Wednesday, May 30, 2012

VBC Mission Project

Each year the Vacation Bible Campers take on a mission project; this year we are partnering with St. Ann's  Bay Primary School in Jamaica. Take a look at the video below for more information.

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VBC 2012


Vacation Bible Camp begins June 11th. We hope you all will be here for this awesome week!! Check out the blog often to see what is going on at VBC!! You might even win a prize!! Get a sneak peak of our drama, watch the video below.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Technology And Your Kids

Some very interesting research! The New Nanny: Tablets and other Mobile Devices Teach and Entertain Kids
Courtesy of: Schools.com

Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Faith Builder




Wow!  Summer is here!  Do you have plans to spend time with family and friends?  How about one-on-one time with your kids?  Do you and your family have fun and creative ideas of how to spend time day-to-day for the next few months? 

If you have yet to think about what fun moments and activities your family might share together, consider asking everybody for a few ideas.  Also, talk about how much screen time your kids will be given this summer.  Young people spend an average of seven hours and thirty-eight minutes every day between computers, cell phones and television--that totals 53 hours a week!  A good number of those hours could be used in creative pursuits, serving opportunities, and sharing quality time.

Read, play a game, or design a craft instead of watching TV.  Turn off cell phones during meals.  Leave the computer off for an evening or two each week and take a walk or visit a neighbor.  When you are in the car, leave the stereo off and talk, sing, or play silly car games. 

This summer, tune out the TV and tune into God and one another.  Remind your kids that God can always be accessed anytime and anywhere.   Pray and ask God to help you all use your time wisely and celebrate summer!
  
Pastor Lisa

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Picture of the Week


May 19 & 20 was volunteer appreciation in KiDS COR! All our volunteers got free cake! Did you know it takes hundreds of volunteers to run KiDS COR? We are so thankful for all our volunteers!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Faith Builder


Next week, our family will celebrate our youngest daughter completion of elementary school and our oldest daughter completion of middle school.  (Our middle daughter gets to hang out in middle school for her second year.)  That means that beginning in August, we will have two kids in middle school and one in high school!  And I will be greatly missing elementary school.

I love holiday parties and school carnivals. I adore beginning band concerts and lots of art projects.  I appreciate knowing the teachers really well and knowing they know my kid really well.  And yet, life moves on.  I am learning that though these stages of life are over, the next ones bring gifts and joys of their own.

I will have fun watching our girls try new activities at school and discover what they do and don’t enjoy.  I will see them meet new people and find out what friendship does and doesn’t mean.  They will learn how their faith matters to their everyday lives and how it applies to the choices they make.  They will also be learning more about how to cook meals and clean house! (That will be their favorite, of course!)
Ecclesiastes 3 states, “To everything there is a season...”  And tears and joy are a part of them all. Give thanks to God for your children.  Ask His blessing upon them as they grow.  And welcome His blessings for you, too. Celebrate life!

-Pastor Lisa

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Video Of The Week

Our Sunday night 2nd graders spent the past 6 weeks working on the Lord's Prayer to give as a gift on Mother's Day. Below is the final cut of the video they worked so hard to create. Many thanks to Mr. Bill, Mr. Dan, Miss Jen, and Miss Amanda for the extra time and effort they put into this video!

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Faith Builder

Deuteronomy 5: 16 states, “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”



God has named honoring our parents as one of the Ten Commandments. Often we think about our children honoring us (at least I do!:) but as adults, we are called to honor our parents, too. As Mother’s Day approaches this weekend, how can people of all generations focus on honoring their mothers? (If your mother has passed away, consider choosing a mother figure or other mother-like relative in your life and honor her in your mother’s memory.)


Write her a letter appreciating her unique qualities


Thank her for what she has taught you


Bring her flowers in her favorite colors and types


Spend time listening to her stories and wisdom


Schedule some time to share in an activity of her choosing


Ask her forgiveness for a time when you have hurt her


If appropriate, thank her for sharing her faith with you


Cook her some meals and put them in her freezer


Bake her favorite cake and sing, “Happy Mother’s Day” to her


Ask how you can pray for your mother and follow through by doing it


This Mother’s Day and every day, let us be faithful to fulfill God’s commandment to honor our mothers.

-Pastor Lisa




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Picture of the Week


This summer 8 5th graders and one of their parents will be heading to New York City on a mission trip. 
The group just completed their first training last weekend! Will you pray for them 
as they prepare to take the love of Christ to NYC!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Faith Builder



When I came home a few minutes after one of daughters last week, I walked in to hear, “Mom, come here!  I found a creature!”  These words were coming from my daughter who wants to be a vet.  She volunteers at a local animal shelter and has added one dog and one hamster to our home.  She was downstairs with the hamster, so I has a guess as to what is would be—yes, she had brought home a mouse and placed it in the hamsters’ cage.

While the two creatures and my daughter played together and looked as if they all might become lifelong friends, I researched the Internet to discover that one of them would probably have a very short life. (My daughter was safe—the mouse or the hamster would soon be gone.) I had to break the news to her that we could not keep the mouse—if we did, the hamster would kill it or the mouse would kill the hamster. To best care for both of the animals, we had to set the mouse free.  

Caring for animals requires more than a caring heart.  The care of another living creature takes responsibility, respect, and planning.  I was proud of my daughter.  She understood this and gently took the mouse outside.  She cared for God’s creatures with her heart and her actions.  I am guessing God was proud, too.

-Pastor Lisa

Thursday, May 3, 2012

RED OUT



Did you know...4000 kids attend KiDS COR each month?
Did you know...200 volunteers serve in KiDS COR every week?
The weekend of May 5 & 6, KiDSCOR is celebrating with a "RED OUT". We are asking everyone who has been impacted in some way by KiDSCOR to wear red. Our hope is to get as many kids, volunteers, and families to wear red and share the difference that KiDSCOR has made in their lives. We will also be encouraging our congregation to get involved this summer.
Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Picture of the Week

We celebrated with our 5th graders on Sunday in the student center! We celebrated the memories of kids cor and celebrated the future of being involved in Rez Life beginning this fall. It was a great night of pizza, games, worship, and learning more about Rez Life. Here are a couple of pics!