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Newsletter 8-12-15

by on August 12, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

Back to School Prayer for Protection: (2 Thessalonians 3:3; Psalm 46:1; John 17:15; Psalm 91)

Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my kids (grandkids and church family). Keep evil far from them, and help them to trust You as their refuge and strength. I pray You will guard their minds from harmful instruction, and grant them discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help them to find rest in Your shadow, as they live in the spiritual shelter You provide for them. Let them know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that their home on earth is only temporary. Amen

Yes, School has either already started or will be starting in the next few weeks. Please pray for our children and teachers as they begin a New Year/New Beginning. It will be hard to get into the routine of school again.

Here is an idea to help the teachers start the year right.

Teacher Survival Kit:

Lotion to give you a smooth start

Crayons to brighten your day

Animal Crackers for when the class seems like zoo

Hand Sanitizer to keep you healthy and happy

Paper Clips to help you hold it together

Starbursts to give you a burst of energy

Rubber bands to remind you to remain flexible

Last weekend the Singles/Family Ministries Department hosted an awesome weekend for Single Parents at Camp Kulaqua. There were lots of positive outcomes resulting from the programming for this event.  Plans are being made to host another weekend in 2016.  More information will be coming in the near future.

The Go Fish Team is headed for Jacksonville 1st and Jacksonville Southpoint Churches this coming Sabbath and Sunday.  I know the Lord will be present and lead the team as we meet with the families and children for

These Go Fish events.  If you are in the area or would just like to be a part of this plan to attend either event. Everyone is welcome at  Jacksonville 1st 10:45am-3:30pm Sabbath, or Jacksonville Southpoint 9am-4pm Sunday.

Up Coming Events.. Check this out..        Couples Retreat, September 11-13 @ Camp Kulaqua  go to the Florida Conference Youth Ministry Website to register.  Speakers: Brad and Julie Cassell. 

Also: Family Camp at Camp Kulaqua September 4-7  all information is available at the Camp Kulaqua website.

It was been a busy and fulfilling week. I am working on the 2016 calendar, ( Yes, Already!)  If you would like to have the Go Fish Team or Creative Ministry Team come to your church or school just let me know also if I can help with your ministry in any way feel free to contact me.

I will be praying for you and our children as they continue to grow in Christ.

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Go Fish for the Family Flyer Jacksonville 2015

Go Fish for the Flyer Jacksonville Southpoint 2015

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

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Newsletter 8-6-15

by on August 06, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.” Proverbs 29:17 NRSV

I am a day late this week with my weekly updates due surgery I had on my left knee. As usual nothing ever happen when we want it to. Now I am on the recovery side of things so hopefully it will only get better from here on out.

This coming weekend I will be at the Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua. Please keep the speaker, presenters, and families that will at the retreat in your prayers.

The Funny Side of Parenting Our 25-year-old son moved back home with an eye toward saving up money to buy a condo. We never bothered asking how long he’d planned to stay, but I got a pretty good idea when I walked into his room recently. In the corner was a milk jug with a few coins in it and a label that read “Condo down payment.” (quoted from Biblical Parenting)


Memory Verse Game: Guess Who We select a volunteer who must go stand by a teacher with his back to the group and the memory verse visual. Whoever is teaching the verse quietly points to a word in the verse and instructs the group to read the verse inserting a *clap* for the appointed word. The volunteer then has to guess what the missing word was.


Up Coming Events:

August 7-10, 2015      Single Parent Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua

August 15                    Go Fish for Families Jacksonville 1st SDA Church

August 16                    Go Fish for Kids Jacksonville Southpoint SDA Church

August 22                    Creative Ministry Workshop Margate SDA Church

September 4-7           Family Camp @ Camp Kulaqua

I trust that you are marking your calendars and will be checking out these events. Plan to come! If you need any information just ASK!

Keep Praying for your Children and Families.

Splink 8-4-15

Pop Rocks Expander 8-4-15

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

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

Go Fish for the Flyer Jacksonville Southpoint 2015

Go Fish for the Family Flyer Jacksonville 2015

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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.)

Splink 7-28-15

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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: 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.

Balloon Powered Car 7-23-15

Splink 7-23-15

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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.

Water Balloon in a Bottle 7-16-15

Splink 7-16-15

Go Fish for the Flyer Jacksonville Southpoint 2015

Go Fish for the Family Flyer Jacksonville 2015

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

Couples Retreat Flyers September 2015

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