Join Phyllis Vos Wezeman as she guides you through a very simple—yet compelling—process for Lent and Easter. It will focus on the resource God's Family Tree: Lent & Holy Week Catechesis that she wrote with Anna L. Liechty.
Here's how to Planning Together experience will work:
- Order the downloadable/reproducible resource in advance (optional): God's Family Tree
- Attend a Zoom video conference for a basic overview and suggestions for use. Or view a recording of the conference afterwards.
- Saturday, January 23, 2021, 1pm Eastern Time
- Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 3pm Eastern Time
- Participate in a think tank via Facebook and/or Google Drive.
- Communicate with the author and publisher for specific ideas for use within your setting.
God's Family Tree
- Why? God's Family Tree is a week-by-week thematic approach to teaching the story of salvation during Lent and Easter.
- Biblical • Bible narratives trace the story of salvation from Creation through Resurrection. Each week features a different tree and a new symbol that helps make the biblical characters and lessons meaningful.
- Comprehensive • Segments are available for Ash Wednesday, the six Sundays of Lent, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
- Creative • Beginning with the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" and the arrival of sin through Adam and Eve, the series traces the sequence of God's plan for redemption to "Calvary's Tree" and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
- Complete • The content for these sessions includes:
- Worship (children's messages, service materials)
- Nurture (at-home family lessons and prayers)
- Education (creative activities)
- Enhancements (patterns for banners, posters, displays)
- Thorough • The chart, with the headings Day, Theme, Scripture, Tree, Symbol, and People with the plan for Lent and Easter in place is a goldmine!
- Flexible • Adaptable to in-person or at-home use
- Nature-oriented • Fun to use with natural elements
- Extendable • Includes a fun pageant, "Re-tracing Our Roots: God's Story of Salvation" which could be used during the season of Easter with children, youth, and adults taking part—live or through photos—inside or outside.
- Easy • Besides the download of the entire book, the publisher is providing each week's materials as a separate link for easy of planning, sending, using.
- Reasonable • This reproducible e-resource is sold with a lifetime license for use within a congregation/parish or school. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email them to members of your team or participants in your program. Materials may not be posted to any website without explicit permission from the publisher.
The Pastoral Center
As a religious educator, PHYLLIS VOS WEZEMAN has served as Director of Christian Nurture at a downtown congregation in South Bend, Indiana; Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center of Michiana; and Program Coordinator for ecumenical as well as interfaith organizations in Indiana and Michigan.
In academics, Phyllis has been Adjunct Faculty in the Education Department at Indiana University South Bend and in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an "Honorary Professor" of the Saint Petersburg (Russia) State University of Pedagogical Art where she has taught methods courses for extended periods on several occasions. She has also been guest lecturer at the Shanghai Teachers College in China.
As founder of the not-for-profit Malawi Matters, Inc., she develops and directs HIV & AIDS Education programs with thousands of volunteers in 200 villages and more than 1,500 schools in Malawi, Africa including “Creative Methods of HIV & AIDS Education,” “Culture & HIV-AIDS,” and “Equipping Women/ Empowering Girls.”
Author or co-author of over 2,000 articles and books, she has written for over 80 publishers.
Phyllis served as President of Active Learning Associates, Inc.; a consultant or board member to numerous local and national organizations such as the American Bible Society, Church World Service, LOGOS, and the Peace Child Foundation; leader of a six- week youth exchange program to Russia and Ukraine; and Project Director for four Lilley Worship Renewal grants. She is the recipient of three “Distinguished Alumni Awards," the Aggiornamento Award from the Catholic Library Association, and the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE).
Wezeman holds undergraduate degrees in Business, Communications, and General Studies from various institutions and an MS in Education from Indiana University South Bend.
Phyllis and her husband Ken (who met when they were in second and third grade in elementary school) have three children and their spouses, Stephanie (Jeff), David, and Paul (Deha); five grandchildren, Quin, Ayle, Lief, Ashley, and Jacob; and two great-grandsons, Maddox and Troy.