Some backpacks are tiny for the preschoolers and some large with extra padding for the college students carrying computers. There are packs with Minnions on them, rainbow unicorns, polka dots, sports logos and fluorescent colors. There are camouflage packs and some that look like a carpet bagger from the post-civil war area in the south. There are some that are advertised to be feather light and others that even come with wheels.
The Bible even mentions bags and totes a number of times. From Moses blessing baskets, to David's shepherd's bag, to Judas carrying his money purse as the disciple's treasurer. Ezekiel, Paul and Jeremiah all had to deal with carrying stuff. From leftovers, to figs, to five smooth stones, clothing, to lunches. Totes and bags were around in the ancient world, although they looked a bit different.
At NSUMC we invite ALL students, teachers and administrators to bring their backpack to church on Sunday August 12th, 2018 so both they and their backpacks can be blessed at both our 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. worship service.
These backpacks will be the children’s constant companions as they go about their school days, and the pastors of NSUMC would like to offer a blessing on them. After the blessing, they will give each child a tag to put on their backpack to remind them that God is with them in their daily life and that their church family will be praying for them throughout the year. The 2018-2019 tag is the Good Shepherd.
Don't have any students at home? All are invited to be a blessing to other less fortunate children by purchasing a NEW backpack and bringing it to the church that Sunday. These new backpacks will be distributed to Vista del Camino Recreational Center in south Scottsdale.
“We pray for these cherished children, whom we have promised to love and nurture. Keep them safe, keep them excited, keep them ever seeking to learn more and to develop their gifts. Through their studies, may they gain the tools to grow in love, faith and service to others.”