BGMC SUNDAY – “Africa Oasis Project”

Today is 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 Sunday – “Africa Oasis Project”!

Below you will see a fun message from Mrs. Green about water and the Africa Oasis Project…a message from Pastor Vicky…some fun things to try at home…and a BGMC episode about CHANGE AGENTS! Are you ready for BGMC Sunday 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.”


“A Sip of Water” – A message from Mrs. Green


A Cup of Cold Water…

“If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones…that person will certainly not lose their reward.”

Matthew 10:42

PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS MONTH:

  • Pray for Africa Oasis Project missionary teams as they travel and visit places that need water.
  • Pray for money to buy pumps to get the water out of the ground.
  • Pray that God would help the drillers to find the right places so they will strike water.
  • Pray that many people who use these wells and water systems will accept the Living Water — Jesus!

Look what BGMC has done for Africa Oasis Project:

  • Funds to help drill water wells all over Africa
  • Funds for permits, fees, and approvals to drill water wells
  • Funds to purchase portable drilling rigs for water wells
  • Funds to purchase water buckets (Buddy Buckets)
  • Funds for repairing water wells
  • Funds to help with the upkeep of water wells
  • Funds to purchase water filtration systems for people all over Africa

At Home Drinking Water Fun – Winnie’s Wecipes

FRUIT WATERS

Tropical fruits, melons, and citrus are plentiful is most of Africa. These fruit waters can be made as a refreshing drink.
PINEAPPLE WATER: Cut up half a pineapple and put into a 1 gallon jug. Fill with water and let sit overnight. Strain and serve cold.
WATERMELON WATER: Cut up the red flesh of half of a small, seedless watermelon and put in a 1-gallon jug. Fill with water and chill. Strain before serving.
CANTALOUPE WATER: Follow instructions of the watermelon water, using half a cantaloupe per gallon of water.

FILTERED WATER

Clean water is so important. If you, or someone you know, has a water filter…give it a try and learn how to use it. Filter some water and serve cool, clean water to your family.

COCONUT JUICE

In place of water, people in Africa sometimes drink coconut juice. This is done by cutting off the end of the coconut and putting it to your lips. Street vendors who sell coconuts will cut off the end for a customer and sometimes even put a straw in the hole. Coconut juice is not the same as coconut milk. The juice is found inside the coconut…you can hear it sloshing around inside a coconut when you shake it.
If your parents are up for it, purchase some coconut juice from the supermarket and give it a try…or if you are ready for a challenge, find a coconut! 😉

FLAVORED WATER

Because who doesn’t enjoy some flavored water? If you haven’t watched “Dress 4 Success – Part 6”, go do that lesson and do the flavored water object lesson.

THOUGHT TO PONDER: Just like we prefer clean water instead of dirty water, we should want the same for our hearts and minds. It is so important to protect your heart and mind from things that would make it “dirty” – sin. Just like if you drank dirty water, it would put dirt in your body…when you watch something that is wrong, read something bad, listen to something you shouldn’t, or are around people who are a bad influence, you are putting that into your heart and mind…and it can make it dirty with sin. We need to follow God’s direction and keep our heart and mind clean (pure). Read Philippians 4:4-9* with your family.
One more passage to read is Psalm 101:3-4*. When I was growing up my mom printed out this scripture, put it in a frame, and had it right next to our TV. This way we would be reminded of God’s Word when watching TV…she wanted us to think through what we were choosing to watch and make sure it honored these verses.
*Read these in a few different Bible translations, so you really understand what is being said in these verses.


Check out this new “Change Agents” Episode!

I hope you have enjoyed being a “Change Agent” with sending love to missionaries and our church shut-ins. If you would like to become a “Change Agent” and receive an assignment, be sure to contact Pastor Vicky for your mission!

Thanks for tuning into BGMC Sunday! This month let’s raise money for kids to have clean water in Africa! Maybe you can do a few extra jobs around the house to add more change to your buddy barrel…and help us work together to get a well dug in through the Africa Oasis Project! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Dress 4 Success – Part 6!

PROTECT THE DOME – OBJECT LESSON

What you need:
Powdered Beverage Mix (lemonade powder, kool-aid powder, etc.)
Handful of Dirt
2 Spoons
2 Clear Cups

What to do:
So this week’s lesson is about protecting our minds. That includes our thoughts –choosing thoughts that will help us to be closer to God and not push us farther away from God. Let’s imagine your “insert name of powdered drink mix” is things that help you to have good thoughts (reading your Bible, listening to christian songs, watching approved movies/tv, being around Christian influences, etc)”.

As you mix it into the first cup of water, what happens?” (Allow for responses).

Now, I’d like one of you to volunteer — can you please get the drink mix back out of the glass?

Are you looking a bit confused or did you jump right in and give it a try? And I don’t mean just grab a spoonful of liquid and separate it from the glass…I want just the mix…just the crystals. I don’t want any of the water part. No liquid!

So I am guessing at this point you are saying, “This is IMPOSSIBLE!” If you are not saying that, you must have forgotten to put your belt on today 😉 (re-watch lesson 2 in this series JK)

Listen…once something is in our head, it’s pretty impossible to get out, so that’s why it’s important to be careful what you allow into your mind. Memorize Scripture, whether through songs or memory verses. Once we get it in our heads, the Bible promises it will always be there when we need it. Listen to music that honors God. Be very careful to only watch movies and tv shows that are clean and approved by your parents. We need to fill our minds with GOOD things.

Now drink the beverage and confirm that it does indeed taste good, just like good thoughts.

Now, imagine that this dirt is things that cause us to think bad thoughts. Thoughts that lead us farther away from God. Grab your second cup of water and mix in the dirt. Mix it really well. Now, would you like to take a sip of this one?

Why not??? Ok fine, can you at least get the dirt out of the glass? Without dumping the glass.

Now, you might be able to get some of the dirt out, but you can’t get all of it out. At least not to a point where your parents will be good with you drinking the water. The water will still be cloudy and yucky looking.

When we ask God to forgive us of our bad thoughts, He ALWAYS will forgive us. But…only sometimes do those thoughts go away forever. Most of the time they stick with us. You can think back to a scene in a movie that you knew you shouldn’t have watched, or you remember the words to a song you know you shouldn’t sing. Our minds hold a lot of memories…that’s why it is SO IMPORTANT to be really careful what we let into our heads to begin with!

If you were to let the glass with dirty water sit there for a while, guess what would happen? The dirt would start to settle on the bottom and separate from the water. If you have made bad choices and realize you need to start making better ones? God is ready to help you! You can ask for forgiveness, but then YOU need to make better choices. YOU need to keep the bad separated from your mind and your thoughts. That may mean choosing some different friends, or not using technology without parental supervision. No matter what, YOU need to choose what you let into your mind. And I pray you choose to fill your mind with good, God things 🙂

Sharing Laughs – Pastoral Impression Challenge

Last week we had our first “FAMILY FRIDAY” for Greece Assembly. The pastoral team gave the church a family challenge — to submit their best impression of one of the pastors (Pastor Pat, Pastor Dan, Pastor Ken, Pastor Bob, or Pastor Vicky). I wanted to share the videos we received from our Route 65 Kids! You all did an awesome job! Enjoy the laughs! 🙂

Pastor Vicky @ VBS

By Tony and Andrew Romaniv

PASTOR PAT & PASTOR BOB

By Chase and Cameron Wilson

Pastor PAT

By Emma Vicente

Pastor Vicky @ UPWARD

By Olivia Vicente

Pastor Vicky

By Zachary and Mackenzy Miller
and guest appearance by Mr. Moose

Pastor PAT

By Joel Marcello

Pastor KEN

By Abby Marcello

Pastor DAN

By Juliet & Joel Marcello

Pastor Vicky

By Abby Marcello

NICE WORK EVERYONE! 🙂
I think we have a future drama team!!!

Dress 4 Success – Part 5!

Here are some questions to discuss today’s lesson:

  1. What is our piece of armor today? 
  2. What what a shield used for?
  3. What did shields used to be coated with? Why?
  4. What fiery arrows get shot at us?
  5. What is defense in sports?
  6. How does the shield of faith help us with defense?
  7. If you don’t use your shield…does it only hurt you? Why or why not?
  8. Does God want us to work together to fight the enemy?
  9. How can you work together to SHIELD against the enemy’s attacks?
  10. Do you believe putting on the armor of God can help you? How? How often do you need to put it on?

Answers (if needed):

  1. Shield
  2. To defend against attacks of the enemy
  3. Leather and water – to protect from fiery arrows that could burn shields and ruin them
  4. Bad thoughts, temptations to do something wrong, etc.
  5. Stopping the other team, the opponent
  6. When we use the shield of face, we can “stop” the attacks of the enemy. We can play defense against bad thoughts and temptations to do wrong.
  7. No! When we don’t use our shield it causes us to not be able to defend against the temptations…and it means we will most likely hurt the people around us with what we say or what we do. Our shield can actually help protect others around us. We can work together!
  8. Yes, we are the church! He created us to work together and protect one another!
  9. Pray together, share your struggles, have someone you can talk to when you are tempted to do wrong, use God’s Word to battle against temptations, struggles, and fear, etc.
  10. Answers will vary 😉 But yes, we need to choose to put on the armor of God each morning, each afternoon, and each evening. We need to work to remember to walk in peace, protect our hearts, speak truth, and carry the shield of faith…as well as the armor we will be learning about in the lessons to come 😉

I am so thankful we are on a “TEAM” together! We are on God’s team at Greece Assembly! He created us to be together, to work together, to serve together, to learn together…I am so thankful to be on your team! In some ways I get to be like a coach through Route 65.

So I want you to know that I am always here for you. If you need to laugh we can talk and share jokes together. If you need to talk and share things you are struggling with, or even things you need prayer for…I am always here for you. I love you can care about you! You can email me at: vfleck@greeceassembly.org. You can send me a text message from our parent’s phone at: 973-349-7974. You can call me, and we can even do a video chat on zoom if you want. I love being a team and cannot wait to be back together!

Dress 4 Success – Part 4!


“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

JOHN 14:27 (NLT)

Did you know that peace is a GIFT from God! And like this verse says, peace is not something the world gives us. Right now the world around us is not giving us peace. Do you feel nervous about this virus? Have you felt scared? Have you gotten anxious about school work? Have you argued with your parents? Or maybe a brother or sister? Are you worried about a family member or a friend? Have you recently lost someone you love or know someone who has?

These are all things that can stop us from having PEACE in our mind and our hearts. These are things the world around us cause us to feel. And feelings are normal. It is okay to have feelings. But we can’t forget to put on our SHOES OF PEACE every morning! When we remember that God has gifted us with PEACE, no matter what is going on around us…in our world, in our country, in our town, in our home…we CAN feel at peace.

You have to CHOOSE to put peace on – to DRESS FOR SUCCESS. You have to CHOOSE to focus on what you can be thankful for. You have to CHOOSE to pray when your mind starts to worry. You have to CHOOSE to have self-control when your sibling is bugging you (even if they are doing it on purpose!). You have to CHOOSE to honor your parents. You have to CHOOSE to let CHRIST RULE in your heart. When you do this, when you count your blessings and focus on what you have to be thankful for….THAT is when the gift of PEACE fills your mind and heart. Don’t forget to wear your shoes today…PUT ON PEACE!

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”

COLOSSIANS 3:15

I want to pray for you! I want to pray for the gift of PEACE to fill your mind and your heart. I am already praying for you every day…but I would love to pray for your specific prayer requests. Are you struggling with school from home? Are you worried? Are you struggling to live at peace with your siblings or parents? Is your heart sad about something? Is it something else you need prayer for?

You can comment at the bottom of the page with your prayer request…or if you would like it to stay private (just between me and you), you can email me at: vfleck@greeceassembly.org. I want you to be able to put on God’s shoes of peace every day…so let me know how I can pray for you!

Dress 4 Success – Part 3!

I hope you have been following this series each week and have been enjoying learning about the Armor of God! If you have missed any weeks, you can go back and watch them. I will gladly accept challenges from any week!

Also, if you missed BGMC Sunday…go take a look at that post! You have an awesome opportunity to become a Change Agent and receive a top secret mission! The team is growing and I am so excited about the Change Agents we already have…you know who you are 😉 We would love to have more agents join our team…so be sure to take a look!


LESSON 3: PROTECTING THE HEART!


Learn HOW TO search the Bible for verses about the HEART

IN PRINT…

Learning how to use your Bible is a great skill to have as you follow Christ. Technology is awesome, but knowing how to use a Bible is so important as we continue to grow. Most adult Bibles have an INDEX in the back pages. This will be a list of important words in alphabetical order. So look in the “H” section for the word “HEART”. Once you find it, there should be a list of Bible verses that have that word in it…write some scripture references down on a piece of paper (the book of the Bible, the chapter and the verse – example: Deuteronomy 6:5), and then try to find each one. Read the verse and decide if it is talking about the HEART and is a verse you want to share with us!

ONLINE…

Technology can help us in many ways. One awesome way is how it helps us study God’s Word! There are many websites that can be used to study the Bible. There are sites that even allow us to type in a word we may be wanting to find in the Bible. It then shows us every place that word is used in God’s Word. A site I use for this is: www.openbible.info/topics/
This website will have a spot to type in the word, HEART. When you press enter, it will then show you lots of verses that are about the heart. Read them to see how they apply. You can even type in heartache and heartbreak. You can use this site to find some verses to share with us!

A MIX OF BOTH…

Technology is a blessing…but it can also stop us from picking up a Bible in our hands and learning how to use it correctly. Knowing the books of the Bible is so important to grow in your relationship with God. So an option when studying a topic in the Bible…is to mix both IN PRINT and ONLINE. The way you do this is you go to a website that allows you to search the Bible (can be the openbible.info/topics/ site, or blueletterbible.org, or even just google). Search to find verses about the heart. Write the scripture references down (example: Deuteronomy 6:5). Once you have a few written…grab your Bible and find them to read what they say. Share a few with us!

I am excited to see what verses you are able to find. Comment them below so we can all read God’s Word together and learn more about what God says about our hearts.

Guess what?! Did you know our theme verse for Route 65 Kids talks about the heart…

And you must love the LORD your God with all your HEART, all your soul, and all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5

This verse is why we are called ROUTE 65 – the six/five stands for the chapter/verse where it is found…Deuteronomy CH. 6 & V. 5!

FUN FACT: This is where “Loving God. Loving People.” comes from. It was originally spoken in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 6:5 – Loving God). Jesus then references this scripture verse in the New Testament when asked, “What is the GREATEST commandment?” He starts by repeating Deuteronomy 6:5 (Loving God), and then says “the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Loving People.). So Jesus is the one who told us the importance of “Loving God. Loving People.” Meaning…God cares about your HEART!

Let’s learn to, “LOVE the Ride, on ROUTE 65!”

LOVING GOD. LOVING PEOPLE.

BGMC Sunday – April 5

Today is BGMC Sunday…

Today is 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 Sunday – “Bringing It Home”!

Below you will see a fun message from Mrs. Green about prayer and toilet paper…a BGMC episode about CHANGE AGENTS…a message from Pastor Vicky…and an “At Home” missions challenge! Are you ready for BGMC Sunday 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.”


BGMC “Toilet Paper Prayers” – A Message from Mrs. Green


Check out this BGMC episode about “Change Agents”!


BGMC “Bringing It Home” – A Message from Pastor Vicky


AT HOME” CHALLENGE

But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Hebrews 13:16

God has asked us to “do good” and “to share”. God’s Word tells us that these actions please God…how awesome is that?! We can please God by doing good and sharing what we have. And the cool part is that we can SHARE from home, even in the middle of this quarantine. What can we share? Our time (especially since we have lots of that right now), our energy, and our love.

So the challenge has TWO parts!

PART ONE: Care for a “shut-in”! Would you and your family be willing to care for a shut-in? A “shut-in” is someone who can’t go anywhere…they can’t leave the place where they live. This is generally someone who is older, whose body is not healthy enough to move around easily. Some are sick and need to be home while recovering, some are more at risk for this virus and need to stay in, and some are in nursing homes because they can no longer take care of themselves. Committing to CARE for a shut-in means praying for them, sending cards, and maybe even calling them. The Bible tells us to take care of the body of Christ, the church, other believers…and these are people who are a part of our church, but need to be reminded that they are loved and cherished. Will you care for a shut-in?

PART TWO: Adopt-a-Missionary in prayer! Would you and your family be willing to adopt a missionary? This is not the kind of adoption that means they become your child or come live with you. By adopt we mean that you commit to supporting them…”do good and share” with them. So it means you pray for them every day and maybe send them an email. Missionaries are all over the world, and so is this virus. They aren’t allowed to travel, just like us, but they are far from home. So we want to let them know we are thinking of them, praying for them, and care about them. Will you adopt a missionary?


Are you up for the challenge? If you are willing to accept one or both of the challenges, hit the “I Accept the Challenge” button and complete the form. Pastor Vicky will then respond in the next couple of days with the information for your missionary/shut-in that your family will adopt/care for. Let’s DO GOOD and SHARE God’s love, together!


If interested, below is a coloring page you can download, print, and mail to a shut in 🙂

Challenge Update – Belt of Truth

Here is the video as promised! Me and Miss Tracy doing the motions to Undefeated. Follow along, learn them, and then complete this week’s challenge 🙂 I encourage you to watch Miss Tracy more than me…she is much better at this 😉


Here are the first three submissions for the challenge! For being the first to complete this challenge, all participants in these three videos have won a Chick-Fil-A milkshake! Delivered by Pastor Vicky to your front porch…date and time will be upon your parent’s choosing, and flavor will be your choice 😉

Marcello Clan – Nice job Abby, Juliet, and Joel!

Nice job Liv!

Great work Emma!

Dress 4 Success – Part 2!

Join me for week two of Dress 4 Success! We are learning about the first piece of armor…
the BELT OF TRUTH!

COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS:

  1. Do you need to work on wearing your belt of truth?
  2. What are some areas in your life that you need to remember to wear the belt of truth?
  3. How do you think the belt of truth would help you?

“DRESS 4 SUCCESS” CHALLENGE UPDATE

Here are some pictures of those who completed last week’s challenge, or “Dressing for success!” Love it! Thanks for participating! Oh, and the fourth one in the group that “dressed for success”…he is my newest nephew, William. He is 12 days old and already knows how to dress for success…or at least his brothers know how to get him dressed for success 😉

For this week’s challenge, if you don’t know the hand motions to “Undefeated”…
Miss Tracy and I will post a video doing the motions to help you out 😉

Dress 4 Success – Part 1!

Excited to walk through God’s Word with you these next few weeks, as we learned how the Armor of God can help us every day! Here is the first video of the series 🙂


The Plan and Some Reminders…

  • I will be posting a video lesson on Mondays. I encourage everyone to watch church with your family on Sundays and Wednesdays…we will have “Kids Church” on Mondays.
  • The theme song for this series is going to be, “UNDEFEATED”. You can find a youtube link on the Resources page to view it. If you don’t know the motions we will be posting a video soon.
  • Would love for everyone to comment on the bottom of the posts…either your favorite part of the video, something you learned, or just to say “hi”. It will be good to hear from each other and continue to stay connected.
  • I will be posting follow up questions from each lesson, for you to continue to apply it each day.
  • I will try to set up some video ZOOM sessions (a video chat program) for us to see each other and talk with one another. More on that coming soon 🙂

Challenges!

Each video will have a challenge…they are meant to be a fun way to apply the lesson at home. When it is a picture or a video, your parents can email them to: vfleck@greeceassembly.org or text them to 973-349-7974. Have fun with them and get creative! I will post the ones I receive to this page (unless you ask me not too). It will be fun to do together!

Here is an example of the “Dress 4 Success” Challenge! This is how Miss Tracy and I got ready to cheer on the USA Women’s Soccer team in the World Cup a few years ago. We made sure to Dress For Success!

I will be posting a new one of me now, for this challenge. But wanted to give a fun example 😉


I really do miss all of you! So thankful for the different ways we can stay connected. Let’s have fun learning God’s Word together!

Love,
Pastor Vicky