See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
The Creative Ministry Team spend an awesome Sabbath with the Naples SDA Church this past weekend. Blessings abounded and appreciation to all the leaders for a most enjoyable experience.
God continues to bless in this ministry. If you would like the Go Fish Team or Creative Ministry Team to visit your church please contact me.
PRAYER IS LIKE WRITING A LETTER TO GOD
Ask, “Have any of you ever received a letter from someone?” (Let children share who their letters have been from.)
Show on your whiteboard the components of a letter: The greeting is “Dear Grandma.” In the body of the letter you might thank her for something she has done for you or given to you. You might share with her things which have been happening in your life. You might even ask her for something. The closing of the letter is when you write, “Love” and sign your name.
When we pray, it’s like writing a letter to God. Our greeting is “Dear God.” Then we can thank Him for things He has done for us or given us. We can share with Him things which are going on in our lives. And we might have some things we want to ask Him for. The closing of our prayer is when we say “Amen.” Post by Mary Rice Hopkins 1-13-15
Involve the Congregation
People always ask me what I can do to help. They cannot always volunteer but there are ways they may serve. Buy enough Valentine cards for each child in your class. Give the cards to members of your congregation. Ask them to write a personal “love note” to the child. Suggest that they remark on how much God loves the child or some nice thing the adult noticed. This is a way to involve seniors in your ministry.
Singles Update: Please take the time to read it as some events have been added and some changed. Sooooooo, here you go. Sabbath – January 17th – 1:30PM – Fellowship Meal – Kress Memorial SDA Church - Time to get together for the first time in 2015 and share a Sabbath lunch with friends. Come and enjoy good company and good food. Please bring plenty of food to share. Please note: We always have plenty of desserts but sometimes short on real food. And don’t forget, if you can’t cook, there is always something you can buy prepared at Walmart or Publix.
New Event - Sabbath – January 17th – 6:00PM -Kings Herald Concert – Forest Lake Church - Enjoy the music of the King’s Heralds….what a great way to close the Sabbath. Please Note: Due to the concert, the party at Diane’s Place has been cancelled.
New Event -Tuesday, January 20th – 7:00PM to 8:00PM – “Soup’s On” Nutrition and Cooking Seminar – Forest Lake Church Upper Youth Center - Plant-powered nutrition Registered Dietician and her team are serving up scrumptous, simmering soups along with demonstrated recipes and crispy crackers all of which are sure to please your palate! Make Reservations – 321-972-6254.
Other Calendar Updates: Creative Ministry Workshop January 31, 2015 2-5pm Marion Oaks SDA Church in Ocala
Check out the website for information on other upcoming events. i.e. Single Parent Retreat August 7-9-2015, Couples Retreat September11-13 and more.
Tomorrow I will be leaving for Chattanooga/Southern to attend to some Camp Kulaqua Staff meetings and then to attend CPC (Children’s Pastors Conference). Among the attendees are friends from Orlando, Naples and St Petersburg. Please keep us in your prayers for travel mercies and the blessings we will gain from being at the conference. I know we will bring back lots of information to share with you.
Hope you have a spirit filled week.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)
Happy Wednesday! The first one of the new year. I trust the New Year is going well for you.
The Funny Side of Parenting
Logan, a seven-year-old boy, was asked to say thanks for the Christmas dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. Logan began his prayer, thanking God for his Mommy, Daddy, brothers, sister, Grandma, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food.
He gave thanks for the turkey, the stuffing, the Christmas pudding, even the cranberry sauce. Then Logan paused, and everyone waited … and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the Brussels Sprouts, won’t he know that I’m lying?”
January 10 Creative Ministries Workshop Naples SDA Church
January 21-24 CPC (Children’s Pastors Conference) Chattanooga, Tn
January 31 Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks (Ocala) SDA
February 14 Creative Ministry Workshop Pompano Beach SDA
March 6-8 Spanish Children’s Ministry Workshop Camp Kulaqua
March 14 Creative Ministries Workshop-Emphasis on VBS 2015
@ Community Room Florida Conference Office
March 15 Central Florida Adventurer Fun Day @ Forest City Spanish
April 9-12, 2015 Florida English Camp Meeting
April 17-19 NAD Children’s Leadership Conference
Check out these resources:
Into the Wild Nature Ministries @ www.natureministries.com
Family Worship Ideas@ www.alittletalk.org
One Mustard Seed @ www.onemustartseed.com EVENT: February 22, 2015 HIS CREATION Tour Featuring Richard Aguilera Schmidt Auditorium, Forest Lake Academy, Apopka, FL February 23, 2015 HIS CREATION Tour Featuring Richard Aguilera Miami, Florida, Location: TBA, English and Spanish presentations
2015 is off to a great start. Please check out the above events and websites. These are great resources and events that will be great for everyone. If you need more information please contact me. Also if you were thinking of/or planning for us (the ministry teams) to come to your church in 2015, the sooner you ask the better we can plan. The Calendar is getting full fast.
Until next week. May God Richly Bless you as you continue to work in your ministries.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 (NIV)
New Years is a time when people start by making changes in their lives, but we don’t have to wait for a new year to be renewed. God can renew our mind, spirit, and strength every day of the year.
Timeline Banner: A timeline banner is a simple piece of cloth attached to a wood dowel. On the banner, you place photos of yourself throughout your life with some glue. For each picture, you place the year the photo was taken under the picture–colored craft glue gel works well for this, but you also can use regular glue and glitter. On the top or bottom of the banner, you write the words from Revelation 21:5 (i.e., “Behold, I make all things new”). The nice thing about this banner is that you can use it like a tradition, adding a picture every year. When you look at the banner, it will remind you of everything you have gone through and how Christ has renewed you from year to year.
“What is God’s goal for you and your family?” “What does He want them to become?”
Jesus commanded His followers to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Is anything more important than teaching children to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly? As we pursue change God’s way, hope for a better future is no longer a dream; it becomes our reality. We truly can experience freedom in our lives today, tomorrow, and forever. In fact, with Christ, we don’t have to wait for another New Year to roll around, or for the big glittery ball to drop in Times Square. His mercy is new every morning. We can pursue our own new beginning right now.
Calendar Updates: 2015
January 10 Creative Ministry Workshop Naples SDA Church, Naples, Florida
January 21-24 CPC (Children’s Pastors Conference) Chattanooga, Tenn
January 31 Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks SDA Church, Ocala, Florida
VBS WORKSHOP March 14, 2015 @ Florida Conference Office Community Room. 3-6pm. Featuring 5 VBS Programs (programming, decorating, snacks, crafts, science) for each VBS Program being featured.
FYI Singles New Years Eve Party: It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of 2014. In order to say good-bye to 2014 and bring in the new year of 2015, we’re having a fabulous New Years Eve Celebration Party tonight at Charlie Beall’s place. The party will start at 7:30 P.M. and end ??????. There will be fun and games, a bonfire and lot’s of fireworks to bring in 2015. So don’t stay home alone tonight…..come and bring in the new year with your ASAM family. Please bring something yummy to share. For more information, call Charlie at 352-383-3976 Hope to see all of you there!!! God’s blessings….Diane
It’s been a blessing to be a part of your ministry in 2014. I am looking forward to being in contact with you in 2015.
May it be the year of Christ’s return.
Please continue to pray for one another and I will do the same.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Here is a little bit of humor amid all the ”hustle and bustle”. Enjoy!
How We Know Santa Was Once a Children’s Pastor or Children’s Leader
OK, lets be honest. Santa Claus has a little bit too much in common with a children’s pastor.
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
It seems clear Santa use to be a Children’s Pastor or Children’s Leader.
Think about these similarities:
1. His office is hard to find.
2. He is fashion challenged.
3. He assumes any and all snacks he finds are his to eat.
4. He has no adult workers.
5. He is only seen on rare occasions.
6. No one seems to know who he reports to.
7. He laughs way too much.
8. He is nobody’s definition of a physical specimen.
9. He is always trying crazy stunts like climbing down a chimney.
10. No one seems to know what he does during the week.
11. He does an impossible job with no visible means of support.
12. Kids love him.
Ha…gotta love them!
Christmas ribbons object lesson: I always have extra ribbons laying around, you probably do to. I wrap an empty box and put ribbons on top. You need one of each color: red, green, white, purple, gold and silver. Show kids the gift and remind them that Jesus is God’s gift to us. Each ribbon color has a meaning. Point to each ribbon and give kids the color meaning.
- Red: Jesus came to give his life, his blood for us
- Green: God’s evergreen, eternal love for us
- White: Jesus’ blood makes us clean
- Purple: The baby Jesus was/is God’s royal son
- Gold: Shiny and costly, gold reminds us of the wise men who worshiped God
- Silver: This is the color of mankind, Jesus came for the whole world (Tell your class to look at the ribbon before they open their presents on Christmas morning. It’s interesting to hear later what colors they received.)
May your Christmas be wrapped in the Blessings of HIS love.
The Florida Conference office will be closed next week for Christmas and I will be home with family and friends.
Take time to enjoy this season. “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” Love to you all.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr The weather outside is “frightful” so they say, but I know all of you have a warm heart. As we approach the holidays I am beginning to feel the crunch for more time to get things done. I am sure that you are too. While the children await with anticipation we hurry about trying to accomplish it all. I have inserted an object lesson this week for grownups as well as the children. I plan to take the lesson to heart.
Tupperware Container Object Lesson: Last night, I accidentally left this slice of bread out when I was making a sandwich. How do you think it feels? Hard. Pass the slice around so kids can feel. What can I do with it? Do I want to use this to make my sandwich? NO There’s not much I can do except throw it outside and let the birds peck at it. Throw it in a wastebasket or cast it aside. This bread went bad because the air got at it. Things got at it that weren’t supposed to. As Christians, we are a little like this. We have to be careful of what we get exposed to, or we can also become hardened and spoiled.
Who knows what Black Friday is?? It’s the first Christmas shopping day after Thanksgiving. How many of you have been to the mall on Black Friday? What’s it like? It’s a mad house of people buying stuff. Black Friday is a great example of how we can become hardened. You get in with all those shoppers, all those people busting a gut over a good sale, and before you know it, we can become “hardened” to the meaning of Christmas. We can get so focused on what gifts we get and give that we can forget that when Jesus was born, he was wrapped in rags and his bed was a food trough. Christmas is supposed to be a time to celebrate humility and great things that come without a price tag on them—like the Messiah, love of family and the joy of salvation. And eternal life. Many of us can’t even remember to say “Happy Birthday, Jesus.”
Jesus wants us to have nice presents under the tree. But not so many that we become spoiled and not so outlandish that we’re in debt over it. We can’t get worried over what we will and will not get.
Open the Tupperware and take out the fresh bread slice. We need to stay close to the gospel message over the Holidays. Jesus said in Matthew 6: 25-26, “I tell you not to worry about your life. Don’t worry about having something to eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food or clothing? Look at the birds in the sky! They don’t plant or harvest. They don’t even store grain in barns. Yet your Father in heaven
takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than birds?” Verse 33 says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. And all these things will be added unto you.”
Close the lid on the piece of bread in the Tupperware container. “We can be preserved—we can stay soft—by remembering the words of Christ during the Holidays. He’s the reason for the season. “
This week I received a 2015 VBS kit…Yeah. Mark your calendars and plan to attend!!!!! March 14, 2015 @ 3pm “The 2015 VBS Showcase” of some of the Best VBS programs available for 2015. This will be here at the Conference office at our new location in Altamonte Springs. Representatives from several of the publishing companies will be here to showcase their VBS programs. What an awesome opportunity to network and plan for VBS in your neighborhood. More information will be posted soon.
I know that many of you have borrowed/loaned items from Children’s Ministry in the past. We still want to continue being a resource in this area. In the past year we have started a NEW Loaning Policy. (This is not a bad thing, it just helps us keep track better.) See the form on the website.
Our goal is to help as many as possible with your programming needs.
Check out the website for 2015 events coming to a area near you.
Praying your week is filled with thanksgiving and joy.
Romans 2:8: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–”
It is good to be back in the office after being off visiting with family and friends. Below is a fun activity to do with the children. (especially since we know how they love M&M’s)
M&Ms with a Christmas Poem
As you hold these candies in your hand,
And turn them you will see
The M becomes a W, and E and then a 3
They tell the Christmas story,
It’s one I’m sure you know
It took place in a stable a long, long time ago
The E is for the East, where the star shone so bright
The M is for the manger where Baby Jesus slept that night
The 3 is for the wisemen, bearing gifts they say they came
W is for Worship, Hallelujah, Praise His Name
So as you eat these candies or share them with a friend
Remember the meaning of Christmas it’s a Love Story that never ends
I hope that your schedule is not too busy to enjoy the “Reason” for the season.
December 12-13, 2014 Young Singles Weekend @ Avon Park SDA Church (see website for flyer and details)
Fall 2014 Happy Family Programs on Hope Channel and Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLB)(check website for schedule)
ASAM Check out website for area Singles Events Calendar
2015 Schedule Check out website for the updated schedule
The Go Fish Team would love to travel to your churches to equip children and parents with the tools in how to do outreach that is non-threatening to non-Christian friends and neighbors. This is done thru Nature, Interpretive Art, Science, and Skits (puppets etc). The program is planned to be worshipful and interactive. Email me for available dates and details.
Have a great rest of the week. Praying for ministries and the leaders of your church.
Until next week.
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. Psalm 18:30
A Personal Invitation: I am personally inviting you to an awesome opportunity. A Family Time Worship Seminar this weekend at the Florida Conference Community Room. Sabbath November 15 from 3-6 pm. Bring your families, members, and leaders interested in Family Ministry. This is a hands on seminar so come and get involved. It’s free to anyone that in interested. Lookimg forward to meeting and talking with you.
The Thanksgiving holiday in the United States was founded as a day of celebration and devotion for a successful harvest. Prayer gave way for a more festive gathering with friends and family, hoards of food and football. As a Christian family, you want to bring the focus back to thanking the Lord for your own bountiful harvest in life. Here is a great ideas for new, and possibly familiar traditions you can incorporate into your holiday. Start a Thanksgiving Journal that will follow you annually. Have each guest enter their name and their greatest memory for the year, big or small. That first year you can share those entries, but in years to come, you will have many special milestones of loved ones to recall through your time-honored holiday tradition. Most importantly, be together and treat one another with love and respect.
Remember to thank Jesus for HIS blessings and make the most of every moment you share with your loved ones. Those are easy traditions that will never go out of style.
ABC Thanksgiving Prayer: ABCDEFG Thank you God for all I see. HIJKLMNOP Thank you God for my Family. QRS and TUV Thank you God for loving me. WX and Y and Z On Thanksgiving I thank THEE.
Calendar Update: Check out the 2015 calendar of planned workshops and events on the website.
This next week I will out of the office at the Southern Union Departmental Meetings. Please pray for those involved in these meetings that we glorify our Lord in all that is said and done.