Parent Connection (April 24, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... God has prepared Gideon to go to battle against the Midianites, and today is the day! Well, not literally. You know what I mean. Keep this in mind. The Midianites have 135,000 in their army, and the Israelites have 32,000. If you were Gideon, leading the Israelites, what would you be thinking right now? The numbers were really irrelevant, though, because God had already led the way. God wanted to make sure that everyone knew the victory was His. Judges 7:2 says that God wanted to keep the Israelites from boasting about the win, and the Israelites had too many men. … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (April 17, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... Gideon is my favorite Bible event (besides Jesus, of course), and he’s who your kids learned about today. Because the Israelites worshipped idols, God punished them by allowing the Midianites to invade and camp in the Promised Land. They stole crops and livestock and oppressed the Israelites so much that they had to hide. They hid in caves and grew their food in secret so the Midianites would not steal it from them. The Israelites were destitute, hungry and powerless. Usually, during these times, God sent a judge to tell them what they did wrong. When the Israelites … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (March 20, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... Word was getting around about Israel and God’s victories. Last week, we learned how the Gibeonites tricked Joshua into thinking that they were travelers from a country far away from Canaan. When Joshua learned the truth, he made the Gibeonites their slaves. Well, it turns out that the Gibeonites were allies with the king of Jerusalem, meaning that their power was now decreased. Therefore, King Adoni-Zedek joined with four other kings and decided to attack the Gibeonites. Although the Gibeonites deserved to be attacked, Joshua couldn’t dishonor the treaty he made … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (March 13, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... Your kids have learned about the victories of Israel in the Promised Land as a result of God’s leading. Today, they learned that Canaan (the Promised Land) was scared. Word spread about Israel attacking city after city and succeeding! The Gibeonites were next. Their plan was to overtake Israel but changed their minds after hearing how Israel had conquered other armies. Instead, the Gibeonites got sneaky. They came in dirty, worn-out clothes and pretended to be ambassadors from a faraway country. Their end goal? They wanted the Israelites to promise not to attack … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (March 6, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... I hope your kids are learning a lot as we teach the Bible chronologically in Children’s Church! Personally, I always find the Bible and God’s power fascinating. Today, your child learned about the next attack at the city of Ai. As Joshua 7 opens, God tells the Israelites to go into Jericho and take all of the gold, silver, brass and iron and bring them to the treasure of the Lord. One soldier named Achan, however, disobeyed and took the metals for himself. Again, as Joshua had done with Jericho, he sent spies in to check out the strength of the city. The city was … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (February 28, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... What a fun day we had today! There was a lot of noise and demolition going on! Today’s lesson was called Victory Over Jericho—Joshua 5:13 - 6:27. As you know, the Israelites have been preparing to take Jericho back and today your child learned how God (and the Israelites) had victory! First, the Israelites camped outside the walls of Jericho in Gilgal. Then, the celebrated the Feast of the Passover. They remembered how God spared their firstborn when they put the blood over their doorposts. Then, God gave instructions which were a little unexpected. He told … [Read more...]

Parent Connection (February 21, 2016)

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Today’s lesson... Over the past few weeks, we’ve been learning about Moses and his leadership. Now, Moses has passed the baton to Joshua. Last week, the kids learned that Joshua sent two spies into the Promised Land to check things out before he moved everyone else in. FYI, God had set aside this land for the Israelites, His chosen, but other people had moved in and taken over. The Israelites have now been commanded by God to move in and take the land back. The spies went in to the land and gave a good report to Joshua—Jericho was afraid of them. They are now ready to move … [Read more...]

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...]