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Newsletter 5-13-15

by on May 13, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, Lord;  teach me your decrees.”  Psalms 119:11,12 NIV

Success is knowing and loving God. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Its 176 verses are presented in 22 stanzas of 8 verses each, and each stanza corresponds to the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Because it is an acrostic song, Spurgeon said it could be called “the alphabet of love,” for it unfolds God’s loving provision of wisdom for His children

I trust your weekend was pleasurable and you took time to reflect on your Mother.  It was a most memorable time for me.

Now looking on to Father’s Day….

A Bit of Trivia:

Father’s In 1900 Today nearly 100 years have elapsed since the first father’s Day was celebrated. Fathers of 1900 didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages:

In 1900, fathers prayed their children would learn English. Today, fathers pray their children will speak English.

In 1900, a father’s horsepower meant his horses. Today, it’s the size of his minivan..

In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR. In 1900, fathers shook their children gently and whispered, “Wake up, it’s time for school.” Today, kids shake their fathers violently at 4 a.m., shouting: “Wake up, it’s time for baseball practice.”

In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table. Today, a father comes home to a note: “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s at gymnastics, I’m at adult-Ed, Pizza in fridge.”

In 1900, fathers and sons would have heart-to-heart conversations while fishing in a stream. Today, fathers pluck the headphones off their sons’ ears and shout, “WHEN YOU HAVE A MINUTE.. -

Dear Son, I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are eNOugh to keep even an hoNOr student busy. Do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task, and you can never study eNOugh. Love, Dad –

Here are the most important dates to remember: (I know you have seen them for the past few weeks, but I am hoping that you will help with the advertising. Thanks.)

Summer Camp @ Camp Kulaqua.  I am looking forward to meeting your children at camp this summer.  Go to the Website and get the information.  Get the word out!!!!

A Single Parent Retreat, August 7-9 @ Camp Kulaqua (Registration begins May 1 thru Camp Kulaqua’s website)  This is a retreat for any single parent with children.  There will be programing for the parent and the children separately and together.  Camp activities are available for all to take part in.  *Please note that the only cost to the parent is their lodging and food.  A Scholorship fund is available for those needing assistance with the cost. (contact me @ my email or call.  See contact information below.)  My prayer is that the information gets out and that churches will help to send those that would like to come.

A Couples Retreat, September 11-13 @ Camp Kulaqua (Register @ thru the youth/young adult Florida Conference website)  This event is for any couple wanting to enrich their marriage.

Parenting Seminar, May 20  Parent and kids (9+) Seminar by Kirk Martin and son Casey @ Forest Lake SDA Church  7-9-pm   http://kingdomkidsflc.org/#/parent-resources/celebrate-calm

I am leaving for Camp Kulaqua Friday to get ready for the campers who will arrive May 31st.  If you need to contact me please do (contact information is below) I will be working out of the office during this time.

We are asking that you will remember the Camp staff and children who will be attending in your prayers.  Our theme for camp this year is “BE THE LIGHT”….my prayer is that we will “Be the Light” to the campers.

Until next week.  May you have a great rest of the week.

Spink 5-12-15

Chocolate Milk 5-2015

Single Parent Retreat Poster           

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Newsletter 4/29/2015

by on April 29, 2015, under Children, Family, IYM, Singles

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 ESV

 Happy Wednesday!  I am in the office early today and spending time reflecting on this text.  It is not easy to stay focused on the good.

Join me in praying that God will be with us today to keep us looking to Him for direction.

 “Quiet Idea”  Adopt a “quiet” critter for your classroom.  Give to the child who is sitting the quietest (should be a surprise and used to encourage quiet behavior).

“Give Mom a Hand”

Theme: Mother’s Day Text: Proverbs 31:28-31

Preparation: In a box or paper sack, place different kinds of gloves. You’ll also need a Bible.

The Message: (Read the Scripture.)

What does this verse tell us to do? God tells us to praise our moms and say great things about them so everyone will know how terrific they are! Today, we’ll give our moms a special hand. Gloves are good for lots of things. Let’s see how these gloves help us. (Give each child at least one glove.) Hold up your glove and tell how it reminds you of things your mom does. Our moms sure do a lot of different things! (Collect the gloves.)

Let’s pray. Dear God, thanks for our moms who work, play, clean, cook, and love us with their hands. Show us how to honor them every day. Amen.

Now, let’s use our hands to praise our moms! (Lead kids in applauding for their mothers.)

I need your help!  There are 2 important events that I would like you to help me advertise and ”get the word out”. (Posters available, just email me and I will send them to you.)

A Single Parent Retreat, August 7-9 @ Camp Kulaqua (Registration begins May 1 thru Camp Kulaqua’s website)  This is a retreat for any single parent with children.  There will be programing for the parent and the children separately and together.  Camp activities are available for all to take part in.  *Please note that the only cost to the parent is their lodging and food.  A Scholorship fund is available for those needing assistance with the cost. (contact me @ my email or call.  See contact information below.)  My prayer is that the information gets out and that churches will help to send those that would like to come.

A Couples Retreat, September 11-13 @ Camp Kulaqua (Register @ thru the youthe/young adult conference website)  This event is for any couple wanting to enrich their marriage.

Your help in getting these 2 events advertised is greatly appreciated.

May is graduation month for many schools.  Our children will be looking at their future and direction for what lies ahead.  They need our help and God’s guidance.  I will continue to pray for them and you.

Let’s focus on the return of our Savior, may it be soon.

This weekend the GO FISH Team will be at the Solid Rock SDA Church/School in Orlando.  Looking forward to being with the children and helping them learn to tell their friends and neighbors about Jesus and how awesome He is.  If you have a child that is Primary, Junior, Earliteen or Youth age and are in the area come and join us.  We would love to include them in the program.  If your church or school would like the team to come and present this program,  (or if you need more information about the program) contact me.

Until next week….Keep Smiling.

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events

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Splink 4-28-15

Go Fish Solid Rock SDA Orlando 5-2-15

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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.

Splink 3-17-15

Splink 3-24-15

Airmazing Solar Bag 3-30-15

Single Parent Weekend flyer

Florida Conference Children Calendar of events

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