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Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.  Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.  Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away.
                          Deuteronomy 6:4-7a

 

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four year old grandson.  The man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his steps faltered.  The whole family ate together at the table; but the elderly  grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating together difficult. Peas would roll off his spoon onto the floor.  When he grasped his glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth on the way to his lips.  Invariably he would knock  something over in the process of reaching for it.

     The son and daughter-in-law became increasingly irritated, until the man’s son said, “We must do something about grandfather.”  Grandfather’s spilled milk, noisy eating, and food spills were more than irritating.  So, they set up a small table in the corner, where Grandfather was banished to eat alone.   Since he had broken a dish or two or three, they served him his food in a wooden bowl.  Sometimes, he had tears in his eyes as he sat there alone.  At  dinner the only words the couple had for him were more criticisms when he dropped a fork or spilled his food.                

    Now the four-year-old only watched in silence as his parents treated his Grandpa with cruelty.  However,  one evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with blocks of wood on the floor.  He asked the child  what he was making.  The boy replied, “I’m making a little bowl for you and mama to eat your food when I grow up.” The parents were speechless.  That evening the husband took Grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.  For the remainder of his days that’s where Grandfather ate every meal with the family.

    You, no doubt have heard the expression, “Little pitchers have big ears.”  Our children listen closely to what we say; and they are remarkably perceptive.  They’re constantly processing the messages they see and hear, and their future behavior is often shaped by those messages.

    One of the messages they process is how big a priority the church is  to their parents.  How often do they attend worship?  Do they participate in worship, outreach or service?  Do they attend Sunday school classes and more importantly, do they send their children to Sunday school?

    Parents should realize that every day the building blocks of the child’s future are being laid.  In an unchurched household, if a child becomes a Christian, there is a 3.5% probability that everyone else will follow.  If the mother is  he first to become a Christian, there is a 17% chance that everyone in the house will follow.  But, if the father is first, there is a 93% chance that everyone will follow.  Yes, our children are watching us and learning from us. So what are they learning?

    If we, as parents, don’t feel adequate to the task of teaching our children about Jesus Christ and the faith, the church is our willing partner, providing education for children and adults.

September 10, 2017 is our Rally Day.  We will have a special Rally Day service during which we will bless the children and commission the Sunday school teachers.  The Pham family is once again hosting a lunch of hot dogs and root beer floats.  It will be a fun Sunday as we kick off the new Sunday school year.  Classes for children and adults will commence the following Sunday, September 17th.

        COME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP!  We’ll see you there!

 Yours in the love of Christ,      Pastor Alicia

 

 

  

 

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“If any want to become my disciples, let them deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”               Mark 8:34b-35

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