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Newsletter 2-3-16

by on February 03, 2016, under IYM

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:18
What do you know about Valentine’s Day? Even today it is all about love notes, hearts, candy and even red roses.  But did you know that originally it was about celebrating bird’s mating season? It’s true, mid-

February is here and the ground hog says we will have an early spring! Where did winter go? This past weekend the “Team” and I headed to North Miami SDA Church for a Family Life Weekend. The music and presentations were God led. Big Thanks to the “Team”!  I had 2 big blessings this past weekend…first in North Miami and then with my son, who had his “White Coat” ceremony and dedication for the Pharmacy program at LECOM Medical School in Bradenton.  I am a “proud mother” for his accomplishments so far and what the future holds for him.  God has a Plan!

February is when the bird mating season happens in European countries and so they decided lovers should celebrate love along with the birds! Valentine’s day is all about love. I remember it was something that we celebrated as young children. We would get “valentines” (little love note cards) and sign our name to the back and then distribute them to all of our classmates.  It was at times special and awkward to receive a valentine from a secret admirer. Many Christians and non-Christians celebrate it and enjoy being thought of and loved.  Tell your children you love them.

How about a telephone valentine chain?

Call someone dear to your family and pass the phone around to take turns telling this person you love them. Then ask that person to “Pass it forward” by calling someone they love, asking that person to call another, etc.

Heart Hunt: Cut hearts out of pink and purple craft foam. Paper could also be used, but I used the craft foam because it’s waterproof, and a bit sturdier. Decorate lunch size paper bags for collecting the hearts more festive, cover them with hearts. Then hid hearts the hearts in fairly obvious places at or below eye-level. For indoor hunts, stick hearts to windows, on chair arms, and next to table legs. Outdoors, Put them on steps, on top of rocks, and on low-hanging branches.  What a wonderful way to talk about God’s Love and finding Love in all the right places.

Calendar Updates:

February 13                Creative Ministry Workshop @ Boyington Beach SDA Church

March 4-5                   Spanish Children’s Ministry Workshop @ Camp Kulaqua

March 19                  VBS Workshop @ Florida Conference Community Room

April 7-10                    English Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua

April 23                       Creative Ministry Workshop @ Plantation SDA Churcb

May 7                           Creative Ministry Workshop @ Orlando Filipino SDA Church

June 5-26                    Summer Camp @ Camp Kulaqua

Check out Naples SDA Church this weekend:

Aftershock, THE all youth experience, is back and is coming this week! You want to make sure to tell your friends, cause we have a great contest happening this week

,and prizes for who can bring the most friends for their first-time Aftershock experience. Will you bring 3, 4,…maybe 10 friends with you? Come over February 6 @ 6:00pm!

You’re invited for a night of Rockin’ praise, break-out discussions, FREE pizza and such a great time!  No judgment, no criticism! Come as you are and bring your friends.

All first time participants get a Free T-Shirt!

Have questions? Naples SDA Church | Website | Email

We are going to finish up the discussion on Faith that Grace and the BE Smart team started last month.  We want to get from you any phrases (1-2 words long) that relate to faith.

Things like Overcome, Protect, No Worries.  Send them to me ahead of time so we can get them organized.  So make sure to email me by Thursday!

Make sure to share this with friends, post on Facebook or Twitter too!  #AFTERSHOCK

As you finish out this week take time to pray for what will be happening in your ministry, churches, neighborhoods etc this coming weekend.

I am looking forward to meeting you and seeing you at the above events. If you find one in your area…check it out. Plan to attend.

Until next week. Keep me in our prayers and I will do the same.

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Newsletter 1-27-2016

by on January 27, 2016, under IYM

“Go therefore and 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; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 Question of the week?  Why do we do VBS/VBX (Vacation Bible Experience)  We do it for the obvious reason of course but more than that we do it to reach families, moms, dads aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas. It takes countless hours of prep and many volunteers so that kids can learn about Jesus in a fun atmosphere. VBS is very different today but one thing has not changed — the desire to impact lives for Christ. Boys, girls, youth and adults have wonderful memories of summers spent learning about God. There can be no greater reward than seeing young people give their lives to Christ or to grow spiritually.

This is an event you will not want to miss! An event that will equip you for the 2016 VBS season and give you a full vision of what each program can offer your church.

March 19                VBS Showcase At the Florida Conference Community Room 3-6 pm  Guests from NAD Children’s Ministry, ADVENT Source, GROUP Publishing, DoDad’s Lab, Into the Wild Nature Ministries, with lots of Give Aways and a Grand Prize Give Away:  The VBS Kit of your choice. This Workshop is a must….Plan to be there.

First Things First… Take a deep breath. If God called you, He won’t abandon you, but will see you through to success. Get ready to work hard and trust Him.  Pray for wisdom and direction. This may seem obvious, but prayer can be too quickly placed on the backburner when tackling a giant like VBS.

Singles: ASAM Calendar of Events: January & February 2016

Sabbath, January 30 Celtic Concert – Enjoy a wonderful concert of celtic 8:00pm music at Rollins College in Winter Park. For more information contact Ruth Sales at 407-462-9034.

Sabbath, February 6 February Birthdays Celebration Dinner – Let’s get 5:30pm together to celebrate the February birthdays in our singles family. Enjoy some yummy Thai food at the Siam

Garden restaurant at 1111 W. Webster Ave. in Winter Park (right next to the Winter Park Village). Hope to see

you there.

Sunday February 7 Charlie’s Annual Superbowl Party – Let’s have a great time 6:00pm watching the Superbowl together and cheering on our favorite team. Kick off is at 6:30pm so be sure to be there by then. Bring something yummy to share. For more information, contact Charlie at 352-383-3976.

Sabbath, February 13 Fellowship Luncheon – Upper Youth Center, Forest Lake 1:30pm Church. Bring lots of food to share as we always have guests. 6:30pm Game Night – Upper Youth Center, Forest Lake Church. Bring snacks and games to share. Come prepared to have a great time.

Sabbath, February 20 Singles Fellowship Meal – Kress Memorial Church, Winter 1:30pm Park. Bring a covered dish to share and come prepared to help with clean up.

7:00pm UCF Symphony Orchestra Concert – St. Lukes Lutheran Church, Oviedo. Arrive early to get a seat. For more information contact Ruth Sales at 407-462-9034.

Sunday, February 21 Casa Feliz Concert – Come and enjoy a free concert at 12:00pm Casa Feliz , 656 Park Ave., Winter Park. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Sabbath, February 27 Sabbath Vespers – Join together with your single 5:30pm brothers and sisters as we close the Sabbath with music, praise and worship followed by games and fellowship.

Please bring a light dinner dish to share and/or snacks for later on. Diane’s place – 966 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka, 407-703-3050 

This weekend will find myself and  the team at North Miami SDA Church for a Family Life Event. “Building Families One Block at a Time” starting Friday evening thru Sabbath afternoon. Please attend and keep us in your prayers. Pray for the team and those that will be in attendance.

Check out our website for updated Calendar of Events and resources that I have posted there.

Lots of blessings to you in the weeks to come.

Keep in touch. I love hearing from you.

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1-4-2016

by on January 04, 2016, under Children, IYM, Singles

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  James 1:19-20 ESV

Did you reach your goals for 2015? If you are like me, you are probably reflecting and evaluating the past 12 months.

  • How much of the dreams that I had for 2015 actually came to pass?
  • Did I live life to the fullest?
  • Did I reach my maximum potential?
  • Could I have experienced more success and more results?
  • How much progress did I really make in my life and ministry?

The Funny Side of Parenting One afternoon I was walking on a trail with my newborn daughter in the stroller. I chatted to her about the scenery and the weather as we went along. When a man and his dog approached, I leaned over and half whispered, “See the doggy?” Suddenly I felt a little silly talking to a baby as if she understood me. But just as the man passed, I noticed he reached down, patted his dog and said, “See the baby?”  taken from Biblical Parenting Update January 2016

2016 Children’s Family & Singles Ministry Calendar                      

Calendar Updates:

Central Florida Singles are taking a cruise of the Caribbean in October 2016 and we’d like you to join us.  The attached flyer gives you the info (sorry about the quality but the info is there).  We will be leaving from Port Canaveral.  If you would like more information, feel free to contact Carol Weir (407-448-3013).  If you want to join us, a $50.00 deposit is due no later than Monday, January 4th in order to hold the rooms.  Contact Melissa Marteeny at 352-205-2020 for your reservation and to make a deposit via credit card.  When contacting her, make sure to mention that you are with Carol’s Cruise Group.Just a reminder that if you are interested in going on this cruise, a $50.00 deposit is due by January 4, 2016.  The balance will be paid in two payments (not sure when they are due).  You may make your deposit with a credit card by calling Melissa (the travel agent).

 

2016 Children’s Family & Singles Ministry Calendar                      

January 29-30           Family Life Weekend @ North Miami SDA Church

February 13                Creative Ministry Workshop @ Boyington Beach SDA Church

March 4-5                   Spanish Children’s Ministry Workshop @ Camp Kulaqua

March 19                     VBS Workshop @ Florida Conference Community Room

April 7-10                    English Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua

April 23                        Creative Ministry Workshop @ Plantation SDA Churcb

June 5-26                     Summer Camp @ Camp Kulaqua

July 9                            Creative Ministry Workshop @ Solid Rock SDA Church

July 21-24                    Leadership Summit, South Miami

August 5-7                   Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua

August 20                    Go Fish For Adults @ Forestlake SDA Church Youth Building

September 2-5            Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua

October 15                   Creative Ministry Workshop Cooper City SDA Church

October 21-23             Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua

November 18-20        Blaze @ Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center

This is the calendar for the New Year.  Check all the dates and plan to attend as many as possible.  Please Note:  VBS Workshop is fast approaching March 19 @ the Conference Office…we have many special presenters and lots of give-aways.  See you there!

Please keep me in your prayers for the next few weeks as I will be very busy travelling to conferences.

I will keep you and your ministry in my prayers too.

I know the Lord has a plan for each of you in 2016.

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Newsletter 12-9-15

by on December 09, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

Good Morning, I have been trying to get ready to take some time off. I have waited too long and now it is “use it or lose it”.  So as of Monday I will be out of the office until January 4, 2016.  This week has been like preparing for a marathon, but I should have been taking time to prepare for the Celebration of Christ’s Birth.  Does this mean I’ve gotten too old to enjoy Celebrating His birth.  I hope not.  It is my plan to take time to enjoy the “Reason for the Season” before another year begins.  Below you will find a guideline for families to get ready for Christmas.  Try it you may like it!

12 Christmas Devotionals Leading Up to Christmas (A parents idea of getting ready for Christmas)

Here’s the plan: Each night we will be having the kids unwrap special packages that we have sitting under our Christmas tree. Most of these “gifts” will be simple items. Most of them will be things they already own that we just wrapped and put under the tree. Some of them will be “symbolic” gifts: tokens that are meant to remind them of something else. Each gift will serve an as object lesson for that night’s devotion.

Each night the kids will be reminded of two things: We should be thankful for the many gifts God has already given to us in our lives, and All of God’s gifts are signs that point to his greatest gift: His Son.

Here are the 12 devotional ideas, in order:

  1. God’s Word: Thank God for the gift of the Scriptures (we’ll wrap one of the kids’ Bibles they already own)
  2. Income: Thank God for the ability to work and make a living (we’ll be giving them coins)
  3. Nourishment: Thank God for giving us our daily bread (each of the boys will receive” snack packs” of food for them to eat)
  4. Shelter: Thank God for giving us warmth and shelter (we’ll wrap a candle for each of the boys)
  5. The Body of Christ: Thank God for the gift of the church (we’ll be giving them a doll to represent Christ’s body, made up of many parts)
  6. Family: Thank God for the gift of Mom, Dad, and siblings (we’ll be giving the kids a picture of our family)
  7. Friends: Thank God for the gift of friendship (we’ll be giving them pictures of their friends)
  8. Health: Thank God for the gift of good health (A stethoscope will be in this package)
  9. Wisdom: Thank God for the ability to think and the gifts of knowledge and understanding (we’ll be giving them a notebook to write in)
  10. The Spirit: Thank God for the gift of His Holy Spirit (we’ll wrap a dove Christmas ornament from our tree)
  11. Clothing: Thank God for the gift of clothes (we’ll be buying the kids new PJs to sleep in on Christmas Eve)
  12. Jesus: Thank God for the gift of His Son( find a new illustrated Christmas story bookfor the home, use it to read the Christmas story to your kids)

So, this is our attempt at making Christmas a memorable and meaningful celebration in our home.

Please note CHANGES to Central Florida ASAM Calendar of Events December 2015

Friday – December 11

6:30 PM CANCELLED Due to Forest Lake Academy Christmas Program – Forest Lake Church Friday Night Vespers – Join together with your single brothers and sisters to bring in the Sabbath

with music, praise and worship. Please bring a light dish to share. Diane’s place – 966 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka, FL 407-703-3050

Sabbath – December 12

1:30 PM Picnic Pot Luck at Meade Gardens – The weather is cooling and it’s a great time for a picnic. Make sure to bring something to share, serving utensils and a plate and utensils.

3:00 PM St. Augustine Christmas Lights – Get ready for a trip to St. Augustine to enjoy the Christmas Lights Tour. Meet at Forest Lake Church parking lot at 3:00 PM to carpool and/or caravan.

Sunday-December 13

5:30 PM Noel – A Night of Everlasting Love – Enjoy a 30 minute recreation of the birth of Jesus. Meet at the entrance. 1st Baptist Church of Longwood, 891 SR 434 Longwood

Monday -December 14 Young at Heart – Forest Lake Upper Youth

7:00 PM Center $8.00

Sabbath- December 19

1:30 PM Kress Memorial Singles Potluck – Let’s get together for a fun Sabbath potluck. Make sure to bring something good to share.

7:00 PM Charlie’s Annual Christmas Party – Time to head to Charlie’s again for our annual Christmas party get together. Come in your festive Christmas attire and be prepared to have a great time.

Don’t forget a great Christmas dish to share. For directions, call Charlie at 352-383-3976.

Thursday – December 24

5:30 PM CANCELLED –

Sunday – December 27

5:30 PM December Birthdays Celebration – Join us at Amigo’s Original Tex-Mex restaurant, 120 N. Westmonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL. Make sure to be there at 5:30 PM as we will be getting

a table for those present at that time.

Thursday, December 31

8:00 PM New Years Eve Celebration – Join us at Charlie Beall’s house as we get together to say good-bye to 2015 and bring in 2016 with praise and thanksgiving. Bring something yummy to share

and dress in New Year’s eve attire. Contact Charlie at 352-383-3976 for more info.

 

Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.—Louisa May Alcott, Little Women But here’s the key: if you want to prepare your heart for Christmas, you’ve got to rediscover the blessing of giving. The idea is the same: giving brings more blessing to the giver than the receiver.  Enjoy the presents you get, but never forget that the real joy comes from a giving heart. James 1:17(ESV)  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

This my prayer for today and this holiday season.

May this Christmas be more meaningful for you and your family.  May God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas

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Newsletter 12-2-15

by on December 02, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

He also taught us that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (NIV)

Thanksgiving is past, (but always a great idea to give Thanks daily) and we are seeing and hear the sights and sounds of Christmas. This time of the year always presents a dilemma…how to stay focused on the real reason for the season.  I would encourage each of you to fit time for Jesus into your daily busy life, using this special time of the year to teach truths to your children.

Parenting Insight You Can Use Now Christmas is a highlight in the life of most children, but much of the benefit is focused on what they get. Of course one of the blessings of Christmas is giving, so look for ways to teach children generosity this year. Here are some ideas: Involves kids in your gift giving strategy or help them develop their own. Planning, shopping, and wrapping can each provide ways for children to think about blessing others. Anticipate with your children the delight others will experience when the gifts are opened. Help your child enjoy the fun others will have when receiving gifts. Ask children the question “What are you doing this year to make Christmas special for someone else?” This question alone can help young children as well as teens think of others instead of just themselves. A short discussion can help move kids from selfish tendencies to generosity. The joy of giving is usually discovered only through the practice of giving, so make thinking of others a requirement. And most importantly, remind children of the generosity of God by sending us the most special gift: his Son. Generosity is a heart quality. Thoughts by Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.

Plan a project of good will this Christmas:A few years ago we “adopted” a single mom. My friend was barely making ends meet and didn’t have money to buy gifts for her small child. Together with my husband’s family we bought gifts for both of them and replaced her broken down washing machine the week of Christmas. Do you have an elderly neighbor in need of home repairs or yard work? Find someone with a genuine need, involve your whole family and see how happy you can make someone this Christmas.

Give a surprise gift of service to each member of your family:  Jesus taught us to serve by washing the disciples feet. He also taught us that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (NIV) The idea of giving an unexpected gift of service to members of your family is to demonstrate Christ-like love and service. You might consider giving a back rub to your spouse, running an errand for your brother, or cleaning out a closet for your mother. Make it personal and meaningful and watch the blessings multiply.

Calendar Updates Looking ahead to 2016:

January 29-30             Family Life Weekend @ North Miami SDA Church

February 13                  Creative Ministry Workshop @ Boyington Beach SDA Church

March 4-5                     Spanish Children’s Ministry Workshop @ Camp Kulaqua

March 19                       VBS Workshop @ Florida Conference Community Room

Check out the conference website for flyers and more details.

Also check out the updated Central Florida ASAM December Calendar on the website.

I trust you are having a great week.   Many of the churches are having Christmas Programs that our children are involved in.  Please join me as we pray for the part they will have in these programs and the impact it will have on everyone who attends.

If I can be of assistance to you or your ministry please ask…if not you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. The impact you have on the children and your church will impact them for a life time.

Until next time. May your Christmas Season be wrapped in the blessings of His Love.

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Newsletter 11-19-15

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

O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: because his mercy [endureth] for ever. Psalms 118:1

As you may have noticed (or maybe not) I am a day late on my routine to send this update out. I was in Destin, Florida for Southern Union Departmental Meetings.  It was a great time of learning, listening, and fellowship.

This coming weekend we (The Go Fish Team) will be presenting seminars at the Pathfinder Leadership Conference “BLAZE”. I am looking forward to seeing some of you at the conference.

Kids have a natural affinity to gratitude,” says Dr. Robert Emmons, author of Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier. “They often teach parents as much or more about gratitude than the other way around.” Gratitude has side benefits, too. Research shows that thankful kids get better grades, experience less depression, are more content, and maintain a more positive outlook on life. Encourage your kids to be grateful—and to give back—by offering them authentic experiences for sharing and serving. Sure, you may have to do these things alongside your children—but that’s a good thing.

Get started with some of these fun ideas.

Attitude of Thanksgiving: Holidays can be the best of times…and the worst of times! When you are having trouble finding the “happy” in Happy Holidays, try making an alphabetic gratitude list. It’s not a new concept, but it can be a great challenge. Coming up with 26 things for which you are grateful—even one which begins with the letter “Q”—will definitely channel your mind away from the negative and towards the positive. Who knows, you may be surprised to find yourself smiling before you get to “M”.

True Servants: Collect a variety of household items, and display them on a table. Take turns picking up an item and using it to serve another family member somehow. Read aloud John 13:3-5, 12-17. Discuss how it felt to serve and be served, why Jesus served his

disciples, and how you can serve others in the week ahead.

Grateful Givers: At dinner time, have each family member jot on slips of paper reasons they felt blessed during their day, and place the slips in a Gratitude Jar. Pull out and read the blessings together occasionally. Also use a Giving Jar to collect ideas about ways to serve. Whenever you add a slip to the jar, pull out a giving slip, and start serving!

Calendar Updates:

Singles: Central Florida ASAM Calendar of Events December 2015

Monday -December 7 Young at Heart – Forest Lake Upper Youth 7:00 PM Center $8.00

Friday – December 11 6:30 PM Friday Night Vespers – Join together with your single brothers and sisters to bring in the Sabbath with music, praise and worship. Please bring a light dish to share. Diane’s place – 966 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka, FL 407-703-3050

Sabbath – December 12 1:30 PM Picnic Pot Luck at Meade Gardens – The weather is cooling and it’s a great time for a picnic. Make sure to bring something to share, serving utensils and a plate and utensils. 3:00 PM St. Augustine Christmas Lights – Get ready for a trip to St. Augustine to enjoy the Christmas Lights Tour. Meet at Forest Lake Church parking lot at 3:00 PM to carpool and/or caravan.

Sunday-December 13 5:30 PM Noel – A Night of Everlasting Love – Enjoy a 30 minute recreation of the birth of Jesus. Meet at the entrance. 1st Baptist Church of Longwood, 891 SR 434 Longwood

Sabbath- December 19 1:30 PM Kress Memorial Singles Potluck – Let’s get together for a fun Sabbath potluck. Make sure to bring something good to share.  7:00 PM Charlie’s Annual Christmas Party – Time to head to Charlie’s again for our annual Christmas party get together. Come in your festive Christmas attire and be prepared to have a great time.

Don’t forget a great Christmas dish to share. For directions, call Charlie at 352-383-3976.

Thursday – December 24 5:30 PM Christmas Eve Dinner – Forest Lake Church Upper Youth Center – You must RSVP to Carol Weir at 407-448-3013 before December 15th. Westmonte Dr., Altamonte Springs, FL. sure to be there at 5:30 PM as we will be getting a table for those present at that time.

Thursday, December 31 8:00 PM New Years Eve Celebration – Join us at Charlie Beall’s house as we get together to say good-bye to 2015 and bring in 2016 with praise and thanksgiving. Bring something yummy to share and dress in New Year’s eve attire. Contact Charlie at 352-383-3976 for more info.

Children and Family Calendar:

              November 20-22, 2015  Blaze & Go Fish @ Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center

               January 29-30, 2016                       Family Life Weekend @ North Miami SDA Church

February 13, 2016                           Creative Ministry Workshop @ Boyington Beach SDA Church

Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness. Robert Casper Linter

May your Thanksgiving be a day of gratitude for the abundance of Blessings our heavenly Father bestowed upon us this past year. Enjoy family and/or friends during this holiday weekend.

Until next week. May God continue to Bless You.  Prayers to you all.

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Newsletter 11-11-15

by on November 11, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

I Thessalonians 5:18

I have much to be thankful for and I know that each of you have things that we can be thankful for too. It’s those little things that we do not always count that we can express gratitude for… especially today for our Veterans who served and are serving our country.

May we remember often the sacrifices made on our behalf. Below are some ideas to continue being Thankful and a Blessing as we patiently await the “Harvest” our heavenly father is preparing for us.

Be a Blessing: A friend of mine has taught me a great deal about expressing gratitude to people who often feel invisible. She never fails to say “thank you” to the cashier at the checkout, the person who takes her order at a fast food counter, the teller at the bank’s drive through window, and the server in the restaurant. It doesn’t matter how rushed or harried she may be, she always stops long enough to look someone in the eye, smile, and thank them for their service.

These and many others who serve us in the seemingly insignificant moments of life often are ignored or taken for granted. Yet, as with Abraham, God blesses us so that we may be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2-3).

The next time you are blessed to be served by another, return the blessing by taking the time to recognize and thank them for their service. It only takes a moment to make eye contact, smile, and offer a word of encouragement. You never know the difference you can make in one person’s day!

Treasure Thanks: Hide 100 pennies in a room. Have family members search for the pennies. Afterward, have them name one thing for which they’re thankful for every penny they found. Help younger children as needed. Read aloud Matthew 6:19-21. Ask: What are some things you treasure and why? What does this verse say about our treasures and our hearts? How can thankfulness help us keep our eyes on heaven? Take turns giving away pennies to other family members. With each penny, tell that person one thing about them for which you’re thankful. Then ask: When is it easy or difficult to share our blessings with others? How can we serve others with our blessings from God? Close in prayer, thanking Jesus for his blessings and asking him to show you ways to share those blessings with others.

Please note that the Creative Ministry Workshop previous scheduled in Plantation for November 14, 2015 has been Cancelled.

Please keep in your prayers those of us that will be travelling to the Southern Union Meetings in north Florida.

I am thankful for you and the ministry which you serve in for your church and community.  Hope this finds you doing well and may the rest of the week be just what God would have it be.

Next week this email will be sent on Thursday as I will be out of town thru Wednesday.

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Newsletter 11-4-15

by on November 04, 2015, under Children, Singles

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV

I was listening to the local Christian radio on the way home last night and the question was asked? How many people already have their Christmas Lights up? I was surprised at the amount of responses from those that already have moved on to Christmas.   I love the Thanksgiving Holiday and what it represents. I would encourage you not to overlook this time of the year and take time to reflect on the ”Harvest” and the “Blessings’ God as bestow on each of us.

Thanksgiving Blessing Mix & Poem

Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation’s abundance.

Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.

Candy corn: Sacrifices of the Pilgrims’ first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.

Nuts or seeds: Promise of a future harvest, one we will reap only if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.

Dried fruits: Harvest gifts of our bountiful land.

M&Ms: Memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future.

Hershey’s Kiss: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.

The Funny Side of Parenting Johnny’s mother looked out the window and noticed him “playing church” with their cat. He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work. A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back to the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water. She called out, “Johnny, stop that!  The cat is afraid of water!”

Johnny looked up at her and said, “He should have thought about that before he joined the church.” Taken from parent@biblicalparenting.org

Calendar Updates:

 Singles: There is a “healthy holiday cooking” on 11/10  @ 7 pm @ Forest Lake Church

2016: January 29-30               Family Life Weekend @ North Miami SDA Church

February 13                    Creative Ministry Workshop @ Boyington Beach SDA Church

It’s Time….to look ahead and plan for 2016.   If you would like the Go Fish Team, Creative Ministry Team, or a Family Life program in your church next year please let me know so we can get it on our schedule.  We love to come to your church/school and share our ministry with you.  Our calendar does fill up so plan to meet with your team and let us know how we can help.

Praying for you as you meet the needs of your ministry.

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Newsletter 10-18-15

by on October 28, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

As a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Ephesians 1:10 ESV

Time to Set your Clocks and Fall Back! To be honest I am not a fan of the DST, but it is what it is and I will adapt. So to make it easier on myself I looked up some things to do in this Fall that I could do with my granddaughter and not dwell on the changing of my clocks. This coming weekend will be packed with activities centered around children and the time of the year.  My prayer is that the children be safe in whatever activity they are involved in.  Remember you do get an extra hour of sleep????

Daylight Saving Time (abbreviated DST) is a system in which clocks are set forward in order to have more daylight in the evenings (and less in the morning). This system is used to conserve energy since the use of electrical lights is decreased in the evening.

In DST, clocks are set forward one hour in early spring and they are set back one hour in autumn. One easy way to remember which way to set your clocks is, “Spring forward, fall back.”

An idea similar to Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, when he urged residents of Paris, France, to get up earlier in the morning in order to save evening candle use (at the time, Franklin was the USA’s first ambassador to France); his proposal did not involve changing the setting of clocks. In 1907, William Willet proposed the ideas of changing clocks for DST to the British, but his idea was rejected.

The first countries to adopt DST were Germany and the UK, who began using it in 1916 (during World War I). In 1918, the USA adopted new time zones (to help synchronize railroad schedules) and began using DST. Today, most of North America and Europe (and parts of Australia and South America) use DST.

In the USA, DST begins on the second Sunday in March at 2AM (2AM suddenly becomes 3AM) — DST ends on the first Sunday in November at 2AM (2AM suddenly becomes 1AM). Also, in the U.S., DST is NOT observed in Hawaii and Arizona.

Autumn is a great time to teach children about leaves. Leaves are all around us. We eat leaves. Leaves change colors, usually from green to red, orange, yellow and brown. Leaves can be found on trees. Leaves fall to the ground and we rake them up. The reason that the leaves change color is due to the shortening of the days. As this occurs the leaves begin to produce less chlorophyll and change color. Many people think that the leaves turn color but this is not true. The leaves are actually the colors we see in the fall. The reason that the leaves are green is because they are full of chlorophyll.

Leaf Rubbings Have the child place a leaf under a piece of paper, and rub the paper with crayon, and the leaf shape will appear. This works much better with green leaves.

Leaf Prints Obtain a leaf for each child. Have the child paint the vein side of the leaf. Press the leaf onto a piece of paper to create a leaf print. Leaf Hands Trace your child’s hand onto a fall color of construction paper, and cut it out to make it look like a maple leaf.

Leaf Tree Use brown construction paper for the trunk of the tree, and tape up fall leaves to the wall to make a huge fall tree in your classroom. Leaf Painting Have the children paint, using leaves as paint brushes.

Leaf Glitter Find some old brown leaves. Have the children crumble them up and use them as glitter. You could even paint them before you crumble them to make different colored glitter.

Leaf People Have the children glue a leaf on a piece of paper, and draw legs, arms, and a head to create a person.

Leaf Mobile Have the children attach leaves to a hanger with different lengths of string to create a mobile. Hang around the classroom.

Torn Paper Tree Have the children make a torn paper tree with brown paper for the trunk, and red, orange and yellow paper for the leaves. The children should be supplied with the paper and glue. they should tear the pieces of paper into the shape they want it to be.

Leaf Wreath Take the children outside and have them collect leaves, twigs and acorns. Cut out the center of a paper plate and have the children paint it brown. After the paint is dry, have the children glue their leaves, twigs and acorns to the plate.

Calendar Updates:  

Please note that the Creative Ministry Workshop scheduled for November 14 @ Plantation SDA Church has been Cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Singles:     October 31, 7:00pm   Celebration of Fall Party Lets get together and welcome fall and the cool weather that it brings with a party at Charlie Beall’s place.  Bring something yummy to eat and come prepared to have some fun.  7839 Sloewood Drive, Mt Dora.  Call Charlie for more information 352-383-3976.

November 20-22              Blaze & Go Fish @ Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center, Check out the Florida Conference Pathfinder website for all the information.

March 19, 2016  VBS Showcase 3pm @ the Florida Conference Community Room. Check out the Florida Conference Children & Family Ministry Website for more information.

Enjoy the rest of your week and join with me again to pray for the children in our churches and families.  During this holiday weekend may we be a blessing to everyone we meet

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Newsletter 10-21-15

by on October 21, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

“My instruction is far more valuable than silver or gold.” Proverbs 8: 10 (TBL)

Good Morning, yesterday I spent some time in a doctor’s office waiting for our turn. Waiting is not a thing I do well.  My granddaughter was very anxious and wanted things to move faster.  I really thought about complaining about the LONG wait but I bit my tongue and tried to be a good example.  Later she asked me why I didn’t get upset because we waited so long (if she only knew how hard it was to just sit there).  I told her that sometimes we have to wait and be patient even if it was a hard choice to make.  We must be wise in the choices we make you never know who is observing us.

Choose What’s Right

Children’s Devotional about choosing the right thing to do based on Daniel.

Read: Daniel 3: 14-30

This is a well-known story showing how we should always choose to do what’s right – even if it costs us something. King Nebuchadnezzar had made an image of gold and had an order given for the people to bow down to this image when they heard the music, and worship it. Three men named Shadrach, Meshach and Abedenego, who the king put in charge over the affairs of Babylon, would not bow down to it. They chose to do what was right. They would only serve and worship God Almighty, even though they could have been killed for it. Are we, too, willing to serve and worship the Lord only – no matter what the cost? We are daily faced with choices – to do what others want or what we know the Lord wants. It may cost us to choose what the Lord wants, but it is the right choice. We may get laughed at or put down – but we can’t let what others think stop us from doing what we may know is the right thing to do. It make God happy when we choose Him and His ways over what the world says.  He will strengthen you as you choose what’s right.  © By M.S.Lowndes

Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold. – Proverbs 8: 10 (NIV)

Lord, I need your help each day With the choices that I make Help me choose what’s right to do No matter what it takes. © By M.S.Lowndes

The Weight of Sin   Items Needed For This Free Children’s Church Object Lesson: helium-filled balloon, spray bottle with water, towel or paper towel (red would be good, as this represents Jesus’ blood) As you are teaching about sin (either the sin of unbelief while teaching about salvation for the lost, or any sin while teaching your saved students about having a victorious Christian life), use the bottle to spray water (sin) on the balloon (student). Show them how sin can weigh them down and make them ineffective for the Lord. Then use the towel to wipe away the water and illustrate the restoration that Jesus Christ can offer as He washes away sin with His blood. If done correctly, the water will weigh down the balloon and cause it to drop; and wiping away the water will cause it to rise up again.

Calendar Updates:

Singles: Saturday, October 31 – Celebration of Fall Party at Charlie Beall’s house.  Starting at 7:00pm.  Bring something yummy to share.

*Just needed to let you know that this Sunday’s brunch at the Tea House in Mt. Dora has been cancelled.  The Mt. Dora Art Festival takes place this weekend and the city will be very crowded.  So it was decided to cancel the lunch.  If you would still like to go, or go and enjoy the Art Festival, get with some friends and enjoy.

October 24                         Creative Ministry Workshop Windermere SDA Church    Come and join us for the workshop.

November 14                     Creative Ministry Workshop Plantation SDA Church

November 20-22              Blaze & Go Fish @ Lake Yale Baptist Convention Center

Mark Your Calendars:  VBS Workshop for 2016 is scheduled for March 19, 2016 @ the Florida Conference Office Community Room.  We will be featuring many of the new 2016 VBS programs.

If you miss the one at the office and are in the Naples area, they will be hosting Group Showcase 2016 VBS “Egypt” April 9, 2016.

Group Publishing will be at both the March 19, and April 9 workshops.

I pray daily for each of you and trust that we will continue to help our children to make the right choices.

Enjoy every day God gives us to live for Him.

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