Northwestern Publishing House is pleased to introduce an opportunity for using the popular Christ-Light for Sunday Schools curriculum with your family in the comfort of your own home. This new program provides a meaningful and engaging Sunday school option for your child during this time when churches face challenges with offering traditional classroom Sunday school.

WHAT IS CHRIST LIGHT REMOTE LEARNING?

The Christ-Light Remote Learning program is a complete curriculum that combines teacher led lessons and engages parents in reinforcing the lessons in tangible ways with their children. Here are some specifics:

  • Christ-Light Lesson Videos are available for grades PreK-K, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6. The lessons are recorded and taught by experienced WELS teachers and available via YouTube prior to each Sunday. The engaging and age-appropriate video-based lessons are free with no required password for access.
  • Lesson Videos include a brief introduction for parents along with the lesson’s aim, the truth that is being shared, and a relevant application for the child, followed by the Bible lesson for the week.
  • Printed Christ-Light Sunday School Student Lessons are used by parents to help facilitate learning with their child.
  • Following the Lesson Video, parents are encouraged to complete a simple activity related to the lesson with their child and to reinforce the Memory Treasure.
  • Printed Student Lessons are available for each grade level as noted above. They are shrink-wrapped in packs of 13 lessons for each student. The current cycle is Year 2. Spring is currently underway (see the entire Spring 13-lesson schedule below)

MEET THE TEACHERS

Jennifer Wolfgramm

PreK-K

Mrs. Jennifer Wolfgramm is currently teaching 5K part-time at Good Shepherd's in West Allis, Wisconsin, as well as serving as a church organist and the Junior Choir director. Jennifer graduated from Martin Luther College in 2006 and lives in New Berlin with her husband, Paul, and their two young children. Jennifer enjoys the privilege of teaching Jesus' little lambs, spending time with her family, camping, visiting the library, playing piano, and rooting for the Brewers!

Mrs. Julia Hatzung

Grades 1 & 2

Mrs. Julia Hatzung currently teaches part-time Kindergarten at Christ the Lord Lutheran School, in Brookfield, WI. Julia graduated from MLC in 2001 with an Early Childhood Degree and has had the privilege to teach both Preschool and K at Christ the Lord, and Preschool at Christ, Pewaukee. She also currently helps at Little Lambs of Pilgrim, Menomonee Falls. Julia is very excited for the opportunity to be able to share Jesus with children virtually. Julia lives in Waukesha with her husband, Brian, and their four children. She enjoys participating in vocal and brass music at Christ the Lord and she and her husband enjoy spending time watching sports and music events in which their children are involved; her children are students at both Christ the Lord Lutheran Grade school and Wisconsin Lutheran High School.

Melissa Pittenger

Grades 3 & 4

Melissa Pittenger is married to ELS Pastor Tony Pittenger where she’s taught Sunday School at Bethany Lutheran in Port Orchard, WA for 25 years. They have five children, two grandchildren, and have been blessed to host international students from the CELC congregation in Seoul. Melissa graduated from MLC in 1997. She is the coordinator for “READY! for Kindergarten,” a parenting program in South Kitsap School District. She’s director and co-creator of Bethany Lutheran Preschool Power-Hour, a program for parents and preschoolers together, used by several congregations in the ELS & WELS. Melissa is a Recruitment & Community Engagement Coordinator and Infant Toddler Coach at Olympic Educational Service District’s Early Learning Department and is delighted to share Jesus with children and their families virtually!

Mrs. Tanya Gerbing

Grades 5 & 6

Tanya Gerbing has been teaching Sunday School for over 18 years. The wife of a WELS pastor, she first started teaching while living on the mission field in Zambia; and today teaches at Christ Ev. Lutheran in Pewaukee, WI. During the day she works as a merchandise buyer for Northwestern Publishing House. She loves spending time with her 5 grown children and grandson. In her free time she cooks, gardens, and plays tennis.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

  1. Your church may have ordered the 13 Student Lesson pack and either have it available for pick up at your church or have it sent to you directly from Northwestern Publishing House. Contact your church for information how you will receive your Student Lesson pack. If your church is not using this program, you can make use of it on your own. Click here to order or call 800-662-6022.
  2. Familiarize yourself with the program by exploring this webpage for more information including:
    • See a sample of the first week’s printed Student Lessons for each grade level by clicking here.
    • Beginning on August 21 visit this webpage to view the first Lesson Videos for each grade level.
  3. Each Friday beginning September 11, visit this webpage for links to the week’s Lesson Video.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

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What about Sunday school for grades 7, 8? Pre-recorded video lessons prove challenging for these young teens. Their education and spiritual needs are more real-time and interactive than those of younger students. Many congregations choose a small group Bible study format over a traditional classroom setting for grades 7, 8 Sunday school. Even the Christ-Light curriculum is designed topically for grades 7, 8, recognizing that this age group has progressed to more extensive discussion about the application of our faith. To that end, we encourage congregations desiring remote learning for grades 7, 8 to make use of the Christ-Light topical materials via Zoom or other online video conferencing platform, so that discussion—sometimes of sensitive and challenging issues—can occur in real-time with a known and trusted instructor.

Learn what WELS Director of Discipleship, Donn Dobberstein has to say about the Christ-Light remote learning program in this video.

Click here to read a helpful Christ-Light for Sunday School: Remote Learning Program tip for parents.

SPRING LESSON SCHEDULE & VIDEO ARCHIVE

LessonWeekStoryReferenceVideo Link
6March 21Palm SundayMatthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
or 9March 21Jesus before PilateMatthew 27: 1,2,11-31; Mark 15:1-20; Luke 23:1-5,13-25; John 18:28–19:16PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
10March 28Jesus Dies on the CrossMatthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-37PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
11Apr. 4Jesus’ Enemies Deny His ResurrectionMatthew 27:62-66;28:2-4,11-15PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
12Apr. 11Jesus Appears to Mary MagdaleneJohn 20:11-18PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
1Apr. 18The Pharisee and the Tax CollectorLuke 18:9-14PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
2Apr. 25The Parable of the Rich Man and Poor LazarusLuke 16:19-31PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
3May 2Jesus Raises LazarusJohn 11:1-45PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
4May 9ZacchaeusLuke 19:1-10PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
7May 16The Parable of the Bags of GoldMatthew 25:14-30 
or 5May 16Mary Annoints JesusMatthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:18 
13May 23The Gift of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost)Acts 2:1-21 
8May 30Paying Taxes to CaesarMatthew 22:15-22 

*Sequence adjusted so lessons coincide with the Church Year. Lesson 5, Mary Anoints Jesus, and Lesson 9, Jesus before Pilate, are omitted. For planning purposes, the Spring quarter will conclude on Memorial Day weekend 2021.

View Fall and Winter Lesson Schedules & Video Archive