Filed under: Elementary Posts
by Jessica Schildman
A few weeks ago, West Side was blessed to hear from Gene Appel who delivered an inspiring message about legacy (if you missed it, listen here). He began his message posing this question:
If this were your last year on this planet, what would you want to be known for? How would you want to be remembered? What would you want your legacy to be?
The moment that I became a parent, it felt like someone put a brick on the gas pedal and life began whirring by much faster than it had before. My guess is, you can relate. Sometimes it feels like not only are the days slipping through my fingers, but the months and years are too. Between birthday parties, doctor appointments, preschool drop-offs, work and other activities that vie for time on our calendar, it’s easy to focus on the task at hand instead of the things that really matter.
So what can you do today, that can change all that?
- Stop right now and think about the legacy you want to leave for your child. What are the 2-3 things you hope that they will remember about their days spent with you growing up?
I want my kids to remember I was always there to listen.
I want my kids to remember how I loved and cherished their mother/father.
I want them to remember my faith in God and how I trust God during difficult times.
- What are a few small changes that you can make in your daily/weekly schedule that will help you to accomplish those things? Turn your legacy list into action.
I will turn off my phone/computer from dinner to bedtime so I can be fully present.
I will limit the numebr of nights we have activities so our family can be together.
I will volunteer in my child’s room at church so I can better lead him spiritually.
I will create a gratitude journal so we can focus on the ways God has blessed us.
I will set a monthly date night with my spouse so that my kids see how I value him/her.
- Don’t put things off until…..someday. As Gene shared, “This is the stuff that matters.” Make them happen today, whatever it takes. Set a reminder in your phone, mark the calendar, put post-it notes in vital places so that you’ll remember. Be intentional about the legacy that you are living and leaving for your kids.
May 2, 2013
Saturday May 4th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm LSCA Presents a family fun day!
There will be live music from artist like Saved By Grace, Lindsey Teefey, Brilliant Move, and more.
Family Fun Day will include:
- Pony rides
- Carnival Games
- Kite Flying
- Face Paintin
- Obstacle Course
- Train Rides
There is no end to the fun at the LSCA Family Fun Day! Bring your family for a day loaded with fun at the Lake Springfield Chritian Assembly. Want more information? Visit their website at www.lscacamp.org
April 26, 2013
Bring your family to live out the story of the Good Samaritan through family-friendly mission projects. You bring your family, we will provide the rest!
Choose your own serving adventure:
- Clean up a local park
- Visit the elderly
- Serve a neighbor
- Help at Harvard Park
- Spread Joy
Saturday, March 16th meet in the Fireside Cafe at 10:00am. Lunch at Monicals to follow at noon.
February 27, 2013
Get ready to have some fun as we explore chapter 22 of The Story: The Birth of a King on Sunday, February 24th.
Kids are encouraged to wear their favorite ‘Christmas Pajamas’
*Just be sure all pajamas are modest.
February 20, 2013
This month we will be continuing to read through the Story. Be sure to pick up a copy of the Story Bible that coincides with your child’s age at the Memorization Station near Studio 2 if you have not already picked up a copy.
- Bible Story: The Return Home
- Bible Verse: Zechariah 8:8
- Main Point: God’s people promise to follow his ways. God wants me to follow Him.
- Meal Time Kid Question: Do you believe God controls everything? Name some things that God controls and how that affects your life.
- Meal Time Parent Question: Talk about a time when you worked together with friends to accomplish a big task. Did it work better when everyone shared?
- Bible Story: The Queen of Beauty and Courage
- Bible Verse: Esther 7:3
- Main Point: Esther gets her heart ready for a hard job. God helps me when it’s hard.
- Meal Time Kid Question: What do you think Esther made for the big dinner with King Xerxes and Haman? What’s your favorite food?
- Meal Time Parent Question:By being respectful and humble, the king granted Esther’s wish. Tell of a time where respect and humility helped you.
- Bible Story: Rebuilding the Walls
- Bible Verse: Nehemiah 4:14
- Main Point: Nehemiah was sure of God’s power. God is on my side.
- Meal Time Kid Question: What’s the longest that you’ve listened to somebody talk about God? What do you remember most?
- Meal Time Parent Question:After Ezra spoke, the people went away and celebrated with great joy, because they now understood God’s word. Why did they react this way? Do you react the same when you hear God’s Word? Why?
- Bible Story: The Birth of the King
- Bible Verse: Luke 2:11
- Main Point: God sent a Savior for the world. I can believe Jesus is my Savior.
- Meal Time Kid Question: God used angels a lot in this chapter to bring His message to people. What would you say if an angel appeared to you?
- Meal Time Parent Question: A couple of times in this chapter it says, “Mary kept these things like a secret treasure in her heart.” What do you think that means?
February 3, 2013
This year’s Kingdom Rock VBX will be July 14 – July 19, 6 – 8:30pm. Kids (Age 4-5th grade) will experience God’s Word in fun and unforgettable ways as they learn what it means to stand strong in their faith. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss this awesome week! Registration begins in June. Register at www.wschurch.org/vbx.
January 28, 2013