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Florida Conference of Seventh Day Adventists

Newsletter 9-7-2016

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

*The TEAM spent this last weekend ministering to families at Family Camp 2016.  We had such a great time presenting and fellowship with those that braved hurricane Hermine and came to camp.  It was such a blessing to see families doing things together and catching up with the happenings in each others lives.  God instructed us on how to interact with and nourish the family unit.  I have put a few things that you can do with your family to keep your family doing things together.  My prayer this week is for you and your family.

Parenting Insight You Can Use Now
One great way to challenge the sibling conflict problems in a household is to play games with your children. Games are miniature scenarios about real life. Whether you’re playing a board game, a card game, or some kind of communication or role playing game, children have to use relational skills.
Playing games can teach children how to win, how to lose, how to show mercy, and how to talk humbly. As you play games with your children, model honor. Have fun and enjoy the game but avoid put downs, bragging, boasting, hurtful revenge, and meanness. That seems to be hard even for some parents sometimes.
Teach children how to win without being hurtful, how to lose without complaining, how to make a good move with humility, and show honor whether you’re winning or losing. Kids need to see these things modeled in games so they can learn how to handle similar situations in life.
Choose your comments wisely as you correct or confront others who may not handle themselves well. You may let some things go, but your comments are important and children learn from the things you say.
You may see selfishness and bad attitudes demonstrate themselves. Look for loving ways to correct while still enjoying the game. Play games regularly and continue to look for ways to communicate honor and challenge dishonoring behavior and words. You’ll be surprised at how much you can teach without your children even realizing they’re in a classroom.

Family Responsibility Object Lesson: This is an effective illustration that compares recreation to sand, responsibilities to rocks, and a bucket to represent time.

The order in which you put the sand and rocks into the bucket will determine if you can make them all fit.

The illustration teaches the point that by putting your responsibilities first (the rocks) and then filling the time left with recreation (the sand) one can make the best use of their time (the bucket) and fit everything in. Have each person analyze their personal recreation and responsibilities and see how best they can balance them in their lives.

Create a sailing boat from a large piece of cardboard and use it for storytelling and acting out role play scenes from familiar New Testament stories! We had a large cardboard box recently that we used for making a fun train track activity scene on the inside. On the outside I painted a simple boat shape with paint and stuck a long, thin piece of wooden edging rail through a hole at the top and bottom to become a mast. To this we tied some thin material to represent the sail, tossed a blue blanket on the floor to become the sea and added some cardboard fish (that are part of a counting project we are also working on.) We put it in front of the sofa so that we could climb in and sit on it, and read stories together about the disciples on the Sea of Galilee and all of the wonderful accounts of their interactions with Jesus there. We read about the stilling of the storm, how the Lord Jesus walked on water and encouraged Peter to do the same, the coin in the fish’s mouth and others. The girls also pretended to do a bit of fishing and had a go at being tossed around in a strong storm and remembering how Jesus stopped the storm with such a simple, powerful command of “Peace, be still.”

Using props and storytelling aides can really bring the Bible to life for kids and make it easier to understand events as they happened.

Have you used story telling props or scenes during family worship?

Calendar Updates:

                       September 30-Oct2    North Area Adventurer Camp Out @ Camp Kulaqua

                        October 15                  Creative Ministry Workshop Cooper City SDA Church

                        October 21-23             Couples Retreat @ Camp Kulaqua Register by going to the Florida Conference Website for Youth.

                        November 5                Creative Ministry Workshop @ North Miami SDA Church

Plan to put these dates on your church calendar so you can be a part of the events in your area.

I trust you are safe now that the storm has passed and you are enjoying some less moist days.  My early morning commute has made me aware of the cooler mornings and the change of seasons.  May you stop to experience God’s great blessings in and out of your homes (like out in nature).

Have a great rest of the week.  Looking forward to spending this next weekend at my home church and catch up with the happenings at home.

Praying for all of you and your family.  Keep your focus on things above.

 

September 7, 2016
September 7, 2016