Shortly before the end of school year on the 8th of May, 2014, the Lutheran Hour visited Striķu Elementary School. In this day children from 1 to 4th grade instead of their regular classes were able to participate in the “PandaManias” event. Together with their children we lived through the story of creation and went on an improvised traveling in the belly of the fish, like Jonah. After the common games kids participated in the workshop to make pins. One pin, each participant was able to keep for himself and the other had to be prepare for a friend.
Thank you, You, Lord, for every ch
ild that we met at this school!
This year next week after the Easter Lutheran Hour held the film forum “And the word became film 2014″. This film Forum has been going on for 16 years! The programm of the Forum consists of the movies that are internationaly eawarded in different film festivals and have received the highest Ecumenical Jury prizes.
Already for the second time we held this festival in collaboration with “Happy Art Museum” in the shoping mall Galeria Riga. The audience of the festival was aprox. 200 people. This is one of the film festivals that still exists in Latvia. We would like to thank The National Fund of Culture for their support.
And for the second time our festival will continue in Valmiera (May 15-17)!
On 22 of April Lutheran Hour held the Vacation Bible School PandaMania in the Day Care Centre “Generations”.
There were 50 kids from all over the Riga participating. Together with LHM Directors from Asia and Europe children were able to get to know different cultures. In the beggining of PandaMania we were listening to the Bible story about Jona, who travels around in the belly of the fish. Afterwards children were able to attend different work shops – we were learning the song in Tamil, we were dancing the folk dance of Indonesia, we were folding origami, watching the puppet show from Thailand and Myanmar and playing together with the people from Cambodia and Vietnam.
It was a truly nice afternoon in this day centre, children were participating in all the activities!
Thank You, Our Lord for Your Love – You Love each of us, no matter what our nationality is or what language do we speak!
On 25 March, 2014 we had the third seminar “On the way to the open church. Hospitality in the congregation” .This time there were the congregations from the location of Valmiera and Cesis gathered together. In this seminar we discussed what happens if the congregation becomes unfriendly and forgets about the hospitality. There already are a lot of examples all over the Europe what happens in these cases. Churches are closed, that is the sad reality in many countries, we don’t want that to happen in Latvia.
Bishop Pavils Bruvers told everyone about the concept of the opened church. The bishop reminded us 3 important things that we should remember :1)spiritual growth (prayers) 2)fellowship (we must accept those who are different than we are) 3) virtue of hospitality. We have to be kind, help each other.
The youth band “Cum Laudem Deo” of the Valmiera congregation gave joy to everyone with their performance. On the conclusion pastor of this church Arnis Buss presented the passage from the Bible – “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (1.Pet.4:9)
We would like to thank the congregation of Valmieras St.Simon’s church for their hospitality during this seminar!
On 20th of March Luthern Hour went to the Day Care Centre of Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church Generations. Today our theme was Faith as a mustard seed”. The children were introduced with the similarity which we can read in the Mark’s chapter 4. Afterwards children had an opportunity to plant the real seed so later they can watch it grow. For a great part of these kids this was the first time ever that they did something like that. The seeds are plant now, kids have to take care of their plants and wait for the product.
Thank You, Lord for planting the seeds of faith into our hearts. Give us Your mercy, so these seeds can grow.
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” (Mark 4:31-32)