Thursday, February 15, 2018

Valentine Challenges, Hills & Valleys, and Mighty rushing winds!

Unit 28, Session 1: The Holy Spirit Came

Dear Parents,

When Jesus ascended to heaven, He instructed the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come upon them. So the disciples went back to Jerusalem, where they waited and prayed.

The time came for the Jewish festival called Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks. As with the Passover festival, Jews from all over the Roman Empire would be at the temple in Jerusalem.

During this festival, the Holy Spirit came to believers in Jerusalem. They heard a sound like a violent, rushing wind. When the Holy Spirit filled the disciples, they were able to speak in foreign languages. They went out into the city and began to preach, and the Jews from all over the world were amazed. These disciples were from Galilee, but they were speaking in languages the visitors could understand.

The disciples told people about God’s plan. The Holy Spirit helped Peter teach: Jesus is the Messiah; Jesus was killed, but He is alive! (Acts 2:22-36) The Holy Spirit convicted the crowd and they asked, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-38) That day, three thousand people received salvation!

God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirit’s help, Jesus’ disciples could begin their work to share the gospel with the entire world. God gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit gives us power to do God’s work, and He changes us to be more like Jesus.

Next Wednesday: 21st...Pizza Night!!!

Water ball relay!!!  Boys vs. Girls

Elephant Stomp:  How fast can you knock over the water bottles with a ball inside panty hose that's on your head? :)

Praise and Worship!

How many ziti noodles can you pick up with a spaghetti noodle in 1 minute?

3/4 grade:  Cupids Arrow-How many q-tips can you blow out of a straw into a bowel!

Heart Stack:  Kinder kids had to stack up candy hearts...largest tower after 1 minute won!  

5/6 grade challenge:  Heart drop:  How many candy hearts can they drop in a long neck bottle!

The winners challenge:  Unwrapping Hershey Kisses with gloves on!  

A BIG THANK YOU to all who donated kids gummy vitamins!  We have a large suitcase FULL of vitamins to take to the kids of Honduras.  

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Great Commission & Jesus Ascension--Important Dates!

Lesson:  The Great Commission & Jesus Ascension into Heaven

Dear Parents,

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He appeared to His disciples over a 40-day period. At one point, He appeared to more than 500 people. During that time, Jesus taught about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) Some disciples wondered if Jesus was going to restore the kingdom of Israel. (Acts 1:6)
 Jesus had a different plan for the disciples. He directed the Eleven to go to a mountain, where He appeared to them again. They worshiped Him, but some still doubted. (Matt. 28:17) On the mountain, Jesus gave His disciples the Great Commission. First, Jesus stated that all authority had been given to Him. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God subjected everything to His beloved Son. 
 Because of Jesus’ authority, He commanded His disciples to go into the world and preach the gospel, the good news about Him. The Great Commission is not just for missionaries far from home. All believers are called to share the gospel with others, teach them to obey God’s commands, and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus finished His commission with a profound promise: “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).
 Jesus told them to remain in Jerusalem until they received the Father’s promise—the Holy Spirit. Those who repented of their sins and trusted in Jesus’ death and resurrection would be baptized by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5) The Holy Spirit would give them power to live holy lives and take the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
 After Jesus told the disciples these things, Jesus was taken up into the sky—right in front of their eyes! (Acts 1:9) Suddenly two men stood on the mountain next to the disciples. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up into heaven?” they asked. They said Jesus would return the same way. (Acts 1:11)
 Jesus is alive in heaven, waiting to return for His people. Jesus told the disciples He was going to prepare a place for them, and when we die, we will be with the Lord. (John 14:1-3) 


--Next Night of Worship and Pizza Night is Feb. 21st
--No Impact March 14th (Spring Break)
--Summer Camp Deposits Due (60$)  March 25th-checks to Grace Bible

Thank you to ALL who have donated Gummy Vitamins...we will be collecting until Wednesday  Feb. 14th.