Archive for February, 2013

February 27, 2013

by on February 27, 2013, under Children, Singles


VBS workshops are coming!!  My office is covered with boxes with supplies.  I also have sorted the giveaways into 2 groups-one for Pine Lake and 1 for Sawgrass.  I have 6 Gabbits to give away at each location.  The only way you can get one is to be there.  Depending on how many come, you may get 2 opportunities to win something.

Duke and Cali will be there.  Come and meet them.

Our daughter, Jenny, is in the process of adopting.  She was going to adopt from Kyrgyzstan, but the country closed adoptions.  Next it was Russia.  Most of you have probably heard that Russia closed to US adoptions.  Now she is going on a domestic journey.  Here is a link to her profile   She is now “selectable” for birth mothers.  Pray for her journey.  It has been a long, problem ridden journey so far.  We know God has a special little one selected just for her.

I received pictures of Go Fish For Kids from West Palm Beach school.  Check them out on the gallery at

Yahoo mail has been having some issues with bulk mail.  I am getting back all mail with yahoo accounts.  If you know someone who is on this distribution list and has yahoo, share this email with them or direct them to the “news” page of the website.

I found a new resource for parents and spiritual parenting.  I will be posting it on the website or you can go to and subscribe.  It is a free monthly magazine.

So true too often.

I must sign off and get this posted on the website and add attachments.

Until next time, god bless,

 Attachments follow:

Splinks for February 24th 2013


Home Front FEB_2013

Fruit of the Spirit Bingo Game



Books of the Bible Bingo Game



I Believe Wall



7 Ways to Be a Teacher Who Makes a Difference

Compassionate Kids

Involving Preteens in VBS

Splinter Child-A Moment With Noah-Pt 1

My Buddy Noah pt 2

Faith of a Child-Noah pt 3

Hey! Stop That!

Fighting The Entitlement Culture


Rhoda Burrill

Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries

407-644-5000 x136


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February 20, 2013

by on February 20, 2013, under Children, Singles


I hope this finds you well and that you had a blessed holiday weekend.

The VBS workshops are coming soon.  I have been working on getting all the materials together.  I really like the program-Kingdom Rock.  Where Kids Stand Strong for God.  But I especially like the Bible Memory Buddies.  They are so COOL!  I can’t wait to show them to you.  Send in your registration.  Pine Lake is March 23, 3-8 PM.  Sawgrass is March 30, 3-8 PM. The registration fee is $30 per person.  The day will be filled with fun, inspiration and also a meal!  I have 4 boxes of giveaways.  But you need to be there to get a ticket.

This Sabbath, Ben Roy, The Science Guy,  will be Florida Hospital Church.  The time is 5 PM.. I will be there. Hope to see many of you there.  Bring your kids, and the kids from your church.  You will be glad you did!  You will learn some great creative worship ideas.  And it is FREE!

We enjoyed a few days spending time with 2 of our grandchildren.  We don’t see them near as often as we would like.  We spent a day at Legoland.  The rainiest day of last week.  Had a great time.

Campmeeting will be here before we know it.  The children’s programs are going to be fun and exciting.  The leaders are putting a lot of effort into providing your kids with quality programs.

Caren Ippolito just informed me that her Dad died.  Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

I want to get this sent and posted and the attachments posted.

Until next time, God bless.

Attachments follow:

flyer  VBS workshops

Splinks for February 17th 2013


Mar 13  Be Awesome Newsletter for CM volunteers

Porn-How to Protect Teens

Love is


Spring Break and Kids Ministry

Fun Ways to Use Balloons in Ministry


10 Tips to Manage Kids

A Tale of Two Fathers



Rhoda Burrill

Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries

407-644-5000 x136


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PAC Minutes – 2/17/13

by on February 18, 2013, under Adventurers, Pathfinders

Pathfinder Adventurer Committee
February 17, 2013
Called to order – 8:07am

Members present – Kathy Adams, Calvin Brooks, Myrlin Brooks, Jose Diaz, Rachel Figueroa, Brad Gary, Lisa Gary, Ken & Doris Grant, Robert Hines, Martha Lewis, Jowi Perez, Pedro Perez, Alex Ramirez, Javier Santiago

Devotional & Prayer – Pedro Perez “Huge Mistakes We Make with Kids”
#1 – We risk too little – this is the value of P & A Ministry – we take risks
Avoid “helicopter parents”, don’t do risky things, but let them try things
#2 – We rescue to quickly – take a time out
#3 – We rave to easily – we are lowering the expectation bar, we are rewarding them
for average or below
James 1:5 – It takes wisdom to work with young people, work with leaders, to work with parents. PAC needs to grow in wisdom, pass it down to next layer, next layer passed it down, etc.
Prayer – sentence prayers around the room

01-02172013 Motion Alex Ramirez 2nd Calvin Brooks 100% approved
“To look for a new camping spot, not limited to developed areas. Also look for locations to purchase.”

02-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Jose Diaz 100% approved
“Committee will consist of Alex Ramirez as chair, Calvin Brooks, Martha Lewis, Kathy Adams, and Jose

Need to set calendar dates for 2014 by May PAC Meeting / Need to Continue to look for ways to simplify calendar / Discussed Calendar for one hour / Made suggestions for improvements

*******REPORTS – reports need to be sent to Conference in 1 week in advance so that they can be read before PAC meeting to save time*********.

Approval of PAC Minutes
03-02172013 Motion Calvin Brooks 2nd Martha Lewis 100% approved
“To accept the PAC Minutes are printed”

Motions to be made from ExCom Minutes:
04-02172013 Motion Myrlin Brooks 2nd Ken Grant 100% approved
“Yolanda Acevedo will become North Area Zone B Administrator as of June 1, 2013; Scott Fortier will remain Zone B Administrator until that time”05-02172013 Motion Javier Santiago 2nd Martha Lewis Approved by majority 5-3 “To move Lakeland English and Winter Haven Church from Cluster 6 to Cluster 5. This would be for all Youth Ministries, Lakeland Spanish would remain in Cluster 6” Conference Youth Director exercised his right of VETO and will report back at May PAC

06-02172013 Motion Jose Diaz 2nd Myrlin Brooks 100% approved
“That the official name of the Varsity Committee be – Varsity/TLT Committee”

07-02172103 Motion Jose Diaz 2nd Ken Grant 100% approved
“That Varsity/TLT Committee members be issued identification cards with annual expiration and renewal, this can be extended to any other officially appointed members.”

08-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Kathy Adams 100% approved
“That we have a Youth Ministries Convention, Aug. 2-4, 2013 at FLA using FLA lodging and area motels.”

09-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Jowi Perez 100% approved
“To accept Johanna De La Cruz as the Central Cluster 5 Coordinator”

10-02172013 Motion Martha Lewis 2nd Calvin Brooks 100% approved
“That Florida Conference would accept the invitation from Bill Wood to supply 2-4 people in an overall supervision position at the YMCA during the International Camporee – these volunteers would be already attending Camporee, there would be no financial reimbursement”

Clarification on PAC teleconference of 01-24-2013

11-02172013 Motion Jowi Perez 2nd Martha Lewis
“That the awards that will be given for Pathfinder Skill Events (at Red Zone) – not necessarily trophies.”

12-02172013 Motion Myrlin Brooks 2nd Martha Lewis 100% approved
“To accept Jowi Perez as the Red Zone Director”

13-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Myrlin Brooks 100% approved
“To accept David Graham as the North Area Zone B Administrator, and that Vany Gonzalez would be North Cluster 6 Coordinator – this is a switch of positions”

Adventurers – Lisa Gary — see written report
Highlights – Website developed by David Graham, upcoming Fun Days, several older Florida Awards being revised or retired

14-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Jose Diaz Approved by majority vote
“That the North Area Team would like to sponsor an Adventurer Family Campout at Camp Kulaqua, Oct 4-6, 2013. Parents would be REQUIRED to attend and camp with their child”

Pathfinders – Calvin Brooks — see written report
Highlights – Rachel Figueroa resigning as Drill Director. Has met with all the Activity Directors.

15-02172103 Motion Myrlin Brooks 2nd Rachel Figueroa 100 approved
“To accept the State Adventurer and Pathfinder reports as written and highlighted”

16-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Ken Grant 100% approved
“To accept the written and highlighted reports from the Pathfinder and Adventurer Area Administrators”

E-Tracker – no report
Varsity – Jose Diaz – oral report – has had several great events. Would like more support for activities. They received great comments from the ranger at the event. Spiritual retreat date may have to change. 12 TLT’s inducted at the Plantation Church.
Master Guide – Kathy Adams – oral report. Please CC Kathy Adams on all emails sent to Dave Jones. Question as to why there has not been a MG campout.

17-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Kathy Adams 100% approved
“To accept the oral reports from the Program Directors. They will send a written report to Micky
Santiago for the official Conference records”

Drill – Rachel Figueroa – see written report
Dates to submit drill application for Red Zone will remain May 1 Age requirement will be as if Red Zone was in May. OK to turn 18 AFTER May 31 Encourage Clubs to drill SATURDAY NIGHT! Items in report 1-5 will go to ExCom for recommendation back to PAC
Rachel – effective July 10 – stepping down as Director / She will always be available

18-02172013 Motion Calvin Brooks 2nd Javier Santiago 100% approved
“That items 1-6 on the written drill report be taken to ExCom for discussion and recommendations for

19-02172013 Motion Ken Grant 2nd Lisa Gary approved with sadness
“To accept the resignation letter, effective July 10 of Rachel Figueroa as Drill Director – accepted with
deep regrets”

Drum – no report
Constitution/Bylaws – no report
Leadership Convention – Robert Hines – see written report

20-02172013 Motion Lisa Gary 2nd Kathy Adams 100% approved
“To accept the Committee members as on the written report for the Leadership Convention”Pathfinder Bible Experience – Myrlin Brooks – see written report
Highlights – Clubs can have more than 1 team, Union Runoff – March 29-30 will be at Camp Kulaqua,
electronic scoring will be used at Area and State levels, only 1st place teams advance to next level, all
clubs that advance must re-register for the next level event, participants must be in grades 5-10 (not
age requirements), State event is March 16 at 4:00 at FLEC, uniform inspection will be 1 hour prior to
start time

Uniform – no report
Red Zone – Jowi Perez – see written report
Highlights – Pathfinder Skill Events, a new name will be submitted by Adventurers and Pathfinders

21-02172013 Motion Jowi Perez 2nd Jose Diaz 100% approved
“To accept the Pathfinder Skill Events as described in the written report”

22-02172013 Motion Calvin Brooks 2nd Alex Ramirez 100% approved
“To open up to both Pathfinders and Adventurers a contest to have a new name for Red Zone. This would be for the Adventurer-Varsity members (not staff) only. The reward for the chosen would be –

Pathfinders – 1 OshKosh ticket Adventurers – 4 Wet & Wild Tickets Ideas must be submitted by April 26th for May 5th PAC meeting.”
Mission Trip – written report – Ken Grant
5 have made deposit for Hawaii 2013 10 have expressed interest

23-02172013 Motion Ken Grant 2nd Lisa Gary 100% approved
“To accept the written and oral reports of the Activity and Events Directors”

Drill Instructor – Nominations – see written resume’
South Florida Associate Youth Director – 2 Pastors will be interviewed on 2-18-13
Preacher Training was held at Pine Lake – extra handouts available
Cluster/Zone/Area Expense Forms – communicate how, why they are used
Shirts – Please wear them.
Uniforms – reimbursement for uniforms will be looked into by Pedro Perez
Camporee Director – nominations
Everyone should be looking for the “younger generation” to be ready to fill positions.
Future item – Uniform braids that represent PAC, not just Conference position
Meeting adjourned with prayer by Pastor Pedro at 2:07pm

PAC 02-17-13 minutes – PDF

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February 13, 2013

by on February 13, 2013, under Children, Singles


I hope you are having a great day and a great week.

I was at Cohutta Springs last weekend.  I had a good time presenting and attending seminars.  I especially enjoyed Ben Roy.  My travel was uneventful.  And I got to listen to 16 hours of Adventurers in Odyssey.

The VBS workshops are coming soon.  Registrations are coming in.  Be sure to get yours in.  March 23 at Pine Lake and March 30 at Sawgrass.

Family Time has nine free family worship activities available.  I will be attaching them to the web newsletter but you can also access them here:

I am going to get this mailed and posted so I can go home and enjoy my grandsons.

Until next time, God bless,

 Attachments attached:

flyer VBS

Splinks for February 10th 2013


Feb 13  ParentLink










Rhoda Burrill

Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries

407-644-5000 x136


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February 6, 2013

by on February 06, 2013, under Children


What a great message Paul gives us in Romans 8.

The VBS workshops are getting closer.  The registrations are coming in.  We are looking forward to 2 great events.  They will be both fun and educational.  Hope to see you there.

After the VBS workshops it is time for Camp Meeting.  The leaders for the children’s departments are busy putting together great things for your kids.

I got an email this morning from Super Church.  Thee was a free video download offered.  I like free!  I downloaded the video.  You need to get one.  A really cute video about the different kinds of love.  And features kids.  The website is  Let me know what you think.

Friday I head out for Cohutta for a Children’s Ministry Convention sponsored by Georgia Cumberland Conference, Southern Union, and NAD.  I am doing 2 workshops.  I am especially looking forward to seeing several of my CM friends from other conferences.  Pray that I have good driving conditions Friday and Sunday.  Asking for it to be warm up there would be nice, too.

I have posted the mp3’s from 2 more conventions for those of you in the Florida Conference.  Still have 2 more conferences to go.

What’s In The Bible has some cute lunchbox notes for you to put in your kids lunchboxes.  I will post them with this email on the department page.

Now to get this posted and the attachments added.

Until next time, God bless

Attachments follow:

flyer  VBS Workshops

poster  VBS poster

Splinks for February 3rd 2013

Sticky01_AWonderfulWork  Starting over again

Sinner_Who_Are_You  Family Time

bulletin insert February 2013

Thinking Outside The Box



Rhoda Burrill

Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries

407-644-5000 x136


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