The world is shouting for our attention with answers to our relationship struggles, solutions to our financial trouble, and explanations to our search for meaning. But the world’s promises leave us empty and searching for more. God’s will is the only answer that promises to TRANSFORM our lives from the inside out.
Research continually suggests that kids and youth who attend worship services regularly and are able to have long-term relationships with Christ-loving adults are best positioned to carry a sticky faith into adulthood. Our Next Generation Ministry team does a wonderful job each Sunday to create environments where kids matter and our preaching and worship teams continues to work hard at designing worship services that engages families and their children.
However, with the sporadic nature of summer, our Next Gen Ministry volunteers knew they need to do more. The result was a 9-week Summer Together experience where kids and adults are able to extend their spiritual influence from Sunday into the week.
Each Wednesday, various adults lead our kids and their friends through an exploration of various skills such as cooking, drawing, Lego construction, programming, and music development. Concluding every evening, two of our college students perform a science experiment demonstrating an aspect of the wonderful world that God has created.
Summer together has been about broadening our kids’ relationships in the church while affirming their understanding that Jesus cares about all aspects of their world and lives.
Coats, coats, coats. Big ones and small ones! We have lots of coats that have been left here over the winter. Please check the coat rack and see if any look familiar. We have several children's coats as well. Check with the Children's check-in and the coat rack. Any not claimed by the end of June will be donated.
To the members and friends of the First Baptist Church Family, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all your prayers and support following the death of our husband and brother, Carl VanDusen. Special thanks to Pastor Norm for supporting us as we prepared for the services and for presiding over the services; for those who edited and played slide presentation with the audio; those who did such a wonderful job serving our family and friends at the reception following the services and last but not least those who took the time to come to the service to support us in our grief.
Barbara VanDusen, Jeanette and Sidney Moore
We want to give you a special invitation to come to church this Sunday with your family. As always, we have our great children's environments during the 9:30 hour. However, this week we have to decided to also carve out a portion of our 11am service to specifically talk to and focus the content to our kids. We know that the kids who are able to attend worship more often are the same kids that will leave their adolescent years with a growing faith. To help, we are always looking for ways to create worship spaces that makes sense to our kids. So, this Sunday we are going to worship in a way that we hope kids will leave excited.
June 1st Topic: Social Networking: The good, bad, and the ugly.
Social networking is now the number one online activity for teenagers. This is not at all surprising as emerging technologies allow developing adolescents increased opportunity to connect with friends at a time in life when they are spreading their wings in preparation to launch into the independence of adulthood. Children and teens are social beings who love engaging with social media. . . that new set of rapidly evolving platforms and technologies that enable them to interact around the clock with others through sharing text, pictures, videos, instant messages and more. Engaging with social media equals engagement with friends. . . something very attractive at a time in life when engagement with friends is first and foremost on their minds! We shouldn’t be surprised that in recent years, social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have become popular hangouts for children and teens.
As parents called by God to nurture our children into an active and all-encompassing Christian faith, we have the responsibility to proactively guide ourselves and our children into engaging with social media and social networking in a manner that brings honor and glory to God. Teaching them now will serve to prepare them for a lifetime of healthy and safe engagement with social media.
We will also share some of our favorite resources to help us better understand related issues such as: sexting, cyber-bullying, internet porn, electronic addition, etc...Every one of our kids is one degree away from any one of these issues, regardless of their age. Let's try to get on the front end within this emerging wild west.
Please join us in the Fireside Room Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30.