Parent Connection (January 24, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... On January 3, we started with our new curriculum which begins in Deuteronomy. We already covered Deuteronomy before Christmas, which is why you may have noticed an overlap, but hey! Repetition is good! Today is our last day in Deuteronomy. Joshua starts next week. Our lesson for today was about God’s faithfulness. What does it mean to be faithful? A couple of examples we used were Old Faithful and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Old Faithful erupts with a spray of water every 91 minutes—faithfully. The soldier who guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier goes through … [Read more...]

Preschool PALS

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PreSchool PALS and friends will enjoy the Adventures of Super Puppy! Date/Time: Sat. Jan. 23, 10:00 a.m.—Noon Where: Great Arizona Puppet Theater,  302 W. Latham St., Phoenix. Cost: $5 per person Questions: Please FB/Karla Phelps or FB/Cheryl Lugo (Children’s Assistant). Signup: Must be registered and paid by Thursday, January 14, using an envelope marked preschool. Place in the payment box in the north hallway outside office door. Please Note: Admission is full price at the theater provided there is room available. … [Read more...]

New Parenting Class for 2016

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Beginning Wednesday, January 6, Tonya Lawson will lead a weekly Parenting Class using the book How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph, by Linda Massey Weddle. We will meet in Rooms A126/A127 from 6:30 – 7:30. Childcare is provided for children younger than Kindergarten, and Missionz Kidz is available for Kindergartners – 6th grade. Missionz Kidz will meet in the Café for a fun cooking program called Cooking with Jesus, taught by Debbie Belote. Books are $18.32, but if you prefer a digital copy, you can purchase one at Amazon.com. Don't confuse the title with Raising a Modern-Day … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (December 27, 2015)

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Today’s lesson Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? For the past several years, I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions and actually stuck to them. The awesome thing about this is that it takes about 21 days to make a habit according to Dr. Maxwell Maltz, and after following through with my resolution for a year, it sticks! Today’s lesson was about New Year’s Resolutions. The new year is a chance for new beginnings, and the best resolution we can make is to put God first. God has given us many blessings that we can use for His glory or for our own. Put God first, and He will help you … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (December 6, 2015)

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Today’s lesson Did you ever have tinsel on your tree growing up? My Mom made the tree look so beautiful with tinsel, but I never had the patience for it. Tinsel can be tricky. If it’s done right, it can make a really gorgeous tree, but it can also hide the pretty lights and ornaments underneath so that all you see is tinsel. If you ask any child who goes to church on a regular basis, “What is Christmas about?” most will say, “The birth of Jesus.” Let’s be honest, though. If we told our kids that we weren’t going to have any presents this year, and instead we were going … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (November 22, 2015)

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Today’s lesson We just started on the new series Christmas Tree—Decorate Your Heart. Each week will have a theme. Today’s was Ornaments, and the bottom line is “Like ornaments on a tree, all are welcome at the manger.” Chances are, your tree is like mine.  As I pull out the ornaments (A dog and I are the only females in the house, so decorating is a one-woman show), it’s a walk down memory lane. I have collections of baby’s First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Christmases for both of my boys, an ornament from our first Christmas together, lots of ornaments given by kids from … [Read more...]

AWANA Bible Hero Night

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Parents, don't forget to help your child dress for Bible Hero Week this Sunday (11/15/2015) at AWANA! They can dress like any Bible character they want (except Satan) - David, Abraham, Esther, Mary, Jesus, Paul... Here's a commercial to get those Bible Hero juices flowing!   … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (November 8, 2015)

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Today’s lesson We finished the Winter Games series today with Go for the Gold! Something that I’m passionate about is challenging kids to be like Jesus. I think we all know that He’s our ultimate example, but we settle for adequate instead because, well, nobody’s perfect. Today’s lesson was about preparing and persevering toward the “prize” of Heaven. One of the things Olympians need is a Coach. Someone told me once, “Tonya, if you keep relying on yourself to get to where you want to be, you’ll never reach your goals because you’re trusting the same person who got … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (November 1, 2015)

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Today’s lesson Today’s lesson in our Winter Games series was called Wipeout. The bottom line is this. When we wipeout, God’s forgiveness allows us to get back up and start over. … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (October 25, 2015)

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Today’s lesson Since Moses died last week, we are finished with his life, and therefore, finished with the Books of Law (Genesis—Deuteronomy). With Christmas coming up, we’re going to do some seasonal lessons and pick back up with Joshua in January. … [Read more...]