Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

May 2016

We tend to talk about our lives using words that highlight our ownership of those things and circumstances. Words like my, ours, and mine. And those words can make a huge difference on how we see the world. As long as we keep using these words, we can tend to believe that our stuff will make us happy and that putting more stuff into our boxes will make us even happier.

But the truth is just the opposite. Something radical happens when we look at our life as not really ours. When we view our life as really God’s gift to us—it changes everything. When we see that all the stuff we have is somehow connected to God and the story He wants to tell with our lives, it begins to change the way we see everything. When our world doesn’t revolve around us, our situations look a lot different.

That’s why this month is all about contentment. It is deciding to be happy with what we have. In other words, we can choose to be happy because of what God has actually given us. We can choose to shift your focus away from what we don’t have and toward what God desires to do with the life we have. When we trust Him with our life, we become more focused on being grateful for everything He’s already given to us.

See, when it comes right down to it, contentment is a heart issue. It can’t be solved by getting the thing that’s off-limits, the thing that someone else has, or even more of a good thing you already have. In other words, contentment happens when we place our trust in the One who is able to meet our needs each day.

Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

Memory Verse: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12b NIV

Sunday, May 1, 2016 and Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Because I’m Happyyyyyyyyyy! (Be content/Paul in prison) • Philippians 4:11b-13

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, He can help you to be content.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.
Sunday, May 8, 2016 and Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I Hurt Him for the Grapevine (Naboth’s vineyard) • 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you don’t have, it can make you miserable.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We Can’t Get No Satisfaction (Israelites long for Egypt) • Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-4

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

If I Were a Rich Fool (The rich fool: Bigger barns) • Luke 12:13-21  

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Together (Do not worry) • Matthew 6:25-34

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. 
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, you don’t have to worry.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

MAY 2016

SMALL TALK

MEMORY VERSE: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIrV

 

KEY QUESTION: WHO GIVES YOU GOOD FRIENDS?

 

BASIC TRUTH: GOD MADE ME.

 

BOTTOM LINE:   GOD GIVES ME GOOD FRIENDS.

 

PARENT ACTIVITIES

MORNING TIME: This month let your child wake up to, “Good morning! Today is a great day to be a good friend!” Throughout the day, help your child look for ways he can be a good friend.

 

PLAY TIME: Gather 10 different small objects and get 2 of each object for a total of 20 objects. (2 crayons, 2 spoons, 2 shoes, 2 clothespins, 2 gloves, 2 socks, etc.) Place one of each object in a small bucket or basket for

your child to hold. Hide the other 10 objects in the yard or a large room. Tell your child to try and find the match to all of the things in his basket. When

he’s done, talk about how God gives us friends because two are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.

 

CAR TIME: God made us to praise Him. So, this month, when you get in the car, turn your drive time into praise time! You can turn up the music and sing to the Lord or look out the window and thank God for things God made or simply pray together before you leave and when you get home.

 

BATH TIME: Take turns saying this month’s Bible verse as you bathe your child. But don’t just say the verse. Think of a different way you can help others each time you say it, and add it to the end of the verse. You could say, “Two are better than one. They can help each other [clean their room].” How many different ways can you help others and be a good friend?

 

CUDDLE TIME: Cuddle up with your child and pray. “Dear God, thank You for such a fun day praising You! Thank You for music, singing, and dancing and for making us to praise You. You are so amazing and wonderful and I hope (name of child) and I never stop praising You. Thank You for loving us with a love that lasts forever. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

PARENT TIME: This month our preschoolers are learning that they are “Better Together.” That is to say that when we have friends with whom we can do life, we are better people. So, whom are you “doing life with?” Do you have people that can not only help you when you’re down but celebrate victories with you too? Whom do you call when you get a promotion at work or need a ride to the airport? The Bible tells us that we were designed to be in relationships with others. We weren’t designed to do life by ourselves. Who are you surrounding yourself with to make sure you’re not alone? If you are looking for that sense of community, see what types of groups your church offers. Or, look for a Bible study or playgroup in your neighborhood. You could even investigate serving either at your church or another non-profit. Great

community is created when we work together for others. Because, we are better together.

 

SUNDAY MESSAGE NOTES

WEEK 1/May 1, 2016 /1 SAMUEL 18:1-4

David and Jonathan become the best of friends and love each other.

 

WEEK 2/May 8, 2016/1 SAMUEL 20:3-42

David and Jonathan are so sad when they have to say goodbye to each other.

 

WEEK 3/ May 15, 2016/1 SAMUEL 20:14-17, 2 SAMUEL 9:1-13

King David looks for anyone left in Jonathan’s family so he can show kindness to them.

 

WEEK 4/ May 22, 2016/2 SAMUEL 6:5, 6:14; PSALM 149:1-5

King David’s heart is so full that He praises God in the streets

with singing and instruments.

 

WEEK 5/ May 29, 2016/ECCLESIASTES 4:9

In a review of King David’s life, we see that “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.”

GOD LOVES ME – Nursery Lesson April 2016

APRIL 2016

SMALL TALK

MEMORY VERSE: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart . . . Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39, NIV

 

KEY QUESTION: WHO CAN YOU LOVE?

 

BASIC TRUTH: GOD LOVES ME.

 

BOTTOM LINE:   I CAN LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE.

 

PARENT ACTIVITIES

MORNING TIME: This month let your child wake up to, “Good morning! It’s time to love God and love people!” Remind your child every day that God loves him, and He wants us to love people the way He loves us.

 

PLAY TIME: Let your child pick a favorite toy or stuffed animal. Tell him to hold the toy out in front so it can be the “leader.” Play “Follow the (name of toy)” with your child. When you’re done, cuddle up and talk about how Jesus is the best leader to follow because He loves us and is always right.

 

CAR TIME: When you get in the car, talk with your child about where you are going and the people you will see. Brainstorm ways you can love the people where you are going so you’re ready when you get out of the car. Grocery store? A big smile and “have a nice day” works. Getting a haircut? Sitting still and saying “thank you” are great ways to show some love. Play date with friends? Sharing and giving a hug or a high five are always good ideas.

 

BATH TIME: Buy some rectangle kitchen sponges at the grocery store and cut them into heart shapes. Give them to your child as a surprise during bath time. Talk about how the heart shape reminds people of love. The way we treat people can remind them of love too.

 

CUDDLE TIME: Cuddle up with your child and pray. “Dear God, thank You for always loving us, no matter what. You showed us how much You love us when You sent Your only Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. Help us learn how to love You and love people, the way You love us. I want (name of child) to grow up loving you and people more than anything. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

PARENT TIME: Do you spend a lot of time talking about neighbors with your preschooler? In their life, every day is another day to meet a new neighbor! There are the neighbors next door, the neighbors who work at the grocery store, the neighbors at the playground. They’re everywhere! Each day brings an opportunity to teach our little ones who their neighbors are, how to say hello, smile, and how to say their name. What if while introducing them to their neighbors, we also taught them that God wants us to love our neighbors the way God loves us? What does it look like to love our neighbors? Well, Jesus teaches us that every time we treat someone with kind words and actions we are showing God we love Him. When we smile at the grocery clerk, we are showing God we love Him. When we rake our neighbor’s leaves, we are showing God we love Him. When we show kindness to a stranger on the street, we are showing God we love Him. This month, think about how you are loving your neighbors. Remember that your preschoolers will model your behavior. Why not take this opportunity to teach them what loving their neighbor looks like? You could even spend some time together doing something special for one of them. Not only will you warm someone’s heart, but you’ll create a treasured memory too.

 

SUNDAY MESSAGE NOTES

WEEK 1/April 3, 2016 /ACTS 9:1-31

Saul becomes Paul and a follower of Jesus after a life-changing meeting with Him.

 

WEEK 2/April 10, 2016/ACTS 2:42-47

More and more people start following Jesus. Everyone shares what they have so that no one in the church goes without what they need.

 

WEEK 3/April 17, 2016/ ACTS 3:1-16

Peter and John have no money to give the lame beggar, but they do what they can and help him walk again in the name of Jesus.

 

WEEK 4/Ap4il 24, 2016/ MATTHEW 22:34-40

Jesus teaches us the greatest, most important things God wants us to do: Love God and love people.

Theme: April 2016 – Perserverance

Memory Verse: “But those who trust the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.” Isaiah 40:31, NIrV

Sunday, April 3, 2016 and Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Rise Up (Ascension/Pentecost) • Matthew 28:20, Acts 1-2

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Perseverance—refusing to give up when life gets hard.                                                                          Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done.                                                                                           Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 and Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Tough Kept Going (Cloud of Witnesses)Hebrews 12:1 (Supporting: Hebrews 11)

Points for discussion:

                      Life Lesson: Perseverance—refusing to give up when life gets hard.                                                                                                          Bottom Line: We life gets hard, remember how others persevered.

          Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pain Then Gain (Fix Your Eyes on Jesus) • Hebrews 12:2-3 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Perseverance – refusing to give up when life gets hard. 

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember what Jesus did for us.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Keep Calm and Persevere (Help others have perseverance) • Hebrews 12:12-15

 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Perseverance—refusing to give up when life gets hard.

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember you can help others persevere.

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

Jesus Wants to be My Friend Forever

SMALL TALK

MEMORY VERSE: “‘Come, and follow me,’ Jesus said.” Matthew 4:19, NIV

 

KEY QUESTION: WHO CAN YOU FOLLOW?

 

BASIC TRUTH: JESUS WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND FOREVER.

 

BOTTOM LINE:   I CAN FOLLOW JESUS.

 

PARENT ACTIVITIES

MORNING TIME: This month let your child wake up to, “Jesus is alive!” Clap and hug over

this amazing good news! Every time someone mentions Easter, make sure you remind

your child that we celebrate Easter because we’re so happy that Jesus is alive!

 

PLAY TIME: Let your child pick a favorite toy or stuffed animal. Tell him to hold

the toy out in front so it can be the “leader.” Play “Follow the (name of toy)” with your

child. When you’re done, cuddle up and talk about how Jesus is the best leader to follow because He loves us and is always right.

 

CAR TIME: As you drive, let your child pick a car to follow until you need to go a

different direction. Then let him pick a new car to follow. As you play “Follow That Car,”

tell your child that just like he chose which cars to follow, it’s up to him to choose to follow Jesus. Jesus loves us, and when we follow Him, He will always show us the right way to go.

 

BATH TIME: Spray a pile of shaving foam on the edge of the bathtub. Encourage

your child to spread the shaving foam along the edge of the tub and then use his

finger to make a road in the foam. Next, show him how to walk his fingers on the road he made and pretend it is Jesus riding into Jerusalem. As he walks his fingers, lead him in saying, “Hosanna! Hosanna! Yay, Jesus!”

 

CUDDLE TIME: Cuddle up with your child and pray: “Dear God, thank You for Jesus.

Thank You that He is alive and wants to be our friend forever. Thank You for forgiving us

and loving us no matter what. We have so much to be thankful for. I pray (name of child) will one day decide to follow You and love You with all of his/her heart. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

PARENT TIME: This month, our preschoolers are learning that they can follow Jesus.

They are hearing how He came to teach us and show us the way to God. They are learning that He wants to be their friend forever.

 

Did you know that Jesus wants to be your friend forever too? Jesus loves you and wants you to be with Him always. He knows you and cares about what you’re going through, down to the smallest detail. Have you spent time with Him lately- either talking to Him or reading His word?

 

Take some time this month to read the Easter story (Matthew 26-28). Open your Bible (either paper or app) and see how much He loves you. As you read this well known story, try to imagine how Jesus must have felt on the way to the cross. Think about the fact that He died for you, yes you, because He wants to be your friend forever. But, that’s not the end. After three days, He came back, just like He said He would! Not even death could overcome the love of Jesus—the same Jesus who wants to be your friend. So try to find some time to spend with your friend, Jesus. Nobody loves you more.

 

SUNDAY MESSAGE NOTES

WEEK 1/March 6, 2016 / LUKE 2:41-50, MATTHEW 5, 22:34-39

Jesus uses great wisdom to teach us what God wants us to know.

 

WEEK 2/March 13, 2016/ THE GOSPELS

Jesus tells the disciples to follow Him.

 

WEEK 3/March 20, 2016/ JOHN 8:2-11

People spread coats and palm branches on the road and shout praises as Jesus enters Jerusalem.

 

WEEK 4/March 27, 2016/ MATTHEW 26:20-30, 27:1-2, 28:1-7

Jesus eats with His friends the disciples one last time before being arrested and hurt so bad that He dies. After three days, Jesus comes back, just like He promised!

March 2016 – Night Light, See Through the Dark – HOPE

Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad. It’s important to help kids know what to do when life throws them a curveball—when the play doesn’t pan out the way they think it will—to let them know that life will get messy at some point. But no matter how messy or confusing, God still has a perfect plan. He is powerful enough to make something good come out of something bad. To turn mess into a miracle.
Memory Verse: That’s why a great verse to get your kids to memorize is John 16:33b: “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world,”(NIrV)
Those are actually the words of Jesus. And if you want a demonstration of how God can use pain and suffering and do something powerful, just think about Jesus. More specifically, think about the message of the Gospel. The life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is enough to give us all the hope we will ever need, which becomes especially important this month as we get to celebrate and discovery more about Easter.

WEEK 1: I Thought He as Dead
We start our month on hope in John 11. Here we discover a moment when Jesus brought hope to two sisters who thought all hope was lost. When Lazarus died, his sisters were devastated. But Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after he was dead. Through this story, we want kids to remember that whatever happens, then can remember that how powerful God is.

 

WEEK 2: The Savior’s Play Book
Next, we’ll look at several passages throughout John 14-16. We get the chance to eavesdrop on the last conversations Jesus had with His disciples before He was arrested. At the Last Supper, Jesus takes one last chance to encourage His disciples with the promise of heaven, the Holy Spirit, and that He will always be with them. Through this moment in Jesus’ life, we pray kids will realize that whatever happens, they can remember what Jesus promised. It’s such a comfort to know that God is always with us and wants to be with us forever.

 

WEEK 3: The Greatest Story Ever Told
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate how Jesus was worshipped as He rode into Jerusalem. Yet, as we’ll see through passages in John 18-19, less than a week later, Jesus went to the cross for us. It was painful, but He endured all of it for us. We know that now, but when Jesus died, His disciples must have thought it was over—that everything they had hoped for would never come true. But, God wasn’t finished yet. Just like the disciples didn’t yet know the end of the story, sometimes our kids can’t see how there story will turn out. We pray that as they go through those times, they’ll remember God is always at work.

 

WEEK 4: The Son of God is Alive
Then, on Easter Sunday, we celebrate that we can have hope because Jesus is alive! In John 20:1-18, we’ll find out that all the promises that Jesus made are true. Everything that Jesus said and did lead to this moment. He paid the price for our sin on the cross and came back to life making it possible for us to be with God forever! This is something to celebrate! We want all the kids to leave believing that whatever happens, they can know that God loves them.

Here’s the reality: No one knows at what point kids may be going through a dark time that doesn’t make sense. But as leaders or parents, we have an opportunity to lay a foundation so that whatever happens in their life they can have hope.

They can have hope—

because of what Jesus said about heaven,
because of what happened at the resurrection,
because God’s story is much bigger than the one they see,
and because Jesus promised that He would always be with them!

Theme: February 2016 – Cooperation

Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIrV
Sunday, February 7, 2016 and Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Extreme Makeover: Tabernacle Edition • Exodus 28:1, 3; 31:1-11; 35: 21, 25, 34; 39:42-43

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone.

Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done.

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.


Sunday, February 14, 2016 and Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Biggest Losers • Exodus 17:8-13 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone.

Bottom Line: We can work together to help someone else succeed.

Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Yes, I Think I Can Dance! • Luke 5:17-26 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone. 

Bottom Line: We can work together to change someone’s life.

Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Flip This Church • Acts 2:42-47 (Supporting: John 13:35)

 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone.

Bottom Line: Working together can point people to Jesus.

Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

FEBRUARY 2016 :)

SMALL TALK

MEMORY VERSE: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12, NIV

 

KEY QUESTION: WHO DOES JESUS LOVE?

 

BASIC TRUTH: JESUS WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND FOREVER.

 

BOTTOM LINE:   JESUS LOVES EVERYONE.

 

PARENT ACTIVITIES

MORNING TIME: This month let your child wake up to, “Good morning! Jesus loves

(Name of child)!” Each day, think of one person you can tell that Jesus loves them

too. After all, Jesus loves everyone, and He wants everyone to know! And it’s totally cool to tell the same person more than once. We can never hear too many times that Jesus loves us!

 

PLAY TIME: Make some homemade valentines for your friends and family. Talk

about how Jesus loves everyone, so that means we should love everyone too! Giving

valentines is a sweet way to say, “I love you!”

 

CAR TIME: Ask the question, “Does Jesus love that person?” as you drive along.

When you spot a person in the car next to you or crossing the street or even as you

enter the grocery store, ask your child, “Does Jesus love that person?” The answer, of course, is YES! Jesus loves everyone!

 

BATH TIME: Add some toy friends to bath time this week. As your child counts,

washes, and plays with the toy friends, talk about how God sent Jesus to be our

real friend. Jesus wants to be our friend forever and nothing will ever make Him stop loving us.

 

CUDDLE TIME: Cuddle up with your child and pray: “Dear God, thank You for

sending Jesus to tell us that You love everyone. It’s amazing to think that You love every

person in the whole wide world, no matter what. Help us to tell people that You love everyone the way Jesus did. Everyone needs to know that You love them! We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

PARENT TIME: This month we celebrate love. We shower one another with cards and

hearts and candy. We may hear “I love you” more this month than in all the others of the year combined. Don’t miss the One who truly loves you in the midst of the heart confetti floating around. Do you know who really, truly loves you? He loves you in the morning when your hair is sticking out in seventeen directions. He loves you at night when you have no patience left and that not nice voice is beginning to emerge. He loves you when you make the best choice. He loves you when you make the worst choice. He loves you, always. Jesus. Loves. You. Spend some time wrapped in His love this month as you sit with God’s word. Read about how much He loves you and know that His love is never ending and never failing. Jesus loves you. Jesus loves everyone.

 

SUNDAY MESSAGE NOTES

WEEK 1/February 7, 2016 / JOHN 4:1-30

Jesus meets a woman at a well and loves her even though she has made bad choices.

 

WEEK 2/February 14, 2016/LUKE 19:1-10

Zacchaeus hears that Jesus is coming so he climbs a tree to see Him. Jesus shows Zacchaeus love even though he had done wrong things.

 

WEEK 3/ February 21, 2016/JOHN 8:2-11

Jesus shows love and forgiveness to a woman who had made bad choices and had no friends.

 

WEEK 4/ February 28, 2016/ MATTHEW 28:16-20

Jesus tells the disciples to go and tell everyone that He loves everyone.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO NUT RULE – Help us keep all of our little one’s safe. Please DO NOT pack items with nuts and please do not feed your child any food items with nuts as we have children with severe nut allergies.

Clothing Items Left Behind – There are quite a few clothing items in the Nursery. Could one of these items belong to your little one? Please check the next time you’re in the Nursery.

Birthdays – Will your little one be celebrating a birthday in FEBRUARY? Please let us know so we can acknowledge it during our service!

Books – does your little one have a favorite book? We’d love to consider adding the same book to our library. Share then name of the book and author and we’ll check it out.

Please refer to the Church Announcements for updated announcements.

SMALL TALK

MEMORY VERSE: “God has given a Son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV

 

KEY QUESTION: HOW DO WE KNOW GOD LOVES US?

 

BASIC TRUTH: JESUS WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND FOREVER.

 

BOTTOM LINE:   GOD GAVE US JESUS.

 

PARENT ACTIVITIES

MORNING TIME: This month let your child wake up to, “Merry Christmas! God gave us

Jesus!” Use the phrase “God gave us Jesus” as often as you can to help your family remember what Christmas is all about.

 

PLAY TIME: Enjoy some dramatic play with your child this week. Pretend to be angels! Ask your child what he thinks pretending to be an angel looks like. Should you flap your arms like angel wings? Wear a white bed sheet to look like an angel? Once you decide, move around your house stopping several times to tell the good news: “God gave us Jesus!”

 

CAR TIME: Each time you get in the car this month, talk about ways you can show people some Christmas love. (smile, say “thank you”, hold the door, help carrying things, say “Merry Christmas,” etc.) Tell

your child that God showed us how much He loves us when He gave us Jesus. Now it’s our turn

to show people some love!

 

BATH TIME: Add some bubble bath to bath time this week. Show your child how

to pile up the bubbles to make a birthday cake. Sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus

and blow the “candles” out. Watch the suds fly as you blow! So fun! Make another cake and do

it again! Oh! And

 

CUDDLE TIME: Cuddle up with your child and pray: “Dear God, tonight I pray that (name

of child) will always follow You. We know that no one will ever love us as much as You do. Thank You for giving us Jesus so we can know You. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

 

PARENT TIME: Is there a more glorious time of year than Christmas? The lights. The sounds.

The smells. The joy. And, preschoolers make it even more exciting. For many, this is the first time they’re hearing the story of baby Jesus. When’s the last time you read the story of baby Jesus?

When did you last truly hear that God sent HIS SON for YOU—for all of us? God loved us so much that He sent His Son to live among us. Isn’t that amazing? And, He didn’t send Him as royalty. No, He sent Him to a simple woman who gave birth in a stable. It’s an incredible story

that should be read again and again to truly appreciate what that time must have been like.

So, grab your Bible and open it up to the book of Luke. Dive into the Christmas story again. Read about how God loved you so much that He sent His Son—for you. Merry Christmas!

 

SUNDAY MESSAGE NOTES

WEEK 1/December 6, 2015 / LUKE 1:26-33, 38, 46-49

God sends an angel to tell Mary she will have a baby named Jesus and He will be God’s only Son.

 

WEEK 2/ December 13, 2015/ LUKE 2:1-7

Jesus is born in a stable because there are no rooms available anywhere else.

 

WEEK 3/ December 20, 2015/ LUKE 2:8-20

Angels tell shepherds the good news that Jesus has been born.

 

WEEK 4/ December 27, 2015/ MATTHEW 2:1-2, 9-11

Wise men from the east follow a special star to worship Jesus.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO NUT RULE – Help us keep all of our little one’s safe. Please DO NOT pack items with nuts and please do not feed your child any food items with nuts as we have children with severe nut allergies.

Clothing Items Left Behind – There are quite a few clothing items in the Nursery. Could one of these items belong to your little one? Please check the next time you’re in the Nursery.

Birthdays – Will your little one be celebrating a birthday in December? Please let us know so we can acknowledge it during our service!

Books – does your little one have a favorite book? We’d love to consider adding the same book to our library. Share then name of the book and author and we’ll check it out.

Please refer to the Church Announcements for updated announcements.


Memory Verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
Sunday, December 6, 2015 and Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Topic: God Loves Us, Everyone” • 1 John 4:9-12
Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God loved you first. How will you love others?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 and Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Topic: “Yes, Mary, This Is a Savior” • Luke 1:26-38
Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God saw our greatest need. Whose needs do you see?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Topic: “How the Lord Gave Christmas” • Luke 2:1-7
Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God gave us the greatest gift ever! What will you give?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Tuesday,  December 29, 2015

Topic: “Shepherd Guys Are Comin’ to Town” • Luke 2:8-20

Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God gave us great news. Who will you tell?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

 

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