Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ever Wonder Why Every Weekend is so Important!

KidzStuff Tomorrow Night @ 7 PM

Moms, Dads, Boys & Girls you don't want to miss this weeks KidzStuff. KidzStuff is the first of every month and is designed to help parents and kids understand the new virtue for the month. But moms and dads I want you to know if you have never been to KidzStuff. You don't know what your missing. Your kids will love it, but rumor has it that adults have been caught laughing harder than the kids.

This month's edition could be one of our best storylines. We are talking about determination. Determination is deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started.

Gordo, Vinny & Tyler will be there this week. As well as our new featured virtue song as well as a new kid favorite "Boom Chakalaka laka Boom." Its going to be high energy and fun so make sure to bring your child tomorrow night at 7 PM.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sundays in October

Jesus says, "In this world you will have trouble." No ifs, ands, or buts. You will face sickness, death, divorce, temptations, failures, rejection, peer pressure. You will have trouble that you won't see coming. And no one is exempt. Not the young, not the old, not the good.

Even Jesus had trouble. He was tempted, persecuted, beaten, crucified. He could've taken an easy way out, given up, and gone back to heaven. Instead, He decided it was worth it to stay and finish what He'd started, being "obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:8, NIV). Despite His trouble, Jesus had the determination needed to keep doing what God said. If our attitude is to be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5), we will need that same determination.

The kind of determination that will keep us doing what God says even if it's hard, and even if others don't, so that we don't miss something really good. Yep, we will have trouble in this life, but grit your teeth and don't give up because God will not give up on you. You can be sure that "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6, NIV).

So for October, Sunday mornings are all about DETERMINATION, which is deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started. Here's the line-up:

Week 1 - Keep doing what you should do even if it's hard. We'll be talking about Paul and how he was determined to finish right (2 Corinthians 11:23b-27; Acts 20:24).

Week 2 - Keep doing what God says even if others don't. This week is about Noah and the great flood (Genesis 6:6–7:7).

Week 3 - Keep doing what God says because He is God. The focus is on the Israelites leaving slavery in Egypt (Exodus).

Week 4 - Keep doing what you should do so you don't miss something really good. Sort of a continuation from last week, we'll be talking about 40 years in the wilderness (Numbers 14:1-39).

Teach Less for More

Our Kidz Team is constantly trying to find new ways to help your kids live for Christ. Beginning this week we are fine tuning our Sunday morning experience a little bit. We are going to teach less. That's right we are going to teach less.

Here's what we are going to do. On Sunday mornings, no matter what hour your child attends, we are going to have one Bible story, one memory verse for the month and one main point for your child to learn. Instead of having two different curriculums between the hours, we are going to only teach one truth out of the Bible. Each hour (9:15 & 10:45) will have completely different learning activities so that your kids aren't getting lost in repetition.

Why are we doing this? Because weekends matter! We only have so many weekends to help influence your child to live for Christ and we don't want to take any chances of missing an opportunity. See you Sunday!

October Memory Verse

"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."
Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gordopalooza 2 Big Hit

Hey parents, just wanted to let you know this past Sunday was a huge hit. Gordo and friends always leave a big impression on our kids. Thanks for making sure your kids didn't miss out on this great event.

Special thanks to our volunteers that stayed all morning to make sure the kids had a special day. Parents I want you to know that our Kidz Team is second to none. They are as good as it gets. So make sure sometime when you are picking up your child you tell them thank you and maybe even share a something your child has come home and told you from a Sunday.

By the way, check out the slideshow to the left. We are working on becoming more Tech Savy around here. But I am the weak link. I am hoping to have a video online next week that will preview next months virtue.

On Thursday, I am going to be posting some information about some changes that are going to happen in October. Check back on Thursday to get the new scoop and why we are making these changes.

Thanks for allowing us to partner with your family in helping your kids live for Christ!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Gordopalooza 2 this Sunday, September 21

We are only FIVE DAYS to Gordopalooza 2. This Sunday morning is one of those days your kids will want to get out of bed early for. Beginning at 9:15 and ending at 12:00 PM (or whenever church gets out) we are going laugh and learn all about God. The entire KidzStuff gang (Tyler, Vinny, Cammie, Marshall and yes Gordo) will be here. Gordo is writing a song to go with our monthly virtue. The mad scientist doctor from Kids Camp will be here to perform a life altering experiment. We will have donuts, music, large group and small group activities. We have it all. It is going to be huge!

Our theme is Gordo & the Pirates of the Clubhouse. We are going to be teaching kids that "when I make the wise choice, it helps others do what God says." Throughout the morning in a creative, high energy way we are going to point kids to God's Word.

This is a great morning to bring a friend that doesn't normally go to church somewhere. They will want to come back next week after this experience. Let's make the invites and who knows maybe your child's friend will come to know Jesus as their savior on Sunday. Who knows. Just ask!

See you Sunday!

Lock-In a Success

The Kidz Fall Lock-In was a huge success. We had 187 kids attend with a great deal of energy. The evening was filled with food, games, crafts and a movie. Our large room was overflowing with people.

I want to say thank you to all the volunteers that gave of their Friday evening to make that a success. We can't effectively and efficiently help kids live for Christ without your help. You are awesome!