Saturday, December 6, 2008

Message from Jake

We had a really productive day today. Kevin Thomas, Kevin Varghese, Maymol, and I were there. Here is what we came up with:Tentative Title: Jesus and the Samaritans
Order of the scenes for the play:
1. Jesus & the Samaritan Lady (Song)- Jake and Maymol
2. Samaritan Lady's Apostolic Work (Skit)- All Girls
3. Good Samaritan (Skit)- All Boys
We also assigned roles (may change) for the Good Samaritan part of the play:
Narrator/Jesus- Jake
Good Samaritan- Jiby
Traveler- Kevin T.
Priest- Kevin V.
Levite- Chris C.
Innkeeper- Jeevan
Alternate Innkeeper- Mariya
We are hoping to recruit people from other classes (probably 11th grade) to fill in the roles of the 3 robbers.
We have decided to use the plants in front of the platform area in the church as bushes in our skit, behind which the robbers will hide behind when waiting to ambush the traveler. Kevin has agreed to bring a beard and sword, but we still need to get a staff, jar, and ketchup packets (blood), and for props we need to make a road sign and a well.
I would also greatly appreciate it if you guys would let me know if you are planning to miss any practice days in the upcoming weeks. Practice dates include 7th, 13th, 14th, and the 20th.Thanks.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Girls - check your mailbox for your script

I just emailed the script that our class girls will be doing.
This is the part where the Samaritan Woman begins her Apostolic Ministry after meeting Jesus at the well.
Girls, let us know your thoughts after reviewing the script.

Guidelines from Sunday School Headmaster

Below is an email that originated from the desk of our Sunday School Headmaster. It contains key dates and many things for us to note.
--------------- Email Message --------------

Dear Friends,

As you all know, we will be having the Christmas cultural Program on December 21st at our Church. The program starts at 4:00 pm. Please note the guidelines set for the program.

Program Guidelines
Theme for the Christmas program is Christian based.
All Sunday school students should participate in at least one and a maximum of two programs.
Group programs must contain three participants or more.
Sunday School will have only group programs. All other organization programs can be single or group within the time slot allocated to them.
Not more than two nativity scenes.
Each program by Sunday school should not be more than 5 minutes.
Lawrenceville, Lilburn & Atlanta prayer meeting groups; MGOCSM; Martha Mariam Samajam and our Augusta and South Carolina church members will each have a total of 10 minutes for their programs. Unused or remaining time of a group cannot be used by another group.
Program ideas and approximate time for it should be submitted on or before December 7th to Sithara Jacob.
Practice for the selected Sunday school programs will be held in our Church facility.
If not already done, two parent coordinators should please sign up from each Sunday school class to help out.
A screening committee will be set up to screen the programs. It is the responsibility of each program owner to get the screening done in order for the program to be performed on the stage.
Audio CD should be submitted on or before December 14th to Sithara Jacob.
Please Note the Christmas Program will be held in our Church, hence we will not have the same program hosting facilities that were available to us as in previous years.

We urge you to take a look at the stage and other facilities available, if you are choreographing an item.


Practice Tomorrow

About the practice:
We'll gather around 10:00 AM EST tomorrow in our class. I anticipate the practice to last until 2:00 PM.
We can order pizza if everyone is ok. You are most welcome to pack your own sandwich/favorite food from home.
Bring your Sunday school bag to Saturday practice. Those of you who have to do BRS # 5 will get an opportunity to complete it.
You will be taking down notes about the play, and maintain notes at one single place.
Students below confirmed they can make it to the practice on Saturday, Dec 6, around 10:00 AM EST. Jake Kevin ThomasKevin VargheseMaymol These students cannot make it due to various reasons.MariyaJeevanJibyNo word from Nimi so far.
(Transportation Manager, pls verify if these students are good to go, and find out if Nimi is feeling well).
Guys, we are going to get busy.

New Assignments

Below are the assignments we made so far:
Program Manager: Jake
Admin Manager: Jiby
Technology Manager: Jeevan
Transportation Manager: Kevin Thomas
Girls Costume Manager: Maymol
Boys Costume Manager: Jacob Cherian (interim)

The above volunteers will be contacting you for several reasons via email and phone. Kindly respond to them in a timely fashion.

Below are the fist set of assignments:
  1. Admin Manager, find out the nearest photocopy place, Pizza Hut location and the closest Walmart to our Church and provide us with the map and phone number. Also, provide the info the Transportation Manager so that he can print out the driving directions from our church.
  2. Technology Manager, can you talk to the rest of the team and see if anyone has a video camera to record our practice sessions. If so, make arrangements to bring it to the practice session. Further, we need to burn some CD's with the song and voice. Suggest some ways to do it and how to distribute to the rest of our team. Check with the team is anyone has an MP3 CD player that can play music.
  3. Program Manager, check out who can make it to practice on what days, and who cannot make it to practice on certain days. We have to chalk out a plan to optimize our meeting times. Also identify a day to do our play voice recording, and arrange another day to practice with the recorded voice. The same day could be used to make some additional props as well. Submit our program entry to the Sunday School Secretary prior to Dec 7th. We currently do not know the actual length of our program (in minutes), but will know once we start practicing.
  4. Transportation Manager, can we find out if everyone has ride to get to practice, and if anyone needs help getting from one location to the other, what best can be done? Gather their phone numbers, including cell phone #, keep a map of who stays where, note their siblings, check if their parents are free to bring them. Print out maps to go to various places such as photocopy place, Pizza Hut, Walmart, etc. Check tomorrow's weather forecast and include it in your communication.
  5. Girls Costume Manager: Identify the costume required for dance session. Check your wardrobe if anything in there that will save us from buying new stuff.
  6. Boys Costume Manager: Identify costume requirements and check what's available on hand.

I hope to have the draft copy of script by tonight. Check out your email inbox. Please be careful not to leave copies of our script all around the church campus.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Approval to do a second program

Check with me prior to commiting to your friends about participating in a second program. You need to clear it with me first. We need to discuss it out and reach an agreement. When you come to me, have answers to the following questions:

  1. Who is responsible for the other program
  2. What other program are you doing
  3. When are the practice timings
  4. What is your role in the other program

You need to be able to demonstrate how you will manage both these programs, do regular school work and succeed.

"I already started the practice" is not a valid excuse to take part in the second program. I have instances in the past where students take off for the second program and then get left behind. They miss out on the class program and get dumped from the other one and are nowhere. It then becomes the teacher's job to console them, heal the wound, and come up with a solution in no time. Also, once you are in more than one play, scheduling the events is a very big headache for the co ordinators.

Below are the approvals and pending requests:


  1. Mariaya

Pending Request

  1. Kevin Varghese

Note that there is a Sunday school carol song which is usually sung at the very begining - this carol song will not be counted towards the second program.

10th Grade Christmas Play Update # 2

I have heard from Jiby, Jake, Kevin Thomas and Kevin Varghese. Still waitinig to hear from Nimi, Maymol, Mariya and Jeevan.

The following assignments have been made:

Admin Manager - Jiby
Program Manager Jake
Ride Manager - Kevin Thomas

Open positions:
Sound Manager: open
Boys Costume Manager: open
Girls Costume Manager: open

Jake, Kevin T, and Kevin V can make it to practice on Sat around 10:00. Others, you need to let me know. If I do not hear from you till tomorrow evening, I'll call you at home to find out.

Overview of our Christmas Play

Based on our past discussions, let's stage the good Samaritan play along with some minor modifications this Christmas.

Here's the high level overviw of what I have put together in 3 parts:

Part 1: Staging the story of good Samaritan and it's analysis.
Part 2: Dance based on a Malayalam Song Jesus and the Samaritan lady
Part 3: Analysis of Samaritan lady's meeting with Jesus.

In the coming few days, I'll put together the script and email it to you.

We have 8 students in our class and the first part alone cannot include all of you. Parts 2 and 3 are therefore included with the objective of getting everyone involved in some role or the other.

Look out for further updates.

Question: How many of you can meet this Saturday at class, say at 10:00 AM to kick starting this? Once I get everyone's input, let's decide on a convenient time for all of us to meet.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Guidelines for Christmas Program (10th Grade)

As we are heading into our Christmas Program, below are some of the pointers I learned from the Sunday School Headmaster and Secretary. Additionally, I am including few more guidelines to make this easy for all of us. I am also copying your parents on this email so that they know it as well. Make sure they read this and keep them updated.

Christmas program will be held on Dec 21, 2008 at 4:00 PM.

The venue will be inside our Church.

The stage will be where we hold our Morning Prayers (Namaskaram Area) just outside the Altar.

Organizers and coordinators are working on extending the stage area to make it slightly larger.

At this point, we are not sure if there will be a curtain or not. (For the sake of our play, let's assume there is no curtain).

As always, no food or drink is permitted inside our church.

On the Program day, I believe food will be served after the program.

We may be allowed to use the side room where the Altar boys keep their stuff - but I need to get it clarified.

All students are required to participate in this program; one being the minimum.

Students can take part in a maximum of 2 programs

First preference will be given to the class program Notify your class teacher (me) if you are participating in another program along with the name of an adult who is responsible for the other program.

We will have practice sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. The dates are Dec 6, 7, 13, 14 & 20th.

Class practice will take precedence over the other program (if any) and you cannot skip class practice to do the other practice.

One of these practice days, we'll do voice recording and include background music.

Below are some of the volunteer positions that we can have. This way, each of you are assigned individual areas of the play, and under your responsibility, we can ensure every area is well covered. I can also give you credit for these volunteer work, if needed. Email me the one you are interested in. If there are multiple students interested in a particular position, we'll do an online vote and pick one person. Let's decide on these roles by Thursday evening.

Administrative Manager: To keep track of all expenses related to this program by maintaining receipts, and contributions, make photocopies as required, email revised content to everyone, and take care of administrative matters related to our practice and play.

Sound Manager: To oversee the audio recording of our play, gather background music, arrange CD player, and bring the final recorded CD to the practice & program, make notes about our deviations, etc.

Ride Manager: To ensure all participants are feeling well, know the practice timings (in case we changed any), have rides to come for the practice as well as go home. You will also confirm that all students have reached home safe after practice.

Boys Costume (Props) Manager: Decide on the props that each boy needs, make note of those, get measurements, shop for them with the help of an adult or me, responsible for storing them, trying them on, and actually bringing them to the final play.

Girls Costume (Props) Manager: Decide on the props that each girl needs, make note of those, get measurements, shop for them with the help of an adult, responsible for storing them, trying them on, and actually bringing them to the final play.

Program Manager: To plan our activities and verify everything is going as planned, decide on critical dates, make arrangements for practice, step into the shoes of others as required and really help them out. You will be a floating resource in this role.

All of you are well behaved and I am sure you'll respect your fellow classmate with his/her responsibility. None of the above positions are superior to others. You'll notice even me listening to the decisions made by the respective area volunteers and abiding them when it comes to making a final choice.

In case of any questions or clarifications, you know how to reach me!!


Jacob Uncle.