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Newsletter 2-25-15

by on February 25, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

“Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.” Psalms 98:1

Bits of humor:  A SS teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church, ‘And why is it necessary to be quiet in Church?’ Her bright daughter replied, ‘Because people are sleeping.’

One particular four-year-old prayed, ‘And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.’

Songs and laughter help make our days go right.  I hope you have stopped to think about the above verse and bits of humor.  “Laughter doeth the Heart Good like a Medicine:”…taken from Proverbs 17:22.  I pray that we have more good days than bad and that we look for the good wherever life leads us.

Next weekend: Spanish Children’s, Family, and VBS Retreat is March 6-7 at Camp Kulaqua.  There will be some presentations in English.  This will be a great time for learning and fellowship.

VBS WORKSHOP is March 14, 2015 at the Florida Conference Office Community Room @ 3pm.  We will be featuring 5 of the 2015 VBS programs.  We exchange ideas on crafts, snacks, decorating and follow up programming.  There will be a Grand Prize Drawing for a Free VBS Kit (you must be present to win) Put the date on your agenda and BE THERE. The Workshop is FREE and to register by sending me an email with your name, church and how many?

Songs can stir us up or they can bring us comfort. Songs can take us back to a special time, or songs can give us hope for things to come. Unfortunately, we usually leave the words and the music of our songs only for someone else to write, never taking time to write our own “new song.” But today, why not make up your own new song of praise and thanks to God. It doesn’t have to be great, just heartfelt and offered to the Father from whom all joyful songs come.

My Prayer: Father God, thank you for the gift of song. Please receive my song of thanks and praise from a heart you have filled with your delight. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I enjoyed hearing from some of you this past week.  Always a highlight in my day.  Keep it up.  Until next week… Keep Smiling.

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Newsletter 2-18-15

by on February 18, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10(NIV)

When I Am Weak

Let’s face it.  None of us are always 100% on the top of our game…and that is actually good news.

1. Trust the Bible

“When I was with you I was in weakness…that your faith should not rest in men but in God.”  If anything of value happens in the Kingdom of God, it is because of Him – not us.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:10

2. Is it YOU or the LORD -

Isn’t it a temptation to pat ourselves on the back for “such a great lesson I constructed…”?  We all felt our “self” creep into the space intended only for God’s glory.  When I am weak, I have an opportunity to see God work in a way that I clearly know is Him.

3. Confidence in Our Weakness -

If you are weak as you seek to serve, you are in a good place.  It is tough to seek to “steal the glory” from God when you are clearly not preforming at your perceive best.  Our weakness IS His strength.  Your weakness actually may be the best launching pad for His glory.

We have been blessed with warm hearts despite the cooler/wet weather we have been having.  February is a month to celebrate, Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, American Heart Month, Canned Food Month, Great American Pie Month, and President’s Birthday’s.  Whatever you find yourself celebrating remember to celebrate Our Heavenly Father.  He gave so much but asks for so little.

This coming Sabbath I will be at the Orlando Filipino SDA Church for the worship service and a Creative Ministry Workshop at 2pm.  If you are in the area plan to come to the workshop and be blessed.

VBS WORKSHOP is March 14, 2014 at the Florida Conference Office Community Room @ 3pm.  We will be featuring 5 of the 2015 VBS programs.  We exchange ideas on crafts, snacks, decorating and follow up programming.  There will be a Grand Prize Drawing for a Free VBS Kit (you must be present to win) Put the date on your agenda and BE THERE.

Central Florida Singles: Sabbath – February 21 – 1:30PM – Fellowship Meal at Kress Memorial Church – Let’s all spend a lovely Sabbath lunch with single’s family and friends.  Please be sure to bring plenty of food to share and to make sure there is enough for our guests.  It’s supposed to be a beautiful, warm Florida day, so bring along some comfy shoes and plan to take a walk afterwards with some friends.  Lake Eola is just down the street.

Spanish Children’s, Family, and VBS Retreat is March 6-7 at Camp Kulaqua.  There will be some presentations in English.  This will be a great time for learning and fellowship.

Please check out the Florida Conference Children’s Ministry webpage for more calendar updates and other tidbits of info.

May you have more Blessings then you dreamed possible.

Until next week!

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Newsletter 2-11-15

by on February 11, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

1 John 4:19 -  “We love because he first loved us.”

Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day are both coming up this weekend.  I will be in Pompano Beach for a Creative Workshop on Sabbath the 14th.  If you are close to the church in Pompano please come to the workshop.  I would love to meet you and talk with you.

VBS WORKSHOP is March 14, 2014 at the Florida Conference Office Community Room @ 3pm.  We will be featuring 5 of the 2015 VBS programs.  We exchange ideas on crafts, snacks, decorating and follow up programming.  Put the date on your agenda and BE THERE.

Valentine’s Day Object Lesson for Loving God’s Family

“Love one another,” is the command Jesus gave to us in John 13. He also said that the world would recognize us as his disciples because of this love for one another. Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for presenting kids with this loving command. Teach kids what this kind of love is and how kids should show this love. Valentine’s Day need not be about candy hearts and falling “in love.” What a great opportunity for building important truths in the hearts of your kids! Introduce the concept of loving God’s family by reading this to kids: “Love has many faces. You love your parents one way. When you become a husband or wife, you will love your spouse too. Then one day, you will love your children and grandchildren. Right now, you probably love your teachers, friends and family. Right?” (Allow kids to respond but stay on track.) “Did you know that Jesus commands us to love God’s family? He says we must, ‘Love one another.” Arrange framed pictures on a table or tack up a few pictures of smiling people on a bulletin board. Say to kids, “See this family? It’s a big one!” (Add more pictures to the table or board.) “As this family grows, we don’t take love from one person to give to another. God gives us all the love we need to love everyone in His family. We always make room for one more.” (Add another picture to the group, preferably a picture of someone the kids know.) “This is like God’s family! ”Place a picture of one of the kids with the group. Always get permission from parents before doing this. Say, “When James became a member of God’s family we didn’t take some love away from these Allow kids to talk about how they can show God’s family members, like James, love. Add suggestions to the conversation like, show him forgiveness, teach the Bible, be friendly, pray with him and remind him that God loves. Send your kids home with a Valentine’s Day card. Remind them of the object lesson by writing, “Love one another,” inside each one. Don’t forget the best lessons are shown by example. Let kids catch you showing Christian love to other believers!

We continue to lead busy lives but remember to take time for yourself to avoid burnout.  Your Heavenly Father loves to live your life with you, leading, helping, and mentoring you along the way.  Pray daily for His wisdom.  Until next week…..

Be sure to check out our website for calendar changes and UP COMING EVENTS.

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Newsletter 2-4-15

by on February 04, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. – Max Lucado
God continues to bless us in many different ways.  I am doing some research on what outreach projects are being done in your churches.  If you are doing a neighborhood program, child evangelism program, going to the nursing home with your children, or anything beyond the Sabbath School program please send me pictures and a brief description of your ministry.  Thank you for all you do.

Memory Verse Secret Decoder Game:

In this activity, the teacher will prepare a secret code on paper ahead of time and make enough copies for the class. At the top of the paper, make a code where a number or small icon represents each letter of the alphabet. On the bottom half of the paper write a series of dashes (enough to spell out each letter of the memory verse) and below each dash write the number or small icon which corresponds with the letter of the alphabet. Children enjoy trying to decode the “secret message” and they have fun guessing the verse before they have filled in all the letters!

Calendar Updates:  This is the final push to get Young Adults out to the Movie – OLD FASHIONED To preview/find resources – http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com/  Tickets are for a special pre-release screening/outreach event @ Altamonte Springs AMC Theatre (by Mall):       Saturday night, Feb. 7, 7:30 pm  &  Sunday night, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm To get these tickets – go to this link:  Old Fashioned Tickets (must order/pick up tickets by NOON – Friday, Feb. 6, 2015)

Creative Ministry Workshops:    February 14 in Pompano SDA Church,  February 21 in Orlando Filipino SDA Church

“HIS CREATION” Rich Aguilera                                   February 21                        Forest Lake Academy (Schmidt Auditorium)    5pm and 7:30pm Tickets: visit www.OneMustardSeed.com

“HIS CREATION” Rich Aguilera                                   February 22                        Greater Miami Adventist Academy          2pm, 5pm and 7pm   Tickets: visit www.OneMustardSeed.com

ORLANDO teaser trailer on youtube–http://youtu.be/UGEFrAoRRvE

MIAMI teaser trailer on youtube–http://youtu.be/qtc7mVlzbEc

Spanish Children and Family, VBS Workshop   March 6-7 @ Camp Kulaqua.   This will be a great learning experience in Spanish and English.  Please Plan to attend.

VBS Workshop:  March 14 @ 3pm at the Florida Conference Office.  We will be featuring Destination Paradise NAD VBS, Creation Health VBS, Florida Hospital, DoDad’s Science Lab VBS, Nazareth and Mt Everest, Group.     Plan to be there to be informed and have fun.

ASAM Singles:  Check out a new schedule posted on the Florida Conference website.

Looking forward to seeing you at the above events.

Until next week. Praying for you  ASAM Calendar_of_Events_February March and April 2015

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Newsletter 1-28-15

by on January 28, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
It is great to be home again.  I enjoyed the fellowship and learning opportunity the Children’s Pastors Conference offers but there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed.  It is rewarding to see how God is working with and using His Children to get “HIS” message to our friends and neighborhoods.  The credit goes to those of you that give tireless to this ministry.  It does not go unnoticed.  You are truly a Blessing.

SAINT VALENTINE’s STORY St. Valentine, for whom this holiday is of course named, was an actual historical figure.  He was a Roman physician who was also a Christian priest during the days of the early church.  This was at a time when Christians saw tremendous persecution and many practiced in secret.There are actually a couple versions of the Valentine’s Day story.  One version, has it that Valentine was so loved by the children of the town that they would constantly write him notes speaking of their affection–hence the origin of exchanging valentines. In the other version of the story, Valentine is working to heal a blind boy and is arrested by Roman soldiers for his work as an “undercover priest”.  Valentine is shortly thereafter sentenced to die.  And yet before he is taken off to be executed, he takes the time to write to the little blind boy a note explaining to him Jesus’ love, enclosing a small treat.  According to this story, when the boy eats the treat his eyesight is miraculously restored, and he is able to see well enough to read Valentine’s note–which is, of course, at the exact same moment that Valentine is executed.
Great Opportunity Available:

Movie – Old Fashioned Please click here to link up to a variety of trailers:  http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com/

Saturday night, Feb. 7, 7:30 pm

Sunday night, Feb. 8, 7:30 pm Location – Altamonte Springs Mall AMC Theatre

We are asking you to promote this to your young people; we believe this is a powerful film that can help young adults see a very different view from what they normally see in Hollywood films

Old Fashioned will help them see the beauty and benefit of what courtship could be like.

This same link (above) will offer a variety of resources you can use/print/post/share with your young adults

Let’s help our young adult sift through the cultural view of dating/friends with benefits/hook ups … to see an elevated view of human relationships

Our goal is to have young people that are connected/involved in church to prayerfully consider who they could invite (friends/co-workers/those in their social networks) to view this movie with them

If the couple buys two tickets (2 tickets/$20) … we will give them two more tickets at no additional cost (that is a deal!) – 4 tickets for $20! (valid only for the showing you pick – Saturday, Feb. 7 or Sunday, Feb. 8)

We only ask that the couple prayerfully invite another couple, or friends that want to have healthy, wholesome relationships in the future and then commit to engage their friends/peers in a conversation about relationships after the movie (sit in Starbucks/walk around Crane’s Roost/go to Denny’s/whatever feels right for you/commit to find a place to talk about what you just saw)

To get these tickets – go to this link:  Old Fashioned Tickets (must order/pick up tickets by NOON – Friday, Feb. 6, 2015)

Tickets will be purchased through FL Conference Youth Ministries Department and picked up @ the Conference Office (all details are in the link above)

Calendar Updates you need to CHECK OUT: (See our Website for flyers and other info)

Creative Ministry Workshops                                      February 14                        Pompano Beach SDA Church         2-5pm

February 21                        Orlando Filipino SDA Church  2-5pm

“HIS CREATION” Rich Aguilera                                   February 21                     Forest Lake Academy     (SchmidtAuditorium)                                                                                                            5pm and 7:30pm Tickets: visit www.OneMustardSeed.com

“HIS CREATION” Rich Aguilera                                   February 22                        Greater Miami Adventist Academy          2pm, 5pm and 7pmTickets: visit www.OneMustardSeed.com

ORLANDO teaser trailer on youtube–http://youtu.be/UGEFrAoRRvE

                         MIAMI teaser trailer on youtube–http://youtu.be/qtc7mVlzbEc

Retreats:             Single Parent                     August 7-9                          Camp Kulaqua  (Scholarships available.  Check with Camp Kulaqua)

Couples                               September 11-13              Camp Kulaqua (Register with Florida Conference Youth Department)

Family Day @ the Tropicana Field               September 13                    See the Florida Conference Children Ministry Website for flyer and details.

Please continue to lift each other in prayer and God will do great things!

Have an AWESOME week. Until next time.

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Newsletter 1-14-15

by on January 14, 2015, under Children, Family, Singles

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

The Creative Ministry Team spend an awesome Sabbath with the Naples SDA Church this past weekend.  Blessings abounded and appreciation to all the leaders for a most enjoyable experience.

God continues to bless in this ministry.  If you would like the Go Fish Team or Creative Ministry Team to visit your church please contact me.
PRAYER IS LIKE WRITING A LETTER TO GOD

Ask, “Have any of you ever received a letter from someone?” (Let children share who their letters have been from.)

Show on your whiteboard the components of a letter: The greeting is “Dear Grandma.” In the body of the letter you might thank her for something she has done for you or given to you. You might share with her things which have been happening in your life. You might even ask her for something. The closing of the letter is when you write, “Love” and sign your name.

When we pray, it’s like writing a letter to God. Our greeting is “Dear God.” Then we can thank Him for things He has done for us or given us. We can share with Him things which are going on in our lives. And we might have some things we want to ask Him for. The closing of our prayer is when we say “Amen.”  Post by Mary Rice Hopkins 1-13-15

Involve the Congregation
People always ask me what I can do to help. They cannot always volunteer but there are ways they may serve. Buy enough Valentine cards for each child in your class. Give the cards to members of your congregation. Ask them to write a personal “love note” to the child. Suggest that they remark on how much God loves the child or some nice thing the adult noticed. This is a way to involve seniors in your ministry.

Singles Update:  Please take the time to read it as some events have been added and some changed.  Sooooooo, here you go. Sabbath – January 17th – 1:30PM – Fellowship Meal – Kress Memorial SDA Church - Time to get together for the first time in 2015 and share a Sabbath lunch with friends.  Come and enjoy good company and good food.  Please bring plenty of food to share.  Please note:  We always have plenty of desserts but sometimes short on real food.  And don’t forget, if you can’t cook, there is always something you can buy prepared at Walmart or Publix.  

New Event - Sabbath – January 17th – 6:00PM -Kings Herald Concert – Forest Lake Church - Enjoy the music of the King’s Heralds….what a great way to close the Sabbath.  Please Note:  Due to the concert, the party at Diane’s Place has been cancelled.

New Event -Tuesday, January 20th – 7:00PM to 8:00PM – “Soup’s On” Nutrition and Cooking Seminar – Forest Lake Church Upper Youth Center - Plant-powered nutrition Registered Dietician and her team are serving up scrumptous, simmering soups along with demonstrated recipes and crispy crackers all of which are sure to please your palate!  Make Reservations – 321-972-6254.

Other Calendar Updates:  Creative Ministry Workshop         January 31, 2015 2-5pm  Marion Oaks SDA Church in Ocala

Check out the website for information on other upcoming events.  i.e. Single Parent Retreat  August 7-9-2015, Couples Retreat September11-13 and more.

Tomorrow I will be leaving for Chattanooga/Southern to attend to some Camp Kulaqua Staff meetings and then to attend CPC (Children’s Pastors Conference).  Among the attendees are friends from Orlando, Naples and St Petersburg.  Please keep us in your prayers for travel mercies and the blessings we will gain from being at the conference.  I know we will bring back lots of information to share with you.

Hope you have a spirit filled week.

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Newsletter 1-7-2015

by on January 07, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles, Young Adult

And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV)

Happy Wednesday!  The first one of the new year. I trust the New Year is going well for you.

The Funny Side of Parenting
Logan, a seven-year-old boy, was asked to say thanks for the Christmas dinner. The family members bowed their heads in expectation. Logan began his prayer, thanking God for his Mommy, Daddy, brothers, sister, Grandma, and all his aunts and uncles. Then he began to thank God for the food.
He gave thanks for the turkey, the stuffing, the Christmas pudding, even the cranberry sauce. Then Logan paused, and everyone waited … and waited. After a long silence, the young fellow looked up at his mother and asked, “If I thank God for the Brussels Sprouts, won’t he know that I’m lying?”

2015 Calendar

January 10                   Creative Ministries Workshop Naples SDA Church

January 21-24             CPC (Children’s Pastors Conference) Chattanooga, Tn

January 31                   Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks (Ocala) SDA

February 14                  Creative Ministry Workshop Pompano Beach SDA

March 6-8                     Spanish Children’s Ministry Workshop Camp Kulaqua

March 14                    Creative Ministries Workshop-Emphasis on VBS 2015

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March 15                        Central Florida Adventurer Fun Day @ Forest City Spanish

April 9-12, 2015            Florida English Camp Meeting

April 17-19                      NAD Children’s Leadership Conference

 

Check out these resources:

Into the Wild Nature Ministries @ www.natureministries.com

Gospel Science Lessons @ www.dodadslab.com

Family Worship Ideas@ www.alittletalk.org

One Mustard Seed @ www.onemustartseed.com EVENT: February 22, 2015 HIS CREATION Tour Featuring Richard Aguilera  Schmidt Auditorium, Forest Lake Academy, Apopka, FL  February 23, 2015 HIS CREATION Tour Featuring Richard Aguilera  Miami, Florida, Location: TBA, English and Spanish presentations

2015 is off to a great start.  Please check out the above events and websites.  These are great resources and events that will be great for everyone.  If you need more information please contact me.  Also if you were thinking of/or planning for us (the ministry teams) to come to your church in 2015, the sooner you ask the better we can plan.  The Calendar is getting full fast.

Until next week. May God Richly Bless you as you continue to work in your ministries.

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Newsletter 12-31-14

by on December 31, 2014, under Children, Family, Singles

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5 (NIV)

New Years is a time when people start by making changes in their lives, but we don’t have to wait for a new year to be renewed.  God can renew our mind, spirit, and strength every day of the year.

Timeline Banner: A timeline banner is a simple piece of cloth attached to a wood dowel. On the banner, you place photos of yourself throughout your life with some glue. For each picture, you place the year the photo was taken under the picture–colored craft glue gel works well for this, but you also can use regular glue and glitter. On the top or bottom of the banner, you write the words from Revelation 21:5 (i.e., “Behold, I make all things new”). The nice thing about this banner is that you can use it like a tradition, adding a picture every year. When you look at the banner, it will remind you of everything you have gone through and how Christ has renewed you from year to year.

What is God’s goal for you and your family?” “What does He want them to become?
Jesus commanded His followers to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Is anything more important than teaching children to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly? As we pursue change God’s way, hope for a better future is no longer a dream; it becomes our reality. We truly can experience freedom in our lives today, tomorrow, and forever. In fact, with Christ, we don’t have to wait for another New Year to roll around, or for the big glittery ball to drop in Times Square. His mercy is new every morning. We can pursue our own new beginning right now.

Calendar Updates: 2015

January 10                          Creative Ministry Workshop Naples SDA Church, Naples, Florida

January 21-24                    CPC (Children’s Pastors Conference) Chattanooga, Tenn

January 31                          Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks SDA Church, Ocala, Florida

VBS WORKSHOP March 14, 2015 @ Florida Conference Office Community Room.  3-6pm.   Featuring 5 VBS Programs (programming, decorating, snacks, crafts, science) for each VBS Program being featured.

FYI Singles New Years Eve Party:  It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of 2014.  In order to say good-bye to 2014 and bring in the new year of 2015, we’re having a fabulous New Years Eve Celebration Party tonight at Charlie Beall’s place.   The party will start at 7:30 P.M. and end ??????.  There will be fun and games, a bonfire and lot’s of fireworks to bring in 2015.  So don’t stay home alone tonight…..come and bring in the new year with your ASAM family.  Please bring something yummy to share.  For more information, call Charlie at 352-383-3976 Hope to see all of you there!!!   God’s blessings….Diane

It’s been a blessing to be a part of your ministry in 2014.  I am looking forward to being in contact with you in 2015.

May it be the year of Christ’s return.

Please continue to pray for one another and I will do the same.

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