tasks to learn/review such as making the Sign of the Cross, lighting candles, venerating icons, receiving Holy Communion, reciting the Paschal Greeting. 3. List of special projects for the year. 4. Stress the importance of Liturgical worship and list the special services students in this grade should attend Liturgy, Holy Wednesday Unction, Holy Friday afternoon, Agape Vespers of Pascha, Baptisms. 5. Provide parents with copies of a. HELPING OUR CHILDREN GROW IN FAITH: What They Can Do, When They Can Do It, and What Parents Can Do To Help! by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. www.phyllisonest.com b. GETTING READY FOR HOLY WEEK & PASCHA: A Guide for Families by Phyllis Meshel Onest, www.phyllisonest.com 6. Provide Parents with the following online sites. a. ORTHODOX FAMILY LIFE Journal, a parish ministry to families. http://www.theologic.com/oflweb b. Center for Family Care, Greek Archdiocese http://family.goarch.org ­ Newsletter, articles, media and more.

Church School Progress Report for First Grade

Textbook: Me and My World

Teachers: Please write the date(s) on which each subject was discussed in class.

Student: Teachers:

UNIT I1 II6 II6 IV3 III IV V V3 VI5 VII5 VII UNIT I3 I4 I5 I6 II2 II3 II4 II4 III1 VI2

School Year:

The Hymns & Songs in this Textbook to learn. Pupils have a SONG BOOK. DATE HYMN God Helps Me To Learn By the prayers of the Theotokos I'm an Orthodox Christian Holy God I Love My Family We Are the People of God Child of god Stand Up Right Now Save us O Son of God Blessed is the Name of the Lord Christ is Risen Me and My World Retell the Bible stories in this Textbook. DATE BIBLE STORY The Sermon on the Mount Zechariah and Elizabeth Jesus Heals the Paralytic Noah and the Ark Philip and the Ethiopian Jesus Gives the Holy Spirit after His Resurrection Joseph and His Brothers Jesus and the Children The Parable of the Prodigal Son Adam and Eve Prayers memorize. DATE PRAYER Lord's Prayer Morning Prayer Prayer before eating Evening Prayer Prayer to use anytime & anywhere Feastdays DATE FEAST DAY

SCRIPTURE LOCATION Matthew 57 Luke 1:525, 5763 John 5:19 Genesis 69 Acts of the Apostles 8:2740 John 20:1923 Genesis 37:2328, 45 Mark 10:1316 Luke 15:1132 Genesis 2:425 UNIT II6 II6 II6 II6 II6 UNIT VII1 VII2 VII3 VII4 VII5 SCRIPTURE Luke 1:2638

Luke 2:820, Matthew 2:112

Annunciation of the Theotokos Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Theophany/Baptism of Jesus Palm Sunday / Jesus enters Jerusalem Pascha / Resurrection

Matthew 3:1317 John 19:3842; 20:118

Mysteries/ sacraments presented in this Textbook. DATE Holy Communion Baptism Chrismation

II1, IV4 II2, II3 II3

joins us to Jesus they received their name

Grade 2-1

What Every Second Grader Should Know After Using Loving God 2 Grade Objectives, Tasks & Recommendations

Developed by The Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, updated 2011 nd

Developed by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Director of the Office of Religious Education, Metropolis of Pittsburgh ©2011

Unit 1--We all need love · All people need love in order to live. · God loves us and gives us gifts in our life, such as our talents. He wants us to take care of all these gifts from Him. · God gave us His son, Jesus, to save us from sin. · In Jerusalem, Jesus taught people, healed people, and was baptized in the Jordan River. He died on the cross and rose from the dead. · Jesus taught the most important rule is to love God with your whole self. · Jesus wants us to love others. People will know you are a Christian when you treat others with love.

Unit 2--Love at home · God wants parents to love their children, and children should obey their loving parents. · There are many ways to show love for your parents. · The Church has seven sacraments [Note: also known as mysteries. PMO], which help us to be close to God. · Marriage is the sacrament of love. · Icons show Jesus & the saints. They may tell stories about the Church. They remind us of God and the saints. · When we burn incense, the smoke rises like our prayers rise to God. · The Jesus Prayer is, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner." · We should forgive each other and ask for forgiveness from others.

Unit 3--Love in Church · Our church is a family and we show each other love in many ways. · At Divine Liturgy, we receive the sacrament of Holy Communion, a sacrament of love. To prepare, we pray, forgive each other, and fast from certain foods. · Our church has many symbols, such as the Cross, the altar table, the chalice, the baptismal font, icons, and the incense censer. · When we hurt ourselves or others, we sin. We should ask God for forgiveness of our sins in the sacrament of Confession. When we decide to confess our sins to God, we sit with a priest and he helps us and blesses us. · Even when it is not easy to be loving, the Holy Spirit helps us to love.

Unit 4--Love means serving others. · To serve means to do something good for someone, out of our love for them and for God. · When we care for others, we are caring for Jesus. We should remember this whenever we see a person in need. · God made people the same in many ways, and different in many ways. · We should love and serve people, even if we don't know them. · People in the church can join together to help others who are in need.

Grade 2-2 Unit 5--Love means being respectful · Respecting other people is a way of telling them that they are important. · All people deserve respect. · We should respect leaders such as our teachers, coaches, priests, and our president. · Our church's leaders are bishops and priests. A bishop takes care of priests and the people in parishes. · Our priests celebrate sacraments, teach us, and visit people in the hospital. · Deacons are helpers to the priests and bishops. · We also respect the saints, who were people who lived God's way. We remember the day the saint died. This is a feast day, because on that day the saint went to heaven. The night before a saint's feast day, we have Great Vespers to honor the saint and ask for him or her to pray for us. The next morning, we celebrate Divine Liturgy. · We celebrate a person's name day on the feast day of a saint. · We must treat our world with respect so that all people can enjoy it. Unit 6--Love means obeying the rules · Rules help us to live together. When we obey them, it shows that we care about ourselves and about each other. · We follow rules in our church because we love and respect God and others there. · God gave us rules in the form of the Ten Commandments. · Jesus taught us to follow these commandments, and that the greatest commandment is to love others. · The Holy Cross is a symbol of love, because Jesus died on the cross to save us. We celebrate this feast day on September 14. · We show our respect for the cross by making the sign of the cross, putting it up on our walls, or wearing it on a chain around our necks. Seeing a cross should remind us of Jesus' love for us. · We love and respect Mary, the Theotokos, which means the Mother of God. When Mary was three years old, her parents brought her to the Temple in Jerusalem, where the Jewish people prayed. She lived there her whole life, praying and following God's way. On November 21, the Church celebrates the day that Mary entered the Temple. · When the baby Jesus was forty days old, Mary and Joseph brought him to the Temple to be blessed by God. A very old man named Simeon held Jesus in his arms, and knew that it was the Savior. After he did, he told God that his life was complete. · This feast day is called the Presentation of Jesus, and we celebrate it on February 2. · Just like Jesus, your parents brought you to be blessed when you were forty days old. · We believe that after Jesus died, He rose from the dead after three days. This is the greatest miracle of our faith. We proclaim, "Christ is risen!"

Grade 2-3

2nd Grade Objectives, Tasks & Recommendations

Text: Loving God

Hymns & Songs are also in a separate Song Book [SB]. Refer to TM 138139 for details. HYMNS & SONGS TO LEARN UNIT PAGES IN TM PAGES IN SB Only Begotten Son Liturgy TM1401 SB25 We have seen the true light. III2 TM147 SB28 One is Holy Liturgy TM155 SB30 Today the Virgin gives birth Nativity TM1567 SB32 Love One Another Theme song TM152154 SB1 St. Demetrios I4 TM142143 SB5 In a Village Called Cana II3 TM144145 SB8 Listen to Your Heart III5 TM146 SB12 Sam the Samaritan IV3 TM148149 SB15 My Name is V4 TM150151 SB19 Hymn of the patron saint/feast of the parish

Retell the Bible stories in this Textbook. BIBLE STORIES God loved Adam and Eve The Flight to Egypt Corinthians The Miracle at Cana The Parable of the Prodigal Son The Last Supper Jesus forgives Peter The Parable of the Good Samaritan David and King Saul Moses and the Ten Commandments Parable of the House Built on Rock

UNIT I2 II1 II3 II5 III2 III4 IV3 V2 VI4 VI5

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE Genesis 23 Matthew 2:123 John 2:111 Luke 15:1132 1 11:2325 Matthew 26:3135, 6975; John 21:915 Luke 10:3035 1 Samuel 24:115 Exodus 19, 24 Matthew 7:2427 FEAST DATE Oct 26 June 29 Jan 1, Jan 30 May 21

PAGE: PUPIL P911 P2829 P3839 P4243 P57 P6667 P8687 P106107 P138138 P142

Retell the stories of the Saints in this textbook. SAINT UNIT St. Demetrios I4 St. John the Beloved III1 St. Peter III4 St. Basil VI4 St. Helen and the Cross FD

PAGES: PUPIL & TM P16; TM15 P52; TM45 P66; TM59 P9293; TM81 P1523; TM121124

Review the Major Feast Days. Identify the icon of each feast & the main persons in the icon. FEAST DAY DATE SCRIPTURE PAGES: PUPIL & TM REFERENCE Elevation of the Cross Sept 14 None P148153, TM121124 Entrance of the Theotokos to Nov 21 None P1523, TM125127 the Temple Nativity of Christ Dec 25 Luke 2:8 P1567; TM128130 20,Matthew 2:112 Presentation of our Lord Feb 2 Luke 22: 239 P1589; TM131133 st Pascha ­ 1 Sun after the varies spring equinox, after P1601; TM134136 Passover

Grade 2-4 Sacraments/Mysteries ­ list the symbols (the visible signs of the invisible grace) SACRAMENTS UNIT IDENTIFYING ITEMS Review Baptism II3 water Introduce marriage. II3 rings and crowns Review Communion and preparation III2 bread and wine Introduce Confession III4 priest's stole Introduce priesthood. V3 Vestments, bishop lays hands on candidate

Bible verses to memorize. UNIT BIBLE I3 John 3:16 I4 Mark 12:30 I5 John 13:35 II2 Eph 6:1 II4 Jesus Prayer III4 Col 3:13 III5 Gal 5:22 V1 Matt 7:12

PAGE TM10 TM14 TM18 TM24 TM 147 TM58 TM62 TM85

BIBLE VERSE For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. If you have love for one another, everyone will know that you are my followers. ...children, obey your parents. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. Forgive one another jus as the Lord has forgiven you. The greatest gift of the Holy Spirit is love. Do for others what you want them to do for you

VOCABULARY: The following words are listed in the lessons' vocabulary. Akathist Hymn IV Communion Marriage II3 Altar table III3 Golden Rule Mayor V2 Archbishop V3 Herod Metropolitan V3 Baptismal Font III3 Leader Miracle II3 Bishop V3 Narthex Nameday V4 Bishop's throne V3 Nave Need I1 Censer II4,III1 Orthodox Palace V2 Chalice III3 Panagia Patriarch V3 Command I5 Respect Pollution V5 Confession III4 Rule President V2 Crucified/Crucifixion III1 Sanctuary Prime Minister V2 Deacon V3 Saints Prosforo IV1 Divine Liturgy III2 Theotokos Romans I4 Evil Spirit I2 Sacrament/Mystery II3 P I a c e s False god VI4 Samaritan IV3 Cana Feast day V4 Savior I2 Judea Fasting III2 Servant II3 Samaria Foolishly II5 Serve IV1 Thessalonika Forgiven II5 Sin III4 P e o p l e Gospel V3 Swear VI4 Adam Holy Communion III2 Symbol III3 Basil Holy Spirit III5 Talents I2 David Icon III3 Wedding II3 Demetrios Incense II4 Additional Wordseither in Eve Jealous V2 lessons or words students Herod Jesus Prayer II4 should know from 1st grade. King Saul Jordan River I3 Christian I5 Nestor Last Supper III2 Crowns II3 Peter

V1 II1 V2

V1 VI1 V4

II3 II1 IV3 I4 I1 IV4 I4 I4 I1 II1 V2 I4 III4

Grade 2-5 RECOMMENDATIONS: 1. Keep a log of Bible verses and Prayers to memorize. 2. Integrate the Feast Days into the schedule as they occur in the liturgical calendar. 3. Utilize the Come Bless the Lord Icon Packet. 4. Utilize the Feast Day Tract Masters 5. Utilize the OCEC's Teaching Pictures. 6. Utilize the Treasury of Blessings Prayer Book. 7. Insure that each child has a prayer book at home and in class. Suggest "Treasury of Blessings." 8. Encourage regular participation in the Liturgy. 9. Celebrate the feast days of the saint in the textbook. This shows the Church's stress on remembering. 10. Focus on the word Pascha rather than Easter as the day of Resurrection. It identifies what actually occured, i.e. Christ led the Christians in Hades to Passover from death to life. 11. Make Hymnology part of every week's lesson so that the students can chant/sing during the Liturgy. Consider forming a Youth choir to learn hymns. Invite choir member to come to class and explain why he/she likes to sing in the choir and when they began singing, and demonstrate singing in the Liturgy. 12. Order the IOCC Prayer Book from the Department of Religious Education. www.religioused.goarch.org 13. Utilize the OCEC's "Making Things Right" to prepare the students for confession. 14. Use the OCEC's Building a Bishop, Priest & Deacon. PARENTS' PACKET ­ Parts of it should complement the Progress Report. 1. Provide the Parents with the following from this textbook Feast Days Saints text of Prayers to memorize texts of Hymns & Songs Services Bible Stories to retell Bible verses to memorize Sacraments/Mysteries 2. List tasks to learn/review such as making the Sign of the Cross, lighting candles, venerating icons, receiving Holy Communion, reciting the Paschal Greeting. 3. List of special projects for the year. 4. Stress the importance of Liturgical worship and list the special services students in this grade should attend Liturgy, Vespers, Holy Wednesday Unction, Holy Friday afternoon, Agape Vespers of Pascha, Baptisms & other mysteries. 5. Provide parents with copies of a. HELPING OUR CHILDREN GROW IN FAITH: What They Can Do, When They Can Do It, and What Parents Can Do To Help! by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. www.phyllisonest.com b. GETTING READY FOR HOLY WEEK & PASCHA: A Guide for Families by Phyllis Meshel Onest, www.phyllisonest.com 6. Provide Parents with the following online sites. a. ORTHODOX FAMILY LIFE Journal, a parish ministry to families. http://www.theologic.com/oflweb b. Center for Family Care, Greek Archdiocese http://family.goarch.org ­ Newsletter, articles, media and more.

Grade 2-6

Church School Progress Report for Second Grade

Loving God ­ Textbook & Songbook

Teachers: Please write the date(s) on which each subject was discussed in class.

Student: Teacher:

School Year: ___________

Hymns & Songs DATE HYMN OR SONG Only Begotten Son We have seen the true light. One is Holy Today the Virgin gives birth Love One Another Theme song St. Demetrios In a Village Called Cana Listen to Your Heart Sam the Samaritan My Name is Bible stories to Retell. DATE BIBLE STORY God loved Adam and Eve The Flight to Egypt The Miracle at Cana The Parable of the Prodigal Son The Last Supper Jesus forgives Peter Feastdays DATE The Parable of the Good Samaritan David and King Saul Moses and the Ten Commandments Parable of the House Built on Rock

UNIT I2 II1 II3 II5 III2 III4 IV3 V2 VI4 VI5

BIBLE REFERENCE Genesis 23 Matthew 2:123 John 2:111 Luke 15:1132 1 Corinthians 11:2325 Matthew 26:3135, 6975; John 21:915 Luke 10:3035 1 Samuel 24:115 Exodus 19, 24 Matthew 7:2427

FEAST DAY Elevation of the Cross Entrance of the Theotokos to the Temple Nativity of Christ Presentation of our Lord Pascha ­ 1st Sun after the spring equinox, after Passover

DATE Sept 14 Nov 21 Dec 25 Feb 2

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE NONE NONE Luke 2:820,Matt 2:112 Luke 22:239

Grade 2-7 Saints DATE SAINT St. Demetrios St. John the Beloved St. Peter St. Basil St. Helen and the Cross UNIT I4 III1 III4 VI4 FD FEAST DAY Oct 26 June 29 Jan 1, Jan 30 May 21

Bible verses to memorize. DATE UNIT SCRIPTURE I3 John 3:16 I4 Mark 12:30

I5 II2 II4 III4 III5 V1

BIBLE VERSE For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. John 13:35 If you have love for one another, everyone will know that you are my followers. Eph 6:1 ...children, obey your parents. Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. Col 3:13 Forgive one another jus as the Lord has forgiven you. Gal 5:22 The greatest gift of the Holy Spirit is love. Matt 7:12 Do for others what you want them to do for you

Mysteries/Sacraments DATE SACRAMENT Baptism Marriage Communion and preparation Confession Priesthood

UNIT II3 II3 III2 III4 V3

GRADE 3-1

What Every Third Grader Should Know After Using Sharing God's World

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3 Grade Objectives, Tasks & Recommendations

Developed by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Director of the Office of Religious Education, Metropolis of Pittsburgh ©2011

Unit 1--God wants us to share · Hospitality means sharing our food and gifts with others. · We also share our feelings, thoughts, and talents with others. · We can share with God by going to church, singing the hymns, and giving to the poor; we should do this out of love. · God made a covenant (promise) to Abraham, who became the father of the Hebrew people. Many years later Jesus was born among the Hebrew people, so all of His followers can share in Abraham's blessings. · All Christians share God's gift of the Law to Moses, the Ten Commandments. Jesus taught that the greatest commandments are to love God with all our hearts, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. · We follow rules so we can live with each other peacefully. · We should give thanks to God and to others for the things they do for us and give to us. Unit 2--Jesus teaches us to share · When Christians "share the good news," they tell others about how Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. · Jesus wants us to be His helpers by helping others. This makes us His disciples, people who bring the good news to others. · The service of the Blessing of the Five Loaves is based on the story of Jesus multiplying the five loaves of bread and four fish with the multitudes. This service reminds us that we should share our food with those who are hungry and have no food. · Jesus made a sacrifice for us, and He teaches that sometimes doing the right thing is not easy, and we may have to make sacrifices, too. Unit 3--The Holy Spirit helps us to share · We received the Holy Spirit at our baptism. The Holy Spirit fills our heart with love and increases our kindness and closeness to each other. · The Holy Spirit helps us to be brave when we're scared, to make good choices, and to say and do the right things, even when others around us do not. Unit 4--Families share · People in families should treat each other with love and share with each other. · Family mealtime can be a special time for families to share with each other.

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Families can pray together before meals, at bedtime, before traveling, or any time. They can pray in their own words or use a prayer book.

Families make and share special memories together. When families remember a special person who has died, the Church has a Memorial Service to pray for the person. His or her memory lives on forever.

GRADE 3-2 Unit 5--We share in Church · In the Divine Liturgy, we share special news about God. · During the first part of the Liturgy, we learn through the Epistle and Gospel readings. These Gospels share stories about Jesus' life The Epistles are letters from the Apostles that help teach us how to live Christian lives. · During the second part of the Divine Liturgy, we offer the gifts of bread and wine to God. The Holy Spirit changes the gifts to the Body and Blood of Christ, to be Holy Communion. · Before receiving, we say the Lord's Prayer. After we receive, we joyfully sing, "We have seen the true light!" · God gave us the gifts of bread and wine; we give them back to God, and He changes them into something lifegiving for us. · When we receive Holy Communion, we are joined to God and to each other as one Church family. · The sacrament of Holy Unction is a special service of healing and forgiveness through God's power. The priest anoints our faces and hands with blessed oil.

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The oil has special healing power, the same way that special lotion can help us heal after a bad sunburn. Being blessed with Holy Oil brings the Holy Spirit into our lives to help us live a healthy and good life.

Water is another wonderful gift from God. We need water to live, to grow, and to clean. Our Church has a special service called the Blessing of the Water. When God blesses the water, it becomes a holy gift for us. Being sprinkled with or drinking holy water reminds us to keep our lives clean and away from sin, and to live God's way.

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Unit 6--Sharing in the world · A missionary is a person who shares the Christian message with others. We can be missionaries anywhere by sharing our faith with others. · God shared His love with us by sending His Son; we can share our love with others, too. · We should share the things we have with others who don't have as much. · Justice means being fair to others and doing what is right. We can work for justice by standing up for people who are excluded and helping them to be treated fairly. Feast Days · On Christmas, we remember that God shared His Son with us, and we should share what we have with others. · On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the use of icons in the Church. We don't worship icons; icons help us to worship God and Christ. · On Easter [Pascha ­ pmo], we celebrate that Christ resurrected from the dead after three days. · Forty days after Easter, Christ went up to Heaven; this is the feast of the Ascension.

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Fifty days after Easter, Christ sent the Holy Spirit to His disciples. They were then able to share the good news with anyone in the world.

GRADE 3-3

3rd Grade Objectives & Tasks

Text: Sharing God's World

Retell the stories of the Feast Days in this textbook by using the icon. FEAST DAY UNIT DATE Nativity of the Lord VII1 Dec 5 Sunday of Orthodoxy VII2 1st Sunday of Great Lent Pascha VII3 1st Sunday after the Spring Equinox, after Passover Ascension VII4 40 days after Pascha Pentecost III1; VII5 50 days after Pascha

Hymns & Songs in this Textbook. Identify or sing the Hymn, state if the event occurs in Scripture. HYMN OR SONG UNIT PAGE: P or TM The Wealthy can become Poor (blessing of the II3 P47, 164; TM154 loaves) the Troparion of the Nativity of Our Lord VII1 P153,164; TM125,156 Your Birth O Christ Recognize the Troparion for Sunday of Orthodoxy P155;TM 130 We Venerate Your Holy Icon Recognize This is the Day from Pascha P159;TM133 Recognize the Troparion for the Ascension P161;TM140 the Troparion of PentecostBlessed Are You O P164;TM143, 157 Christ Praise the Lord V2 P165, TM155 Sharing in the Giving ­ Theme Song P165;TM147148 There's nothing that God Cannot Do P166; TM149 Give Thanks P167; TM151153

Retell the Bible stories in this Textbook. BIBLE STORY The Hospitality of Abraham Cain & Abel The Call of Abraham The Hebrews build a Tabernacle Jesus Begins His Ministry in the Synagogue The Call of the Disciples & the Great Catch of Fish Jesus Feeds 5000 People The Crucifixion of Jesus Pentecost Peter & John preach The Conversion of Saul Isaac, Jacob and Esau Cornelius and Peter The Travels of St Paul

UNIT I1 I2 I3 I4 II1 II2 II3 II4 III1 III2 III4 IV1 IV3 VI1

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE Genesis 18:115 Genesis 4:16 Genesis 12 Exodus 1516 Luke 4: 422 Luke 5:111, John 6:114 Mark 14:3215:24 Acts of the Apostles 2:4 Acts of the Apostles 3:142 Acts of the Apostles 9:119 Genesis 25:193 Acts 10

GRADE 3-4 Prayers to be memorized with each Unit. UNIT PRAYER Unit I Psalm 100 Unit II Unit III Unit IV Unit V Unit VI Come let us worship O Heavenly King Most Holy Theotokos We praise You, we bless You Litany

PAGE: TM TM7 TM28 TM46 TM65 TM97 TM107

Bible verses to memorize in this book. One verse per unit. UNIT SCRIPTURE UNIT BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE I2 Mk 12:31 TM7 You shall love your neighbor as yourself. II1 Jn 3:16 TM28 For God so loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. III1 Acts 1:8 TM46 You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. IV1 Eph 4:32 TM65 Be kind and tender hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you, through Christ. V3 James 1:17 TM97 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights. VI1 Matt 5:16 TM106 Let you light shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Retell the story the Saints in this textbook. SAINT DATE UNIT St Stephen Dec 27 III3 St Paul June 30 III4 St. Polycarp of Smyrna Feb 23 IV4 Ss. Cosmas & Damian Nov 1 VI2 St. Nicholas Dec 6 VI3 List the symbols (visible signs of the invisible grace) of the mysteries/ sacraments presented in this Textbook. SACRAMENT UNIT SYMBOL Baptism III1 water Communion V2 bread & wine Holy Oil V3 oil Holy Water V4 water

GRADE 3-5 VOCABULARY Glossary [Pupil's Book] PB168169. FD=FEAST DAY section of the TM [Teacher's Manual]

Anoint V3 Apostles III1 Ascend FD4 Ascension FD4 Chanter V3 Council FD2 Covenant I3 Epistle IV5 Faith VI1 Fishers of People II2 God's law I4 Gospel Book IV5 Governor II4 Great Lent FD2 Holy Oil V3 Holy Unction V3 Holy Unmercenaries VI2 Hospitality I1 Justice VI4 Kindness VI2 Liturgy V1 Martyr III3 Memory IV4 Mercenary VI2 Mission VI1 Missionary VI1 Pentecost III1/FD5 Prayer VI2 Prayer Book IV3 Rejoice FD1 Righteous VI4 Seminary I3 Sermon on the Mount V5 Synagogue II1 Tabernacle I5 Unction V3 Venerate FD2

ADDITIONAL WORDS Angels FD1 Chalice Chrismation Commandment I4 Communion V2 Icon FD2 Iconostasion Kolyva IV4 Narthex Nave Orthodox Pascha/ Easter FD3 Priest Proskomidia V2 Sanctuary Sun. of Orthodoxy FD2 Theotokos S E R V I C E S Blessing of loaves II3 Blessing of Water V4 Memorial Service IV4 P E O P L E Abel I2 Abraham I2 Ananias III4 Andrew II2 Cain I2 Christ II1 Cornelius IV3 Cosmas VI2 Damian VI2 Esau IV1 Empress Irene FD2 Isaac IV1

Jacob IV1 James II2 John III2 Moses I4 Nicholas VI3 Paul III2 Peter III2 Polycarp IV4 Pontius Pilate II4 Rebecca IV1 Sarah I2 Saul II4 Stephen III3 Empress Theodora FD2 P L A C E S Aegean Sea VI1 Asia Minor IV4 Athens VI1 Caesarea IV3 Canaan I1 ChurchSt Sophia FD2 Corinth VI1 Cyprus Damascus III4 Golgotha II4 Mount Sinai I4 Myra VI3 Philippi VI1 Sea of Galilee II2 Smyrna IV4 Syria VI1 Troas VI1

GRADE 3-6 RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Keep a log of Bible verses and Prayers to memorize. 2. Integrate the Feast day lessons as they occur in the liturgical calendar. 3. Utilize the Come Bless the Lord Icon Packet. 4. Utilize the Feast Day Tract Masters 5. Utilize the OCEC's Teaching Pictures. 6. Utilize the Treasury of Blessings Prayer Book. 7. Insure that each child has a prayer book at home and in class. Suggest "Treasury of Blessings." 8. Utilize maps in the Pupil's books. Point out the areas where events happened. 9. Encourage regular participation in the Liturgy. 10. Celebrate the feast days of the saint discussed in the textbook, which shows the Church's emphasis on remembering. 11. Focus on the word Pascha rather than Easter as the day of Resurrection. It identifies what actually occured, i.e. Christ led the Christians in Hades Passover from death to life. 12. Make Hymnology part of every week's lesson so that the students can chant/sing during the Liturgy. Consider forming a Youth choir to learn hymns. Invite choir member to come to class and explain why he/she likes to sing in the choir and when they began singing, and demonstrate singing in the Liturgy. 13. Order the IOCC Prayer Book from the Department of Religious Education. www.religioused.goarch.org 14. Personal confession is age appropriate for third graders. Make sure the parish offers an opportunity for young people to confess their sins. PARENTS' PACKET ­ Parts of it should complement the Progress Report. 1. Provide the Parents with the following from this textbook Feast Days Saints text of Prayers to memorize texts of Hymns & Songs Services Bible Stories to retell Bible verses to memorize Sacraments/Mysteries 2. List tasks to learn/review such as making the Sign of the Cross, lighting candles, venerating icons, receiving Holy Communion, reciting the Paschal Greeting. 3. List of special projects for the year. 4. Stress the importance of Liturgical worship and list the special services students in this grade should attend Liturgy, Vespers, Holy Wednesday Unction, Holy Friday afternoon, Agape Vespers of Pascha, Baptisms & other mysteries. 5. Provide parents with copies of a. HELPING OUR CHILDREN GROW IN FAITH: What They Can Do, When They Can Do It, and What Parents Can Do To Help! by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. www.phyllisonest.com b. GETTING READY FOR HOLY WEEK & PASCHA: A Guide for Families by Phyllis Meshel Onest, www.phyllisonest.com 6. Provide Parents with the following online sites. a. ORTHODOX FAMILY LIFE Journal, a parish ministry to families. http://www.theologic.com/oflweb b. Center for Family Care, Greek Archdiocese http://family.goarch.org ­ Newsletter, articles, media and more.

GRADE 3-7

Church School Progress Report for Third Grade

Text: Sharing God's World

Teachers: Please write the date(s) on which each subject was discussed in class. Student: School Year: Teachers:

Feastdays in this Textbook DATE FEAST DAY Nativity of the Lord Sunday of Orthodoxy Pascha

Ascension Pentecost Saints in this Textbook DATE SAINT FEAST DAY UNIT St Stephen Dec 27 III3 St Paul June 30 III4 St. Polycarp of Smyrna Feb 23 IV4 Ss. Cosmas & Damian Nov 1 VI2 St. Nicholas Dec 6 VI3 Prayers in this Textbook to memorize DATE UNIT PRAYER Unit I Psalm 100 Unit II Come let us worship Unit III O Heavenly King Unit IV Most Holy Theotokos Unit V We praise You, we bless You Unit VI Litany Hymns & Songs in this Textbook to be learned DATE HYMN OR SONG UNIT The Wealthy can become Poor (blessing of the loaves) II3 Troparion of the Nativity of Our Lord VII1 Recognize the Troparion for Sunday of Orthodoxy Recognize This is the Day from Pascha Recognize the Troparion for the Ascension Troparion of Pentecost Praise the Lord V2 Sharing in the Giving There's nothing that God Cannot Do Give Thanks

DATE Dec 25 1st Sun of Great Lent 1st Sun after the Spring Equinox, after Passover 40 day after Pascha 50 days after Pascha

GRADE 3-8 Scripture ­ Bible stories in this Textbook DATE BIBLE STORY UNIT SCRIPTURE REFERENCE Hospitality of Abraham I1 Genesis 18:115 Cain & Abel I2 Genesis 4:16 The Call of Abraham I3 Genesis 12 Hebrews build a Tabernacle I4 Exodus 1516 Jesus Begins His Ministry in the II1 Luke 4: 422 Synagogue The Call of the Disciples & the Great II2 Luke 5:111 Catch of Fish Jesus Feeds 5000 People II3 John 6: 114 The Crucifixion of Jesus II4 Mark 14:3215:24 Pentecost III1 Acts of the Apostles 2:4 Peter & John preach III2 Acts of the Apostles 3:142 The Conversion of Saul III4 Acts of the Apostles 9:119 Isaac, Jacob and Esau IV1 Genesis 25:193 Cornelius and Peter IV3 Acts 10 The Travels of St Paul VI1 Scripture verses to Memorize DATE UNIT SCRIPTURE ACTUAL BIBLE VERSES I2 Mk 12:31 You shall love your neighbor as yourself. II1 Jn 3:16 For God so loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life. III1 Acts 1:8 You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. IV1 Eph 4:32 Be kind and tender hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you, through Christ. V3 James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights. VI1 Matt 5:16 Let you light shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. Mysteries/Sacraments & Services in this Textbook Date Sacrament Unit Visible sign of invisible grace Baptism III1 water Communion V2 bread & wine Holy Oil V3 oil Holy Water V4 water

Grade 4-1

What Every Fourth Grader Should Know After Using Growing With God

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4 Grade Objectives, Tasks & Recommendations

Developed by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Director of the Office of Religious Education, Metropolis of Pittsburgh ©2011

Unit 1--We grow as we worship God · When we see the beauty of the world God has made, we praise, thank, and worship Him. · We worship the one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons: The Father is the Creator of everything we can see and cannot see. The Son is Jesus, who taught us how to live God's way, died, and rose to save us. The Holy Spirit is the power of God, which came upon the Virgin Mary, filled the disciples, and helps us to love God and one another. · The most important way we worship God is through the Divine Liturgy, which means "holy work of the people." Our work is to praise and worship God. · Part of this work is listening to the Epistle and Gospel readings, which teach us about Christ and guide us in living a Christian life. · We offer the gifts of bread and wine to God in the Liturgy. God blesses, or consecrates them, making them the Body and Blood of Christ. · When we come to Liturgy, we can bring many gifts: prosforo, wine, lighting a candle, contributing money to the church, and incense or olive oil to be used in the worship. · When we receive Holy Communion, we are joined to Christ and to each other. Christ forgives us and helps us to forgive others. Unit 2--We grow as we learn God's word · Over many centuries, God inspired people to write books of God's message, and they were put together as Holy Scripture, or the Holy Bible. · Jesus read the Bible and taught people to follow its message. After He died and rose, His disciples wrote about Him, and these writings were added to the Bible. · The Old Testament tells the history of the Hebrew people and has the Ten Commandments. · The New Testament tells about Christ, the Apostles, and the first Christians. · When we read the Old Testament, we believe that the promises of the prophets refer to Christ, and that the Passover lamb is a symbol of Christ. · The New Testament is made up of several types of books: the four Gospels, which tell about the life of Christ; the Acts of the Apostles, which tell about the first Christians; the Epistles, which were letters written from Apostles to other Christians; and the book of Revelation, which tells about the coming of God's kingdom. · When we obey what we read in the Bible, we grow as Christians. Unit 3--We grow through prayer and fasting · When we pray, we communicate with God, by thanking Him, praising Him, and asking for His help. · Jesus prayed both by Himself and with His disciples. · We also must pray alone and with others. · God always answers our prayers, even if He does not give the answer we expect or want. When we don't get something we ask for from Him, He may have other plans for us.

Grade 4-2 · When we fast, we do not eat certain foods at certain times. We should also fast from doing and saying wrong things. This helps us control what we eat, say, and do. Fasting should help us focus more on prayer. Our Church tells us we should fast on Wednesdays and Fridays and before Feast Days. We should fast, but we must also be healthy; our priest, parents, and teachers can help us decide how we will fast in the best way. Great Lent is a journey that starts forty days before Easter. It is an important time for prayer, fasting, and doing good deeds, which prepares us to celebrate the great feast. On Wednesdays during Great Lent, our Churches celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. On Fridays, we celebrate the service of the Salutations to the Theotokos. We sing the Akathist hymn, which means "without sitting."

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Unit 4--We grow as an Orthodox family · A family begins when God unites two people in marriage. During the wedding service, the bride and groom wear rings that symbolize their commitment to each other. · They wear crowns on their heads to symbolize God's blessing upon them. · God teaches that when two people get married, they are now like one person, and they must work together for their family to live God's way, through both the easy and the hard times. · Some marriages end in divorce. Sometimes one spouse dies. A person may marry again, and sometimes that forms a blended family. · Some people never get married, but they are still part of a family. · Children are a gift from God. They have qualities from their parents, and from God. · God's image is in every person. · Some families adopt children. · We become Christians through Holy Baptism and Chrismation. · Parents ask close friends or relatives to be godparents to their child, to help raise him or her as a Christian. Blessed water and oil are important symbols in the sacrament. · The new Christian is anointed with chrism, or special oil. · These two sacraments mean the child has joined the Orthodox Church. · We all sin. God forgives us through our repentance: we admit our wrong, ask God for forgiveness, and sincerely try not to do the same thing again. · When we sin against each other as family or friends, we should ask them for forgiveness. Unit 5--We grow as Orthodox Christians · No matter how old we are, we should honor our parents. · Many people, like priests, teachers, doctors, and neighbors, help us to grow. · God has given each of us different talents that we can use in our own ways to serve Him and each other. · The Orthodox Church has many people who lead and serve: o The bishop leads a diocese (metropolis), or a group of parishes in the same area. o The priest is the leader of a parish. o The parish council is a group of people who help make decisions to serve the people of the parish. o The Philoptochos Society means "friends of the poor." They raise money to help poor people and support the Church's work.

Grade 4-3 Unit 6--The Church grows in the world · The saints of our Church have taught us, by their example, that having faith in Christ can bring great courage, generosity to the poor, and Christian unity. · Missionaries in our Church travel to other lands and spread the Christian message. · Different Orthodox churches may have different customs, but the faith is the same. · At our Chrismation, we receive the Holy Spirit, which gives each of us different talents to serve the Church in our own ways. Feast Days · Before the Virgin Mary was born, her parents Joachim and Anna prayed for many years to have a child, and God blessed them. The Church celebrates Mary's birth on September 8, the Nativity of the Theotokos. · On August 15, the Church celebrates the Dormition of the Theotokos, when Mary fell asleep, died, and joined her Son, Jesus. From August 1 to 15, we prepare for this day with prayer and fasting. · On June 29, our Church celebrates the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter was the leader of the twelve disciples, and was martyred in Rome. Paul was once a persecutor of Christians, but after he converted, he preached the Christian message in many lands and wrote letters to the Christians there to encourage them. · Jesus chose twelve men to be His disciples. After Pentecost, they all traveled around the world. We remember all of them on June 30; we prepare for this feast day with prayer and fasting. · On August 6, the Church celebrates the Transfiguration of Christ, when His divine light shone to show His glory, and that He is God as well as man.

Grade 4-4

4th Grade Objectives & Tasks

Text: Growing with God

Hymns & Songs to learn from this Textbook: HYMNS & SONGS UNIT PAGES: PUPIL & TM The Doxology I2 P162, TM1589 O Champion Leader (Sung at Salutations & Akathist P163, TM160 Those who have been baptized into Christ IV3 P163, TM161 Growing with God Theme song TM154, P164 Sing to the Lord TM156, P165 What Can I Do? TM157, P165 Retell the Bible stories in this Textbook BIBLE STORY UNIT BIBLE VERSES The Passover Story II2 Exodus 1, 5, 1112 Jesus cleanses the Temple II3 John 2:1316 Parable of the Sower II4 Luke 8:48 Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness III3 Matthew 4:111 Moses Draws Water from the Rock III5 Exodus 17 The Life of John the Baptist IV2 Luke 1:523; Matthew 3:115 Repentance of David IV4 2 Samuel 11; 12:117 Ruth and Naomi V1 Ruth 1:118 Timothy V2 Learn about the Saints in this textbook. Retell their story and list his/her feast day. SAINTS UNIT FEAST DAYS St. Vladimir I2 July 15 St John the Baptist I2 Jan 7, Aug 29 St. Ephraim the Syrian III2 Jan 28 St . Timothy I22 May 2 St. Romanos the Melodist V3 Oct 1 St. Katherine V4 Nov 25 St. Andrew V5 Nov 30 St. Ignatius VI1 Dec 20 St. John the Almsgiver VI2 Nov 12 SS. Cyril & Methodios VI3 May 11 St. Innocent VI4 March 23 Review the Major Feast Days in this textbook. Tell the story of each by using the icon. NOTES FEAST DAY UNIT DATE PAGES: TM & PUPIL Nativity of the Theotokos IV2 Sept 8 TM142, P1523 Dormition of the III4 Aug 15 TM145, P1545 15day Lenten period Theotokos SS Peter & Paul V5 June 29 TM247, P1567 Lenten period varies Twelve Apostles V5 June 30 TM147, P1578 Transfiguration of the Lord IV4 Aug 6 TM180, P160161 Matthew 17:19

Grade 4-5 Prayers to be memorized in each Unit of Study in this Textbook: UNIT PRAYER PAGE: TM I Doxology TM1 II Prayer recited before the Gospel reading TM25 III Prayer of St. Ephraim TM50 IV Trisagion TM75 & 76 V O Heavenly King TM95 VI The Lord's Prayer TM122 Bible Verses to memorize in this Textbook. All listed on page ix of TM. UNIT BIBLE REFERENCE BIBLE VERSE I Psalm 100: 14 Sing to the Lord, all the world! Worship the Lord with joy; come before Him with happy songs! Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to Him; we are His people, we are his flock. Enter the Temple with thanksgiving; go into it with praise. Give thanks to him and praise Him. II Psalm 118:105 Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. II Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go to your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. IV 1Corintians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud. V 1Corinthians 12, 4,7 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit gives them. The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. VI Matthew 28: 1920 Go then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. I will be with you always, to the end of the age. Enumerate the visible signs of the invisible grace in each of the following mysteries/ sacraments presented in this Textbook. SACRAMENT LESSON SYMBOLS Communion I4 Bread & wine Marriage IV1 Rings & crowns Baptism IV3 Water Chrismation IV3 Oilchrism Review Holy Oil/Unction oil RepentanceConfession IV4 priest's stole Ordination V5 the bishop lays his hands on the man to be ordained

Grade 4-6 VOCABULARY: Glossary pp. 166169. FD=FEAST DAY section of the TM [Teacher's Manual] Acts of the Apostles II3 Byzantium Philoptochos V5 Aleut VI4 Kiev Philoxenia VI4 Almsgiving V2 Moravia Philoxenia House VI4 Blended family IV1 Preach III4 II2 Communication III1 Prophets PEOPLE Psalms II2 Consecrate I3 Athenagoras Repentance IV4 Creator I1 Barnabas Revelation II4 Creed 13 Bartholomew Salutations III5 Custom VI3 Bathsheba Scroll V3 Diocese VI1 Chilion Slavonic VI3 Divorce IV1 Cyril Slavs VI3 Exodus II2 Elijah Sower II4 Famine V1 Elimelech IV3 Synagogue III1 Godparent Ephraim Great Entrance I3 Temptation III3 Ignatios Great Lent III5 Testament II1 Innocent Holy Bible II1 Torah II2 James, son Holy Chrism IV3 Tradition VI1 of Alphaeus Holy Myron IV3 Trisagion I2 Judas Iscariot Holy Scripture II1 Vision FD Katherine Holy Trinity I1 Worship I1 Mahlon Honor V1 Matthias Image IV2 ADDITIONAL WORDS Methodios Liturgy I2 Altar Naomi Melodist V3 Almsgiving Nathan Mercy I2 Apostolos/Epistle Orpah VI3 Monastery Bible Philip Monk VI3 Chant Romanos Nativity FD153 Chrism Ruth Nave I3 Simon Narthex New Testament II1 the Patriot Pascha Old Testament II1 Thaddeus Patriarch Ordain VI1 Theophoros Prayer Parable II4 Thomas Sanctuary Parish council V1 Timothy Theotokos Passover II2 Uriah Persecute V4 Vladimir PLACES Pharaoh II2 Alexandria V4

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I4 III4 IV4 IV4 V1 VI3 FD V1 III2 VI1 VI4 FD,T157 FD,T157 V4 V1 FD,T157 VI3 VI IV4 V1 FD,T157 V3 VI FD,T157 FD,T157 VI1 FD T147 V2 IV4 I2

Grade 4-7 RECOMMENDATIONS: 1. Keep a log of Bible verses and Prayers to memorize. 2. Integrate the Feast Days as they occur during the year. Utilize the icon, hymn and scripture reading. 3. Utilize the Come Bless the Lord Icon Packet. 4. Utilize the Feast Day Tract Masters 5. Utilize the OCEC's Teaching Pictures. 6. Utilize the Treasury of Blessings Prayer Book. 7. Insure that each child has a prayer book at home and in class. Suggest "Treasury of Blessings." 8. Utilize maps in the Pupil's books. Point out the areas where events happened. 9. Encourage regular participation in the Liturgy. 10. Celebrate the feast days of the saint in the textbook. This shows the Church's stress on remembering. 11. Focus on the word Pascha rather than Easter as the day of Resurrection. It identifies what actually occured, i.e. Christ led the Christians in Hades Passover from death to life 12. Make Hymnology part of every week's lesson so that the students can chant/sing during the Liturgy. Consider forming a Youth choir to learn hymns. Invite choir member to come to class and explain why he/she likes to sing in the choir and when they began singing, and demonstrate singing in the Liturgy. 13. Order the IOCC Prayer Book from the Department of Religious Education. www.religioused.goarch.org 14. Personal confession is age appropriate for 4th graders. Make sure the parish offers an opportunity for young people to confess their sins. PARENTS' PACKET ­ Parts of it should complement the Progress Report. 1. Provide the Parents with the following from this textbook Services Feast Days Bible Stories to retell Saints Bible verses to memorize text of Prayers to memorize texts of Hymns & Songs Sacraments/Mysteries 2. List tasks to learn/review such as making the Sign of the Cross, lighting candles, venerating icons, receiving Holy Communion, reciting the Paschal Greeting. 3. List of special projects for the year. 4. Stress the importance of Liturgical worship and list the special services students in this grade should attend Liturgy, Vespers, Holy Wednesday Unction, Holy Friday afternoon, Agape Vespers of Pascha, Baptisms & other mysteries. 5. Provide parents with copies of a. HELPING OUR CHILDREN GROW IN FAITH: What They Can Do, When They Can Do It, and What Parents Can Do To Help! by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. www.phyllisonest.com b. GETTING READY FOR HOLY WEEK & PASCHA: A Guide for Families by Phyllis Meshel Onest, www.phyllisonest.com 6. Provide Parents with the following online sites. a. ORTHODOX FAMILY LIFE Journal, a parish ministry to families. http://www.theologic.com/oflweb b. Center for Family Care, Greek Archdiocese http://family.goarch.org ­ Newsletter, articles, media and more.

Grade 4-8

Church School Progress Report for Fourth Grade

Student: Teachers: Text: Growing with God School Year:

Feastdays in this Textbook Date Note Date Feast Day Unit Nativity of the Theotokos IV2 Sept 8 Dormition of the Theotokos III4 Aug 15 15day Lenten period SS Peter & Paul V5 June 29 Lenten period varies Twelve Apostles V5 June 30 Transfiguration of the Lord IV4 Aug 6 Matthew 17:19 Saints in this Textbook Date Saint Unit Feast Date St. Vladimir I2 July 15 St John the Baptist I2 Jan 7, Aug 29 St. Ephraim the Syrian III2 Jan 28 St . Timothy I22 May 2 St. Romanos the Melodist V3 Oct 1 St. Katherine V4 Nov 25 St. Andrew V5 Nov 30 St. Ignatius VI1 Dec 20 St. John the Almsgiver VI2 Nov 12 SS. Cyril & Methodios VI3 May 11 St. Innocent VI4 March 23 Prayers to Memorize Date Unit Prayer Unit I Doxology Unit II Prayer recited before the Gospel reading Unit III Prayer of St. Ephraim Unit IV Trisagion Unit V O Heavenly King Unit VI The Lord's Prayer Hymns & Songs Date Hymn or Song Unit or Service The Doxology I2 O Champion Leader (Sung at Salutations & Akathist Those who have been baptized into Christ IV3 Growing with God Theme song Sing to the Lord What Can I Do?

Grade 4-9 Scripture: Bible stories in this Textbook to retell. Date Bible Story Unit Scripture reference Passover Story II2 Exodus 1, 5, 1112 Jesus cleanses the Temple II3 John 2:1316 Parable of the Sower II4 Luke 8:48 Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness III3 Matthew 4:111 Moses Draws Water from the Rock III5 Exodus 17 The Life of John the Baptist IV2 Luke 1:523; Matthew. 3:115 Repentance of David IV4 2 Samuel 11; 12:117 Ruth and Naomi V1 Ruth 1:118 Scriptures: Bible Verses to memorize in this Textbook. Date Unit Bible Verses Bible text Unit 1 Psalm 100:14 Sing to the Lord, all the world! Worship the Lord with joy; come before Him with happy songs! Know that the Lord is God. He made us, and we belong to Him; we are His people, we are his flock. Enter the Temple with thanksgiving; go into it with praise. Give thanks to him and praise Him. Unit 2 Psalm 118:105 Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path. Unit 3 Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go to your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Unit 4 1Corintians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud. Unit 5 1Corinthians 12:4,7 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit gives them. The Spirit's presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all. Unit 6 Matthew 28:1920 Go then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. I will be with you always, to the end of the age. Mysteries Date

Sacrament Communion Marriage Baptism Chrismation Review Holy Oil/Unction RepentanceConfession Ordination

Unit I4 IV1 IV3 IV3 IV4 V5

Symbol of the Sacrament Bread & wine Rings & crowns Water Oilchrism oil priest's stole laying on of the bishop's hands.

Grade 5-1

What Every Fifth Grader Should Know After Using God Calls Us

Developed by The Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, updated 2011 th

5 Grade Objectives, Tasks & Recommendations

Developed by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Director of the Office of Religious Education, Metropolis of Pittsburgh ©2011

Unit 1--God calls us to faith · When we put our trust in God even when we are afraid, we have faith. · The Bible has many stories about people with strong faith in God. · We all struggle with our faith, to know what God wants for our lives. · Faith helps us to improve at the things we do and to try without fear. · Faith gives us courage to use our strengths and to help other people. · God has always been faithful to His people. He gave us the gift of the Ten Commandments to show His love and care for how we live our lives. Unit 2--God calls us to holiness · Since we are all created in the image and likeness of God, we should be pure and holy. · We can do things to remind ourselves of God's presence and holiness, such as lighting candles, venerating icons, and censing our homes. · To help us make choices, we should ask ourselves what God would want us to do. · Ethics are rules that help us know the difference between right and wrong. · People who are righteous do what is right, and they obey what God tells them. · God calls us to speak the truth and live honestly. · God's prophets spoke the truth, even if it was hard for others to hear. · Even if many other things in our lives change, God will always love us. · When we sin, we break our relationship with God. We can restore this in the sacrament of Confession, by asking for forgiveness and repenting from our sins. · The books of Psalms and Proverbs teach us holiness. Unit 3--God calls us to His kingdom · Mary is called "Theotokos," which means "the one who gave birth to God." · She was an example of obedience and love; we ask her to pray for us, knowing that Jesus will listen to her in a special way. · We celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25. · John the Baptist was Jesus' cousin and a prophet who announced that people must repent and prepare for Jesus' coming. · The last three years of Jesus' life are His ministry, or service to others. He was about thirty years old. · We believe that Jesus is both divine and human. He lived like us and He lived God's way, bringing the Kingdom of God. · The Good News is that with the Kingdom of God, we are all free from our sins. · Jesus taught people to treat others with love, forgive, share with the poor, not to judge, and to trust in God. · During His ministry, Jesus healed people and showed many other miracles. · Jesus chose twelve disciples to help him preach and heal. · Some of the leaders became angry at Jesus and planned to kill Him. He knew that He must die and rise on the third day to save us from the powers of sin and death.

Grade 5-2 ·

· Unit 4--God calls us to His Church · St. Peter called the Christians to be "living stones" to build the Church. We can work together to keep our Church strong. · St. Paul taught that the Church is the Body of Christ, and each person is an important part. Jesus has given each of us special "Gifts of Service" to do Christ's work. · Everyone in the Church has special talents. · Monastics are God's spiritual athletes because they dedicate all of their time and energy to Christ through a simple life of prayer. · The fathers of the early Church, such as St. Athanasios, St. Basil, and St. Gregory the Theologian, taught about the faith. Unit 5--God calls us to serve · You can be a witness to Christ by standing up for your beliefs and living according to your Orthodox faith. · Working for justice means helping those who are in need or who are treated unfairly. · We are called to sacrifice for others, to give unselfishly. · We are called to encourage others who are struggling. Unit 6--God calls us to new life · Every year, the Lenten journey prepares us for Christ's Resurrection, through fasting and prayer. · The four Sundays before Great Lent help to prepare us: Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee; Sunday of the Prodigal Son; MeatFare Sunday (Sunday of the Last Judgment); CheeseFare Sunday (Sunday of Forgiveness). · Each Sunday during the forty days of Lent, we remember the holy cross and many holy people whose lives teach us the way of prayer and repentance. · Jesus teaches us to bear our cross, or our hardships, with faith in God, and that freedom means doing what God wants. · Lent is also a time to think about how we can better live up to God's way. · During Lent, we celebrate Presanctified Liturgies and the Akathist Hymn, which praises the Theotokos. · The Prayer of St. Ephraim is a humble prayer that helps us to be more loving in our relationships with others and with God. · Setting aside a daily time and place for prayer is important for spiritual growth. · During Holy Week, we remember the last earthly days of Christ. Our services remind us that Christ loves us, suffered for us, died, and rose from the dead for us.

Both the Old and New Testaments teach us how God gives salvation. Those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God will be saved through Him. God will judge each of us, by how much we loved and cared for others.

Grade 5-3

5th Grade Objectives & Tasks

Text: God Calls Us

Hymns & Songs in this Textbook. HYMNS & SONGS

O Lord Save Your People Holy, Holy, Holy Memory Eternal We Praise You Christ is Risen Hear the Lord I Believe (The Creed)

UNIT

I3,5 II1 V2,4 VI3 VI4 Theme song IV5

PAGES IN TM

TM215 TM216217 TM220 TM221 TM222 TM214 TM218219

Retell the Bible stories in this Textbook. BIBLE STORIES

Sacrifice of Isaac Story of Jacob Joseph and His Brothers Moses and the Burning Bush The Exodus & 10 Commandments Joshua and the Promised Land Story of Gideon Story of Solomon's Wisdom The Story of Elijah Story of Ezra and Nehemiah The Book of Psalms The Book of Proverbs The Annunciation The Sermon on the Mount Jesus Heals the Blind Man The Parable of the Last Judgment St. Philip the Deacon & the Ethiopian The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee The Passion of Christ and the Resurrection

UNIT

I1 II2 I3 I4 I5 II1 II2 II3 II4 II5 III1 III3 III4 III6 IV3 IV4 IV4

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE

Gen 22:119 Gen 25, 27, 32, 33 Genesis 37, 3946 Exodus 15 Exodus 712, 14, 1920 Numbers 1314, Joshua 34 Judges 67 1 Kings 3 1 Kings 1618, 2 Kings 2 Books of Ezra & Nehemiah Luke 1:2656, 2:120 Matthew 57 John 9:138 Matthew 25:3146 Acts 6:17, 8:2640 Luke 18:914

Retell the stories about the Saints in this textbook and list their feast days. SAINT UNIT FEAST DATE

Theotokos St. Peter St. Paul St. Philip the Deacon St. Anthony Church Father: Athanasios Church Father: Basil Church Father: Gregory the Theologian St. Maximos the Confessor St. Philothei St. Herman St. Nectarios St. Gregory Palamas, St. John of the Ladder St. Mary of Egypt III1 IV1 IV1 IV3 IV4 IV5 IV5 IV5 V1 V2 V3 V4 VI2 VI2 VI2 Sept 8. Nov 21, Mar 25, Aug 15 June 29 June 29 Oct 11 Jan 17 Jan 13 Jan 1, Jan 30 Jan 30 Jan 21 Feb 19 Aug 9 Nov 9 2nd Sunday of Lent 4th Sunday of Lent 5th Sunday of Lent

Grade 5-4 Review the Major Feast Days in this textbook. Tell the story of each by using the icon. SCRIPTURE REFERENCE FEAST DAY DATE

Annunciation Theophany Pentecost III1 March 25 III2 Jan 6 IV1, VI1 50 days after Pascha/Easter

Sacraments/Mysteries­ list the symbols (visible signs of the invisible grace) for each sacrament in this Textbook. SACRAMENTS UNIT IDENTIFYING ITEMS

Confession Ordination. II5 IV3 Stole Laying on of hands by the bishop

Prayers to memorize in each Unit in this Textbook . UNIT PRAYER

I II III IV V VI from Psalm 371 Trust in the Lord and do good... from Psalm 10613 Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord... Rejoice! Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, ... Christ our Lord, You came among Your Disciples... from Psalm 118 The Lord is my strength & my song ... Prayer of St. Ephraim

PAGES IN TM

TM2 TM42 TM83 TM127 TM160 TM186

Bible verses to memorize in this book. One verse per unit. UNIT BIBLE PAGE BIBLE VERSE

I II III IV Heb 11:1 TM1 Ps 111:9 Lk 2:11 1Pet 3:15 TM41 TM83 TM126 To have faith is to be sure of he things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. He set His people free and made an eternal covenant with them, Holy and mighty is He! This very day in David's town your Savior was Born, Christ the Lord! Have reverence for Christ in your hearts & honor Him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you. Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you.

V VI

Eph 4:15 TM159 Matt 6:14 TM185

Grade 5-5 VOCABULARYGlossary Words in this textbook. pp.164167. *Italicized words are or refer to people.

Abbess Abbot Acolyte Amen Ark of the Covenant Ascetic Atheist Axios Blessed Blessing *Bridegroom Cense CheeseFare Sunday Clean Monday Confessor Convent Covenant Doubt Ethics Exile Exodus Faith Holy Humble Islam Justice MeatFare Sunday Ministry Miracle Monastics *Moslems Nun Ordain *Panagia Passion Patriarch Petition Pharisee Prophet Prostration Publican V4 V1 VI3 III2 II1 IV4 V1 IV3 III3 I3 VI4 II1 VI1 VI1 V1 V2 I1 I1 II3 II5 I5 I5 II1 III2 V2 V2 VI1 VI2 III2 III4 IV4 I3 IV4 IV3 III2 VI4 I1 III6 VI1 II4 VI3 VI1 Rabbi Racism *Redeemer Righteous Sacrifice Salvation Scribe Soul St Ephraim's Prayer Theologian *Theotokos Wilderness Will Witness

III3 V2 III5 II3 I5 III5 II5 V3 VI3 III1 IIIFD I3 V1 V1

ADDITIONAL WORDS Apostolos Basil Chant Church Father Clean Monday Epiphany / Theophany Epitaphios Forerunner Mary of Egypt Pantocrator Pascha/Easter Pentecost Proverbs Psalms Psalter Repentance

SERVICES Akathist Hymn Presanctified Liturgy PEOPLE Aaron Ahab Anthony Asherah Athanasius

VI VI I II IV II2 IV

Baal Babylonians Elijah Ezra Gideon Gregory Palamas Gregory the Theologian Herman Israel Israelites Jeremiah Jezebel John of the Ladder Joseph of Arimathea Joshua Judges Midianite Nectarios Nehemiah Nicodemus Philothei Pontius Pilate Regoula Solomon PLACES Aegina Babylon Cappadocia Chios Ethiopia Gethsemane Golgotha Kodiak Island Mount Carmel Siloam Spruce Island

II2 II5 II4 II5 II2 VI V5 V3 I5 I2 II5 II4 VI VI II1 II2 III2 V II5 VI4 V2 VI4 V2 II3

V4 II IV5 V4 IV VI VI V3 II III V3

Grade 5-6 RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Keep a log of Bible verses and Prayers to memorize. Integrate the Feast Days into the schedule as they occur in the liturgical calendar. Contact the Orthodox Christian Mission Center for active mission sites. Utilize the Come Bless the Lord Icon Packet. Utilize the Feast Day Tract Masters Utilize the OCEC's Teaching Pictures. Utilize the Treasury of Blessings Prayer Book. Celebrate the feast days of the saint in the textbook. This shows the Church's stress on remembering. Make Hymnology part of every week's lesson so that the students can chant/sing during the Liturgy. Consider forming a Youth choir to learn hymns. 10. Invite choir member to come to class and explain why he/she likes to sing in the choir and when they began singing, and demonstrate singing in the Liturgy. List of the Bible Stories List the Bible verses to be memorized. List of Feast Days List of Prayers to be learned. Include actual text and suggested times morning, meals, and bedtime). List Hymns & texts List of special projects for the year. List of special services that 5th grade student should attend. Liturgy, Vespers, Compline, Akathist, Unction, Holy Friday afternoon, Agape Vespers of Pascha, Baptisms. Stress the importance of Liturgical worship. HELPING OUR CHILDREN GROW IN FAITH: What They Can Do, When They Can Do It, and What Parents Can Do To Help! by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. www.phyllisonest.com GETTING READY FOR HOLY WEEK & PASCHA: A Guide for Families by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. www.phyllisonest.com

PARENTS' PACKET ­ Parts of it should complement the Progress Report.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

OTHER FAMILY RESOURCES:

1. 2. ORTHODOX FAMILY LIFE Journal, a parish ministry to families. http://www.theologic.com/oflweb Center for Family Care, Greek Archdiocese http://family.goarch.org ­ Newsletter, articles, media and more.

Grade 5-7

Church School Progress Report Fifth Grade

Textbook: God Calls Us

Teachers: Please write the date(s) on which each subject was discussed in class.

Student: Teachers:

School Year:

Hymns & Songs in this Textbook to learn DATE HYMNS & SONGS TO

O Lord Save Your People Holy, Holy, Holy Memory Eternal We Praise You Christ is Risen Hear the Lord I Believe (The Creed)

UNIT

I3,5 II1 V2,4 VI3 VI4 Theme song IV5

Bible Stories to retell DATE BIBLE STORIES

UNIT

I1 II2 I3 I4 I5 II1 II2 II3 II4 II5 III1 III3 III4 III6 IV3 IV4 IV4

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE

Gen 22:119 Gen 25, 27, 32, 33 Genesis 37, 3946 Exodus 15 Exodus 712, 14, 1920 Numbers 1314, Joshua 34 Judges 67 1 Kings 3 1 Kings 1618, 2 Kings 2 Books of Ezra & Nehemiah Luke 1:2656, 2:120 Matthew 57 John 9:138 Matthew 25:3146 Acts 6:17, 8:2640 Luke 18:914

Sacrifice of Isaac Story of Jacob Joseph and His Brothers Moses and the Burning Bush The Exodus & 10 Commandments Joshua and the Promised Land Story of Gideon Story of Solomon's Wisdom The Story of Elijah Story of Ezra and Nehemiah The Book of Psalms The Book of Proverbs The Annunciation The Sermon on the Mount Jesus Heals the Blind Man The Parable of the Last Judgment St. Philip the Deacon & the Ethiopian The Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee The Passion of Christ and the Resurrection

Feastdays in this Textbook DATE FEAST DAY

Annunciation Theophany Pentecost

UNIT

[III1] [III2] [IV1, VI1]

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE

March 25 Jan 6 50 days after Pascha/Easter

Grade 5-8 Retell the stories of the Saints in this Textbook DATE SAINT

UNIT FEAST DATE

III1 IV1 IV1 IV3 IV4 IV5 IV5 IV5 V1 V2 V3 V4 VI2 VI2 VI2 Sept 8. Nov 21, Mar 25, Aug 15 June 29 June 29 Oct 11 Jan 17 Jan 13 Jan 1, Jan 30 Jan 30 Jan 21 Feb 19 Aug 9 Nov 9 2nd Sunday of Lent 4th Sunday of Lent 5th Sunday of Lent

Theotokos St. Peter St. Paul St. Philip the Deacon St. Anthony Church Father: Athanasios, Church Father: Basil, Church Father: Gregory the Theologian St. Maximos the Confessor St. Philothei St. Herman St. Nectarios St. Gregory Palamas, St. John of the Ladder, St. Mary of Egypt

Prayers in this Textbook to memorize DATE UNIT PRAYER

Unit I Unit II Unit III Unit IV Unit V Unit VI

From Psalm 371 Trust in the Lord and do good... From Psalm 10613 Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord... Rejoice! Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, ... Christ our Lord, You came among Your Disciples... from Psalm 118 The Lord is my strength & my song ... Prayer of St. Ephraim

Scripture Bible verses to memorize in this Textbook. One verse per unit. DATE UNIT BIBLE BIBLE VERSE

I II III IV Hebrews 11:1 Psalm 111:9 Luke 2:11 1Peter 3:15 To have faith is to be sure of he things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. He set His people free and made an eternal covenant with them, Holy and mighty is He! This very day in David's town your Savior was Born, Christ the Lord! Have reverence for Christ in your hearts & honor Him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you. Instead, by speaking the truth in a spirit of love, we must grow up in every way to Christ, who is the head. If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you.

V VI

Ephesians 4:15 Matthew 6:14

Mysteries/Sacraments in this Textbook DATE SACRAMENTS

UNIT

II5 IV3

IDENTIFYING ITEMS

Stole Laying on of hands by the bishop

Confession Ordination.

Church School Progress Report-Attendance Sheet 2011-2012

Student's Name Teacher(s) Name(s)

S E P T E M B E R 2011 _____Sun 11 _____Sun 18 _____Sun 25 O C T O B E R 2011 _____Sun 2 _____Sun 9 _____Sun 1 _____Sun 23 _____Sun 30 N O V E M B E R 2011 _____Sun 6 _____Sun 13 _____Sun 20 _____Sun 27 D E C E M B E R 2011 _____Sun 4 _____Sun 11 _____Sun 18 _____Sun 25 Nativity of Our Lord J A N U A R Y 2012 _____Sun 1 New Year's Day _____Sun 8 _____Sun 15 _____Sun 22 _____Sun 29 F E B R U A R Y 2012 _____Sun 5 _____Sun 12 _____Sun 19 _____Sun 26 M A R C H 2012 _____Sun 4 Sunday of Orthodoxy _____Sun 11 _____Sun 18 _____Sun 25 A P R I L 2012 _____Sun 1 _____Sun 8 Palm Sunday Western Easter _____Sun 15 PASCHA _____Sun 22 _____Sun 29 M A Y 2012 _____Sun 6 _____Sun 13 _____Sun 20 _____Sun 27

Grade

Prepared by Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div., Director, Office of Religious Education, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh. This calendar is available as a Word Document at www.phyllisonest.com. Download & edit to create your parish's schedule. © 2011

Learning Objectives: Middle School / Junior High and High School Textbooks (in progress)

Prepared by Stephania Gianulis and Aimee Cox Ehrs Additional material by Anton C. Vrame, PhD

What Your Child Should Know

A frequent question that the Department receives from teachers and parents is "What should children know about their faith by the time they are "X" years old?" This question is fueled by a number of influences. First, schools have expectations that their students should reach certain milestones at various stages in their education. Teachers are expected to prepare their students to meet those points in the course of the year, usually because there will be some kind of test. Second, education itself is goaloriented. Educational progress is measured by the acquisition of certain objectives. Teachers and students want to know their level of progress. Third, parents want to be able to assist their children in the learning process. Knowing the expectations and what the program hopes to accomplish is beneficial. The aim of education in the Orthodox Church is "to nurture, instruct, and direct each member of the community of faith-- the Church--in Christian living, or as Orthodox writers typically call it, the life in Christ, so that each person grows "in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18) and become "a partaker of the divine nature" (2 Peter 1:4). Alternately stated, the goal of ... catechesis is for each person to become an icon, a living image of God, a person who lives in continual fellowship--communion--with God, reflecting a particular way--the Christlike way--of knowing and living in the world." (A. Vrame, The Educating Icon, 1999, p. 63). This vision of education involves acquiring information but also involves living according to the precepts of that information. Thus, an Orthodox Christian ought to be wellinformed about the rich content of the Orthodox Tradition. Being able to name, to retell, to identify, to list, and more are dimensions of what it means "to know" one's faith. A Church school program should be able to transmit these concepts to its students. But "knowing the Faith" also involves being able to appreciate its content, to consider how it influences one's life, to participate in it, and to respond to its call of commitment to faith in Jesus Christ and His Church. For example, what is the benefit of reciting the Lord's Prayer in a classroom setting, and a teacher's assessment that the student has memorized it, without praying the Lord's Prayer at home and reflecting on the words themselves? The real curriculum for learning the Orthodox Faith is the life of the Church as experienced in a dynamic, faithfilled parish. Our education in faith is a lifelong journey. No Church school curriculum can include or teach everything. Any series of published textbooks is merely the first step of learning. Even in the best series, the authors, editors, and publishers make choices about what they believe most valuable for learners to achieve in a certain timeframe. What follows--for the middle school / junior high and high school levels--is the result of reviewing our existing textbook series, published by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education from 1995 to date, and summarizing the concepts that the textbooks strive to teach. We have tried to distill their contents, by textbook, to answer the question, "What should my child learn in grade X?" Please note the following: You will notice how certain concepts and topics, e.g., the Divine Liturgy, are presented in various ways based on the theme of the text. The goal of our textbooks is not to present all of the information on a single topic in one unit, never to return to it, but to revisit key topics in an unfolding pattern of discovery for the learner. Some items, such as prayers introduced in each unit, are found only in the Teacher's Guides to the books. Of course, individual parishes and teachers add material, information (lives of saints, feast days, Sunday scripture readings), and activities, which will add to this list. Finally, the following list assumes that a child attends Church school faithfully, has a wellprepared teacher, and a family that is involved in the life of the Church, involved in the learning process, and reinforces the concepts at home. Anton C. Vrame, PhD Director

www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/religioused/resources/what_your_child_should_know

Stewardship: Serving in God's World

Lesson 1:

Lesson 2:

Our Gift from God Explore the creation story. Recognize one's responsibility to creation. Celebrate God's creation in the Divine Liturgy. Praise and thank God for all His blessings. creation universe steward Our Responsibility to Each Other Understand what stewardship requires. Recognize that each one has the capacity of stewardship. Recognize that Jesus is the Master Steward. Explore biblical passages dealing with stewardship. compassion missionary St. Symeon, Peacemaker and Translator Recognize stewardship values. Recognize that each one has the capability of stewardship. Recognize the stewardship of St. Symeon. diplomat eternal saint The Three Ts Recognize our Godgiven gifts. Use our Godgiven gifts for the glory of God. Become involved in the stewardship of the Church. Recognize that giving of oneself through time, talent, and treasures can have many rewards. talent

Lesson 3:

Lesson 4:

Lesson 5: Putting It All Together Recognize their opportunities to practice stewardship. Live the teachings of the Beatitudes.

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Facing Up to Peer Pressure

Lesson 1:

Lesson 2:

Pressure, Pressure Everywhere! Recognize positive and negative peer pressures. Recognize the difference between a clique and a group of friends. Face up to peer pressures and cliques with confidence as Christians. Commit themselves to being sources of helpful pressures to their friends. peers peer pressure clique Keeping the Pressure Down Recognize what they can do to resist negative peer pressure. Recognize what their family, other adults, and their church can do to help them resist negative peer pressure. holiness Blowing the Lid Recognize the reasons why some teenagers join harmful pressure groups. Recognize the behaviors of teenagers in such pressure groups. Realize that the actions of such pressure groups can lead to violence and crime. Know what Christian love and understanding can do to turn harmful behaviors into positive ones. gang Keeping the Faith Identify and use five specific ways the Church provides help to resist peer pressure (correct teaching, holy icons, fasting, prayer, Bible reading). Know how Jesus resisted Peter's temptation. Identify the temptations Jesus faced in the desert and some that students face daily. Recognize Satan (the Devil) as a source of temptations. Learn how to use the words of Jesus in responding to Satan's temptations. Satan temptation Scripture concordance

Lesson 3:

Lesson 4:

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Honesty

Lesson 1:

Called to Honesty Recognize the value of being an honest person. Realize that there are consequences to being honest or dishonest. Recognize honesty involves words and deeds. honesty integrity Rules, Guidelines, Goals Recognize that the most important rules are given by God. Realize the Ten Commandments provide us with moral guidance, and Jesus provided us teachings calling for unselfishness and sacrifice. Understand that Christ's teachings help us reach the "ultimate goal," and what is meant by the "ultimate goal" (salvation). controversy deceive deception goals guidelines ultimate Can You Be Trusted? Understand God expects us to be truthful and honest. Recognize true friends can be depended upon at all times. Recognize the power of the Holy Spirit. Understand that gossip can be equal to "character assassination". covenant gossip rumor Cheating Yourself Recognize cheating is a form of lying. Recognize cheating is a form of stealing. Realize dishonest behaviors have unfavorable consequences. tempt temptation Forgiven and Forgiving Recognize God is loving and forgiving. Realize that we too must be loving and forgiving . Realize honesty comes easily when it is practiced daily. Understand the hidden meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son. reconcile reconciliation restoration

Lesson 2:

Lesson 3:

Lesson 4:

Lesson 5:

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Knowing Christ

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Who Is Christ?

Recognize that Christ is the greatest figure the world has ever known. Recognize that Christ's birth marks a change in world history. Understand that in reciting the Creed, we pledge our belief in Christ and the Orthodox Faith. Recognize that the birth of Jesus was far from ordinary. Understand the significance of Christ's baptism by John the Baptist. Recognize that people disputed, and some still do, that Jesus is the Messiah. Understand that only faith in Christ's words and actions can overcome questions about who He is. Carpenter creed humble humanity incarnation Messiah miracle prophet

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The Kingdom of God

Recognize that the Gospel means "Good News," which comes from God. Understand that the Gospel teaches what is right, true, and good in the eyes of God. Realize that the Kingdom of God is God's presence and power everywhere. Understand that the Kingdom of God comes through Christ. king Kingdom of God repent Gospel

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The Teachings of Jesus

Recognize the greatest rule of the Bible: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Deuteronomy 6:5). Understand the "new commandment": "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18). Realize God's Kingdom is a Kingdom of love. Memorize John 13:34­35: "I give you a new commandment--love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples. Commandment parable sacrifice

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The World's Most Famous Talk

Recognize the Sermon on the Mount as the "Law of Christ". Understand that Christ used His authority to interpret the Law of Moses in a new way. Realize that we need God's help to practice the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. Recognize temptation and how to overcome it. beatitude Law of the Prophets

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Christ's Miracles

Realize that it is God's power that performs miracles. Recognize that the greatest miracle is that God became man in His Son, Jesus Christ. Recognize that Satan tempts people to lead their lives away from God. Understand that Jesus performed miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit. Understand the purpose of Christ's miracles. Satan Holy Spirit Beelzebub

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I Am With You Always

Understand Christ's mission to save the world. Understand the meaning of Holy Week. Recognize the greatest injustice ever committed. Recognize that Christ is always with us. Memorize John 3:16: "For God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life.". mission recruit

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For to Us a Child is Born

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Preparing for the Incarnation Observe the elements of preparation for the coming of Christ in Scriptures and in the Nativity narrative. Connect the preparation that Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Zachariah and the whole world must undergo, to the ways that any Christian can personally prepare for the coming of Christ in His Nativity. Commit to a personal plan of preparation for Christmas. The Miracle and Meaning of the Incarnation of Christ Observe elements and details of the three nativity icons in the text. Analyze nativity scenes for their use as aids in worship. Categorize elements along the theme of God's incarnation in Jesus Christ. Connect the icons' depictions to the fundamental truth that "God is with us." Character Traits of St. Basil: Emulating Christ Describe people who are positive examples. Connect these positive character traits to the character traits that distinguish St. Basil as a holy person. Identify ways in which these character traits reflect the life and person of Christ. God Is Revealed in Christ, and the World is Transformed through Him (Theophany and the Presentation of Christ) Discern the theme of the incarnation in Christ's manifestation as God, and of the transformation of the world, in the story of His Theophany. Interpret the significance of symbolic imagery--both visual and written--that conveys the fullness of Christ's incarnation in His baptism and presentation. Connect Christ's participation in traditions to their own participation in the sacraments and traditions of the Church.

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Journey through Holy Week

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Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday Identify the joy that Jesus brought people when He answered their greatest hopes. Connect with this joy and bring it into their present life. The Bridegroom Services Interpret the meaning of the actions of characters and stories from Scripture, as symbolic of living a life in preparation for encountering Christ. Connect forgiveness, mercy, and love for others to love for Christ. Decide on specific ways to live in a preparation for Christ, based on the examples from Scripture. Holy Wednesday and Holy Thursday Work together to experience the importance of unity and mutual dependence. Personalize their role as a member of the body of Christ. Connect the image of mutual dependence on the spiritual unity of the body of Christ. Focus understanding of unity in the direction of service to others. Holy Thursday Evening and Holy Friday Identify with Christ's suffering in His last days on earth. Interpret expressions of the paradox of Jesus' full divinity and humanity. Invite Christ's lifegiving light into their own suffering and challenging moments. Holy Saturday and Easter (Pascha) Identify with emotions of uncertainty, sadness, and joy related to Christ's dwelling in the tomb and freeing humanity to life. Reflect on the mystery that Christ brought life to death and death to life. Personalize Christ's resurrection as their own lifegiving, joyous miracle. Commit to ways that they can share this joy with others in their lives.

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Journey through Great Lent

Entire unit: Lesson 1: Memorize the Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian. Plan and complete a service project. Participate in the Sacrament of Confession. Attend Lenten services beyond the Divine Liturgy on Sundays.

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Introduction to Great Lent and the Triodion Examine their attitudes toward the Lenten season and its disciplines. Identify the beginning and end of the Triodion and Great Lent. Compare and contrast pride and humility. Sunday of the Prodigal Son: Repentance and Confession Recognize the traits of repentance. Desire reconciliation with God and other human beings. Describe the Sacrament of Confession. Apply the themes of the Parable of the Prodigal Son to the Sacrament of Confession. Evaluate various methods of personal preparation for confession. Judgment Sunday: Life, Eternal Life, and Death Describe the Orthodox Christian understanding of judgment and life after death. Define heaven, Hades, and hell. Distinguish between the physical and spiritual understandings of heaven and hell. Explain that "faith" is expressed and made visible through "works." Plan a service project. Recognize opportunities for spontaneous acts of service, hospitality, and empathy. Forgiveness Sunday: Forgiveness, Mercy, and Grace Explain that asking for and granting forgiveness heals relationships. Understand that communion with God is salvation. Forgive others. Seek forgiveness from God and from others. The Sunday of Orthodoxy: Come and See Inventory aspects of the Faith that they find hard to explain. Celebrate the Orthodox Christian Faith. Consider forms of and opportunities for evangelism. The Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas: Come Near Him Examine interpersonal connection, concentration, and mindfulness. Practice silence. Compare the life of prayer to daily life and to Lenten disciplines.

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The Sunday of the Holy Cross: Take Up the Cross Examine spiritual struggles as crosses to be borne. Recognize that God does not want His people to suffer. Create a visual reminder of the cross's victory over death and suffering. The Sunday of St. John Climacus: Help My Unbelief Discuss virtues and the fruit of the Spirit. Discuss vices and the passions. Analyze the symbolism of the Ladder of Divine Ascent. Propose other symbols that also represent life in the Orthodox Christian Faith. Compare the Ladder of Divine Ascent with the "greatest commandments." (Matthew 22:36­40) Examine the paradox of the statement "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" (Mark 9:24) The Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt: Drink the Cup Review the themes of Great Lent, as they are found in the life of St. Mary of Egypt: sin, the cross, repentance, confession, discipline, and drawing near to God through the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Assess their Lenten efforts in light of St. John Chrysostom's Paschal Homily.

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Heaven on Earth: The Divine Liturgy

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Liturgy Is Worship Distinguish among worship, veneration, and idolatry. Develop a working definition of worship. Describe the aspects of worship. Liturgy Is Unity Understand that the Church constantly recognizes the two realities that are joined in the world--earthly (temporal) and heavenly (eternal). Apply this understanding to church architecture. See how the divine reality is accessible to us and can indeed help us in life's struggles. Liturgy Is Prayer Approach the Divine Liturgy prayerfully and peacefully. Examine the petitions to discover the Church's approach to earthly needs. Describe liturgical prayer and private prayer. Liturgy Is Scriptural Explain that the Bible and the Divine Liturgy are products of the Church. Demonstrate that the roots of liturgical practices and items are found in the Old Testament. Connect the statements of the Creed to scripture. Integrate daily Bible study and weekly worship by following a lectionary. Liturgy Is Forgiveness Recognize the difficulty of repentance and forgiveness in daily life. Understand that forgiveness is central in the lives of Orthodox Christians. Explain the abundance and depth of forgiveness that is in the liturgy, and especially the type of forgiveness before communion. After the Liturgy Connect the Sunday Divine Liturgy to weekly life--heaven and earth. Understand that becoming Godcentered is a lifelong process. Look for ways to do God's work through daily life.

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A Lamp to My Feet: Introduction to the Bible

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Making Scripture Important in Our Lives Identify motivations for Bible study. Develop the discipline to actively incorporate Scripture into daily life. Anticipate the rewards of the discipline. Embrace attitudes that promote a habit of Bible study. Studying Scripture Survey study techniques and methods. Establish a Bible study plan for the coming week. Compare Bible translations. Practice using the tools of a study Bible, including study notes, crossreferences, and a concordance. The Old Testament Discern two types of meaning in the Old Testament, literal and revelatory. Familiarize themselves with the types of books the Old Testament contains: Law (the Pentateuch), History, Wisdom, and Prophecy. The New Testament Describe the types of books in the New Testament. Understand that the Gospels give four authors' perspectives of the same events. Finding Truth and Salvation in Scripture Explore the role of faith in believing and accepting the truth of the Biblical texts. Describe the development of the canons of the Old and New Testaments. Evaluate the roles of human beings in recording, interpreting, and receiving Scripture. Identify uses of Scripture in the services of the Church.

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Come Receive the Light Bible Studies, vol. 1 Come Receive the Light Bible Studies, vol. 2 First among Equals: The Ecumenical Patriarchate (forthcoming)

High School Texts

Rejoicing in One Lord, Jesus Christ

Who Is God? Who Am I? Who Are You?

Seeing Is Believing: Holy Icons (forthcoming) Who Do You Say that I Am? The Person of Christ (forthcoming)

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Of Your Mystical Supper: The Eucharist

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The Sacrament of Remembrance Describe how they remember those who have fallen asleep in the Lord. Reflect on how the general natures of memory and remembrance. Compare the disciples' memory of Jesus with our remembrance of Him. Identify and develop prompts to remind themselves of Jesus. The Sacrament of Thanksgiving Identify the sources of needs and wants. Name some of God's gifts. Recognize that God fulfills both needs and wants. Thank God for both small and large blessings. The Sacrament of Forgiveness Analyze the process of human repentance and forgiveness. Compare their own capacity for forgiveness with God's grace. Approach the Eucharist as healing sacrament, meant for the "holy," i.e., those who have been baptized, not "the sinless," i.e., no one. Accept that repentance is a neverending process. The Sacrament of Community Recognize their participation in multiple communities. Describe the community of the first Christians. Find opportunities to work in synergy with God and other human beings. Preparing to Receive Holy Communion Develop an understanding of how to prepare to receive Holy Communion. Take responsibility for their own preparations for Holy Communion: prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and the Sacrament of Confession. Describe the material (the prothesis) and liturgical (the proskomide) preparations for the sacrament.

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