November Orange Slices


Hi Parents!

    Here we go.  We're creeping into that time of year.  Christmas decorations lining the store shelves, invitations to holiday parties already arriving, the start of planning menus and family visits, trying to think up creative ideas to keep kids occupied during school breaks, and that one word on every parent's lips... busy.  If you want this year to be different, to step out from under what presses in and demands your focus of energy and time, you have to have a plan in place.  We'd like to help you with that through one word.  SERVING.
    The dictionary definition of serving is this: to render assistance; be of use; help.  I like the part that says "be of use".  What if we looked at serving as divine appointments created by God for us to be of use by Him in someone else's life.  It can make it exciting as you begin to be on the lookout for ways to be used by God!  And when you're leading your kids by serving alongside them, it's a bonus burst!  Not only are you helping your family shift the focus off yourselves and onto someone else, but it's one of the best ways to help your kids develop an authentic faith that includes loving others. 
     Usually families spend Thanksgiving sharing what they're thankful for.... as we should!  There are so many reasons to be thankful to Father God!  But what if... you also spent some time with your kids making plans to be used by God by serving together this Christmas season.  And why just this time of year?  Why not make some plans for 2017 while you're at it.
     Look for the resources we will have for your family on Sunday mornings in November for a "Countdown to Christmas" with serving ideas to get you started.  We'll also be including invitations for you to share with your friends to invite them to our family Christmas Eve service and our "New Year's Eve - Family Style!" big event coming up!  Because inviting people to hear more about God's love for them is always a great way to "be of use" to Him! 
     Jesus said, "... the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)  And that's what Christmas really is all about.

Praying for you and cheering you on,

Jan Hanson
    Kids & Families Director