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Parent Partnership: Wednesday (1/18/23) and Sunday (1/22/23)

Everything a parent needs to build on what we teach at church this week is here. You’ll find the Scripture passages, the specific pages in our children’s Bible, the teaching video, and some questions to use at home. Thanks for leading your kids into the Word of God. Read with them. Pray with them. It will matter. (Tools we use: The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible is available at the Faith@Home wall for $5. And RightNowMedia is free!)

Volunteer team-members can find lessons and other specifics by logging into Planning Center Services. Once you’ve logged in, just click the date you are serving, and you will find everything you need.

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Family Quote of the Week:

“Family, simply stated, is an opportunity to lose your life, because being part of a family means subjugating your desires to others.” - Ted and Kristin Kluck in Household Gods

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.’” - Matthew 16:24-25

This Wednesday at 6pm, we will have KidsOnMission! Dinner is $3 for individual kids with a $7 max for families. Here is some of the key information:

  • At 5:15, there is kids-choir. It is a great opportunity for kids to learn music, teamwork, and about worshiping Jesus together through singing.

  • KidsOnMission officially starts at 6pm with pizza this week and then a fun time of learning from the Word. Specifically, Wednesday nights help kids see the Bible and mission in context. We want them to understand what it means to go with God’s Word into God’s world.

  • We will be focusing on Jesus sending his disciples on his mission (Matthew 9:35–10:15; Mark 3:13-19; Mark 6:7-13; Luke 9:1-6; 10:1-12). Here is a short video of the passage. Our missions-focus is on how sending gifts can make a way for people to receive Jesus: the greatest Gift!

On Sunday, there are exciting things happening as well!

  • At 9am, there is Sunday School. We devote this time to helping our kids get into the Word in age-appropriate ways. They not only hear the Bible taught, but they also get a chance to look into it for themselves. This becomes more and more of a personal skill as they grow older. There is also a 9am Sandhurst U class about parenting that is happening this semester. Jump in!

  • During the Gathering, the preschoolers will continue moving through the The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible. We are looking at Story 4: Abraham Counts the Stars which highlights important elements from Gen 12:1-9; 15:1-21; Ps 147:4. And the elementary students in the Kids Gathering will dig into 1 John 5:6-12. You can see our teaching video here. The discussion guide is here.

Questions for Families to Discuss (before/after Sunday):

  • God made a promise to Abraham and Abraham believed that God could do something impossible. Does God still make promises today? Can God still do impossible things today?

  • The Bible says that Abraham’s trust in God—his faith—saved him. And we are saved by faith too. Who do we trust in so that we can be saved?

  • Because of Jesus’ life/death/resurrection, the Word of God in the Bible, and the Holy Spirit’s active work in our lives, we have many good reasons to trust in Jesus. Do you trust Jesus? Why or why not?

Family Prayer Prompt: Thank you, Lord, for being a God who can do the impossible. We know that anyone who trusts in you will be saved. Thank you for doing the impossible and bringing Jesus back from the dead. And thank you for the promise that anyone who trusts in Jesus can live with Him forever.


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