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VBS 2013 SCC

VBS 2013, “Zapped”, was an incredible week for elementary age children at both our Stewarts Creek and Smyrna campuses. Numbers only tell part of the story. But, they do give a great glimpse of the impact of our faith community serving families in Rutherford County and beyond. Over 1200 children participated in VBS between our two Rutherford County campuses. VBS 2013 saw more kids worshiping, connecting, and serving than ever at a LifePoint children’s environment. 300+ adult and student leaders gave their energy and time to produce a caring and fun environment. Children heard about the love of Jesus, connected in relationships, and engaged in tangible activities to bless others outside the circles of our church.

VBS 2013 SMYHow wonderful for children to be setting the pace for mission. What an inspiration to see boys and girls embracing the beginnings to live sent. Read these accomplishments for the Kingdom by our children:

  1. Children decorated water bottle labels with verses and prayers that are being distributed to the homeless this summer (a partnership with LifePoint Room in the Inn).
  2. Kids assembled packages for foster care families with toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brush, stuffed animal, coloring book, crayons, and a hand-made card. They are going to kids on their first night after being placed in a foster home (partnering with Rutherford County Foster Parent Association).
  3. We had such a great response from our school supply bags we gave out last year that many local schools asked for them again this year. Kids assembled bags with basic school supplies such as pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, glue, rulers, and erasers.
  4. Boys and girls put together bags of snacks with hand-made cards for families at the Ronald McDonald home.
  5. Money was given for LifePoint’s mission trip to South Mexico. The money we donated went to purchase stoves for many Mayan families. Between both campuses the kids raised over $6800. The money is VBS 2013 Offeringgoing to support daily mission projects and the Mayan families.

Thank you parents for making the time and taking the effort to allow boys and girls to participate in activities that will shape their worldview. Leaders and volunteers, way to go!

LP Kids: Patience

In May, LP Kids will learn Patience in our SoulStation series “Keep It Cool”. As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is a foundational way we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future. Parents, you can be prepared to point your kids to Jesus this month from the article below provided by the ReThink Group. Be sure to check out more resources as you point your children to Jesus: the Parent Cue App, GodTime Card, and Parent Cue Card.

From the very beginning, God has shown patience with people. All the way back in the garden, when Adam and Eve first chose their own way instead of God’s, God started His plan to give all of us a chance to come back to Him. And time and again, God is patient with us when we make daily choices that separate us from Him. He waits for us to turn back to Him.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix.

The monthly memory verse is: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but our trust in God gives us the strength to wait well.

In Week One’s Bible story, Esau comes in from hunting and is very hungry (Genesis 25:24-34). Because he can’t wait, Esau ends up trading his entire inheritance for a full stomach. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. Don’t give up what’s best for something immediate.

In Week Two’s Bible story, the Israelites grew impatient waiting for Moses to finish meeting with God (Exodus 32:1-35) and asked Aaron to build an idol for them. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t forget what’s true. God had put Moses in charge of the Israelites and led them out of slavery. But in a moment of impatience, they forgot everything they’d experienced.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Hannah wants to become a mother but is waiting for a baby (1 Samuel 1:9–2:1). Even through the sadness of her prayers, God gives her the strength to wait until the time is right. Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, tell God about it. God wants us to talk to Him when we’re facing a difficult time.

In Week Four’s biblical principle, we learn the wisdom of being patient (Proverbs 14:29). Our Bottom Line is: When you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. We can work hard to keep control of our words, actions, and attitudes while we wait. That way we can avoid doing something we might regret.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. Something He still does today.

By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

LifePoint’ers at our Lynnwood Campus have been looking deeply at how Jesus made disciples. They want to move the the needle in the Northwest for the gospel and that will be done by making disciples who are living as missionaries in their neighborhoods, workplaces and communities. A core piece has been understanding that Jesus lived his life balancing three dimensions of relationship:

  1. Jesus had a deep UP relationship with the Father.
  2. He prioritized his life for IN relationships with a handful of men, the first disciples. He gave them truth and his life to imitate that involved high access, high accountability, and high care.
  3. Jesus intentionally pursued OUT relationships with those who were in need of the gospel and His Kingdom message and life.

Eggs in the ParkThis past Easter weekend, the Lynnwood Campus hosted, Eggs in the Park (view images in our Dropbox folder). The event’s focus was to model the life of Christ and pursue OUT relationships with the community. Eggs in the Park was a great community event bringing families of all types together for a fun and safe experience. 11,000 eggs for two egg hunts, bounce houses, artists, and more. Along with a mission team from the Smyrna Campus of two adults and four high school students, the event was a success! The win ultimately is the many invitations prior to the event that were made and the numerous conversations during Eggs in the Park. While hundreds of families played, gathered eggs, and took away bags of candy, LifePoint’ers were deployed on the edges and in the middle of the park connecting and encouraging parents and kids. Many of the conversations were surface conversations, positive and caring. A few moved past the surface, with people expressing their desire to connect more and find a faith family.

Now, the LifePoint Lynnwood campus is preparing for their next OUT environment where they will again invite the community for a fun family event . Once again, the priority will be conversations and relationships where beginning steps of discipleship can occur.

LifePoint Lynnwood

LP Lynnwood is also celebrating the milestone for its largest worship gathering in its short history on Easter Sunday. Ninety-one people celebrating our Risen King together. Easter weekend was a beautiful picture of scattering OUT, then gathering to celebrate our UP relationship with God. Next, LP Lynnwood leaders are taking action on how to effectively and intentionally prioritize IN relationships to make disciples who make disciples. The result will be LifePoint’ers effectively living OUT so more can experience an UP relationship with a Heavenly Father. All of this for our King, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done…” Matthew 6.

One of the dragons, or enemies of a healthy marriage is busyness. Life can sometimes just sweep us away. There are times when it is obvious we are booked and scheduled up to our necks for the next X weeks. However, sometimes the busyness is subtle. Here’s another way of putting it:

Slaying the Dragon

Sometimes busyness marches down the street like an army on parade. And sometimes it crawls on its belly like a guerrilla.

I am not talking about something that is to be winked at, acknowledged and accepted. Busyness is a poison that can suck the very life out of many marriages. I know. I have counseled numerous ones with so much distance. Day by day, life and its busyness has eroded the fabric of their relationship. This enemy is more dangerous as a guerrilla because, like termites, it does a number on the foundation without you ever realizing it.

How to combat it?

1. Recognize the busyness in your life. Get it out of guerrilla mode. We all live in a busy world with busy schedules and little time for anything but what’s on the calendar. You do not have a bad marriage because you have a busy one. It’s how you handle the stuff in your life that determines the health of your marriage, your family and you.

2. Respond with an action plan. Here comes the C-word: yes, communication is essential here. Both of you simply sit down, calendar on the table, and choose when you will have your date, have that over-nighter, etc. Time together doesn’t just happen. Time for everything else seems to be that way, but not in marriage. This needs to be a joint effort. Both have to have buy-in because if you proactively set any time for your marriage, each of you will probably need to give up something. Decide together how you will address the busyness issue in your lives.

3. Revel in your progress in controlling the busyness in your life. Celebrate when you are winning the busyness battle! I have a fellow staff member that talks a lot about the weekly lunch date he and his wife have. How cool is that! When he talks about his dates he is celebrating their progress of managing their busy lives while working on their marriage.

Busyness is powerful but not insurmountable. Perhaps it cannot be eliminated (I don’t recommend becoming a hermit) but it can be managed with some advance planning as a team.

So get to it. Your marriage team is a gift! Protect that gift by working to manage your activities rather than your activities managing you and your marriage.

“So they are no longer two, but one.” Matthew 19:6a

Post from Rodney Wilson, LifePoint Marriages Pastor. Rodney has a passion for encouraging, counseling, and teaching men and women how to have great marriages that make Jesus famous. Rodney, and his wife Selma, have authored Extraordinary Marriage and The Parent Adventure. Rodney and Selma have two adult daughters, two son-in-laws, and in Rodney’s opinion the greatest grandson in the universe. You can connect with Rodney on Twitter and Facebook.

 

clc_320x160The Creative Learning Center in a ministry of LifePoint Church in Smyrna. Simply put, we want to love the kids and families that God brings to us.

Our philosophy maintains that a child should have a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow spiritually, socially, physically and emotionally. While teaching the children is our primary focus, we also seek to minister to the needs of the families.

Preschoolers learn through their five senses and those senses are developed through hands on developmentally appropriate activities. The Creative Learning Center provides a Christ centered atmosphere for children to learn and play. We believe our program is in part building a foundation for faith in preschoolers. We seek to enable them to grow and learn as children of God rooted in Christian values so that one day they can respond to Him in faith and love. Spiritual concepts are woven throughout the day’s instruction in Bible stories, songs and scripture. We strive to have children ready when they move on to “big school.” It is believed that children learn through watching, hearing, and modeling; therefore, every staff member and teacher is aware of the role they play in the Christian development of young children.

The Creative Learning Center also stresses that a child’s work is play. The importance of play and having a good time is at the heart of all teaching and instruction provided in our program.

We offer a 2 day program for 6 months-4 years of age. Children may attend our Monday/Wednesday program OR our Tuesday/Thursday program. We have a 4 day preK program for children who will enter kindergarten the next fall. The preK program is Monday-Thursday.

Registration for Fall 2013 is now open to the public. We fill all spaces on a first come first served basis. Registration fee is $90 for our 2-day program and $100 for our 4-day preK program. Registration fees are due at the time of enrollment and are non- refundable. Tuition is $168 for our 2 day program and $282 for our 4-day program. Tuition is due the first month of school, August – May.

To register, you can come by the Smyrna Campus anytime between 9 and 2 Monday- Thursday and pick up registration forms.

Here’s a great example of the impact CLC has on the kids in the program. This is the baptism video of Bethany Clardy. Notice that she thanks her CLC teachers who helped instill the foundation of Christ in her life while she was still a preschooler. This is what the ministry of CLC is all about.

Post by Becca Wilson, Creative Learning Center Director. Becca and her husband Scott have been key leaders at LifePoint for many years and have a great passion to see people impacted by the Gospel all over the world. They have three active boys and a beautiful baby girl. You can connect with Becca on Twitter and Facebook.