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About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.

Get Ready…Go Out

As we are about to start a new year it’s important that all teachers recognize some important things about their students Growth: they have grown from last year, regardless of what grade they are in and whether or not they … Continue reading

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Becoming a Parish of INTENTIONAL Disciples

As part of a committee I am on, we are reading the book: Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples, Sherry A. Weddell, Editor The Catholic Church, much like other denominations, are facing dropping numbers of active parishioners. Growing up Methodist, … Continue reading

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Take a moment for prayer in these back to school days

As the summer comes to a close and as children are getting ready to head back to school, and Sunday school/Religious Ed Programs and as teachers are getting ready to head back to teaching Let us remember them in prayer … Continue reading

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Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh Posted on July 29, 2015 by ellasurreau It is not often I write about the books I read.  Though I have written about many It is even less often that I feel the … Continue reading

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The Earth Belongs to God

Psalm 24:1New International Version (NIV) Psalm 24 Of David. A psalm. 1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,     the world, and all who live in it; As summer is winding down, and thoughts return to teaching a new … Continue reading

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The Bible, Reading, Connections, Moving Forward

As I reflect back on my children learning to read I remember them first learning letters, then words then sentences.  My oldest started reading at 3 we know this because he went on a Ferris wheel and said “don’t rock … Continue reading

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Stand By Me, praise God even in the storm.

   No…not that “Stand by me.” perhaps this one: or for meditation perhaps this one: It is so easy to thank God when life is going good. as we want It is easy to thank God when our family is … Continue reading

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Did Jesus Know he was God?

I am currently taking a course through Edx on Jesus in the Scriptures.  It is offered by Notre Dame(a catholic university) and is free to take as are all ed x courses. A peer of mine posted two questions here … Continue reading

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Press On

As Religious Education teachers, As Catechists, As Sunday School Teachers, whatever title you give yourself….We are human We are children of God and we struggle at times, even those who can quote scripture, at times have doubts We are not … Continue reading

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Meditation with Music

slow your breathing relax your shoulders, untense your muscles listen, in quiet, just listen listen to the music, listen to the lyrics reflect on what it says to you, what of it tugs your heartstrings. Amen

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