Friday, October 30, 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Immanuel Lutheran Church is offering for the whole community a fun, safe, socially distanced start to your Trick-or-Treating this Halloween! In our school parking lot, there will be a glow-in-the-dark path where several Bible characters and their own carved pumpkins will be waiting to share their story with you and give you some pre-packaged candy along the way! If you are looking for a fun, friendly, and safe way to begin your Halloween weekend, bring some friends and come journey with us through the Biblical story this October 30th from 6-8 pm in the School parking lot!
Donations of individually wrapped candy are now being accepted and can be dropped off in the church office. Thank you.
PUMPKIN CARVERS ARE NEEDED! One for Each of the Themes below:
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- Creation (Sun and Moon)
- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. In six days, God made all things, including animals, trees, and oceans! He also made man and woman and put them into the Garden of Eden. The man was named Adam and the woman was named Eve. Everything that God made was very good. But soon something very bad happened. Go on to the next station of the journey and hear what happens next.
- Fall (options might include, an arrow pointing down, an apple, a serpent)
- Adam and Eve were tempted by the Serpent, Satan, in the Garden and they fell into a great sin. They disobeyed God’s word. Soon Adam and Eve became aware of their sinfulness. The good life and world that God had made was now infected with sin. But God promised that he would send a Savior, who would deal with sin once and for all. But, things in the world were still very broken. Go to the next station of the journey and hear what happens next.
- Noah (flood, waters, ark)
- Man and woman and the entire creation was broken by sin, and God grew very angry about the sinfulness of humanity. God in his judgment decided that he was going to send a great flood to destroy every person on the earth. But one man and family, God was going to spare: Noah. God commanded Noah to build a big ark and to preserve every kind of animal. God sent a great flood and it destroyed all life except Noah, his family, and the animals in the ark. Once the flood waters subsided, God promised that he would never again send this sort of flood again. He gave the promise of the rainbow in the sky as a reminder of this promise. Go to the next station of the journey and hear what happens next.
- Exodus and Sinai (mountain, two tablets of the law)
- After Noah’s family multiplied and grew, God chose a specific descendent of Noah to make into a great nation: Abraham. Abraham had a son, Isaac, and Isaac had a son, Jacob. Soon the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, grew into a very great nation, the people of Israel. But they soon became enslaved in Egypt. God in his mercy, though, decided to rescue Israel and make them people. God redeemed them out of Egypt and gave them his commands and promises at Mount Sinai. These sinful people rebelled against God’s commands, yet God continued to love them and care for them. Go on to the next station of the journey to hear what happens next.
- David (crown)
- God used king David to shepherd and care for his people. God loved David and despite David’s many sins, David loved God too. God made a promise to David that David’s kingdom would be an everlasting Kingdom, his kingdom would never come to an end. Go on to the next station of the journey, to hear what happens next.
- Incarnation (Manger, stable with star above it)
- After many, many years, God sent his Son Jesus into the world to save the world. Jesus was born as a baby in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph. Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. And this baby, Jesus, was the true King of Israel, he was the perfect King who would die for the sins of the world. Go to the next station of the journey, to hear what happens next.
- Ministry of Jesus (Baptism shell and water, lamb)
- Jesus grew up and began his ministry. He was baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist and begin to cry out, “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus went around announcing that the kingdom of heaven had come. Jesus performed many miracles; he healed the sick and raised the dead. He also forgave sins and invited all who were saddened and broken over their sin to believe in him. Some believed in Jesus, but others rejected him. Go on to the next station of the journey to hear what happens next.
- Crucifixion (cross)
- Some didn’t believe in Jesus and they crucified him. They put him to death on a cross. But on the cross, Jesus died for the sins of the world. Jesus died also for you and me! He died so that whoever believes in him, would never die, but have eternal life. Jesus died on the cross, but he did not stay dead. Go to the next station of the journey to hear what happens next.
- Resurrection (empty tomb with the stone rolled away)
- On the third day after Jesus’ death, God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus did not stay dead, but burst forth from the tomb on Easter morning. And Jesus appeared to his disciples and to his followers to prove, definitively that he was alive. Go to the next station of the journey to hear what happens next.
- Ascension (Sun and clouds)
- Jesus, risen from the dead, appeared to his disciples, and stayed with them for forty days. Yet, it soon came time for Jesus to return to his Father in Heaven. And so, Jesus ascended into heaven. And now Jesus rules and reigns over all things in his mercy. Jesus ascended to the Father, but he did not leave his people abandoned. He sent his Holy Spirit to work to create faith in the hearts of all those who would hear the Gospel. Go to the next station of the journey to hear what happens next.
- Pentecost (dove)
- After Jesus ascended to the Father, Jesus sent his Holy Spirit. This happened most clearly on Pentecost. The Holy Spirit made the disciples and followers of Jesus bold to tell the world about the work of Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection. Go on to the next station of the journey to learn how God still works through his spirit to create faith in our hearts today. Go to the next station of the journey to hear what happens next.
- Church (building with steeple, shell and cup)
- God now works through the church to create faith in our hearts. He makes us his own in baptism, where he forgives us all our sins for the sake of Jesus. God works through the pastors in his church to proclaim the message of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to all the world. Through the church, God continues his mission to invite all sinners, all people, to repent of their sin and to believe in the one whom God sent to save the world, Jesus. Go on to the next station of the journey to hear what will happen next.
- New Creation (Butterfly)
- One day, Jesus will come again to raise the living and the dead. For those who don’t believe in jesus, there will be sadness and suffering. But for those who believe in Jesus, God will welcome them into his eternal kingdom, where there will be joy and peace and happiness and thanksgiving forevermore. Go on to the next station of the journey to receive your goody bag