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.
Creative Ministry Workshop Pompano Beach 2-14-20145
Musical Straw 1-26-15
Link to Jan. 20, 2015 update: http://conta.cc/186PJKH
Link to Jan. 13, 2015 Weekly Update: http://conta.cc/1wgCyey
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?”
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
@ Community Room Florida Conference Office
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
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.
Romans 2:8: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–”
It is good to be back in the office after being off visiting with family and friends. Below is a fun activity to do with the children. (especially since we know how they love M&M’s)
M&Ms with a Christmas Poem
As you hold these candies in your hand,
And turn them you will see
The M becomes a W, and E and then a 3
They tell the Christmas story,
It’s one I’m sure you know
It took place in a stable a long, long time ago
The E is for the East, where the star shone so bright
The M is for the manger where Baby Jesus slept that night
The 3 is for the wisemen, bearing gifts they say they came
W is for Worship, Hallelujah, Praise His Name
So as you eat these candies or share them with a friend
Remember the meaning of Christmas it’s a Love Story that never ends
I hope that your schedule is not too busy to enjoy the “Reason” for the season.
December 12-13, 2014 Young Singles Weekend @ Avon Park SDA Church (see website for flyer and details)
Fall 2014 Happy Family Programs on Hope Channel and Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLB)(check website for schedule)
ASAM Check out website for area Singles Events Calendar
2015 Schedule Check out website for the updated schedule
The Go Fish Team would love to travel to your churches to equip children and parents with the tools in how to do outreach that is non-threatening to non-Christian friends and neighbors. This is done thru Nature, Interpretive Art, Science, and Skits (puppets etc). The program is planned to be worshipful and interactive. Email me for available dates and details.
Have a great rest of the week. Praying for ministries and the leaders of your church.
Until next week.
Words to Encourage People Who Love Kids: Never give up you will reap a harvest!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9
It’s a great day to love the Lord. We are in the “Harvest” part of the year. It is time to count our Blessings. I spent last week in the Loveland/Denver, Colorado area where I enjoyed the Aspen leaves falling, snow on the mountains and 81 degree weather. Yes, they were having a bit of “Late Summer”. The Summit we attended was on the “Future of the Church”. It is important that we pray for the church, leaders and people as we face the world in these troubling times.
Pray for the Creative Ministry Workshop team as we minister in the Deltona SDA Church this coming Sabbath. I know the Lord will bless as we fellowship with them.
Decorate Pumpkins: Give each child a small pumpkin and have them decorate it using paint, markers or whatever supplies you have. If you cannot buy pumpkins for the class orange construction paper would work just fine. Have the children write the Bible verse somewhere on their pumpkin and take it home as a reminder to pray.
“Harvest Time”Activity Puzzle: Remove the numbers from the puzzle to reveal a bible verse:
“3489T432h4e7n 09I4245 9w32i5l9l01 s342e3n3d4 9r20a491i9n 4o29n1 943y42o4u27r 4la5n754d3 4i42n8 26i7t64s482 s210e4a320s3o8n2, 410b4o3t5h6 42a5u527t98u3m14n5 a32n684d3 5s232p6r7i34n6g1 45r6a762i54n1s, 4s653o6 7t54h1a87t8 02y4o420u3 40m4a67y4 7g841a43t5h567e1r5 28i9n1 5y9o76u245r1 g4r57a899i1n2, 8n341e2w45 78w3i421n4e432 48a092n12d3 456o6i7l97. 346I74 651w6i543l6l6 7p5r345o6v76i6d7e34 543g56r872a6s356s9 i3n142 47t2h861e3 54f53i62e6l6d980s5 f5o423r1 4y654o8u09r32 43c5a457t6t87l9e1 1a356n76d2 7y62o1467u3 5w634i2l556l98 43e5a1t6 2a45n6d64 6b764e4 5s769a4t422i487s09f873i879e317d2.” 0D39e7u698t33e6r14o4n689o87m6y5 11:14-15
November 1, 2014 Creative Ministry Workshop Deltona SDA Church 2-5pm
November 15, 2014 Family Worship Seminar Florida Conference office Community Room 3-6pm (see flyer on our website)
December 12-13, 2014 Young Singles Weekend (Song of Solomon) Avon Park SDA Church Friday night thru Saturday night
2015 Calendar dates are being finalized and I will share them with you soon.
Check out the DC4K website: Linda Jacobs blog for Singles/Divorce
Have a great finish to your week. Use the activities above and/or share them with someone.
Keep Looking Up.
Conference Children Calendar of events
Be Awesome 11-1-2014
Vacation time is almost here. My husband and I leave next Wed. for the Smokey Mountain area. We get to spend time with the kids and grandkids. We are really looking forward to our time with them. I will still be checking my email but will try to forget work for a couple weeks.
We are in the middle of VBS season. I am hearing good reports. Now I need paper reports. NAD Children’s Ministry is looking forward to our reports.
Background check results are coming in! I am so pleased with those who have done theirs and waiting to get more. You can find the info on the training and background check process at http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/childrenandfamily/free-resources/
You will also find the Children’s Sabbath materials for this year on the same page. The theme for this year is Super Sleuths. Check it out. I will also post it with the email on the website at http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/category/children-family/
Our daughter homeschools their three children. I am in awe of what she does for her kids. She is so creative. She just posted a video yearbook of this last school year. You can find it on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrTE2ykr9vQ Enjoy.
CM Connect has video training each month. This month it is on Special Needs Ministry. I have saved the email as a pdf and will post it. The title is Special Needs Ministry. It includes links to the videos.
If you like to read or want your children to enjoy reading, I found a website where you can download free books for kindle. www.onehundredfreebooks.com Click on get started and look under the genre you are interested in. You can get free Kindle on your computer, phone or tablet from Amazon.com.
Enjoy your July 4 holiday. And don’t forget the reason for the holiday. I will return at the end of the month.
Until next time, God bless,
Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries
In just a few days this year will be half over!
Tomorrow is the training for the kids who will be going out on Sabbath to parks in Orlando for Live With Hope. It should be exciting and rewarding. There will be a blood drive in the afternoon from 4-8 PM. Come out and support the kids and the Big Red Bus. I will attach the flyers and post them below.
I am pleased to see so many of you completing your training and background checks, but we have a long way to go yet. If you haven’t done yours yet, please do so soon. You can find the info at http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/childrenandfamily/free-resources/
If you are having a Vacation Bible School, please let me know when and what curriculum you are using. I look forward to pictures and reports and stories. I have attached the report form and will also post it when I post this email at http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/category/children-family/
Until next time, God bless.
Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries
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School is out for another year and that ushers in Vacation Bible School. I would like to know when you are having your VBS and what VBS you are using. Be sure to remember to complete your VBS report and get them to me. I have attached the report form.
Be sure to have background checks on all your VBS staff. Anyone 18 and older must be done. You can find the info on how to do this at http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/childrenandfamily/free-resources/ This is for Florida Conference.
Did you save the July 7 date yet? It is Florida Conference Family Day at Tropicana Field in St. Pete. You get to see the Rays play the White Sox. I have attached the flyer. Great price for seats, free parking for cars with 4 or more, and a giveaway for kids 14 and under.
If you are looking for material for Father’s Day, check out Childrens-Ministry-Deals here: http://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/blogs/news/7986471-6-free-fathers-day-resources And while you are there, look around for more great Children’s Ministry resources. Guildcraftinc.com also has freebies every week. I am sure there will be some Father’s Day freebies coming up. But in order to get notified, you need to like them on Facebook. Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Guildcraft Also you can find past freebies here: http://freebiefriday.guildcraftinc.com/index.php/freebie-friday-archives/
Impact Orlando (Live With Hope) is almost here. Check out their Facebook page and their website. https://www.facebook.com/events/434314063320777/468237366595113/?ref=notif¬if_t=plan_mall_activity
Now to get this sent and posted.
Until next time, God bless
VBS report 2013 pdf
VBS report 2013 word
I Wanna Be Like You by Tina Houser Great article!!
Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries