Mission Service Activity of the Month

August 2022: Collecting Arch Books for Church or School Libraries 

group of children reading books at a table with bookshelves in the background. Boy in foreground looks up from his book to smile at the camera.

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, directs His people many times in Scripture to care for each other. He reminds us in Proverbs 22:6 to care for and train children. Training a child in God’s Word is no easy task. Arch Books, available at Concordia Publishing House (CPH), St. Louis, are a good way to share Bible stories in a simplified way. As these stories are read to children, they can grow in knowledge, seek clarification and guidance, and ask questions. If you are blessed to read these stories to children, you can ask questions. These Bible stories can create a foundation for future years of reading and learning from the Bible.

Preparations for the Activity:

  • Contact Lutheran churches and schools in your area to find out if they would be interested in receiving Arch Books for their libraries or classrooms.
  • Contact your church elders for permission to take a door offering to purchase Arch Books.
  • If a member, apply for a Thrivent Action Team grant ($250) to further fund this project. 
  • If approved, set up a display of Arch Books at church/school so people can learn about Arch Books.
  • Check the Concordia Publishing House (CPH) website to order Arch Books.
  • Deliver Arch Books to church/school libraries.
  • As an extension of this activity, set up a time at school when you could read an Arch Book to a class.

Extra credit: Take pictures of this service activity and submit them to share on your district website or in your district newsletter. Get permission to take and share pictures.

Gospel Focus

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).

Devotion as You Plan:

As you plan this service activity, you may want to share this devotion, The Parenting Profession.

Prayer as You Plan and Prepare: 

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us Your Holy Word. You have given us the command to train up a child in the way he should go. Please help us to teach Your words to our children. As they grow, may it strengthen and nurture them. Let us all daily rely on Scripture for guidance and instruction. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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Collecting Arch Books for Church or School Libraries


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