October Sneak Peek for Preschool Parents

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This month, we are talking about David’s Story. We are focusing on how God helped David do some pretty BIG things and how He helps us do big things, too. Watch the preview video here:

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October Sneak Peek for Elementary Parents

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Hey Elementary Parents! In October’s preview video, we discover that when you use your imagination to do something unique, your CREATIVITY can transform something blank into something awesome! We’re not creative because of our talents. We’re creative because that’s how God made us. He designed us in HIS image. Watch the preview video here:

 

Another giveaway!

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It’s time for another giveaway!

We want to give away a free copy of Playing for keeps by Reggie Joiner. In the book, he details six things kids need over time, with a lot of practical ideas. It also includes the bonus “book” Losing your marbles (It’s not what you think.)

For a chance to win, leave a comment answering the following question:

What was your favorite toy growing up?

We’ll randomly select a winner on March 24th. Do miss out on your chance to win this great book.

Choosing to cheat – part 10

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For the last several months, we have been posting wisdom from an incredibly helpful book: Choosing to Cheat: Who wins when family and work collide? by Andy Stanley. (Click here for the previous post in this series.) This is the last post as we wrap up this series.

If you ever wonder how you can be successful at work without sacrificing your relationships with those closest to you, then this book is for you (or someone close to you).

Quotations from Chapter 9:

  • Maybe your boss doesn’t see eye to eye with you when it comes to prioritizing business and family. Maybe your boss won’t be open to your suggestion of an alternate schedule.
  • If your boss doesn’t accept your proposed alternate schedule, then maybe you need to begin looking for another opportunity that supports rather than competes with what you envision for your family.
  • Your willingness to leave may be a defining moment in terms of what happens to your family.
  • God honors those who place their faith in Him (Matthew 6:33). Order your world around your Heavenly Father’s priorities and then trust Him to fill the gaps created by your faithfulness.
  • Instead of asking God to stand watch over your family while you give to your career what belongs at home, turn the prayer around. Go home, seek Him first, and ask Him to bless things at work.
  • Why give your ultimate loyalty to an organization where your value is conditional upon your ability to perform? Why betray those whose loyalty is unconditional?

Make up your mind. Develop a plan. Deliver it diplomatically. Be willing to walk. And then watch for God.

Who is looking to you to be someone that no one else can be?

These summaries don’t do the book justice. We highly recommend getting a copy of this book to read through!

Music for Christmas

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Looking for a great place to buy music for your little ones this Christmas? Then look no further! Amber Sky Records has what you need.

They have the music that your preschoolers and elementary-aged children listen to in Kidz Community on Sunday mornings.  They have songs and videos that go along with the monthly virtues and Bottom Lines they are exploring.

You can even find these albums and songs on iTunes as well. Just search for “Amber Sky Records“.

Along with candy canes for them to eat, give them some “candy” for their ears this Christmas that they’ll be sure to enjoy.

Choosing to cheat – part 9

ChoosingToCheat

Periodically, we have been posting wisdom from an incredibly helpful book: Choosing to Cheat: Who wins when family and work collide? by Andy Stanley. (Click here for the last post in this series.) We highly encourage you to get a copy of this short and easy read!

If you ever wonder how you can be successful at work without sacrificing your relationships with those closest to you, then this book is for you (or someone close to you).

Quotations from Chapter 8:

  • After you’ve decided to stand by your convictions, how do you go about convincing your employer?
  • The goal is to negotiate your way into a more manageable and flexible schedule.
  • Daniel provides us with a model to follow. Daniel knew how to be both dogmatic and diplomatic. Your attitude and approach should be seasoned with diplomacy and tact.
  • Cheating at work has nothing to do with cheating your employer. Cheating in this context is about reallocating your limited time assets according to your predetermined priorities. Cheating at work has nothing to do with deceiving your employer.
  • Buried in the interaction between Daniel and the king’s official is the framework for a transition strategy. Daniel did three things:
    • He asked for permission to change his work conditions (Daniel 1:8).
      • Address the issue directly. Ask, don’t demand. Offer alternatives.
    • He listened to the objections from his supervisor (Daniel 1:10).
    • He proposed a test that took into account his supervisors concerns (Daniel 1:11-13).
  • You’ll never know what God is willing to do on your behalf until you are willing to step out and to trust him.

Want more details? (These summaries don’t do the book justice!) Then be sure to get a copy of the book. This could have significant impact on your relationships!