October 14: OC Kids and Families to Mainstay Farm
October 31, 6-8pm: Family Fun Fest
November 19: Church-wide Thanksgiving Feast
November 22: No services
December 3: Nursing home visit and Christmas party
December 10: Children's Christmas Musical
December 17: Adult Choir Christmas program feat. Kids' Choir
OC Kids and Families to Mainstay Farm
Leave Oak Crest @ 9:30am
Please RSVP by October 8th.
I would like to encourage families to attend together, but we will also be taking the church van and children may attend without their parents IF they are in 2nd grade or above. First graders and below must be accompanied by an adult.
Check it out at www.mainstayfarm.com!
EXPLORE THE BIBLE FOR KIDS, Sundays @ 10:30am
This week we learned about another man known for his faith in God. God told Abram to move to a new land. Abram gathered his family and his possessions and moved. God promised to bless Abram. Everyone would be blessed because of Abram. God’s plan made Abram a part of the family of Jesus. God was working His plan, in His perfect time, to rescue His people from their sin. As a family, read Hebrews 11:8 and discuss how immediate Abram’s obedience to God was. Encourage family members to seek God’s help to obey His commands immediately. Don’t forget to discuss the questions and practice the Family Bible Skill on the Family Card.
Bible Passage: Genesis 12:1-9
Memory Verse: Genesis 12:2
Younger Kids Text Truth: God’s special plan for Abram was a blessing to everyone.
Older Kids Text Truth: God had a plan for Abram, and everyone has been blessed by God’s plan.
GOD’S PLAN FOR ABRAM
God chose a man named Abram for something special. God said, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s house. Go to the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. All the people of the earth will be blessed through you.”
Abram was 75 years old when he took his wife, Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all his possessions and servants. They set out for the land of Canaan. When they first arrived in Canaan, God spoke to Abram again. “I will give this land to your descendants,” God promised Abram. So Abram built an altar to God in the place that God had spoken to him. Abram moved his family to Bethel and set up his tents. He built another altar to God and called on the name of the Lord before continuing to travel.
OC KIDS CHOIR, Wednesdays @ 7pm
We are ALREADY working hard on our Christmas program, “The Christmas Present.” Our hymn of the month is “How Great Thou Art.”
THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS, Sunday Evenings @ 6pm in the Fellowship Hall
The Pharisees and other Jews in Jerusalem did not like Jesus. He didn’t play by their rules (Matt. 12:1-14), He claimed to be God (John 8:58-59; 10:22-33), and He extended salvation beyond the Jewish people (Luke 4:29). So they plotted several times how they might kill Him. The events leading up to His death did not surprise Jesus. Each step was part of God’s established plan. (See Is. 53:10; Acts 2:23.) But knowing God’s plan didn’t lessen Jesus’ suffering as He was betrayed by His friends, arrested, falsely accused, and beaten. As you talk with your kids about Jesus’ arrest, help them understand the gravity of the events. First, Jesus wanted to do God’s plan. Jesus came to earth to rescue people from sin. He was committed to doing the Father’s will. (Matt. 26:39,42) When Judas showed up with a crowd, Jesus didn’t run. He didn’t even allow Peter to stand in His defense. (Matt. 26:52) Jesus willingly gave Himself up for us because He loves us. (Eph. 5:2) Second, Jesus was betrayed and arrested even though He did nothing wrong. The Jews tried to find a legitimate reason to kill Jesus, but they couldn’t find one. (Matt. 26:59-60) Jesus did what we failed to do; He perfectly obeyed the law. His arrest was not just. The trial was not fair. But this had to happen. Only a sinless, perfect sacrifice could take away sin. (Heb. 9:11-14) Finally, Jesus is who He says He is. After Jesus’ arrest, the high priest asked Jesus if He was the Son of God. Jesus affirmed that He is. (Matt. 26:64) The high priest accused Him of blasphemy (speaking against God), but Jesus always told the truth. Jesus knew that His death was God’s plan to save people from sin. Jesus’ friends turned against Him and He was arrested and put on trial, but Jesus followed His Father’s plan in order to bring salvation to the world.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers ○ Jesus did God’s plan.
○ Jesus went to a garden to pray.
○ Jesus never made wrong choices.
○ God sent Jesus to rescue us.
○ Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death. ○ Jesus was arrested, but He did nothing wrong.
○ Why do believers share the Lord’s Supper? Believers share the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ life and death and to proclaim Him until He returns.
○ Jesus was betrayed and arrested.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Luke 4:18