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Lesson Trailer for September 24

We kicked off the school year in Heroes Gate this past Sunday with the story of the Creation and the Fall, and we’re excited about what the new year will hold as we go along.  Most Sundays, our Elementary kids watch a short “movie trailer” featuring the next week’s story. This Sunday, September 24th, kids will hear how some brave women saved Moses as a young boy (Exodus 1-2).

Lesson Trailer for September 17th

We kicked off the school year in Heroes Gate this past Sunday with the story of the Creation and the Fall, and we’re excited about what the new year will hold as we go along.  Most Sundays, our Elementary kids watch a short “movie trailer” featuring the next week’s story. This Sunday, September 17th, kids will hear how Rebekah’s act of humble kindness led to her becoming an ancestor of God’s Son, Jesus (Genesis 21:1-7; 24:1-67).

Super Summer Sneak Peak

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We’ve got some SUPER fun Sundays coming up this summer as kids learn about what it means to be a hero in God’s Kingdom through the examples set through people throughout history.

June 4: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Adam and Eve.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn to put others first.

June 11: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Joseph in Egypt.  Preschool-Elementary students will attend their first fun-filled day of SKA: Superheroes of the Kingdom Academy, where they’ll learn how we can love like Jesus.  Preschoolers will hear the story of how Jesus showed love to Zacchaeus while Elementary students will hear about the self-sacrificial love of Anabaptist Dirk Willems.

June 18: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Moses and the burning bush.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their second week of SKA, engage with the idea of trusting God to provide what we need. Preschoolers will be amazed by the trust of Abraham while Elementary students will be astonished at faith of children’s advocate George Muller.

June 25: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of young Samuel.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their third week of SKA, hear how they can help others know Jesus.  Preschoolers will hear how the Apostle Paul helped others know Jesus while Elementary students will find out how a young rapper named Jordan Heywood is doing the same through his music.

July 2: Due to the holiday weekend, we will be returning to video this week with Toddlers-Preschoolers going on a Bible Adventure to hear about David and Goliath while Elementary students learn about responsibility with the crew of the Konnect Space Station.

July 9: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Daniel.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their fourth week of SKA, discover that, with God’s help, we can forgive others.  Preschoolers will learn from the example set in the story of the Prodigal Son while Elementary students will hear how Corrie ten Boom was able to forgive with God’s love the man who had betrayed her family in World War II.

July 16: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Esther.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their fifth week of SKA, hear how we are to do what’s right, even when it’s hard.  Preschoolers will see this demonstrated through the story of Nehemiah while Elementary students will look to the example set by Martin Luther King, Jr. as he worked for justice in the Civil Rights Movement.

July 23: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man.  Preschool-Elementary will, in their sixth week of SKA, be encouraged to look for ways to serve and help others, especially those in need.  Preschoolers will look at how Jesus helped Jarius and brought his daughter back to life while Elementary students will hear how Mother Teresa gave her life to helping the poorest of the poor and the outcast.

July 30: Toddlers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of how Jesus taught people about God’s Kingdom.  Preschool-Elementary students will, in their final week of SKA, be reminded that God is always with us.  Preschoolers will learn this through the story of the Lost Sheep while Elementary students will hear first-hand how God was with Brother Yun when he was arrested for preaching about Jesus in China.

August 6: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear how Jesus fed over 5,000 people only five loaves of bread and two fish.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn what it means to have courage.

August 13: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear the story of Palm Sunday.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn more about what it means to have courage.

August 20: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear how God sent His Spirit to the first Jesus-followers.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn more about what it means to have courage.

August 27: Toddlers-Preschoolers will set off on another Bible Adventure with Emily and friends and hear how everyone is welcome in God’s family.  Elementary students will blast off into space to join the crew of the Konnect Space Station as they learn more about what it means to have courage.

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Mommy

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By Paula Bowlby, Associate Early Childhood Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

As long as I can remember, my one and only goal in life was to be a mom. I would dream about being a mom. I would play with dolls and babysit to practice for my future. Twenty-five years ago, I became a mommy for the very first time. It was a long and hard pregnancy which taught me that being a mom starts before the baby is in your arms. He was worth every second that it took to bring him into this world. So much so, I made the conscious decision to be pregnant two more times!

Recently I stumbled upon this quote- “Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is…and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

As parents, I’m sure you can identify with the quote. All those years ago, as I was dreaming about being a mommy, I didn’t realize the responsibility it entailed. I didn’t realize that I could love someone so much that sometimes it literally hurts. The fear and the joy, the ups and the downs that all come with being a parent are things you can’t plan on.

I am thankful for my faith and that I know that I never walk this road alone. I am thankful that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and my children more than I can ever imagine. I am thankful for the example of Jesus of how to love someone more than myself. The best part is that even when I have a hard time forgiving myself, I am forgiven. This parenting business is downright hard sometimes. Live in God’s grace for yourself and your children. Teach them that they are loved more than they can ever imagine by their Creator. Being loved and knowing that their identity is in Christ is the best gift you can give, and that gift lasts a lifetime.

Remember, you don’t want “she kept a clean house” to be what you are remembered for. Intentionally leave a legacy for your children and others. Be who God is calling you to be. Your kids will do the same.

Volunteers are Awesome!

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By Patrick Showers, Associate Elementary Pastor

Woodland Hills Church

Have you ever thought about how many volunteers are serving on any given Sunday in our church?  Much of church ministry is done by people who willingly give of their time, talents, heart, and love.  This equates to a lot of volunteers each week.  In Heroes Gate alone, we have over 95 people helping children to be safe, to be loved, and to learn and grow in their faith every Sunday.

Over the course of a year, these volunteers are serving a lot of hours.  They don’t do it for money, fame, attention, or any tangible gain.   Most are just excited to invest in the next generation.

I’d like to challenge you and your family to show your appreciation for the volunteers in your life this week.  They might be part of Heroes Gate, but you could also show appreciation for volunteers with your child’s school or sports team or elsewhere.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Make a card or draw a picture
  2. Create an encouraging poster
  3. Bring a yummy treat
  4. Say thank you in person with a big hug!
  5. Make a short 10 second video saying thanks
  6. Snap a photo or selfie with the volunteer and send them a copy of the photo or even make a thank you card out of it
  7. Share a story of how your child was impacted or encouraged by a volunteer
  8. Sing a song

I’m sure you could think of many more ideas, but these are a good start.  Another great way to appreciate volunteers is to keep them in prayer, asking for encouragement, protection, peace, wisdom, and joy for them and their families.

Take the volunteer appreciation challenge and bless those who serve you and your family!