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Newsletter 3-31-15

by on March 31, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“Ah Lord God!  behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for you”   Jeremiah 32:17

Happy Tuesday!  I am working on this early this week as it will be a short week due to the holiday this weekend.  This time of the year is a great time for families.

If you have walked through store aisles lately, you’ve seen many reminders that Easter is coming. What isn’t so obvious is that, for Christians, Easter is truly the most significant day of the year.

At the store we find:

  • baskets and eggs as the symbols of Easter, instead of a cross and an empty tomb
  • a bunny that brings candy instead of a Savior who brings life

Is it any wonder that our children are more excited about the coming of the Easter Bunny than about the coming of God’s kingdom? We spend many days on egg-coloring and baskets but focus on Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection for only one hour on Sunday morning.

Many parents, however, are looking for ways to make the true significance of Easter a reality to their children. Well, here’s the good news!

Bunnies, eggs, baskets and more can become tools that parents use to bring a greater understanding of the message of Easter. With just a little creativity, all these symbols that often replace the real significance of Easter can be the very things that make the holiday full and rich with spiritual meaning.  We sometimes forget that our children don’t understand everything that is being said and done around them. Often we take for granted that they understand things we have not explained.

The Easter story, while beautiful, can be very confusing to children when we don’t take time to simplify the story in a way they can understand.

Real Easter bunnies:

  • are white as snow because Jesus takes all sin away (Isaiah 1:18b).
  • are gentle, kind-hearted and forgiving (Ephesians 4:32).
  • have big ears that are quick to listen (James 1:19).
  • have big eyes to look carefully and choose what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
  • have no voice for complaining or arguing (Philippians 2:13).
  • are quiet in prayer, but hop with thanksgiving and rejoicing (Philippians 4:4-6).
  • have big feet to go tell others about Jesus so they can be like Easter bunnies, too (Matthew 28: 19-20).
  • eat what is healthy by filling up on God’s word every day (Psalm 119:11).

 

Hope to see you at these events:

English Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua  April 9-12, 2015

Spanish Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua  April 17-19, 2015

Creative Ministry Workshop @ Cocoa Beach SDA Church  April 25, 2015 2-5pm

 

Singles Update: This is an early Mid-Week ‘Minder because I need to let all of you know that this Sabbath’s Easter Celebration Party at Diane’s Place has been cancelled. Unfortunately, I have a family situation come up where I will be unable to host this party.  Please let those in our Single’s family who do not have e-mail know about this change of plans. Hope all of you have a great and blessed week…….God’s blessings……Diane

Jesus is the real reason for EASTER.  Take time to reflect on HIM.  Until next week.  Continuing to lift you up in my prayers.

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Youth Ministries Weekly Update

by on March 19, 2015, under IYM

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Newsletter 3-18-15

by on March 18, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

… for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing[a] has come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (ESV)

Praise the Lord for his goodness and answer to prayers.  The VBS Workshop this past weekend was fun, very informative, and a great time of fellowship.  Thanks for all who attended and were involved in the planning of the event.  Looking ahead to receiving reports and pictures from your VBS this summer.

Before the week is up it will be SPRING a season for growth, renewal and change.   Fun Facts: Spring is the season between winter and summer. It’s the time of year when life begins again in nature. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring begins on the day the center of the sun is directly over the equator. Usually, on March 20th, the sun crosses the equator and starts northward. As it travels north, its rays strike the northern countries more directly each day. Spring lasts until June 20 or 21. In the Southern Hemisphere, spring begins in September and ends in December. Spring begins a few hours earlier in Leap Year.  I love this time of the year.

The Jelly Bean Prayer

Red is for the blood He gave.

Green is for the grass He made.

Yellow is for the sun so bright.

Orange is for the edge of night.

Black is for the sins we made.

White is for the grace He gave.

Purple is for His hour of sorrow.

Pink is for a new tomorrow.

And handful of jelly beans,

Colorful and sweet,

Is a prayer, a promise,

A loved one’s treat!

Share and enjoy this idea.

I will be taking a few days off next week to enjoy time with my granddaughter.  Many of you will be on Spring Break so take time to look around and see what God has created.

Check out the Florida Conference Children Ministry website for the updated calendar.

Lifting you and your ministry up in prayer daily.

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events

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Newsletter 3-11-15

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

“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”  John 1:16 NIV

God is good.  Blessings abound. So often we regret for the small things in life and overlook to acknowledge the things which we have.  Let us acknowledge the grace within us and Be grateful for the infinite good things which we possess.  DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF!

Let Your Light Shine  Items Needed For This Object Lesson: flashlight (preferably a larger one like a camping lantern), small items to place in battery compartment like nail, key, nail clippers, old jewelry, etc. Before class remove the battery in your flashlight and replace it with junk. While teaching on “letting your light shine,” use the illustration of the flashlight. Act as if you are going to prove your point of a flashlight’s ability to make light by turning off your classroom light and attempting to turn on the flashlight. When it malfunctions, turn the overhead light back on and attempt to find the problem. Pull all of the garbage out of the light and replace the battery. We can’t shine very brightly for Jesus when we fill our hearts and minds with garbage instead of God’s Word.

VBS SHOWCASE EVENT March 14, 2015 @ 3:00pm  (It’s this coming weekend)

The event will be @ the new Florida Conference Office located at 351 S State Road 434, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714

We will be featuring 5 VBS programs, ideas for crafts, snacks, nature and decorating.

There will be Give Aways throughout the afternoon with the Grand Prize:  A Complete VBS Kit. (You must be present to win.)

The ABC will be open for you to purchase kits and supplies. To register:  Send me an email stating you name, how many will be coming and your church.

Calendar Updates:

Adventurer Fun Day, Central Area  March 29, 2015 @ Forest Lake Church

English Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua  April 9-12, 2015

Spanish Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua  April 17-19, 2015

Check out this resource:  At His Feet Ministries (Children’s Devotional CD’s) www.athisfeetministries.net

I am looking forward to see a lot of you at the VBS Workshop, please keep the workshop in your prayers as decisions are made by churches to do evangelism in their neighborhoods thru VBS this summer.

Take time to rest and enjoy Spring.  Have a fabulous week.  I love hearing from you, so continue to share the happenings in your ministry.  Send pictures.

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Youth Ministries Weekly Update

by on March 04, 2015, under IYM

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March 3, 2015

 

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Newsletter 3-4-15

by on March 04, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

The calendar says it is “Time to Change” our clocks, spring ahead one hour this coming weekend.  Next it will be Spring Time, but I do believe whatever time it is we all need Jesus, the Living Water, Who brings and sustains eternal life within us.

 Salvation – Seeds in Need of Living Water

A seed is such a beautiful picture of salvation!  Several of Jesus’ parables talk about the planting of seeds. By itself, a seed appears to be dead, and for all basic purposes in and of itself, it is.  There is no life, no growth, until….      Every seed has potential for life and potential for growth, but it is not until water is added that life and growth begin to take place! Think about it, you can place a seed in the sunlight, but nothing will happen.  You can stick it into dry dirt, but nothing will happen.  Oh these are important, but it isn’t until the seed comes into contact with water that life begins! This is such a picture of us and salvation!  We have potential for eternal life; Ecclesiastes 3:11 and Romans 1:19 both tell us God has placed it with in us.  We can see and absorb the sunlight of His Word and that is important, and we can be placed with in the fertile soil of a church, but it is not until we come into contact with the Living Water, Jesus Christ, that eternal life begins! Once our heart, soul & mind have been submerged in the life-giving blood of Christ and His forgiveness washes over us, we are changed! Yes, then the soil of the church is important to give us support as we grow, and the sunlight of His Word is necessary to provide food for spiritual growth…but it is Jesus only, the Living Water, Who brings and sustains eternal life within us!

Looking forward to seeing you at the 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 will 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). The Workshop is FREE. Please Register by sending me an email with your name, church and how many?

Please keep The Spanish Children’s, VBS and Family Retreat scheduled for this coming weekend in your prayers.  Prayers for the attendees and for the presenters.  May they be Richly Blessed.

April 9-12 is English Camp Meeting @ Camp Kulaqua.  I am hoping to meet many of you and your children there.  Check out the Florida Conference Website for more details.

Your Heavenly Father is weaving together a plan that one day you will see is brilliant. He says that nothing occurs on this planet that He does not permit.  He is in control of everything.  May your plans be His plans.  Until next week.

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