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Don’t Miss It

Just a brief reminder: Today can be a great day with your kids. The key word is can.

If the costume is perfect but you had three arguments to get it right, you missed it.

If the pumpkins look great but your kids had to watch in silence while you carved them, you missed it.

If running late leads to a tremendous amount of tension, you missed it.

Halloween can be a great time with your family. Don’t Miss It

We read in Ephesians 6:4 “…do not exasperate your children…”

Set the evening up for success. Have fun and be safe.

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor)

Oldman vs. Wild Episode 4

Did Dr. Oldman survive the wild and win the bet with his brother Larry?

If you’ve missed any of the series, here’s a recap: on a dare from his brother, Dr. Oldman decided to head into the wild on a three-day mission: to survive the wild. He has hit a couple of bumps along the way but thankfully, a mysterious but wise wilderness expert named Anthony Shaheen has shown up just in time to help our favorite archaeologist.  Today is the final day Dr. Oldman will face the wild; did he survive?

This time when Dr. Oldman needed help, Anthony was nowhere to be seen. But because Dr. O used wisdom and remembered what Anthony taught him, he was able to find food, even though it looked pretty disgusting.

Part of learning to make better choices is using the good advice we have been given. The Bible is full of wisdom, but it doesn’t do us any good unless we practice what we learn.

Help your child learn more about using wisdom by encouraging him or her to complete their Field Guide assignments this week.  Any child who brings their Field Guide back with the last week of assignments completed will receive an “I Survived Oldman vs. Wild” carabiner!

CLICK HERE for the Motion Weekend-Wrap Up. 

Miss an episode of Oldman vs Wild?  Watch now – EPISODE 1, EPISODE 2, EPISODE 3 

Weekend Wrap-Up

1st – 5th Grade

Monthly Virtue: Wisdom – learning to make better choices.
Monthly Bible Verse: “So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate, and to search out wisdom.”  Ecclesiastes 7:25a
Bible Story: Rehoboam chose poorly (seek advice and use it) :: 1 Kings 12:6-11
Lesson Overview: 

During the Oldman  vs Wild series, we have learned that wisdom is learning to make wise choices. In our final week learning about wisdom, we read in 1 Kings about Rehoboam, a king who acted wise at first by asking for advice, but then chose to ignore the wisdom that he was given.

God wants us to seek out wisdom – from the Bible, through prayer, and by asking people that we trust who love God.  But it’s not enough for us to ask for wisdom – we need to use the advice we get.

Did Dr. Oldman win the bet with his brother and survive the wild?  Watch the final episode of Oldman vs. Wild tomorrow on the eKidz site!

WEEKEND RESOURCE:  Anthony Shaheen’s Field Guide

3 years – Kindergarten

Bible Story: Genesis 1:14-19, Day 4 of Creation
Main Point: “God Made The Sun, Moon, and Stars!”
Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31a
Lesson Overview:

Profesor Morty was at it again, making people think that the the sun, moon, and stars were bad by creating the “super-duper-the-moon-and-stars-are-scary-anator.”


But once Roanoke and Swanson learned of Professor Morty’s evil scheme, they shared the Bible story about how God created the sun, moon, and stars and stopped Professor Morty!

Quest kids received their fourth puzzle piece this week with the words “God Made the Sun, Moon, and Stars” on the back of it. After your child puts the puzzle piece on your refrigerator at home, ask your child the following questions about what they learned:

    • Who created the sun, moon, and stars? (God)
    • When God created the sun, moon, and stars, He said that they were ________? (Good)
    • What is one thing you love to do when it’s sunny outside? (Play in the yard, take a walk, go to the beach)
    • What is one thing you love to do when the moon and stars are out? (Go to sleep, go camping with my family)

During our Roanoke Jones Cafe series, your chid has been collecting a puzzle piece each week, trying to figure out what the secret picture is forming.  Four of the eight puzzle pieces have been released – ask your child’s Quest leader for any missing puzzle pieces.

6 weeks – 2 years

Monthly Focus: God wants me to pray!
Bible Story:  Daniel 6:7-23
Weekend Activity: Talk and Pray song

Practice praying with your toddler!  Sing this song throughout the day – before breakfast, during playtime, when driving to the grocery store, even before bed!

(to the tune Mary Had a Little Lamb)

I can talk and pray to God, pray to God, pray to God.

I can talk and pray to God.  It’s great to pray all day.

I can pray and talk to God, talk to God, talk to God.

I can pray and talk to God.  It’s great to pray all day.

eKidz at Home: Family Friday Giveaway

For all of those parents attempting to manage the tension between work and family, Choosing to Cheat, will be a great, short read.

I discovered this book at a very critical time in my life. Our first son was just over a year old and my career was starting to really take off. It didn’t take long before I was constantly feeling like I was letting someone down. Either my family needed me at home more or my boss was wondering why I was leaving before 7pm.

This book caused me to think about how I approached this tension. I had a lightbulb moment when I read the question, “Do you know what your family wants from you more than anything? They want to know that they are your priority.”

This book doesn’t have all the answers. Honestly, there will be times when you’re reading that you will become even more frustrated. Hang in there! Keep reading, and watch as God begins to enlighten your perspective.

Because I am certain this book will benefit your family, we are going to give away 7 copies. (To enter simply tweet something about how your family is using #eKidzatHome.)

Thank you for allowing us to partner with you,

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor) & the eKidz staff

Holly Furtick: A Foundation of Obedience

Pastor Steven’s wife Holly had a great post about obedience on her site yesterday. I want to encourage you to not only read it but become a subscriber to read her posts each day. You’ll get glimpses in the life of the lead family of Elevation Church along with great parenting ideas.  Read her post below.

Parenting is not easy.  Ever.  One of the best things I have heard lately concerning parenting is, “Little kids, little problems, big kids, big problems.”  What a great quote to keep things in perspective for me.   I know that raising young children can be physically exhausting, but raising older kids is emotionally exhausting (or so I have been told).  And even when you have “raised” your kids, it’s probably even worse … click here for more

Thanks for allowing us to partner with you,

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor)