March 17, 2015
… 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.
“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.
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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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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Link to Jan. 13, 2015 Weekly Update: http://conta.cc/1wgCyey