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Not Your Parent's Confirmation Class

by Frank Canino

Each Sunday at the far end of the building, there is a gathering of youth meeting for Confirmation class. The room is easily located given the noise and laughter taking place inside. You might quickly question, “What possible bible lesson is being taught?” Well, as the kids would eagerly report, we often take detours that foster their observations, questions, and comments, as they munch on chocolate frosted donuts. It’s always chocolate frosted! 

This year, our class is predominantly made up of girls, which has not been the norm over the past four years. Not like there is anything wrong with that! Regardless of the mix, I am continually  impressed by their ability to challenge and make class lessons relevant in this age of smart phones, Snapchat and Instagram. I have come to appreciate the kids having their cell phones at the ready when stuck on the meaning of a biblical event or verse. They are also my “techies,” capable of making any electronic gadget work! Many a lesson plan has been saved by their continual reminders that I have to press the “on” button!  

Each year, I am continually reminded that working with teens defies the best of curriculums. While they appreciate learning in many ways, no lesson goes as planned. They just don’t go in a straight line! Their willingness to challenge ideas or beliefs is contagious. They are a lively group whether sharing ways to make a banner, collecting food stuffs, or participating in a church related event. Somehow out of chaos, they manage to surprise and go the extra mile! Yet, it is the unscripted moments when they engage in supporting classmates that leaves a lasting imprint.  These are very personal and touching moments. Each year, we have had classmates who developed serious medical illnesses, struggled with depression, experienced family turmoil, had social difficulties, or dealt with nagging school challenges.  Whenever this has occurred, their spirit of generosity and compassion has provided fellow classmates with a vital respite from hard times.  While I am the last person to relate things to “divine intervention,” something is at work here! Seeing this fuels my commitment to participating in our Confirmation class along with my co-teacher Bob Sendling.  

 So why provide Confirmation class? We believe that preteens and teens are always searching for what matters. Our lessons stress that everything we do matters because as author and Christian minister Rob Bell has said, “God cares about this life, in this world, right now.” Confirmation class encourages good things to happen because “God wants your heart. People of love, compassion, peace, forgiveness, and hope” who strive to do the right thing. It is the faith that God has in all of us. It is a pleasant reminder that we are planting seeds to have a relationship with God that bears fruit now and later.  


The Bread Brigade

By Jenna Noel

In most of our lifetimes, there will come a moment or perhaps a chance encounter that will change how we lead our lives and what we do with our time. Ten years ago an encounter of this nature occurred between two members of  Immanuel Lutheran Church and what resulted is an organized act of charity that has not ceased to help those in need. 

It all started after a day of serving at a local soup kitchen. Irene Deblois, a longtime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, was headed home when she ran into fellow church member Steve Hanson. “He asked me if I could do him a favor while he went on vacation,” Deblois said. “He explained that all I had to do was pick up some bread at the Panera Bread in Plainville and bring it to the soup kitchen. I said sure and really thought nothing of it.” 

Irene fulfilled her promise and went on with her life. However, she would soon receive some somber news. “I was in New Hampshire for a quilting seminar and one of my friends from church was there as well. She asked me if I had heard the news from our pastor. I said no and she went on to tell me that Steve Hanson had passed away,” Deblois explained. Saddened and shocked, Deblois’ thoughts turned to Hanson’s last request of her. What would happen to the bread deliveries? How would the soup kitchen continue to receive their much-needed donations? With nowhere else to turn, Irene Deblois went to Panera the following week and continued Steve Hanson’s charitable mission. Before she even realized it one week turned into two weeks and two weeks turned into several. Suddenly what was once Steve Hanson’s weekly routine had become Irene’s. “I just kept going every week to collect the bread and bring it to the soup kitchen. But soon I was getting so much bread that I began to wish I had other places to bring it.” 

With mountains of bread and other baked goods coming in from Panera, Irene set out to find more organizations in need. “There’s a men's group home not too far from me and one day I decided to introduce myself there and offer them some of the donations. They were very willing and appreciative so I started to deliver food to them as well.” With more than one organization receiving donations and the amount of donated food steadily increasing, Deblois knew she would eventually need more help with this endeavor. At the recommendation of one of Immanuel’s pastors, Irene reached out to the Attleboro Council of Churches for more ideas of where to donate. She also began to seek help from fellow church goers. Soon Irene had a small team of volunteers and a few more stops on her donations list. 

“Currently I have a team of nine people helping me with what we now call The Bread Brigade,” Deblois said. As for the future of The Bread Brigade, Deblois hopes to eventually work with other churches and continue the charity work that Steve Hanson started. Most of all, Irene and her team of volunteers  hope people understand just how meaningful and important this work is. “It’s not a difficult ministry but it’s very rewarding,” Deblois shared. “The people we bring food to are so appreciative and when we have the time to sit and speak with them during our deliveries you can tell how much it means to them. When they say thank you it really comes from their heart. I’m just thankful we’re able to continue what Steve Hanson started, a simple mission with a lot of meaning and spiritual reward.” 

If you would like to help  with The Bread Brigade please reach out to Immanuel Lutheran Church at (508) 222-2898.