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DIVE IN – Week 4

We are in a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. This first month we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…….Olivia Vicente!!! Congratulations Liv! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Myles Green, Evelyn Green, and Elijah Longchamps! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about valuing others.

WHO DOES GOD VALUE?

The word VALUE refers to the WORTH or IMPORTANCE of something or someone. Think about money…what value does a quarter have? (25 cents) What value does a dime have? (10 cents) What value does 100 pennies have? ($1) Which of those three has greater value? The pennies! Those are easy to compare because there is a set value to those items. But what about people? Can you compare the value of people? If we try to do that we may compare talents, money, jobs, etc. For instance, when I was growing up and I got hungry…in my mind, the most valuable person in my family was my mom….because she could make a much more enjoyable meal than anyone else in my home. But does that mean she was more valuable than my dad or my sisters? NO! It was just in that MOMENT she was the one who could MEET my NEED.

When we value people based on what they can do, or better yet, what they can DO for ME…that mindset can become very dangerous for many reasons. First, that means their value can change and the more talented and generous a person is, the more valuable they are. And that is just not true! Second, it also would mean that YOUR value can change and is only set by what other people THINK of you. Also, not true! So…what is our value? How do we know our value? How is it measured? The Bible says that each person is unique and of value to God! Let’s take a look at what Jesus says about our value.

Luke 19:1-10

God’s incredible love!

“Value Others” Name Game

There are so many different ways to show others their value. Sharing words of encouragement, acts of kindness, and respect are ways to let others see how much you value them. So here is a challenge for you! This is the VALUE OTHERS Name Game!

You need to write your first name on a sheet of paper, going down the side of the paper (so each letter goes underneath the letter before it – see below for my name). You then need to come up with a different way you can show “value” to someone else, by starting with each letter of your name. If you have a short first name, do both your first and last name 😉 Here is mine:

V – Visit them when they are sick
I – Invite them to play with me
C – Call them by name
K – Know what matters to them
Y – Yield to what they want to do, instead of getting my own way

F – Find ways to bless them
L – Laugh with them, NOT at them
E
– “Elbow” high-five them to prevent sharing germs 😉
C
– Cheer them up when they are sad
K
– Keep quiet when they are talking

I would love to see your ideas! Share them with my on paper or by emailing them to vfleck@greeceassembly.org. Can’t wait to see your ideas!


Quantity versus Quality – don’t assume someone is more valuable because they have more talents or own more things…
value is not defined in “quantity” (how much we have),
but instead “quality” (who we are).

“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)

Memory Verse Challenge!

John 13:15 is our theme verse for this unit. This month’s challenge was to create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. This month’s winner is…EMMA V! Great job Emma! A Bill Grey’s Oreo Milkshake is headed your way!!! We will have the same challenge next month…so get ready to get creative! Enjoy watching Emma’s submission:

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

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BGMC: “El Salvador”

It is another month of BGMC! We are excited to continue to raise money for missions, while learning about another area of the world! I am so thankful that even though we can’t have BGMC Sunday at the church, we can still have it from HOME! God is so good! So grab your Bible and Buddy Barrel and let’s have BGMC – “El Salvador”!

Below you will see a message from Mrs. Green about El Salvador…a yummy recipe you can try…and a true missions story! Are you ready for BGMC Online?!

About BGMC

BGMC is a missions education program for kids! BGMC equips kids to know, to care, to pray, to give, and to reach the lost. We have a two-fold purpose, to reach the children of the world and to create a heart of compassion in kids. BGMC stands for, “Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge”.

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


MISSIONS MOMENT – with Mrs. Green


Miracle in El Salvador

A true missionary story as experienced by the Sobey family – missionaries at King’s Castle Ministries – which started in El Salvador.

Founded in 1989, King’s Castle Ministries purposed to raise up an army of young, Spirit-filled warriors who would invade Latin America with the simple message that ‘Jesus saves and is coming soon. Today that vision has expanded to dozens of countries throughout the world. Working hand-in-hand with the local church, thousands of young men and women are giving their lives for the cause of global evangelism in the various aspects of the ministry.

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

James 4:10

King’s Castle Ministry was started in El Salvador…but God grew this ministry to spread to other countries around El Salvador, including Nicaragua! Do you know that our church has gone to Nicaragua multiple times on missions trips to work with King’s Castle – we have done street ministry with clowns, songs, and testimonies, and one time we did a basketball camp like Upward – using sports to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the kids and their families! Here are some pictures from some of the different missions trips to King’s Castle.


PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS MONTH:

  • Pray for our missionaries and for the church leaders in El Salvador.
  • Pray for the kids of El Salvador and for their families, that they would learn to serve God together.
  • Pray that gang members and drug addicts would know Jesus’ love and be set free.
  • Pray for the thousands of students in the Bible schools, that as they become pastors and missionaries – God would use them to spread the Gospel around the world!

Winnie’s Wecipes:
Pupusas!


BGMC BLESSES EL SALVADOR


SCRIPTURE PICTURE”

Can you recite the verse (James 4:10) by using these picture clues to figure out the words?

For example, if we take a look at the first clue we get the sound HUM from hummingbird and the word BELL – say them together and you get the word: HUMBLE. Give it a shot! 🙂

HINT: Use the word “oar” instead of “paddle”, and when you see a minus symbol with a letter it means take that letter out of the word


31IN31 BUDDY BARREL CHALLENGE

This month we have a challenge for you: $31 in 31 days! There are 31 days in August…can you raise $31 for BGMC? Offer to do yardwork for a neighbor, host a bake sale or lemonade stand, ask your parents about some extras jobs around the house…get creative! We are hoping to do a BGMC Fun Day Event on August 31 – how awesome would it be for each of us to bring our $31 that day and be able to impact the world with the Gospel – through the ministry of BGMC! Together, can we raise over $1000 this month? Be sure to watch the entire video – there is some incentive 😉

BGMC this Sunday: Empty your Buddy Barrel and get this month’s handouts!

Have you enjoying learning about other countries, missionaries, and how God is working through us? We have a BGMC area set up at church – it is located where the self check-in station used to be (across from the main Kids’ Check-In). There is a BGMC poster with a handout about El Salvador and the Summer Bible Reading Challenge log sheets. Be sure to grab one of each! There is also going to be a bucket there this Sunday – for you to empty your Buddy Barrels! Hope you have been able to put some spare change in that bank of yours…I can’t wait to empty mine this Sunday!

We look forward to continuing to grow together!

Much love and care,

Pastor Vicky & Mrs. Green

DIVE IN – Week 3

We have started a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. The first 4 weeks we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……ELIJAH LONGCHAMPS!!! Congratulations Elijah! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Emma Vicente, Jamie Schramm, Emily Klepanchuk and Lydia Green! All four of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about God’s love.

HOW BIG IS GOD’S LOVE?

What is love? Love is a word that can be difficult to define because we use it for so many different things. I love chocolate. I love my mom. I love Jesus. I love you. Does love mean the same thing in all of those statements? No! You don’t love chocolate the same way you love your mom (at least you better not). And we say we love Jesus most, but do our actions always show it? Or do we show more love for chocolate than Jesus…more focused on ourselves (our own wants/desires) than on Jesus? Love can seem hard to describe…and if it is hard to describe, it can be even harder to understand. This is really important, because if we don’t know what love is then how can we ever really live it out? Jesus commanded us to LOVE…so we better figure this out!

Do you know that Jesus is the reason we can know what love is? When Jesus laid down His life for us, He taught us everything we need to know about love. Love is self-sacrificing (giving of yourself), generous (doesn’t keep a record), unconditional (shown no matter what someone else does or doesn’t do), and unending (never stops). God’s love for the world shows us that love is also undeserving — Jesus laid down his life for the entire WORLD. Does the world deserve the love of Jesus? Do YOU deserve the love of Jesus? Let’s take a look at a time where Jesus showed love to someone who definitely didn’t deserve it.

Luke 19:1-10

God’s incredible love!

How do you MEASURE UP?

Did you know there are many different ways to measure things? For example: You can measure how long something is with feet and inches. You can measure liquids in ounces and cups. You can measure how long something takes using time. So let’s see how well you measure…complete the following measurement questions. See if your family will complete them as well and have fun comparing your measurements! I did each of them too…so after you complete all your measurements, you can compare them to mine as well 🙂
(you will need a ruler, measuring tape, and stopwatch)

  1. How wide is your Bible?
  2. How wide can you spread your fingers?
  3. How long is your shoe?
  4. How long can you hold your breath?
  5. How fast can you run a 40-yard dash?
  6. How fast can you say the alphabet?
  7. How high can you jump? (height of something you can jump onto)
  8. What is your height?
  9. Find and read Ephesians 3:17-19 – How wide, long, deep and high is God’s love?

PASTOR VICKY’S ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS:
1.
5.75 inches 2. 8.75 inches 3. 11.375 inches 4. 62 seconds
5. 6.07 seconds 6. 0.17 seconds 7. 30 inches 8. 5ft 8in.
9. Immeasurable – too wide, too long, too deep, and too high to measure


Opposites! God’s love can often feel opposite to what we naturally WANT to do. Guess what?! That is normal! But it cannot be an excuse to not live out God’s love and share it with the world!

“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)

Memory Verse Challenge!

John 13:15 is our theme verse for this unit. This month’s challenge…create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. You can use a song you know and just substitute the verse words in, you can create your own melody, or you can give the verse hand motions. Get creative! Once you have your idea…record yourself (or your family) doing the verse…and share it with Pastor Vicky! We would love to share the creative videos on the blog to help others memorize the verse as well! Most creative submission wins a Chick-Fil-A milkshake (or other dessert of your choosing)!

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

DIVE IN – Week 2

We have started a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are going to be diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. In July we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!

Our first “MAILBOX” WINNER is……ZOLTAN BREUER!!! Congratulations Zoltan! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check in. And we have an honorable mention to Andrew Harper, Luke Harper, Rah’mero George, and Anna Godula…for also making a submission in the first week of Dive In! All four of you can also pick up a small prize at the kids check in for being the first to participate in the DIVE IN mailbox challenge. (Please Note: there was also one submission with no name…so be sure to include your name on the activity page in order to have a chance to be chosen for a prize).


Our theme for July is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about God’s will.

WHAT IS GOD’S WILL?

God’s will” means, “God’s perfect plan for His creation – for each person.” Have you planned for something? Maybe you worked with your parent to plan a play-date with a friend? Or you planned to do something special for your birthday? Or maybe your family planned a vacation? Have you ever planned to do something…and then plans changed? We can plan to play outside and then all of a sudden it starts raining. We can plan with a friend to get together, but when you ask your parents they say no. You plan to go on vacation and then you get sick. Plans can change for many reasons. Well…have your plans ever changed because someone came up with a BETTER plan?

Did you know God has a plan for you? He has a plan for each and every person. And let me tell you…God’s plan is the ABSOLUTE BEST plan for your life. Now, this doesn’t mean His plan is always our FAVORITE plan…but that is only because we don’t always see the WHOLE plan. I will explain more about that in my video. But God has a plan for YOUR life! And just like God has a plan for your life, He also had a plan for JESUS’ life. Yes, even Jesus had to trust God’s plan for HIS life. And guess what?! Even JESUS struggled at times to fully trust God’s plan. Let’s DIVE IN and take a deeper look!

Based on Matthew 26, Mark 14, & Luke 22

God’s Will for YOU!

LET’S REVIEW

Here are some multiple choice review questions to see what you learned. Write down the letter of the answer you think is correct for each question…and once you finish, scroll to the bottom of the page to check your answers! 🙂

  1. Where did Jesus go to pray before He was arrested?
    A. Church
    B. The Desert
    C. The Garden of Gethsemane
    D. Beside His Bed
  2. What did Jesus Pray?
    A. For His disciples to stop falling asleep
    B. For God’s will to be done and not His own
    C. For nothing bad to happen to Him
    D. For more ice cream
  3. Whom did God send to care for Jesus?
    A. An Angel
    B. A best friend
    C. His Disciples
    D. A Teddy Bear
  4. What did Jesus ask His disciples to do while He prayed?
    A. Read the Bible
    B. Play a game
    C. Pray
    D. Take a nap
  5. What did Jesus discover when He finished praying?
    A. God had strengthened Him
    B. The Disciples were sleeping
    C. Peace about God’s will for His life
    D. All of the Above
  6. What does “God’s will” mean?
    A. God’s plan to make my life easy and perfect
    B. God’s perfect plan for His creation – for each person
    C. God’s favorite name – William
    D. None of the above
  7. What is God’s will for my life?
    A. To get my own way all the time
    B. To have the most friends
    C. To become famous
    D. To rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks no matter what happens

ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE – SCROLL DOWN WHEN FINISHED WITH YOUR GUESSES.


Do you sometimes wonder what God is thinking? Do you wonder how your current situation could be a part of God’s PERFECT plan?! Be encouraged…trust He knows best!

“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)

Memory Verse Challenge!

John 13:15 is our theme verse for July. This month’s challenge…create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. You can use a song you know and just substitute the verse words in, you can create your own melody, or you can give the verse hand motions. Get creative! Once you have your idea…record yourself (or your family) doing the verse…and share it with Pastor Vicky! We would love to share the creative videos on the blog to help others memorize the verse as well! Most creative submission wins a Chick-Fil-A milkshake (or other dessert of your choosing)!

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

ANSWERS TO THE TEMPTATION CHALLENGE:
1 = C; 2=B; 3=A; 4=D; 5=D; 6=B; 7=D;

BGMC: “Global Initiative”

It is another month of BGMC! We are excited to continue to raise money for missions, while learning about another area of the world! I am so thankful that even though we can’t have BGMC Sunday at the church, we can still have it from HOME! God is so good! So grab your Bible and Buddy Barrel and let’s have BGMC – “Global Initiative”!

Below you will see a message from Mrs. Green about Global Initiative…a yummy recipe you can try…information about an awesome comic book series for your family! Are you ready for BGMC Online?!

But first, Pastor Vicky must keep her promise from last month’s BGMC Challenge

At last month’s BGMC Drive-Thru, families got to vote on a “food” word written in Bislama (the language of Vanuatu). Whatever word got the most votes, Pastor Vicky agreed she would eat the item it translated to… well, the word that won was “sadin” – which in English means, SARDINES! (small, oily fish!) Another word on the list was “joklet”, which means chocolate! Pastor Vicky was wondering why you couldn’t have voted more for that word?! But she held true to her promise…enjoy!

About BGMC

BGMC is a missions education program for kids! BGMC equips kids to know, to care, to pray, to give, and to reach the lost. We have a two-fold purpose, to reach the children of the world and to create a heart of compassion in kids. BGMC stands for, “Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge”.

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


Kids’ Corner (from Sunday, July 12)
Global Initiative

MISSIONS MOMENT – with Mrs. Green


Here is some more information about the Muslim people, through Sarah & Salifa – click the link and enjoy reading and learning about what Muslim’s believe, the differences and similarities between Islam and Christianity, and the “Five Pillars of Islam”.

PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS MONTH:

  • Pray for Muslims in the USA, that they would be open to hearing about God’s Son, Jesus, and that they would accept Him.
  • Pray for people in countries where they cannot freely hear about Jesus, that they would find ways to learn of His love.
  • Pray for Christians who live and work among Muslims, that they would have chances to tell them about the true God.
  • Pray for Muslims who have chosen to follow Jesus, that God would keep them safe.

Winnie’s Wecipes:
Pita Bread!

Pita Bread is popular in Arab countries!

BGMC BLESSES GLOBAL INITIATIVE

BGMC funds are used to hold Muslim Awareness Seminars that train people how to share the love of Jesus with Muslims. These seminars are held in the U.S. and all over the world. BGMC sponsored the “Forever Friends” kids’ curriculum to help kids reach Muslim kids right here in the United States (more information about this curriculum below). The “Say Hello” materials were created with BGMC funds. This program teaches women how to be open to Muslim women in order to show them the love of Jesus.

Say HELLO – Forever Friends…

A special comic book set – made to help you say hello!

The goal of these comic books is to help kids grow in their understanding of courageous evangelism, and see many people will come to know Jesus. Jesus’ command to His followers before He returned to heaven was: “Go into all the world and make disciples.” Evangelizing people unlike us can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Every day is rich with opportunity to obey Jesus’ command. A kind “hello” is the simple, first step of friendship leading to evangelism.

The five lessons will help kids discover how Jesus modeled friendship and will guide them in making Christlike friendships with Muslim kids and others. Also, by learning more about Muslim friends, Christian kids come to better understand their own faith.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

Matthew 28:19

The principles learned through Say Hello can be equally applied to any new friend who doesn’t know Jesus.

Each session focuses on a step of the “HELLO” prayer acronym. This acronym will help you easily remember how to pray and plan for opportunities to share Jesus with others. This prayer builds from Comic book 1 through 5.

BGMC Take-It-Home: Get your family’s comic book set and other handouts!

Have you enjoying learning about other countries, missionaries, and how God is working through us? We have a BGMC area set up at church – it is located where the self check-in station used to be (across from the main Kids’ Check-In). There is a BGMC poster with a handout about Global Initiative and the Summer Bible Reading Challenge log sheets. Be sure to grab one of each! And for the next several weeks there will also be the “Say HELLO – Forever Friends” comic book sets for your family to pick up (one set per family please). The set of five comic books will help encourage you in to pray for others and start a friendship in which you can share the love of Jesus with them. If your family is not yet able to attend on Sunday mornings, you can stop by during the week to grab yours.

We look forward to continuing to grow together!

Much love and care,

Pastor Vicky & Mrs. Green

DIVE IN – Week 1

We are going to be starting a new series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are going to be diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. In July we will be learning about following Jesus’ example, and in August we will discuss why family matters. So…are you ready? Let’s DIVE IN!


Our theme for July is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about temptation.

WHAT IS TEMPTATION?

Temptation is “a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.” Have you ever opened a package of cookies and wanted to eat every single one? You are TEMPTED to eat all the cookies. Has someone ever bothered you (a friend, a brother, a sister, a parent) and you wanted to do or say something mean back to them? You are TEMPTED to respond in anger. Have you ever done something wrong and you try and figure out how you can hide it to try and get away with it? You are TEMPTED to lie.

We ALL deal with temptation…every day. The interesting thing about temptation is that you have a CHOICE. Just because you are TEMPTED doesn’t mean you HAVE to do it. You can be TEMPTED to eat all the cookies, but with self-control you can CHOOSE not to. You can be TEMPTED to respond in anger to someone bugging you, but you CHOOSE to respond with grace. You can be TEMPTED to lie and cover up your mistakes, but you can CHOOSE to be honest and accept the consequences on your actions.

Did you know even Jesus was tempted? Can you believe it? And Jesus was without sin…He lived a sinless life. Temptation is not the sin…choosing to give into the temptation can lead to sin. So if Jesus was tempted and He lived a sinless life…maybe we should take a look at how He conquered temptation and chose to honor God in the midst of temptation. Let’s take a look!

Based on Matthew 4:1-11


TEMPTATION/BIBLE CHALLENGE

God has given us the greatest tool to help us obey and resist temptation – The BIBLE! Below are five yellow TEMPTATIONS and give blue SCRIPTURES. The challenge is to match the temptation with the correct verse that would help defeat that temptation. So you would write down the letters A, B, C, D, E (found in the corner of each yellow box) and then next to each letter put the number from the corner of the blue box that has the correct scripture for that temptation. Give it a try!!

ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE – SCROLL DOWN WHEN FINISHED WITH YOUR GUESSES.


Do you dive into water? Do you like to wear certain things when you do? What can we dive into to defeat temptation?

“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”

John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These will be available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You will need a Bible, so be sure to bring yours each Sunday.

ANSWERS TO THE TEMPTATION CHALLENGE:
A=2; B=3; C=5; D=1; E=4

SUMMER KIDS – “Dive In” & BGMC

We are going to be starting a new series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are going to be “diving into” God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. In July we will be learning about following Jesus’ example, and in August we will discuss why family matters.


SOME THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE SUMMER SERIES “Dive In”:

  • Weekly Online Lessons – There will a new lesson each week posted online!
  • Sunday Connections – Every Sunday there will be paperwork near the Kids’ Check-In counter, these are for you to take and complete
  • Digital Versions – Maybe your family is unable to return for in-person worship yet, no worries! The paperwork will able to included at the end of each online lesson for your family to download.
  • Weekly PRIZES – Each week we will draw one winning entry (completed lesson sheet that has been submitted). It will be a random drawing – meaning we will mix up the sheets and our eyes will be closed when we grab one. The winner will get a prize of some kind!
  • How to “Submit” your prize entry – There will be a “mailbox” near the kids check in area. Each week’s lesson will have a grade level activity sheet. You must complete your grade level’s sheet (K-3rd Grade & 4th-6th Grade) and insert it in the mailbox. You can grab your sheet before service, and submit it after service. If your family is not yet attending in-person worship services, you can download the activity sheet, complete it at home, and have your parents email (vfleck@greeceassembly.org) or text a picture of the completed sheet. I will make a print out with your name on it…and add you to the mailbox before we draw the winner.
  • If you miss a week – Catch up! You can catch up by watching the lessons you have missed, complete those activity sheets, and submit them together. You must watch the lesson to be qualified to complete and submit the activity sheet. And this is based on the “honor system”…that simply means, I am trusting you to be honest 🙂 Complete the lesson before completing the sheet.
  • Online Posts – the goal is to post each lesson on Monday or Tuesday of that week. Sometimes unexpected things come up and the lesson may not post until later in the week…but our goal is to have each new week up on Mondays/Tuesdays…which will give you almost an entire week to do the lesson before next Sunday’s church service.
  • Memory Verse Challenge – I also challenge you to memorize the theme verse for each unit. July’s theme verse is John 13:15…so you have all of July to work on this!
  • Questions? Let me know if you have any questions! You can post them below on this page, or you can email me (Pastor Vicky) at: vfleck@greeceassembly.org

BGMC – THIS SUMMER!

We are so excited for this Sunday, July 12, as we will be highlighting our July BGMC in the MAIN SERVICE in the Sanctuary! There will be a special video about this month’s focus – so be sure to attend or tune in online with your family!

Here is a sneak peak at this month’s BGMC focus. We will be learning about, “Global Initiative” – a ministry that offers numerous resources, free of charge, to create a deeper awareness and understanding of Muslim people. The goal? To reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us in prayer today, that souls would be saved!

We also have a few other summer BGMC things going on:

  • BGMC Monthly Post – We will be posting about this month’s BGMC focus next week. Be on the lookout for it, to learn more about Muslim people, as well as how to love them and pray for them. We will even have some awesome comic books available soon…that help teach us how to say hello to Muslims – befriending those who don’t know Jesus and learning how to share the love of Jesus Christ with them.
  • BGMC Bible Reading Challenge – watch the video below for more information! There will be challenge sheets available at the Kids Check In this Sunday…but you can also download it below.
  • Buddy Barrel Collection – We will send out a date of when we will collect Buddy Barrels for the summer…so keep doing your best to collect change in your Buddy Barrel! We raised over $300 at the BGMC Drive Thru last month! Great job everyone!
  • Pastor Vicky eats Sardines!!! – Be looking our for our BGMC lesson for this month…it will post next week. Included in the lesson will be a video of Pastor Vicky eating sardines. Yep…they are little fish in a can! If you wonder why she is doing this, it is because last month at the BGMC Drive Thru, those who attended got to vote on a “food word” from Vanuatu – and the deal was that Pastor Vicky would eat whatever word got the most votes. Well…”sadin” got the most votes…and that just so happens to mean, “Sardines” in English. So you won’t want to miss that video!

Check out this Summer BGMC Bible Reading Challenge – You can raise money for BGMC, just by reading your BIBLE! Take a look!

You can pick up a Bible Reading Challenge Sheet (to log the chapters you read) at the Kids’ Check In Area on Sunday morning. If your family is not yet able to return for in-person worship services, no worries! Click the “Download” button below to download the log sheet from home 🙂 Remember, every chapter read is worth a dime! Let’s get reading!


LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR SUMMER TOGETHER!

Much love and care,
Pastor Vicky

BGMC: “Vanuatu”

This weekend was a FIRST Sunday! We would have been bringing in our Buddy Barrels, raising money for missions, and learning about another area of the world! So even though we can’t have BGMC Sunday at the church, we can still have it from HOME! So grab your Bible and Buddy Barrel and let’s have BGMC – “Vanuatu”! (vah-noo-AH-too)

Below you will see a message from Mrs. Green about Vanuatu…a message from some friends about a true missionary story…a yummy recipe you can try…and an invitation to soak Pastor Vicky for BGMC! Are you ready for BGMC Online?!

About BGMC

BGMC is a missions education program for kids! BGMC equips kids to know, to care, to pray, to give, and to reach the lost. We have a two-fold purpose, to reach the children of the world and to create a heart of compassion in kids. BGMC stands for, “Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge”.

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


“About Vanuatu” – A message from Mrs. Green


A True Missionary Story…

Pastor Youen – told by the Marcello’s

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth, for I am God and there is no other.”

Isaiah 45:22

PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS MONTH:

  • Pray for the kids of Vanuatu that they would have the opportunity to go to school and read God’s Word as well!
  • Pray for pastors and missionaries there.
  • Pray that the people would accept the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.

Winnie’s Wecipes:
Banana Peanut Butter Biscuits from Vanuatu!


BGMC BLESSES VANUATU

BGMC has blessed the Jubilee Christian School with a water well. BGMC also helped fund CompassionLink’s trip to Vanuatu to show the people how to build water wells and how to conserve fuel for their cooking fires. BGMC funded the first-ever Children’s Day Festival in Vanuatu, where over 400 kids learned about Jesus and had a time of praise and worship, through fun clowns, puppets, and more. BGMC also has helped with repairing and building churches, repairing Bible schools, covering shipping costs for containers of supplies to come to Vanuatu, and replacing all the library books that the pastors of Vanuatu lost during a cyclone. By putting change in your Buddy Barrel, you help the people and pastors of Vanuatu!

JOIN US FOR THE BGMC DRIVE THRU!!!!
This Wednesday, June 10, from 3 PM – 4 PM!

Have you enjoying learning about other countries, missionaries, and how God is working through us? Have you been putting spare change in your Buddy Barrel? Have you missed Pastor Vicky? Or…do you enjoy throwing WATER BALLOONS at Pastor Vicky?

If your answers is YES to any or all of these questions…come to church THIS WEDNESDAY, June 10! You can drive thru the parking lot anytime between 3 PM and 4 PM. Pastor Vicky and the Greens will be there ready to greet you. There will be a spot for you to empty your Buddy Barrel (even if you only have a few pennies), there will be some BGMC stuff we would love to give you (special prizes and goody bags for the first several cars), and then there will be water balloons ready and waiting, available to purchase. It will cost $1 per water balloon, no limit per family (well, unless you want 300), and all the donations will go to our BGMC goal! And the best part…you then get to throw the water balloon(s) you buy…at Pastor Vicky! But she may have some cash on her as well…so be careful 😉 More details and directions will follow soon!

ALSO, we encourage every kid to wear their “Praying for the Nations” shirt. If you do not have one, or have outgrown yours, we will have a stock of them at the Drive-Thru for you to receive one!

We will be sure to use health and safety measures, so we won’t be able to hug or high five, and my helpers who are handing things to you will be wearing face coverings to prevent any germs from spreading, but we can at least see your smiling faces, say hi to each other, and raise money for missions together! Should be super fun!

Hope you can make it out to the BGMC Drive Thru this Wednesday! 🙂

Much love and care,

Pastor Vicky

ROUTE 65 KIDS – Series Recap, BGMC, & Some Fun

Hi Everyone!
I miss you ALL so much! I hope you have been able to complete the Dress 4 Success series. If you missed any weeks, be sure to go back and watch them. All the lessons are listed on the blog page. I enjoyed learning about the Armor of God with you, and I hope you have been putting on God’s Armor every day. A quick review:
1. What we put on matters! (Philippians 4:8 –
Truth, Honor, Righteousness, Love, Praise)
2. Belt – Truth holds everything together!
3. Breastplate – Doing the right thing protects you!
4. Shoes – Peace requires preparation!
5. Shield – Defense wins! Work together!
6. Helmet – Protect the dome! Strap it on!
7. Sword – Offense Matters! Fight using the Word!

Have you been wearing your belt of truth and doing what is right? Have you been protecting your mind and choosing to only fill it with things that honor the Lord? Have you been choosing to walk in peace with your parents, siblings, or friends? Or has this been a struggle? Well there is good news…and guess what?! It is found in the GOOD NEWS of God’s Word! Lamentations 3:22-23 is written in the picture above. Read it! It tells us that the FAITHFUL LOVE of the Lord NEVER ends! It also says His mercies never cease…that means they never stop. The verse ends by saying His mercies begin afresh (that means “new”) every morning. That means every day God’s mercy is ready and prepared for us. That is amazing…if you know what mercy mean. What is MERCY? Mercy means showing compassion/forgiveness to someone who deserves punishment/harm. So a simple definition is, mercy is – NOT GETTING the punishment YOU DO deserve. If someone steals a candy bar from a store, what do they deserve in return? To enjoy eating the delicious candy bar and a gold star for not getting caught? No! They deserve the punishment of stealing…to have to give it back, pay a fine, and maybe even be arrested. Is that fair? Yes, because they did wrong and sinned. Now if the store owner caught the person and saw they were sorry and decided to have compassion on them…telling the person never to do it again but to go in peace…that would be MERCY. The person DESERVES punishment, but the store owner is CHOOSING not to give them a punishment. Would you like mercy in your life? Would you like your parents to have mercy on you when you sin? Would you like your siblings or friends to have mercy on you when you do something or say something you shouldn’t? I can speak for myself…I love mercy in my life. I will admit it is much easier to accept mercy (others forgiving me) than to give mercy (overlooking other people’s wrong-doings)…but either way, mercy is a gift from God.

So now that you know what mercy is, do you see how awesome these two verses are in Lamentations? They tell us that God’s love and mercy never stop…His MERCY is new EVERY morning! This means, if you mess up today, or have been messing up a lot…have been forgetting to put on the Armor of God…have been forgetting to strap on your shoes of peace before starting your day…maybe forgetting your breastplate, helmet, belt, sword or shield…ask God for MERCY! Don’t focus on all your failures. Don’t focus on all your mistakes. Thank God for His mercy…thank God for not giving you the punishment deserved for forgetting to live at peace in all circumstances…and start fresh today.

The Bible tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning — meaning, when we mess up, we simply have to ask for forgiveness and start doing better…right now! Don’t let sin stop you from making things right. Ask for God’s mercy and do your best, by His strength, through His armor, to do better next time. Put your armor on and start loving God and loving people…every day!


I have really enjoyed getting all your challenge responses these past several weeks! Below are some of the latest ones I received. Enjoy looking through them 🙂 If I missed any, I am really sorry! Re-send them to me and I will be sure to add them on!

HELMET CHALLENGE


FAMILY CHALLENGETutorial videos to assist Pastor Pat with completing tasks not using his arms


I hope you received your letter in the mail about May’s BGMC. I also hope you enjoyed the flavored drink packet, as a reminder to pray for those in Africa, and around the world, who are in need of water. What an incredible privilege we have to save our spare change (dollars and coins) and use it to give kids and families water around the world…while sharing the love of Jesus with them! Wow!

I hope you have been enjoying our online BGMC series the first of each month. It is looking like for the remainder of the summer BGMC will be online. Our hope is that when the building reopens at the church (hopefully soon), we will be able to highlight it upstairs in our family worship services. For now, plan on staying connected to missions online. That being said, our BGMC Leader, Jessica Green, will be sharing highlights, recaps, prayer points, and awesome activities to encourage missions at home. Our vision with BGMC is to equip kids to know, to care, to pray, to give, and to reach the lost. We have a two-fold purpose, to reach the children of the world and to create a heart of compassion in our kids. So parents, if in the coming week you do not receive a BGMC email, be sure to reach out to Pastor Vicky at vfleck@greeceassembly.org, to confirm the correct email address is on file for your family.

Looking forward to continuing to connect, and hoping to figure out a way to see everyone soon!

Much Love and Care,
Pastor Vicky

Dress 4 Success – PART 7!


GAME: “Finish the Line…”

Can you fill in the blanks to these quotes/sayings?

  1. “To be, or ______ ____ ____. That is the question.” — Macbeth, Shakespeare
  2. “Luke, I am _______ __________.” — Darth Vader
  3. “An apple a day keeps _____ ____________ _______.” — Benjamin Franklin
  4. “Slow and steady _______ _____ ________.” — ”The Tortoise and the Hare
  5. “Eeny, meeny, miney, moe; _______ __ _______ ___ ____ ____.” — Mother Goose
  6. “There’s no place like _______.”—Dorothy Gale, Wizard of Oz
  7. “Loving God. __________ _________.” — Pastor Pat
  8. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and _______ ____ ______ _____________.” — Deuteronomy 6:5
  9. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, _____ ______ ____________ ______.” — John 3:16
  10. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, ____ _______ ____ _______ ______ ___.” — Anonymous Proverb
    (scroll down for answers — at the bottom of the page)

Discussion Questions:
How many lines were you able to finish? Isn’t it crazy how many words we can remember, without even realizing it? We have a tendency to remember what someone has said to us.
What makes our words so important?
Do you think the final quote is true—that words never hurt us? Why or why not?
How do our words affect others?
Are there words we shouldn’t say?
What makes a word good or bad?
Have you used your words as a sword to fight against the enemy? Or as a sword to hurt those around you?

With your parent’s permission…grab a tube of toothpaste, a spoon and a paper plate. Squirt some toothpaste onto the paper plate. FREEZE Don’t continue reading until you have completed this step.

Now… put the toothpaste back into the tube. Ready, set, go!

What? You couldn’t? Well…this is how words work. Once a thing is spoken, it cannot be taken back. Sometimes the words we use take years to apologize for and/or overcome. If one spreads gossip, trust is broken. Trust is hard to regain. If you hurt someone with your words (use your sword in mean ways), a relationship can be damaged.

But is toothpaste a bad thing? When used the right way, toothpaste is very good. When we use our words the right way…when we use the Sword of the Spirit and the Word of God the correct way…amazing things can happen!

Let’s take a look at the WORD of God!

Search for the Bible verse, read it, and then answer the question.

Proverbs 25:18
What does it compare lying about someone to? Is that how you use your sword?

Colossians 3:8
Why are these forms of speech bad? What does God ask us to do in this verse?

Ephesians 4:29
What should we ask ourselves before we speak? What should our words do for others?

Philippians 4:8
What type of things should we say?

THOUGHT TO PONDER: Speaking words of life is not just about how you talk to others…it also includes how you talk to yourself. Speak positive encouragement into your own mind. Whether you have fears, you get nervous about things, you worry, you are sad…any feeling. Speak words of life to yourself! Find Bible verses where God encourages you, and SPEAK those…TO YOURSELF. You will be amazed at how much you can conquer through God’s strength by speaking His life into your life. YOU MATTER! YOU HAVE GOD’S STRENGTH IN YOU! YOU ARE SPECIAL!

Much love and care, Pastor Vicky

ANSWERS TO: “FINISH THE LINE…”
1.
not to be 2. your father 3. the doctor away 4. wins the race
5. catch a tiger by the toe 6. home 7. Loving People
8. with all your strength 9. but have everlasting life 10. but words will never hurt me