It’s that time of year…
…when schedules are filled with shopping, and decorating, and visiting and gifting, and concerts and pageants. We do so much. Do you ever find yourself wondering why? What is it all for?
At Oakwood, we participate in Advent Conspiracy. It’s our effort to take back Christmas—away from the commercialism and consumerism and busyness that it has become. Let’s make Christmas what God intended it to be—a time to remember and celebrate the coming of God’s Son, Jesus, our Rescuer.
What does your family do to “conspire” against society’s norms to focus on the true meaning of Christmas? I saw many of you at Bethlehem LIVE! sharing God’s story with your children. I loved seeing and listening to your children sing in church on Sunday. Such a sweet expression of their love for Jesus! And, I have been moved to tears watching the children bring their offerings to feed hungry children around the world.
May your Christmas be filled with moments to remember and celebrate the coming of Jesus with your children.
Here’s what we’ll be talking about on Sunday, December 16th—
Elementary—Jesus is the Promise
Luke 2 (Birth of Jesus)
God always keeps His promises—even when it seems like He doesn’t. All through Scripture, God promises to rescue and redeem His people. His promise went much deeper than rescuing them from slavery and bondage though. God’s promise was to send His Son, Jesus, to rescue and redeem all of creation for eternity!
God shared His promise with Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:15). God continued His promise to Abraham (Gen 12:1-3). God’s promised grew through David and the prophets. Although God’s people doubted and their faith waivered, God’s promise never changed. God’s promise never failed.
At Christmas, we celebrate God’s promise—Jesus! Jesus is the Rescuer and Redeemer that God promised. Jesus is the One who will make a way for us to have a relationship with God.
At Home Weekly Tru Story
December Bible Verse: Luke 1:68
Preschool—Jesus is the Promise
Matthew 1; Luke 2 (Birth of Jesus)
While Mary and Joseph were waiting for God’s Son to be born, Caesar, the Roman ruler, told everyone they had to travel to their hometown to be counted. That meant Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem—Joseph’s hometown. While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary’s baby to be born. Because there were so many people in town to be counted, Mary and Joseph had to stay where the animals stayed! Mary placed Baby Jesus in a manger, something animals eat out of.
Angels announced Jesus’ birth to shepherds who were watching their sheep in the fields nearby. The angels told them Jesus was the Messiah, the Lord. Jesus is the promised Savior! The shepherds ran to see the tiny baby who was God’s Promise.
At Home Weekly Tru Wonder
December Bible Verse: Isaiah 25:1
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 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?
At Home Weekly Tru Blessings
Kids Quest Offering—Feed My Starving Children
Our offerings this past Sunday came to $164.88 bringing our total offerings to $1,160.95!
$80 feeds 1 child for an entire year. The children have already given enough to feed more than 14 children for an entire year. Woohoo!!
All offerings for this project need to come in by this Sunday, December 16th. How many kids will we feed for an entire year????
Important Dates to Remember:
Sunday, December 23rd – No Children’s Program
Services at 9 & 10:30am with childcare for Birth thru 3 years old
Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve Services at 3pm, 5pm, & 11pm. Childcare for Birth thru 3 years old at 3pm service
Sunday, December 30th – Family Sunday; one service at 9am Childcare for Birth thru 3 years old
Sunday, January 6th - Sunday Children’s Programming resumes
Wednesday, January 16th – Wednesday Night Kids Programs Resume
The Basics Waypoint will give parents the opportunity to clearly present the Gospel to their kids. In addition, we will discuss baptism and how it is an expression of the Gospel.
Families are encouraged to participate in this Waypoint as part of the process of preparing for Believer's Baptism. The next baptism is scheduled for Sunday, January 27, 2019.
Join us for an experiential & interactive discussion.
WHO: 3rd-12th graders & their parents
WHEN: Sunday, January 13, from 10:30am-11:30am
WHERE: Oakwood Church
Have a blessed week~
Children’s Ministries Director
Energizing the Next Generation to Love God,
Love Others and Make Disciples