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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

FLEC Drama and Video productions

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Newsletter 5-29-15

by on May 29, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

I am back in my office today catching up. The 1st week of camp is gearing up to start this coming Sunday.  I pray that we, the staff will be a blessing to all of the kids that will be at camp this summer.  I am looking forward to meeting you and your child when they arrive at camp.

Family Time Quick Tip for May:

Put your Bibles, a devotional, your Family Time activity book, or other family resource ON or NEAR your dining room table.

In our home, we find that family dinners are the BEST time to do our Family Time – whether it’s a formal activity or just a brief prayer or discussion time.

IDEA: Envelope Surprises {Father Day Ideas} – A new spin on the traditional coupon gifts.  Each envelope holds a daily surprise for Dad.  A great group gift from everyone in the family, each person can pitch in and create special surprises to put in the envelopes.

Dads are always getting up before dawn, getting ready for work, and watching out for the needs of the family. Why not help Dad have a great start to his day with a really tasty breakfast?

Central Area Singles Calendar of upcoming events:

Sabbath – June 13th       1:30pm – Potluck at Forest Lake Church Upper Youth Center.  Bring plenty of food to share as we always have guests.  Don’t forget…Central Florida ASAM Elections.

7:30pm – Vespers Potluck Hay Stack Dinner followed by game night. Hay stacks provided by your Central Florida ASAM.  Bring snacks to share later.

Sabbath June 20th

1:30pm – Kress Potluck – Kress Memorial Church. Please bring plenty of food to share.

Sunday – June 28th

5:30pm – May & June Birthdays Celebration Dinner Out.  Meet at the Olive Garden, SR 436, Altamonte Springs

Sunday – July 12th

1:00pm – Cookout at Diane’s.  Bring something to grill for yourself and cookout food to share.  There will be a Corn Toss competition, basketball 1/2 court available around the corner and of course a few rounds of Mexican Train.  407-703-3050 – 966 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka, Fl

Sabbath – July 18th

1:30pm – Kress Potluck – you know the drill.

Sunday – July 18th

5:30pm – July Birthdays Celebration Dinner Out – Amigo’s Original Tex-Mex Restaurant – N. Westmonte Dr., Altamonte Springs.

Check out the Florida Conference website for other upcoming events.

 

I will be away at Camp Kulaqua for the next three weeks. Please try to be a Blessing to someone this week.  If you need to contact me see my cell number is below.

God will Bless and Encourage the staff and the children who will be attending VBS this summer. VBS is a great Evangelism outreach. Send me pictures and a note about how it impacted your church.

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events

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Newsletter 5-13-15

by on May 13, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord;  teach me your decrees.”  Psalms 119:11,12 NIV

Success is knowing and loving God. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Its 176 verses are presented in 22 stanzas of 8 verses each, and each stanza corresponds to the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Because it is an acrostic song, Spurgeon said it could be called “the alphabet of love,” for it unfolds God’s loving provision of wisdom for His children

I trust your weekend was pleasurable and you took time to reflect on your Mother.  It was a most memorable time for me.

Now looking on to Father’s Day….

A Bit of Trivia:

Father’s In 1900 Today nearly 100 years have elapsed since the first father’s Day was celebrated. Fathers of 1900 didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages:

In 1900, fathers prayed their children would learn English. Today, fathers pray their children will speak English.

In 1900, a father’s horsepower meant his horses. Today, it’s the size of his minivan..

In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR. In 1900, fathers shook their children gently and whispered, “Wake up, it’s time for school.” Today, kids shake their fathers violently at 4 a.m., shouting: “Wake up, it’s time for baseball practice.”

In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table. Today, a father comes home to a note: “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s at gymnastics, I’m at adult-Ed, Pizza in fridge.”

In 1900, fathers and sons would have heart-to-heart conversations while fishing in a stream. Today, fathers pluck the headphones off their sons’ ears and shout, “WHEN YOU HAVE A MINUTE.. –

Dear Son, I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh. Love, Dad –

Here are the most important dates to remember: (I know you have seen them for the past few weeks, but I am hoping that you will help with the advertising. Thanks.)

Summer Camp @ Camp Kulaqua.  I am looking forward to meeting your children at camp this summer.  Go to the Website and get the information.  Get the word out!!!!

A Single Parent Retreat, August 7-9 @ Camp Kulaqua (Registration begins May 1 thru Camp Kulaqua’s website)  This is a retreat for any single parent with children.  There will be programing for the parent and the children separately and together.  Camp activities are available for all to take part in.  *Please note that the only cost to the parent is their lodging and food.  A Scholorship fund is available for those needing assistance with the cost. (contact me @ my email or call.  See contact information below.)  My prayer is that the information gets out and that churches will help to send those that would like to come.

A Couples Retreat, September 11-13 @ Camp Kulaqua (Register @ thru the youth/young adult Florida Conference website)  This event is for any couple wanting to enrich their marriage.

Parenting Seminar, May 20  Parent and kids (9+) Seminar by Kirk Martin and son Casey @ Forest Lake SDA Church  7-9-pm   http://kingdomkidsflc.org/#/parent-resources/celebrate-calm

I am leaving for Camp Kulaqua Friday to get ready for the campers who will arrive May 31st.  If you need to contact me please do (contact information is below) I will be working out of the office during this time.

We are asking that you will remember the Camp staff and children who will be attending in your prayers.  Our theme for camp this year is “BE THE LIGHT”….my prayer is that we will “Be the Light” to the campers.

Until next week.  May you have a great rest of the week.

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Newsletter 4/29/2015

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

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV

 Happy Wednesday!  I am in the office early today and spending time reflecting on this text.  It is not easy to stay focused on the good.

Join me in praying that God will be with us today to keep us looking to Him for direction.

 “Quiet Idea”  Adopt a “quiet” critter for your classroom.  Give to the child who is sitting the quietest (should be a surprise and used to encourage quiet behavior).

“Give Mom a Hand”

Theme: Mother’s Day Text: Proverbs 31:28-31

Preparation: In a box or paper sack, place different kinds of gloves. You’ll also need a Bible.

The Message: (Read the Scripture.)

What does this verse tell us to do? God tells us to praise our moms and say great things about them so everyone will know how terrific they are! Today, we’ll give our moms a special hand. Gloves are good for lots of things. Let’s see how these gloves help us. (Give each child at least one glove.) Hold up your glove and tell how it reminds you of things your mom does. Our moms sure do a lot of different things! (Collect the gloves.)

Let’s pray. Dear God, thanks for our moms who work, play, clean, cook, and love us with their hands. Show us how to honor them every day. Amen.

Now, let’s use our hands to praise our moms! (Lead kids in applauding for their mothers.)

I need your help!  There are 2 important events that I would like you to help me advertise and ”get the word out”. (Posters available, just email me and I will send them to you.)

A Single Parent Retreat, August 7-9 @ Camp Kulaqua (Registration begins May 1 thru Camp Kulaqua’s website)  This is a retreat for any single parent with children.  There will be programing for the parent and the children separately and together.  Camp activities are available for all to take part in.  *Please note that the only cost to the parent is their lodging and food.  A Scholorship fund is available for those needing assistance with the cost. (contact me @ my email or call.  See contact information below.)  My prayer is that the information gets out and that churches will help to send those that would like to come.

A Couples Retreat, September 11-13 @ Camp Kulaqua (Register @ thru the youthe/young adult conference website)  This event is for any couple wanting to enrich their marriage.

Your help in getting these 2 events advertised is greatly appreciated.

May is graduation month for many schools.  Our children will be looking at their future and direction for what lies ahead.  They need our help and God’s guidance.  I will continue to pray for them and you.

Let’s focus on the return of our Savior, may it be soon.

This weekend the GO FISH Team will be at the Solid Rock SDA Church/School in Orlando.  Looking forward to being with the children and helping them learn to tell their friends and neighbors about Jesus and how awesome He is.  If you have a child that is Primary, Junior, Earliteen or Youth age and are in the area come and join us.  We would love to include them in the program.  If your church or school would like the team to come and present this program,  (or if you need more information about the program) contact me.

Until next week….Keep Smiling.

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Newsletter 4-22-15

by on April 22, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report — if there is any virtue and if there is any praise– — think on these things.”    Philippians 4:8

Moms are a source of honor, goodness, and loveliness. As in all things pure and virtuous, we are encouraged to think upon such things.

The Mother’s Day tradition honors the one woman who nurtured, encouraged and loved her children. The Bible instructs in Exodus 20:12 to “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God will give you.”

It’s interesting to note that Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world. The American tradition began May 10, 1908 when Anna M. Jarvis first suggested the national observance of honoring all mothers. It was at her mother’s memorial service where she gave her mom’s favorite flower, a carnation, to every person in attendance. Then on May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

As the American holiday was adopted by other countries and cultures, the date was changed to fit already existing celebrations honoring motherhood.

While Mothering Sunday is celebrated the fourth Sunday of Lent and is often referred to as “Mother’s Day” even though it is an unrelated celebration. Although it’s often called Mothers’ Day it has no connection to the American festival of that name. Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

A common idea for Mother’s Day is to include kids in some way.

  • Have kids share things they like about their Mom in a sentence
  • Have the kids participate in giving flowers to their mothers after the service
  • Have your Sabbath School classes work the week before Mother’s Day to create a giant Mother’s Day card and place it in the foyer for Sabbath Morning.
  • Take a video camera to your Sabbath School Classes a few weeks before Mother’s day and get some candid quotes from kids about their Moms

I am looking forward to celebrating Mother’s day with my 90 year mother this year.  I trust you will stop to remember the past and present mothers of your family and your church family.

This coming Sabbath the Creative ministry team will be worshiping and sharing our ministry with Cocoa SDA Church.  Please keep us in your prayers and if you are in the area join us.

Last weekend I was at Andrews University in Michigan for a Children’s Leadership Conference it was a great opportunity to network and share ideas.  Spring is all around the university campus and neighboring areas.  I thank the Lord for travelling mercies and new friends.

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Florida Conference Children Calendar of eventsHave an blessed week.

 

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