Friday, April 29, 2022

May 1

Supported Workers for this week are Community Kids

This includes the weekly information:  Age group / Title / Theme / Passage / Memory Verse

Samuel hears God’s Voice 
God wants us to obey
1 Samuel 3:1 – 10
Jeremiah 42:6

The Friend in the Den  
Jesus, our Friend, answers our prayers
Daniel 6:12 - 28
Jer 33:3

1st Grade Sunday School
A warm welcome for 3 friends 
God gives us the strength & courage to stand for Him
Dan. 3
Is 41:10a

2nd & 3rd Grade Sunday School
Jesus accepted sacrificial service
Jesus deserves our honor and sacrificial devotion
Mark 4:1-11
Phil. 2:9, 10

4th & 5th Grade Sunday School
Guard your mind
God wants us to meditate on His truth & guard our minds from evil.
Rom 12:1, 2; Phil. 4:6-9
Rom 12:2 

Children’s Church (1st – 5th)
Joseph forgives his brothers
Genesis 42-50
Gen 50:20

This is the last week Genesis 50:20 is the Memory Verse. 
The kids are taking home a sheet with the verse to post in their rooms or somewhere in the house to help them remember the truth that God is SOVEREIGN.

For your family discussions remember SOVEREIGN means God is in control of everything.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Awana Awards 2022

Today would usually be the monthly post on the book Zealous and we will continue with Commitment #3 on May 25.

Tonight is our Awana Awards Night so I wanted to help connect what Trinity Baptist Church desires to do with the children's ministry, Kids and families Intentionally Discipled Zealously and how that connects with our Awana ministry.

What is Awana?  This may be basic information for those who have been part of Awana but please continue reading.

The Awana webpage says it is "a worldwide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for ages 2-18."

The word Awana is an acronym for the phrase "Approved Workmen Are Never Ashamed," which comes from 2 Timothy 2:15.

In thinking about Awana, in general, and specifically at Trinity, there are many things that are needed to make it a fruitful program.  Two of the most important things are an emphasis on God and His Word and volunteers who love God and love children.  At Trinity, we are extremely blessed to have both of these essential elements.  

It is our prayer that through Awana, kids and their families learn about God, His Word, and how to live for God's glory through an intentional curriculum and very intentional relationships.  While we enjoy the Awana books, games, and programs, ultimately we want children and families to dig into their Bibles and be zealous for God. 

And if you are not sure what it means to be zealous for God, it means pursuing God with great energy and enthusiasm.  Luke 10:27 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

Thank you parents for bringing your kids to Awana, helping them put together crazy outfits, and reviewing memory verses with them.

Thank you volunteers for all your work throughout this year and especially thanks to Mike Guest for his leadership in this ministry.

UPDATED (4/28/22):  Here are some pictures from last night.

Friday, April 22, 2022

April 24

Supported Workers for this are the McMaster's

This includes the weekly information:  Age group / Title / Theme / Passage / Memory Verse

Mary sees Jesus - 
Jesus talked with people after his resurrection
John 20:1, 2, 11 – 18
Matt 28:6

The Friend in Heaven  - 
Jesus, our Friend, hears our prayers
Daniel 6:1 - 11
Prov. 15:29

1st Grade Sunday School
The End of a Kingdom
God’s Word is for our good and God’s glory
2 Chron. 34:1 – 36:21
Is. 40:8

2nd & 3rd Grade Sunday School
Jesus offered himself 
Jesus offers us true peace
Matt. 21:1-13; Luke 19:39-44
Luke 19:38

4th & 5th Grade Sunday School
Serve with Joy 
God blesses us with joy as we surrender to him.
Phil. 2:14 – 18
Phil 2:17 

Children’s Church (1st – 5th)
Joseph Interprets dreams
Genesis 40, 41
Gen 50:20

Friday, April 15, 2022

April 17 - Easter

Supported Workers for this Sunday is the McMaster family in Brazil.

This includes the weekly information:  Age group / Title / Theme / Passage / Memory Verse

Go to the end of this email for 1st - 5th-grade service resources.

Jesus rises from the dead 
Jesus died and rose again
Matthew 28:1-8
Matt 28:6

The Friend on the Cross  - 
Jesus, our friend, died for us on the cross
Luke 24:1-12; John 20:3-10
John 15:13

Children’s Church (1st – 5th) in the service upstairs on Easter

HERE are some Kids in Church resources 

It is my prayer that the information below will help families talk about and live out what they have been learning at church.

The current unit's memory verse is Gen 50:20 - You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

While it is directly related to Joseph, it also shows the mindset Jesus had in his garden prayer and his reaction to the people before his crucifixion.  This passage and the sermon provide a great opportunity for your family to talk about the sermon and what we have been learning in Children's Church.

The kid's bulletin will help your child see this.  Here is a walkthrough of the bulletin to help you talk with your 1st - 5th grader.

These statements and questions will help you talk about the blanks in the Kid's bulletin.

God has a plan for all of life, yours included, that is unpacked at Easter

Paul is speaking to the Men of Israel and You who fear God
Verse 17a - The God of the People of Israel chose our ancestors.

Throughout February and March, we learned about the patriarchs - "our ancestors" - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

Ask your child what they remember about these three men and their wives.

Remind them the hero in these stories is not the person.  The hero is God who chose these people and who these people serve. 

Verse 17b - He made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt.

Through April and the first week of May, we are studying how God worked in and through Joseph.

Ask your child how God brought Joseph to Egypt.

You can look ahead to see how God brought his whole family, the Israelites, to Egypt.

Verse 17c - with mighty power he led them out of that country.

Beginning May 8th we are going to be studying Exodus - Moses, the plagues, the Passover, and the Red Sea are what God used to bring them out of that country.

Verse 18 - for about forty years he endured their conduct in the wilderness

This summer we are going to be looking at the Israelites wandering in the wilderness

Verses 19 - 22

Going forward in our "through the Bible" study, we will be looking at the growth of the Kingdom of Israel through the conquest of land and the leadership of Samuel, Saul, and David.

Those who are ignorant of the written Word will be ignorant of the living Word.

Verses 23 - 32 

All of these events, the life and ministry of John the Baptist, and the life, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ point to the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, who came so that we could know God, the forgiveness of sins, and freedom from sin and death. 

 Think about Acts 13:38, 39

Therefore my friends I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.  Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.

We must in this order:

1.  Listen to the written word.
2.  Accept by faith Jesus Christ
3.  Repent of our sin and Receive salvation from judgment
4.  Joyfully respond to this truth by living for Christ


"What is Good about Good Friday?" video

Some videos of the songs sung during the service will be posted after Sunday.

Death was Arrested

Crown Him with Many Crowns

Friday, April 8, 2022

April 10

Trinity families,

There are some specific family notes for Children's Church (1st -5th grade) at the end of this post.

Supported Workers for this week are the McMasters in Brazil

This post includes the weekly class information:  Age group / Title / Theme / Passage / Memory Verse

Jesus’ triumphal entry
Jesus deserves our praise
Matthew 21:1 – 9
Ps 9:1

The Friend in the Fire  - 
Jesus, our Friend, is with us all the time
Daniel 3
Ps 56:3

1st Grade Sunday School
Jesus’ lesson on Life and Death
Jesus came from God to give us life
John 11:1-44
John 11:25

 2nd & 3rd Grade Sunday School
Jesus condemns hypocrisy
Jesus’ true followers worship Him from their hearts.
Mark 2:13-17; 3:1-6
Mat 15:8 

4th & 5th Grade Sunday School
Praise the Commander
Acts 16:9-40
Acts 16:25 

Children’s Church (1st – 5th)
Joseph is falsely accused
Genesis 39
Genesis 50:20

In Children's Church (1st - 5th grade) were are learning about the life of Joseph and our memory verse for the next couple of weeks is Genesis 50:20.

Today, we also took a little time outside of the planned lesson to talk about Lament Prayer and Lament Psalm.

Four points of Lament Prayers/Psalms  are
  1. Turn to God - address God
  2. Complain - state your case -  Biblical complaints express that part of the problem is you actually believe the promises of God but the present situation makes it hard to make sense of things.
  3. Ask - make your request
  4. Trust - express trust and praise
An example of a Lament Psalm is Psalm 22, which has a connection with this week.

I have posted about lament and a helkpful book on lament, Dark Cloud, Deep Mercies, HERE.

Take some time this week to talk with your 1st - 5th grader about the story of Joseph and what we can do when things don't go the way we expect.

You can connect the Children's Church (1st - 5th) lesson with Pastor Brett's sermon through this quote. "We must always interpret our circumstances by His love not interpret His love by our circumstances."

Friday, April 1, 2022

April 3

 Supported Workers for this are the Nielsen's

This includes the weekly information:  Age group / Title / Theme / Passage / Memory Verse

Mary’s Gift 
God is glad when we give to Him
Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-8
1 John 4:7

The Friend in Captivity  - 
Jesus, our friend, helps us obey even when it’s hard
Daniel 1
Acts 5:29

1st Grade Sunday School
God’s Night Light 
Jesus is God’s light in a world dark with sin
John 3:1-21
John 3:17

2nd & 3rd Grade Sunday School
Jesus has power over disease  - 
Jesus has power over sin’s effects on our bodies
Matt. 8:1-4; Jn 9:1-7; 35-41
1 Peter 2:24

4th & 5th Grade Sunday School
Talk to the Commander
God hears & answers our prayers for strength & provision
Acts 12:1-19; Eph. 6:18, 19; James 5:16

Children’s Church (1st – 5th)
Joseph is sold into slavery
Genesis 37
Gen 50:20