May 4th, 2018
Sunday Bible Class
Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life. The lessons scheduled for this week are:
Spanish Preschool: Cómo comenzó la iglesia
English Preschool: Four Friends Helped
School Age: Four Friends Helped
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!
-LincolnBondswas a good helper.
-GiandavidDeLaHozhas a birthday on May 5.
-AdonnaEmokahread from the Bible in class.
-LucasGonzalezread from the Bible in class.
-AudreyHarrisread from the Bible in class.
-LoganSensingwas a good helper.
-Albert Paul and Dayleen Valdes brought a contribution for Compassion International.
-Dayleen Valdes has a birthday on May 7.
-The Preschool Class had good participation fromHolden Bonds, Brenda Emokah, Brayleigh Harris, Alexis Kiddoe, Jayce Kiddoe, Henry Lowrance, Oliver Lowrance, Levi Parsard, Kyla Sensing, Angela Solorzano, andCashton Stewart.
-The Kindergarten-2ndGrade Class had great participation fromRobert Bishop, Giovanni. Delisma, Moises Delavalle,Vanessa Emokah, Sophia Gonzalez, Natalie Harris, andAngely Reyes.
-These kids participated in the Million Meal Pack as part of Sunset Serves: Caleb Bergman, Jacob Bergman, Holden Bonds, Lincoln Bonds, Alexis Kiddoe, Jayce Kiddoe, Aiden Martinez, Allyson Osejo, Dustin Padilla, Edison Ramirez, Angely Reyes, Albert Paul Valdes, and Dayleen Valdes.
Mark Your Calendar
Kids stay in worship with parents
May 19 and 20
Last Session of Awana
Summer Bible Club Begins On Wednesday Nights through August 15
Back to School Sunday
Bible Class Promotions
Stop for a moment and just listen. What do you hear? Maybe the neighbor’s lawnmower… the barking dog a few houses down… a clock ticking… the cars on the street.
Now stop for a moment and just listen to the noise inside. What is keeping your heart from being quiet and at peace? Most likely, it’s many things, because although we long for peace, real life intrudes.
A call from the doctor
A note from the teacher about a child’s behavior
A lost job and a pile of bills
Real life does not foster internal peace!
In the last major conversation Jesus had with His closest friends, He spoke about peace — but not as we might have expected Him to. When I read Jesus saying, “I’ve told you all this so that you may have peace — John 16:33”, my first question is All what? If I didn’t look back to John 15 to see what Jesus had been saying, I’d guess that keys to peace would be something along these lines:
“You’re going to live to a ripe old age.”
“Your children will rise up and call you blessed — even when they hit fifteen.”
“You will always have enough money for all you need and most of what you want.”
“You will hear the Lord tell you ‘Well done’ after a lifetime of faithfulness.”
Sounds good, right? But not one of these things was included in the strangest “peace speech” I’ve ever read. Turn to John 15 and you’ll see that Jesus told His closest friends that they would be persecuted and no longer welcome in places they used to go. Go to John 16:2 and you’ll find these devastating words:
“You will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.”
Clearly the peace Jesus spoke about is not what we think of at all. He was saying to His disciples — and to you and me today — “It’s going to get rough down here, but don’t worry. I am with you. I will never leave you. And I am your peace.”
No matter what is going on in your life, stop for a moment speak His name out loud: “Jesus… Jesus… Jesus.” Know that He is with you and that He is for you even when the storm is raging all around.
Peace is not the absence of trouble; it is the presence of Christ.
Consider these passages:
“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” — John 14:27
“Those who love Your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.” — Psalm 119:165
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.” — Psalm 4:8
“For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end.” — Isaiah 9:6-7
Condensed from "Noise Pollution" by Sheila Walsh from faithgateway.com