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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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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Teaching Children To Value the Gifts of All

When you get right down to it, all kids are similar. They giggle, fuss, stomp around, yell, joke, and get shy. Our lives are enriched by all the different ways they express themselves. Yet many times, when we encounter someone with a disability, we have difficulty understanding what he or she is telling us.

If we remember that at our most basic levels we all share similarities, we can use our own experiences to understand other people better and to help our children do the same. more

10/01/2014 at 02:15 pm

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Conversation Starters


* What gifts do you see in the people in our family? How do those gifts make our life together better?

* How do we use our gifts to help people beyond our family? Are there any other ways we want to use our gifts to help people?

* If you could be given one new talent, what would it be? Why would you choose that? How would you want to use that talent?

* In what ways have people helped you develop your gifts and talents? What was most helpful?

09/30/2014 at 02:18 pm

Where in God’s World is Madagascar?

Fascinating Facts about Madagascar

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Madagascar is a large island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southeastern Africa. Scientists believe it broke off from the African continent and drifted to its present location millions of years ago. The island, which is the fourth largest in the world, is home to about 21 million people.


09/30/2014 at 02:15 pm

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God’s Precious Children

Leader: God says, “Before I formed you, I knew you. Before you were ever born, I made you holy.”*

All: God says, “You are precious in my sight, and I love you.”

Leader: God says, “You have my name. I created you for my glory.”**

All: We are God’s people, created by God and loved by God. more

09/30/2014 at 02:14 pm

Where in God’s World?

Fascinating facts about Ukraine


Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe and borders Russia. The Russian language is widely spoken. In 1991, the country became independent from the Soviet Union.

The Ukrainian flag is made up of two equal horizontal colors, blue and yellow, which symbolize the clear blue sky over a yellow wheat field. more

08/29/2014 at 12:21 pm

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The List

8 Changes and How to Embrace Them


  1. New neighbor? Help bake a batch of cookies or a one-pot meal to bring to a new neighbor. Include a hand-written note welcoming them to your neighborhood.


08/29/2014 at 12:20 pm


September conversation starters

* How do you feel about this school year so far? What’s the best thing about it? What’s been the most challenging?

* What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to deal with? What helped you get through that change? What’s one good thing that came out of the change?

* Who are the people around us right now who are going through hard changes? Is there anything we can do as a family or individually to help them?

* What changes are you looking forward to in the future? Are there any changes that you’re worried about? How can we help each other when change is hard for us?






08/29/2014 at 12:20 pm

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For Times of Change

Read Psalm 136:1-9


One: We live in a world of great change.

All: Jobs change; schools change. more

08/29/2014 at 12:18 pm


How Much Digital Media is Too Much?

If Norman Rockwell were painting a picture of today’s family, Dad would be on a Samsung Galaxy watching a soccer match, Mom would be checking Facebook on an iPad, the little girl would be playing a Disney Princess game on her Kindle Fire, and the older brother would be on his Nintendo 3DS immersed in all things Pokémon.


08/04/2014 at 09:33 am

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