Hey Parents! Here is a quick recap of what we discussed this week in a downloadable version! Don't forget that your child earns points each week for completing the At Home Challenge and for being able to recite the memory verse here!
For quite some time our church has been looking to communicate in a more effective way. That is why we are now offering a text messaging service to stay in touch! For our kids ministry this will be done through Remind, which many of you may be familiar with. Here is how you can sign up:
text @23c2a to the number 81010
You will receive a welcome text from Remind.
If anyone has trouble with 81010, try texting @23c2a to (678) 321-0973.
That is it! It is that simple! Sign up now to stay in the loop on upcoming events, important information and more. And also be sure and check out this blog page. I will be updating more frequently as we attempt to utilize this more as a means of connection. Have a great week!
- Justin Davis
Tonight was the 50th anniversary of a Charlie Brown Christmas. This brings back so many wonderful memories of mine as a kid at Christmas time. This has always been my absolute favorite time of year and so many of the memories I cherish have come from this season. We want to help you and your family create memories together this time of year and we have some great opportunities going on for you to join in on!
First, this coming Friday, the Women's Ministry is hosting their Vintage Christmas event. This is for women of all ages but is also a great experience for moms and daughters to enjoy together. The cost is $5 which includes a craft fee. I highly encourage you to attend and to bring you daughter or maybe even your own mom. More info is at the link below and you can sign up there as well.
Second, our Family Christmas Party is coming up next Saturday right here at the church at 4pm! (I apologize for the calendar error). This is a great event for the family and is a lot of fun. We will go out into the community to serve together, come back for food, crafts, and cookies, and we will cap off the night with some awesome games. This is for all families at our church with kids and we will have something special for our families with younger kids (toddler range) as well. You can RSVP by visiting the link below and filling out the form. This event is 100% and 100% full of Christmas cheer!
Christmas Party RSVP
Third (and lastly), I think that this time of year there are so many ways to connect and remind our kids what the reason for the season really is. We are getting ready to kick off a sermon series about this very thing and will be discussing it in Kids Worship as well. I find myself overwhelmed with the busyness of the season and find it hard to commit to leading my own family to reflect on this throughout the month. I cam across this resource from another church that I thought was fantastic. Take this and use it! I am attaching a direct download below for a devotional and for the activity materials that go alongside of it. (Ignore the stuff about the church and supplement our church when possible). And let me encourage you in this way....don't let this season overwhelm you! Take this material (or others that you and your family may already use) and just seek to reflect as often as you can! Maybe even share this with a family friend and do it together or establish accountability within your family to make this a priority.
I am excited to enjoy this season with you and your family!
Two weeks ago our family was able to take a vacation. It has been a long year for us with several changes and this was the first week long break of any kind we had been able to partake in. Last year, before our newest addition Benjamin, we went on a family trip to Gatlinburg. Before we even made it to our cabin we had made an ER visit. Not the ideal beginning to a vacation! Emma had thrush, which itself is simply a wicked wicked thing, and needless to say our vacation became more of an extended doctor's office visit than a real vacation. Not a great week....not a real vacation.
This year I was excited to go again because I just knew it would be different. And it was....sort of. Emma and Ben BOTH ended up sick and the symptoms increased as the week went along. However in the midst of all of the calamity of being new to having two kids instead of one, and the sickness of both of the kids, this was not my biggest distraction. It was myself. My mind. It wouldn't stop running the entire week and it was noticeable to all who accompanied me.
I wasn't lost in attempting to imprint precious, invaluable vacation memories deep into my mind. I wasn't exhausted from having two kids and two sick kids at that. My mind was obsessively latched onto many different thoughts. It was whirling and impossible to gain control of. I was present on the trip however I was an absent minded father on the trip. I was there....I just wasn't really there. I was somewhere else.
I fell into a trap that Jesus warned us of. It was the snare of worry. I was anxious and the Zantac, Pepto, and Maalox were there on the counter to provide evidence. In Luke 12:22-34 Jesus is instructing the disciples about how not to worry in light of what they are experiencing and are soon to experience following Him. They are led not to worry as Jesus reminds them of who they are, and of who He is. I forgot two important things that fed my worry.
They are weak, I am weak.
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[c] 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?"
Adding an hour to our life for Jesus is a SMALL thing. A small thing! We have absolutely no power over it. No amount of stress inducing worry can change even an hour of our lives, and it couldn't fix the problems that so solidly grabbed my attention. Our fixes nothing for it is weakness. It is a lack of faith. We are weak.
Jesus is strong.
"30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his[e] kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
I want to fix my own problems. Acknowledging this fact is uncomfortable and that is how I found myself absent from my family. My inability to fix my issues led me to remove myself from all sense of being there. I was humbly reminded that I cannot be my own savior. I need one. I love the verse above that states it is our Father's good pleasure to give us the things the kingdom, the things that we need. He loves being our King, and will allow us to dismantle our own kingdom that we might recall our desperate need for him.
This week, in the midst of you worry, step off the throne. Confess that you aren't a good king and that you can't save the things that your worry seeks conquer. Not a moment of your life. Not even your vacation. Then lean on the true King that takes pleasure in saving, providing, guiding and leading you and fear not.
We are weak. He is strong.
Hey Parents! If you are reading this, then congratulations! You are officially reading the way we will update all of our parents in the future. As the need arises I will send links via email and text to you to update you about a new blog post. My hope is that these posts will better keep us all in the loop on what is happening for families at the church. Also if you have questions you can now simply comment on the blog post! Gotta love convenience!
As for what is happening right now at WABC:
We really desire for our families to value the importance of serving TOGETHER. This gives your children a chance to see you living out the Gospel in front of them. Use these opportunity to reaffirm and share the good news about Jesus with your kids! That being said we have a great opportunity for you to serve together next Saturday with Operation Christmas Child.
Also be sure and join us for Movie Night this coming Friday beginning at 5:30PM here at the church!
Moms, we have a cooking class just for you coming up next Sunday, November 15th at 3PM. Dinner On A Dime will take place here at the church and is being led by the Avenue Women. Join them to learn a new recipe but use this as an opportunity to serve a neighbor or friend. Everyone who attends the class will also be preparing a meal. Take that meal and bless someone next Sunday. It is so easy to want to take it home for your own family but I challenge you to resist, and serve someone that God is leading you towards with the meal you will be preparing. Do this as a family and discuss and celebrate!
Finally, I am attaching a link to blog post that I feel may be helpful in discussing with your kids about how Jesus is real! With so many other outside factors pointing us to believe the opposite, it is important for us to be sure and remind our kids of the truth that Jesus is real. If he is real then sin is real, death is real, but gloriously so, salvation is real as well!
Justin Davis | Kids Minister at the Ave.