A quick note…
The kids did a great job this past Sunday singing in church. I hope you enjoyed listening to them! A special thank you to David Smith and Margaret Fiedler for putting together the music and working with the children.
This coming Sunday, is our last gathering for 2017. We will have special services and times for families to worship together on Christmas Eve Sunday, December 24, and one 9am service on Family Sunday service on December 31.
December 17 is also the last day for children to bring in their offerings for Feed my Starving Children. I’m excited to see what God will do!
Looking Ahead to December 17:
Elementary – Jesus is God’s Gift
Luke 1:5-25, 57-80 (Zechariah & the Angel)
From the beginning, God had promised to send a Rescuer. All His people needed to do was trust Him. God continually reminded His people of His promised Gift via prophets. One such message was given to Zechariah through the angel Gabriel.
Zechariah was one of thousands of priests serving Yahweh. It was extremely rare for a priest to have the honor of entering the Holy Place within the temple. At just the right time, Zechariah was chosen. Zechariah had no idea that God would send a message of His Promised Son that day.
God knows exactly what we need and gives it to us exactly when we need it. His timing is perfect!
God perfectly timed the arrival of what we needed most—His Son, Jesus. We all need this Gift, but not everyone accepts Him.
Do you know someone who needs to know and accept the gift of Jesus? Christmas is the perfect time to share His love with them!
Elementary Verse for December – Zephaniah 3:17a
Preschool– God points us to Jesus
Matthew 2:1-12 (The Magi)
God used a bright star to point the Magi to Jesus. Scripture doesn’t tell us how they knew that a star in the sky foretold the birth of the one true King. We do know God wanted them to know that His Son, the true King, had been born, and He went to great and extraordinary lengths to point them to Jesus.
The Creator of the universe has always used the heavens to point man to Him. God placed a star to direct these men to His Good News. These men left the comfort of their homes and traveled a great distance to present Jesus with extravagant gifts worthy of a King. These wise men recognized and responded to Him worship.
Throughout the Big God Story, we see that God is not only the God of the Jews, but also the God for all people!
This week, take a moment to think back to a person or an event that God used to point you to Jesus. Then, think about who and how you can point others to Him too!
Preschool Verse for December – Zephaniah 3:17a
2 Year Olds – Jesus is Born
(Luke 2:8-20 - Christmas)
Foundational Truth: God Made Me
It was finally time for God’s special Promise to be born—Jesus! Angels announced His arrival to one of the lowest groups of people at that time—shepherds. Heaven was so overjoyed by what was happening that the sky exploded with a great company of heavenly beings praising God! The moment that man had anticipated for so long was finally here.
The shepherds responded to the presence of God’s glory and the message of hope with the overwhelming desire to see Jesus personally. Once they did, they felt compelled to tell others. They spontaneously proclaimed the coming of The Promised One.
How has Jesus’ birth impacted you? Are you overcome by God’s great Gift that you can’t wait to tell others about Him?
Kids Quest Offerings – Feed My Starving Children
Our offering this past Sunday came to $12.34 bringing our current total to … $1,508.57!
ONE MORE WEEK to bring in our offerings! If the children have collected money in their baggies, they should bring them in this Sunday. All of our offerings will be matched to help feed children around the world. Praise Jesus!
Basics Waypoint: January 21
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May God bless you and your family this week and through the entire season of Advent!
Children’s Ministries Director
Energizing the Next Generation to Love God,
Love Others and Make Disciples