March 30th, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life.  The lessons scheduled for this week are:

Spanish Preschool: ¡Jesús vive!

English Preschool: Jesus is Alive!

School Age: Crucifixion and Resurrection

However, classes will not meet this week so that all ages may participate in our Easter service.

The week’s Activity Page will be in a quiet bag that has been designed to help them engage with the message. Please have them look inside for a note with some ideas on how to use the items in the bag.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Recognition

-Caleb Bergman has a birthday on April 1st.
-Jacob Bergman read to his friends in class and beat the teachers in a Bible memory game.
-Jonathan Delisma encouraged some visitors.
-Lucas Gonzalez has a birthday on April 5th.
-Brayleigh Harris has a birthday on April 4th.
-Guillermo Lameda has a birthday on April 5th.
-Elias Osorto has a birthday on April 2nd.
-Lucas Rosales has a birthday on April 1st.
-The Preschool Class had excellent help from Evan Candocia, Jayce Kiddoe, Maya Pino, and Sammy Pino. They had good participation from Evan Candocia, Julian Candocia, Alexis Kiddoe, Jayce Kiddoe, Aubrey Lopez, Wesley Lopez, Maya Pino, Sammy Pino, Olivia Rodriguez, and Angela Solorzano.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Awana

April 1
Easter Sunday

April 7
Bar-B-Que

April 8
K-2nd Grade Picnic

April 20
Noche de Alabanza

April 29
“Sunset Serves”
Million Meal Pack


For Parents

Much like a disorganized closet, our children’s journey of faith can look cluttered and messy.  We would love it if our children came to faith in Christ as young boys and girls and lived to serve God all their lives.  Unfortunately, the journey of a faithful life has ups and downs.

What about our little ones?  They may be small right now and the biggest decision they may have to make today might be whether to have Fruit Loops or Cheerios for breakfast.  But ten years from now?  Twenty?  Where will their hearts be?

Providing our children a solid foundation in Christ when they are young is imperative.  All we can do as parents is to remain faithful to the call of what Deuteronomy 6:5-9 says.

What an awesome responsibility we have as parents, and a sobering one at that!  How, as failed human beings who struggle with our own faith at times, can we grow little ones in the love and admonition of the Lord?  It takes a lot of prayer and communion with the Lord ourselves.

If you’re wondering “where do I begin?”, teaching our children about Jesus’ sacrifice for us, His death on the Cross, and His resurrection is the place to start.  If our children can grasp this amazing, mind-blowing part of the Gospel, it has the power to lay a firm foundation of faith for them.  Jesus overcoming death and rising from the dead is everything!  Without the resurrection, we wouldn’t have a living Savior!

We don’t want our children to think Easter is just baskets, chocolate bunnies, dressing up and taking the family picture!  No, for believers it’s so much more! Our primary goal as parents is to keep the focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection.  I pray that the Holy Spirit would move their growing hearts and minds with the magnificent things of God!

Here are 5 Things To Focus On With Our Children During Easter.

God’s Great Love For Them. One of the most important things children need to know is that God loves them. Isaiah 44:2 talks about how God formed us in our mother’s womb.  It’s so important that we stress God’s love every day in what we say and how we act.

Without the resurrection of Christ, there is no Christianity. Philippians 3:10 says it best…”That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”  We must talk about the great power of Christ’s resurrection!  Read and talk about the death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Read books that explain about Easter. Check out faithgateway.com or christianbook.com to find something just right for your family. Even Amazon and Barnes and Noble have Christian resources available.

 

 

The commercialized things can become positive tools. We can’t escape the commercialism of this world.  It’s everywhere.  What we can do is use those things and moments as tools.  We can choose to turn them into a teachable moment!  A simple idea might be sending your kids on an easter egg scavenger hunt.  Tell the story of the resurrection through each of the eggs they search for.  Include a symbol and verse in each egg to represent different parts of the story.  Have your children read the verse before they search for the next egg.

Have your child write the Easter story in their own words. After reading about Christ’s death, burial and resurrection in the scriptures, encourage your child to write his or her own interpretation of it.  Have them write about how it makes them feel.  They can even write it in the form of a poem.  This is a wonderful way to see what’s going on in your child’s heart!

Condensed from "5 Things To Focus On With Our Children During Easter" by Traci Little from  faithgateway.com

 

EnglishVanessa Pardo