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December 17, 2017 • 3rd Sunday of AdventPass out yellow or gold paper (cut in 5 x 5 inch squares) and scissors to the children. Follow the folding instructions on page 4 to create stars. Direct the children to write on their stars one way they will help others get ready for Jesus. They may also decorate the stars. Collect the stars and use them to decorate the classroom. You may also send the stars home for the children to place on their Christmas trees.Activity l Advent Booklet and Advent Calendar (pages 3–4) Direct the children to fold pages 3–4 on the dotted line to make a booklet to share with their families. Then call the children’s attention again to the Advent calendar from Good News for the 1st Sunday of Advent (12/3). Ask: Have you been remembering to thank or pray for someone every day? Encourage them to continue this practice every day of Advent.Closing Prayer “Dear Jesus, we are glad you came to be like us. We like celebrating your birthday at Christmas time. We will share your love with other people.” The children respond, “Amen.”Bring your prayer and session to a close by playing and singing “The Promise, Part 2” (CD-1, #2).Remind the children to share their Gospel Weeklies with their families and to do the Family Corner activities and prayer together.WHAT THE CHURCH BELIEVES AND TEACHES HANDBOOKWhat the Church Believes and TeachesWords to Know:Old Testament (page 54)Show the children a Bible. Remind the children that the Bible is divided into two major sections. Ask: Who can tell me what those sections are called? Old Testament and New Testament.Tell the children that it is in the Old Testament that we read about God’s relationship with people before he sent Jesus. This is where the writings of the prophet Isaiah (the First Readings for the first three Sundays of Advent) are found. Isaiah and other prophets told the people that God would send a savior, a messiah. These promises are fulfilled in Jesus. It is the story of Jesus and his first followers (the Church) that we read in the New Testament.Turn to the definition of Old Testament on page 54. Read the definition out loud. Make sure the children understand that referring to this part of the Bible as old doesn’tmean it has no value and is replaced by the new. The two testaments—Old and New—are both very importantto us as we learn about God’s love for his Creation and his people, the Church.Have the children close the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Good News, page 4.Live the GospelObjective The children will commit to helping others.Activity l We Help Others Get Ready for Jesus (page 4) Move to the work area. Have the children separate pages 3–4 of Good News from pages 1–2. Put pages 1–2 to the side.Read aloud with the children the activity “We Help Others Get Ready for Jesus” on page 4. Recall some of the ideas for sharing with hungry people they had after reading the Saint Nicholas story inlast week’s Good News. Brainstorm other ways to get ready for Jesus’ coming. Decide on one way your class will help others between now and Christmas or let each child decide on an individual way.Lesson Wrap-Up4023_GoodNews.indd 21 7/14/17 9:06 AMVisit to download this week’s lesson review.Use Activity #3 from the Good News Activity Book as a take- home activity or lesson wrap-up.November 12, 201732nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AName:Answer the following questions based on the lesson.1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.4. When do we pray psalms?5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?© 2017 P aum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc., Dayton, OH (800-543-4383) Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using P aum Gospel Weeklies.Name ActivityGod’s Plan to Save the People3Old Testament: Covenant with GodAfter Adam and Eve sinned and disobeyed God, God did many things to save his people from sin and death. You can read those stories in the part of the Bible called the Old Testament. The Old Testament helps us remember the covenants God made with his people.Draw a line from each Old Testament story on the left to the name on the right that matches it.AbrahamMosesNoahGod sent a flood to wash sin from the earth. He chose a virtuous man to build an ark that would keep his family and many animals safe. When the waters dried up, everyone on the boat was saved.A man and his wife wished for many years that they could have a baby. When they were very old, God sent them a baby as part of his covenant with this man. They named the baby Isaac.The Hebrews had no home. They wandered in the desert for 40 years. God sent them this leader to help them reach the Promised Land. Through this leader, God also senthis people a set of laws to help them do the right thing. These laws were called the Ten Commandments.Unit 2: We Celebrate Jesus’ Coming l TG2-23The NEW Gospel WeekliesPFLAUM GOSPEL WEEKLIES Faith Formation Program© 2017 Pflaum Publishing Group, a division of Bayard, Inc. Permission is granted to reproduce this page for use by parishes, schools, and families using Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.

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