Home Helps with Holly - Bringing Jesus into your Home

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Why is it that talking about Jesus can be so awkward? Personally, I think I have a fear of saying something wrong or of rejection. Even with my own kids, it can seem inorganic. I have a 3-month-old and a 2-year-old, so we are just sticking with the basics here! Somedays I don’t even know how to talk to my 2-year-old son about Jesus! It’s difficult to know where to begin. I was recently introduced to a resource from Lifeway that gave me basic truths that were appropriate to my son’s age. My son doesn’t have the ability to understand concepts like holiness and eternity and the Holy Spirit, but he is able to understand that God loves him and God made him. Click the link to find age-appropriate Biblical Concepts to teach your littles!

www.lifeway.com/en/special-emphasis/levels-of-biblical-learning

Sometimes we tend to over complicate trying to bring Jesus into our homes (or at least I do). For younger kids, your spiritual time can be as simple as reading a Bible story and singing “Jesus Loves Me” every night before bed. This instills the habit of daily bible reading and teaches the basic foundational truth that Jesus loves them! For older kids, there are many great devotional books to go through, or read through the New Testament devotional with the church and discuss it as a family. Or it can be as simple as spending 5 minutes around the dinner table memorizing the Unit Bible verse.

Find some way to bring the name of Jesus into your home. The more you do, the less awkward it will feel!

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Holly Line - I am currently the Children’s Assistant and Rock Paper Scissors Preschool Assistant at Rock Point Church. I am mama to a very active toddler, Warren. If we are not at home, you can find us at the pool with my swim coach husband, Ian.  I love coffee, all things crafty, and being outside. As first-time parents, my husband and I are learning the ropes of parenting and I hope to share our experiences along the way!

9/16/18

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key passage

All things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:16b-17

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Noah and the Ark | Genesis 6-9

big picture question: who is God?

God is our Creator and King

CHRIST CONNECTION: God rescued Noah and his family from the flood.  People continued to sin, but God did not want to destroy people; He wanted to rescue them! The story of Noah points ahead to a greater rescue.  God’s Son, Jesus-the only perfectly righteous One-came to take the punishment for out sin. By trusting in HIm, we are saved from the punishment our sin deserves.

Read Genesis 6-9

Questions for family discussion

  1. Why did God flood the Earth?

  2. Who did God choose to save?

  3. What did God do to remind Noah of His promise to never flood the Earth again?

  4. Why is it good for God to punish sin?

upcoming events

September 16-October 31; 4:30-5:30-Kids Rock U

October 28-Trunk or Treat



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About 30 years ago I started a MOPS group for a few stay-at-home moms in Russellville, IN.  We met a few times and then we moved to Darlington and I wasn’t involved with MOPS again until today.  

Today my role in MOPS was quite different then 3 decades ago.  Today my role was as a Mentor Mom, what a wonderful, humbling honor to sit in the company of so many young moms.  

I had been given my marching orders and understood my role as a Mentor Mom, in fact had looked very forward to this time in my life.  I was not, however, prepared for the flood of emotions that would surface as I listened to these young moms talk about their successes, challenges, and sweet babes. I recalled memories that I hadn’t thought of for years; sweet, sweet memories of my three boys.

To the moms at my table, and the surrounding tables, you are a blessing to your children.  You will make mistakes, but you have a heavenly Father that takes those mistakes and makes strong kids.  You will have great successes that will develop children that are great warriors for Christ. Keep doing what you are doing…following your Savior, loving your husband, and guiding your kids.  YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB! YOU ARE A BLESSING. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. And, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day and reliving some very precious memories. You were a blessing to me.


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Page McGaughey - I'm a former elementary/special education teacher, mother of all boys, grandmother to 7. I love books and Folgers Medium Roast coffee. I live in Darlington, IN with my husband of 34 years, Jerry.

9/9/18

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key passage

All things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:16b-17

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sin entered the world | Genesis 3

big picture question: who is God? 

God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Here is the good news!  Ever since Adam and Eve sinned, all people have been sinners.  Our sin separated us from God, but God still loves us. God promised a Rescuer would come from Eve’s family.  God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue people from sin and bring them back to God.

Read Genesis 3

Questions for family discussion

1. What is sin? Who sins?

2. Why does God hate sin?

3. What did God do to save sinners?

upcoming events

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

Reading the Bible with your Kids

At the turn of Labor Day weekend we will launch the Fall semester of our student ministry here at Rock Point. Bible lessons, crazy games, weekend retreats, and laughter will soon fill our church on Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm.

Whether in elementary, middle, or high school, I want to encourage you to take steps now to prepare your kids for youth group. From my experience as a student, and now in my time serving in youth ministry, I have found that the transition from children’s Sunday school to middle and high school youth group can be a hard one. One of the biggest difficulties I have noticed our middle schoolers facing is that they often have a hard time paying attention to the weekly Bible teacher. Lessons are longer in middle and high school than they were in Kids Rock, which can cause some of our younger students to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of sitting through a lesson for an extra ten or fifteen minutes.

As a parent, you have an incredible capacity to prepare your student(s) for this transition. From my experience, there is one tactic which I believe helps students as they prepare for this change:

Parents reading the Bible with their kids.

This is not a breakthrough strategy, but I want to reiterate this timeless truth.

The reason this is effective in preparing your children for youth group is that you actively strengthen their focus on the Bible when you read it with them. This is something my dad did for me growing up. All throughout elementary school my dad would read a portion of Scripture aloud as my sister and I listened, and when he would finish he would ask us a simple question or two such as, “What do you remember from the story?”  Or, “what was the main point of that passage?”

You don’t have to be a scholar to read the Bible with your kids. My dad had only recently come to faith in Jesus before he began reading the Bible with me and my sister. But because of this practice, I became more comfortable listening to the Bible. I learned to remain engaged with the Word for longer spans of time as he lengthened the size of the passages he read. The longer he read, the longer my sister and I had to focus on the reading.

As you continue to train your kids to love God and His Word, consider reading the Bible with them. This is a great way to prepare them for a lifetime of listening to God’s Word, whether in youth group or in the years ahead!

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Danny Kolota, Pastoral Intern

9/2/18

key passage

All things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:16b-17

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God Created People | Genesis 1-2

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: WHO IS GOD? 

God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION: God created people in His own image and provides for everything He made. God gave Adam and Eve a garden to live in and food to eat. People are special because God made people to live forever in a relationship with Him. Through His Son, Jesus, we can have eternal life with God just as He planned.

Read Genesis 1-2

Questions for family discussion

1. How are people different from the rest of creation?

2. How did God create Adam?

3. How did God create Eve?

4. What does it mean to be created in God’s image?

upcoming events

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

8/27/18

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key passage

All things were created through him and for him.  And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:16b-17

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God created the world | Genesis 1

BIG PICTURE QUESTION:  WHO IS GOD?

God is our Creator and King.

CHRIST CONNECTION: The Bible says in John 1 that the Word was with God in the beginning, and the Word was God. All things were created through Him. “The Word” is God the Son. When God spoke things into existence, the Son was there. Jesus is Lord over all creation. He is God the Son, and God the Son has always existed. The Bible says everything was created by Him and for Him, and He holds everything together.

Read Genesis 1

Questions for family discussion

1. Describe what part of the creation story is surprising to you.

2. Why did God create everything?

3. Talk about a time you saw goodness in creation.  How did you react or respond?

upcoming events

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

8/20/18

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He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

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Jesus will return | Revelation 21-22

CHRIST CONNECTION: What will happen when Jesus returns? Jesus will destroy all evil and make all things new. When Christ returns, those who trust in Jesus will be with Him and enjoy Him forever. God will undo every bad thing caused by sin—no more death, no more pain, no more tears. Jesus will make all things new!

This is good news that we should share with everyone! We want everyone to be part of God’s family and share in the joy of knowing Christ. Come, Lord Jesus!

Read Revelation 21-22

Questions for family discussion

1. What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

2. What does this story teach me about myself?

3. Are there any commands in this tory to obey?

4. How are they for God’s glory and  my good?

5. Are there any promises in this story to remember?  How do they helpsme trust and love God?

6. How does this story help me to live on mission better?

upcoming events

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

8/15/18

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As I sit at my desk with my preschool hat on, contemplating the new year ahead, I stand in awe of our God and the great gift he has given me. I love teaching 4 year olds!!! Truthfully, these precious children teach me much more than I ever expected.

These little humans teach unconditional love when one is his/her most unloveable.  They teach prayer from the depths of one’s heart, knowing, asking, and trusting God. Their hunger and thirst for the LIving Word of God is contagious.

How I love this “job”, this privilege, this gift of teaching.  How incredible the gift to teach academic knowledge, but much more importantly Biblical knowledge and the life-long love of Jesus.  

Please join me in praying for the 3 and 4 year olds that have been entrusted to Rock Paper Scissors Preschool in the 2018-2019 school year.

 Thank you!! Parents, you have awesome kids!!!   

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Page McGaughey - I'm a former elementary/special education teacher, mother of all boys, grandmother to 7. I love books and Folgers Medium Roast coffee. I live in Darlington, IN with my husband of 34 years, Jerry.

8/13/18

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key passage

"He who was seated on the throne said, Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

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Jesus On The Throne | Revelation 4:2-5:14

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen when Jesus returns?

Jesus will destroy all evil and make all things new.

CHRIST CONNECTION: John cried when he saw that no one was worthy to open the scroll. Then John saw the resurrected Lamb-God’s son, Jesus.  Jesus was killed on the cross so that we could have forgiveness and eternal life. Jesus is worthy. He deserves all praise, honor, and blessing.

Read Revelation 4:2-5:14

Questions for family discussion

1. Why was Jesus worthy to open the scroll?

2. Why do you think some people do not worship Jesus?

3. What would you say to a person who doesn’t worship Jesus?

upcoming events

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

Patty's Pointer

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Well, school has started and routine is back for the kiddos! So what’s next?

Extra curricular activities and new friends! What do you do when little Suzie comes home from school and wants to go to gymnastics, play volleyball, take dance lessons, piano lessons, and try out for the spell bowl team? “But Mom! All the other kids are doing those things!” So how do you respond? Or when little Joey comes home and says that Johnny wants him to come and play at his house. You know who Johnny is but don’t know his parents. What do you do? Ask yourself these questions and think about the options:

  • Are extracurricular activities a good thing? Absolutely  - but within reason. Ask yourself some questions even before the sign up sheets start coming home.
  • Is this a worthwhile activity for my child at this age?
  • How much time is involved away from home?
  • Does the time frame fit our family routines (supper, bedtime, etc.)?
  • What is the expense involved?
  • What adults are leading the activity? Is parental help allowed?
  • How will this activity benefit my child long-term? Does it have any eternal impact?

Is it good for your kids to have friends from school that are new to you and your family? Absolutely – but proceed with care.

Instead of allowing your child to visit someone else’s home try this –

  • Ask the child and his parents to meet you and your child after school at the playground or to meet for ice cream.
  • Invite the child and his family to meet you at church on Sunday.
  • Invite the child and his parent over for a play date at your home.

Pray first and foremost! Pray daily for wisdom as you go along this path with your kids. Run to the one who has control over all of this – our Lord and Savior. He’s got this. Pray for direction and His guidance. Then use the faculties he has given you.

Enjoy these new adventures as your child grows up! Pray for wisdom and be encouraged by the never-changing Word of God!

Patty Emmert- I am a former Kindergarten teacher, current preschool teacher and children’s ministry director. I am the mother of 4 grown sons and grandmother to 10! I realize the importance of getting kids started off on a positive track in school. I'd like to offer some fun, simple ways to help you do that for your child!

8/6/18

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key passage 

He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new."  Revelation 21:5

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God's Warning to 7 Churches | Revelation 2-3

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen when Jesus returns? 

Jesus will destroy all evil and make all things new. 

CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus loves the church.  His message to seven local churches called them to turn away from their sin and remain faithful to Him.  We can learn from those churches. Through the church, Jesus helps believers work together to do God’s plan.

Read: Revelation 2-3 

Questions for family discussion

1. Who wrote the Book of Revelation?

2. Who was John writing to?

3. What did John say Jesus will do for believers who are faithful?

4. Did the church in Ephesus love Jesus more or less than when they first loved Him?

5. What dangers did the church in Smyrna face?

6. What did Jesus tell the church in Pergamum to do?

7. Was the church in Laodicea hot or cold?

upcoming events 

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

7/30/18

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key passage 

"He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

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John's Vision of Jesus | Revelation 1:9-20

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What will happen when Jesus returns?

Jesus will destroy all evil and make all things new.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

Read: Revelation 1:9-20

Questions for family discussion

1. Why do you think Jesus showed John the future?

2. How do you feel when you think about Jesus returning?

3. Is it important for Christians to know how God’s story ends?

upcoming events 

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

 

Kids Rock: Intern Edition

Your Mission Field is Right Where God has You.

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Four years spent tilling the hard rocky soil of  hearts sitting in my Oral English class in Nanchang China, taught me a myriad of lessons about life. One primary lesson rung from the reverberating words of Paul as he wrote to the church in Corinth: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him Crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2) Often in China I felt inadequate in my teaching, in sharing the Gospel, and in ministering to Chinese believers. Moving back home, attending graduate school, and trying to acclimate back to U.S. culture also magnified my limitations.  Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians, affirm my felt inadequacies as he shares his own, yet reaffirmed the power of the Holy Spirit as Paul’s preaching is still used to magnify God’s power. Maybe you find yourself feeling slightly inadequate in certain areas of life; I would venture to assume maybe in parenting?

Although I am not yet a parent, I imagine the enemy of our souls whispers many lies of inadequacy as you try to shepherd and lead your child[ren] physically, developmentally, emotionally, and most importantly spiritually. Teaching three-year-olds to fifth graders this past year, taught me more about feeling less than capable to shepherd adolescents.  Kids tend to bring out the best and less glamorous sides of me. Working with college students and adolescents has taught me to laugh more, to not take myself so seriously, and to be patient and gracious. I have also learned a depth of dependence upon our Good Shepherd, Jesus. To lean upon His omnipotently Holy guidance through His Word and the Holy Spirit. To seek Him as I tread the murky ambiguity of investing in and teaching  younger generations (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). To look to His example of mentorship and loving all people.

May you find encouragement, where ever you find yourself (capable or feeling inadequate),  in the truth that your impact first results from Christ’s mighty work of salvation in your life,  then upon trusting Him, and being obedient to His shepherding. Christ’s power is always magnified and made perfect in our weaknesses, when we rely upon Him. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

I will end my Intern’s Edition of this Kids Rock newsletter with this quote from Paul Tripp in regards to approaches to parenting:

“If you desire not only to cope but to thrive with vision and joy as a parent, you need more than seven steps to solving whatever. You need God’s helicopter view of what He’s called you to do. You need the Gospel of Jesus Christ to reveal the foundational principles that will not only help you make sense of your task, but will change the way you approach it.”

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My name is Alicia Justice. I graduated from IUPUI with a B.A. Psychology and then felt the Lord’s calling to teach English in China for four year. Last year I felt the same stirring from the Holy Spirit to leave China and return to get my M.S. in School Counselor. Currently, I am interning with Page and Patty while studying school counseling at Butler University. This past year I worked with three year olds to fifth graders at the International School of Indiana. When I am able to snag some free time I love to bake, cook, hike, be outdoors, share a good cup of coffee with friends and family, and watch The Great British Baking Show on Netflix (Bake!) haha It has been a joy to spend the summer with your children and to watch the ways each family walks with Jesus. Thanks for letting me be a part of your stories.

7/23/18

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key passage 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

lesson 

While We Wait | 2 Peter 3: 1-13

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? 

We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Some people thought the believers were foolish for thinking Jesus is coming again.  Peter explained that God is patient, and He wants everyone to trust in Jesus. At just the right time, Jesus will come again, and we look forward to the day when He creates the new heavens and a new earth.

Read 2 Peter 3: 1-13

Questions for family discussion

1. Why does it seem God is slow in sending Jesus back to earth?

2. What is the real reason Jesus has not returned yet?

3. Why is Jesus’ return important to believers?

upcoming events

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

Hiding God's Word

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If you’re like me you desire to memorize scripture but don’t know where to start, or just don’t think you can do it.  David Mathis, from desiringGod.org, has written an article on how to start the process. I really liked his take on keeping a verse “warm” and hidden in your heart.  That hidden verse becomes a sword of Spirit that you have ready to deploy when the enemy strikes.

He suggests starting with one-sentence verses that can be memorized easily and hidden in your heart.  He was even gracious enough to list 10 verses to begin memorization of the Word.

Attached is the article, with the hope that it gives you the confidence to choose a verse that pertains to your situation, or one that you can hide for a time in the future. Hiding God’s Word in your heart is one sure way of throwing off the evil in this world when it strikes.  I’m going to be with you on this journey of memorization, stop by and let me know how you are doing.

https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/ten-gospel-verses-to-keep-warm

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Page McGaughey - I'm a former elementary/special education teacher, mother of all boys, grandmother to 7. I love books and Folgers Medium Roast coffee. I live in Darlington, IN with my husband of 34 years, Jerry.

7/16/18

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key passage 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

lesson 

Remember God's Truth | Jude 3-4, 17-25

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? 

We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Jude warned the early Christians that some people would try to divide them by sinning and by teaching things that weren’t true.  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life-the One who protects His people from sin. Because of Jesus, we will be able to stand before God with joy.

Read Jude 

Questions for family discussion

1. What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

2. What does this story teach me about myself?

3 Are there any commands in this story to obey?  How are they for God’s glory and my good?

4. Are there any promises in this story to remember?  How do they help me trust and love God?

5. How does this story help me to live on mission better?

upcoming events 

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat

patty's pointers

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Summer please slow down!!! Do you feel summer slipping away quickly? It seems that after the Fourth of July time flies by! Well, ready or not, school will be starting in a month.

Yes you read that right! School starts in a month!

If you have preschoolers, they have a bit more time – like maybe a week or two longer of summer.  (:

Ok – so you’re thinking what’s the big deal? - When school starts, there’s no more sleeping in late, staying in jammies all day, getting a snack whenever.  To have a smoother transition into school routines the time to start is now! Here’s a few suggestions:

-      If summer bedtime has been later than during the school year, gradually work back into the earlier time.  

-      Begin to set earlier wake up times if sleeping in has been the summer norm.

-      Set limits on snacking throughout the day. Offer a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon and leave it at that.

-      Encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast. Talk about lunch at school and set a plan in place for packing lunches or purchasing school lunch.

-      Get out those pencils, crayons, and scissors. Practice writing names, letters, numbers, etc.

-      Enjoy books together by reading aloud and talking about the stories.

-      Review skills – math facts, letter sounds, sight words, shapes, colors, letters, numbers –Have fun with it!

-      Invite your children’s friends and families over and have an end of the summer bash. Celebrate the beginning of the school year with anticipation of a great time!

-      Be sure to start the school year off on a positive note! Talk with your child about what school will be like if especially if they are entering a new phase (Kindergarten, middle school, etc.)

-      Lastly, but most importantly, pray for your child, their teachers, and school administration every day before your child leaves for school.

 

Hopefully by implementing these ideas, your kiddos (and you) will have a smooth transition to school!

        

 

 

 

Patty Emmert- I am a former Kindergarten teacher, current preschool teacher and children’s ministry director. I am the mother of 4 grown sons and grandmother to 10! I realize the importance of getting kids started off on a positive track in school. I'd like to offer some fun, simple ways to help you do that for your child!

7/9/18

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key passage 

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

lesson 

Paul Gave Hope | 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? 

We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

CHRIST CONNECTION:   For centuries, God’s people had heard about the Day of the Lord. It was often a warning to point people back to God instead of worshiping idols. The prophets in the Old Testament told about the Day of the Lord, a day when God would come to judge the world and save His people. Paul said that in the future, on the Day of the Lord, Jesus will return for His people and judge the wicked. Believers live with hope, knowing that Jesus will come again.

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

Questions for family discussion

1. What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

2. What does this story teach me about myself?

3 Are there any commands in this story to obey?  How are they for God’s glory and my good?

4. Are there any promises in this story to remember?  How do they help me trust and love God?

5. How does this story help me to live on mission better?

upcoming events 

August 5-Popsicles at the Playground

August 19-Discover Milestone

September 9-Family Fun Night

September 16-Kids Rock U begins

October 28-Trunk or Treat