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Do Your Kids Ever Ask You Why?

I don’t know about you but it seems like my kids are always asking me how, what and why.  Why are things that taste so good not good for you? Why does popcorn pop? Why can’t we just use the plastic card to buy whatever we want?

A lot of times, I begin by trying to answer questions like these but as my kids continue to ask more questions at some point I say ‘just because.’ (It usually doesn’t work but at least I feel like I am transitioning the conversation.)

This past weekend at Elevation, Pastor Robert Morris presented Exodus 13:14-15 which put a new light on my kids asking why.  The passage states, “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed the firstborn of both people and animals in Egypt. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’

When it comes to matters of our faith in Jesus, we need to take the time to say ‘this is why.’  Your child may or may not be ready to understand your lengthy answer but one thing that every child understands is love.  When you start to explain to your child why we give generously, serve each weekend and worship so passionately begin with God’s redemptive story of love.  Hopefully they will never get enough of hearing all that God has done for your family.

 

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor)

 


Series Preview – A Very Oldman Christmas

Every year, for as long as we can remember, Dr. Oldman has directed his community’s annual Christmas pageant. But will an archaeological discovery take him away and leave the director’s role open? Will this be Oscar Spielman’s chance to take the coveted director role? Find out this weekend in Motion!

And the Christmas trading cards are back and better than ever! Collect your first 4 cards this weekend.


Weekend Wrap-Up

 

1st – 5th Grade

Monthly Virtue: Honor – valuing others by keeping our promises.
Monthly Bible Verse: “When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.”  Numbers 30:2
Lesson Overview: 


This November Motion has been learning about honor in a series called Secrets of the Corn. We saw three brothers, a lot of corn, and an enormous troll. But here’s the thing about trolls: once you see one, it’s only a matter of time before you have five, then 50, then 100 swarming around, causing trouble. Before long, you’re surrounded by trolls and you never even saw it coming.

 

 
This weekend eKidz was invaded by trolls and it was the job of Motion kids to stop them. Motion kids were the Troll PaTroll and they PaTrolled for trolls!  It required hard work, dedication, and a vast knowledge of trolls.

We had a lot of fun PaTrolling for trolls as we wrapped up our November series. Ask your child what their favorite troll training activity was: Troll Tactics, Troll Takedown, Troll Tantrum, or Troll Trough.

 

 

 

 
3 years – Kindergarten

Bible Story: Genesis 1
Main Point: “God Made Our World!”
Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31a
Lesson Overview:

In our last weekend at the Roanoke Jones Cafe we learned “God Made Our World!” Supervillain Professor Arty Morty created the “super-duper-the-world-is-bad-a-nator” to convince people that everything in the world was bad, but Roanoke Jones and Swanson saved the day once again! They told the Bible story about how God created the world in seven days, and then called it good, which is what our series memory verse, Genesis 1:31 says!

 
Over the past eight weeks, 332 Quest kids learned our series memory verse! Keep reviewing this verse with your child so they can remember that God created everything in our world and that it is good.

 

Join us next weekend for a brand new series called “Reindeer Radio!” We will join Rudy Reindeer, Christmas Carol, and Jolly Joe as they broadcast on JOY FM to spread the Good News of Christmas around the world. Your child isn’t going to want to miss it!

 

 

 

 

6 weeks – 2 years

Monthly Focus: God wants me to give thanks!
Bible Story:  Luke 17:11-19
Weekend Activity: Thankful Hide and Seek activity

Play Thankful Hide and Seek with your toddler! Print the twelve thankful pictures (or use pictures from a magazine or newspaper) and hide the pictures in a room in your house. Say, “Jesus healed ten men, but only one came back to say thanks.  God has given us many good things, and we need to give thanks! Hidden around the room are things that we can give thanks for. Let’s find them!”

Once all pictures are found, review the thankful pictures, one at a time, with your toddler. Show a picture and say, “God wants us to give thanks. Thank you God for ________!”  Encourage the toddlers to repeat “thank you God” after each picture.

WEEKEND RESOURCE: Thankful Pictures


Key Thoughts On Gratitude From My Pastor

It’s Thanksgiving. We should be thankful.

I am especially thankful that I have had the privilege to sit under Pastor Steven’s teaching for several years now. As I prayed for his family today, I started reflecting on his teachings on gratitude. Here is a compilation of my notes on some of his key points and scripture.

Psalm 48:12-14

Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers, consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation. For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

1)   Gratitude is never invisible or silent

2)   Gratitude sustains joy and blessings

3)   Gratitude begins where my sense of entitlement ends

4)   Grateful people can find, enlarge, and create a blessing in any situation

5)   Turn your “got to” into a “get to”

Take some time to ‘wrestle’ with one of these ideas and work to apply it. If you do, it will change your life!

Because of His mercy and for His glory,

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor)


4 Ways To Make This Thanksgiving The Best Ever!

We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here’s a few of our favorite tips to help you thrive during this holiday.

1) Don’t try to make this Thanksgiving the ‘best ever’. It just puts a lot of pressure on a day with so many variables. Simply enjoy the day and make some memories.

2) Set the day up for success. If you know that there are going to be some frustrations with certain family members, go ahead and start thinking through some of the likely tensions and figure out how you are going to respond (if your response involves kicking or hitting, think of something else).

3) Start the day with a thankful heart. Pray together as a family BEFORE the day gets hectic. Pray for each family member that you are going to see. Pray that you will be an encouragement to one another. By all means, let those around you know how thankful you are for them (if nothing comes to mind, start with something simple like their willingness to let you eat first, even though you and I both know that they just want to go last so they can get more for themselves)

4) If you are traveling, make some room in your schedule. You’re going to have a tough time enjoying the day if you are stressed out because you are late.

We would love to hear some of your Thanksgiving day tips as well. Make a comment here or tweet us @eKidz

 

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your families lives!

Frank Bealer (Family Pastor) & the eKidz staff