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Monday Meeting

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Hello, everyone!

The outreach to the Springs on Saturday went really well, thank you so much to those who were able to join us in singing and presenting the Gospel to the residents of this assisted living community.  Those I talked to really enjoyed it. 🙂

There will be a normal meeting this Monday, though, because it is the 4th Monday.  

We hope to see you there! 🙂

Sydney 

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3-27-17 Meeting Recap

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Prayer requests included: 

  • Carissa got her wisdom teeth taken out.
  • Zoey and Alexus’ uncle shot his leg with his gun on accident.
  • Alyssa Rodriguez (Julianna’s older sister) left again and needs prayer for safety and such. 

Zoe shared her attribute of God, “Refuge/Fortresss.”  

Nursing Home Planning Ideas

Dates: April 22 or 29; afternoon hopefully.

Songs:

  • Christ the Lord is Risen Today
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • The Earth Will Sing Your Praise
  • Praise Ye the Lord
  • Crown Him With Many Crowns

Verses:

  • Romans 6:23 Christ died for us
  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 Christ died, buried, rose again
  • Acts 8:32-33 Jesus’ crucifixion
  • John 11:25 I Am the resurrection and the life
  • Matthew 28:6-7 (Mark 16:6, Luke 24:6) He’s not here, he’s risen from the dead!
  • Philippians 2:5-11 Jesus’ death
  • 1 Peter 1:3
  • Philippians 3:10 The power of His resurrection

    Outline of the Gospel:

    • 1. God is holy (Hannah)
    • 2. We are not. 
    • All have sinned
    • 3. This is a problem!! (Carrie & Jess)
    • Sin separates us from God in life and the afterlife. (true death)
    • 4. What Jesus did about it: (Grace & Rhyan)
    • Died on the cross for us.
    • Question: Why did He die on the cross?  
    • Answer: Because He loved us.
    • To take our sins and punishment for them (death) on to himself so that we wouldn’t have to.  
    • 5. He didn’t stay dead! (Zoe & Emily)
    • Because of that, we have hope.
    • He now offers us the GIFT of eternal life.  
    • We can’t do anything to pay Him back, and He doesn’t want us to.  
    • [chair analogy?]

      Craft idea! (courtesy of Grace)

      • Paint pebbles/small rocks with:
      • “He is risen!” 
      • “Jesus loves you!”
      • A cross
      • A heart
      • “Love”
      • “God loves you!”

      Next meeting, April 10th, will be song-focused, with practicing and sorting where and when we’ll perform them in the program.  

      We’ll also be doing the pebble craft then, so come ready to paint tiny rocks!   Yayay!

      If you want to help with an aspect of the Gospel, or have any other ideas, you can comment on this post or contact Hannah directly. 🙂

      Also, if you’re planning on coming to the nursing home, the dress code will be the opposite of our last trip, which was dark Autumn colors.  Bright, springy colors please!  We’re thinking pastels, but no neon colors.  Think of a garden of flowers for inspiration. 🙂

      Looking forward to next meeting!

      Sydney

      3-13-17 Meeting Recap

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      Hi, everyone, Sydney here!

      Monday’s meeting (March 13th) was wonderful, I want to thank everyone who came! 🙂  Emily and I taught on Fear and Anxiety and we were told it went well, praise God!  The Name/attribute spotlight was on how God is our Hope, hope being the opposite of fear, and we listened to Rich Mullins’ song Hope to Carry On.

      I have here the notes Emily and I came up with previous to the lesson, but we did rephrase things a bit and let God lead our words instead of solely relying on our notes, so some things we mentioned are not mentioned here.  I do apologize in advance for the interesting semi-order and/or rhyme and reason… we could understand them, but, then again, we did write them, lol.  So, hopefully, they help those who weren’t there get a glimpse into what we talked about, or give a good outline for those who were and wanted to remember key points. 🙂


      Lesson Plan:

      Open with what is fear? -S

      Fear is thinking of the future and, not liking what you see, thinking constantly about what can go wrong.

      The opposite of fear is hope.

      You can’t have hope if you’re not trusting in God.

      Lamentations 3:21-26, 31-33, 55-58

      One of the prime times when fear strikes is when things are out of your control. When this happens, you can either worry or trust God.

      God knows how important things are to you, and will take care of them in the way He knows is best, not the way you think is best.

      However, fear is a powerful force that sometimes clouds our judgment, so it’s often an easy trap to fall into.

      Anxiety is focusing on our own inability to take care of things. The reason we, as Christians, have hope is because we know we don’t have to have everything under control

      Fearing and being anxious does absolutely nothing to change a situation for the better.

      In most cases, it simply robs us of our joy, and no one wants that.

      However, fear does not just affect our mental and spiritual state, it also can have detrimental physical effects. I know, for me, worrying can make me feel nauseous. That’s literally worrying yourself sick, haha.

      Emily’s going to talk a little more about the effects of fear in her life.

      Then, we’ll open the Word again to see what the Bible says about conquering fear.

      Emily will then go over practical applications of those verses.

      Experiences -E

      Through my own fear and anxiety–severe at times, I learned how to fight it. Contrary to what the world says, focusing on myself didn’t help. In fact, it made it worse. My fear and anxiety never go away – yes, I still struggle – until I give my plans, and my anxiety back to God, and take the focus off of myself and bring it to God and those around me.(He must increase, I must decrease)

      2 Timothy 1:7For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and of self-discipline. (Context of sharing the Gospel and witnessing)

      Rejecting the power of God and of love and of a sound mind because we somehow think that fear is better than letting God take care of it. We’re afraid, but we’re in control. It’s a mental state. Your mind is powerful; don’t let it run away with fear. Use it to keep the fear away; it takes practice and discipline.

      What does the bible say -S

      1 Timothy 1:12bYet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

      We aren’t afraid because we know that our God is powerful beyond all comprehension, and we trust that He can take care of what we give into His hands.

      Psalm 42:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

      Isaiah 33:2 O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.

      Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

      Psalm 34:17-22 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken. Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The Lord redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

      2 Chronicles 20:15 …This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’

      Isaiah 43:1-5 But now, this is what the Lord says…“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze…Do not be afraid, for I am with you.”

      Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

      The Bible also says “Do not fear” 365 times, once for each day.

      How can we practically use it? -E

      -conquer with minds/verses

      -trust God with everything

      Fear is a choice, we choose to feel that way. Christians have a duty to trust our Commander, that He has a better plan.

      Not focusing on your own problems but on others’ in prayer is huge when trying to stop worrying and/or fearing. When you take your eyes off of you and pray instead for other people’s sometimes bigger problems, your own seem smaller and less worrisome.

      Be grateful for the things you have, even in a bad situation. “At least it isn’t .” Focus on what you have that is good and you will focus less on the things you don’t have.

      Instead of worrying about the day ahead while going to bed, thank God for the things he was able to do through you during the day past. What were His gifts to you today?

      Memorizing verses, even ones not about not being afraid, can help you overcome, and know that God is near and in control.

      God always has a plan for when things go wrong. At the very least, it’s for character growth. But, it also could be a training ground for coping when more important things go wrong later on in my life or protecting me from something that I can’t even see.

      Give everything to God. Yourself, your thoughts, your day, etc. When we know that God is in control, and we don’t have to think about us and our reputations; instead we focus on God and who He is.

      Parents are smart and God has a plan.

      Worrying and waiting won’t get you anywhere. Applying yourself and letting God direct you is MUCH more productive. Even if you make a wrong choice, God will use that in your favor eventually, and you will have learned something at least, which is better than you just have sat around for a while doing nothing.

      Don’t obsess about anxieties, talk to people you trust a lot, like your parents and other trusted adults. More than that, talk to God through prayer and listen to His responses through His Word.

      People who don’t think about the future don’t fear; but also don’t hope.

      Don’t focus on yourself. When you serve others, you don’t worry about yourself. You’re thinking of anything but.

      Misc.

      Song: The God of Angel Armies.


      Also, Zoe took notes during the message and I think it would be cool to see what she took away from the lesson. 🙂  So, she was kind enough to let me transcribe them here, though we lose her amazing handwriting. 🙂


      Fear is future-based.  But hope is also future-based and is the opposite of fear.

      Constructive fear and “chasing the chickens” fear.  We cannot control things, and that’s when fear sets in.

      You cannot have both hope and fear.
      Lamentations 3 is a great chapter to show a man who went through the wringer and yet trusted God. [Yay!  That came through!]

      Fear makes us think that we’re doing something.
      It is impossible to be both fearful and thankful.
      So we have been told in the Bible (Phil. 4:6-7) to be thankful and not anxious.  If God has done something once, He can do it again!

      Fear is both mentally, emotionally, and physically bad for us.

      Fear is in your mind, and it can take over, but you can also take control of it.

      God is more powerful than our fear.
      Once we stop focusing on our fear, and we start focusing on God and others, our fear vanishes.

      One of the best ways to combat fear is to talk about it.  That’s why God wants us to bring it to Him.

      2 Timothy 1:7 – Great verse to combat fear.
      To choose fear is like rejecting having a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.

      God and His peace dispels fear.

      John 3:30 – He must increase, I must decrease.

      The key to peace is humility.

      We are called to give all to God — even sleep.

      God gives us the strength to do things.  So we don’t need to worry about what will happen because God’s got it.

      The most incredible thing God has given us is now.

      We have to [go?] through the fire, the river, the waters.

      When we go through something difficult and yet stay firm and resolute, that drops the world’s jaw.

      Counting your blessings can also help wth fear.  Gratefulness produces joy.

      Isaiah 26:3

      God disciplines the ones He loves.


      So, the part you’ve all been waiting for, the assignment!  Emily and I liked the idea of memorizing more verses (you can never memorize too much of the Bible!) so the verses we think you should pick from are:

      Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

      Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

      2 Timothy 1:12bYet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

      But you could totally do any other verse that strengthens you when you feel anxious or afraid. 🙂  Also, if you didn’t accomplish last week’s assigned memory verse, we encourage you to do that too!  There isn’t any punishment for not doing these assignments, but I can guarantee that it isn’t a waste of time or a meaningless exercise; the more of God’s word you have hidden in your heart, the better!

      Sydney 🙂

       

      Update Finally!

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      Hi Everyone,

      I’m sorry it has been so long since I’ve posted here. We’ve still been meeting regularly and all is well, I just haven’t been at a desktop computer much these days and there’s been a lot going on.

      We’ve talked about loving God, the dangers of idolatry, what I learned/did on my trip to Central America, and the meeting we had last night was about loving each other.

      Our theme verses for the evening (and the next few meetings and hopefully our lives) were:

      A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

      We spent a good chunk of the meeting singing together–worshiping God and being reminded of who He is and what our part is. (and enjoying our little fun things we do for quite a few of the songs–worship is not boring.)

      We also prayed for a while, and then had a short message about loving each other and love languages. After that, we got to put it into practice straight away in a practical way– spending time listening and talking to each other. (we’re girls… haha. I mentioned that a big way to show love is to listen, and there were a lot of emphatic nods.)

      That’s kind of what our vision is for Bright Lights this year: Lots of focus on worship, prayer, and actually obeying the Bible–specifically in the area of love for God and each other. We’re excited. I hope you are too!!

      The next meeting is Monday, May 12th.

      We will be taking the month of July off, and possibly June or August. We will let you know for sure as soon as we know.

      Thank you all for coming, participating, and praying!

      God’s Love Part Two

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      At the meeting before this meeting, we talked about how God loves us.

      Jeremiah 31:3 — With an everlasting love

      Ephesians 3:19 — With a love that passes knowledge and yet can be understood

      John 13:1 and Isaiah 54:10 — Un-changingly, without end.

      Ephesians 5:2 — Sacrificially

      Hebrews 12:6 — As sons, with chastening

      Romans 8:35-39 — unstoppably, empoweringly, without measure

      Ephesians 2:4-5 — Greatly, with rich mercy

      1 John 3:1 — as a Father (He adopts us as His children!)

      At the meeting we just had, we discussed Why God loves us.

      1 John 4-7-10 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

      He loves us because it is His nature to love; love is part of His very being and essence. Love has always existed among the trinity and always will.

      So what does this mean for us?

      It means…

      …we can come to Him boldly for help. (Hebrews 10:19-24)

      …we can love Him (1 John 4:19)

      …we are eternally safe as we abide in His love (John 10:27-29)

      …we can be secure and fulfilled, with no fear (1 John 4:18)

      …we can love each other (1 John 4:7-9)

      …we are His adopted children (1 John 3:1-3)

      …we should be thrilled and excited and telling everyone!

      …He is committed to doing whatever it takes to make us more like Him. We need to submit to His work.

      We talked about how it would be if you had never heard before that God loved you–how that would change your life.

      After the message, we did skits–the following skit was inspired by the thought of how the knowledge of God and His love would change a tribe who had never heard before.

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      Meet the Chicktaws, whose days were unfortunately filled with arguing and fighting.

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      One day, three strangers came into their little village, bringing word of the One True God and of His love for them, both through testimony and through the written word of God, the Bible. (they also brought Hershey kisses…)

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      The Chicktaw people pondered this…

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      And the three missionaries explained things to them from the word of God.

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      A year later, we come back to find things much changed through the love and power of God–now they are kind to each other instead of constantly fighting.

      There were three other skits, but I only have video of those…

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      Next it was snack time! Mama did a wonderful job making it look special. 🙂

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      And we finally took group pictures!!

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      Love you girls!!

      So the assignment for before the next meeting is to read the whole book of 1 John. Don’t worry, it’s really short. 🙂 Also, continue to look in the Bible and daily life for ways God loves you. Remind yourself of it often; let His love change you the way you imagined it would change someone who had never heard.

      See you all at the next meeting!! (February 24th)

      Report and Next Meeting!

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      I’m sorry it has taken me so long to post about the last meeting… here are a few pictures finally!

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      Waiting for the meeting to begin…

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      Singing Father Abraham. 🙂

      After we sang and prayed, Hannah and I showed a video of our trip and then answered questions about the trip for a while. We then learned and sang, “He decidido seguir a Cristo” (“I have decided to follow Jesus” in Spanish.). When we were done with that, Hannah and I each shared some lessons we learned on the trip.

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      Playing the clapping game… this is a game we played in Central America with the local girls, so we taught them.

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      The other group playing.

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      This time we had chocolate chip cookies for snack!

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      Enjoying food and fellowship…

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      Afterwards we played another game we learned recently called “signs”…

      The next meeting is THIS MONDAY, the 27th. Hope to see you all there!! 🙂

       

      Accepting God’s Design Meeting

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      {Be sure to read the end: there is an important announcement about dates.}

      The last meeting, as usual, was a great blessing. I love being with this group of girls. 🙂

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      This week we did a few things differently from our normal meetings… we sang outside (we didn’t get any pictures of that though), and Hannah did the message.

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      First she talked about knowing that God has a plan and a design for your life–and then about accepting it and even being grateful for the hard things. She talked about accepting God’s design in four areas of our life: 1. Our appearance 2. Our personality 3. Our abilities/gifts 4. Our circumstances. We took some time to write down things we struggled with in each area, and then on the other side of the page we wrote things we could be thankful for in each area. We then had a time for prayer… to ask God to help us to accept His plan, and to thank Him for it. We read from Psalm 139, which talks about God forming us.

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      We read from 1 Corinthians 12, which talks about how the body of Christ is made up of many different parts, and each one is necessary. We shouldn’t always be wanting someone else’s gift, but rather be content and serve faithfully where God has placed us. (This doesn’t mean, however, that we are excused from helping with things that are “not our gift”. We all need to work together and do what needs to be done. It just means that we should focus on what we have, not on wanting what others have.)

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      Hannah told the story of Nick Vuijicic… you can watch the videos below to see him and hear him talk. 🙂

      We had a few different activities… during the message, Hannah had each one of us draw a flower. They were all very different even though we all had the same time, materials, and instructions. She explained how that was a good thing, and how God makes each one of us differently too.

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      Afterwards, we did an activity where you fold a paper in thirds and draw part of a person/creature. One person draws the head, the next the torso, and the last the bottom part.

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      It turns out quite funny most of the time… there was lots of laughter. 😀

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      Here’s one of the creatures…

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      And here’s Sydney holding another one. 🙂

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      Tea time was a little different too–we used real tea cups for the first time in quite a while!

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      We also lit the candles this time. 🙂

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      Everyone enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies made by the Burgess ladies! Thank you so much for making them. 🙂

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      Shelby, Courtney and Zoey. 🙂 It’s exciting to see new friendships developing and old ones being strengthened.

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      Make sure you read your lesson for this meeting and talk about it with your parent(s)! 🙂

      Thank you to Brianne for taking pictures! 🙂

      **IMPORTANT:**

      Because my family will be just getting back from camping the day before the next meeting is scheduled, (plus it’s veteran’s day that Monday, and we have a very busy week), Bright Lights will be POSTPONED to NOVEMBER 18th (instead of the 11th).

      This next meeting on the 18th will complete set one and be the LAST MEETING of 2013. (We will, Lord willing, start up again on January 13th, 2014.)

      Looking forward to seeing you all on the 18th of November!