Archive | September, 2011

25 September 2011 ~ Comments Off

Scripture for Unreached People

Imagine that you have heard about wonderful news that could change the lives of your family and town, but you really don’t believe it because you can’t read it for yourself.  This news is only available in a foreign language so it must not be that important.  This is the feeling shared by over 340 million people today, those whose heart language is one of 2,252 languages without any Scriptures translated.

Thanks to those of you at Cedar Creek Church, the Irula people are no longer counted among those who are missing out on the good news!  Through a series of events that only God could orchestrate, you have been a part of helping the Irula hear God’s word in their heart language for the very first time!

To get the whole story listen to the second message from the Starting Point series.  But the short version is that our founding pastor, Richard Swift, through a series of events that only God could orchestrate (invitation to teach Purpose Driven Church in India, conference dates being changed after tickets purchased, Richard Googling unreached people groups, contact being made with Ebenenzer, etc) came to meet and form a relationship with Ebenezer, a guy that had been working with the Irlua tribe for years.

Since 2007, we have sent several teams that have taught our HOME group strategy to lay pastors.  Ebenezer has translated our HOME group manual into several tribal languages and is working on translating it into Hindi.  His team has started 13 small groups (house churches) using this manual.

Most exciting has been our opportunity to bring into the partnership trained Bible translators that accelerated the process for translating the Scriptures for the Irula.  On September 4, 2011, the Gospel of Luke was dedicated in the Irula language.  For the first time over 200,000 people have the opportunity to realize that the Good News that Jesus the Messiah is personal to them, and that He came for them.

Because you are a part of Cedar Creek, you are a part of this story – God’s story for the Irula.  Thanks, from the bottom of our hearts!

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20 September 2011 ~ Comments Off

Parent Connection September 18, 2011

PRESCHOOL

Memory Verse: “I can do all things through Christ.” Philippians 4:13, NCV.

Story: David is Strong in Battle • 1 Samuel 18:7; 12-14

This Week David sang and danced for God because God had helped him win battles. Then, King Saul sent David into yet more battles. God helped David win all of them.

 

Cuddle Time: Spend some time cuddled with your child thanking God for helping us with anything. “Dear God, thank You for helping us no matter what we need help with. Thank You for helping me take care of (child’s name). Thank You for helping us have a home and food to eat. Thank You for loving us, God. Amen.”

 

ELEMENTARY

Virtue: Knowledge – Discovering something new so you can be better at whatever you do.

Bible Story: Jesus is Tempted in the Desert (Luke 4:1-13)

Bottom Line: When I discover what God says, I can make wise choices.

Memory Verse: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God

and man.” Luke 2:52, NIV

MEAL TIME: Use these simple open ended discussion questions to lead your family.

Ask a Kid: What’s the hardest decision you’ve had to make recently?

Ask a Parent: How can knowing what God says help you make wise choices?

 

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07 September 2011 ~ Comments Off

Kidz Creek “Parent Connection”

What is a Kidz Creek Parent Connection and how do I use it?

Each week Kidz Creek will post a Parent Connection for families to use to talk about what happened in Kidz Creek the previous Sunday. Our Parent Connection will emphasize certain “connection times” based on Deuteronomy 6:7. Our hope is that by following these simple “connection times” you can make the most of everyday moments to instill faith and character in the heart of your child.

“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:7 NIV)

 

Preschool 09/04/2011

Memory Verse: “I can do all things through Christ.” Philippians 4:13, NCV.

Bible Story: The Lion and the Bear • 1 Samuel 17:34-37

This Week:  God helped David, a shepherd, save his sheep from both a lion and a bear!

PLAY TIME:  Use your child’s plush or plastic animals to retell the story of David and the lion and bear. The lion and the bear tried to take a sheep, but God helped David to save the sheep from the lion and bear. God can help me do anything! After telling the story several times, have your child tell it.

 

Elementary 09/04/2011

Knowledge - Discovering something new so you can be better at whatever you do.

Bible Story:  Jesus in the Temple • Luke 2:41-52

Bottom Line:  Since God knows everything, I should discover what God says.

Memory Verse:  “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52, NIV

MEAL TIME:

Ask a kid: What are ways you can grow in your knowledge of God?

Ask a parent: What is one way you have grown in your knowledge of God this year?

 

PARENT TIME:

To learn more about this month’s virtue, and discover helpful parenting insight, check out www.orangeparents.org.

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01 September 2011 ~ Comments Off

Kidz Creek Take Out!

 

Having a meal is great but getting dessert at the end of the meal is a bonus. Just like desserts, grace is something extra we get that we don’t necessarily deserve or expect. It’s a bonus.

No matter what we’ve done or where we are, Jesus will come and find us, just like He spent time with people in the Bible who didn’t always get things right. And you know what?  Not a single one of us gets things right all the time. But God promises to look for us anyway. We get a lot more than we deserve. In fact, we get exactly what we don’t deserve: a loving Savior.

Use this Kidz Creek Take-Out tool to help lead your family in a fun family night of baking cookies and sharing grace!

Don’t forget to return your baked and packaged cookies at your campus on September 11th.


 

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