Saturday, November 12, 2016

Elijah ran from Queen Jezebel & round 2 of Minute to Win It Games

Dear Parents,

The prophet Elijah had just witnessed God’s great display of power over the false god Baal. God had sent fire from heaven and then ended a long drought with a great rain. Elijah must have felt a sense of victory; the evil King Ahab could not deny the one true God. But trouble awaited Elijah in the form of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel. When Jezebel heard what happened at Mount Carmel, she threatened to kill Elijah. Elijah ran away and hid in the wilderness. What a change Elijah experienced! He went from a man faithfully and confidently praying for God’s glory to be displayed at Mount Carmel to a man begging the Lord to take away his life. (See 1 Kings 19:4.) God was merciful to Elijah. An angel of the Lord brought Elijah food and drink while he rested. Then Elijah traveled to Horeb for a personal encounter with God. Horeb—another name for Mount Sinai—was a familiar place in the history of Israel. It was the place where God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites and where Moses met with God. After the events in 1 Kings 18, Elijah might have expected a grand display of God’s presence, but what he experienced was just the opposite. The Lord was not in the wind. The Lord was not in the earthquake. The Lord was not in the fire. God revealed Himself to Elijah in a voice, a soft whisper. Elijah’s circumstances were difficult, but God didn’t leave him. God gave him Elisha, a friend and successor. God assured Elijah that he was not alone; there were 7,000 people in Israel who had not turned to worship Baal.

 As a prophet of God, Elijah faced enemies who wanted to hurt him. Elijah’s life points forward to Jesus, the greatest Prophet, who was hated and killed for sharing and teaching God’s Word. Help your kids understand that God’s prophets suffered, but their lives and messages pointed forward to the ultimate prophet, priest, and king—Jesus Christ—who suffered for the sins of the world. Jesus was hated and killed, but His death and resurrection brought victory for God’s people.



Important Dates coming up:

    November 23rd-No Impact on Wednesday
    
    Kids Sing at Christmas Eve Service- On December 24th, GBF has a Candle light Christmas Eve Service @ 5;30pm.  The kids will be singing songs that they will work on in class on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.  We would love your family to join us at the service and see your child sing.  I know many families go out of town for Christmas, but if you're near home and would like to join us, We'd love to see you there.  As the date gets closer, I will have more information.

    
PLEASE READ:  Parents, please drop your kids off NO earlier than 6:20 on Wednesday nights.  We love having your kids on Wednesday night Impact and see it as an honor to teach them.  Kids have many activities pulling them different ways, and it is encouraging that they WANT to be there learning more about our savior.  One of our top priorities is safety for the kids that are brought to us.  My leaders are coming from work and their own families, so they arrive by 6:15-6:20.  It becomes a safety issue when 10-15 kids show up early and I have no leaders to watch them.  I meet with 5/6 grade worship team at 6:00-6:20, so I am committed to them during that time.   Thank you for understanding and working with us on this matter.  

Toilet Paper fight!!! 


3/4 grade boys/girls played the game "Roll with it"


1/2 grade kids played "Bottle Flip"











CHEESE!!!



Our final challenge was "M&M Toss"


It was a close battle, but Garrin won with 12 M&Ms caught in his mouth.
Dante was close behind with second place.





Sunday, November 6, 2016

Family Take-Home (Elijah ran from Jezebel)-1 Kings 19




Please forgive me for sending home the wrong "Family Take-Home" today at church.  I sent home last weekends again. Below is the correct story your child learned in Children's church.  Again, sorry for the confusion!
Thank you!
Alicia


Family Take-Home
1 Kings 19
Elijah ran from Jezebel


Dear Parents,

The prophet Elijah had just witnessed God’s great display of power over the false god Baal. God had sent fire from heaven and then ended a long drought with a great rain. Elijah must have felt a sense of victory; the evil King Ahab could not deny the one true God. But trouble awaited Elijah in the form of Ahab’s wife, Jezebel.
When Jezebel heard what happened at Mount Carmel, she threatened to kill Elijah. Elijah ran away and hid in the wilderness. What a change Elijah experienced! He went from a man faithfully and confidently praying for God’s glory to be displayed at Mount Carmel to a man begging the Lord to take away his life. (See 1 Kings 19:4.)
God was merciful to Elijah. An angel of the Lord brought Elijah food and drink while he rested. Then Elijah traveled to Horeb for a personal encounter with God. Horeb—another name for Mount Sinai—was a familiar place in the history of Israel. It was the place where God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites and where Moses met with God.
After the events in 1 Kings 18, Elijah might have expected a grand display of God’s presence, but what he experienced was just the opposite. The Lord was not in the wind. The Lord was not in the earthquake. The Lord was not in the fire. God revealed Himself to Elijah in a voice, a soft whisper.
Elijah’s circumstances were difficult, but God didn’t leave him. God gave him Elisha, a friend and successor. God assured Elijah that he was not alone; there were 7,000 people in Israel who had not turned to worship Baal.
As a prophet of God, Elijah faced enemies who wanted to hurt him. Elijah’s life points forward to Jesus, the greatest Prophet, who was hated and killed for sharing and teaching God’s Word.
Help your kids understand that God’s prophets suffered, but their lives and messages pointed forward to the ultimate prophet, priest, and king—Jesus Christ—who suffered for the sins of the world. Jesus was hated and killed, but His death and resurrection brought victory for God’s people.

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS
• How would you expect God to reveal Himself—in a fire, in the wind, in an earthquake, or in a whisper? Why?
• What other ways has God revealed Himself to people?

• How can we know that God cares for us when we feel afraid or discouraged?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

"Minute to Win It" challenges & the Prophet Elijah

Dear Parents,

This week, we continue in the big story of the Bible by learning about the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. King Ahab was an evil king. In fact, “Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him” (1 Kings 16:33). The things that Ahab did made God angry. God wanted His people to be faithful to Him, but King Ahab led them away from God.

God chose Elijah to get Ahab’s attention. In 1 Kings 17, Elijah told Ahab that a drought was coming. God prevented rain in the land for three years. For Ahab, a man who worshiped Baal—the false Canaanite god of rain and fertility—the drought sent a strong message about the one true God.

When God was ready to send rain on the earth, Elijah appeared to Ahab and instructed him to gather the Israelites and the prophets of the false gods at Mount Carmel. Elijah challenged the people to choose: Follow God or follow Baal. They couldn’t do both.

Elijah set up a challenge to prove who is the one true God. He faced off against the prophets of Baal. Each group prepared a bull on an altar and called on its deity to send fire from heaven. The prophets of Baal called and cried and cut themselves, but Baal did not answer.

Elijah poured water on and around his altar. He called to God, and God sent fire from heaven. Everything was burned up. The prophets could not deny that the God of Elijah is the one true God, and God sent a great rain to end the drought.

The people who worshiped the false god Baal danced and cried and cut their bodies to show that they loved Baal. But the one true God is not like the false gods. Instead, He showed His love for us by sending His Son, Jesus. Jesus bled and died to rescue us from sin when we trust in Him.


Help your kids understand that God is an initiating God. We love God because He first loved us, which He proved by providing Jesus. Only God—the one true God—has power to help His people and to save them. And He saves them through His Son, Jesus, whose name means “the Lord saves.”


5th & 6th grade girls...Love em'!!!

5th & 6th Grade Boys (leaders Jeff Crelia & Brandon Jester)
Holding up their "C" for IMPACT

Trace doing the "Bottle Flip" for his minute to win it challenge.
He was the winner of 3/4th grade boys!!!

Nora impressed us with her flipping skills. She flipped 10/10...WOW!
She won the 3/4 grade girls challenge!

Kindergarten doing a "Roll with It" challenge
Mason and Titus won the challenge!


1st/2nd grade did 'This Blows" Challenge...trying to blow 15 cups off a table with
air blown in a balloon.
Brody Bracewell & Gracie Jester won this challenge 


5/6th grade boys and girls did "Hut, Hut Hike", where they
tried to Hike Toilet Paper rolls into a target
Dante Colon and Briley Singleton won this challenge!

For the Final Winners Challenge they played "Suck it Up" where the students had to move 25 m&m's
from a bowl to a plate by sucking up through a straw.
Riley Singleton was our Challenge WINNER!!!