September 21st, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

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

Spanish Preschool: La primera familia

English Preschool: The First Family

School Age: Cain and Abel

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

-Giandavid De La Hoz helped translate for a visitor.
-Giovanni Delisma had a birthday on September 16.
-Jonathan Delisma remembered to bring a gift for Compassion International.
-Valeria Gomez has a birthday on September 25.
-Wesley Lopez participated in class.
-Allyson Osejo had a birthday on September 15.
-Lucas Solorzano has a birthday on September 26.
-Samuel Valladares participated in class.
-The Kindergarten-2nd Grade Class had great teamwork from Alfonso Corro, Aubrey Lopez, Aiden Martinez, Luke Parsard, Sammy Pino, and Jaylen Rose.
-The 3rd-5th Grade Class had good participation from Jonathan Delisma, Scott Freer, Dustin Paz, and Dayleen Valdes.

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Awana Club

September 30
Family Night

October 13
Pumpkin Patch

October 14
K-2nd Grades Picnic

October 28
Fall Festival

October 31
No Awana


For Parents

Decades of research have shown that more than any other single activity, regular family dinners can provide important benefits like healthier eating, increased literacy, better peer relationships, increased trust in parents, decreased risky teen behaviors, and less depression and anxiety.

Yet, fewer families regularly eat together now than ever before. Obstacles cited include scheduling and time challenges, picky eating habits, lack of cooking skills and tension or lack of connectedness at the table.

There is good news though. These issues easily are remedied with the help of The Family Dinner Project. This nonprofit’s mission is to enrich families’ lives through food, fun and conversation about things that matter. Their online resources and community events help families benefit from eating together. Some of their top tips include:

1. Get Creative with Connections. Between work obligations, sports practices, homework and extracurricular activities, there are countless reasons why it may feel next to impossible to get everyone together around the table. But you can still reap the benefits of connecting at the table, even when you can’t all physically gather. You can use Skype or FaceTime to give a “face-to-face” experience at the table, even if a family member is unable to be present for the meal. Or take advantage of dessert, late-night snacks and early breakfasts with busy loved ones to cultivate a shared meal habit even when you can’t have a full meal together.

2. Focus on Family, Not Food. Research has shown that many teens enjoy eating dinner with their families and would want to do so more often. Try these tips to help keep dinner on the schedule even when you don’t have a lot of time to cook:

Take advantage of healthful convenience foods like rotisserie chickens, pre-chopped vegetables and frozen produce to make a meal in minutes. Sandwiches and fruit, eggs or a big salad with your choice of protein are all great low-cook dinner options.

Don’t stress about the food. Focus on having fun and talking to one another at the table, regardless of what you’re eating.

3. Cultivate Conversation. Introducing broader topics can draw out a more enriching conversation. For example, you could ask your kids about giving and community service. What you talk about tonight can shape how your family thinks, feels and acts far into the future. Keep conversation starters handy to help break the ice as needed.

4. Tame the Technology. Many adults feel that using devices at the dinner table worsens the quality of their family relationships, yet families often don’t know how to curb technology at mealtime. But it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. While making the table a screen-free zone is ok, all families can find their own balance using some of the following tips:

Consider using technology only to enhance conversations — such as connecting with absent loved ones during dinner via Skype.

Allow each family member one “tech share” during the meal, so that funny cat video, a classmate’s message or an interesting article can spark conversation.

5. Monitor the Mood. While it’s important to keep family dinner as welcoming and enjoyable as possible, occasional tension at the table can be a good opportunity to teach the art of respectful disagreement.

Keep controversial topics — like grades, curfews and behavior problems — off the table and set another, non-dinner time to discuss them.

Go easy on correcting manners; focus on family connections, not whose elbows are on the table.

Use music as a way to keep the mood fun and relaxed, before, during and after dinner.

Family dinners offer tangible, lifelong benefits that can be enjoyed by everyone, as long as they gather around the table together.  The memories and connections your children make around your family dinner table will last longer than those from potential competing activities. More importantly, though, those dinners are one of your most powerful tools to help nurture your children into healthy, successful adults.

Condensed from The Benefits of Family Dinner and 5 Easy Ways to Make It a Priority by Susan B Noyes from makeitbetter.net.  

EnglishVanessa Pardo