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Newsletter 8-26-15

by on August 26, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

As for me and my household, we will serve Jehovah. Josh 24:15

Family worship should be tailored to the needs of one’s family and should build faith in God and his promises.

How we use the evenings that we have been given for family worship determines how much our family will benefit.

Preschoolers

  • Using a soft toy lamb and making the sound effects of an approaching storm with thunder and wind, illustrate the story of the lost sheep. Hide the lamb and have the small child find it. Tell the child, “That’s what the shepherd does. When the lamb is lost, he finds it. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who wants His lambs safe from harm.” Sing, “I am Jesus’ Little Lamb.” Read from the Bible the story of the lost lamb.

Primaries

Look up the meaning of each child’s name. Talk about the meanings of the names of Bible characters such as Abraham, Elijah, and Jacob.

  • Read a Bible story and leave out the name of the main characters. Say “blank” when the name is given. See who can be the first to guess the name of the person in the story.

Juniors and Teens

Spend time on the topic of friendships. Read the story of David and Jonathan and make a list of the characteristics of a good friend. Determine if friends can be used by Satan to lead others astray.

  • Have a goal-setting time. Have each one write five goals for life, and how they plan to accomplish them. How will they relate to goals they could not accomplish?

Young Adults

Find in a concordance texts that deal with “strength” such as 2 Cor. 12:9. Discuss how God can give us His strength for our personal problems.

Singles

  • Go to special places to worship God, such as an orange grove, a riverside, a garden, or a safe woods.
  • Read books on personal devotions and experiment with new spiritual skills. Then share with others.

Families

Start worship by stating what good thing happened to you during the day or what your blessings were.

  • Read and record Scripture, using one family member as a narrator and others assisting by searching for dramatic sound effects to add such as thunder, rain, beat of hoofs, fire crackling.

Share the tape for guests at worship time and follow up with questions.

 

This week has been especially busy with little spare time. I received word that a family member has passed away and even though she had many good years it still caused me to think about the time we spend with family and God.  As I looked at my devotional time this morning I began to wonder if we ever give thought to planning our time with God.  Like trying to make it a memorable time for ourselves or out families.  Above you can see where my research took me.  Just a few ideas I thought I might like to try in my own devotions.  If you don’t see something of interest please take the time to research ideas that have meaning to you and or your family.

 

Here a few upcoming events that you need to be aware of:

September 4-7                  Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua  I would really love to see you here at Family Camp.  Check it out on the Camp Kulaqua website.

September 11-13              Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua  If you know of anyone that may benefit from this retreat please share this information and check it out at the

Florida Conference Youth Department website.

Please make both of these a priority for your prayers as families and marriages are in need of our attention.

I will be travelling to the funeral of my family member and would greatly appreciate your prayers for travelling mercies this weekend and first part of next week.

You and your family/church family will be in my prayers and thoughts as we face another week.

Keep looking up! God is good.

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Newsletter 8-20-15

by on August 19, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105(KJV)

Dear God, Thank you for the gift of children. Please watch over them as they go to school this year.  Keep them safe every day.  Help them to remember that you are right there with them in the halls and classrooms.  Help them treat others with kindness and respect, and guard their hears with the armor of Your Word.  Give them joy and peace as they put their trust in you. Amen

May this be our prayer for the children in our lives. I trust you had a great week. I know the churches are preparing for Adventurers, Pathfinders and other fall programs that coming with school starting.

This past weekend the Go Fish Team was in Jacksonville… at Jacksonville 1st and Southpoint. It was a wonderful opportunity and blessing to be there.

Lunch Box Notes of Encouragement for Children:

Test Days – “Good Luck on your test! I know you can do it!”

For the First Day – “Have a great year in First Grade Mommy is so proud of you!”

“Have a wonderful first day of 4th grade! Can’t wait to hear all about it!”

“Be a leader today. Be the first to forgive and cover it in love. And do your very best in all that you do.”

“Have tons of giggly fun all day long!” “You’re going to do GREAT on that math quiz today! “

“Thanks for always trying your best! Have fun learning today.”

“Be a leader, be kind to your friends and open your heart and self up to new people. I love you, have a great day!! “

“Hope you are having a great day.”

“Good Luck on your test today. Now, relax and do your best! I’m sure you’ll do great!”

“Work hard and have fun! We love you!”

“Be the best you can be today! “

“I am so proud of you!!”

“You are my shining star, Brighter than any in the sky by far!”

“Your best is enough.”

“Keep smiling!”

“Great job on the picture you drew.”

“Have fun with your friends.”

“Have fun at show and tell.”

Calendar Updates:

August 22                   Creative Ministry Workshop Margate SDA Church if you are in the area come and join us.

September 4-7            Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua  Plan to attend.  Check out the Camp Kulaqua website for details.

September 11-13        Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua This will a great event. Register online at the Florida Conference Youth website for details.

Remember you are making difference in your ministry. I know that the Lord has a plan for each of you and will bless everything you do to prepare His church for His Second Coming.

Have a great week. Be sure to check out the Florida Conference Children, Family and Singles website.

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Newsletter 8-12-15

by on August 12, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

Back to School Prayer for Protection: (2 Thessalonians 3:3; Psalm 46:1; John 17:15; Psalm 91)

Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids and church family). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary. Amen

Yes, School has either already started or will be starting in the next few weeks. Please pray for our children and teachers as they begin a New Year/New Beginning. It will be hard to get into the routine of school again.

Here is an idea to help the teachers start the year right.

Teacher Survival Kit:

Lotion to give you a smooth start

Crayons to brighten your day

Animal Crackers for when the class seems like zoo

Hand Sanitizer to keep you healthy and happy

Paper Clips to help you hold it together

Starbursts to give you a burst of energy

Rubber bands to remind you to remain flexible

Last weekend the Singles/Family Ministries Department hosted an awesome weekend for Single Parents at Camp Kulaqua. There were lots of positive outcomes resulting from the programming for this event.  Plans are being made to host another weekend in 2016.  More information will be coming in the near future.

The Go Fish Team is headed for Jacksonville 1st and Jacksonville Southpoint Churches this coming Sabbath and Sunday.  I know the Lord will be present and lead the team as we meet with the families and children for

These Go Fish events.  If you are in the area or would just like to be a part of this plan to attend either event. Everyone is welcome at  Jacksonville 1st 10:45am-3:30pm Sabbath, or Jacksonville Southpoint 9am-4pm Sunday.

Up Coming Events.. Check this out..        Couples Retreat, September 11-13 @ Camp Kulaqua  go to the Florida Conference Youth Ministry Website to register.  Speakers: Brad and Julie Cassell. 

Also: Family Camp at Camp Kulaqua September 4-7  all information is available at the Camp Kulaqua website.

It was been a busy and fulfilling week. I am working on the 2016 calendar, ( Yes, Already!)  If you would like to have the Go Fish Team or Creative Ministry Team come to your church or school just let me know also if I can help with your ministry in any way feel free to contact me.

I will be praying for you and our children as they continue to grow in Christ.

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Newsletter 8-6-15

by on August 06, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.” Proverbs 29:17 NRSV

I am a day late this week with my weekly updates due surgery I had on my left knee. As usual nothing ever happen when we want it to. Now I am on the recovery side of things so hopefully it will only get better from here on out.

This coming weekend I will be at the Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua. Please keep the speaker, presenters, and families that will at the retreat in your prayers.

The Funny Side of Parenting Our 25-year-old son moved back home with an eye toward saving up money to buy a condo. We never bothered asking how long he’d planned to stay, but I got a pretty good idea when I walked into his room recently. In the corner was a milk jug with a few coins in it and a label that read “Condo down payment.” (quoted from Biblical Parenting)

 

Memory Verse Game: Guess Who We select a volunteer who must go stand by a teacher with his back to the group and the memory verse visual. Whoever is teaching the verse quietly points to a word in the verse and instructs the group to read the verse inserting a *clap* for the appointed word. The volunteer then has to guess what the missing word was.

 

Up Coming Events:

August 7-10, 2015      Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua

August 15                    Go Fish for Families Jacksonville 1st SDA Church

August 16                    Go Fish for Kids Jacksonville Southpoint SDA Church

August 22                    Creative Ministry Workshop Margate SDA Church

September 4-7           Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua

I trust that you are marking your calendars and will be checking out these events. Plan to come! If you need any information just ASK!

Keep Praying for your Children and Families.

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Newsletter 7-29-15

by on July 29, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV

It’s that time of the year! The summer recess is over, and kids are heading back to school. Along with that, family vacations have come to an end, and everyone is ready to get back into a routine.  Going back-to-school is an exciting and challenging time for kids. They can make new friends, adjust to new teachers, and get back to a more structured lifestyle. It can also be a time of testing for their faith.

Check this out: August 7-16 is Florida’s Back-to-School Shopping Sales Tax Holiday

Idea: God Sighting Sticks  Use these sticks to spark conversations with your kids after school. Use a fun container to store these paper strips with conversation prompts to get kids talking about God sightings throughout their day. To make the strips more durable you can glue strips to craft sticks. Use the sticks during after-school snacks or at dinner to help your kids see how God works in their world.

Examples:  Today God helped me at school when… I showed someone God’s love today when I… I experienced God’s power today when… I trusted God today I know God loves me because today…

Calendar Updates:

August 7-10, 2015         Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua  go to Camp Kulaqua’s web page, click on events and register to come.

August 15                        Go Fish for Families Jacksonville 1st SDA Church

August 16                        Go Fish for Kids Jacksonville Southpoint SDA Church

August 22                        Creative Ministry Workshop Margate SDA Church

August 28-29                 Family and Friends Weekend @ Solid Rocks SDA Church

Speaker: Alanzo Smith (Contact: The Poleons@ 407-758-1161 for more information.

September 4-7                Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua go to Camp Kulaqua’s web page, click on events and register to come.

September 11-13            Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua go to Florida Conference Youth Ministries web page, to register to come.

Wishing you an awesome week. May God Richly Bless. Hope to see you are some of the above events. (Check out the Florida Conference Website for Flyers to advertise in your area.)

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Newsletter 7-23-15

by on July 23, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Well the week is almost over…at least past the midpoint. Last weekend the Go Fish Team enjoyed sharing their ministry with the Lakeland SDA Church.  This weekend we will  be at the South Orlando SDA Church for a Creative Ministry Workshop.  The Lord continues to lead and bless as we travel around the state.  Be sure to keep track of the schedule as it varies from week to week.  We would love for you to join us if your schedule permits.

6 ways to teach Engagement of children.

E Equip your team to build relationships.  Remember, ministry happens best through relationships.  There should be a web of strong relational connections between staff, leaders, parents and children.

N Never underestimate the power of environment.  Before a word is said to a child, a step toward engagement is made, or a step away. This is from the environment they enter.  Evaluate your environment according to:

Atmosphere – is it lively? musical? inviting?

Appearance – is it bright and attractive? age appropriate? intriguing?

Appropriateness – is it safe? well-staffed? equipped with furniture & equipment right & safe for that age?

G Get to know the kids in your ministry. You and your team should understand:

Age level characteristics

Personality types

Learning styles

Relevant home life information

A Always involve parents. Spiritual formation is, ultimately, the responsibility of the parent. Why on earth would we not find ways to connect virtually everything we do with them?

G Go the extra mile. Interaction with kids outside the church setting will do wonders for engaging them inside the church setting. Do you have systems in place for simple engagement such as birthday cards, “we missed you” contacts, and other communication? Do you facilitate outings and activities outside of service time? Do you and your leaders regularly visit the kids’ sporting events, plays and other activities?

E Exude enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm”, and he was so right! Enthusiasm can make up for a multitude of deficiencies while you build your ministry. Model it and teach your team to embrace it!

Engaging children is at the heart of making an impact. If we don’t engage effectively, nothing else will really matter.

Upcoming Events:

July 25                          Forest Lake Church is hosting DoDad’s Friendship Show @ 6p It’s Free!

July 26                          Back to School Bash @ Lakeland SDA Church  1pm (til supplies are gone)

July 29-August 3        Kress Memorial SDA Church VBS

August 7-10, 2015      Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua

August 15                     Go Fish Jacksonville 1st SDA Church

August 22                     Creative Ministry Workshop Margate SDA Church

Check out this website: natureministries@gmail.com for Primitive Technology Skills/Outdoor Survival, Martial Arts Training/Urban Survival, Bible Studies for Spiritual Survival. Michael A. Bradenbaugh

I trust all is well with you. Pray continual for the Children.

Until next week.

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Newsletter 7-16-15

by on July 16, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27:17, NLT).

Happy Thursday! It is hard to believe that it is already the weekend.  I spent last weekend with the Lakeland Church helping with their Creation Health VBS.  The children really enjoyed it.  They made new friends and learned about how to lead a healthier life.  I enjoyed learning and teaching them.  We were all blessed.  I can only imagine the blessings you are receiving from the summer programs you are involved in.It is a wonderful way to lead the children of our churches and neighborhoods to Jesus.

An Object Lesson in Being Nice: I hear many people bring their kids home to homeschool because their kids were bullied in school.  Sadly, bullying can happen even in a homeschool situation.  We’ve actually been dealing with this more than I would like.  With 4 boys, it’s easy for 2 or 3 to gang up on one.  Yes, I’m there to intervene but I would rather it not happen at all.  I want them to treat each other with respect when I’m there and when I’m not.

My super, amazing, awesome, really cool friend told me about this idea she got from Pinterest.  Use a crumpled piece of paper to teach about treating other people with respect, not to bully and just plain treat each other right. Sometimes I’m astounded by the sheer awesomeness of some people.  Who comes up with this stuff?  Just amazing.

So I gathered the boys together and gave each of them a perfectly crisp piece of paper.  Then I told them to crumple it up into a ball to which they happily obliged. They crumpled it, stomped on it, sat on it, threw it across the room, and mashed them into oblivion. They were more than happy to do their worst to their poor piece of paper.

Next I asked them to smooth it out.  They smoothed it out on the table, tightly pulled it along the edge, one of them even ran it under water to try to smooth out the wrinkles (which thankfully didn’t really work either).

Then I asked them, “Is it fixed?  Is it like it was when I first gave it to you?”  Nope, not even close.

“Ok, now say you’re sorry.” Which they all did, in a silly mocking way. “Did that make it better?” “No.” Of course not, it didn’t fix anything. “How about if you say it like you really really mean it?”

They gave it their best, some very heartfelt apologies. They are surprisingly good actors.

Nope, the paper was still a horribly marred mess. “What did make it better?”

Smoothing it out did make it better than a crumpled up ball.  So action, doing something, did help. “Is the paper like it was before you crumpled it up into a ball?”

No. It’s scarred. It will never be the same. “So what can we do to keep from scarring the paper?” Aah, don’t crumple it up in the first place.

The same goes for our relationships with others.  If you are mean to someone, say something bad, call them a name, even hurt them physically, it’s like crumpling them up into a ball. You can apologize but that doesn’t fix what you did.  You can pick them up, give them a hug, do whatever you can to make them feel better and that might really help.  But there will still be scars.  When they see you, they’ll be reminded of how you treated them before. So if you hear me tell my boys, “Don’t crumple your brother!” you’ll know what I mean.

A reminder about this weekend’s Central Florida Adventist Singles events.  

Sabbath, July 18th – 1:30pm  – Potluck lunch at Kress Memorial SDA Church.  You all know the drill…..bring something yummy to share and enjoy Sabbath lunch with your singles family.

Sunday, July 19th – 5:30pm – July Birthdays Celebration Dinner Out –  Let’s get together to celebrate the July birthdays in our Singles family.  Amigo’s Original Tex-Mex Restaurant – N. Westmonte Dr., Altamonte Springs.

*Still waiting for someone to officially let me know they will be leading out in our Singles ministry for next year.  As of now, there are no further events scheduled for July and the only thing on for August is the potluck at Kress.  It will continue to be on the 3rd Sabbath of every month (thank you Joann and Lenore).  If there are any events or parties or celebrations that you want to let our Singles family know about, please e-mail me and I will send it out to the group.  Have a blessed day…………Diane Miller

This is what is happening in and around Florida. Plan to attend.

July 18                        Family/Church Go Fish Lakeland SDA Church

July 25                        Creative Ministry Workshop South Orlando SDA Church

July 25                        Forest Lake Church is hosting DoDad’s Friendship Show @ 6p It’s Free!

May you have a great weekend. Keep sending pictures and updates of the happenings in your area.

Until next time…Praying for each and every one of you.

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Newsletter 7-7-15

by on July 07, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

Ephesians 3:20 KJV

Quote: “Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.” Wayne Dyer

Another week has passed filled will the 4th of July Holiday and plenty of VBS/summer programs going on around the State.  I know you have been very busy, possibly even travelling to the General Conference Session at San Antonio, Texas.  Wherever you are please continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance in finishing His work.

Three envelopes Prayer Idea: Some groups start out by being rather shy about praying out  loud.  In  this case why not pin up  three envelopes labeled  !Thank you” !Sorry” and !Please” and  let group members write  their prayers on slips of paper and put them in the appropriate envelope. Don’t forget to check the envelopes from time to time to let everyone share in the joy of the thank you prayers and to find out how the please prayers have been answered.

This next weekend will find me in Lakeland helping with the Creation Health VBS program. I am excited to be able to attend and help.  I know the Lord will bless the directors, helpers and above all the children that will attend.

The Funny Side of Parenting: Grandpa entered the vacation cabin with his grandson, Tommy, keeping the lights off until they got inside to avoid attracting any pesky insects. Still a few fireflies followed them in.

Noticing the fireflies before Grandpa did, Tommy quietly whispered, “It’s no use Grandpa. The mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights!” taken from Biblical Parenting June Update.

Upcoming Events:

July 18                         Go Fish for Families Lakeland SDA Church

July 25                         Creative Ministry Workshop South Orlando SDA Church

July 25                         Forest Lake Church is hosting DoDad’s Friendship Show @ 6p It’s Free!

August 7-10, 2015      Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua Register @ www.campkulaqua.com

August 15                     Go Fish for Families Jacksonville 1st SDA Church

August 16                     Go Fish for Kids Jacksonville South Point SDA Church

August 22                     Creative Ministry Workshop Margate SDA Church

September 4-7             Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua “Building Families One Block At A Time” Register @ www.campkulaqua.com

September 11-13          Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua “Unquenchable Love” Register @http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/youth/all-youth-ministries-events/

I trust you will have a great week. Be sure to check out the upcoming events listed above.

Until later. Please keep me in your prayers and I will do the same.

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Newsletter 7-1-15

by on July 01, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalms 127:3-5 NIV

The Psalmist tells us about the blessing God gives us in families: the gift of children. What a privilege to know that we are God’s children and that he is our Father and that we can go to him with our needs, and he’ll provide. Children are a blessing. God Loves each of us no matter how old we get. 

God’s Love: Little Shoes, Big Shoes For this object lesson you will need to pairs of shoes, one infant-sized and a large pair of mens’ shoes. Hold up the small pair and show it to the group. Explain to kids parents help us learn to walk and guide us through the beginning of our life. We get lots of hugs and kisses because our parents shower us with love. However, as we get older our parents are not with us every minute of the day. Once we learn to walk, we become more independent. Eventually we do things for ourselves like make our bed, tie our shoes and go to school. Hold up the second pair of shoes. Tell kids that many children are sad about becoming an adult. They still want kisses, hugs and lots of love from Mom and Dad. Explain to children that no matter how big they are, God loves them as their father. We are never too big to sit in God’s lap. Let kids know that they are never too old to experience God’s love. He will always be with them. And His shoes are always bigger!

Rainbow Prayers: Go to the paint store or Walmart and pick up paint swatches (many colors) on cards. Cut them apart and pass them out to the children. Have the children pray for something that is that color. The children will be creative and they will member this prayer time.

Don’t forget: August 7-10, 2015     Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua   (Register @ www.campkulaqua.com website)

Remember to invite Single Parents to register and be a part of this event. It will be a great opportunity to spent time with each other, but be enriched separately.

Programming will be provided for the single parent and for the children. Check it out.

 

It has been a busy week. I stopped for a few days and reconnected with family I had not seen in several years.  Sometimes it is good for the soul to reminisce and reflect.  Truly a blessing.

This week (we) Jodi and I with the help of the service department moved more Children’s ministry resources to the new storage area at the conference office. It feels good to have it closer and to end a chapter of packing and sorting.

I am praying for the General Conference Session that starts this week in San Antonio, Texas. Most of the Pastors have been attending the “Called Convention” in Austin, Texas.

Please pray for traveling safety and the blessings they will be receiving by being there.

Until next week…have a safe holiday weekend. July 4th America’s Birthday! Independence Day!

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Newsletter 6-24-15

by on June 24, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1 :26-27 NIV

The Image of God is what we are! What makes a person valuable? The culture around us would selectively apply subjective standards like beauty, fortune or fame. But from a biblical perspective, every human being has immensevalue because we are each made in the Image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). He created us, and desires to restore us into personal relationship—if we’ll accept it—through Jesus’s death and resurrection. The Image of God—the Imago Dei—is not so much something that we bear as something that we are. Man’s fall into sin didn’t destroy or remove the Image of God; it merely marred or disfigured it.

This is a crucial distinction, since it is the Imago that makes us different than the rest of creation—it’s what distinguishes us as human. Furthermore, it is only because we retain God’s Image, even in a broken or distorted form, that we are redeemable and worth redeeming. Without it, God would have had no reason or motivation to send

His Son to die on our behalf. But He did. Christ died for you. He died for our loved ones. He died for people with whom we don’t agree, and perhaps don’t even like. Every person has value, and everyone

should have the opportunity to understand how much God loves them. He values them—therefore, so should we.

 

I am back in the office after being away at Summer Camp at Camp Kulaqua.  It was another success camp experience with record breaking attendance.  Plus the baptisms are always a blessing to finish out each week.  There is a lot of VBS programs that are finished or just in the planning stages.  These programs keep our children busy and offer great opportunities for evangelism this summer.

Calendar Updates:

June 21-28                   Impact Ft Lauderdale

July 2-11                     General Conference Session San Antonio Texas

July 18                        Family/Church Go Fish Lakeland SDA Church

July 25                        Creative Ministry Workshop South Orlando SDA Church

July 25                        Forest Lake Church is hosting DoDad’s Friendship Show @ 6p It’s Free!

August 7-10, 2015      Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua

August 15                   Go Fish Jacksonville 1st SDA Church

August 22                   Creative Ministry Workshop Margate SDA Church

 

Check out the following link for another awesome opportunity to keep children involved this summer.

    FLEC Drama & Video Camp.mp4   . For more information contact Victor Felix at victor.felix@myflec.com or (407) 810-1486.”

 

****I need your help!!!!  Help to get the word out about the Single Parent Retreat August 7-9,2015 @ Camp Kulaqua.  Visit www.campkulaqua.com for all the information about registering for this upcoming event.

There will be a flyer posted on the Florida Conference Children’s, Family & Singles Ministry page.  There will be adult & children’s programming plus family time.  It is and awesome opportunity for fellowship and to be nurtured. Please help spread the word.  If you need more information…my contact is listed below.

 

I will be praying for the ministries of your church.  Looking forward to seeing pictures and hear about your summer programs.  Until next week.

“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 KJV

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