May 25th, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

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

Spanish Preschool: Bernabé animaba a otros

English Preschool: Jesus Read the Scroll

School Age: Jesus Read God’s Word

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!

Recognition

-LincolnBondsbrought a book from home to share with the class.
-JonathanDelisawill help the class connect with Rulz.
-JayceKiddoetaught the class a new song. 
-NellyMartinezDerashas a birthday on May 27.
-LylaSensingrole played a part of the Bible story.
-LucasUndahas a birthday today.
-AlbertPaulValdes volunteered to read Scripture in class.
-DayleenValdesvolunteered to read Scripture in class. 
-The Preschool Class had good participation fromCashton Best, Holden Bonds, Brenda Emokah, Brayleigh Harris, Aubrey Lopez, Wesley Lopez, Henry Lowrance, Oliver Lowrance, Maya Pino, Sammy Pino andSamuel Valladares.
-The K-2nd Grade Class had good participation from Sofia Barcenas, Jacob Bergman, Aiken Bodie, Gio Delisma, Vanessa Emokah, Elijah Ibanez, Aiden Martinez, Angely Reyes, y Robert Skinner.
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Inthe3rd-5thGradeClassCaleb Bergman, Albert Paul Valdes, and Dayleen Valdes rememberedto bring a contribution for Compassion International.
-In the 3rd-5thGrade Class the following students engaged in class discussion:Caleb Bergman, Audrey Harris, Marissa Navarro, Bishop Skinner, andAlbert Paul Valdes.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Awana

May 30
Last Session of Awana

June 13
Summer Bible Club Begins On Wednesday Nights through August 15

August 26
Back to School Sunday

September 2
Bible Class Promotions


For Parents

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

While raising my kids in the late ‘90s, the overwhelming theme I heard from other parents, church members and Christian books was consistent: Protect your children at all costs.

As Christian parents, we were told to not let our kids: consume any media, listen to secular music, play with kids who weren’t from Christian families.

Fear is a very powerful force. It can make us fear our kids will make the wrong choices. It can make us fear a lack of control. It can make us fear being viewed as bad parents. I’ve also seen how fear can absolutely be the most destructive tool in our parenting bag.

Instead of fear, God longs for us to see His power and love and grow in self-discipline. As 2 Timothy 1:7 reassures us, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

So how do we moms transition from parenting out of fear to fearless parenting? I’ve got a few ideas.

Talk about the steadfastness of God. God has given us a spirit of power and we are powerful because we are His. Make sure your kids know the power they possess because of Who lives in them.

Teach your kids how to love others well. You are their first example and their first teacher of loving well. Loving when circumstances are tough and when your kids are difficult are both great examples. Then, teaching your kids to love people even when they are unlovable is one of the best skills they can possess.

Transition from the role of protector. It’s easy to want to stay in the role of our kids’ protector longer than we should. And with all that goes on in the world, who can blame a mom for wanting to keep her family safe?

As an adult, my friend Kimberly endured the unimaginable — being taken at gunpoint while walking to her car after work. Fortunately, after hours of terror and devastation, Kim survived that kidnapping and has gone on to share her story of hope. But of course, no trauma is wrapped up in a tidy little package. Not only did those events affect Kim, but they also affected her whole family, including her mom.

For years, her mom felt overwhelming guilt for not being able to keep Kim from such a horrific situation. But after years of praying and processing, she came to understand that her role was not to protect her daughter.

Kim says, “My mom came to this place of peace after my kidnapping. Even though I was a 28-year-old woman, she thought she should have been able to protect me from that event. She realized her job had been to prepare me to handle all the things life would throw at us — not protect us from anything ever happening.”

As our kids grow, our job is to fearlessly transition our parenting from protecting to preparing our kids and trusting them to God. And He’s given us the ability to do that because of His power in each of us.

Heavenly Father, my prayer is that I parent out of the love You have poured out for me and my child. I pray that I never parent out of fear, but out of the unending love and grace You’ve shown me. Let my child see glimpses of You through my love for them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (NIV)

Isaiah 41:10, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (NLT)

Condensed from "Fearless Parenting" by Kathi Lipp from biblegateway.com

EnglishVanessa Pardo