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Write on

Poets, authors and reporters use their talents at church

Some youth have the "write stuff." Andrea Eiken, 11, for example, writes poems, stories and letters to her grandparents.

Aft er youth at Christ the King Lutheran, Birmingham, Ala., planted a garden at church, Andrea wrote a poem. Her work was made into a plaque and placed in the garden. It goes like this:

God's garden is a place you can go during rain, sleet, ice or snow.

You can plant a few seeds or pray to the Lord. You can do anything when the Bible is your sword.

So cast out your net and catch all of God's love. You'll feel more graceful than the soaring h igh dove.

See you in God's garden! I'll meet you there soon! We'll plant, and we'll pray under God's lovely moon.

At St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hanover, Minn., confirmands wrote "What Sunday school means to u s" for Teacher Recognition Sunday:

"Sunday school means meeting with new friends and coming closer together as brothers and sisters in Christ. ...
"Sunday school helps us become closer to God and understand his great works so we can devote ourselves to him and his marvelous deeds. While gathering as a group to praise God and have fun as Christians, we learn to believe in God and have faith in him as he has in us. ...

"We could not do any of these things without our caring, hardworking, devoted teachers. ... With them the world is a better place ...."

Third-graders at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas, created a newspaper called "The Egyptian CAPS News." (CAPS combines the youths' initials.) The paper contained stories such as "Burning bush talks to Moses," cartoons called "Plague Humor," editorials, ads for sunscreen and Egypt's weekly weather report.


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