Monthly Archives: August 2012

Lower & Upper Elementary Sept 2012 Sneak Preview

Our God spoke into the darkness and created the entire universe. He is big enough to control the wind and the rain, yet able to meet the needs of the smallest sparrow. God knows all things and still desires to hear each of our prayers.

As we learn more about who God is and what He does, respect becomes a natural response to God’s character. But not only does God have all authority, according to the Bible, He also sets up governing authorities on earth. So showing respect to those in authority over us is an extension of showing respect to God.

This month’s memory verse is a quick and easy reminder of exactly that: “Show proper respect to everyone.” (1 Peter 2:17a, NIV) Proper respect acknowledges what is appropriate given the situation and position of the person. The person in authority over us was made by, is loved, and was placed in authority by God. We show them respect with our speech, actions, and attitude.

But what if we disagree with our authority? Sometimes respect means we won’t get our way or that our idea won’t win out. It might mean swallowing our pride in a very humbling moment. Or choosing our words very carefully when it would be easier to lash out or say something hurtful or defensive. When we stop and remember to respond with words and actions that show our authorities they are important, that they are made by God, and that God has given them their position, we show respect to our authority and to God.

We begin our look at Respect on Sunday, Sept 9th. In Week Two (Sept 9th), the faith of the centurion (Matthew 8:5-13) helps us recognize God’s ultimate authority. The centurion is a man who knows respect and demands it from the soldiers under his command. Yet, he humbly respects Jesus’ authority even though he isn’t even a Jew. He understands who is really in charge.  Our Bottom Line is: Respect God because He’s in charge of everything.

In Week Three  (Sept 16th), we come to understand that God puts authorities in our lives to help protect and guide us, whether we agree with or even like them. Romans 13:1-5teaches that God has established the governing authorities in our lives. When we respect them, we respect God. Our Bottom Line is: Respect God by respecting the people He’s put in charge.

In Week Four (Sept 23rd), when David spares Saul’s life (1 Samuel 24), he demonstrates that often those in authority haven’t earned our respect. When we have the self-control to show respect with our actions and attitude, God is honored. But respect doesn’t mean letting someone hurt you or others. David was smart to run away and get help. The Bottom Line is: Respect those in authority, even if they don’t deserve it.

In Week Five (Sept 30th), we hear the contrast our words can create when we aren’t respectful(James 3:9-12). We’ll learn the importance of being consistently respectful with our speech. Respect or disrespect is obvious in our tone and the words we choose. In some cases, what we don’t say shows the most respect. So, our Bottom Line is: When you respect others with your words, you show respect to God.

Respect is truly a question of how we respond to our authorities. Will we assume that everyone has something they can teach us? Or will we stubbornly work to get our own way? When we choose to elevate our attitude and think a little higher, we show others they are important because God has given them their authority.

By Cara Martens. ©2012 Orange. All rights reserved. * All rights reserved. Used by permission

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Coming This Fall: Orange’s 252 Basics

Here’s a sneak peek at our new elementary curriculum, Orange’s 252Basics– starting Sunday, September 9!

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday August 26: Missions Celebration!

  This week is the final week of our mission-themed summer curriculum! We have had fun on a global adventure where we’ve explored the   lives of kids in the 10/40 window and learned about their lives and beliefs. We’ve learned about five specific people groups, one from each of the major non-Christian religions:

  • Tribal- the Bhil of India
  • Hindu- the Rajput of India
  • Unreligious- the Han of China
  • Muslim- the Malay of Southeast Asia
  • Buddhist- the Khamba of Tibet and CHina

 We are celebrating the end of our curriculum by reviewing the 10/40 window and making a special craft to help us remember to pray for children around the world. Our prayer is that our children will realize that they, too, can be used by God to reach the nations with the gospel. Thank you for partnering with us this summer!

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Aug 26: God Created the World

Bible Text: Genesis 1:1-2:3

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 2-9

Key Point of Passage: God created everything. 

Memory Verse: God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      What does “create” mean?

2)      Have you ever created something (picture or art project, etc.)?

3)      Who created the sun? Moon? Sky? Land? Sea? Plants? Animals? Mommies? Daddies? Children?

4)      If God created beautiful things like sunsets, the oceans, and even great big animals like the elephant or strong animals like the lion, how big do you think God is? How strong? How beautiful?

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Aug 19: Khamba Kids

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your children will be learning about the Khamba (KAHM-buh), an isolated Buddhist group living in China and Tibet. They are generally taller than their Chinese neighbors. The Khamba have a reputation for being fierce warriors and skillful horseback riders. Those who live in cities work as street vendors, truck drivers, shopkeepers, or hold government jobs. Most Khamba live in small villages or in isolated mountain areas. Many of these are nomadic, moving from place to place in search of good grazing land for their herds of yaks, sheep, and goats. The majority of Khamba work as farmers, growing crops and raising livestock.

Your children will get a firsthand look at how the Khamba live. They will see a festival with daring stunts on horseback, colorful dancing, and yak racing.

Most Khamba practice the religion of Tibetan Buddhism. The Khamba believe in reincarnation and spend much of their lives trying to earn merit. To the Khamba, Buddhism is not merely a set of beliefs, but a way of life. You and your kids can be praying that many Khamba will hear and receive the gospel!

Home Follow Up 

  • Read more about the Khamba together as a family.
  • Pray for the Khamba this week:

* Pray that God will change the laws of China that make it illegal for missionaries to teach about God.
* Pray for the Jesus film to be translated into the Kham language.
* Pray for the workers who are trying to translate the Tibetan Bible into the everyday language that most Khamba people can read.
* Ask God to send the gospel via audio messages into Tibet so that those who cannot read can listen to the Bible in their own language.
* Ask God to move in the hearts of Tibetans who are living in other countries, that they would respond to the gospel and carry the good news about Jesus back into China.
* Pray that God would send doctors, nurses, health workers, and teachers to live among the isolated Khamba tribes.
* Pray that Buddhist religious leaders would see the truth of the Bible and teach those who follow them in the ways of Christ.
* Pray that God would free the Khamba from their fears about the next life and show them how they can spend eternity worshiping Him in heaven.

  • Try making an Americanized-version of Tsampa, a famous Tibetian dish or Momos, Tibetan steamed dumplings.

Have fun joining together as a family to pray for the Khamba!

Easy “Americanized” Tsampa Recipe

3 c decaffeinated tea
3 pats salted butter
3 c barley flour (or whole wheat flour)
2 c. cinnamon-sugar mixture
6 teacups or ramekins

1. Add 1/2 pat of salted butter to each cup
2. Put flour in a small bowl
3. Put cinnamon-sugar in another bowl
4. Pour 1/2 cup of tea into each teacup to cover the pat of butter.
5. Have the children add spoonfuls of flour to their tea gradually, mixing it with their fingers until it forms a stiff dough.
6. Have the children pull off a piece of the dough, roll it into a ball with their fingers, and dip it into the cinnamon-sugar to coat.
7. Eat and enjoy this American version of a famous Khamba treat!

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Aug 19: Happily Ever After

Bible Text: Revelation 1:1-10; 4:1-5:13; 21:3-5

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 436-437

Key Point of Passage: God showed John a vision of God’s throne, Jesus, and everyone praising them forever.

Memory Verse: Worship the Lord (Psalm 100:2).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Our Bible story today is about a vision that God gave John. What did John see in the vision?

2)      Who was everyone praising in the vision?

3)      God said that in heaven, He will be with us forever and no one will ever be sad again. Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful place to be?

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday August 12: Buddhism

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your child will learn about the worldview of Buddhist groups around the world. Buddhists follow the teaching of “the Buddha”, a man who lived over 2,500 years ago. They do not believe in a God who is separate and different from mankind, but that every person contains a part of God within himself.

Although Buddhist practices may differ from culture to culture, the goal of Buddhism is to decrease suffering which is caused by selfish desires. To do this, Buddhists try to gain merit or good points to offset their actions, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. Buddhists think that they can learn to be good by following the Eight-Fold path, a set of rules for acting, thinking, and feeling.

Because it takes many lifetimes to remove evil desires, Buddhists believe in a continuous cycle of life, death, and rebirth in which they experience the consequences of wrong and work to gain merit. Meditation, yoga and martial arts are ways to reach a peaceful state of mind.

Buddhists long to achieve a level without suffering, called nirvana (ner-VAHN-ah). Only then will they break free from the cycle of rebirth. Buddhists do not understand that true peace comes from a relationship with Jesus, the one who forgives sin and breaks the power sin has over us.


Home Follow-Up 

  • Ask your child to share something they learned about Buddhist beliefs.
  • Read  John 8:36 with your child and discuss how believing in Jesus can set Buddhists free and give them hope.
  • Read John 14:6 and discuss how the ways Buddhists live are good but they are depending on themselves, rather than God. What does this verse say about the way, the truth, and life and depending on Jesus?
  • For Fun: Make prayer flags. At many Buddhist temples there are hundreds of prayer flags flying in the wind. Buddhists believe that the flags carry their prayers to the farthest parts of the universe. Christians believe that our prayers go straight to God. Write out your prayers for Buddhist people and nations on a homemade paper flag and use it as a reminder to pray.
  • Prayer: Pray for Buddhist children who like the same subjects as you. Pray that they will come to know Jesus.  Or, adopt a Buddhist people group and pray for them regularly. The website the Joshua Project offers helpful information on different people groups.

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Aug 12: The Vine and the Branches

Bible Text: John 15:1-26 

Key Point of Passage: God enables us to do good and loving things when we stay connected to His Holy Spirit and love.

Memory Verse: Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Jesus told a story about a vine and its branches. Here is a picture of a vine (draw a picture). Some of its branches are connected to the vine, and some are not connected (draw as you narrate).

□        Which of these branches will get water and then grow?

□        Which of these branches will not get water and then die?

□        Which of these branches will make good fruit? (Draw fruit in on connected branches).

2)      Jesus said that He is like a vine (write “Jesus” on the main vine) and that the Holy Spirit is like the water that flows from the vine into the branches to give them life (draw simple “water flowing” into connected branches). Do we want to be like the connected branches that grow and make good fruit? Or do we want to be like the disconnected branches that dry up and die?

3)      What are some ways we can stay connected and close to God?

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Aug 5: Malay Kids

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your children will be learning about the Malay (muh-LAY), a large Muslim group living in in Southeast Asia in the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Brunei (broo-NYE). Although they have adopted customs from the surrounding Chinese, Indian, and tribal cultures, the Malay remain distinct in some ways.

The Malay are a gentle, gracious people known for their hospitality. It is common for them to prepare a bed and set an extra place at the table for a relative or guest that may stop by. Family life is highly valued and there is a strong sense of community. In rural areas, several generations live together in the same village, often sharing the same home. City dwellers make frequent trips to visit relatives. The Malay respect their elders and look to them for leadership. Important decisions are made through group consensus rather than individually. The strongest distinctive of Malay culture is the adherence to the Islamic faith. Being Muslim is part of a Malay’s identity.

Your children will watch a video to learn more about the Malay people. They will learn about a  fascinating culture with shadow puppet plays, kite making, and bird singing contests. Children will find out how Malay kids live, what their schools are like, and the neat things they do for fun. Most importantly, children will learn how they can pray for these kids to come to know Jesus so they can be certain of eternity in heaven!

Home Follow Up 

  • Read more about one of the many Malay people groups together as a family over at the Joshua Project.
  • Pray for the Malay this week:

* Pray that God will show Himself to the Malay people.
* Ask the Lord to change the hearts of the leaders in Malaysia and Brunei so that laws will be changed so the Malay can hear about Jesus.
* Pray for God to speak to the heart of respected family and tribal leaders, so that families and villages will come to know Christ.
* Ask God to provide open doors for the Malay believers to share the Gospel with their own people.
* Pray for more missionaries to be called to work with the Malay people.

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Preschool-Kindergaten, Sunday Aug 5: The Unforgiving Servant

Bible Text: Matthew 18:21-35

Key Point of Passage: God expects us to forgive others just as He forgives us.

Memory Verse: God forgives sins (Romans 3:25).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Jesus told a story about a master and his servants. The first servant owed the master millios of dollars, but couldn’t pay it all. When he begged the master to be patient, did the kind master forgive him all the money he owed him?

2)      But then that first servant went out and tried to make another servant pay him back the little amount of money that he owed him. When the second servant begged the first servant to be patient, the first servant did not  forgive. Was this first servant kind and merciful like his master? Or was he harsh and unkind?

3)      Does God promise to forgive us for all of our sins?

4)      Does God want us to forgive others too?


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