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We are a ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______.Use the highlighted letters in these sayings to make the word that sums them up.Teamwork wins championships.There is no I in team.Less me; more we.The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. None of us is as smart as all of us.Many hands make light work. Working together works.If you won’t pass, you can’t play.PFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation ProgramOctober 8, 201727th Sunday in Ordinary TimeTG1-14Share ExperiencesObjectives l The children will:l Recognize that they belong to many communities.l Practice talking helpfully to other classmates who may bother them.l Understand that people want to belong.Gather in a prayer circle. Play and sing “Blest Are They”(CD-2, #11).Gathering Prayer Prepare the children for the Gospel message today by giving thanks for your school or parish that has gathered you together as a group to learn more about Jesus and how we can follow him. Ask the children to take a quiet moment to promise Jesus they will try hard today to work together. Close with the Sign of the Cross.Cover Activity l We Are a Community (page 1) The children will quickly complete this activity. Ask the children whether any of the groups they belong to—their families, teams, scouts, classrooms—live by any of the eight sayings.Story l Who’s Perfect? (pages 2-3) Every classroom has a child who is more comfortable talking to the teacherthan being with his or her peers. Read this story aloud withthe children, taking the narrator parts yourself and letting the children take turns reading the speaking parts.Discuss the Think questions. The children will recognize that the other children showed compassion for Hannah while Adam was busy solidifying his relationship withMs. Putty. Conclude by asking what Adam could do to  t in better with his classmates. What can they do to help him? Ask the children not to use names when they talk about children they have known who are like Adam or Hannah. They need to learnto express their experiences in general terms without labeling children the others in the class might know.Conclude by asking what Adam could do to  t in better with his classmates. What can they do to help him?Discover Gospel and DoctrineObjectives l The children will:l Build their understanding of the vineyard image in the Old and New Testaments.l Recognize that they are also part of God’s vineyard.l Learn about their consciences and how to develop goodjudgment.Gospel Ritual Move to a special area you have set up for the Gospel reading. As you prepare the children to listen to this Sunday’s Gospel, play the “Word of Truth and Life” (CD-1, #1).Sunday Gospel l The Parable of the Vineyard (page 4) Explain that you will hear another parable this week, this one also set in a vineyard. Choose seven students to proclaim the Gospel. Ask the children who are not reading parts to put down their Venture lessons and listen.After reading, discuss the Think questions. Answers: 1. The landowner expects the tenants to care for his vineyard and to give him the share of grapes they have agreedupon. Even though they didn’t plant the vineyard, the tenants want all the grapes for themselves. They probably think the owner is too far away to punish them. 2. Jesus wants the elders who oppose his teaching about God to know that God is indeed aware that they are not taking good care of God’s people and resist God’s messenger, Jesus. 3. God expects us to be responsible for the human community and for the earth we have been given.Connecting Gospel and Doctrine l The Church Is God’s Vineyard (page 4) Ask the children whether they’ve worked in a garden or on a farm. If so, they will understand the hard work that goes into tilling, planting, weeding, and harvesting. Read this feature aloud as a summary of the Gospel theme.Apply this week’s doctrine by discussing the Think questions. Call on as many volunteers as possible to respond to question 2. Remind the children to put their ideas into action.Distribute the children’s What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks.Teaching This Week’s Lesson

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