KiDSCOR

3rd Grade Mission Trip Day 2

Today was our second day in St. Louis.  We spent the morning putting together kits for new Moms.  We decorated gift bags filled with baby wipes, lotion, shampoo, Dreft detergent, and a tiny wash cloth.  Each kit cost $10 and we raised enough money for 110 kits.  During Team Time, we talked about the book we read last night, “The Streets are Free” because it talked about a kids and a community coming together to make a playground.

Our devotion was a game where each one of us had to find a baggie hidden in the house.  The baggies had words for our mission verse that we had to put together.  Our verse is “Your Word is a lamp before my feet and a light for my journey” Psalm 119:105.

Then we went to Cherokee street and had lunch at a Mexican restaurant. There were tacos and ice cream but sadly we did not get ice cream.  We walked to Bridge Bread.  Bridge Bread is a bakery where they sell yummy cinnamon rolls and breads.  The bakers are people that were homeless and didn’t have hope in their future.  One baker’s story that really touched me was that thought he would be living the rest of his life in an air conditioning unit on top of a hotel.  He now has a job and a place to live.  We took mini cinni’s and water bottles up and down Cherokee street giving them out for free.  Some people were really excited and some thought they had to pay.  When we told them they were free, they were really surprised.  We passed out minis and water and picked up trash at their community park called Love Bank. That was a lot like the park from our book.

After Cherokee Street, we went back to Rutger House and then went to the City Museum.  The City Museum was a really fun place.  It had all these super fun slides and they had an outdoor climbing playground that I was too scared to go up high on but lots of the other kids did.   They had caves and tunnels you could go through and explore and it was really fun.  I loved climbing with my friends – not just the girls but with the boys as well.  We ate pizza and chocolate chip cookies and soda or water.  After exploring the caves more, we went back to the Rutger House.

After devotion and team time, we were all super tired and went to bed.

3rd Grade Mission Trip Day 1 Recap

*A group of 3rd graders with their parents are taking part in a 4 day mission trip to St. Louis. Below is a quick recap of their first day!*

Day 1 – April 21, 2017

We left on our 3rd grade mission trip to St. Louis this morning in two big vans – boys in one van and girls in another.  We stopped at a park in Columbia, Missouri to eat and play.  When we got to St. Louis, we went to Kingdom House (http://www.kingdomhouse.org/)  and played games with kids that were part of their after school program.  Today was Fun Friday which meant instead of homework, they played games  with us.  We played get to know each other games and tag games.  We ate dinner with them.  It was ham sandwiches, raw broccoli with ranch dressing, sliced peaches and milk.  We made some new friends and had a lot of fun.

After dinner, we took a tour of Kingdom House.  We saw classrooms that are used for preschool, after school programs, and adult classes like nutrition and cooking.  We visited a store where people can shop for clothes and shoes.  Everything is $1.00.  After that, we went to their food market and pantry.  At the market, they can buy food for a low price, and at the pantry, they can get free food.  Then we headed back across the street to Rutger House where we staying.  It is a very nice house and we are happy we have a comfortable place to sleep.  After team time and devotions, we all read a book with our grownup, “The Streets are Free” and then went to bed to get a good night’s sleep before a busy day tomorrow!

-Tessa Ruhnke

Friday Faith Builder

My husband, Chris, is the Associate Pastor at Resurrection West.  A couple of years ago, the campus pastor, Jason Gant, preached on the Parable of the Lost Sheep and as part of his sermon, he included a live sheep.  My husband was the person chosen to hang out with the sheep and lead her on and off the stage during Jason’s sermon.  I had such fun watching Chris as he gently talked to the sheep, petted her and walked calmly beside and in front of her.

Caring for animals is a responsibility God has given to each of us.  God placed people at the head of all creation and asked us to be stewards of all He had made.  With spring around the corner, now is a great time to help your kids learn about animals and how to care for them. Enjoy two or three activities below and help your family care for all of God’s creatures!

*If you have a pet, invite your child to feed and water him/her and take your pet on walks together.

*Offer to pet sit in a friend’s home.

*Visit a farm or zoo.  Learn about how the staff and volunteers care for the animals.

*Check out a book or two from the library and learn about different kinds of animals.

*Create a bird feeder or bird bath and enjoy watching and listening to the birds.

*Volunteer at an animal shelter.

*Learn about endangered animals and how you can help protect them.

Have fun as a family caring for God’s world!

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Family GPS 02.26.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Family Activity:

Every day is a gift from God! No matter our situation or our age, we can celebrate and give thanks, even when we face challenges and fear. Encourage your family members to choose one day this week where they will be intentionally aware of the world around them. Invite them to use their senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell to soak in God’s presence in the everyday ordinary-ness of life. When you gather in the evening, ask each person to share God’s gifts in their day. You can draw, make a list or create a collage of what your family experienced. Seek to become more aware of God’s goodness and blessings on a daily basis and thank God often. When you feel anxious, review your lists or look at your pictures and thank God for being present always.

 

Action Steps:

  • Collect offering for our new building
  • Carry a small stone in your pocket to remind you God is always with you
  • Use blocks to build a church or a temple
  • Pray for all who will enter our new building

 

Conversation Starters:

  • Discuss a time you have been scared and how God helped you.
  • Name three characteristics of God.
  • Discuss how to keep God the focus of your life.
  • Talk about what you need to finish that you have started.

 

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Friday Faith Builder

By Amie Littrell

Childhood is magical. A child experiences something brand new for the first time every day, every week, or every month – slides, airplanes, cake, bonfire, snow, giraffe, starry sky, roller coasters, losing teeth – life is so exciting! The newness and excitement of life that children carry around with them can be incredibly contagious – but it can also be ignored.

When was the last time you looked in awe-filled wonder at the sky? Or tried a new ice-cream flavor? Or noticed someone’s laughter that was unique – a laughing style you’d never heard before! As adults, many of us get so busy with our worries, our work, our responsibilities, and our images that we quit noticing things all around us. Day after day of this kind of lifestyle leaves many of us drained of wonder, imagination, excitement, yes, and even joy.

Most parents think often about what they want to teach their children. Jesus told his disciples, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, CEB) Today, think for a moment about what you can learn from your children. Get off your phone and notice your children. Truly notice them. Watch the ways in which they play and interact with their world. Share their sense of wonder. Don’t get too busy taking care of business that you forget to enjoy your children! Listen to what they say. Play with them while you still can! Let time stand still and don’t be in a rush. Soak in the moments together as they come.

Dr. Edward M. Hallowell says that simply enjoying children is one of the best pieces of parenting advice that he has. “Let [children] activate those parts of you that had already started to go dead before they were born and let those parts of you energize your work, your friendships, your spiritual life, every part of your life that there is.” (Edward M. Hallowell, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, Random House Publishing Group, 2002.) So take a break today and have some fun. Let your child help you to rediscover the small joys of life.

Family GPS 02.19.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Action Steps:

  • Collect offering for our new building
  • Carry a small stone in your pocket to remind you God is always with you
  • Use blocks to build a church or a temple
  • Pray for all who will enter our new building

 

Conversation Starters:

  • Discuss a time you have been scared and how God helped you.
  • Name three characteristics of God.
  • Discuss how to keep God the focus of your life.
  • Talk about what you need to finish that you have started.

 

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Family GPS 02.12.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Conversation Starters:

  • Discuss a time you have been scared and how God helped you.
  • Name three characteristics of God.
  • Discuss how to keep God the focus of your life.
  • Talk about what you need to finish that you have started.

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

When our girls were younger, our family used to venture out in the cold to ice skate at Crown Center.  One time, as I was making my way around the rink, I observed some connections between ice skating and life.

  1. Old and young need each other.
  2. We all fall down sometimes.
  3. When we do fall down, it is important to get back up and try again!
  4. A helping hand makes the adventure a little easier.
  5. Sometimes we just need a break.
  6. Laughing at ourselves makes everything much more fun.
  7. Taking a risk opens the doors for new learning!
  8. Encouragement means a lot!
  9. Time outside can renew our minds, bodies and spirits.
  10. Dress in layers and make sure to always have shoes that fit. (We get less blisters that way.)

Which of these does your family resonate most with right now? Which one might you explore further? What might you add to the list?

God reveals spiritual truths to us through everyday moments. Our role is to pay attention with all of our senses to discover God and God’s leading.

Encourage your family’s faith development by acknowledging God’s presence in everything you do.  Be reminded that God is always with us and always wanting to show Himself!  Pray and ask God to help you seek Him always.  And have fun!

Family GPS 02.05.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

 

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

I recently attended a church event designed for children and families.  I enjoyed seeing the many children learning and serving together alongside their parents, grandparents and friends.  At one point, I happened to walk by a table where an eight or nine-year old boy was serving with his grandma.

I overheard him say, “Grandma, thanks so much for bringing me here.  I really like this place and I really like doing this!” (They were creating crafts for kids in a residential treatment center.) I lingered a bit longer and listened in to a brief conversation about how he wanted to invite his friends next year.  He and his grandma enthusiastically agreed they would and they moved on to the next activity.

A little while later, I saw Grandma standing by herself.  I decided I would let her know I had overheard their conversation and encourage her in the time and effort she was investing in her grandson.  I said, “I heard what your grandson said to you earlier about being here and how he thanked you for bring him here.  Good job, Grandma.”  And I patted her on the shoulder.

She smiled and shook her head and expressed gratitude for my comment. I thought about how often I encourage children and how that compares to how often I encourage the adults in their lives. I thought of friends, neighbors, colleagues and even those I see in the grocery store whose names I don’t know.  I know how much it has lifted my spirits when someone has noticed my attempts at loving and caring for my own kids and I decided I would work more intentionally to notice and acknowledge the positive efforts of others.

Would you join me in encouraging your fellow parents along this challenging and blessed journey of raising kids? Can we come together and support and lift each other and each other’s children up no matter what the circumstances may be?  God has given us numerous verses in the Bible about encouraging one another, and not only will it bless the other person, but it will bless us, too.