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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

October 22nd Morning Carelink

October 22

I had the privilege of sharing with all of you about the Take it Home classes we do at FirstMB.  I will do my best to summarize here:

Faith at Home is an old idea that is being refreshed in churches all over the world.  The book Faith Begins at Home by Mark Holmen lays out the idea of living out our faith all week long and not just on Sundays.  While this book speaks to parents about helping their children grow in faith, it also speaks to the church and to the Christian person about how important it is to live our faith daily. 

We start with child dedication classes at FirstMB, that line out for parents how important it is to train your children in Christ.  At the dedication each child receives a Faith Chest to keep a collection of all the materials that are given in the Faith at Home classes in the years to come. The idea is that once a child leaves the home they will have a chest of faith tools to take with them into adulthood and pass on to their children.

At FirstMB we have taken a series of classes lined out by Mark Holmen and his team that are called Take it Home classes.  These classes are designed to be taught at various age levels in Kids Sunday School appropriate to the child's learning/faith level.  Parents are asked to come with their child and talk about different faith skills that help a child and a family live their faith at home all week long. 

The classes we offer currently are as follows:


18 Month/Beginners



Topic: Blessings (parents are given a framed blessing to hang on child's wall)



The power of words, what the Bible says about speaking a blessing over a child.







2 Year Olds



Topic:  Devotions (children are given a child's Bible, parents a devotion booklet)



How to start a time of family devotions or family worship at home.







3 Year Olds



Topic:  The Church (parents are given a book on parenting and church, as well as some ideas for training children in worship service)



A lesson on the place the Church holds for a family.  An interactive tour of the building for parent and child.








PreK



Topic: Jesus/Salvation (TBD)



Jesus asks us to follow him, but what does that mean?  Kids and parents talk about what it means to live for Jesus!







Kindergarten



Topic:  Prayer (parents are given a prayer booklet, children are given some prayer cards_



A lesson in developing a regular family prayer time.







1st Grade



Topic:  Bibles (children are presented with the NIV version of the Bible)



Knowing God’s word starts with reading the Bible.  Join us as First MB gifts each 1st grader with a Bible of their own.







2nd Grade



Topic: Service (parents are given some verses and ideas on how to serve as a family)



A lesson in showing God’s love to others and practical ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus.







3rd Grade



Topic:  Family Worship (various take home ideas of worshiping together at home)



How to keep family worship alive at home as schedules are busy and homework needs to be done.







4th Grade



Topic: Finances (children take home a Jesus Jar for saving their tithe, parents get a list of helpful resources and verses)



Parents and children learn what the Bible has to say about money.  Helping set financial guidelines that are pleasing to God.  

Thank you for letting me share my passion for growing kids in Jesus!  I hope this helps you understand better why we do what we do at our church. 
~Sara~ 

October 8 Morning Carelink

Playing catch up on the blog...

At the beginning of the meeting we discussed the Jesse Tree ornament project that is upcoming!  We had a chance to look through the devotional book pages and some homemade ornaments to get ideas.  We will be creating our own sets of Jesse Tree ornaments and exchanging them on November 12th!!

On October 8th we had the privilege of listening to Judy Nikkel share about a book that she has walked through in Bible Study. 

"The Good and Beautiful God" - The God Jesus Knows
 by Dr. James Bryan Smith

She shared how the books had impacted her life and her walk with Christ.  She has led a group of women through a study using this book and is excited to start the next two in the series.  We all have a narrative in our lives, and many times these are false narratives.  Only Jesus has the most perfect narrative.  This book shares about knowing God as a Father, as Jesus would know Him.  We must go to the Bible to really know Him. 

The part that stuck with me the most was that if Jesus trusted God, even into his time of suffering, so should we trust Him!  It is not my sin that moves me away from God, it is my refusal of Grace.

Lets fall deeply in love with God the Father!

~S~





Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Morning Carelink September 2013

Morning Carelink Fall 2013

We have had such a wonderful start to morning Carelink this year!  I love the combination of new and returning faces.  With some amazing mentor moms to help guide discussion and lend an ear.  Our first meeting involved a quick word from Pastor Brent welcoming us as we start a new year as well as some fun games to get to know each other.  We took pictures for the directory, which should be available at our first October meeting.

September 24th we met for the second time.  Brunch is always a highlight for me (Laura, I need that breakfast pizza recipe) and I know it is for many of you as well.  Here is a peek into our meeting:

1.  Candy shared a devotional that struck a chord with many about our happy "being bumped."  Satan loves to infiltrate our mommy minds and make us think we aren't good enough.  He is good at "bumping" our happy.  Remember that we are not fighting our husbands or children, and that we need to continually look to God for our strength and our happy!  A wonderful devo from Lysa Tyrkerst with Proverbs 31.

2.  Journaling with Joan-
Joan Warkentin came and shared about how she journals through Gods word on her own and with a group of other women.  Since we as a Carelink group are choosing to journal with the 5 by 5 by 5 plan, this was a great start to our journaling journey.  God's word is powerful, and while Bible Studies are good, it is always a great idea to go to the source.  Find a comfortable translation and jump in!  Joan suggested the S (scripture) O (observation) A (application) P (prayer) model, but there are many other ways to journal through the Word.  We spent the last of our time journaling in the new journals handed out that morning.  If you need one please let Tanya know!

3.  Looking ahead:  in October and November we will look at creating ornaments for a Jesse Tree for our families to use this Advent Season.  The overwhelming response was that we could each make a batch of ornaments and swap at an upcoming meeting.  Details will come in the next month!  Don't worry, some directions will be provided!

~Sara

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Summer Schedule

You can find our summer schedule of play dates on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moms-Carelink/209634909071308.

Our normal program year runs along with the school year. From Sept-May, we have twice-monthly morning meetings with childcare and brunch for the Morning Carelink group. And we have monthly evening meetings with childcare and snacks for the Evening Carelink group.

But then we all need a break, so we cancel those meetings in June, July & August and opt for family friendly activities a couple times a month. Things moms can do with their kids - the zoo, Wichita Children's Theater, Family Ice Cream Social, etc.

So, check out the list of activities in the Events section of our Facebook page.

Hope to see you around this summer!
Mom's Carelink Team

Final Morning Carelink Meeting (5/14/13)

A Year in Review

We had a "special" morning for our last meeting. Susie J. made our ENTIRE brunch and we asked the nursery volunteers to come through the line and enjoy the biscuits and gravy, homemade quiches and coffee cakes, fruit salad...and I know I'm forgetting something! A BIG, special thanks to Susie for making door prizes, leading a small group, being a mentor and most of all caring so much about all the moms in our group. Blessings back to you, Susie!

Tiffany shared a devotional relating to the words that come out of our mouths and learning to control our emotions and explosions. I.e. finding appropriate ways to communicate :-) She shared about the "always-to-be-remembered" Christmas when her husband gave her a robe which was nothing like what she was hoping to receive. She shared her terrible response & the fact that it was embarrassingly recorded on the video camera! She tied it into a devotional by Lysa TerKeurst and other women writing on the book, Unglued.

Tiffany finished by drawing the conclusion that often times we think we know what we want in life. We plan our schedules; we set our goals and so forth. Yet, sometimes, God presents us with a "gift" that isn't anything like the plans we had made. Sometimes they are really hard "gifts" to open: tragedy, loss, hardship. And all we want to do is whine & complain. Yell and give it back. But in the end; after making it through and being able to look back with perspective, we see that it was the perfect gift after all - or at least a gift that created in us growth of faith or of character or of something else that God knew we needed. And like the robe, we are able to wear it with thanksgiving.

Most of our morning was spent having ladies from the Carelink leadership team share about their memories of the speakers this year. Some had great lessons of encouragement; others tidbits they found helpful (or still hope to try). We played a quick game of guessing all the speaker topics and finished with door prizes and a little small group time.

It was a good year!

Final Evening Carelink Meeting (5/14/13)

Reading & Our Kids...Faith & Our Kids
  
Ruthie shared with us the story of the “Carrot, the Egg and the Coffee Bean”.  The story centers around this question:  "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"  A very inspiring story…I hope you take an opportunity to read it by clicking on the link:  http://www.learningplaceonline.com/living/inspiration/cup-coffee.htm
  
Ruthie also shared the following verses: 
  
John 9:3 - “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 
  
Proverbs 3:5-6 –Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
  
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 –Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
  
Philippians 4:6-7 –Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
  
We were blessed with a panel of three women (who are moms and involved in Kids’ Ministries at First MB Church) for our final Evening Carelink meeting of the 2012-2013 year.
  
Yep!  You read correctly. Last meeting…. Whaaa!  Our panel presenters were Lori G., Sara F., and Susan P.  We received so many awesome handouts and recommendations & pointers. Since there was so much information I have chosen just a few highlights from the evening…and here they are:
  
  1. Encouraging Bible verse to share with your children:  Deuteronomy 6
  2. Magazine to subscribe to (that is free) – Thriving Family.
  3. Something to share with your children – yourself and your faith. 
  4. Read to your children often/daily – Recommended author: Mo Williams
  5. How to use the phrase, “Uh, oh. This is so sad” (in a sing-song voice) from the DVD "How to Raise Kids Who Make Responsible Decisions When Nobody's Watching" by Dr. Charles Fay.  (Warning:  be careful when you Google this, you may get accidentally click on a very bouncy song from Lumidee, which isn’t really the message you want to send to your children.)
  
One of my favorite moments from the evening was when Lori G. shared with us that 8:00pm is “bedtime” for her children and time for and her husband to have time alone.  The rule is unless the child is experiencing one of the three “B’s” she is expected to stay in her room.  I know, you are asking yourself, “What are the three B’s?”
  
Drumroll please…….. Bleeding, Barfing and Bathroom.  Bathroom, take care of yourself but the other two come to mommy or daddy.
  
Love it!  I am totally taking this one! 
  
DATES TO REMEMBER:
  
June 1, 2013 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. Family Ice Cream Social – FMBC East playground. Bring your family and an ice cream topping.  Bring your scooters, bikes and toys for your children to play on in the parking lot or grassy open space.
  
This is your final blog from your Evening Carelink Blogger (ECB) – Kendra R.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Testimonies on the fly... (Morning C.L. Mtg 4/23/13)

Our scheduled speaker called us a few days before this Carelink meeting to tell us that she had a minor family emergency and would not be able to share with us. Trish volunteered to share a testimony from her life (when no one else volunteered :-) and I told her I could fill in with something as well. So we improvised and I hope you all didn't mind, too much!

I really don't want to share Trish's story here - rather respect her privacy, but I do want to say that in my small group we had one lady who said she could relate with the "bumps in the road" her husband was facing. Then just a couple days later, another mom in my small group said that Trish's sharing couldn't have come at a better time, because she and her husband had a talk about similar issues and she would have been surprised and caught off-guard had she not heard Trish share.

So, thank you Trish! I think God ALWAYS uses our stories to bring encouragement & insight!

Lesson: God's our foundation. We can rely on many people but ultimately we always need to turn to God."    Book she's reading: "Jesus + Nothing = Everything".


I shared a few verses and reason behind sharing them with the idea that we all have testimonies. And I don't mean just the big, dramatic, coming-to-Jesus stories. Those are great! But we also have everyday stories. Little ways God ministers to us. Reveals Himself to us. Life circumstances that show his plan and purposes in our lives. I just wanted to encourage everyone to start looking for those stories. To be willing to share those stories with others. To record those stories so you won't forget!

Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
Do you have any times in your life (looking back of course) where you're so glad things didn't turn out as you were planning? Or the very opposite. You knew what you were to do and God guided you to and through that?

1 Peter 3:14-16 "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."
I try to jot down things that happen in our family's life. Especially the details when big events are unfolding. Every few years I find myself reading through some of those stories and I'm always so amazed by how God weaves the details together. So humbled by His goodness, provision, guidance. These are starting points...talking points to share with others. To explain WHY I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Two other verses I shared:

Ephesians 3:20 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..."

Psalm 1  "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on this law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers."

~Tiffany