Proverbs 22:6 “ Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” New Living Translation (NLT)
Greetings: It has been another awesome week. The Go Fish Team went to New Port Richey Church/School, East Pasco Jr Academy, and Orlando Junior Academy doing a 3 day Child Evangelism Program. We equipped 250 children to do outreach that is non-threatening to non-Christians friends and neighbors. We were blessed with great leaders/teachers and children. The TEAM would love to come to your church or school to present the Go Fish program. Please let me know if you are interested.
Object Lesson: God Makes Us Clean (Ephesians 2) Dirty a handheld mirror and bring it to class. Make sure it is dirty enough that your students can’t see themselves in it, or at least not very well. Pass the mirror around and have the students take turns looking at their reflection in the mirror. Ask each child if he can see himself very well in the mirror. Explain that just as the mirror is dirty and prevents you from seeing yourself well, your sins make you dirty. Then take out some window cleaner and paper towels, and clean the mirror. Pass it around to the children and let them look again. Just as the window cleaner made the mirror clean, so God’s grace saves you from your sin and assures you life in heaven.
October is Clergy Appreciation Month
“Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thess. 5:12-13).
Accordingly, over the centuries, decades and years, pastors have been recognized and honored, either formally or informally, by many denominations and local churches at various times of the year. It has been a long-standing practice.
Figure out what you can do personally to recognize and honor these leaders. A simple card, an invitation to lunch, a promise to pray for them or an offer to babysit, wash a car or mow a lawn make wonderful statements.
Calendar Up Dates:
Central Florida Singles: SABBATH -OCT. 18th 1:30 P.M. Fellowship Meal – Kress Memorial SDA Church – It’s that time of month again, time to share a Sabbath lunch with your singles family at Kress. Come and enjoy some good fellowship, fun and food. Bring a great dish and plenty of it to share.
7:00 P.M. Charlie’s 10th Anniversary Party – No, not his wedding anniversary….It’s been 10 years since Charlie moved to Florida. I guess he’s here to stay! Plan on joining us for what will definitely be a fun night. Bring some finger foods, snacks, etc. to share. For more information, call Charlie at 352-383-3976.
Central Florida Singles October Birthday Dinner Olive Garden October 25 6:45pm All Singles are invite to come
Family Worship Seminar Community Room @ Florida Conference November 15 3-6pm All are invited to this FREE Seminar
Avon Park Young Adult Singles Weekend Avon Park SDA Church December 13-15 7pm Friday All Young Adults are Invite
Creative Ministry Workshop Naples SDA Church January 10 2-5pm All area churches are invited
Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks/Ocala SDA Church January 31 2-5pm All area churches are invited
Creative Ministry Workshop Pompano Beach SDA Church February 14 2-5pm All area churches are invited.
Again I hope that you will attend and promote the above events in your churches. I would love to meet you and talk with you about your ministry.
If you have any questions or need assistance with anything let me know. Check out our website for additional information.
Until next time Keep Looking UP for direction. Praying daily for you.
“There is none like Thee, O Lord; Thou art great, and great is Thy name in might.” Jeremiah 10:6
I am so glad to be back in Florida. This week has had it’s challenging moments, including the lack of electricity this morning My office is an inside office so I was attempting to work in the dark. I found myself getting very sleepy, but by 10:00 we had “light”. You never know how much the “little things” count until they are gone. As I mentioned last week I was out of town for children and family conferences. My head (and mind) are overflowing with information on ministering to our children and families.
Here are some statistics regarding church attendance: Regular attendance is 1-4 times a month, 80 % attendance is attending 50% of the time (about 15-18 hours a year). Most children/parents attend church 2 days out of 6 weeks. Most children spend as much time in Media consumption in 2 days as to what they get all year at church/spiritual training.
Things that will make a difference in a child church experience: If leaders commit to regular attendance, If a parent will serve (work in church), If the child has friends in church, If the child knows an adult cares, If a child is motivated by incentives.
My recommendation is that we think on these things and work to make changes.
Halloween Alternative: Family Storytelling Party
Start around 5:30 p.m. on a Friday. Tell each family to bring their favorite hors d’oeuvres for a potluck appetizer supper.
After dinner, lead the group in singing lively songs with actions. Then have people get together with their own family. Have each family decide on their favorite story about an experience that involved their entire family. Tell each family they need to prepare a skit about that story to present to the other families. Skits should be no longer than five minutes.
After the presentations, form groups of four families. Have these groups each sit in a circle. Give them a story-starter sentence, such as “Once there was a man who couldn’t figure out how to…” One at a time, have group members add one sentence to the story until the story is complete. Start the story with the person who has the most gray hair (the wisest) in each family group. Close your group time together by pointing people to Jesus as the consummate storyteller.
Another idea is to give each family a story that Jesus told so they can discuss what the story means. Encourage each family to be an important link in the chain of storytellers that spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Other ingredients for this Halloween Family Storytelling Party could include fun table graces, craft projects, free time for each family, large group games, get-to-know-you activities, outdoor games, team challenge races, face painting, a campfire, picnic meals, or a service project.
GO FISH This weekend (October 11 in New Port Richey, October 12 in East Pasco,
October 13 in Orlando Junior Academy)
Creative Ministry Workshop November 1 Deltona SDA Church
Family Ministry Workshop November 15 @ the Florida Conference Community Room 3-6pm
Hoping to see you at some of these events. All are FREE and Everyone is welcome to attend.
Have a great week. Take time to Praise the Lord and Pray for guidance.
Words of Treasure “Stop doubting and believe.” John 20:27 ( 365 Days of Adventure, Zonderkidz Adventure Bible Devotions)
It has been an awesome day to far. I have been preparing my office so that it won’t be” lonely” while I attend the KIDMIN Conference in Columbus, Ohio and
the D6 Conference in Louisville Kentucky. These conferences usually are excellent for staying in the loop as to what is happening with Children/Family ministries.
Looking forward to coming home with lots of resources and being able to share them with you.
My tip for this week is: Encourage Your Volunteers
One Minute Motivators
With the start of a new school year, there is simply too much to do! Urgent phone calls to parents, issues with curriculum, classroom decorations, and promotional events all press for your time. Caring for volunteers often falls to the bottom of the priority pile.
Though preparation and planning are valuable aspects of leading a ministry, you cannot afford to neglect the health and welfare of your volunteer team. Taking time to connect with teachers and staff leaders is an irreplaceable part of retaining people who serve in the children’s ministry.
To encourage your team, start using these simple “one minute motivators” today!
- Make unannounced phone calls to members of your team. Simply communicating how much you appreciate them is always a welcome surprise.
- Give volunteers a special blessing by taking a moment to pray for them while on the phone or on a Sabbath morning.
- Pause at classroom doors and tell the workers how much you appreciate all they do for kids. (Encourage parents to do the same.)
- Tell volunteers that you are praying for them. Invite your teaching team to pass along their student prayer requests.
- Express praise for things you notice a volunteer doing well.
- Send handwritten notes that express your gratitude. In our electronic world, a handwritten note says, “You are worth the time and effort.”
Having said all of that…I trust you are blessed with great Volunteers to help with your ministry.
Check out the online Adventist Review (September 25, 2014) for the Week of Prayer Edition which includes the Children’s Readings.
October 5 North Area Adventure Day @ Camp Kulaqua
October 11-13 Go Fish Child Evangelism Program (see web page for details and flyers)
November 1 Creative Ministry Workshop Deltona SDA Church
November 15 Family Ministries Workshop @ Florida Conference Community Room 3-6p Featuring Kirk Weaver from FAMTIME Ministries
Topics: “Fun & Effective Family Time and God’s Awesome Story”
Praying for safe journeys and the Lord to continue to Bless you and your Ministry.
“Life isn’t about building walls and hiding behind them. It’s about breaking them down and expanding beyond them!” Thought of the Day!
Before the next weekly email it will be officially “Fall”. According to my calendar we are in the busiest time of the year. Having said that, I trust all is well and you are planning to stop and take a breath between all your comings and goings. Remember! “ No one takes as care of you like you do!”
Object Lesson: Let Your Light Shine Items Needed For This Free Children’s Church Object Lesson: flashlight (preferably a larger one like a camping lantern), small items to place in battery compartment like nail, key, nail clippers, old jewelry, etc. Before class remove the battery in your flashlight and replace it with junk. While teaching on “letting your light shine,” use the illustration of the flashlight. Act as if you are going to prove your point of a flashlight’s ability to make light by turning off your classroom light and attempting to turn on the flashlight. When it malfunctions, turn the overhead light back on and attempt to find the problem. Pull all of the garbage out of the light and replace the battery. We can’t shine very brightly for Jesus when we fill our hearts and minds with garbage instead of God’s Word.
September 20 Central Florida Singles Fellowship Lunch @ Kress SDA Church and “Saturday Night Alive” @ 7:30pm @ Diane Miller’s Home 996 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka 407-703-3050
September 26-29 KidMin Conference @ Columbus, Ohio
October 2-3 D6 Conference @ Louisville, Kentucky
October 4 NAD Children’s Sabbath
October 5 North Zone A Adventurer Fun Day @ Camp Kulaqua
October 11-13 GO FISH Gulf/Central Areas (See Website for locations and flyers)
November 1 Creative Ministry Workshop Deltona SDA Church
November 15 Family Worship Seminar Speaker/Presenter Kirk Weaver from FamTim @ Florida Conference Community Room from 3-6pm
Be sure to go to the Florida Conference Children, Family & Singles Website for more events.
I will be busy packing to go to KidMin and D6 Conference’s next week. Praying for safe travels and new ideas to share.
Have a great rest of the week.
Until next week. May God Richly Bless You.
Good morning, all……Sorry for not reminding all of you about the activities the last 2 weeks. I was on vacation and just totally forgot. Not an excuse, just an explanation . Please note the change to this weekends event.
Important: Due to the recurring afternoon showers, the Picnic Pot Luck at Meade Gardens has been cancelled. So get with some friends and enjoy a Sabbath meal together.
A reminder about what’s coming up. Next Sabbath, September 20th is a full day. We’ve got our Fellowship Meal at Kress SDA and a party that night at my place. So plan ahead to come.
Hope everyone is having a great day and a blessed week………..Diane
The Creative Ministry Team had a great weekend at Maranatha SDA Church in Miami this past Sabbath. It was a blessing to fellowship and present our workshop in their church.
A special Thank You to the leaders and teachers who took the time to attend. I find that the Lord always blesses when we are about His work.
In a recent email I noted that Phylis Washington (Director for Children’s Ministry NAD) is retiring soon. I know the Lord will continue to use her as she moves to another phase in her life.
She has a passion for the children and was an asset to the ministry. She will be missed.
Here is a resource for you to use.
Object Lesson – God shows his love for us by protecting us. When….
Materials: 1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
Small cup saucer or plate
What you will do during class:
You will pour a small mound of salt (about 1/4 of a teaspoon), representing God’s people into the middle of the saucer. Then you will drop a very small amount of pepper over the mound of salt. The pepper, representing harm or evil will then be removed using the plastic spoon. First you will rub the spoon vigorously over a piece of clothing to create static electricity. When you place the spoon near the pepper, it will attach itself to the spoon and can be lifted away.
What you will say: Today, I would like to show you how we can always trust in our Lord to protect us. Even when circumstances seem hopeless. This saucer can represent the world, that we all live in. I am going to take some salt and place it on the world. This salt represents God’s people. Now as we know the world is full of danger and evil. Let me take some of this pepper, and put it on top of the salt. This pepper represents danger, and it is right on top of God’s people. How can we remove this danger? (Allow for responses and explain how most suggestions would be hopeless or take forever.)
It may seem impossible to us, but God can do miraculous things. Let me show you. (Take the spoon and rub it to create static electricity, then lift off the pepper.) You see, sometimes we are faced with danger and have no clue how to escape. But God is always there for us. He can keep us safe no matter what.
See the Children, Family Ministry Website for Flyers and Central Florida Singles Ministry ASAM weekly events.
September 13 Maranatha SDA Church, Miami Church-wide Leadership Training
October 5 North Zone A Adventurer Fun Day @ Camp Kulaqua
Go Fish… equipping children with the tools to be Disciples of Christ in the spreading of His wonderful message.
October 11 New Port Richey SDA Church
October 12 East Pasco Academy
October 13 Orlando Junior Academy
November 1 Deltona SDA Church Creative Ministry Workshop
November 15 Family Worship Seminar, Florida Conference Community Room 6-9pm (This is a free seminar sponsored by the Florida Conference. Children, Family, & Singles Ministry
December 12 & 13 Singles Weekend @ Avon Park SDA Church.
Please update your calendars and promote the events in your churches and communities.
Remember to pray for each other and for me and “The Creative Ministry Team”. Have a great rest of the week and a Blessed Sabbath.
I enjoy getting updates and pictures from you. Please continue to KEEP IN TOUCH. Until next week…..
This week is a short week for most since Labor Day was Monday. It is great to get a break after a very busy summer schedule. I enjoyed seeing some of you at Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua this past weekend. The Family Tea was a success. It was fun to share a cup of tea with the families and fellowship with them.
Quote for the Day: “Someday all you’ll have to light the way will be a single ray of hope, and that will be enough.” Kobi Yamada
Also found this…Does this sound familiar? Change is often hard to do although it is often necessary in order move ahead in our ministries.
Creative Ministry Workshop Maranatha SDA Church in Miami September 6, 2014 2-5 pm
Adventist Single Adult Ministries Convention September 19-21, 2014 in Stamford CT. To register for the conference and make hotel reservations, please go to http://atlantic-union.org/ministries/singles-ministries/ . The speakers will inspire you and the run/walk event will energize you.
NAD Children Sabbath October 4, 2014 (Check out the NAD Children’s Ministry for a great program idea “Road to Salvation” complete program online for you to print and use.)
GO FISH for Kids October 11, 2014 New Port Richey
GO FISH for Kids October 12, 2014 East Pasco
GO FISH for Kids October 13, 2014 Orlando Junior Academy
Fall is just around the corner. Cooler weather will be welcome when it arrives.
Please keep in touch if I can be of assistance to you or just to let me know how things are with you.
Prayers are sent you way often. Please continue to pray for each other.
Greetings again. I enjoy this time of the week, for a couple of reasons…one being that it is closer to the weekend and the other is that I get to visit with all of you. My travels will take me to Camp Kulaqua for Family Camp this coming weekend where I will be hosting the Family Tea on Sunday, August 31. It will be a great opportunity to fellowship and enjoy some family time over a cup of tea. I hope to see some of you there.
I have been trying to catch up on my reading again and in the process I came across this cute story. Parenting is definitely a job for the whole church family!
“ Many times during the church services parents struggle to keep their children quiet. A couple was having this problem and as the child would get loud the father would say, Shh, Be quiet. The father did this several more times until he had enough. The father picked up the child and we knew that the little one would be getting a little spanking for not obeying dad. As the father began walking down the aisle the little child in his daddy’s arms began crying and shouted so everyone could hear him.’ PLEASE PRAY FOR ME.’ This took everyone by surprise, even the father had a grin on his face. How could he spank this child when the whole congregation would be praying.”
What is a ‘Creative Ministry Workshop’? A Creative Ministry Workshop is a workshop design to “Equip the whole church for ministry to children and families”. The Creative Ministry team would love an opportunity to come to your church or area to do a workshop. We are working on our upcoming calendar, so please contact me if you are interested in scheduling a workshop.
Events you may want to be involved in:
September 6 2-5pm Creative Ministry Workshop@Maranatha SDA Church in Miami
Go Fish, “Go Fish for Kids is designed to teach children how to do outreach that is non-threatening to non-christian friends and neighbors.” Target ages 7-14/grades 3-8.
October 11 New Port Richey SDA Church
October 12 East Pasco Adventist Academy
October 13 Orlando Junior Academy
November 15 Family Workshop (Kirk Weaver, director of FamTime seminar presenter) @ Florida Conference Office Community Room 3-6pm
Check out the website for more dates and information.
I trust you have updated your calendars to include the above dates.
You and your ministries remain in my prayers.
Looking forward to hearing from you and/or seeing you in the near future.
I trust that all of our pathfinders and staff made it home safely from Oshkosh. What a blessing to see reports and pictures from the awesome event. 600 Baptisms at the Camporee! Great Celebration and Rejoicing in Heaven!
As I spent time review programs and ideas this week I found a Memory Verse Activity I thought you might like, so I have included it below. Teaching our children to learn and review memory verse should be a high priority. I enjoy looking for ways to make it memorable and fun.
Backward Memory Verse Activity: Write out the memory verse completely backwards on a white board or sheet of cardboard. Then let the children try to figure out what it says. For example: ”25:2 ekul nam dna dog htiw ruovaf ni dna modsiw in werg susej dna“ If they can’t get it right, then tell them that this funny language is from Luke 2:52 – “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
August 23 2-5pm Creative Ministry Workshop @ Apopka SDA Church
August 29-September 1 Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua
Central Florida Singles ASMA:
Sabbath, August 23 – 7:00PM Please Note the change of date and time It’s a Mexican Fiesta!!! – Join us for a fun time at Diane’s. Come dressed in your favorite Mexican outfit. Haystacks with all the fixin’s will be provided
complements of Central Florida Adventist Singles Adult Ministries. Bring your fun-lovin’ self and be prepared
for an evening full of fun!!! Please bring snacks to share for later on. For additional information call Diane at 407-703-3050. 966 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka. Please arrive anytime after 7:00PM. We will be eating at 7:30PM. Don’t be late or there may not be much left for you . Games will start after sunset. Please let all of your friends know about this change, especially those who do not get e-mail. Thanks…..
Sunday, August 24 – 6:00PM August Birthdays Celebration Dinner – Time to get together and celebrate the August birthdays in our singles family. Join us at Jason’s Deli on SR 436 in Altamonte Springs. Afterwards, we’ll take a walk around Crane’s Roost to wear off all the calories from dinner. Please try to be there at 6:00 P.M., as we will be getting a table at 6:15 P.M. for those who are there. Avoid being the only one that shows up, bring a friend.
As you can see things are going to be busy the rest of August….Something for everyone. Check out the conference website for more information. Life is busy and very demanding, but please don’t forget to Pray for your church and the ministries you are involved in.
May you have an Blessed rest of the week.Soda Bottle Tornado 8-14-14
Happy Wednesday…Hump Day. Another day to live for the Lord!
School has started, Is starting, or maybe you are not involved with school time anymore, but…
Are You Teaching Your Kids to be Courageous?
If you were to ask your children to identify someone who is a hero, what sort of person would they select? Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and often may not seem noteworthy at first. However, the folks we see as heroic tend to have a couple of things in common—they don’t hesitate to act on their core values, and they sacrificially place others’ well-being ahead of their own. Teaching our kids to be courageous; to stand up for what they believe, take action, and put others first—can be a challenging process, but it’s one of the best lessons they can learn.
We live in a world where technology connects us to people from all over the globe, in ways that would have been unthinkable even a generation ago. As a result, we’re not only positioned to be more aware of the needs of others, we’re often also better equipped and empowered to make an impact.
Whether in our own backyard (or schoolyard), or on the other side of the planet, a heroic family is a household that makes a conscious, unified priority of reaching out in love to those who are hurting. Hopefully, your kids will recognize a hero at the dinner table—and in the mirror.
This a question we need to look at as we minister to our children, whether they are family or church family.
I know the Lord will give us direction if we ask.
August 16 Creative Ministry Workshop, Northwest Dade SDA Church 2-5p
August 23 Creative Ministry Workshop, Apopka SDA Church 2-5pm
August 29-September 1 Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua
August 31 Family Ministries, Family Tea @ Camp Kulaqua 11 am & 2 pm
September 6 Creative Ministry Workshop, Maranatha SDA Church 2-5pm
September 13 Church-wide Ministry Training Day, Maranatha SDA Church
October 5 North Area Adventure Fun Day @ Camp Kulaqua
October 11 GO FISH New Port Richey Church
October 12 GO FISH East Pasco SDA School
October 13 GO FISH Orlando Junior Academy
November 1 Worship Service & Creative Ministry Workshop Deltona
November 15 Family Ministry Workshop (Kirk Weaver) in the Community Room
@ Florida Conference Office 3-6pm
December 12-13 Single weekend @ Avon Park SDA Church
Plan to attend any of the events. I would love to meet you and have you be a part of the event.
Until next week. Still praying for Oshkosh and travelling safety for the children and leaders.