Faith Conversations
Below are the assigned Faith Conversation prompts for the Confirmation Students.  Each Confirmation student has been given a journal that they will use to record their Faith Conversations with God and with other parents, grandparents, mentors, etc.  Each week a new prompt / question will be assigned to the students.  The student should journal their, and other’s, answers to the prompts/questions by the next time their class meets. 
The students are required to bring their journals with them each week to Confirmation class.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
No question this week.
The students will turn in their journals on Wednesday, Feb. 20th @ the Confirmation opening.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 14th, is Valentine’s day.  So the question for this week is…
How would you describe God’s love to someone who has never heard about God or does not know who God is?
Students should write at least two sentences describing God’s love AND ask an adult or parent the same question and record their answers in the student’s journal.
Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Pastor Katherine talked about her 23andMe results in Sunday’s sermon. 
This week, write a few sentences that answer the question:  What is important to you about your heritage? Why?
Students should record their reflections about this week’s journal prompt AND ask an adult or parent the same question and record their answers in the student’s journal.
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Continuing with last week’s questions regarding prophets… 
Think of an opportunity that you have in your day to day life to speak out or act on behalf of others.
Students should record their thoughts about this week’s journal prompt AND ask an adult or parent their thoughts on the same prompt and record them in their journal.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
During the past couple of weeks, in tonight’s lesson or in the next couple of weeks all three of the grades will be discussing prophets, wisdom writings and/or the Lutheran movements and reformation. A prophet is “a person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God.” A prophet can speak truth to power and help to bring about positive changes in our world, even today. It takes trust in God to have courage to speak out and name the injustices in our world.
Who is someone you might consider a “prophet” in our world today?

Who encourages and inspires you in your faith?

Who might you encourage and nurture in their faith?
Students answer all three questions and should ask a parent or another adult at least one of the questions and record the answers in their journal.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
No journal question for this week.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
1) What are your personal goals for 2019?  Name at least 2.
2) Name a specific goal that will help benefit a specific community (church, town, group)?
3) How will you work towards achieving these goals?
Students should ask a parent/adult the same questions and record all their answers.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Students turn in journals.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Think of and describe a time when you felt a profound (a huge) sense of joy. 
Joy is a gift that comes from being connected to God and to others.  When you are connected to others that love you, you can feel joy, even if you might be having a bad day or during times of sadness or grief.
Make sure to ask a parent or an adult the same question and write down their answer.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Pastor Katherine’s sermon for this Wednesday is titled “Selling Your Cleverness”.
We imagine that others are far more gifted, special, or important than we are, which causes us to hide beneath a cloak of “cleverness” to avoid being found wanting.
In what ways do you sometimes, or many times, hide the real you from your family, friends, or classmates?
Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
Advent is a time of waiting and of preparation.  Advent begins this next Sunday, Dec. 2nd.
What is something that you have waited for and what did that time of waiting and preparation feel like?
Students turn in their journals after class.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
Students should record the answers to the following questions:
What are you most grateful for right now?
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?
The student should then ask a family member or family friend, other than your parents, the same two questions and record their answers in your journal.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018.
Students turn in journals.
Wednesday, Oct. 24th, 2018
God created all things and provides a space for people to live and be in relationship with earth, with each other, and with God. 
This week, take a picture of something / someone that reminds you of God’s presence in our lives. 
The student or a parent should text the picture to Susie @ 320.292.1032 and write a couple of sentences in your journal describing how / why this picture reminded you of God’s presence in our lives.
Wednesday, Oct.10th, 2018
What gifts has God given you that would help you accomplish your idea regarding making the world a better place?
Answer the same question.
Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 2018
If you could do anything or change anything in our world today to make it a better place what would you do?  (Money is no object.)
Answer the same question.
Wednesday, Sept. 26th, 2018
Students turn in journals.
Wednesday, Sept. 19th, 2018
What story in your life or in your family shapes who you are?
In what ways are you part of God’s story in the world today?
Answer the same questions.
Wednesday, Sept. 12th, 2018
What is your favorite Bible story?  Why?
Ask at least one parent what is their favorite Bible story.  Why?
Extra Credit:
Ask both parents and/or one other adult the same questions.
Wednesday, Sept. 5th, 2018
Write a prayer for your 2018-2019 year, including hopes for your class.
Write a prayer for your student for their 2018-2019 year.