October 2014

Using Our Gifts

We hope this issue will help children to recognize the gifts God has given them and see how those gifts might be used to help others.

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by Lisa Swanson

October 26-31

For your family

* Write a song thanking God for food and family. Sing it with your family before dinner.

* Make a simple dinner for your family (and clean up afterwards).

* Remember a time when a family member gave you patience, attention, or encouragement. Give that person the same “invisible gift.”

* Pray for your family members to use their gifts to strengthen and support one another.

10/01/2014 at 07:00 am

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Advent Devotions

by Janet R. Knight

You can buy Advent wreaths or make your own by setting four candles in a circle and surrounding them with greenery. Advent wreaths usually have three purple candles and one pink candle or four purple candles. (The pink candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent.) A taller, white candle (the “Christ candle”), representing Jesus, goes in the center of the wreath.

First Sunday of Advent

One: Advent begins today.

All: Advent is a time when we wait for Jesus.

Light the first candle.

One: God’s people waited a long time for the Messiah to come.

All: And each year we wait for Jesus to come again into our hearts and homes.

One: The prophet Isaiah wrote, “No one has ever heard, more

10/22/2014 at 08:46 am

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About this issue-October 2014

October 2014—Using our Gifts

Some people’s gifts are obvious. They are blessed with amazing talents in music or art or athletics and use those gifts in a way that inspires admiration from many. Other people’s gifts go largely unnoticed. But we all have gifts, as Paul’s letter to the Romans reminds us (Rom. 12:6-8). Whether our gifts are obvious to all or waiting to be discovered (even by us), the important thing is to use the gifts we have been given. Each of us is called to offer our own unique gifts and talents for building up the community of Christ. We hope this issue will help children to recognize the gifts God and given them and see how those gifts might be used to help others.

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09/30/2014 at 02:17 pm

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