May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Here is a little bit of humor amid all the ”hustle and bustle”. Enjoy!
How We Know Santa Was Once a Children’s Pastor or Children’s Leader
OK, lets be honest. Santa Claus has a little bit too much in common with a children’s pastor.
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
It seems clear Santa use to be a Children’s Pastor or Children’s Leader.
Think about these similarities:
1. His office is hard to find.
2. He is fashion challenged.
3. He assumes any and all snacks he finds are his to eat.
4. He has no adult workers.
5. He is only seen on rare occasions.
6. No one seems to know who he reports to.
7. He laughs way too much.
8. He is nobody’s definition of a physical specimen.
9. He is always trying crazy stunts like climbing down a chimney.
10. No one seems to know what he does during the week.
11. He does an impossible job with no visible means of support.
12. Kids love him.
Ha…gotta love them!
Christmas ribbons object lesson: I always have extra ribbons laying around, you probably do to. I wrap an empty box and put ribbons on top. You need one of each color: red, green, white, purple, gold and silver. Show kids the gift and remind them that Jesus is God’s gift to us. Each ribbon color has a meaning. Point to each ribbon and give kids the color meaning.
- Red: Jesus came to give his life, his blood for us
- Green: God’s evergreen, eternal love for us
- White: Jesus’ blood makes us clean
- Purple: The baby Jesus was/is God’s royal son
- Gold: Shiny and costly, gold reminds us of the wise men who worshiped God
- Silver: This is the color of mankind, Jesus came for the whole world (Tell your class to look at the ribbon before they open their presents on Christmas morning. It’s interesting to hear later what colors they received.)
May your Christmas be wrapped in the Blessings of HIS love.
The Florida Conference office will be closed next week for Christmas and I will be home with family and friends.
Take time to enjoy this season. “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” Love to you all.
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.
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. Psalm 18:30
A Personal Invitation: I am personally inviting you to an awesome opportunity. A Family Time Worship Seminar this weekend at the Florida Conference Community Room. Sabbath November 15 from 3-6 pm. Bring your families, members, and leaders interested in Family Ministry. This is a hands on seminar so come and get involved. It’s free to anyone that in interested. Lookimg forward to meeting and talking with you.
The Thanksgiving holiday in the United States was founded as a day of celebration and devotion for a successful harvest. Prayer gave way for a more festive gathering with friends and family, hoards of food and football. As a Christian family, you want to bring the focus back to thanking the Lord for your own bountiful harvest in life. Here is a great ideas for new, and possibly familiar traditions you can incorporate into your holiday. Start a Thanksgiving Journal that will follow you annually. Have each guest enter their name and their greatest memory for the year, big or small. That first year you can share those entries, but in years to come, you will have many special milestones of loved ones to recall through your time-honored holiday tradition. Most importantly, be together and treat one another with love and respect.
Remember to thank Jesus for HIS blessings and make the most of every moment you share with your loved ones. Those are easy traditions that will never go out of style.
ABC Thanksgiving Prayer: ABCDEFG Thank you God for all I see. HIJKLMNOP Thank you God for my Family. QRS and TUV Thank you God for loving me. WX and Y and Z On Thanksgiving I thank THEE.
Calendar Update: Check out the 2015 calendar of planned workshops and events on the website.
This next week I will out of the office at the Southern Union Departmental Meetings. Please pray for those involved in these meetings that we glorify our Lord in all that is said and done.
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
Proverbs 22:6 “ Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” New Living Translation (NLT)
Greetings: It has been another awesome week. The Go Fish Team went to New Port Richey Church/School, East Pasco Jr Academy, and Orlando Junior Academy doing a 3 day Child Evangelism Program. We equipped 250 children to do outreach that is non-threatening to non-Christians friends and neighbors. We were blessed with great leaders/teachers and children. The TEAM would love to come to your church or school to present the Go Fish program. Please let me know if you are interested.
Object Lesson: God Makes Us Clean (Ephesians 2) Dirty a handheld mirror and bring it to class. Make sure it is dirty enough that your students can’t see themselves in it, or at least not very well. Pass the mirror around and have the students take turns looking at their reflection in the mirror. Ask each child if he can see himself very well in the mirror. Explain that just as the mirror is dirty and prevents you from seeing yourself well, your sins make you dirty. Then take out some window cleaner and paper towels, and clean the mirror. Pass it around to the children and let them look again. Just as the window cleaner made the mirror clean, so God’s grace saves you from your sin and assures you life in heaven.
October is Clergy Appreciation Month
“Respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work” (1 Thess. 5:12-13).
Accordingly, over the centuries, decades and years, pastors have been recognized and honored, either formally or informally, by many denominations and local churches at various times of the year. It has been a long-standing practice.
Figure out what you can do personally to recognize and honor these leaders. A simple card, an invitation to lunch, a promise to pray for them or an offer to babysit, wash a car or mow a lawn make wonderful statements.
Calendar Up Dates:
Central Florida Singles: SABBATH -OCT. 18th 1:30 P.M. Fellowship Meal – Kress Memorial SDA Church – It’s that time of month again, time to share a Sabbath lunch with your singles family at Kress. Come and enjoy some good fellowship, fun and food. Bring a great dish and plenty of it to share.
7:00 P.M. Charlie’s 10th Anniversary Party – No, not his wedding anniversary….It’s been 10 years since Charlie moved to Florida. I guess he’s here to stay! Plan on joining us for what will definitely be a fun night. Bring some finger foods, snacks, etc. to share. For more information, call Charlie at 352-383-3976.
Central Florida Singles October Birthday Dinner Olive Garden October 25 6:45pm All Singles are invite to come
Family Worship Seminar Community Room @ Florida Conference November 15 3-6pm All are invited to this FREE Seminar
Avon Park Young Adult Singles Weekend Avon Park SDA Church December 13-15 7pm Friday All Young Adults are Invite
Creative Ministry Workshop Naples SDA Church January 10 2-5pm All area churches are invited
Creative Ministry Workshop Marion Oaks/Ocala SDA Church January 31 2-5pm All area churches are invited
Creative Ministry Workshop Pompano Beach SDA Church February 14 2-5pm All area churches are invited.
Again I hope that you will attend and promote the above events in your churches. I would love to meet you and talk with you about your ministry.
If you have any questions or need assistance with anything let me know. Check out our website for additional information.
Until next time Keep Looking UP for direction. Praying daily for you.
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
This year is passing so quickly. Summer is upon us and school is almost out.
I am still pushing background checks!! I am sure that doesn’t surprise you. For those in Florida Conference, please complete these quickly. You need to have them completed before your VBS. If your church has not yet selected an Admin 2 or 3, you can still go online and complete the training and the background check form. You do not need to wait for the Admin person to be selected. You can find the information at http://www.floridaconference.com/iym/childrenandfamily/free-resources/ I know many of you have already done this and Thank You!
I have added some child protection information to the same webpage. This is from Adventist Risk Management. Take time to read and watch.
David Laflin has sent an invitation to me for someone to host one of their events in Sept. They will be in Florida and would like to connect with us. Some of you may remember him from our IYM convention. Here is the info he gave me: right now Monday Sept. 16-Saturday Sept. 21 is wide open. Every day that week is available. Hopefully we can connect! Any of these things work (school, day care center, “back to school” church event), etc.
This is from several emails back and forth. Here is his contact information and website–www.davidandteesha.com 877-805-8662. Let me know if you are interested.
Impact Orlando is coming soon. We are putting together a 4 evening VBS June 24-27 for disadvantaged kids. We are in need of some assistance. We have some young people lined up to help but need music people and a couple rotation leaders. The group will be small as our space is small—about 30 kids. Let me know if you are interested in helping. You will get more of a blessing than the kids!!
We are working with the Tampa Bay Rays to have a Florida Conference Family day at Tropicana Field on July 7. The game starts at 1:40. The Rays will be playing the Chicago White Sox. The package is fantastic! $20 per person, kid giveaway and free parking for multiple occupancy vehicles. The seats will be on the base line. Same place as last year. They were good seats. Reserve the day!! I will be posting more details as we get them.
Now I need to get this posted and sent.
Until next time, God bless
Florida Conference Children’s and Family Ministries