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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

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!


β€œI am leaving you with a giftβ€”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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ I encourage you to watch Miss Tracy more than me…she is much better at this πŸ˜‰


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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰


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

Video Version: LOTS OF CHANGES, RIGHT?

Since some kids are more visual, here is a video of Tuesday’s devotional! If you have yet to complete the change challenge, there is still time! Below are some pictures I have already received! πŸ™‚


Emma and Olivia, as well as Luke and Andrew….said their change was school from home!

Mila’s change is that she loves and missed being at church and seeing everyone!

The Micah and Jeremiah had a fun change…coming up with a glow stick light show for their parents!

Love these and would love to see more! Keep them coming! Show us a change that you have experienced this week and tag it: #changechallengeRoute65 (you can email it, text it, or post it on social media).

Miss you all!!! Love, Pastor Vicky

LOTS OF CHANGES, RIGHT?

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

I have really missed all of you! And it has only been one week with no church. I know I am going to miss you so much more as each day passes…and I am not okay with that! So I have been thinking and praying a lot, wanting to figure out a way that we could stay connected. Just because we can’t have Kids Church, or Royal Rangers, or Girls Ministry…doesn’t mean that I want to go that long without seeing you and talking to you.

We are going to use this blog (webpage) to stay connected. I want to know how you are doing, what you are up to, and how thing are going at home. I also want to be able to keep teaching you God’s Word and sharing lessons with you to help you grow. I will do this through messages and devotionals like this one…and even video teachings! I will also come up with some fun challenges for you to complete at home and send in…and they may include a chance for a prize!

But no church is not the only change you have had, right? For some of you there have been changes with school…not able to go into school so now you are having to do school from home. For others of you that is not a change at all. Maybe there are changes with what is now in your refrigerator or pantry, just because certain foods weren’t at the store when you family went shopping. Another change is that you can’t hang out with lots of friends, or maybe even have play dates at all. We can’t go to all our fun places and we can’t eat out at restaurants. Wow…lots of changes!

Growing up I was someone who only liked changes that I MADE. Meaning I was okay with change as long as I was in control of it. Like…picking out my own outfit when having the change clothes instead of my parents, or changing what activity I was doing in my free time instead of my sister making the choice, or changing how my room looked, and even changing the tv channel…I would fight with my family over holding the remote because I WANTED TO MAKE THE CHANGE and BE IN CONTROL. Have you ever done that? Have you ever felt that way, that you want to be in control?

The changes going on in our lives right now are tough…because a lot of this we have NO control over. And if you are anything like me…you like being in control. Sometimes that may even cause you to fight with your parents or siblings, because you want to be in control…so you don’t like being told no, you don’t like being told to wake up early for school even though you aren’t “going” to school, you don’t like having to possibly do extra chores since you are home more, you don’t like having your technology time limited since you are stuck home. I get it. Not being in control is tough. But there is something very important we need to remember…there are reasons we are not in control.

First of all, God is in control. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” God controls everything. Maybe you have felt nervous or scared with what is going on lately. Maybe you have wondered if you and your family will be safe or if things will ever go back to “normal”. This verse reminds us that if we love God and love people (live according to His purpose) that He will bring goodness out of this. We don’t always know what that will look like, and it doesn’t mean everything will be easy…but it DOES mean that God is in control and that whatever does happen, it will be for our good within our relationship with Him. Fun fact: God even controlled who your mom and dad would be and who your siblings would be. So if He controls that, and He chose your family to be your family….let’s be careful how we treat them, what we say to them, and how we live with them. Love them in all situations….living out, Loving God and Loving People.

Secondly, God put leaders in control. Romans 13:1 says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” The Bible literally says that all leaders were placed in their position by God. And His command for us is to “submit” to them. That means to not fight their rules, but to accept them…without complaining. The leaders in our country, in our state, in our town, and in our schools have made decisions to try their best to keep everyone safe. We need to “submit” to that and follow their rules. That doesn’t mean it is going to be easy, and it doesn’t mean that we can’t be sad sometimes. Like I shared, I am sad that I won’t get to see all of you every Sunday. But we do need to be careful that our sadness does not outweigh our joy, and that our disappointments don’t turn into anger and complaining…because who will we take that anger out on? Our parents? Our brother or sister? Our teachers? Our friends? Or even God? We need to be careful to remember that God is in control and that He put these leaders in control. So we need to submit to these new rules and trust God.

Lastly, God put your parents in control. Ephesians 6:1-3 says, “Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. β€œHonor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, β€œthings will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” God gave you your parents. For some of you God may have given you your grandparents to take care of you, or guardians to step in and care for you…but regardless…God put them in control over you. I was your age once…I know that is tough. If you are like me and you like being in control…it is hard to let your parents be in control. But honestly, this is not optional. God COMMANDED us to OBEY our parents. To HONOR our father and mother. Meaning, whatever new rules they may be putting in place this week due to all these changes with school, grocery stores, their work, restaurants, and having to stay home with just your family…you need to OBEY them and HONOR them.

Parents have WISDOM (a special gift from God that helps them make decisions that are best for your future) and they use this when making rules for you, correcting you, and teaching you. So even when you don’t like the rule…you need to respect it, submit to it, and obey it. If they limit your technology time…remember, God put them in control and you need to simply say, ok. If they set a “school schedule” since now they are your new “principal”, and tell you that you are going to be waking up at a certain time in the morning and still going to bed at a certain time…remember, God put them in control and you need to simply say, ok. If they don’t let you go to a friends house, or make something new for dinner that you have never had before, or tell you to go outside or to read a book…remember, God put them in control and you need to simply say, ok.

These changes are new for all of us. Well, not the obedience thing…you should have been doing that all along πŸ˜‰ But the life changes can be tough for your parents, just like it is tough for you. And just like they work to be patient with you…you need to work to be patient with them. We are all a team! Don’t forget that! Work together with your parents to figure out how to handle all these changes the best way possible…God’s way! These changes won’t last forever, so let’s not waste this time complaining, fighting, or being sad. Together, let’s figure out ways to make this a time full of joy, fun, creativity, learning, and teamwork.

CHALLENGE: #CHANGECHALLENGEROUTE65
So there are going to be challenges I give you throughout each week. This week’s challenge has to do with change. Hashtags (#) are used to connect pictures that have something in common. So I want you to get a family member to take a picture of you doing something that has “changed” in your life this week. It can be silly, creative, or something that has been difficult for you. It can be a new food you have had to try since your favorite foods weren’t in the store…or doing school work at your kitchen table (that wouldn’t count if you were already homeschooled πŸ˜‰ )…or something else. But let’s share pictures of “changes” and then you can define what the change is under the picture and end with #changechallengeroute65. Your parents can text them to me, can share them on social media (if they have an account), or email them to me. I will share some of my favorite in my next posting πŸ™‚

Excited to see your pictures!!! πŸ™‚

I love you and miss you! If you have any prayer requests, questions, or comments…you can write them below πŸ™‚