The theme of the week is “Who Is My Neighbor?”

VBS participants will learn about some of the people around the world who are our neighbors in the kingdom of God. They will also learn how ELCA World Hunger, an important ministry of our church, works with people in the United States and in over 60 other countries to ensure that everyone has enough food to eat, a safe place to live, and the things they need for a healthy life.

The week is based on Jesus’ conversation with a lawyer in the parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Each day, VBS attendees will hear a new part of the story, meet a new character and see how they answered the question, “Who Is My Neighbor?”

Each day, they will also learn about a new country where ELCA World Hunger works: About our neighbors in that country and some of the projects ELCA World Hunger supports to help our neighbors.

Supporting our local neighbors at Northport Elementary

Throughout the week, we’re also completing service projects and collecting offering to support our more local neighbors in need at Northport Elementary in Brooklyn Center. All offering received from VBS participants will help us meet the request from Northport Elementary staff to provide fuel gift cards for students’ families in need of transportation support.

Week at a Glance

VBS is a four-day session this year from Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13. Each day we begin at 9 am and conclude at Noon. Our daily themes are:

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monday, june 10

Theme: God Loves Us

Theme verse: “We love because God first loved us” (1 John 4:19)


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tuesday, june 11

Theme: Let Your Light Shine

Theme verse: “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon” (Isaiah 58:10 New Living Translation)

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Wednesday, June 12

Theme: God Loves Everyone

Theme verse: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to God” (Acts 10:34b-35)

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thursday, june 13

Theme: Building God’s Community

Theme verse: “Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor” (Romans 15:2).