Tuesday, August 12, 2014


During the last week, we had a couple of meetings to discuss the needs and opportunities, dreams and wishes of our Children & Youth Ministry Programs. We spent a lot of time on dreams and wishes, but that is for another post. This one is about needs and opportunities.

To make it fun, we decided to turn all opportunities into nouns. So, if we need someone to drive, we listed the word 'driver'. Some words, needs or phrases translate like that easier than others! We just decided to add 'er' to the end of all opportunities (or change 'or' to 'er') and see what happened. It turned out that we made a fabulous list and we had lots of laughter.

Below is our list. Your challenges?

1) See what needs and opportunities you can add to the list. In the comment section, please list them for us! (Extra challenge: add 'er' to everything!)

2) See if you can ascertain the meaning of some of our made up words. Use the comment section for questions. I will send you a clue if you ask!

The -er List

You can be a:

 weekly VIP-er
 story teller
 book reader
 Facebook ‘liker’ 
 volunteer coordinat-er
 flyer designer
 nursery substituter
 classroom (teacher) substituter
 field trip planner 
 (a different kind of) organizer 
 C&MT PPT slide creat-er
 financial supporter
 long distance driver 
 Facebook ‘sharer’ 
 guest speaker 
 assistant teacher
 service project leader
 assistant housekeeper / janit-er 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Did God Build Tacos?

(This week's post is dedicated to my eldest son.) 

Last week, our theme was Build with God. During Large Group, I asked the kids to name some things that God has built. They fired off the answers, "God built the whole world!" "God built a man. His name was Adam." "God told Noah to build the ark." "God built trees." "God built the sun." The chalkboard was filling up with their awesome answers.

Then we got to one sweet little boy who said, "Did God build tacos?"

The other children knew just what to say! They quickly told him that when God created man, He made man smart enough to make stuff, like tacos. (And we all agreed that tacos are pretty awesome.)

This is the kind of discovery of God that I love about working with children. One child's innocent question leads to a classroom full of discussion. The children share their knowledge.
His innocent question causes me to stop and think. Did God know from the beginning that we would one day create tacos? I am delighted by the child's desire to know the details of God's creation. I believe God smiled on our class as we discussed His blessings.

I read today that we won't know for years what kind of impact we've had on their lives. Maybe that's ok. I can feel the impact they have on my life and it is amazing. They may teach me more than I can ever teach them. Being blessed to learn with them is truly a gift from God.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Easter is Happy!

I enjoyed another fabulous Faith Learning class on Sunday! 

I asked our second and third graders, "What do we know about Easter?" They knew lots of things...   

(Easter is happy.
Jesus rose from the dead!
Jesus died on the cross.
2 villains on the crosses beside him.
There were soldiers.
Jesus was in the tomb.
The tomb was closed with a giant stone and the women came & the tomb was empty!)


Then they drew pictures to illustrate the Easter story...

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. MARK 11:8

14 Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him. 
MATTHEW 26:14-16

47 But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. MARK 14:47

25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 
MARK 15:25

20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. JOHN 20:1

At Easter, we celebrate new life!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dogs, Birds and Kids!

Sunday, March 23: Twenty-four children gathered for food, fun and service to God's animals. It was a great afternoon!

Step 1: Pizza. We decided to nourish ourselves for the work ahead.

Step 2: Projects. We divided into two groups.

Group A made giant pillows for dogs living in the local shelter. With brightly colored fabric and endless stuffing, this task was too much fun to be called work.

Group B worked on bird feeders. 
Cut paper towel tubes + a peanut buttery mixture + bird seed + kids = MORE FUN!


Step 3: Prayers.
The children prayed over their projects and asked God to use them to help His creation. 
We discussed God's plan for people to take care of the animals and one of the children reminded us, "It is because the birds need to eat, too!"

Step 4: Get ready for next time...
Hope to see you there! Bring a friend. All are welcome!

Friday, January 24, 2014


Sunday's Faith Learning time was awesome! We had an unusual number of under-the-weather teachers and some fabulous last minute substitute heroes! I love it when it starts out like seemingly insurmountable chaos and turns out beyond amazing. You know God is there. You just know.

We talked about creation.

In case you ever wondered, this is what firmament looks like:
Yes, she knows firmament means 'heavens' or 'sky'. This is the sky she made to put above the earth we created. (I kind of love that she used so much purple. There should be purple in Heaven, right?)

I love this picture. If we could take a picture of God's hands making the oceans, I believe the proportions would be very much like this. 

Of course, God made the animals. And the food that they eat. Definitely including bananas.

Near the end of class, a sweet little girl told us to zoom way out. The solar system looks like this:

Do you know what God did on the seventh day? "He took a nap!"

Genesis 2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2 And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

Friday, January 10, 2014

My Accidental Prayer Journal

Last year at the beginning of Lent, my friend Aneela and I had a conversation about focusing during Lent. We had energy and exciting ideas and great conversation. We promised to be 'Lenten Prayer Partners' and decided to keep prayer journals.
And then we didn't talk about it much again until after Easter.

When we did talk, I remember our assorted 'excuses'. I feel almost silly thinking about the various ways I said to her that I ended up not keeping a prayer journal because I couldn't buy the one I wanted. I had some perfect idea in my head of a bound book with a beautiful cover and miraculous inspiration on the inside that would lead to me to pray.

Over the last year, Aneela and I have occasionally said to each other, "O yeah... it isn't Lent, but we should still do those journals. Let's do it!" Lots of talking. Not so much doing.

Then I started this new job. And I found myself in intentional prayer, looking for ways to record what I prayed about. I found myself with lists of prayer requests and prayers that came up during the work week. And I found myself telling Aneela all about it.

I told her about this weird but seemingly effective way to remind myself to pray each day:

And how the list might start like this:
And end up more like this:

I'm keeping track in fun, new ways:

And when you put it all together, Aneela, it is a bit like journaling. O! I have a prayer journal! I created it by accident. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Eve

5:05 Christmas Alive
Christmas Eve Worship Service

It was awesome! We had a short, kid-friendly service. We heard the Christmas story. We signed a birthday card for Jesus. We sang together and lit candles to Silent Night. It was beautiful. 
During the children's time, the children circled around Pastor. He asked them, "Do you know what today is?" And they emphatically answered him: "TUESDAY!" (He agreed with them, but reminded them that it was also Christmas Eve...)

After service, we enjoyed fellowship, snacks and crafts with family and new friends. We put cards on key rings. We used Bible verses that remind us of God's constant presence in our lives. 

While we were working on the keychains, it occurred to someone that the Bible verses about God's presence were a perfect match for our upcoming Small Group semester: "A 24/7 God".
Our leftover keychain cards will be mailed to our homebound members. We are excited to remind everyone that God is ever present in our daily lives!

Make your own keychain cards at home! Use any Bible verses you'd like!
Step-by-step photo instructions: