It’s here, it’s here, it’s here, it’s finally 5th Sunday, YAY!
That’s right – whenever there is a 5th Sunday in a month, we use our Sunday school hour(s) to work on service projects with our elementary age kids at the ROCK – it’s one of our favorite times, and theirs, too!
We are thrilled to support Backpack Buddies (http://foodshuttle.org/we-feed/childrens-hunger-relief/backpack-buddies/) as our outreach this month. BackPack Buddies provides children from food-insecure homes with healthy weekend meals during the school year. The children, selected by school principals, guidance counselors, and supervisors of various after school programs, receive a backpack containing six balanced meals and two healthy snacks at the end of every week. The local and national news have recently aired stories about children going hungry when they are out of school. For many, the meals they get at school are it: there is no food at home.
We have been collecting food all month, and have had very generous donations by our families, so we plan to pack 75-100 back packs Sunday morning, wooooweee!
Our lessons all moth have been about service: lending a hand to help someone else. There’s something pretty great that happens when we decide to take the focus off of ourselves and lend a hand to help someone who needs it.
What do you think would happen to the heart of a child, to the character of a child, if they grew up looking for good things to do for others in secret? Not to be recognized by people, but to realize that they were doing it only for God? That’s why our memory verse this month is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Can’t wait to see you and your shine Sunday!
For our preschoolers:
Our lives are like puzzles aren’t they? We have lots of the pieces, and we keep getting new ones. However, we can’t see what the picture is going to look like in the end. Only God sees the finished work. Only He knows how they all fit together. Only He knows His plan for us.
That’s what we’re teaching preschoolers this month, that God has a plan for us. He gives us pieces of our puzzle as we go through life, and they all fit together. They are all part of His plan.
Nowhere in the Bible is God’s ultimate plan easier to see than through the story of Joseph. From his fabulous colorful coat to his time spent in jail to his saving the people of Egypt from famine, Joseph’s story truly illustrates that God had a plan. And, even though Joseph didn’t know God’s complete plan, he trusted it and he continued to trust God.
We’re going to show preschoolers God’s plan for Joseph this month. And, as they learn the stories, they are going to construct a puzzle to see how each piece of his story fits together—how it all fits together. Then, we’ll teach them that God has a plan for them too. It says so right in His word, “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever,” (Psalm 33:11, NIV). By the time the month is over, our preschooler will be able to state with confidence, “God has a plan for me.”
Below are this week’s schedules and lessons:
See you Sunday!