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Newsletter 10-7-15

by on October 07, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God. Hebrews 12:15

Again it has been a great week. I have been blessed with some volunteer help to organize the giant book shelves in our storage area.  What a blessing and a time of fellowship to work together.  We have laughed, remembered and had fun sorting the many resources.  We have been sorting since we moved in 2014.  There is a reason!!! We recently brought all our resources to the new building.  You will have to stop by on your next trip to the conference office.  It would be fun to chat and catch up.  Hope your week is a good one too.

Celebrate Children in October. Kids of all ages will enjoy these days.

  • Art Day — Invite a local artist to teach cartooning, color and line, and perspective. Have kids make masks or learn how to mix colors.
  • Gym Day — Rent or borrow a gym if you don’t have one on your church campus. Invite a local sports figure to offer a clinic for your kids. Ask a local grocery for free drinks and give a sponsor’s award in return with your thanks.
  • Game Day — Have kids bring their favorite table games. Hold a tournament and give prizes in each age category. Or make your own games. How about a huge Twister using various colored paper plates taped to the floor?
  • Sidewalk Circus — Have children make puppets and create a puppet show. Take your puppet team to the city park and hold a sidewalk circus. You can also have circus-type acts, clowns, and balloons. Invite visiting children to come to your church on Sabbath.
  • Music Day — Have kids bring their own instruments for a band. Or have a kazoo marching band.
  • Ecology Day — Teach about reuse, reduce, and recycle. Have kids plant trees in your community or coordinate a paper drive. Communicate the ecology message from the standpoint that God created the world and gave us authority over it.
  • Kite Day — Fly high in the spring. After morning worship, supply kite-making materials. Serve families pizza or hot dogs for lunch. After everyone has eaten and made a kite, enjoy flying the kites.
  • Celebrate Friend Day — Encourage each child to bring a friend to Sabbath school. Honor friends by having children give their guests a special name tag and a helium balloon.
  • Cookie BakeOff — With plenty of adult supervision, have children bake cookies. Use simple, pictorial recipes and premeasure all ingredients. After the cookie party, have kids seal the extra cookies in plastic bags. Take children to give the cookies to a shut-in, nursing home resident, or sick child.
  • Animal Crackers — How about a petting zoo or a parade of your favorite stuffed animals? Maybe a live pet show? Kids could pretend to be animals in the zoo. Or you could re-enact Noah’s collection of animals. Set up in a neighborhood on Saturday morning and watch kids flock to you.
  • Children’s Day — Use this special day to recognize children. Focus all the music and events around  children. Decorate with helium balloon bouquets. Have children assist adult ushers and lead in prayer. Invite parents so they can be ministered to as they see how much your church values their children.

FYI: The Creative Ministry Workshop scheduled for October 10 @ Emmanuel SDA has been CANCELLED.  It will be rescheduled, so be looking for the new date.

Check this Website:, Email:, Phone 407 884 0859 or 800 291 3060. They are available to present one-hour or all day seminars in 15 areas: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Family Finance, Sexuality, Singleness, Domestic Violence, Living with Unbelieving Spouse, Parenting and much more.

Singles: Since the weather is getting cooler, it was suggested that we have a Sabbath picnic potluck this Sabbath at Sanlando Park.  Please be sure to bring a dish to share and your own plate and utensils.  Look for Richard Nordman and Laurie as they will be leading out with this event.  Also, come prepared to enjoy an after lunch walk.

Don’t forget it is Pastor Appreciation Month.

Gracious God, our Father, we owe all that we have to you. Reveal the work you have set before us and preserve us in true faith. Freely may we give, in the joys of discipleship, to the glory of your kingdom. Amen. 

Asking for prayers as we continue to meet the needs of Children in our Churches. 

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Newsletter 10-1-15

by on October 01, 2015, under IYM

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Luke 6:35

AS usual it has been a very busy week.  I returned yesterday from KIDMIN Conference in Chicago.  It was a great time of meeting new and connecting with old friends.  I always come back with more ideas than I will probably every use.  Team building was one of my focus areas in the seminars I chose to attend.  I relearned how valuable a team of good volunteers can be when working with children and families.  Making sure you continue to tell them how valuable they are and keep them in your prayers.  It takes a special person to be committed to the work of preparing our families for God’s kingdom.  My prayer for you is that you allow God to be your guide in this process.

4 Reasons to work in Children’s Ministry:

  1. You are making an eternal impact on a child’s life. What you do is immeasurable. It can’t be measured by a man–only God sees the extent of what you do. If you stay in children’s ministry, you’ll make an even greater impact!
  2. You’ll be a better student of the Bible. Naturally curious, children will make you study. “Why did Samson’s hair make him strong? What color was his hair? Did he really wear it in a braid?” Serving children will force you to know the word for yourself.
  3. Children’s ministry reminds us to be humble. I’ve seen kids giveaway their prizes, snacks and even their own shoes to someone who needed them or asked for them. Children are God’s perfect examples of compassion and sharing. We all need those kinds of examples. No matter how old we get.
  4. You have something to offer. Your unique life experiences, your views, your heart is like no one else’s. God’s love, filtered through your hands and feet can change the world.

You can do it! We need you!

Team Building Exercise: All Star

Give each person a piece of paper and have them draw a self-portrait.  Ask them to put their name on it (in case it’s not obvious who it is!).  You can spend a little or a long time on this first half of the activity.

When everyone is finished, stick them all up on a wall.

The second step of this exercise involves handing out some stars.  Each person should write a positive adjective describing each person and stick it on their self-portrait.

October 3rd is Children’s Day.  What is your church doing for Children’s Day? (This Sabbath will find me at the Pompano Beach SDA Church being a part of their Children’s Day Program.)

October is also Pastor Appreciation Month.

Calendar Updates:  Come and be a part of a workshop in your area. (See schedule below.)

October 3                    Children Sabbath Church Service Pompano Beach SDA Church

October 10                  Creative Ministry Workshop Emanuel SDA Church, Orlando

October 17                  Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks SDA Church, Ocala

October 24                  Creative Ministry Workshop Windermere SDA Church

November 14              Creative Ministry Workshop Plantation SDA Church

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

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever the activity in which you engage, do it with all your ability, because there is no work, no planning, no learning, and no wisdom in the next world where you’re going.  International Standard Version

I hope you will be blessed today in some way and that you will also be a blessing to everyone you meet.   Praying for you.

Until next week.

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Newsletter 9-23-15

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

“It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and all your soul, that He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.” Deuteronomy 11:13-14

This is what is happening today: The arrival of fall often announces itself with crisp breezes and changing leaf colors. But autumn, as the season is also known, doesn’t officially begin until the fall equinox, which falls this year on Wednesday. Here is everything you need to know about the fall equinox.

In the northern hemisphere, the fall, or autumnal, equinox occurs every year in September, usually on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th. It is the moment when the sun crosses what’s known as the celestial equator, the imaginary line over the equator, that signifies when night and day are the same length.

Because the Earth’s axis is tilted at a slight angle, during all other days of the year, except for the spring, or vernal, equinox, night and day are not equal in length. The word “equinox” is derived from Latin, in which “equi” refers to equal and “nox,” night. The counterpart of the equinox is the solstice, of which there are two, during the summer and winter. In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year; the winter solstice is the shortest.

The exact time of this year’s autumnal equinox, when the sun passes over the equator is 4:21 a.m. Wednesday.

Tomorrow I will boarding a plane heading for KIDMIN in Chicago. I am looking forward to getting fresh new ideas for my ministry and then coming back to share them with you.  If you are planning to be there email or text me so we can meet.  It would be awesome to connect there and share some time together.  I wish it was a bit later in the fall so I could enjoy some of the fall changes that happen in other areas this time of the year.  This time of the year also reminds me that churches and children’s ministry plan Fall Festivals for the children in the community.

These fall activities can obviously be used any time of year but make great additions to an Autumn Celebration/Fall Festival for your church.  It’s a great time to get the whole family involved.

Bubble Bowls

This is a twist on your standard bubble blowing and is so fun that even adults like to participate! It can also be done indoors, which is great if some of your other fall activities are affected by the weather.

Items Needed: Bubble solution (you can purchase this or make a sturdy bubble solution by mixing 1 part ultra dish soap [Dawn or Joy are best] to 15 parts water [distilled water works best] OR 1 part regular dish soap to 10 parts water, adding 0.25 part white corn syrup or glycerin for even sturdier bubbles); bowls; straws; paper towels

Demonstrate: Pour some bubble solution into a bowl and demonstrate how to blow through the straw into the solution to make bubbles. Show students a bubble trick: Blow a big bubble in the bowl. Then, making sure your straw is wet (otherwise you will pop the big bubble), insert your straw into the bubble and blow a bunch of smaller bubbles inside. Then give each child a bowl and a paper towel to set it on. Pour enough bubble solution into each bowl to cover the bottom to about ½”. Give each child a straw to blow into the bubble solution (remind them not to suck!) and let them blow to their hearts’ content.

Artist’s Area Have a variety of artistic media such as paper, scissors, crayons, markers, tape, glue, coloring books, stickers, Play-doh with cookie cutters, etc. Have some things with a fall theme and encourage the kids to create a masterpiece.

Looking ahead: See the attached calendar for the rest of this year and 2016. If you would like myself or the team to come to your church in 2016 for a workshop, event or church service,  please let me know and I will get you on the calendar.  It would be a blessing to work with you in planning what would best suit you and your church’s needs.

On a personal note….I have attached a fun photo of the new puppy that now lives at my house. Just wish we could bottle her energy and excitement for life.  She makes me happy.

Also Please keep myself and those traveling this weekend in your prayers. May we have a safe trip, wherever the Lord leads us this next week.  Thank You for your continued prayers for this ministry.

Until next time. May your weekend be just what you need to refresh for another week.

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Newsletter 9-16-15

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

Good Morning, I hope this is a good week so far. It is for me as I am off this coming weekend and will enjoy being with my family for the weekend.  The past 2 weekends were spent with my “Camp Kulaqua” family for two awesome events….Family Camp and Couples Retreat.  Both were a blessing to all who attended the events.

Recently I spent some time with my granddaughter helping her read. She is in second grade and says she doesn’t like to read because it is “work”.  So I spent time attempting to get her interested in the world of reading.  I think we are making progress, but I find that reading is a task that some children are not attracted to.  We started to read a bible story book that told of the adventures of some of the bible characters.

I am happy to report that we are on chapter 5 and she wants me to finish the stories.   This is a great challenge for parents and teachers to make reading interesting enough for a child to want to do it.  Which leads me to this question. Are Children too busy for God?

If Isaiah 58:11 is going to become true for us, “You will be a well-watered garden whose springs will never fail,” then we’ve got to read, we’ve got to read, we’ve got to read! Quote from Dwight Nelson.

“Parents are their child’s first teachers, and the home is the child’s first school. One of the most important things parents can do to help their children succeed in school is to read to them early and often.”

Quote from Barbara Bush.

Fill your child’s world with reading. Take turns reading with your older child, or establish a family reading time when everyone reads her own book. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials with words on them. The Bible was not originally written in book form. Paper was not developed yet. At first, people wrote in clay, in rock or on fibers like papyrus. Then they began making long strips of papyrus or parchment, rolling them up as scrolls. Make your own scroll by winding up paper on two dowel rods. [Have students choose a verse to copy, and roll it up on dowel rods like a scroll, tying with a ribbon].

Illuminate a Bible page. Medieval Bibles were hand-painted and decorated with beautiful art. Copy a Bible verse and decorate the edge of the page as if you were a medieval “illuminator” or artist.

[Print out Psalm 23 in a fancy font with wide margins for students to decorate.]

This object lesson isn’t just visual but kids can taste it too. (A bit of warning though—some kids are allergic to honey. Check with parents before you use honey in the classroom.)

Honey Object Lesson:

Supplies: Honey, graham crackers, napkins, plates

Prepare: Place all the ingredients for this object lesson on a table where you intend to teach.

Teach: I do love a sweet treat! Do you like something sweet sometimes? What is your favorite sweet snack? (Allow kids to give answers.) All of those sound yummy. Here in this bottle I have honey. Honey is a natural sweetener. Do you know where it comes from? That’s right! It comes from busy honeybees. It takes months to make a good amount of this wonderful treat. How wonderful of God to give us honey. It is the sweetest natural food you can find but according to the ancient text in the bible, there is something sweeter than honey—God’s word. Let’s read Psalm 119:103 together.

Can that really be true? Is God’s Word really sweet like honey for our souls? Yes! Let me explain. Who here has a favorite book? Maybe you like reading it a lot because it has mystery, or romance or adventure. You think about the book sometimes, remembering the characters you love. It makes your mind happy! Unlike other books, the Bible has special powers. It will make your mind happy but it will also sweeten up your spirit and your heart. God’s words on paper bring us comfort, love and help when we need it.

Let me ask you something. If you were to bake a cake, would you need sugar? Yes! If you baked a cake without sugar, it wouldn’t taste like a cake. You need that sweetness. God wants to put sweetness in your life too. How does He do that? By inviting you to read His words. Who wants a sweet snack? (Hand out crackers with a touch of sweet honey on top.)

Calendar Updates:

October 3                    Children Sabbath Church Service Pompano Beach SDA Church

October 10                  Creative Ministry Workshop Emanuel SDA Church, Orlando

October 17                  Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks SDA Church, Ocala

October 24                  Creative Ministry Workshop Windermere SDA Church

November 14              Creative Ministry Workshop Plantation SDA Church

May you have a great finish to this week and I will meet you back here next week, same place, The Lord willing.

Continued Prayer for you and those around you.

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Newsletter 9-9-2015

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

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).

After a very busy but wonderful weekend at Family Camp, this week finds me preparing for yet another event…The Couples Retreat at Camp Kulaqua (this coming weekend). Please remember to keep the attendees and presenters in your prayers.  God is awesome and it does us well to spent time daily singing His Praises by worshiping Him.

Worship is more than a Song: Worship, much like anything else, is a skill that is learned through teaching, modeling, and practice. Many younger children associate worship time with songs and hand motions; they don’t necessarily connect the songs to personal expressions of praise to God. Worship becomes an activity instead of a personal interaction with the Triune God.

I have included a few object lessons that you may find helpful.

  • Holding on to sin: Get a jar just big enough for them to put their hand through then put a ball in that just fits, ask them to grab it with their hands, now they cannot remove their hands. If the jar is one that you cannot see through so much the better. Then I tell them as long as they hold on to that ball of sin they cannot get free, but if you release it(the sin) you can get free. the other thing is that while they think nobody can see what they are doing when they sin, we know because they cannot release their hand.
  • Sin— a spool of thread. Have child stand up and wrap a strand around them and then have them break it by holding out their arms. Next time do a few more strands of thread, break, and see it’s a little harder. Another time really wrap ’em up… show how sin can become more and more harder to bread until we cannot break it at all. Only God can break the power of sin.
  • To Vanish Sin–have water in a jar and add drops of food coloring to represent sins. Then use bleach to represent how Christ can make us clean form our sins and pour the bleach into the water.

Calendar Updates:

            Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua, September 11-13, 2015

            Children’s Day is October 3, 2015 (Plan to have a Children’s Day to celebrate the children in your church.)

            KidMin in Chicago, September 25-27, 2015

            Attention Singles: See attached Singles Calendar for September thru November and Register @

Hope the rest of the week is just what the Lord would want it to be for you. Again take time to reflect on God’s goodness.

Sending up prayers all around.


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Newsletter 9-3-15

by on September 03, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3

I know this is a day late but I just returned home last night. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts while I was away with family.  The Lord is good and provided comfort and safety while in North Dakota.

Tomorrow will find many of us on the road to Camp Kulaqua for Family Camp. It will be a fun time with family and friends.  This letter will be long on content but short on my part.  Busy week.

Joy Overflowing—Science Object Lesson

Materials and preparation for this object lesson: A 12 oz. clear drinking glass; a round cake pan; five paper cups; ½ cup of vinegar; one teaspoon of baking soda; one cup of water. Pour about 1/8 cup of water in three of the paper cups and write “PRAY” on the side of one cup, “BELIEVE” on another paper cup and “BIBLE” on the third paper cup. Set aside the rest of the water to be used during the object lesson. Pour the vinegar in the fourth paper cup and write “Problems and Troubles” on the side of this paper cup. Pour the baking soda into the last paper cup and write “HOLY SPIRIT” on the side of this cup.

Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” God’s Word tells us that we should always be joyful. This doesn’t mean that we will always be happy, but we can still have joy, even when things aren’t going well. When you trust in Jesus as your Savior His Spirit comes to live in you. The Holy Spirit produces fruit in your life as you listen to Him and allow Him to control your thoughts, attitudes and actions. Joy is one of the fruit the Holy Spirit produces in your life. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…”(Galatians 5:22-23 ESV).

When problems come into your life, Satan wants you to complain or worry and even doubt God; he wants to rob you of your joy. But you have the Holy Spirit’s power to win over Satan and be joyful even during hard times. I’ve got water, vinegar and baking soda here and by mixing these three ingredients something special happens that can help you remember to always have joy!

Here is a clear drinking glass that represents your life. (Hold up the glass then sit it in the cake pan to catch the mixture when it overflows.) When you receive Jesus as your Savior, He comes to live in you by His Spirit. I’m going to pour water into this glass to represent the fact that God’s forgiveness has washed away your sin and its punishment and you now have new life! (Pour the water into the clear drinking glass filling it about half full.) This cup that has “Problems and Troubles” written on it is filled with vinegar. Vinegar is an acetic acid. It’s a weak acid that can be eaten and does not harm your body. However it does add a sour taste to your food. Just because you have received Jesus doesn’t mean that you will no longer have problems. This vinegar reminds me of problems and troubles. Even though vinegar has a sour taste, it can add a good flavor to food. God uses problems and troubles in our life to teach us to rely on Him so He gets our praise. When problems come you may feel like complaining, worrying, or doubting God. (Pour the vinegar into the clear drinking glass.) But don’t allow these bad attitudes and feelings to rob you of your joy! Instead, allow the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of joy in your life.

Here’s a cup of water that has “Pray” written on it. When problems come, one of the first things you can do is pray. Tell God how you feel and thank Him that He is with you as you go through this hard time.

God tells us in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Pour the water from the “Pray” cup into the clear drinking glass.)

Next, trust or believe that God will help you go through this tough time. Here’s another cup of water that has “Believe” written on it. Jesus said, “ And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” (Matthew 21:22). Faith and trust mean to believe—to have confidence that God will do what He says. (Pour the water from the “Believe” cup into the clear drinking glass.) You have just talked to God. Now it’s time you allow Him to talk to you. This cup has “Bible” written on it. Spend time reading God’s Word and allowing Him to speak to you. The Book of Psalms has lots to say about praising God during troubles. Listen to Psalm 56:2-4, “my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (Pour the water from the “Bible” cup into the clear drinking glass.)When you pray, believe and read the Bible, God’s Spirit living in you will begin to change your thoughts and attitudes about the trouble or problem you are facing. I have some baking soda in the cupthat has Holy Spirit written on it. Watch what happens when I pour the baking soda into the water and vinegar mixture. (Pour the baking soda into the clear drinking glass. The liquid in the glass will bubble over.) When God’s Spirit is controlling your thoughts and attitudes then the fruit of joy will overflow in your life. When the vinegar mixes with the baking soda the acetic acid in the vinegar neutralizes [reduces the effect of] the baking soda and a gas called carbon dioxide forms. Carbon dioxide is actually the bubblesthat overflow when vinegar reacts with the baking soda. The baking soda reminds me of joy that comes from the Holy Spirit as you obey God and trust in His promises. The fruit of joy that comes from God’s Spirit is a deep inner gladness you have because you know that God is in control. It’s the inner gladness you have when you realize that God is faithful and always keeps His promises. Through His Spirit, God will give you His joy and strength to handle problems. In the Bible we read, “Do not grieve [be sad], for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10 KJV). The next time you face a problem will you remember what happens when you add baking soda to vinegar? Will you allow the fruit of joy to overflow from your life?

Written by Lisa Deam, Copyright 2008 Permission is given to reproduce this object lesson for classroom purposes only.

Please view the calendar that I have attached to this email. Lots of things happening in the very near future. 

A Note from Diane Miller regarding a Singles Event: Greetings, my friends……It’s been a long time since we’ve all gotten together, so now’s the time and here’s the place.

This Saturday night, September 5th, there is a Labor Day Weekend party at Charlie Beall’s place.  It starts at 7:30pm.  Come and join us for a fun time.  Make sure to bring some goodies to share.  For more info, contact Charlie at 352-383-3976.Spread the word and see you there….God’s Blessings!

You will again be in my prayers this next week as is my practice. Have an awesome holiday weekend and be safe.

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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.


  • 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.


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.


  • 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.


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.

Couples Retreat 2015

Splink 8-18-15

Do It Yourself Weathervane 8-13-15

Couples Retreat 2015 Camp Kulaqua Application

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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.

Splink 8-11-15

Go Fish for the Family Flyer Jacksonville 2015

Go Fish for the Flyer Jacksonville Southpoint 2015

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events Revised 7-7-15

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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.

Splink 8-4-15

Pop Rocks Expander 8-4-15

Don’t Schedule Jesus Out Activity 8-6-15

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events Revised 7-7-15

Go Fish for the Flyer Jacksonville Southpoint 2015

Go Fish for the Family Flyer Jacksonville 2015

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