"Do not just hear the Word of God and think hearing is enough. DO what it says!" James 1:22

Monday, August 30, 2010

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Acts 1:8

Lesson 2 Memory Work

"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Acts 1:8  

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Acts 1
It sure is difficult to wait.
Very few students in our class thought waiting was easy.

When I left the room
and made everyone wait
it proved to be a bit more challenging for most
of the students than they thought it would be.
Of course, there were some students that talked.
These students didn't get in trouble
but I did ask them if they were bored
and that is most likely why they talked.

Waiting doesn't have to be boring.
In Matthew 25:1-13
(ask your student what is in these verses-we read them in class,)
Jesus tells us how waiting is actually a time
for us to PREPARE for what is about to come.

Think about it...
if you've ever been to a carnival or theme park
(such as Kings Island or Holiday World,)
we spend much of our time WAITING.
But while we wait, we "prepare"
for the ride or booth for which we're waiting.
We chit chat with our friends in line with us.
We "mentally" prepare if we're waiting for a thrill ride.
we even prepare while we wait for difficult events or happenings.
When someone is sick,
we may prepare for them a meal.
When someone is in the hospital,
we may prepare a gift of encouragement to take to them.
When we are in trouble and facing
having to discuss the situation with a parent,
we prepare our hearts to not only explain
but also to apologize, learn, and forgive.

In Acts 1:4-5 of our lessons this week,
we learned that Jesus told the disciples
for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
They didn't just sit around and look at each other.
Verse 14 goes on to tell us exactly what they did...
they prayed.

Through this lesson,
we can all see that God is faithful and keeps His promises.
The students were ask
how they might spend their time "waiting"
the next time they have to wait.
It is my prayer that each and every student
in our class will know that
TRUE POWER comes from God through His Holy Spirit
when we WAIT on the Lord.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Say Hello to...

Today was our first day of class
and we had so much fun getting to know one another!

We talked about the kinds of questions
one might ask when they first meet someone.
Here are just a few the students came up with...

What's your name?
How old are you?
What's your favorite things?
What's your favorite sport or activity?
Do you go to church?
Are you a Christian?

After we thought of questions that
people might ask in getting to know one another,
everyone selected a piece of ribbon
from my stash of ribbons.
Every two students had the exact same size ribbon.
Those two students were paired up
and were asked to "get to know each other"
by asking some of the questions
that had been written on the board.

Hmmmm... in some cases, it wasn't so easy.
Speaking to others (especially if we don't know them)
can be somewhat uncomfortable at times.
Still for some of the students,
this seemed to have come very easily.

Once the students in pairs
were able to "get to know each other,"
they were asked to INTRODUCE their partner.
For those that found this activity a bit uncomfortable,
they decided they needed more time to ask more questions.

After a bit more time,
everyone took turns introducing their partner
and we all had fun saying HELLLLLOOOOOOO
to our new (and some familiar) friends.
The idea behind this activity was for the students
to understand that
IT IS somewhat uncomfortable
speaking to people we don't know.
And although we NEVER talk to strangers,
when a new student comes to class
 or a new person comes to church,
it's our job to make them feel welcome
by "getting to know" them
and SHARING CHRIST'S LOVE with them.

Through our study of Acts,
we will see first hand how the Apostles
did this very thing...
they spoke to MANY people they did not know.
They shared Christ's love with
many people who did not know Jesus.
The disciples may have felt uncomfortable just like we did.
But we will learn the disciples
didn't share the Gospel through their own abilities.
They shared because the Holy Spirit
gave them the POWER and COMFORT (or grace)
to share the love of Jesus
"to the ends of the earth."
It is my prayer that God's amazing grace
will be showered upon these students in CBS
and we will know the power
of His wonderful Holy Spirit
so that we too
can boldly share the love of Christ with others. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cookin' Corner

Summer is almost over!
Do you have any zucchini left?
Students, this is a recipe you will want to
ask your parents to cook with you.
One of my favorite quotes...
"Vegetables are a must for your diet.
I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread,
and pumpkin pie."  Jim Davis (Garfield)

Here's a yummy recipe for a Zucchini Casserole!

3C zucchini, sliced
2C carrots, grated
1 sm onion (I used onion about 1tsp flakes.)
1 can cream chicken soup
1/2C sour cream
1/2pkg stuffing mix (I use one whole box.)
1/3C melted butter

Lightly cook zucchini in 1C H2O, drain well. Melt butter in skillet, adding stuffing when melted. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl except stuffing. Add 1/3C stuffing to the mixing bowl. Mix well. Pour into 9x13 dish, sprinkle with remaining stuffing. Bake 350 degrees until bubbly, about 20 minutes.
PS If you and your family grow a garden and have an over abundance of zucchini, I would be more than happy to keep a few from going to waste.  ;-) wink.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Here is where we will recap what is discussed
in the CBS 4th/5th grade class.
Parents, you can visit this site and
get a taste of what your students are learning
as God guides them through His Word.
Students, you can visit this site
to find reinforcement on digging deeper into
into the very Heart of Jesus.
This site is offered as a source of encouragement by
Mrs. Kelly Gettelfinger,
Junior CBS Teacher.