Do you need to Widen your Family’s Circle?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve told your child something a hundred times without any response (okay, maybe not exactly 100, but it feels like it), but then someone else tells them the same thing once, that you’ve been saying forever, and they respond? How is it that your child can “hear” someone else better than you?
Sadly, I don’t have the answer to this question, however, I do have a suggestion: widen your family’s circle.
Sometimes it takes another voice to say the same things you are saying to your kid(s) about the most important things in life—just in a different way. That’s what we call “widening the circle.”
Widening your family’s circle doesn’t just happen. You need to be intentional. Check out this article, How to Widen Your Family Circle or How to Widen Your Family Circle - The Special Needs Edition both from The ReThink Group. See how you can get started today!
Here’s What’s Happening on Wednesday, October 16 -
Preschool—Samuel Obeys God (I Samuel 16)
This week we’ll see Samuel all grown up. God had a special job for Samuel. God told Samuel to go see Jesse. One of Jesse’s sons would be the new king! Samuel obeyed God.
Just like Samuel, God has a job for each of us. We should obey God and do what He wants us to do, too.
Elementary—The Sword of the Spirit
When we fill our minds and hearts with the Word of God—the Sword of the Spirit—we can overcome any challenge or temptation. Jesus is our example, as He faced temptation from the Devil and triumphed using the Word of God. (Luke 4).
Here’s what we’ll be talking about on Sunday, October 20 -
Genesis 37, 39-41 (Joseph, Pt 1)
This week we meet Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son. Jacob gave Joseph a special coat of many colors, which made his brothers jealous to the point of wanting to kill him. Through a series of events, Joseph ends up a slave and even in jail—for doing nothing wrong! But God was with Joseph and gave him success (Genesis 39:23). Joseph was even put in charge of the whole land of Egypt! God redeemed Joseph through each and every situation.
At Home Weekly: TruStory
October Verse: Philippians 1:6
Preschool—God is Mighty
Exodus 14-15 (Red Sea Crossing)
Long ago, God’s people, the Israelites, were slaves in a land called Egypt. The Egyptians treated the Israelites badly, so the Israelites asked God for help. God heard them, and He sent a man named Moses to talk to the king, called Pharaoh. Pharaoh didn’t want to lose his slaves, so he said no to letting them leave. But Moses asked over and over again until Pharaoh said yes! God’s people packed all their things and started on their way home. On their trip, they came to a great big sea. They were stuck! But God did a mighty work to save His people. He pushed the waters apart so His people could walk right through the middle of them! Wow! When the Israelites were safe on the other side, God closed the sea again so Pharaoh’s army couldn’t follow them. God is mighty!
At Home Weekly: TruWonder
October Verse: Jeremiah 10:6
2 Year Olds–God Cares for Me
Exodus 16, Numbers 11 (Manna)
Foundational Truth: God made Me
A month into their journey to the Promised Land, God’s people ran out of food. Instead of trusting God to take care of them, they started to complain and wish they could go back to Egypt.
God had a plan to take care of them in an amazing way. He sent bread from heaven and birds to feed them! God reminded them every day that He would take care of them. He will take care of us too!
At Home Weekly TruBlessings
Offering - Feed My Starving Children - Battle for Bowls starts Sunday!
Our offering this past Sunday came to $11.51 bringing our total to $95.55. That’s 180 meals for hungry kids!
Kids love competition, so we’re going to ramp things up in hopes of feeding more kids. Battle for Bowls starts this Sunday, October 20. What’s that? We’ll see which class can provide the most bowls of food for kids based on their offerings (remember $.53 provides a meal). The winning class in elementary (1st -5th grade) and the winning class in Preschool (3-5 year olds) will receive a special treat at the end of the morning. We’ll continue our battle through November 24. Let’s see how many bowls of food we can give to hungry kids!!
There’s still time to bring your extra shoes for Soles for Jesus—providing kids in Africa with shoes. Collection bins are located throughout church and in the Kids Zone.
God bless your week!
Children’s Ministries Director
Energizing the Next Generation to Love God,
Love Others and Make Disciples