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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. Fall is currently underway (see the entire Fall 13-lesson schedule below). Winter begins Sunday, December 13, 2020 (see the entire Winter 13-lesson schedule below). Spring begins Sunday, March 21, 2021 (see the entire Winter 13-lesson schedule below)

MEET THE TEACHERS

Mrs. 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.

Mrs. Kari Hahm

Grades 1 & 2 (Fall only)

Mrs. Kari Hahm is the Director of Music and Teacher at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Hartland, WI. Her primary duties include directing the choirs, playing organ, and teaching all academic and performance music classes. She also teaches departmentalized Christ Light, Art, Science and Literature classes and is a lead teacher in their Time For Tots program. Kari is a 2000 graduate from MLC's Secondary Choral Education program. She enjoys singing with The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee and Canticum Novum: A WELS Chamber Choir. She and her husband James are blessed with five children.

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!

Allison O’Donnell

Grades 3 & 4 (Fall only)

Allison O’Donnell is 2010 MLC graduate with a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. After 6 years as a WELS 3rd and 4th grade teacher in Wisconsin, she switched to fully online teaching in 2018 in order to spend more time with her two sons: 3-year-old Lewis and 10-month-old Cameron. She also is the director for the Summer and Winter International English Experiences at Wisconsin Lutheran High School. When not teaching, she enjoys rides on her electric bicycle, playing with her dog, reading, and listening to podcasts.

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.

LESSON VIDEOS - Available Now!

Week 13 - 12/06/2020
Week 13 - 12/06/2020
Week 13 - 12/06/2020
Week 13 - 12/06/2020

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.
    • Visit this webpage to view the first Lesson Videos for each grade level.
  3. Each Friday visit this webpage for links to the week’s Lesson Video.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

We will keep you posted with additional information as it is available. Click here to subscribe to update emails from NPH.

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

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

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.

FALL LESSON SCHEDULE & VIDEO ARCHIVE

LessonWeekStoryReferenceVideo Link
1 Sept. 13 God Creates Man and Woman Genesis 1:28; 2:7-25 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
2 Sept. 20 The Fall and the Promise Genesis 3 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
3 Sept. 27 The Birth of Moses Exodus 1:1-2:10 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
4 Oct. 4 God Calls Moses Exodus 2:23-4:20, 27, 28 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
5 Oct. 11 The Plagues Exodus 7-10 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
6 Oct. 18 The Passover and Escape from Egypt Exodus 11:1-12:42 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
7 Oct. 25 Crossing the Red Sea Exodus 13:17-15:2 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
8 Nov. 1 Manna and Quail Exodus 16 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
9 Nov. 8 The Ten Commandments Exodus 19:1-20:21; 24:1-18 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
10 Nov. 15 The Golden Calf Exodus 24:12-18; 32; 33:4-6; 34:1-10, 28-32 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
11 Nov. 22 The Twelve Spies Numbers 13, 14 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
12 Nov. 29 The Bronze Snake Numbers 20; 21:4-9 PreK-K
1-2
3-4
5-6
13 Dec. 6 Entering the Promised Land Joshua 1, 3, 4; Deuteronomy 5, 18, 30, 31-34; Numbers 27  

WINTER LESSON SCHEDULE & VIDEO ARCHIVE

LessonWeekStoryReferenceVideo Link
1 Dec. 13 The Fall of Jericho Joshua 6:1-25  
6* Dec. 20 The Birth of Jesus Luke 2:1-20  
n/a Dec. 27 Christmas and New Year’s Break    
2 Jan. 3 Gideon’s Victory Joshua 7  
3 Jan. 10 Samson’s Strength Joshua 13–15  
4 Jan. 17 Samson’s Sin and God’s Forgiveness Joshua 16:4-30  
5 Jan. 24 Ruth’s Faith Ruth 1  
7 Jan. 31 Jesus and the Centurion Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10  
8 Feb. 7 Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9; John 6:1-15  
9 Feb. 14 The Transfiguration of Jesus Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36  
10 Feb. 21 The Parable of the Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37  
11 Feb. 28 The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant Matthew 18:21-35  
12 March 7 Jesus and the Ten Men with Leprosy Luke 17:11-19  
13 March 14 Mary and Martha Luke 10:38-42  

*Sequence adjusted for lesson to coincide with Christmas.

SPRING LESSON SCHEDULE & VIDEO ARCHIVE

LessonWeekStoryReferenceVideo Link
6 March 21 Palm Sunday Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:28-40; John 12:12-19  
10 March 28 Jesus Dies on the Cross Matthew 27:32-56; Mark 15:21-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:16-37  
11 Apr. 4 Jesus’ Enemies Deny His Resurrection Matthew 27:62-66;28:2-4,11-15  
12 Apr. 11 Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene John 20:11-18  
1 Apr. 18 The Pharisee and the Tax Collector Luke 18:9-14  
2 Apr. 25 The Parable of the Rich Man and Poor Lazarus Luke 16:19-31  
3 May 2 Jesus Raises Lazarus John 11:1-45  
4 May 9 Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10  
7 May 16 The Parable of the Bags of Gold Matthew 25:14-30  
13 May 23 The Gift of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) Acts 2:1-21  
8 May 30 Paying Taxes to Caesar Matthew 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.