From Pastor Donne’s Desk

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1/8 Pie Day: The Grade School Class, until January 8th, has been challenged to bring their Bibles consistently to church. If the kids accomplish this task and bring their Bibles for a total of 144 times, their name will be placed in a drawing to have the opportunity to PIE some of their faithful teachers and Pastor Donne in the face! Here are more details! This is all a chance to partner with you as you encourage your children to build a good habit of bringing and using their Bibles in their daily lives. Contact Pastor Donne at donneblack@elimgospel.org if:

  1. You are a volunteer and want to join in being ‘pie’d’ on January 8th
  2. You are a volunteer or parent and want more information.

At the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: 

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LESSON 12 | God helps us make good choices when we are afraid

Bible Basis: 1 Kings 3:5 – 10:13; 16:29 – 17:16; 18:1 – 46

Bible Verse: Psalm 46:1: “God is our place of safety . . . He is always there to help us in times of trouble.”

Bible Point: God helped his people when they were afraid. He can help me make good choices when I am afraid too.

Resource:preschool Bible The Beginner’s Bible

“ The Wise King” (pages 194 – 200)

“God Watches Over Elijah” (pages 201 – 205)

“Elijah Helps a Widow” (pages 206 – 208)

“Fire From Heaven” (pages 209 – 215)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

  • Where did Solomon’s wisdom come from? 
(God.)
  • Do you think God could give you wisdom if you asked for it?
  • Can you remember a time when you were afraid? What did you do?

Think about what Elijah did when he was afraid. What are some things that you can do when you are afraid? (Pray to God, trust in God, ask God for help, ask God what to do.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Provide your child with props such as a bathrobe and a hat for a robe and a crown, two buckets for altars, and empty bowls for the widow to make her last meal.

When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in per- son, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

Children can easily be frightened by situations in which they feel they are alone. To help them understand that God is not only with them but is also bigger than anything they will face, practice singing the Veggie Tales song “God Is Bigger than the Boogie Man.” You can find the video with the lyrics online, or if you already have the DVD, you can have a movie night!

Practice saying the memory verse for the week together as a family. Before meals, have a race to see who can say the entire verse the fastest, or with the silliest accent, or maybe while clapping!

Grab some modeling dough and use it to act out the Bible story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Help your child make altars, Elijah, the king, and even a blazing fire. Don’t focus on perfection here—just have fun and re-create the story with a little bit of imagination.

At night, when you pray with your child before bed, think together of a few families or individuals who need God’s help. Your child may know of missionaries, friends at preschool, or families at church who need help in some way. Pray that these individuals will know that God is always with them and that they don’t need to be afraid.

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Solomon and Wisdom

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IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home:

Today we learned that big heroes possess wisdom. When Solomon first became king, God told him that he would give him anything he asked for. Solomon had asked God for wisdom. His wisdom was put to the test one day when two women came to him claiming to be the mother of the same baby. His method for determining the truth was unconventional, but it showed how Solomon was wise. When we have wisdom, we can be heroes like Solomon.

HANGING OUT:

Make this week’s lesson real:

Talk to your kids about who they listen to. Wisdom is gained from God and also from the wise counsel of others. Encourage your kids to surround themselves with people who make sound judgments and act wisely. Tell your kids they should feel free to come to you whenever they need help making decisions.

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Here are some great discussion starters

  • Why did the women bring their case to Solomon?
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How did Solomon know which woman was the baby’s real mother?
  • How can we become wise?

AT BEDTIME:

Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

Kids aren’t the only ones who need the wisdom of others. Do you have a mentor? If you do, seek him/her out this week for guidance. If you don’t have a mentor, consider developing a deeper connection with someone whose wisdom and judgment you trust.

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