June 15, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

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

Spanish Preschool: Pedro y Cornelio

English Preschool: Mary and Martha

School Age: Mary and Martha

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

-Cashton Best helped during class.
-Annabelle Delavalle has a birthday on June 21.
-Annabelle Delavalle was focused and did good work in class.
-Moises Delavalle was very helpful in class.
-Gio Delisma participated in class.
-Daniel Gomez participated in class.
-Natalie Harris participated in class.
-Faith Jerezano has a birthday on June 17.
-Oliver Lowrance helped pick up toys.
-Dwayne Osorto has a birthday today.
-Christine Orosa showed responsibility in class.
-Levi Parsard helped pick up toys.
-Diego Trujillo has a birthday on June 16.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Summer Bible Club

July 8
K-2nd Grades Picnic

August 26
Back to School Sunday

September 2
Bible Class Promotions


For Parents

I love summers with my kids. No homework to review with them when I get home from work. Longer conversations during and after dinner. Spontaneous ice cream runs at night. Or whenever.

I’ve been reading Chip Heath and Dan Heath’s new book, The Power of Moments. The central theme is summarized by the authors: “Defining moments shape our lives, but we don’t have to wait for them to happen. We can be the authors of them.”

Their goal is to help each of us create more “defining moments,” which are short experiences that are “both memorable and meaningful.”

Unforgettable moments matter in our because while day-to-day consistency is the foundation of our relationships, we remember our lives in moments. This doesn’t mean we have to spend a lot of cash to engineer big moments. You may think an expensive vacation is what it takes to make a memory, but research shows we can make our time together more memorable by attending to three aspects of that time, whether it’s close to home or far away.

1. Boosting sensory appeal is one that comes easily to me, if you count offering our famous “Powell brownies” and root beer floats as a “sensory experience” for teenagers (which I do). But reading The Power of Moments made me realize I’ve gotten into ruts. I play the same music, we eat at the same restaurants, and I serve the same Powell brownies. Boosting sensory appeal is important because our brains encode memories more deeply when we use multiple senses.

2. Raising the stakes means placing ourselves in situations that are riskier. Adding a little risk can increase the power of experiences by stretching us and helping us learn something new—even it comes through failure.

3. Breaking the script means doing something unpredictable. I value tradition but am realizing that in the name of “tradition,” I’ve gotten lazy. When we break the typical family script, all of us have to engage the moment because we don’t automatically know what to do. This makes it more memorable. And research shows that surprises have the effect of stretching time—we remember them as longer than they actually occurred.

So here’s how we can implement these three themes and set the stage for a more memorable summer with our kids.

1. Bring new twists to our summer traditions. One of our early summer traditions is that we each set goals for the season. Typically, we get Starbucks drinks, sit on our patio, and write or draw what we hope to be and do this summer. I still want to do this, but what if this summer we go to a park instead or get a different snack? Or what if we ask our video-inclined kids to make a video instead of use the same pencils and paper we always do?

2. Be more responsive. According to the Heath brothers, the best research on relational moments boils down to this one sentence: “Our relationships are stronger when we perceive that others are responsive to us.”

Responsiveness packs a threefold punch of understanding, validation, and caring. That means less time on my laptop and phone, and more time looking at my kids in the eye. And when I say I’ll be there “in a minute,” I’m there in 60ish seconds.

3. Find new (local) destinations. When our family wants to do something together, we usually take a hike or play games. Both are good habits, but maybe it’s time we think differently. At the very least to a new hiking destination. But I’m hoping to break our pattern even further. I’ve found some good ideas for family fun by searching for online deals and I want to do more of that.

4. Make new food. I’m a pretty simple cook. That works for our family, none of whom are picky eaters, but maybe it’s time to try some new dinner recipes. And make some new snacks and desserts for our kids and their friends.  Or engage our kids in doing some baking together. Or host an epic cook-off competition in our kitchen, complete with guest judges. 

Moments matter, because memories matter. They help us ground our relationships in shared experience and history. They help us make meaning together. They connect us deeply with the ones for whom we care the most. Here’s to a few more of those moments this summer in all of our families.

Condensed from "4 ways to make this summer unforgettable for your family" by Kara Powell from fulleryouthinstitute.org

 

EnglishVanessa Pardo