Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Faith Builder

Do you ever forget to celebrate and treasure life? In the busy-ness of life, sometimes the joy and pleasure of it all gets buried under schedules, calendars, technology, time and tiredness.  We forget that God has given us so many ways to rejoice, praise and play!

What did you enjoy doing as a child?  Did you play sports? Cook or bake? Create with crafts? Dance? Play an instrument?  Spend time outside? Read or write? Do puzzles? How often do you engage in those activities now?

Even though we are parents trying to provide these opportunities for our kids, let’s also remember to enjoy them ourselves!  Even better—enjoy them as a family!  Whether it’s a short time each day or a few hours on a weekend, set time aside to play together as a family. Your joy and pleasure will delight God’s heart.  So, celebrate God and God’s blessings! Laugh and dance and sing and create!  Go and celebrate life!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Picture of the Week

This Sunday was our Kindergarten Celebration! All our Kindergartners and their parents got to worship together, learn more about prayer, take home some cool prayer activities, and eat some delicious cookies! It was a great time of learning together!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Family Faith Chest

During your child's time in KiDS COR, he or she will experience five faith passages from birth/adoption through 5th grade.  There will be items that you will want to get or they will receive through the years.  This box is meant to keep them as well as be used on a regular basis!
Please click HERE to see the attached document for details on the Family Faith Chest.
The best decorate your own!  Have fun!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Faith Builder

I recently heard this quote-- 

“If all you had today was what you thanked God for yesterday, what would you have?”
Fortunately, because of God’s amazing grace, that isn’t how God works.  God’s blessings are given to us because of who God is—not because of who we are or what we say or do.  But the words did stop me and require me to think about how often I truly thank God.

I paused and thanked God for hot water, a comfortable bed, a home, food and a car.  I thanked God for my job, my family, and my friends.  I thanked God for opportunities to travel, to obtain higher education, to explore and discover the world.  I thanked God for clothes, shoes, health, my ability to move and speak, our pets, and all of creation.

My list could have gone on and on—clean air, access to grocery stores, toothbrushes and toothpaste—yet  I know I can never, ever thank God enough for who God is and the ways in which God has blessed my life.

How about you and your family? How often do you pause to thank God for your blessings? Consider thanking God for one or two blessings each day. Make them specific and unique to the day.  Let’s each be mindful of God’s goodness and then praise God together!   

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Picture of the Week

Our Elementary Kids brought in nearly 4,000 granola bars to donate to our Backpacks For Hunger Ministry!! The 2nd graders brought in the most of any grade with 1,056 and as the winning grade got to throw a few pies at Mr. Nick in Bible Theatre!!

Mr. Nick with the pie!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October Elementary Memory Verse

Get ready for the memory verse with Pastor Lisa!!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Faith Builder

I don’t how about your family, but mine often struggles to sit down for family dinners together. I dream of eating leisurely meals, sharing stories about the happenings of the day, and spending time laughing and enjoying each other. While that does occur once in a while, mealtime more often seems like etiquette school training combined with a hurried race to the finish line. I will say we did much better when our kids were younger (they are now 12, 13 and 14), but I was never really as good at it as I wanted to be.

 If family mealtime is your strength, keep up the amazing work! If you struggle along with me, take a look at these “Secrets to Successful Family Diners.”

1. Pray before each meal, thanking God for the food before you. 
2. Encourage your child to create menu ideas and participate in meal preparation. 
3. Turn off the TV and let your phones ring 
4. Discuss each person’s “high” and “low” points of the day. 
5. Keep conversations positive and make sure everyone gets a chance to speak. 
6. After dinner, serve a healthy dessert, share in a family faith activity, or play a game so you can continue the conversation. 

 Of course, no one will be perfect, but strive to eat one more meal together than you are doing now. Pray and ask God to help you make mealtime with your family a priority. Give thanks for the precious gift of your family.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Picture of the Week

KiDS COR has been collecting granola bars for the past 4 weeks. These granola bars will be going to the Backpacks for Hunger ministry here at Resurrection. The kids have collected over 3,000 granola bars!!! AWESOME!! Because so many granola bars were collected pies will be flying next Sunday! Check the blog next week to see what happened!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Grow. Pray. Study.

You all did an AMAZING job bringing in granola bars!!
Thanks for your hard work!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Faith Builder

I had the privilege once again of leading worship for our three and four year olds in Tree House Park last weekend. Along with singing, dancing, puppets, learning Bible words and praying, we also collected offering, as we do each week. I reminded the children that the money would be used to help children whose tummies were hungry have food to eat. 

 One three-year-old girl raised her hand and said, “I know some boys and girls whose tummies aren’t hungry anymore!” I responded by saying, “You do—that’s wonderful. How did they get food to eat?” She replied, “We gave them potatoes!” 

 Thankfully, I remembered the church had held our potato drop the day before—a day when people could come out and prepare potatoes to be given away to those in need. I asked her if she had helped in the potato drop and she said, “Yes—I washed them!” And she was three years old. 

 Whatever age your child is, consider scheduling “serving time” on your family calendar. You can find many family opportunities through FaithWorks here at Resurrection. Watch for mission projects through KiDS COR. Look around your neighborhood, community, and school and see who needs an extra hand. Go and serve—and let your child lead the way. Blessings to you!

-Pastor Lisa

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Picture of the Week

This past Sunday our elementary kids spent time in reflection stations thinking about the greatness of God. They were able to write message of praise to God on graffiti walls and create bracelets out of pipe cleaners to remind them that God is eternal. It’s always awesome to spend quiet time with God!

Grow. Pray. Study.

Enjoy the October is week 1.

Remember this weekend is the last chance to bring granola all are doing an awesome job!