Friday, December 16, 2016

Jesus Is Born!!! We celebrated the birth of our King with carols, games, pizza, & FUN!

Dear Parents, 
Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? Did it just so happen that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem—the very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born? (Micah 5:2) God is in control of all things, which He showed by using a pagan emperor to bring about His plan. After Jesus was born, Mary laid Him in a manger. A king in a manger! It was so unlikely. But Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent in the most humble of positions,
“not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). Imagine the shepherds’ surprise when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared. The Bible says that they were terrified! But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David” (Luke 2:10-11). What a relief! This angel had come to bring good news. First, he proclaimed a Savior. The people of Israel were well aware of their need for a Savior. They made sacrifices daily to atone for their sin. Finally, a Savior had come who would be the perfect sacrifice for sin, once and for all. This is the best news ever! An army of angels appeared, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors” (Luke 2:14).
When you share this story with your kids, remind them that Jesus came because we needed Him. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

The Leaders and I at Impact want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We have had so much building relationships with your kids and being a part of growing their faith in Jesus Christ.  Our goal for Wednesday nights is for it to be Gospel-Centered, Relational, and Fun.  I believe we've started strong and with a good foundation.  I look forward to seeing you and your kids in the New Year as we continue to learn and grow.  Thank you for entrusting us with your kids and bringing them each week.  

Important Dates:

This Sunday 18th: Practice for those singing in the Christmas eve Service.  Meet in the kids room @ 10:00 am before church.  Will practice for 30 minutes.

Christmas Eve Service @ 5:30pm at GBF-Would love for your family to join us.  Kids are singing 3 songs.  Come early at 4:45 to practice and get lined up.  

January 18th, 2017-IMPACT starts back up

The Kinder kids are proud of their Nativity crafts.

Ms. Valerie and Kimberly do such a great job with these young ones.

All dressed up for Christmas party!


Who's Ready to play a game?  The 1st/2nd grade are always ready for some competition.


Game:  Toss the Snowball-Kids had to catch marshmallows in the cup

Sweet Layton!

Catch a bubble!  
Ashton is ready!  This is serious business.

3rd and 4th grade girls hearing the lesson from Ms. Kathleen.


STACK ATTACK!  Don't knock them over!

girls making tree ornaments

Ms. Amy is the BEST sub!  

Snowman Stack-see how many snowmen you can build using mini marshmallows.
(It's harder than it looks!)

Stack Attack!

These girls know how to have fun! 5th and 6th grade girls

Candy Cane Pile-Up-Girls had to see how many candy canes they could pick up by just using a candy cane in their mouth.

Snowman Stack

Our own personal ELF

Candy Cane Pile up
5th/6th Grade Boys

See U in 2017!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Christmas Minute to Win It Challenges & Isaiah Preached about the Messiah

Isaiah Preached About the Messiah

Dear Parents,

The Book of Isaiah contains four Servant songs—poems about the servant of God. (See Isa. 42:1-4; 49:1-6; 50:4-9; 52:12–53:13.) In these poems, the prophet Isaiah describes God’s plan of redemption. We see a vision of the promised Messiah, the innocent substitute who would suffer for the sake of sinners. Through Jesus, God brings sinners back to Himself.  The fourth and final Servant song is found in Isaiah 53. In this passage, Isaiah provides an answer to these questions: How can a just God justify the ungodly? How can He declare innocent those who are guilty? How can He treat bad people as though they are good? How can He love people like us?  A just God can’t just look the other way. He doesn’t say, “Don’t worry about it,” or “No big deal.” That’s cheap grace. Sin against a big God is a big deal. God didn’t just forgive our sins, He dealt with them. And this grace was costly. The price? God’s own Son.  Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecies of a Suffering Servant. People assumed God had cursed the Suffering Servant for His own sins. But no; Jesus was sinless. So why did He suffer? Isaiah wrote that He was pierced because of our transgressions and crushed because of our iniquities. His punishment is what brought our peace. The Suffering Servant died the death we deserve. When we trust in Jesus, our sins are wiped away—paid for by His blood—and His righteousness is credited to us.  When Christ’s work on the cross was finished, God rewarded Him. “For this reason God highly exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow—of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).  God planned all along that Jesus would die on the cross for our sin. Seven hundred years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote that this would happen! Jesus is the Servant who suffered so that those who trust in Him would be forgiven.  Help your kids appreciate what Jesus endured during His earthly ministry. Talk about how Jesus hurt and died because of His love for people and His desire to please His Father. Because of Jesus’ suffering and death, our sin punishment has been paid and because of His resurrection, we have victory over death.
Important Dates Coming Up:
  December 14th-Christmas Party (Pizza, Cookies, Games, etc.) Come Dressed in CHRISTMAS ATTIRE!
  December 24th-GBF Christmas Eve Service at 5:30pm-If you are in town Christmas eve, we would love for you and your family to join us at Grace Bible Fellowship for a night of singing, scripture reading, and candlelight service.  The kids are working on Christmas music (I have CDs for you to listen to if you're going to be there) and will sing the songs at the beginning of the service that night.  The three songs are:
We have a Savior by Hillsong
Away in a Manger
Joy to the World

3rd/4th graders played Candy Cane Pile Up for Minute to Win It

Cutie Patootie Tinsley

5th/6th Grade boys and girls played Stack Attack

Stack Attack...Minute to Win It

1st/2nd graders played Stacking Snowmen for Minute to Win It


Isaiah liked his Candy Cane :)

The girls doing a Questions Review Relay Game

Oh BOY!!! The Kindergarten Crew and Childcare built spaghetti and Marshmallow bridges

Large Group Challenge....Winner is...Madi!!!!

The Winners of Small Group Challenge compete against each other
in the game Let It Snow!!!

See you Next Week!!!