March 8th, 2019
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: El buen samaritano
English Preschool: The Good Samaritan
School Age: The Good Samaritan
Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home. You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.
We love seeing your children in Bible class. The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
-Nicole Leon was a good helper.
-Aubrey Lopez was a good helper.
-Oliver Lowrance remembered to tell his family about the daily Bible reading plan.
-Samuel Henriquez did a great job on a class project.
-Levi Parsard has a birthday on March 12.
-Levi Parsard led songs for the class.
-Maya Pino was a great helper.
-Katherine Ruiz participated in class.
-Lyla Sensing led songs for the class.
-Dayleen Valdes brought a gift for Compassion International.
-Samuel Valladares did a great job on a class project.
-These students in the Preschool Class answered questions about the lesson: Henry Lowrance, Levi Parsard, Maya Pino, and Lyla Sensing.
-These students in the Kindergarten-2nd Grade Class worked as a team: Giovanni Delisma, Oliver Lowrance, Aiden Martinez, Luke Parsard, Logan Sensing, and Weston Sensing.
-These students in the 3rd-5th Grade Class read from the Bible: Jassiel Baez, Jedany Baez, Jonathan Delisma, and Dayleen Valdes.
Mark Your Calendar
3rd-5th Grade Picnic
NO AWANA during Spring Break
Noche de Alabanza
Area Wide Singing and Family Night
The tradition of Lent and fasting (or giving something up) is not traditional for most evangelical Christians, there is a growing interest among many believers to use these weeks before Easter to draw closer to Christ, remember His sacrifice, and ready our hearts to celebrate His Resurrection! In her popular book 40 Days of Decrease, Christian author Alicia Britt Chole invites us to consider Lent as a kickoff to a season of decrease, a different type of fast. 40 Days of Decrease invites you to thin your life to thicken your communion with God.
As Chole writes, “Our focus is uncluttering our hearts from the stuff that weighs us down and blocks our, and others’ view of Jesus. Because much of the reason we’re here on earth is to see Jesus and have others see Him through us.” Be blessed by this exclusive excerpt…
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John the Baptist (John 3:30 NKJV)
Decrease is a spiritual necessity. John the Baptist was the first among Jesus’ followers to grasp its counter-cultural power. John’s understanding of “less is more” was spiritually profound. Gabriel had announced John’s life-calling to Zechariah before John was even conceived: John was the one who, “in the spirit and power of Elijah . . . [would] make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:17).
In many ways, John lived a Lenten lifestyle 365 days a year. His diet was narrow, his possessions were minimal, and his focus was eternal. But decrease for John was less about assets and more about attention. His longing was to draw his generation’s attention and allegiance to the Messiah. From John’s perspective, the true value of people seeing him was that people would then be positioned to see through him and gaze at Jesus. By willingly decreasing, John increased others’ view of the Savior.
Attention is not innately evil. It becomes evil when used as a self-serving end instead of a God-serving means. Those who steward attention as means and not end stand tall and serve strong, knowing that all gifts come from God and can therefore draw attention to God.
John decreased so others could see the Lamb. John decreased so others could follow the One who preceded and surpassed him (John 1:30). John decreased so that the Messiah would be revealed in John’s lifetime. May our decrease likewise increase our generation’s view of Jesus.
Condensed from “Lent: He Must Increase, I Must Decrease” by Alicia Britt Chole from faithgateway.com.