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Newsletter 12-9-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the 12 devotional ideas, in order:

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

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

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

Friday – December 11

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

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

Sabbath – December 12

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

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

Sunday-December 13

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

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

7:00 PM Center $8.00

Sabbath- December 19

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

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

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

Thursday – December 24


Sunday – December 27

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

a table for those present at that time.

Thursday, December 31

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

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


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

This my prayer for today and this holiday season.

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

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Newsletter 12-2-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar Updates Looking ahead to 2016:

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

February 13                  Creative Ministry Workshop @ Boyington Beach SDA Church

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

March 19                       VBS Workshop @ Florida Conference Community Room

Check out the conference website for flyers and more details.

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter 11-19-15

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

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

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

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

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

Get started with some of these fun ideas.

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

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

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

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

Calendar Updates:

Singles: Central Florida ASAM Calendar of Events December 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children and Family Calendar:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter 11-11-15

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

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

I Thessalonians 5:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter 10-18-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calendar Updates:  

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

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

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

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

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

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Newsletter 10-21-15

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

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

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

Choose What’s Right

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

Read: Daniel 3: 14-30

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

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

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

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

Calendar Updates:

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

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

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

November 14                     Creative Ministry Workshop Plantation SDA Church

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy every day God gives us to live for Him.

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Newsletter 10-14-15

by on October 15, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love  Ephesians 4:2

Welcome to “cooler” weather…at least, that is what the forecast has been all week.

Wear Pink:  October is Breast Cancer awareness month.

Check out the Adventist Review October 14 Special Edition for the 2015 Week of Prayer, Adult and Children’s Versions available.

Remember: October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

We have so much to be Thankful for and appreciate in this “Fall” time of the year.  When was the last time you told the Volunteers of your church or organization, your family that you appreciate them.

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. When you appreciate your loved ones, you  build a bond of trust and love.  Appreciation builds bridges and fosters healthy relationships.”

Here are 2 ideas for Fall/Christmas:

Prayer Tree

A great visual prayer for all age worship services and children’s groups. For the  family tree, you will need a  large

branch or  few branches arranged  in a big vase. Give each group member a  leaf shape and ask them to write or

draw their prayer.  It can be personal or they can write or draw something  in God’s creation for which they would

like to say thank you. Pierce a hole with a hole puncher and hang them on using wool or thread, or with a spot of

glue on one end of each leaf, stick the prayers to the branches of the tree.

Some of the prayers (leaves) can be read out loud to help the children to focus.

Nativity prayer

Place a 3D nativity scene in the middle of the group. Invite each child to pick up the pieces. Who are they? What

part did  they play  in  the story? Each piece  is  important and plays a special part  in  the Christmas story and can

remind us of special things to pray for in our lives and other people’s lives: Encourage the children to share as you

pick up each piece to pray. They may come up with ideas but here are some suggestions:

Jesus: God’s son – Give thanks for the birth of Jesus, his life, his stories, teaching, miracles, his sacrifice etc

Mary & Joseph: Parents – Give thanks to Jesus’s mums who love and care for us

Angel: Messenger of God – A reminder of God’s presence and that is there throughout our lives, he has an

amazing plan for our lives and promises to be with us always.

Wise Men: Wisdom and gifts: As we learn at school and about God at church, help us to use the gifts and skills

God has given us to be kind and helpful to one another.

Shepherds: Protection: Pray for those who protect us including police, the government, soldiers etc. Pray for

farmers, those who care for us at other times; Grandparents, teachers, junior church leaders.

Donkey & Cow: Animals: Pray for pets, farmers, cruelty to animals, etc.

Stable: Pray for our homes, giving thanks for security, for luxuries such as water, heating, food. Pray for the

homeless, those who are poor and hungry.

Calendar Updates: 

October 17                  Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks SDA Church, Ocala   Join us this weekend @ 13977 SW 32nd Terrace Rd, Ocala, Fl (Assembly of God Church)

October 24                  Creative Ministry Workshop Windermere SDA Church

November 14              Creative Ministry Workshop Plantation SDA Church

Central Florida ASAM Singles. 

Sabbath, October 17th

1:30pm – Kress Singles Potluck – Kress Memorial Church.  Make sure to bring your favorite dish to share and make sure to plan to stay to help clean up.

7:00pm – Saturday Night Get Together at Diane’s – 966 Welch Hill Circle, Apopka, Bring some food to share and your favorite table games.  Call 407-703-3050 for more info.

As you finish your week may God’s grace abound.  Keeping you in my prayers.

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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. 

Splink 10 7-2015

Classroom 10-1-15


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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.

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events Revised 9-3-15

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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.

Splink 9-15-15


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